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  • Tactical Analysis: Paolo Zanetti’s Venezia

    Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world. Known for its narrow canals, and tourist attractions like the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Cathedral, the Italian city is picturesque and has drawn visitors from all over the planet.   Its football team Venezia does not boast a particularly illustrious history, but the…

  • Player Analysis: Samson Akinyoola

    Goals garner attention; this is nothing new within the footballing ecosystem. Good goals get clicks, whilst good goalscorers get famous; with this in mind, it is no surprise that they are the most lauded and sought after commodity in football.   Increasingly teams are willing to risk financial failure on forwards who play at a…

  • The Fall of Bulgarian Football: A Sad Decline or Corrupted Farce?

    The year is 1993, 17th of November. Bulgaria, in the face of Emil Kostadinov, have just managed an extraordinary goal in the dying seconds of stoppage time against France to go to the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the expense of their opposition.   Despite Bulgaria having a history of being a tricky side over…

  • Antonio Conte’s Biggest Tactical Problem at Tottenham: He Has Defenders That Aren’t Comfortable on the Ball

    Ball-playing centre-backs: a staple for modern football teams. Unfortunately, it is not a luxury that Antonio Conte has inherited at Tottenham Hotspur – a problem that has been evident in both of Spurs’ first Premier League games under him.    This is not a new issue, but it is certainly becoming incredibly evident now there…

  • Player Analysis: Tommaso Pobega

    “Pobega is a total midfielder. He has not been a regista. He has nothing to stand out in but he is good at everything and he delivers important performances. His time arrived for the national team of Italy, that’s a good thing.”   Those were the words of Torino coach Ivan Jurić from his press…

  • Taiwo Awoniyi: Union Berlin’s Nigerian Target Man

    Thanks to Football Manager, the average football fan can differentiate the many different types of centre forwards and the specific requirement attached to each role. The categories such as ‘Advanced Forward’, ‘Target Man’, ‘Deep Lying Forward’, ‘Poacher’ etc have been used to accurately describe strikers based on the qualities they possess.   However, the popular…

  • Florin Răducioiu and Stevan Jovetić – Football’s Unlikely Journeymen

    It took Stevan Jovetić just six minutes to open his Hertha Berlin account on matchday one of the current Bundesliga season, tapping home from point-blank range to give his new side – and seventh career club – the lead against Köln.   But while the home side rallied and turned the game around to win…

  • A Match Made in Heaven: Marek Hamsik’s Impact at Trabzonspor

    Marek Hamsik has already cemented his legacy as somewhat of an enigma. He is a modern legend of Napoli, spending twelve years with the Italian giants and, despite failure in pursuit of a league title, was instrumental in some of the best football the league has seen in the past decade.    After leaving the…

  • Analyzing Dean Smith’s First Match as Norwich City Manager

    Southampton took the lead early on via a goal from Adam Armstrong, who had joined in the summer to replace attacking talisman Danny Ings, who left for Aston Villa for a whopping fee of £30 million after refusing to sign a new contract extension.   With Ings missing out on a homecoming due to injury…

  • Breaking Down Fiorentina’s €80m-rated Sharpshooter Dusan Vlahovic

    Rumors about Dusan Vlahovic’s move become hot news every time he closes a giornata with goals. After it was reported that he doesn’t plan to extend his contract which will end in June 2023, big clubs such as Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have become interested in his services, with La Viola reportedly setting his price…