After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, Italy have now gone 30 matches unbeaten under the influence of former Premier League title winner Roberto Mancini. The Italian manager has reinstalled the faith of the nation at this summer's Euros, playing an exciting brand of possession-based football. After taking 9 points, scoring 7 goals and conceding 0 in their opening three group stage matches, Italy now look like genuine favourites for the crown. Here is our tactical analysis of Roberto Mancini's Italy after three matches at this summer's Euros.
Euro 2020 has officially kicked off, with Italy smashing Turkey to pieces in the second half of the opening fixture. The match was a fairly dull affair in the first half, with Turkey defending resolutely, and Italy only got going once they abandoned their attempts to have all of the possession. By relinquishing more control over to Turkey, Mancini's team ultimately gained more control in the final third and were able to unbalance Turkey's defensive structures to win the match comfortably 3-0. Here is our tactical analysis of the match.
The day has finally come. The 2020 Euros are here in 2021. Match 1 of 51 kicked off in Rome on Friday as Italy played host to Turkey. Italy come into the tournament in good form, winning all ten of their qualifying matches, and not losing a competitive match since September of 2018. But with an interesting first test against Turkey, another team in good form, many were excited to see if Italy could continue their impressive run of results on the big stage.
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 (80-61).
It’s almost the end of the year, so it’s only fitting that we count down the top 100 footballers of 2019. Check out the next section of the list (60-51) below.
For more on what goes into determining The Mastermind’s Top 100 of 2018 click here. For (100-81) click here! For (80-61) click here! Enjoy! 60. Thibaut Courtois Thibaut Courtois was fantastic at the 2018 World Cup and probably the best goalkeeper at the tournament. FIFA thought so anyway, and awarded him the Golden Glove and a spot on the … Continue reading Top 100 Footballers In The World 2018 (60-41)
2017 was full of shocking moments and massive upsets in the world of football. These are the two biggest upsets of the year as part of The Mastermind Awards 2017. NOMINEES Italy Fail to Qualify for World Cup 2018 The road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a rocky one for many teams. Netherlands, … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Biggest Upset
TOP 100 FOOTBALLERS 2016-17 40-21 40. David De Gea Although it wasn't his best season, David De Gea still did enough to earn the respect of his fellow professionals and earn a fourth PFA Team of the Year selection. Of his four TOTY selections, this was by far his weakest season, with Jose Mourinho even … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (40-21)
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 first legs of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals were all absolutely fantastic and none of the four matches ended in a stalemate, providing so much intrigue for what could happen next week when the second legs take place. Dortmund bounced back from a horrific attack to put up a good fight against Monaco … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Quarter Finals (April 11-12)