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Is England the new Greece?

Updated: November 18, 2011, 4:35 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

It's the age-old debate in football: Is success about players or tactics?

Triumphant teams at the international level manage to blend both, but you can crudely separate this century's major tournament winners into two distinct groups: France in 2000, Brazil in 2002 and Spain in 2008 and 2010 won primarily because they clearly had the best players, particularly going forward. Greece in 2004 and Italy in 2006 won because they had the best tactics, particularly defensively.

England's ...

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