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                                             Ravens Soccer

 Cristiano Ronaldo                   Training Tips        FIFA
 Recipe for Talent                   from Kristina Kiss   U20

P. 02 Publisher’s Message

P. 03 Ask The Experts

P. 04 Carleton University
                                                                            Carleton Ravens Soccer -   P. 04
      Ravens Soccer

P. 07 Capital United

      Soccer Club

P. 09 Fury Continue To Reign

P. 11 Scouting Report:
      Kristopher Twardek

P. 12 Coaching To Win

P. 13 Scouting Report:
      Rachelle Beanlands

P. 21 Lessons from The Pitch

P. 23 OSU Force Academy

P. 14 Tips From Kristina Kiss

P. 19 Where Are They Now?
                                           Kristina Kiss - Tips -   P. 14        Cristiano Ronaldo -   P. 31
P. 24 Champions League
      Final Analysisi

P. 24 First World Cup
      Uruguay 1930

P. 26 Anfield Stadium

Cover: Andrew Geddes Photography    Anfield Stadium -   P. 26

                                                                              KICKABOUT OTTAWA / 01
   I would like to share with you three stories:
Soccer & Education
   Club Atletico River Plate is one of the biggest soccer clubs in Argentina. River, as
the team is locally known, plays in el Monumental, Argentina’s national stadium, where
the Albiceleste lifted, in 1978, the World Cup for the first time. Those that know me
will ask why am I, a Boca fan, discussing River? Well, the answer has to do with
something that I never expected to find inside of a professional stadium…a school. I’m
not talking about an academy to train players but an actual school, where students
pursue academic excellence. Here is a great example of how a soccer club is working to
improve the quality of life of its members by emphasizing the importance of
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                                                                                                                                            Who will win the Champions League

                                                                                                                                                             Technical Director
                                                                                                                                                             Ottawa Royals S.C.
                                                                                                                                                                I will start my prediction
                                                                                                                                                                                                I expect that the perennial winners; Man
                                                                                                                                                                                              U will have a challenging time in finding
                                                                                                                                                                                              players to replace the goal scoring capability
                                                                                                                                                                                              and the creativity that was provided by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    play as a proper unit, they are certainly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                capable of beating anyone in the world. As
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a Manchester United fan I think Ferguson's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                side still has a good chance as always, despite
education.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the departure of Ronaldo and Tevez. Man U
                                                                                               Contributing Photographers                                    with this fact. Since the        Ronaldo and Tevez.
Soccer & Raising Awareness                                                                                                                                                                                                                      has plenty of talent that can step up to fill
                                                                                               Andrew Geddes                                                 tournament changed name            My pick to win this year is Chelsea. They
   Fans of Barcelona will remember May 2nd 2009 for their teams’ 6-2 thrashing of                                                                                                                                                               the void, and it'll be particularly interesting
                                                                                               Andrew Geddes Photograhy                     and structure in 1992, no club has                have an experienced team with world class
Real Madrid at the Royal White’s home stadium of Santiago Bernabéu. During this game                                                                                                                                                            to see what Michael Owen can bring to their
                                                                                               Christopher Gosa Badia                       managed consecutive wins. Does this mean          players and a new coach in Carlo Ancelotti
Lionel Messi, after scoring, ran to the cameras and lifted his jersey to reveal a shirt that                                                                                                                                                    setup this year. Putting emotions aside
                                                                                               David Timmons                                I won’t predict Barcelona to win again, yes       who's a proven winner in big games and
read “Sindrome X Fragil” or in English Fragile X Syndrome. What Messi, whose own                                                                                                                                                                however, I think defending champions
                                                                                                                                            it does. In my mind Barcelona is still the        knows how to handle high calibre players.
physical development had been threatened by hormonal growth difficulties, was doing            Joan Gosa Badia                                                                                                                                  Barcelona stand the best chance of winning
                                                                                                                                            favourite because they have, for the most
was raising awareness of a genetic condition that causes emotional, mental and                 Galkiux                                                                                                                                          again this year. The addition of Ibrahimovic
                                                                                                                                            part, kept their team in tact, but I just can’t                   MikeLanos
potentially physical problems to its sufferers.                                                                                                                                                                                                 to their already dangerous squad makes
                                                                                               Oscar Alonso                                 see them doing it again.                                           Technical Director,
Soccer & Society                                                                                                                                                                                                                                them the favorite in my opinion.
                                                                                               Envision Publicidad                             In fact, I only realistically see 4 other                       Gloucester Hornets
   Until recently a private company in Argentina held the exclusive broadcasting rights
                                                                                               Shawn Burns                                  teams with a legitimate chance. The first                             Needless to say, all eyes
to the country’s professional matches. As a result those who could not afford to pay for                                                                                                                                                                         SanjeevParmar
                                                                                               Yirka Twardek                                three are Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester                        will be firmly affixed to Real
the exclusive cable package had to tune in by radio or, believe it or not, watch the live                                                                                                                                                                         Director,
                                                                                                                                            United. Chelsea is just too slow at the back.                      Madrid with their massive
reactions of the crowd, but not the game itself, on basic cable. However, in August            Mark Simmons                                                                                                                                                       Parmar Sports Training
                                                                                                                                            Liverpool has Steven Gerard and a storied         signings over the summer and many will
2009 the Government promoted the cancellation of this deal and supported the                                                                                                                                                                                        Ronaldo out, United
                                                                                               Contributing Writers                         history, including the winners in 2005 and        pick them to win this years’ Champions
opening of the rights to any broadcaster, including the public one, who wishes to show                                                                                                                                                                            kisses Champions League
                                                                                               Alex McNutt, Bill Michalopulos, Boris        Finalists in 2007. However, this team also        League, especially with the final being
the games. Critics argue that this is poor economics, but the government believes that                                                                                                                                                                            goodbye...
                                                                                               Bajagic, Christina Atallah, Chris Roth,      has gaps in the back. Although I admit I          played at their home Santiago Bernabéu
this is not purely a question of profit maximization. What the government is arguing           Frank Lofranco, Fred Juett, Graeme                                                                                                                  As difficult as it is for me to say,
                                                                                                                                            am a fan of Manchester United, I see them         stadium. Although I think Real Madrid will
is that soccer is a social good and that the society as whole will benefit by exposing         Ivory, Jim Lianos, Joel MacDonald,                                                                                                               Manchester United doesn’t stand a chance!
                                                                                                                                            having a very average season. The loss of         play some great football in the upcoming
everyone, and not just a privileged few, to the highest levels of the national game.           Kristina Kiss, Kristopher David Twardek,                                                                                                         With the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to
                                                                                               Loïc Bramley, Lucas Timmons, Matthew         Tevez and Ronaldo and the fact that some          season, I am of the opinion that it will take
   These stories, that may seem unrelated, have actually reminded me of the power that                                                                                                                                                          perennial Champions League power house
                                                                                               Bramley, Mike Lanos, Pavel Cancura,          key players (Giggs and Scholes are getting        time for these players to gel making a run for
soccer has to convey messages and thus shape social relationships. We as a community                                                                                                                                                            Real Madrid and the meagre signing of
                                                                                               Rachelle Beanlands, Sanjeev Parmar,          older) will catch up with them.                   the title unlikely.
have a responsibility to make proper use of this power for the betterment of all or our        Mark Simmons                                                                                                                                     injury prone Michael Owens, the Red Devils
                                                                                                                                               The fourth and final team is Real                 With that said, although my heart would
members.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        find themselves on the outside looking in.
                                                                                                                                            Madrid. This is my choice for the 2010            like to say that Chelsea will win it all, my
                                                                                               Special Thanks                                                                                                                                   However, recent acquisitions of world class
                                                                                               Carleton Ravens Soccer                       Champions League Winner. This was a               instincts tell me that Barcelona will
IgnacioEstefanell                                                                                                                           highly talented team last year that               accomplish the very difficult repeat next         players by Real Madrid will inevitably lead
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief                                                                    Urooj Qureshi
                                                                                                                                            underperformed, but the addition of               year. They played some awe-inspiring              to be the demise of the lavish spending
editor@kickabout.ca                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Galáctico. Real has shown in the past decade
                                                                                                                                            Ronaldo and Kaká will only make them              football in 2009 and I look forward to being
                                                                                                                                            stronger. I will say though that this influx      glued to the screen again in 2010 marveling       that buying up all the talent in the world
                                                                                                                                            is either going to make this team the             at their attacking fluid football.                won’t necessarily bring unity on the pitch as
                                                                                               Advertise                                    Champions I predict or it could end up                                                              there’s more to football than just scoring

