World Cup - Soccer Analysis

How Will Foreign Managers Continue To Influence England?

by Yu Miyagawa

Aug 10, 2018 12:39 PM

The spine of the national team side came largely from the clubs of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp. Instead of England's players getting off the island, managers have come to the island to help England. Read more »

Tags: Arsenal, Chelsea, England, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, IQ, UEFA Euro, World Cup

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South America Regroups After A Disappointing World Cup

by Yu Miyagawa

Jul 18, 2018 9:09 PM

Each of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Peru may look vastly different from a managerial standpoint at the 2019 Copa America in Brazil. But whether a new manager implements a possession or counter attacking style, teams must be compact and balanced to win in South America, and even more so to win in the World Cup. Read more »

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, World Cup

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A World Cup Abstract: France 4, Croatia 2

by Yu Miyagawa

Jul 15, 2018 8:48 PM

France were dominant, only trailing for a total of nine minutes throughout the entire World Cup. Compared to recent winners, this is a deep, skilled side that defends and hits quickly on counter attacks, led by a teenager already named alongside the greatest strikers in the sport's history. Read more »

Tags: Croatia, France, World Cup

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A World Cup Abstract: Belgium 2, England 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Third place is Belgium's highest ever finish in a World Cup and befitting their golden generation. Read more »
France Vs. Croatia Preview: A Final Of Transition And Efficiency

by Yu Miyagawa

Croatia and France are two sides built with similar structures of pacy, counter attacking wings, a balanced midfield three, strong aerial defending - an efficient approach based on winning both attacking and defensive transitions. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: France 1, Belgium 0

by Yu Miyagawa

With a signature match against Argentina and in carrying France's counter attack against Belgium, Kylian Mbappe is the most dangerous winger in the 2018 World Cup. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Croatia 2 (4), Russia 2 (3)

by Yu Miyagawa

Croatia don't feel destined to win the World Cup as much as their results are grounded in the realism of an attack that works hard in defending and transitions, a midfield that can control tempo against any opponent, and an on-form keeper. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: England 2, Sweden 0

by Christopher Reina

England scored a pair of goals with one of them even coming from open play as they continue what feels like their destiny, at least on their side of the bracket. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Belgium 2, Brazil 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Roberto Martinez credited tactics, but one would add individual quality as well, through Lukaku's hold up play, Hazard's turns, de Bruyne's perfectly placed strike and Courtois' last minute save. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: France 2, Uruguay 0

by Christopher Reina

France was sufficiently defensive and scored a pair of fluky goals to advance to the semifinals. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: England 1 (4), Colombia 1 (3)

by Yu Miyagawa

We are seeing the imprints of Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Antoino Conte on his 'likable' English side. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Sweden 1, Switzerland 0

by Christopher Reina

Sweden has become the Italy of this World Cup with their organization and collective play. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Belgium 3, Japan 2

by Yu Miyagawa

On Belgium's comeback from 2-0 against Japan to win in extra time. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Brazil 2, Mexico 0

by Christopher Reina

Neymar created a beautiful goal taking on multiple defenders, laying it off to Willian and then continuing his run to receive the ball back for the tap-in. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Croatia 1 (3), Denmark 1 (2)

by Yu Miyagawa

This was not a classic nor a great match, and any neutral can skip past the fifth minute and go straight to the dramatic penalties (starting with Luka Modric's miss in Extra Time). Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Russia 1 (4), Spain 1 (3)

by Christopher Reina

You knew who was winning this match if it survived to penalties. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: Uruguay 2, Portugal 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Fernando Santos predicted that with both sides so close in ability and tactics, Ronaldo would make the difference for Portugal to go through. Edinson Cavani ended up being the difference. Read more »
A World Cup Abstract: France 4, Argentina 3

by Christopher Reina

On Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and how France now feels inevitable. Read more »
The Defining Matches Of The 2018 World Cup Group Stage

by Yu Miyagawa

The struggles of the traditional soccer powers gave an opportunity for bubbling sides like Belgium and Croatia to stamp their mark in Russia. Read more »
Lionel Messi Bails Out Argentina Again

by Yu Miyagawa

Even with Argentina moving on to a round of 16 matchup against France, there is still the larger issue of an aging player pool for Jorge Sampaoli or any future manager to choose from. Read more »

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