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talent radar best young players • outside of the boot

one of the most thrilling world cup’s in memory came to an end with france lifting the jules rimet. while several unexpected surprises were thrown up, we at #talentradar weren’t too surprised to see some of favourite young players light up the grandest stage football has to offer.5. hirving lozano // 22 // mexico // wingerlozano has come in leaps and bounds in the last few years, with his performances at league winning psv winning him many accolades. the mexico side that came to the world cup wasn’t expected to do much, but stole the show with their opening win against germany. the star of that particular show was, of course, hirving ‘chucky’ lozano. the pacy winger found space to run into and isolated defenders to trouble. he made...




tactical analysis: croatia 2-1 england aet

charles onwuakpa provides us with a tactical analysis of the world cup semi final that ended croatia 2-1 england.croatia reached their first ever world cup final after a two-goal fightback against england.goals in the second halves of normal & extra time from ivan perišić and mario mandžukić respectively cancelled out the three lions‘ initial advantage courtesy of a kieran trippier free kick in what proved to be a very intense game.starting lineupsmade using tacticalpadcroatia (4-3-3): subašić; vrsaljko, lovren, vida, strinić; rakitić, brozović, modrić; rebić, mandžukić, perišić.coach: zlatko dalić.england (3-5-2): pickford; walker, stones, maguire; trippier, lingard, henderson, alli, young; sterling, kane.coach: gareth sou...




tactical analysis: france 1-0 belgium

siyang xu provides us with a tactical analysis of the world cup semi final that ended france 1-0 belgium.france sealed their place in the world cup final for just the third time in their history after a narrow victory over belgium on tuesday. as is common in the latter stages of knock-out competitions, the reluctance of both teams to give anything away made for a cagey game with few risks taken, inescapably creating a situation where the first goal would essentially prove decisive.with both sides desperately trying to avoid being the team that makes the crucial first mistake, it is probably unsurprising that the source of the winning goal ended up being a set piece; a detached moment of attacking freedom away from the rigid, careful flow of ...




tactical analysis: croatia 2-1 england aet

charles onwuakpa provides us with a tactical analysis of the world cup semi final that ended croatia 2-1 england.croatia reached their first ever world cup final after a two-goal fightback against england.goals in the second halves of normal & extra time from ivan perišić and mario mandžukić respectively cancelled out the three lions‘ initial advantage courtesy of a kieran trippier free kick in what proved to be a very intense game.starting lineupscroatia (4-3-3): subašić; vrsaljko, lovren, vida, strinić; rakitić, brozović, modrić; rebić, mandžukić, perišić.coach: zlatko dalić.england (3-5-2): pickford; walker, stones, maguire; trippier, lingard, henderson, alli, young; sterling, kane.coach: gareth southgate.england take th...




tactical analysis: sweden 0-2 england

charles onwuakpa writes a tactical analysis of the world cup quarter final that ended sweden 0-2 england.sweden v england was certainly one of the unexpected quarter-finals at this world cup considering both team’s performances so far at this tournament.england, who have showcased a very positive & proactive possession-based football under gareth southgate, finished second behind belgium in group g and put to an end a 22-year jinx with penalty shootouts as they defeated colombia in the round of 16.sweden too impressed in group f with a textbook 4-4-2, as they finished above mexico, south korea & germany.both teams were quite risk-averse in the first half, which led to a boring spell of football & not many goalscoring chances. england did m...




tactical analysis: croatia 2-2 russia

william sinsky provides us with a tactical analysis of the world cup quarter final that ended croatia 2-2 russia, with the host nation losing out on penalty kicks.you’d be forgiven if you didn’t expect the hosts russia to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 world cup, yet here they were. after holding off spain in the round of 16, the sbornaya met croatia at fisht olympic stadium in sochi, who were looking to advance to the semifinals for the second time in the nation’s history.russia had been playing in a 4-5-1 formation for all but one match this tournament. in what was considered an easy group, the defensive setup of a deep block and playing long balls and counter attacks proved successful, as they scored the second-most goals in th...




tactical analysis: croatia 2-2 russia

william sinsky provides us with a tactical analysis of the world cup quarter final that ended croatia 2-2 russia, with the host nation losing out on penalty kicks.you’d be forgiven if you didn’t expect the hosts russia to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 world cup, yet here they were. after holding off spain in the round of 16, the sbornaya met croatia at fisht olympic stadium in sochi, who were looking to advance to the semifinals for the second time in the nation’s history.russia had been playing in a 4-5-1 formation for all but one match this tournament. in what was considered an easy group, the defensive setup of a deep block and playing long balls and counter attacks proved successful, as they scored the second-most goals in th...




tactical analysis: sweden 0-2 england

charles onwuakpa writes a tactical analysis of the world cup quarter final that ended sweden 0-2 england.sweden v england was certainly one of the unexpected quarter-finals at this world cup considering both team’s performances so far at this tournament.england, who have showcased a very positive & proactive possession-based football under gareth southgate, finished second behind belgium in group g and put to an end a 22-year jinx with penalty shootouts as they defeated colombia in the round of 16.sweden too impressed in group f with a textbook 4-4-2, as they finished above mexico, south korea & germany.both teams were quite risk-averse in the first half, which led to a boring spell of football & not many goalscoring chances. england did m...