                Winners!                                                                                                             to     being a disaster                                                  PavelCancura                      goals. Their lack of prowess in the back third
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Head Coach,                       of the field will prove to be fatal with volatile
                                                                                               90,000 Soccer Fans!                                          BillMichalopulos                                  Cumberland United                 high scoring affairs. Due to the
                                                                                                                                                            President,                                        Soccer Club                       aforementioned rationale, United and
                                                                                               Kickabout is an independent magazine
Congratulations to                                                                                                                                          Ottawa South United                                 All of the movement in          Madrid are out of the picture which paves a
                                                                                               that reaches out to over 90,000 soccer                                                                                                           smooth road for the first repeat performance
Ondrej Kos and Alex McNutt                                                                                                                                  Soccer Club                                       players this summer makes
                                                                                               fans. Published every four months the                                                          2009/2010       an    especially    difficult     in Champions League history. With the hard
Winners of Planète Foot’s                                                                                                                                    With the departure of            Champions League to predict. The sheer            work ethic of coach Pep Guardiola
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Champions League Match Ball Finale 09 contest.                                                                                              Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real            talent that Real Madrid has put together          engrained into the squad, Barcelona will take
                                                                                               and across the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Kickabout would like to extend a special thanks to Planète Foot’s                                                                           and with some significant signings by             with all of their record signings cannot be       the title by playing “Total Football” with
and adidas for helping to make this contest possible.                                                                                       Manchester City the EPL will be much more         overlooked. If they can come together and         style, flair and pizzazz.
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Ravens                                                            Racing down the pitch, cleats tearing up turf,
Christina Atallah                                                 with the ball dancing between feet;
                                                                  it's an exciting game.

                                                                     Soccer has become the largest
                                                                  participatory sport in Canada, and thanks to
                                                                  successful programs like the Carleton
                                                                  University Ravens, it's being recognized for
                                                                  the "beautiful game" it really is.
                                                                     Carleton has built men's and women's
                                                                  soccer programs that are among the top
                                                                  ranked in the province. This year's coaching
                                                                  staff possesses a striking mix of old and new,
                                                                  as one head coach nears two decades of
                                                                  experience at Carleton while the other
                                                                  represents the Ravens for the first time.
                                                                     Entering his 17th year at the helm, Sandy
                                                                  Mackie has established himself as the face of
                                                                  the men's team, having led the Ravens to six
                                                                  undefeated seasons while picking up four
                                                                  Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East
                                                                  Coach of the Year awards along the way.
                                                                     Last season, with a combination of
                                                                  offensive and defensive power, he headed a
                                                                  practically unstoppable team that finished        Photo by Andrew Geddes Photography
                                                                  atop the OUA East with a 12-1-1 record.
                                                                  The Ravens went on to capture the OUA            Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men's      This season, the squad will have a new
                                                                  bronze medal and finished fifth at the           soccer championship.                         look after eight veterans graduated and hung
                                                                                                                                                                up their jerseys. Heading the defensive core,
                                                                                                                                                                team captain Nick Persichino (Thunder Bay,
                                                                                                                                                                Ontario) will need to fill a leadership role on
                                                                                                                                                                and off the field. Offensively, the team has
                                                                                                                                                                high hopes for Caki Simrooglu (Izmir,
                                                                                                                                                                Turkey) to put the ball in the net. Several
                                                                                                                                                                first-year students have also been recruited as
                                                                                                                                                                the Ravens continue their quest for their first
                                                                                                                                                                CIS title.
                                                                                                                                                                   Also looking to capture its first
                                                                                                                                                                championship is the women's team. The
                                                                                                                                                                squad is led by new head coach Alex
                                                                                                                                                                McNutt, who joins a program that made it
                                                                                                                                                                to the OUA Final Four the past two seasons.
                                                                                                                                                                   Last season, the women were faced with
                                                                                                                                                                the challenge of a young team. But, they
                                                                                                                                                                proved they could compete finishing with a
                                                                  Photo by Andrew Geddes Photography
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                                                                  6-6-2 record. In the playoffs, they advanced
                                                                  to the bronze-medal match, only to suffer a
                                                                  heartbreaking loss after the Brock University
                                                                  Badgers scored in the 119th minute of play.
                                                                                                                                                        Capital United Soccer Club
                                                                     The team will build off last year's                                                Celebrating its 10th year Anniversary!
                                                                  experience as they move forward in 2009.
                                                                  Up front, the Ravens will look to players like
Photo by Andrew Geddes Photography

