Soccer Analysis

Mikel Arteta, Jose Mourinho And The Missing No. 10s

by Yu Miyagawa

Oct 29, 2020 4:19 PM

But where, if anywhere, are 10s thriving? Even articles about the demise of the No. 10 are decreasing as we move on to analyzing structure. Read more »

Tags: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur

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The Value Of Building American Soccer Pipeline Into Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Oct 22, 2020 3:19 PM

Our discussions over the existential future of American soccer revolved around player development, though less exciting, non-viral topics like infrastructure and pathways were equally as essential for sustainability. Read more »

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, IQ

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Arsene Wenger Explains The World

by Yu Miyagawa

Oct 16, 2020 2:45 PM

Though Arsene Wenger only left Arsenal in 2018, this feels like a completely different footballing world, even if he played an essential role in shaping it. Read more »

Tags: Arsenal

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Sporting Directors, Edinson Cavani & The Search For A Genuine No. 9

by Yu Miyagawa

In lieu of nine figure superstars, Edinson Cavani's free transfer could end up being the best value in the window for a club that doesn't need to do value. Even when the process is incomplete, you can still arrive at the correct answer. Read more »
Atleti Are Approaching A Kind Of Anti-Realization

by Colin McGowan

Diego Simeone is a smart guy, but intensely stubborn, and he hasn't considered the inverse of his formulation: players dictate styles, but styles also dictate players. Read more »
Neymar, Puma And The Value Of Soccer Influencers In 2020

by Yu Miyagawa

With Ronaldo as Nike's lifetime top earner, and Sancho and Mbappe its future, what was Neymar's role in the hierarchy? You either are the legacy act or the future. Now he gets more money and a bigger role with Puma. Read more »
Nobody Pities Pep's City Project For Their Failures Anymore

by Colin McGowan

Pep Guardiola is an excellent coach, but he can't make a credible argument that his successes are not bought as much as they are earned. Read more »
Stasis & Opulence: La Liga's Identity Remains In Flux

by Yu Miyagawa

What becomes of an identity if it is no longer true? We could find out this season as the state of La Liga's two superpowers has opened up a space for a host of other clubs. Read more »
Continuity, Pressing And Navigating The 20-21 Premier League Season

by Yu Miyagawa

We've concluded that this past season and this current season should be analyzed as two parts of one continuous timeline with the richest clubs having even a bigger advantage than in a typical season. Read more »
Lionel Messi Will Define La Liga's Season, Again

by Yu Miyagawa

Lionel Messi is staying, but the storylines, rumors and narratives aren't over. We'll go through the cycle again next summer as Messi's contract expires. Between now and then, we'll examine everything. Read more »
Shaped By 2020, Atalanta Gives Serie A The Blueprint For The Future

by Yu Miyagawa

Their 3-4-3 attacking style defied narratives of Serie A's defensive reputation. They’ve built further upon that excitement this season, straddling the gap between the mainstream and keeping their indie spark. Read more »
Thiago Or Nothing: The Midfielder Bridges Two Eras At Bayern Munich

by Yu Miyagawa

Even with the trophies and virality, are we right to believe that Thiago is still underrated? He's akin to a critically acclaimed indie movie or classic novel: we've heard of him, we've heard critics talk glowing about him, but have we really understood? Read more »
Lionel Messi's Patience With Barcelona Has Finally Run Out

by Colin McGowan

Lionel Messi is both demanding and passive-aggressive in the way that star athletes often are, and he's right to be upset about how Barcelona have wasted his unparalleled talents with squads that haven't worked or even made much sense. Read more »
Pep Guardiola Overthinks In Europe Again

by Yu Miyagawa

Several European clubs-turned-global brands who made the Champions League their obsession fall short every season. So why are we so fixated on Pep Guardiola, who at least won two titles with Barcelona last decade? Read more »
The MLS Is Back Tournament Discovers Itself

by Yu Miyagawa

More than a top-down branding exercise of the original MLS is Back Tournament name, the tournament found itself organically, through late-night matches, stoppage time goals, and young U.S. internationals showcasing themselves in front of a nationwide audience on television and social media. Read more »
Lazio, The Team 2020 Forgot

by Yu Miyagawa

In analyzing the what-ifs in not challenging Juventus for Serie A, as Simone Inzaghi states, you can never be truly disappointed if you didn't believe something was possible in the first place. Read more »
The 2020 Premier League Season: The Year Jets Entered The Race

by Yu Miyagawa

The regret for Leicester City must be in knowing how close they came to cracking the top four, and considering the economics of this summer, how far away a Champions League place now seems. Read more »
Karim Benzemia's Goals & Backheels Define The Post-Lockdown

by Yu Miyagawa

In studying the signature ways in which world class players create goals out of nothing, Karim Benzema is a combination of unhurried touches and balletic elegance. Read more »
This Champions League Will Be The Ultimate Spectrum Of Interpretation

by Colin McGowan

It's unclear what this particular title is going to mean. It is certainly something, upon which we will probably never totally agree. Read more »
Pique, Penalty Conspiracies & Building Narratives In The VAR Age

by Yu Miyagawa

Wouldn't we rather blame important losses on referee bias? Which side a supporter empathizes with becomes a footballing Rorschach test of how the world works, whether the smaller club always falling short, or the champion pulling every string to victory. Read more »

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