With a nod to Must Read Soccer’s daily compendium of what really are must read pieces of writing, we’ll try to feature a site here each week that deserves your attention.
This week, it’s Zonal Marking, the best site out there on football tactics and strategy, with a quite remarkable stream of daily articles on clubs and countries around the world. The ethos of the site is kind of the reverse of this one: it’s solely about what happens between the lines. It’s got diagrams, it’s got well-written analysis, and it learns me something every day.
And it should be a must-follow during the World Cup. Where else can you find a serious, interesting and informative piece about North Korea’s surprising quality in attack?
If you expected them to be well-organised at the back but lacking technical quality upfront, think again. Their front two are the two best players in the side – Hong Yong-Jo plays a classic trequartista role, playing between defence and midfield and looking to play through balls for the striker. And what a striker he is – Jong Tae-Se makes intelligent runs starting from wide positions and has a lethal shot on him. In this game, his first goal was a tremendous dipping strike from 25 yards, in off the crossbar, and his second was arguably even better – he controlled a long, diagonal ball, took it past the defender and then smashed it into the top of the net. North Korea may be a defensive side, but they also offer a goal threat.
Zonal Marking is a site that does what it says it does on the tin very well, over and over.