How the Best Managers in the World Used Formations to Gain an Advantage

At the end of the day, a team can win playing any formation and there isn't necessarily any formation that is superior to another. However, some of the best teams in the modern era have perfected certain systems and styles of play, guided by the formation they use. Here is an examination of some of the best teams in the world and how their formation has led to their success.

The Rise of the 3-1-4-2

In terms of formations and tactics, one of the major surprises of the 2018-19 season in Europe has been the rise of the 3-1-4-2. Although the formation is only a very minor spin on the popular 3-5-2, seemingly a host of teams around Europe have implemented this formation, and not just in Italy where back-three … Continue reading The Rise of the 3-1-4-2

Best Formations for 11v11

In the ever-changing world of football, dozens of formations are being used on a day to day basis around the globe. Choosing the right formation can affect the balance of the game, while the decision of which formation to play can also be instrumental in getting the best out of the players a manager has … Continue reading Best Formations for 11v11

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Best Hairstyle

Typically, the more eccentric the hair, the more eccentric the player. These are your 2017 nominees for Best Hairstyle as part of The Mastermind Awards. NOMINEES Paul Pogba From his eccentric hair, to his bravado, to his many commercial deals, Paul Pogba does not mess around when it comes to life outside of the football pitch. … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Best Hairstyle

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Personality of the Year

When it comes to footballers, it isn't all about looks. A lot of what makes a footballer, manager or referee special, is their personality. It's their ability to make people laugh, their crazy hairstyles, strange outbursts and hilarious press conferences that keep us entertained for weeks. Although most let their play on the pitch do … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Personality of the Year

UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Quarter Finals (April 18-19)

The second round of fixtures in the UEFA Champions League were highly entertaining as always. Both Atletico Madrid and Juventus almost amusingly just defended for their lives to preserve low-scoring draws to send themselves through to the final four, while Monaco ripped apart Dortmund and Madrid took their game against Bayern Munich in extra time. … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Quarter Finals (April 18-19)

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Football Manager of the Year

A manager can often make or break a football club and the best in the world can make a team of average players look like superstars. These are The Mastermind's Nominations for Football Manager of the Year. Antonio Conte ♥ In my books, Antonio Conte is the supreme ruling leader in terms of managers for 2016. The … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Football Manager of the Year