The Anguish Of Being A Football Fan

Standing in those terraces, on those windswept days, the rain lashing in horizontally and stinging you right in the face. With your team 3-0 down inside 20 minutes, your star striker more concerned with the hair gel running down his face than getting on the end of a cross, and the manager on the sidelines staring hopelessly off into space. You often find yourself wondering: “Why do I do this?”

Heavy away defeats in particular make fans question what they had done in a previous life to deserve such punishment. Those epic journeys up to Carlisle where you are forced to wake up at the crack of dawn and travel all day, only to be rewarded with frostbite and a runny nose. Long has the football fan suffered, and the longest suffering of them all are the fans of Rochdale.

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Why Liverpool Can Dare To Dream

The dust is only just settling at Anfield after the incredible 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, but I imagine rumours are already being whispered around Liverpool of an end to the title drought. The victory today sent a very real message to the rest of the league and was a strong signal of intent from Brendan Rodgers’ side.

As a lifelong Liverpool fan I am undoubtedly biased towards the reds, but even an outsider can see that a Premier League title is within reach. The first twenty minutes today was scintillating. Quick pressing, high tempo, passing and moving, not letting the opposition settle, and in truth Liverpool could have scored two or three more than what they did. They were that good.

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How The Analysis of Chess Highlights Key Concepts Within Football – Part Two

Following on from part one, which can be found here, I will continue to look at the key footballing concepts that became apparent to me whilst I was reading Adam Wells’ Football and Chess. In part one I have already looked at Connectivity, The Battle for the Midfield, Mobility, Space and Overloading and Stretching.
Let’s kick off (pardon the pun) part two with a look at Defence.

DEFENCE
From reading the book I really got a sense that defending was less about talent and individual skill, and more about system and organisation. Though this seems to down-play the abilities of defensive players, it is quite clear that defensive minded players do not require tremendous amounts of skill and ability.

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