The purpose of this graduate thesis was to define the characteristics of offensive play of Slovenian football club NK Brežice 1919 in the first half of the 2016/17 Slovenian second national league. We have compared the execution of certain tactical/technical elements of Brežice’s attacking play with their respective oppositions.
We have analyzed eight games of the first part of the 2016/17 season. The opponents of Brežice were NK Drava Ptuj, NK Krka, NK Brda, NK Zarica Kranj, NK Ankaran Hrvatini and NK Triglav Kranj. In each of those games we focused on five main variables, helping us determine the characteristics of Brežice’s offensive play.
We have also conducted a comparison between football clubs NK Brežice and Nafta 1903. We compared certain variables in attack, found in our own analysis as well as in an analysis conducted by Adam Zagorec in his graduate thesis Characteristics of NK Nafta 1903’s play in the first half of the 2016/17 season. We have realized that the model of offensive play from both teams differ, one of the main reasons being the difference in team quality in the third Slovenian league (3. SNL east) and the second league (2. SNL).
After analyzing the characteristics of attacking play we have reached some important conclusions. NK Brežice 1919 created most chances after counter attacks and quick, continuous attacks; generally followed by a cross or penetration by the wing players. The most Brežice goals came from crosses, while each of the goals came from inside the penalty area. Wing players, besides setting up their teammates, have also scored the most goals in the team. Players lost possession mostly because of misdirected passes or over-dribbling. We have conducted that this is the consequence of Brežice’s model of play – based on numerous risky through passes and constant wing penetration. The least balls were lost in duels, which is representative of good physical conditioning and mere players’ profile.