About Andy Forrester

Andy Forrester is a professional football match and opposition analyst based in Qatar. All views are his own.

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Newcastle United 2012/2013 – Analysis & Options for Pardew in the Summer

Picking apart the bones of the 2012/2013 season at Newcastle United is a complicated and messy process. On the one hand, one could choose to sympathize with Alan Pardew, noting the one table the Geordies did manage to lead almost the entire season was the Premier League injury table. One could point to the infamous Europa […]

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AFCON Preview: Bafana Bafana Squad Assessment & Tactical Options

As the South African National football team (also known as Bafana Bafana for international visitors) begin their final preparations for the 2013 African Cup of Nations with friendlies against Norway (Cape Town Stadium, tomorrow night) and Algeria (Saturday 12th Jan, Orlando Stadium), we offer a few thoughts on the squad selected for the coach’s first […]

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Football Performance Analysis – Interview with Wade Benn, Senior Match Analyst at Aspire Sports Academy

Wade Benn is the Senior Match Analyst at the Aspire Sports Academy in Qatar. He has worked in the Performance Analysis industry extensively in South Africa and travelled with the South African women’s national team (Banyana Banyana) to the London Olympics. Wade kindly took some time off to chat to F-A about the growth of […]

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Five South Africa Under 20 Stars to Watch Out For

With the World Cup 2014 looming in the not-too-distant future, Gordon Igesund has an exciting crop of young players breaking through. Igesund has already called up Kgosi Ntlhe to the Bafana Bafana squad after good form for the South African U20s and Peterborough United and thus has shown he has faith in young players. With […]

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Sunderland v Newcastle United – Derby Day Preview

Ever wondered why most big derbies in England have early kick-offs? Despite it being dressed in other disguises, it is mainly to prevent fans spending the entire day pre-game at the local pub, thus arriving at an intense, passion-filled derby game ready to go to war. Instead, with an early kick off, the time between […]

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Versatile Players: Tactical and Financial Benefits

A big buzzword often used when a new signing comes in to your club is the term ‘versatility’. It is often loosely banded around to herald a player’s ability to fit into a variety of positions with an adequate level of success, or in some cases, with a very good level of success.

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Everton vs Newcastle United – Tactical analysis

A quick look at last night’s entertaining match at Goodison between Everton and Newcastle United.

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Bafana Bafana: A Review of the Brazil and Mozambique Friendlies

Two promising performances marked the start of Gordon Igesund’s Bafana Bafana reign. The result was never the focus in Brazil, with the wiser individual appreciating the performance and attitude in a tough fixture in Brazil for the first time in Bafana’s history.

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Gordon Igesund: Brazil and the baptism of fire

Bafana Bafana’s nickname literally translates to “the Boys, the Boys”. Friday the 7th September marks the day when boys will be expected to become men, as new coach, Gordon Igesund and South Africa face Brazil in a daunting friendly in São Paulo, playing in Brazil for the first time in South Africa’s history.

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Newcastle United v Aston Villa – tactical analysis

Much noise was made last season about Paul Lambert’s tendency to adapt his tactics depending on the opposition. His modest Norwich side finished the season effectively tied 10th, with this ‘chameleon’ approach claiming wins over Tottenham, Villa, Swansea (twice) and Newcastle.

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Premier League Week 1: Tactical Points

Key points from this weekend’s opening Premier League games

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The implications of Alex Song to Barcelona

Alex Song’s move to Barcelona as Seydou Keita’s replacement has far greater ramifications than initially meets the eye. To look at this in the overall context, one has to first highlight the earlier bit of business the Spanish side completed this summer.

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Vurnon Anita to Newcastle United

At this week’s interesting Q&A with Pardew and some fortunate NUFC fans, one of the topics raised was transfers. Pardew was quick to stress something that most, more educated, NUFC fans would know already – 90% of the names mentioned in the summer are not transfer targets.  Of the alternative 10%, Ajax Amsterdam’s Vurnon Anita is one that […]

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