World Football

The disappearance of the Midfield General in today’s game – Football Article

When tactics and formations change so to can the conventional roles of certain positions on the pitch along with extra duties being assigned or certain positions becoming more specialised. The holding midfielder, the 9 ½, sweeper keeper and attacking full backs are all roles that have come to prominence over the last number of years in the Premier League and have all evolved from what was required of them a number of years ago. Just as new roles are introduced,…

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Like father, like son – is Timothy Weah destined for greatness? – Football Article

Weah is a legendary name amongst football with George Weah an ex-Ballon d’Or winner and player of Paris Saint-Germain and A.C. Milan to name a few. His son Timothy is quickly rekindling the family name during his current loan spell at Celtic FC. George Weah, was the first African player to ever win the Ballon d’Or and is still the only player from Africa to take the award. Embed from Getty Images His fantastic career is one that will always…

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Football, lies, damned lies and statistics – Football Article

In 2010 the Fenway Sports Group purchased English Premier League side Liverpool Football Club. From the outset, their intentions were simple. They would apply statistics-based approaches to the running of Liverpool in terms of player acquisitions and team tactics. The method, popularised in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball about the Oakland A’s baseball team, had not yet been utilised in soccer but Fenway set about adapting the approach. Liverpool’s early signings signalled their new philosophy – They paid £20m for Stewart…

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Analysing German football post 2018…Löw and behold – Football Article

For Die Mannschaft, 2018 was annus horribilis, a year eminently forgettable in more ways than one. Never before in their illustrious history had the German national team failed in successive tournaments in the same year. However, this palpable crisis may also be the harbinger of another good era for arguably the most consistent nation in world football. Embed from Getty Images Seeing the team losing like this and going out at the group stage was not easy. Even if you…

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