Sensible Transfers: Manchester City (Summer 2019)

In this series, we will analyse teams, identify problem areas, and suggest solutions in the form of incoming players. We won’t follow gossip, rumours or conjecture, we don’t have inside information, and we’re not considering the brand value of players. Purely, their on-field performance, and their suitability for the team in question. Today’s team is […]

Sensible Transfers: Everton (Summer 2019)

In this series, we will analyse teams, identify problem areas, and suggest solutions in the form of incoming players. We won’t follow gossip, rumours or conjecture, we don’t have inside information, and we’re not considering the brand value of players. Purely, their on-field performance, and their suitability for the team in question. Today’s team is […]

How Tifo Scouts for Sensible Transfers

In Tifo’s Sensible Transfer series’, we analyse teams, identify problem areas, and suggest solutions in the form of incoming transfers. We don’t follow gossip, rumours or conjecture, we don’t have inside information, and broadly speaking we don’t consider the brand value of players – merely their suitability to the team in question. Some of our […]

How are Real Madrid’s Loanees Getting On?

This current crop of Real Madrid loanees is perhaps the most exciting and lauded group the club has ever had. It’s hard for big clubs to strike gold with their loanees. Few ever come back to become starters, fewer still become stars. But Real Madrid’s success rate in this department has recently been relatively high. […]

Football Bubble: The Crash of ITV Digital

Live televised football in Britain was introduced tentatively. The FA Cup final had been broadcast live since 1953, but leagues games only began to be broadcast regularly in the 1983-84 seasons, with experimental transmissions on ITV the occasional Friday evening. The number of matches were restricted for two reasons: firstly, in response to the game’s […]

How Everton Chased Ancelotti For Two Years

Everton’s pursuit of Carlo Ancelotti was more than two years in the making. Everton’s ambitious majority investor Farhad Moshiri has wanted a truly world-class manager ever since he took over in February 2016. He thought he had one in Ronald Koeman but, when the Dutchman’s spell in charge flatlined in his second season, Moshiri decided […]

Is Manchester United’s Lack of Success Finally Impacting Their Finances?

In May 2018 Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s vice-chairman said that “Playing performance doesn’t really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side of the business.” In the Stretford End, hardcore United fans were unimpressed with the comment at the time and no doubt Woodward is squirming after the club’s moderate […]

Narcoball: When The Drug Cartels Owned Football

So much of the recent history of Colombia has been the history of the stranglehold of cocainetrafficking drug cartels on its politics and on its culture. After a series of civil wars in the mid 20th Century, and a politically unstable compromise between liberals and conservative to rotate in and out of government, it was […]

How Chelsea Missed Out On Sergio Aguero

Since joining Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, Sergio Aguero has collected silverware on nine occasions, including winning the Premier League four times. He is City’s all-time leading scorer with a remarkable 244 goals, 15 of which have come in just 19 appearances against Chelsea. There is no doubt Aguero has been a major […]

Aston Villa’s John McGinn: A Statistical Unicorn

While not setting the division alight, newly promoted Aston Villa have looked generally solid, achieving results against other lower half of the table sides like Everton and Norwich. Crucial to this has been the form of John McGinn, surely Villa’s outstanding player so far this term; it’s no surprise to see the Scottish midfielder linked […]