1. Lukas Podolski Paradox Remains a Puzzle for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger

    Lukas Podolski is a puzzle. On the one hand, he’s 29 and has already scored 47 goals for Germany, placing him joint-third in the country's all-time list, behind only Gerd Muller and Miroslav Klose...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 day ago 25,471 reads 40 comments

  2. Louis Van Gaal Needs Requisite Talent at Manchester United to Work His Magic

    It’s always been a basic trait of the media — and of people in general — to build people up to knock them down...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 8 days ago 24,765 reads 83 comments

  3. Real Madrid Risk Repeat of Claude Makelele Error with Transfer of Angel Di Maria

    Angel Di Maria was man of the match in the Champions League final. Last season he was the tactical key to Real Madrid , adjusting his game so that, rather than playing as a winger, he dropped deeper and operated on the left side of a midfield three...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 15 days ago 29,738 reads 92 comments

  4. Diego Costa Will Bolster Chelsea Attack, but He Won't Terrify Like Didier Drogba

    It’s hard, even now, to comprehend quite what happened to Chelsea last season. Again and again, just as they looked to have found their rhythm, they dropped unexpected points...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 23 days ago 33,463 reads 47 comments

  5. Why Versatile Shinji Kagawa Has a Future Under Van Gaal at Manchester United

    One of the great things about having Louis van Gaal working in the Premier League is that English football at last has a manager who will openly discuss tactics...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 29 days ago 40,369 reads 122 comments

  6. Luis Suarez Departure Allows Liverpool to Strengthen More in the Long Term

    It’s not easy, from a purely footballing point of view, to paint the departure of Luis Suarez from Liverpool as good news...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 21,795 reads 56 comments

  7. Organisation Trumps Individual Brilliance in Tighter World Cup Knockout Rounds

    For a while, this looked like being the World Cup of the individual. There was a period in the group stage when it felt like 1994 all over again: Every team had their star — usually, but not necessarily, a playmaker...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 10,602 reads 46 comments

  8. FIFA World Cup: Key Tactical Battle for Each of the 4 Quarter-Finals

    With eight teams remaining in the FIFA World Cup , what follows is a look at the key tactical matchup ahead of all four quarter-final matches. France vs...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 11,723 reads 18 comments

  9. 5 Key Tactical Decisions of the 2014 World Cup Group Stages

    The 2014 World Cup has produced some fascinating tactical decisions throughout the group stages. Success or failure can be dependent on such key factors in the first round of the finals, and the tournament in Brazil has underlined this...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 4,238 reads 0 comments

  10. Why Argentina Will Stick with Their 4-3-3 Formation Against Iran

    There was something mystifying about Argentina’s team selection in their victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday. For the majority of qualifying, they had played a 4-3-3 that seemed ideally balanced and topped Conmebol qualifying...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 6,180 reads 17 comments

  11. It's Not Total Football, but Louis Van Gaal Has Netherlands Moving Forward

    The Netherlands squad in Brazil is inexperienced and relatively unfancied, which—the Dutch being the Dutch—seems to be seen as a positive...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 2,650 reads 1 comments

  12. World Cup Pragmatism Will See Roy Hodgson Make the Right Call on Wayne Rooney

    There is always a strange double-think that goes on where England are concerned, as if the national side is somehow not just a football team but also a barometer of the moral health of the nation...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 3,108 reads 16 comments

  13. Brazil in Fine Form for World Cup but Scolari's Team Not Without Weaknesses

    Since Luiz Felipe Scolari returned to the Brazil job in November 2012, the upturn in their form has been remarkable...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 10,155 reads 55 comments

  14. Flexibility over Sentiment Will Dictate Louis van Gaal's Manchester United Reign

    When Louis van Gaal was placed in charge of Ajax in 1991, he took over a club desperately scrambling to live up to past glories...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 27,040 reads 58 comments

  15. FIFA World Cup: The 5 Most Tactically Interesting Teams at Brazil 2014

    The World Cup is firmly on the horizon, and the anticipation is building ahead of the first game of the tournament between host nation Brazil and Croatia on June 12...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 30,400 reads 93 comments

  16. 5 Issues Jose Mourinho Must Resolve at Chelsea

    The return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea last year was greeted with acclaim by Stamford Bridge supporters across the land...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 25,335 reads 123 comments

  17. 5 Key Questions for Pep Guardiola to Answer at Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola suffered a humbling Champions League semi-final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid on Tuesday...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 12,868 reads 72 comments

  18. Raheem Sterling and Liverpool Style Can Provide World Cup Template for England

    Raheem Sterling is a player whose sense of adventure and willingness to try the unusual brings a sense of glee...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 7,450 reads 24 comments

  19. Barcelona's Delicate Ecosystem Has Made Accommodating Neymar Difficult

    When Barcelona were at their peak under Pep Guardiola , it seemed almost impossible for outsiders to be assimilated...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 17,292 reads 103 comments

  20. Manchester United Will Make Changes, but Will It Be David Moyes Making Them?

    This summer will be one of change at Manchester United . Whether David Moyes stays on as manager or not, it seems certain there will be major transfer activity and a wholesale ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 17,556 reads 113 comments

  21. Andre Schurrle Ploy Failed for Chelsea, but What Followed Was Worse

    False nines come in a variety of shapes and sizes—almost as many as orthodox centre-forwards. There's the Lionel Messi-for-Barcelona type, skilful players who start at centre-forward ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 6,527 reads 14 comments

  22. Arsenal's Slow Buildup Susceptible to Pressing: Destroyed by Chelsea as a Result

    Watching Arsenal on the opening day of the season, when they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa , it was hard to imagine they could make any sort of challenge for the title this season...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 7,706 reads 19 comments

  23. Analysing the Genius of Liverpool's Suarez-Sturridge-Sterling Combination

    Liverpool have become a team the neutral wants to watch: The mouth waters at the thought of the cunning of Luis Suarez , the directness of Daniel Sturridge and the speed of Raheem Sterling...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 8,495 reads 11 comments

  24. Why Wayne Rooney Is Key to Manchester United Beating Liverpool

    There are as many theories as to what has gone wrong for Manchester United this season as there have been home defeats and another one emerged in the press-conference Roy Hodgson gave after England's 1-0 friendly victory over Denmark...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 9,537 reads 50 comments

  25. 2014 World Cup: A Team of Unfamiliar and Underrated Players to Look Out For

    Asked to come up with a starting XI of unfamiliar players (to those who tend to watch Western European football) who may shine at the World Cup, I decided that rather than trying ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 6,503 reads 8 comments