Saturday, 19 July 2014

The tactical battle of the Premier League

Although the 4-6-0 formation would naturally indicate a lack of ambition and attacking threat without a striker, there is much more to the system than the numbers suggest. Playing a ‘false 9’ in the hole where a typical ‘number 10’ player would play not only provides a greater chance of dominating possession and a foothold in the game from midfield, but also allow for the more attacking players to interchange and have the freedom to roam around the pitch to pull markers out of position. Chelsea utilised this system to relatively positive effect in their Champions League Semi-Final first leg tie against Atletico Madrid; they successfully nullified the considerable threat posed by Diego Simeone’s side and kept them relatively quiet, barring a couple of saves made from Mark Schwarzer. Jose Mourinho could spring a surprise by using this strategy in big games against the top four; the acquisition of Cesc Fabregas makes the 4-6-0 a logical choice, as the former Arsenal man has played as a ‘false 9’ for Spain and Barcelona with relative success.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Why Van Gaal will sell Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney came in for a lot of criticism after the Italy game when England lost 2-1 thanks to a Pirlo masterclass. Playing on the left hand side Wayne Rooney failed to track the opposition Full Back and Italy plundered the English left hand side. This prompted Roy Hodgson to switch Rooney to the right hand side. Although Rooney provided with a delightful assist on the overall his performance was a disappointment.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

It’s all about adopting a second World Cup team

As you may have heard, there’s a World Cup on.
And while for most of us that means rallying behind our home nation, there’s no hiding the fact we all love to adopt a second team during the tournament.
There are various reasons why we do this. It may be because our home nation didn’t qualify to begin with (sorry, delete as appropriate Scotland/Wales/N. Ireland). It also might be because we have dual nationality, enjoy a team’s playing style, hold a soft spot for a particular underdog, or, and probably what is most likely, we may have received a nation in a World Cup sweepstake.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

8 things to look forward to in the next round of the World Cup [Satire]

Xavi to examine the grass length before the Chile game

It's commonly known fact that if Barcelona/Spain ever lose a game then it's because of the excessive grass on the pitch. So Xavi has taken it upon himself to cut the grass if it's too lengthy,so that Spain can dominate possession and have a higher passing rate than Italy(Who have the highest passing rate in the World Cup at the moment). But Diego Costa is secretly worried,that the lack of grass will impact his chances of diving successfully.

Friday, 13 June 2014

World Cup 2014-Van Gaal's tactics against Spain

Oranje's coach is ready to make the turn from the traditional Dutch 4-3-3 to a more defensively solid 5-3-2 in order to overcome the disadvantages of Holland's inexperienced back line. Another reason for this new approach by Van Gaal is the unfortunate injury of Kevin Strootman. AS Roma's midfielder was to play a key role for the team as there isn't any -to quote Van Gaal- "adequate substitute" to impose Strootman's defensive qualities as long as his ability in turning defense into attack fast.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Why Michael Carrick will be a big miss for England in Brazil

Roy Hodgson in the recent friendlies has been trying to model Liverpool's style in hope that England can replicate the former's success this season. But a 4-3-3 ala Liverpool exposes England as Gerrard alone in the deep role isn't reliable . As Roy is expected to switch to a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 at the world cup,England will find it difficult to retain possession which has been their problem for quite some time now. Wayne Rooney is also another major issue for Roy Hodgson and you can read all about it here.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

World Cup Golden Boot contenders-Romelu Lukaku

Many names are circulating bookies’ boards and the internet tipped to win the Golden Boot at this coming World Cup. All the usual suspects are present : Messi, Ronaldo, Suárez and until his unfortunate ruling out of the World Cup by injury, Colombia’s Radamel Falcao. However one name is conspicious by its absence, especially to frequent watchers of the Premier League this season, and that man is Romelu Lukaku. Afterall few in 2010 would have picked Thomas Müller to win the prestigous award.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Cup 2014:Croatia-Player Profile-Mateo Kovačić

June 11th 2010: the World Cup opening ceremony kicked off in front of the capacity crowd at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, Mateo Kovačić was yet to train permanently with the senior at his club side Dinamo Zagreb and hadn’t even come close to a full international cap. He was still playing with the Croatian Under 17’s setup at this point.
June 12th 2014: this year, he’ll be in attendance at the lavish ceremony planned for the Arena de Sao Paulo in front of an almost-capacity crowd; the stadium isn’t fully constructed yet.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

50 Twitter Accounts you must follow for the Fifa World Cup 2014

Twitter has become an integral part of the football watching experience. After a goal is scored,people don't anymore watch the replay,they immediately go on twitter to express their disbelief over the defending or their joy seeing the finish. So we have compiled 50 must follow twitter accounts for the World Cup. So get following!


