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Rui Oliveira

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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Rashford vs Lukaku – Different contributions to the game model

During the pre-season the teams sign new players and sell others. Since some players take longer to adapt to a new reality, coaches need to know if the new players are prepared for the specific demands of their game model. Let’s look, for example, at Rashford and Lukaku from Manchester United: one had a great performance last season (Rashford) and the other […]

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Scouting Report – Amadou Diawara

Recently elected for the best 11 born after 1997 by the italian periodic “Gazzetta dello Sport”, Amadou Diawara, 19 years old, plays an important role in the Napoli midfield. Coming from Bologna, the African born in Guinea Conakry has already 19 games this season in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League. Usually plays as defensive midfielder, […]

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The difference in distribution – Hugo Lloris vs Claudio Bravo

Lloris and Bravo replacements performance in Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Goalkeeper’s distribution topic is very popular these days, being one of the biggest signs of modern soccer. More and more integrated in the team’s game model, they offer back passing lines and organize the game from behind. In this match in England, in the very demanding Premier […]

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