The advantages of having a player who doesn’t defend

We often look at a player who doesn't defend as a detractor. Players are told from a young age that they must defend, regardless of their position on the field. In many respects, this is true. But when you get to the professional level, roles can evolve in novel ways, and even incorporate a player who has limited defensive responsibility. It was refreshing to see two teams so clearly implementing a tactic around their attack-minded superstars at the 2022 World Cup, simply by having them prioritize the attacking side of the game. With that, I wanted to provide a potential argument into why having this type of tactic can actually be a valuable feature to a team going forward, without ruining their chances in defense.

Argentina *3-3 France – World Cup Final – Match Analysis

Wow. What a final. The 2022 World Cup showed quite a bit of promise for having a tournament halfway through the season, and the final lived up to expectation as one of the best in years. Argentina came out flying on all cylinders, with France looking shell-shocked for the entire first half. But through the efforts of Mbappé and a few others, they eventually clawed their way back to force the game into extra time, and then penalty kicks. Here is our analysis of the 2022 World Cup Final between Argentina and France.

Lionel Messi – Player Analysis – World Cup 2022

After coming desperately close in 2014, Lionel Messi now has another shot of World Cup glory, in what could be his final act at the prestigious tournament. The 35-year-old has been absolutely brilliant at the 2022 showcase, scoring 5 goals with 3 assists in 6 matches, and coming up with some of the most significant single-handed efforts we've seen from anyone at the tournament. Here is our analysis of Lionel Messi at the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Scaloni – Argentina – Tactical Analysis – World Cup 2022

Without a big job in management under his belt, many might have been skeptical of Lionel Scaloni's ability to manage big-game players like Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Angel di Maria. But Scaloni has demonstrated an incredible ability to manage all the moving parts of this Argentina team throughout the 2022 World Cup - arguably as the most flexible and adaptable coach at the tournament. Here is our analysis of Lionel Scaloni's team ahead of the 2022 World Cup Final.

Marcelo Gallardo – River Plate – Tactical Analysis

In the managerial merry go round of the modern day world, Marcelo Gallardo is a rare example of a manager who has achieved success whilst staying at one club for almost the entirety of his career. The Argentinean has been with River Plate since 2014, winning 12 trophies during that time. He's constantly evolved his tactics throughout his time in charge, with the side looking very different today from when he first took charge back in 2014. Ahead of the 2021 season, here is a tactical analysis of Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate, from 2019-20.

Why South American players tend to fail at Manchester United (Part 2)

Following Manchester United’s first nine South American signings that were bought between 2000 and 2010, the club then purchased 11 more between 2011 and 2020. Those 11 purchases during the 2010s cost the club approximately £158.3 million in transfer fees, plus millions more in yearly wages. Over the last 10 years, inflation has greatly impacted the price of football transfers. Wealthy clubs began flexing their financial muscles more than ever in order to acquire various top-quality and in-demand players, which in turn has resulted in continuously increasing transfer fees. 

Why South American players tend to fail at Manchester United (Part 1)

Over the years, an array of foreign talents have played for Manchester United, with some having become a part of the club’s folklore. The likes of Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Cristiano Ronaldo are prime examples of non-British icons who contributed to United’s success in numerous ways. The club’s board have invested a great deal in foreign recruitment, but there has yet to be a South American player to genuinely captivate the Old Trafford faithful.

Macarena Sanchez and the Women’s Football Lawsuit in Argentina

It's no secret that women's football is treated in lesser regard to men's, rather unfairly, and in more ways than just television coverage and attention. Female footballers make significantly less income than their male counterparts and in a country like Argentina, women's football is not even a professional sport and something that women can do … Continue reading Macarena Sanchez and the Women’s Football Lawsuit in Argentina