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The Future Of Our Game

Posted on: November 16, 2011

A number of stories have been coming in from the news room today about the state of our beautiful game. It’s not so beautiful after all…

The Daily Mail has an amazing story of how a three-year-old impressed Man United scouts. Apparently his “control and movement” was what made him shine. Best of luck to him…

Meanwhile in the BBC Gus Poyet is expressing his sincere frustration at the lack of technical ability in the English game. As an England and Brighton fan his words are bitter-sweet. It is hard to realise the fact that as a footballing nation we are no longer producing a calibre of player able to compete on the international stage. At the same time it is relieving to hear the problem being addressed (or at least noticed). Poyet added:

“We at Brighton will have better technical players because it is my responsibility. I would like the FA, and the other mentors to stop talking about it. We have lost too many years by just talking.” 

“We have to prepare the players. It is easy to talk about having a great academy but you have to influence the players and I am going to put my input into the academy also.

In comparison to the more technically gifted nations (Spain and Brazil most notably) England are needlessly lacking in footballing talent despite the Premier League’s financial clout. Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and other top English clubs continue to spend millions of pounds every year on transfer fees in the hope of buying success. Yet Barcelona, arguably the best team in the world rely on a set of home grown players who cost zilch. Why is there such a lack of investment? Or strategy? Well…

Meanwhile on the other side of Manchester (the blue side), Manchester City have revealed their training ground and academy plans. They will feature 15 pitches, a large sleeping quarter and a 7,000 mini-stadium. It is an absolute emulation of what Barcelona are currently using to knock out stars such as Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesti, Pique, Puyol, Valdes, Busquets, Thiago, Bojan, Messi…Pepe Reina, Mikel Arteta and Guardiola. Certainly La Cantera is a honey pot for talent.

Barcelona are obviously doing something right. But what? Once again this Daily Mail gives great insight into the academy’s plumbing.

I have also come across this from Eurosport. Football coaches, artificial surfaces, climate and culture make Barcelona, Barcelona. If Manchester City are going to do a ‘Barcelona’ then we must be patient. The next generation of world beaters are not going to arrive overnight, unlike the play surfaces 😉

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3 Responses to "The Future Of Our Game"

you can only have so much, a lot of it boils down to genetics, continental players have always been more gifted technically, whilst we provide one rooney, countries like spain, brazil and argentina produce 5-6 Rooney’s every year

As much I agree with the concept, I don’t think it is good enough to accept that we can only muster 1 Rooney a decade.

Holland are producing better players than us, they do not enjoy the continental benefits? Arguably, so do Germany. (2 and 3 respectively in FIFA rankings)

England need to step up. Simple.

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