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The system relies on a flat back four, a midfield that has all-round skills and two forwards.
The 4-4-2 had been a favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson's successful Manchester United sides. It's also the traditional formation that players are taught in England.
The forwards in the formation normally act as 'pair', similar to the partnership of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke during Manchester United's treble winning season of 1999.
Because there are only 20 teams in the English Premier League, looking beyond it for a career in the full-time game makes sense. Non-league football is so well run and offers a route into the top flight. This ex-pro & former international explains how you can easily take advantage of this opportunity.
Australia's A-League is on the up. Development of next generation Socceroos is the main objective. Having played with Wayne Rooney at Everton, this Australian international believes that these harsh lessons of the past need to be taken note of.
Talent, luck, focus and hard-work all ingredients for a life in football. Many look at the money, cars and big houses but ignore journey. Former Monaco, Liverpool & Stoke player Salif Diao made a commitment at 13 that highlights a modern day problem in youngsters.
A footballer’s ability to change is key for success. One minute you're starting, the next you could be on the bench. Top players look to take advantage of any playing opportunities. Gio van Bronckhorst destroyed Arsenal’s Euro dream as he went from unused sub to Champions League winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney were all stars at an early age. They jumped from junior football to first team starter months after leaving school. It can be exciting but as Galatasaray star Nigel De Jong explains in this video, young players have to be ready.
So, what are going to do with that world star hiding in your team? Manuals, badges? Think on! The football4football ‘Secrets to elite development’ event saw a group of coaches reveal how they took promising teens on to become some of ‘the world's best players!' [see video]
Don’t be fooled by transfer deadline day. Here at football4football we’ll take you exclusively behind the supposed last minute wild spending and roller coaster ‘breaking news’. Top agents give never before seen personal accounts of the deals that cost mega millions. Here is the first part of how your clubs sign players.
With the stakes higher than ever for Premier League success, there's one player who could tempt a few Premier League clubs put off by massive transfer fees..
The days of international teams getting smashed by cricket scores are now a thing of the past. Former England forward Emile Heskey highlights the emergence of lesser known nations who climb the FIFA rankings.