When the Bundesliga resumed its season without fans, it became a valuable laboratory. Other leagues should take note of what it learned.
Rory SmithFootball without fans is...well, thanks to the Bundesliga’s control sample, now we know.
It turns out you don’t need fans to be intense, but you do need them for home advantage to exist, to influence referees, and to encourage players to take risks
The Premier League has been missing for three months. It was never going to live up to expectations.
Rory SmithIt’s weird without fans. The players aren’t fully fit.
But the main reason you think football is rubbish now might be that our memories work in highlights: the availability heuristic, which I might now refer to as the Mourinho Press Conference Effect.
Analysis of the goals scored in Europe’s biggest soccer matches in recent years offers some clues on how the world’s best teams go about their work.
Rory SmithI read five years of Uefa technical reports to work out if it’s possible to identify what football in its highest form looks like now, and to see if there’s a recipe for scoring goals in the Champions League.
Burnley has invested the bulk of its Premier League riches in facilities instead of players, believing that approach is its best bet to avoid relegation. Not every club follows the same plan.
Rory SmithThis is a piece about Bournemouth and Burnley, but really it is a piece about what smaller clubs should do with the financial bonanza of being in the PL, and the risks of being relegated with nothing concrete to show for it