Soccer Analysis

Ernesto Valverde Sacrifices Champions League For Unbeaten Glory

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 13, 2018 6:37 PM

The unpredictable nature of Europe belies a steady hand. So, La Liga or the Champions League? Ernesto Valverde's nature may only be suited for one. Read more »

Tags: Barcelona, IQ

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Quique Setien: Footballing Counterculture And Winning On A Budget

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 6, 2018 5:01 PM

We know his sides can entertain. We know they can score and will get scored on. Now, we're seeing that the 59-year-old manager can get results on a grander stage as well. Read more »

Tags: Real Betis

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The Belgium Problem: Is It Too Late For Roberto Martinez?

by Yu Miyagawa

Mar 31, 2018 11:58 AM

Kevin de Bruyne criticized how Roberto Martinez because Belgium rely too much on individual talent. And lacking a focus on tactics, they will always have difficulties against organized, technical sides like Mexico. Read more »

Tags: Belgium, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United

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You Can't Go Home Again: Monchi Finds Ambition At Roma

by Yu Miyagawa

Anyone as successful and driven as Monchi will want to make decisions on his own terms. His track record presents a reversal on the traditional problem of a club obsessed with continental success at the expense of domestic play. Read more »
Domenico Tedesco Leads Second Wave Of Bundesliga Managers

by Yu Miyagawa

Domenico Tedesco is this season's revelation, with Schalke currently sitting second place in the Bundesliga table. His story is one of competence and surprise. Read more »
Jose Mourinho's Critics Have A Point, Now More Than Ever

by Colin McGowan

It's an open question whether Jose Mourinho knows that he's blowing his Manchester United tenure or not. If beneath the princely hostility, he feels a sharp, shameful tingling, he wouldn't ever let us know. Read more »
Netflix & Europe: Chiellini, The Defining Touch & Building UCL History

by Yu Miyagawa

The first three episodes highlight the dominant theme of the show: Juventus' obsession with winning the Champions League that runs from the board to the players, to their supporters. Read more »
A New Controller In Midfield: The Mousa Dembele Blueprint

by Yu Miyagawa

Mousa Dembele's unique combination of physicality, technique, and dribbling is the current adulation of supporters and commentators alike, although the adjectives to describe the whole of his play are difficult to pin down. Read more »
The Surprising, Sudden Exit Of Yannick Carrasco From Atleti To China

by Colin McGowan

On why Atleti decided to sell Yannick Carrasco after the January transfer window and to a Chinese team with financial ties to the club. Read more »
Ezequiel Barco, A Bridge To Europe, And The Future Of The MLS

by Yu Miyagawa

Spending $15 million on an 18-year-old would raise attention anywhere, much less in the MLS. But whether Atlanta are alone in their eight-figure ambitions, or if these types of gambles become the norm, is a philosophical battle that will shape the league for years to come. Read more »
Blocked Shots & Long Balls: Dyche-Ball Battles For Place In Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

In analyzing how a side with the third lowest wage bill in the Premier League so thoroughly outperforms their expectations, the "how" is just as interesting as the "what." Read more »
James Rodriguez Finds His Form In Germany

by Yu Miyagawa

There will surely be another group of young playmakers who break out in Russia, but we'll need to temper our expectations with the reminder of James' past that there is no straight line to a soccer career. Read more »
The Best Teams Money Can Buy: English Clubs Distance Themselves Again

by Yu Miyagawa

The on-field impact of trading Sanchez and Giroud for and Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan may be a wash, but Arsenal's moves added to the perception of a league where big money moves happen. Read more »
Third Party Ownership And Backroom Power Struggles

by Yu Miyagawa

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's story represents the murkiness of third party ownership. Jose Mourinho never really wanted him but now he gets a new shot with Arsenal. Read more »
La Liga's Saudi Arabia Scheme Echos Ongoing Issues

by Colin McGowan

La Liga suits are simply too lazy and unimaginative to effectively market and improve a league that's often fantastic to watch but frustrating to consume. Read more »
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain And The Future Of The Liverpool Midfield

by Yu Miyagawa

Liverpool's roster is shaping up to be Jurgen Klopp's vision in its purest form with 10 ball winners chasing, recovering and dribbling as one. Read more »
Paco Jemez & Vincenzo Montella Add Passing & Personality To La Liga

by Yu Miyagawa

Whether fighting relegation at Las Palmas to battling for a Europa League position with Sevilla, these are the stakes from year to year in La Liga. Read more »
Transfer Moves, Playing Time: How The World Cup Looms Over 2018

by Yu Miyagawa

The World Cup hangs over the background as the ebbs, flows and crescendos of a season shapes players, national and domestic sides and transfer moves well before and well after the event. Read more »
2017 Year-End Soccer Club Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina & Yu Miyagawa

Manchester City, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester United enter 2018 in our top-5. Read more »
Why 2017 Was The Year Of The Fullback

by Yu Miyagawa

With the focus on counter pressing and counter attacking, it was only a matter of time in which a certain type of player or a position would arise out of sprints, recovery and athleticism. Read more »

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