Sander IJtsma

Sander IJtsma (41) is co-founder and data-specialist of Between the Posts. He is also the man behind 11tegen11, a company that provides player scouting advice and various other data services. Pioneer of the #autotweet to provide match plots on Twitter. Father of two. Now circling back to tactical writing, which was how it all started eight years ago.

Erik Elias

Erik Elias (26) is co-founder and chief editor of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles as well. Former youth coach. Scout. ‘Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.’


Josh Manley

Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona.

Om Arvind

Om Arvind (21) is a massive Real Madrid fan who works as a Managing Editor for When not watching and writing about his beloved Los Blancos and contributing to Between The Posts, he spends his time crafting video analyses for his youtube channel and Managing Madrid’s facebook page. He also adores deep-lying playmakers, something that was molded by his time watching the likes of Xabi Alonso.

Peter M.

Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so.

Tom Quartly

Tom Quartly (18) is a student living in Nottingham. When he’s not watching his local side Notts County slide down the league table, he enjoys writing in-depth on just about anything football. A fan of foreign colloquialisms, Between the Posts has given him the opportunity to write about all sorts of football matches, and he has helped apply this knowledge to his own website,

Kareem Bianchi

Kareem Bianchi (17) is our youngest writer. Based in Italy, he enjoys the tactical nuances of the Serie A, yet also keeps his eye on other elite European competitions. 

Guillaume Maebe

Guillaume Maebe (28) loves collecting shirts of players who haven’t achieved anything in their career. Works for Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad where he focuses on football stories, online development and – oh, yes – tactical analysis. Played football until the age of 18. Nowadays wanders around telling people how his poor back has prohibited him of becoming a professional football player.

José Pérez

José Pérez (28) writes and talks about anything football-related: players, tactics, advanced statistics and analytics, the relationship between football and society. Whenever he is not working on high-power lasers, his main focus is LaLiga but he tries to keep up with all big five European leagues and Champions / Europa League. Outside of Between the Posts, you can find him arguing with people and reviewing matches on Twitter or answering questions on Quora.

Carl Carpenter

Carl Carpenter (25) is a professional performance analyst whose specialties include pre-match scouting, player analysis, and data-based metrics. An avid reader and watcher of football, he loves writing about football tactics and individual player reports. He is an avid (and at times, overly passionate) supporter of Arsenal but he watches football at all levels: whether it be American college soccer for his job, or any obscure match he can find to watch in his free time.

Sergio Sampaio

Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante ( You can find him watching, and perhaps writing about, all kinds of football: more likely to watch an Europa League qualifier in the summer than friendlies, only to then complain about the quality of the game. He abandons reason when it comes to believing FC Famalicão will play European football in his lifetime.

Joel Parker

Joel Parker (20) is an Everton fan. Whenever he’s not watching his beloved Everton, Joel spends his time analyzing all sorts of football. Chief editor and co-founder of Toffee Analysis.

Cem Soylu

Cem Soylu (27) has always been obsessed with football, and he’s a lifelong student of the game. Currently working as a finance professional in New York, he worked for his beloved team Galatasaray’s scouting team in the past and he holds a Youth Certificate from Irish FA. He actively follows all main European leagues, often picking the tactically interesting ones, only if it’s not clashing with a Galatasaray game. Has a particular affinity to three man defense formations.

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