TrawlerMeets: Zonal Marking

February 15, 2012
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Michael Cox is the man behind the acclaimed football blog Zonal Marking. His penchant for finding tactical explanations for famous footballing victories has been infectious, and his talents are now employed by the likes of ESPN Soccernet, The Guardian (he features, notably, on the popular Football Weekly podcast) and FourFourTwo magazine. We at The Trawler enjoy Cox’s work immensely, and indeed our own […]

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Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Barcelona

February 14, 2012
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First Half For a home side in a last-sixteen Champions League tie, Bayer Leverkusen were incredibly defensive. They employed a rigid, hard-working 4-1-4-1, trying to compress the space in the middle of the pitch. The defensive line started off 30 yards away from goal (with the midfield line a further 10-15 yards in front) and […]

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TrawlerMeets: The Soccernomist

February 12, 2012
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Simon Kuper is the award-winning author of a string of influential football books, including Football Against the Enemy; The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War; and, perhaps most famously, 2009’s Why England Lose: And Other Curious Phenomena Explained (released in the USA under the title of Soccernomics). He has examined the […]

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Handshakes and t-shirts won’t help eradicate racism from football.

February 11, 2012
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The recent controversy surrounding racism in football won’t have escaped even the most casual football fans. And while the debate swings into arguments surrounding captaincies and handshakes, it appears this multicultural, largely tolerant nation is missing the big picture: racism still haunts football. Today’s game between Manchester Utd and Liverpool was centred around the behaviour […]

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The Secret Diary of André Villas-Boas Pt. IV

January 30, 2012
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The smooth, cool January sun caressed my face like a feather as I sat contented on my patio, serenely sipping a rich, nourishing espresso. The Independent‘s latest Olympics exposé sat unopened in front of me, dutifully awaiting my attention. But my thoughts were already divided ‘twixt twin sources of comfort. On the lawn, my radiant […]

TrawlerMeets: The Legendinho

January 30, 2012
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Interview with Tim Vickery BBC

We at The Trawler were delighted when the BBC’s Tim Vickery agreed to answer some questions for us about the nature of football writing, and his own distinctive journalistic style. This is the first in a series of articles focusing on some of the most prominent figures in modern football journalism. If you’re a regular listener to […]

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United: Carroll is Key

January 28, 2012
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A tense, frenetic, and occasionally ugly game was settled ultimately by Liverpool’s aerial superiority. Both teams started with a lone striker, and neither made a particularly assertive attempt to attack the other in the first half, although Manchester United comfortably dominated the possession. This was partly because Jamie Carragher featured as the holding player in […]

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