A new millennium, a new football? Not quite: 2002 saw the final primacy of three-at-the-back at the World Cup, and 2006 saw the return of the back four, and, a style of football we all probably recognise today.
In 2006, Argentina scored one of the greatest team goals ever. Finished by Esteban Cambiasso after 26 passes, it was a magnificent example of ball retention and attacking pace.
"A decade after it was scored, this goal is now seen by many as being the precursor to tiki-taka, when possession itself became a potent weapon in football." Gregg Bakowski
From Uruguay 1930 to Brazil 1950, we examine the stories, tactics and goals of the World Cup.2
At last, a Brazilian win! The tournaments between 1954 & 1966 saw the first time a nation won the World…3
Broadcast in vibrant colour for the first time, this era saw a troubling tournament and some of the most exciting,…4
Less goals, more attention; football was at its most visible so far in the 1980s, but defence truly was king.5
Featuring Arrigo Sacchi, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Baggio, the 1990s was a wonderful era for World Cups.6
A new millennium, a new football? Not quite. This era saw slow tactical changes; a move towards modernity.7
This was the era of football DNA, tiki-taka and a style both exhilarating and suffocating.