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Pedro Leon's Movement is such a weapon for Eibar

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

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Abraham's Movement Impresses for England's U21s

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Ricardo Quaresma Key in Besiktas' Title Winning Season

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Modric and Kroos Crucial in Real Madrid's Triumph

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Aïssa Mandi: A complete centre back

Aïssa Mandi (Châlons-en-Champagne, 21 October 1991) is an Algerian naturalised French footballer, defender for Reims, French Ligue 1 and the Algerian national team. He is a right footed centre back but he also adapts well with his left.
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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.
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Suso’s movements in Genoa scheme

Jesús Fernández Suso, who joined Genoa on loan from Milan last January, is just the last name in the list of players relaunched by Gian Piero Gasperini (among the others, Marco Borriello, Thiago Motta and Diego Milito, or more recently M’Baye Niang, Diego Perotti and Leonardo Pavoletti). Suso played a big part in Genoa’s good results in the second part of the season, which saw the Rossoblu climbing the league table from the 17th to the 10th place.
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Analysis of Euro 2016 teams: Albania

Of all the teams heading to France for the European Championships, Albania have surely the most fascinating back story. They’ve never qualified for a major tournament before. They’ve only ever qualified for two youth tournaments before.
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How to create space into the opposite half of the pitch

A vital behaviour in players that occupy areas between backlines and that appear in spaces on the wings is without doubt, playing with the “blind” side of players that come out to apply pressure on the player in possession of the ball. Besiktas managed to apply this principle at some points during the game.
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How to prepare offensive strategy studying the opposing goalkeeper

In today's article we would like to offer a point of view that can help you plan out your week. Video analysis and studying the opposing team are no longer new ideas, but nevertheless, analysing the tactics chosen by the goalkeeper does not always lead to adequate measures.
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Hakim Ziyech: A real number 10

Hakim Ziyech, born in 1993, pure talent, already a technical point of reference on the Moroccan National team, as well as on Twente, quickly rose to idol status for fans of the Dutch team. Last year he ended his rookie season in a Tukkers jersey with 11 goals and the most assists of anyone in the entire league.
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Analysis of André Gomes: How could he fit into Juventus?

Juventus, fresh from winning its fifth consecutive championship shield, is making plans for next season.
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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.
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Space and movement as key-factors to improve performance

A Roma team fully in the running for second place that, under Spalletti's direction, has rediscovered energy and organisation, so much that they have brought home eleven consecutive wins.
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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.
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Statistical analysis of Casemiro impact on Real Madrid performance

The demanding Santiago Bernabeu fans are often divided over his importance. But Casemiro's contribution to the cause of a Real Madrid that is astonishingly back in the race for the Liga and in the Champions League semi-finals can be anything but overlooked.
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Jorginho’s role in Sarri’s tactical scheme

If a team bases its game play on precise mechanisms practised during training, and if the opposing teams come onto the pitch with the specific intent of blocking those mechanisms, a coach finds himself in a crucial dilemma: either find a solution or be forced to distort your game play.
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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.
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Set pieces as determining factors: How the Champions League semi-finalists defend

In matches that are more and more played at the limit and battled out in episodes, set pieces could be determining factors in shifting balances. Match analysis has a dual value: on the one hand, understanding what current defensive organisation trends are and on the other, understanding where Real, Atletico, Bayern and Manchester City can try to build their offensive plays.

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