During the pandemic, I probably watched close to twenty football matches a week. I got quite good at watching matches (i.e. analyzing football) but I didn't feel as though I was living the most well balanced life. It's cool to watch football for entertainment, but I no longer find it particularly possible. Even if I enjoy watching my favourite teams play, I'm always thinking about the site and how I can use my learnings from any given match to create content. For my line of work, I then find it imperative that I understand my purpose for watching football.
How I coached an unbeaten team
In the summer of 2021, I took a youth team to an unbeaten campaign, in their first ever season playing together. While winning is never the most important part of youth soccer, I share some of the key tips and tricks that allowed me to achieve success with my team and instill a positive culture where each and every player wanted to return. In the first half of the episode, I also discuss the exciting opportunities coming up on TheMastermindSite.com. Follow the show and my body of work @mastermindsite and @desmondrhys!
Longball Preview Show – West Ham’s European Tour + the Divock Effect
On this week’s Longball Preview, Kausty Kapoor joins Declan to review last week’s action in the Premier League and all the European action before taking a deep dive into West Ham vs Arsenal, and the relegation six-pointer between Watford and Burnley. Be sure to follow the show @mastermindsite on social media to never miss an update, as we continue to preview the remainder of the season!
How coaches can develop their tactical and analytical understanding of the game
One of the most common questions thrown my way is the typical - "How do you know what you know?" or "How did you develop your tactical craft?". Well, I finally have an answer for you.
Longball – Roman Abramovich and the future of Chelsea
On this week’s show, Declan and John cover a ton of ground. In the beginning half of the show, Oliver Carpenter joins Declan to discuss the evolving situation with Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and everything you need to know about the current Chelsea climate in this political context. In the second half, Jamie Smith joins us again to discuss Newcastle’s resurgence, Bielsa’s departure, and this week’s marquis match-ups.
Finding the balance between being fun and assertive in coaching (+ more Q&A)
In this special edition Spin The Ball Q&A, Rhys Desmond talks about how to find the balance between being fun and assertive in coaching, how to be more enthusiastic for your players, and gives his thoughts on the CONCACAF Champions League and Man City vs. Tottenham this weekend. Be sure to check out @mastermindsite on social media and everything we have going on at themastermindsite.com to never miss an update.
Longball Premier League Preview – Everton say adios to Rafa, & Tuchel in Trouble
John and Declan take a deep dive into the world of Everton, exploring the club's continued struggle to find their identity and get a grip on reality. The boys then take a look ahead to this weekend's match-ups, including a testy affair between Tottenham and Chelsea, and the John vs. Declan derby as Manchester United host West Ham United. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media to never miss an update.
The Longball Premier League Preview Show – New Year’s Blues
John and Declan look ahead to an exciting match week, dissecting the intense title clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, and the all-important North London Derby! The boys also take a trip to the bottom of the table where Watford take on Newcastle in this weekend's relegation six-pointer. All of that and a whole lot more in this episode! Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media.
Jose Mourinho – AS Roma – Tactical Analysis – with Edward Stratmann
AS Roma and Paulo Fonseca parted ways with the Italian giants finishing just seventh in Serie A, but a more positive semi-final run in the Europa League and some encouraging attack-minded, tactically intriguing football. Legend of the game Jose Mourinho was the man to come in and replace Fonseca, and the Portuguese icon got off to a flying start in his Roma career, winning six from the first seven. But since then, it's been typical Mourinho, with the club now potentially spiraling back into their old ways. This week I talk to Roma expert Edward Stratmann on what needs to happen if Mourinho is to change the club's fortunes around, and the tactics Mourinho has displayed since taking over from Fonseca. Be sure to follow the show @mastermindsite, and give Edward a shout using the links below.
Sam Holmshaw – Why everything in coaching needs to fit your context
There's a beautiful thing in the coaching community, where we all strive to share resources. But this inherently creates a problem. What works in one context, doesn't always work in another. Sam and I are both content creators who always get asked to come up with solutions to various coaching problems and share our thoughts on how coaches can accelerate their teams to new levels. While we love creating content and educating coaches, it must be said that everything we put out always needs to be adapted to the context of the individual coach, team, players and environment. The same could be said for taking things from the professional game, where very few lessons can actually be applied at the youth level.
Interview with Andi Gschaider – Founder of B42
Looking for a unique, innovative solution to help your players get through these tough COVID times? Look no further than B42. In this exclusive interview, Rhys Desmond is joined by B42 founder Andi Gschaider to discuss his football training app used by teams and coaches around the world, including pro clubs in Germany like FC Nuremburg. Rhys and Andi discuss how coaches can use the app to inspire their players, how B42 got its name, and the company's desire to make a social impact. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media, and stay tuned for more exclusive interviews coming this month.