Germany Close In On Knock-Out Stages | Euro 2012 Stats Report

Germany Close In On Knock-Out Stages | Euro 2012 Stats Report

Germany won the classic against Holland rather comfortably, with Mario Gomez bagging a brace. With Holland the home of total football, arguably it was Germany who embodied that philosophy more, with every player responsible for and capable of everything. Holland struggle with the division between defence and attack; Van Bommel and De Jong found themselves unable to cope with the alternating runs of Schweinsteiger and Khedira as well as Özil's fantastic movement. Midfield Movement Özil once again had a good …

Adventurous Russia misfire | Tactical Report

Russia and Poland played out a 1-1 draw in a match either team could've won. Poland added a holding midfielder, Dudka, to the starting lineup to combat Russia's counter-attacks. This was at the expense of their left winger, Rybus. They chose a solid defensive formation of 4-5-1 and looked to counter quickly against the Russians. Russia kept the same starting 11 that beat the Czech Republic. Dick Advocaat is not one for fiddling with different formations, so it was no …
Les Bleus get the blues from England | Opta Stats Report

Les Bleus get the blues from England | Opta Stats Report

Laurent Blanc’s France team entered Euro 2012 on the back of a 21 unbeaten international run to face an embryonic England side, freshened by the recent arrival of Roy Hodgson, who themselves have looked resilient in their run up to the tournament. France have been far from impressive in recent tournament football, especially when you consider their domination around the turn of the century. They had drawn their last 3 opening games in international competitions, whereas England were looking for …
Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Leading up to the game, many thought Ukraine vs. Sweden would be Monday's undercard with England and France doing battle earlier on in the day. To still say this would be disrespectful to either team, as a scintillating second half saw 3 goals inside 10 minutes. Ukraine were somewhat of an unknown entity coming into this tournament, and many doubted them against Sweden . They hadn't played a competitive fixture in over 2 years, many thought their brightest sparks were …
Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's tournament started off with less of a bang than they had hoped, 3 points dropped to a Ukraine team most expected them to beat with games against England and France to come, many expected Sweden to take 3 points and quickly shift their focus to the next game on Friday versus England but this was not the case. 2 goals from Andrey Shevchenko countered the opening goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give Ukraine the victory and send Sweden to …
Spain 1 - 1 Italy | Statistical look at Spain's passing game.

Spain 1 - 1 Italy | Statistical look at Spain's passing game.

If you haven't read the review of Italy's game, you should do it here.  «The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain.» According to Opta, this was the first time Spain started without a typical striker. They actually came out in a 4-6-0, with Fabregas as their front man, but he was not a striker. How I saw their line-up: As you can see from the picture above; it …
Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain. The Catenaccio philosophy is one associated with a highly organised and effective defensive tactic that focuses on taming the opponent’s attacks and in turn preventing any credible goal scoring opportunities. In Catenaccio, it is typical that the role of a sweeper, libero or verrouilleur is given a pivotal role in both defensive organisation and playing the ball …
Low's Gamble Pays off | Germany Euro 2012 Stats

Low's Gamble Pays off | Germany Euro 2012 Stats

Germany got off to an uninspiring start at Euro 2012 against a well organised but toothless Portugal. Jogi Low opted to start Mario Gomez and Mats Hummels ahead of Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker. Gomez was rather quiet and accused of laziness by some, but he is capable of pulling a goal from nowhere and his header into the far corner of Rui Patricio's net was inch-perfect. Boateng started at right-back and performed well against Cristiano Ronaldo, who yet again …