Colin McGowan - Soccer Analysis

End-To-End Stuff: Mauro Icardi

by Colin McGowan

There are rare instances when a player develops an institutional bond with his club. Mauro Icardi appears to have one with Inter, having joined back in 2012 and stuck around through some lean years and now they're back on the upswing. Read more »
End-To-End-Stuff: Thomas Partey

by Colin McGowan

Thomas Partey, coming off a great season, has arrived in Atleti's midfield. Now he has to arrive again, repeatedly, in order to keep hold of what he's got. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Paul Pogba

by Colin McGowan

If the Pogba-Mourinho relationship is to be mended, Pogba must be the one who bends. He's well within his rights refuse, which is why cataclysm at United looks increasingly certain. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Lionel Messi

by Colin McGowan

Barcelona has built a muscular team around Lionel Messi that aims to devastate rather than transcend. Now 31, it's about time to take the measure of thes arc his career has traveled, and where it's headed. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Mohamed Salah

by Colin McGowan

Mo Salah had a breakthrough year. How are we to describe what he is coming out the other side of that? It calls out for a name, or at least a couple of adjectives. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: David De Gea

by Colin McGowan

United's back line- good, but shaky; organized imperfectly- did us a favor last season in (accidentally) letting David de Gea cook with the club's league-best goals conceded tally standing as evidence of his brilliance. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: N'Golo Kante

by Colin McGowan

We tend to feel grateful toward athletes who redraw the game's parameters for us, help us appreciate what we previously couldn't. We sometimes call them geniuses: a title Kante would definitely reject, but might deserve. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Harry Kane

by Colin McGowan

Harry Kane's relative isolation- his bone-deep nine-ness, if you will- allows him to affect matches in a peculiar way his more dynamic peers don't. He can arrive out of nowhere. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Neymar

by Colin McGowan

What's wrong with Neymar? He dives too much, with too much panache. That and a bunch of other stuff that's harder to explain. Read more »
England's Loss While Hearing The Stories In Their Heads

by Colin McGowan

England didn't lose because they're England. But it's remarkable how sharply aware they seemed, as it was happening, that they were badly wasting their shot at a World Cup final. Read more »
Matches Worth Waiting Four Years For

by Colin McGowan

We've gotten nearly all the way through the group stage without many inert stinkers, and that's as it should be. Read more »
Spain Discombobulated On The Eve Of The World Cup

by Colin McGowan

Spain fired Julen Lopetegui and if the players pull this off, it will mean making it up as they go along, playing only for each other and furiously against the myopic suits who have put them in this predicament. Read more »
Cristiano Ronaldo's Ongoing Obsession With Résumé And Measurables

by Colin McGowan

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves everything he gets. Titles and criticism, glory and side-eye. Read more »
Real Madrid's Psychic Immensity

by Colin McGowan

Real Madrid blend together what's real and what's legend. Hell, they use it to their advantage. Read more »
Jose Mourinho's Critics Have A Point, Now More Than Ever

by Colin McGowan

It's an open question whether Jose Mourinho knows that he's blowing his Manchester United tenure or not. If beneath the princely hostility, he feels a sharp, shameful tingling, he wouldn't ever let us know. Read more »
The Surprising, Sudden Exit Of Yannick Carrasco From Atleti To China

by Colin McGowan

On why Atleti decided to sell Yannick Carrasco after the January transfer window and to a Chinese team with financial ties to the club. 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 »
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 »
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 »
End-To-End Stuff: AC Milan

by Colin McGowan

There was a time where if AC Milan was not the best club in the Europe, they were the most stylish princelings. After several down years, their primed for a reboot under new ownership. Read more »

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