Posts Tagged ‘ long ball ’

Have Bolton played ‘attractive football’ under Owen Coyle this season?

May 24, 2011
Have Bolton played ‘attractive football’ under Owen Coyle this season?

Considering Bolton and Owen Coyle received an enormous amount of praise earlier in the season, it’s slightly strange to find them down in 14th place at the end of the Premier League season.
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Stoke v Arsenal – a passing comparison

February 28, 2010
Stoke v Arsenal – a passing comparison

Stoke against Arsenal offers the most blatant difference in playing styles you will encounter in any major European league game. Stoke are the scrappy long-ball team who rely on set-pieces, Arsenal play a short, quick, neat passing game.
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League comparison #3: shooting and goals

January 30, 2010
League comparison #3: shooting and goals

In part one we looked at passing, in part two we looked at crossing. For the final instalment, we will look at what football is all about Рgoals. Firstly, a simple statistic Рthe average number of goals per game in the five leagues: The only major surprise here is that the Premiership is so far...
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League comparison #1: passing

January 24, 2010
League comparison #1: passing

It’s often argued that the major European leagues are becoming increasingly similar, and there are no longer significant variations in tactics. ¬†What are the reasons for this? An increased number of foreign players and managers? More television coverage of foreign competitions? A greater number of European matches? Globalisation in general? That debate is for another...
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