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I thought it would be interesting to cover one match each day taking a closer look at each team’s formation, and providing an explaination on the tactics employed by each manager.

From match-day one the formations utilized by Luiz Felipe Scolari of Portugal and his opposite number Fatih Terim will be examined but first scores from Day 1 including match statistics.

Day 1 Group A Scores

Switzerland 0 - 1 Czech Republic
Portugal 2 - 0 Turkey

Portugal vs. Turkey

Felipe Scolari utilized the 4-2-3-1 formation for the Portuguese camp (see diagram below), which is a relatively defensive formation. It allows two holding midfielders not only to screen for defense, but also initiate attacks from the rear of the midfield.

This formation also provides large wing spaces for teams to utilize. Also, the distance could be drawn between the CAM and the target person (#9). therefore a fast #9 could be used very efficiently in 4-2-3-1. France defeated Brasil in 2006 World Cup with a 4-2-3-1. In La Liga the formation normally is employed with one central midfielder more attack-minded than the other.

Fatih Terim utilized the 4-1-3-2 formation for the Turkish camp. Terim normally employs the traditional 4-4-2 formation associated with English football.
4-4-2 is all about balance through the middle of the field. In the modern game it is normal for one of the central midfielders to be a holding player to protect the back 4, allowing the other midfielder to be more of a playmaker. Also one of the 2 strikers is likely to be a target man , a tall, strong striker such as Ibrahimovic or Drogba that the other striker can play off.

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