Soccer Analysis

Blocked Shots & Long Balls: Dyche-Ball Battles For Place In Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Feb 16, 2018 2:58 PM

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 »

Tags: Burnley, IQ

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James Rodriguez Finds His Form In Germany

by Yu Miyagawa

Feb 9, 2018 4:17 PM

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 »

Tags: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, IQ

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The Best Teams Money Can Buy: English Clubs Distance Themselves Again

by Yu Miyagawa

Feb 3, 2018 10:00 AM

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 »

Tags: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, IQ

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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 »
Pep Guardiola Always Has Talent, Always Has Ambition

by Colin McGowan

Pep Guardiola doesn't achieve what he achieves improbably. But perhaps nobody in the world dominates as inventively as he does. Read more »
The Race To 100 Million Supporters: Besiktas Build Local & Global

by Yu Miyagawa

The unbeaten record of Besiktas in the Champions League group stage was a surprise. But led by an ambitious club president, the success on the field and on Twitter was no accident. Read more »
The Best Man & The Underdog: David Wagner Builds On A Budget

by Yu Miyagawa

Huddersfield have built the foundation both on and off the field. David Wagner's side are an experiment in how far a team can go at the highest level through finding value players who fit a clearly defined style. Read more »
The Lasting Lessons Of England's 2006 World Cup Team For 2018

by Yu Miyagawa

If the most pressing tactical question a decade ago was how to fit England's most dynamic two midfielders in the same lineup, then Pochettino's versatility with his group of national team players is the anti-Gerrard-Lampard conundrum. Read more »
Why Valencia's Success Is No Early Season Fluke

by Colin McGowan

Valencia attack directly now. They're defensively organized. The players work with and without the ball, or they don't play. Read more »
Year 2 Of Pep At City: Boxes, Inverted Fullbacks & Leaving A Legacy

by Yu Miyagawa

Beyond the numbers, Manchester City looks like a Pep Guardiola side. It's the differentiation and movement from players like Lahm and Alaba to Walker and Delph that reveal the nuances of his art. Read more »
National Team Overhauls & The Early Impact Of The 2018 World Cup

by Yu Miyagawa

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 »
Marcelino And Goncalo Guedes Give Valencia A Counterattacking Shape

by Yu Miyagawa

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 »
Marcelo Gallardo Aims His Press Towards Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

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

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