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Chris Mann
Mario Balotelli of FC Internazionale reacts with Philippe Mexes of AS Roma during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 08, 2009 in Milan, Italy. 0

Serie A Preview – Week 13

by Chris Mann

Serie A Preview: Week 13 After an experimental Italy side managed a goalless draw in a friendly against The Netherlands during the international break, Serie A returns this weekend with a number of intriguing fixtures as the campaign begins to take shape. League leaders Internazionale travel to Bologna in what should be a relatively straightforward […]

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The Football League: Season so far

by Chris Mann

With an intriguing first month of the Football League season now behind us, BPF’s Chris Mann runs the rule over some of the main talking points the early rounds of the campaign have thrown up in our first Football League monthly review. The Championship Despite the nightmarish, doom-laden predictions which preceded Newcastle United’s start to […]


England 5-1 Croatia: The Tactical View

by Chris Mann

England’s emphatic 5-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley last night was the perfect example of two similar tactical systems executed in two starkly discrepant ways. Both Fabio Capello and Slaven Bilic opted to deploy the 4-4-2 formation, but the flaws in Croatia’s approach to the system were superbly exploited by a confident England team playing […]