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How Liverpool had the best defensive record against free-kicks last season, Shamrock’s clever gameplan and why Burnley have gone for young Trafford

It’s the Wednesday newsletter already – full of analysis, scouting and tactics! Come and fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page, join the newsletter squad and make us part of your day every day.

Our Head of Women’s Football Analysis David Astill dissects Shamrock’s clever gameplan that saw them beat Glentoran in the All-Island Cup.

Liverpool will hope to improve on 5th place in the EPL next season – in his weekly column, Karim ES looks at how their defensive excellence from free kicks needs to continue into the 2023/24 campaign. He explains their approach and why it works.

There’s a lot of talk around Gambian sensation Adam Bojang with many big names being linked to his signing. Rui Martins scouts Bojang in full to understand the hype.

Brighton have made a move in the goalkeeping market, signing Bart Verbruggen – Jack Manship explains why he is the perfect fit for De Zerbi’s system.

This month sees the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 take place and we are tactically previewing every single team in the tournament (yes, all 32 of them) helping you understand how each team plays and who are the key players to look out for. At 314 pages, this is our biggest magazine yet and it is the only guide to the tournament you need – and it is 100% free of charge to everyone.

With Adi Hütter being announced as the new Monaco boss, Brandon Liss’ article from May 2022 reminds us of where things went wrong for the Austrian coach with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Can Hütter take the lessons from his previous job into his new role in Ligue 1?

Ben Brereton Díaz is on his way to Villarreal, so it may be an appropriate time to remind ourselves of how he’s evolved as a player since making the switch to the Chilean national team.

England U21s take on Israel U21s this evening in the U21 Euro semi-final. New Burnley ’keeper James Trafford has been on top form, keeping four clean sheets thus far in the tournament, not conceding a single goal. We profiled him and four other standout ’keepers in our U21 Euro preview.

With Vitor Roque becoming Barcelona’s latest signing, let’s look back at why Caio Miguel Pontes alerted us he was the next big star out of South America last summer.

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