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Italy FIFA World Cup 2014 Preview: Prandelli is Azzuri’s Ace

The four time world champions arrive at FIFA World Cup 2014 not amongst the general favourites. Determined to correct the embarrassment of 2010, the Azzurri have been drawn in the group of death alongside Uruguay, England and Costa Rica. Since the debacle in South Africa four years ago, Italy have been revitalised under the former […]

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The Regista And the Evolution Of The Playmaker

THE deep-lying playmaker. This position from which a player conducts his orchestra is known as the regista to Italians. From Spain where Xavi and Xabi Alonso weave their tactical magic from deep, to Germany where İlkay Gündoğan plies his trade, the regista is the modern day phenomenon that has taken football by storm. Perhaps the […]

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Prototype Playmaker Oscar Can Do Everything

OSCAR dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, to give his full name, arrived this summer from Internacional and was promptly given Didier Drogba’s number 11 shirt. If the diminutive Brazilian can achieve half of what the Ivorian legend managed, he will be a rip-roaring success.

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