Aston Villa: Then and Now

Aston Villa: Then and Now

Aston Villa played a midland rival on Sunday in front of 27,000 fans.  Given that Villa Park can hold up to 42,000 that’s a disappointing attendance for a team of Villa’s stature. What happened? Remember when Aston Villa were considered a more than genuine threat to the top 4? There was no chance of 15,000 empty seats on a Sunday night then. In a relatively short time Aston Villa have gone from a recognized force in the Premier League that …
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 …
United Prove Wenger's Vision Can Work

United Prove Wenger's Vision Can Work

Arsene Wenger has prided himself on bringing the best out of young, underachieving players for as long as he's been in charge at Arsenal. The likes of  Nicholas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere have emerged under his stewardship, whilst he also got the best out of the previously promising Dennie Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. It's not going to win him any more trophies, though. The Arsenal era is over, Wenger's best available team completely torn to shreds …