Soccer Analysis

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 »
Jose Mourinho Explains The World

by Yu Miyagawa

Somehow, 2019 represents a vital time for the perception of Jose Mourinho in how he'll be remembered within soccer history. He is undoubtedly an era defining manager, but he's recently left himself vulnerable to revisionist criticism due to his inability to evolve. 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 »
Applying Basketball Frameworks In Soccer

by Yu Miyagawa

In looking at the uniformity of the modern three-point heavy NBA style, one wonders if there is a danger of efficiency creating a sameness within soccer if every side pressed high for 90 minutes in search of one mistake. Read more »
Brazil Find Attacking Balance And Cohesion Without Neymar

by Yu Miyagawa

When Neymar inevitably returns to Brazil's lineup, it will be on Tite's terms. Though what he loses in personal glory he may make up for in international trophies. Read more »
Joao Felix And The Promise Of Another New Atletico Madrid

by Yu Miyagawa

If you replace the original players of the Diego Simeone era with new players that have similar qualities as the players they are replacing, will it be the same Atleti as before? Read more »
Messi Goes Again, For 2019 And Beyond

by Yu Miyagawa

Lionel Messi's devotion to winning with Argentina in the face of obvious deficiencies evokes a combination of a soccer Sisyphus and a Godot-esque of wait for a title that will seemingly never come. Read more »
Copa America Semifinal Abstract: Brazil 2, Argentina 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Brazil's efficiency in defending and counter attacking makes you forget they don't even have Neymar, but they do have Gabriel Jesus. 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 »
Marco Giampaolo's Playful Journey May Lead To A Masterpiece

by Yu Miyagawa

Marco Giampaolo's attacking instinct should only be augmented by Milan's budget as compared to Sampdoria. Read more »
Eden Hazard To Real Madrid: A Transfer 20 Years In The Making

by Yu Miyagawa

With Eden Hazard's idolization of of both club and Zinedine Zidane, the move was cultivated over the decades. Read more »
Copa America Abstract: Colombia 2, Argentina 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Colombia were organized in their high press and direct in their attacking. They also were energized by the occasion while Argentina was going through the motions. Read more »
2019 Copa America Preview: Stasis & Change In A Modern Soccer World

by Yu Miyagawa

In 2019, the Copa America is defined as much by what it isnít in the modern soccer age, as much as what it strives to represent. Read more »
Pragmatism In A Changing Serie A: The Legacy Of Max Allegri

by Yu Miyagawa

The most interesting aspect of Max Allegri's success is that it came with no defined, built-in style or catchphrase, no tiki-taka or gegenpressing branding or philosophy easily consumed by audiences. Read more »
2019 Champions League Final Match Abstract: Liverpool 2, Spurs 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Our MOTM goes to Alisson for his late saves, but credit Virgil van Dijk for his calming influence. Those two players changed Liverpool from being an exciting team in the wrong way of giving up late leads, to seeing out their first Champions League win since 2005. Read more »
Five Matchups That Will Define The 2019 Champions League Final

by Yu Miyagawa

With each team's unique, singular journey to the Champions League Final, both Liverpool and Tottenham can claim destiny on their side. 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 »
2019 Copa Del Rey Match Abstract: Valencia 2, Barcelona 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Having Valencia back amongst Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid adds another layer of nuance to La Liga. We haven't seen a good Valencia side in the social media era as Atleti have taken over the role as the alternative to the top-2. Read more »
Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery Defined The Modern Winger At Bayern

by Yu Miyagawa

Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were the most impactful winger duo in European football for the past decade. But beyond the numbers was how they shaped the way Bayern played from tradition. Read more »
Bernardo Silva Drives Manchester City With His Masterpiece Season

by Yu Miyagawa

Bernardo Silva may simultaneously be City's most creative player and their most industrious. Read more »

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