Context and success

The recently retired Thierry Henry failed to score in his first eight games.  He then adapted,  and the rest is oft repeated history.  What Henry typifies is a footballing wisdom,  that players often take 6 months to truly become adapted to a new league.  This hypothesis,  like many,  has a grain of truth.  But I would like to briefly make …

OliverContext and success

Steven Gerrard a Romantic hero amidst sport’s increasing scientism

The soon-to-be-outgoing Liverpool captain’s brand of impulsive, burden-bearing brilliance will be missed by those who feel sport is losing its romance                                                                               …

CharlieSteven Gerrard a Romantic hero amidst sport’s increasing scientism

A cogitation on the minimization of risk

I was struck by an article by Paul Doyle in the Guardian on Friday which made the,  initially vaguely plausible,  contention (in a sentence,  that I am interpreting very liberally) that Stoke are the ideal for a newly promoted club.  This seemed to be based in their solid,  compact,  direct style of play,  which allowed them to survive and build …

OliverA cogitation on the minimization of risk

The Football Prism Podcast: Episode 1

  In this week’s podcast, we discuss the future of the 4-4-2, Manchester City vs. Spurs, some pre-match thoughts on Utd vs. Chelsea (how wrong we were!),  El Clasico,  as well as several footballing eternal questions, in a frankly tangential look at the beautiful game this week. Hope you enjoy!   CW & OW, 29/10/14

OliverThe Football Prism Podcast: Episode 1

Indian Super League a microcosm of modern football’s dual nature

The inaugural competition’s noble aims sit uneasily, but all too predictably, alongside the beautiful game‘s ugly trappings                                                                                       …

CharlieIndian Super League a microcosm of modern football’s dual nature

How Manchester United might attempt to beat the seemingly indomitable Chelsea

Some thoughts on how United’s tactics may stifle Chelsea,  and how Mourinho can counter-exploit such plans. … a) The teams (predicted): 1.  Two up-front – A rather odd statement,  but two clever interchanging front men has come back into vogue recently.  More importantly,  Chelsea has shown signs of struggling against two front men,  most noticeably against Leicester,  but also on …

OliverHow Manchester United might attempt to beat the seemingly indomitable Chelsea

A few reflections on Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham

A rambunctious, rough-diamond of a contest, City’s victory over Spurs at the Etihad provides much to pore over                                                                                     …

OliverA few reflections on Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham

Pochettino dares to know amidst chronic youth unemployment

The Argentine’s rare faith in young players demonstrates a conviction in his own judgments of which Kant would be proud                                                                                 …

CharliePochettino dares to know amidst chronic youth unemployment

A second opinion on Frank Lampard: football’s great learner

My own thoughts on Lampard,  following my colleague’s piece earlier today. “Oh my goodness, that’s incredible.  Frank Lampard against Chelsea” – Steve Wilson,  MoTD 2:  21/9/14                                                                       …

OliverA second opinion on Frank Lampard: football’s great learner

Lampard looks to football’s final frontier: space

In this rarefied age of footballing athleticism, those players who can both find and exploit space are, ultimately, the ones who will reach the moon                                                                        …

CharlieLampard looks to football’s final frontier: space