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Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:59:13 PM »
Every team I supported lost thus far, tomorrow I'm rooting for England!

Good game on tap later today. Hopefully Croatia can muster up the energy to give England some trouble.

Football / Re: Kevin Molino Thread.
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:38:24 AM »
i found he played very well for his debut in MLS. He showed good touch and skill and looked to combine very well with Kaka and Rivas. He'll score some goals for this team if they continue to play that style and system.  :beermug:

Dont know what else to say again!

Football / Re: 2015 Under-20 FIFA World Cup Thread.
« on: December 15, 2014, 08:12:22 AM »
Jerren is fire. He went to Europe with Region III and scored some nice goals, and he scoring for Union on a regular basis. He tall (much taller than he father), fast like he father and can score.

Should be a great addition.
Soft though!  probably better suited for the U-17 team.

When you say soft what really do you mean?

Football / Re: D Touches Match Observation - T&T Women Warriors vs Ecuador
« on: December 03, 2014, 09:35:26 PM »
Touches as always your post makes you feel right in the middle of the action. Love it!!

I know the ladies fought hard and I know this result will haunt them forever but I want the ladies to use this experience to help the younger generation of girls coming up. There is alot of talent coming up and I mean really top talent but because of the climate in the country surrounding football and moreso politics, children are hesitant to commit to the sport in a way that would make the country proud of its talents. People like Maylee should be an inspiration to all footballers in Trinidad. That girl been through so much from injury and otherwise over the years and continues to give her all for the country and the team. I'm so proud of her and the team and I just hope they use this to effect change for the other coming behind them.  :beermug:

Football / Re: Hart Shouldn't Write off College Players
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:04:38 AM »
Well Tallman I agree with you that these players shouldn't be the primary focus, but I also hear what Coache saying because too many times the players come up here and the Federation lose contact with these players. There needs to be a system in place where when these players come back home from holidays, be it summer or christmas, some type of formal practice game or scrimmage should be organized so they can be checked on and monitored. I know of too many stories of real good players leaving T&T and just getting lost in the shuffle and going through the motions Coache mentioned. Give these guys some hope as well.

Football / Re: Football Development in T&T
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:24:00 AM »
Fordy, you make some good points.

But remember, the overseas academies are not usually full time for under 16's. They're more like coaching schools, but better.

I do believe in T&T we could have residential coaching schools for the 14 plus age group, but I'm not sure they would work for youngsters.

Also, overseas, there is a documented development programme which allows clubs to obtain a fee if the boy leaves to join another club as a professional. I think Everton benefited from this with Rooney and also Maidstone Utd through Chris Smalling.

Here in T&T there is no official method of valuing the role of the club in development and usually, very few inter club transfer fees.

Players need to begin insisted on multi year contracts to obtain stability. Then, clubs would need to pay a fee for transfers. Then, money can go back into development as there will be a demand for the top players and therefore a financial interest in developing players.

You are correct. For English clubs, even at age 16, its going to be very difficult unless the player is a senior member of a national team, youth or senior. However, alot of other countries do have easier access for our boys to enter into their academies or even try out for their academies at the clubs request. I know of two instances where our boys here in the US, Barcelona has sent for one of our players for the past couple of seasons and we have another one scheduled to attend Juventus academy when school is out for December.

Once an academy structure is in place with the pro clubs of course the TTFA in conjunction with the pro league should create transfer rules to facilitate tranfers for youths. Thats the only way clubs can be able to generate revenue from their development programs. Chelsea's budget last year for their academy was $5 million. They sold youth players for a total of $9 million, making a $4 million profit, which goes straight back into the development program. They also have a strategy of loaning youth players out so that they can gain that senior level experience.

Football / Re: Football Development in T&T
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:45:27 AM »

 I guess I'm looking at it from a parents perspective.

The kids that you are talking about are the ones that I described that are a product of the "new" intercol leagues and I'm sure you're right that a lot of them cannot read and write (literacy is a massive problem in modern day TT).

But therein lies the problem, you take these 14 and 15 yr olds and put them in the proleague and they make a little more than what a qualified welder would make. The difference is the welder has a trade for life , he can go to the bank and get a mortgage etc.
But what happens to these illiterate kids after they hit say 35 best case?

And then why would the clubs accept illiterate young footballers? Doesn't that say something about their reasoning and how receptive they are to complex ideas?

