The Lob: Copa América Centenario special

The Copa América Centenario, which takes place in the US from June 4-26, promises to be one of the most nostalgic and fascinating in the tournament’s history. The Lob’s distinguished panel of experts, previewing the tournament, includes Tim Vickery, who covers football for the BBC and ESPN, Juan Arango, who will be performing the Spanish…

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The Lob: The art and science of player development and coaching

How do the professionals go about their business in the areas of analysis, scouting, coaching and player development? We find out by speaking to Jed Davies (consultant to an international head coach), Kevin Nicholson (Cardiff City under-21 manager), Johnny McKinstry (Rwanda national team manager) and Joey Lombardi (regional talent manager for the Canadian Soccer Association).…

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The Lob: Deconstructing American soccer (Part II)

Deconstructing American Soccer (part II) is a discussion of the economics of the American version of the game. Joining us is award-winning economist from the University of Michigan and author of Soccernomics and Money and Soccer, Stefan Szymanski. This in depth interview, hosted by Jim Hart and Jon Townsend, takes a look at why Major League…

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The Lob: Challenges facing Irish football

How can football in Northern Ireland and the Republic improve? From a lack of players plying their trade at the highest levels of the game, to development issues in youth coaching, Colin Millar (NI Football Daily, The Mirror), Conor Kelly (The Final Third, FourFourTwo) and Matt Gault (The Guardian, FourFourTwo) break down the challenges facing…

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The Lob: The intracacies of Basque football

Basque football represents one of the most intriguing stories in the global game. A small region of Spain, it continually produces some of the best young talent in the nation as well as sporting stories at club level. We break down the regional game with Euan McTear, author of Eibar The Brave, Nate Abaurrea, host…

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