Soccer Analysis

La Liga Preview, Part 1: Atletico Madrid's Most Dangerous Team

by Yu Miyagawa

Aug 18, 2018 10:30 AM

This upcoming season doesn't feel like an iteration of Atleti, but an entirely new sequence. Atleti can still win matches 1-0, but they can also score four goals if necessary. Read more »

Tags: Atlético Madrid, IQ

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End-To-End Stuff: Gareth Bale

by Colin McGowan

Aug 17, 2018 9:39 AM

Gareth Bale exists in the two states: recovering from a calf injury and on the verge of a pulled hamstring. He's somehow been somehow invisible at the biggest club in the world, but that's changed with Ronaldo leaving for Italy. Read more »

Tags: Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, IQ

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End-To-End Stuff: Cristiano Ronaldo

by Colin McGowan

Aug 16, 2018 10:45 AM

We often ask athletes that they build their lives around the game they play, because we feel that if they're not doing everything in their power to play well, we're somehow being robbed of their potential. Ronaldo is one of the few players who clears that ridiculous bar and he still occasionally catches flak, because he's doing it for selfish reasons. Read more »

Tags: Juventus, Real Madrid, IQ

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End-To-End Stuff: Mauro Icardi

by Colin McGowan

There are rare instances when a player develops an institutional bond with his club. Mauro Icardi appears to have one with Inter, having joined back in 2012 and stuck around through some lean years and now they're back on the upswing. Read more »
End-To-End-Stuff: Thomas Partey

by Colin McGowan

Thomas Partey, coming off a great season, has arrived in Atleti's midfield. Now he has to arrive again, repeatedly, in order to keep hold of what he's got. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Paul Pogba

by Colin McGowan

If the Pogba-Mourinho relationship is to be mended, Pogba must be the one who bends. He's well within his rights refuse, which is why cataclysm at United looks increasingly certain. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Lionel Messi

by Colin McGowan

Barcelona has built a muscular team around Lionel Messi that aims to devastate rather than transcend. Now 31, it's about time to take the measure of thes arc his career has traveled, and where it's headed. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Manchester City 2, Arsenal 0

by Yu Miyagawa

While Pep Guardiola's City works to find improvements from the smallest details, Arsenal's first match under Unai Emery showed the club plays best when attacking vertical instead of side to side out of the back. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Wolves 2, Everton 2

by Yu Miyagawa

Everton and Wolves entered the season with tremendous optimism under new managers. Their 2-2 draw highlighted several key storylines to monitor this season. Read more »
Do Wolves And Fulham Signal The Future Of The Championship?

by Yu Miyagawa

Both Fulham and Wolves are expected to not only survive relegation, but push into the mid-table and beyond - all with style. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 18-19 Premier League Season

by Yu Miyagawa

Here are the 50 essential players and managers you need to know about entering the start of the 18-19 Premier League season. Read more »
How Will Foreign Managers Continue To Influence England?

by Yu Miyagawa

The spine of the national team side came largely from the clubs of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp. Instead of England's players getting off the island, managers have come to the island to help England. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Mohamed Salah

by Colin McGowan

Mo Salah had a breakthrough year. How are we to describe what he is coming out the other side of that? It calls out for a name, or at least a couple of adjectives. Read more »
Can Maurizio Sarri & Jorginho Replicate Their Napoli Magic At Chelsea?

by Yu Miyagawa

Chelsea's season lies upon how much their 59-year-old manager is willing to struggle, learn and ultimately adapt without sacrificing his style. Read more »
The 2018 Edition Of What's Eating Jose Mourinho?

by Yu Miyagawa

Jose Mourinho may be the same quality of manager as he was a decade ago. But the world that has changed, and all that's left is what he's described as a difficult season ahead. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: David De Gea

by Colin McGowan

United's back line- good, but shaky; organized imperfectly- did us a favor last season in (accidentally) letting David de Gea cook with the club's league-best goals conceded tally standing as evidence of his brilliance. Read more »
How Will Pep Guardiola Raise The Bar On A Historic Campaign?

by Yu Miyagawa

Based on his current form, this could not only be the year of Bernardo Silva, but a breakout season could also represent the future of Manchester City's attack under Pep Guardiola. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: N'Golo Kante

by Colin McGowan

We tend to feel grateful toward athletes who redraw the game's parameters for us, help us appreciate what we previously couldn't. We sometimes call them geniuses: a title Kante would definitely reject, but might deserve. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Harry Kane

by Colin McGowan

Harry Kane's relative isolation- his bone-deep nine-ness, if you will- allows him to affect matches in a peculiar way his more dynamic peers don't. He can arrive out of nowhere. Read more »
Andreas Pereira, Developing On Loan, And Preseason's Eternal Optimism

by Yu Miyagawa

A player turns from prodigy to forgotten just as quickly. Except on Twitter, where we'll always have those brief moments to remind us of what a player could have been. Read more »