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Jeremy Mathieu: Frenchman proving there is life after Alba


Jeremy Mathieu playing for Valencia

Of all the players at Valencia that will have lamented the loss of Jordi Alba in the summer, Jeremy Mathieu must have wondered what life would be without his left sided partner in crime.

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Joaquin: Resurrection at La Rosaleda


Joaquin Sanchez playing for Malaga

Cast your mind back 12 years to the 2002 World Cup. The first time the Jules Rimet trophy would be held aloft on Asian soil. Spanish hands were closer than English ones that’s for sure but as a 20-year old Joaquin stepped up to take a penalty against the surprise package of the tournament the Korea Republic the internet archives will show that tame strike was saved and Hong Myung-Bo put Guus Hiddink’s side through to the semi-finals at the expense of La Roja.

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5 Great Performances: When defensive midfielders became central defenders


Daniele De Rossi Italy vs Spain Euro 2012

The very nature of playing out of position usually comes about out of necessity. Whether it’s to cover an injury crisis or an untimely suspension. While in most circumstances it often back-fires, there are those rare performances where the managers who made the decision to take a player out of his comfort zone can be the difference between walking off the pitch with three points, and cowering away in the office lamenting your ambitious tactics.

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