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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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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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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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Fluminense FC

2016  was an emotional year for the “Tricolor” fans. After a terrible startup at Campeonato Carioca, with only 2 victories, a draw and 3 defeats, coach Eduardo Batista was dismissed from office on February 25. The experienced Levir Culpi replaced him, leading Fluminense to win the Primeira Liga 2016 in less than two months, a competition with clubs from Minas […]

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