Conventional wingers: A dying breed?

In the good old days, the rules of playing football were simple, and so were the tactics. The big and sturdy lads played in...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

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The Power of Football in Politics and Society

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Mourinho’s return to form makes Spurs Premier League contenders

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A look at Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics at Leeds United

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PSG 1: 2 Man Utd- Tactical Analysis

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Man United’s possible lineup against Chelsea based on the new and exciting back 3 formation used in the PSG victory

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Serie A’s Last Outsiders Part 1: Hellas Verona, 1984/1985

With the 2020–2021 Serie A underway, there is a general sense of uncertainty about a league that has fallen from the heights of its...

Have Opponents Got Used To Liverpool’s 4-3-3 Formation This Season

Liverpool are conceding goals at an alarming rate when you consider that they only conceded 33 Premier League goals throughout last season’s title-winning campaign....

Football Books

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...

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 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...

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 a list of the best...

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...

How will Pjanic fit in at Barcelona? A look at Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation for next season

As the deal between Barcelona and Juventus regarding the transfers of Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic has almost been finalised, let’s take a look at how Pjanic will fit in at Barcelona. Many Barcelona fans will feel hard done by this transfer as they are losing Arthur, who at 23 years old is still young and could have been their midfield maestro for years to come. Instead, they are signing a 30 year old who joins an already aging squad. This deal will help Barcelona in meeting their FFP obligations as player sales are directly booked as profits where as player purchases are amortized across the duration of their contract as explained in this Forbes article.

Read: A look at how Arthur will fit in Sarri’s thrilling 4-3-1-2 formation at Juventus

Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation with Miralem Pjanic

Although we might see Barcelona involved in a few more transfers this summer, for now Pjanic is most likely to be used as a direct replacement for Arthur Melo in the midfield. Pjanic used to be the deepest midfielder for Juventus but with Sergio Busquets operating in that area, Pjanic would have to adjust to a slightly advanced role. If Barcelona do sign a new central midfielder or use Rakitic in midfield, then Pjanic can be used to replace the again Busquets who has been quite error prone at times.

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Man United expected lineup against Sheffield United: Pogba & Bruno to start together for first time

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Sky Sports News has confirmed that Juventus and Barcelona have agreed upon a £72.5m fee for the signing of midfielder Arthur. The Brazilian midfielder...

Tottenham expected starting lineup and formation against Man United: Mourinho confirms star striker will start

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Barcelona reject a massive £135million from Man United for young star

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The Power of Football in Politics and Society

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Mourinho’s return to form makes Spurs Premier League contenders

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Barcelona plot final bid to bring Premier League star to Camp Nou in January

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How the signing of Osimhen changed Gattuso’s approach

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