Pirlo, Busquets and The Rise Of The Modern Libero

August 8, 2012


“Since the rise of the ‘flat back four’, the sweeper and more specifically, the libero role had all but disappeared from the footballing world for a number of reasons. In part, this was because the position itself was such a specialist one, which demands various abilities from those playing it: on a basic level, they needed both attacking and defensive prowess, while therein they require excellent reading of the game, strong passing both short and long range and vision that will allow the player to anticipate the movement of oncoming attackers as well as acting as their platform to trigger attacks and counterattacks alike for their own team.” Sabotage Times

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Horst Blankenburg: The Forgotten Man

August 8, 2012

“Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Sepp Maier. These are just some of the most successful and celebrated German footballers of all time, winning just about everything there was to win with club and country. Horst Blankenburg on the other hand is not a name that immediately springs to mind when discussing Germany’s most successful footballers but certainly merits a mention, at least at club level. Yet, few remember or know much about the man that never quite fit in in Germany and had to leave his home country to truly make a name for himself.” In Bed With Maradona


U.S.-Mexico Preview, Part 1: The A Team

August 8, 2012

“One year ago this week, in his first game as United States national team coach, Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad eked out a 1-1 draw against Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. On that night the team started poorly but seemed to draw strength from its optimistic, charismatic leader. Trailing at the half, it clawed back and got a result. All things considered, it was a good showing for both coach and team.” NYT: U.S.-Mexico Preview, Part 1: The A Team, U.S.-Mexico Preview, Part 2: The North American Solution


Feyenoord 0 –1 Dinamo Kiev: Offensive intentions fall just short

August 8, 2012

“Despite their offensive intentions, Feyenoord fell just short of their target. In a match that proved quite open, both teams had their chances, but Feyenoord could just as well have pulled this one off. Returning to the 4-3-3 formation brought Feyenoord a handful of chances that just didn’t fell their way. Overall, Kiev sealed a bleak performance with an injury time goal.” 11 tegen 11