Chapter Six: 2002-2006

Words by: Alex Stewart Produced by: Joe Devine
November 17, 2017


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

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