Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How a Soccer Star is Made

“All modern ideas on how to develop youngsters begin with Ajax,” Huw Jennings, an architect of the English youth-development system, told me. “They are the founding fathers.”

Monday, May 10, 2010

Win World Cup Jersey

Win a World Cup soccer jersey of the country of your choice. Just tell us what team/country you will be supporting in the World Cup and why you deserve the jersey.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Beckham on Letterman

Take a look here.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The African Game

" The African Game" -- Documentary Film Screener from REDD Kat Pictures on Vimeo.



Hat tip to The Offside Rules for pointing me to the video.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Live Blog: Barcelona Versus Inter Milan on Wednesday

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In perhaps the biggest game of the year, Inter Milan travels to Barcelona to face the Champions League champs at the Camp Nou. And, fortunately, Inter Milan gets to take a plane rather than in endure a 14-hour two-day bus trip as Barcelona did in the first match.

With Inter Milan winning the first match 3-1, Barcelona will need at least two goals to advance to the final at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on May 22.

Who will win the match? What team will you be cheering for? Will Eto'o score against his old team. Will Messi get a hat trick again? Follow our live blog on Wednesday as you watch the match. Post comments. Tell us what you think about the players, the coaches, the announcers, and the game overall.

Inter Milan will be without Wesley Sneijder, as he suffered a muscle strain in Inter's Serie A match versus Atalanta. Barcelona will be a little bit happy about this, as Sneijder as been on a tear for Inter. However, you never know what tricks Mourinho has up his sleeve, and Sneijder might make a miraculous recovery and play in the match.

Leading scorers for each team in the Champions League:

Lionel Messi 8 goals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4 goals
Alberto Millito 4 goals
Wesley Sneijder 3 goals

Wednesday - April 28, 2010
2:24 EST

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Freddy Adu: Didn't You Used To Be The Future?

Grant Wahl's new story on Freddy Adu:

Stray dogs. Freddy Adu sees them everywhere in ThessalonĂ­ki. Scavenging trash in the vacant lot by his practice field. Wandering in packs outside the hotel he called home for two months. Shadowing pedestrians with enough menace to spark visions of giant-needled rabies shots. Greece's second-largest city is beautiful in many respects: the seaside beaches, the bustling restaurants, the sigh-inducing women. But no matter how hard Adu tries, he can't avoid the stray dogs.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Michael Bradley Article in ESPN Mag

Michael Bradley article in ESPN mag.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

DirtyTackle Interviews Landon Donovan

Donovan talks soccer and more with one of the funniest soccer blogs around:

DirtyTackle: Speaking of MLS, after playing against teams like Man United and Chelsea, is it hard to get motivated for a game against, say, FC Dallas?

Landon: Well, there’s – motivation is inside each person. So a lot of people think that because you play Man U or because you play in a World Cup or whatever that’s where you get your motivation. If that’s what you’re waiting for to get your motivation, then you’re not gonna make it as an athlete. My motivation comes from inside, to perform the way that I know that I can perform, whether I’m playing a scrimmage against UCLA, against Houston, in LA, or Man United, or England in the World Cup. For me it’s all the same, so that’s, uh, that’s a non-issue.

Read the full interview here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bellamy Quote

Bellamy is a superb footballer but doesn't think he'll stay at Manchester City and doesn't feel close to his many of his co-workers:

"I don't feel close to footballers. Sometimes when I see certain things I'm ashamed to be a footballer,'' he told the News of the World. "I don't go to nightclubs, I don't go to lounge bars, I don't spend my days shopping. That doesn't interest me. I spend a lot of time with my children at home. That's where I feel good.

"I don't know how to be on the pitch as a tourist. Some lads do that but I can't. When I play, I play for real. I never pretend.

"I know I get carried away by emotion. I have always been like that. I don't give a toss whether that pleases people or not. I do my thing. What counts for me is the respect of my family, people who know me, my manager and my team-mates.''

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Friday, April 9, 2010

The Arjen Robben Volley in Pictures

Robben couldn't have hit the ball any better. A first time volley that proves to be enough to put Bayern Munich through to the semifinals. It was almost as good as Zidane's volley.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Fast is Cristiano Ronaldo?

Check out the speed test he runs through?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Johan Cruyff on Messi

“He has the capacity to do the difficult things without suffering, without distress … if you suffer, you can’t be the best in anything,” Cruyff wrote in his regular column in El Periodico newspaper. “Leo floats over the field— sometimes you have the sensation he’s not even there, that he’s hiding. But he’s there and the rival knows it.”

Learn how to play like Messi.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Manchester United Crossbar Challenge

What kind of challenges do you run through with your youth teams? Have you ever done a crossbar challenge like Manchester United does?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Adult Soccer in the Nashville Area

An email question we've received:

Good evening! I wanted to inquire about local adult soccer training lessons you may know of in the Nashville area. I am 30 and have always had interest in the sport of soccer, having played kickball on and off since childhood, but am interested in learning a more professional approach and possibly join a league.

I am also getting my certifications as a fitness trainer this spring and would love to incorporate the sport into my own training.

Does anyone have an answer?

Monday, March 15, 2010

World Cup 2010 in South Africa

Let the count down to the World Cup tournament begin. We're less than three months away from the first game, so we've got some early predictions and fact files for each team.

What team will you be cheering for? Will you be going to the tournament? If so, what games will you see?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yael Averbuch Training Preperations

Midfielder Yael Averbuch helped lead Sky Blue F.C. to the championship of Women’s Professional Soccer in the league’s first season

After this new and interesting running experience, I returned to the comfort of my usual training environment — the racketball court. This small, white, enclosed area has become an essential part of my training over the years, especially during New Jersey winters. All I need is a ball and my iPod and I can entertain myself in there for hours. As much as I’d love to be able to train in the sunshine on pristine grass fields, I really enjoy having to find new and interesting ways to train and play during the winter. I’ve kicked around in parking garages, school blacktops, parking lots, even the 8-by-6 foot free area of my basement.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Master Accuracy Training

This is the first step in lethal finishing, Master Accuracy Training from Nike Soccer.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Win a Pair of Nike CTR360 Maestri Soccer Cleats

Our contest is still going strong:

(*All Men's and Women's sizes available)

Step 1: Become a fan of SoccerTrainingInfo on Facebook

Step 2: Post a link to the best move, goal or highlight clip you've seen on YouTube, DailyMotion, MetaCafe or another video website on our fan page wall.

Step 3: Send us an email when the link is live on the fan page: info@soccertraininginfo.com

We will then select the best clip and the winner will receive the Nike CTR 360 shoes, valued at $160.