Euro 2016 Preview: Spain

Euro 2016 Preview: Spain

Spain have won the last two European Championships and will enter this tournament as one of the favourites. The last World Cup was a huge wake up call as they were knocked out in the group stages, but there has been a rebuild, with new players coming into the squad. Since the last World Cup, the Spanish have lost friendlies against Germany, France and Holland, showing they are still somewhat in a state of flux. There is no doubting the …
What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

I’ve seen some absolute nonsense over the past week from ex-pros, sharing their thoughts on how the Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might look next season. First up, was Danny Murphy claiming that David Silva is not a Guardiola-type player! Excuse me, David Silva not a Guardiola-type player, really? I’m sorry, but if you were to identify which players currently in the Manchester City squad are archetypical for Guardiola’s preferred style of play, David Silva would have to be in …
Spain vs Holland Match Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Spain vs Holland Match Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Group B is a hotly anticipated group and it's easy to see why with the opening match being a repeat of the 2010 final. Of course Spain won on that occasion and they've gone from strength to strength since, winning their last three major tournaments, while Holland have struggled recently as they try and bring through a new generation of Dutch footballers. Both will be worrying about their group as they also have to face the much fancied Chile side, …
Why is the Defensive Midfielder Role so Important in a 4-3-3?

Why is the Defensive Midfielder Role so Important in a 4-3-3?

Here is a diagram of the 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3) and its passing options. There are many teams that use this formation across the world: FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal just to name a few. Each team has a Defensive Midfielder which is vital for the team to function. In this case the Defensive Midfielder is the number 6. The Role of the Defensive midfielder in a 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3) is vital. They are the catalyst of the speed of the play either slow …