Soccer Analysis

Chris Wilder's Brand Enters A Global Language

by Yu Miyagawa

Dec 7, 2019 11:09 AM

If English managers are suffering from a problem of fashion, then Chris Wilder could actually benefit from today's age. Like Guardiola's "tiki-taka" and Klopp's "gegenpressing", Wilder does have a brand with his "overlapping centerbacks." Read more »

Tags: Sheffield United

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The Humble One Returns To The Premier League

by Yu Miyagawa

Nov 29, 2019 3:27 PM

The spectacle, the documentary and purpose as Jose Mourinho returns to the Premier League, this time as manager of Tottenham. Read more »

Tags: Chelsea, Internazionale, Lille, Manchester United, Porto, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham's Risky Grand Vision Replacing Pochettino With Mourinho

by Colin McGowan

Nov 20, 2019 3:52 PM

Whether this feeling lines up with reality or not, Jose Mourinho's hiring is the opposite of capitulation, a bet that the past year under Mauricio Pochettino has represented a step backward rather than the beginning of a protracted decline. Read more »

Tags: Tottenham Hotspur

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Balancing Stardom, Parity And La Liga's Global Vision

by Yu Miyagawa

Going hand in hand with a lack of high-end superstar power, an equally symbolic number as Real Madrid's attendance is 73: the projected point total of this year's La Liga champion. Read more »
MLS Cup Abstract: Seattle Sounders 3, Toronto FC 1

by Yu Miyagawa

The Sounders displayed an effective MLS formula of not making mistakes in possession, a bend but don't break defense, and quick switches of play in transition to isolate speedy attackers 1 v 1 against defenders. Read more »
The Ballon D'Or & Aging Strikers: Robert Lewandowski Accepts His Place

by Yu Miyagawa

Despite the numbers, it still feels as if Robert Lewandowski is overlooked on the European football consciousness. That oversight is exemplified by his fraught relationship with the Ballon dOr. Read more »
Stefano Pioli Brings The Age Of Realism To AC Milan

by Yu Miyagawa

AC Milan's struggles aren't necessarily from a lack of talent, but something lacking in the underlying emotion and personality. What's needed from a manager is more chemist than tactician. Read more »
To Possess Or Press: Joachim Low Clashes With A Changing Generation

by Yu Miyagawa

A triumph of Germany's 2014 World Cup title was in its validation of a long-term approach to player development. In hindsight, that success also emboldened a structure grasping at techniques that were successful in the past, despite the footballing world moving on. Read more »
Maradona Documentary Review: Pieces Together A Player, A Place, A Time

by Yu Miyagawa

At some point, there was no turning back as Maradona took control over Diego, with the armor of a persona shielding the person from a combination of idolatry, crippling addiction, and the hostility of Italy at the time. Read more »
Serie A Match Abstract: Juventus 2, Inter 1

by Yu Miyagawa

One could boil this match down to Sarri being able to bring in a Higuain-type of striker late into the match and Conte lacking that option. The more things change with a new style of Serie A, the more they stay the same. Read more »
Granit Xhaka, The Myth Of Captaincy And Signaling A Team's Aspirations

by Yu Miyagawa

Analytics could further change the perception of a captain's importance. Granit Xhaka was bought by Arsenal partly due to his underlying statistics, especially with a high "packing" metric. Read more »
La Liga Match Abstract: Real Madrid 0, Atletico Madrid 0

by Yu Miyagawa

We don't necessarily ascribe defending to Real Madrid, but it looks like Zinedine Zidane went back to basics after an early season spent on the hot seat. Read more »
Inaki Williams Blends A Club's Past With A Portal Into The Future

by Yu Miyagawa

Inaki Williams could have played for any other club in the world, but he chose Athletic. For Athletic, Williams represents both a celebration of its past, but also a portal into how the club may survive and thrive in the future. Read more »
Soccer Reflecting Life: How Samuel Eto'o Defined His Era

by Yu Miyagawa

With his journey, there may be no footballer who better represented what it meant to be shaped by the game, by how the game could move, by what it could give and take away. Eto'o may not have been the defining player of his era, but no player experienced the era more deeply. Read more »
James Maddison Finds Creativity...Within A Midfield Structure

by Yu Miyagawa

It's a cliche to put down opposing opinions by saying how someone only scrolls through clips and doesn't watch the game, but James Maddison straddles both. His passes will go viral. Yet his off-ball work will also satisfy the analysts. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Arsenal 2, Spurs 2

by Yu Miyagawa

Although they blew a two-goal lead, this feels like a point earned for Mauricio Pochettino's side as they were able to hold off immense Arsenal pressure throughout the second half. Read more »
Frank Lampard Searches For Character, Know-How In Youth

by Yu Miyagawa

Even without challenging for a title, Frank Lampard could do everything right - he could be a good manager with an ability to develop young players - and still fail to get results due to the circumstances he inherited. Read more »
La Liga Match Abstract: Athletic Bilbao 1, Barcelona 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Ernesto Valverde's side brought little in the way of new ideas for their playing style. They continue to overrely on Messi - or any genius - to win matches without any combination play to create space for their nine-figure attack. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Sports Betting

by Colin McGowan

An unfortunate and ubiquitous reality in England and, probably soon, here in the U.S., are suffering carnival barkers who say they want you to win big but are actually trying to rob you. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: National Federations

by Colin McGowan

The USSF has revealed itself to be much more like a private, money-making concern than a benevolent nonprofit that's supposed to look after the welfare of American soccer and its most accomplished athletes. Read more »

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