Being the world's most expensive footballer brings pressure. Paul Pogba is beginning to find out that the media will look at everything he does on and off the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney were all stars at an early age. They jumped from junior football to first team starter months after leaving school. It can be exciting but as Galatasaray star Nigel De Jong explains in this video, young players have to be ready.
Liverpool football club have produced some top homegrown players in their time. That being said, they've always liked a shopping trip down to Crewe who seem to breed their 'type' of player. One 16 year old that cost them £1m has now reached a crossroads in his Anfield life.
Nice sharp drill that gets players moving the ball quickly with purpose & thought.
CREDIT: The Coaching Manual
Under armour look like they've got things together with their latest range. Yes, there's still the odd flashy bling but they are better made for performance.
Umbro used to be the powerhouse of football. Now under individual ownership they intend to get back into the game in a big way. Let's see how they'll do it..
If you've ever wondered how Brazil always have the knack of turning out some of football's most skilful players, this could be the secret that creates them.
How do you develop creative footballers? Players who can think for themselves will always achieve more than those who just follow orders.
So, what are going to do with that world star hiding in your team? Manuals, badges? Think on! The football4football ‘Secrets to elite development’ event saw a group of coaches reveal how they took promising teens on to become some of ‘the world's best players!' [see video]
Transfer windows make or break a club’s push for titles, European glory or league survival. After the boardroom suits decide on a target, the white coat brigade come into play. Surgeons, doctors and medical experts are called in meaning a star player signing or a deal collapsing. These are the lab tests that are now so important.
Vincent Kompany played in Belgium & Germany before becoming the Manchester City captain.
New money in the Premier League means even so called 'small' clubs can spend millions. What this means for young players trying to break through makes Kompany suggest something that could change the whole academy system forever…
A footballer’s ability to change is key for success. One minute you're starting, the next you could be on the bench. Top players look to take advantage of any playing opportunities. Gio van Bronckhorst destroyed Arsenal’s Euro dream as he went from unused sub to Champions League winner.
Joe Cole was part of his nation's golden generation. Knowing a thing or two about the expectation on young talent, he believes overhaul of understanding in English football is needed. Added to this he feels a major asset is being underused.
Football can be brutal and opinions can either make or break you. Premier League & England star Phil Jagielka nearly didn't make it. His next step after rejection was crucial.
Balon d'Or winners like Cristiano Ronaldo are the best for a reason. Talent is backed up by an almost obsessive work ethic. Key for self improvement is honesty and willingness to action positive instruction. Coach advice must be relevant, applicable and beneficial even if it highlights flaws. Dutch technical master Rene Meulensteen was tasked with taking a good player, to become a great player. He did it with record breaking effect.
Talent, luck, focus and hard-work all ingredients for a life in football. Many look at the money, cars and big houses but ignore journey. Former Monaco, Liverpool & Stoke player Salif Diao made a commitment at 13 that highlights a modern day problem in youngsters.
Getting called up to England national team should be one of the greatest experiences for a footballer. Unfortunately it proved to be a nightmare for this former Premier League star?
Don’t be fooled by transfer deadline day. Here at football4football we’ll take you exclusively behind the supposed last minute wild spending and roller coaster ‘breaking news’. Top agents give never before seen personal accounts of the deals that cost mega millions. Here is the first part of how your clubs sign players.
Goal scoring legend Andy Cole has given football4football members the chance to own their very own piece of football history.
With transfer sagas dragging on for months, there's not many shocks when it comes to clubs signing players. Back in 1995 a deal between two major clubs sent shockwaves through the Premier League. It’s unlikely this would ever happen again.
Long-term development at all levels of the domestic game is under threat according to some coaches football4football have spoken to. Thier observations raise uncomfortable questions directed at youth footballers.
Because there are only 20 teams in the English Premier League, looking beyond it for a career in the full-time game makes sense. Non-league football is so well run and offers a route into the top flight. This ex-pro & former international explains how you can easily take advantage of this opportunity.
Managing or coaching top players needs more than good technical understanding on the training ground. This situation between Rafa Benitez & Ronaldo explains that.
Australia's A-League is on the up. Development of next generation Socceroos is the main objective. Having played with Wayne Rooney at Everton, this Australian international believes that these harsh lessons of the past need to be taken note of.
