Should We Get Rid of Throw-Ins in Football?

In December 2009 Arsene Wenger suggested scrapping throw-ins. The Frenchman argued that implementing ‘kick-ins’ to restart play would significantly speed up the game. Wenger was not a reliable witness. The previous month his Arsenal side lost 2-1 at Stoke City with both Potters’ goals coming from Rory Delap’s trademark long throw. That season it yielded […]

How Jurgen Klopp Treats His Players

It’s the team meeting before the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev and everyone’s waiting for Jurgen Klopp to find the right words. Liverpool go into the game against Real Madrid with a degree of confidence, but they also know that they’re the underdogs. There’s tension in the room. Klopp is about to speak. But […]

What is a Director of Football?

A sporting director is now a common part of any elite footballing structure. While generally understood as a measure taken to protect clubs from the growing financial risk associated with their sporting decisions and as a means of ensuring continuity, the mechanics of the role remain vague. Previously, football departments were governed more simply, by […]