                                                                                                                   Photo by Andrew Geddes Photography
                                                                  Amanda Ngwafusi (Ottawa, Ontario), the
                                                                  squad's leading scorer last season, for an                                               Families have that bond of love that holds   Silver level Club Excellence Award by the        hard to promote soccer excellence within the
                                                                  offensive touch. OUA All-Star Aisha Stinson                                           them together. For the Capital United           OSA.                                             Club and with other Clubs in the District, in
                                                                  (Ottawa, Ontario) is returning for her final                                          Soccer Club, which is celebrating its 10 year      Yet, it is most proud of its young players,   the province and internationally. After all, by
                                                                  year. Carleton has some experience on the                                             anniversary this year, this bond has been       who are learning to master the game with a       working together with other clubs, Capital
                                                                  back end, but rookies will battle for spots on                                        built on its passion (make that - its           shared passion for excellence under that         United knows it can help improve a child's
                                                                  the roster.                                                                           obsession) for the beautiful game.              player-first philosophy. Many players have       life, contribute to healthy communities and
                                                                     With both the men's and women's teams                                                 The Club has been fortunate to have so       had the experience of being promoted to          promote the beautiful game.
                                                                  vying for a shot at Nationals while facing                                            many kind members, current and past, who        Region 5, provincial and university                 For more information about the Club,
                                                                  strong competition, the race should be tight,                                         support its unique focus on long-term player    programs. Many have also had the                 plan to join the family at its year-end BBQ
                                                                  only adding to the excitement of the game.                                            development. Together, they live and breath     opportunity to train and compete on the          or Banquet Celebrations. Schedules can be
                                                                                                                                                        that player-first philosophy. The soccer        international stage. It continues to make a      found at the Club's web site at:
                                                                                                                                                        community quickly recognizes the Club's         difference in a child's life.                    www.fccapitalunited.com
                                                  With both the men's and women's teams                                                                 players, trained the Capital United way.
                                                                                                                                                           Sure, the Club has won more than its fair
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Club's coaches share that passion for
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the game, almost to a fault. They serve as       Capital United S.C.
                                                   vying for a shot at nationals while facing                                                           share of hardware and awards, despite its
                                                                                                                                                        relatively small size. There have been many
                                                                                                                                                                                                        role models and teachers in support of long-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        term player development. Their dedication
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1559 Alta Vista Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (613) 260-2278
                                                strong competition, the race should be tight                                                            League Championships, Cups and
                                                                                                                                                        promotions. Just this year, it was awarded a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        to players and the Club are inspiring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Club's committed volunteers work

                                                                                                                   Photo by Andrew Geddes Photography

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                                                  Division Title this season, they went on to      reaching the quarterfinal stage of the
                                                  capture      the    Central      Conference      renowned Gothia Cup (Sweden) and the
                                                  Championship only to fall in the                 U12/U13 Boys posting victories over sides
                                                  Championship Semi-Finals to the                  from Brazil, France and Germany at the
Continue to Reign                                 Washington Freedom on penalty kicks.             prestigious Plomelin Tournament (France).
                                                  Determined to make the playoffs after being      Locally, the U15 Boys traveled to Toronto
Among Soccer's Best                               edged from contention in 2008, the Fury          capturing the gold at the renowned Robbie
Ottawa well represented                           Men did so in convincing fashion becoming        Tournament.
                                                  the 7th undefeated team in league history
by Fury on National and                           with a 12-0-4 record that ensured their first-
International Stage                               ever playoff birth and a Division Title.             The Fury's Academy
                                                  Before a packed house at Algonquin College
                                                                                                       program continues to
                                                  the Men fell 2-1 in extra time to the Ocean
Graeme Ivory
                                                  City Barons ending the dream of a North              flourish with a strong
                                                  American Title.
   The Ottawa Fury celebrated its 10th               Looking to repeat their successes from            crop of young players
Anniversary this past season - it began with a    2008 that saw 5 teams reach the North
senior women's team (W-League) and has            American Championships, the Fury's youth            Led by Academy Technical Director Frank
flourished to a total of 19 teams at the Senior   teams continue to succeed in 2009 with one       Lofranco, the Fury's Academy program
(PDL & W-League), Youth (U14-U17) and             team already having their ticket punched to      continues to flourish with a strong crop of
Academy (U10-U13) levels. It was the Fury         return to the North American Champions in        young players highlighting the growth of the
Women that put the Fury on the map with           November and several others within reach of      sport in Ottawa.         Like their U15
their successes in the USL's W-League and         clinching. The Fury have also achieved           counterparts, the Fury U11 Boys were
they continue to rank among the league’s          successes internationally with the U14 Boys      crowned Champions at the Robbie
best, posting an all-time record of 99-23-13.     winning the FC Delco tournament and the          Tournament, their second tournament
After winning their sixth consecutive             U15 Boys finishing second, the U15 Girls         victory of the season.

                                                                                                             KICKABOUT OTTAWA / 09
                                                       Born: Toronto, Ontario March 8, 1997 I was born at 8:08 on March 8th!
                                                       Position: Striker
                                                       Nickname: My mom makes up a lot of nicknames for me, like Kristoff and
                                                       Favourite Club: Everton (I will be training with their academy) and
                                                       Juventus (Pavel Nedved plays for them).
                                                       Best Advice Given: Play hard, practice harder. This is the OSU slogan and
                                                       it is true, hard work pays off.
                                                       Most Embarrassing Moment: This is a hard one…probably when I mistook
                                                       a woman for my mom and hugged her.
                                                       Biggest Influence: My brother, William. We are both very competitive and
                                                       I grew up pushing myself to beat him.
                                                       Perfect Day: I just got back from the Gothia Cup in Sweden. It was a life
                                                       changing experience! Out of 140 teams from around the world we
                                                       finished 8th
                                                       If not soccer I would be playing: Track and field probably, I can run pretty
                                                       fast. But I can’t imagine not playing soccer.
                                                       Describe yourself in five words: Hard working, dedicated, fair, a leader,
                                                       and athletic.
                                                       Favourite Player: Pavel Nedved – he played for the Czech National team
                                                       and Juventus.
                                                       Food: My favourite food is fruit (any kind) and pizza. I also like barbeques
                                                       and skittles!
                                                       In five years look for me… I hope to be part of a professional club in the
                                                       next 5 years. For sure I’ll be in Grade 11!
                                                       Tunes: Remember the Name by Fort Minor and No Boundaries by Adam
                                                       Video Games: I don’t play a lot of video games but I like the soccer
                                                       game FIFA. I play some games on the IPOD touch, too.
                                                       Tube: Simpsons, Friends, Two and a Half Men, and Corner Gas. I like funny
                                                       shows. I also watch GolTV.
                                                       Flicks: The Harry Potter movies are amazing. My brother and I have also
                                                       posted soccer juggling videos on Youtube. Check out “Twardek Brothers”
                                                       to see our moves.
                                                       Pet Peeves: Losing to a team that we should have beaten.
                                                       If I were a Superhero I’d be: Superman, because he never loses.
                                                       Girls: Rihanna – she is a babe!!
                                                       Superstitions: I have two lucky wrist bands – I wear them all the time.
                                                       One is a Danone Canada team wristband and the other is a yellow Nike
                                                       Strengths: My speed, acceleration, ball handling, and ability to score are
                                                       my strengths.
                                                       Weaknesses: I am working on improving my volleys.
                                                       Best Moment: I have a few best moments. One is Captaining the East
                                                       Canada team to victory against the West, making us the team to
                                                       represent Canada at the Danone Cup in Brazil. Also, winning the Tivoli
                                                       Cup in Denmark this summer, and playing in the quarter finals of the
                                                       Gothia Cup in Sweden. Another best moment was being asked to train

                             Kristopher                with the Everton Academy in England this August.
                                                       Africa 2010: Canada if they are there; otherwise, the Czechs (my dad
                                                       was born in Czech Republic) and England because my mom’s family is

