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  • Tactical Analysis: Croatia vs. Scotland

    Coming into this final Group D game at Hampden Park, the stakes were high for both Scotland and  Croatia and the terms were as clear as the Glasgow skies; win and advance to the next round, draw and both get knocked out. The importance of the game was evident in the urgency displayed early on…

  • Renato Sanches’ Rebound

    In the Ville Lumière, it is often hard to shine brightest. Paris is a city rebuilt in the image of Napolean III, and foreign entities have rarely found favour tyring to penetrate the wide, oblique, angled streets of the French capital. But in 2016, Renato Sanches masterminded the last true siege on the city of…

  • Tactical Analysis: Czech Republic vs. England

    England and Czech Republic met at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening to decide top spot in Group D after both teams had already secured qualification by means of results elsewhere. The two sides met in their qualifying group for the tournament, with England winning the first meeting 5-0 before losing 2-1 in the corresponding fixture. …

  • Tactical Analysis: North Macedonia vs. Netherlands

    As a nation drenched in footballing history, the Netherlands were left distraught and embarrassed having failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments in 2016 and 2018. Alas, it’s fair to say their current crop have endeared themselves to the Dutch faithful with three vintage group displays in Amsterdam.   Whilst their success isn’t…

  • Tactical Analysis: Ukraine vs. Austria

    For the first time in the nation’s history, Austria have secured qualification for the knockout stages of the European Championships, following a thoroughly deserved 1-0 victory over a rather disappointing Ukraine. In what started as an end-to-end affair, it was Austria who quickly asserted dominance on the game, who were rewarded with a breakthrough goal…

  • Tactical Analysis: Finland vs. Belgium

    The final game of group B in Euro 2020 saw Finland needing just one point to guarantee safe-passage to the Round-of-16. Unfortunately, they faced a Belgium side who had won 10 out of their last 11 tournament group games since 2014. Within 25 minutes, the tone had been set.   Finland set out to defend…

  • Bruno Guimarães: A Cheaper Alternative to Eduardo Camavinga?

    The transfer market has seen some crazy times, and with the emergence of young talent around the world big teams are not afraid to spend the big bucks to get the player they want. Last year, the eyes were focused on Kai Havertz, a 21-year-old German attacking midfielder who played for Bayer Leverkusen and joined…

  • Tactical Analysis: Russia vs. Denmark

    It was no goal or assist which garnered the greatest cheers, but the confirmation of another game’s end, as Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium erupted upon the completion of Finland’s bout with Belgium, which unfolded over 1.5k kilometres away. In fact, it was affairs off the pitch which often took precedent for the fans, over the Danish…

  • Tactical Analysis: Switzerland vs. Turkey

    A chorus of boos erupted upon the final whistle in Turkey’s home away from home, as Baku bore witness to a series of performances that only the Turkish lira can rival in terms of national embarrassment. The Turkish provided an abject and soulless performance that would see most of the players get abuse at their…

  • Tactical Analysis: Italy vs. Wales

    Summer had well and truly arrived in Rome as Italy took on Wales under the sunny skies of the Stadio Olimpico. It was Italy that led Group A with a spot in the knockout stages already guaranteed. Meanwhile, a Welsh draw would secure them a top two spot, however, if Gareth Bale and co could…

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