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  • Auxerre – Are They Worth Replacing Saint-Ètienne in Ligue 1?

    The second most successful French team of all time seemed set to stay in Ligue 1 next year, after a late goal nabbed a draw against Nantes on the final day of the season.   However, in the relegation playoff, Saint Etienne fell on penalties in the second leg to Auxerre, a team who themselves…

  • How Bournemouth Returned to the Premier League under Scott Parker

    AFC Bournemouth’s top-flight return arrives at an interesting moment in the club’s history. After earning promotion back to the Premier League at the second time of asking, the Cherries are hoping to pull off a surprise or two under Scott Parker in 2022-23.   “You see regularly it in teams that get promoted: the challenge…

  • How Real Madrid Claimed Their 14th Champions League Title in Saint-Denis

    For the 14th time, Real Madrid have proven again why they are the kings of the UEFA Champions League; after eliminating Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City on their road to the Stade de France final, Liverpool were their last victims. Let’s put some spotlight on the most important game phases, and the main ideas…

  • UWCL Final 2022: A Tactical Masterclass from Sonia Bompastor

    The 2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final (UWCL) was highly anticipated, arguably the best two teams in Europe going head-to-head: FC Barcelona, who defeated Chelsea 4-0 in last year’s Final in Gothenburg, and Lyon, who have won every single UWCL since 2016 with the exception of Barça’s 2021 triumph.   This match-up was supposed to…

  • Strasbourg: 21/22 Season – Ligue 1 Overachievers?

    Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace were formed in 1906 and have been a professional football club since 1933. The club has had a fairly chequered history in recent times, being relegated to the fifth tier of French football after liquidation.   Les Bleu et Blanc rebuilt themselves and secured promotion to Ligue 1 in 2017,…

  • Sheffield United 1-2 Nottingham Forest – Tactical Analysis

    Steve Cooper and Nottingham Forest completed a crucial victory in their play-off semi final first leg clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.   Forest took the lead after only 10 minutes as Jack Colback followed up a parry from the goalkeeper to tap home for the opener. Eventually, after several clear-cut chances they added…

  • Tactical Analysis: Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal

    The fourth-place battle in the Premier League between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is still on fire, and will continue until the final round in order to secure the qualification to UEFA Champions League the next season.   With two games remaining for both contenders, Arsenal is leading the race with 66 points and with only…

  • How Interim Manager Mike Jackson Has Turned the Tide at Burnley

    When Sean Dyche was sacked by Burnley on April 15th 2022, the football world was shocked, and horrified. Dyche was such a fan favourite, not just amongst The Clarets’ faithful, but for neutrals too.   Whether it be his five-minute press conferences talking about ‘Lookie-Likeies’, or the hilarious shots of him stood in a snowstorm…

  • Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid

    On April 26th, Manchester City and Real Madrid provided us with one of the most entertaining UEFA Champions League games in recent memory. This seven-goal thriller saw Manchester City walk away with a 4-3 win and aggregate lead to take to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.   Pep Guardiola will be disappointed that his side didn’t…

  • Breaking Down Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invincible Season

    “It’s not impossible to go the season unbeaten and I can’t see a reason why it’s shocking to say that”-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.   This statement was largely met with ridicule by the British media ahead of the 02/03 season. And when the 02/03 season ended, it seemed like the media was proven right as…