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FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Defending Book
FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Defending Book


 
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FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Defending

A Team from Another Planet!
A Tactical Blue-Print of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Team

This book is an exclusive and groundbreaking study of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team.

This information and analysis of one of the most successful club sides in history has been in high demand and it is finally here!

The defensive part of Barcelona’s game does not get enough attention, but is integral to their philosophy and all their superior style of play.

The main elements of their tactics include pressure high up the pitch, winning the ball back quickly, maintaining a numerical advantage around the ball zone and pushing their opponents wide to limit their space.

We can now see a full analysis of Barcelona’s defensive tactics which have been so important to their success. The book shows Barca’s 4-3-3 system of play, each player’s responsibilities, positioning and movement within every possible phase of play.

Terzis Athanasios is a Tactical Professor of Football and has compiled an extensive assessment of Barcelona’s attacking play after over 1000 hours of studying all the games from the 2010-11 season. Guardiola’s team has won 3 La Liga championships, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 4 Spanish Cups, 2 Super Cups, and 2 FIFA World Club World Cups.

The book starts with the characteristics of the players and the philosophy of Barcelona and builds into a comprehensive overview of the defensive tactics employed with clear diagrams and detailed descriptions.

Included:
  • Strategies used to counter specific formations (the 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-2-1, 5-3-2 and the 4-3-2-1).
  • Assessments of specific phases of play (central zone, near the side-lines and set plays).
  • Pressure, cover and support from front, middle and defensive zones
  • Preventing and limiting opposition space
  • Defending from set-pieces
  • Plus a lot more - SEE FULL BOOK CONTENTS BELOW

  • This gives football coaches an unbelievable chance to learn how Barcelona play and adapt their tactics to combat any team they play. Their defensive work is so important to their success and allows them to be such a strong attacking force.

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    	FC Barcelona - Closing Down Attacks on the Flanks
    Book Contents
    Chapter 1
    The characteristics of Barcelona players
  • The Player Profiles
  • Pep Guardiola
  • 2010/11 Season 4-3-3 System of Play and Player positions
  • Chapter 7
    Barcelona in the defensive phase against the 4-3-2-1
  • Preventing numerical dominance in midfield
  • Tracking players and preventing short passes
  • Intelligent positioning to prevent vertical passes
  • Chapter 2
    The philosophy of Barcelona
    Chapter 8
    Barcelona in the defensive phase against the 5-3-2
  • Man Marking
  • Utilising the spare man in midfield; double marking
  • Attacker’s defensive work to maintain cohesion
  • Chapter 3
    Barcelona in the four phases of the game
  • Barcelona in the defensive phase
  • Barcelona in the transition from attack to defence
  • Barcelona in the attacking phase
  • Barcelona in the transition from defence to attack
  • Chapter 9
    Barcelona in the defensive phase against the 4-3-1-2
  • Getting three players around the ball carrier; regaining possession
  • Pushing high up the pitch to mark free players
  • Denying space for potential receivers of the ball
  • Chapter 4
    Barcelona in the Defensive phase
  • The chain reaction of the midTelders and the forwards
  • The chain reaction of the defenders
  • Cohesion between the back four and the defensive midfielder
  • Pressure, cover and support in wide areas
  • Tactical movement: Offside line
  • Keeping the ball near the sideline and preventing the switch of play
  • Pressing high up the pitch towards the sideline
  • Closing passing options inside; forcing play down the line
  • The second line of defence
  • Limiting the space for the wide player in possession
  • Chapter 10
    Tactical situations where the pressing application was not possible
  • Defenders
  • The opposition create space down the flank to attack
  • Defending a long kick to the centre of the field
  • Midfielders
  • Defending against a central midTelder with space to create
  • Defending the long ball into the attacker
  • Midfield cohesion around the ball zone
  • Defending an aerial ball into the centre of the field
  • Forwards
  • The second line of defence
  • Closing down attacks on the flank
  • Chapter 5
    Barcelona in the defensive phase against the 4-4-2
  • Limiting the opposition to one passing option at the back
  • Applying pressure to a team passing along the back line’
  • Pressure on the goalkeeper
  • Building up play from the back
  • Pressure on the central defender receiving the ball from the goalkeeper
  • Defending forward runs from the full backs
  • Limiting passing options for the central defenders
  • Preventing midfielders receiving short passes from the defenders
  • Defending a goalkeeper’s pass to a full back
  • The opposition full back receives the ball on the halfway line
  • Chapter 11
    Barcelona when defending near the sidelines
  • Defending on the weak side
  • Defending near the sidelines and close to the penalty area
  • Defending when the winger nears the by-line
  • Defending a free player near the penalty area
  • Defensive adaptability
  • Chapter 6
    Barcelona in the defensive phase against the 4-2-3-1
  • Marking forwards who drop deep to receive the ball
  • Pressing forward and covering positions
  • Preventing vertical passes and creating superiority in numbers around the ball
  • Defending a long kick towards the sideline
  • Midfield balance and positioning from long kicks
  • Chapter 12
    Barcelona’s defending from set pieces
  • Defending a goal kick
  • Defending a corner kick
  • Defending a free kick near the sideline
  • Defending a free kick near the corner flag
  • Defensive positioning from throw-ins

