What’s the best way to identify talent? The statistics vs visuals debate

Watch enough high-level matches and one begins to appreciate the complexity of true player development – or at the very least, acknowledge it. The problem, however, is that many mistake appreciating the complexity of player development with understanding it. What makes player development fascinating is the fact it’s the ultimate inexact science. People find intrigue…

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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 reawakening of Borussia Mönchengladbach

IT IS PROBABLY FAIR TO SAY that wealthy Bayern Munich’s recent, all-encompassing domination of German football has wrongly eclipsed the achievements of some of the Bundesliga’s other, less well-known sides. Indeed, over the course of the 2014-15 season, the likes of Bavarian side Augsburg and former heavyweights Borussia Mönchengladbach both experienced levels of success that may,…

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Kevin Nicholson: geared to coach

IT’S JUST AFTER LUNCHTIME WHEN WE FINALLY GET CHATTING, and Kevin Nicholson seems eager to get stuck in. Intelligent, assertive and approachable – three traits that have helped him become one of the top young minds in the modern British game – the 28-year-old manager knows what he wants, and his story so far proves he’s…

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