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Analysis of Mexico in the defensive phase against Germany

By Philip Joe Cauchi Watching México play against Germany was like watching a manual on defending in every sense. It reminded me of the classic Italian national teams which were in the past the masters in the art of defending. México gave us more than a lecture in offensive defending. That is, defending with the

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How Germany Broke Through Algeria’s Defence

By Stevie Grieve

In the last analysis I made which was on Algeria’s solid defensive system, I looked at how they made Germany predictable, and how they almost defended in a 6-3-1 formation, playing on the counter attack behind Germany’s high line.

In this, I will look at the slight tactical alteration Jogi Loew made in regards to the runs that Germany looked for, and how it won them the game in Extra Time.

Highlighted areas and runs to exploit the spaces

Germany v Algeria runs
Germany v Algeria runs 2

When Germany had the ball in deep or wide positions, there were 2 main areas that were available on both sides (due to the symmetrical nature of the Algeria defensive block shape) which were;

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Germany v Algeria-06-30-2014

HOW THE MATCH WAS WON by Keith Scarlett FIFA 2014 World Cup, Brazil Monday, 30 June, 2014 Germany 2 v 1 Algeria This second-round elimination match was another game of an underdog impressing and showing better form than the favourites, but still being sent home late after being punished for not taking their chances. Algeria entered

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Germany v Portugal-06-16-2014

HOW THE MATCH WAS WON by Keith Scarlett FIFA 2014 World Cup, Brazil Monday, 16 June, 2014 Germany 4 v 0 Portugal Controlling? Definitely! PLUS Quick. ...as fire. PLUS Decisive. …as rain. PLUS Dominant. Equals Germany. Undisciplined. Definitely! PLUS Slow. …as smoke. PLUS Sloppy. ...as slush. PLUS Subordinate. Equals Portugal. This World-Cup opener for both

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Euro 2012 Germany v Italy – Balotelli’s goals make up for his misses against England

By Stevie Grieve, Author of Modern Soccer Tactics and Winning Soccer Tactics.

In the second semi-final, both teams know that the winner will play against Spain in the final, who defeated Portugal on penalties. Germany and Spain were early favourites for the tournament and both semi-final ties, but with Italy playing very offensively in every game so far; even in the match against Spain in the group stage where they played an attacking 3-5-2 formation, Germany shouldn’t expect an easy game defensively, especially against the dual enigma’s that are Cassano and Balotelli, with Di Natale in reserve for Italy.

Italy’s 1st goal – Balotelli loses his marker easily to score the opening goal

As Chiellini passes to Cassano, he is chased by Hummels who is marking him. The nearest

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