Pressing-Game im Four Four Two

Updated: Februar 14, 2016

04In der renommierten englischsprachigen Fußballzeitschrift werden immer wieder fußballinhaltlichen Themen besprochen. Seit der neue Trainer bei den Reds Jürgen Klopp ist – interessieren sich stetig mehr Journalisten und Experten über deutsche Trainer und deutsche Ansichten. Im nachfolgenden Artikel geschrieben von Uli Hesse, wo Gedanken zum frühen Attackieren des Gegners behandelt wird – befragte er auch u.a. Trainer Hyballa – da er aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln die Thematik beleuchten wollte!!

FourFourTwo ist ein monatlich erscheinendes Fußball-Magazin des britischen Verlages Haymarket Publishing. Es erscheint in 17 Ländern und wird vom Verlag als das auflagenstärkste Fußball-Magazin der Welt beworben.

Die Erstauflage von FourFourTwo datiert aus dem Jahr 1994, der Name spielt auf das Spielsystem 4-4-2 an. Jede Ausgabe hat einen Umfang von etwa 164 Seiten. Von 2006 bis 2008 erschien auch eine deutschsprachige Ausgabe. Der Absatz blieb aber hinter den Erwartungen zurück, so dass das Magazin mit Ausgabe 3/2008 eingestellt wurde. Als erste deutsche Mannschaft wurde Borussia Dortmund 2013 unter dem Titel „Europe’s hottest club“ auf dem Titelblatt abgedruckt.


While observers had noted how effective

forechecking was in ice hockey, it seemed

impossible to implement something

similar in football.

After all, football has

twice as many outfield players, and the

playing surface is almost twice as long

and three times as wide, which means the

under-pressure defender has too many

options (including playing the ball over the

heads of onrushing opponents, which you

couldn’t do in ice hockey). Then there was

the problem of stamina. Gorman could give

his players a rest every few minutes by

bringing on substitutions or changing lines.

A football coach wouldn’t have this privilege.

It wasn’t until the 1974 World Cup that

Gorman’s aggressive forechecking was

successfully transferred to top-level football.

Archive footage shows how Rinus Michels’

legendary Dutch side never gave their

opponents time to properly build from the

rear, relentlessly putting pressure on their

rivals until they were rushed into attempting

a pass they don’t want to make. It was just

a pity that Gorman, who had died in 1961,

never got to see it in action.

The breathtaking style of this Dutch team

has gone down in history as ‘total football’,

but Michels himself preferred another term.



“You can play the pressing game in every

area of the pitch,” Peter Hyballa, coach

of Bayer Leverkusen’s under-19s, tells

FourFourTwo. Hyballa has a reputation as

an expert in the field.

Last year, he was

invited by the Hennes Weisweiler Academy,

where German managers earn their

coaching badges, to hold a training session

based exclusively around pressing.

“If you press really high up the pitch,

close to the other team’s goal, I’d call

that forechecking,” Hyballa says. “Then

we have defence, midfield and offence

pressing. When you play defence

pressing, you drop back and only begin

to attack the ball near your own

penalty area. But attack you must,

otherwise it’s not pressing.

“Of course, there are other defensive

strategies. You can be content with

closing the passing lanes and letting

the other team play around the back.

But pressing means defining a situation

and a moment when you actively and

aggressively try to gain possession by

attacking the ball. Ultimately, pressing is

about winning the ball in the exact part

of the pitch the coach wants to win it.”