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u-23 young indian players' team of the season • outside of the boot

at the end of the 2017-18 indian super league season, it is time for us at outside of the boot to recognize the accomplishments of tomorrow’s stars under our talent radar banner, with the u-23 indian team of the season feature.chennaiyin overcame favourites bengaluru in the final at the kanteerava stadium to draw the 2017-18 edition of the indian super league to a close. the new rule that meant six indian players had to be on the pitch at all times, as opposed to five last season, has predictably proven beneficial to the development of young indian talent. one wonders whether enforcing the 3+1 foreign player quota followed in afc competitions could lead to more young players being given a chance but that’s a debate for another day.vishal...




scout report: jerry lalrinzuala | india's promising young defender • outside of the boot

hrishi anand provides a scout report which analyses india and chennaiyin’s promising young defender, jerry lalrinzualaindian football has taken positive strides over the past 5 years. solid international performances, entertaining football and the emergence of talented youngsters in the domestic set-up have characterized a progressive development. jerry lalrinzuala, the chennaiyin fc defender has been a significant example of this progress.who is jerry lalrinzuala?born in mizoram, jerry had an exposure to the game from a young age, taking to the pitch aged just 5. although his parents were reluctant for jerry to pursue a career in a field as risky as football, the diminutive defender progressed through the ranks of the aiff elite academy. ...




scout report: houssem aouar | lyon's young midfield star • outside of the boot

kwame atteen writes a detailed scout report about houssem aouar, the lyon and france midfielder.while we are all so used to the production line that french football has ever so consistently delivered. there is a new creator in town that is turning heads amongst the best in ligue 1. while the emergence of kylian mbappe, thomas lemar and samuel umtiti have taken many football fans’ breath away in the last few years,  the next skilful french talent to land on the scene comes in the form of lyon’s houssem aouar. with lyon making such significant signings in the summer in the shape of mariano diaz, bertrand traore and memphis depay the season before you would not have thought that the academy talent would step in to become the lead creator w...




analysis | three things we learned: pune city 3-0 atk

the post analysis | three things we learned: pune city 3-0 atk appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials naven venkat discusses three talking points about the indian super league game that finished pune city 3-0 atk playing the fi...




the resurrection of nicklas bendtner

the post the resurrection of nicklas bendtner appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials harry burford writes about the resurrection of nicklas bendtner. whilst denmark’s nicklas bendtner has all but disappeared from our collective footba...




brasileirão u-23 young players’ team of the season 2017: talent radar

the post brasileirão u-23 young players’ team of the season 2017: talent radar appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials as the 2017 brasileirao season has finished, it is time for us at outside of the boot to recognize the accomplishments of tomorrow’s stars...




talent radar • outside of the boot

as the 2017 brasileirao season has finished, it is time for us at outside of the boot to recognize the accomplishments of tomorrow’s stars under our talent radar banner, with the u-23 team of the season feature.corinthians won its seventh national title with a considerable amount of comfort, thanks to an overwhelming beginning to the campaign. but this doesn’t mean the brasileirão 2017 was a tournament with few interesting things as young players appeared and developed on this edition. when names such as igor rabello (botafogo), murilo (cruzeiro), douglas luiz (vasco), wendel (fluminense), david (vitória) and vinícius júnior (flamengo) all miss out on the young team of the year, you know that young talent and power overflowed on braz...




youri tielemans and patrick cutrone feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar young players team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]defence: we have a change of guard in goal this week, with andre onana being displaced finally by monaco’s seydou sy. the young keeper didn’t have much to do in a defensive capacity, making all of 1 save. he was far more effective with his distribution though, completing 68% of his passes. that’s the sort of number that makes any keeper proud. it al...




talent radar • outside of the boot

as the 2017 brasileirao season has finished, it is time for us at outside of the boot to recognize the accomplishments of tomorrow’s stars under our talent radar banner, with the u-23 team of the season feature.corinthians won its sixth national title with a considerable amount of comfort, thanks to an overwhelming beginning to the campaign. but this doesn’t mean the brasileirão 2017 was a tournament with few interesting things as young players appeared and developed on this edition. when names such as igor rabello (botafogo), murilo (cruzeiro), douglas luiz (vasco), wendel (fluminense), david (vitória) and vinícius júnior (flamengo) all miss out on the young team of the year, you know that young talent and power overflowed on brazil...




top 5 u-22 players of the season • outside of the boot

steven davies sits down and takes a look at, who in his opinion, have been the best of a bright group of u-22 players in the meiji yasuda j1 league in 2017from kazuyoshi ‘king kazu’ miura and hidetoshi nakata, to current japanese internationals, keisuke honda and shinji kagawa right up to the 2016 j-league rookie of the year, yosuke ideguchi – japan and its professional league have long since proven to be ripe with extraordinary talent.at outsideoftheboot.com we strive to keep you abreast of the superstars of tomorrow and as such, with the 2017 meiji yasuda j1 league season having recently concluded, steven davies has compiled the top 5 meiji yasuda j1 league players u-22 for 2017.**this list comprises players from j1 clubs who were un...




