Compact Defending and Quick Transitions: Uruguay 2018 World Cup Tactical Snapshot

Written for Pure Fitbaw by Laurie McGinley The 2018 World Cup, in Russia, has been an excellent tournament full of late goals,  world class players showing their skills and attributes and dark horses coming to attention. One of those dark horses is Uruguay and I have been studying them throughout the group stages and have analysed how they defend as a team and how they transition from defence to attac

World Cup 2018 Group A: Uruguayan Spine, Mo Salah and a Saudi Arabian Robbery in Scotland

In just over eight weeks World Cup 2018 kicks off in Russia. Scotland may not have qualified for this one, or indeed any within the last twenty years, but we can still participate - as armchair analysts, fans of adopted nations and of course green eyed 'anyone but England' onlookers! Here at Pure Fitbaw we will be previewing a first round group each week in the lead up to June 14th's opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia by highlighting a key element of a team, a star player and a Scottish connection.  In addition to Russia and Saudi Arabia Group A includes Egypt and Uruguay and it is those two nations which feature predominantly in our first preview with a look at the South American team's spine and Egyptian star Mohamed Salah.