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F2 Train with FC Barcelona | Video Review

What is the Barcelona way?

In this video, the F2 Freestylers are joined by five of the world’s best players. That’s right, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Arda Turan and Marc-André ter Stegen all join Jezza and Billy to show off their skills. Talk about taking it up a notch! But wait, there’s more, the sponsors Beko are going to fly 22 winners to the Barcelona to get coached by the experts and a game on the pitch at the Camp Nou.

Check it out below:

The video starts off with a cheeky touch from Leo Messi – always be ready to receive the ball! – followed by some top defending tips by Gerard Pique. Marc-André ter Stegen and Luis Suarez then show off Barcelona’s philosophy of developing players who truly understand the game and can play in every position. You guessed right, Marc is showing us his shooting technique with Luis in goal, reminiscent of his save against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn_oYeugGiw). Suarez then admits that he wasn’t involved with the passed penalty by Messi in Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Celta Vigo last February and that it was actually meant for Neymar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xf83P79UGQ).

A cool game of foot-tennis featuring Arda Turan and ter Stegen follows along with an excellent bit of advice:

“Love the ball, want the ball, be comfortable on the ball. No matter what position you play.”

It’s no wonder that Barcelona’s philosophies have been such a driving force behind Spain’s football dominance over the past few years.

We finish off with some brilliant finishing skills by Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. In a tribute to the sponsors, Suarez then takes on the Beko Washing Machine Challenge.

Bartolo Bros Video Rating: 9.6

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A Generation of Spanish Football dominance

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Over the last ten years, football has been Spanish.

Whether it’s the National Team excelling in international tournaments, the performances of La Liga sides in European competitions, or the quality of players and managers that are being attracted to its league, Spain is victorious.

Here are the reasons why Spanish football, with its tiki-taka system, has been so dominant over the past decade:

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Individualism… or the Lack of it!

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By Andrea Vella

I am no Mourinho or Guardiola; but after undergoing the Level 1 and Level 2 Coach Education courses, together with the Licence Holders Course, organised by Premier Skills, I look back at my first three years as a football educator and realise how false my sessions used to be! Premier Skills have also opened my eyes to the problems I see with coaching in Malta today.

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Andrea in his role as Academy Director of Swieqi United F.C. Image source: Jeffrick Cachia

I see many ‘know­-it-­alls’ and ex-­footballers who talk, talk and talk, believing they can coach purely because of their position or playing reputation, but who quite frankly, can’t! I see a lot of coaches who focus on their personal success and results when they should be focusing on developing players – it’s all about how many games they’ve won! I also see a lot of coaches who coach as a hobby or as a side job to earn some pocket money, without realising how delicate their role is.

“What most of the coaches have in common is that they don’t understand that coaching isn’t easy!” Andrea Vella

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Why Real Madrid should use their option on Morata… and why they should not!

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Álvaro Morata baffles me. He’s good on so many fronts, yet I’m concerned that he will never be great.

Born in Madrid on the 23rd October 1992, the Spanish international joined Real Madrid’s academy at the age of fifteen following stints at Atlético Madrid and Getafe. The attacking player represented Spain on a number of occasions at youth level, and debuted for Real Madrid Castilla in August of 2010. It took just four months for his efforts to be recognised by a certain José Mourinho, who handed him his debut for the first team on the 12th December 2010. For the next three seasons, Morata was a key figure in Real’s Castilla side, averaging almost a goal every other game in nearly 100 appearances. Continue reading