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Coaching the 4-4-2 and Zone Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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About the Author
Floriano Marziali has had a long and well established career as a soccer coach in Italy and is one of the authors of Coaching the 4-4-2.
Vincenzo Mora has had a long and well established career as a soccer coach in Italy and is one of the authors of coaching the 4-4-2.
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I feel that this is best used in conjunction with other materials, as few of the exercises are truly dynamic. Also the very important aspect of body positioning does not get dealt with properly.
However, a good schematic bible - i.e what your position should look like, especially the work on the offside rule.
The book gives a great number of graphics, explaining the tactics and movement of players, but it's a real downfall that all the graphics and the text referring to them are usually on different pages. More effort should have been made on the layout, so the reader would not turn back and forth pages while trying to match text and image.
Snag is, defending your left flank is (presented as) simply a mirror of defending the right flank, and defending left midfield is a mirror of - you guessed it - defending right midfield. So almost half the book is the other half word for word but with the diagrams and words "reversed". And to me the defending is plain common sense, seriously - no gems of trickery or guile at all.
Funny enough I found the shorter sections on attack play quite valuable - how the front two should execute running patterns to lose their markers.
So, I would recommend this for a novice coach only.