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West Ham vs. Crystal Palace: In defense of zonal marking

Saturday saw Sam Allardyce’s West Ham continue a dismal run of form, having won only once in the league in 2015. Alan Pardew’s rejuvenated Crystal Palace secured a comfortable 3-1 away win, with all of their goals coming from set pieces. 733 more words

Post-Match Review

The Need for an Advanced Defensive Midfielder

If Jonathan Wilson’s bible of football, Inverting the Pyramid, taught me anything, it is that football tactics are a matter of action and reaction. A constantly changing and ever-evolving realm of innovation and countering. 1,495 more words

Paddy Vipond

Van Gaal's tactical evolution

… Van Gaal has never been a “template” manager, someone who brings an identical approach to different sides. He’s often used 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 as his first-choice formations. 508 more words

English Premier League

Summer's End

The European season starts tomorrow when Reims host Paris Saint-Germain in the kick-off of the Ligue 1 season.  In fact, if you’re inclined to include such things as the Trophee des Champions (the French Community Shield Cup), it’s already started.   453 more words


Visualize That

With the season winding down, the end-of-season reflection mill is cranking up production.  A week and a half ago, the New York Times published a collaboration between their graphics editor Kevin Quealy and John Zongmin Chow that is still getting a lot of play (as of this morning, it was still on… 1,020 more words


The Rise of Zonal Defense; A New Kind of Attack

The Professional Foul recently found itself discussing a couple of different types of footballing strategies in brief other posts, and we realized that some of our readership might be less familiar with the tactical side of the game. 1,211 more words

Tactical History

Fresh Wave Pundits....

There seems to be a new batch of pundits invading our screens these days and I find it quite refreshing to see new views and faces offering  a break from the old. 658 more words

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