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Inside Real Madrid's academy

The scores were locked at 2-2 when Marco Asensio hit a 25-yard rocket that dipped and whipped in front of Manuel Neuer’s face before landing in the bottom corner. Ecstasy and an eight-man pile-on ensue as the other player screams expletives at the German goalkeeper and claims his controller is faulty. With less than four hours to go until kick-off, the Cadete B players are supposed to be relaxing before a testing league encounter under the lights. Playing a Fifa tournament isn’t exactly doing the trick. Women's Nazair Jones Limited Olive/USA Flag Nike Jersey: NFL Seattle Seahawks #92 2017 Salute to Service Competitiveness is encouraged by staff around the Real Madrid complex, says academy coach Javier Morán. “These are boys who are representing Real Madrid. Real Madrid, fucking hell. They need to be a certain kind of individual to succeed here. You can’t coach desire but you can surround the boys with drive and belief. Our club ethos is ‘nunca se rinde’ (‘never give up’) and they need that competitive edge to achieve their targets.” As players retire to their rooms to rest before the game, which will be broadcast on national television, I look around at the murals of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Zinedine Zidane and Raúl on the corridor walls. Only one of them played his youth football in La Fábrica (the Factory) and the club has not exactly shied away from major signings in recent years. Real Madrid http://www.officialnflvikingsprostore.com/STEFON-DIGGS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html have broken the world transfer record five times since Florentino Pérez took over as president in 2000 and began the Galácticos era. The boys know they are up against it. When Spain lifted the World Cup in 2010, Juan Mata, Álvaro Arbeloa and Iker Casillas were the only players to have been moulded in Real Madrid’s academy In contrast, nine of the 23-man squad came through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. Real Madrid are trying to redress that balance. “Real Madrid want to be the club known for breeding the players that play for the national team,” says Morán. “When scouting, we know we need the boys to be extremely gifted technically and to be able to adapt to differing tactical and strategic systems. Where we’re different to Barça and others is how we strive to create complete players who can play in any system.” “You never know what’s going to change at the top with first-team managers coming and going, so we attempt to focus more on individuals than create a certain profile for each player. Adaptation is a huge part of life and we have to make sure these boys can think on their feet and react should everything change in the blink of an eye, as it so often does in football.” The players are well aware how few will make it to the top so they are expected to swallow their pride and innovate to progress; whether that’s here, at the most decorated club in Europe, or elsewhere. Real Madrid City, “the greatest sports facility ever built by a football club”, was opened in 2005. The complex is 40 times bigger than the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and and contains enough dressing rooms to host every La http://www.officialhockeyusaonline.com/authentic+usa+8+mike+komisarek+jersey Liga club on the same day, with Womens Wilt Chamberlain Jersey multiple gyms, classrooms, conference rooms and Authentic Mark Fayne Jersey offices as well as a hydrotherapy pool, medical centre and press area. The pitches are laid with the same grass imported from the Netherlands that is used in the Santiago Bernabéu. The club provide schooling and transport for youngsters from far and wide as well as housing 40 players. On average they will stay for three years and when the boys, who are often as young as 10, arrive on their first day they are told: “You are are no longer a son of your parents; you are now a Real Madrid player.” It is a ruthless welcome into the unforgiving world of elite football. cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china

