Can Barcelona cope with life after Messi?

The moment every Barcelona fan had been dreading for years has finally arrived. Lionel Messi has left the club as a free agent, unable to pen a new contract, which had apparently been agreed months ago. While there could be more than meets the eye regarding the current situation, the Catalan giants must now prepare for a new era without their most successful player ever.

Ronald Koeman’s New Look FC Barcelona – Tactical Analysis

After a disappointing couple of years, FC Barcelona are making active strides in the transfer market to turn their fortunes around. The signings of Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero signal their intent to be the best team in Spain again, and end their two season run without a La Liga title. Here is a tactical analysis of how FC Barcelona may set up under the influence of Ronald Koeman next season.

Futbol Masterminds – Italy, Netherlands and Belgium finish top

After the conclusion of Groups A, B, and C, Rhys and Russell go through the alphabet to discuss all the events from the week that was at the Euros. Russell has some bold predictions as always - this time switching allegiances as to who he thinks is ready to win the tournament, and breaking down why Spain and England have been so poor. Rhys meanwhile breaks down the tactics of why Italy and Netherlands have been so successful so far, and what Belgium needs to figure out moving forward.

Netherlands – Euro 2020 – Tactical Analysis

Netherlands came into Euro 2020 as clear Group C favourites, and they did not disappoint by any stretch of the imagination, winning all three of their matches. Frank de Boer's team have been tactically fluid, outstanding both in and out of possession and have genuinely looked like one of the most exciting teams at the tournament. So with the knockout stages just a few days away, we take a look at Netherlands' tactics at the tournament so far.

Top 100 Male Footballers of 2020 (80-61)

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).

Top 100 Male Footballers 2019 (90-81)

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 start of the list (90-81) below. 90. EDIN DZEKO 33-years old now, Edin Dzeko is still scoring goal after goal game after game. The 2018-19 Serie A season wasn't the Bosnian's … Continue reading Top 100 Male Footballers 2019 (90-81)

Top 100 Footballers In The World 2018 (100-81)

Every time a World Cup rolls around, new stars seem to be born instantly. The 2018 World Cup in Russia was no different as players like Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Ivan Perisic and Lucas Hernandez announced themselves on the world stage. That being said, the World Cup was only a very small portion of 2018. What really matters in determining the best footballers on the planet for the year is all about how a player performed primarily for their club in a variety of different league, cup and international cup competitions. How they fared for their country is secondary, while their overall reputation as one of the best in the world also plays a very important role. But without further ado, here is the first batch of the Top 100 Footballers of the Year for 2018 starting with numbers 100-81.

Memphis Depay and the Ten Biggest Manchester United Flops

After a £25 million move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United in the summer of 2015, Memphis Depay's career at Old Trafford never took off and even the manager that adored him so much in Louis Van Gaal, began to become frustrated with the Dutchman in his first season at the club. Jose Mourinho's arrival at the … Continue reading Memphis Depay and the Ten Biggest Manchester United Flops