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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...

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...

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...

Simplicity The Main Tactical Revolution at Manchester United

“Paul’s one of the best midfielders in the world going forward so you should release...

An in-depth look at Lucien Favre’s tactics at Borussia Dortmund

IT has become an impossible task to examine the Borussia Dortmund of this decade outside...

The Jorginho Effect

We are obsessed in England with formations and personnel. Before every match we see graphics...

Where do Manchester United go from here: who next after Jose?

With losses to Brighton, Tottenham, West Ham and points dropped at home to Wolves, Manchester...

Fulham 1-5 Arsenal : Tactical Analysis

Match summary: Possession vs. Counterattack -- Arsenal obtained their first, truly resounding victory of the season...

Juventus 3-1 Napoli: Tactical Analysis

Going into the game 3 points clear of Napoli, this game posed a huge opportunity...

Manchester United 0-0 Valencia: Tactical Analysis

IN the 67th minute of Manchester United’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Valencia, David de...

The new Packing statistic that is catching on fast in the world of football

Today's football world is driven by statistics. Player formations, the style that different clubs employ,...

The Transfer window that Tottenham should have had

Tottenham have become known as the team most conservative of all the top six clubs...

Chelsea 3:2 Arsenal- Tactical Analysis

Match summary: An incredibly open match – Chelsea’s long passes exposed the space behind Arsenal’s backline,...

Lifted Over The Turnstiles: Scotland’s Football Grounds In The Black & White Era

This most comprehensive book about old Scottish football grounds ever published, Lifted Over the Turnstiles...

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona: Tactical Review – Shift to the 4-2-3-1 from the 4-3-3 formation proves decisive for Barca

Lionel Messi I mention Messi first and in a category of his own because of how...

Why Arsenal will start fast, but ultimately struggle this season

This summer has been a period of change at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger leaving...

How will Real Madrid lineup without Ronaldo: A look at all the transfer options Lopetegui has

With the sale of their superstar player and catalyst over the last nine seasons, Florentino...

The Healing Powers of the World Cup

In this modern world in which we dwell it has become far easier to dismiss...

World Cup Final Tactical Preview: The keys to the cauldron may lie on the left.

  The World Cup final on Sunday pits two teams against each other who both play...

Playing 2 upfront proves to be England’s bane again

This was a strange World Cup for the England national team and their fans. For...

Immigrant experiences and National Identity in London through the lens of the World Cup 2018

World Cup: London from AlleyCat Films on Vimeo. A short documentary exploring immigrant experiences and national...

Who will win the Golden Ball at the FIFA World Cup 2018?

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has been one of the most thrilling World Cups in...

Tactical View of Lukaku’s movement for Belgium’s winner against Japan [VIDEO]

Romelu Lukaku's involvement in Belgium's winner against Japan might seem minimal to a casual fan...

The Modric-Rakitic Double Pivot and 7 other tactical talking points from the FIFA World Cup 2018

Inspired by the ESPN's Zach Lowe weekly column on the NBA, I write about random...

Southgate’s 3-3-2-2 formation has some obvious flaws which can’t be ignored

Although Harry Kane’s last-gasp winner ensured that England walked away with a win in their...

An attacking 4-4-2 formation will suit Nigeria the best against Iceland

I do not know how footballers motivate themselves or how they get pumped for a...

Jorge Sampaoli’s 4-4-2 formation isn’t suited get the best out of Lionel Messi

Argentina started off their World Cup campaign with a disappointing draw against Iceland in which...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Matchday 1: Review

If you asked me a month before the start of the World Cup what my...

Spain 3-3 Portugal Tactical Analysis: Cristiano Ronaldo’s new role enables Portugal to snatch a point

Spain and Portugal battled in a thrilling match which ended 3-3 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Preview: Belgium- Tactics, Formation and Expected Lineup

England fans who can remember the 2006 and 2010 World Cups will know all about...

2018 World Cup: England look solid and reliable, but will there be goals?

The excitement continues to build ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and...

Argentina hoping for Messi to come good in the upcoming World Cup

Enrique Dominguez, a football coach in Argentina who used to coach 10- year-olds, couple of...

Tactics Will Count for Deschamps and France at World Cup

There is some speculation at the moment that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is on the...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Preview: Morocco- Tactics, Formation and Expected Lineup

Overview Morocco lead by Juventus defender Medhi Benatia are perhaps the weakest country to represent Africa...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Preview: Tunisia- Tactics, Formation and Expected Lineup

Overview Tunisia completed their World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten and recorded 14 points in total. Though...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Preview: Senegal- Tactics, Formation and Expected Lineup

Senegal enter into this tournament as a massive uncertainty. They have potential to shock many...

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

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

How Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Changed the Game Tactically in 2008-09

Coming off of a disappointing third place finish in the 2007-08 campaign, Barcelona were looking...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Preview: Nigeria

The Nigerian National Senior team fondly referred to as the Super Eagles will be heading...

FIFA World Cup 2018 Preview: Egypt

Egypt go into this year's World Cup with a somewhat peculiar squad. They have the...

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...

Best Soccer Coaching Books

We have compiled a list of the best soccer coaching books which every soccer coach...

4 Top Tips For Football Manager 2018 You Need to Know

When any new version of Football Manager is released, users welcome it with fanfare. But...

The World Cup is set to be one of the most tactically interesting tournaments in years

In the most recent world cups, a lot of emphasis and a lot of column...

Should Jose Mourinho be sacked by Manchester United?

After one of the most timid and humiliating performances ever in Europe by Manchester United...

The Best Real Madrid books every Real Madrid fan should read

Real Madrid Football Club is one of the most popular football clubs in the world....

What Does the New Barca with Dembele & Coutinho Look Like?

Last Saturday, February 24, gave us our first look at Barcelona with Ousmane Dembele and...

Pushed Wide: How Can Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan Fit in a Top-Heavy Arsenal?

So, it’s finally happened. As the Premier League January transfer window slams shut, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang...

Liverpool’s Defensive Cracks Cannot Be Papered Over with Van Dijk’s Signing

Another set piece, another goal conceded. Liverpool's poor and sometimes shocking defending once again proved...

Football Tactics for Beginners: Defending Corner Kicks

We are all afraid of it. It is the 90th minute, your team is up...

The different interpretations of the 3 at the back formation by Conte, Wenger, Pochettino & Guardiola

Antonio Conte came to the Premier League in rather quiet fashion. The arrivals of Jose...

Liverpool 4-3 Man City: Klopp and the Press Check City’s Title March

Seven-goal thriller between Liverpool and Manchester City highlighted the wonders- and the potential flaws- of...

The Long Read: The Rise and the Decline of Jose Mourinho

Abstract: Jose Mourinho needs to be bold and embrace the audacity of pragmatic football instead...

The Football Transfer Sources Reliability Guide

The modern day football fan has access to unlimited amount of information about their favorite...

The Best Football Books of 2017

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

Real Madrid 0:3 Barcelona: Tactical Analysis of El Clasico by Thierry Henry

Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday effectively ending Real's hopes...

The Henderson Conundrum: Why has Liverpool’s Skipper become the Scapegoat?

SINCE his arrival from Sunderland in 2011, Jordan Henderson has found himself figured and refigured...

Anthony Martial Form Changed Mourinho’s Plans

  Jose Mourinho was planning on bringing in Ivan Perisic from Inter to Manchester United when...

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