It is the Germans who always find a way to adapt to football revolution. In the 1970’s, when Ajax Amsterdam and Holland developed total football, Bayern Munich and West Germany found a way to take it to the next level. In a team boasting Franz Beckenbauer, they had a complete footballer; a defender, a passer,… Read More Germany’s versatility a gifted curse for Joachim Low
Peerless Pirlo will take his final bow. After Brazil 2014, Andrea Pirlo will no longer don the azzurri blue of Italia. It means that even though he has already shone in those colours, he must do so again to produce a final performance. The man who owns a vineyard must feel like a conductor of… Read More Italy’s World Cup hopes rest on the pearly wisdom of Pirlo and Prandelli
Franck Ribery has literally had an annus horribilis. At the start of the year, he was a treble winner with Bayern Munich and potentially a Balon D’Or winner. However, a third place finish in FIFA’s Player of the Year Award, a less than impressive end to the club season with Bayern and niggling injuries have… Read More Didier Deschamps hopes to inspire the French to victoire
If Brazil’s number 10 jersey is the most revered jersey number in the world, then Argentina’s number 10 comes a very close second. It is more than just a jersey number — it is a tradition, a culture, a realisation of an ideology steeped in football romanticism. The enganche, a sly silky skilled, languid playmaker,… Read More Messi magic could take Argentina all the way
For some, tiki-taka is dead, while for others, it is merely evolving. Whichever side of that argument you lay, there is no denying that Vicente Del Bosque has questions to answer coming into the World Cup. The world champions and double European champions are in a state of transition. Some players are ageing, some new… Read More Could Spain pass their way into history again?
A nation awaits. There will be a huge gasp every time Brazil take to the pitch and a huge cheer will always follow them. A tense mood will accompany should they seem to be fluttering. A depressing mood of disappointment any time they fail to accomplish the one mission assigned to them. La seleccao are… Read More Luiz Felipe Scolari has got Brazil hoping for a sixth
Gor Mahia continued their surge towards defending their Tusker Premier League title with a comeback win over an inspired Sofapaka. In a tight match, the controversies that led to both Gor Mahia goals may pose the bulk of the talking points. Tactically however, it was an exciting game. Formations Bobby Williamson picked a 3-5-2… Read More Gor Mahia counter Sofapaka’s 4-4-2 with a 3-5-2