How Deco Made Counter Attacks Successful

By Stevie Grieve Jose Mourinho’s Porto won the UEFA Cup in 2003 then the UEFA Champions League in 2004. They did this on the basis of having a very strong defence, very organised in midfield with fast attacking transitions. When … Continue reading

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Mourinho’s Defensive Tactics

By Stevie Grieve Since I was young, I have always had an interest in tactics, specifically successful coaches, or coaches who have seemingly come from nowhere. When Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto won the UEFA Cup in 2003 against Celtic, I … Continue reading

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Man Marking in Midfield

By Stevie Grieve One of the main benefits of playing with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 is that you can have a high level of flexibility using the 5 players in the midfield. We regularly see teams who like to press … Continue reading

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James Rodriguez Enters the Game and Proves Decisive

By Vasco Mota Pereira FC Porto’s Colombian winger James Rodríguez is still young (20 years-old), but during the past year has been proving how good he can be (and how much better he may turn out to be). Last Friday, … Continue reading

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