Styles of play in football



  • silicon3silicon3 351 Points
    indian team should play with possession first, keep the ball with them & DON'T kick unneccessarirly..

    <br><br>think this is wat papas is encouraging , same with Armando Colaco....<br>
  • reddevil87reddevil87 1858 Points
    <font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Continuing the thread ahead, </font><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; "><br></div><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; ">Third style of play : Catenaccio</div><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; "><br></div><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; ">"Catenaccio" meaning 'door bolt' in Italian, is one of the old and famous defensive style of play that world has seen. Used mainly by Italians in 1960s-70s. </div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">The style/tactic was first developed by an Austrian coach Karl Rappan but the style groomed at Inter under Herrara. The two major aspect of this style of play is use of 1) libero or roaming sweeper and 2) Man to Man marking. The use of libero just in front of goalkeeper ensured extra support in defense and also act as bolt to the opposition attack. </font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">The rigid style of catenaccio (man to man marking) was exploited by dutch by using "Total football", which eventually led to death of "Traditional Catenaccio", but gave birth to many variation of the same.</font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Fourth style : "Zona Mista" (Variation of Catenaccio)</font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">With the evolution of total football, traditional catenaccio 's weakness was exploited, which led to development of "Zona Mista" by Giovanni Trapatonni at Juventus in 1980s-90s. Zona Mista involves mixing the best tactics of zonal marking and traditional catenaccio. </font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">In this system, the primary defensive tactic was Zonal Marking, however the libero was assigned to man mark dangerous opponents. But, contrary to catenaccio, zona mista involves more counter attacking flexibility in form of wing backs who could double up both in attack and defense. This style is the real reason for Italy's dominance in 1982 World Cup and famous Italian defense. </font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Note : During recent Euro 2012, Italy didnt play either of the styles. </font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">For further details : </font></div><div><a href=""></a>;
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  • rudrarudra 2954 Points

    Guys, here my first non-Indian article.

    Here, I discuss only on one goal, the opener in 1974 WC finals (video in the article).
    Using the goal, I explain Total Football strategy taken by Holland in 1974 world. Also drift a bit on the influence of that goal on team.

  • archakarchak 2081 Points
    Lets revive this thread
  • ArsenalFan700ArsenalFan700 Reddit13655 Points
    WHY AM I IN EVERY THREAD!!!!! And of course every thread with me in it involves MLS... my shame!!!!
  • munna219777munna219777 28316 Points
    British Style: Aggression in one on one situations and non-stop action are often trademarks of British football. Often there are no changes in the tempo or game rhythm which is kept high throughout the match. Although some teams do succeed in playing a more controlled or "skilful" game, many others still use the simple and direct method of long passes. These are played to attackers to challenge for near the opposition penalty area. The style of play is simple and rudimentary and has been argued by some to be statistically the most effective. All players are as well expected to work hard to win the ball. Once possession is gained, they aim to play it as quickly as possible towards the opponents goal to keep up the pressure and create chances. Set pieces are an important factor in the game. Corners, free-kicks and long throw-ins are played directly into the penalty area and much practised by teams.

    A fine example of these direct methods was the Republic of Ireland team of the 1980s. Tall front players such as Cascarino were used to win headers from the long high passes played from the back. Wimbledon, English FA Cup Winners in 1988 were famous for their aggressive approach and team spirit. Known as the "long ball" team, players like Vinny Jones would work tirelessly to win possession, spoil the oppositions game plan and hit long direct passes for players like John Fashanu to win headers and cause problems for defenders.
  • ArsenalFan700ArsenalFan700 Reddit13655 Points

    Thierry Henry explaining Pep's coaching methods.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India28342 Points

    The return of the number nine

    Throughout his illustrious career Sir Alex Ferguson was known to give a witty quote or two. Once asked about the Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi, the former Manchester United manager remarked, "He was born offside," in context with the striker's penchant of being called offside countless times. Inzaghi, who played for AC Milan and Juventus, was the quintessential centre forward or the traditional number nine - a breed that was on the verge of extinction till very recently.

    Things, however, are looking up for the number nines in football and the recently-concluded transfer window is testament to that. Take the case of Chelsea who were in desperate need of a striker and were rumoured to be interested in Andy Carroll, Fernando Llorente and Edin Dzeko. All three strikers can be classified as traditional number nines. They ultimately signed Olivier Giroud, another classic number nine.

    The rise of Tottenham's Harry Kane as one of the deadliest strikers in the world also backs the claim of why the old-fashioned centre forward is back in demand. Watch Kane play, and you'll see how he is superb at holding off centre backs and getting other players into the game. Not to forget how good he is at putting the ball in the back of the net - qualities that traditionally all number nines have had over the years.

    It's not just restricted to Tottenham and Kane. Look around football clubs and you'll notice how more clubs are deploying number nines as the focal point of their attack. Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich, Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United, Gonzalo Higuain at Juventus, Alexander Lacazette at get the drift.

    Almost 10 years ago when an unheralded Pep Guardiola took over the reins at FC Barcelona, he bought a mini tactical revolution. Not that it was Guardiola's innovation as in 2006-07, Luciano Spaletti, the AS Roma manager also propagated the use of false nine. However, Guardiola was the first manager to be wildly successful with the tactic which introduced the "false nine" in footballing lexicon. He deployed Lionel Messi as a "false nine" and basically adopted a 4-6-0 formation.

    Guardiola belonged to the Cryuff school of thought which followed the legendary Dutchman's quote of "In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker and the striker is the first defender." The old school number nines weren't really into defending as much and their job was to score goals. They could practically be invisible for 89 minutes yet pop up at the right time in the right place to score that crucial goal. That's' why they were valued the most and weren't given the responsibility of - as Cryuff said - being the "first defender."

    In Guardiola's 4-6-0 formation, the team plays without a specialist striker and plays with a "false nine" whose role is to link up with the midfielders, drop back and make intelligent runs. Messi is the prototype "false nine", who creates havoc for opposition defences without being a conventional striker.

    With Barcelona being phenomenally successfully, the system of false nine was also adopted by the all-conquering Spanish team between 2008-12. While Fernando Torres was an exceptional number nine, he found his chances limited with Spain as they prospered without him. The best team in club football and the best team in international football ditched the number nine. Little wonder it became unfashionable to have a proper centre forward leading the attack.

    The rise of false nine meant that the conventional centre forward was not in demand as it used to be - at least at top European clubs. Players in the mould of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Inzaghi, Gabriel Batistuta became rare commodities as managers tinkered with formations which made them secondary. However, the landscape of football sees continuous evolution and the latest trend brings back the number nine back in the fold.

    Atletico Madrid have got Diego Costa back who is now the main man and not Antoine Griezmann. Chelsea have Alvaro Morata and the recently-acquired Giroud. Another reason why teams are going back to the system of playing with a traditional number nine is because multifunctional forwards like Neymar, Luis Suarez, Thomas Mueller, Cristiano Ronaldo are rare to find.

    There have been a lot of rumours about how soon there will be the first $250 million player in European football. Any guess who is the favourite to be that? Yes, it's none other than Kane who is on Real Madrid's radar. Kane and his ilk are clearly back in vogue and number nine is once again a coveted property in football.
  • Carbon_14Carbon_14 Bengaluru 4770 Points
    Funny that in so long article about classic no.9 there is no mention of luis ronaldo 

    he was by far best no.9 of the generation 
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