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Barcelona launch major football academy in China

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Beijing (AFP) – Ronaldinho launched a Barcelona academy for about 1,000 students in China on Friday as the world’s most populous nation pursues its grand ambitions in the world’s most popular sport.

The Barcelona and Brazil great and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu met children and toured the site at the Mission Hills golf complex on Hainan island, which will have seven pitches when it opens later this year.

A North Korean Messi? Pyongyang academy hopes so

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Pyongyang (AFP) Undaunted by sanctions and hard realities on the pitch, North Korea's lone football academy has set its sights high producing players better than Lionel Messi, and teams that can dominate the world.

They are lofty goals for a country whose men's side is currently ranked 126th, sandwiched between Armenia and Ethiopia and more gallingly way below regional rivals South Korea, Japan and China.

A North Korean Messi? Pyongyang academy hopes so

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Pyongyang (AFP) Undaunted by sanctions and hard realities on the pitch, North Korea's lone football academy has set its sights high producing players better than Lionel Messi, and teams that can dominate the world.

They are lofty goals for a country whose men's side is currently ranked 126th, sandwiched between Armenia and Ethiopia and more gallingly way below regional rivals South Korea, Japan and China.

Lippi ‘to net millions’ as China football coach

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi will earn almost $5 million a year as China coach but will pocket far more through a tie-in with a football academy, state media said Sunday.

The 68-year-old Italian was named boss of the national team by the Chinese Football Association on Saturday and has the tricky goal of steering the Asian giant to qualify for the 2018 World Cup a near impossible feat given recent losses to Uzbekistan and war-torn Syria.

Lippi ‘to net millions’ as China football coach

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi will earn almost $5 million a year as China coach but will pocket far more through a tie-in with a football academy, state media said Sunday.

The 68-year-old Italian was named boss of the national team by the Chinese Football Association on Saturday and has the tricky goal of steering the Asian giant to qualify for the 2018 World Cup a near impossible feat given recent losses to Uzbekistan and war-torn Syria.

La Liga

Barcelona Sign Nine Year-Old Dublin Wonderkid, Have The Catalan Giants Nabbed The New Glenn Whelan?

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By Alan Duffy

Photo courtesy of The Sun

Nine-year-old Zak Gilsenan from Castleknock in Dublin could, one day, follow in the footsteps of Dublin-born footballing greats such as Liam Brady, Johnny Giles and er, Glenn Whelan, after signing on the dotted line for La Liga giants Barcelona.

Barcelona Sign Jordi Alba From Valencia

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FC Barcelona have announced the signing of Spain's left-back Jordi Alba from Valencia for €14 million

The 23-year-old Alba, who can also play as a winger, has been one of revelations of Euro 2012 after standing out because of his speed.

His run down the left flank and well-placed cross for Xabi Alonso's header gave Spain its opening goal in the 2-0 win over France in the quarterfinals.

Professional Football

Footballers, are their wages fair?

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Footballers wages, fair or not?

You may think that I'm having a rant about footballers wages. However it's the opposite, I'm defending footballers wages. I believe their wages are justified for what they do and how hard they have worked throughout their life to get to where they are.

The grass roots revolution is here

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Jamie Lawrence Academy 4 UKFF 3

An extremely proud and historic day for UK Football Finder occurred on Saturday 3rd September 2011. At one of the oldest senior clubs in the country, Colliers Wood FC, a new era began as members from UK Football Finder came together to form a side to compete against the Jamie Lawrence Football Academy – the academy of an ex Premier and International footballer.

Mariners setting the standard for Federation Rep teams - Great model

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Mariners leading the way in Community/Professional Football.

Can't see Canberra ever get it's stuff together in this area - basically no A-League team - no franchise willing to move things forward.

Capital Football should not run Rep teams in a real football world - but for now they are the best we have and do the best they can.

Hyde Hoping To Be Touched By The Hand Of Hod

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Can the Hod bring a touch of Spanish sunshine to Hyde?

It might have escaped many people's notice this month, but one of the most intriguing lower-league stories of the week involves the return to England of one Glenn Hoddle, former national team boss and psychic-consulter extraordinaire.

