The pitfalls of chasing the elite player dream

 

THIS!

Last Saturday’s Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona game was a perfect example of modern top-level soccer. It had everything – skills, technique, creativity, excellent off-the-ball movement, great defending and goalkeeping, playing out from the back, spacing, pressing, shooting, passion, pace, team work….the list goes on. This is how huge the gap is in our country. This is where we need to be if we want to compete internationally. And to reach this level of soccer sophistication requires a fundamental revamp of how we teach, play, and organize soccer. It starts with our coaching quality, and includes finding a way for our best/better players to avoid college soccer. I’m including here a 12-minute highlights clip, but it doesn’t do the game justice. I strongly encourage you to find a recording of the full game and watch it with your soccer-playing kids. It’s very entertaining and a great learning opportunity.

Gabriel Jesus Documentary – Made in Brazil

Probably goal of the season in the EPL – enjoy!

We won’t compete internationally until we develop players like Coutinho. Period.

 

Excellent documentary on the German soccer youth development approach

Example of elite talent with excellent technical skills: Martin Ødegaard (age 17) @Real Madrid

Phenomenal 13 year old Karamoko Dembele – you will watch this in stunned silence

Astonishing freestyler – enjoy!

Dribbling, creativity, and movement of U12 FCB vs RM. I doubt they hear “stop dribbling, pass quicker” much! And notice the size difference.

Blind players in Brazil using sound to play the game they love

The making of a futbol genius – and I predict the best it yet to come

First in-game use of video replay in soccer last Saturday – and it worked well!

Mini-documentary on Iceland’s shocking Euro 2016 run

One-third the city of San Jose just knocked England out of the European Championship. The miracle continues. Speechless.