As the world cup gets firmly on the horizon, the anticipation is building ahead of the first match of the tournament between host Brazil and Croatia on June 12.
Brazil are certainly be the favorite. But they will face major competition on home. There are plenty of challengers threatening them. Today we will focus on top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
Top 5 teams with their different tactics:
Argentina is a team with the richest collection of attacking players on their side. Diego Maradona or Sergio Batista shove as many of them as possible into the side and hope their collective talents will somehow win it out. Funny, isn’t it? But this time, learning from mistakes, Alejandro Sabella built solid base and then started to add the marvels.
Argentina always have the problems of defense. The back four may lack the star quality of the forward, but it does have Javier Mascherano with Fernando Gago and Angel Di Maria shuttling alongside him. His main role will be to link to a dazzling front three; Gonzalo Higuain with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
Argentina thus stays in the list of top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
The coach Jorge Sampaoli has proved so popular in Chile as he described himself as a ‘disciple’ of Marcelo Biesla.
Like Biesla he often uses three backs that allows his midfielders to press the opponents as early as possible. Jorge Sampaoli will change the shape according to the opposition, just like Biesla, 3-4-1-2 sometimes becoming 4-3-3.
The changes that are made are all about identifying the patterns of the opponents and then looking to disrupt their natural rhythm as far as possible.
The front three is formed highly mobile with Alexis Sanchez cutting from the right, Eduardo Vargas on the left and Jorge Valdivia in central position.
However, for their technical aspects of playing they gain the position in our list of top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
As it has been since the quarter-final of EURO 2008, the shape of German team will be 4-2-3-1. But it is only the part of story.
The Coach Low has abandoned a centre-forward to play with a false nine eight times over the past two years.
Mario Gomez misses his chance for the squad while Miroslav Klose, at 36, could be given the opportunity to add to his 14 goals in World Cups. It seems likely that Low will start with Thomas Muller and Marco Reus on the flank, Mario Gotze as a false nine and Mesut Ozil as the playmaker.
On the contrary, the front four isn’t necessarily great at tracking back, which can expose the back four. Low’s attempt to make German team more proactive which has coincided with such defensive lapses that no side finished top of its qualifying group in Europe conceded more goals than Germany.
With a struggling qualifying for the World Cup, the new coach is now attempting to use players from the domestic league. He has returned to the system they used in 2010 World Cup, which in turn was essentially the style Ricardo La Volpe used in Germany in 2006 World Cup.
In some sense the formation is a 5-3-2, but there are some natural fluidity to this shape, with Rafael Marquez stepping out from the centre of defence and the two wing-backs, Paul Aguilar and Miguel Layun, providing the width.
Deep in the midfield, Juan Carlos Medina sits to provide a fixed point, while Herrera is
committed to a front two, usually Oribe Peralta and Javier Hernandez, so the formation can shift into 3-3-2-2 or 4-2-2-2 depending on whether the wing-back or Marquez advance.
The Brazil-born striker Diego Costa gives Spain a bustling, physical edge up front and it may be the end of the False nine upon his arrival.
However, Spain has an embarrassment of riches in the middle. There has always been something slightly awkward about Xabi Alonso and role of disrupting the Barcelona trio Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
But if Cesc Fabregas and David Silva are included in the team, does the team lack pace, is it just full of neat midfielders who hold the ball firmly.
Spain, the previous champion leads as the most influential team in the list of top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.