2020 was a strange year for everyone in the world, not just footballers. But the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that we haven’t gotten as much football as we might have done otherwise. That said, there were still plenty of matches played across the year, and some surprise performers and performances along the way. As always, TheMastermindSite.com will now count down the top 100 male footballers in the world for the year. This list takes into account a player’s form in 2020 as its primary mechanism, with reputation, difficulty of league, club and national team success each playing a secondary role. So with that in mind, here is TheMastermindSite’s Top 100 Male Footballers in the World for 2020 (40-21).
Some things never change, and one of those things is Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone. The Argentine's team have been one of the most consistent sides over the past decade, not only on form, but on system and style of play. This season, Atletico have been playing some fantastic football, with all of their top stars in full flow. Los Rojiblancos currently sit top of the table, albeit on goal differential, with 8 wins from 11 matches so far. Here is a Tactical Analysis of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in 2020-21.
Few clubs over the past decade have developed as succinct of a style of play as Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. The 4-4-2 and 4-4-1-1 formations have practically become synonymous with Simeone's side, as he's taken Atletico to two Champions League finals and one La Liga title. Although 2019-20 hasn't been the best of seasons for Los Rojiblancos, they've continued their usual defensive prowess, conceding the second least amount of goals this season in La Liga and beating Liverpool in both Champions League Group Stage encounters. Here is a Tactical Analysis of Diego Simeone's 4-4-2 system and hard-working Atletico Madrid team.
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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