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2017-18 performance rankings: top 5 young keepers

judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. to add a basis to what may be a leap of faith, it is useful to look back and trace the growth, or indeed lack thereof, in young players.our talent radar player rankings, along-with our talent radar team of the week documents the progress of youngsters across europe, with those featuring in these regular pieces, eventually being recognised in our end of season talent radar young player awards. read this document for all your queries on talent radar and explanation of the features under it.[eligibi...




tactical analysis: schalke 0-3 bayern munich

ryan tank analyses the mid-week bundesliga match that ended schalke 0-3 bayern munich.schalke: fahrmann, kehrer, naldo, nastasic, caliguri, mckennie (embolo), bentaleb, oczipka, goretzka, harit (konoplayanka), burgstaller (di santo)bayern munich: ulreich, kimmich, martinez (hummels), sule, rafinha, tolisso (vidal), rudy, rodriguez, muller, coman, lewandowski (thiago)bayern patient circulation dismantle schalke’s pressschalke 04 started quite well; the first two lines of their press were coordinated well and managed to force turnovers within fc bayern’s half. but, as the time went by, slowly but sure, bayern found the rhythm and gradually dismantled the hosts’ uncoordinated press. james rodriguez was amazing, but apart from that, partic...




tactical analysis: athletic bilbao 1-2 atletico madrid

ryan tank analyses the mid-week la liga clash that ended athletic bilbao 1-2 atletico madridthe clash of two organized sides with atletico madrid coming out as the winner as they capitalized from their attacking principle. both sides displayed a compact defense which made it quite difficult for both clubs in creating chances.athletic bilbao: kepa, lekue, nunez, laporte, balenziaga, iturraspe, jose, susaeta, garcia, muniain, adruizatletico madrid: oblak, gimenez, savic, godin, luis, koke, partey, niguez, gaitan, correa, griezmanncompact defense as a result of the coordinated pressin atletico’s first line of their early third build up, there were two center halves as the first agent of ball distribution. when both full backs stayed close to ...




tactical analysis: tottenham hotspur 0-0 swansea city

ryan tank provides a tactical analysis of the premier league game that finished tottenham hotspur 0-0 swansea city tottenham attacked the left sidethe hosts fielded a back three comprising of toby alderweireld, davinson sanchez, and jan vertonghen. eric dier played as the devoted 6 flanked by two 8’s, christian eriksen and moussa sissoko. son heung-min played as the left wing back and with trippier on the other side. upfront, delle alli paired with harry kane.with this lineup, tottenham would emphasise their circulation and progression through the left side with son, eriksen, and alli, collectively, arguably the better ones for ball-possession and tight space combination compared to the opposite side where sissoko and trippier filled the ...




pietro pellegri and joshua kimmich feature • outside of the boot

a regular feature on our website is the talent radar 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]thomas didillon who featured heavily in our talent radar team of the week at the start of last season before eventually fading away, is in goal early this season as well following a commendable performance in an away win to angers. his confidence in the box to claim any balls was the striking difference from last season; hopefully the frenchman continues this consistent...




leonardo jardim • outside of the boot

while this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it with a tinge of tactical flavour meant for the football enthusiast, we found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. this mini-series thus focuses on young managers (below the age of 45) and their tactical philosophies, deriving what got them here and where they could go. mateus carvalho has a look at leonardo jardim’s rise in recent seasons.backgroundleonardo jardim has made a career out of exploring and enhancing the resources at a club in order to push it to greater goals and accomplishments. never having played football professionally, the portuguese, venezuelan-born coach enters the managerial category of...




hipster guide 2017-18: uefa europa league

oliver mcmanus takes us on a journey through some of the more obscure parts of europe as he tells us about some of the hipster teams to watch out for in the europa league.welcome to the second annual instalment of the outside of the boot uefa europa league hipster guides, the ultimate guide for you footballing gurus ahead of the 2017-18 uefa europa league. in the first part we profiled fc fastav zlin, konyaspor, zulte waregem, paok and rosenborg so if you haven’t read that make sure you do as it’s got everything you need to know and probably a bit more. in this part we’ll take a look at astana, vardar, ludogorets, nice and braga so make yourself a coffee, grab a pack of party rings and buckle up for a rollercoaster ride.astana/kazakhst...




