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Team Performance

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  • 08 Aug 2019

    A Proven Strategy

    Football sometimes provides too many blueprints for success. In any given season, a team we’re looking to emulate might succeed for many different reasons, so it helps to look at how a typical benchmark club achieves success, and use that as a basis for our strategy.

    For example, we are often asked by boardrooms of promoted […]

  • 11 Jul 2019

    Quadruple Dutch

    At the core of the Netherlands’ impressive run to the Women’s World Cup final was a group of four Arsenal players: Vivianne Miedema, Daniëlle van de Donk, Dominique Bloodworth, and Sari van Veenendaal. The Netherlands are far from the first national team that has leveraged a club connection, but could domestic clubs also take advantage […]

  • 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 […]

  • 28 Mar 2019

    Mind the gap

    As we head into the final stretch of the football season, the prospect of playing in a different league next year looms large. The only consolation for fans of relegated clubs is that they have a chance of bouncing straight back. For teams in contention for promotion or the play-offs, the dream of a place […]

  • 14 Mar 2019

    Squeaky bum time

    So we have a title race on our hands! Well, at least in the Premier League.

    Excitement in any title race lies in its inherent uncertainty, at least for those impartial onlookers. Less so perhaps for those clubs involved, where bums are likely to stay squeaky right up until the last match.

    Take the Premier League title […]

  • 23 Jan 2019

    When winning is not enough

    The Economist published an article last week exploring which head coaches are able to consistently lead their teams to overperform the overall talent level in the squad. This is one of the most important functions of a head coach, but not the only one. As we have argued before, in addition to winning on the […]