The 4-4-1-1 started as a variation of the 4-4-2. It became more common in the 1990s, when teams started to combine a deep lying forward with a more traditional striker up front. The deep lying forward would drop deeper, playing in the space between the opponent’s midfield and defensive lines. This formation is a link between the 4-4-2 that has dominated the past 40 years, and the 4-2-3-1 that seems to be dominating football today. There are only a few differences between the 4-2-3-1 and the 4-4-1-1, with the main difference being the player in the gap, or the playmaker. In a 4-2-3-1, it is a playmaking midfielder (normally called a number 10), while in a 4-4-1-1 it’s a forward. Continue reading
It’s finally been reached. The worst kept secret of this years’ summer transfers has took a huge step to completion with MUTV exclusively revealing that the two clubs (United & Arsenal) have agreed that Robin van Persie will sign for United after a successful medical for a fee in the region of £22m.
A great signing and one that just clinched the title back in my opinion, it’ll be a great day when van Persie don’s the famous Manchester United shirt; plus you know he’s going to ship a ton of football equipment for United as well as high visibility for their sponsors (DHL would have kittens with the way RVP’s training photos were seen by millions of United (and Arsenal) fans around the world).
This has been the standard formation in England for several decades. This formation blasted onto the scene in England with Alf Ramsey’s 1966 England team. The 4-4-2 became the mainstay for English football for 40 years, with most teams playing this formation to the exclusion of almost every other formation. For the next 40 years, almost every team that won the league title in England used a 4-4-2. This formation also caught on in much of Europe, but it fell out of favor in Europe in the early 2000s. Most European teams started switching to a 4-3-3, or eventually a 4-2-3-1, but the 4-4-2 remained dominant in English football. Continue reading
Football fans will get their first indication of what to expect from the coming Premier League season, as title holders Manchester City take on European champions Chelsea at Villa Park.
The FA Community Shield is the traditional curtain raiser to the English season, as the league champions take on the FA Cup holders. This year though, that means that two of the Premier League favourites go head to head. In reality, it is difficult to see beyond Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League betting. With two of those sides clashing for the season’s first piece of silverware, the Community Shield will be an intriguing affair.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has enjoyed a summer of stability so far. There have been no significant additions to his squad, although there is more than enough talent at Mancini’s disposal already. With the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Eden Dzeko in the squad, the question for Mancini will be which of his riches to select. That decision may be made a little easier, with Balotelli and David Silva still regaining full fitness following a post-Euro 2012 break.
Chelsea fans meanwhile will be eager to catch a glimpse of new signings such as the Brazilian Oscar and Belgian maestro Eden Hazard. The people that will look for the premier league betting will find this is as one of the hardest for betting. Both arrive with big reputations and are expected to add significant creative talent to Roberto Di Matteo’s side. Breaking through the shackles of a Manchester City midfield including the impressive Yaya Toure will be a stern early test for Chelsea’s new boys. Di Matteo will also be hopeful that this season signals a new beginning for Spanish striker Fernando Torres, who enjoyed a positive Euro 2012 following a torrid time last season.
Formations in 2012/2013
Sir Alex Ferguson has been the manager of Manchester United for 25 years, and in that time he has become a loyal follower of the 4-4-2 formation that has been dominant in England for decades. This formation has been the foundation upon which he’s built the most successful football clubs in history. He’s managed to win 12 Premier League trophies, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 UEFA Champion’s League trophies, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
In this past season, Sir Alex Ferguson made use of several different formations which he altered depending on the players available to him, the team they faced, and the strategy he intended to use. His main formation for most of the past season was a 4-4-1-1, which is very similar to the 4-4-2 that has been the mainstay of his managerial tenure. But he also used a 4-4-2, and a 4-3-3 against some weaker Premier League teams, while he used a 4-5-1 in most of the Champion League and Europa League games. He also made use of 4-2-3-1 in the occasional League game including the season finale against Sunderland.
For those of you following the story of Paul McGeady; our ex-season ticket holder, here’s the final chapter in what’s been a long drawn out process made more lengthy by the clubs ability to swerve questions and disguise facts.
Paul’s quest for answers has ended here with one final emailed correspondence to the club who, in return, have replied for one final time.
What follows are the emails sent to me by Paul, firstly his to the club, then [sadly] his reflection and summary of what happens now. Please leave your comments. This story has come at a time when many people (including me) have little doubt will one day be looked back upon with great sadness, possibly some shame and definitely considered the period of transition from football club to ruthless (underhanded, deceitful, secretive) business regardless of any successes the team achieve during it.
Until the 1980s, English football was run by an innocuous assortment of local businessmen who demonstrated a distinct lack of national ambition. Their financial model amounted to little more than “putting bums on seats” for home games. The creation of the English Premier League in 1992 changed everything, triggering a gluttonous gold rush. Some of the most sophisticated global sports business minds poured into English football to exploit the new frontiers of domestic, international and digital rights, and the exploding universe of commercial opportunities.
With The London Olympics hogging the limelight and making all the headlines, Premier League football is taking an usual and unfamiliar berth at the back of peoples minds right now, but there’s a mere two-and-a-bit weeks to go until United kick their glory hunting season of 2012/13 off with the aim of wrestling the title back from (bitter) arch rivals, City.
The betting markets are flat outside the Olympics at the moment and that could explain why bwin betting are offering an eye-watering 16/1 on United lifting the Premier League title……