Under Coach Tite Brazil Is Back

Tite Revives the Seleção with New Tactics Brazil’s new boss, Tite, changed Brazil’s lineup and formation in a brilliant way. He used three central midfielders knowing that Brazil’s famous outside backs would provide plenty of width in the attack while Neymar and Coutinho up top gave the team plenty of creation and free-floating attackers to […]

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Italy Wrong to Omit Mario Balotelli Again

Italy Wrong to Omit Mario Balotelli Again Mario Balotelli’s reputation for misbehavior and some lack of maturity is really more of a media construct than a reality. Italy’s coach Giampiero Ventura left Balotelli off its most recent World Cup qualifying roster, but Balotelli has performed excellently for Italy in the past when it really mattered. […]

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Time for Neymar to step out of the Messi Shadow

Time for Neymar to step out of the Messi Shadow After losing a match to Manchester City in the Champions League, Barcelona has been underperforming, and somebody on the team needs to make up for this. Neymar is one player who can look to be even more impactful in order to inspire his teammates because, […]

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Pogba Early Leader for PFA Player of the Year

Paul Pogba is the early leader for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year Award  Paul Pogba has an early lead for the Professional Footballers Association’s award for Player of the Season in the English Premier League. In his first two games back with Manchester United after the same club hilariously let him go […]

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The Luxury Player Fallacy

The Luxury Player Fallacy The attacking midfielder or Number 10 shirt is often the most decisive and important player on any soccer team. Having a true Number 10 gives a team a player who can decide the game with one inspired or magical play. In major tournaments, having a gifted playmaker gives a team an […]

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Who Should France start at Euro 2016?

Who Should France start at Euro 2016? Les Bleus have a stellar and deep roster. France produces the best footballers along with Brazil and Argentina, and this French generation is full of world-class players. From Raphaël Varane to Paul Pogba, France is an amazing squad, and Antoine Griezmann has gone from being elite in recent […]

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Raphaël Varane Key for Real Madrid in Champions League Final

Raphaël Varane Key for Real Madrid in Champions League Final While Sergio Ramos and Pepe are dirty, dirty butchers, Raphaël Varane is an artist and surgeon of a central defender. Comparing Varane to the classless hackers and divers that are Ramos and Pepe is insulting. Varane defends better than Ramos and Pepe. Varane is a […]

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Seven Snubs from the Seleção Copa America Centenario Roster

Seven Snubs from the Seleção Copa America Centenario Roster Dunga’s Brazil roster for the 2016 Copa America Centenario was good enough, but several players were criminally snubbed from the roster while other snubs were less criminal. Coaches everyone in world soccer seem to be making bizarre roster and lineup decisions, and these range from Pep […]

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Paul Pogba, Technical Master

Paul Pogba, Technical Master Paul Pogba should be praised more for his technique and creativity, but his physique and athleticism often receive more commentary from journalists and commentators. The French midfielder is already a master with the ball, but he should use his left foot more. Pogba does have an excellent left foot, and using […]

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The Best Brazil Lineup Right Now

The Best Brazil Lineup Right Now Despite Dunga’s recent use of some different formations, for many years now, Brazil has favored the 4-2-3-1 formation with two defensive midfielders behind a line of three attacking midfielders who themselves are behind a center forward. Let’s look at the best Brazil lineup starting with the goalkeeper. Now back […]

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