Battle of the 9s

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Chris Wood, the New Zealand and Burnley striker, is a great example of what the number 9 role historically has been.

The clash between Peru and New Zealand to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year may well be decided by the performances of the two number 9s.

Paolo Guerrero

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Peru striker Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring from a free-kick against Colombia.

The best number 9 in the world is …… Peruvian?!

 The name Paolo Guerrero will be unfamiliar to New Zealand football fans but is likely to be very well known once the FIFA World Cup 2018 Intercontinental Playoff is complete.

RB Leipzig

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The 42,500 capacity Red Bull Arena is home to German Bundesliga contenders RB Leipzig

The 42,500 capacity Red Bull Arena is home to German Bundesliga contenders RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig:  The 2017 Leicester City?
The biggest success story in world football last year was the dramatic championship season of Leicester City in the English Premier League.

In Germany, RB Leipzig is chasing a championship that would be just as unlikely as what Leicester achieved in 2016.

Lessons From “The Boss”

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Bruce Springsteen's success holds many valuable lessons for every young footballer

Bruce Springsteen’s success holds many valuable lessons for every young footballer

The Boss, Adversity, and Hard Work
There is no such thing as an overnight success.

Music, like sport, is peppered by talented individuals that seem to come from nowhere, exploding onto the global stage without warning.

Playground in Fuenteabilla

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Iniesta’s countless hours of play at a local playground in Fuenteabilla were an important part of his development as a youngster.

The Playground in Fuenteabilla
The school playground looked no different to thousands of others around the world.

Phil Neville – Lessons from Spain

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Phil Neville's move to spain was all about getting out of his comfort zone

Phil Neville’s move to spain was all about getting out of his comfort zone

Lessons From Spain
Moving to Spain to become an assistant coach of Valencia, after playing over 500 Premier League matches for Manchester United and Everton, was about getting out of the comfort zone for Phil Neville.