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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


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

World Cup 2014