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Time and space: Football’s critical optical illusion

Despite playing on the largest surface, there may be less time and space available to a footballer than any other athlete competing in a team sport.

To the naked eye, an empty football pitch appears massive. It doesn’t look much smaller when occupied by 22 men battling for control over a single ball. Yet, there may be less time and space available to a footballer than any other athlete competing in an enclosed space in a team sport. The optical illusion that there is time and ... Read More »

What FC Barcelona must change next season

For only the 2nd time in nine years, Real Madrid ended a league campaign as La Liga champions. Los Blancos finished a tantalising 3 points ahead of their fiercest rivals, Barcelona. For the Catalans, a Copa Del Rey win wasn’t enough to salvage Luis Enrique’s legacy at the club.  Read More »

Three tactical changes Arsene Wenger must make next season

In the 2017/18 season, Arsenal will have their backs against the wall in a way they haven’t before. The Gunners will be playing Europa League football next season, something they haven’t done in over two decades. The fans have reached an all-time low in their confidence in the team, so now Arsène Wenger and his redundant coaching staff must respond. Read More »

Counterattack is football’s populist movement

For all the praise lavished on positive football over the past decade, the tactical balance of power has shifted back to strong defending and counterattack.

The Leave Campaign’s victory in the Brexit referendum, Donald Trump gaining the White House, and the legitimacy afforded Marine Le Pen in the French elections highlight populism’s global revival. This week, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Progressive policies are being challenged by those clinging to the “tried and true.” The same holds true in ... Read More »

Champions League final – Combined XI

Champions League combined XI

Real Madrid and Juventus meet in a titanic Champions League final showdown on 3rd June. Both teams boast immense squad depth and an enviable talent circulating their ranks – it is set to be an enthralling final, where, truly, two of the best teams in Europe lock horns.  Read More »

Chelsea vs Arsenal: A combined XI

Chelsea and Arsenal will meet in this year’s FA Cup final having experienced polar seasons; Chelsea has romped to the league, whereas the Gunners have stuttered and stalled. An FA Cup would ‘save’ Arsenal season – save is used loosely, here, for it has been an overwhelmingly disappointing year for Arsene Wenger’s men. Chelsea, however, is looking to complete a historic ... Read More »

Three things learned from Champions League semifinals’ first legs

After the Champions League semifinals' first legs, the final already been written in pencil. Here are three reasons why.

After the Champions League semifinals’ first legs, the final already been written in pencil. Two teams have probably already reserved flights, their players, coaches, and support staff pushing holidays back by an extra week or so. Real Madrid dismantled its city rivals in a way no side has been able to in Europe in seven seasons. Meanwhile, Juventus’ wily veterans efficiently defeated ... Read More »

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