                             DavidTwardek              from there.
                                                       One thing that nobody knows about me is… I have a Munster Lander dog
                                                       named Robin, who I love a lot.
                             Ottawa South United S.C   Tip: To be a good player, you need to have desire. You need to love the
                                                       game and make yourself work hard. Listen to your coaches and practice
                                                       hard, even in your spare time. Taking a technical camp to learn moves is
                                                       very beneficial to your game. Also learn how to juggle the ball; it will
                                                       improve your touch dramatically. Being able to play with both your left
                                                       and right foot is important. Finally, understand the game. Know where to
                                                       be when your side has the ball and when your team is defending.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nepean Hotspurs S.C.
Coaching                                        coach to develop. In a culture so dominated
                                                by competition and the need to succeed
                                                                                                 the club. All players get to play equally. All
                                                                                                 players get to play all positions. All players
                                                right now, it is no wonder that youth soccer     are given the chance to realise their full
TO WIN                                          has been influenced so heavily by these
                                                societal trends. Each summer season I coach
                                                two of Kanata Soccer's competitive teams.
                                                                                                 potential regardless of current maturity.
                                                                                                 Coaching to develop is inclusive. Coaching
                                                                                                 to win is exclusive. Heaven knows we need
                                                                                                                                                  Born: Born May 11th, 1993 in Ottawa, ON
                                                                                                                                                  Position: Goalkeeper
                                                                                                                                                  Nickname: Beanz (with a “z”) because of my last name
Joel MacDonald                                  It gives me, as the Club's technical director,   to include more players in the game longer.      Favourite Club: Women: Washington Freedom (My role model
                                                                                                                                                  Erin McLeod play for them and Men: Bayern Munchen
                                                the opportunity to see what is really going      From an elite point of view, Canada              (because of Oliver Kahn).
                                                on in the trenches. With much dismay, I          continues to flounder. From a health and         Best Advice Given: My old coach always used to tell us before
   Winning isn't everything, it's the only      perceive there to be a lot of coaching to win    wellness point of view, Canadian children        a big game to relax. You’re playing because you love the
thing. As we all now know, Vince Lombardi       happening out there. Coaching to win             aren't getting any fitter. Maybe the drive to    game. You’re supposed to enjoy yourself out there, so just relax.
was inaccurately quoted as saying this.         means that development comes a distant           exclude players in the name of winning as        Most Embarrassing Moment: Getting called for a handball for
                                                                                                                                                  picking up the ball while it was still in play. I was playing out but
What he actually said was something along       second. Better players play more time while      early as eight or nine years of age has
                                                                                                                                                  my goalkeeper instincts were just too strong.
the lines of winning isn't everything but       weaker players may even sit on the bench for     something to do with both of those? It is        Biggest Influence: My goalkeeper coach Tania Singfield
trying to win is. His message was to teach      entire games. Players play only one position,    commonly accepted around the soccer              influences me the most because she’s been at the highest level
the young men that he coached that hard         their strongest and most effective. Early        playing world that winning and results don't     and she knows what it feels like.
work, determination and perseverance got        maturing players who are physically bigger,      become important until the mid-teen years.       Perfect Day: Find out that school has been cancelled because
you somewhere - not that they absolutely        stronger and faster are selected over late       So then why in the East Region Soccer            of a power-outage. So my friends and I decide to crash at
                                                                                                                                                  someone’s house for the day. We may go for a bike ride in the
must win and win at any cost. What's            maturing players who show a greater              League do we start promotion/relegation
                                                                                                                                                  woods, lounge in and around the pool or play Wii. I’d then leave
happened to that philosophy in youth            propensity for soccer skills. In this approach   with our youth players at U11 and not later?     early to get ready for my tough goalkeeper training session.
soccer today? I would like to suggest that as   short-term gains do happen but they come         That's a topic for another day.                  If not soccer I would be playing: If by some misfortune I
a youth soccer coach, you have two              at an expense. That expense being the                                                             couldn’t play soccer then I’d run (cross-country and track) and,
strategies you can implement when it comes      player's overall ability to play the game well   Joel MacDonald is                                depending on the season, I’d also Nordic Ski.
to your coaching and instructional              in the long-term. In coaching to develop,                                                         Describe yourself in five words: Analytical, motivated, intense,
                                                                                                 Technical Director
                                                                                                                                                  enthusiastic, and witty
objectives. You can coach to win or you can     the player is the focal point not the team or    for Kanata Soccer                                Favourite Player: Erin McLeod
                                                                                                                                                  Food: My favourite restaurant is Cora’s, but my favourite food is
                                                                                                                                                  chocolate, in any shape or form.
                                                                                                                                                  In five years look for me… Hopefully on a soccer scholarship at
                                                                                                                                                  an American university.
                                                       THE OTTAWA CARLETON FUTSAL LEAGUE PRESENTS                                                 Tunes: At the moment, my favourite songs are Boom Boom Pow
                                                                                                                                                  (Black Eyed Peas), That’s not my Name (The Ting Ting’s) and The

                                                       FUTSAL INDOOR SOCCER                                                                       Wizard and I (from Wicked).
                                                                                                                                                  Video Games: Mario Olympics for Wii
                                                                                                                                                  Tube: Soccer is my favourite thing to watch on television.

                                                      REGISTRATION 2009-2010                                                                      However, other shows that I enjoy are Grey’s Anatomy, The Big
                                                                                                                                                  Bang Theory, and Seinfeld
                                                                                                                                                  Flicks: La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) and Bon Cop Bad Cop
                                                                                                                                                  Pet Peeves: I don’t like to repeat myself.
                                                                                                                                                  If I were a Superhero I’d be: Spiderwoman. It would be really
                                                                                                                                                  cool to swing from a building
                                                       INDOOR FUTSAL LEAGUES FOR ALL AGES AND                                                     Guys: Iker Casillas (Spanish national team goalkeeper)
                                                                                                                                                  Superstitions: Always give props (knuckles up) to my central
                                                         SKILL LEVELS FOR THE 2009-2010 SEASON                                                    midfielder and my central defender
                                                                                                                                                  Strengths: As a goalkeeper, I have good communication,
                                                                                                                                                  physical strength and technique.
                                                                                                                                                  Weaknesses: I need to have quicker decision making, have
                                                                                                                                                  more confidence in my distribution and be less critical of my
                                                                Futsal is FIFA’s official indoor soccer game                                      teammates.
                                                                                                                                                  Best Moment: Making 4-5 breakaway saves in one game
                                                               and is played in school gyms across the city.                                      against a top class striker at soccer OFSAA. Rogers television
                                                            There are leagues for all ages and all levels of skill.                               was there… so they got it all on tape!
                                                                                                                                                  Africa 2010: Deutschland all the way!
                                                                                                                                                  One thing that nobody knows about me is… that I have thought
                                                                                                                                                  about crossing Canada by foot with only a backpack and
                                                                                                                                                  some food. It would be the ultimate adventure.
  INFORMATION                           REGISTER ONLINE                                                                                            Tip: An excellent tip that has helped me progress as a player is
                                                                                                                                                  not to dwell on your mistakes or errors during the game. It is
                                                                                                                                                  inevitable that you will make some kind of mistake while
  613-692-1235                          www.futsalottawa.com                                                                                      playing. But you have to leave it behind, move on, and try to
                                                                                                                                                  correct it next time. By staying positive, you can move forward
                                                                                                                                                  and keep playing well.

