Can Brazil replicate Les Bleus’ home success without a world class striker?

Johnno, if you read the article you will see that I have mentioned Henry and added that he effectively played as a right-sided winger in France 98, not a number 9. That was when he played. If you remember, Henry was only 20 at the time of the tourni and didn't feature as a permanent starter. In fact, in the knockouts he came off the bench in the semi and didn't get off the bench in the final. My recollections are that he emerged at France 98 but his best, most consistent football, followed later. I was a massive fan. In fact, he's one of my favourite ever footballers, but the point here is that he wasn't the main central striker in France's World Cup success. Jacquet effectively had the avg Guivarch as his main number nine, and like Fred he copped a whole heap of criticism. But he ended up a World Cup winner at home.

3 Jul 2014
World Cup domination, yet defeat: Ange and his young Socceroos will learn from the errors

Tim Cahill has now scored five World Cup goals and it just dawned on me a little earlier that the last three (one v Serbia in 2010 and the two here) have all be assisted by the right fullback at the time, Wilkshire in 2010 and Franjic and McGowan in Brasil. Great delivery for all three assists

19 Jun 2014
World Cup domination, yet defeat: Ange and his young Socceroos will learn from the errors

You're right in that he played the second half of a warm up game against Parana Clube at left back, but he's very left footed, so can play as cover for Davidson if required. You're right about centre backs playing on the right. Given the circumstances I think McGowan has done ok the past game & a half but agree that long term he isn't the obvious option there. Of course, Franjic has to find games & fitness. As to the alternatives for Spain, I know that Milligan was being mentioned as a right back option for this one before his hammy, & there's talk he msy be back for Spain, so it's an option. But I wouldn't be surprised if McGowan gets another crack. As I said, thought he did ok, and I remember being impressed by him as a right back for Hearts against Liverpool in a Europa league game a couple of years ago. Meanwhile, he provided a gem of an assist (first time ball) for the Cahill goal...

19 Jun 2014
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