Where it All Went Wrong for England
Where it All Went Wrong for England

In short: Everywhere. Though that won’t do. England’s problems were numerous and solutions are not easy to come by. It’s best to look at the team and the manager as a whole. Firstly, England played their usual tactics against Algeria who, in turn, played to stifle those tactics. With 3 […]

Mesut Özil: Birth of a Star
Mesut Özil: Birth of a Star

When Germany lost Michael Ballack coming into this world cup, some commentators were writing them off, or at the very least not touting them as tournament favourites. Despite an excellent qualification campaign in a less than forgiving group Germany emerged without a loss and played with a freedom that went […]

Rafa Benítez: A Success?
Rafa Benítez: A Success?

When Rafael Benitez was chosen to succeed Gerard Houllier it was considered a smart move by both parties; Liverpool had signed a master tactician who had proven success in Europe

Michael Ballack: We Hardly Knew Ye
Michael Ballack: We Hardly Knew Ye

When Chelsea signed Michael Ballack as a free agent in the summer of 2006, it was regarded as a coup. With both Manchester United and both Milan clubs apparently tracking the dynamic German Midfielder, reports actually indicated a fear for Lampard’s presence in the Chelsea midfield.