The death of the number “9” in soccer

The death of the number “9” in soccer

No.9. Centre-forwards – all change? Any follower of the English game may automatically associate Alan Shearer as a typical no.9. A strong physical player, over 6ft tall, who incidentally scored 49 of his 283 league goals with his head, and was obviously a prolific header of the ball. Shearer’s maximum tally for a season stands at 37 goals, and he [...]

Football Tactics – how not to understand them!

Football Tactics – how not to understand them!

Barcelona – Unbeatable or not? After a 0-0 draw with Milan in the first leg of Champions’ League quarter finals, both Barcelona and Milan have everything to play for in the return leg. Tactical systems, as you all know, are something I am very skeptical about. I am a believer that formations change, depending on the moment and, undoubtedly, the [...]