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Oscar winning wunderkind advice

What is talent without opportunity? The career of Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz carries a powerful message for any young footballer. In the latest edition of caffeine laced thrill mag Red Bulletin he talks about his difficulties in reaching the top of his profession. “In the early years of my career I was doing insanely…

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How they do in Pyongyang

As part of our series looking at different youth systems around the world we take a look at North Korea’s national academy. North Korea have had phenomenal success in recent years at the various Asian youth championships. They were runners-up at last year’s Under 19 Championships and won it in 2006 and 2010. They won the…

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The new Courtois?

If Mile Svilar ever needs advice on the pressures of being a goalkeeper he doesn’t have far to go. His father, Ratko, played for Yugoslavia and was keeper for Royal Antwerp for 16 years. The younger Svilar rejected offers from some of Europe’s top clubs to sign a professional contract with Anderlecht on his 16th…

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England’s teenage EURO 2016 hopefuls

Roy Hodgson likes teenagers. He has included two in each of the England squads he has picked for major tournaments. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Jack Butland went to EURO 2012 at 18 and 19. Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw were 19 and 18 when Hodgson took them to the 2014 World Cup. Who from England’s…


Thoughts on the Under 17 World Cup draw

The draw for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup was made in Santiago, Chile yesterday. The tournament kicks off on October 17 and there are some very interesting ties in store. Stars from Chile’s sporting past and present including Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas picked the teams and two groups stand out immediately. If Group C,…

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World academies . . . Portland Timbers

How they do in Stumptown Who has the best youth system in the world?     Barcelona? Ajax? Partizan Belgrade? This highly subjective question is almost impossible to answer. Much has been written about the world’s great academies but what about the setup at clubs less famous for talent production? We thought it would be interesting…

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More English kids should follow Mandela Egbo to Europe

  Crystal Palace had high hopes for Mandela Egbo. The 17-year-old right back was one of the best prospects to come through their academy in recent years. Palace offered him a good contract but he chose to sign his first full professional deal with Borussia Monchenglabach in Germany. The English club will receive approximately £200,000…

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