Soccer Analysis

West Ham's Pressing Antidote: Moyes Builds A Brutal, Efficient Squad

by Yu Miyagawa

West Ham have built an efficient roster in their own way. The emphasis isn't running or pressures, but in winning aerial battles, intercepting passes, and controlling the uncontrollable elements that define the Premier League. Read more »
Spain & Luis Enrique Turn To New Pipelines During La Liga's Struggles

by Yu Miyagawa

In examining the relationship between a domestic league and its national team, you could even argue an inverse strength with exported players able to bring back different experiences to international play. Read more »
A Modern Badge Is A Corporation's Face

by Colin McGowan

What's happening at Inter is happening all over the sport. Some new badges and kits and color schemes are better than others and some old badges and kits and color schemes were pretty lousy in the first place, but everything smells strongly of disinfectant and money. Read more »
Chris Wilder, Sheffield United & The Paradox Of Second Season Success

by Yu Miyagawa

It's not the results that ruin seasons from the inside out, but the attempt to keep up within the trappings of billion-dollar television deals and European places. Chris Wilder and United lost their way in the transfer market, then lost each other altogether. Read more »
Theory Meets Reality: Andrea Pirlo Takes On The Ronaldo Challenge

by Yu Miyagawa

It is very much too early to deliver a final verdict on Andrea Pirlo's career, but Juventus as any manager's first job is almost set up to fail by expectations and scale alone. Read more »
Gerrard, Henry & The Burden Of Superstars Becoming Managers

by Yu Miyagawa

While Thierry Henry has had a pair of short managerial stints, his fellow Premier League legend, Steven Gerrard, has helped complete a turnaround for Rangers. Read more »
Pele Transcended And Foreshadowed The Modern Soccer World

by Yu Miyagawa

Pele appeared at the right time in technology and history, winning the right trophies with the right skills for the right country. His trophies cemented the ability to tell his own story through his lens. Read more »
Burnley Finding Value And Stability As The Underdog

by Yu Miyagawa

Does messaging equal trophies at the end of a season? That answer is an obvious no. But does a compelling story create an opportunity for current and future supporters to invest in, thereby raising a club's value? That seems attainable, and more at one's control. Read more »
Pep Guardiola Finds His Rhythm In A Pressing, Modern World

by Yu Miyagawa

Even through the on-field impact of the pandemic, going in direct contrast to contemporary styles, Pep Guardiola has always played at his own tempo. This season of contradictions presents Guardiola at his most and least expressive. Read more »
Halfway To 100 Points: Luis Suarez Pushes Diego Simeone Forward

by Yu Miyagawa

We all got what we wanted. Analysts were proven right that Diego Simeone needed to update his style, while Simeone could argue that he's never been able to work with a striker like Luis Suarez. With Atleti topping the table, we'll agree to split the difference. Read more »
It's Getting Pretty Late For Sergio Ramos

by Colin McGowan

The relationship, as productive and mutually gratifying as it's been, might be at an end. For now, Sergio Ramos will get himself healthy while not knowing exactly what he's getting healthy for. Read more »
Barcelona Balance Revenue And Debt For The Super League Era

by Yu Miyagawa

Why wouldn't Barcelona’s board spend recklessly: is the club actually going to go out of business? European football needs Barcelona as much as Barcelona needs European football. Read more »
Frank Lampard Can Be A Normal Manager Again

by Yu Miyagawa

What does the perfect Chelsea manager look like? Somewhere between Jose Mourinho's ability to message to the masses, with Carlo Ancelotti's laissez-faire approach, and Antonio Conte's clear structure? Yet even if Chelsea were to find perfection, it would only be for a couple seasons anyway. Read more »
Chelsea Hires A Real Manager With A Real Shot To Succeed

by Colin McGowan

At the bleary and miserable end, there wasn't much left to recommend Frank Lampard, beyond the fact that he's one of the best players in club history. Read more »
Pressure Makes Goals: Liverpool's Structure Falls Apart

by Yu Miyagawa

Giving up goals signals a poor defense, scoring goals means a dangerous attack. So what then, to make of Liverpool failing to score a goal in four consecutive matches for the first time since the 1999-00 season? Read more »
Where Does Thomas Tuchel Go From Here?

by Yu Miyagawa

Thomas Tuchel admittedly knows what he wants now in the future: to go back to just managing on the field, to reconnect with the traits that made him such a compelling managerial figure in the first place. His time at PSG was a blip of fantasy, now it's time to go back to simplicity. Read more »
Iago Aspas: From Liverpool To Somewhere Among Messi And Benzema

by Yu Miyagawa

Iago Aspas is of a region, as close to a folkloric player as we want in the social media age. He gives space to secrets, that a player could be one of the best in the league and still go unnoticed. Read more »
A 2020 Year In Review: How Pressing, And a Pandemic,Will Shape 2021

by Yu Miyagawa

The emphasis on eschewing safety for pressing is why Hansi Flick's Bayern were the team that both dominated and defined 2020. Read more »
Ted Lasso: 2013's Soccer Avatar Crossing Into The Digital Age

by Yu Miyagawa

An American manager taking over a large Premier League club seemed impossible in 2013. Again, just in over seven years, it seems only a matter of time. Read more »
Dortmund Returns To Emotional Football

by Yu Miyagawa

Lucien Favre's legacy at Dortmund was of a stabilizing manager who attempted to play attractive football, developed young talent, and almost won. Read more »

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