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Pedro Leon's Movement is such a weapon for Eibar

Pedro Leon's amazing season at Eibar has not only seen him be his team's outstanding player, but also one of the finest in La Liga.

André Silva: an insight on the new AC Milan’s striker

In this intense start to the summer transfer market, Milan has signed the second most expensive player in its history.

Abraham's Movement Impresses for England's U21s

Despite England's U21s being unable to overcome a defiant Swedish outfit, the performance of Tammy Abraham offered plenty of optimism for Aidy Boothroyd's side looking ahead.

Ricardo Quaresma Key in Besiktas' Title Winning Season

Ricardo Quaresma's strong from this season was certainly a key element in Besiktas winning yet another Turkish Super Lig title.

Modric and Kroos Crucial in Real Madrid's Triumph

Real Madrid put in a fantastic performance to overcome Massimiliano Allegri's brilliant Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final. And while every player in Zinedine Zidane's team were excellent, the importance of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos deserved special mention yet again.

Bayer Leverkusen exploit central attacking areas expertly vs Herta

After a turbulent season that has been full of negativity and even featured a relegation scrap, Bayer Leverkusen ended the campaign in fine style by defeating Hertha Berlin 6-2.

Victor Sanchez's Multifaceted Movement Key in Espanyol's Build-Up

Whenever the Catalans looked to pass out from the back, Victor Sanchez's clever variations in his movement successfully saw him position himself astutely to help his side progress upfield.

Dani Alves: technical overview of Coppa Italia decisive player

Dani Alves, once again, proved to be decisive in the most important moment. After the double semi-final against Monaco where he stood out for his active contribution to all four Juventus goals, he also made the difference in Coppa Italia.

Jonny Evans: one of the finest defenders in Europe

Jonny Evans' excellent performance vs Chelsea yet again solidified why he's one of the finest defenders in the English Premier League.

Ziyech's play in Ajax offensive strategy

Ajax is the fashionable team of this Europa League edition thanks to Hakim Ziyech and its very young formation and philosophy of offensive play.

Anthony Modeste continues his sensational form for Koln

Players that truly know how to play football know how to correctly interpret whether they are in a positional superiority even if they are in a numerical inferiority. In the same way as to whether they are in a positional inferiority they perceive whether they are in a numerical superiority..

Barcelona’s build-up vs Espanyol

Players that truly know how to play football know how to correctly interpret whether they are in a positional superiority even if they are in a numerical inferiority. In the same way as to whether they are in a positional inferiority they perceive whether they are in a numerical superiority..

Champions League top 3 goalscorers: a look at the numbers

While it's not entirely surprising to see Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich sharpshooter Robert Lewandowski and PSG's powerhouse Edinson Cavani occupying the top three spots in this season’s Champions League goalscoring chart, it's interesting to analyse the numbers behind their success.

Juventus' flexible defensive system vs Barca

Juventus will be in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the second time in the last three years, fortified with a defence that has non conceded a goal for 531’ consecutive minutes.

Lionel Messi's dribbling wizardry vital in Barca's Clasico triumph

Lionel Messi 's scintillating dribbling qualities yet again had a profound impact in Barcelona's entertaining 3-2 win over Real Madrid in the Clasico

Anderson Talisca's Masterful Movement a Huge Asset for Besiktas

Despite Besiktas leading the majority of their Europa League quarter-final first leg match with Lyon, they devastatingly lost 2-1, succumbing to two late goals from the home side. The loss still wasn't enough to take the shine of yet another impressive performance from their wildly gifted attacking midfielder..

Alan Carvalho's nifty runs in behind crucial for Guangzhou Evergrande in derby

Guangzhou Evergrande went into their derby with Guangzhou R&F expecting to take home all three points, but even though they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw, the performance of their Brazilian forward, Alan, still gave their supporters plenty to cheer about..

Andrea Belotti: the symbol of the modern centre forward

According to Fabio Capello, he has everything it takes to become even better than Gabriel Batistuta. According to the Torino president, the €100 million release clause is almost reductive based on the value of the player. According to many, Italy has found the centre forward of the future. He is Andrea Belotti, Serie A top goalscorer, tied with Edin Dzeko at 23 goals in 27 matches. An absolute protagonist of the season, he boasts 25 goals out of a total of 30 matches played with Torino, 28 in 37 matches if we also consider the National team, on which he has become a starter.