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                             • 75 appearances for
                               Canada’s National Team
                               (11th on the all-time list).
                                                                                            Catch and carry the ball as you spin.
                             • Represented Canada at two                    Use the balls speed and guide it with your foot to change directions.
                               FIFA Women’s World Cups

                             • Played her club soccer in


                             • A good way to practice your
                               passing and receiving is in a
                               squash court. This will allow you
                               to move in one direction to
                               work on a specific foot and
                               then switch direction to work
                               on the other foot.

                             • When receiving the ball check
                               away from the area you want
                               to attack. Here are two tricks
                               to help you evade your marker
                               and create space.                                          Let the ball roll behind your planted foot.
                                                                                                         Touch and go.

                                      Photos by Andrew Geddes Photography
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                                                  first attempt, making it a unique double         very rare event indeed. This latest

                                                  success for the club.
                                                     To win the famous Robbie tournament is
                                                  surely a highlight in any Canadian youth
                                                  soccer player’s career. For a team from
                                                                                                   achievement serves as yet more proof that
                                                                                                   youth soccer programs being offered in the
                                                                                                   Ottawa region are constantly evolving,
                                                                                                   improving and now developing individuals
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Q:                What do a Polar Bear, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caribou, a Woolly Mammoth,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a Narwhal, and a Muskox
 Triumph                                          Ottawa to achieve this distinction at such a
                                                  young age (10/11) has been historically a
                                                                                                   and teams to a level where they can compete
                                                                                                   with the best in the province.                                                                                   have in Common?
 Mark Simmons
    The 1998 Fury boys headed down to
 Toronto and won the prestigious U11
 Robbie International Tournament at their
                                                                                                                                                                                                  A:                They have all been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Icebreaker logos.
 first attempt. The boys dominated from the
 start to finish and remained unbeaten during                                                                                                                                                      Now your favourite arctic animal can become the Icebreaker’s 2010 mascot.
 the process of securing the championship                                                                                                                                                          Send your suggestion to “icebreaker@ottawasoccer.com” by Dec. 18, 2009.
 with 5 wins, 1 draw and scoring 26 goals in                                                                                                                                                       The winner will receive a 2010 Icebreaker–logoed soccer ball (a $50 value)

 the process.
    Playing a 9v9 format the Fury had to                                                                                                                                                           Girls’ Side – May 29-30, 2010                        Boys’ Side – June 5-6, 2010
 overcome a host of top Toronto area teams                                                                                                                                                         Registration Deadline – April 29                     Each Team is guaranteed SIX games!
 to reach the final. They played fast, creative
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 dynamic movement both on and off the ball
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    Despite going a goal down early in the
                                                                                                                                                                                     The Mascot Suggestion Contest Deadline is December 18, 2009 and is open to all kids who were born on or after January 1,
 final against a talented Rafales Sainte Julie                                                                                                                                       1992. (If more than one suggestion for the same animal is received and that animal is chosen, a draw will determine the
 team, the Fury boys bounced straight back                                                                                                                                           winning suggester. There is a limit of one suggestion per person. Thanks.)
 and scored four unanswered goals to ensure
 the famous trophy came back to the Nations
    The U15/16 Fury boys also combined and
 won the U16 Robbie championship at their         Robbie U11 Championship winning team 2009

                                                  intentioned coaches are susceptible, as ego or     “Coach, can you give me a chance to try              Looking to be
“ LET ME LEARN                                    the need for immediate results becomes their
                                                  primary concern. And what is the cost?
                                                                                                   again, even if I might make another
                                                                                                                                                     challenged this winter?
  FROM MY                                         Undeniably, the learning needed for a player
                                                  to realize his/her potential.
                                                                                                     “Coach, can you let me learn from my
                                                                                                                                                      In 2009/2010, the Nepean Hotspurs
                                                                                                                                                        Soccer Club will offer a variety of
  MISTAKES”                                         What can be done? What can a coach do
                                                  to create a learning environment that accepts
                                                                                                     Five simple questions, five simple
                                                                                                   reminders, which I find to be very useful for
                                                                                                                                                    programs for all ages and skill levels at
                                                                                                                                                    the state of the art Ben Franklin Dome.
                                                  mistakes as part of learning? Well, there is     coaches looking to ensure young players
 Frank Lofranco                                   no better place to start than in the shoes of    develop in safe and progressive environment.                    Visit us at
                                                  young players willing to learn. And from         When players are left to learn from their          Unit 6, 200 Colonnade Road (South)
    The development of young soccer players       where they stand, they would ask nothing         mistakes, they begin to take risks, try new            Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00PM
 is by definition a learning process. A process   more than for their coach to remember a few      things, and rarely shy away from what at first       Saturdays 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
 that, when properly supported, provides          simple things. So, on their behalf, I ask;       seems difficult or challenging. The learning
 young players with freedom - the freedom to        “Coach, can you remember that the              becomes inspiring and the experience                      For more information:
 be creative, to experiment, and most of all,     mistakes I make are not on purpose?”             rewarding, for players, coaches, and parents.    P: 613.723.5762 E: info@hotspurs.on.ca
 to learn from their mistakes. Yet, all too         “Coach, can you remember not to criticize                                                             www.hotspurs.on.ca
 often, coaches find themselves responding to     or punish me if I have done the best I can?”     Frank Lofranco
 mistakes with criticism and in some cases          “Coach, can you remember to teach me           Technical Director, Academy                               1970 – 2010
 even punishment. Even the most well-             how to not repeat my mistakes too often?”        Ottawa Fury S.C.                                 40 Years of Community Service

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                             WHERE ARE                                      Big stars already

                             THEY NOW?                                        Striker Sergio Agüero had already become
                                                                            Atlético Madrid’s record signing in May
                                                                            2006, when he cost them 20 million Euros.
                             By Matthew and Loïc Bramley                    Over the three subsequent seasons, Agüero
                                                                            has scored 50 goals in 130 games for the
                                                                            club. Agüero had already played for the
                                In July 2007, Canadian soccer fans were     senior Argentina team at the age of 18, and
                             served a rare treat: seeing the world’s best   has now appeared in 18 senior
                             teenagers play in the FIFA U-20 World          internationals, scoring six goals along the
                             Cup. The enthusiasm was huge, with a           way. In 2008, he won Olympic gold in
                             record-breaking 1.2 million tickets sold.      Beijing.
                             Eight games took place in Ottawa, where          Although Alexandre Pato and his
                             fans had the unforgettable experience of       Brazilian team-mates had a disappointing
                             watching top teams like Brazil, the Czech      tournament in Canada, Pato signed for
                             Republic and the eventual winners,             then-European champions AC Milan
                                Traditionally, the U-20 World Cup is an
                             event where little-known players gain the
                             attention of the European elite. Argentina’s
                             Sergio Agüero had already done so before
                             being named best player in the 2007
                             tournament. Read on to find out how he
                             and others that you may have seen play here                                                     Gerard Piqué
                             two years ago are now faring in Europe’s top                                                    Photo by Galkiux
                                                                                                                            favour under new Real coach Juande
                                                                                                                            Ramos, Marcelo has recently played several
                                                                                                                            full senior games for Brazil, including 90
                                                                                                                            minutes in their 2-0 victory over Italy in