why newcastle are being left short-changed by familiar failings • outside of the boot

jeffrey gamby-boulger looks critically at newcastle’s repeated failings in recent years and why mike ashley is the root of those problems.‘it’s the same old story. there is not much of a difference from last year’’. the man who uttered these words is not a football man. he is not even a sporting man. it was not someone connected to newcastle united, or someone rooted in the mystique and charm of tyneside. this quote is from dr. andy xie, a well-known shanghai-based independent economist. ironic then, that a man so skilled in the field of finance may be able to deliver a line that can so perfectly surmise the debilitating impasse that has ravaged the very heart of one of england’s finest clubs. a club where financial outlay ha...




tactical analysis: watford 0-6 manchester city

hiko seijuro provides a tactical analysis of the premier league game that finished watford 0-6 manchester citymanchester city travelled to vicarage road to face an in form watford side that were unbeaten in the league having won two and drawn two of their opening four games. with marco silva putting some sting back in the hornets seeing as they held liverpool to a thrilling 3:3 draw on the opening day of the season, it promised to be an intriguing affair but things turned out differently as a ten minute blitz by city in the first half all but sealed the result, with further gloss added after the break.pep guardiola made just the one change from their home win against liverpool, the move saw danilo drop to the bench and sterling come into the...




talent radar 2017-18 performance rankings: top 5 young keepers

judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. to add a basis to what may be a leap of faith, it is useful to look back and trace the growth, or indeed lack thereof, in young players.our talent radar player rankings, along-with our talent radar team of the week documents the progress of youngsters across europe, with those featuring in these regular pieces, eventually being recognised in our end of season talent radar young player awards. read this document for all your queries on talent radar and explanation of the features under it.[eligibi...




scout report: maxwel cornet | lyon's latest starlet • outside of the boot

josh sippie breaks down maxwel cornet, lyon’s dynamic attacker.olympique lyon just have a knack for plucking supremely talented youth players and bringing them to their outfit, particularly domestically and from africa. they have become a successful outfit by using the strategy of raising these young players, who are successful from a young age, and then selling them off at massive prices, therefore funding their expenditures for years. yet through it all, they remain in the heat of any ligue 1 season and are consistent members of european competition, which adds to the attraction that young players feel towards joining lyon, as they know they are a priority and will be given a platform from which they can vault themselves up to the next ...




scout report: marcos llorente | real madrid's young midfielder • outside of the boot

karan tejwani provides the lowdown on real madrid’s talented midfielder, marcos llorente.real madrid have made smart purchases from spanish clubs in recent years and are building the future of their side with them at the core. marco asensio is an example, after he had a successful season in which he helped the club win their first la liga title since 2012 and a second successive champions league honour. they’ve also bought back jesús vallejo to offer him a more prominent role in the side after a loan spell in the bundesliga with eintracht frankfurt where he caught the eye of many, while spain u21’s star dani ceballos was purchased from real betis earlier in the summer.another supremely gifted footballer they have amongst their ranks i...




scout report: marcos llorente | real madrid's young midfielder • outside of the boot

karan tejwani provides the lowdown on real madrid’s talented midfielder, marcos llorente.real madrid have made smart purchases from spanish clubs in recent years and are building the future of their side with them at the core. marco asensio is an example, after he had a successful season in which he helped the club win their first la liga title since 2012 and a second successive champions league honour. they’ve also bought back jesús vallejo to offer him a more prominent role in the side after a loan spell in the bundesliga with eintracht frankfurt where he caught the eye of many, while spain u21’s star dani ceballos was purchased from real betis earlier in the summer.another supremely gifted footballer they have amongst their ranks i...




scout report: douglas luiz | girona's skilful midfielder • outside of the boot

anderson moura analyses girona’s (via manchester city) talented brazilian, douglas luiz.when pep guardiola accepted the manchester city job, he knew that ‘renovation’ would be the keyword since the citizens had a good team, but with a short expiration date. thus, he and his team had to sift the market not only for good players, but also for promising young stars that could generate an investment in the long term. benjamin mendy, bernando silva and ederson are the more famous (and expensive) examples of the new transfer politics of the club, but guardiola is not focusing on just the current season.douglas luiz is a great bet for the coming years and if his development at girona (where he was already sent on a loan deal) continues the sa...




