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The Waves

The nurse turned to me and said, “You’re going to meet your little girl tonight.”<p>I’ll never forget those words for the rest of my life.<p>My partner …

Empathy

An obsession with Languages.

I have long had an obsession with learning a second language in order to develop my coaching qualities.<p>It started as a young coach at Chelsea. I had …

BOOK LAUNCH

My new book is now available in PDF ebook format.<p>Please follow the link below to purchase and download your copy of the book via payhip.<p>60 Training …

Why We Need Positional Data

23 April 2017. <i>El Clásico</i>. Real were one man down and losing against one of the best teams in the world, with less than 15 minutes to go. The match …

Soccer

Remembering Lilleshall: Football’s answer to Hogwarts

In a dusty cellar, beneath an early 19th-century hunting lodge in the middle of the Shropshire countryside, sits a little piece of English football …

A Lesson in Top Level “Checking Your Shoulder”; Go Beyond the Superficial

Do you remember when most all Americans, coaches included, thought ‘rondo’ meant this:Now we’re a bit more educated, but still have a long way to go …

Zac McEachran aiming to emulate his brother with help from Jamie Vardy

McEachran and his brother Josh began at Chelsea. But whereas Josh is now at Brentford, Zac is among the hopefuls participating from Monday at the Vardy academy designed to help non-league talent into the professional game<p>Zac McEachran nods and laughs at the suggestion that he has probably had to …

Soccer

Gianluigi Buffon’s Last Hurdle: A Champions League Crown

TURIN, Italy — It was late one Saturday night when Nevio Scala, the manager of Parma, made his way to Gianluigi Buffon’s hotel room. He wanted to ask Buffon a question, even if he knew what the answer would be.<p>Buffon, 17 at the time, had been training with Parma’s senior team all week. The club’s …

Telemundo Deportes World Cup 2018 Campaign - Eight by Eight

As anticipation for the 2018 World Cup grows, Telemundo Deportes has sealed the deal to become the tournament’s Spanish-language broadcaster, a post …

English football's dark side in which the young are collateral damage in the search for the next big thing

We sat in the still calm of an anonymous side room near an inquest court at Nottingham. It was an encounter which has resonated for me more than any …

Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 12-year-old Rio,<p>Keep walking.<p>Keep your head down.<p>And just keep walking.<p>The pitch is just on the other side of the path. Only 100 yards away. Not …

Soccer

Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

Wherever you stand on the matter of American exceptionalism, there is one indisputable fact: We are the exception when it comes to soccer. For just about every other nation, soccer is thesport — a far, far better thing than the American dollar, beer, Google or sex. Alas, in the United States, …

New York Red Bulls

What I Learned Trying to Become a Pro Footballer in the UK

I think you have to be a bit faster and stronger, if you want to play professionally in Europe.<p><i>This article is part of our New Neighbours series, in which young refugees from across Europe guest edit VICE.com. Click here to read the introduction.</i><p>–––<p><i>Helal al Baarini is 21 years old and a native of</i> …

Soccer

For Naples

In Naples, we don’t just have one football manager.<p>We have three million.<p>Every man, woman and child knows what’s best for Napoli. Every four-year-old …

Soccer

The Lob: How to identify talent and the use of statistics

Host Jim Hart, senior writer and coach Jon Townsend and commentator and analyst Juan Arango examine how players are evaluated during the development …

West Ham target Watford youngster Dion Pereira, but face competition from Newcastle United

Watford youngster Dion Pereira is wanted by West Ham and Newcastle United and could leave Vicarage Road for a small fee.<p>The 18-year-old broke into …

How MLS clubs are undervaluing prospects from the US lower divisions

Could homegrown imports like Minnesota United’s Christian Ramirez help MLS get over its reluctance to mine talent from the NASL and USL?<p>Every season, Major League Soccer has a crop of breakout players who are new to the league – this year we have Atlanta’s Josef Martínez (the Venezuelan who scored …

Soccer

How Georgi Kinkladze showed up Premier League’s early inability to evolve

Talented Georgian No10 was bought by Manchester City in 1995 but attempts to build a team around him failed partly because of English fixation with 4-4-2<p>The end of the Premier League’s 25th campaign provides an opportune moment to marvel at the division’s tremendous tactical and technical …

Soccer

The 5 Key Player Development Components

Player development can be broken into 5 major components:• The household/parent/family influence<br>• The playing on your own influence<br>• The pickup game …

Why Ajax are the most important club in football

Before their Europa League final against Manchester United, BBC Sport looks at the reasons why Ajax might be considered the most important club in football.<p><b>Listen to live commentary of Ajax v Manchester United, Wednesday 24 May, 19:45 BST on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website &</i> …

Celtic wonderkid target Stephen Odey goes AWOL from Nigerian club MFM

CELTIC target Stephen Odey has gone AWOL from club MFM.<p>The Nigerian top-flight club claim their 19-year-old wonderkid is missing – and they have no …

Inside Italy's Manager School, Where Conte, Ancelotti and Allegri Learned to Win

FLORENCE, ITALY — Italian managers are on course to win three of Europe's five big leagues this season. Antonio Conte's Chelsea lead the Premier League, Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus are atop Serie A, and Carlo Ancelotti has already wrapped up the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. All this just a …

Soccer

Bio-banding: myths and realities

Written by Simon Austin — May 2, 2017<p>ACADEMY use of bio-banding - where players are matched by maturity rather than age - has sparked a lot of debate …

Paulo Dybala: the rise and rise of Juventus’ attacking ‘jewel’ | Jonathan Wilson

The 23-year-old Argentinian forward, an immensely talented player with ‘PlayStation moves’, will be key as the Italian side take on Monaco in the Champions League semi-final<p>The 24 years since Argentina last won a trophy are frustrating enough but they have been given additional edge of late by the …

Soccer

Sorin: We treated Messi like a rare jewel

Former Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin reflects on triumphing at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Qatar 1995, recalls watching the rise of Lionel Messi …

John Fashanu on brother Justin: ‘He was my shining light. He became my arch enemy’

Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay footballer, killed himself with his life mired in chaos and injury. As documentary Forbidden Games casts light on his tragic story, his sibling talks about their troubled relationship<p>The story of Justin Fashanu – the world’s first £1m black footballer and …

Siblings

Outliers Are Everything

<i>In statistics, you rarely care about the outliers. If the data set is big enough, these are naturally occurring, but generally we want information</i> …

Crash Course to Positional Play: Part 1 of 4

On Rivalries

I first learned what a rivalry really was at White Hart Lane.<p>Well, to be honest, I probably learned it first from the Arsenal fans clinging to the …

Soccer

Lee Sharpe exclusive: Forget Ibra, Rashford is United’s most exciting talent since Beckham

<i>“The last time I was this excited about a United youngster was, well, you can go right back to Paul Scholes and David Beckham for that. As for</i> <i>Ronaldo</i></i> …