Monthly Archives: June 2012

Euro 2012 Tactical Preview

In my latest article for Bleacher Report, I preview the Italy-Spain Euro final from a tactical perspective. Give it a read here. Advertisements

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Quick Hits: UEFA’s Dumb Scheduling, Davis Needs Work

A compilation of thoughts/predictions that would otherwise be too short for their own posts. Germany, arguably the best team in the world, doesn’t need any additional advantages ahead of its Euro 2012 semifinal against Italy. But, thanks to some poor … Continue reading

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Quick Hits: Italy Wins, Pirlo for Player of the Year

A compilation of thoughts/predictions that would otherwise be too short for their own posts.  Italy wins on PKs: Italy got the win on Sunday, a deserved result for a team that outplayed its opponent. The Italian finishing certainly left something to … Continue reading

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Italy vs. Ireland Thoughts (“It’s A ‘Trap'”)

Italy heads into Monday’s clash with the Republic of Ireland in need of a win and help to advance to the knockout rounds of Euro 2012. A full list of qualification scenarios can be found here (via ESPN), but Italy’s … Continue reading

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Italy vs. Spain: Preview

Italy and Spain come into Euro 2012 after polar opposite results at the 2010 World Cup. Spain were crowned champions, while Italy finished last in arguably the tournament’s weakest group. The Spanish returns much of its team from South Africa, … Continue reading

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The Barzagli Injury Conundrum

Italian center back Andrea Barzagli is reportedly in danger of missing Euro 2012.  Football-Italia states that the Juventus player could be out for up to 20 days, and could be replaced in the squad by Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia. Given … Continue reading

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If I Were Cesare Prandelli…(I’m Not)

Here is what my starting XI for the Euros would like if I were Italy coach Cesare Prandelli: The presumption here is that Italy plays in the 4-3-1-2 formation Prandelli has favored in recent qualifying matches and friendlies. Some of … Continue reading

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