Lezama Legacy: The financial strength of Athletic Club Bilbao’s strategy – recruitment analysis
Total Football Analysis Magazine » La Liga
by Luis Kircher
3w ago
In the terrain of Spanish football, Athletic Club Bilbao stands as a beacon of tradition and resilience. Renowned as the healthiest club in Spain, Athletic Club not only embodies a rich footballing heritage but also maintains a steadfast commitment to nurturing local talent from the Basque region. As they battle for a coveted UEFA Champions League spot in La Liga, currently perched fourth in the standings, Athletic Club continues to epitomise the power of homegrown talent in the fiercely competitive Spanish top-flight. With a unique recruitment strategy centred around Basque players, Athletic ..read more
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Almería 2023/24: Analysing their agonising winless run and the keys to their first victory – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
3w ago
This LaLiga season has undoubtedly been a record-breaking one for Almería — but for all the wrong reasons. Their inability to achieve a win in this campaign has reached unprecedented circumstances, shattering Sporting Gijón’s record of 24 matches without victory in a single season. Burdened by consistent injuries, tactical inflexibility and financial rules restricting their spending, these compounding issues have translated into a once-promising Spanish outfit going down with a whimper, despite what many may have otherwise witnessed against some of the best teams in world football. Almería rep ..read more
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Breaking Down the Missteps: Rafa Benitez’s Departure from Celta Vigo – tactical analysis
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by Luis Kircher
1M ago
In a surprising turn of events, Celta Vigo has bid farewell to Rafa Benítez and his coaching staff, marking the end of their tenure merely eight months after their appointment. The decision comes amidst Celta’s struggle in La Liga, currently residing precariously at the 17th spot, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Their recent 4:0 defeat against league leaders Real Madrid seemed to be the final blow that led to this abrupt departure. In an official statement, the club cited the inability to meet the expected results as the primary reason for parting ways with the former manager of ..read more
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Carlo’s Swiss Army Knife: The tactical evolution of Brahim Díaz, Real Madrid’s strategic maverick – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
1M ago
The beginning of the 2023/24 season was a poignant moment in the career development of Brahim Díaz. After three successive years of plying his trade on loan at Milan, Stefano Pioli and the Milan hierarchy failed to exercise a permanent transfer clause for €22 million — allowing him to return to the Spanish capital. The decision to let Brahim walk was certainly confusing to fans of the Rossoneri, especially as the Spanish forward had shown glimpses of excellence, having ranked second in Serie A for goal-creating actions (0.84). With Real Madrid in what appears to be a slight transitional p ..read more
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Real Madrid-Girona Unveiled: Exploring the tactical tapestry of the battle for LaLiga supremacy – tactical preview
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by Jack Chippendale
2M ago
Saturday evening’s LaLiga matchup between Real Madrid and Girona is poised to be one of the most highly anticipated matches of the campaign. It marks the meeting of Spain’s two most dominant forces this season, both of which boast impressive free-scoring attacking output with the league’s two most prolific goal scorers, Artem Dovbyk and Jude Bellingham. This contest has the possibility of providing substantial title-altering outcomes for both sides, with first-place Real Madrid taking on second-place Girona. With just a two-point gap separating the two before play, Madrid has the opportunity t ..read more
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Europa Dreams to LaLiga Nightmares: Sevilla’s defensive decay and dangerous decline 2023/24 – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
2M ago
As we approach the business end of the season, the start of 2024 looks no more promising for Sevilla fans than what they had to endure throughout the previous campaign. This season may arguably come across as even more damning, with the revolving door at the head coach position failing to identify areas of improvement and a clear pathway for future success. At this point in time, one of Spain’s most decorated and historic football clubs desperately needs to rebuild- and fast. With Sevilla currently sitting only one point above the drop zone, it can be theorised that their UEFA Europa League su ..read more
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Isco at Real Betis 2023/24: How Manuel Pellegrini has reinvigorated his ‘golden boy’ – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
3M ago
The beginning of 2023 painted a bleak picture for former Real Madrid star Isco Alarcón, with his footballing future in turmoil. After public disagreements with Sevilla higher-ups, he was left without a club, with his contract being terminated only six months into his tenure in Seville. Despite many attempts from foreign clubs to lure him away from Spain, Isco was set on finding his feet in LaLiga once again. At the start of this 23/24 season, Isco was handed a lifeline from former boss Manuel Pellegrini, with a short-term deal at Real Betis on the cards. Having developed great rapport when col ..read more
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Athletic Club 2023/24: How they can adapt to the AFCON absence of Iñaki Williams – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
3M ago
As we begin the year and the season continues to heat up, Athletic Club look like a side who have discovered an efficacious formula for success. Returning from the winter break in a promising fourth position, a return to UEFA Champions League football is certainly on the cards for the Basque outfit. Ernesto Valverde’s squad have experienced an incredibly positive campaign thus far, with clear development of their young stars relishing the opportunity to fight for European qualification. A man at the heart of Bilbao for many years now has been the energetic and versatile figure of Iñaki William ..read more
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LaLiga 2023/24: Sergi Cardona’s Las Palmas role and where he might end up next – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
3M ago
After a troubling 5-year spell in the Spanish Segunda Division, Las Palmas succeeded in gaining automatic promotion back to the top flight in the 2022/23 season. With the majority of pundits tipping them for relegation, García Pimienta’s side has appeared to be one of the more eye-opening teams with their tactics and playstyle this LaLiga campaign. Sitting comfortably in 10th after the winter break, many of their star players have been placed under the microscope- with larger sides looking to poach those who have impressed thus far. Since the turn of the season, Sergi Cardona has been an essen ..read more
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Barcelona 2023/24: Detecting the defensive deficiencies damaging their LaLiga title charge – scout report
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by Jack Chippendale
4M ago
Having cantered to a 27th La Liga title last season, Barcelona not only did so at the expense of Real Madrid‘s short period of dominance but also broke records in the process. Their defensive solidity was ever-present last season, as they managed a club-best 20 league goals conceded – beating the figures recorded by historic Barcelona sides under the likes of Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola. With their first league title since the loss of Lionel Messi, Xavi may have imagined he had potentially found a possible blueprint for the Catalan giants to continue their superiority for years to come. In ..read more
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