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TFA Today: The tactics behind the surprise Polish champions-elect, the latest potential top coaching talent in Germany and much more…

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There could well be a different name on the Polish Ekstraklasa league trophy come the end of the season – Raków Częstochowa have risen from the depths of the fifth division to opening up a nine-point lead over Legia Warsaw at the time of writing. Adam Scully looks at their tactical approach and how Marek Papszun has turned them into the Champions-elect

They do love a young coach in German football (see former TFA analyst Max Bergmann for example) and there is a 30-year-old American making a good impression at St Pauli. In his weekly column, Caio Miguel Pontes gets to know Fabian Hürzeler and his tactics and philosophy

Inter Milan Women are in danger of not qualifying for the UCWL next season – Selim Ben Hmida looks at the tactical changes needed to prevent that happening

RB Leipzig Frauen are enjoying a fantastic season and look set to be promoted to the top flight of women’s football in Germany and then, maybe, instantly challenge Wolfsburg and Bayern for the major honours – Beth Limb explains how and why this could be possible

Jonathan David scored a hattrick in a six-goal thriller between Lille and Lyon over the weekend – read our scout report of the prolific Canadian striker here

Leonardo Semplici guided Spezia to a huge victory over Internazionale in Serie A – read our tactical analysis of Semplici’s philosophy here

Enes Unal scored a brace to rescue a point for Getafe in a La Liga relegation six-pointer – take a look at our scout report of the Turkish forward here

Karim Konate scored a hattrick for Liefering in a big 3-1 win – read our scout report of Salzburg’s next great talent here

Dango Ouattara was the star of the show as Bournemouth recorded an incredible victory over Liverpool – read our scout report on the exciting young winger

David Fofana scored for Chelsea in the Premier League 2 as he looks to get some minutes – take in our analysis of Chelsea’s potential future number ‘9’

SC Braga thumped Vizela 4-0 at the weekend in the Liga Portugal – we recently analysed the incredibly fluid tactics that Artur Jorge is using with the Portuguese side

Udinese moved closer to the European spots following a 1-0 win over Empoli this weekend – read our analysis of Andrea Sottil’s tactics with the Bianconeri

Our latest TFA Scouted report was on Musa Qurbanly of Qarabag – an interesting 20-year-old who could be a bargain for teams in our Tier 3 bracket

Who do you think should sign him?

This should keep you going until tomorrow – enjoy!

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