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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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FC Porto

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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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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Manchester United

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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Soccer training drills – Core training in 1 foot

In soccer it’s necessary to master a set of motor skills, and for that a functionally strong core – capable of generating mechanical anchorage alongside hip movements regardless of the speed, is required. To achieve such responsiveness, we have to adapt accordingly, working on the dynamic stabilization of the trunk while the extremities produce movement.    What are the typical efforts in […]

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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has been one of the biggest surprises in European football. Until recently, they were the only unbeatable team in Europe and currently, they are fighting for a Champions League spot in Bundesliga. All this while being led by Julian Nagelsmann, the youngest coach in Bundesliga history. Nagelsmann, 29 years old, is managing Hoffenheim […]

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