Spain Analysis

Possession, Pressing, Powerplays: Julen Lopetegui Puts The Past Behind

by Yu Miyagawa

Sep 28, 2018 10:20 AM

Strangely, in a roundabout way, Julen Lopetegui lost his chance to lead Spain on the world's biggest stage but he finds himself firmly in the national team picture. Read more »

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Luis Enrique's Spain: Like The Old Spain But Renewed

by Yu Miyagawa

Sep 14, 2018 5:45 PM

Possession or transition? Why not both? It is a modern style that gets goals and results, as last weekend can attest. Read more »

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End-To-End Stuff: David De Gea

by Colin McGowan

Aug 8, 2018 9:46 PM

United's back line- good, but shaky; organized imperfectly- did us a favor last season in (accidentally) letting David de Gea cook with the club's league-best goals conceded tally standing as evidence of his brilliance. Read more »

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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 »
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 »
Spain Discombobulated On The Eve Of The World Cup

by Colin McGowan

Spain fired Julen Lopetegui and if the players pull this off, it will mean making it up as they go along, playing only for each other and furiously against the myopic suits who have put them in this predicament. Read more »
Iniesta, Torres & The Remnants Of Spain's Golden Generation

by Yu Miyagawa

It wasn't just about winning trophies, but how they were won. Andres Iniesta brought the control, Fernando Torres the goal. Read more »
National Team Overhauls & The Early Impact Of The 2018 World Cup

by Yu Miyagawa

The 2018 World Cup has already had a significant impact in sparking existential debates about a country's football identity. Why were so many traditional World Cup stalwarts struggling to qualify this time around? Read more »
Piqué's Inextinguishable Antipathy For Real Madrid

by Colin McGowan

Barça have become more like Real Madrid over the years because occupying the moral high ground doesn't feel as good as winning titles. This is what Piqué is bristling against, when he periodically plants a couple jabs into Madrid's ribs. Read more »
Replacing The Irreplaceable Sergio Busquets

by Yu Miyagawa

Sergio Busquets was never Barcelona or Spain's best player, but he was always the most important. The success of the tiki taka era was defined by his play as much as anyone else. Read more »
The Good & Bad Of Sergio Ramos

by Yu Miyagawa

Despite his penchant for the dramatics, Sergio Ramos' value is told in the organization, the leadership, the way he handles criticism, and the little things that don't necessarily win or lose a match as obviously as giving away penalties or scoring off headers, but are essential in keeping a backline and team moving forward throughout an entire season. Read more »
The World According To Slaven Bilic

by Yu Miyagawa

A charismatic communicator with the resume to match, it's easy to see why Slaven Bilic's post-match analysis proved to be popular with audiences. Here's a breakdown of some of his best quotes. Read more »
Spain Without Purpose: All Sideways Passes, No Teeth

by Colin McGowan

Spain need a manager who understands the style is dead and the team requires, not a complete overhaul, but a few significant tactical tweaks in order to get the best out of a fresh generation of very good players who are differently skilled than the legends that preceded them. Read more »
The Renewal Of Spain's Soccer Cycle

by Yu Miyagawa

The days of 600 passes per match may be gone as Spain will move the ball more quickly and play more directly. Unlike the 2008-2012 period, they also now represent 14 different clubs across Europe instead of loading up on Barcelona and Real Madrid players. Read more »
The Year Of Ronaldo & The Sledgehammer

by Yu Miyagawa

Carlo Ancelotti’s sledgehammer in the UCL semifinals made sure there were no more pieces of Pep Guardiola and tiki taka left to put back together. Read more »
The Isco Armada

by Christopher Reina

Isco delivering on the genius of his potential this season has given Real Madrid still another gear it doesn’t even need to dominate the soccer universe. Read more »
Tchau To All That

by Christopher Reina

The individual brilliance of the early matches was eventually neutralized by countries with better all-around squads and this was a World Cup that became reasonably predictable once we escaped the group stage. But every single minute was thrilling and worth it. Read more »
Messi, Suarez & Costa Rica: An Ode To The 2014 World Cup Group Stages

by Yu Miyagawa

The deluge of goals from Messi, Neymar, Müller, Robben and Van Persie, impressive play from Costa Rica and Colombia, and the bite seen round the world all overshadowed the changing of the era. Read more »
Unraveling World Cup Winners: The Fullback Riddle

by Yu Miyagawa

In an era of specialized role, fullbacks became the modern box to box playmaker. Teams with adventurous fullbacks are modern, pressing and attack with fearlessness and speed, and have had impressive success already in World Cup 2014. Read more »
Xavi-Taka Is Dead, Long Live Tiki-Taka

by Christopher Reina

Xavi's generation won and won and won, but the end came swiftly in Brazil. Here's how Spain will come back remade with a new gospel while keeping tiki-taka. Read more »

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