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    Photo by Robin jones courtesy of ESPN: https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-league-championship/story/4541763/wayne-rooney-keeping-derby-county-up-would-be-biggest-achievement-in-football-amid-lawsuits-and-debts Excerpts of the following article Tactical Analysis: Wayne Rooney's Derby County by Brad Jones (@bradjonessport) from February 9, 2022: https://breakingthelines.com/tactical-analysis/tactical-analysis-wayne-rooneys-derby-county/. Many of you will remember a time in the not-so-distant past when Derby County was a club, to the point of social media ridicule, referred to as Frank Lampard’s Derby County in wider football circles, and that mantle of a high-profile ex-player in management was soon passed over to Wayne Rooney...

    File photo Courtesy of The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/news/brighton-technical-director-dan-ashworth-holds-talks-with-newcastle/g1UeElVGqlAu/ Excerpts of the following article Dan Ashworth: The First Piece in Newcastle's Jigsaw by Charlie Watkins (@90PlusFour) from January 31, 2022: https://breakingthelines.com/opinion/dan-ashworth-the-first-piece-in-newcastles-jigsaw/. Since the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and Amanda Staveley completed their takeover of Newcastle United in October 2021 there have been sweeping changes at the club. Steve Bruce was sacked just 13 days after the takeover, Managing Director Lee Charnley was dismissed only a few weeks later, Eddie Howe...

    Canada vs USA This soccer game could be the biggest game ever played between these two countries in any men's team sport! Photo Credit: Les Jones The following article from John DiBenedictis. Well, that’s a pretty big statement to make, isn’t it? An upcoming soccer game between two countries where soccer has not been considered a top three major sport, instantly becoming the biggest game ever to be played between Canada and the US? ​ Maybe the game itself may not get the...

    Courtesy of https://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/manuel-pellegrini Excerpts of the following tactical analysis article by Ruairidh Barlow / @RuriBarlow from January 26, 2022 is courtesy of Breaking The Lines: https://breakingthelines.com/tactical-analysis/manuel-pellegrinis-real-betis-evolution-not-revolution/. Holder of the highest ever win percentage at four different clubs in LaLiga – Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and now Real Betis – Manuel Pellegrini wears his crowns lightly. With the exception of his time in Madrid, where being thrown out is in fact the norm, the Chilean arguably has hero status at...

    Inzaghi as manager of Lazio in 2018 Excerpts of the following tactical analysis article by Ryan Gunness from January 25, 2022 is courtesy of Breaking The Lines: https://breakingthelines.com/tactical-analysis/simone-inzaghis-3-5-2-inter-milan-2021-22-tactical-analysis/. In just six months, Simone Inzaghi has turned Antonio Conte’s defensive dynasty into one of Europe’s most attacking outfits. Known for their lethal counter-attacks, Inzaghi has evolved Inter Milan into a possession-based, attacking unit, placing their side amongst the most exciting teams to watch this season and giving Inter a four-point lead atop Serie...

    Excerpts of the following article by Alex Barker / @EuroExpert_ from January 19, 2022 is courtesy of Breaking The Lines: https://breakingthelines.com/tactical-analysis/ivan-jurics-torino-the-fun-side-of-serie-a/. At 1.48 goals-per-game, slightly behind the Bundesliga [1.51] and ahead of the Premier League [1.39], Serie A football has been full of entertainment in 2021/2022. Of course, teams like Inter Milan and Napoli have helped boost that total, but even the lower-performing clubs are helping create excitement this season. Torino may not be challenging for Champions League football,...

    File Photo: Brendan Rodgers Leicester City Excerpts of the following article by Luke James / @LukeJames_32 from January 16, 2022 is courtesy of Breaking The Lines: https://breakingthelines.com/opinion/leicester-citys-sharp-decline-under-brendan-rodgers/. Football is a relatively simple sport; it’s why it’s so revered around the world. After all, all you need to be able to play the beautiful game is an object to kick, a handful of other competitors, and some markings that vaguely hint at where the goals should be. Jumpers, if you will. That...

    So we have all; been on the short end of what we thought was a bad official's call, but nothing is like this treatment from the 2022 Africa's Nations Cup tie between Tunisia and Mali. The only thing that we can think of is that he was looking at the heart monitor and not his watch. Here's the update from Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/soccer/2022/01/12/tunisia-mali-africa-cup-nations-referee-chaos-video ...

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Spain's News: https://spainsnews.com/rayo-vallecano-andoni-iraolas-masterpiece/ The following excerpts of the tactical analysis of Andoni Iraola's Rayo Vallecano by Thomas Harris (@ThomHarris_) from January 11, 2022 is courtesy of Breaking The Lines: https://breakingthelines.com/tactical-analysis/tactical-analysis-andoni-iraolas-rayo-vallecano/ Scour the length and breadth of Europe – maybe even the world – and you’d be hard-pressed to find a football club quite as fascinating, or quite as baffling, as Rayo Vallecano.  Known to many as the last of the Spanish neighbourhood clubs, Rayo’s famous...

    Excerpts of this opinion piece: Tuchel Cements Control After Lukaku's Power Play from January 8, 2022 by Oisín Doherty / @O_Doherty_99 are courtesy of Breaking The Lines: https://breakingthelines.com/opinion/tuchel-cements-control-after-lukakus-power-play/. Courtesy of the Coaches Voice: https://www.coachesvoice.com/cv/thomas-tuchel-jurgen-klopp-chelsea-dortmund-psg/ Romelu Lukaku has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this past week. In an interview with Sky Italy, the Belgian found himself at the centre of a storm of controversy, as he revealed his displeasure at the style of play and tactical approach...