Playing in a Midfield Three

In the post 4-4-2 era, the 4-3-3 is one of the world's most popular formations. Not only is it attack-minded but it is inherently possession-based by providing an extra man in central midfield. That is one of the prime reasons why a midfield three has become the first choice of many managers around the world. … Continue reading Playing in a Midfield Three

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Best Formations for 9v9

9v9 is one of the most exciting stages in the development of young players as it's the first time they are truly able to understand positioning, formations and how to play to the strengths of their teammates. In The Mastermind's hometown province of Ontario, 9v9 starts at the U11 stage and ends at U13, when … Continue reading Best Formations for 9v9

Cristiano Ronaldo Steals The Show In Spain and Portugal’s 3-3 Draw

Cristiano Ronaldo has never had a better start to an international tournament. The Portuguese legend left everything out on the pitch in Russia Friday night, securing his team a 3-3 draw with his 51st career hat-trick. However, Ronaldo was not the only one to set the stage alight on Friday. Here are three key performers … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo Steals The Show In Spain and Portugal’s 3-3 Draw

Golovin Stars as Russia Beat Saudi Arabia 5-0

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is off the mark following a surprising 5-0 win for the host nation against Saudi Arabia. The opening fixture was a shocking display of talent from a Russian side that no-one was willing to give a chance at the start of the tournament and a shocking display of a … Continue reading Golovin Stars as Russia Beat Saudi Arabia 5-0

Why Portugal Must Build Their World Cup 2018 Squad Around Ruben Neves

Key to any footballing side is a strong midfield. Of course with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva, Portugal have a number of attacking talents. Their defensive back-line is also well-constructed with veteran defender Pepe as well as attack-minded fullbacks in Cedric Soares and Raphael Guerreiro. But if Portugal can get the balance … Continue reading Why Portugal Must Build Their World Cup 2018 Squad Around Ruben Neves

Who England Should Take To World Cup 2018

  World Cup 2018 is still months away. A lot can change in five months, but Gareth Southgate has to start looking now at who he should take to Russia in June. The 2017-18 Premier League season has seen the rise of players like Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and even the resurgence of Ashley Young, … Continue reading Who England Should Take To World Cup 2018

VOTE: The Mastermind Awards 2017

The time has come to voice your opinion and vote for each and every category of The Mastermind Awards 2017. With over 180 articles, it has been another successful year on The Mastermind and now that it is coming to an end, the celebrations can now begin. But before you begin, be sure to check out who … Continue reading VOTE: The Mastermind Awards 2017

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Biggest Upset

2017 was full of shocking moments and massive upsets in both football and reality TV. From Paul losing Big Brother 19 by a single vote to Italy crashing out of World Cup 2018 Qualifying at the hands of Sweden, upsets were in abundance this year. These are the four biggest upsets of the year as … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Biggest Upset