In a match full of energy and fire, one that felt almost like a semi-final, France came out on top with relative ease over a fruitless Germany team. Didier Deschamps men secured a 1-0 victory at the unfortunate hands (or feet) of Mats Hummels banging the ball into the back of his own net, allowing the world champions to jump up into second in the group. Here is our tactical analysis of the match!
In what appeared to be a game that kept every sport loving fan at the edge of their seat, the 3 nil scoreline definitely does not tell the whole story of the game. It was a game that begged for a moment of brilliance, and it took Borussia Dortmund's left back Raphael Guerrero latching on to a deflected cross from Rafa Silva, for the flood gates of goals to open. With Portugal now having one foot in the knockout phase, we bring you five things to note from the encounter.
Portugal will be looking to win their second European Championship in succession this summer, and Fernando Santos' side open their Euro 2020 campaign with a clash against Hungary at the Ferenc Puskas Arena in Budapest. In what is definitely a crucial tie for both sides due to the nature of the group they have found themselves in, both sides will be determined to make a strong start come Tuesday.
Austria's ability to achieve reasonable success at Euro 2020. The Austrians did not disappoint in meeting that expectation in their first match against North Macedonia, easing to a 3-1 win. What made Austria's victory so incredibly impressive, is that they did it through players operating in unexpected roles, substitutes coming off the bench, and a variety of mechanisms for creating chances.
After months of speculation, it appears that Tottenham Hotspur are now inching closer to selecting their next manager. With Paulo Fonseca out of a job this summer and replaced by former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho at AS Roma, Daniel Levy and co. are seriously considering a bizarre move for the Portuguese manager. So with that, we take a look at what Paulo Fonseca could bring to Tottenham Hotspur and why the move may or may not be all that bizarre, tactically speaking.
Ahead of the European Championships set to kick off this Friday, we take a look at five underrated players to watch at the tournament.
After analyzing each and every single Premier League team this year, we now share all of our insight on the 2020-21 season in the form of this book. But the book is far from just a copy and paste of what can already be found on the website. In fact, there are very few things in the entire 72 pages that you will find on our site. The book features a breakdown of each and every single club in the league, including their system and style of play, their personnel, their strengths, weaknesses, key players and more. It does not attempt to be an exhaustive list of every single thing about each and every Premier League team this season, rather an overview of the most crucial tactical features to their success or lack thereof in 2020-21.
The Euros have officially kicked off! This week the Futbol Masterminds break down everything going on in the Euros so far, with a special look at the first seven matches of the tournament taking place between June 11th and June 13th. Follow @futbolmasterminds on Instagram to see more of the show and subscribe via Itunes and Spotify!
After Italy's strong victory over Turkey on the opening day of Euro 2020, the pressure was on Wales and Switzerland to match Italy stride for stride and put greater distance between themselves and the Turks. Switzerland dominated the game both through their possession and overall approach, but Wales snatched a surprise goal to level the score at 1-1. Here is our tactical analysis of the match.
Euro 2020 has officially kicked off, with Italy smashing Turkey to pieces in the second half of the opening fixture. The match was a fairly dull affair in the first half, with Turkey defending resolutely, and Italy only got going once they abandoned their attempts to have all of the possession. By relinquishing more control over to Turkey, Mancini's team ultimately gained more control in the final third and were able to unbalance Turkey's defensive structures to win the match comfortably 3-0. Here is our tactical analysis of the match.
The day has finally come. The 2020 Euros are here in 2021. Match 1 of 51 kicked off in Rome on Friday as Italy played host to Turkey. Italy come into the tournament in good form, winning all ten of their qualifying matches, and not losing a competitive match since September of 2018. But with an interesting first test against Turkey, another team in good form, many were excited to see if Italy could continue their impressive run of results on the big stage.
Have you ever wanted a football podcast guided towards discussing topics set by you - the listener? Welcome to Spin The Ball! On episode number two of the show, Rhys is joined by Adam Palermo of TheMastermindSite and Bundesliga Daily to select the 'Mount Rushmore' (top four) of various footballing categories. Topics include Best Managers, Underrated Players, U-23 Players Most Likely To Win The Ballon D'Or and Academy Products to Break into Their First Team in the Last Five Years. After ranking all of the Mount Rushmores, Rhys and Adam discuss your ideas submitted this week and spin the ball to decide what's coming up next week. You can submit ideas for the show @mastermindsite on social media or via the links below.