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.
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..
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.
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.
The days of international teams getting smashed by cricket scores are now a thing of the past. Former England forward Emile Heskey highlights the emergence of lesser known nations who climb the FIFA rankings.
You might hear teachers, parents or coaches say 'stay hydrated'. Do you really know what that means?
In a game you'll sprint a lot but also play for long periods of time. Your body needs energy from carbohydrates to do both. The thing is, different carbohydrates work with your body in different ways.
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.
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.
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'.
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...
Elbow injuries in football are fairly uncommon. As you can imagine, it's the keepers that suffer most but if it happens to an outfield player it usually involves major pain!
Finger injuries involve ligaments and tendons in the hand but injuries to the bones or joints of the fingers are most common. Here we ‘point’ out what can happen..
The strongest tendon in your body is the Achilles, it runs at the back of the calf joining the back of the heel bone. If it snaps you can actually hear it happen!
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.