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I had no idea he was even eligible for Turkey.
Goals under Villas-Boas are often scored from a sudden killer pass or quick attacks orchestrated in two or three touches.
Tottenham is supposedly thinking of hiring Moyes. I doubt many of their fans would be too enthused but it would make Tottenham's CL quest next season even more interesting because there would be the added intrigue of Moyes trying to fend off his two previous clubs for a spot. Could be fascinating.
I would bet my car that most Flight 1 teams are comprised of U9-eligible players that are now already 10, whereas on my son's team (Flight 7) half the team is still 8 and only just now turning 9 this spring. It's a huge difference at this age (and likely at other ages too).
Not only does this skew the teams at the younger levels, but it discourages younger players going forward even if they may have more talent in the long run.
I also wouldn't get too upset about the passing and through ball stuff, my experiences at U 10 generally have been that U 10 kids can learn spacing and throughballs through rote training but the concept of space is not something they start to grasp in any real way until U 12 or even higher
TE Jr. is young for U9 (early July birthday), and is not the fastest by a long shot (but neither is he a plodder). He's starting to get discouraged at being overrun by kids almost 1 year older and a head taller than him... What's frustrating to him is that when he gets even a small amount of time on the ball he can pick out a pass, cross into the box with each foot... His IQ is very good; he's just not able to find space to execute anything.
The reality is that his future likely lies as a defensive midfielder who helps build play from the back... but that position doesn't exist in U9 soccer (at least as its played in these parts).
I guess the problem in exploiting this missing talent is that the players are probably discouraged very early.
Parents in (American) football-mad states have been holding their kids back for some time now. Its caught on for other sports.
Any chance Giggs gets the job?
The hottest manager of them all right now, Diego Simeone, won his first title as manager 10 months after he hung up his boots (at his second coaching gig, because South American football).
All these fluke goals seem to happen for Chelsea. I don't understand it.
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