Which is why each club should have some kind of academy. The club has a duty to it's players and should offer some kind of development. But of course, that comes at a cost. This is where TTFA also need to assist.

And you last statement is where I was going with this. You guys talking about age 14 to 15. These clubs are taking players into their academy at age 8-9...primary school age. Between the age of 8-11 are the crucial years to ensure the kids learn the basics...shooting, dribbling, first touch, first touch away from pressure, running with the ball at different speed levels...all of that needs to be developed. After that then you introduce tactics and game structure. By the time of age 14 those things should be 2nd nature to the kids.

I also think you guys both make great points regarding intercol. But I think that one or two things need to happen. Either you have the pro league clubs develop sound structured academies to assist in proper development of talented youths in T&T, or the TTFA work hand in hand the the SSFL to ensure youths are being properly coached and developed for the later years of their development. It can't be a guesssing game. Sanctions need to be levied against schools if their student athletes aren't maintaining a certain grade in the academic life and if schools hire sub standard coaches for football development. It will hold everyone accountable for the youth development across the board. I would prefer though the club academies be responsible for the development. It will help streamline the development nationwide, it will help the clubs be able to generate interest within the communities, it can help the pro league generate better quality players (and people as well) and if you really start producing world class players you can generate crazy revenue for your youth players being sold to bigger, potentially foreign clubs.  :beermug:

Football / Re: Football Development in T&T
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:25:52 PM »
These are the kind of things we learned from Graham Rix, who was the Chelsea youth coach for some years.

But we have to be realistic. Chelsea's budget is well in advance of our national association!

I began speaking of the business of football 6 years ago, but in T&T it's still a sport, and as such, not taken seriously outside of the game.

One of the things I wanted to bring on board with FPATT was a club chaplain. Their role wasn't to preach, but to offer an outlet for players who didn't want to speak to club personnel. They could unload personal worries, problems affecting their game etc. Weary actually located several interested chaplains, but with the lack of support for FPATT, it died a death.

I believe that TTFA will make changes to the behind-the scenes side of the game, but like everyone who runs a football team, they also have to focus resources on winning. Until the country recognises the many benefits of a successful holistic football programme, we will struggle to keep up with many overseas clubs, forget about national teams!

Definitely agree. The Chaplain was a good idea at least.

Football / Football Development in T&T
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:43:53 PM »
I know there are alot of folks out there that struggle with the notion of foreign vs local coaches running our football, even myself, but I experienced something this weekend that I think has answered this question for me.

The youth club I coach at has a partnership with Chelsea and the club put on a weekend long clinic and brought in 2 senior members of the Chelsea setup, Andy Ottley (International Technical Support Officer) and Ian Woodroffe (International Development Manager). These gentlemen are a big part of not only Chelsea's global branding but also their youth development. They went into great detail about the history and philosophy of the club, its state of the art facilities, its culture and its drive to develop WORLD CLASS players. Of course because of confidentiality reasons I can't go into too much detail about all that was discussed but it truly opened up my eyes to see how much goes into nurturing young talent and the process of how that talent goes from the grassroots level to a world class level.

Needless to say, because of my passion to the T&T setup, I started to look at how we are setup up locally and to be honest, we are so far away from the global "norm" of development that I strongly believe that anyone local who has to be charged to retool or create our youth development will not have the know-how to get this accomplished. We just don't have the historical database to fall back on. It made me even more pleased that Tim-Kee and they made the choice to hire Beenie man to be our TD because of his experience with Ajax, arguably one of the best youth academies in the world, he would have the knowledge and experience to help create a similar environment for T&T.

The presentation was mind blowing and a real eye opener for me personally. One main thing they spoke about within their facilities was a mental help office as part of their development. These mental help professionals work with youths, new signings and first team players alike. The youths go through classes to help them understand the club philosophy and how it is to shape not only their personal but also their professional life, for new signings its there to ensure they are mentally capable to handle a new environment and new lifestyle (they even assign a personal "help" assigned to that player for the first 6 months) and for first team players to overcome any struggles they may have within their game. For example, they talked about Cech having serious issues with saving PK's. He ended up spending much time working on strengthening his mental aptitude and as a result, he has become one of the premier PK savers in the world.

