The Essence of Possession

David Alaba has the ball in the left half-space. Müller and Götze move forward at the same time, while Lewandowski drops back and receives the ball from the Austrian in between Roma’s lines. After a short dribble towards the centre of the pitch, he plays the final pass into the right half-space. Arjen Robben sprints onto it and finishes with his first touch. A goal … The Essence of Possession weiterlesen

David Silva -the man for the details

Three simple short passes between Mendy, Sterling and Agüero. A quick pass to Fernandinho who switches back to Walker. Again, City moves the ball in their back-three. Laporte moves forward with the ball. Tac, City is between the lines of Manchester United. After a quick layoff pass, Agüero has the ball and faces the goal of Mourinho´s team. The man who played the layoff pass … David Silva -the man for the details weiterlesen

The Return of a Philosophy

After more than half a year of catastrophic football under Peter Stöger, Lucien Favre’s arrival means there is once again an aesthetic style of play in Dortmund. We will take a look at the Swiss and see how the BVB players are doing. The Darling of Goalimpact What do you associate with Lucien Favre? Looking at his career, many ‘smaller’ clubs immediately stand out, with … The Return of a Philosophy weiterlesen

El Rondo – More than a Training Drill. Part 2.

El Rondo in Practice ‘Everything that goes on in a match, except shooting, you can do in a rondo. The competitive aspect, fighting to make space, what to do when in possession and what to do when you don’t have the ball, how to play one-touch football, how to counteract tight marking and how to win the ball back.’ – Johan Cruyff The rondo can … El Rondo – More than a Training Drill. Part 2. weiterlesen

Hamburg’s new Sergio Ramos

HSV are probably one of the most interesting teams in Germany. Since Christian Titz took charge, they have been continually developing into a possession-based team. Titz has been gradually implementing new systems, a better structure, more aggressive pressing and a bold approach in playing out from the goalkeeper. Despite their relegation, HSV has not had to deal with the typical departures relegated sides usually face. … Hamburg’s new Sergio Ramos weiterlesen

El rondo – More than a training drill. Part 1.

Four blue cones mark a small square on the pitch. Inside the square there are 11 football players. Two of them try relentlessly to win the ball back, but just before they can reach it, it is passed on. The atmosphere is exuberant. The cheering seems to know no bounds as the goalkeeper plays the ball through the legs of one of the approaching players. … El rondo – More than a training drill. Part 1. weiterlesen

Discussing the pass

For a while, we have wanted to offer more articles on training on TheFalseFullback. I have volunteered as a coach for my hometown club for three years in the district league, training the U13s for two years and the U14s for one year. I have made some mistakes myself and seen many more mistakes made by coaches when putting their training sessions together. That is … Discussing the pass weiterlesen

Belgium vs France Tactical Preview

After 60 matches and a hell of a ride, we have reached the semi-finals in which Belgium and France are facing each other. Two teams who have impressed and deserve to go on, but only one place available. How did both teams reached the semis ? Who will most likely grab a ticket to the final stage ? And finally, how should each one tactically perform ? Let’s … Belgium vs France Tactical Preview weiterlesen


A duel between two symbolic football nations attended the Kazan Arena … and it kept its promises. Opposing two high-caliber offensive armadas, this shock was prolific while being tactically rewarding. Back on this fascinating match, with a focus on the XXL performance of Les Bleus. Deschamps chose to line-up an 11 that seems to be permanent with Matuidi on the left wing becoming a logical … FRANCE 4-3 ARGENTINA : THE TACTICAL CHEATSHEET weiterlesen

Barca wins the battle of the halfspaces

After the horrific loss against AS Rom Barcelona tried to bounce back this weekend. After their elimination in the Champions League Quarterfinals, they can now fully concentrate on winning the La Liga title. Against Valencia, they made a big step towards securing the title. In an offensive game with chances for both sides Barcelona was more efficient and therefore won the game with 2:1. However, … Barca wins the battle of the halfspaces weiterlesen