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  • Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis: Evolution, Not Revolution

    Holder of the highest ever win percentage at four different clubs in LaLiga – Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and now Real Betis – Manuel Pellegrini wears his crowns lightly. With the exception of his time in Madrid, where being thrown out is in fact the norm, the Chilean arguably has hero status at all three…

  • Tactical Analysis: Alexandré Pölking’s Thailand

    Alexandre ‘Mano’ Pölking was born in Brazil to German parents, moving to his ancestral country at a young age and playing for various German clubs such as Arminia Bielefeld, VfB Fichte Bielefeld, SV Darmstadt 98, before departing for Cyprus in 2005 and spending the final two years of his footballing career in the tiny island…

  • Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2: Inter Milan 2021/22 Tactical Analysis

    In just six months, Simone Inzaghi has turned Antonio Conte’s defensive dynasty into one of Europe’s most attacking outfits.   Known for their lethal counter-attacks, Inzaghi has evolved Inter Milan into a possession-based, attacking unit, placing their side amongst the most exciting teams to watch this season and giving Inter a four-point lead atop Serie…

  • Ivan Juric’s Torino: The Fun Side of Serie A

    At 1.48 goals-per-game, slightly behind the Bundesliga [1.51] and ahead of the Premier League [1.39], Serie A football has been full of entertainment in 2021/2022.   Of course, teams like Inter Milan and Napoli have helped boost that total, but even the lower-performing clubs are helping create excitement this season. Torino may not be challenging…

  • Case Study: Carlos Queiroz’s Egypt

    Egypt is one of the most successful teams in Africa, a country known for its attacking-first style of football (especially under Hassan Shehata’s leadership) and that has won the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times. On 8 September 2021, the Egyptian Football Association announced the hiring of Carlos Queiroz, a veteran manager who…

  • TSG Hoffenheim: German Football’s Emerging Force

    Following the 3-1 win over FC Augsburg on January 8, TSG Hoffenheim extended their unbeaten streak to 7 matches in the Bundesliga.   No other Bundesliga team is on a longer unbeaten streak right now, whilst in Europe’s top five leagues only Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan, and PSG have gone longer without a defeat…

  • Tactical Analysis: Andoni Iraola’s Rayo Vallecano

    Scour the length and breadth of Europe – maybe even the world – and you’d be hard-pressed to find a football club quite as fascinating, or quite as baffling, as Rayo Vallecano.    Known to many as the last of the Spanish neighbourhood clubs, Rayo’s famous red stripe represents not just a football club, but…

  • The Importance of Speed in Modern Center Backs

    The hardest thing in life to live up to is expectations. In football, expectations on clubs, managers and players have never been higher. As fans, on top of expecting players to give their all-in games, we want them to be the epitome of perfection in their position.   We expect strikers to be as equally…

  • The Roots Behind Brighton’s Stagnant Form under Graham Potter

    Graham Potter’s Brighton side are one of those fascinating stories that draw in sport’s fans time and time again. A smart transfer policy, one of the brightest tactical minds in the country at the helm, and countless suitors expressing an interest in their top assets.   A question of immense possibility and ‘what if’s?’ This…

  • Bruno Lage: Profiling Wolves’ Manager

    Wolves are consistent again this season under new manager Bruno Lage who arrived in the summer from Benfica, replacing his fellow countryman Nuno Espirito Santo who moved on to Tottenham Hotspur.   Similar to Espirito Santo, Lage aims to play a hyper-compact system with three central defenders providing a strong foundation and wingbacks who provide…