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the post analysis: how to play like pierre-emerick aubameyang appeared first on outside of the boot.

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football news 24/7  austin nyquist writes, and demonstrates in detail just what makes pierre-emerick aubameyang one of europe’s most lethal forwards. “before i arrived here, a lot of people were questioning about whether i could ever play as a striker, that i was a guy who could only run down the wing quickly.” – pierre-emerick […]

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the post scout report: tom davies | the emerging everton and england starlet appeared first on outside of the boot.

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saiguhan elancheran writes a detailed scout report about tom davies, the everton and england midfielder. often termed as an unrivalled academy in england, the everton academy provides a great pathway for youth stars to gain first-team football. everton have been known for producing brilliant talents in the past with the prime example being wayne rooney. […]

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the post tactical philosophy: marco silva appeared first on outside of the boot.

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football news 24/7  while this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it with a tinge of tactical flavour meant for the football enthusiast, we found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. this mini-series thus focuses on young managers […]

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the post liga mx: 5 unheralded youngsters making a name for themselves this season appeared first on outside of the boot.

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thomas harrison has a look at 5 unheralded liga mx youngsters making a name for themselves this season. with the likes of hirving “chucky” lozano, guido rodríguez, erick gutiérrez, orbelín pineda and césar montes, there are plenty of talented youngsters in liga mx that have the potential to play in europe in the future. but, whilst […]

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a very interesting interactive squad visualisation published by roast allows us to dwell on some very insightful trends about the top 6 in the premier league and their squads. while most football fans and purists (correctly) argue that football didn’t begin in 1992, as the promoters of the premier league would have you believe, denying that […]

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the post kosovo: the battle for recognition appeared first on outside of the boot.

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griffin o’neill writes about the uphill battle kosovo faced and continue to face in order to play international football. what do you think of when you hear “kosovo”? many think of kosovo as a war torn area of eastern europe with deeply rooted political and ethnic divides.  kosovo’s war for independence against serbia in the […]

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the post scout report: gabriel boschilia | monaco’s intelligent offensive midfielder appeared first on outside of the boot.

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máté bajtay writes a comprehensive scout report on gabriel boschilia, a promising brazilian talent at as monaco. without a doubt, as monaco is going through an exciting period in the club’s history. in the early years since russian billionaire dmitry rybolovlev took charge of the principality’s team, the focus was on signing already established, world-class […]

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the post scout report: farouk miya | uganda’s goal hunter appeared first on outside of the boot.

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william sinsky writes a comprehensive scout report about farouk miya, uganda’s goal hunter. on a bumpy, rain-soaked pitch, the ball skimmed across the grass, reaching the inside of his left boot. with a stutter step, a small bounce, and a thunderbolt of a strike from 25 yards out, farouk miya etched his name into african football history, […]

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the post talent radar 2016-17 young players team of the week #20: anthony martial, kylian mbappe-lottin & nabil bentaleb feature appeared first on outside of the boot.

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a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.  [eligibility: as of 1st […]

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football news 24/7  eric devin has compiled a list of the top 5 young players to feature in the 2017 edition of the afcon. tournament football is the definition of unpredictability, and this just-finished africa cup of nations is a prime example of that. the highly regarded likes of algeria and cote d’ivoire were dumped out […]

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the post tactical analysis: paris saint-germain 4-0 barcelona | perfectly executed plan wins it for psg appeared first on outside of the boot.

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eric devin writes a detailed tactical analysis of the uefa champions league match that ended psg 4-0 barcelona. in parsing paris saint-germain’s 4-0 defeat of barcelona tuesday, it is clear that individual performances had more to do with the result than did tactical ploys or missteps on either manager’s part. nevertheless, there is something to […]

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the post tactical analysis: gladbach 0-1 fiorentina | bernardeschi’s magical free-kick punishes the hosts’ mistakes in front of goal appeared first on outside of the boot.

