Written by Will Parchman

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Last August, US Club Soccer dropped a bombshell on American soccer by announcing a “technical partnership” with La Liga. As part of its nascent Players First platform, this would encompass a wide-ranging host of things.

One of those was what’s become the La Liga Formation Methodology Course, led by some of the leading technical minds in Spain.

LaLiga Formation Methodology courses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players. The 2½-day level 3 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Topics include: 1) Methodological Foundations of Training, 2) Structure of Training, 3) Development of the Training Model, 4) Training Tactical Concepts, 5) Training Technique, 6) System Development and Strategy and 7) Training Physical Elements.

Last weekend, US Club Soccer hosted another of these courses at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., and we have the evidence. Here’s a look at what one of the newest pillars in American soccer development looks like.

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Written by Will Parchman

TV

The story of the last week wasn’t Chelsea worming a late winner through 84 sets of legs to beat Everton and keep a cushiony lead atop the English Premier League. Nor was it Atletico Madrid’s stunning 4-0 demolition of Real Madrid (though that was satisfying as peeling a dried layer of Elmer’s glue from your 12-year-old palm).

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Written by Will Parchman

Three words: God loves Barcelona.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

In lieu of calling this rivalry The SUPERDUPER CLASICO or whatever tripe the Galaxy and Chivas USA are dreaming up next, watch this video and be amazed.

This is field-level access stuff. We’re talking team bus, mixed zone interviews, the warm-up… everything short of Messi preening himself in front of a mirror. Scope it.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

Al igual que su compañero y compatriota Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira está en África. En este safari se fotografió ante una leona que devora a una jirafa.

With the La Liga season finished, footballers have the chance to go and enjoy themselves on vacation. Sami Khedira of Real Madrid chose to go to Africa where he took a safari. During his safari, he snapped this photo of himself in front of a lioness eating a giraffe. He saw first hand the Circle of Life in the animal kingdom.

 

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Mestalla turns 90

Written by Rudy Madrigal

On May 20, Mestalla Stadium, home of Valencia C.F., turned 90 years-old. While the stadium may not be one of the most well known or glamorous, it is nonetheless an important one. First opened in 1923, the original capacity was 17,000, but quickly expanded to 25,000. Today, the stadium holds 55,000, is the fifth-largest in Spain and is considered to have one of the most feared stadium atmospheres in all of Europe. With the steep and towering seats, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Being 90 years-old, the stadium has a long and storied history, having been through the Spanish Civil War and the flood of 1957, among other things. It hosted all of Spain’s games during the 1982 World Cup (used to be the national team’s home stadium) and the Copa del Rey final in 2011.

Read about the atmosphere and see more pics after the jump

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Written by The 91st

Check out FC Barcelona as you’ve never seen them before. Fresh off a La Liga title and completely … well, happy.

They’re falling every which way; dancing and taking off their shirts. Yeah, they’re pretty … happy. Perfect song choice, by the way.

 

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Messi says goodbye..

Written by Rudy Madrigal

Lionel Messi

To the season that is. After walking off during the second half of Barcelonas title-clinching victory against Atlético Madrid, it has been reported that Messi could miss the final three games of the season due to his re-aggravated hamstring injury. With only three games left, it isn’t worth the risk for Messi to come back, especially since they’ve already won the league trophy and don’t have any other trophies left to play for. Plus, I’m sure Argentina would love to have Messi fit for World Cup Qualifying this summer.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini was fired as the manager of Manchester City after apparently not fulfilling any of the clubs stated goals (except qualifying for next seasons Champions League). This comes almost exactly one year after Manchester City clinched their first Premier League title in 44 years under Mancini.

With PSG reportedly turning down Real Madrid’s offer to speak to Carlo Ancelotti, it makes me wonder if Real Madrid would be interested in this Italian (Mancini) since it appears they can’t have Ancelotti. After-all, Jose Mourinho is sad at Madrid and apparently wants to leave, which, if he does, leaves a coaching job open.

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Written by The 91st

Between social media and fantasy sports, fans have more ownership over their favorite teams than ever before. That trend just continued with La Liga club Real Sociedad which decided that instead of displaying sponsors on their jerseys they would choose 22 fans at random and display their names.

While this sounds like an innovative, fan-friendly idea, Sociedad could be making a huge mistake. This is basically the equivalent of writing your name on your favorite package of Three Cheese Hot Pockets so your roommates don’t touch them. Do you realize how entitled these fans will feel?

The club will conduct a raffle and 22 lucky winners will be chosen out of 25,000. Those 22 are going to be the worst fans ever. You watch.

That player has MY name on him? Why are you touching him? MINE! MINE! MINE!

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