Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Several teams this season have been lauded for playing with fluidity and creativity. Take Everton or Tottenham, for example. Perennially pragmatic Everton have enjoyed plaudits from every direction this season for their style of play, while Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side are finally beginning to look to observers like a team of genuine quality once more. One team who have arguably not received the praise they deserve this season, though, is West Bromwich Albion. Sitting sixth in the league with 14 …
Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

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Introduction: the foundations (part 4/4*) – Midfield and Concluding Statement  This is a four*-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 four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against …
Systems Football: Positioning Part II - Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Positioning Part II - Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Introduction: the foundations (part 2/5) - Positioning 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 Please read both the Andre Villas-Boas approach and Brendan Rodgers philosophy articles to compliment what you may read here. Read Part One Here: The Basics --------- Part two of this series briefly explores the complexities …
Everton v Swansea | Match Stats Preview

Everton v Swansea | Match Stats Preview

Everton play their final home game of 2011 on Wednesday night. The visitors are newly promoted Swansea. Everton will look to continue their impressive record against the Welsh side. The Toffees have won nine and drawn four of the side's 13 meetings. The last meeting between the two sides was on 26th February 1983. The game finished 2-2 with Andy King scoring both Everton goals. Everton will be desperate for three points having failed to beat Norwich on Saturday. Swansea will hope their impressive defence can lead …
Spain 1 - 1 Italy | Statistical look at Spain's passing game.

Spain 1 - 1 Italy | Statistical look at Spain's passing game.

If you haven't read the review of Italy's game, you should do it here.  «The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain.» According to Opta, this was the first time Spain started without a typical striker. They actually came out in a 4-6-0, with Fabregas as their front man, but he was not a striker. How I saw their line-up: As you can see from the picture above; it …
Swansea City's Passing Finally Gets Its Reward.

Swansea City's Passing Finally Gets Its Reward.

Revenge is a dessert best served cold. I never fully understood that quote until I looked it up a while back. In case you don’t know, what it basically means is that it’s better to get your revenge over somebody after a significant amount of time has passed, as you’ll enjoy it better having had more time to reflect on things and therefore revel in your retribution when it finally arrives. I’m guessing that at the final whistle yesterday, for …
Dynamic Duo Spearhead Spurs | Stats

Dynamic Duo Spearhead Spurs | Stats

In my previous article I looked at how Adebayor offered more to the team than just goals. His movement, hold up play and creativity have all been excellent and a major factor in Tottenham’s rise to the top 3 of the Premier League. Against Newcastle on Saturday evening, Adebayor was once again back to his best. With a new strike partner to play alongside, Adebayor seemed to be keen to impress. He linked up wonderfully with Saha and it was …
Chelsea push forward with Torres

Chelsea push forward with Torres

It seems as though we’ve finally reached the heart of Fernando Torres’ problems at Chelsea, in his own words, they play too ‘slowly’. Jonathan Wilson better summarised Torres’ point this week:
[Torres] criticized his Chelsea teammates for being slow. He needs the ball played to him quickly, while opposing defenders are still setting themselves, before they have had a chance to retreat and raise the barricades. In essence, his comment was nothing more than a slightly clumsy variant on what …
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