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Italy 2-1 Mexico: Italy excel down the left flank

The starting line-ups<p>Italy dominated for the majority of the match, and Mario Balotelli was a fitting matchwinner.<p>Cesare Prandelli selected a 4-3-2-1 …

European Team of the Season, 2012/13

That time of the year again.<p>Minimal explanation needed, although the list places a strong emphasis upon performances in big matches: key domestic …

Tactics & Analysis Blog

Jan 23, 2018<p>Despite their status as the world's richest club, confirmed in the most recent Deloitte figures, successful Manchester United sides …

Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund take control with good pressing, but Robben moves upfront to make the difference

The starting line-ups<p>Bayern initially struggled to get into the game, but eventually emerged victorious after a strong second half performance.<p>Jupp …

100% Free Betting Tips & Predictions From Pro Tipsters

Free Tips At bettingexpert<p>If you're looking for free tips, you've come to the right place. For over ten years now bettingexpert has been the number …

David Moyes: the manager's tactical strengths and weaknesses

<b>A solid shape</b><p>David Moyes is a particular fan of "segmenting" his training pitch to encourage players to cover space efficiently. One format involves …

Soccer

Champions League: five reasons why it went wrong for Barcelona

<b>1 Over-reliance on Messi</b><p>At the end of the second leg against Paris St-Germain, Barcelona's players heralded Leo Messi as "irreplaceable". Even "half …

A mix of Barça and Real Madrid, Real Sociedad put the fun in football

Xabi Prieto grinned. "We all knew what he was going to do," Real Sociedad's captain said. If they did, they were the only ones. For everyone else it …

How Mourinho's subs helped Real score two and almost scrape through

Real Madrid purchased Luka Modric for contests like this: fast-paced matches where José Mourinho needs another creative outlet, and someone who could …

Fiorentina: 5 Reasons to Be Excited About This Serie A Side on the Rise

The Della Valle Brothers have turned Fiorentina into one of the most aesthetically pleasing sides to watch in Europe.<p>Only one point below third-place Milan with four games to go in the Serie A season, the Viola are dreaming about bringing a Champions League berth back to Tuscany.<p>Here are five …

Soccer

Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona: Bayern produce an astonishingly dominant performance

The starting line-ups<p>Bayern Munich didn’t try to outpass Barcelona, and instead ruthlessly exposed their traditional weaknesses.<p>Jupp Heynckes …

Tottenham 3-1 Manchester City: Villas-Boas' second half formation switch changes the game

The starting line-ups<p>Manchester City dominated the first half, but some clever substitutions from Andre Villas-Boas meant Tottenham had a storming …

Tottenham rewarded after André Villas-Boas shows his flexible thinking

This is precisely the sort of display we expected when André Villas-Boas arrived in England nearly two years ago – Tottenham won this game thanks to …

Life's A Pitch – The BT football website for expert pundits and blogs from the UK's top writers

news<p>After a hamstring injury, the 32 years old defender Javier Mascherano, returned to light training on 19th of February. Barcelona’s player had …

Why Isco Is the Natural Heir to Andres Iniesta in La Liga

Back in February, Andres Iniesta was pressed by a journalist from Catalunya Radio as to which Real Madrid player he would like to see adorning the Barcelona shirt—if he had to choose one.<p>"I’ve always liked Sergio Ramos," he answered.<p>Carrying on the reserved special praise, unprompted, for one of …

Soccer

AC Milan 1-1 Napoli

The fight for Europe continued in the Serie A as 3rd placed Milan faced 2nd place Napoli. Juventus have a clear path through to the Serie A crown but …

Squawka Football on Twitter: "Is there anyone who can pass the ball better than Xavi?? 98% pass completion v Zaragoza. http://t.co/fy5s2PEMTm http://t.co/lMm5NAAS6U"

Mandzukic's versatility the key to helping Bayern quell Juventus threat

<i>ZonalMarking.net's Michael Cox uses FourFourTwo's StatsZone app – now FREE and featuring data from the UEFA Champions League – to</i> <i>run the</i> …

Conte predicts long wait for Italy winner

In an astonishing outburst following his team's quarter-final elimination by Bayern Munich, Conte added that Italians were only interested in futile …

Dortmund 3-2 Malaga: Pellegrini's side defend well, but are unable to cope with late pressure

The starting line-ups. Malaga's three attackers rotated, particularly on the right<p>An astonishing stoppage time turnaround means Dortmund to progress …