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Alessandro Rossi - motion without the ball

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Radja Nainggolan: The new key factor in Roma's play

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Trigueros’ role in Villarreal offensive action against Seville

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Three offensive strategies to face opponent's high press

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Impact of the three-man defence on European elite teams

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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.

Analysis of Germany's tactics in recent games

Winning the World Cup and the European Cup two years apart is no easy task, but Germany's goal is still to prevail even within the borders of the continent.

Blas Riveros: Speed, technique and the will to succeed

Raised in a loving, but humble family, he began with Olimpia de Itauguá as a forward and after just six months he caught the eye of the Olimpia di Asunción youth manager who brought him into the under 14 team when he was just 12...

Total football. A chameleon-like Italy undermines the spanish model

Total football, in the true sense of the word. It would be easy to say, knowing that Spain would be the team in the these final preliminary matches for Euro 2016, but the “total” surprise comes from Antonio Conte's Italy.

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.

What does it mean to change formation during the game?

Let's try to understand what advantages it provides by looking at the Italian examples of Juventus and Fiorentina.

Analysis: The greatness of Paul Pogba play

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

Marlos Moreno speed and versatility

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.

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.

Guardiola’s Bayern individual battles and combined manoeuvres to get free

Ten seconds that changed the course of a match, perhaps of an entire competition. The play that led to Bayern's draw against Juventus during the Champions League round of 16 embodies the entire essence of the game of football: individual battles, combined manoeuvres to get free, defensive/offensive transition, breadth, depth, density and concentration

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.

Corner kicks: Lessons from top european champions

"Why not kicking direct from a corner kick ?" So many fans end up asking this question every time their team plays, proving how difficult is to understand coaches strategies on set-pieces.
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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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