VS ......................................... TEAM SKIZZO ............................................................................... TEAM ONENIL ................................... Spoiler: Onenil tactical change TEAM SKIZZO Setting up in a slight homage to Brazil 82, we look to get the best out of our star player - Zico. With different interpretations of the line up, usually falling into a "square" or 4-2-2-2 formation, I've tried to set up the team to put the best style of personnel around him. Starting from the back, we have one of the greatest keepers of recent times, and arguably one of the best of all time, Oliver Kahn. Not much needs to be said about the German stopper, but his command of the defense will be key in keeping the back line organized, while he's reliable enough to be called on when needed. The center back pairing in front of him will be a couple of no-nonsense italian defenders - Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Gentile. Both are tough in the tackle, and are able to offer an outlet and find a player to move the ball forward. Chiellini has played in a back 4 and a back 3, so would be comfortable moving slightly wider if necessary with the movement of players around him. The attacking right back position is taken up by Danny McGrain, who was widely regarded as one of the best full backs in the world in his pomp, and can offer a good attacking outlet when going forward, while being reliable on the defensive side too. Leo Junior will take up the same role he had in the Brazil 82 side, taking up his playmaking role from the left back position, while also moving to take up space in the midfield as it opened up. Mauro Silva will be the more reserved of the midfielders, playing more of a holding role, but able to support as necessary. Mario Coluna, an integral part of one of the best club sides of all time, the Portuguese midfielder will take up the "Falcao" role (and yes, he's on the opposition) playing in a box to box role, and moving up into the space vacated by Zico as he gets into the box. Zico will be the key player who keeps the team ticking over. Getting on the ball, and exploiting the space afforded to him by the movement of the players around him. Dragan Dzajic takes up his position wide left, while Tom Finney will play his position wide right. Uwe Seeler leads the line. Not much needed to be said on those players, as their talents and bio's are well known. How the team works: We'll be looking to play an attacking game, moving the ball between our playmakers and star men. Zico will have players around him who open up the space for him to exploit. As he moves into the box, Coluna will move into the space vacated, and look to pick up balls around the box. As Coluna moves up, Leo Junior will take up the playmaking position from the left back/left CM area and offer an outlet to recycle possession. There were key parts of that team which i looked to replicate, although i understand its not a perfect replica, and the biggest difference will be between Finney and Socrates' role in the team. Dzajic will be the Eder, moving wide left and opening up the space for Zico around and in the box, while also offering a goal threat. Seeler will lead the line, but is also comfortable linking play, and could lay balls off to Zico and the wingers as they attack and move into the box. Finney was comfortable on either foot, and will look to drag the defense wide right, or cut in to occupy space centrally after Zico moves into the box. The players mentioned above also offer a variety of threats not associated with the Brazil 82 side, in the sense of Finney being a more direct threat than Socrates, Seeler being a more clinical striker than Serginho, and Dzajic being a better outlet than Eder. Not to mention the aerial threat that crosses from either wing to Seeler poses. As for how match ups and comparisons with the oppositions works, discussions will be saved for the match thread to generate some interest and handbag-swinging conflict. Good luck @onenilltothearsenal TEAM ONENIL 433 Nils Liedholm “Spider Web” Style 79-84 3 time Coppa Italia winner (80,81,84) Serie A Winner (83), European Cup Runners-Up (84) “The Swedish manager was the first coach to garner success in Serie A by moving away from the quintessentially Italian counter-attacking, man-marking style. Liedholm encouraged his players to use the whole pitch and – to disorientate their opponents – the Swede’s tactic of choice was not tiki-taka but the so-called “spider’s web”, a series of horizontal passes designed to break down defensive organisation... “The main difference between the two sides was the way they attacked. While the Dutch were lightning quick, Roma had a more considered approach. For Liedholm – Il Barone, as he was known in the city – the keys to everything were mobility and fluid positioning.” “The Valdemarsvik-born schemer was an early innovator of zonal marking in calcio, shifting from Italy’s traditional libero or man-marking system. Luís Vinício had introduced a similar zonal system in the 1970s but had abandoned it soon after, citing the players’ inability to remain disciplined enough. It was Liedhom who finally brought the system to fruition... “In Liedholm’s fluid zonal marking the defence was responsible for patrolling areas of the pitch, and his teams mastered the art of confusing the opponents by making it impossible to know when attacking players would finally be passed on to teammates to mark.” Defenders Led by the impeccable Elias Figueroa the defense is built to support the patient attacking game in Liedholm’s style. Maicon in his peak was a beast capable of dominating a flank. Pessotto was renowned for recovery pace, tactical and positional awareness. Puyol marshalled the famous Barcelona and Spain sides and his tough as nails playstyle is welcomed here. We are strong in the air, superb at reading the game and extremely pacy with guile on the flanks. Midfielders With Falcão, Cerezo and Mendieta we are well suited to perfecting Liedholm’s tactic. In addition with Figueroa stepping up at times and Lato moving to the middle to assist in the midfield battle we will maintain the numbers advantage. As the team is incredibly hard working from front to back we will maintain control of the tempo and position of the match. Attackers Luis Suarez in his sparkling Barcelona form leads the line with tenacious runs. Rensenbrink offers a strong goal throat in addition to dribbling magic that will worry the opponents right back and centre back covering. Lato is a hard working, skilled team player who also tallied 45 goals in 100 NT matches for Poland including leading WC74 in scoring. All of our front three are also comfortable pressing off the ball giving us an advantage over the two CBs not good with the ball at their feet. Why You Should Vote OneNil Professional Manager! - Yes folks, I am the only side with a professional manager! While the rest of the poor GOATs have to suffer through being managed by utter amateurs - shoe salesmen, traffic cops, IT telecommuters, Bitcoin speculators and hobo savants - we have an actual proven scudetto winning manager in Nils Liedholm to manage our side. Zico would rather play for us - Quite simply Zico would rather join our side with his mates. Gentile and Chiellini are a drab and dour pairing. Our electrifying midfield and defense will control the proceedings. Zico likes to have the ball. He won’t have it as much as Falcão. Zico should join our team.