Newcastle United

Ben Arfa To Get Better As He Starts To Understand Football

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Hatem Ben Arfa has been training at France's top Football Academy Clairefontaine for many years now. Ben Arfa in action for France recently And indeed he completed most of his rehabilitation from the double fracture of his left leg there, from October of 2010 through April of the next year, before rejoining Newcastle.

Gary Speed Football Congress’ to become Annual Fundraising Event

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The inaugural UK Football Academy (UKFA) symposium at Emirates Stadium on February 8th has been renamed The Gary Speed Football Congress by UKFA founder, Raymond Verheijen as a tribute to the manager alongside whom he worked last year to elevate the Wales football team to new heights.

As a player and a manager, Gary Speed was a model professional who embraced a forward-thinking approach and modern methods.

Yohan Cabaye Could Still Play At Manchester City

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There's some good news and then some not so good news about Yohan Cabaye today. Terrific shot of Yohan Cabaye in action Cabaye is currently at the French Clairefontaine Football Academy for tests on his groin injury, but French manager Laurent Blanc told the French media yesterday that he would be keeping Yohan with the French squad [.

What’s Wrong With Newcastle’s Medical Facilities?

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Where is Hatem Ben Arfa these days? Ben Arfa - after picking up the ankle injury He's back in Clairfontaine, the top French Football Academy near Paris, recovering from the ankle injury he picked up against Sporting Kansas, and again it was caused by a rather over the top physical challenge. Ben Arfa will miss [.

French Medics Declare Hatem Ben Arfa 100% Fit

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Great news from France, that Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa has been given a clean bill of health by the medical staff at the French Football Academy at Clairefontaine, just south of Paris. Hatem Ben Arfa - now fully fit according to French medics It seems that Ben Arfa got the go-ahead around two weeks ago [.

Newcastle Have Excellent Profile In France

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It's not surprising that Newcastle have been targeting France for some of their new players this summer. French Football Academy Clairfontaine Newcastle have had a number of good buys in France over the years, including wingers David Ginola, Laurent Robert, Charles N'Zigbia and defender Sebastian Bassong, to name just four of the fifteen signings [.

Liverpool

LFC Open Egypt Football Academy

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Liverpool FC announced plans to open its first ever international football Academy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
The groundbreaking venture, a first for Liverpool FC in the Middle East, was officially unveiled by Reds legend Ian Rush at a ceremony attended by media from all over the region.
The Academy, when it officially opens early next month, will have a permanent base in Madinaty, a new 33 million square metre ultra-modern extension city being built within New Cairo, with a supporting soccer school in nearby Al Rehab designed to help identify the best young footballing talent in Cairo.

Flanno Goes Back To His Roots

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Jon Flanagan was the guest of honour as Liverpool FC's half-term soccer school kicked off in style at the Academy on Monday afternoon.
The full-back joined star-struck youngsters for a fun-packed session as he became the first player to officially make an appearance at one of the events.
The 18-year-old hot-footed it to Kirkby from a pre-Stoke City training session at Melwood and was keen to tell Liverpoolfc.

Liverpool FC in India: Has the new academy been set up for players or profits...?

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Liverpool FC has recently opened a football academy in New Delhi, India. Guest writer Bharat Kapur, who works in grassroots Indian football, looks at the club's motives, and ponders whether the Academy has been set up to nurture players or profits.

A few weeks ago, the Times of India announced that Liverpool was planning to open a football academy in the New Okhla Industrial Development Area (NOIDA) of New Delhi.

Liverpool Launch First Football Academy In India

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English Premier League club Liverpool launched their first football academy in India on Wednesday and said the club would have similar "footprints" in every continent by 2014.
"We want to have footprints in every continent in the next three years," Steve Turner, head of Liverpool FC International Football Academy, told reporters after signing a contract to set up the Indian academy on the outskirts of Delhi.

Liverpool launch second football academy in India

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Liverpool launch second football academy in India

The English giants launch a football academy on the outskirts of Delhi, named after former midfielder Steve McMahon, who is also to be the head coach of the centre

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lion city cup

[Feature] Adam Swandi won the "Raja Gelek" Award...

