Not That Kind of Player

            This study will examine the relationship between national identity and international football tactics. Specifically, this study focuses on the national identities of Spain and the Netherlands and how these identities affect the tactics used by their national football teams in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  While most studies keep these two fields separate, this study considers the relationship between these two variables.  National identity is an important field in political science and international studies.  In this study, the independent variable national identity is measured by an extensive investigation into the scholarly literature regarding national identity in both Spain and the Netherlands. This dual case study approach uses official FIFA statistics as well as prominent tactical analysis websites to analyze the dependent variable, tactics.  The study finds a seemingly solid relationship between national identity and tactics in both cases.  In both cases it appears that there is a relationship between current national identities and the tactics employed by each team.

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