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20 Nov 2017 16:49:01
Ed001, great article on pele.
What a player the reason football became famous was because of pele.
I remember watching the film escape to victory and myself and my mates playing football out in the road breaking our backs of the concrete trying to do bicycle kicks. I still have a hard back after it.

{Ed001's Note - hahahaha I remember hurting myself a few times trying to do those, but not because of Escape to Victory or Pele, as I am obviously not as old as you, as they were both before my time. Have to admit, shamefully I have never seen Escape to Victory!}

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20 Nov 2017 17:18:27
Ed a film you should watch, ed I thought you were around the same age as myself.

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea how old you are but it seems I am much much younger. Someone around here has to be young and pretty....}

20 Nov 2017 18:34:14
Is that not Bond's job, Ed007?

{Ed001's Note - he is old and decrepit mate, he has never been young or pretty. He is like Benjamin Button, except he was born old and is getting older.}

20 Nov 2017 19:01:02
Ed just out of interest do you write for any newspapers or internet blogs as you are fairly good at it.

{Ed001's Note - only for these sites and for the youtube channel linked in the articles sometimes. I don't have the qualifications to get a job writing for newspapers etc, as I was told once many years ago when I was recommended to a newspaper. They got me in for an interview (long before the sites were actually anything more than a hobby) on the back of what I wrote on the original site, but were no longer interested once they saw I had no qualifications.}

20 Nov 2017 20:16:57
Ed I worked in buildings, plastering, block laying and I see blokes coming on with qualifications and they wouldn't build a house with Lego, then you see the boys with no qualifications but plenty of experience now there the boys that can build.
My old fella was a tree surgeon and I got in to the chainsaw work about 7 or 8 years ago and I've seen fellas with qualifications nearly killing themselves knocking trees.
I just can bare these fellas with qualifications who wouldn't work to warm themselves. Rant over.

{Ed001's Note - you are preaching to the converted mate, natural aptitude will always be more important than qualifications, though I wish the coaching fraternity would remember that. Far too many coaches with lots of badges but no idea about the game.}

20 Nov 2017 21:02:48
Yes ed I've seen that also. can't beat experience. same with some players ed they are over coached, they don't play with freedom and natural instinct.

{Ed001's Note - very much so, they don't get to play in the streets like we used to, sadly. That is why indoor versions, such as futsal are so important for players to develop flair.}

20 Nov 2017 23:05:05
I remember seeing an article about the England set-up at St George's, and the overwhelming sense was one of bright, young, wet-behind-the-ears teachers and analysts walking round with clipboards. When you think of the experience amongst recent ex-England players going to waste.

20 Nov 2017 23:32:49
Have the England under aged teams not going through their best ever ruin of results ever winning euro and world cups. Someone is doing something right with these elite players.

Its thre rough diamonds that don't get access to the elite coaches and facilities and education that are suffering.

The elite underage coaching is fine all belie that is a mess and Tyne fa need to sort it in order to become a superpower art international level again. Too many youngsters getting too much too soon and never fulfilling the potential they had as teenagers.

I have no idea what The answer is but premier league clubs are not bringing through enough English youngsters.

20 Nov 2017 23:46:19
99 there's a lot of them blokes around and they can't even kick a ball. Get the scholes the Gerrards. lampards coaching, people will sit back and listen to them boys.

21 Nov 2017 14:57:04
Or roy Keane. because that's gone well unless you support Ipswich Sunderland or Ireland.
The best players don't always make the best coaches in fact they seldom do.
And not too many retiring epl players want to coach for 25k per annum at an acadamy or for free at grass roots.

The whole system needs updating in the UK from grass roots right through to the epl, that is of course unless everybody in Spain Holland Germany italy and France has it wrong and all those world cup and euro wins were flukes.

At grass roots level I've seen referees parents and coaches come to blows and have arguments at u12 age group. I mean they don't even play competitive football in Spain or Germany or Holland at that age.

But as I said perhaps they all have it wrong!

{Ed001's Note - a lot of the problems stem from the ridiculous cost of getting badges meaning you only get people doing it who see it as a career. The enthusiastic amateur simply cannot afford to do them and so you end up with a bunch at the bottom end coaching kids with a chip on their shoulder as they think they should be coaching Premier League teams.}

21 Nov 2017 16:15:33
Its a good film though. Forget the ropey acting its just entertainment.

{Ed001's Note - I will have to watch it one day when I have some spare time.}

21 Nov 2017 16:25:21
That is one off the issues ed but the structure of underage football is all wrong couple that with the pressure put on under 8 div z to win its not conducive to developing player skills.

{Ed001's Note - very true, but again part of that is down to the coaches wanting to show how good they are to get promoted up the chain. Youth coaching should be seen as the highest level, it is the most important time and when a coach can have the most impact on a player's development, if they are good.}



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