Monday, 2 June 2014

Germany to beat Argentina on penalties and win the World Cup

Although not he bookmakers's favourite,Germany is going to be this year’s World Cup winner according to data collated and analysed by Ladbrokes. Germany with the right blend of youth and experience can become the first European side to win on South American soil.

The Perfect Defensive System #3- Total Defending

In this new series called The Perfect Defensive System,we invite you the reader to contribute posts on what you think is the best defensive system. This defensive system doesn't need to be something which has already been implemented,it can be something from you imagination or from your tactics in Football Manager. So if you think you are better than Jose Mourinho at parking the bus,then send in your contributions to

 In football everyone has a different view on what constitutes the ideal way to play. In the past number of years we have become accustomed to Barcelona with their Tika-Taka style of play and for some this is the ideal way to play. This of course evolved over time and can be traced back to the Ajax of the 1970s and Total Football as advocated by Ajax and Rinus Michels. However this trend focuses on possession of the ball and provides only one end of what I see as a continuum where on one side we have Tika-Taka and Total Football seeking complete control through ball possession, while on the complete opposite side of the scale we have what would be referred to as total defending seeking complete control without possession. In the middle of this continuum you would have the counter attacking style of play where the focus is seeking control in transition. The way I see it a defensive system can take one of those three forms and vary along this scale. For the purposes of this article the focus will be on creating the perfect defensive system seeking complete control without possession of the ball.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

World Cup 2014:Why Wayne Rooney is a bad Number 10

At the last world cup in South Africa we saw a resurgence in the number 10 position. Wesley Sneijder,Mesut Ozil,Xavi Hernandez all played starring roles for their teams in the World Cup. After the World Cup in 2010,the number 10 position like everything else in football evolved. Wesley Sneijder declined quickly partly due to his form and partly due to teams unable to fit him in. Ozil who is a bit different to Sneijder and is more proactive enjoyed success for sometime but later was shipped out to Arsenal from Real Madrid primarily because of his lack of impact in the big matches.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Perfect Defensive System #2 - The 4-2-3-1

In this new series called The Perfect Defensive System,we invite you the reader to contribute posts on what you think is the best defensive system. So if you think you are better than Jose Mourinho at parking the bus,then send in your contributions to
The 4-2-3-1, a variation of 4-5-1, with two holding midfield players that provide protection to the back four without the ball, but help with build-up play and circulation when in possession. The simple principle of having two holding midfielders itself implies of a set up that is more structured without the ball.
Back 4 Protection

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The Perfect Defensive System # 1

In this new series called The Perfect Defensive System,we invite you the reader to contribute posts on what you think is the best defensive system. So if you think you are better than Jose Mourinho at parking the bus,then send in your contributions to Credit to Tom Rumbelow for the idea

Yes, at first sight, it seems extortionate that this guy on the internet can claim to have created the perfect way to organise a defence, and maybe perfect is an overstatement; after all, football is far from a science.  However I like to think through plenty of studying a variety of the greatest teams of the modern era I have created a system that will maximise any team’s chances of success with little regard for budget or squad composition.  Anyhow, let the article do the talking!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Will we see an all-South American World Cup Final?

With the domestic season drawing to a close, the season of World Cup wallcharts, clairvoyant sea creatures, and crystal balls is upon us once again. Who’s going to win? Who’ll be the highest scorer? Will England get out of their group?

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Who will win the Twitter World Cup? Brazil? Spain?

Twitter Followers won you games, who would win this year’s Brazilian World Cup?  Promotional goods providers Stay Sourced have done some research to see who would be the winner of the Social World Cup 2014.  If you want to know more, such as line-ups and the full list of Social World Cup rankings click here.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid:Talking Points-End of Tiki Taka?

Real Madrid dismantled Bayern in a supreme show of pace,power and skill. The reigning champions of Europe were completely annihilated by the devastating counter attacks of the Spanish side.

Same philosophy,Different teams,Same results

Bayern Munich dismantled Barcelona in the Champions League last year in a strangely similar way to which they have been beaten this year. Last year it was Barcelona who were hogging the ball and it was Bayern who destroyed them on the counter. But in appointing Pep, Bayern have taken to the same philosophy which they have helped destroy last year.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Rest in Peace Tito

Louis Van Gaal tactics and his philosophy

Louis Van Gaal rumoured to be the front runner for the Manchester United is the Dutch national coach at the moment. Van Gaal's tactics generally revolve around the famous dutch 4-3-3 although he had successfully implemented a 4-2-3-1 at Bayern Munich. A hard working coach for whom the system is god,he may not be the best fit for United where players such as Rooney have enjoyed tactical freedom over the years. Click here to know which gaming site is right for you . Wayne Rooney probably will be the biggest misfit in Van Gaal's United as he is someone who still has to figure out his best position.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Football Tactics For Beginners: The 4-4-2 Formation

