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 […]

Viktor Orban: Football & ‘Tax Secrets’ in Hungary

Hungarian football no longer enjoys the reputation it once did. Even now, its strongest association remains the Mighty Magyar side that humiliated England in 1953 and humbled the Three Lions into an ideological panic. Hungarian football obviously hasn’t all been doom and gloom since that remarkable performance 66 years ago, the very next year they […]

Are Corner Kicks Becoming Irrelevant in Football?

Corner kicks are always greeted with a thunderous roar. They bring hope, however hopeless they actually prove to be. Statistically, corners are football’s least effective set-piece and are in a worrying state of decline. Since 2000, across Europe’s big-five leagues, they have led to a goal just 3.3 percent of the time. 4 in 10 […]

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 […]

How Should West Ham Use Sébastien Haller?

West Ham’s new striker, Sebastian Haller, could turn out to be one of the signings of the season if West Ham can find a way to get the best out of him. At Eintracht Frankfurt Haller was part of the one of the best front threes in Europe, along with Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic. […]

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 […]

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Tactics Explained

Frank Lampard’s tenure at Chelsea has begun with some good football but less than great results. A high-scoring pre-season, which saw plenty of goals scored and conceded while using Lampard’s preferred 4-2-3-1, has given way to a less successful start to competitive football and a return, of sorts, to Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 with Jorginho anchoring […]