........................................ TEAM 2MUFC0 / THEON ........................... vs ................................................... TEAM MOBY ............................................... TEAM 2MUFC0 / THEON FORMATION: 4-3-3 Our team is inspired by the Netherlands '74 team and has been built around Cruyff, in terms of personal, formation and philosophy. We have proven partnerships all over the pitch and are setup to dominate the match against the opposition. In attack Cruyff will be playing his false #9 role with Ruud Gullit and Faas Wilkes as roaming wide forwards - the physicality and technical quality of Gullit well complimented by the goalscoring dynamism of Wilkes (Cruyff's hero growing up, who rattled 35 goals in 38 games for Holland). In midfield Neeskens/Van Hanegem/Haan provide the perfect totaalvoetbal base - set to dominate possession whilst also providing immense defensive steel in the middle of the park. Defensively the team is marshalled by Ronald Koeman - arguably the finest defensive passer in the history of the game and the archetypical sweeper for this style. He will replicate the role he played in Cruyff's Barcelona Dream Team, running the game from the back and launching counter attacks with his exquisite passing. On the right Burgnich remains the gold standard as a defensive right back and he will look to tuck in besides Koeman (as he did for Picchi in the Grande Inter side of the mid-60's). Partnering Koeman in the middle is Oleg Kuznetsov, a Rolls-Royce of a defender who finished 11th and 17th in the Ballon d'Or at his peak. Balancing out the defensive players either side of Koeman, Marinho Chagas provides width and attacking impetus down the left flank. WHY WE WILL WIN: Dominance in possession: The 3-5-2 of Moby is more defensive, counter-attacking system, with our play style and players we will dominate possession. Although he has top class defenders we have creative players throughout the team who will create chances. Whilst he has two good strikers, the famously intense Dutch pressing will suffocate their supply and disrupt any offensive rhythm - indeed the midfield dynamism of Haan, Van Hanegem and Neeskens is a couple of levels above the opposition counterparts. Complimentary style: The core of our team is made up of players who know and succeeded in the total football philosophy - this chemistry throughout the side enhances the performance of the team, as it did in ‘74. Distribution from deep: An undoubted legend of the game and regular one man defence for Cruyff’s Dream Team, in this sort of set-up Koeman becomes turbo-charged in terms of his influence. With Burgnich tucking in and Haan capable of dropping into the back line when needed, Koeman has the perfect platform to instigate attacks and provide the platform for our possession based style in midfield and attack. TEAM MOBY Standard 5-2-1-2 formation. Exceptional brick wall of a defense, flying wingbacks down both sides, all round midfield due, creative genius in the hole with a devastating pair of forwards. The World Cup Uruguayan world cup winning keeper Roque Maspoli stands between the posts behind the defense marshalled by the peerless leadership of Franco Baresi who will be bringing in his GOAT levels of shutting down shop at the back. Partnering him on the right is his tried and trusted deputy from one of the greatest defenses the world has seen in 1990 WC, Riccardo Ferri. On the left is the greatest defender produced by the Netherlands, the stylist Ruud Krol - perfectly fit for his role of a wide CB comfortable in covering wide areas as well as central. Flanking the defense on the left is the Russian two-way machine in Anatoliy Demyanenko, and on the right is legendary Argentine, Javier Zanetti. Both fullbacks are a neverending reservoir of work rate and stamina, capable of making massive impact going forward and safe as houses at the back. Both of them will be playing as complete wingbacks, being involved in both phases. The midfield comprises of the legendary Spurs dup of the 1960s - Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower. The latter being one of the greatest names to come out of British Isles, he will be playing as the playmaking central midfielder, adding incredible reading of the game to his exceptional passing, vision and the ability to control the tempo. Complemented perfectly the hard as nails Mackay, who made a world class partnership with him at Spurs and would be playing as the defensive midfielder. Completing the midfield is the greatest Romanian of all time, the creative genius Gheorghe Hagi. One of the attacking midfielders of his time, he will be playing as one in this time right at the heart of the game and will be using his sensational ball control and dribbling in close areas along with his devastating final balls picking out the two forwards. Up front is the deadly duo of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Jimmy Greaves. One of the greatest German players ever, he will be playing as the complete forward here, possessing world class acceleration, control, power and an insane goal threat, he will be exploiting the space between the lines and bursting forward from the wide channels darting towards goal. Along him is possibly the greatest goalscorer England has ever seen. 44 goals in 57 games for England and another 402 goals during his club career, his club numbers right from his first season go 22, 37, 30, 43, 9(12), 30, 44, 36, 35, 16, 31, 29, 26, 11. Thirteen seasons of absolute brutality. Again, playing as the centre forward he will be providing the massive goal threat, an exceptional technical player along with that who can easily drop into channels and dribble past players. Quick, direct football, exploiting the transitions with quick balls releasing the devastating front three and the two flying wingbacks. Excellent technical ability right throughout the team. Creating from the back with Baresi and Krol, carrying out from the wing and playmakers through the middle. One of the best backlines in the draft led by none other than Baresi ensuring watertight defense. Familiar partnerships over the pitch in Baresi - Ferri, Mackay - Blanchflower - Greaves. Tons of goals in the two forwards.