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Thread: Reasons why Barcelona struggled against Rayo Vallecano with Iraola tactics.

Andoni Iraola was one of my favourite coaches last season, due to his variety and solid tactics, especially in counter-pressing and medium press.

Let's see 👇 Image
-Iraola relied on 4-4-2 flat, with medium pressing, every option to pass in Barcelona build-up marked by a player from Rayo. Image
-2 vs 1, the situation which happened when Gavi, received the ball, repeated a lot in the middle third, with well-positioned from Rayo players and cover the passing options Image
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Thread: Chelsea vs Tottenham, London derby corners battle
We could start with Chelsea outswinging corners towards Koulibaly
-2 runners vs 2 blockers
-2 players guard the edge of the penalty area
#CFC ⚽️ #CheTot 2-2 #PL 🔵
-Jorginho & Sterling are deep in six-yard
-Havertz &Silva and Loftus Prevent players from running toward Koulibaly
-Spurs with half-triangle to cover their six-yard Vs Outswinnging cross toward Koulibaliy
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The Three Shot Game Drill at #sundayshare

Exercise Objectives:
This shooting drill is a great game to emphasize the importance of combining with a partner when going to goal. It also encourages quality runs and crosses.
#football #coaching #analysis
Coaching Pointers:
Divide your players into three groups and position as in the diagram above.
Two forwards start inside the field (players #2 and #3). They must be mobile and make intelligent runs.
Player #1 passes to either #2 or #3.
In this example; player #2 receives a pass and combines with his partner #3. Both players combine to get a shot on goal. Immediately after the strikers take a shot at goal,the right-sided midfielder attacks the space and crosses the ball for the 2 forwards. The forwards must now
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Thread; Arsenal’s attacking corner-kick vs Leicester City. Far-post's blindside
-Martinelli crosses on the near-post toward Partey, where Saliba centred and Jesus dropping back to the far-post
-Gabriel prepares himself to move vertically
-6 Players Leicester vs 3 Arsenal in six-yard
-(2 runners) vs 2 man-marking Image
-Gabriel prepares himself to move vertically
Partey was preparing to turn it over to the far post before Vardy accidentally did it Image
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Thread: Defending crosses, the problem continues from last season.

-Robertson delayed in pressing, and let the full-back comfort with his preferred foot to cross
-Arnold with lack of scanning which will give him cover the “Blindside”
-Lack of communication between the Goalkeeper and defensive line
-Decision-making of Full-back to be action, not a reaction
-Delayed returning from the wingers Image
Last season against Villareal at #UCL
First goal Image
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Just had a near hour-long “off the record” conversation with a top executive of @AlAhly @AlAhlyEnglish, on the #AfricanSuperLeague, @CAF_Online, @TheRealPitso and various #Egyptian and #African #football issues…
On @TheRealPitso: “#Ahly, as a club, hold him in the highest regard, though he is no longer with us. He was never sacked & he never came to us with a desire to leave. The mutual decision to part was a consequence of discussions that we had, which showed a difference in vision.”
@TheRealPitso, in the entire history of @AlAhly, is the only coach to retain his position after losing the league title. This tells you the regard in which we held him. But it came to a point where we asked him to make changes and he didn’t agree to them, so things ended.”
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Are you not entertained? Another epic night of international football just finished!

And yes, there were plenty of upsets and drama. So let's not waste any time and dive right into it 👇👇👇

#UECL #UEL #UEFA #UEFAranking Image
🇳🇴NOR +0.75
Norway is an unstoppable force this season.

Another 3 victories added this week, stunning! Bodø/Glimt marches towards #UCL, Molde cruses in #UECL qualifiers and Viking wipes away Sligo Rovers 5-1.

Only downside is the loss of Lillestrøm vs. Antwerp Image
🇮🇱ISR +0.75
Perfect week for Israel! 3 teams left, 3 victories.

Beer-Sheva was merciless in Lugano 😒Maccabi Tel-Aviv with an impressive 2-0 against Aris and Maccabi Haifa looks destined to go to #UCL with a 4-0 victory against Apollon.

