The Author

Dean Hayes

Irish student who writes about tactics, positions and players.

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FC Porto: A tactical profile

by Dean Hayes

FC Porto are currently sitting 11 points clear at the top of the Portuguese Liga, and Dean Hayes looks at the tactics employed by Andre Villas-Boas’ side.

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Around the world in 90 minutes

by Dean Hayes

Dean Hayes makes a long awaited return to BPF, but puts his tactical foresights to one side to speak about international football in a club football fan’s world.

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Xabi Alonso – Quarterback

by Dean Hayes

Dean Hayes compares the classic quarterback characteristics of the American football game to that of Real Madrid central midfielder Xabi Alonso, who’s deep passing game has become the primary core of his team’s style of play ever since his days at Liverpool.

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The rise, fall and rise of the Libero

by Dean Hayes

The Libero has played a prominant role in football at various points, and Dean Hayes looks at the position most famously filled by Franz Beckenbauer, which is beginning to make a return in world football.