Purposeful Practice

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance is the result of hours upon hours of purposeful, expert practice.

“Practice must be purposeful, otherwise it is useless”

British Olympian Matthew Syed articulates this view in his excellent talent development book Bounce.

Eligibility and Talent Development

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Deklan Wynne, in action against Portugal in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 match

The New Zealand Football (NZF) eligibility debate has centred primarily on the disqualification of New Zealand from the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

However, a longer term consideration is how this ruling will impact on talent development in New Zealand.

Copa America Lessons – Balance and Transition

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Uruguay’s Diego Godin battles with Javier Mascherano from Argentina in the recently contested Copa America 2015

Top class football is fantastic but every team needs to have battle-hardened defenders.

Right now, the best defenders (and attackers for that matter) are from South America.

A Long Term Professional Approach

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Adnan Januzaj represents the next generation of Belgian talent.

While resources help, a professional attitude costs nothing.

Empoli FC is a wonderful example of this mindset.  Despite being located in a city of just 40,000 people, 11 home grown players were in Empoli’s Serie A squad during the recently contested 2014 / 2015 season.


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Pep Guardiola has had Manuel Estiarte (right) in his backroom team at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Coaches must be motivated to learn

 “An intelligent coach learns from all countries.”

Those seven words from Mirko Mazzantini, coach of the ACF Fiorentina U-14 squad, reinforce the value of constant learning to ensure the very best coaching experience for youth players.


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Play is the source of creativity.

Unstructured play is a missing element in the quest to develop creative players in New Zealand.