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Author Archives: Alex Fairchild

About Alex Fairchild

Alex is a student at Boston College, who has been covering soccer for multiple websites since the age of 16. In addition to writing about soccer around the web, he is the assistant sports editor for the school's independent student newspaper, The Heights. You can find him on Twitter@alexsfairchild and on Google+.

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 5

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Two of the Premier League’s most glamorous teams showed us how to, and how not to break down a defense this weekend. Schurrle’s Movement Unzips Manchester City Andre Schurrle got to hang out with Thomas Muller a lot this summer … Continue reading

Southampton’s August-September Progress Report

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Last season, we saw a lot of this from Southampton’s attack… And this… But once “this,” left for Champions League football, Southampton supporters were left asking themselves, now what? Who could possibly fulfill the rolls of Rickie Lambert and Adam … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 4

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Liverpool has not learned the lesson that Jose Mourinho taught it, while Louis van Gaal ended his affair with the three-center back system. The Stagnant Reds Go Marching In Staring at screens around the world and sitting in the Kop, Liverpool … Continue reading

Chelsea vs. Swansea City Player Ratings; Battle For Top Of The League Ends 4-2

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Heading into today’s game at Stamford Bridge, neither team had dropped points thus far in Premier League play. Following the international break and transfer window both teams were looking to stretch their “legs” and earn their place at top of … Continue reading

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Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 3

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Costa

In this week’s edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we analyze Diego Costa’s movement and pressing, as well as Stoke City’s defensive tactics against Manchester City. Chelsea’s Costa Costa does three things really well. He presses, he uses his speed, … Continue reading

Tactical Analysis Of Liverpool’s Aggressive Tackling And Pressing Mentality

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We can chalk that up with something not associated with a squad that scored 101 goals last season, along with something else that’s stuck in the back of the mainstream football brain – defense. Before we get into how the … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner: Aston Villa-Newcastle United & Tottenham Hotspur-QPR

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In this week’s edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we dive into Newcastle’s use of Emmanuel Riviere and Queens Park Rangers’ three-back system. Holding It Up Aston Villa did not put a shot on target in Saturday’s early game against … Continue reading

How Mario Balotelli Will Fit Into Liverpool’s Attacking Lineup

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Mario Balotelli possesses so much talent, but the detriments he can bring on and off the pitch bring about an aura of fear. So how does Brendan Rodgers fit the bad boy who says he wants to become even badder, … Continue reading

Manchester City vs Liverpool Predicted Lineups

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Kompany Liverpool

Liverpool and Manchester City go again in Premier League play on Monday when the Reds travel to the Etihad to battle the Sky Blues. The two outfits played to a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium over the summer with the … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner: Man Utd-Swansea, Liverpool-Southampton & Leicester-Everton

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Let’s talk about tactics. Each week, clubs vary their approaches and over the season we’ll be analyzing how teams leverage an advantage by best using the resources within their squad. Louis van Gaal’s Halftime Switch Twitter’s trolls were quick to … Continue reading

Liverpool vs. Southampton: Predicted Line-Ups and Preview

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Overachieving was a theme for both Liverpool and Southampton in their last campaigns, but each side has been active in this summer’s transfer market. While Southampton has off-loaded several players from last year’s extremely talented squad, Liverpool has sold Luis … Continue reading

How Dejan Lovren is the Remedy to Liverpool’s Defensive Frailties [GIFs]

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In the age of tactical writing and analysis, soccer geeks fight over which formation is best, the use of the False 9, if there is a False 10, and whether or not to label a defensive midfielder as the next … Continue reading

Research Shows That Soccer Fans Are More Likely to Be Liberals

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During the frenzy of the World Cup, it was difficult to stay on top of all of the headlines, so one of the reports that you and I may have missed was in The Wall Street Journal newspaper where research shows that … Continue reading

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Robbie Fowler Discusses Management, Liverpool and Being Referred to as God

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When Robbie Fowler had a shot on goal for Liverpool, opposing defenders and goalkeepers would often look straight ahead once the ball bulged into the back of the net. With their hands on their hips, some would stare in awe, … Continue reading

Victory For USMNT Is Sweet Vindication For Surprise Hero John Brooks

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In March, paired with Oguchi Onyewu, John Brooks suffered through one of the worst performances put on by an American representing the Stars and Stripes. In the friendly against Ukraine, Brooks’ hands flailed in the air like an inflatable tube … Continue reading

Spain vs Netherlands Preview: 2 Giants Meet in Rematch Of 2010 World Cup Final

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It’s not a rematch. It’s a remix. When broadcasters across the globe welcome viewers to Spain’s clash with the Netherlands, they’ll be quick to alert the world that this is a revenge match for the Oranje. However, a maximum of … Continue reading

Strikerless Spain are Toothless

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Against Italy and France, Vicente del Bosque has lined his world champions up in a formation with four defenders and six midfielders (4-6-0). While this tactic may well be the future of world football, it has various flaws that must … Continue reading