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An idea I had, why not have a link to the one man that is a massive influence on what happens on this blog, so off you go to have a look at the wonderful Johan Cruyff’s personal wiki documentation to make sure you know everything there is to know about the great man.


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Another blog to add to our wealth of links, today we have the SSMAFL or Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League.

Considered by some as one of the most progressive of all the amateur leagues in Scotland, it boasts some ex professionals along with some talented youngsters who produce a good standard of football. The league also has a history of younger players moving on to some semi professional leagues.

So why don’t you head over and have a look tell us what you think, several sponsorship opportunities available for you in the match day program.

The Velvet Revolution

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An audio version written beautifully on the fine magazine which is called the blizzard, on this occasion it explores the comparisons between Van Gaal and Cruyff, detailing the past successes and thoughts.

The View of the Gaffer

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A new friend of the blog deserves a mention, preferring to remain anonymous the gaffers view is the thoughts of a manager of an amateur club, honest and direct the blog sheds some light on the pains of organizing and maintaining operation of a traditional club.

6, 8 or 10

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A post dedicated to conversations, alot of which you will have alot of coaching.

One man who seems a natural at such a thing is Craig Joyce, host of podcast 6, 8 or 10 which is pretty much an hours worth of chatting all things football with the likes of former Rangers midfielder Charlie Miller or Glasgow City goalkeeper Lee Alexander. Obviously no one has any idea why its called that, perhaps you should ask?

Anyway, have a listen here.

Ajax from Amsterdam

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Very short and sweet link, anyone who is a fan of the academy of ajax visit the academic resource for some significant learning material. A pit of resources more bottomless than Victoria Beckham.

Scotland’s Coaching

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Scottish football is known for its own style, development has went in a direction arriving at something the national psyche has grown to despise, the typical blood and guts approach, defending is kicking anyone that comes close to the goals and so on.

Past few years have seen the SFA in all their wisdom employ a performance director, who in turn reorganized alot of scottish coaching and footballing infrastructure in a bid to fundamentally change the scottish style. The association have also supplied some Scottish Resources which consist of a full range of ideas and routines to support coaching enthusiasts.

United Glasgow FC

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United Glasgow FC have a mission in mind. A club designed on two different principles, financial inclusion and anti discrimination.

“We have players of all genders, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, socio-economic positions and immigration statuses – and we’re all United”

A Coaches Letter

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Fantastically written open letter, defining the positives and negatives of being a volunteer.

“Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field. My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don’t know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received… angry emails, full of “suggestions,” about who should be playing where and how I… lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.”

I’m the one who answered the call when the league said they didn’t have enough coaches. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I’m not retired. I’m busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I’ve already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I’ve never seen you at a practice. I’m sure you’re plugging away at the office. But I’m out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.

I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I’m not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there’d be no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.
And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I’m harder on him than on the others? I’m sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I’m making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we’d do that, I’d give them the chance.

After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the field, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I’m sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn’t been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?

If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.”

Taken from here



Studying a case…

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A friend of the blog Chris has written a study case on the magnificent iniesta, a great read and hugely recommended to anyone interested in all things football.