AVB Makes it a Game of Two Halves | Stats Analysis

AVB Makes it a Game of Two Halves | Stats Analysis

Boos rang round White Hart Lane at half time on Sunday afternoon - a sound that has sadly become all too familiar in recent weeks. Tottenham had just been played off the park by a very lively QPR team that Spurs had made look like Barcelona. It was a worrying first 45 minutes. But for a couple of very good saves from Brad Friedel, the game could well have been beyond us at half time. There was no cohesion in …

Team GB 1 South Korea 1 - Ji's Goal Analysis

Somewhat predictably, Team GB lost on penalties to South Korea last night in yet another quarter-final exit. This article is not meant to be a review of the game as such; what it attempts to provide is an understanding of how Team GB conceded the opening goal (scored by a Premier League player) from South Korea. The move for the opening goal began just inside the South Korean half. Sturridge didn't press the defender very hard, which allowed the South Korean …
Systems Football: 'Defence' Part III – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: 'Defence' Part III – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Introduction: the foundations (part 3/5) – Defence
This is a five-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity.
Part three of this series promised an illustrative insight into the defensive components that make up a successful systems football approach. In truth, each part of this series of articles are overlapping and …
Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Sweden began their final game at Euro 2012 looking to exit the competition with some pride salvaged and some hope for the future restored. They faced a French side they had not beaten in a competitive game since October 1949 in Stockholm and a team that was looking to finish the group stages at the top of the group and avoid a game against Spain in the quarter finals. Sweden defended well throughout the game and prevented France from having …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …
Arsenal vs Norwich: can Norwich exploit Arsenal's weaknesses?

Arsenal vs Norwich: can Norwich exploit Arsenal's weaknesses?

Norwich make their first trip to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, aiming to spring a surprise against an Arsenal team looking to secure Champions League qualification for next season. Arsenal had a very inconsistent start to their season, with the humiliating 8-2 reverse against Manchester United being the low point. However, they have recovered really well from an uncharacteristic number of defeats, and this resurgence in form has left the Gunners sitting 3rd in the Premier League with just two …
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