Europe embraces Latino flair, how about the USA?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 26, 2:27 p.m.
Ten minutes into Tuesday's Champions League game between Manchester City and Barcelona, TV commentator Martin Tyler told us "There are South Americans everywhere you look on the pitch here."
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In search of youth soccer ... and do we really want it anyway? Part 3: Street soccer -- to be crushed or cherished?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 22, 4:48 p.m.
The purest form of youth soccer -- maybe it is really the only form -- is street soccer. With its own rules, invented by the boys, without coaches or referees, anarchic but functional, plenty of appalling language but not (as I recall) much rough play, chaotic but with its sudden surprising moments of joyful teamwork.
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In search of youth soccer ... and do we really want it anyway? Part 2: Correcting bad habits, or the intrusion of the adults
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 20, 1:51 p.m.
Youth soccer is a manifestly imperfect sport. What else would one expect from kids, anyway? It is, we are told -- this is an ongoing criticism -- full of bad habits that have to be corrected. But from the youth-development point of view -- in other words, from the way adults see things -- the biggest negative of youth soccer ...
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In search of youth soccer ... and do we really want it anyway? Part 1: The young naive mischief-makers ...
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 18, 4:48 p.m.
Back in 1977 FIFA initiated an under-20 tournament and called it the FIFA World Youth Championship. With that title, the event sailed merrily along through 15 editions until 2007 when it suddenly became the FIFA U-20 World Cup
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Argentina shines; Brazil not so much
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 6, 11:12 a.m.
The way I look at it, Brazil owes us something. Us. Meaning the vast world soccer community that has -- with good reason -- treasured Brazilian soccer as the glittering truth of the sport, the Beautiful Game at its pinnacle.
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