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Sam is a Lead Writer here at B/R, specialising in the Premier League, tactical analysis and scouting reports. He lives in England.

His work elsewhere has been featured on CNN, Goal.com, the International Business Times, Squawka and Yahoo! Sports. Sam has appeared on NASN Radio and CNN Worldwide. He currently does a bit for Discount Football Kits football blog and votes on the Associated Press global football panel.

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  • Nina Torres posted 5 days ago

    Nina Torres

    Hi Sam.

    Remember when you wrote your article about Pre-Tournament Team Power Rankings? Yo mentioned and I quote, "Costa Rica have very poor star quality and landed in the team of death.. there's no way they'll beat out England, Uruguay and Italy to qualify"..

    Guess that goes to show you can never write off anyone with such hubris, not even those "without a chance." That is all.

  • Rincewind Rjinswand posted 11 days ago

    Rincewind Rjinswand

    Hey Sam,

    Thanks very much! I thank you on behalf of Dortmund fans everywhere. It's really nice to know that the writers at B/R truly do pay attention to the readers' feedback. I'm a big fan of your work, and can't wait to read more of it when the leagues start up again in a month or so! Thanks again!

  • Felipe Godoy posted 12 days ago

    Felipe Godoy

    Hello Sam, if it isn't too much trouble I got a question for you regarding Phillip Lahm.
    What do you think of Lahm's role in Bayern? I understand the point Guardiola gives about him being the best passer and wanting him to help control the midfield, but the World Cup showed us that Lahm is by far the world's best right back and he didn't need to play in midfield to control a game. Germany's defense looked very shaky in the group stage and the round of 16 game versus Algeria but then, like some kind of magic, Lahm moved to the right-back and all of a sudden Germany┬┤s weakness in defense were all fixed. From the moment he went into the right-back in the second half of the game versus Algeria, and the remaining games versus France, Brazil and Argentina, Germany's defense looked so much better. And, in my opinion, Lahm's offensive output also improved.
    Wouldn't be better to play Lahm in the right-back in Bayern's defense considering how similar is to Germany's, both struggling with fast counter-attacking teams? (I know Lahm played right-back in the second leg of the CL semifinal against Real Madrid, but Ramos' early goals forced Bayer to go forward leaving them very exposed to counter attacks)
    Sincerely, I'm not a fan of Guardiola's teams (they bored me to death) but tactically speaking they're exceptional teams. The one thing I got a problem is playing the world's best right-back out of position, even if he can play very well in midfield.
    Considering Kroos is gone, I guess it doesn't even matter ask you this question because I'm pretty sure where Lahm is gonna play next season, but I would love to know your perspective.
    Sorry for the long post and thank you for your time.

    PS: I saw that you have used the "Poor man's Vidal" label for describing Charles Aranguiz a couple of times in your articles. I know is a little bit harsh but is very useful to describe his all-action displays.

  • Sir Manny 2.0 posted 13 days ago

    Sir Manny 2.0

    Hey Sam,

    I really feel that Jmaes Wilson, the Manchester United prospect, should've been in your "Unknown Players Who Could Star in 2018". I think he's a fantastic little player and that's just not because I'm a United fan. He's ridiculously fast and very strong for his current frame, really tidy dribbling skills with very quick feet and he finishes like he's a seasoned player of the age of 25.

    Video evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5dFgez6nGo

    Personally I think he's the England and United future striker and you should keep an eye on him, he'll probably feature in preseason.

  • Jose Victor Gonzalez posted 25 days ago

    Jose Victor Gonzalez

    about the top 50 players in WC, what about David Luiz? He was ranked top player by FIFA, smh

  • Adel Janevic posted 25 days ago

     Adel  Janevic

    Hey Sam,

    Can you explain to me how this world cup has gotten so defensive on the knockout stages. In the group stage, you would be hardpressed to find a game with less than three goals, but now it is the opposite. Why has the world cup become so much more boring in the space of a week?


  • Abz posted 30 days ago

    Abz

    I've been beyond lucky though, like today I said 2-0 to France, and that last minute own goal changed it. Not sure how long I can keep it up.

    Colombia winning would be so nice to see! I'll be honest with you, from the few games I've seen of James Rodriguez this past season, he's been decent, but nothing spectacular since he's been a winger. But now he's a CAM, he's been absolutely outstanding, and I cannot believe Man United chose Bebe over him -_-

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/29/james-rodriguez-manchester-united-colombia-world-cup-2014

    I wanted to ask you, what do you think the best goal of the WC has been? RVP's header? Cahill's Volley or most recently James' back to goal volley?

  • Abz posted 30 days ago

    Abz

    Sam, long time no speak.

    You backed Argentina at the start right? Still confident? I kept a tenner on them last month, but I wish I could change to Germany...

    Oh and, Are you doing the BR challenge cup for the WC? If so, look who's number one in the UK :P

  • Sam Tighe posted 36 days ago

    Sam Tighe

    @Kevin

    Hi Kevin. For some reason I can't write on your wall. Hope you see this.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah7MRmHbsQUHdGlkU0JYNnFzUnZINVFvM01mNDY0WEE#gid=4

    Use this link ^^ for all my tactical work. I do every game =)

  • Kevin Wing posted 36 days ago

    Kevin Wing

    SAM!! OMG! YOU ARE THE BEST ANALYST EVER MARK MY WORD EVER!!!!! hahah,
    to add credibilty to my comment, i would like to say i hate, detest analyst because of their inaccuracies, and honestly lost faith in them. Hence, i started to analyse games myself especially for the world cup. and i could only trust myself at this point.
    one day, i accidentally clicked on your power rankings on one of the days and OMG was i was amazed at how similar both our analysises were. Hence i believe in you now and would just like to kindly request whether or not you could write up an earlier analysis for Algeria vs Russia.

    Thank you, Cheers
    Kevin

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