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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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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Football is a really physical game. The truth is that most people do not understand the fact that injuries are actually really common and they can happen at any point of the game due to it being so intense. Football fans love it when everything is spectacular but at any level, this is one game that is dangerous. Let us take a look at some of the most common football injuries that happen. One of the most common injuries in football is ending up with a broken bone. Unfortunately almost all bones can break from fingers to legs. Sometimes even…

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Winning in the sports betting world is always exciting. Who doesn’t like to watch their favorite teams go head to head, and then check the results after the scores are uploaded? In the past, it might have taken the local sportsbook a little bit to check the results but in this digital age, that information is presented faster and faster. The more that you work on finding the best place to play, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to collect wins over the long run. Why is this the case? Well, it’s actually straightforward: a quality sportsbook…

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Whether you call it soccer or football, one thing is clear: it’s definitely here to stay. Plenty of people tune in to watch their favorite team return victories…or in defeat. Win or lose, they absolutely love the game. If you’re trying to bet on the big soccer games, you’re in good company. But there may come a time where you really don’t want to bet on soccer. Maybe you actually would prefer to bet on something just as competitive, but in a different market. The Same Bets, the Same Odds… One of the biggest reasons to “switch it up” every…

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After a summer with European football sidelined and the World Cup taking centre stage, the Premier League is back and ready to kick off again. Opening weekend is only a few days away, beginning the roadmap of a season for every club in the Premier League. For Manchester City, winners of the 2013-2014 season, opening weekend is all about setting the stage to improve their odds of defending their title. For every other team in the league, winning on opening weekend is the chance to show that trades and movements throughout the offseason were smart bets that will pay off…

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