Author: James Nalton

Turning football into words. WFI editor, writer for the Morning Star newspaper, & sports journalist for various outlets. Mostly tactics, match reports, and scouting across the world of football.

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Mourinho’s United Resistance See Off Jong Ajax In Europa League Final

Mourinho’s United Resistance See Off Jong Ajax In Europa League Final

Ajax 0, Manchester United 2 It was the trophy Manchester United hadn't won. Which wasn't necessarily a sign of failure, but rather one of success. ...
Are All Goals Created Equally? Expected Assists & Subjective Statistics

Are All Goals Created Equally? Expected Assists & Subjective Statistics

Gabriel Jesus taps in at the far post. Goal for Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne had crossed the ball in from the left; that’s an assist and a chan ...
Zabaleta Says Goodbye to City Faithful: Manchester City 3, West Brom 1

Zabaleta Says Goodbye to City Faithful: Manchester City 3, West Brom 1

It was a dull, grey day in Manchester, but Pep Guardiola’s stars were able to brighten up the blue half of the city with a performance which sees them ...
Chess, Rugby and Football’s Other Outside Influences

Chess, Rugby and Football’s Other Outside Influences

Comparing football to chess feels like it lands somewhere between pretentious and tacky. It definitely requires the use of a drop cap at the start ...
Marek Hamsik – Napoli’s Loyal Servant is Redefining “Success”

Marek Hamsik – Napoli’s Loyal Servant is Redefining “Success”

Marek Hamsik has been at Napoli for almost ten years. By the time anyone reads this he’ll probably have been there for longer. Part of the #WFIFrid ...
Niklas Sule & Sebastian Rudy: Hoffenheim’s Bayern Bound Bundesliga Stars

Niklas Sule & Sebastian Rudy: Hoffenheim’s Bayern Bound Bundesliga Stars

Hoffenheim duo Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy are both Bayern Munich bound at the end of the season, but what will they offer Carlo Ancelotti’s side? ...
Alves, Guardiola, and Tite’s Brazil: The Long Road to Jogo Bonito II

Alves, Guardiola, and Tite’s Brazil: The Long Road to Jogo Bonito II

Dani Alves likes talking about Pep Guardiola. It’s no surprise really, given that the Catalan manager turned the Brazilian into one of the most acc ...
Fabinho: Right Back in the Middle

Fabinho: Right Back in the Middle

Fábio Henrique Tavares — more commonly known as Fabinho — has the defensive and attacking traits of a full back, but also the tactical discipline, tec ...
Call it Soccer: A history of football words

Call it Soccer: A history of football words

Part of the #WFIFriday series, written by @JDNalton. The word "soccer" originated in England, and was originally used to differentiate association ...
Atlanta United Should Build On Their City’s Soccer Foundations, Not Discard Them

Atlanta United Should Build On Their City’s Soccer Foundations, Not Discard Them

Atlanta United begin their Major League Soccer journey with an exciting looking South American tinged roster. As the city looks forward to a new s ...
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