Spurs sign Souleymane Coulibaly


Its good to see Tottenham to sign some type of striker and also beating the likes of  Real Madrid and Manchester United in a signing.  The 16- year old Ivorian striker is considered to play the same dominating style as his countrymen Didier Drogba as seen in Under-17 World Cup . Lets hope Spurs got this one right as Chelsea and Arsenal look on another so called Drogba imitator the Belgian Romelu Lukaku who plays for Anderlecht.

Japan’s work rate and selflessness on the pitch yield 6 goals against New Zealand in the Under 17 FIFA World Cup. I have the Japanese as favorites, the composure that they’ve shown is well beyond their years, as they have taken the ideals of Asian culture and transfers them to 90 minutes on a football pitch. It’s fascinating to watch a team so young play with such maturity. They have camaraderie, they have skill, but most importantly they have decision making throughout all 11 men on the pitch. These Japanese players have a bright future in football, and I can’t wait to see Japan at the 2014 World Cup in Rio, who knows, many of these players might feature heavily in Brazil

Ivory Coast vs Brazil Under 17’s put on a show during their group game at the Under 17 FIFA World Cup. The teams put up 6 goals as the match ended 3-3 with Italy equalizing in the 93rd minute. The highlight of the game had to be a perfectly timed bicycle kick by Ivory Coast’s Souleymane Coulibaly who completed a hat trick against Brazil on the day.

Coulibaly has scored 8 goals in 3 matches and on the biggest stage of his football career so far, is living up to the hype of being ‘the next drogba’ from checking out his highlights, it seems that this nod may be rightfully deserved. We can’t wait to see how this turns out, and I’ll bet Chelsea and Man City will be showing their interest in this prodigy soon. And judging from these highlights, so will the rest of Europe. Credit to the Brazilian goalkeeper Charles who made  a few Julio Cesar like saves of his own. This was an exciting match, and a good look at future stars in football for the next decade. I can’t wait for the knock out round to start. What a week it’s been for football futbol in Mexico

Here are extensive highlights from Japan 3 Argentina 1 in the Under 17 World Cup. Japan demolished Argentina in every position at all levels with the Japanese ahead inside 4 minutes. Argentina managed to pull one goal back from 3 - 0 down, but some would argue that the goal never should have been allowed because of a substitution. But it is an Under 17 match, and it was good for at least Argentina to come away with one goal. Embarrassment for the Argentines who crash out of the competition in the group stage. One has to admire the play of Japan, who had perfect positioning, and were always four passes ahead of Argentina. It was a work of tactical masterclass, and Japan waltz passed one of the tournament favorites into the last 16

Correction Japan BOSSING Argentina, Up 2-0 in World Cup. Good lesson: discipline + tactics vs. raw talent. Discipline winning.

Great match on espn3 Japan vs. Argentina Under 17 World Cup. Japan are perfectly organized, like watching a Premier League team, in fact like watching a Liverpool, or Arsenal. Cool, calm. But Japan are lacking the blind skill, the ability to make the great pass, or fantastic shot. Argentina have that ability, but lack the discipline and tactical skill of the Japanese. It’s proving to be an interesting lesson in football between two countries with different ideals on the pitch. Japan are excellent at doing all the simple things right, and are 2 - 0 up inside the first 20 minutes. I’m not sure how this one will turn out, but Japan are so relaxed on the ball, they’re not even phased they’re playing Argentina. This is a brilliant lesson in football, and why I chose to watch this instead of watching France overpower Jamaica in the other group game. Japan are impressive in their organization and Argentina aren’t sure what to do, but the Argentines will still manage a few step overs and volley shots before the day is out. In fact, as I’m writing the Mexican fans have started to Ole Argentina. Yeah, it’s that good, watch it now!

Raheem Sterling England & Liverpool U-17 World Cup highlights against Rwanda

Raheem Sterling, this lad has had a great season for Liverpool since his transfer from QPR last summer. At such a young age, he could be a big prospect for both club & country. He has pace, vision, he can place a cross, pass, and has a really good shot. He’s the total package, lucky for Liverpool he’s already in their academy. This is just the first game of the Under -17 FIFA World Cup, but if he continues on like this Kenny Dalglish will have no choice but to give him some games, and some starts next season. Who says LFC have problems down the wing? Not anymore.

Although he had been great all season, Raheem caught the attention of everyone with his 5 goal performance in the Youth FA Cup with Kenny Dalglish, Steve Clarke, Sammy Lee, & Damien Comolli watching from the stands

During his time at QPR Raheem got to show his skills on Skillz School, a UK football academy program. Decide for yourself who the winner is here

Countdown To Kick Off - Summer 2011

Well, it’s only June and it seems like an eternity to the start of the season unless you’ve got 19 titles or won the Champions League. For the rest of us, this is a season of hope, and a season of faith for those clubs that have been relegated.

Liverpool have made some big name signings already, and United have continued the trend of signing big bank youngsters to their squad. It’s only June, but this could be the most exciting transfer window yet. The game is changing, and understand the role of what happens before the season is a great way to get a head start of what is to come in August

But let’s not forget that there is still football being played. If you happen to live in the United States the MLS & CONCACAF Gold Cup is occurring across the country. The United States is fighting win the trophy on home soil, with a shock loss in their second match, and unconvincing 1 - 0 wins in their other matches, Bob Bradley’s men still qualify for the Quarter Final round.

Mexico continued on a great run of form winning all three of their Group A games, despite the doping scandal involve 5 of their players including Guillermo Ochoa. El Tri known as Chicharito to Chivas & United fans has once again showed his leadership qualities even as a young player on the team, scoring 5 goals for country already in the first 3 games of the tournament. Mexico play Guatemala in the Quarter Final round. USA play Jamaica. Costa Rica will verse Honduras. And Panama will play El Salvador.

Under 21 European Championship has many people watching after the signing of Phil Jones to United for £20 million and Jordan Henderson to Liverpool for £16m. Big Guns England and Spain faced each other in their opening match drawing 1 -1 at Herning Stadium in Denmark. An early goal from Ander Herrara was canceled out by a late Danny Welbeck equalizer.

With the new 6 + 5 rule and FIFA Financial Fair Play rule coming into affect, much more emphasis has been put on youth football. The tournament is valuable experience for potential European Stars of the future and has produced players as recently as 2009 with Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, and Manuel Neuer lifting the cup for Germany.

Players to watch include Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer who made some fantastic saves to keep his country in the match with excellent footwork, knowledge, and comfort of goalkeeping fundamentals including when to go & when to stay, positioning, grabbing, parrying, and knowing when to sense danger during the game. With a goalkeeper’s frame, and a good head on his shoulders, this lad has the signs of a great keeper to come.

Real Madrid and Barcelona youth prospects dominate the Spanish team with potential United target David de Gea in the squad, as well as Liverpool target and Valencia man Juan Mata, midfielder Javi Martinez, Bojan Krkić and Thiago Alcántara who both collected Champions League medals in 2011. Krkić at age 20 has already collected two Champions League medals with Barcelona and made his European club competition debut at the age of 17.

Notable Young Lions include Everton’s Jack Rodwell, Tottenham’s Danny Rose, United’s Danny Welbeck, Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, teenaged top money transfer target Connor Wickham at 18, Jones & Henderson respectively

With the Under-17 World Cup to begin this weekend in Mexico, we can expect a showcase from many of the world’s young stars putting their talent on display

With a trickle of transfer news, Cescgate, Gold Cup, and youth action underway there’s plenty of football to pass the days as we countdown to kickoff this August. Enjoy the weather out there, and be sure stop by Anna Liffeys for a pint, a laugh, and a lunch. YNWA