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Tis the season before the transfer window! tra la la la la la

Are European giants exploiting US soccer or improving it?

Barcelona now has an outreach academy in the US.
Joe Bradley had an “a-ha moment” after seeing how three Bayern Munich youth team coaches dealt with losing, all in the same day.

This was during his first visit to the club’s facilities in the Bavarian capital in late November, part of the new, first-of-its-kind partnership between Bradley’s Massachusetts-based youth soccer organization, Global Premier Soccer, and the European powerhouse.

“They had a real commitment to game intelligence and the technical aspect of the game, and didn’t worry so much about winning or losing,” Bradley says of the games he saw, with players ranging from 11 to 16 years old. “We’re going to put this at the top of the list,” he adds, referring to the work GPS does training about 55,000 youth players in 11 northeastern US states.

As CEO of GPS, Bradley is part of a recent development that may become a trend in years to come – top European soccer clubs laying down roots on U.S. soil, working with young American players year-round.Alexei Lalas says it's a land grab

Chatter From the Sidelines

Social Media

Unless the city of Liverpool renounces gays, their football team won't win...seriously?

Pedro got a hat trick for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey match

Match Pictures

Ramos and Cruz. Real Madrid have broken the record - having won 50 matches on the trot

Ronaldo and Benzema? Anyway, Ronaldo didn't score, Bale did (just imagine his face, because I'm not posting it here, because his facccceee), Casillas saved two penalties, they won their match 4-0. Next!

James and Hernandez benched

Isco strikes for home

Idek the thumb sucking. Is it a kink? A sort of subspace he gets into after the high of scoring and the thumb anchors him to his body? What?

Bayern Munich won. Today is Wednesday

Neuer, somewhere in the midfield. Yesterday was Tuesday

Munich's subs on the bench. Can't Basti get a game?

The Chelsea vs Derby Capital Cup match had plenty of thrills and spills. This is the spill. Cech collided into Zouma, and the match time was held up for seven minutes. Tragic, because Derby was making headway. Curses.

Got a hard knock

Chelsea players standing up for their own

Hazard scored. Shows off his cakes

Drobga's ankle got twisted, had to be subbed off later in the game. Derby was pretty unlucky with that red card, tbh. What was nice was McClaren (the Derby coach) tried to distract Mourinho by telling jokes on the sidelines

That's all you need to know about the Barcelona vs Heusca match for the Copa del Rey. Pictures seem superfluous at this point

Pedro got his ball for his hat trick. Moving on

Toffees Lukaku and Distin pulling a Christmas cracker and wearing ugly Christmas jumpers. English tradition, y'all

Leighton Baines in jumper and shorts


Everton players tell bad Christmas jokes. Cringe

Bayern Munich gets in on the Christmas cheer. Suppose you're agnostic, do you really have to go through all this malarkey? Besides, I thought most European countries didn't celebrate till January 5/6 or thereabouts?

Been told that this is the new one! Thanks for the correction. Y'all are great!
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