the footballer forced to rebuild

It is said life is what happens to Tahir Whitehead Youth jersey you when you are busy making other plans. Despite being released by Birmingham City as a 15-year-old who had spent five years with the club, Charlie Fogarty was intent on following his plan of making it as a footballer. Small for his age but a technically gifted defender who was representing Northern Ireland at youth level, he was six weeks into a trial with MK Dons when life intervened. Youth Replica Majestic Ryan Zimmerman Red Alternate Jersey - #11 MLB Washington Nationals Cool Base Crossing the road after alighting from a bus on his way to training in March 2012, Fogarty was hit by a car. He took the full impact on his head, resulting in a huge shaking of his brain. Rushed to Birmingham Children’s hospital, he spent 11 days in intensive care, followed by four months on the neurosurgical ward. It was not until Fogarty was in an ambulance being transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Tadworth, Surrey, that he came out of what was ostensibly a five-month coma. “I was strapped into a stretcher and I couldn’t move my legs or anything but I just waved at my mum, who was there beside me,” he says, almost six years later. “For some reason – and I don’t know why it was – I Carl Banks Youth jersey didn’t get angry. I just accepted that something had happened to me. At Robert Alford Jersey the time I just didn’t know what.” By his side was where mum, Sara, had spent most of her time since learning of his accident. His dad, Mark, then head of recruitment at Coventry City, scheduled his visits around looking after the couple’s other children, Tommy and Emma. They had been at Tommy’s eighth birthday party when police alerted them to their eldest son’s accident and rushed them to hospital. Nobody in the speeding car knew whether Charlie was alive or dead. “We got there and he was having scans and after about an hour we got the news he was OK and we were allowed to see him,” Mark says. “But what we didn’t realise was that he was in intensive care. He actually wasn’t OK, even though we thought he was going to wake up any minute. His eyes opened after he was back on the neuro ward after a couple of weeks, but he was in a type of a coma. He wasn’t doing anything and he remained not doing anything for four months.” Sitting at the kitchen table of their home http://www.texansfootballsprostore.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_DUANE_BROWN_JERSEY.html on the outskirts of Solihull, Charlie and his father make for an often amusing double act as they recount the story of how a kid with a promising future in football had to learn how to walk, talk and feed himself again from scratch. He has done all that and much more, maturing into an inspirational young man who was awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list for his services to youth and presented with his medal by Prince William at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. In between continuing rehab, focusing on the sports science degree he will complete in a few months and representing Northern Ireland in two Cerebral Palsy World Cups, Charlie has also begun a career as a motivational speaker and is the player-manager of the Solihull Moors Open Age football programme he set up for http://www.officialbroncosfootball.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_CHAD_KELLY_JERSEY.html people who, like him, love playing football but for various reasons beyond their control could not find anywhere to play. His father is the head of sport at the National League club, where he has built the academy from scratch since leaving his job at Coventry 11 months after the accident to look after his son. “It was just looking at myself really, knowing I couldn’t play anywhere as well as I used to,” Charlie says. “And I started thinking about other kids who love the game but can’t play because there’s no team for them. So I set up Solihull Moors and it kind of gained momentum because of the contacts my dad has in the game. He was able to help establish it.” http://consuelomurillo.net/oxwall/forum/topic/123352

