IQ - Soccer Analysis

Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery Defined The Modern Winger At Bayern

by Yu Miyagawa

May 24, 2019 5:53 PM

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 »

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Bernardo Silva Drives Manchester City With His Masterpiece Season

by Yu Miyagawa

May 17, 2019 6:17 PM

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

Tags: Manchester City, Monaco, IQ

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Searching For The Next Great European Striker In Luka Jovic

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 26, 2019 5:56 PM

There are three distinct traits that showcase how seamlessly Luka Jovic's goalscoring ability could fit in the modern European game: inside the box goals, the late-running nature of those goals and the number of first touch goals. Read more »

Tags: Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, IQ

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium & The Changing Table Stakes Of Modern Soccer

by Yu Miyagawa

How not to get left behind in European soccer without outside investment, when spending over a billion dollars on a new stadium offers no guarantees of success, is one of the many paradoxes of the modern game. Read more »
How Gregg Berhalter Disorganizes Defenses For The Social, Modern Age

by Yu Miyagawa

Gregg Berhalter's style promotes movement, spacing, and pressing. And considering his affinity for explanation, plus the way we devour information online, perhaps he'll further progress another generation of tacticians as well. Read more »
The Presence Or Absence Of Imagination

by Colin McGowan

In the end, the most important aspect of style is having one, to look like you're trying to do something a specific way, and succeeding. Liverpool and Atleti had styles in their UCL matches this week against Bayern and Juventus. Read more »
Gasperini's Atalanta Project: Fitness, Failure & Regional Inspiration

by Yu Miyagawa

That Gasperini is finding success at this relatively late age shows there are foundational truths of the game, about pressure and fitness, regardless of the current tactical moment. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Zlatan, Drogba & Rooney Complete Their Soccer Story In America

by Yu Miyagawa

Drogba, Ibrahimovic and Rooney recontextualized the move in terms of those viral moments that only superstars can create, those plays that define seasons, teams and eras that burn in supporters' minds long after they've gone. Read more »

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