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Why Financial Fair Play will benefit youth academies

Progressing through the ranks as a junior to become an established first-team regular continues to be rarer in the modern day era of football where big money spending sprees is king. Even the most talented youth prospects are made to wait patiently in the reserves, particularly in England where the number of national players in the Premier League have reached an all-time low. It has created growing concerns that clubs ultimately neglect their youth academies in favour of dipping into an over-inflated transfer market and splashing huge sums of money on marquee signings that could make an impact. While it could make a difference towards enjoying success or avoiding failure, the introduction of Financial Fair Play could be the much-needed breakthrough for youth academies to finally show the fruits of their labour and see more young players make the breakthrough for the greater good of football on the whole.

Less spending, more youth emphasis

With over £800 million spent across the English Premier League during the summer transfer window and James Rodriguez’s blockbuster move to Real Madrid for £63 million, football seemingly has no boundaries as to the amount of money that can be spent on transfers. There is an argument that it makes watching football matches across elite European domestic leagues more enthralling and exciting for fans that get to see the very best players perform on the pitch. Major transfers always have an impact on odds across http://www.bookies.com, as illustrated through the arrival of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa which made Chelsea favourites to win the English Premier League in the eyes of bookmakers. However, with Financial Fair Play rules now restricting clubs to the level of expenditure they can accrue in accordance with avoiding going over the annual loss limit of £39.5 million from 2014 until 2017, it may force managers to consider looking towards their youth academy as a means of saving money. This particularly applies to elite clubs who have been criticised for failing to place more emphasis on bringing through home-grown players that could also benefit the national team in the long run, but there is every chance that more academy graduates will begin to make the breakthrough into the first-team picture.

Better all-round structure

Germany are arguably the only country with the perfect football-based structure that provides considerable funding for every team to focus on bringing through the most technically gifted and talented players possible. This change in emphasis came after a very disappointing Euro 2000 campaign which provided a stark realisation that their golden generation was reaching the end of the road and action was required to ensure a continuous conveyor belt of talent emerged from all areas of Germany. These changes have not only ensured that the quality of German football in the Bundesliga and below remains at the highest level, but also provides the national team with considerable quality at all levels; their 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil is a blueprint for how other nations can place considerable emphasis and finance on their youth structure and reap the rewards. Being part of a system in which youth is given a chance to shine undoubtedly provides a wonderful incentive for young players to train hard, develop their game and make their mark when given a chance in the first team. The introduction of FFP could influence more clubs to utilise money that would have previously gone towards marquee signings towards integrating a beneficial structure, utilising their wonderful state-of-the-art training facilities, to bring through home-grown players on a regular basis that not only have the quality to be a first-team regular for many years, but also improve their country’s chances of glory.

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New Nike World Cup Advert – The Last Game

We are suckers for a Nike advert so it will be of little surprise for you to know that we really enjoyed Nike’s latest offering ahead of the World Cup – The Last Game.

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History would suggest a South American Winner

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The history of the World Cup suggests that the eventual winner of the 2014 tournament, staged in Brazil, will be won by a country from South America. It will be the seventh time the trophy will be competed for in that part of the world and in all of the previous six the winners have been from that continent (twice each for Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay). read more »

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The 2014 World Cup

2014_World_Cup_ceremony_in_Johannesburg_2010-07-08_2It is unquestionably the biggest and most prestigious tournament in world football. The 32 nations, representing five continents, will all compete in three weeks time each hoping for World Cup glory. The fact that it is being held in Brazil only heightens the build up and anticipation of the tournament. read more »

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New Nike World Cup advert features a host of the world's stars

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just a matter of days away now, it’s time for the adverts that we’ll be seeing a lot of in the coming weeks to be revealed.

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Are Champions League outsider's odds an outstanding offer?

Whilst the majority of the Champions League debate focuses on who will win it, Viktoria Plzen are 10,000/1 outsiders to lift the most prestigious of Club Trophies. But should they really be that big, or even bigger, or are there teams who have even less of a chance than their odds suggest?

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The diet of a footballer

The diet of a professional footballer is measured and calculated to the last gram. Everything they consume has been studied and authorised by their club’s team of dietitians to ensure they are only doing good things to their body; as well as ensuring their energy levels peak just as they head out to play football that week.

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Champions League returns but is it enough?

The European Champions League group stage got underway on Tuesday night and it felt nice to go back to watching the continent’s elite compete against each other. Every fan of football, whether they will admit it or not, wants to watch the best sides in the world compete on a regular basis.

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Stamina and endurance in football

Imagine running just over six miles in 90 or so minutes and then being presented with a chance to win the match for your team. Your heart pounding, your legs aching and your head spinning; yet you’ve got to keep everything together to beat the ‘keeper. The whole idea is giving me heart palpitations just thinking about it.

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It's all about the World Cup

2013/14 is a special sort of football season. It’s a season when the fortunes of club sides matter just a little less but the fortunes of their players matter a little more. There are still all the usual matches to play. There are all the usual competitions to enter. The trophies are still around to be one. But everything is played out with one eye on next summer’s World Cup.

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