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Discussion in 'General Football Chat' started by ABBEY, Mar 19, 2017.
No Italy in Russia next year.
I'll miss Italy , although I'm not sure how much of the World Cup I'll watch .
They featured in my favourite game of all time , the 1970 World Cup Final ( not including the 1966 final of course, but that was for different reasons ) As a defender myself , I've always had an admiration for their Catenaccio defensive system. Their version in the 1960s was four man-marking defenders tightly assigned to the opposing attackers while an extra player, the sweeper ( libero) , would pick up any loose ball that escaped the coverage of the defenders. Destroyed by the individual skills of Pele , Rivellino , Jairzinho , Gerson et al in the Mexico final and then made redundant by the fluidity of Holland's total football in the 1970s
Chris Coleman leaves Wales to join Sunderland. Probably realises the peak has passed for the national team. Plus there will undoubtedly be more dosh on offer.
I always rated Coleman both as a player and a manager. I'd have liked him to manage Rovers.
To be honest I’m surprised he didn’t get a better team than one at the foot of the Championship.