Tuesday, 7 October 2014

How to Lose A Football Match

A Tactical and Statistical Analysis of How Manchester City Dropped Two Points

Make no mistake, even though Manchester City drew their home Champions League match with Roma 1-1 in reality Manchester City lost this match. With multiple Roma starters missing and an early 1-0 lead Manchester City was not able to finish this match with a desperately needed three Champions League Group points. The crucial decision made by Manchester City’s manager, Manuel Pelligrini, was to set up Manchester City in a 4-4-2 formation, with only two central midfielders. Roma played a 4-3-3 formation with three Central Midfielders and Francesco Totti as a “False 9” Center Forward. Totti played this position 21 times in the 24 matches he started in the 2013/2014 season and has played the same position every time he has started in the 2014/2015 season. A “False 9” is a Center Forward who drops deep into midfield in between their opposition’s defensive and midfield lines to offer an extra central passing option:

Friday, 19 September 2014

Who are the biggest contenders in this year's relegation race?

Relegation is a touchy subject at the best of times, but at just a few weeks into the Premier League, there are already a few teams who could be hanging on to their Premier League dream by the skin of their teeth.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Angel and Claude

Di Maria-Real's best player in the champions league final,2014
ClaudeMakélélé is one of the most influential players in the history of modern football as he came to define the modern Holding Midfielder position.  The growth of the Holding Midfielder position helped modern football tactics evolve from formations based around a two man central midfield, primarily a 4-4-2 formation, to formations built around a three man central midfield, primarily in 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 formations.  Makélélé was not a physically imposing player and he did not cover a lot of territory.  Most of his passes were short, and he rarely scored, but he was an invaluable member of his team.  Makélélé’s greatest strengths were his positioning and awareness.  His job was to sit at the base of his team’s central midfield and provide defensive cover for his team’s Centerbacks, allowing the other Midfielders and Attacking Fullbacks the freedom to attack.  He and other Attacking Midfielders became the fulcrum of their teams.  They provided the support to balance out teams built around a collection of attacking players.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Colombia- The future is finally bright for Pekerman’s men

The World Cup is over, what once was a hot bed of cultural vibrancy is now an expanse of shattered Brazilian self-worth. Yet, out of this dystopian wilderness there is a yellow light that continues to brighten up South America- that of the Colombian national team. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ajax Pressing vs Barcelona (2013-2014) Champions League- [Video]

Monday, 11 August 2014

Football Tactics for Beginners:Rebirth of the Back 3

One of the most notable tactical trends of the 21st Century is the death of the 3-man defense.  In the 1980’s and 1990’s the 3-man defense grew into prominence in World football as a way to counter the most influential formation in modern football, the orthodox 4-4-2. The orthodox 4-4-2 is a system based around partnerships: pair of Center Forwards, Fullbacks and Wide Midfielders, pair of Central Midfielders, and pair of Center Backs. It allows a team to naturally occupy the most space on a field. Finally, the 4-4-2 is a very flexible formation: it can be very attacking with the two Center Forwards, or it can be very defensive with the midfield and defensive lines acting as two defensive lines of four. The 4-4-2 gets it width from its Wide Midfielders who play with their strong foot wide and look to attack the opposing byline and swing crosses into the box for the two Forwards, while the Fullbacks stay deeper and provide defensive cover. The pair of Central Midfielders are charged with pushing forward in attack to help support the Center Forwards and dropping deep in defense to provide protection for the Centerbacks.

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.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

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