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(This feature is formulated from the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore from which picture and quotes were extracted, unless credited)

Adam (no 10) in action against Juventus in Canon LCCHis glittering performance in the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup is the testament why he is rated as one of the country's brightest footballing prospect.

Appreciation Nite by the organizers of the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup

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FAS president Mr Zainudin Nordin (left) received the mock cheque from Mr Andrew Koh (right0, Senior Director and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging & Information Products Divsion of Canon Singapore with NFA U16 skipper Dukhilan Jeevamani (second from left) and U15's captain Adam Swandi (partial hidden).

Arsenal

Snapshot: Cesc Fabregas Meets The Prime Minister(s)

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By Chris Wright

Here we have Cesc Fabregas, busy dodging all of Arsenal's pre-season shenanigans in order to gadabout, pow-wowing in the gardens at 10 Downing Street with his new high-falutin' friends namely Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his British counterpart, old wibble-wobble flubber cheeks himself, David Cameron.

The Return Of Fabregas!

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In the last few weeks, we've been constantly made to play a game of "Where's Wally?" with Cescy Fabregas. He was nowhere to be found, said to be crying at a Nou Camp tour weeks ago, on the brink of a move to Barca and recently opted out of Arsenal's training camp in Germany.

Cesc Fabregas: Dapper On Downing Street

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Arsenal and Spanish international footballer Cesc Fabregas and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero attended a reception in the garden of 10 Downing Street earlier today in London. The event was to mark the graduation of young people involved in the Street League football Academy, a charity helping young people change their lives through football.

The Rest

QPR Report Thursday: Mittal & Fernandes among QPR Nominees of Next Week's Asian Football Awards..15 Year Flashback: Port Vale Comeback

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- Five Days From Now: The Asian Football Awards: Nominees Include Tony Fernandes and Lakshmi Mittal...Also a couple of other QPR Nominations
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French Ultras' spirit still lives on....

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"Etoile Ultras" with their distinctive banner on matchdays"Etoile's sit out is not a surprise for me."

That was the first comment by Mr Pierre Foucaud, the group leader of "Etoile Ultras" - the independent Etoile FC's fan club on the 2010 S.League Champions' decision to sit out of the upcoming 2012 season.

Buriram PEA Send Kids To Leicester City

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Eight Buriram PEA players left for England yesterday to train with Championship side Leicester City for six months.

Buriram PEA players at Suvarnabhumi airport before leaving for England yesterday.

They are Kirati Kaewsombut, Ukrit Wongmeena, Yodsapol Tiengda, Chitiphat Tanklang, Piyapong Homkajorn, Arthit Promkhan, Chaowat Weerachart and Nattawut Sombatya.

EPL Academies In Asia

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With Liverpool getting flack for their insensitive handling of their new academy in India, called the Steve MacMahon Football Academy, the time may be right to reproduce, or regurgitate, an article I penned a few years back for ESPN. It is with Paul Shipwright, the guy at Arsenal who oversees their soccer schools around the world.

Deltras To Select Foreign Coach?

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Sidoarjo Deltras are reportedly close to securing the services of a foreign coach for next season even though it is not yet clear what level of competition they will be in.
They aren't revealing the identity of the new guy, only hinting that he is German and has his own football academy in Singapore.

Real Madrid to Build China’s Largest Academy

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Real Madrid sign partnership agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande to help build China's largest football academy.

[Feature] The Braveheart Siva (PART ONE)

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(This is part one of the three-parter series that featured a story of Singaporean footballer who overcome the odds in bid improve his game in a foreign land.)

A lot of people would think that to be able to play professional football overseas, one would have to be a national player in order to "qualify for that feat".

Why Liverpool Should Show Caution Over Bosman Deals

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It is safe to say that Liverpool have not been the most adept in the Bosman free transfer market over the last few years. With limited money to spend under former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the Reds have delved into the free transfer market and come up with some real stinkers. The Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin came from Bayer Leverkusen in 2007, and he was followed to Anfield by Standard Liege's Milan Jovanovic and Chelsea's Joe Cole last summer.