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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