Soccer Analysis

What Does Carlo Ancelotti Have Left To Prove?

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 21, 2017 5:26 PM

Carlo Ancelotti's present day role is turning big clubs with big ambitions into European champions, which makes judging his year to year success relatively straightforward. Yet there is more under the surface. Read more »

Tags: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Italy, A.C. Milan, Real Madrid, IQ

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Max Allegri And Juventus Build A Midfield For Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 15, 2017 12:19 PM

Max Allegri begins with an appreciation for the defensive structure of a 4-4-2 before defining the qualities he envisions in specific midfield roles with the #4 (deep lying playmaker), #8 (box to box midfielder), and #10 (attacking midfielder). Read more »

Tags: Arsenal, Juventus, A.C. Milan, IQ

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Monchi's Shadows Loom Over The Roma Project

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 7, 2017 8:01 PM

Will Monchi build a Spanish side in Italy, or shape his transfer policies for Serie A? Will he move forward with Luciano Spalletti as his manager? Read more »

Tags: Roma, Sevilla, IQ

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Possession, The Dutch 4-3-3 & Modernizing Total Football

by Yu Miyagawa

Things have been difficult for the Netherlands since the 2014 World Cup, but at least their side has a pathway to once again be at the forefront of modern soccer, in whatever form of pressing, possession, or counterattacking it takes. Read more »
Piqué's Inextinguishable Antipathy For Real Madrid

by Colin McGowan

Barça have become more like Real Madrid over the years because occupying the moral high ground doesn't feel as good as winning titles. This is what Piqué is bristling against, when he periodically plants a couple jabs into Madrid's ribs. Read more »
Sevilla, Jorge Sampaoli Manage A Season Of Emotions

by Yu Miyagawa

It would be harsh to judge this season as a failure no matter how it ends, and Sevilla can still win matches based on sheer individual quality. But we've seen glimpses of what could be when the pieces are ticking together, and we've seen Sampaoli and Sevilla win with style. Read more »
Adam Lallana: The Molding Of A Modern Playmaker

by Yu Miyagawa

It took three seasons at Anfield, but now we have a clear answer of who Adam Lallana is: a leader of pressing movements, a veteran leader in the locker room, and an example for future Liverpool midfielders. Read more »
Eusebio Sacristan Finds His Format With Real Sociedad Far From Barca

by Yu Miyagawa

Financial limitations and constraints bring out the best of a certain kind of manager. In that sense, Eusebio Sacristan's years developing at the Barcelona B team to one day take over a senior side worked but it was Sociedad who reap the rewards. Read more »
Atlanta United FC Build With A South American Influence

by Yu Miyagawa

The MLS approach to teambuilding has become much more nuanced in the decade since David Beckham arrived. While the salary cap puts sides on an equal playing level, the how remains a vision unique to the architect. Read more »
Heading Off Barcelona's Down Cycle

by Colin McGowan

Barcelona needs some new ideas and some new players. Europe hasn't solved Luis Enrique's side as much as they have simply declined. Read more »
Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm Each Defined Their Own Roles

by Yu Miyagawa

Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso's 34 years playing at the senior level speaks a fundamental truth about the game: as much as it's defined by the physicality of power and pace, it is positioning and technique are the last characteristics to age. Read more »
Walter Mazzarri Adds His Framework To The Watford Family

by Yu Miyagawa

In characterizing Watford as a family, there was an idea that a club can either win trophies by becoming a billion dollar world brand or stay local with mid-table results. The meaning is in surviving the Premier League for one more season. Read more »
Liverpool & Leicester City Chase The Winter Transfer Window

by Yu Miyagawa

The winter window is surely no time to shape a club. But the added depth can power or save the final four months of a season whether the end goal be to avoid relegation or get into the Champions League. Read more »
Replacing The Irreplaceable Sergio Busquets

by Yu Miyagawa

Sergio Busquets was never Barcelona or Spain's best player, but he was always the most important. The success of the tiki taka era was defined by his play as much as anyone else. Read more »
La Liga And Allowing What's Strange To Become Interesting

by Colin McGowan

If you spend enough time studying any group of people, you will find things to like about them. It is a moving experience and it reaffirms what most of us already know: people are infinite. And if we know this, we know to reject misanthropes and bigots. Read more »
Juventus Embrace The 21st Century

by Yu Miyagawa

The consensus after the initial social media storm is that the new logo represents why Juventus have achieved their recent success - not in the logo itself, but in taking the initiative to modernize before any other club. Read more »
Villarreal Rebuild A Modern Side

by Yu Miyagawa

Marcelino left behind an effective framework to win matches in the modern game. The side began to garner comparisons to Atleti and Leicester City in both defensive workrate and quick counter attacks using the pace of their lead striker. Read more »
The Chinese Super League Keeps On Spending With Improving Taste

by Colin McGowan

Europe's giants are more than happy to sell off their spare parts to the Far East at crazy markups, but what happens when China comes for the players they want to keep? Read more »
Maurizio Sarri's Napoli: The Antidote To Gegenpressing

by Yu Miyagawa

The best word to describe Napoli is verticality. Maurizio Sarri's style is uniquely suited to combat the modern press with quick, one touch passing out of defense. This is tiki-taka designed to exploit both gegenpressing and social media video engagements. Read more »
Oscar & Julian Draxler: Two Prodigies Go On Different Paths

by Yu Miyagawa

If Oscar moved to Shanghai to find himself, Julian Draxler needs to do more of what he has been doing, but on a bigger stage with a stable club like Paris Saint-Germain. Read more »