One of the major narratives of the 2018/19 European football season is the mixed results of the continent’s superclubs: Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. After a decade of dominance in the Champions League, none of the three are favourites for the competition, and they have collectively amassed 1.8 points per game domestically, 25% down […]
Spot the link between club, person and season:
Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa (2012-13)
Atlético Madrid and Radamel Falcao (2013-14)
Juventus and Antonio Conte (2014-15)
Atlético Madrid and Arda Turan (2015-16)
Juventus and Paul Pogba (2016-17)
Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho (2017-18)
The answer, obviously: the player or coach left that club during or at the start of that season. Eagle-eyed readers will […]
One of the things that makes sport different to other industries is a sporting organisation’s dependency on a relatively small number of individuals. In the UK for example, a large ‘normal’ business generating £200m+ in turnover will employ over 1,500 people on average. A Premier League club with the same income might have a workforce […]
It seems hard to believe that only a few months ago, Nick Foles was just another forgotten NFL quarterback mooching around on the sidelines waiting for his chance. On Sunday, the newly-crowned Super Bowl MVP spearheaded the Philadelphia Eagles to victory against the more-fancied New England Patriots, having grasped the opportunity only when the team’s […]
Selling our best player is an immensely difficult decision. We are naturally loss averse, and want to protect what we have. We imagine all the things that could go wrong without them. This is even harder in January, when it is felt the disruption is magnified.
Key decision makers at Liverpool probably went through this process […]
Between 2013 and 2016, Chile were one of the most watchable and successful teams in world football. From qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with 5 wins in their last 6 matches, to being the width of the crossbar away from knocking out Brazil in the tournament proper, to consecutive Copa América triumphs, Chile were […]
Risk is one of the many excuses for failing to grant opportunities to young players in the first team. With ever increasing stakes, coaches often prefer the perceived reliability of experience at the expense of blocking the talent pathway. With average tenure hovering a little over 12 months, coaches are naturally inclined to focus on […]
It’s often suggested that a consequence of lack of managerial job security is a lack of opportunities for young players. After all, if a head coach is fearful of losing his job, why would he take on a perceived risk?
However, the evidence suggests that this isn’t the case. In the big 5 European leagues, managers […]
As we approach the final stretch of the European season, an increasing number of teams have fewer major placings for which to compete. With that comes an opportunity for young players to make their league debut, and hopefully with it a positive impression for the following season.
It’s not unfair to suggest that these opportunities can […]
Last week’s sacking of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri evoked an understandably fervent response. Many felt that having won the league, the Italian deserved the opportunity to continue his tenureship, while others simply felt that in a results business he had failed to assure the club that he was still the right man for the […]