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How to defend in a mid to low block, how Hagi led his team to glory and why Rakow are very tactically interesting…

It’s the final newsletter for the week, Friday once again – 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.

We kick off today with a bit of tactical theory – Sakhu Mpofo explains how to coach the main principles of defending in a mid or low block using examples from Darmstadt and PSG then suggests some sessions to train these ideas in.

In Bundesliga, BMG have signed Franck Honorat from Brest in Ligue 1 – he’s Jonas replacement, or is he? Luis Kircher explains.

ICYMI yesterday, Johan Bakayoko enjoyed a breakout campaign last season with PSV and is now being linked to AC Milan and RB Leipzig – Brandon Liss takes a closer look at the winger and explains what he could offer his next team.

Marcelo Brozovic is one of many players heading to Saudi this summer – at Inter, they have moved quickly to bring in Davide Frattesi on loan. Rui Martins explains why he is not a direct replacement but will add plenty to Inzaghi’s midfield.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is nearly upon us and we have tactically previewed 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. Join coaches, national team analysts and TV pundits all over the world by getting your download now.

Tomorrow, we will release July’s TFA Scouted Magazine – you definitely don’t want to miss it as it is full of new scouting features! Our VIP members have already seen it and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Fintan O’Reilly has dipped into the archive of 8000+ articles and found these pieces which have relevance today…

The Romanian SuperLiga’s 2023/24 campaign starts this evening. FCV Farul Constanța, owned and managed by the legendary Gheorghe Hagi, knocked CFR Cluj off their perch to win the title last season. Our analysis looked at Hagi’s tactical approach in all phases of play along with his broader vision for the club — why not recap before the new season gets underway?

Last season, Raków Częstochowa won the first Polish top-flight title in their history. On Tuesday, they earned a 1-0 victory over Estonian side FC Flora in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round tie. We have an analysis of their remarkable rise.

North Carolina Courage star Kerolin has been linked with a move to Manchester United. We highlighted the dangerous dribbler as our key player for Brazil in our 2023 World Cup preview.

While they’ve secured Loïs Openda, it looks like RB Leipzig’s business is not finished in Ligue 1, as they are reportedly on the verge of signing PSG centre-back El Chadaille Bitshiabu. The 18 y/o had some moments to forget with Les Parisiens last season but we highlighted him as a player with a very bright future not that long ago.

That’s it for this week – we are back at the same time on Monday. Spread the word!

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