The moment every Barcelona fan had been dreading for years has finally arrived. Lionel Messi has left the club as a free agent, unable to pen a new contract, which had apparently been agreed months ago. While there could be more than meets the eye regarding the current situation, the Catalan giants must now prepare for a new era without their most successful player ever.
After the conclusion of Groups D, E, and F, the Futbol Masterminds get together to discuss all the events from the week that was at the Euros including those two massive 2-2 draws in the Group of Death! Follow @futbolmasterminds on Instagram to see more of the show and subscribe via Itunes and Spotify!
For much of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield reign, Liverpool have favored a 4-3-3 shape. In this system, the Reds have enjoyed defensive solidity, offensive prowess and become one of the most dominant forces in world football. The results speak for themselves regarding the effectiveness of this shape, with the well-rounded formation taking Liverpool to Champions League and Premier League success. While the Reds weren’t always ruthless in their title-winning season, few can deny that they were efficient. But is it time for Klopp to freshen things up? Well, he may have the chance to try something new in 2021-22.
This week Brandon and Ethan count down some of the Bundesliga stars taking place at the Euros so far, including Czech Republic's Patrik Schick, and Netherlands' Wout Weghorst! The lads then head off to some of this week's transfer news, including speculation over a potential Leipzig swoop for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, AC Milan's interest in Breel Embolo and Dortmund's interest in Dutch forward Donyell Malen. Follow the show via the links below!
There were moments during Chelsea's Champions League final win when you couldn't quite believe how well Reece James was coping with the pressure of the occasion. Of course, even before kick-off in Porto, everyone knew how much quality the Redbridge-born right-back possessed, but his performance over the course of 90 minutes was genuinely enough to take your breath away. Indeed, that sharp intake of breath when City found space around the box was replaced by a sigh of relief after James almost single-handedly thwarted every attack.
German football. This week Brandon and Ethan take you through the one player every Bundesliga club should sign in this summer's transfer window. Follow the show via the links below!
England have not won a major international tournament since 1966. With the likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Declan Rice in full flow for the Three Lions at this summer's tournament, hopes are high that this could be the year England claim another tournament triumph to add to their trophy cabinet. Our friends over at The Tactics Show break down England's tactics, and how they might be able to prove everyone right by winning this summer's European Championships.
The England National Team heads into the UEFA European Football Championship in scintillating form, with a crop of players that some argue could rival the golden generation at the 2004 edition of the tournament. However, this time, hopes are even greater for The Three Lions, as Gareth Southgate's squad not only has a wealth of depth, but also tactical flexibility. With the hope and promise that Southgate's squad could pick up silverware for the first time since 1966, we take a look at how they might approach the competition, tactically and beyond.
In 2016, Portugal stunned the world, winning the European Championships against all the odds. This time they enter the 2021 tournament with an even stronger squad - led by the likes of Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo, Raphael Guerreiro and of course...Cristiano Ronaldo. So with that The Tactics Show now takes a look at Portugal's chances of winning this summer's Euro 2020 tournament.
It is very rare that a major international tournament provides a real shock in the final. Usually, the best teams do progress to the final and the shocks are reserved for the early rounds. World Soccer ranks the United States beating England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup as the first truly big shock, but the final between Uruguay and Brazil was expected. South Korea beating Italy 2-1 in the 2002 World Cup Round of 16 was a massive shock, but nobody was surprised to see Germany and Brazil in the final. No, shocks are very rarely maintained throughout the tournament, but in 2004, Greece did just that.