Whether England win or lose to Uruguay and #Suarez, you should thank the #footballwidow in your life by taking them to the cinema. Of course, you have an ulterior motive….
Euroffice are giving away £50 worth of #Cineworld cinema vouchers, perfect for treating your loved one to a night out at the flicks (AKA a bribe).
To be in with a chance of winning, follow @Euroffice on Twitter and keep an eye out for one of our special tweets. Then retweet it to enter the giveaway. (Here’s the boring bit involving Ts&Cs http://www.euroffice.co.uk/cms/1968).
After buttering up your SO and buying yourself some goodwill, you can get to the serious business of football research, to better understand England’s future opponents, in this World Cup or the next.
Here are five resources that I think are worth checking out, especially if you’re somewhat new to the beautiful game.
Understand football’s history
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson is about the history of football tactics from the 19th century until today, taking in managers, teams and global events along the way.
Take a peek into the future
The Numbers Game is all about using data to shape tactics, not just gut instinct. The authors analysed hundreds of thousands of matches to challenge football myth and wisdom.
Appreciate the art of the game
It’s a bit dated now, but John Cleese’s The Art of Football is a light-hearted A-Z about the game, featuring interviews with players, politicians and artists. (Stocking filler for Xmas?)
Learn from the greatest
In 2010 Sky TV did a really good series of shows called Football’s Greatest Managers, featuring people like Mourinho, Ferguson and Trapattoni. Well worth hunting down.
Get utterly confused
Zonalmarking.net is a website focusing on advanced football tactics. It’s beyond my level right now, but I’m working on it. Are you smart enough to understand it?