Season 2#2: Laying foundations

March 2018 – Playoffs

a string of mixed results after the break concluded by a disappointing defeat at the hands of Botoșani hand us a 13th placed finish at the end of the regular division fixtures Continue reading “Season 2#2: Laying foundations”

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The Libero: Part I – a Total Defending approach

hello and welcome 🙂 For a long time now I’ve been fascinated by the idea of developing a style of football that presents something new and perhaps unconventional. If you’ve read any of my previous tactical experiments you might have noticed I’m quite drawn to asymmetry and different interpretations of certain aspects of football. Continue reading “The Libero: Part I – a Total Defending approach”

The Deep Lying Box to Box midfielder & the 3-5-2/3-4-3

One of the most fashionable formations of the last decade, the 3-5-2 is a formation that presents incredibly universal applications and an almost infinite number of interpretations

One of the most fashionable formations of the last decade, the 3-5-2 is a formation that presents incredibly universal applications and an almost infinite number of interpretations. From Conte’s high pressing system at Juventus and Mazzari’s counter-attacking set-up at both Watford and Udinese to Van Gaal’s experimental fluid/rigid systems. The player roles and movement in the 3-5-2 can be as diverse as the ethnicity proportions in London and to say that this is a formation that will play a certain, pre-determined style of football is a big mistake. In this piece I will cover the stages of thought that led me to implementing a system based on the 3-5-2 formation as well as some key findings and developments as I progressed with that. Continue reading “The Deep Lying Box to Box midfielder & the 3-5-2/3-4-3”

Season 2#1: Let the survival wars begin – This is Sparta!

2017-2018 pre-season

Media prediction – 14th

After the heroics of last season’s promotion-winning campaign we are set to embark on the journey of our lives in the Liga I. Apart from a few changes in the backroom staff, we’re pretty much the same team as we were last season, and that reflects in the odds we’re given for this season. I’m not too sure of what to expect, but I hope we can graze a few points here and there to fight off relegation Continue reading “Season 2#1: Let the survival wars begin – This is Sparta!”

Season 1#3: Don’t. Stop. Me. Now!

after a long break in the winter we come back to prove that my predictions about us being in much better condition in the second half of the season were right :) The only big downside is that demoralizing loss in the cup quarter final against Astra, however we did an amazing job in holding them off til the penalties. After all, these are the recent Romanian champions we’re talking about! Continue reading “Season 1#3: Don’t. Stop. Me. Now!”

Season 1#2: Getting the youth conveyor belt started

Here we are. It’s preseason time and we’re set to play our first ever competitive match since the club was founded, just under a few months ago . Straight away, some really good news for the club as two inspiring figures of world-football join Sparta’s backroom team.

Continue reading “Season 1#2: Getting the youth conveyor belt started”