What football tactics teach us about dating

For his day job, James Curley, 36, is an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia University, working on the neuroendocrinological basis of social behavior.But in his downtime he tries to answer different kinds of mysteries: What was the first soccer game he ever went to?

“We were curious if it was possible to distil some of the initial thoughts of the coach or the tactics of the team from the trajectory of the ball,” says Laszlo Gyarmati of the Qatar Computing Research Institute.

The no-nos of picking up women in bars are fairly obvious. Online dating, on the other hand, is a bit more nuanced.

And don’t stare at her cleavage while she’s talking (or at least don’t get caught doing it).

Tiki-taka moves away from the traditional thinking of formations in football to a concept derived from zonal play.

Barcelona's Dutch managers made it a point to promote from their youth system, and Barcelona's La Masia youth academy has been credited with producing a generation of technically talented, often physically small, players such as Pedro, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Lionel Messi; Pep Guardiola managed Barcelona from 2008 to 2012.

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