February 08, 2006

Zonal marking, tactics, and other intellectual stimulation

While Eyeris will insist that this blog be kept free from intellectually stimulating debates and rational discourse on football, we should be mindful that one can't always go on forever with the "MY TEAM WON! YOUR TEAM SUCKS!" mentality.

So to appease those of us with at least half-a-brain, here are some links to keep you entertained and your mental faculties engaged for a while - at least until the next round of matches.

In Rafa's defence
An interesting article in which Liverpool legend Alan Hansen and former Leeds manager and ex FA technical director Howard Wilkinson discuss Rafa Benitez's zonal marking system (which failed rather badly dealing with Chelsea's first goal at the weekend).

Formation: what's in a formation?
A series of interesting articles dissecting the various common tactical formations like the ubiquitous 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, 4-5-1, 4-3-3, and 5-3-2.

The discussion of tactics is probably more interesting for those of us playing Championship Manager or Football Manager (I personally have been using 4-1-3-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 in my current FM2005 games, and it's been working out pretty well).

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