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    Marco Rose: Press Master

    Following a modest playing career, Marco Rose retired at the age of 33 to pursue coaching. A native of Leipzig, the former defender spent a year at Lokomotiv before moving to Austria to coach Red Bull Salzburg’s U16 side. He quickly progressed through the age groups and began managing the U19’s in 2016, guiding them...
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    Football’s Fluid Future

    Particularly since the turn of the century, football has been increasingly the subject of a scientific approach. Many people argue that football is a simple game made complicated by idiots, but is it really that simple? In reality, it can be quite chaotic and complex. The aim of studying the game in great detail is...
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    Adaptability in Build-Up: Quique Setien

    When coaching build-up play, it’s important to give players alternative routes of progression. Every coach will have a preferred method of building attacks, but the opponent’s approach to defending will change from game to game, and even within games. It is therefore essential to implement a varied approach that accounts for the differe...
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    El Pivote’: Mastering the Holding Role

    “Positionally, he seems like a veteran with or without the ball. With the ball he makes what is difficult look easy: he disposes of the ball with one or two touches. Without the ball, he gives us a lesson: that of being in the right place to intercept and running just to recover the ball.”...
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    Defending In Possession

    Quite often, coaches whose philosophies are more ‘defence-minded’ will get criticism from fans and pundits. The likes of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Rafa Benitez have all come under such scrutiny during their careers, especially while at clubs whose supporters identify with a more offensive approach. Most football fans would like their team’s ...
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    False Implications: Moving the Opponents

    Given the relentless pace at which top level football is played today, players often find themselves second guessing their opponents. Much like a goalkeeper attempting to save a penalty, defenders regularly choose to try and predict what their opponent’s next move will be, in order to provide a reaction before it’s too late. While it’s...
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    Creating the Free Man

    A key part of Pep Guardiola’s philosophy, this article will explore the range of methods through which a ‘free man’ can be created in the attacking phases. The benefits of having an unmarked player in each stage of possession are clear, with retention and progression of the play becoming far more seamless. However, achieving it...
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