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  • 13 Jun 2019

    Intentional inequality

    Common sense tells us that paying 90% of our budget on one player and then spreading the remainder over the rest would not enable us to compete. But, neither would paying everyone the same as it would prevent us from attracting those key players that often make the difference in performance, while also leaving a […]

  • 07 Jun 2019

    Women’s World Cup predictions

    Ahead of the Women’s World Cup kicking off tonight, our intelligence team have looked at the players and form of the teams and compiled some predictions for the tournament.

    The Favourites

    The 21st Club model rates the United States as the best team in the world. France aren’t far behind them though, and we have the hosts […]

  • 30 May 2019

    O Gaffer, my Gaffer!

    Maritime tradition states that a captain holds the responsibility for the ship and everyone aboard. If the ship starts sinking, the captain is expected to be the last one to leave, providing quite the incentive to keep ships afloat.

    For organizations not cast out to sea, alignment of incentives between “ship” and “captain” becomes paramount […]

  • 22 May 2019

    Do you really need a number 9?

    When recruiting new players, the first thing that comes to our mind is usually their position. When we try to articulate what players we are looking for, it’s natural to think along the lines of “we need a striker who can drop deep” or “we are looking for a fullback who is great at overlapping […]

  • 16 May 2019

    Klopp: The love doctor every team needs

    A month after Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager Google published the results of a two year study into over 180 of their teams to find out “What makes a Google team effective”. They hypothesised, as we probably all would have done, that the best performing teams are comprised of the best individual talent and the […]

  • 09 May 2019

    In a different time, in another era

    Liverpool go into the last game of the season this weekend with a 78% chance of amassing 97 points for the campaign – a haul that would have been sufficient to win 25 of the 26 titles on offer since the Premier League began. They’ve lost only one league match all season. And yet, the Reds […]

  • 02 May 2019

    Momentum changer

    With little left to play for in the final few games of the season, managers of mid-table sides try to spur on fans and players alike with the message that a strong end-of-season run will give them momentum going into the following season. But is there really any link between good results at the end […]

  • 25 Apr 2019

    Peak Tottenham

    A lot was made of Tottenham’s ‘failure’ to sign any players during the summer window. That there were no new faces adorning the club website was often seen as a sign that the club would fail to match their recent high standards.

    Yet here we are with it currently looking likely that Tottenham will virtually match […]

  • 18 Apr 2019

    Rank outsiders, deserved winners

    It has been wonderful to watch Ajax’s Champions League campaign. A thrilling ride made easy to enjoy by the positive, attacking football that has been the bedrock of their success.

    The intertwining strands of the Ajax narrative are compelling. The club has a rich history in youth development and is the custodian of some of Europe’s […]