The Magical Minimalism of Lionel Messi

The Magical Minimalism of Lionel Messi

Quick, explain what Lionel Messi did here: When I saw this sequence I sat there with my mouth hanging open long enough for my wife to walk by and ask what was wrong. Then I showed her the clip and she understood. But if I hadn’t been able to show it to her...
The Evolution of David Alaba

The Evolution of David Alaba

When Pep Guardiola came to Bayern Munich two seasons ago he had two of the world’s best fullbacks at his disposal in Philipp Lahm and David Alaba. And immediately upon arrival he moved Lahm into midfield. But when you heard Guardiola’s reasoning, it made a kind of...
The Lessons of Marouane Fellaini

The Lessons of Marouane Fellaini

There may be no sport in the world more difficult to analyze than football. Consider: Teams pour millions of pounds into youth development, and yet only 1 in every 200 players to join a Premier League team at age 9 will go on to play for that team’s senior squad. No...
In Defense of Gareth Bale

In Defense of Gareth Bale

If you’ve ever seen a 90-year-old grandmother driving a Ferrari at 25mph then you have some idea of what it’s been like watching Gareth Bale this season. During his final season at Spurs the Welsh winger established himself as the league’s best...