When a butterfly flaps its wings in Tokyo there’s a tornado localised to Arthur Ashe stadium, or something like that – Declan Bruton breaks down the unseen winners and losers from last the 5 hour epic US Open Final.
After suffering a defeat, in any sport, there is a dilemma – hope your conqueror is [...]
The 2012 update to Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski’s book Soccernomics, aka Why England Lose, immediately missed the attention of those of us in 81 Towers. Thankfully Henry Bridge has put that right and offers his analysis of this updated edition of the 2009 book.
As you may be aware, I am a keen sports fan. [...]
It was tough for neutrals to watch but Dublin eventually cruised to their first Minor All-Ireland title in 28 years with victory over Meath. Emmet Ryan explains the tactical moves that led to such a dour encounter.
Meath watched the Kerry tape
Meath came out with a plan almost identical to what Kerry deployed in the second [...]
Donegal claimed their second All-Ireland Football title with a four point victory over Mayo in Croke Park. Emmet Ryan looks at the tactical factors that decided this encounter.
Donegal target Murphy early
Scoring in bunches was expected in this game and Donegal set the tone early. Jim McGuinness’ charges targeted Michael Murphy repeatedly early as they sought [...]
A journey that began in May ends in Croke Park this Sunday. Donegal and Mayo clash for the Sam Maguire. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that will affect this game.
The 45-45 vs. Man-isolation
These are two combatants built around their play in the middle third but with rather different ways of going about their [...]
The eve of the All-Ireland Football Final sees the attention of the Gaelic Football world shift to Stillorgan for the annual All-Ireland Football 7s (or sevens). Emmet Ryan looks at the tactics required to win this one-day tournament.
Once again, it’s a 10-man game
Just like it’s Hurling equivalent, the Football 7s requires teams to manage the [...]
Dublin seek to end a 28 year famine at Minor level when they take on Meath in Sunday’s All-Ireland Final. Emmet Ryan previews the tactics that will decide the outcome.
Dublin’s hard tempo
Dublin attack hard and fast from the start. Goals play a big role, with Dublin finding the net 13 times in 6 outings to [...]
Mayo enter Sunday’s game as underdogs but this edition comes to Croke Park with a tactically astute game. Emmet Ryan analyses James Horan and Mayo’s approach to Football.
The man-isolation game
In Maths, different problems require different solutions. Many of the greatest questions in Mathematics took years of effort with a mixture of approaches before finally being [...]
This day week sees Donegal take on Mayo in the All-Ireland Football Final. As the first part of our build-up, Emmet Ryan examines the tactics used by Jim McGuinness and Donegal.
Donegal’s system is built around what happens in the middle third. This is no secret as opponents have sought to target this area repeatedly. [...]
With his final bow coming in Flushing Meadows, Andy Roddick hangs up his racquet. Declan Bruton looks back on the 2003 US Open winner’s career.
Andy Roddick won more than 600 tennis matches, but will be remembered for one that he lost. He won 32 titles but will remembered more for the one he didn’t – [...]