“We Trained More Like Dancers Than Athletes”

“We Trained More Like Dancers Than Athletes”

Few professionals – if any – in world football can claim to have worked with Bobby Robson, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Carlos Queiróz, Mario Zagallo and Carlos Alberto. Roger Spry’s CV is one of the most impressive around. And his accomplishments are matched only by his passion. The spiritual side of football, the emotional side…

Role of Analysis in the Modern Soccer

Role of Analysis in the Modern Soccer

As the more worldly of our two interviewees, Fernando Valente took it upon himself to dish out some advice, advice for football and indeed for life: “Yes, we want to win. Everybody wants to win. But the way we win can make the difference. For me, that’s the story of my life. I win, I…

Playing Soccer in the USA

Playing Soccer in the USA

“They are the best. Nobody can organise better; nobody can have the coaches that they have. The relationship, the combination, between sport and business. America has got good things, bad things – but in professional sport, nobody can do better than them.” For whatever reason, football in America is often the subject of derision from…

The modern Goalkeeper

The modern Goalkeeper

 Neuer, Motta and Cruyff: how the modern goalkeeper became more than just an afterthought!! In his side’s 3-2 victory over Paderborn on Friday evening, Manuel Neuer dropped a clanger which captured perfectly the anxiety-inducing protagonism of the modern goalkeeper. Charging out of his area with the cavalier abandon that has become so synonymous with the…

What is “La Salida Lavolpiana”?

What is “La Salida Lavolpiana”?

In modern football, the tactical zeitgeist’s lexicon has centred itself around a few choice buzzwords. From ‘pressing’ to ‘triangles, the language we use to describe our strategic approach to the game is universal and entrenched. Though the concept has been around since the days of kick-and-rush, one term in particular is becoming increasingly pervasive in…