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Why Pep Guardiola was right in signing Claudio Bravo

Arguably the biggest move of the summer for Pep as new manager of Manchester City was how he dealt with the goalkeeping situation. Joe...

Football Tactics for Beginners-The Regista

The rapid rise of the 4-2-3-1 formation over the past decade has seen the importance of the regista or the deep lying playmaker skyrocket....

Wayne Rooney remains a Square Peg in a Round Hole for...

Manchester United fans are enjoying one of their best periods after Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. Win against Liverpool and many United fans...

Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea: Tactical Analysis

As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This now includes Chelsea’s record-equalling 13 match winning streak, which was...

The rejuvenation of Yaya Toure

Having frozen out by Pep Guardiola over a serious row between the manager and Toure's agent, Yaya has seen City career take a complete...

The best of The False 9 in 2016

The Football match which started a war Plenty of football stadiums have statues standing outside of them. There’s a strange one here and there (Michael...

AS Monaco: Europe’s most prolific attack

Though being second in the Ligue 1 table behind OGC Nice by 2 points, AS Monaco have been thrilling the football world with their...

Steve Walsh- The man behind Leicester City’s title win

Football has undergone tremendous change over the years. There is so much emphasis on tactics and managerial changes these days. Nobody has patience anymore,...

How Lionel Messi’s legendary body feints work[VIDEO]

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OGC Nice – An emerging superpower

After finishing 17 games in the current Ligue 1 campaign, OGC Nice sits first in the table with 40 points - 1 ahead of Monaco...

Forgotten Superstars – Alvaro Recoba

If you grew up watching Football Italia on Channel Four, you probably have fond memories of many players plying their trade in Italy. Whether...

Why does English football not trust Zonal Marking?

After many years of threatening to clamp down on excessive grappling from set-pieces, this season has seen Premier League referees penalise holding and shirt-pulling...

What football can learn from recent trends in American sports?

So much in sport is copied and learnt. American sports have all seen big changes since the turn of the century. Most of the...

MNF’s brilliant analysis on Antonio Conte’s new system at Chelsea

Few days back, we asked the question, Three at the back:The formation of the future? Well, Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher certainly believe so, at...

Mourinho needs a “Tactical Evolution” to get Man United back to...

Following United’s 0-0 draw to Burnley, leaving them without a league win since their 4-1 thrashing of Leicester in late September, there are many...

Three at the back:The Formation of the future?

The 4-4-2 formation was highly prominent over the 1990’s to mid-2000’s until the age of the 4-3-3 and later, the 4-2-3-1 came along. Nowadays...

American Bob Bradley’s Swansea City Falls 3-2 to Arsenal

American soccer fans enjoyed a historic day on last Sunday as Bob Bradley became the first American soccer coach to manage a team in...

A Guide to Corruption in Brazilian Football

Corruption in Brazil as a whole According to the World Economic Forum, out of the 138 nations researched, Brazil is the 4th most corrupt nation...

20 years of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Twenty years as the manager of any club at any level is a milestone which deserves respect but to achieve that in the top...

English Football and its “Get Stuck-In” Mentality

It was a glum group of players and supporters who filed out of Matlock Town’s Causeway Lane ground in 1982. Hyde United had lost...

Planet.Training- The Perfect tool for Football Coaches and Tacticians

planet.training is an online platform for football coaches and tacticians to create and organize their tactics, formations,drills,training's,etc . At the same time, they become...

Tactical Analysis- USA 4-0 Trinidad & Tobago

The US Men’s National Soccer team closed out the opening round of World Cup 2018 qualifying with a comprehensive and emphatic 4-0 victory of...

The High Press: Why Liverpool can’t stop scoring and Spurs have...

The ‘high-press’ has become one of the most regularly discussed trends in football. Popularised by Guardiola’s Barcelona, and Klopp’s Dortmund, it is now a...

Is the 4-2-3-1 formation not suited for the Premier League?

While all the talk this weekend has been about Manchester United's third successive loss, Mourinho's previous club, Chelsea put in a listless performance of...

10 Books every Manchester United fan must read

  Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and...

Analysing Jurgen Klopp’s tactics at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has made it quite clear how he likes to approach teams in possession, and that won’t change. What did however need to...

Jose Mourinho needs to switch to a 4-3-3 formation to get...

Jamie Carragher ripped apart Paul Pogba's performance against Manchester City in this week's Monday Night Football. Pogba was all over the place against City...

Xabi Alonso on the tactics of Guardiola and Mourinho [VIDEO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oia-J4ALbRs Xabi Alonso is one of the privileged few footballers by managing play under both Mourinho and Guardiola. He gives a brief view into the...

Analysing Jose Mourinho’s tactical options before the Manchester Derby

United v City. José v Pep. Manchester derbies are always a spectacle to look forward to but there’s no doubt that excitement has increased...

How Daley Blind helped Germany win the World Cup

Simon Kuper, during a 2015 sports data discussion with Balls.ie, on how Daley Blind helped Germany win the World Cup pic.twitter.com/xRflQCPIlC — Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim)...

Analysing Pep Guardiola’s tactics at Manchester City

Manchester City have started the season very strongly, winning all three of their league games and dismantling FC Steaua București on their way to the...

Dimples, Kangaroos and Bohemians

One of the main tram routes in Prague is the 22. This goes all the way from Bíla Hora, the site of one of...

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher analyse Wayne Rooney’s performance against Bournemouth

There has been a lot of debate regarding where Wayne Rooney will be playing under Jose Mourinho. While Mourinho has stated, Rooney will either...

Analysing Tottenham’s pressing game under Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side last year overperformed by just about everybody’s standards. After the team finished 5th in Pochettino’s first season in the 2014-15...

Wayne Rooney is Jose Mourinho’s biggest problem at the moment

“He (Rooney) understood the reasons completely,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “Tactically we got it right. We don't always, but we did then. He understood the...

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