These are the types of facilities that T&T needs to be able to fully compete on the world stage. I know the team has psychologists traveling with them, but these clubs have special labs and areas to conduct testing and recording of everyone's progress. Again, very eye opening. Even a simple thing as Jose, during his first spell as Manager, changed the U21's dressing room to look exactly like the first team dressing room. His reasoning for this was that he did't want the youth players being in shock and awe when they do get called up to the first team, it should seem as if the environment hasn't changed, from the training ground, training sessions to the locker rooms, all in sync to accomodate the athlete psyche.

Anyhow just wanted to share with you guys. I left the clinic thinking that hopefully beenie has the chance and the time to really put something in place that can truly grow the game for our youths and begin to foster true talent to feed into our senior national team. From what I saw and learned this weekend, the structure from top to bottom is no where in place in T&T and to get there, its going to take some time and resources but with beenie I'm hopeful things can get there!! With our natural talent pairing up with a true global development structure in place, T&T football can surpass the levels we achieved in 2006.  :beermug:

Football / Re: A 2018 List of potential players.
« on: July 27, 2013, 08:13:37 PM »
Georgia ODP...any potential Soca Warriors on de list?
Yuh know Fordy I participate in de selection process for this program..I know it go have men cringing..but is true..
Similarly it have coaches in Trinidad doin de same ting day in day out year after year..then de players g big play fuh de National team and we  go and jump up in de Dome..allyuh must realize much of de work done to bring dese players to dis level starts at the youth level...
So while we looking to identify dis one and dat one fuh 2018,why not look to see how we get a program set up to help youth coaches with resources and training. We always criticizing dis player and dat player..
Ultimately we are responsible for the final could only get back what you put in.

Read the article I posted and tell meh is you see any familiar names!  :beermug:

Football / Re: Near and yet so far for Warriors
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:33:12 PM »
Garbage oui. Why he didnt talk about the same changes he crying down in the Mexican game is the same changes that made us win the Honduras game. Furthermore, most of the changes in the Mexican game was as a result of injury, suspension or unavailability. Dem does jus talk without thinking i swear!! :beermug:

This is really sad. condolences go out to all involved.  :beermug:

Football / Re: How I almost did not make it to Atlanta
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:53:38 PM »
FF ..nice write up..I can't believe yuh miss de game..but it look as though yuh had a lot of fun still. I see Mr Tim Kee actually took time to meet, greet and spend time with the fans and well wishers..I commend Mr Tim Kee for this. That is a "powerful" leadership quality we must take caution..
It seems as though de sweat was a quality sweat I heard that besides Fordy (CIC), Fabien(Pres), Nixon(CIC), and others who were already mentioned that Shabazz old Green Machine teammate Roger Wilson was doing damage in de midfield. Allyuh mention Wendell Moore, a member of dat Bertille St Clair team dat break SanDo people hearts back in 81 beating Tech 1-0 in de he son is de captain of U.S National team..someting wrong wid dah picture.
I feel that the general mood right now is good ..the leadership based upon their know how trying a ting ..I know Hart is a good I am watching to see what kind of support he is going to get going forward..Thanks for the pictures and the man Lyndon I seeing in de picture dey wid Tim Kee ,he decent player from back in de late 70's early 80's wid Juniors..a Benedict's man..Nobody eh even call me self dey muh be feel I too ole or maybe because me go CIC or Pres...whatever..

Some other notables out there were Roger Joseph (Benedicts), Keita (Benedicts), Jason Rodriguez, Ngozi (pville and Benedicts), Sheldon Best (Diego sec/Georgia Perimeter College), Deke Cateau (Fatima).....and we were missing a few others. Coache identify yuhself nah man so we could call big name!  :beermug:

Football / Re: Analyzing yesterday's subs
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:06:12 PM »
well me and others watching the game were calling for subs as early as the 70th minute. Not because players were playing badly but more so that the constant pressure was tiring on some, especially Daniel and Boucaud. It probably wasn't noticeable from the tv but birchall was on the sideline about to come in when the goal was scored, and when Mexico scored, they pulled him from the touchline. at first i thought they were going to change their option but then they sent back birchie. at that point i felt another offensive option might have been better, but agreed with an earlier poster saying the service to KJ might have been the best option for an attack for us.

