Aston Villa 1-0 Everton: Villa strike early, then hold on

August 31, 2010
Aston Villa 1-0 Everton: Villa strike early, then hold on

A bizarre game that Everton dominated from start to finish, and yet still managed to lose. Read more »

Manchester United 3-0 West Ham: a slow start, but a comfortable victory for United

August 29, 2010
Manchester United 3-0 West Ham: a slow start, but a comfortable victory for United

Manchester United struggled to get going, but were always comfortable after Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought from the penalty spot. Read more »

Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal: Arsenal’s passing game prevails

August 28, 2010
Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal: Arsenal’s passing game prevails

Arsenal emerge with the points after a professional display in a decent match. Read more »

Auxerre 2-0 Zenit: Two goals from corners and two red cards

August 26, 2010
Auxerre 2-0 Zenit: Two goals from corners and two red cards

Auxerre progress thanks to two goals from corner-kicks, against a frustrating nine-man Zenit side. Read more »

Tottenham 4-0 Young Boys: Much-improved Spurs progress with ease

August 25, 2010
Tottenham 4-0 Young Boys: Much-improved Spurs progress with ease

A routine victory for a Tottenham side that always looked in control, and are now into the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. Read more »

Sampdoria 3-2 Werder Bremen (AET): Pazzini puts Sampdoria in charge, but subs prove crucial

August 25, 2010
Sampdoria 3-2 Werder Bremen (AET): Pazzini puts Sampdoria in charge, but subs prove crucial

An amazing second leg of a superb tie sees Bremen progress thanks to a dramatic late show, whilst Sampdoria must settle for the Europa League. Read more »

Dortmund 0-2 Leverkusen: Dominance down the right decides the game in the first half

August 24, 2010
Dortmund 0-2 Leverkusen: Dominance down the right decides the game in the first half

An interesting game here, because a 4-4-2 defeated a 4-2-3-1 – intriguing, in the light of Sampdoria, Tottenham and Liverpool’s recent problems with 4-4-2. Read more »

Man City 3-0 Liverpool: Hodgson’s 4-4-2 completely outplayed

August 23, 2010
Man City 3-0 Liverpool: Hodgson’s 4-4-2 completely outplayed

A dominant performance from City, who weren’t flattered by the 3-0 scoreline. Read more »

Fulham 2-2 Manchester United: exciting game, fair result

August 22, 2010
Fulham 2-2 Manchester United: exciting game, fair result

Brede Hangeland scored late on at both ends in a frantic finale to a superb game. Read more »

Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa: Carroll the main man as Newcastle run riot

August 22, 2010
Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa: Carroll the main man as Newcastle run riot

A huge win for Newcastle thanks to two main factors – they won the midfield battle, and had a clear gameplan when they had the ball. Read more »

Bayern 2-1 Wolfsburg: Heartbreak for McClaren as Schweinsteiger strikes late

August 21, 2010
Bayern 2-1 Wolfsburg: Heartbreak for McClaren as Schweinsteiger strikes late

A tremendous fixture to open the new Bundesliga season – the champions from the last two seasons going head-to-head – and it turned out to be a wonderful game. Read more »

Werder Bremen 3-1 Sampdoria: Late Pazzini goal keeps the tie alive

August 19, 2010
Werder Bremen 3-1 Sampdoria: Late Pazzini goal keeps the tie alive

Bremen were the better side and looked to be sailing through to the group stage, but their loss of concentration might come back to haunt them. Read more »

Zenit 1-0 Auxerre: Early Kerzhakov goal settles first leg

August 18, 2010
Zenit 1-0 Auxerre: Early Kerzhakov goal settles first leg

Zenit deserve their slender advantage to take to France – but they’ll be disappointed they didn’t score more than one goal. Read more »

Young Boys 3-2 Tottenham: Spurs fortunate to avoid a thrashing

August 18, 2010
Young Boys 3-2 Tottenham: Spurs fortunate to avoid a thrashing

A wonderful match – Tottenham looked like being given the thrashing of their life after half an hour, but recovered to take home a decent result, considering the two away goals. Read more »

Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle: Sublime Scholes dictates the game

August 16, 2010
Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle: Sublime Scholes dictates the game

A comfortable victory for Manchester United – the winning margin could have been greater, but Newcastle were not without their opportunities. Read more »

Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal: Arsenal dominate, but only just grab a point

August 15, 2010
Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal: Arsenal dominate, but only just grab a point

A crazy game that neither side truly deserved to win. Read more »

Tottenham 0-0 Man City: Spurs on top but Hart keeps it level

August 15, 2010
Tottenham 0-0 Man City: Spurs on top but Hart keeps it level

An excellent game to get the new Premier League season up and running. No goals, but tremendous entertainment and some interesting tactical elements too. Read more »

Will a defensive-minded World Cup mean a defensive-minded Premier League season?

