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  • Tactical Analysis: Argentina 2-1 Australia

    After sealing a knockout round berth for the first time since 2006, Australia faced off against Argentina in the Round of 16. Both teams had bounced back from disappointing results early on, with La Albiceleste responding from their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia by beating Mexico and Poland and the Socceroos responding from their 4-1…

  • Florentino Luis: Benfica’s Midfield Anchor

    Under the stewardship of German manager Roger Schmidt, Benfica are emerging as one of European football’s most exciting teams. From resurrected luminaries like Rafa Silva, Joao Mario and Alex Grimaldo, to the unearthed gems like Goncalo Ramos and Enzo Fernandez, Schmidt is refining the talent that he has at his disposal at As Aguias.   …

  • Player Analysis: Facundo Torres

    Uruguay have crashed out of the FIFA World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 2002, and with Luis Suárez (35), Edinson Cavani (35), Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres (35) and various veteran players entering the final years of their career and Diego Alonso leaving his position as manager, one thing is clear:…

  • BK Häcken: The Unlikely Title of Sweden’s Forgotten Son

    The origins and heritage of Swedish football can be traced to the city of Gothenburg. While Stockholm is the capital and Scania home to the omnipotent presence of Malmö, neither can match the 34 titles won by clubs from Gothenburg – split between IFK Göteborg, Örgryte IS, Göteborgs Atlet-och Idrottssällskap (better known as GAIS), and…

  • Analyzing the Set-piece Patterns in the Second and Third Rounds of 2022 FIFA World Cup Matches

    We’ve seen various teams create major goal-scoring opportunities with attacking set-pieces throughout the first few weeks of the 2022 FIFA World Cup     Mexico vs Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia had four zonal players (Three at the six-yard box and one for the cutback area), one player for rebounds and second balls at the edge…

  • Tactical Analysis: Uruguay 2-0 Ghana

    After a defeat against Portugal, La Celeste started their game against Ghana with a bit of hope, depending on Portugal to gift them a win or at least a draw against South Korea. While The Black Stars had two options, either to beat them which guarantee them the round 16 qualification or to get a…

  • The Best Individual Performers from the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group Stage

    Group A   Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) Age: 23 Club: PSV   Three games, three fantastic goals and the Netherlands are through to the knockouts. Gakpo couldn’t have asked for much more in terms of making his mark in Qatar. The performances are made all the more eye-catching by the fact his goals all came at…

  • Can Senegal Shock The World and Beat England?

    After beginning their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands, Senegal have bounced back with a 2-0 win against Qatar and a 2-1 win vs. Ecuador to seal their place in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2002. Their first World Cup would see them beat defending champions France,…

  • How Can Gareth Southgate Get the Best Out of Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden?

    Sir Marcus ‘everybody eats’ Rashford. MBE. Defender of the crown, and you can be rest assured he attacks his full back the way he tackles injustice. Pure, unapologetic violence.   After what was the most challenging season of his career last year, the man from Wythenshawe officially announced himself on the greatest show on Earth…

  • Four Reasons for Germany’s Early World Cup Exit

    Germany had not exited the World Cup group stage until 2018 — they’ve been knocked out of the group stage for a second straight tournament, one year after falling to England in the Round of 16 of the European Championships. It’s a debacle, a disaster, and nothing we haven’t seen before. Today, we’re taking a look…