Colin McGowan - Soccer Analysis

Barcelona's Empty Sanctimony

by Colin McGowan

Jan 14, 2020 9:25 PM

The Barcelona board are a capricious, and, going by recent evidence, not particularly competent bunch. They belong to a uniquely sociopathic rich guy strain, one concerned only with revenue retrieval, status, and success. Read more »

Tags: Barcelona

Discuss
Paul Pogba Isn't Young Anymore But He's Still An Enigma

by Colin McGowan

Dec 26, 2019 12:18 PM

Paul Pogba is 26 years old and should be in his prime. Yet what he is, at present, and what he still could be, in the future, remains hazy. Read more »

Tags: Juventus, Manchester United, IQ

Discuss
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

Discuss
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 »
End-To-End Stuff: Videogames

by Colin McGowan

While the actual soccer world is vast, fraught, and fluid, videogames like FIFA, PES, and Football Manager create the illusion of a more legible universe. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: The Sweeper Keeper

by Colin McGowan

It's not a new position, but the sweeper keeper is at its peak in 2019. It's closer than it ever has been to an orthodoxy. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: The Soccer Bar

by Colin McGowan

When you strip away the peculiar trappings of American soccer fandom, the affectation and unctuous cultishness of it, you find people killing time together before they spill out into the street two hours later and the slow rhythms of daily life resume. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: The Number 10

by Colin McGowan

James is a number 10 in a sport that hardly uses them anymore. Sometimes uniqueness is not an asset; it only makes you an awkward fit. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Political Action

by Colin McGowan

Sports, especially a game as global as soccer, can and should be powerfully politicized. Why wouldn't you pull every lever available to you, to help create a world in which your greatest worry really is how well your team plays on the weekend? Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: The Long Throw

by Colin McGowan

The viability of the long throw, and the way we think about it, depends upon how it's deployed. Does its use spawn from a searching ingenuity or simply a lack of other ideas? Read more »
Gareth Bale Is Stranded

by Colin McGowan

Due to durability issues, due to inconsistency, due to his own insistence on being paid like a superstar, Gareth Bale was set to be done with top level soccer, more or less by his own choice. Read more »
Dissecting How Diego Simeone's Atleti Project Stalled

by Colin McGowan

The reality is Diego Simeone's past few years at Atleti have revealed a certain cowardice within, an unwillingness to fail on unfamiliar terms and a comfort with losing so long as he's gone down using trusty methods. 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 »
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 »
Real Madrid Finally Reaches A Point Of Harsh Self-Assessment

by Colin McGowan

The advantage of being the biggest club in the world is that when all else fails, you can afford to be spectacularly unsubtle, remake the shape of an entire squad in the span of a single summer. Read more »
The Presence Or Absence Of Imagination

by Colin McGowan

In the end, the most important aspect of style is having one, to look like you're trying to do something a specific way, and succeeding. Liverpool and Atleti had styles in their UCL matches this week against Bayern and Juventus. Read more »
The Fundamental, Unavoidable Problem Of VAR

by Colin McGowan

VAR is exhausting and the on-pitch litigating has only intensified, because the players donít know (or donít care) whatís supposed to be reviewable and not. Read more »
Liverpool Has Become The World's Most Stylish Team

by Colin McGowan

It's satisfying when a plan comes together at a big club like Liverpool because it's a broad canvas finally being utilized properly. Read more »
Atleti's Confused Identity

by Colin McGowan

Diego Simeone has a team that could soar, given a little more liberty, with a few new ideas. He's either reluctant to provide what they need because he's holding fast to some fading identity the club no longer embodies. Read more »

Featured Writers

More Contributors