The Super League is Dead (for now), but European football’s problems still threaten to kill the game we love

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European football has been in a state of Cold War for decades, with the threat of a breakaway Super League coming up every few years. Usually, it ends with more concessions and reforms or some other agreement that merely kicks the can down the road. Last Sunday’s official announcement and statement of intent signalled an … Continue reading The Super League is Dead (for now), but European football’s problems still threaten to kill the game we love

Re-imagining Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – A Positional Play Game Model

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These are no doubt exciting times to be a Chelsea fan. With the signings of attacking superstars Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner already complete and the likes of Kai Havertz and Saïd Benrahma heavily linked, Lampard is set to have a huge injection of attacking quality to take his budding Chelsea revolution to the next … Continue reading Re-imagining Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – A Positional Play Game Model

England Euro 2020 Tactical Analysis

Euro 2020 has been an absolute whirlwind of emotions for England fans so far. From the understated start against Croatia to the devasting lows against Scotland to the incredible highs against Germany and Ukraine, its been an absolute rollercoaster so far, nothing less than what we’ve come to expect from English football. Southgate has been … Continue reading England Euro 2020 Tactical Analysis

Book Review – Mentality Monsters: How Jürgen Klopp took Liverpool FC from also-rans to Champions of Europe, by Paul Tomkins

In a world where Liverpool’s recent success has been analysed to death, it takes a special book to shed new light on the topic. Enter Paul Tomkin’s Mentality Monsters. The book joins a long list of books, blogs, podcasts and more that have attempted to pinpoint the main causes by behind Liverpool’s extraordinary resurgence under Jurgen … Continue reading Book Review – Mentality Monsters: How Jürgen Klopp took Liverpool FC from also-rans to Champions of Europe, by Paul Tomkins

How developing my passion for space revolutionised my coaching

They say to be great, you must be obsessed. If you want to achieve something special, nothing but complete commitment will be enough. But there’s a dark side to obsession, one that destroys lateral thinking and, in the process, kills creativity: tunnel vision. When you’re fully concentrated on one thing, that can become all you … Continue reading How developing my passion for space revolutionised my coaching

Book Review – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Today’s #BookOfTheWeek is simply out of this world... The best book I've read this year and one of the most inspirational I have ever read, every page of Chris Hadfield’s “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth - Life Lessons from Space” is filled with wisdom and inspiration. Inspired by the successful Apollo 11 missions … Continue reading Book Review – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Strategic Rondos Part 4: Practical Implementation

4.1 The Set-Up Once the guidelines found in Part 3 are followed, you will be left with this set up: The blue team make up the Rondo 'circle,' while the reds are the defenders inside. Both teams begin with positions that mirror a real match, both relationally and distance-wise. Neither team has an active GK who … Continue reading Strategic Rondos Part 4: Practical Implementation

Strategic Rondos Part 3: Methodology

Having set out the theoretical case, as well as the defensive strategy I will aim to coach, I will now move on to specifying the adaptions and conditions I use in order to transform the traditional rondo into a tactical tool. Below I have included the measurement criteria by which I will test the effectiveness … Continue reading Strategic Rondos Part 3: Methodology

Strategic Rondos Part 2: The Case Study

This section will introduce the case study by which I will test the effectiveness of the ‘Strategic Rondos’ concept. Please refer to Part 1 for the theoretical case, Part 3 for the methodology and Part 4 for the practical implementation. ... 2.1 Designing a Defensive Strategy An effective defensive strategy can generally be understood as … Continue reading Strategic Rondos Part 2: The Case Study