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When even supreme talent is not enough

You are more likely to get struck by lightning than play in the World Cup. Yet many fans underestimate the level of skill required to make it as a professional footballer. To make it to the pinnacle of the sport requires dedication, sacrifice and a degree of inherent ability and athletic prowess that is far…


Can the new Spurs generation save Tottenham’s soul?

On the morning of Spurs-Villa match last weekend, the Villa Blogger described Tottenham fans as the most fickle in English football history. It annoyed me because it was probably true. A season in the Champions League and recent high-profile wins against the Premier League’s top brass raised expectations, bringing back memories of a glittering history. But finishing…


Liverpool’s Pepijn Lijnders is a big deal

There are not many coaches like Liverpool’s Pepijn Lijnders. The 32-year-old Dutchman is a multi-linguist who quotes Einstein and has one of the strongest reputations in the world of youth development. Lijnders is a coaching wunderkind and now he is in charge of shaping Liverpool’s wonderkids of the future. He began his career as an…

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The best MUFC youngster since Paul Scholes?

Could Manchester United have found a young player to end their wait for an academy graduate? 16 year old midfielder causing great excitement The most talented player to emerge at United since Paul Scholes? The wait for a top class home-grown player at Manchester United goes on. It is 23 years and counting since the…

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One To Watch: Shinnosuke Nakatani

Some teams have a weak position, Japan have two – striker and centre back. An abundance of attacking midfielders and a couple of full backs have masked their deficiency but they are lacking quality in two crucial areas. Japan pass prettily but are toothless in attack and spineless in defence. Like a light punching boxer…

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Moses Simon: The One Who Got Away?

Ajax are synonymous with talent spotting but sometimes even the best make mistakes. In Moses Simon of KAA Gent Ajax might have let a gem slip through their fingers. The 19-year-old Nigerian scored a hat trick on his first start in the Jupiler League last Saturday after moving to Belgium from Slovakian side AS Trencin…

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Rivaldo Coetzee – One To Watch

Ice Cool Coetzee South Africa’s New Star Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee will begin the Africa Cup of Nations at the heart of South Africa’s defence. For an 18 year old to be their country’s first choice centre back is exceptional but Coetzee is an exceptional prospect. Named after the bandy-legged Brazil legend Rivaldo,…

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