The Fall of English Football and The FA's Fight

The Fall of English Football and The FA's Fight

Greg Dyke’s keynote speech concerned with the condition of the “English” Premier League and the national team could not go unnoticed. From drawing our attention to the ignored but obvious, to making attractive points and arguments, to drawing sensationalist targets – he has reopened a debate on the foreign nature of the Premier League and its consequences for the national team’s future achievements. Central to the statement was what Dyke referred to as a “frightening trend” in which the Premier …
Brendan Rodgers' Vision | Stoke 3 Liverpool 1 Analysis

Brendan Rodgers' Vision | Stoke 3 Liverpool 1 Analysis

The tactic of dominating possession was at first a defensive ploy from Scotland against the stronger, quicker and more devastating England team in the late 1800s. It was a tactical approach that existed purely as a way of controlling the opposition and the game, not as a ends in itself. The possession-based philosophy that Cruyff dreamt up some time in the 1970s that has gone on to influence many great coaches and teams in world football, was one that seems …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …