Welcome to the first edition of ‘How Goals Are Scored’! A very new medium and style for me, but I’m excited to get into it. I’d like to introduce the purpose here first, and will copy and paste this into the introduction of all future issues. Hope you enjoy!
Objective: Explain how score lines are determined by tactics by hyper focusing on the moments that result in the scoreboard changing: goals.
Match Selection: Each week, I’ll basically just select at random a match that I’m interested in. Sometimes this will be European powerhouses, sometimes I’ll pick a South American matchup. Variety will give us a flavor of the world!
Format: I’ll begin with a brief tactical introduction of each team, rather than looking at granular details, we’ll just look at overall tactics on the day. Questions like ‘Do they press hard?’ or ‘Do they play narrow while in/out of possession?’ will be the basis. In the future, I’d like to create a cool graphic for this, almost FM style, but for now we will write! After that, each goal will be analyzed on it’s own.
What this is NOT: A wholistic analysis of each match, it will look at a variety of variables but the focus is on goals themselves. As you’ll see in this issue or future issues, some goals are dumb luck. Such is football!
This week, we’ll be discussing one of the biggest matches in Europe, along with one of my favorite tactical matchups in England. This, of course, being Bayern vs. Leipzig and Brighton vs. Spurs. Strap in, because these games got pretty out of hand.
Final disclaimer: I can’t quite figure out how to embed any sort of video yet onto Revue, so for now, here are two links to highlights of each match. Not necessary to read, but if you missed them the goals might add extra context.