Soccer Analysis

Tactics, Mentality, Cooperative Football: Maurizio Sarri Hits A Wall

by Yu Miyagawa

Maurizio Sarri, perhaps too successful too early in the season, is a victim of his own success and expectations. 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 »
Spygate and PowerPoint: Marcelo Bielsa Impacts The Championship

by Yu Miyagawa

Marcelo Bielsa's press conference quickly gained momentum online, turning into a uniquely 2019 moment. Read more »
Bournemouth Build Creativity And Expression On A Budget

by Yu Miyagawa

It was this emphasis on developing British talent that lead to Eddie Howe once getting described as "England's Special One." After earning promotion, he said Bournemouth would "stay British" as compared to other managers looking for undervalued talent in foreign leagues. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: United 1, Spurs 0

by Yu Miyagawa

As we continue to dive deeper into the discussion of whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be named the permanent manager of United, we are running out of "what-ifs" after six straight wins. Read more »
How Cesc Fabregas Revolutionized The Premier League Midfielder

by Yu Miyagawa

The beginning of Cesc Fabregas' career coincided with an era where the footballing world was obsessed with replicating Spain's passing model. Read more »
Premier League Match Report: Manchester City 2, Liverpool 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Cityís pressure wasnít necessarily a thunderstorm, but a looming danger. In fact, that looming feeling described both sides with and without the ball. Read more »
The Expanding Goalkeeper Position Into 2019

by Yu Miyagawa

With keepers increasingly called upon to play through the first line of defensive pressure, 2018 was defined by ball-playing goalies. Read more »
10 Clubs Who Defined The Digital Era In 2018

by Yu Miyagawa

There is a new, modern approach to redefining the relationship between team and supporter, created out of technology and social media. Read more »
Club World Cup Match Abstract: Real Madrid 4, Al Ain 1

by Yu Miyagawa

The 4-1 result was deserved, and Real Madrid were dominant, but there was a sense of something being unresolved in how they never fully took over the match. Read more »
Dribbling Intuition, Youthful Instincts & The Return Of Ajax In Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

The movement, quick passing, and possession is Ajax's signature influence on the European game, yet Frenkie De Jong elevates that foundational philosophy with his x-factor unpredictability. 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 »
Atlanta United Cap Off The 'Tipping Point' Of MLS

by Yu Miyagawa

This season shows that the combination of Bundesliga-style pressing with a South-and-Latin American influence, and a backbone of American development, is more than enough for MLS to draw attraction. Read more »
2018 Copa Libertadores Final, Leg 2 Abstract: River Plate 3, Boca 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Whereas the first leg of the match ago drew the world's attention to Argentina, in this context, Argentina brought their game to the world. Read more »
Thierry Henry Learns How To Struggle As A Manager With Monaco

by Yu Miyagawa

The success of Thierry Henry's time at Monaco may come down to how much he's willing to bend his Pep Guardiola influenced philosophy to the reality of his roster. Read more »
Diego Costa's Rage Against The Dying, Anti-Hero Light

by Yu Miyagawa

When it comes to Diego Costa, that anger and madness are an integral part of what makes him an essential player. 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 »
Zlatko Dalic And The Croatian Miracle Prepare For 2022

by Yu Miyagawa

The role of Zlatko Dalic and future national team managers is to steer a team as opposed to implementing paradigm shifting formational innovations. Read more »
Lucien Favre, Marco Reus And A Sustainable, Clever Dortmund

by Yu Miyagawa

The manner of Dortmund's success under Lucien Favre this season - counter attacking, intense, pacy yet technical - is a return to their core principles that enthralled us their first time around in Europe. Read more »
2018 Copa Libertadores Final, Leg 1 Abstract: Boca 2, River Plate 2

by Yu Miyagawa

The first half belonged with River. The second half belonged to Boca. River have the slight advantage in taking the draw back home. Read more »

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