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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...

Football Tactics For Beginners: How to watch Football -Part 1

    How to watch football like an expert? Never try to analyse a game from the team you support live....

What Should Be in a Football Coach’s Inventory This Season?

Another football season lies ahead, and local teams up and down the country are preparing themselves for a tough,...

Manchester City and the art of tactical fouling

Manchester City beat West Ham United 5-0 in their...

How will Liverpool lineup in 2019/20 season

Jurgen Klopp will be looking to build on last...

Who are the Five Most Tactically Astute Managers in Europe Right Now?

Millionaire superstar players may have endless social media followers, may score the goals, drive the fancy cars and have...

The rise of Luka Jovic

By now even the most casual of football fans will have heard about him, while Football Manager enthusiasts have...

A look at Dusan Tadic’s False 9 role for Ajax under Erik ten Hag

Ajax had two excellent strikers in Kasper Dolberg and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, a perfect combination of youth and experience. But,...

Hungary – The Golden Team that never quite made it.

When you look back at the history of past World Cup winners and European Championship winners the usual names...

Liverpool’s Tactical Evolution under Klopp This Season

It has been a big season for tactical evolution of Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. With just six games remaining...

Barcelona 5:1 Lyon : Tactical Analysis

Three weeks after a goalless first leg in France, Barcelona stormed to a 5–1 victory against a Lyon side...

Pep Guardiola’s use of the Libero in the 4-3-3 formation

Pep Guardiola is amongst the most thought provoking tactical intellectual’s of football history, and is the pioneer for tactical...

4 perfect summer transfer targets for Manchester United

Despite United’s excellent run since Solskjaer took over, it is still clear that if Man United want to compete...

Real Madrid 0:3 Barcelona – Tactical Analysis

Going into this game after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, this game was evenly poised with everything to...

The Original Invincibles- Preston North End 1888/89

In the wake of Manchester City’s record-breaking claim to the Premier League, The False 9 will look back at...

The Complex Task Of Replacing Fernandinho

Fernandinho, one of Manchester City’s most tactically important players, is approaching his 34th birthday, and will surely...

Cruyffism through Spain

Spain has developed a unique commitment to technical football which has put them in good stead to make the past decade a period of Spanish dominance. The story to this dominance begin decades before hand when Cruyff decided that Barcelona would be the club he would next manage after his time at Ajax was over. He would create a cohesive identity for the club which kept the vision while finding success. This vision began with a number of manager who came before Cruyff but after Cruyff left, there would be many managers in Spain who would use his methods to discovery their own success.

The Best Football Books of 2018

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2019, we have compiled...

Man United’s thrilling 4-3-3 formation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a dream start to his managerial career at Old Trafford with Manchester United winning...

One of Barca’s biggest weaknesses has become their strength this season

Even under Pep Guardiola when Barcelona can claim to be one of the all time great clubs sides they...

Football Tactics for Beginners

Football Tactics for Beginners- The False Winger

A relatively new one to the lexicon of the...

Football Tactics for Beginners: Inverted Fullbacks

A relatively unknown quantity, the inverted fullback position is...

Football Tactics for Beginners:Rebirth of the Back 3

One of the most notable tactical trends of the...

Football Tactics for Beginners: Multi-Functional Players

Introduction: In times gone by, multi-functional players may have been...

Football Tactics for Beginners: Tactical Periodization

What is Tactical Periodization? Tactical Periodization is a coaching methodology...

The Rise of the forward destroyer

Over the last decade we have seen the disappearance of the...

Football Tactics for Beginners: The Low Block

What is the low block? The low block is generally...

Football Tactics for Beginners- Juego de Posición

The main principle behind "Juego de Posición" is to...

Football Tactics For Beginners: How to watch Football -Part 1

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Manchester United set to move for unsettled Premier League star in January

According to the English newspaper, The Sun, Manchester United are set to make an offer for the unsettled Spurs...

Barcelona prodigy’s first coach claims he has never seen anybody like him

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Zidane speaks directly to Man United star, wage demands yet to be met

According to the English outlet, The Sun, Zinedine Zidane has reportedly spoken to Paul Pogba and his agent Mino...

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Pep Guardiola explains how to receive the ball [Video]

Many consider Pep Guardiola to be one of the greatest football coaches of the...

Football Tactics for Beginners: The Low Block

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Goal Analysis: Manchester United 1: 2 Crystal Palace- van Aanholt (90’+3 minutes)

Manchester United suffered a home defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on...

A look at Gian Piero Gasperini’s tactics at Atalanta

After almost 3 years with Gian Piero Gasperini at the helm of Atalanta, they...

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Johann Cruyff explains the diamond formation

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What if Pep’s Barcelona played against Sacchi’s AC Milan?

Pep Guardiola has re-invented football so much in the...

Forgotten Superstars-Matthias Sammer

Most football fans who consider themselves to be experts...

The Original Invincibles- Preston North End 1888/89

In the wake of Manchester City’s record-breaking claim to...

Hungary – The Golden Team that never quite made it.

When you look back at the history of past...

FC Start and The Death Match

“Without belittling the courage with which men have died,...

How to beat Pep’s Barcelona, with helpful advice from Bruce Lee, Samuel Johnson, and others.

Barcelona have started to dominate European football to such...

Dr. Carneiro or: How I should learn not to stop the game and love the boss

Hundreds of journalists this week have condemned Jose Mourinho...

What if Pep’s Barcelona played against Sacchi’s AC Milan?

Pep Guardiola has re-invented football so much in the...

‘The Diamond demolition’ in the Kolkata derby

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How Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Reinvented Total Football

Arrigo Sachi, the mastermind of the Milan side of...

Football And Alcohol

      “When I read about the evils...

English Football and its “Get Stuck-In” Mentality

It was a glum group of players and supporters...

The Football match which started a war

Plenty of football stadiums have statues standing outside of...

Descent into darkness: Osvaldo Zubeldia and the era of antifutbol

EVEN if Billy McNeill was really nicknamed Cesar rather...

Cruyffism through Spain

Spain has developed a unique commitment to technical football which has put them in good stead to make the past decade a period of Spanish dominance. The story to this dominance begin decades before hand when Cruyff decided that Barcelona would be the club he would next manage after his time at Ajax was over. He would create a cohesive identity for the club which kept the vision while finding success. This vision began with a number of manager who came before Cruyff but after Cruyff left, there would be many managers in Spain who would use his methods to discovery their own success.

Dimples, Kangaroos and Bohemians

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When Sir Alex Ferguson Lost by 9 Goals in back to back matches

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