the resurrection of nicklas bendtner • outside of the boot

harry burford writes about the resurrection of nicklas bendtner.whilst denmark’s nicklas bendtner has all but disappeared from our collective footballing consciousness in recent years, there was once a time in which the former arsenal man could seemingly do no wrong in the eyes of the emirates faithful.the lofty centre-forward, who continues to ply his trade among the wider european game as an active and determined 29-year-old, previously excited danish and gunners fans alike with his confident persona and burgeoning potential to thrive among the english top-flight.although the premier league has previously included a whole host of world class frontmen with their own range of delightful possibilities to achieve, many arsenal fans were qui...




three things we learned: atk 0-2 bengaluru • outside of the boot

arinjay ghosh discusses three talking points about the indian super league game that finished atk 0-2 bengalurubengaluru fc scored twice on either side of the break to beat atk by two goals and consolidate their position atop the league table. this was atk’s third consecutive home defeat which means that their chances of making it to one of the semi-final spots is effectively over. here are the takeaways from the game at the vivekananda yuva bharati krirangan.tactical set-upbengaluru fc set up in their familiar 4-2-3-1 with chhetri deployed just behind the striker, miku, in a free role flanked by edu garcia and udanta. the familiar pairing of juanan and john johnson started in the heart of defence while erik paartalu and lenny rodrigues pl...




three things we learned: atk 1-2 chennaiyin • outside of the boot

arinjay ghosh discusses three talking points about the indian super league game that finished atk 1-2 chennaiyinchennaiyin fc came from behind at a sparsely populated vivekananda yuva bharati krirangan to condemn atk to their fifth defeat of the campaign and their second at home. this victory, following a defeat away against north east, catapulted the away side to the top of the league table whilst keeping the home side fixed to the eighth spot. here are three notable takeaways from the 56th game of the indian super league:anirudh thapa is an exciting prospectanirudh thapa dished out a midfield masterclass that nullified atk’s attacking threat and setup a brilliant comeback victory for chennaiyin fc. partnering his international teammate, ...




franck kessie and leon bailey feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar young players team of the week with the best young players compiled into an xi from across europe’s top seven leagues. you can read this for all details on talent radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature. [max. age limit: 22 years old on match-day for outfield players, 23 years old for goalkeepers]defence: this weekend was a big one in the netherlands. it was marked by the clash between rivals ajax and feyenoord. the defending champions haven’t been able to maintain last season’s standards, but the pressure was on ajax to pick up the win at home, and they duly delivered. they won 2-0, and saw two solid performances at the back. keeper andre onan...




analysis | three things we learned: mumbai city 0-1 kerala blasters

the post analysis | three things we learned: mumbai city 0-1 kerala blasters appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials vatsal dani discusses three talking points about the indian super league game that finished mumbai city 0-1 kerala blasters iain hume’s controversi...




three things we learned: pune city 3-0 atk • outside of the boot

naven venkat discusses three talking points about the indian super league game that finished pune city 3-0 atkplaying the first home game of the second half of the season, fcpc took on bottom dwellers atk in a dull, one sided fixture with the home side taking all three points courtesy of goals from adil khan, diego carlos, and rohit krishnan.line upsfcpc (4-4-2): vishal kaith; adil khan, rafa lopez, gurtej singh, sahil panwar; jewel raja, rohit kumar, jonatan lucca, diego carlos; marcelinho, emiliano alfaro.atk (4-3-3): debjit majumder; prabir das, tom thorpe, jordi, keegan pereira; rupert nongrum, conor thomas, ryan taylor; zequinha, hitesh sharma; jayesh rane.tactical set-upvladica grujic took charge one last time before ranko popovic’s ...




the enduring allure of the kolkata derby • outside of the boot

arinjay ghosh looks at the significance of the kolkata derby and why in the ever-changing landscape of indian football, mohun bagan vs east bengal is still the biggest match-up“dada, how much for the golda chingri?”“what’s that shrimp? it’s derby day, which reminds me that you still wouldn’t know the feeling to be asean champions”, interrupts a man clad in red and gold as he signals the shopkeeper to hand him the biggest hilsa in the market. the bemused man in green and maroon affirms with a proud smile, “eighteen times national champions don’t need other championships to feel relevant.” the ensuing stare down has all the implications of “maath’ey dekhe nebo” (war awaits on the field). in the relatively obscure worl...




tactical analysis: manchester city 4-1 tottenham hotspur | guardiola extends winning run to 16

the post tactical analysis: manchester city 4-1 tottenham hotspur | guardiola extends winning run to 16 appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials siyang xu provides a tactical analysis of the premier league game that finished manchester city 4-1 tottenham pep guardiola guided his manchester city ...




tactical analysis: real madrid 0-3 barcelona | los blancos implode in the 2nd half

the post tactical analysis: real madrid 0-3 barcelona | los blancos implode in the 2nd half appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials om arvind provides a tactical analysis of the la liga game that finished real madrid 0-3 barcelona barcelona were 11 points ahead of real madrid ...




analysis | three things we learned: atk 1-1 fc goa

the post analysis | three things we learned: atk 1-1 fc goa appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials arinjay ghosh discusses three talking points about the indian super league game that finished atk 1-1 fc goa fc goa found a c...