Carlos Tevez, at the age of 31, still continues playing an important role for his club and this is something that is fairly difficult to do for a player at such an elevated age. The Argentinean attacker managed to score 20 league goals for his club in this season which just recently reached its end. Juventus signed Carlos Tevez on June of 2013 for a price tag of €10 million and this has turned out to be bargain price for a player who has helped the Italian club in winning 2 successive Serie A titles as he has scored 50…

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It has been an enthralling Europa League competition packed with drama, shocks and great goals, with UEFA’s decision to include a Champions League spot for the winners paying dividends as teams have begun to take it much more seriously. 195 teams from 54 different countries who have taken part in 2014/2015 have been whittled down to just two, with reigning champions Sevilla set to take on surprise package Dnipro in the Final in Warsaw on May 27th in what promises to be an intriguing match. Unai Emery’s side stand on the cusp of making unprecedented history by not only becoming…

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Attacking is the term used to describe the movement of the team in possession of the ball. It is not simply the act of shooting on goal or the play of the team in front of the net; it is more complex than that; it is the movement of the players and the ball for the team who has possession. Therefore, any time a team is in possession they are in the attacking phase. Before a team can properly attack in the attacking phase there must first be an understanding of shape, possession and combination play. The collection of these…

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Role of the First, Second and Third Attackers A team in possession can always be referred to in terms of who has the ball and who is in near proximity to the ball. The player in possession is the first attacker. The players one pass away are the second attackers and the players more than one pass away are the third attackers. Therefore, for the attacking team, there is always one first attacker, at least one second attacker, and the rest of the players are considered the third attackers. A team that understands the attack and thinks in terms of…

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Tactics is the movement of the players and the ball; it is the principles of play behind the game. Soccer is a game of continuous motion and unlike many other sports there are no timeouts or breaks to call plays every five seconds. Once on the field, the players must understand how to move and what to do. Teaching this movement is called the training of tactics. Therefore the coach must train his players how and when to move when on and off the ball. He must teach his players to understand patterns of play and patterns of movement. Unlike…

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Finishing eight last season was considered a wonderful achievement for Southampton, who showed promising signs of developing into a top half Premier League team, but very few expected them to go even further in 2014/2015. Losing a number of star players and the manager who made them produce eye-catching football was a real indication that the South Coast club had become a victim of their own success. However, Ronald Koeman has done a wonderful job in not only showing shrewd business acumen to bring in new arrivals who have made a real impact, but also take their performance levels to…

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England surround a lot of controversy when it comes to playing football, many managerial debates, player debates and debates amongst the support and media. One thing that annoys fans the most is the inclusions into the team, which at times can be confusing. In recent years we have seen many odd and random inclusions into the international team – based on a player sudden good league form or a player who suits the managers play. Yet, they contribute nothing.. 1. Gareth Barry This is the first man on my list. Barry had a great time at Aston Villa, leading their team out week in…

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After another pulsating north London derby where Spurs emerged victorious over Arsenal, the race for the top four has heated up even more. Just ten points separate 2nd place Manchester City and 7th place Liverpool and after Harry Kane’s double, Spurs fans can be expectant of a top four place for the first time since 2012 if they keep their performances up. Here are the player ratings for the game: TOTTENHAM Hugo Lloris – 6 Couldn’t do anything about Ozil’s excellent finish but other than that, had very little to do but did well when called on to action, saving…

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2014 was another wonderful year in the football calendar, with many of the best players stepping up to plate to produce scintillating quality that had fans on the edge of their seats. It was almost inevitable that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would continue their long-standing rivalry for supremacy, as the two best players on the planet delivered the sort of performances that separates them from the rest. Fans and pundits alike have become divided on who they consider to be number one, with the Fifa Ballon d’Or award seemingly the only way to officially separate the pair. However, they…

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After the mixed season that the Gunners are having, they have been linked with a host of names as the January transfer window opened earlier this month. We’re taking a look at some of these rumours and whether they hold any value/potential. Edinson Cavani Linked with Arsenal for a while, social media and news sites claim that this is the month that Cavani will finally be a Gunner. Disappointed at playing out of position at PSG while being left out of their winter camp, speculation is rising everyday. The Uruguayan would certainly be a top signing – he is a…

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