Meet The England Team | FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

Phil Neville’s England squad for the 2019 Women’s World Cup has the perfect blend of experienced internationals and young, exciting players going to their first major tournament. Neville’s squads have had a familiarity to them since he picked his first squad back in February 2018, with 15 of those 23 heading to France this summer….

José Leandro Andrade: Uruguay’s ‘Black Pearl’

Footage of the first World Cup final in 1930 is scarce. The clips on YouTube are grainy, brief and hard to follow, so it is impossible to tell what part José Leandro Andrade played in Uruguay’s 4-2 victory over Argentina. According to accounts from those who were there his form, speed and influence had started…

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Tactics Explained

Frank Lampard’s tenure at Chelsea has begun with some good football but less than great results. A high-scoring pre-season, which saw plenty of goals scored and conceded while using Lampard’s preferred 4-2-3-1, has given way to a less successful start to competitive football and a return, of sorts, to Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 with Jorginho anchoring…

Liverpool? No: Why Man City’s Defence Was Better Last Season

Last season, Liverpool were defensively very impressive. They conceded 22 goals, the fewest in the Premier League, and one less than Manchester City’s 23. Superficially, with the outstanding Virgil van Dijk at its heart, Alisson at its base, and two rapidly improving full-backs on the flanks, defence was an area in which Liverpool could claim…

Tifo Scouting: Serbian Super Liga

Each episode in this series will focus on a different league. From within that league, we will suggest a handful of young, promising talents; players you may not have heard of yet but may well be hearing from in the future. We’ll be looking not just at their strengths and weaknesses, but also their current…

Would Less Football Improve Football?

Son Heung-Min played 78 games of football between 25th May 2018 and 13th June 2019. He benfitted from just 22 days of rest during the summer, 6 less than the minimum (28-42) recommended by medical professionals. And as a Premier League player, he missed out on a winter break, for which the recommendation is 14…