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

Breathtaking: Happy Birthday, Messi!

Stop whatever you are doing and watch this Icelandic commentator react to their historic win today. Got passion?

The story continues: tiny Iceland, with roughly one-third the population of San Jose (!), qualified today in dramatic fashion for the knockout stage of the European Championship.

NOBODY expected this. Sit back and enjoy. This is futbol!

We’re not developing risk-averse robots, right?

RIP Johan Cruyff. Legend, Visionary, Superstar. And a good human being.

FC Barcelona’s Technical Director: “No magic at our youth academy.”

Futsal Euro Championship now underway until Feb 13. Watch live at www.uefa.tv.

24 hours at Barca’s youth academy

THIS is world-class young talent. Pirlo surely would agree. How do we get to this in our country?

Around 1am on Sep 3, 2003 – the moment FC Barcelona started believing again

Learn more about the world’s best soccer coach: Pep Guardiola – Another Way of Winning

Iconic Photo – Messi @Camp Nou

messi at camp nou

Big push by overseas pro clubs into U.S. youth soccer

International professional clubs have been very active recently here in the U.S. An increasing number of them are setting up official affiliations with youth soccer clubs across the country to identify talent as early as possible and then develop them in the right way, including at their home academies in Europe. Here’s a very interesting ‘must-read’ article on this topic just published by the LA Times: Other Countries Are Scouting Young U.S. Soccer Talent. Quoting from this article to set the scene: When Brad Friedel was growing up in suburban Cleveland a generation ago, youth soccer was more an afterthought than an organized activity. “There was nothing there,” he remembers. So he was a bit surprised when he moved back to the U.S. after spending most of the last 20 years playing in the English Premier League. “The entire landscape and scope of what soccer is today doesn’t compare, doesn’t even look remotely similar, to the landscape that I left,” he

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Behavior of visiting North American parents during youth game in Barcelona

I came across an interesting blog post about behavior of visiting North American parents during a couple of youth games in Barcelona. Most of us probably recognize this kind of behavior from our games? Do the ‘instructions’ sound familiar? I’m pasting it here with some edits for clarity and brevity: About three weeks ago we had some visiting teams from North America in the Barcelona area. Two of my sons (2003, 2004) had the opportunity to play a game each against their North American opponents. English is also not very common in these parts so when we had these visiting teams from North America it was a good excuse to practice my English just in case I am forgetting it. I quickly got in some conversations with visiting parents. Many had questions as to how we like it here, how is the soccer, how is the coaching, schools and many other questions about Catalonia and Spain and general. The conversation

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