Football Tactics for Beginners: The Low Block

What is the low block? The low block is generally referred to a football team's defensive shape without the ball. Generally the low block consists...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9. Inverted Wingers,Carilleros,Cattenacio,Double Pivots,Medianos,Mezzalas and of course The False Nines we have got it all here for the tactic-crazy football fan!

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Messi,Ronaldo,Suarez?

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Manchester United aren’t the tallest in the league and when you consider the amount of goals Patrice Evra has been scoring,it is a surprise. The goal that Evra scored was a similar to Van Persie’s winner against Arsenal,a short diagonal run to the near post where the perfect ball from Wayne Rooney awaits you. Some football purists will hate the fact that Manchester United win so many points from set pieces alone,well for them here is a solution. Head over to the League Of Your Own and you can change the table by taking out various elements like Penalties,corners,etc. Go there and try various combinations to find your team in a better position and then you have a very good point to argue with your friends.

 




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Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9. Inverted Wingers,Carilleros,Cattenacio,Double Pivots,Medianos,Mezzalas and of course The False Nines we have got it all here for the tactic-crazy football fan!

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