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October 19, 2009

4 – 2 – 3 – 1 bad, 4 – 4 – 2 good?

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 3:40 am

Well, no.   I read a Mike Cockerill piece over at SMH this morning that gave the impression that 4231 is defensive and 442 is offensive.  Silly me for reading Mike Cockerill?  Well, yeah.  But I hadn`t had my coffee yet, so the brain wasn`t fully switched on …

Holland uses a very attacking 4231.  Japan uses the same formation and never looks overly cautious.   The 2006 WC winners Italy used a solitary striker; whilst not a magical side, they weren`t the most defensive side there.

So the formation isn`t Australia`s problem.  What is the problem, IMHO, is the personnel being used and what they are doing on the park.  For example, 2 defensive midfielders who stay in front of the central defenders for the whole match is defensive.  If one of them got forward sometimes, suddenly it is an attacking formation.

Reading Mike Cockerill reminded me of how much I enjoy reading Jonathon Wilson`s writing over at the Guardian.  If you like reading about how football teams work, and why, then you should check his stuff.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathanwilson

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