Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Are good full backs a necessity in the modern game??

Last nights game involving Brazil and Chile showcased 3 of the best attaching full backs in the world; the strange thing being that they all played for Brazil (Daniel Alves was selected on the right of midfield to partner Maicon on Brazil’s right). On the left they have had Bastos who is looking really impressive after a very good first season with Lyon.

Before the world cup many of the pundits tipped the side with the best full backs to win the world cup. The recent tournaments have produced Thuram and Lizarazu for France, Cafu and Roberto Carlos for Brazil and Grosso and Zambrotta for Italy. The attacking flair these players possess along with their defensive attributes make them such pivotal members of successful sides. The Brazilians belief that the best technical players should play in this position is not entirely correct but something that the European sides should take note of in future tournaments. Their overlapping runs often contribute to goals and chances when the opposition defences become stretched.

It has been fantastic watching Maicon and Alves this season playing for the top 2 clubs in Europe and continuing their form on the world stage. Maicon is undeniably the best full back in the world and it is no wonder that Mourinho is desperate to take him to the Bernabeu. The emergence of Bastos has really made Brazil serious contenders and with those 2 assisting the likes of Fabiano, Kaka and Robinho it seems almost inevitable that Brazil will win their 6 title.

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