Counter- or Gegenpressing

lemma of zonal positioning

Gegenpressing has been a buzzword in football tactics for the last five years and has garnered more and more attention in the media recently. Because of the success of FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, gegen- or counterpressing has been brought up as one of the main reasons for their titles. BVB, in particular, is defined […]

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FC Schalke 04 – Borussia Dortmund 2:1

Basic Formation

Schalke 04 picked up the next three points in a week and celebrated an important victory as they beat local rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Revierderby. The next winless game gives Jürgen Klopp worry lines.

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Arsenal – Tottenham 1:1

Arsenal finding Ozil in the halfspace and improved movements in their diagonality from this space.

Wenger hasn’t finished beneath Tottenham in the English Premier League in 18 seasons and looks to extend his record. New Spurs manager Pochettino looked to give his team their 50th win in the league against Arsenal in his first North London Derby. This was a game of many ups and downs for Arsenal with 2 injuries […]

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The Half-Spaces


This article will delve into an oft-neglected area in tactics theory: the half-spaces.

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FC Barcelona – Athletic Bilbao 2:0

Barcelona's wide central midfielders + Messi situationally dropping deeper in their 2-6-2 graduation.

Athletic Club looked to get a result away at the Camp Nou and Barcelona sought to continue its run as the only team in La Liga to have a 100% record. Barcelona celebrated the 300th National Day of Catalonia (September 11th) and wore the Senyera kit to commemorate the event. Both teams tried to achieve their goals through aggressive pressure, but […]

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Everton – Chelsea 3:6

Basic formations at the start of the match.

Two of the higher level teams in the English Premier League met on Saturday for an exciting clash. There was a lot of anticipation coming into the match, how would Martinez’s possession-oriented Everton play against Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea squad? The match-up did not disappoint as it ended up becoming a goal fest in […]

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Villareal – FC Barcelona 0:1

Yet sometimes the #10 and the strikers went even deeper.

Barcelona wins against Villareal in the last minutes. The World’s flattest diamond nearly forced Barcelona on the wings and out of the game, but Lionel Messi’s run and the stability of Barcelona’s circulation provided the fundament for the win.

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FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund 2:3

The basic formations at the start of the match

Borussia Dortmund picked up the first points of their Bundesliga campaign with a 3-2 win away to FC Augsburg. Jürgen Klopp’s side clearly dominated the first half and could have ensured victory with a little more ease, but conceded two goals in the last ten minutes of the match.

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Manchester City – Liverpool 3:1

Liverpool exploiting the lack of compactness in City's defense.

On match day 2 the top 2 teams of last year’s Premier League met in the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool had a slight lead at the end of last season and an infamous 2:0 loss to Chelsea & a 3:3 tie with Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City to steal the League title from underneath Liverpool’s noses. […]

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How Van Gaal will rebuild Manchester United


Italy was the natural home of the back three in the last ten years. But it is enjoying a resurrection in international football at present and could be introduced to many clubs in domestic football leagues. Louis van Gaal led the Netherlands to a World Cup semi-final with a 3-4-1-2

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