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charles onwuakpa writes a detailed tactical analysis of the uefa europa league match that ended gladbach 0-1 fiorentina. the visitors grabbed an all important away win in the first leg of the europa league’s final stage, thanks to a moment of brilliance from their number 10, in what was a generally poor performance, as they […]

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football news 24/7  james kelly takes a look at italian side treviso fbc, a club whose rise and fall owes as much to off field issues as what happened on the pitch. on 8th january 2006, francesco totti played in a serie a match for as roma against treviso fbc. eleven years later and he […]

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ross bramble writes about aston villa and their time in the championship so far. listen to the english media, and it’s sometimes easy to forget that there exists a life beneath the premier league. the top division in english football is so highly vaunted and so widely broadcast that other aspects of the english game […]

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the post modern tactics and the art of tempo control appeared first on outside of the boot.

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football news 24/7 sauharda karki writes about the oft overlooked, but seldom unimportant art of tempo control in a football match. it is rather intriguing how important such small things can be in football. the tempo of play is one of these elements – sometimes very apparent, but most of the time a subtle presence […]

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the post talent radar 2016-17 young players team of the week #21: victor lindelof, benjamin henrichs & timo werner feature appeared first on outside of the boot.

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a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.  [eligibility: as of 1st […]

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the post tactical analysis: real madrid 2-0 espanyol | zidane’s men ease past an uninspiring espanyol appeared first on outside of the boot.

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om arvind tactically analyses how real madrid followed up their resounding win over napoli in the champions league with an extremely comfortable win over espanyol. the game finished real madrid 2-0 espanyol. tactically, zidane was found wanting in the exact same areas that madrid struggled in against osasuna (interiors coming too deep and little to […]

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an article analysing whether manchester city can realistically hope to win the title after a recent spate of changes to their side. things have looked pretty dire for manchester city in recent months, after a promising start under new management. fans have been bitterly disappointed in guardiola’s performance since he arrived at the manchester club, […]

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ham mpanga writes about borusia dortmund’s next generation of players, and the potential pitfalls awaiting them. the day is the 23rd january 2017. an exciting youngster has signed for borussia dortmund (a line which we’ve become accustomed to). 17 year old alexander isak joins the german club after turning down a host of european superpowers […]

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the post scout report: barrie mckay | the sensational rangers winger appeared first on outside of the boot.

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calum clark writes a detailed scout report about the young scotland and rangers winger, barrie mckay. with quick feet and an unerring habit of producing spectacular goals it is no wonder that glasgow rangers creative winger barrie mckay is turning the heads of scouts south of the border and further afield on continental europe. having […]

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uruguay were crowned champions of the sudamericano u20 for the first time in 36 years, continuing their excellent record of youth development of late. tom robinson has a look at how the tournament played out. 36 years ago enzo francescoli waltzed onto the stage and guided uruguay to the 1981 sudamericano title.  now the next […]

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the post rivals: red star belgrade vs partizan belgrade | the eternal derby of serbia appeared first on outside of the boot.

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football news 24/7  as with almost every other rivalry in football, in fact in any sport, there is a heady mixture of geographic, social, and sporting history that defines a fixture. jonathan foreman looks at red star vs partizan. passion. politics. football. the belgrade derby, also known as the eternal derby embodies these three simple words […]

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kaustubh pandey has a look at benjamin hubner’s rise at hoffenheim and why he’s one of this season’s best signings. the german bundesliga has never been known to be a league for the the smaller sides of the country, before the ongoing season well and truly kicked in. perceptions about it being a rather ‘one-horse […]

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the post tactical analysis: benfica 1-0 dortmund | benfica outwit dortmund on the night appeared first on outside of the boot.

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hrishi anand writes a detailed tactical analysis about the uefa champions league match that ended benfica 1-0 dortmund. dortmund were left to rue missed chances as benfica took a slender 1 goal lead into the second leg of the uefa champions league last-16 game. dortmund succumbed to a disappointing loss away at darmstadt in the […]

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the post talent radar 2016-17 performance rankings: top 10 young defenders | davinson sanchez & niklas sule reign supreme appeared first on outside of the boot.

