Group C Tactics Board
France | Holland | Italy | Romania
FranceWhether Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech opts to go with his favourite 4-4-2 formation or a 4-2-3-1, the ground rules do not alter.
Probable line-up: 4-4-2 formation Coupet; Sagnol, Thuram, Gallas, Abidal; Vieira, Makelele, Ribery, Malouda; Anelka, Henry
HollandInevitably for someone brought up the Ajax way, Holland manager Marco van Basten has a natural affinity for a 4-3-3 set-up where wingers are supposed to make the difference, so it was quite a sensation when the Oranje boss announced early this year that he would henceforth be employing a 4-2-3-1, the international flavour of the month.
Probable line-up - 4-3-2-1 formation: Van Der Sar; Melchiot, Heitinga, Bouma, De Cler; De Zeeuw, Van Bronckhorst, Van Persie; Van Der Vaart Sneijder Van Nistelrooy
ItalyAzzurri boss Roberto Donadoni constantly chopped and changed his playing system throughout the qualifiers, switching from 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 and 4-5-1, from the Roma-inspired 4-2-3-1 to the 4-1-4-1, which his predecessor Marcello Lippi used to great effect in winning the 2006 World Cup.
Probable line-up - 4-4-2 formation: Buffon; Panucci, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Pirlo, De Rossi, Camoransei; Di Natale, Toni
RomaniaThe rank outsiders of the devilishly tough Group C, no-one gives them a prayer of making the quarter-finals.
Probable line-up - 4-2-3-1 formation: Lobont; Contra, Goian, Tamas, Rat; Cocis, Chivu; Nicolita, Dica, Mutu; Marica