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The Football Foundation column: Facilities will help increase English talent pool, says Southgate

26 Jun 2012

Recently we caught up with Football Foundation ambassador and head of elite development at The FA, Gareth Southgate. The former England defender took part in an online podcast with our chief executive, Paul Thorogood. The show,...
 

The Mark Catlin column: Now the dust has settled for England fans

26 Jun 2012

Okay, I am going start by stating the obvious; the curse of the penalty shoot-out costs us again. Factually this is true, England went out of Euro 2012 not losing a game and showing a passion that has seemingly been missing for many years. ...
 

The Nikki Lee column - Roy needs a rethink!

19 Jun 2012

Glamour model Nikki Lee – a big England fan – was spot on again, predicting another win for Roy's boys against Ukraine. But she still thinks the manager needs to rethink his tactics, especially after some shambolic defending against...
 

The Adam Doyle column: Off-season pursuits - education, education, education

18 Jun 2012

With the summer break firmly underway most footballers have probably been spending their time jetting off to Z-list celeb hangouts such as Marbella or Magaluf and enjoying a well-earned rest in preparation for a gruelling pre-season. ...
 

The Nikki Lee column - Zlatan who?

17 Jun 2012

Glamour model Nikki Lee – a big England fan – is fast emerging as our resident pundit, as she correctly predicted a win for Roy's boys against Sweden. She also thinks England could qualify for the knockout phase ahead of France,...
 

The Dean Holdsworth column: Back in time for England v France

11 Jun 2012

I got back from my holiday in Italy last week. It was fantastic, although like I said last week, you do take your office and your ipad with you and you’re constantly working but it’s nice to do it in the sunshine. I watched...
 

The Gordon Hill column: What to expect from the Euros

11 Jun 2012

Well another football tournament is upon us and this time it’s the Euros, and we are all wondering what will they bring and what surprises we are going to see. What initially surprised me was that UEFA and Michel Platini have said...
 

The Nikki Lee column - Why Scott Parker could be a key man for England

7 Jun 2012

Glamour model Nikki Lee – a big West Ham and England fan – is predicting a draw for England in their opening Euro 2012 game against France. She also reckons new England boss Roy Hodgson isn't doing a bad job at all and will steer his side...
 

The Delroy Alexander column: Rest of the World 5, Polkraine 0

7 Jun 2012

It can be so easy to jump on a bandwagon, particularly when it comes to race relations. Once the tide of popular opinion gets rolling, why not hop on and enjoy the ride alongside the rest of the onions in the cart. The huge uproar at...
 

Coaching counsel: More or less an expert?

6 Jun 2012

A wise gentleman once said: “Until your leadership is about your followers and not about you; it’s not really leading.” Whether you’re a coach of a team, a manager at work or a captain of industry, these are...
 

Asian Eye: East Asian giants felled in ACL

6 Jun 2012

It is a torrid time for the big guns in the AFC Champions League (ACL). The continent’s heavyweight sides have fallen like dominos, leaving the 2012 edition of the competition looking like a pale imitation of what it could have been. ...
 

The Dean Holdsworth column: Good start for Roy

1 Jun 2012

I’ve been away on holiday in Italy this week so I was unable to watch England’s win over Norway this weekend. I’ve not seen any of the football, I’ve just seen reports, but it’s good for Roy Hodgson to get off to a winning start, and his squad selection has been interesting too.
 

From across the pond: The scale of American soccer

31 May 2012

For so long the projections of the potential of American soccer have been lauded by pundits and predictors. Some of these same fallacies predicted that China and India, based on population, would be world-beaters in a matter of decades.
 

The Nikki Lee column - Come on England!

30 May 2012

Glamour model Nikki Lee – a big West Ham and England fan – is cautiously optimistic about England's chances of success at Euro 2012. What did you think of England’s performance against Norway? I thought it was a fair...
 

The Gordon Hill column: A new tool in youth development

30 May 2012

This week I am going to talk about development of youth players in the USA and what I have discovered: a new tool for serious coaches to develop young players. I have previously attended a League Managers course on performance...
 

Asian Eye: Brazilian midfielder conundrum sends South Korea nuts

30 May 2012

In a country that has long considered itself to be mono-cultural, the word multicultural is now all the rage. The first non-ethnic Korean has been voted into the South Korean parliament; the media is full of pro-multiculturalism drives – you...
 

The Nikki Lee column – I’m a happy Hammer

26 May 2012

Glamour model Nikki Lee – a big West Ham and England fan – is a happy Hammer after her side’s victory in the Championship play-off final. Here, she reflects on the win and also gives her opinions on some ex-Hammers. ...
 

Sunday Football - Barcelona Style: Success

25 May 2012

Five months ago, I took over Darwins, the Barcelona-based Sunday League side that had finished rock bottom in its first season in the BIFL league, and was currently third bottom. We wanted to coach the existing players to see whether we could...
 

The Dean Holdsworth column: Coaching with Rafa

24 May 2012

This week I started the course for my coaching badges in Cardiff and its going great. It’s been an intensive few days with lots to cram in, and we were delighted to be joined by Rafa Benitez (pictured) and Damian Comolli. ...
 

Coaching counsel: The League of Gentlemen (and Women)

24 May 2012

It’s a controversial, much debated topic – that of the three points for a win in youth football. The main thing that is agreed is that there is disagreement around what’s best. Both points, often, revolve around policy. Either...