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football news 24/7  judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. to add a basis to what may be a leap of […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed tactical analysis about the uefa champions league match that ended real madrid 3-1 napoli. real madrid hosted napoli in the round of 16 tie at the santiago bernabeu in what was a tougher fixture than what it appeared on paper. mauro sarri’s men were unbeaten in their last 18 matches […]

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eric devin writes an in-depth tactical analysis about the uefa champions league match that finished manchester city 5-3 monaco. manchester city (4-1-4-1): willy caballero; bacary sagna, nicolas otamendi, john stones, fernandinho (pablo zabaleta 62′); yaya touré; raheem sterling (jesús navas 89′), kevin de bruyne, david silva, leroy sané; sergio aguero (fernando 87′) as monaco (4-2-3-1): danijel subasic; […]

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the post three things we learned: bengaluru fc 1-3 east bengal appeared first on outside of the boot.

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sami faizullah discusses three talking points after bengaluru fc’s 3-1 loss to league leaders east bengal success has been a common theme in bengaluru fc’s short history, with two league titles in three seasons, a domestic cup and a historic continental run to boast in just three years. but the club are now on their worst […]

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the post scout report: alban lafont | france’s next goalkeeper? appeared first on outside of the boot.

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nathan staples writes a comprehensive scout report about the young france and toulouse goalkeeper, alban lafont. the team that brought you the likes of moussa sissoko, wissam ben yedder and etienne capoue are quietly going through a renaissance period. with a number of academy graduates gracing the starting line-up under fiery manager pascal dupraz, there is a lot […]

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oliver mcmanus writes about the 5 best players currently playing non-league football in england. non-league to premier league, it’s not the most commonly trod path but it’s sure as hell the purest and most rewarding. so, following on from andre gray and, dare i mention, jamie vardy, i decided to take a look at 5 […]

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the post three things we learned: aizawl fc 1-0 chennai city fc appeared first on outside of the boot.

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raghunandhanan narasimhan discusses three talking points about the i-league game that finished aizawl fc 1-0 chennai city fc aizawl have been the story of the season so far given the state of the club last season, anyone associated with the club would have been content with the club being safe from the relegation battle and achieving […]

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football news 24/7  tom robinson writes about the 10 best players at the recently concluded u20 sudamericano championship. the latest addition of the south american youth championships finished last week with uruguay emerging triumphant to claim their first title at this level for 36 years.  their victory ensures them a place at the u20 world […]

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the post talent radar 2016-17 young players team of the week #22: davinson sanchez, leroy sane & timo werner feature appeared first on outside of the boot.

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a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.  [eligibility: as of 1st […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed tactical analysis of the bundesliga match that ended bayern munich 8-0 hamburger sv. bayern munich played host to hsv in the bundesliga as the away side tried to put behind their recent woeful form against the giants at the allianz arena. bayern needed to consolidate their position up top as […]

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the post tactical analysis: villarreal 2-3 real madrid | isco inspires a thrilling real madrid comeback appeared first on outside of the boot.

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om arvind produces a detailed tactical analysis piece on the la liga match between villarreal and real madrid which saw the visitors star in an exciting comeback after being two goals down. real madrid came back from a two goal deficit to move ahead of barcelona and place first at the top of la liga. isco […]

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eric devin writes a detailed tactical analysis of the ligue 1 match that ended marsielle 1-5 psg. another encounter with one of france’s top teams, another home loss. marseille have certainly made progress under rudi garcia, especially in comparison to the team’s performances under michel and franck passi last season, but being able to go […]

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hrishi anand writes a detailed tactical analysis of the bundesliga match that ended freiburg 0-3 dortmund. borussia dortmund banished their terrible form away from home to comfortably beat freiburg 3-0. it was an important result that kept dortmund within touching distance of rb leipzig in 2nd place. goals from aubameyang following an early sokratis goal […]

