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The best team of the last decade is remembered as “negative, defensive, cynical and unimaginative” — but Greece’s win in Euro 2004 “was unquestionably the tactical achievement of the decade,” marked by manager Otto Rehhagel’s willingness to throw out shapes that had worked against the last opponent for new formations suited to counter the next. (Zonal Marking). Plus: Zonal Marking’s 20 top teams of the Oughties.

(Image: Greece’s Angelos Charisteas scoring the winning goal in the Euro 2004 final against Portugal. Image credit: Fritz Duras/Wikimedia Commons.)

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