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Robben and Van Persie: When They Were Children

Here are some glimpses into the childhoods of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, who each scored a pair of goals as the Netherlands opened their 2014 World Cup campaign with a 5-1 win over defending champion Spain.

Love in the Time of Futbol

I am ready. Every four years when the World Cup comes around my every day world ceases to be and like a sunflower that lives to trace the sun in the sky I focus on one thing only: ftbol.

Understanding teen 'weirdness'

Any coach who works with teenage athletes knows they will have to deal with a lot of weirdness. Biologically and psychologically, children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later. That leaves a lot of room in the middle for an extended period of awkwardness, which often leaves parents and coaches scratching their heads in disbelief.

Sleep well, play well (The teenager's challenge)

I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.