Football / Re: Best Soca Warriors Gold Cup Moment
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:54:35 AM »
Outside of the Haiti performance I was impressed with our fight and team shape defensively. The highlight on a personal note was this past weekend, fellowshipping with fello trinis before the game and the lime on Sunday. :beermug:

Football / Re: How I almost did not make it to Atlanta
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:43:06 AM »
i see mih pardner Lyndon in this picture. vex i miss de sweat man.

Lol yeah he score too. Along with the so call "fat man" alyuh saying in Nixon. The speed aint there but touches and finishing...pure class!! :beermug:

Football / Re: Jack sends message to SWO, late but necessary.
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:18:14 AM »
LOL well dam.

Football / Re: SWO Live Coverage at the Gold Cup
« on: July 21, 2013, 10:47:08 PM »
after stuffing my face in the press room during the match i lime downstairs for a bit. i was in the back at hart press conference in camo shorts, a 2008-13 adidas red trini it and khaki hat backwards. i had a pink photographer vest on for a while too. in the press room i was about three seats to the right of beenhakker. i see one other trini up there...a fella in a latapy jersey.

woulda love to sweat in de fete match today. i right up de road from cobb.

Andre the fete match was boss. Link me up cause we doing another one in the next few weeks. We trying to make it a regular ting.

Good stuff today FF. Reach back up d road safe.

Please pardon my ignorance on this, but what I don't understand in the above article is where it states in the 3rd paragraph, "Competition rules only allow for one yellow card to be wiped out at the end of the group phase." 

So if that's the case, then Kevin Molino should be able to play in the Quarter finals, since he got his two Yellow cards in the first round Group which ONE of those cards should be wiped-out as of the end of the Group Stage 2 days ago.  Therefore, he should be qualified for the Quarter finals --- at least that's what I'm inferring from that line in the article.

Can someone shed some light on that to set me straight?  Thanks!

If he only received one card in the group stages then it would of been wiped out but since he received 2 he has to serve a one game suspension.

Ah wonder what time they practicing in Emory?

Football / Re: Top 5 Coaches T&T Ever had (win percentage)
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:08:03 AM »
If yuh doing this to get a better picture of the true stat place a limit on games coached. For example, min 20 games coached who has the best winning percentage.  :beermug:

Minimum 20 games might be Porterfield.

Not a bad call. Beenie might be somewhere close too as he came in and started winning qualifiers for us but not sure if he actually got to 20 games. Gally is one I would like to see too. Interesting topic.

Football / Re: Top 5 Coaches T&T Ever had (win percentage)
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:56:56 AM »
If yuh doing this to get a better picture of the true stat place a limit on games coached. For example, min 20 games coached who has the best winning percentage.  :beermug:

Football / Re: A message to the T&T football team.
« on: July 17, 2013, 08:46:48 AM »
Well done Flex for the thread.

Warriors best of luck Saturday! I will be there in the Dome supporting hard. Congrats to the coaching staff for making the necessary adjustments to have the best team, formation and style of play to make the players available to you be successful as a team. As a coach that's all you can ask for! I'm looking forward to the Mexico game....a very winable game if we fight hard as a unit!  :beermug:

Football / Re: Axe Theobald from the NT
« on: July 16, 2013, 07:32:17 AM »
One of Bleeder's better games in a long time. ;D

Best he play in 7 years!! I just hope the form continues against Mexico! Leave him right where he was! :beermug:

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Mexico Game (20-Jul-2013).
« on: July 16, 2013, 07:30:28 AM »
Racing Genk midfielder Khaleem Hyland will not be available for Saturdays match, having been recalled to his club for a Cup clash. It was part of an arrangement between the TTFA and Genk management which stemmed from a late initial request for the playerís release for the tournament. Genk subsequently turned down the request before allowing him to join the squad ahead of the first game in agreement for his return ahead of the July 21st match with Anderlecht.

This is going to hurt alot. Lord I hope Hart don't bring in Theobold as a result! I will reallll cuss in the Dome if he do that! It was refreshing seeing positive play from our midfield last night.

Anyone have tickets to the game?  What section will we represent in?

I'll check d Cobb crew and let you know. We dey for sure!!

Football / Re: Daneil Cyrus thread
« on: July 15, 2013, 09:40:36 PM »
Him and Jovein Jones played really well.

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Honduras Game (15-Jul-2013).
« on: July 15, 2013, 09:33:05 PM »
Big up Hart for making the decision to bench Theobald.. :beermug:

Yes Lord thank you Jesus!! :beermug:

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