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1. Juego de Posicion under Pep Guardiola

Excellent piece analyzing the Juego de Posicion football philosophy of Pep Guardiola in his second season with Bayern Munich. The Italians know it as “Giochi di Posizione[1]” and the Dutch call it “Positiespel.” In English we will call this philosophy of football “Positional Play.” Viewing football through the prism of Positional Play is perhaps the main reason for the success of one of the greatest football coaches in history.

Read full article here -> Juego de Posicion


2. 1st Leg: Juve take commanding lead in Turin

Excellent Game Analyse of Juventus tactics against Barcelona: Early in the game Juventus pressed high against Barcelona’s build-up, preventing the away side from finding a stable start to the game. An important part of their pressing was forcing Barcelona backwards to ter Stegen and forcing them long from there.
Read full article here -> Juventus take commanding lead



1. The Philosophy of Football: In Shadows of Marcelo Bielsa


The Philosophy of Football: In Shadows of Marcelo Bielsa by Jed C. Davies is a product of three and a half years of research, interviews over coffee tables, bus journeys through foreign countries and the development of an idea. The idea has been a simple one: to theorise and understand the philosophy of one of the most influential football coaches in the history of the game: Marcelo Bielsa.

3. Coaching Soccer Like Guardiola and Mourinho. The Concept of Tactical Periodization

Soccer players are more than the sum of their parts: endurance, speed, shooting technique, passing technique, skills, and intelligence on the pitch. The soccer coach has to take all of these factors into one system that will create good players.






4. The Modern Soccer Coach 2014: A Four Dimensional Approach

Over the last 20 years, no sport has changed more than soccer. The modern player is technically more capable, physically faster and stronger, and has access to more coaching and sports science resources than ever before. With the high rewards associated with success, there has never been more pressure on coaches to win, develop players, and play soccer the ‘right way’.
You can find book here ->The Modern Soccer Coach 2014