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The Big Analysis: Jorge Sampaoli, Luis Enrique and tactical trends from Sevilla and Barcelona

<b>Analyst Lee Scott (@FMAnalysis) joins These Football Times to break down the biggest tactical battles of the season from around Europe. Providing</b> …

Soccer

The importance of finding the target forward

As a versatile player with a six foot two inch frame and ability to run for days, I often played across the back line or as a central midfield …

Fernando Torres and the cyclical journey of a cult hero

<b>DATELINE: 20 MARCH 1984.</b> Fernando Torres, the youngest of three siblings, was born in the municipality of Fuenlabrada, some 22 kilometres from the …

In celebration of Paolo Maldini, the greatest defender of his age

<b>WHEN IT COMES TO LISTING THE GREATEST DEFENDERS OF ALL-TIME,</b> Paolo Maldini is up there with the best there ever was. His calibre is proven in the …

How Franco Baresi became one of football's greatest defenders

<b>DESCRIBING THE DEFENDER</b> that he had played alongside for so many glorious years in the <i>Rossoneri</i> backline Paolo Maldini, in an interview with Jamie …

How Ronaldo and Romário became the perfect partnership

We all marvel at the skill determination and single-minded focus of individuals that achieve greatness across the sports, from Muhammed Ali to Tiger …

Gerrard and Torres: a world-class partnership that deserved more

Football, in a broader sense, is a sport of tug of war between the needs of many and the needs of one, even though they need not be …

The redemption of Ronaldo

It’s a moment most dream of but few ever come close to attaining. For a sport with the global pull of football, only a select number are deemed good …

How football and race shaped Brazil

England may have created football, but Brazil made it an art form. Since the arrival of football in the South American country at the turn of the …

The unlikely architects of Brazilian football

The origins of the world’s most beloved sport can be traced all the way back to second century China, where a game that most closely resembles our …

Football on the beautiful Isles of Scilly

<b>THE ISLES OF SCILLY IS AN ARCHIPELAGO</b> lying 28 miles south of Cornwall with five inhabited islands – St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes and …

The Me in Team

<b>WHEN JOHAN CRUYFF DESCRIBED</b> the basis of Total Football, he really described team football in two sentences: “Simple football is the most beautiful. …

Spanish football's shifting landscape: the rise of the small teams

Club Deportivo Leganés, a small team from a quiet suburb in southern Madrid, will this autumn become the 61st club to contest a La Liga season, just …

Rinus Michels and the Total Football rebellion

<b>FOOTBALL CAN BE APTLY</b> be described as a simple game made complex. It is about the goals and entertainment and the social function it affords its …

The death of football's classic number 10

<b>“FOOTBALL IS THE WORKING CLASS BALLET.”</b> The hallowed and revered words of Alf Garnett. There’s no debate either – football is beautiful, in so many …

Zinedine Zidane and the making of a king

A symbol who embodied so many different strands, Zinedine Zidane was far more than just a player during his lengthy reign at the peak of the world’s …

Ronaldinho and Messi: a relationship born out of genius

“We are a nation of 200 million Germans,” wrote Brazilian journalist Fernando Duarte, days before the 2014 World Cup final. <i>‘Brasil, decime que se</i> …

Soccer

Dixie Dean: football's first great number nine

<b>GERD MÜLLER</b> called Lionel Messi an “incredible player” after the Argentine broke his record of 85 goals in a calendar year. Much was made of the …

Can Major League Soccer produce its own Lionel Messi? (No, it can't)

<b>A WHILE BACK,</b> Major League Soccer’s website put together a short mash-up video asking the question, “When will MLS produce its own Messi?” The video …

Telmo Zarra: the man before Messi

Football in its contemporary format is one dominated by the development of the superstar. With the sport becoming evermore a global game, it is …

Soccer

Lionel Messi, religion and the meaning of watching sport

Anyone that has followed football for the last 12 years is more than familiar with the miracles Lionel Messi is capable of. The mind of every fan in …

Omar Abdulrahman: the diamond in the desert

Sometimes, all you have to do is watch a single play to figure out if someone is a real player or not. Other times, it’s even simpler – and all it …

Andres Iniesta: the master of the ball

The first thing that anybody fortunate enough to visit Barcelona’s Camp Nou will notice is the club’s proud slogan, <i>Més que un club</i> (More than a …

Is Barcelona's famed La Masia academy in decline?

<b>IN THE 14TH MINUTE</b> of Barcelona’s game against Levante on November 25, 2012, Martin Montoya replaced Dani Alves completing a significant moment in …

The academy spotlight: Ajax and Barcelona

<b>“YOUNGSTERS NEED OPPORTUNITIES —</b> everyone needs time. With all conditions being equal, a home-grown player has a better chance than one who comes in …

Johan Neeskens: more than just the other Johan

<b>JULY 3, 1974:</b> crowds throng the Westfalenstadion in a match between two immensely talented sides. A match whose victor would face the host nation in …

The Bayern Munich Academy Way

<b>ASCENDENCY COMES IN MANY FORMS.</b> For one club, ascendency includes 27 domestic league titles, 18 DFB-Pokal titles and six German Super Cup titles. But …

How Germany became an example to the world of football

<b>In a culture that models itself on punctuality and efficiency, German football has been packed with teams that are organised, strong and physically</b> …

Igor Netto: the forgotten legend of Russian football

Nowadays the term ‘fair play’ has degenerated into kicking the ball out of the pitch when a player is faking an injury while the spectators award the …

The philosophy of football: a complete perspective

<b>Illustration by Alex Noriega</b><p><b>WHEN I LEAVE</b> my flat to go to work later on today, a number of events may occur. That number is, in fact, infinite. Some …