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August 23, 2019
The Athletic

Hello – I’m now a full-time writer for The Athletic. It’s a sport-only, subscription-based sports website that focuses on good, intelligent, in-depth features – I’ve written more about why I’ve joined here. There’s around 40 other journalists, all covering British/European football, so there’s an incredible amount of good content on there. Here’s the kind of thing...
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Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

May 30, 2019
Zonal Marking book extract: Bergkamp & space

Here is an extract from Zonal Marking which is out today in hardback, ebook and audiobook and can be bought here The Netherlands, by its very nature, is based around the concept of space. A country whose name literally means ‘lower countries’ is a remarkable construct, gradually reclaimed from the sea through the revolutionary use...
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Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign

October 30, 2018
Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Barca rampant down the left, ending Lopetegui’s brief reign

Barcelona dominated throughout the first half and during the final 20 minutes, although Real’s half-time change of system nearly rescued the game. Ernesto Valverde was without Leo Messi, and left Ousmane Dembele on the bench. Julien Lopetegui’s main problem was the absence of Dani Carvajal, which meant Nacho continued at right-back.
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France 4-2 Croatia: Mbappe and Pogba shine after half-time in a scrappy game

July 16, 2018
France 4-2 Croatia: Mbappe and Pogba shine after half-time in a scrappy game

France 4-2 Croatia analysis is here.
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Portugal 1-0 France: Eder’s introduction proves decisive

July 12, 2016
Portugal 1-0 France: Eder’s introduction proves decisive

Portugal won their first-ever major tournament courtesy of Eder’s stunning long-range strike in extra-time, after a defensive-minded first 90 minutes. Fernando Santos brought back Pepe after injury, and William Carvalho after suspension, so Bruno Alves and Danilo dropped to the bench. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make it to half-time until being replaced by Ricardo Quaresma. Didier Deschamps...
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