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Cox: Window pain

Tactics & Analysis 4 days ago

Tactics: U.S. defend deep

Tactics Board Jul 1, 2014
 Posted by Michael Cox
about an hour ago

How will James fit at Real Madrid?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno predicts which team will have the better front four this season between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The summer transfer window never fails to be a chaotic, ridiculous and erratic mess, but there are some entirely predictable stories every year.

Chelsea will sign a couple of talented youngsters but immediately loan them out. Juventus will embark upon a relentless campaign to acquire a percentage...

 Posted by Michael Cox
4 days ago

Reassess transfer window timing

The ESPN FC crew discuss the missing pieces to the puzzle at Manchester United as Louis van Gaal begins his new role.

Transfer speculation dominates football like never before. An incredible amount of coverage is dedicated not to games themselves, but to the possibility that footballers might one day play them for another team.

At this point of the year, it makes sense. The World Cup has finished, the club season i...

 Posted by Whoscored.com
5 days ago

Rating the 'Big Four' Premier League arrivals

After years of struggling in central midfield, Manchester United have been boosted by Ander Herrera's arrival at the club.

With the World Cup to distract us, it's fair to say that a number of high-profile transfers have not been given the airtime they would have usually received. With one month go until the new Premier League season begins, however, the focus has now switched to the upcoming campaign and the new arri...

 Posted by Michael Cox
6 days ago

Tactical trends of the 2014 World Cup

World champions Germany have arrived back home in Berlin after landing their fourth World Cup title.

Once upon a time, the World Cup featured genuine tactical innovations, with far-flung countries arriving at the tournament with something the rest of the world had never previously encountered.

These days, that simply doesn't happen -- there's too much knowledge about world football in general, and ...

Richard Jolly profile picture Posted by Richard Jolly
Jul 14, 2014

Tactical trends for the 2018 World Cup

A breakdown of the tactical deficiencies of Brazil and the Netherlands that led to both sides losing their semifinal matches.

Sixty years ago, tactics were transformed. Opponents were dumbfounded. "It was like playing people from outer space," said England defender Syd Owen, who had actually faced people from behind the Iron Curtain.

Hungary's team of the 1950s fielded a false nine, Nandor Hidegkuti, long before the term...

 Posted by Michael Cox
Jul 11, 2014

Two pressing approaches in the final

The ESPN FC panel look ahead to the Argentina vs Germany match and note Messi as the key to victory.

Germany were not involved in the World Cup final four years ago but they competed in the tournament's most telling, tactically intriguing game: a 1-0 defeat by eventual winners Spain in the semifinals.

It was a more absorbing, technical and high-quality contest than the final, which was a scrap...