Very impressive stuff! Image
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🧵Are you ready for the #PremiereLeague to kick off? Who do you think will win it all this year? Defending champions @ManCity are the favorites to win the league once more. Image
#ManCity's Premier League title last year marked the club’s fourth title in the past five years and its sixth in both, the Premier League and the Abu Dhabi era. Image
Do you bet on sports? If you've watched a Premier League game on TV in the UK in the last decade, you will have undoubtedly been met with such phrases as 'bet in play now', 'latest live odds' or '£50 free bet' during the game. Image
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Maradona était un pédocriminel
En 2000, #Maradona, 40 ans, était en cure de soi-disante désintoxication pour son addiction à la coke à Cuba. Il était ami et protégé par Fidel Castro.
#football #pédocriminalité #drogue #coke #futbol
C'est là qu'il rencontre Mavys Alvarez qui n'était pas une prostituée et qui n'avait que 16 ans
A la fois craintive des représailles de Fidel, consciente de l'aide financière pour sa famille+impressionnée par cadeaux+célébrité de Diego, elle accepta de devenir sa fiancée.
S'en suivit une relation de 3 ans
Dans cette interview du 22.11.2021, elle raconte comment Maradona
- l'a violée, excité que la mère de Mavys soit derrière la porte et bloquée
- l'a forcée à 17 ans à subir une opération mammaire
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Today I am sad. And I am angry. Let me tell you why. A thread (it turns out this was not the last thread I will do, nor, unfortunately, was it the last thread on this issue). 1/15
This week, another ex-professional rugby player made public the sad news that he has been diagnosed with #CTE – a type of dementia that seems to have a link to those who played certain types of sport (#Rugby #Football #AmericanFootball) 2/15
and who have had repeated concussions or a significant #TraumaticBrainInjury (#TBI).… He is 41 years old, the same age as me. 3/15
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In 1969, the dying months of the breakaway Republic of Biafra. A group of idealistic young football lovers gathered together in Valls, Barcelona (Spain) to honour the heroic self-determination struggle of the Biafrans against the Nigerian Govt.

2/ They created a symbolic pennant and founded CF Biafra (Club de Fútbol Biafra) in order to draw world attention to the plight of Biafra, using one of the most potent methods known to humanity — #Football.
3/ CF Biafra had about a hundred players from Reus to Pla, from Nulles to Tarragona. They settled in El Vilar, within the federated amateur league and rode all the way to the Third Regional League.
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3 July 1941 | A Pole Antoni Łyko was shot at the German Nazi camp #Auschwitz. Łyko was a #football player of @WislaKrakowSA & the Polish national team. He was registered in the camp on 5 April 1941. He received number 11780.

He was 34 years old.
After the firing of the salvo by the firing squad, Antoni Lyko was still alive and twice tried to get up on his own. Then one of the SS officers shot him in the head from close range.
Another Krakow soccer player was shot in the same execution. Witold Zielinski (no. 15429) was a player of @MKSCracoviaSSA. He was also a professional graphic designer.
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Rachat de l’Olympique Lyonnais : la conférence de presse de Jean-Michel Aulas et John Textor (holding Eagle Football Holdings) à suivre en direct vidéo ⬇️⬇️…

#OL #teamOL #football #rachatOL
Aulas : "On a une idée, faire en sorte d'être aussi efficace sans avoir des fonds souverains"

"Ce qui a été construit en 35 ans est apprécié par les investisseurs et le monde du football. 70 titres depuis 1987"
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Throwback Thread: #Italy attacking set-pieces routine in #EURO2020, and how Mancini working on the small details.

#Azzurri scored from the set-piece today against #WAL, but it wasn't by chance, repeated the same routine against #TUR and #Swiss.

I will attach examples
Here we continue with one against Turkey.

