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Archives: Tactical Analysis

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

Posted on by Matt Jones

Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived as taboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA … Continue reading

The Differences Between Zonal Marking, Man Marking and Mixed Zonal Marking

Posted on by Tamojit Chakraborty

In England, it’s not uncommon to hear the saying that “Zonal marking is not defending.” But, what the fact that these pundits often ignore is that goals are scored even when defenders are man marking. It’s not that man marking … Continue reading

This Week in The Bundesliga: The Rise of the Bridesmaid!

Posted on by Double Pivot

Another week, another victory! This week was a 4-0 route of Nuremburg. Bayer 04 have become, along with HSV, one of the dominant teams in the Bundesliga. But it was only a year ago that Bayer, under Bruno Labbadia had … Continue reading

The Set: Hamburg 4 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

Posted on by Double Pivot

Hamburg shook off their early season funk and tore apart Dortmund at the Nordbank Arena. It was the 4th straight victory for the Dinosaurs at home against BVB. A series of early goals seemed to settle the match by the … Continue reading

The Set: Why My Spending Habits Didn’t Doom Wolves

Posted on by Double Pivot

I did not cost the Wolves the title this weekend. I didn’t! Sure, this was the weekend that I finally bought my first German car. When I say German, I don’t mean that it has a German name, I mean … Continue reading

Tactical Analysis: Did A Birthday Bash Cost Hertha Saturday?

Posted on by Double Pivot

Last Thursday, Lucien Favre suspended his right winger Patrick Ebert indefinitely. While the reason for the suspension is that Ebert was out until 3 AM celebrating his birthday, which breaks team curfew rules; there is a bigger story is that … Continue reading

The Political Derby: Radical Left 3-2 Hard Right

Posted on by Double Pivot

It all started so wrong for FC St. Pauli. And air of impending doom hung over what has become Germany’s Politischen Derby with Hansa Rostock visiting. The threat of violence was once again on the cards with the neo-nazi supporters … Continue reading

The Set: Cologne 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld

Posted on by Double Pivot

Cologne dominated much of the game at home against Arminia Bielefeld, but in the end, couldn’t break down the central-half pairing of Herzig and Andre Mijatovic with Dennis Eilhoff in goal. With over 60% of possession and 16 shots on … Continue reading

The Set: Bayern Munich 1-2 Cologne

Posted on by Double Pivot

I doubt many people expected Cologne’s visit to Allianz to produce one of the best games of the weekend, but Christophe Daum and his scrappy side went to Munich (with only one win in their last 15 visits) and shocked … Continue reading

The Sync: How Frankfurt and KSC cured my Insomnia

Posted on by Double Pivot

Karlsruhe and Eintracht Frankfurt repaid the 80 minutes of my life (and the 51,000 strong at the Commerz Bank Arena) that they stole with a scintillating finish. A game that was so boring that it would be offensive to compare … Continue reading

The Synch: Arminia Bielefeld 1-2 Karlsruhe

Posted on by Double Pivot

KSC went to Schüco Arena and came away with their first victory in four road matches and ended an eight game winless streak against Arminia. Arminia were their own worst enemy as they played a terrible first 75 minutes of … Continue reading

The Sync: Bayern 1-1 Lyon

Posted on by Double Pivot

Blue days at the Allianz Bate and Bayern had the same idea in the second halves of their respective matches. Hold on for a home draw. However unlike Bate, Bayern Munich happened to be one of the 10 richest clubs … Continue reading

The Sync: Köln 1-0 Schalke 04

Posted on by Double Pivot

Schalke has a superb record against Köln, but manager Christopher Daum has only ever lost twice in seventeen matches against them in the Bundesliga. That form continued today as Köln walked away deserved 1-0 winners against the league leaders. Indeed, … Continue reading

The Set: Bayern 2-5 Werder Bremen

Posted on by Double Pivot

You call this a formation? Seven notes on Werder dismantlement of FC Bayern at the Allianz. 1. Stereotyping A defensive player usually makes an attack-minded coach and an attacking player usually makes a defense-minded coach. Granted, there are exceptions such … Continue reading

The Sync: Bayer 04 v. Hannover 96

Posted on by Double Pivot

A hat trick by Patrick Helmes and an unrelenting offense saw Bayer Leverkusen take apart Hannover 96 tonight. The illness and injury riddles Reds, were humiliated by Bayer 04, but also their lack of fight as they seemed disinterested in … Continue reading

The Set: BVB v. Schalke 04

Posted on by Double Pivot

1. Assholes Anonymous Hi my name is Rafinha and I am an asshole. For a team that has some very likeable and fair-minded players in Neuer, Kuranyi and Westermann, there seems to be a need to offset it with a … Continue reading

Tactical Analysis: BVB

Posted on by Double Pivot

I have just returned from my summer holidays, where I had a lovely respite from footie. However, here we are with the season two weeks deep and I am behind. But I am afforded the luxury of making my tactical … Continue reading