Hoffenheim's Defensive Structure Disrupts Hertha’s Build-Up

Hoffenheim continued their remarkable season under their young managerial hotshot, Julian Nagelsmann, by brushing aside Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Friday night. The win now means Die Kraichgauer have collected their most ever Bundesliga points in a season, plus moves them into third place on the table..

Raheem Sterling's Strength in 1v1 Duels nicely served at City

It's been fascinating to observe Raheem Sterling's development under the tactically sophisticated methods of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Having a youngster with such raw talent, who he's been able to mould and further improve, has seen Guardiola really, especially in recent months, get the best of the enormously gifted 22-year-old.

Serie A Match Day Report: Montella’s Milan performance vs Genoa

The Wyscout report on the 29th day of Serie A takes Milan to the top of the rankings for performance. The 1-0 win against Genoa can be seen as an emblem of the tactical project set up by Vincenzo Montella because of the principles of play and the improvement margins that separate the "Diavolo" from the top spots in the rankings..

Monaco’s Counter-attacking strategy

It might happen that coaches want to control the game at the point that it’s not straightforward anymore. Above all and in my view, the game of football is a “living organism” that some coaches do not let happen naturally, like what happens in street football, where in any space creativity is found and made to be found..

Jonathan Viera's Multifaceted Movement vs Villarreal

There's no doubting Jonathan Viera has been one of Las Palmas' key driving forces in their strong season so far. Under the guidance and positional style of play of manager Quique Setien, his attacking genius has really thrived and animated Los Amarillos' work in the final third..
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Marseille successfully overload the 10 spaces in their win over Angers

With Marseille struggling for consistency this season, their impressive 3-0 victory over Angers at the weekend gave a glowing indication of just how good Rudi Garcia's side can be when they get things right..

Sergio Ramos: the defender-goleador

Since the second San Paolo goal was considered an own goal by Dries Mertens, it cannot be said that Sergio Ramos has become the defender able to score the most goals with the Real Madrid jersey. With 67 goals from 2005..
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Karim Benzema key movements during Real Madrid counter-attack

Very few teams in the world are as dangerous as Real Madrid in counter-attack. The technical and athletic dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale obviously plays a key role, but Real's counter-attack would not be as effective without Karim Benzema..

The importance of Sebastian Rudy in Hoffenheim's Build-Up

Sebastian Rudy has unquestionably been one of the key driving forces behind Hoffenheim's excellent Bundesliga campaign so far under budding young manager Julian Nagelsmann. And in his side's domineering 5-2 win against Ingolstadt on the weekend..
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Radja Nainggolan: The new key factor in Roma's play

Antonio Conte wanted him at Chelsea, but Radja Nainggolan stayed with Roma to establish himself as one of the most interesting midfielders on the international scene. And not only. In the new 3-4-2-1 formation enacted by Luciano Spalletti, he is managing to emerge as a true..
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Trigueros’ role in Villarreal offensive action against Seville

In the match between Seville and Villarreal, with the home team dominating the ball, Villarreal had in Manu Trigueros the player with the difficult job of maintain possession after recovering the ball..
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Bundesliga's shoot and goal accuracy in numbers

At the end of the first half of the season, the Bundesliga is now taking its winter break. We are now exactly at the half-way point, the right time to analyse the performance of the predominant strikers in the German league after 16 matches.

Bournemouth vs Sunderland: An Unexpected Win

It finally happened. After eleven games and what felt like an eternity of pain and frustration, Sunderland won a game of football.

How to use the screen passing to score

At the second stop of the season, the only true surprise in the rankings is Chievo.

Swansea's Pressing vs Man City Nearly Paid Off

Poor Francesco Guidolin. The Italian manager saved Swansea from relegation last season (with a bit of help from Alan Curtish while he was fighting off serious illness) but he's in a lot of trouble now.

psg and man united formula to control the opponent and avoid counter-attack

The offensive set-up of any team shall depend on the technical quality of its executors...

Oliver Burke at RB Leipzig: strength, speed and individual technique

19 year-old Oliver Burke, sold by Nottingham Forest to RB Leipzig for €15.2 million this summer, became the most expensive Scottish player in history.

Ancelotti’s Bayern uses PEP Guardiola strategy vs Bremen: “Salida de balón”

Carlo Ancelotti appeared at the presentation press conference before the reporters and his new fans, stating: "I will not drastically...

