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Friday, June 26, 2009

Tactical Observations about the Confederations Cup by Dan Leo

SOCCER: JUN 24 Confederations Cup - USA v Spain

Dan provided some thoughts on the recent developments at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. In this commentary, he discusses Italy, Brazil, the USA, and Spain.


Image courtesy of FIFA

The Tactics of Lippi and Del Bosque

Sports News - November 19, 2008

Brazil used the same fast counter that the Dutch did in the last Euros when they ran all over Italy. Lippi just didn't have the foot speed to do the same, and it was his choice to feature the line-up that he did. Spain was also a bit too deliberate with their attacks when they had a chance at a quick counter against the USA.

Size but Lacking Pace for the Azzurri

Italay Starting Eleven

Lippi had a lot of size, but not enough speed. Del Bosque - with two power strikers in Llorente and Güiza available on the bench - went with the smaller line-up, despite the US bunkering down and keeping 9 men behind the ball.

Tactical Formation of Brazil: 4-2-3-1 by Jonathan Wilson



In the formation that Mr. Wilson discussed in The Guardian article (please click the image to read it), the key here is Ramires. Elano couldn't handle the position due to his lack of speed, but Felipe Melo and Ramires are powerful. Otherwise, it's too many defensive midfielders. Parreira ran 3-5-2/5-3-2 in 2002 with Roberto Carlos and Cafu as his wingbacks.

Historic US Win Over Spain

Bob Bradley

The US have always played hard, except during the recent WCQ at Costa Rica, but they had played that way due to Bob Bradley. Things have totally fallen into place for him, even if he wasn't too quick, in my opinion, to see it. Frankie Hejduk pulled a hamstring, so he played Marvel Wynne at right fullback. Wynne gets destroyed in Costa Rica, and he finally played Jon Spector who was far superior at the moment.

1 comment:

Steve Amoia said...

If you watched today's third place game between RSA x Spain, you will see that Dan's analysis of Guiza and Llorente was spot on.

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