Women’s World Cup: England’s Issues in Possession Despite Win over Norway

The starting formations in England's 2:1 victory.

Despite emerging victorious and reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history, England displayed some serious deficiencies in their possession game. For the majority of the tie, Mark Sampson’s team were 2nd best in a largely ineffective and dull performance with the ball. England set out in somewhat of […]

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Chile – Bolivia 5:0

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Sampaoli’s Chile emerged as unsurprising victors against Bolivia whose uncoordinated pressing system was exposed by the intelligent hosts’ possession game.

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Copa America Preview: Chile

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The Copa America promises to be a festival of South American football. Jorge Sampaoli’s Chile side are an embodiment of the excitement, skill, and intensity that South American football is associated with. I will be looking at how La Roja are expected to line up, tactical aspects to their attacking and defensive play, and I […]

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Copa Del Rey Final: FC Barcelona – Athletic Bilbao 3:1

This image is great, the closest player to Rakitic is the left central defender - how did that happen?

Barcelona winning the Copa Del Rey means they have secured the double and kept the possibility of┬ácompleting the treble alive. Athletic Club came out to play with a game plan that was surprisingly bad. Their strategy to man-mark Messi while the rest of the team shifted towards the ball zonally (without access) was the key […]

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The FA Cup Final: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

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Arsenal made history by becoming the most successful club in the oldest football competition on Earth. This was Arsenal’s 12th FA Cup final win and it was probably their easiest as they came up against an Aston Villa side who were outclassed in every area. Arsene Wenger chose an asymmetric 4-2-3-1 formation with the biggest […]

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The Rise of AFC Bournemouth: Team Analysis

The formation of Bournemouth for 14/15

Eddie Howe has just received the LMA manager of the year award after an excellent season in Bournemouth which saw them promoted to the top flight whilst playing the most progressive football in the country. In this article, I will look into some of the key aspects of Howe’s system, in particular their positional play.

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Bayern Munich-Barcelona 3:2

4-1-2-1-2 base position shape for Bayern. 4-3-3 for Barcelona.

Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier was a pioneer of the aviation industry. He and his accomplice Marquis d’Arlandes made the first untethered hot air balloon flight on 21st November 1783. Less than two years later, on 15th June 1785 he set off from Boulogne, France in his ‘Rozier Balloon’ hoping to cross the English channel.

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New York Red Bulls – New York City FC 2:1

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The first ever Hudson River derby provided no shocks as RNBY rather easily beat their neighbors, maintaining a control over the game even after going a man down.

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Tactical Theory: Compactness

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“What is defending? … Defending is a matter of – ‘How much space should I defend?’ … Everything is about meters, that’s all”. – Johan Cruyff The term ‘compactness’ has been somewhat of a buzzword in football tactics over the past few seasons,

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Juventus – Real Madrid 2:1

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Allegri’s team executed an excellent strategy which saw them take advantage of Real Madrid’s instabilities to give them a 2-1 lead to take to the Bernabeu.

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