scout report: eddie nketiah | arsenal's academy talent • outside of the boot

josh sippie takes a look at highly-rated arsenal academy striker eddie nketiah.arsenal’s youth ranks are always going to be full of players to watch. even when they go and sell a chunk of those players, they are one of the more renowned academies in the world and with arsene wenger always on the lookout for new and inspiring talents, these youngsters know they need to be at the top of their game at all times because someone else could be along in a heartbeat to replace them.eddie nketiah shouldn’t have too many concerns about who may be coming, because he has been such a good striker for the arsenal youth outfit that he has forced his rivals (donyell malen) out of the club, as no one else can seem to keep pace with his  ability to score...




scout report: nemanja antonov | partizan's young full-back • outside of the boot

mateus carvalho takes a look at an unknown future superstar, nemanja antonovthis article tries to introduce one of the members of the so called ‘serbian golden generation’,which is built on the notorious work of all serbian clubs alike to promote young national talents . that is reflected in stellar participations in international competitions, with the peak of it all being established with the u20 world cup victory in 2015. this young generation consists of the brightness of the likes of andrija zivkovic, nemanja maksimovic, uros djurdjevic, marko grujic, milinkovic-savic and the player being presented below- nemanja antonov, who happens to be a talented and reliable left-back and has begun to make a name for himself in europe and in th...




scout report: carlos soler | valencia’s young midfield maestro • outside of the boot

dan davis has a look at carlos soler, valencia’s young midfielder making waves in la liga.spain have always been a nation blessed with a seemingly endless supply of classy midfielders. the most recent golden trio in the middle of the park, xavi, iniesta and sergio busquets, have allowed their team mates to dominate games and reside as kings over the international stage. however, there is no denying that iniesta and busquets are entering their twilight oastears (with xavi at the end of his career), and will need to be replaced eventually. carlos soler, valencia’s exciting prospect, could be the answer to this.who is carlos soler?carlos soler is a 20-year-old midfielder, born in valencia, spain. he first made his breakthrough in football b...




scout report: donyell malen | psv eindhoven's exciting ex-arsenal & ajax attacker • outside of the boot

josh sippie takes a look at donyell malen, psv’s bright youngster.the netherlands is the birthplace of so many of the modern day greats of football. it is where the mind of late great johan cruyff sewed itself into the fabric of the game. simple things like the triangle midfield formation that barcelona have mastered – it came from cruyff. it’s just a footballing nation that has fallen on hard times. hard times as in their domestic league has become a bit of a feeder league.psv eindhoven is one of those domestic teams who have just landed themselves a gem in donyell malen. psv are always at or around the top of the eredivisie and they often manage it, like most teams in the dutch division with the help of talent-laden young footballers...




scout report: mikel merino | newcastle's dynamic spaniard • outside of the boot

josh sippie lays down the law on newcastle’s metronomic spaniard, mikel merino.borussia dortmund are another one of those teams that just has an eye for young talents, no matter where they may spring up. when you are a top european side who has, at one time, boasted internationals from the usa, armenia and gabon, you leave no stone unturned. dortmund are fantastic in giving their youth players the chances the deserve. they were once the best hope the bundesliga had of challenging super club bayern munich and while they fell on relative hard times recently, they seem to be right back in the mix going into this year.yet, while dortmund certainly leave no stone unturned, they didn’t have to dig too far to find mikel merino. if germany has ...




scout report: bartlomiej dragowski | fiorentina's talented pole • outside of the boot

josh sippie breaks down fiorentina’s talented pole, bartlomiej dragowski.it’s funny how different nations are renowned for their ability to pump out certain types of players. germany are known for their hulking defenders. spain are known for their creative midfielders and poland are known for their keepers. like an assembly line, they has been able to churn out quality keeper after quality keeper.therefore, when another one comes out and really captures attention, it may not be so noticeable, as they do this all the time, but the hype around bartlomiej dragowski looks to be well placed and not just another name thrown into the bunch.who is bartlomiej dragowski?bartlomiej dragowski was born in bialystok, poland, the son of former jagiello...