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Manchester City 3:0 Sunderland

Sunderland’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon was not very rewarding. Aleksandar Kolarov contributed a goal and an assist as Manchester City dominated the match, earning a 3-0 victory over the visiting Black Cats. The hosts made a host of changes to their lineup from their midweek draw […]

Tactics in MLS (And/Or The Supplemental Nature Of OptaStats)

I tend to consider tactics and Major League Soccer like an unabridged dictionary in a fourth grade classroom. While the study and employment of tactics within MLS happens, there is less tactical sophistication in MLS than in the more established leagues of the world. One thing is clear about tactics: […]

Premiership Countdown: 37 Days to Go

It was one of the main reasons why the 2006 World Cup was less entertaining than previous years, and the reason why so few of the football superstars shone at the World Cup. It’s the 4-5-1 formation. Unfortunately, I predict the dreaded 4-5-1 will have a big impact on the […]

Death to the 4-5-1

Very early in the 2005/2006 Premiership season, all of the talk was about the 4-5-1 formation and how Bolton, especially, was being effective yet boring after Allardyce used the formation to grind out results. What we’ve seen in the 2006 World Cup is the 4-5-1 formation being used to similar […]

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Newcastle United Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez Runs Marathon Despite Battling Cancer

In September, the public was made aware of Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez’s battle with testicular cancer after the player thanked fans via his Twitter account and during an interview with Argentinian television. At the time, the 31-year-old confirmed that he had been receiving chemotherapy in Argentina and tweeted his appreciation for […]

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

So many storylines to consider on this Premier League Saturday. First up is the match between Sunderland and Bolton, which promises to be more entertaining this season as both teams have improved tremendously in recent years. Plus, many viewers will be looking forward to seeing if Stu Holden can score […]

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