How to build a possession philosophy without copying Barcelona or Spain

How to build a possession philosophy without copying Barcelona or Spain

Football fanatics, people who truly understand football, know that by trying to copy the Barcelona or Spain model you are unlikely to succeed or even be on a path conducive to long term development. However, Barcelona’s philosophy (possession-based control) is something that clubs can and do strive towards. This article will attempt to detail just how Premier League teams currently build upon their possession-based philosophy through tactical solutions. For the purposes of trying to find general principles, this article will …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
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 …
Systems Football: The Basics - Tiki-Taka / Totaal-Voetball

Systems Football: The Basics - Tiki-Taka / Totaal-Voetball

INTRODUCTION: the foundations (part 1/5) 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 On a daily basis I get emails asking questions about ‘tiki-taka’ football: What age would you recommend to start implementing tiki-taka? Aren’t all the restrictions and duties hindering potential player development? It’s all well and …