needs Olympico rivalry

Two months ago Memphis Depay crashed his last-minute shot past Alphonse Areola to give Lyon a 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain and cut the gap at the top of Ligue 1 to eight points. Lyon looked like genuine outsiders for the title and Bruno Génésio seemed to have finally figured out his team. But as Sunday night’s Olympico at the Stade Vélodrome approached, the mood around Lyon had severely darkened. Women's Replica Majestic Lou Brock White Fashion Jersey - #20 MLB St. Louis Cardinals Cool Base In the six Ligue 1 games following the win over PSG, Lyon collected just three points and no wins. Monaco and Marseille forged clear in the mad dash for Champions League places and Génésio’s side again capitulated in the Europa League this week, a 3-2 home defeat by CSKA Moscow only surpassed in disappointment by their inept semi-final display in Amsterdam in the same competition http://www.authenticwhitesoxstore.com/authentic-24-joe-crede-jersey.html last season. Rumours of unrest were underlined by full-back Marçal’s exile from the squad after an outburst against Génésio’s management and the fact that Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, had to deny he refused the coach’s resignation. Losing to a direct rival in Marseille would have ended Lyon’s top three hopes and likely sealed Génésio’s fate. Men's Tampa Bay Lightning #48 Brett Howden Reebok Royal Blue Third Premier NHL Jersey Lyon were without talismanic captain Nabil Fékir and looked in big trouble when they fell behind to a goal from Marseille centre-back Rolando. It Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey seemed as if Génésio had finally exhausted his many lives, having dangerously skirted the precipice several times before miraculously rescuing himself and his team. However, a curious Adil Rami own goal and a sumptuous curling effort from Houssem http://www.miamidolphins.us.com/WOMENS-CAMERON-WAKE-JERSEY.html Aouar on either side of half time gave Génésio hope once more. Lyon had the lead and had found their rhythm: they were confident in possession and streetwise in their game management; they were nullifying Marseille; and their direct, pacy forwards were finding space. These two clubs have a keenly felt rivalry and the Marcus Mariota Jersey atmosphere was intense throughout the game. At times that intensity has gone too far – when Mathieu Valbuena returned to the Vélodrome as a Lyon player in 2015 he was greeted by an unsavoury effigy and could not take corners because of debris flung at him from the stands – but, unacceptable violence aside, the reignited Olympico rivalry is welcome among Ligue 1’s newly established http://www.lionsnflofficialprostore.com/YOUTH+KENNY+GOLLADAY+JERSEY big four. PSG’s dominance and Monaco’s weak home support can occasionally detract from other intense encounters. With seven minutes to play, Lyon were 2-1 up and looked relatively comfortable – until Kostas Mitroglou scored with a looping header to draw Marseille level. Génésio’s luck was yet to run out, however. With 90 minutes on the clock, Memphis Depay popped up and scored a looping header of his own to give Lyon all three points. Earlier in the week Depay had been asked what he was missing to become the best player in the world. “In terms of my quality, nothing,” he responded. He lacks no confidence and clearly has what it takes in key games. This was his tenth league goal of the campaign. Tensions descended into outright aggression at full-time as Lyon defender Marcelo gloatingly displayed his shirt to the Marseille fans as he left the pitch, having clashed with Adil Rami just before the final whistle, instigating a brawl in the mouth of the tunnel. Rami’s insistence on again confronting Marcelo between the pitch and the dressing rooms was seemingly caused by what Thauvin described as “Lyon players goad[ing] us, it was not professional on their part. They lacked respect – it is crazy. They will pay for this. They’ll pay for this. The most important thing is the ranking at the end of the season.” Marseille are now only two points clear of Lyon in what is a straight fight for third place. While Rudi García deserves credit for moulding his unwieldy Marseille team into an effective attacking outfit and storming into the Europa League quarter-finals, they have also proven weak in games against their Alexander Mogilny Authentic Jersey top-four rivals this season, taking just two points from six games. The momentum in the race for third may have shifted, with Marseille having European football to contend with and appearing increasingly Jason Hammel Youth jersey tired. Garcia admitted his Marseille team “defended badly” and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda added that they “blew themselves up”. cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys

perplexing treatment by Mourinho

José Mourinho’s handling of Luke Shaw is a head-scratcher even for seasoned watchers of the Manchester United manager. Youth Nike Green Bay Packers #4 Brett Favre Limited Navy Blue Alternate NFL Jersey Shaw should not be immune from criticism, as no footballer is. The point is that Mourinho, as a manager trying to get the best from players for the benefit of the side, can be over http://www.officialauthenticcardinalsstore.com/womens_dorian_johnson_jersey the top and counterproductive with his public assessments of the 22-year-old. Men's Winnipeg Jets #37 Connor Hellebuyck Reebok White Authentic 2016 Heritage Classic NHL Jersey The number of times the manager has done this also prompts the question: what, precisely, is being seen in training that causes Mourinho to keep on selecting Shaw? The manager had all week to assess the left-back, then on Saturday decided 45 minutes into the FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton & Hove Albion that Chris Scott Authentic Jersey Shaw should never have been in the XI. Factor in the history of a near two years as his coach that has featured serial mistrust and Mourinho was surely not surprised at how Shaw, in http://www.officialredsstore.com/authentic-39-devin-mesoraco-jersey.html his view, performed. The public criticism that followed was the latest the defender has had to wear. It moved Shaw from a confused state regarding how he is rated – after previous admonishments – to just plain unhappy. Who can blame him? Last month Mourinho said Shaw would receive a new contract “as a natural consequence” of a “big effort”. http://www.jetsofficialsonline.com/Ben_Ijalana_Jersey_Cheap This followed a declaration in January that he was among the finest left-backs in domestic football. It all seemed to signal Shaw had responded to the nadir of last April, when Mourinho humiliated him by stating Shaw needed to “grow up” and that the manager was his “brain” in a game at Everton. Yet the high praise in January was followed by Shaw being dropped for a league win at Burnley – he has started only four matches since – and the offer of a new contract Ronald Darby Authentic Jersey is surely in the balance after Mourinho’s weekend words. Shaw is in no hurry to leave, though. The main calculation here is that he is out of contract in 2019, so would have greater choice of destinations plus the Jordan Staal Jersey attraction of a lucrative signing-on fee as a free agent. Against Brighton, Shaw did not seem particularly deserving of the hook. He was also hardly the prime candidate to lose his place at Turf Moor. It has become the unfortunate trope of his career under Mourinho. If there is a player to admonish, it tends to be Shaw. On Friday Mourinho opened up a new front in criticism by extending it to all of his squad, bar Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, which he continued post-Brighton. Shaw could be forgiven for hearing Jack Tatum Womens Jersey this and thinking of team-mates: “Welcome to my world”, while wondering where Mourinho’s disquiet with the very people his own livelihood depends on – his players – will end. http://628128.xobor.com/t367302f2-The-story-of-the-Palace-of-Auburn-Hills-Somehow-it-worked.html#msg6652

