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Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Difference Between Italian And English Soccer: Tempo And Ball Possession

A friend sent me an interesting article today that was written a few weeks ago in the Sydney Morning Herald. Craig Foster described the difference between Italian and English football; namely, the themes of tempo and ball possession. The Italians vary the speed during the game, while the English seem compelled to play very quickly.

The author was describing the Champions League semi-final between AC Milan and Manchester United, along with the ability of the Italians to vary the tempo during the game. He also stressed ball possession, instead of long-ball tactics favored by English clubs.

For a link to the article, please click here.

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