August 13, 2010
Will a defensive-minded World Cup mean a defensive-minded Premier League season?

ZM was planning to publish an extended article about how the defensiveness of the World Cup could result in a more defensive Premiership season. Read more »

Decent performance from England as Capello experiments with new systems

August 12, 2010
Decent performance from England as Capello experiments with new systems

A nervous performance, but overall a deserved win and a decent night for England in their first game since their embarrassing exit from the World Cup against Germany. Read more »

Menezes’ Brazil start with impressive victory

August 11, 2010
Menezes’ Brazil start with impressive victory

One suspects that getting the Brazilian public onside with good attacking football was Mano Menezes’ first priority as Brazil manager, with a result in his opening game second on the list. With a 2-0 win over the US, he managed to achieve both. Read more »

The 15 most intriguing managerial appointments of the summer

August 11, 2010
The 15 most intriguing managerial appointments of the summer

It’s been a summer of few big-name signings, but plenty of interesting managerial moves across Europe. Here’s the most exciting 15… Read more »

An example of why three-man defences struggle against three-man attacks

August 9, 2010
An example of why three-man defences struggle against three-man attacks

ZM rarely covers anything other than top-flight football, but with 2010/11’s Premier League action not starting until next weekend, here’s an opportunity to focus on a lower league game. Read more »

Zenit 2-0 Rubin: two goals for Kerzhakov, nine point lead for Zenit

August 4, 2010
Zenit 2-0 Rubin: two goals for Kerzhakov, nine point lead for Zenit

Another efficient win for Zenit, who now lead the Russian Premier League by nine points. They’re not quite out of sight, but it would take an incredible turnaround for them to not win the championship, even with 15 rounds still to play. Read more »

What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

July 30, 2010
What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

It’s this year’s must-have for any side looking to finish near the top of the Premier League: a player who prompts the question, ‘What does he do?’ Read more »

Spartak Moscow 0-1 Rubin Kazan: Rubin’s early strike and brilliant defence gets them the win

July 22, 2010
Spartak Moscow 0-1 Rubin Kazan: Rubin’s early strike and brilliant defence gets them the win

You thought football had stopped for a month, didn’t you? Read more »

Top ten managers of the World Cup

July 20, 2010
Top ten managers of the World Cup

Sometimes in-depth tactical analysis can overcomplicate the fairly basic job of a manager – to get the best out of his players. Here are the ten managers who did that well at this World Cup. Read more »

ZM’s World Cup 2010 Best XI

July 19, 2010
ZM’s World Cup 2010 Best XI

This was the tournament in which many of the big names failed to perform, but few of this XI were Read more »

The final analysis, part five: Iniesta takes up increasingly advanced positions before pouncing

July 18, 2010
The final analysis, part five: Iniesta takes up increasingly advanced positions before pouncing

The first sign that Andres Iniesta was the danger man came midway through the second half of normal time, when he found himself through on goal (pink), but took too long to get a shot away. Read more »

The final analysis, part four: second half changes on the flanks

July 17, 2010
The final analysis, part four: second half changes on the flanks

As the game wore on, Arjen Robben took up even more advanced and central positions when Holland had the ball. Read more »

The final analysis, part three: brilliant Busquets

July 16, 2010
The final analysis, part three: brilliant Busquets

As is customary after a Spain or Barcelona success, the performance of Sergio Busquets (two La Ligas, a Champions League and a World Cup after two seasons of professional football) has largely been ignored. Read more »

The final analysis, part two: different ways of dealing with wingers

July 15, 2010
The final analysis, part two: different ways of dealing with wingers

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s lack of pace was cited as a potential weakness before every Holland game, and the Dutch captain seemed to acknowledge his weakness in that respect. Therefore, he made sure to stick tight to whichever winger he came up against. Here, Pedro comes very deep to get the ball, and van Bronckhorst tracks him all the way. Read more »