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What’s the best way to develop young footballers?

Chelsea’s large number of youth and squad players has caused uproar amongst the assorted press.

The reality is that Chelsea are not doing anything that other clubs are not doing other than it being highly organised and effective financially. (more…)


Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona – much more than just clubs

Barcelona is a team that are known the world over.

Over their history some of the greatest players in the game have appeared for Barça from Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona to Gary Lineker and Rivaldo. (more…)


Five young players to watch this season

Every season there are more and more talented youngsters emerging in the Premier League

..and the last few years has seen the rise of Under 21’s playing in the league whether they are homegrown or signed. (more…)


Southampton: A blueprint for footballing success

There’s only a few days left of the transfer window.

But whilst all other managers are running around trying to get deals done, Mauricio Pochettino is sitting at home with his feet-up, safe in the knowledge that his squad is ready for the coming campaign. (more…)


English players don’t travel

It is well known, and widely accepted, that England’s brightest young prospects are quickly snapped up from their local parks and placed straight into top academies.

Here, they are nurtured and moulded until they are ready for first team football. But why don’t we see any foreign scouts at our local Sunday league matches to rival any interest from English clubs? (more…)


The end of an era – Sir Alex Ferguson

One of the biggest headlines of the season..

And maybe even the decade is of course that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has retired after almost 27 years in charge. (more…)