Everton face worrying signs as new season approaches
Everton face worrying signs as new season approaches

During the summer leading up to the 2014-15 season, Roberto Martinez recognized that Everton did not have the squad to meet the new challenges of the coming season. It had been six years since the Toffees had competed in Europe and Martinez was fully aware that his team, particularly the […]

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

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 wanting when the ball crossed the halfway line. Given their […]

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

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 are exits we could often see coming, make our peace […]

Netherlands vs Mexico Preview: El Tri Aims to Cause Upset
Netherlands vs Mexico Preview: El Tri Aims to Cause Upset

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 kickoff this Sunday will see the most high profile clash […]

Ecuador vs France Preview: South American Team Faces Uphill Battle
Ecuador vs France Preview: South American Team Faces Uphill Battle

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 the tournament and win games, as most expected them to, […]

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

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 to watch a few of the early round standouts play […]

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

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 the infamous implosion of 2010. After the dramatic 3-0 win […]

It’s Time For Change At Arsenal This Summer
It’s Time For Change At Arsenal This Summer

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 them, though the scale and manner of multiple humbling defeats […]