                                                                                                                            Regulars with top clubs
                                                                                                                               Argentian midfielder Ángel di María
                                                                                                                            signed for Portuguese club Benfica for a fee
                                                                                                                            of 8 million Euros just after returning from
                                                                            Alexandre Pato                                  Canada. He scored Argentina’s winning goal
                                                                            Photo by Christopher Roudet                     in the Olympic gold medal match in August
                                                                                                                               Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez was
                                                                            shortly afterwards. After scoring 27 goals in   another player to make a big-money move
                                                                            62 games, the club surely now feels that his    just after the U-20 World Cup, joining
                                                                            22 million Euro price-tag was money well        Dutch club Ajax for 9.5 million Euros.
                                                                            spent. Still only 19, Pato has been a regular   Suárez scored 19 goals in 37 games in his
                                                                            first-team player for Milan since January       first season with Ajax. He has already played
                                                                            2008, playing alongside superstars like         22 times for the senior Uruguay team,
                                                                            Ronaldinho, Kaká, and David Beckham.            scoring ten goals.
                                                                            Pato has also become a regular member of           Spanish centre-back Gerard Piqué joined
                                                                            Brazil’s senior squad.                          Manchester United at the age of 17, but
                                                                               Wing-back Marcelo, another Brazilian,        made only 12 first-team appearances in his
                                                                            made his debut for Real Madrid in April         four years there. But in the 2008–09 season,
                                                                            2007 after the club paid 6.5 million Euros      he became a regular for Barcelona’s treble-
                                                                            for him. He has now made 71 appearances         winning team., In February, Piqué made his
                                                                            for the club and won two Spanish                senior international debut, playing 90
                              Sergio Agüero Photo by Joan Gosa Badia
                                                                            championships. Despite falling out of           minutes in Spain’s 2-0 defeat of England.

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                             Lessons from                                    took their first tournament match 6-1 earlier
                                                                             in the day.
                                                                                They looked confident as they took the
                                                                                                                                 The teams clashed once again, and once
                                                                                                                              again the Hurricanes fell. This time however
                                                                                                                              none of them retreated to the bench out of
                             the Pitch                                       pitch for their second game. Less than 20
                                                                             minutes later half the team was on the
                                                                                                                              fear. Without saying a word, it was clear they
                                                                                                                              all had learned something. It was visible just
                             Lucas Timmons                                   sidelines being attended to for bruises to       by looking at them.
                                                                             flesh and to ego.                                   After the game, team captain Anthony
                                                                                “I don’t want to see down faces,” said one    proclaimed, “You can’t always win, it doesn’t
                                                                             of the coaches. “Don’t let your heads hang       matter if you don’t win but it always matters
                               There are some life lessons and universal     down. No team with its head down is ever         that you try your best.”
                             truths that reveal themselves on a soccer       going to win.”                                      He then walked up to his coach.
                             pitch. Sport is life. Players learn about          The Hurricanes were not only beaten by a         “Thank you coach Hans,”
                             winning and losing; swagger and humility;       larger, more physical team on the pitch, but        “You are welcome Anthony”
                             perseverance and surrender. Sometimes the
                             sport even reveals a truth itself.
                               Under-nine soccer is a pleasure to watch.
                             The children are innocent; their love for the
                             game has not yet been corrupted. Such joy
                             can be seen at the annual Friendship
                             Tournament held by the Nepean Hotspurs.
                               I followed the Hotspur Hurricanes U-9
                             team as they played in the tournament. I was
                             hoping to pick up some life lessons.
                               I spoke to each player on the team to find
                             what he was taking from the experience. The
                             pure love for playing soccer was inspiring.
                             No one was there to please his parents or to
                             win a scholarship. They were there because
                             they genuinely love to play.
                               The Hurricanes had a certain swagger to
                             them. It was well earned. They were
                             undefeated to this point in their season and
                                                                                                                                                    Photo by David Timmons

                                                                             were set back in the mental game, taking           They then shook hands.
                                                                             their first loss.                                  I came in search of life’s lessons, but this
                                                                                In the shadow of their defeat was the other   was more than even I expected to find.
                                                                             team’s coach. Overly boisterous, angry and
                                                                             profane in speech, he towered over his team
                                                                             and the pitch. His players looked scared of
                                                                             him and played aggressively.
                                                                                Several Hurricane players expressed fear of
                                                                             him, and more than one remarked they felt
                                                                             bad for the players on his team. When the
                                                                             teams were scheduled to meet again in the
                                                                             finals I asked the Hurricanes players about
                                                                             the rematch. None would talk about being
                                                                             intimidated or the defeat. All had positive
                                                                                “We are going to win. You are never going
                                                                             to win a game unless you think like that,”
                                                                             said the team’s captain, Tony.
                                                                                “Have fun and try to do your best. Be
                                                                             happy even if you lose,” said Cameron, the
                                                                             team’s feisty mobile striker.
                             Photo by David Timmons                                                                                                 Photo by David Timmons

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REGISTER NOW for the Indoor League!
                                                                                                            development of top clubs such as Everton
                                                                                                            FC, who have developed world-class players
                                                                                                            such as Wayne Rooney”.

