What would you do? Chelsea youth players

Playing for a club like Chelsea is a dream for many young footballers all over the world.

The route starts playing for Chelsea’s youth teams and once you outgrow youth football, depending on your skill level you’ll go on loan to a Championship side, team abroad, on the rare occasion a team in the premier league and on an even rarer occasion you’ll break through to the first team. Continue reading “What would you do? Chelsea youth players”

Scary City

It seems that Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are a match made in heaven. Manchester City easily have the most technical team in the league but managers never

You would think with a new manager coming in and instantly dropping their highest paid players and long serving fan favourite and England number 1 Joe Hart he would receive a bit of backlash and I am sure if it was Jose Mourinho doing the same things he would be ridiculed in the papers but Pep has a lovable demeanour so he is left to it and his brilliance has time to come to the surface without being pressured or put under scrutiny.

How far can Leicester go this season?

To say Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City shocked the world with their title winning campaign last season would be a profound understatement. Tipped at the start of the season to get relegated, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and friends put in performances of the highest quality week in week out during the 15/16 campaign, cruising their way to deserved Premier League glory. And with their squad going into the 16/17 season relatively unchanged, who’s to say that they won’t go and do it all over again? There are, however, two reasons as to why that may not be the case. Continue reading “How far can Leicester go this season?”

Tekkerz Kid: Introduction to Birmingham’s 7 year old Football Star

If you’re not aware of who Tekkerz Kid is then you’ll be highly surprised and probably jealous about the skills this kid possesses. The clue is in the name, Tekkerz meaning technique and 7 year old Lorenzo Greer a.k.a”Tekkerz Kid” has it in abundance. In football the term Wonderkid is used widely but when you see this what can only be classed as a child not only perfoming skills but the technique to curl a free kick in from 20+ yards or his control of the ball simply blows you away.

Not only is it amazing to see young Lorenzo excelling at something he loves but watching how involved his whole family are, especially parents are Nathan and Tara also warms the hearts of the viewing public. With almost 75 thousand subscribers on YouTube, Lorenzo has entertained and wowed viewers with football boot reviews, shooting tutorials, skills tutorials and overall football content.

Having already been in the national newspaper and on BBC the future seems very bright for this talented youngster.

Birmingham City U7’s 

On YouTube you can see a whole host of freestyle footballers who for whatever reason can’t transfer their skills to the pitch. This isn’t the case for Tekkerz Kid. Playing for Birmingham City U7’s is a huge step to becoming a professional football player.

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Liverpool Season Preview

In the past when evaluating Liverpool Football Club, you couldn’t help but come up with more questions than answers. Are they actually a top 4 club? Do their supporters expect too much? What would actually be a decent finish for Liverpool? This season, however, with charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp having his feet firmly under the Liverpool table after half a season ‘steadying the ship’, so to speak, there seems to an air of optimism surrounding the Anfield club for the forthcoming Premier League season. And with last year’s strong finish, Europa League final appearance and a shed load of money spent this summer, there is no reason to suggest that the team from Merseyside can’t sneak into the top 4 this season. Continue reading “Liverpool Season Preview”

John Terry for England

New England manager Sam Allardyce has been open to the idea and said Terry could return for England. Even if Big Sam gives John the call, would it be in the defender’s best interest to accept?

With the defensive woes of the current England team you can see where Sam Allardyce is coming from but as one of his first actions as England boss I don’t think this controversial decision would go down well with supporters. Continue reading “John Terry for England”

Sam Allardyce for England

Born in Dudley on the 19th October 1954, the 6’3” man mountain they call ‘Big Sam’ has recently been interviewed for the country’s biggest football job and has officially been confirmed as the next England manager succeeding Roy Hodgeson.

A playing career that stretched over 21 years, starting at Dudley Town and finishing at Preston North End. Spells in America and Ireland were brief, but it was in England where Allardyce developed a reputation as a solid, aggressive and fierce Central defender.

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How big is the jump between youth football and the first team?

With Chelsea’s youth team winning their respective FA Cup and Champions League this year and multiple trophies over the last few years, it has baffled the footballing world as to why none of them come through to play for the first time. Ruben Loftus Cheek has come closest to becoming a first team regular making 16 appearances in all competitions this season scoring 2 goals, the 20-year-old certainly has the potential so what’s stopping him? Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham scored 71 goals between them in 2015. This season Dominic Solanke was sent to Vitesse on loan where he’s scored 7 goals in 25 appearances while Tammy Abraham spend another season in the Chelsea youth teams and made 3 appearances in the final 3 Chelsea premier league matches… is that it? But maybe it’s just a Chelsea thing, let’s talk a look at a few other players. Continue reading “How big is the jump between youth football and the first team?”

What the Euros have taught us

The biggest lesson which doesn’t just apply to the Euros but the Premier League and football in general is to 1. Never underestimate your opponent and 2. Hard work and tactical discipline will always shine regardless of how good the players are.

Wales, Italy and Iceland are the 3 teams that stand out. I understand that some nations put more pressure on their teams than others but those 3 nations have some of the proudest people to perform for and I don’t think those Welsh or Italian supporters would have been satisfied to do what was ‘expected’ and make it to the knockout stages and go home. They would have understood but they would not have been okay with it.

The Euros hasn’t had the expected stand out players previous competitions have had, the so called star players have heavily under performed and even with Wales in the semi finals Gareth Bale has not set the stage alight with his performances thus far. Same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo , Sergio Ramos, David Alaba, Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski to name a few.

This could be the beginning of a huge shift in football, of course the brilliance of the likes or Ronaldo, Hazard and Bale can win GAMES but to win a COMPETITION, you’ll need football fundamentals, tactics, team work, coaching and fun.

Whoever wins Euro 2016 will certainly deserve it but the emergence of the underdogs will be what this years Euros will be remembered for.

“Overpaid Nonces”

England losing to Iceland wasn’t something any of us expected, the wealth of talent we have within the team and the performances these players put in for their club teams should at least mean they can beat Iceland.

Joe Hart playing for Manchester City in a Champions League final does not let that 2nd goal in!

Harry Kane 90 minutes from winning the Premier League plays a lot better and doesn’t lose his first touch the way he did last night.

A lot of these players just weren’t on form and probably our 2 most inform players Rashford and Vardy didn’t start.

There was NO pressure on England to go all the way this year so pressure can’t be used as an excuse.