Football Notes

Creating a New Breed of Youth Players in the USA

Since I began working for US Soccer as a national staff instructor, I have had the privilege of being part of a series of positive and sweeping improvements to how we train our youth coaches in the United States. US Soccer has highlighted all these sweeping changes...

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Modern Management Methodolog In my last piece

In my last piece, I wrote about my visit to Shimizu S-Pulse, in 2011, Afshin Ghotbi’s first season at the helm of the club. Last week, I had another rare privilege to visit with Afshin and learn from him, only this time, at the conclusion of his tenure at S-Pulse. It...

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Go 2 Goal!

In the fall of 2011, I had the rare privilege of travelling to Shizuoka, Japan to visit Afshin at Shimizu S-Pulse. As a US Soccer Instructor and Coach, I was naturally excited by the chance to visit a top flight club in the J-League, but the amount of access and...

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Japanese Soccer, Hits an Unexpected Rough Spot

Overshadowed by the Japan Football Associations declaration 10 years ago that it wanted to win the World Cup by 2050 was another pledge that seemed more easily achievable: having the team ranked in the top 10 by 2015.   There is still plenty of time for the World...

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Ghotbi deals with Japan quake

Afshin Ghotbi’s place in the history of South Korean soccer folklore is assured; he was, after all, a member of the national team’s coaching staff at the 2002 World Cup, the first of three stints with the Taeguk Warriors. He would argue that there is much more to come...

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Gap in Quality

The Asian Cup is underway but the competition is yet to really spark… We are now 10 games into the 2015 Asian Cup, but in many ways it doesn’t really feel as if the tournament has gotten started. While there have been a couple of mildly entertaining...

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On The Road Again

Watch any football fan when the upcoming season's fixtures are published and you'll witness the same ritual. The long, barren closed season is forgotten as he scours the list, pen in hand,circling the major dates. The match closest to his birthday. The derby. The...

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Football Stadiums in Japan

Part of the 2002 Japan / Korea World Cup legacy was a handful of spectacular stadia still familiar to supporters around the globe. Depending on where your country played you will still have one or more you can name. For Englander's over a certain age it's the Sapporo...

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Football Fusion

Ghotbi’s sabbatical is also an investment in connecting with new environments and developments in football. The world of football is developing so fast that it is almost an obligation to your coaching skills to look around in other football environments and...

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S-Pulse Will Strive to Win

Sharing the same Shizuoka prefecture, the two sides have developed one of the countrys most long-standing rivalries, dating back to the early days of the professional J-League in 1993. Relishing the encounter in particular, of course, is S-Pulses Iranian coach Afshin...

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