La Pausa – Tactical Analysis

La Pausa - Spanish for 'The Pause' is a fantastically useful skill for players looking to fool their opponents. La Pausa is a skill whereby players in possession pause on the ball, drawing in defenders and enticing them to make a movement toward the ball. After the defender makes a movement toward them, the player in possession will often quickly speed up play or then make their pass or movement in a direction that exploits the fact that the defender has approached them.

Counter Attacking and the Death of Tiki-Taka Football

For a while, tiki taka, highlighted by the intricate triangles created in Spain's Xavi-Iniesta years, prevailed as the dominating tactic of the beautiful game. However, with Spain's struggles in recent tournaments and the much talked about "possession without purpose" that has haunted many teams in recent modern day matches, I pronounce the death of tiki taka.

Doucoure, Weigl and Gueye? Why are PSG after a new defensive midfielder?

It seems that one of the only stories to follow this winter in the January transfer window is the ongoing saga at PSG involving a new defensive midfielder. With the likes of Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot, defensive midfield has never been a problem area for Les Rouge-et-Bleu in recent years. However, all of … Continue reading Doucoure, Weigl and Gueye? Why are PSG after a new defensive midfielder?

Paulo Dybala: Juventus’ Crowned Jewel

It's official, Paulo Dybala has become one of the world's best footballing stars. Not only has he been Juventus' most important player this season but he's also been better than nearly any other footballer in 2016-17 and continues to lead The Old Lady to better times. In our latest edition of The Mastermind Top 200 … Continue reading Paulo Dybala: Juventus’ Crowned Jewel

Team of the Week Appearances Leaderboard

Welcome to the Team of the Week Appearances Leaderboard! Although TOTW articles rarely ever get written about anything other than English Premier League (which you can check out HERE!), they are still created every single gameweek for leagues around the world as they are an important part of our annual Top 100 Footballers In The World Lists. So … Continue reading Team of the Week Appearances Leaderboard

World of Football Sideline Report: July 21st, 2016

July 21st has been a busy day around the world of football! Instead of bringing you several different articles about all the news that is going on right now, here is one big sideline report to tell you all about what is going on at this very moment in the world of football. Mario Gotze Returns to … Continue reading World of Football Sideline Report: July 21st, 2016