        Indoor Adult Soccer League                         Force
                                                                                                               The Academy is a joint effort between
                                                                                                            Ottawa South United, Everton FC, and the
                                                                                                            Dallas Texans, who are the top ranked club
                                                                                                            in the United States. Using the model of the
                                                           Academy                                          Everton FC Academy, the OSU Force
                                                                                                            Academy will take the best practices of
                                                           Jim Lianos                                       Everton FC, as well as implementing the
                                       221 Westbrook Rd.                                                    success formula used by Ottawa South
                                                              The face of competitive soccer in the         United's affiliate club, the Dallas Texans, to
                                       417 at Carp Rd.     region will be evolving this Fall with the       provide a unique opportunity for soccer
                                                           launch of The OSU Force Academy, an elite        players in Ottawa.
   Indoor League runs from:                                youth soccer program, which is scheduled to
                                                           begin this September/October.
                                                                                                               Ottawa South United believes that the
                                                                                                            Academy will contribute directly to the
   Oct. 2009 to May 2010 - two sessions of 15 games each      The Academy has been created by Ottawa        development of local soccer in the region, as
   Divisions: Mens Recreational: M1, M2, M3, M4, MensOT    South United Soccer Club as a means to           players will have all of the resources needed
                                                           help better develop players. The goals of the    to succeed in soccer. The Academy will give
   Womens Open: W1, W2A&B, Womens Over30 Div1 or 2         Academy are to develop players capable of        players the opportunity to train with top
                                                           playing on Provincial and National teams,        coaches, and will provide a platform for
         For more information and to register call         to develop players capable of receiving
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                                                                                                            talented youth to play professionally here at
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             613-831-3121 Ext: 3305 or visit               excellence, and to develop teams and players
                                                           capable of achieving success at the
                                                                                                               Through the Academy, players and teams
                                                                                                            will also be given the opportunity to play in
                   www.ozmerch.com                         Provincial , National and Professional levels.
                                                              The Force Academy's purpose is to
                                                                                                            exclusive showcase tournaments, such as the
                                                                                                            Disney College Showcase and the Jefferson
                                                           identify, recruit, develop and retain the top    Cup. Also, with an exclusive alliance with
                                                           soccer talent in Eastern Ontario from U7-        The Sports Source, the Academy will enable
                                                           U18 age groups for boys and girls. It was        student athletes to realize their dream of
                                                           created because the club believes that there     playing college athletics. Talented players
                                                           are enough talented players with high level      will also have the opportunity to be invited
                                                           potential in the Ottawa Carleton region          to the Everton Academy for evaluation.
                                                           who deserve and require a higher level of           The Academy aims to provide players
                                                           training than is currently available to them.    with the best possible training environment.
                                                              The Academy will provide the                  "We feel that OSU, with top-rated
                                                           infrastructure for top players to develop in a   infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor
                                                           structured curriculum designed by English        soccer, along with the six new fields that we
                                                           Premier League club, Everton FC. The aim         are developing, has facilities that are
                                                           is to develop excellence in individual and       unparalleled with any others in the region
                                                           team performance through professional level      when it comes to soccer" says OSU
                                                           training, and by introducing unique in           President, Bill Michalopulos.
                                                           Canada, player performance testing and              This is a long term investment into
                                                           tracking technology to best nurture the skills   maximizing the soccer player's ability and
                                                           required over time to succeed at soccer's        development of Ottawa's youth. "We
                                                           highest level.                                   strongly believe that with Everton's proven
                                                              Ottawa South United believes that the         player development programs and the
                                                           Force Academy is unlike anything the region      Dallas Texans North American success, the
                                                           has ever experienced. “The Academy is more       Academy will improve our coaches and
                                                           than just a name”, says Ottawa South             players soccer knowledge and ability",
                                                           United President Bill Michalopulos. “We          commented OSU Academy G.M, Jim
                                                           will introduce the newest testing technology     Lianos. "We will be rolling out the Force
                                                           that will track player development, test         Academy program in September at a parent,
                                                           player athletic performance, and expose          player information night." Information on
                                                           high potential players to the proven             the Academy can be found at
                                                           curriculum and methods of player                 http://www.forceacademy.ca

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Aroundthe World                                                                                                                                       Player with ball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Developing Technique

CHAMPIONS                                          The first ten minutes, however, were
                                                dominated by the high-pressing team from
                                                Manchester. In league and cup games
                                                                                                  coaches will identify themselves with this
                                                                                                  curse. However, once Barca took over the
                                                                                                  game and displayed it's skill and control, I

                                                                                                                                                      Player dribbling
LEAGUE                                          leading up to the Champions League Final,
                                                United successfully employed this tactic and
                                                                                                  found myself mesmerized and transformed. I
                                                                                                  could finally enjoy the beautiful game again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frank Lofranco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Technical Director, Academy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ottawa Fury S.C.
 FINAL                                          put all it's hope in it. Wide wingers, Park
                                                and Rooney, applied significant pressure on
                                                                                                  without intellectual restrictions (I need to
                                                                                                  disclose that I am not a Barca fan but a fan
ANALYSIS                                        the wide defenders, Sylvinho and Puyol.
                                                Despite United's early pressure and against
                                                the run of play, it was Barca who scored the
                                                                                                  of great soccer). Second and finally, I was
                                                                                                  encouraged to see that a right defender
                                                                                                  (Puyol) could have such an impact on an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The activity takes place in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10 by 20 yard grid.
Chris Roth
                                                first goal of the match (Eto'o 10'). The goal     game such as the Champions League Final.
                                                                                                                                                   Coaches with
   The Champions League Final of May 27,        seemed to rock Manchester United, who had         Not only did Puyol take care of the likes of                                                                              On the coach’s signal, players
                                                                                                                                                   skipping rope
2009 was highly anticipated as, arguably, the   been on top in terms of shots and possession      Christiano Ronaldo but he found himself in                                                                                dribble toward and under a
two best club teams in Europe met at the        up to that point. United clearly departed         the attacking zone several times (once in                                                                          20     skipping rope so as to avoid
Stadio Olimpico in Rome. English Premier        from it's original tactic of high-pressure        attempt to chip goalkeeper Van der Sar). All                                                                      YDS     contact with the rope. Two
League champions, Manchester United,            which allowed Barca to impose it's effective      young defenders should be inspired by                                                                                     coaches continually turn the
were cast against Spain's La Liga champions,    short passing game. The second goal by            Puyol's stellar performance (I will disclose                                                                              rope in a direction that has the
FC Barcelona. The final promised to be a        Messi (70') was now only a matter of time,        that I am a former defender).                                                                                             rope moving downward on the
great one with two of the world's youngest      as Barca dominated possession and goal               After such a great soccer display, I am                                                                                side from which the players
talents taking to the field (Manchester         scoring chances for the rest of the game.         looking forward to next year's Champions                                             10                                   begin. Ideally, two players go
United's Christiano Ronaldo and FC                 There are two non-technical observations       League Final in Madrid on May 22, 2010.                                             YDS                                   simultaneously, but this requires a
Barcelona's Lionel Messi). Soccer fans (with    that jump out and deserve mention. First, as                                                                                                                                rope of an appropriate length.
the exception of those of Manchester            a coach, we are trained to analyze and            Chris Roth is Technical Director,                                                                                         The activity can also become a
United) would not be disappointed, as Barca     segment games to a point where we are no          UEFA A at Gatineau Soccer Club                 The following activity can be used to help players with:                   relay race to encourage speed
put on a soccer clinic.                         longer able to enjoy the game itself. Many                                                       1) Developing their ability to dribble with their head up, allowing them   and competitiveness.
                                                                                                                                                    to locate supporting teammates to pass to
                                                                                                                                                 2) Help them avoid challenges by controlling and adapting their pace.
                                                cap - cited an American player for a foul,        Argentineans stoned the         Uruguayan
The First World Cup                             which enraged the American team doctor.           consulate in Buenos Aires.

