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Riccardo Marchizza: Primavera TIM promising Italian talent

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

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

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Monaco’s Counter-attacking strategy

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Jonathan Viera's Multifaceted Movement vs Villarreal

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The tactical secret behind Leicester city's success

It seemed like it was just a dream, an illusion. And yet, Leicester is still leading the Premier League at the decisive time of the season. Much has been said about the impact on the Foxes structure by Claudio Ranieri, a figure like Jamie Vardy, the talent of Ryad Mahrez and the unique physical qualities of N'golo Kanté. But is there a tactical secret to the success of the Foxes?
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Analysis of Icardi’s play: An "old-school" footballer

The goal scored in Frosinone on Saturday marks Mauro Icardi's fiftieth in one hundred matches played wearing the Inter jersey (a perfect average of half a goal per match that really does not reflect his seasonal average, which is slightly higher: 0.58 goals per match).
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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.
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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.
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Conte’s 3-4-3: How it works

Without a doubt Conte's recently signed contract with Chelsea runs the risk of creating some problems in the press for him because of the English media's attention to the current National team coach's past controversy with sports commissions and the law. However, from a tactical point of view there is no denying that his technical prowess is nothing short of exemplary.
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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.
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Analysis of FC Barcelona’s defence

Barcelona got back on the pitch after the break with a slightly less confident step and one might wonder if Luis Enrique's team isn't risking thwarting everything good they have built thus far.
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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.
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Dawid Kownacki: A once-in-a-decade talent

At just 8 years of age he joined Lech Poznań, the club he still belongs to. In the Poznań team's youth sector, Dawid demonstrated exceptionally consistent scoring. From the Under 15 to the Under 19, (with 5 goals in three games in Under 18), he quickly became an irreplaceable pivot point for all of the Polish youth selections.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.

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