Much criticised and even ridiculed in certain quarters, Rafael Benítez has achieved more in football than many care to acknowledge. Some managers are hailed for the amount of titles they win; fewer managers are recognised for revolutionising the game, and even fewer are recognised for accomplishing both. With a quick review of Rafael Benítez Maudes’ […]
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Bafana Bafana’s turnaround under Shakes Mashaba has been remarkable. They have managed what looked impossible – qualification for a tournament with a game to spare. South Africa qualified for Afcon 2015 comfortably as they went unbeaten in a group which included the defending champions Nigeria. There are a number of reasons for Bafana Bafana’s turnaround […]
The four time world champions arrive at FIFA World Cup 2014 not amongst the general favourites. Determined to correct the embarrassment of 2010, the Azzurri have been drawn in the group of death alongside Uruguay, England and Costa Rica. Since the debacle in South Africa four years ago, Italy have been revitalised under the former […]
Below are four links for anyone interested in Football Performance Analysis to enjoy: two presentations by ProZone Data Scientists, a well-written piece by Richard Whittall and a Q ‘n A session with Damien Comolli, former director of football at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
DUTCH goalkeeping legend Sander Westerveld sat down with us to discuss his career, his silverware-laden time at Liverpool, South African football and goalkeeping in general.
Credit to Carefree Chris for this video from 2005, featuring 10 mins of magic – The Perfect Way To Celebrate the birthday of Gianfranco Zola. Click here to download (54.05 Mb) Or watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzqhYxw5fcs You can also watch 25 minutes of the great man here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25MZuCzK1U
THE deep-lying playmaker. This position from which a player conducts his orchestra is known as the regista to Italians. From Spain where Xavi and Xabi Alonso weave their tactical magic from deep, to Germany where İlkay Gündoğan plies his trade, the regista is the modern day phenomenon that has taken football by storm. Perhaps the […]
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 […]
WHOEVER is appointed Chelsea manager in the summer, will hold some major cards. Firstly, he won’t be Rafa Benítez. That is a huge advantage in a host of ways. In all likelihood, he will not have a fracturous history with the Chelsea fanbase, will not have been unemployed for 22 of the 24 months before […]
MASSIMILIANO Allegri was heavily criticised at the beginning of the current campaign as AC Milan had one of their worst starts to a season in the entire Silvio Berlusconi era. Milan struggled in accumulating only seven points in their opening seven games including four league defeats. Director, Adriano Galliani, was forced to publicly voice his support for […]
World Football Academy: Dutch Conditioning Trainer Raymond Verheijen To Run More Courses In South Africa
THE World Football Academy are happy to announce that Raymond Verheijen will be returning to South Africa to run a number of courses in July. Let’s take a look at Verheijen’s background and all the details of the upcoming courses. Verheijen has previously worked with Guus Hiddink, Frank Rijkaard, Louis van Gaal and Dick […]
WITH this week’s news that South African head coach, Gordon Igesund had dropped Bongani Khumalo from the Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic, a new captain was chosen in the form of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. The 25 year old has 54 caps for his country already. After several […]
IT was billed as The Battle for the Player of the Season Award: Luis Suárez, current top goalscorer in the league, versus Gareth Bale, Welsh wizard who has been scoring spectacular goals for fun. Remarkably, both had scored 14 goals in their last 14 games before this fixture; both would make their mark in a […]
ONE year ago almost to the day, Chelsea sacked André Villas-Boas after just a few months in charge. As with any managerial change, the new man will have different players that he rates. One of the major beneficiaries of the young Portuguese manager’s sacking was English fullback Ryan Bertrand. The last 12 months must be scarcely […]
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Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds an FA Level 2 Coaching License, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.
Ebrahim Sadien is an Italian football writer who also covers Bafana Bafana and local South African football.
Andy Forrester is a professional football match and opposition analyst based in Qatar. All views are his own.