Category archives: Articles

  • Player Analysis Part 5 - Central Midfield

  • In Search of an All-Rounder As football tactics progress the term 'Central Midfielder' becomes progressively more ambiguous. I mean it was never the easiest possession to pin down - even with a t he good ol' 4-4-2 there would be a more attack minded CM, or perhaps two box-to-boxers a la England's failed Gerrard/Lampard connection - but now, with the popularity of the 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, who or [...]
  • Player Analysis Model Part 4 - The Wide Men

  • The Disadvantages of Looking in Obvious Places This week, we look at a selection of the best pl ayers currently plying their trade on the wings, and the timing couldn't have been better. Because, if the rapidly increasing number of reports are to be believed, Manchester United are about to part with around £34m to procure the services of the Fiorentina winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. Without b[...]
  • Player Analysis Part 3 - The Defensive Midfielder...

  • ...Or Hunting the Mythical Beast An interesting, mysterious creature the defensive midfielder. It's existence is known to us. Sightings are reported with some regularity. But acceptance and knowl edge are two very different things. For what do we really know about the DMC apart from the fact that it tends to make it's home somewhere in between the defensive and midfield lines? Ultimately our v[...]
  • Germany's Time to Samba, Brazil's Time to Talk

  • What Happens After 7-1? Brazilian football was still in a critical condition last night followi ng a brutal and totally unprovoked attack by a group of Germans. Police are said to be looking for a black, yellow and red coach last seen leaving the car park outside the Estadio Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte at approximately 7.30 pm local time on Tuesday night. Doctors says that the Selecao's[...]
  • It's all over. Now, what comes next? We should have all known better. We should have seen this coming from a hundred miles away. But this is England after all, the home of great expectations and crushing realities. Tripping over ourselves in naive anticipation of improbable glory is a national pass-time. O Roy, what now? Where do the Three Lions (don't laugh) go from here? How can the FA ensu[...]
  • Player Analysis - Daley Blind The Next Big Thing ...

  • ...Or Blind Leading the Blind ? (Sorry) The World Cup, the grandest footballing casino known to man. Here scouts are tasked with finding their employers the next big thing in World football. An e xhilarating task for sure, but one riddled with pitfalls. Potential suitors are judged and (over)valued over a maximum of 630 minutes pitch time (if their nation gets to the final) playing alongside a[...]
  • A Lion is Most Dangerous When His Back is To The Wall Absolute insanity, it feels like a mass d elusion. We are England. For all intents and purposes we invented this bloody game. Our entire squad , minus one, play alongside some of the World's best in the Premier League, the most competitive, most lucrative club football league in the world. In every major international tournament that England[...]
  • We are now but hours away from the start of the World Cup and the pressure on the hosts could no t be greater Throughout the colourful history of the World Cup every host nation has experienced a certain degree of pressure. Some have just been happy to be at the party, such as South Africa in 2010, who delighted a nation by earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Mexico and then stunning the Frenc[...]
  • The Importance of Finding Balance Devastated. To describe myself in one word it would be, dev astated. Atletico were about 3 minutes away from winning the European Championship and heavily cemen ting my belief that being an unfathomably wealthy club is not the only possible key to success in football. And then a blink of an eye later Gareth Bale, the most expensive footballer in the world, we[...]