Soccer Analysis

National Team Overhauls & The Early Impact Of The 2018 World Cup

by Yu Miyagawa

Nov 17, 2017 6:47 PM

The 2018 World Cup has already had a significant impact in sparking existential debates about a country's football identity. Why were so many traditional World Cup stalwarts struggling to qualify this time around? Read more »

Tags: Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States, IQ

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Marcelino And Goncalo Guedes Give Valencia A Counterattacking Shape

by Yu Miyagawa

Nov 10, 2017 6:31 PM

Marcelino's side adds another wrinkle to the style and personality of the league alongside the big three of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atleti. Read more »

Tags: Valencia, IQ

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Marcelo Gallardo Aims His Press Towards Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Nov 3, 2017 4:41 PM

Rumors of Marcelo Gallardo's future mimic the conundrum of Argentine talent developed domestically then exported to Europe in their prime. Read more »

Tags: Argentina, River Plate, IQ

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Inter Milan Find Stability Through The Second Market

by Yu Miyagawa

On Walter Sabatini and Luciano Spalletti finding stability by getting the lower profile signings right. Read more »
Controlling Space: Jesse Marsch Builds A Low-Key Anti-Barcelona

by Yu Miyagawa

Jesse Marsch is in the middle of proving something even more impactful than a national team position: that a modern approach centered around youth, pressing and directness can translate into tangible results in the MLS. Read more »
Barcelona, Las Palmas Carry On At Empty Camp Nou

by Yu Miyagawa

There will always be an unease in analyzing the match in the future. The emptiness at the Camp Nou stripped soccer down to its essence: players passed, dribbled, tackled and yelled. Read more »
Edinson Cavani Finally Receives His Starring Role

by Yu Miyagawa

Sure, Edinson Cavani miss chances, and those misses will get magnified on social media leading to an even deeper divide on opinions reflecting his quality. He is defined by dichotomy, both of skill and of opinion. Read more »
Atletico Madrid, Wanda Metropolitano And The Architecture Of Harmony

by Yu Miyagawa

In what could have been a disastrous summer with a transfer ban and fallout from Diego Simeone's non-committal, Atleti inadvertently stumbled into having their stadium cake and eating it too without having to tear down their side to pay for it. Read more »
Frank De Boer, Mid-Table Progression And Selling Hope In Football

by Yu Miyagawa

The Ajax-ization of Crystal Palace lasted 77 days. The most surprising aspect of the firing was how little surprise there was. Read more »
Match Control, Full Concentration And English Teams Breaking Through

by Yu Miyagawa

The question of why Premier League sides fail to make it to later rounds of the Champions League inspires various levels of analysis and theories, but it wasn't always this way. Read more »
Absolute Harmony, Team Spirit And Progressing Through CONMEBOL

by Yu Miyagawa

The CONMEBOL table reflects a larger changing of the guard at play in analyzing the rise of Colombia and Peru, and the struggles of Argentina and Chile. Read more »
Retweets, Player Signing Reveals & The Battle For Our Timelines

by Yu Miyagawa

We're accustomed to an all-access approach as clubs and players must remind us why exactly they resonate as we binge watch an HBO series or blast through a Spotify playlist. Read more »
How Ronald Koeman Is Johan Cruyff Translated To England (For Now)

by Yu Miyagawa

Ronald Koeman said his mentor would approve of the Everton side he's currently built. But Johan Cruyff's principles are a state of mind, adapted to the rules of each club and league. Read more »
The Post-30 Stars Aging And Regenerating In La Liga

by Yu Miyagawa

While Cristiano Ronaldo is spending his 30s playing on the deepest club of his career, Barcelona 30+ crew of Messi, Suarez, and Iniesta have to do more now than ever. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: AC Milan

by Colin McGowan

There was a time where if AC Milan was not the best club in the Europe, they were the most stylish princelings. After several down years, their primed for a reboot under new ownership. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Juventus

by Colin McGowan

For at least a few more seasons, Juventus is going to persist in this nigh untouchable stage of their history where they swallow opponents like a tranquilizing fog. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Borussia Dortmund

by Colin McGowan

Since staring down financial oblivion in the mid-2000s, Dortmund have committed themselves to sustainability, and that means trying to balance squad continuity with selling players at a profit. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Bayern Munich

by Colin McGowan

Soccer gives you more material than you can process and that becomes obvious when a club has been as dominant as Bayern has been over the past few seasons in the Bundesliga. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Real Madrid

by Colin McGowan

Real Madrid are indisputably great and that's the only argument they care about. Method and style and ethos are unimportant. Then you study their trophy case and consider that you might be in the wrong here. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Barcelona

by Colin McGowan

When your youth academy isn't producing world-class talent and you want to keep competing for domestic titles and Champions Leagues, you might start to look like the thing you define yourself in opposition to. Read more »

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