When football was first majorly popularised in the last century, tactics in football and football formations were not as prominent an issue as they are in the modern game. These days however, managers and back room staff work for hours and hours every week in order to crack their oppositions plans and earn the victories they so crave. To do so, managers employ football formations as the 4-5-1, the 4-4-1-1,the 4-2-3-1 or the 4-3-3. These formations have all become much more frequent in today's game as they appear "fashionable". Despite this, the legend of the classic 4-4-2 formation still lives on. Still the most popular formation in the footballing world,the 4-4-2 is now rarely used at the highest level

Friday, 11 April 2014

Why Shinji Kagawa was successful at Borussia Dortmund but is not at Manchester United

Manchester United lost to Bayern over two legs in the Champions League quarter finals. Although the final scoreline of 3-1 suggests otherwise,the game was actually quite close until United scored the first goal. Shinji Kagawa who finally got a chance to play in a big game was one the few United players who impressed on the night. Now,we ll take a look back to Kagawa's time with Borussia Dortmund to see why he was so successful back then.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

How well do you know your club? Manchester United,Chelsea fans among the worst

From the first game you watch on TV to the latest scan of the back pages of the papers, throughout your time as a football fan, you pick up a few pieces of knowledge here and there, mainly about your club. It could be about the most recent game, where you’ve finished in the league the past few seasons or about a record signing, but whatever the stat, it stays in your head.

Monday, 31 March 2014

5 reasons why Manchester United will beat Bayern Munich

Even David Moyes thinks the headline is funny
Read on,at the end of the article,I am sure you will agree with us that,United are going to dish out a thrashing on tuesday.

Brendan Rodgers's Tactical Evolution at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers's tactics at Liverpool have undergone a remarkable transition over the past two years. Rarely we see managers change their philosophy and achieve so much success over a short period of time. Liverpool have evolved from a possession hogging "Lets build from the back" side to one of the most devastating counter attacking teams in England in 2 years. Favouring a 4-3-3 in earlier part of the season,Rodgers has switched to a diamond formation at times and it has worked.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Should Ashley Young start? :How Moyes can beat Manchester City

Ashley Young to Start?

Manchester United fans might groan at the sight of Ashley Young in their starting line up,but Young's versatility and defensive workrate is needed for United,especially if they play Kagawa on the left. David Moyes has to be ready for a surprise or two,if City start with Jesus Navas to exploit the space left by Kagawa,then United will be in trouble. So Moyes can then switch Kagawa on the right and Young to the left. This is not possible if Antonio Valencia is selected ahead of Young on the right. But you can expect David Moyes to drop Kagawa and play 2 of Welbeck/Kagawa/Valencia.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

5 Reasons why David Moyes has been good for Manchester United

Even Moyes seems shocked at our headline
Note-If you don't get satire please don't read more

Friday, 14 March 2014

Park Ji Sung(Manchester United) Vs Ac Milan

“We can talk about Rooney – and he was certainly deadly – but Park’s discipline, intelligence and sacrifice won us the match tactically. Pirlo is such an important player for them.” Sir Alex speaking to MUTV

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

VIDEO:Netherlands 1974 pressing vs Argentina(Total Football)

Cruyff  "Simple football is the most beautiful. But playing simple football is the hardest thing."

Friday, 7 March 2014

A look at Manchester United's system under David Moyes:The Importance of Full Backs

I am a lifelong Manchester United supporter, an avid football player and an armchair tactician. This is my first article discussing tactics and I look forward to some quality discussion in the comments section. I have been thinking about David Moyes' system at Everton and so far at United, and I want to share my thoughts on a few things I have noticed. I will begin by first taking a look at the system itself, or to be precise, one of its most pervasive attacking tactics. This will then shed some light on the various qualities required by individuals and the team. Finally, I will share my personal opinions on a few other matters to round out this article. Throughout, I will remark about various related, and even unrelated, things, and I hope that you will find it somewhat tolerable, if not interesting. I have tried to make this post approachable for the tactical beginners and so I apologize in advance for the verbose nature of this post. Let us begin.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Suarez/Sturridge,Aguero/Negredo-Revival of the striking partnership?

This Premier League season has been great for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the race for the title is as close as ever, and secondly the number of sides with a realistic chance of securing a top four finish is the greatest in recent memory. In addition, another reason as to why it has been such an enjoyable season is because of the strike partnerships we have seen develop and flourish at both Manchester City and Liverpool.