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Five Best Football Pundits


  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


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


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


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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The erratic locomotive prediction machine agitates once more into action


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]


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


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

An Extensive Analysis of Van Gaal’s tactics against Arsenal


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

Brendan Rodgers

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


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


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


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?


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

Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring during a Brazil 2014 World Cup South American qualifier match at the Estadio Monumental in Santiago on September 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO SANTANA

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


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


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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The extraordinary rise of Francis Coquelin


In 2008, Arsenal sold Gilberto Silva, one of their finest defensive midfielders and the same year they bought Francis Coquelin as a 15 year old from the lower leagues of France. Ever since then they have never been able to find a suitable replacement, despite Wenger buying a host of players none of them were able to match the level ...

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Fellaini revels in his new “Forward Destroyer” role


The biggest turn around of this strange season for Manchester United would be Maroune Fellaini’s form against Spurs and Liverpool. He dominated the midfield from an advanced inside left position and for the first time in quite  a few years United fans would be pleased to note that their  midfield had overrun and outpassed the opposition. After a disastrous first ...

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Eden Hazard’s defensive frailties remain an issue for Mourinho


Pundits, supporters, and fans alike were bemused by Chelsea’s January transfer window deadline day addition of winger Juan Cuadrado. While The Blues did need to bring in reinforcements after selling winger Andre Schurrle to VfL Wolfsburg and loaning winger Mohamed Salah to Fiorentina, spending a potential £26.8 million on Cuadrado seemed excessive especially since current starting right winger, Willian, was ...

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