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The 3 man build-up

It is very common in today’s game to have a team defending in a 1-4-4-2 shape. This trend is not new and it reached the peak of perfection with Simeone’s Atlético Madrid. This structure is very effective defensively because of the existence of two lines of four, which makes it easier to control both depth and width. […]

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AC Milan: Defensive organization

AC Milan has changed to a 3-5-2 ever since the 4-1 defeat against Lazio. The Italian team has now 4 wins and 1 loss, having scored 12 goals and conceded 6. We now present our analysis on the AC Milan’s defensive organization, after watching the match against Sampdoria. The Italians maintain their full-backs high up […]

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Sports Psychology

This article is written by one of our former players, Unai Arrieta, who still collaborates with us, and it will be focused on sports psychology. In the following lines, I will try to clarify one of the less developed components of competitive sport: the psychological component. However, everything that will be written here will be supported by the knowledge accepted […]

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FC Porto: A new dynamic

New coach, same players, different approach – this is the best way to describe FC Porto start to the 2017/18 season. The pre-season indicators were confirmed in the first official game, a resounding 4-0 home win over Estoril. Without new players so far (except some key returns from loan and the goalkeeper Vaná), the new coach, […]

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My opinion – by Rui Oliveira

Please, let the kids play! (part 2) Due to the important role directors play in soccer and player evolution, it is crucial that they respect the different stages of players development and create the necessary conditions for coaches to properly fulfill their duties without thinking that their job is at risk just because they aren’t winning. Instead, coaches should be focusing on […]

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Drills to work on High Pressure

Intro In this topic, we will approach the importance and possible benefits of a good and organized high pressure. Is not easy to play 90 minutes pressuring on the opponent’s half, but in some moments of the game, it can make the difference. This is the kind of game situation where you don’t need extremely […]

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My opinion – by Rui Oliveira

Motivation for success   Success! Word that means “Being successful at something”! In sporting terms, I think we can divide success in four different roads: Those who make a sports career with dedication as good athletes of their favorite sport, but without titles or financial gains; Those with talent, but that can’t achieve either sports […]

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