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How Morocco became the ultimate World Cup underdog again, why Germany failed, how Ajax have maybe got the bargain of the window and more…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Monday newsletter – full of analysis, scouting and tactics. Fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page and be part of the squad that want more than just a match report.

We continue to lead the way with our analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – Fintan O’Reilly goes deep into how Morocco bolstered their defence after the 6-0 defeat to Germany, a change that sees the underdogs face France in the last 16 tomorrow.

Morocco went through at Germany’s expense, one of the biggest World Cup upsets of all time – Beth Limb analyses the powerhouse nation’s shortcomings in the tournament.

The Netherlands progressed to the quarter-final after earning a 2-0 win over South Africa at the weekend. Lieke Martens was a key creator in that game, getting one assist for her side. David Astill wrote about her change in role at PSG this past season.

If you missed it earlier this week, we launched our TFA Tactical Preview Magazine for the English Premier League 2023/24. All 20 teams tactically broken down looking at how they play, who’ve they recruited so far and what it all might look like this coming season. You can download your copy now as part of your monthly or annual membership.

Scott Martin continues his NCAA series, picking out his team to watch this season and why.

The EFL Championship got back in action this past weekend! There was late drama at Elland Road as Crysencio Summerville scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn a point for Leeds United versus Cardiff City. Read about how the winger played a crucial role in a late 2022 uptick in his club’s form via Marcel Seifeddine’s analysis.

If you’re a fan of youth football, you need to be aware of Adama Bojang. Rui Martins’ scout report goes into detail on the 19 y/o Gambian who attracted attention from Europe’s top clubs and has just joined Ligue 1’s Reims.

Reigning South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns kicked off their 2023/24 campaign with a win on Friday evening. Learn about how coach Rulani Mokwena empowers the goalkeeper in build-up and ball progression with our tactical analysis.

We’ve also dipped into our xGOLD database to pull out some scout reports on players involved in recent rumours or moves.

Artem Dovbyk has moved to Girona in La Liga for €14m – our report from February said Tier 1 teams should be moving for him in the summer.

In what could be one of the best-value transfers of the season, Jakov Medic has moved to Ajax from FC Saint. Pauli for €3m – our report uncovers why Ajax have been very clever.

Gimnasia’s Ignacio Miramón is being linked to Lille – we identified him in July as a Tier 1 ready DM.

Alejo Véliz was being linked to Southampton but now seems likely to join Spurs for a bargain fee – we took a close look in May.

Udinese’s Lazar Samardžić could be off to Inter – our scouts identified him in April as ready for a big move.

That’s it for this today – we are back at the same time tomorrow. Spread the word!

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