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Difficult to win on defense alone

Originally Published: April 29, 2010
By Paul Carr | ESPN Stats & Information

As the World Cup approaches, rosters are coming into focus, and fans continue their efforts to determine which players can provide goals and which players can prevent them.

How much of each element does a championship team need? To nobody's surprise, a look at past winners reveals what is expected of top teams: A champion needs a certain competency in both aspects of the game in order to win the World Cup.

On the offensive front, the ability to average two goals a game is vital. Thirteen ...

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