Our Team

Founders

Sander IJtsma

Sander IJtsma (40) 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 (24) is co-founder and Head Editor of Between the Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles too. After six years of coaching youth football in the Netherlands, it’s now time to focus on journalism. Communication student, graduating this year. Anchor of ‘De Voetbalpodcast’, weekly Dutch football podcast.

Writers

Sam Planting

Sam Planting (27) is co-founder and Head Editor of Between the Posts. Also writes for various Dutch media about football (VI Pro, Het Parool, Hard Gras) and does some stats stuff for television. Records ‘De Voetbalpodcast’ with his two best buds. Born and raised in Amsterdam. Former basketball player. Current aficionado of stand-up comedy and rap music.

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.

Josh Manley

Josh Manley (20) 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 (20) is a massive Real Madrid fan who works as a Managing Editor for managingmadrid.com. 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.

Rowdy Nossent

Rowdy Nossent (24) is interested in football tactics and everything that goes with that. Started coaching youth teams quite early, as he has been doing this for ten years now. Feyenoord Rotterdam is his main club, but watches football from all over Europe. Tends to give his opinion on teams without a proper game plan. Prefers Serie A or Bundesliga.

Jose Perez

Jose Perez (27) 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.

Neill Barclay

Neill Barclay (32) has taken an interest in tactical analysis for many years. Writing analytical reports on teams from his native Scotland and all over Europe for various sites alongside gaining experience of producing technical scouting reports at local matches. On a mission to visit as many iconic stadiums around Europe as possible but just as happy standing on the sidelines of a Highland League match.

Sergio Sampaio

Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante (segundovolante.com). 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.

Martyn Davis

Martyn Davis (20) is an aspiring coach and analyst who spends his time reading, learning and — more recently — writing about football tactics. He is a Liverpool fan who primarily watches the Premier League but tries to broaden his tactical horizons by watching as many different leagues and teams as possible. He writes for his own football blog as well as Between the Posts.

Max Bergmann

Max Bergmann (21) likes to watch football from every possible angle as an ambitious coach, player, (former) referee and analyst. Holding the UEFA B-Level license, he is coaching youth teams and making video analysis. In order to extend his knowledge about tactics, physiology and psychology in sports, he is studying sports science. Whenever Max is not on the pitch or at the university, he analyses football with a focus on the Bundesliga and the other European top leagues for TotalFootballAnalysis and Between The Posts

Chris Baker

Chris Baker (22) is a Business Coordinator. Interested in, and writes about, tactics. Coaches twice a week and aspires to work full time in football. Tries to follow most of the top teams across Europe, especially Arsenal and Barcelona. When he is not coaching or watching football, he is probably reading… about football.

Josh Williams

Josh (24) is an aspiring football journalist & amateur video analyst, commonly known as @DistanceCovered on Twitter. He regularly writes for Anfield Index & is a dedicated Liverpool supporter, having lived in the city all his life. Josh places an emphasis on concise writing to ensure that any complex tactical & analytical concepts are easily understood.

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