Spurs look ahead to Liverpool match with new signing Janssen and Wanyama

By the standards of this particularly excitable transfer window, Tottenham’s summer captures have been markedly low key. Maurico Pochettino...

Video analysis: Set pieces as determining factors to create scoring opportunities

The rate of set pieces in an important football event like Euro 2016 has always been a subject of interest...

Pjanic and Benatia's Juventus: New roles, tactics and strategy vs Tottenham

Juventus is one of the big players in the European transfer market. While waiting to see the last great coup, Higuain, along with Dani Alves and Pjaca, for the first time, Allegri had the chance...

Reviewing a game: Was England vs Iceland as bad as people said?

Three weeks have passed now since Iceland beat England in Nice. But was it really as bad a performance as...

The play that decided Euro 2016 final

Éder goal seems to be the result of individual achievement, but in all reality, it actively involves a fair number of players on both teams.

Euro 2016 final: Where it went wrong for France?

The final of the European Championships was, it is fair to say, no classic. But it could have been even worse. It should have been even worse.

Match analysis: Belgium vs Italy

So much for the theory that Italy were heading for yet another early tournament exit. Having been knocked out in the group stages of the last two World Cups, the chances are that this will be an altogether more pleasant summer for Italy. Manager Antonio Conte takes tactical preparation very seriously.

Analysis of euro 2016 teams: Ukraine

When you’re this close to the start of a major international tournament, most avenues have already been explored. We know the favourites: France; Spain and Germany. We know the nations that have it within them to win, but probably won’t: Belgium; Italy and England. We know the dark horses: Austria; Croatia and Poland. We even know the minnows: Albania; Hungary and Northern Ireland. But what about the middle ground? What about the teams with just a puncher’s chance of glory? What about Ukraine?

Tactical analysis of the Champions League final

Football is the most seen sport worldwide and it doesn't share out its glory. Real Madrid won! The 11 times Champions of Europe, 5 times of which were in the last 20 years…remarkable. What were the most significant tactical aspects in this Spanish final of the Champions League?

Alvaro Morata technical strengths and weaknesses

The first question the Juventus football transfer market must answer is the fate of Alvaro Morata, in the hands of Real Madrid because of the “buy back” option included two years ago in the player's transfer contract by the bianconeri.

Tactical analysis of Uefa Europa League final

Same formation (4-2-3-1), very different game strategy. The Europa League final between Liverpool and Seville was an exciting contest, not only between the players on the pitch, but also between Jurgen Klopp and Unai Emery.

Why Sevilla is ready to re-write Europa League history

Sevilla are re-writing the history of European football by reaching the final of the Europa League. During their previous two matches the team, led by Unai Emery, was victorious. Let's have a closer look at the second semi-final of their Europa League game with Shakhtar Donetsk and see where Sevilla’s strength truly lies.

Portland Timbers find their groove in a 2-1 success over Toronto FC

As title defences go, Portland Timbers effort had thus far fallen into the ‘Chelsea’ category. Victors over Columbus Crew on the opening day of the season (a replay of the 2015 final and with the same score too) gave a false read for the weeks ahead.

Match analysis: Atlético Madrid vs Bayern Munich 1-0

Due to various reasons there are teams that rebuild their squads. In some cases they decide to change or rebuild because the performance that they have obtained has been below the created expectations.

Impressive LA Galaxy win over Real Salt Lake

For the uninitiated, there is much that separates Major League Soccer from other notable leagues around the world. There is the single entity business structure, the draft system, the designated star player policies. But most of all, in these opening weeks, there is the sense that no team is considerably better than any other. At least, that was the case until this weekend when LA Galaxy faced the undefeated Real Salt Lake and pulled their pants down in front of everyone.

What made the difference in Roma vs Napoli match

Are the most entertaining matches the ones between the big teams that end 5-0 or maybe 4-3 or perhaps the ones that end 0-0 or with a win that was just barely pulled off?

Tactical analysis of FC Barcelona weaknesses vs Valencia

Even with the best players in the world on the roster, the lack of lucidity cannot help but accompany the negative dynamic instead of reversing it.

Analysis of Vieira’s New York City defeat

In the first six games of his managerial career, we have seen innovation and ambition from Patrick Vieira. But it’s been five games since we’ve seen a win.

LA Galaxy escapes with a point as De Jong escapes red card

Sometimes we can be a little hysterical about challenges in football. Bound up by tribal loyalties or an earnest sense of protection, we forget that football is intense, physical and occasionally dangerous. Accidents happen and they always look worse in a slow motion replay. But Nigel de Jong’s challenge on Darlington Nagbe was no accident.