Uruguay 1930                                    In a fit of anger the doctor ran onto the field
                                                to protest the decision, hurling his medical
Boris Bajagic
                                                bag to the ground and breaking a bottle of                                FunFact
                                                chloroform, in the process. The chloroform                                The Jules Rimet
   By all accounts, the first World Cup held    fumes overcame the distraught physician,                                  Trophy, originally
                                                                                                                          named Victory,
in Uruguay in 1930 will be remembered for       who had to be helped from the field by                                    but later
bizarre incidents surrounding the men in        sympathetic bystanders.                                                   renamed in
black. In the opening round, France was in         In the Uruguay versus Yugoslavia semi                                  honour of
hot pursuit of an equalizer against             final, the fourth goal was allowed after a                                former FIFA
Argentina, and looking to score when            policeman behind the Yugoslav goal, passed                                president Jules
                                                                                                       Rimet, was made of gold plated
Brazilian referee Almeida Rego blew his         an out of play ball back to an incoming                sterling silver and lapis lazuli and
whistle five minutes before the end of          Uruguayan player, who coolly slotted home              depicted Nike, the Greek
regulation time. Faced with heated French       the goal. The final between Uruguay and                goddess of victory. The Jules
protests, Rego remorsefully conceded his        Argentina was delayed for half an hour                 Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1983
mistake and reassembled the players to          because the captains argued over which                 and never recovered. The
                                                                                                       replacement trophy, the FIFA
restart play. The drama continued when          team's ball would be used. Referee Langenus            World Cup Trophy, was first used
Argentine winger Cierro fainted at the          decided that the first half would be played            in 1974. Made of 18 carat gold
thought of the restart. Sadly, a tragically     with Argentinean ball (first half score 2-1 for        with a malachite base, it depicts
demoralized French team never regained its      Argentina) and the second half with                    two human figures holding up
momentum, and lost the game. Four days          Uruguayan ball (second half score 3-1 for              the Earth. The current holder of
                                                                                                       the trophy is Italy, winner of the
later, five of Argentina's six goals against    Uruguay).                                              2006 World Cup.
Mexico resulted from questionable penalty          As a result, Uruguay emerged as the first
kicks awarded by the Bolivian referee,          World Cup champions on the strength of
                                                                                                  Boris Bajagic
Ulysses Saucedo.                                their 4-2 victory over Argentina. The
                                                                                                  CSA National ‘A’ License,
   In the Argentina versus USA semi-final,      conclusion of the World Cup saw a national
                                                                                                  Club Head Coach,
the famous Belgian referee Jean Langenus -      holiday declared in Uruguay, while enraged
                                                                                                  Nepean Hotspurs Soccer Club
wearing his characteristic tie, knickers and

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                                                                                                                                                       Location: Liverpool, England     Capacity: 45, 276
This is                                                                                                                                                Tenants: Liverpool Football Club
                                                                                                                                                       Opened: 1884 (original tenants were Everton F.C.)

Alex McNutt                                       grounds but there is something special            that I admire Liverpool more than
                                                                                                                                                       Record Attendance: 61,905 (1952 vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers)

                                                                                                                                                       spot in the starting line up. However, after   Benitez. They were voicing their frustration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “I sat there watching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Liverpool fans and
                                                  about Anfield. At one time it was arguably        anything.” The fans are united with the club       receiving confirmation that he would be a      and imposing their collective will and                they sent shivers down
   Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, was         the most feared destination in European           and this is the essence of what the Anfield        substitute the speculation turned to           Benitez got the message. In fact it has often         my spine.
the setting for the final game of the 08/09       football and is still recognized for its unique   experience is all about! Established in 1892       questioning, when will Benitez bring him       been said that the will of the Anfield faithful
season against Tottenham Hotspurs.                atmosphere. Natives of Liverpool,                 the club has entered its 3rd century and is        on? Once the game kicked off anticipation      can be so imposing that at times it's as if they      A mass of 40,000
Unfortunately Manchester United had               Liverpudlians, are colloquially known as          steeped in tradition with a history of success     of Hyypia's appearance was creating a great    could suck the ball into the opponent's goal!         people became one
already been crowned Premier League               scousers and they are a people full of pride      and tragedy. With a full trophy cabinet            deal of excitement. A crowd normally so        To the crowds delight, Benitez finally
Champions going into the game, however            and passion for their city's rich culture,        Liverpool is still the most successful English     focused on every kick of the game (which by    brought on Hyypia earlier than planned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            force behind their
Anfield is always a special place to visit, and   history and their football teams. This pride      club in terms of total domestic and                the way was a comfortable 3-1 win for          with 10 minutes remaining. Once Hyypia                team. That’s
this game was no exception. I have been a         and passion spills over on the terraces of        European trophies. But as is often the case        Liverpool) reserved their loudest cheers for   had settled into the game and the cheering            something not many
fan of the club since childhood and               Anfield time and time again leaving visitors      in life it is the tragedies behind the successes   what was happening on the sideline. Their      had settled down the fans turned their
strengthened my ties to the club while            in awe and full of respect.                       that breed solidarity and unity. The club          concentration on the game was broken each      attention to Benitez displaying their                 teams have. For that I
working there as a youth scout and coach, so         What is it that makes the atmosphere so        witnessed two tragedies in which many lives        time Hyypia would rise from the bench to       gratitude by singing “We love you Rada we             admire Liverpool
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on         special? Painted on the walls of Melwood,         were lost at Heysel and Hillsborough and           go through his warm up routine. The            do”.
a staff pass and watched as the players left      the teams training complex, I read a              these painful disasters are never forgotten.       ground erupted in unison into a deafening        The moment I will never forget came after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            more than anything.”
the dressing room and marched down the            statement made by Johan Cruyff which                 There was no better example of this             chorus of “We love you Sami we do” so loud     the final whistle. Hyypia was overwhelmed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dutch Legend Johan Cruyff
tunnel. True to tradition the last thing they     summed it up well, “There's not one club in       solidarity and connection between the fans         that even the players were distracted from     to tears as he stood in the center circle to
did before they stepped out on the field was      Europe with an anthem like ‘You'll Never          and the club than what we witnessed at this        the game.                                      receive a standing ovation from his
to reach up and touch a sign above the stairs     Walk Alone'. There's not one club in the          game, which just happened to be the final             As the game wore on anticipation turned     teammates and fans alike. The emotion was          management emerged from the tunnel with
which simply reads “This is Anfield.”             world so united with the fans. I sat there        Anfield appearance of a Liverpool legend,          to frustration as Liverpool began the second   palpable and I have to admit I felt the hair       their wives and children and proceeded to
   Anfield seats 45,400 people and is             watching the Liverpool fans and they sent         Sami Hyypia. After ten years in a red shirt,       half with Hyypia still on the bench. Chants    on the back of my neck stand up and a tear         take a lap of the field in celebration with
situated in the heart of the city surrounded      shivers down my spine. A mass of 40,000           speculation was that Hyypia would be               of “We want Sami” resounded around the         in my own eye. This standing ovation               Hyypia at the head. I turned to my girlfriend
by a housing district of the same name. Its       people became one force behind their team.        promoted from the bench where he had               stadium; all 45,000 fans united sending one    continued even after the players left the field    who was watching her first live football game
seating capacity is much like many other          That's something not many teams have. For         spent most of his final season to be given a       clear message to Liverpool's manager, Rafael   and was rewarded as all of the players and         and said, “Now do you see what I mean?”

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