Benjamin Palandella dribbles around a bigger boy who comes charging at him and shoots to the goal with shocking force for a 7-year-old player. Nearby, children jump to head a ball tethered on a rope, tiptoe over hoops and dribble around orange cones. The kids training in this concrete court in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, play for Club Social Parque. It’s the same soccer talent factory where such international stars as Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez and Juan Roman Riquelme polished their skills as children. Spain’s “La Masia” youth academy may be the famed bedrock of Barcelona’s success and where Lionel Messi started training at 13 when he emigrated from Argentina. But Club Social Parque, a humble
The 2 Robbies have selected their contenders for the Premier League Goal of the Month for March. Now it’s your job to select the winner by clicking on the link above. Watch the contenders in the video above and then vote for your favorite. Enjoy.
Arsène Wenger will target Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan in an effort to replace the departing Mesut Ozil, according to a report. Turan, 30, does not fit into Wenger’s policy of buying youth but he may be a viable target, having become marginalized at Barcelona. Barcelona is about to undergo its own rebuild with head coach Luis Enrique on his way out at the Nou Camp, with Turkish international Turan likely to be surplus to the new manager’s requirements.