3 Ways To Play in a 4-5-1

The 4-5-1 is the perfect formation for counter-attacking football and instills a defensive mindset in any team. As such it is a particularly popular formation for defensive-minded managers and is universally used to defend a lead. The 4-5-1 is also incredibly flexible, providing a lot of different ways managers can employ the tactic. Nearly every … Continue reading 3 Ways To Play in a 4-5-1

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Picking The Perfect Starting Eleven

Picking your starting lineup for a football match can be a difficult task for any manager. There are so many different considerations from fitness levels to injuries to work ethic to commitment to your opposition to the way different players mesh together or fit into the intended style of play. This guide aims to help … Continue reading Picking The Perfect Starting Eleven

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

Manchester City’s Unbeaten Run Ends; Liverpool’s Defensive Problems Persist

It took twenty-three matches, but Pep Guardiola and Manchester City's stunning unbeaten run has finally come to an end at the hands of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. It's a bit ironic that Guardiola's side were beaten by his old, rival manager Jurgen Klopp, the man who less ironically has more wins against him than any other … Continue reading Manchester City’s Unbeaten Run Ends; Liverpool’s Defensive Problems Persist

WINNERS REVEALED: The Mastermind Awards 2017

It’s been a long time coming and now the wait is finally over. You voted for the winners of eleven different award categories and now it is time to reveal who received the most votes in every category. These are your 2017 Mastermind Award winners. Enjoy! FOOTBALL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Nominees: Jurgen Klopp, Jamie Vardy, … Continue reading WINNERS REVEALED: The Mastermind Awards 2017

The 5 Best & Worst Goalkeepers in the Premier League 2017-18 by Saves Per Goal (Halfway Through)

As always, goalkeeping has been a hot topic so far this Premier League season with many being scrutinized for their lackluster performances and on the other side of the coin, many hitting the limelight. So with the season now halfway through, it is time to take a look at which five goalkeepers have made the greatest … Continue reading The 5 Best & Worst Goalkeepers in the Premier League 2017-18 by Saves Per Goal (Halfway Through)

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: Best Hairstyle

What would a reality TV star or footballer be without their hair? Sure neither industry is all to do with looks, but a look can make or break anyone on TV; the hair in particular as it adds so much in creating an identity around ones personality. Typically, the more eccentric the hair, the more … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Best Hairstyle