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Alistair has 20 years of coaching experience, working within professional club football in Scotland, England and the United States.

Alistair has also accrued vast experience in forming both video and data analysis. In 2015 he was awarded the USSF A License qualification.


Club Brugge vs Rangers – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis

Club Brugge 1-1 Rangers FC UEFA Champions League Group A Matchday 3 March 3rd, 1993 Jan-Breydel-Stadion, Brugge By Alistair Bain (@allybain) Rangers Tactical Set Up Rangers Defending With Rangers yet again missing club Captain and starting center back Richard Gough, Dave McPherson would again deputize in the central positions alongside John Brown. Walter Smith hadContinue reading “Club Brugge vs Rangers – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis”

CSKA Moscow vs Rangers – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Rangers FC UEFA Champions League Group A Matchday 2 December 9th, 1992 Vonovia Ruhrstadion, Germany By Alistair Bain (@allybain) Tactical Analysis Rangers Tactical Set Up Up until this point in the campaign Walter Smith would line up his Rangers side in a 442, giving them a natural balance across the field, defensiveContinue reading “CSKA Moscow vs Rangers – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis”

Rangers vs Marseille – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis

Rangers 2-2 Marseille UEFA Champions League Group A Matchday 1 November 25th, 2020 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow By Alistair Bain (@allybain) Tactical Analysis Rangers Tactical Set Up Rangers manager Walter Smith was handed a selection headache as Rangers began their first ever venture into the newly formed UEFA Champions League. Ian Ferguson would miss the matchContinue reading “Rangers vs Marseille – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis”

Leeds United vs Rangers – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis

Leeds United 1-2 Rangers FC (agg 2-4) UEFA Champions League Second Round 2nd Leg November 4th, 1992 Elland Road, Leeds By Alistair Bain (@allybain) Tactical Analysis Rangers Tactical Set Up Rangers Defending With the scoreline poised at 2-1 in Rangers favor headed into the second leg Leeds set up with a robust attacking strategy thatContinue reading “Leeds United vs Rangers – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis”

Rangers vs Leeds United – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis

Rangers 2-1 Leeds United UEFA Champions League Second Round 1st Leg October 21st, 1992 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow By Alistair Bain (@allybain) Tactical Analysis Rangers Tactical Set Up Build Up Play Rangers build up play focused on short passes in the lower to middle third of the field, moving the ball quickly to draw forward pressureContinue reading “Rangers vs Leeds United – 92/93 UEFA Champions League – Data Analysis”

Newcastle vs Barcelona – 1997 UCL Group Stage Data Analysis

Newcastle United 3-2 FC Barcelona UEFA Champions League Group C September 17th, 1997 St. James’ Park, Newcastle By Alistair Bain (@allybain) To give us some context on the data here is a quick overview of each team: Newcastle Attacking Structure Newcastle set up in a 442 system defensively, but would morph into a 4132 inContinue reading “Newcastle vs Barcelona – 1997 UCL Group Stage Data Analysis”

Aberdeen vs Real Madrid – 1983 Cup Winners Cup Final Data Analysis

Aberdeen 2-1 Real Madrid UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final May 10th, 1983 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden By Alistair Bain To give us some context on the data here is a quick overview of each team: Aberdeen Attacking Structure Aberdeen set up in a 442 shape, that was really only evident when defending. In attack it wouldContinue reading “Aberdeen vs Real Madrid – 1983 Cup Winners Cup Final Data Analysis”

Euro 96 Top 5 Attackers Analysis

by Alistair Bain (@allybain) Euro 96 – Best Individual Attacking Performances Within this article we identify the top 5 highest ranking individual attackers at Euro 96, breaking down why they were so important to their team’s overall attack play. Top 5 Statistical Attackers When building an analysis of the best overall attackers at Euro 96Continue reading “Euro 96 Top 5 Attackers Analysis”

Euro 96 Round 2 Attack Analysis

By Alistair Bain (@allybain) Now that Round 2 of matches has drawn to a close, let’s take a closer look at each team’s attacking performance and see whether there have been any upgrades since our last breakdown. Lowest Attackers Last weeks lowest scoring attackers Turkey move themselves into mid table this round, after a departureContinue reading “Euro 96 Round 2 Attack Analysis”

EURO 96 Qualifying – Top 5 Goal Scorers

Goals are the lifeblood of football. They are the primary objective of every team and every manager, and in a tournament setting no silverware is lifted without a productive offensive structure. Within our up coming analysis of Euro 96 we will use this mindset when breaking down each teams attacking performance statistically, however as we preview the tournament,Continue reading “EURO 96 Qualifying – Top 5 Goal Scorers”

Euro 96 Squad Analysis

On May the 22nd 1996 the Champions League Final between Ajax and Juventus, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, would bring an end to the European Club football calendar for the 95/96 season. This allowed all 16 managers of the participating nations the opportunity to assess their available players, take part in pre-tournament training campsContinue reading “Euro 96 Squad Analysis”

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