the explanation on each picture
Again, against Swiss-1
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In Session 2, we focused on networks in #cultural and #creative industries: Building on the relations between UK #theatre workers, @ManfredideBern1 from @KingsCollegeLon showed the process of #CoProduction of #networks in space and time. (1/4)
Dominic Power analysed rural #female #artists’ work and #creativity in #Sweden. He found out that being in the #periphery does not automatically mean #isolation from the center or lesser #creative possibilities: Their networks go far beyond a classic #CorePeriphery model. (2/4)
Alice Bobée elaborated on the entanglement between #BusinessSchools’ cultural economic #geography and cities’ reputation: Facing reduced public #funding, #French business schools have set up campus in European cities, dissociationg themselves from their #national origins. (3/4)
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Can we please stop this #NowPlaying long drawn out past decade of pushing #BlackPeople out there as if #BlackLivesMatter @ukblm now have the #Blackpower who will make that change who are listening to their own @Blackbirds to #Brainwashing you into thinking,
well if #BlackWomen #blackmen #LeadersDebate are seen to be in talking #StopRacism in the @churchofengland @ECB_cricket that must put an end to #PoliceBrutality #policecorruption #RacismReckoningMed22 as the rest of those like @mjtward19 who loves #football along with
the rest of @GREATBritain as @wabbey @UNESCO ?refuse to see the real reasons #ToryCorruption #ToryCriminalsUnfitToGovern #BorisJohnsonMustGo, being the very same reasons @Keir_Starmer #StarmerOut who should never ever have been the #LeadershipDevelopment for @UKLabour
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We received requests and feedback about our last touches report asking to see the full pool of RBs and their total touches. Also, requests for more years of data due to strength of the 2017 rb draft class and not much talent coming in the early 2010s from the RB position.
Before I present the data, I want you to remember that the nfl has changed drastically through the decade, especially for the RB position. So here we have our full unbiased 2011-2021 (11 seasons) RB touches report. A THREAD:
We look at all RBs with that have been drafted in fantasy football, or have an ADP. When mentioning ADP in this thread, it’s important to note we are referring to ADP among RBs. (I.E ADP of 5 means 5th rb off the board) Here's how many RBs have been drafted in fantasy by year:
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The Case Against Chase - A THREAD: First of all, I want to say that I don’t dislike Ja’Marr Chase the player. Actually, I love Ja’Marr Chase the player. I think he is a dog, and a future star of the league.
But I don’t love him for the 2022 fantasy season at his current ADP of WR3 and the 9th overall player off the board in PPR according to ECR. Some experts even have him ranked as their number one receiver for 2022.
Ja’Marr had a historic rookie season with 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 TDs. He was a big play superstar, averaging 18 yards per reception. Those big plays included six receptions of more than 40 yards that went for TDs.
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Tactical behavior in #Football has a spatial and a temporal component, and results from interaction with the opponent. It’s key to account for all these aspects in data-driven tactical analysis, as well as to respect the complexity of the temporal and spatial dimensions 🧵
Two years ago I published a systematic review in @EurJSportSci on using big data in #soccer for tactical performance analysis that illustrates the associated challenges and provides a data-driven scientific framework. #DataScience
The most common analysis issue is the fact that spatial and/or temporal complexity is not respected. For example by aggregating data over multiple minutes, or constructing spatial features aggregating 11 player positions into a single variable.
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Yesterday I shared a small thread about getting into #DataScience. Today I’ll build on that and share a bit about my own journey into sports analytics, specifically as a #DataScientist in the #football industry. 🧵
My path began with a MSc in Sport & Movement Science @VU_FBW. It’s not computer science or anything, but it does involve quite some #Math, #Statistics and #Physics, as well as a course in programming. Mainly it learned me Science, and gave me a lot of domain knowledge in sports.
I wasn’t planning to become a #DataScientist, but I wanted to work in sports. I did various stints as an embedded sports scientist, mostly internships/part-time, before joining @ZZLEIDENBASKETB. Those jobs involved data & science, but it wasn’t anything close to #DataScience.
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Many young people ask me how they can become a #DataScientist, specifically in #football. Lately I have also seen a lot of posts on how to get into #DataScience in (1)50 days or so, which is a joke imo. Here is my realistic take on it. Warning: it will be closer to 1500 days. 🧵
#DataScience is an umbrella of roles & fields that require different competencies. But they all have two things in common: you have to know #Science and you have to be able to work with #data. The first requires learning to do research, the second learning to do #programming.
Go to uni and get a masters degree that at least requires some #math skills. I’m not saying you need a #PhD and 5 publications before calling yourself a #DataScientist, nor that you can’t be one without a MSc, but is helps a lot in acquiring the right competencies.
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⚠️⚠️List of Sanctions on #Russia⚠️⚠️
The following companies have decided to limit or suspend operations:

@apple Pay — full lock;
@apple — complete exit from the market;
@adidas — refusal to work with the Russian national #football team;
@AudiOfficial — exit from the market;
@AMD — ban on the supply of #microchips & soon ban on the supply of #videocards;
@amazon — CEO pledges to help in logistics, cybersecurity;
@Adobe — turned off their services;
@BALENCIAGA — removed all posts from its @instagram page, leaving only a post with the #Ukrainian flag and words of support;
@bp_plc -withdrew 19.75% of shares from Rosneft;
@BMW — closes plants, blocks supplies;
@boltapp — €5M in assistance to #Ukraine;
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1- What a month ⚽️!

As the curtains close on #AFCON2021, here’s a look back at how #refugees in #Cameroon partook in celebrations around the continent’s top #football tournament hosted by their country of asylum.
2- Young #refugees in #Yaoundé and #Douala met the #AFCON2021 mascot #Mola during the Trophy 🏆 tour before the opening game.
3- On the #AFCON2021 Opening Day, 100 refugees supported by @CAF_Online attending the opening game pitting hosts #Cameroon 🇨🇲against Burkina Faso 🇧🇫.
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