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The NWSL team that score most of the goals from headers and how to defend corners better explained – and much more

It’s the Wednesday newsletter once again – full of analysis, scouting and tactics and on Wednesdays, we go #womensfootball and #setpieces.

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Head of Women’s Football David Astill kicks us off today by taking a look at OL Reign and analysing why they’ve been able to score such a high proportion of their goals with headers – and as we all love a statistical outlier, you’ll enjoy this.

And then our Head of Set Piece Analysis Marcel Seifeddine uses examples from the Champions League, Serie A and the Premier League to explain the different ways of defending corners – what works and what doesn’t.

ICYMI yesterday, we went off the beaten track and had two articles focusing on a huge club in South America and one in Egypt.

Boca Juniors are absolute iconic football giants – yet this season they have slumped into complete mid-table mediocrity. Why? Jack Manship explains.

Karim ES scoured the world to find some new creative set-piece routines to look at – and his gaze fell upon Zamalek and what Juan Carlos Osorio has them doing from corners.

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.

Fintan then dipped into our archive of 8000+ pieces to find what articles we have that are relevant to recent events.

Christian Pulisic could become the second player to swap West London for Milan this summer, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek having already made the move to Serie A. Can the recruits from Chelsea help Milan to mount a title challenge next season? We analysed I Rossoneri’s post-World Cup dip in form back in January.

Angeliño is set to join Turkish giants Galatasaray this summer. Can the Spanish full-back rekindle his RB Leipzig form with the Istanbul club? Read about his impressive 2020/21 season in this old article.

Per reports, Bayern Munich have their mind set on getting Harry Kane to Bavaria sooner or later. But could any of our three out-of-the-box alternatives for Bayern’s next centre-forward be decent options?

UWCL Young Player of the Season. The second-youngest player to ever make the FIFA Women’s World XI. And the most valuable player in the Frauen-Bundesliga, per Soccerdonna (part of Transfermarkt). Can Lena Oberdorf help Germany to victory in the 2023 World Cup? Read our 2019/20 scout report of the midfielder to see what makes her so special.

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

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