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Author Archives: Jackson Culley

Louis Van Gaal Did Not Properly Plan For A Deep World Cup Run

Posted on by Jackson Culley
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Start with a bang, end with a sigh. In the penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in the semi-final the Netherlands can be proud they managed to contain the opposition defensively without so many fouls this time but were again found … Continue reading

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Preview: Oranje Clash With Fairy Tale Story

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The Round of 16 is over, the optimism and joyous attacking play of the group stage have given way to the need for ruthless precision and unyielding determination. Though we saw teams depart the tournament in the group stage those … Continue reading

Netherlands vs Mexico Preview: El Tri Aims to Cause Upset

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The round of 16 has begun and brought plenty of drama along with it. This tournament continues to spoil us, a shootout and a flamboyant display of individual brilliance on Saturday followed by another heavyweight clash on Sunday. The early … Continue reading

Ecuador vs France Preview: South American Team Faces Uphill Battle

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Of all the teams arriving in Brazil with question marks over them, France began the journey with one of the heaviest loads. The long shadows cast by the events in South Africa meant that Les Bleus couldn’t just arrive at … Continue reading

Tim Howard, USA World Cup Player Profile: The Goalkeeper Wall at the Back for the USMNT

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Throughout qualifying and even into the tournament itself, there were questions about who would line up along the US back four. Pundits, fans, and even Klinsmann himself went through the combinations, looking for the perfect balance. The one thing those … Continue reading

The 3-5-2 Formation and its Impact on the 2014 World Cup

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The ubiquity of digital media has led to a common lament that it’s almost impossible to be truly surprised by players or systems featured on the world’s stage. While that’s often the case, it’s still been excellent and a novelty … Continue reading

No Ribéry, No Nasri, No Problem for Talented France Side

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No manager would ever wish for a Ballon d’Or nominee to pull out of a World Cup squad injured. However Didier Deschamps may have inadvertently found the opportunity that Les Bleus and the French public having been waiting for since … Continue reading

It’s Time For Change At Arsenal This Summer

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As the Gunners scrape toward another fourth place finish in the Premier League, both fans and the media are embroiled in the annual debates about the future of Arsenal. The failings of seasons past now have a familiar rhythm to … Continue reading