tactical analysis: brazil 1-2 belgium

om arvind is back at it, writing out a tactical analysis of the world cup quarter final that ended brazil 1-2 belgium.brazil entered the 2018 world cup as one of the favorites thanks to their athletic and/or defensively astute central midfielders casemiro, paulinho, and fernandinho, and the fearsome left-sided trio of marcelo, coutinho, and neymar. understanding the threat the latter threesome posed, belgium manager roberto martínez instructed his side to overload the right section of their midfield. this ploy forced the three tricksters to play through clogged spaces or switch play to the under-supported willian. eventually, the difficulty of building these types of attacks led to losses of possession that belgium looked to convert into da...




germany warning signs • outside of the boot

football news 24/7andrew thompson has some words of caution for germany following their shock defeat to mexico in their world cup 2018 opener.the beauty of the world cup is that you can always expect the unexpected. in a tournament and in a sport where shock results are commonplace, the latest summer installment of the beautiful game has come good in a big way.heads turned when egypt nearly held a dark horse uruguay scoreless, while just hours later iran shocked a young and talented moroccan side. france would struggle against an australian opponent that many assumed would roll over by half time, messi’s argentina were valiantly matched by an iceland side that continues to gain footballing recognition, and peru were spirited in a performan...




analysing belgium's tactical approach at the 2018 world cup • outside of the boot

football news 24/7with world cup fever well and truly in the air, abhijit bharali turns his discerning eye to one of the favourites to lift the trophy, belgium.belgium under roberto martinez head into the 2018 fifa world cup as one of the favourites, so much so that a few models have even predicted crowning glory for them. the red devils have a collection of a few most sought-after players on the planet, but their big game temperament faces a test in russia.belgium’s 23-man squad consists of 11 premier league-based players and are led by martinez, who cut his big-league teeth in the same division. one of the top billed sides, belgium have a straightforward group to negotiate but the knockout stages are what they’ve struggled to navigate ...




world cup 2018: young players to watch

the greatest spectacle in the beautiful game, with millions watching as 32 teams create history and realise their dreams. we here at outside of the boot, as ever will focus our attention at the young players in this tournament. see all our 2018 world cup coverage here.gabriel jesus // brazil // striker // 21: the manchester city forward is the player that will potentially do a lot of damage, and is a dark horse for the golden boot. the focus is bound to be on neymar, and this could just allow his colleagues like jesus to thrive. jesus certainly has the talent to light up this stage, with pace, movement, and sharp finishing making him effective at club level. the striker can make a good pass or two as well, evidenced by the regular assists he...




world cup 2018: young players to watch

the greatest spectacle in the beautiful game, with millions watching as 32 teams create history and realise their dreams. we here at outside of the boot, as ever will focus our attention at the young players in this tournament. see all our 2018 world cup coverage here.timo werner // germany // forward // 22: werner’s work with rb leipzig has earned him the undisputed starting spot as germany’s forward for the world cup. he’s shown pace, movement, and sharp finishing abaility over the last couple of years. he also impressed with the national team at the confederations cup last year. germany have a strong midfield line up, and have lacked a strong forward in recent years, with thomas muller often filling in. werner’s emergence has allo...




world cup 2018: young players to watch

the greatest spectacle in the beautiful game, with millions watching as 32 teams create history and realise their dreams. we here at outside of the boot, as ever will focus our attention at the young players in this tournament. see all our 2018 world cup coverage here.marcus rashford // england // forward // 20: the manchester united man is unlikely to be starting for the three lions, despite impressing against costa rica in a recent friendly. his pace and skill on the break might come in handy for southgate going deeper into the tournament though. rashford has had a tough time at club level, with starts becoming a precious commodity after the arrival of alexis sanchez.  his talent has never been in doubt though, and southgate’s inclusion...




world cup 2018: young players to watch

the greatest spectacle in the beautiful game, with millions watching as 32 teams create history and realise their dreams. we here at outside of the boot, as ever will focus our attention at the young players in this tournament. see all our 2018 world cup coverage here.davinson sanchez // colombia // defender // 22: the former ajax man has had a very impressive debut season at tottenham, and is sure to be the main defender for colombia in russia. colombia have a very well balanced squad, but their defence is slightly inexperienced at this level. if sanchez acquits himself as well as he did at spurs, the teams facing colombia might just be in for a really tough ride. the defender has shown pace, strength, and a rapidly improving reading abilit...




u-22 young players team of the season 2017-18

the post u-22 young players team of the season 2017-18 appeared first on outside of the boot. outside of the boot - tactics, young players and editorials for the fifth season running, the talent radar awards recognise the best individuals across europe’s top leagues across seven primary ca...




lucas torreira • outside of the boot

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thomas strakosha • outside of the boot

for the fifth season running, the talent radar awards recognise the best individuals across europe’s top leagues across seven primary categories.[eligibility: as of 1st june 2017 – 21 years old and below for outfield players // 22 years old and below for goalkeepers]lazio had a terrific season, despite the fact that they failed to make it to the champio...




trent alexander-arnold • outside of the boot

for the fifth season running, the talent radar awards recognise the best individuals across europe’s top leagues across seven primary categories.[eligibility: as of 1st june 2017 – 21 years old and below for outfield players // 22 years old and below for goalkeepers]the young english defend...




lucas torreira • outside of the boot

talent radar3 mins agothe greatest spectacle in the beautiful game, with m...