“Clear It”!

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Xavi Hernandez made over 500 appearances for Barcelona and won 133 caps for Spain. Along the way he won 31 trophies including a World Cup, two European Championships, La Liga titles, and the Champions League.

So when he describes something that we see every weekend in Auckland junior football as a failure, we should probably question if we are coaching our kids the right way.

Moments of Magic

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Liverpool’s dramatic 5-2 win over AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal dominated global football headlines this week.

The Reds’ striker Mo Salah was the standout player with a wonderful two-goal/two assist performance.  The Egyptian is having a sensational season supported by a team that is designed to attack relentlessly for the full 90 minutes.

Andy Robertson

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Liverpool’s Andy Robertson during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield

The Best Buy of the Season
There seems to be no stopping Mo Salah.

Liverpool’s Egyptian marksman has scored an astonishing 38 goals for the Reds since June.  His latest, against Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinal yesterday morning, set the scene for an impressive 3-0 victory.

Harry Kane

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Harry Kane is a perfect example of the importance of resilience for a young athlete.

Rejection – the best thing that happened to Harry Kane
Arsenal fans must be sick of the sight of Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Once again the England striker decided the north London derby result, heading home the match’s only goal.  But it is the fact that Arsenal released Kane as an 8 year old that must have many Arsenal supporters wondering what could have been if he had been playing for them.

Mohamed Salah

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2017 African Player of the Year Mohamed Salah has had to overcome many obstacles along his footballing journey

From Five Hour Bus Rides to African Footballer of the Year
As he stood on stage at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana and was presented with the African Footballer of the Year award last night, Mohamed Salah might have cast his mind back to how far he has come in a relatively short period of time.