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Freitag, 2. März 2018


There really is no club quite like SC Freiburg. With their record signing coming in at under €6m, the Bundesliga Official side has put together a brilliant model, selling players for vast profits and working towards consistency in their academy and stability in the dugout. It's why only one manager has been sacked in the club's history.

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Dienstag, 20. Februar 2018

Domogalla: Norwich reaping benefits of tougher regime

Domogalla joined Norwich in July 2017
New Norwich Head of Sport Science Chris Domogalla says changes he implemented in the summer have made the players fitter and more resilient

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Samstag, 17. Februar 2018

Ostersunds FK: Rise of Swedish club under English manager Graham Potter

Graham Potter and players celebrate their Swedish Cup winGraham Potter and players celebrate their Swedish Cup winGraham Potter and players celebrate their Swedish Cup winBildergebnis für Ostersunds FK:
In his six full seasons at Ostersunds, manager Graham Potter has achieved three promotions and led them to the Swedish Cup

Freitag, 16. Februar 2018

The secrets of Charlton's amazing production line

Academy graduate Joe Gomez made his England debut in November
OUR Academy productivity rankings for 2016/17 were topped by the big beasts of English football, who have all spent millions on their youth programmes. Manchester United were top, Arsenal second and Chelsea third.

But sandwiched between the Premier League leviathans and flying the flag for the lower leagues, were Charlton Athletic, in seventh place. The League One club have had their struggles in recent seasons, but their Academy continues to be a shining light, turning out the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Harry Arter, Joe Gomez and Ademola Lookman.
Academy manager Steve Avory has been a key part of that success since joining in January 2001. He spoke to Josh Schneider Weiler of the This Football Life podcast to reveal some of the secrets of Charlton’s Academy success:

Donnerstag, 11. Januar 2018

A day inside Benfica's academy, the production line for European football

A few of Benfica’s academy graduates – including Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches, Victor Lindelof and Ederson – have ended up in the Premier League.
Benfica have made more than £230m in the last three years from selling academy graduates. This is how they develop their young players.

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Samstag, 6. Januar 2018

Leeds United To Seal Aspire Academy Partnership With Ideguchi Loan Move

At the start of 2018, Leeds United formalized their partnership with Aspire Academy, the Qatari soccer network that owns Belgian team KAS Eupen and Spanish team Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa. It might not be the signing of the season, that honor will go to any player who can make the difference at the business-end of the season and earn the Yorkshire club promotion back to the Premier League, but the deal with Aspire, formalizing an already existing relationship, could help Leeds United in the long-run.

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Mittwoch, 3. Januar 2018

Die Verletzungstabelle zur Winterpause 2017/18

Hier ist sie: Die große Verletzungsbilanz der Bundesligisten zum Jahresende. Welche Vereine hatten besonders mit Verletzungen zu kämpfen? Wer kam weitestgehend verletzungsfrei durch? Die Daten:

Happy New Year 2018

Donnerstag, 14. Dezember 2017

Freitag, 1. Dezember 2017

Why set pieces are such a weapon for Sheffield United

Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill are set-piece alchemists
SET PIECES have been one of Sheffield United's most potent weapons under Chris Wilder. Analyst OLI WALKER has taken a forensic look at what they're doing and why they're so good in this sometimes under-rated area of the game. For an even fuller version, click here.

Mittwoch, 29. November 2017

Arsenal appoint Sanllehi as Head of Football Relations

Sanllehi was at Barcelona for 14 years
Arsenal appointments since June:
ARSENAL have appointed Barcelona’s Raul Sanllehi to the new position of Head of Football Relations.
The Spaniard, who was Director of Football at Barcelona for 14 years, will join the Gunners in February. His role will be “to lead future player negotiations and work alongside manager Arsène Wenger, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy.”
The club added: “He will also represent and support the club with international and domestic governing bodies.”

Donnerstag, 23. November 2017

Tifosy - Invest in your club's future - How It Works (GERMAN)

Gianluca Vialli launches crowdfunding campaign for sports finance

Former star footballer Gianluca Vialli is looking to strengthen ties between fans and clubs, seeking funding for a venture that aims to tap the growing trend of sports teams using alternative ways to bolster their finances by looking to supporters.

Fastest players in Bundesliga

Why Spurs players must be keen to be lean

Lovell says Kane's body fat dropped from 15% to 10%

TOTTENHAM’S ex-nutritionist has given an insight into how the club monitors body composition and says players are in ‘serious trouble’ if they put on even a ‘tiny bit’ of fat.

Donnerstag, 9. November 2017

Defensive organization Analysis

In Europe, Brazilian championship is rarely taken seriously. We drool watching Guardiola’s teams, the half backs, inverted full backs…Things that are present and widely spread in South America.

That being said, this time we will take a look at the defensive organization from (currently) 5th side in Brasileirao – Cruzeiro and in a rather new format of video analysis. Enjoy.

Samstag, 14. Oktober 2017

Leeds United’s scouting network is paying dividends

Leeds United's director of football Victor Orta.
Leeds United's director of football Victor Orta

Thomas Christiansen was talking about “a luxury problem” before Tuesday’s game against Birmingham City, which in football parlance sounds like mechanical issues on a private jet. Christiansen, from what we know of him, is not one of life’s extravagant high-rollers and in this instance he was talking about footballers: so many form players, so few places in his team. A manager’s dream, a month into the season.

Hearing him say so brought to mind the Leeds United coaches over the years who found the question of who to leave out very simple. In the words of one, the easy part of the job was establishing who among his squad wasn’t good enough. There were always alternatives and decisions to make, players tentatively knocking on the door, but a ceiling of performance whichever 11 they chose. Nothing like Christiansen, who at the start of this week had the highest-scoring and most defensively-sound team in the Championship.

The biggest feather for Leeds’ early results rests in Christiansen’s cap, because football clubs can’t have it both ways. If the mess at Crystal Palace is Frank De Boer’s doing then the buck for United’s best start to a second-division season in more than a generation stops with Christiansen but behind him is a scouting team whose hit-rate is going through the roof, vindicating a distinct approach to the summer transfer market.

It became clear with hindsight why, on the basis of recruitment alone, Garry Monk did not like the sound of Andrea Radrizzani’s intentions. Middlesbrough, to a point, went at the Championship with the division’s own players: Assombalonga, Howson, Christie, Shotton, Randolph. Leeds’ solitary Championship signing was a second-choice goalkeeper and only three others were based in England. Leeds’ scouting has moved into the 21st century, albeit a little behind the curve. Phil Hay United’s recruitment department like the breadth of talent abroad and the club like the value for money. Samuel Saiz cost somewhere upwards of £3m. Pierre-Michel Lasogga is playing on loan for £15,000 a week. These were Championship prices, before the Championship got out of hand