Gianni Vio: A Career in Set-Pieces (Part 7)

Set Piece Analysis
Stuart Reid

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Vio Part 7 (Brentford + Leeds)

Part 1: Catania during the 07/08 + 08/09 seasons
Part 2: Catania during the 09/10 + 10/11 seasons
Part 3: Catania during the 11/12 season
Part 4: Fiorentina during the 12/13 season
Part 5: Fiorentina during the 13/14 season
Part 6: AC Milan during the 14/15 season

Vs Ipswich (corner) – 8/8/15

I really like the grouping of the Brentford players at this corner – having the players so deep in the box means the goalkeeper has to either sacrifice not knowing where the Brentford players are – or or keep glancing round and potentially losing vital seconds watching the ball come in.

Vs Fulham (corner) – 12/12/15

Annoyingly the footage is focused on the corner taker so we can’t really see what happens in the box, but as pointed in several of the other parts of the Vio series – Vio loves a runner attacking the back post from deep and it looks like the same was employed here.


Vs Cardiff (corner) – 15/12/15

Again we can’t really see the build-up to the corner, but again the ball is headed home at the back post. Notice the 2 Cardiff players dragged out to stop the short corner – this is a favourite tactic of mine as it weakens the defending teams setup – giving a better chance of getting something from the corner

Vs Huddersfield (free kick) – 19/12/15

The movement here is fantastic as the players towards the edge of the penalty area swerve and slalom between running towards the front or the back post. This keeps their markers guessing and causes confusion in the box.

Vs Preston (free kick) – 23/1/16

The Brentford players congregate in an offside position before sprinting back onside into their positions, it’s hard to tell from the angle the game was filmed whether the goalkeeper’s vision was blocked by some of the Brentford players, but it would surprise me if there were no Vio screen.

Vs Charlton (corner) – 5/3/16

Again the footage concentrates on the corner taker rather than what’s happening in the box (why do camera operators do this?!) so it’s near impossible to tell what happened with player runs, but Brentford’s header came for the area I always try to get my teams to attack – the middle of the 6-yard box is the most dangerous area to attack.

Vs Nottingham Forest (corner) – 2/4/16

Appalling camera work again, but again shows the advantage in Vios routines. Vio always has players attacking the 6-yard box from multiple directions and timings, this ensures that in case of a second ball (such as seen here) – there’s players on hand to put the ball home if needed.

Vs Cardiff (corner) – 19/4/16

As above, advantage of players attacking from different angles shines through here, a shot from the near post is saved and leads to a shot from the back post which rebounds off the bar – leaving the player attacking the centre of the 6-yard box to finally poke the ball home

Vs MK Dons (free kick) – 23/4/16

The free kick is whipped in, the player running in front of the goalkeeper distracts him for just a second and the ball somehow finds the way into the net without touching anyone.

Vs Fulham (corner) – 30/4/16

Again the footage is terrible (why Football League why?) so we can’t see the movement of the players, but the ball is headed from the area I pointed out earlier as the most effective area to attack – the middle of the 6-yard box.


Vs Aston Villa (corner) – 1/12/17

The players crowd the 6 yard box before all beginning their jinxing runs with some players acting as blockers – stopping the runs of defenders allowing their teammates to attack space unopposed. A superbly worked corner and well deserving of a goal.

Vs Norwich (free kick) – 16/12/17

We see a similar tactic that was deployed for Brentford. A free-kick from a deep position had a couple of Leeds players offside (and therefore unmarked). Just before the ball is played in the players run back onside and begin their run. The ball is superb and one of the 2 players playing with the offside trap manages to score.

Vs Burton (free kick) – 26/12/17

The free kick that went viral. Burtons goalkeeper got so mad at the Vio screens being used that he pulled down the shorts of one of the Leeds players (earning a booking in the process). A perfect example of how the Vio screen works and is used (and how annoying it must be for the opposition goalkeeper!)


Gianni Vio has revolutionised the art of taking set-pieces and the number of goals he’s been responsible for is simply staggering, so many of his set-pieces when you break them down are pure genius – and some of the concepts so simple (such as the Vio screen) that it’s staggering that we haven’t seen widespread adoption of them yet. Vio’s career is something I’m hoping to emulate and i’ve learnt plenty from this series and will hopefully be taking many aspects into my career down the line. I hope you’ve learnt as much as me!

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