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 …
Krohn-Dehli stuns Holland  - Analysis of Holland

Krohn-Dehli stuns Holland - Analysis of Holland

Holland have now got it all to do to in Group B after Michael Krohn-Dehli gave Denmark their first victory over the Dutch since 1967. Holland stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation which helped them reach the World Cup Final, with Van Persie getting the nod over Huntelaar up front, Willems getting his chance at left back and Vlaar being chosen to partner Heitinga in defence. Both teams started the game slowly with Holland looking content to pass the ball around …
Poland vs Greece: The Dortmund trio

Poland vs Greece: The Dortmund trio

Euro 2012 began with something of a bang yesterday evening when Poland and Greece fought out a 1-1 draw. There was shambolic defending, goals, red cards and a penalty, more than enough to keep the watching public entertained, but in truth from a game as hectic as this it can often be tough to draw any statistical conclusions. Much of the focus before the game had been on Poland's Borussia Dortmund trio of Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski …
Euro 2012 Preview: In-depth Germany Profile

Euro 2012 Preview: In-depth Germany Profile

Germany qualified for Euro 2012 with a 100% record in their qualifying group, finishing 13 points ahead of 2nd placed Turkey. They are many people's favorites to win the tournament with the likes of Gomez, Özil, Schweinsteiger and Lahm in their ranks and are expected to be there or thereabouts in Kiev for the final. They faced no real challenges in their qualifying group, however, and there were a few close calls. This relatively young squad with new tactics and …
Euro 2012: Analysing the Winning Formula | Champions Analysis

Euro 2012: Analysing the Winning Formula | Champions Analysis

With Euro 2012 nearly upon us, a lot of money is exchanging hands between punters and bookmakers to predict the outcome of this prestigious event. Favourites to win Euro 2012 include, World Cup '10 winners and current European Championship holders, Spain as well as 3-time Euro winners Germany. Both Spain and Germany posted 100% win percentages during qualification and are seen as hot favourites  to take the 14th European Football Championship. Armed with this information, it would appear to be a …
Sweden - What to expect at Euro 2012

Sweden - What to expect at Euro 2012

Sweden may not have many punters backing them at the European championships this season, but there is an undeniable level of skill, ability and quality in their side that travels to Poland/Ukraine for Euro 2012, typified by their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The punters should be wary of this team as they have the ability to win big games with this colossus leading them. Sweden have featured at the European championships a total of four times, with this years appearance being …
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