Conventional wingers: A dying breed?

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Multiple top-tier sources including BBC and the current Tier 1 Journalist Fabrizio Romano have confirmed that Spurs are in talks with Real Madrid over the loan signing of Gareth...

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The European Resurrections of Ever Banega

It seems fitting that Éver Banega’s final bow in European competition involved him lifting the Europa League. Barring a surprise reversal in the future,...

Liverpool aren’t favourites to win the Premier League and here’s why

The glitter has barely settled on the Anfield pitch since Liverpool's self-styled Premier League title winning celebrations at the end of July and we're...

The Football Transfer Sources Reliability Guide

The modern-day football fan has access to an unlimited amount of information about their favourite player, club or team. And when it comes to...

How will Messi fit in at Man City- Pep’s thrilling 4-3-3 formation if Messi completes move

After Lionel Messi made it clear via fax that he wants to leave Barcelona, various reports have indicated that Man City are the favourites...

How will Thiago fit in at Liverpool- A look at Liverpool’s 4-3-3 formation for next year

Liverpool are expected to make a move for Bayern Munich's midfielder Thiago according to the English outlet, Mirror. Thiago was instrumental in Bayern's Champions...

Lyon 0: 3 Bayern- Tactical Analysis

In this analysis, we will be observing the tactics of Rudi Garcia and Hans-Dieter Flick in their recent champions league semi-final clash. Bayern eventually...

Tactical Analysis: RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG

COVID-19 has brought a chain of strange events to football. Champions League has turned into 1-leg knockouts, all to be played in Southern Portugal,...

RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG: Tactical Analysis

In this tactical analysis of the Champions League semifinals, we will take a look at the tactics of Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann. PSG...

Football Tactics for Beginners

Total Football and it’s impact on the modern game

The popularism of the “Catennaccio” in the 1960s by Helenio Herrera was game-changing in that it focused its tenets on defending and the art...

Football Tactics for Beginners: The Low Block

What is the low block? The low block is generally referred to a football team's defensive shape without the ball. Generally the low block consists...

Football Tactics for Beginners: Defending Corner Kicks

We are all afraid of it. It is the 90th minute, your team is up by one goal and the opposition is about to...

Football Tactics for Beginners- The Sweeper Keeper: From Lev Yashin to Manuel Neuer

Germany’s Manuel Neuer has been widely credited as one of the finest goal-keepers of his generation, and quite rightly too. The Bayern Munich shot-stopper...

The Diminishing role of the Stopper Center Back in the Premier League

Defending and its place in the modern game has spawned a quagmire of critical debate. Back in 2014, when Gary Neville’s article in the...

The art of the long throw and how to counter it

Since the dawn of time, mankind has yearned to to throw stuff really far. Rocks, spears, shapes in the night club, to be human...

Football Tactics For Beginners-The Christmas Tree Formation

  Football is a result oriented business. Whatever succeeds, earns fame for itself and for its conceiver. And if it captures the imagination of spectators...

Football Tactics for Beginners: Tactical Periodization

What is Tactical Periodization? Tactical Periodization is a coaching methodology which is used to train football players with respect to the tactical context of the...

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Lyon 0: 3 Bayern- Tactical Analysis

In this analysis, we will be observing the tactics of Rudi Garcia and Hans-Dieter Flick in their recent champions league semi-final clash. Bayern eventually...

Tactical Analysis: RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG

COVID-19 has brought a chain of strange events to football. Champions League has turned into 1-leg knockouts, all to be played in Southern Portugal,...

RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG: Tactical Analysis

In this tactical analysis of the Champions League semifinals, we will take a look at the tactics of Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann. PSG...

Total Football and it’s impact on the modern game

The popularism of the “Catennaccio” in the 1960s by Helenio Herrera was game-changing in that it focused its tenets on defending and the art...

Foul- The Beautiful Game, An Ugly Truth [Book Excerpt]

The clip-clop of football boot studs on concrete echoed through the tunnel over the hum of distant crowd noise. A drenched team of players...

China – The Relationship Between Society and Football and Why the Two Must Adapt to Progress

In 2012, the current President of China, Xi Jinping, stated his desire for the country to set its sights on a World Cup trophy,...

Remembering Arthur Wharton: The First Black Professional Footballer

In an interview from 1888, Arthur Wharton recalled overhearing a conversation between two fellow track competitors some years before. “Who’s he,” one rhetorically asked,...

Analysis of Man City’s 9 league losses or The Importance of Kevin De Bruyne

With debates regarding the PFA Player of the Year vote for the Premier League, I decided to dig deeper and research the Kevin de...

The Jürgen Klopp Pressing system

If a single tactical feature were to be used to define a manager, for Jurgen Klopp, it would certainly be the pressing or the...

  The different methods to Marcelo Bielsa’s madness

The current Leeds United manager and arguably the most influential coach in modern football, Marcelo Bielsa is the subject of this analysis because I’m...

The Tactical Feud of our Times: Klopp vs Guardiola

The end of a 30-year old wait in conquering the first English tier for Liverpool coincided with a visit from their main rivals the...

Tottenham 2: 1 Arsenal- Tactical Analysis

In this analysis, we will be observing the tactics of Mikel Arteta and José Mourinho in their recent Premier League clash. Spurs eventually won...

Football Books

Best Football Tactics Books

We have compiled a list of the best football tactics books for the casual football fan. Football tactics has become an essential part of...

Best Football Analytics Books

We have compiled a list of the best football analytics books for the casual football fan. Football analytics and data science/machine learning in general...

The Best Football Books of 2017

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2018, we have compiled a list of the best...

Best Football Autobiographies

I Am Zlatan: My Story On and Off the Field Born to Balkan immigrants who divorced when he was a toddler, Zlatan learned self-reliance from...

Best Football Books for Children

Football is a great way to introduce your child to the world of books. So we decided to list down some of best football...

10 Best Liverpool Books every Liverpool Fan Must Read

Liverpool Football Club is one of the most popular football clubs in the world. From the Far East to the United States, Liverpool has...

The Best Football Books of 2019

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2020, we have compiled a list of the best...

10 Best Football Books every fan must read

We have compiled a list of 10 best football books every fan must read. We have tried as much as possible to cover a...

5 Books every Soccer fan needs to read before the FIFA World Cup 2018

The FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and it's the perfect time to brush up your history and facts about the World...

Foul- The Beautiful Game, An Ugly Truth [Book Excerpt]

The clip-clop of football boot studs on concrete echoed through the tunnel over the hum of distant crowd noise. A drenched team of players...

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...

Best Soccer Coaching Books

We have compiled a list of the best soccer coaching books which every soccer coach must have in his/her bookshelf. No matter whether you...
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Forgotten Superstars-Matthias Sammer

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A look back at Liverpool’s treble winning 1983/84 season

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The Original Invincibles- Preston North End 1888/89

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How Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Reinvented Total Football

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Descent into darkness: Osvaldo Zubeldia and the era of antifutbol

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