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eric devin writes a detailed tactical analysis of the ligue 1 match that ended marsielle 1-5 psg. another encounter with one of france’s top teams, another home loss. marseille have certainly made progress under rudi garcia, especially in comparison to the team’s performances under michel and franck passi last season, but being able to go […]

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kaustubh pandey writes a detailed scout report about tiemoue bakayoko, the monaco and france midfielder. the transition that monaco have undergone from being big-hitters in the transfer market to a team that places a massive amount of emphasis on youngsters has been rather effortless. the appointment of leonardo jardim in 2014 was criticised for not […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed tactical analysis about the la liga match that ended atletico 1-2 barcelona. atletico madrid hosted barcelona for the final time at the vicente calderon in a la liga match as both teams have been suffering indifferent bouts of form this season. barcelona came into the match enjoying a brilliant run […]

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saiguhan elancheran writes a detailed tactical analysis of the serie a match that ended inter 1-3 roma. in the latest monday night football action, inter welcomed the capital team to san siro with the aim of avenging their defeat against the same opponents back in october last year. both the teams went into the game […]

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thomas harrison writes about chiapas and their incredible football under sergio bueno as they strive to stave off relegation. chiapas have delighted and entertained with their beautiful brand of football ever since sergio bueno took over last september. this clausura (2nd half of the season) bueno’s side have caught the eye of many, as his […]

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oliver mcmanus has a look at the pros and cons of the mls draft system. one of my first articles here at outside of the boot took a look at the mls; well, 33 countries later, i’m back and this time i’m going to analyse their draft system. the draft, it’s very much america personified […]

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the post dutch football: decline and predictions for the coming years appeared first on outside of the boot.

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dutch eredivisie sides have been struggling in european competitions in recent years and, as a result, they will lose their automatic champions league qualifying spot from 2018/2019. dutch teams will have to qualify for the group stages of the elite competition, but it is well known that they used to be the dominant forces in […]

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football is already the world’s most popular sport, and it appears that the united states and china have finally clued into the trend. over the past decade, the united states has welcomed international stars who have grown major league soccer, starting with the stunning acquisition of david beckham. the past few years have witnessed unprecedented […]

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football news 24/7  steven davies has a look at why he thinks the eredivisie is the home of coaching security. on tuesday 7th february relegation-threatened ado den haag announced that they had sacked their head coach, zeljko petrovic following a disappointing first half of the season. the montenegrin’s removal hardly came as a shock – having […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed scout report on alexander isak, the dortmund and sweden striker. when borussia dortmund completed the signing of teenage sensation alexander isak last month for a reported fee of 10 million pounds, the news was bound to cause a sensation among the football faithful. the teenager was supposedly courted by spanish […]

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mustafa saeed writes a detailed scout report about pablo maffeo, the manchester city and spain full back. more than a decade ago, ferran soriano and txiki begiristain were spearheading barcelona’s development into arguably the greatest football team the world has ever seen. under the presidency of joan laporta, soriano was a senior vice-president while begiristain […]

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oliver mcmanus has a look at the bizarre start to joseph minala’s career at lazio and how it has progressed since joseph minala, you know that name right? rattle that brain, he’s in there somewhere. if you’re still struggling, he’s the lazio footballer who was at the centre of one of the most viral footballing […]

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saiguhan elancheran writes a detailed tactical analysis about the coppa italia semi final first leg that ended juventus 3-1 napoli. in the first leg of the coppa italia semifinals, juventus played hosts to one of their title rivals, napoli. it was a controversial and entertaining night as two paulo dybala penalties on either side of […]

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football news 24/7  steven davies has a look at why he thinks the eredivisie is the home of coaching security. on tuesday 7th february relegation-threatened ado den haag announced that they had sacked their head coach, zeljko petrovic following a disappointing first half of the season. the montenegrin’s removal hardly came as a shock – having […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed scout report on alexander isak, the dortmund and sweden striker. when borussia dortmund completed the signing of teenage sensation alexander isak last month for a reported fee of 10 million pounds, the news was bound to cause a sensation among the football faithful. the teenager was supposedly courted by spanish […]

