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IGN has posted another UEFA Euro 2008 blog called Subtle Features.

Quote:
"The first feature is the addition of negative formations and a counter attack tactic. Currently in FIFA a bad team is easy to beat, but thatís not always realistic Ė especially when you are playing them in their own stadium. If you take a look through the results of international qualifying matches you will see that very often when a top nation plays away against a weak nation they might only win 0-1."

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# 1 JRod @ 04/24/08 06:33 AM
This is something interesting...

Quote:
Negative Tactics
The first feature is the addition of negative formations and a counter attack tactic. Currently in FIFA a bad team is easy to beat, but thatís not always realistic Ė especially when you are playing them in their own stadium. If you take a look through the results of international qualifying matches you will see that very often when a top nation plays away against a weak nation they might only win 0-1. Thatís due to a number of reasons. Firstly the home team is using defensive tactics to get a 0-0 draw, secondly, they are inspired to play better in front of their home crowd, and thirdly, the away team is often in a very alien environment which affects them mentally. All of this adds up to a game where the away team tends to have a lot of the ball but they donít create too many chances, and the home team nearly always come close to scoring themselves.

So we have recreated these types of games in Euro 2008. You will notice the home team will usually have nine men behind the ball, just leaving one striker up top. Then when they win the ball back they will counter attack at pace and if youíve committed too many men forward you may get into trouble.

This leads to games which can become a siege of the home teamís goal, as the better team keeps chipping away at the defence until they can find a way through. Usually if you manage to score one goal the second one is easier to get as the home team lose momentum.

In the reverse fixture, the weak team will again look for a draw but they will tend to be overawed by the occasion and wonít be so hard to beat as they were on their own ground.
The EA marketing department finally found a term why big little teams can beat big teams in regular fashion.


If they can pull this off, I would be happy. But it seems just like marketing spin.
 

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