Tactical Philosophy: Hamza Hamzaoğlu

July 14, 2015

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“Hamzaoğlu was born in in Greece but after spending 7 years on the west side of the Aegean sea, Hamzaoğlu had to move to Turkey with his family due to problems caused by the Cyprus dispute. The family moved to İzmir following a few traumatic weeks of uncertainty on the road and young Hamza managed to settle quickly in his new city. At the age of 14, he put together a team in his neighborhood and coached the team for local matches. This got him noticed by various local football men. Hamza Hamzaoğlu was always crazy about football, and he played for 8 different clubs including boyhood love Galatasaray.” Outside of the Boot

Tactical Philosophy: Garry Monk
“Garry Monk’s Swansea journey began back in 2004 where the team was playing in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. His first season saw the Welsh side get promoted and the rise to the Premier League followed. Playing under the likes of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup, Monk played through times of possession based success and his own management style was only going to go one way. Having played during Swansea’s first major trophy under Laudrup, Monk witnessed how to bring success to a mid-table side, and this high-pressing, possession based game came be heavily seen in Monk’s Swansea side.” Outside of the Boot


Gold Cup minnows swim in uncertain waters

July 14, 2015

“CONCACAF is Mexico, the United States, and everyone else. This is a line that is used quite frequently when one is searching for things to talk about CONCACAF. Whether at a bar, a match, or in a studio the following thoughts are almost always expressed when talking about the region during the Gold Cup, the top international competition in North and Central America, ‘Two big teams, a bunch of small ones, and hey isn’t Canada terrible? Next question.’” backpagefootball


A guide to formations: The 4-3-3

July 14, 2015

“The 4-3-3 formation is designed to both gain control of the central midfield whilst also allowing for variety in attack. It is common for one of the three midfielders to operate as a defensive midfielder whilst the two remaining midfielders have more responsibility in attack. The 3 attackers are often split into two wingers (LW and RW) and 1 striker; the wingers do have some defensive responsibility though and if they are ignored then it can cause plenty of problems when out of possession.” Outside of the Boot


Phoenix from the flames: How do you resurrect a football club?

July 14, 2015

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Bradford Park Avenue in action during a Division Three North match against Wrexham in 1955
“The lower reaches of English football are littered with clubs reborn from the ashes of previous incarnations. Maidstone, Bradford Park Avenue, Scarborough, Halifax, Chester, Darlington and Rushden & Diamonds are among those to have risen, phoenix-like, from the flames of their earlier demise. Hereford – responsible for one of the great FA Cup giant-killing acts, but wound up last December – are the latest former Football League club to begin the journey back from oblivion. Five months after they set alarm bells ringing – literally – when they were handed the keys to their ground, Hereford return home to Edgar Street on Saturday with a pre-season friendly against celebrated fan-owned non-league outfit FC United of Manchester.” BBC (Video)


Manchester United’s transfer strategy has been shockingly sensible

July 14, 2015

“If you have a midfielder, you’d be best advised to keep him under lock and key for the next six weeks. Manchester United has a taste for blood, and no midfielder is safe. While most of us were either out boozing or finally watching those documentaries in our Netflix queue, United went out and signed two of the best midfielders on the market – former Bayern Munich linchpin Bastian Schweinsteiger and Southampton’s previously Arsenal or Tottenham-bound distributor, Morgan Schneiderlin. Only a few years removed from Sir Alex Ferguson playing strikers, defenders, wingers, and literally one of the coaching staff in midfield, United is finally properly addressing what was a glaring weakness.” Fusion


Raheem Sterling and the transfer everyone hates

July 14, 2015

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“Depending on who you talk to, Raheem Sterling is either a naïve puppet, an avaricious sell-sword or a plain old traitor. It’s been several years since a player’s desire to leave a Premier League club has become so acrid. All departing players can expect to be booed on their return. Sterling can expect the bilious depths of a football fan’s considerable ire, nothing less. But, however distasteful the whole affair has been, Sterling has perhaps been cast too lightly as the villain. By any measurement of decency and professionalism (even by the Premier League’s own stunted morality) Sterling has not behaved well. ‘Phoning in sick’ for training is grubby and juvenile but not, I expect, uncommon.” Football Pink


Bradley scores, but Dempsey still the difference in USA’s draw vs. Panama

July 14, 2015

“The indefatigable Michael Bradley scored early in the second half on Monday night in Kansas City to lift the struggling U.S. national team to a 1-1 draw against Panama in the final game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s group stage. The Americans entered the match having already sealed passage to Saturday’s quarterfinal, while Panama was desperate for a good result (the U.S.’s next opponent and Panama’s fate will be determined over the next two days). Fittingly, Los Canaleros started the game with vigor and took a deserved first-half lead. Although the U.S. demonstrated very little of the cohesion and chemistry it hoped to establish before the knockout rounds, it did pull level thanks to a few reliable qualities—resilience, good goalkeeping and the inventiveness of Clint Dempsey.” SI


7 strikers that need to be upgraded on FIFA 16

July 14, 2015

“In FIFA, as in football generally, goals are the key to every single match, as long as you get one more goal than your opponent you’ll be fine. In FIFA 15 the outrageous goal was king thanks to some dodgy goalkeeping mechanics. In FIFA 16 we think that problem should be fixed so we expect poachers to become the focal point of a lot of teams. We’ve picked out seven of them who need upgrading in FIFA 16.” Squawka


A land that time forgot – Steaua Bucharest and the 1986 European Cup

July 14, 2015

“Way back in the mists of time that was 1986, it was possible for an Eastern European team to become kings of the continent. Everyone remembers the great Red Star Belgrade team of 1991, of course, but five years before that, in 1986, the Ros-Albastrii ( the Red & Blues) of Bucharest became the first club from the East to claim the ultimate prize in European club football.” backpagefootball