World Cup coaches hoping individuality will win matches in a team game

Individuals still win matches despite many coaches structuring teams in very much a conservative fashion in South Africa.

Maradona’s decision to play four central defenders is not entirely a surprising one even by his own eccentric standards, for the move seemingly highlights the initial struggle international coaches face in trying to create a coherent playing structure and at the same time, find a best way to fit in their key, and sometimes maverick, individuals. Arrigo Sacchi, in charge of the Italy side who reached the final of World Cup ’94, stated it was “impossible” for a national...

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