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mustafa saeed writes a detailed scout report about pablo maffeo, the manchester city and spain full back. more than a decade ago, ferran soriano and txiki begiristain were spearheading barcelona’s development into arguably the greatest football team the world has ever seen. under the presidency of joan laporta, soriano was a senior vice-president while begiristain […]

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dutch eredivisie sides have been struggling in european competitions in recent years and, as a result, they will lose their automatic champions league qualifying spot from 2018/2019. dutch teams will have to qualify for the group stages of the elite competition, but it is well known that they used to be the dominant forces in […]

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football is already the world’s most popular sport, and it appears that the united states and china have finally clued into the trend. over the past decade, the united states has welcomed international stars who have grown major league soccer, starting with the stunning acquisition of david beckham. the past few years have witnessed unprecedented […]

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thomas harrison writes about chiapas and their incredible football under sergio bueno as they strive to stave off relegation. chiapas have delighted and entertained with their beautiful brand of football ever since sergio bueno took over last september. this clausura (2nd half of the season) bueno’s side have caught the eye of many, as his […]

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oliver mcmanus has a look at the pros and cons of the mls draft system. one of my first articles here at outside of the boot took a look at the mls; well, 33 countries later, i’m back and this time i’m going to analyse their draft system. the draft, it’s very much america personified […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed tactical analysis about the la liga match that ended atletico 1-2 barcelona. atletico madrid hosted barcelona for the final time at the vicente calderon in a la liga match as both teams have been suffering indifferent bouts of form this season. barcelona came into the match enjoying a brilliant run […]

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a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.  [eligibility: as of 1st […]

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elijah sofoluke has a look at the simplicity of management and whether football truly is a simple game complicated by idiots “when you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras” ~ dr. theodore woodward replace horses with donkeys and this quote would be quite applicable to referees in football. if you hear a man behind you, […]

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ryan power writes about the uefa nations league and why it’s a good thing. everybody hates meaningless international friendlies. you know, the ones which the fa put on at wembley to generate millions in revenue for their coffers. they are largely hated as they serve no positive purpose on the whole.  the players typically can’t […]

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eric devin writes a comprehensive scout report on valentin vada, bordeaux’s exciting young midfielder born in argentina’s interior in the province of santa fe, better known for soybeans than footballers, the journey of valentin vada from humble beginnings to being one of ligue 1’s brightest prospects is far from a linear one, but it does provide an instructive […]

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charles onwuakpa writes a detailed tactical analysis of the bundesliga match that ended dortmund 6-2 leverkusen. borussia dortmund took all three points in what was a generally positive performance, scoring three goals in the last fifteen minutes to prevent a late comback from bayer leverkusen. it was though costly for both ends: thomas tuchel lost […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan discusses three talking points about the i-league game that finished chennai city fc 1-1 dsk shivajians chennai city fc somewhat recovered from their recent slump as they were close to registering a win against dsk shivajians. the pune based side equalised in the 92nd minute as they put in a very spirited performance, especially […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan discusses three talking points about the i-league game that finished chennai city fc 1-1 dsk shivajians chennai city fc somewhat recovered from their recent slump as they were close to registering a win against dsk shivajians. the pune based side equalised in the 92nd minute as they put in a very spirited performance, especially […]

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ross eaton writes a detailed tactical analysis on the uefa champions league round of 16 second leg match that ended napoli 1-3 real madrid. an intense first leg which saw maurizio sarri’s napoli lose 3-1 at the bernabeu left the tie tipped in real madrid’s favour, yet very much remaining open. the italian side have […]

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trong nhan doan writes about claudio ranieri and his failure at leicester this season. leicester city’s head coach claudio ranieri was given the marching orders following the 1-2 defeat at the hands of sevilla in the champions league. at the time of ranieri’s sacking, the reigning champions had slid into the bottom three and failed […]

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football news 24/7  judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. to add a basis to what may be a leap of […]

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football news 24/7  while this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it with a tinge of tactical flavour meant for the football enthusiast, we found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. this mini-series thus focuses on young managers […]

