Relegation is a touchy subject at the best of times, but at just a few weeks into the Premier League, there are already a few teams who could be hanging on to their Premier League dream by the skin of their teeth.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
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ClaudeMakélélé is one of the most influential players in the history of modern football as he came to define the modern Holding Midfielder position. The growth of the Holding Midfielder position helped modern football tactics evolve from formations based around a two man central midfield, primarily a 4-4-2 formation, to formations built around a three man central midfield, primarily in 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 formations. Makélélé was not a physically imposing player and he did not cover a lot of territory. Most of his passes were short, and he rarely scored, but he was an invaluable member of his team. Makélélé’s greatest strengths were his positioning and awareness. His job was to sit at the base of his team’s central midfield and provide defensive cover for his team’s Centerbacks, allowing the other Midfielders and Attacking Fullbacks the freedom to attack. He and other Attacking Midfielders became the fulcrum of their teams. They provided the support to balance out teams built around a collection of attacking players.
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
One of the most notable tactical trends of the 21st Century is the death of the 3-man defense. In the 1980’s and 1990’s the 3-man defense grew into prominence in World football as a way to counter the most influential formation in modern football, the orthodox 4-4-2. The orthodox 4-4-2 is a system based around partnerships: pair of Center Forwards, Fullbacks and Wide Midfielders, pair of Central Midfielders, and pair of Center Backs. It allows a team to naturally occupy the most space on a field. Finally, the 4-4-2 is a very flexible formation: it can be very attacking with the two Center Forwards, or it can be very defensive with the midfield and defensive lines acting as two defensive lines of four. The 4-4-2 gets it width from its Wide Midfielders who play with their strong foot wide and look to attack the opposing byline and swing crosses into the box for the two Forwards, while the Fullbacks stay deeper and provide defensive cover. The pair of Central Midfielders are charged with pushing forward in attack to help support the Center Forwards and dropping deep in defense to provide protection for the Centerbacks.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
As you may have heard, there’s a World Cup on.
And while for most of us that means rallying behind our home nation, there’s no hiding the fact we all love to adopt a second team during the tournament.
There are various reasons why we do this. It may be because our home nation didn’t qualify to begin with (sorry, delete as appropriate Scotland/Wales/N. Ireland). It also might be because we have dual nationality, enjoy a team’s playing style, hold a soft spot for a particular underdog, or, and probably what is most likely, we may have received a nation in a World Cup sweepstake.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Looking for a great EPL fantasy game? Then, fantasy premier league commissioner is what you need. It allows for and encourages you to use an assortment of options previously not experienced in the world of fantasy football gaming. In addition to ability to select your team lineup and name, you can run a personal league and act as a commissioner. As a commissioner, you are fully in control of your own fantasy premier league as pertains to its naming, the scoring system and deciding who to play. With FanXT, you will even be offered with a domain name for your own fantasy premier league, choice of setting the price for purchasing, deciding on the rules regulating budgets and transfers of players in your league. This improvement and vast options makes the commissioner in fantasy premier league one of the most captivating discretions in Barclays fantasy football gaming.
Although the 4-6-0 formation would naturally indicate a lack of ambition and attacking threat without a striker, there is much more to the system than the numbers suggest. Playing a ‘false 9’ in the hole where a typical ‘number 10’ player would play not only provides a greater chance of dominating possession and a foothold in the game from midfield, but also allow for the more attacking players to interchange and have the freedom to roam around the pitch to pull markers out of position. Chelsea utilised this system to relatively positive effect in their Champions League Semi-Final first leg tie against Atletico Madrid; they successfully nullified the considerable threat posed by Diego Simeone’s side and kept them relatively quiet, barring a couple of saves made from Mark Schwarzer. Jose Mourinho could spring a surprise by using this strategy in big games against the top four; the acquisition of Cesc Fabregas makes the 4-6-0 a logical choice, as the former Arsenal man has played as a ‘false 9’ for Spain and Barcelona with relative success.