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Five Best Football Pundits

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  Five Best Football Pundits With more televised football than ever before, the role of pundits is increasingly under the spotlight. Just as people like to see football change, punditry has now become something of an art – with an emphasis on more personable and interactive analysis.   These five best football pundits demonstrate this new world of the art …

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‘The Diamond demolition’ in the Kolkata derby

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The year was 1997, and on the 13th of July, the stage was set for the biggest clash in Indian football – the Kolkata derby. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were to battle it out at the Salt Lake Stadium which is the second biggest non-motorsport stadium in the world. The Kolkata Derby Mohun Bagan AC was set up in …

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Emergence of ‘Micro Tactics’ and the Changing Face of Football

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Football is evolving, and how! Gone are the days when teams used to line up with a default formation of 4-4-2 or a 5-3-2 and collide against each other in a game of skill and physicality. Great managers like Helenio Herrera, Arrigo Sacchi, Rinus Michels, Bob Paisley and Sir Matt Busby always played the same formations, and almost always, the …

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Mikel Arteta,the Media Puntas and the False 9s

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A month ago,i came across this brilliant article by Phil Ball,on the power and rise of the media punta. He explains the reasons behind its importance and states that with an abundance of media puntas,Spain can dominate the world in the years to come. In that article Ball mentioned that,Arsene Wenger was the only manager in England who tried to introduce …

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Satire

The erratic locomotive prediction machine agitates once more into action

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English football descended into pandemonium this week as fans and pundits alike have been unashamedly changing their Premier League predictions after just two games. Not since the Kaiser Chiefs predicted a riot but instead brought five albums of toilsome, handjive-cum-bodypop shuffle-pop has there been such collective nationwide indifference. Last season, Paddy Power settled all bets on Chelsea to win the league in November, but whispers that …

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8 things to look forward to in the next round of the World Cup [Satire]

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Xavi to examine the grass length before the Chile gameIt’s commonly known fact that if Barcelona/Spain ever lose a game then it’s because of the excessive grass on the pitch. So Xavi has taken it upon himself to cut the grass if it’s too lengthy,so that Spain can dominate possession and have a higher passing rate than Italy(Who have the …

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5 reasons why Manchester United will beat Bayern Munich

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Even David Moyes thinks the headline is funny Read on,at the end of the article,I am sure you will agree with us that,United are going to dish out a thrashing on tuesday. Bayern Munich have no instant noodle partnerDuring half time,which is one snack which can be prepared in minutes,nutritious and tasty at the same time? Of course it is …

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English Premier League

Why Manchester United should stick with Van Gaal

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Over the past few months, many Manchester United fans wanted Van Gaal out and their reasons were simple. The team was out of the Champions League and struggled in the League failing to record a single victory in the whole of December. Yet I don’t think that changing the manager will help much and here’s why: Nonetheless, when a club …

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What Louis van Gaal’s United do right and wrong

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Louis van Gaal is regarded by many as a great coach who laid the groundwork for Pep’s Barcelona and Heynckes’ Bayern, two teams that dominated the world. Now, at Manchester United, he is criticized for using ineffective tactics that have taken down Old Trafford’s reputation as a United fortress. Van Gaal is known to be a coach who believes in …

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The decline of Yaya Toure

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Yaya Toure has always played like he’s participating in a charity match. This is his best and most frustrating quality. He stalks the pitch in a warm-up jog. He holds off straining opponents like a father holds off a pesky six-year old. He scores thirty-yard goals with the nonchalance of clearing a pesky dog from beneath his feet. The frustrating …

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Champions League Stories #1- Chelsea 2011/12

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European club football has a rich history. With each season played, a new story is written. Even if each story is unique in its own way, there are a select few that stand out more than the others. I mean, when Barcelona or Real Madrid win the Champions League, it’s just another trophy. Yeah it’s big, but it’s not as …

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Manchester United expected starting lineup,tactics against Leicester City

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After a disastrous outing against PSV in the Champions League, Manchester United return to the Premier League where they have a great chance to become the leaders. They travel to the surprising league leaders Leicester City,the very scene of their last season’s humiliation when they lost 5-3. United’s attack has looked stale and lost all throughout Van Gaal’s tenure except …

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An Extensive Analysis of Van Gaal’s tactics against Arsenal

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Pre-Game/0-0 • The front four are fairly well established at this point and the tactics up front were pretty much what we’ve seen since Martial’s arrival. Memphis playing as a mostly traditional winger with the exception of an emphasis on ball control over crossing. Rooney playing mostly as an Attacking Midfielder but quite frequently pushes up into a traditional Centre …

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Liverpool 1:1 Sion- Tactical Analysis

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There were a few tactically interesting selections and changes about this game. Liverpool’s initial lineup featured a double pivot which is a modification of their league formation  3-4-3 into more of a 3-2-3-2. Liverpool were set up to defend in the below manner. Transition like : And attacked like so: This led to quite a few problems in attack, transition and defense. In …

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Chelsea’s struggles are much deeper than a “third season” symptom

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The lack of success in Jose Mourinho’s third season at every club he has managed has always been a source of criticism. In his fifteen years of management he has never stayed at the same team after the third season. His return to Chelsea was to create a dynasty and become Chelsea’s equivalent of Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson or a …

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Chelsea starting lineup,tactics against West Brom

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After suffering humiliation at the hands of title rivals Manchester City, Chelsea seem to be in disarray and were given a timely reality check. In the post-match press conference, Mourinho claimed that the game was “a fake result” but deep down, he knows better than everyone else that his side needs to improve considerably. The Portuguese tactician hinted at a …

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Clearing some misconceptions about Christian Benteke

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I’ve been a Villa fan for a long time. Benteke is one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen here. Having watched every single minute of his Villa career so far, either in person or on screen, I feel that general perception of Benteke as a player is misguided. I’ll keep it short. It’s a little difficult to find …

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Why are English Footballers are so expensive?

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After months of widespread speculation and lengthy negotiations a deal has been struck and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling has finalized his transfer to the Etihad Stadium. The 20 year old, who has been at the centre of this summer’s biggest transfer furore, has been bought by Manchester City for a record-breaking fee of £49 million. Sterling has now controversially become the …

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Why Falcao can be a success at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho

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When Manchester United took Radamel Falcao on loan last season, fans and pundits alike were excited at the prospect of the Columbian hit man gracing the turf at Old Trafford. Before he suffered the tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a French Cup tie, Falcao was one of the most sought after strikers in world football, …

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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United-Marouane Fellaini is not the long term solution for Van Gaal

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Chelsea moved closer to winning the Premier League by defeating a weakened Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Although United dominated possession,they couldn’t create many clear cut chances as Chelsea stood firm for 90 minutes and grabbed the three points. Jose Mourinho is still the master Mourinho in his second stint at Chelsea has looked vulnerable at times. Usually the master …

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Chelsea’s Successful Branding Strategy

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In an era of corporate branding, Chelsea has accomplished the impossible. It has successfully differentiated itself. In an attempt to remain inoffensive to all creeds, religions and cultures, football clubs tend to inculcate an anonymous, global personality. Such a strategy can counter intuitively end up alienating potential supporters. It can even backfire when would be fans fail to develop deep …

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