Soccer Analysis

2019 Copa America Preview: Stasis & Change In A Modern Soccer World

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 15, 2019 4:42 PM

In 2019, the Copa America is defined as much by what it isnít in the modern soccer age, as much as what it strives to represent. Read more »

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Copa America

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Pragmatism In A Changing Serie A: The Legacy Of Max Allegri

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 7, 2019 9:31 PM

The most interesting aspect of Max Allegri's success is that it came with no defined, built-in style or catchphrase, no tiki-taka or gegenpressing branding or philosophy easily consumed by audiences. Read more »

Tags: Chelsea, Juventus, IQ

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2019 Champions League Final Match Abstract: Liverpool 2, Spurs 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 3, 2019 5:03 PM

Our MOTM goes to Alisson for his late saves, but credit Virgil van Dijk for his calming influence. Those two players changed Liverpool from being an exciting team in the wrong way of giving up late leads, to seeing out their first Champions League win since 2005. Read more »

Tags: Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Champions League

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Five Matchups That Will Define The 2019 Champions League Final

by Yu Miyagawa

With each team's unique, singular journey to the Champions League Final, both Liverpool and Tottenham can claim destiny on their side. Read more »
The Delight Of An Unexpected Champions League Final

by Colin McGowan

This will be a colorful clash of styles, and at the end of it we're going to see a European champion who hasn't summited that mountain in a while (Liverpool) or ever (Spurs). Read more »
2019 Copa Del Rey Match Abstract: Valencia 2, Barcelona 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Having Valencia back amongst Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid adds another layer of nuance to La Liga. We haven't seen a good Valencia side in the social media era as Atleti have taken over the role as the alternative to the top-2. Read more »
Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery Defined The Modern Winger At Bayern

by Yu Miyagawa

Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were the most impactful winger duo in European football for the past decade. But beyond the numbers was how they shaped the way Bayern played from tradition. Read more »
Bernardo Silva Drives Manchester City With His Masterpiece Season

by Yu Miyagawa

Bernardo Silva may simultaneously be City's most creative player and their most industrious. Read more »
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson Cross Their Way Through Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Fullbacks have been perceived as the most valuable position on the field for over a decade, with their importance as box to box players relied upon to attack and defend symbolized through record-breaking transfer fees. Yet no team in Europe relies upon their fullbacks for creativity in the final third more than Liverpool. Read more »
Neymar, PSG & Using The Champions League As The Measure

by Yu Miyagawa

The Champions League switched from being a glamour trophy to the single defining symbol of a side's season. Nowhere is that more true than Paris Saint-Germain. Read more »
Barca Still Testing The Limits Of Lionel Messi After All These Years

by Colin McGowan

There is no full accounting for Lionel Messi, but the players around him-they can be found out more easily than Barcelona's record suggests. Read more »
Searching For The Next Great European Striker In Luka Jovic

by Yu Miyagawa

There are three distinct traits that showcase how seamlessly Luka Jovic's goalscoring ability could fit in the modern European game: inside the box goals, the late-running nature of those goals and the number of first touch goals. Read more »
20 Months Lost In One Match: Pep Guardiola Turns Pragmatic In Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Singular matches decided by a moment or mistake adds to the mystique of the Champions League, however incompatible it may be with Pep Guardiola's thinking. Read more »
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium & The Changing Table Stakes Of Modern Soccer

by Yu Miyagawa

How not to get left behind in European soccer without outside investment, when spending over a billion dollars on a new stadium offers no guarantees of success, is one of the many paradoxes of the modern game. Read more »
Bundesliga Match Report: Bayern 5, Dortmund 0

by Yu Miyagawa

This match showed off the best of Bayern: their pace, attacking, pressure, and mentality and obsession to dominate matches for 90 minutes without any break. Read more »
Roberto De Zerbi And The Burden Of Possession-Based Branding

by Yu Miyagawa

Roberto De Zerbi is in his critically-acclaimed independent phase of his career. What he loses or gains when he moves to the Hollywood stage remains to be seen, but thatís also a story weíve seen before. Read more »
How Gregg Berhalter Disorganizes Defenses For The Social, Modern Age

by Yu Miyagawa

Gregg Berhalter's style promotes movement, spacing, and pressing. And considering his affinity for explanation, plus the way we devour information online, perhaps he'll further progress another generation of tacticians as well. Read more »
Serie A Match Abstract: Inter 3, AC Milan 2

by Yu Miyagawa

That was not only one of the best Milan derbies in recent memory, that will surely be one of the matches of the season. Read more »
MLS Adopts The Language And Story Of A Selling League

by Yu Miyagawa

If last season was about clubs signing young South American talent, then this season presents the other side of that equation. Yet there is a tension between player development and building a cohesive, competitive side. Read more »
Puma Jerseys And Scale: City Extends Their 24/7 Global Brand

by Yu Miyagawa

Ambitious jersey deals are just one example of how the internet is reshaping the footballing world. Likewise, the deal also gives Puma the opportunity to tap into the CFG network as a player would. Read more »

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