Analysis

Goal Analysis: Alex Morgan – England Women 1-2 United States Women 2/7/2019

The United States’ winning goal came from some fairly basic defensive errors by England’s full-back. The move starts with the United States attacking down the right, but they move the ball back to the centre-backs and switch play out to Christen Press on the left flank. The United States have positioned themselves well, overloading England’s […]

How to get lucky in the transfer market

“The stockmarket is a risky and complicated place. For more than a century many investors have trusted financial experts to pick the best shares for them, in return for a hefty fee. But even the experts can get it badly wrong” wrote The Economist earlier this month. And while decisions made on a trading floor on stocks […]

Goal Analysis: Mana Iwabuchi – Japan Women 2-1 Scotland Women 14/6/2019

One of the reasons often given for not watching women’s football is the low quality of its goalkeeping. This is at least an improvement over the suggestion that all the play is of low quality, which tends to ring hollow when it comes from the same people who would describe lower league or grassfoots football […]

Goal Analysis: Eugenie Le Sommer – France women 4-0 South Korea women 7/6/2019

A well-organised bit of pressing saw France take an early lead in their opening match of the World Cup on home soil. South Korea have the ball and France have retreated into a narrow 4-4-2 shape, making it difficult for the Koreans to pass into midfield without being surrounded by French players. The ball is […]

Goal Analysis: Naim Sliti – Dijon FCO 3-1 RC Lens 2/6/2019

Two awful mistakes by Jeremy Vachoux ensured Dijon FCO would remain in Ligue 1 for another season, however Lens didn’t cover themselves in glory for the opening goal either. The move starts with Mounir Chouiar passing to Jean-Ricner Bellegarde. The ball bounces though and Bellegarde is unable to control it, taking a very heavy touch […]

Case Study: Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal 29/5/2019

What should have been the peak of both finalists’ seasons ended up overshadowed in the run-up to this game by off-field factors. Difficulties in even making it to Baku meant that neither team managed to sell their paltry ticket allocations, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan opted not to travel due to concerns over his safety amid tensions […]

Case Study: Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal 29/5/2019

What should have been the peak of both finalists’ seasons ended up overshadowed in the run-up to this game by off-field factors. Difficulties in even making it to Baku meant that neither team managed to sell their paltry ticket allocations, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan opted not to travel due to concerns over his safety amid tensions […]

Goal Analysis: Kevin Gameiro – Barcelona 1-2 Valencia 26/5/2019

The move has more than a little in common with Barcelona’s way of attacking. Valencia have the ball in Barcelona’s half but with their opponents well-organised in defence, they pass the ball backwards. Barcelona aren’t baited into pressing but their midfield and defence do move forward, leaving more space in behind. We can probably safely […]