  • Conclusion

    Meet the Author

    Athanasios Terzis

    Athanasios Terzis

  • UEFA 'B' coaching licence

  • M.Sc. certification in coaching and conditioning

  • M.Sc. certification in coaching and conditioning
  • Soccer Team Tactics

    I played for several teams in Greek professional leagues. At the age of 29 stopped playing and focused on studying football coaching. I have been head coach of several semi-pro football teams in Greece and worked as a technical director in the Academies of DOXA Dramas (Greek football league, 2nd division).

    I wrote and published two books " 4-3-3 the application of the system" and " 4-4-2 with diamond in midfield, the application of the system". I decided to proceed in something more specific so coaches would have an idea of how top teams apply the same systems. My next project is the 4-2-3-1 of Mourhinho’s Real Madrid.

    Analysing games tactically is a great love and strength of mine. I think teams have success only when they prepare well tactically.

    I have watched Barcelona in most of their league and Champions league matches for the last seven years and less frequently over the past twenty years. I believe that this Barcelona side is by far the best Barcelona I have ever seen in regard to their attractive style of play and success in becoming the best side in the world. I have analysed Barcelona’s tactics for this book, which together with the teams’ incredible technical ability allows Barca to perform their attractive brand of football.

    I watched every Barcelona game in the 2010-11 season creating a set of highly detailed notes on each. I watched many of the matches over 20 times. The matches were separated according to the opposing team’s formation. This book is made up of over a 1000 hours of extensive tactical research and analysis of Guardiola’s Barcelona side .

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    FC Barcelona - A tacticl Analysis March 21, 2013
    By: Livio Tramontin from Welland, South Australia Australia  
    Products were shipped in good order and on time. Subject is excellent for those wanting to analyse the game.

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    play like barca. . January 28, 2013
    By: Israel Rodriguez from Oakland, CA United States  
    It was a gift to a friend which was his greatest gift as a coach.  He loved it..

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    Great January 25, 2013
    By: Albert Wijbenga from The Netherlands  
    I received this book very quickly and I'm from the Netherlands. Within 4 days I had the book and the book is excellent. Brilliant overview of the total football of FC Barcelona

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    Best tactics book i have read January 22, 2013
    By: Coach Ben from Australia  
    These books are great.  They are logical, well structured and comprehensive, with lots of pictures to illustrate phases of play.  Buy these books before you by any others on FCB.

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    Product: FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Attac December 9, 2012
    By: Adrian Carberry from Athlone, Roscommon Republic of Ireland  
    As a coach I'm very impressed by this product and will find it very useful in my sessions going forward. Delivery of the purchase was also very prompt. Overall very happy.

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