The World's most expensive player, Gareth Bale was on the agenda when the football4football training team visited mega club Real Madrid. As a football4football member you can get training secrets used to power the Wales superstar, Ronaldo & the rest of the Galacticos. To get EXCLUSIVE 'behind the scenes access' & the chance to win a shirt, join now for FREE!
SECRET VIDEO: Marcos Rojo has had a stop start existence at Old Trafford so far. The football4football training team went to Portugal way before the 2014 World Cup and it was the Argentine star that caught our eye.
Knee pain ranges from little niggles or a click to serious swelling that can lead to an operation. Here’s a ‘quick look’ guide from the football4football injury team on knee injuries that affect grassroots players and top level professionals alike.
Ryan Giggs reveals the orders of Sir Alex Ferguson & his coaching staff prevented him suffering a common young player problem. This is what set him on his path in becoming the Premier League's most successful ever player.
The stop turn maybe very simple to do, but during a fast football match it will help you get extra space to pick a pass or take a shot.
The scissors is a piece of skill that you will see almost every weekend in professional football.
Long range passing is an art in its self. It's amazing just how well respected players are within the game when they can spray the ball across the football pitch at will. At professional clubs, the players who can 'PING' it are always admired.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has built his game around blistering pace, ferocious shooting and dazzling skill. The key to his game is a toned athletic physique. His abdominals, although look impressive, are definitely not just for show.
The importance of healthy eating habits for young players should be appreciated whether you're a parent or a coach. If you are able to help young players become aware of positive choices early on, then the likelihood of educated independence will increase.
A naturally sourced diet is the recommended choice for anyone. Unfortunately time, money and convenience point athletes towards sports nutrition & supplementation to fuel performance.
There are many ways to beat an opponent. One of the oldest ways of doing this is still one of the best... dropping the shoulder.
In football matches you will often find yourself tightly marked, especially if you are a striker or a midfielder. In these situations it can be difficult to find space to receive the ball, these pro tips to use your body can help.
The outside hook allows you to turn sharply in a split second. Awesome!
A famous football injury due to the number of high profile players who've been victims of it. Years ago this would end a player's career. Major improvements in treatment techniques means a quicker & safer return to the pitch these days.
Pro players understand how important it is to stay fit. Whether you play in the Premier League or for a Sunday team, a football injury could happen at any time. You need to know how to deal with them. Find out how to make sure you're not the one left on the sidelines!
The football world first heard of metatarsal fractures when headliners David Beckham and Wayne Rooney got injured. Some say they've always been about but limited knowledge meant they got missed. A ‘sore foot’ can be more serious than you think…
One of the most common football injuries involves the ankle.
There’s no hiding from it, cruciate injuries are serious. They used to keep players sidelined for over a year and cost football clubs millions. Medical experts and surgeons had to find ways to get these prized assets back to the pitch quicker but safely. Many people questioned these new methods.
Understanding energy balance (calories in vs. calories out) is not just important for pro footballers, it is key for anyone who wants to control the way they look.
Whenever you do any physical activity your body produces sweat. This is simply its way of keeping everything at the right temperature. The Premier League players and professionals you see flying around pitches have to have enough liquid in their bodies before a game to cope with the fluid they will lose as they sweat. They drink before a game, at half-time and when the game has finished. This should be the same for anyone who plays football. The correct term is 'Hydration'.
Cartilage injuries to the knee are very common in recreational and professional athletes. The likelihood of injury increases with multi-directional sports, like rugby, tennis, basketball and of course football.
Dutch star Patrick van Aanholt signed a new deal with Sunderland as many suspected clubs in the Premier League & around Europe were about to pounce...
You may have seen a player set off to sprint, then suddenly pull up hopping and grabbing the back of their leg. A typical sign of a hamstring injury. There is a reason why it affected Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen in the early parts of their careers.
Food is vital to performance, without the correct foods or timing of the food you eat, it is hard to reach the levels that the body can achieve. The top football players you see on television from the Premier League and the Champions League are some of the fittest athletes in sport. Hard training, top skills and a 'healthy diet' mean they can perform at the top level week in and week out.
Any professional footballer will tell you, that what they eat is just as important as what they wear or how they train. In fact, without the correct food and fluid intake, not even a Sunday League player never mind a Premier League star can perform on the pitch. As developing players that are still growing, you need to know what, when and why certain food choices can help you play better football and stay fit.