Video analysis: The key to read the game - David Luiz action read through video analysis

A counter-attack begins, the play is fast, by the time anyone realises what has happened, the ball is at the back of the net. In living rooms all over the world, all eyes were on David Luiz's (apparently clumsy) movement. Coordination error? Technical error? Tactical error? With the help of Wyscout images and a more in depth Video Analysis, we can arrive at a different answer.

Match analysis: Paris SG vs Manchester City

PSG and Man City are two teams that want to be European champions due to all of the investment they have made in recent years. Players with tremendous potential and different playing philosophies. Both committed errors but they were capable of being resilient.

Opposition analysis as a key to success

Preparation for the match takes on a fundamentally important role for achieving the end result. In a sport with such reduced margins, observing your opponent in order to learn strong and weak points constitutes a potential competitive edge that no team can do without.

How atlético Madrid could beat Barcelona

Barcelona vs. Atlético. Battle of the giant. Nobility against the working class. David against Goliath. Luis Enrique against Diego Pablo Simeone.

Analysis of New England revolution victory over New York Red Bulls 1-0

“It’s shameful for me,” said New York Red Bulls’ coach Jesse Marsch afterwards. “The game is supposed to have honour.” It’s a nice thought and in an ideal world, we would all conduct ourselves with grace and nobility. But as Bill Shankly once said, “If you don't know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we'll discuss the options later.” And that’s exactly how New England Revolution won their first game of the season.

FC Dallas win over DC United

Still without a win this season, DC United manager Ben Olsen called for his players to be more clinical in front of goal before their meeting with a depleted FC Dallas. Unfortunately for him, most of his problems came at the other end of the pitch. DC were only missing defender Steve Birnbaum, but what a miss he proved to be. His team started brightly, pinning Dallas into their own half, albeit without really creating anything of note. But that hope was short-lived; quickly snuffed out by DC’s own hapless defenders.

Analysis: The greatness of Paul Pogba play

Spacing, interception and game-reading ability in Juventus –Torino derby

Manchester City vs Manchester United - Rashford opens the race for the top four

Since Guardiola was announced, of 11 matches Manchester City has won only 3. This Premier League derby did not have a clear leader in terms of quantity/quality. The similar average position of both blocks of the teams only changed a little when in the 2nd half Manchester United defended the result on their own half.

Barcelona beyond the "MSN" trio

Praise galore has been heaped on Barcelona's star trio, Messi-Suarez-Neymar, also dubbed MSN. Their phenomenal results speak for themselves. The fact is though that many observers believe, perhaps rather simplistically, that they alone are behind Barça’s success. The strength of Luis Enrique’s team is, however, more than the sum of this trio.

Bayern Munich vs Juventus ball possession as a culture win as a state of mind

As a fan you might potentially think that Bayern Munich vs Juventus was a game where the result couldn’t have been predicted. But as a coach one would have, because using different styles and different way of thinking always give the chance to go beyond.

MLS insight: Vieira’s NYCFC first defeat

To his eternal credit, Cyle Larin barely celebrates the goal that gives Orlando City victory in New York. But this is not because, as the reigning Rookie of the Year and a man who scored 17 goals last season, he is blasé about the art of scoring. No, it is because the ball has literally landed on his face and gone in.

Ranking Champions League contenders in quarter-finals

In recent Champions League editions there has never been such a clear favourite as this year.

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Stealing the opponent team identity could be the best move to send them into confusion. According to the PSV coach Cocu, the game strategy had to be focused on the game control: never allowing space to the opponent team and attacking using vertical offence. Troubles for Atlético Madrid appeared at minute 57 of the match.

Arsenal vs Barcelona: Different game strategies to prepare the 2nd leg battle

The 1st leg of this game had a different approach in terms of strategy on both sides. The quantitative data available on the match report from Wyscout says that in the 1st half of the game Arsenal held its average position (block) at 46.22 m and in the 2nd half at 51.45 m

What went wrong for LA galaxy?

For European fans, unfamiliar with the vagaries of MLS, the Galaxy are an easy access point: they have a recognisable manager in Bruce Arena, who did so much for the national team between 1998 and 2006. They have a host of recognisable players, led by the likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Nigel de Jong, and they are of course, contrary to Bayern Munich’s nickname, the real FC Hollywood. But are they any good?