European trends to watch this year

Teams and tactics to keep an eye on during the European soccer season

Updated: August 13, 2011, 9:24 AM ET
By Albert Larcada | ESPN Insider
Robin van PersieJasper Juinen/Getty ImagesRobin van Persie might not be receiving the kinds of passes he's used to this season.

Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.