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football news 24/7  judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. to add a basis to what may be a leap of […]

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simone torricini writes a detailed scout report on andrea petagna, atalanta’s powerful centre-forward atalanta’s 5th place after nearly six months of serie a is probably one of the most unlikely events that people could have predicted for this season. definitely not the strangest, because of the arrival of gian piero gasperini on the nerazzurri’s bench after […]

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kaustubh pandey writes a detailed tactical analysis on the uefa europa league round of 16 first leg that finished rostov 1-1 manchester united. jose mourinho’s manchester united traveled to olimp-2 in russia to lock horns with the trickiest europa league opposition they’ve faced this season- fc rostov. the russian outfit, who are currently seventh in the […]

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hrishi anand discusses three talking points about the i-league game that finished chennai city fc 1-1 bengaluru fc chennai city fc put in a spirited performance to hold defending champions bengaluru fc to a 1-1 draw at the jawaharlal nehru stadium. bengaluru will be disappointed with only the 1 point considering the balance of play. dominant bfc […]

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om arvind writes a detailed tactical analysis of the la liga match that ended real madrid 2-1 real betis. real madrid reasserted their lead at the top of la liga with a less than convincing win against mid-table side real betis. zidane made some much needed rotations, bringing in morata for the largely disliked benzema, […]

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charles onwuakpa writes a detailed tactical analysis about the serie a match that ended juventus 2-1 ac milan. the hosts kept it late as a last-gasp penalty from paulo dybala in the 97th minute earned juve their 32nd consecutive home victory in serie a. massimiliano allegri’s team were the better team in terms of creativity […]

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oliver mcmanus has an alternate viewpoint on the claudio ranieri sacking and why the decision was the right one it’s not often that i start articles with a warning, but i shall do this time; if you’re someone who is going to be offended because i’m about criticise premier league champions, leicester city and, their […]

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the post talent radar 2016-17 young players team of the week #24: matt miazga, christian pulisic & kasper dolberg feature appeared first on outside of the boot.

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a regular feature on our website is the talent radar team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.  [eligibility: as of 1st […]

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hiko seijuro writes about the recent decline that has been noticed at barcelona. fc barcelona stand as a colossus of the modern game; they’ve more or less ruled the footballing world from the time of johan cryuff as a manager until now giving us trophy upon trophy and a brand of football as beautiful as […]

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arnab ray discusses three talking points after bengaluru fc’s 2-1 win against mohun bagan in the afc cup. bengaluru fc and mohun bagan locked horns once again at the sree kanteerava stadium having played out a stalemate at the same venue just a couple of days ago. this time around it was in the afc cup where the […]

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saiguhan elancheran provides a tactical analysis of the champions league match that ended arsenal 1-5 bayern munich. two teams with rich european experience faced each other in the 1st leg of the champions league round of 16 tie last month. the game didn’t seem to be a match that was contested between two of europe’s elite though, […]

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valentin schwarz writes about tottenham and their ability to control the rhythm and tempo of a game. a few weeks ago sauharda karki wrote an insightful article on this site about a crucial feature of modern top teams, the ability to control the rhythm of matches. often the term “dominance” is only attributed to teams […]

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the post talent radar 2016-17 performance rankings: top 10 young forwards | timo werner and andre silva continue their dominance appeared first on outside of the boot.

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football news 24/7  judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. to add a basis to what may be a leap of […]

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nathan staples writes a tactical analysis of the ligue 1 match that ended  lyon 4-0 toulouse. after an indifferent start to 2017, lyon are finally building up a head of steam. with five victories in their last six before the weekend, bruno genesio’s side had finally pulled out of the funk that has seen them sink […]

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thom ollig writes a detailed tactical analysis about the fa cup match that ended middlesbrough 0-2 manchester city. for many people, this game was a flashback to the clash between the clubs two years ago, a game where middlesbrough as a championship team sent city out of the fa cup, through everything but a defensive […]

