Browsing All posts tagged under »4-2-3-1«

PSV 1 – 1 Sampdoria: A misfitting 4-2-3-1 does not beat a defensive diamond

September 17, 2010


For the first time  in 18 years, PSV has to settle for Europa League (former UEFA Cup) football for two consecutive seasons. And despite 12 Champions League participations in these 18 years, they’ve only passed the group stage three times, with a Hiddink-managed side reaching the semi-finals of 2004/05 as their best result. Today PSV […]

Real Madrid 2 – 0 Ajax : Big Real makes Ajax look very small

September 16, 2010


Ajax’much awaited return to the Champions League turned out to be a big deception in their first Group Stage match against the stars of Real Madrid. Although the final 2-0 score-line made it look like a football match, it was in fact a very one-sided affair. Real dominated all areas of the pitch, creating an […]

Groningen – Utrecht 1-0… Patient Groningen overcomes a lacklustre Utrecht side

September 14, 2010


In the Euroborg, a fine example of a modern stadium that offers an excellent footballing atmosphere, home side FC Groningen took on ‘Celtic-beaters’ FC Utrecht in a match that could be seen as an early six pointer in the battle for the European Football qualification spots. The home side saw their patient and controlled attacks […]

A rationally explainable, but emotionally dissatisfying 2-1 win of Holland over Finland

September 13, 2010


Another slightly delayed post on our recent national team’s performance. And yet again, for future reference and for the message conveyed in this particular match, it still is important to review Holland’s performance against a stubborn and, apart from the first 20 minutes, well organized Finland side. Oranje, as always, lined up in a 4-2-3-1 […]

Holland in fine display against small San Marino

September 8, 2010


This analysis of the Holland – San Marino game might come as a somewhat dated publication, which, in fact, it is… Although it’s been delayed due to busy times on several fronts, I’ve still decided to publish it, mainly for future reference. Last week saw the opening fixtures of the Euro 2012 qualification rounds with […]

Ambitious Heerenveen struggling to keep their 4-2-3-1 balanced

August 11, 2010


Ron Jans certainly made some enemies in the north of the Netherlands with his late 2009 announcement to leave FC Groningen for their rivals Heerenveen. Having been at the helm of FC Groningen for eight straight seasons, being the longest sitting manager in the Eredivisie at that time, he was clearly up for a new […]

A tactical analysis of Ajax’ second half spell that puts them past PAOK Saloniki, securing a CL play-off place…

August 6, 2010


The cream of European football clubs play their make-it-or-break-it matches during the beautiful month of may, competing in the final stages of the Champions League. On the contrary, for Ajax, despite having won that competition a mere 15 years ago, the most important matches nowadays take place in the month of August. Check out this […]

What does Twente have that Ajax doesn’t? Besides the title and now the Johan Cruijff Schaal that is…

August 3, 2010


Saturday evening marked the kick-off of the domestic football season in the Netherlands with the, by now, traditional match for the Johan Cruijff Schaal (JCS). What started out as a low profile pre-season affair has by now grown into the nation’s third ranked trophy. This is in no small part due to the variety of […]

What does Ajax’ central midfield do? An analysis of Ajax 1-1 PAOK… (first English contribution on 11tegen11)

July 31, 2010


First of all, as you will have noticed by now, this post is written in English. Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about making the switch from a Dutch blog on Dutch football stuff to an English blog about Dutch football. The choice to come out with this English piece is in part […]

Utrecht 1 – 0 Luzern: is één momentje van Zwitserse gatenkaas voldoende voor Utrecht?

July 29, 2010


Na eerst de zevende plaats in de competitie, en de aansluitende play-off overwinningen op Groningen en Roda wist Utrecht zich verzekerd van Europees Voetbal. Met twee hoofdletters, een begrip in de voetballerij, want met Europees Voetbal ben je iets. Utrecht versloeg eenvoudig FK Tirana in de tweede voorronde van de Europa League en nog twee […]