Ndaye Mulamba is living

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Uefa will struggle to change it

For football people raised on the foundational European Cup feats of Manchester United’s home-schooled Busby Babes and Celtic’s 1967 triumph with a team of local lads, the modern Champions League is a mixed blessing. Over the last 23 years the tournament has constructed a glittering stage for Lionel Messi and the world’s greatest players but European football’s concentration of wealth is delivering the final rounds and trophy itself to the same few richest clubs. Shea McClellin Women's Game Black Jersey: Nike NFL New England Patriots Fashion #58 This http://www.officialmarlinshop.com/authentic-31-jeff-locke-jersey.html season’s tournament is following that inevitable trend, save for United’s torpid defeat by Sevilla and the fates delivering Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea to draw Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and Messi’s Barcelona respectively in the first knockout round. The bank Itaú Unibanco, which has crunched the statistics partly to highlight the unbridgeable gap with South American football, has totted up that six clubs – United, Barcelona, Real, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Milan – accounted for 64% of Champions League finalists in the 21 years between 1995-1996 and last season. In the draw on Friday are four of those six: Barcelona, Real, Bayern Munich and Juventus. The Premier League, whose collective financial power is double that of the next richest league, the German Bundesliga, this time provides Manchester City and Liverpool. Roma and Sevilla will hope, rather than expect, they are not only in the bag to make up the numbers. This season’s competition has been characterised by the widening scale of these clubs’ victories. Even in the round of 16, which should be the honed-down knockout stage between rough equals after some inevitable imbalance in the groups, City beat FC Basel, the Swiss champions by 17 points last season, 4-0 away. Liverpool defeated Porto, the Champions League winners in 2004, 5-0 away; Bayern Munich beat Besiktas, the Turkish champions, by the same score at home. These trouncings follow various hammerings in the group stage, including PSG’s Qatar-funded galácticos beating Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 at the Parc des Princes. Uefa’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, has repeatedly cited the need to improve “competitive balance” as the European game’s most pressing challenge and Uefa executives are studying the imbalance down to the winning differences and the numbers of meaningless minutes in matches. But the top clubs’ financial dominance equates to power too, and it is unlikely that any of the early suggested measures will produce a substantial reordering. Ceferin has floated suggestions, which are in the very earliest stages of roughing out, including possible salary caps (opposed by the European Club Association), limiting squad sizes and strengthening the “locally trained” players rule, while steering clear of promising to substantially change the distribution of the money. The tensions of his position reflect Uefa’s inherent conflict: it strives to be a governing body for European football while being http://www.bearsofficialauthenticstore.com/Adam_Shaheen_Jersey_Cheap the commercial organiser of the tournament that delivers glories and €1.3bn in prize money mostly to the elite few. At the Uefa congress in Bratislava last month Ceferin promised to “fight tooth and nail to introduce measures that restore some balance”, while managing Womens Al Jefferson Jersey expectations for what he can achieve. “I cannot claim these will result in a club such as Steaua Bucharest or Red Star Belgrade being the next to have their name engraved on the Champions League trophy,” he said. Womens Shaquill Griffin Jersey “It is my responsibility to be realistic.” Ceferin’s examples were apt, illustrating the period in which football success has distilled into the hands of fewer clubs. Steaua Bucharest beat Barcelona in the European Cup final of 1986 on penalties, and Red Star Belgrade’s victory over Marseille was in 1991, on the precipice of Yugoslavia’s descent into war and European football’s commercial divide. Names on the silverware since have included Ajax in 1995, Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and José Mourinho’s Porto in 2004 but even these exceptions have fallen away to the monopoly of the richest. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys

