Individual movements to confuse the opposing team

It often happens during important competitions like the ones that are currently taking place – Copa America and Euro 2016 in particular – that the curiosity about which play strategies will prevail works its way into football enthusiasts’ debates. What is sometimes forgotten is that the individual plays will be the ones that really make the difference. And quite often, even if the most superficial spectators do not realise it, every single play is the result, especially for the most organised teams, of specific drills that are run dozens and dozens of times in training.

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.

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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.

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?