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miles olusina writes a detailed tactical analysis about the champions league round of 16 second leg that ended dortmund 4-0 benfica. the second leg of this champions league tie saw thomas tuchel’s borussia dortmund side host benfica at the westfalenstadion; with the away side protecting a slender lead after their 1-0 victory at the stadium of light […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan discusses three talking points after chennai city’s 2-1 win against east bengal in the i-league. it really is a wonder how one win can change the entire mood in the club and the perspective on it. even more so if the win happens to be against a bigger opponent and the victory is made […]

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football news 24/7  austin nyquist writes, and demonstrates in detail just what makes leonardo bonucci a truly special defender. “bonucci…one of my favorite ever players.” – pep guardiola to hear those words come from the mouth of one of the greatest living coaches and one of the most innovative and abstract thinkers of the game must […]

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samarendranath soory has a look at the reason behind thomas muller’s goal-drought and why the bayern man still brings a lot to the table when thomas muller sent the ball fizzing past david ospina in the 88th minute in bayern munich’s five-goal rout of arsenal at the allianz arena, the home fans were able to see […]

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om arvind writes a detailed tactical analysis about the la liga game that finished athletic bilbao 1-2 real madrid real madrid managed to squeeze past the fiery basques in a tight encounter that could have easily ended up as a draw. los blancos initially tried to start on the front foot by implementing a high press, but […]

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tom robinson has a look at the top 10 young players to look out for during the copa libertadores 2017. the 58th edition of the copa libertadores, the south american equivalent of the champions league, has now reached the group stage and now after an extended qualification phase the tournament proper is beginning to heat up. as […]

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simone torricini writes a comprehensive scout report on marco benassi, torino’s young captain regarding youngsters, here in italy we are living the ascendant phase of a transition period after experiencing throughout during the last years a real crisis suffered nationwide. serie a’s teams did not invest in their youth sectors, and there were too few […]

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football news 24/7  james kelly returns with untold declines, looking at the french side fc istres and their short stay in ligue 1. in the south of france, just north of the town of istres lies the étang de l’olivier lake. in 2008, a water jet, a sort of artificial geyser, was installed. the highest […]

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eric devin writes a detailed tactical analysis about the ligue 1 game that finished psg 2-1 lyon line ups paris saint-germain (4-2-3-1): kevin trapp; serge aurier, marquinhos, thiago silva, maxwell; marco verratti (thiago motta 89′), adrien rabiot; angel di mariá, javier pastore (lucas moura 79′), julian draxler (blaise matuidi 54′); edinson cavani olympique lyonnias (4-4-2): anthony lopes; rafael, […]

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raghunandhanan narasimhan writes a detailed tactical analysis on the la liga game that ended atletico madrid 3-1 sevilla. the mood could not have been more contrasting as it was 3rd versus 4th in the la liga as atletico welcomed sevilla to the calderon. atletico progressed to the quarter finals of the champions league after seeing […]

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when it comes to the playing staff, signings are a great way to improve the squad, both in terms of quality and depth, and indeed, are becoming the most common way. however, onlookers, especially fans of a club tend to derive great joy when a product of the club’s academy makes it through to the […]

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eric mccoy has a look at rangers’ fall and the long road back the glasgow club have had to endure. the notoriously combustible glasgow derby between rangers and celtic is not supposed to have a big brother/little brother dynamic.  historically, the clubs have more resembled a pair of evenly matched twins scrapping endlessly in their […]

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nathan staples writes a detailed scout report on issa diop, toulouse’s imposing centre-back france is having a renaissance. while many have noticed the sheer amount of quality they have available in attacking areas, what has somewhat gone under the radar is the depth of exciting centre-backs the country is beginning to produce. once you look past the […]

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ham mpanga writes a detailed tactical analysis on the international friendly that ended germany 1-0 england. with the ‘meaningless’ international friendly soon to be replaced with the uefa nations league, games like these could eventually carry some weight. the night was dedicated to one man in particular, lukas podolski. this was the german’s last international game before he […]

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