Arsenal v Manchester United

The Sky Sports advert for the 1997-98 season is a masterpiece of absurd pomposity. The actor Sean Bean, the concept of keeping it real in human form, strides relentlessly towards the camera while giving a breathy speech about the meaning of football. “It’s ecstasy, anguish, joy and despair,” Henry Anderson Authentic Jersey he says. “It’s theatre, art, war and love … It’s http://www.officialpenguinsauthentic.com/Ian_Cole_Jersey our religion: we do not apologise for it, we do not deny it … They’re our team, our family, our life.” Nike Eddie Yarbrough Men's Royal Blue Limited Jersey: #75 NFL Buffalo Bills Tank Top Suit The pay-off is plea of authenticity. “Football. We know how you feel about it. Because we feel the same.” Men's Nike New Orleans Saints #32 Kenny Vaccaro Game White Pro Line Fashion NFL Jersey With the exception of the original Alive and Kicking advert, it’s probably the most memorable Sky football promo. It did its job superbly – yet it was trumped towards the end of the season by an unscripted, unofficial advert for football. There was no speech, no pulsing music, no Sean Bean – just an Arsenal fan going feral with happiness. He wasn’t celebrating any old victory. Twenty years ago on Wednesday, Arsenal won 1-0 away to Manchester United through a late goal from Marc Overmars. It was the first time they had even scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League era, never mind won there, and it gave them tentative control of the title race. Arsenal moved six points behind United with three games in hand. More than that, the slick authority of their performance against a nervous, injury-hit United made everyone connected with the club think something magical was happening. At the final whistle, as Arsenal celebrated around Overmars, the camera cut to a thin man with curly black hair, stubble and a black leather jacket. He was wild-eyed, clenching both http://www.officialsanjosesharks.com/Adidas-Marc-Edouard-Vlasic-Jersey fists and growling “YES!”. Barry Ferst is a laid-back, softly spoken man, but sport is one of the few areas of life in Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Womens Jersey which happiness is demonstrated through aggression. It brings out the Danny http://www.denverbroncosshops.com/Cj_Anderson_Jersey_Cheap Dyer in most of us. Ferst was in a car on the way back to London when a friend called and told him he’d been on TV. “I’ve got naturally curly hair and I’m quite distinctive, so I just thought I was easy to spot in the crowd,” he says. “I had two or three more phonecalls but didn’t think much of it.” By the time Match of the Day came on that night, he was at home with his girlfriend, sharing http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Paxton-Lynch-Jersey.html a bottle of wine and reliving Arsenal’s win. “When they showed the Overmars goal and there was nothing,” he says, “part of me was a bit disappointed.” He didn’t know the Peja Stojakovic Jersey clip was at the end of the match rather than after the goal. His 15 seconds of fame were soon repeated. “My girlfriend said: ‘Oh my god!’ Even I was a bit like: ‘Jesus Christ!’ But I wasn’t really surprised by how intense I looked. The things I’m passionate about, I’m very passionate about. I was caught in the moment.” Life was different in 1998. Although some people had mobile phones, communication was slower and more relaxed, with no culture of text messaging. The internet was a curiosity rather than a societal addiction. It took a while before Ferst realised his life had changed. “I thought a few people would say something and that would be it,” he says. “It’s not like I’d scored a goal or been dropkicked by Eric Cantona. It started to dawn on me the next day, when I was getting recognised in local shops, that things weren’t normal. I used to work at Barclays Bank in Hammersmith and Tyson Alualu Womens Jersey I went in as usual on the Monday. There were a few cracks about it at work. On the way back to the station that night, a three-minute walk took me about 20 minutes.” http://codebirth.com/index.php?topic=58001.0

Lionel Messi seals Barcelona’s defeat of

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