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Re: Silvio Spann
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2013, 11:34:36 AM »
Weary Signature is so applicable to Spann and so many other players . In SSFL days  Spann along with Joel Bailey, Jorsling, McKnight, Jayce Peters, Ricardo Johnson etc. looked like they had a very promising future.  At least Spann career still in progress. I wish him the best of luck. I am sure many other forumites can list players who were stars in SSFL and their career after never took off. Are they "early" (for Trinbago standards) bloomers or are they just the best of mediocre crops?

IMO the damage done in their important formative years (where they move from schoolboy players to adult professionals) by school football cannot be repaired. Not just the development of their game, but also their mental development. Nothing wrong with school football, it's a buzz, it's exciting for those involved, but I still believe it contributes zero to developing a professional footballer. The focus is on winning, when these guys need the focus to be on improving their individual talents and professional attitude. At 14, those with talent should be introduced into playing in an adult environment, by 16, they should be playing.

Amen, the longer someone stays in school football teh bigger the superiority complex becomes - they also never get challenged like they would in adult football

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Re: Silvio Spann
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2014, 04:37:13 PM »
A little chat with Silvio Spann, the football globe trotter from T&T

You began playing for DirecTV W Connection at 18 in the U20 team. Tell me about your first coach. How were the training sessions organized and what difference did you find when you became a professional footballer?

My coaches at that time were Brian Williams and Shawn Cooper,they were very hands on coaches,who did not accept mediocrity but also  knew how and when to have a good laugh. They got me at a good level since plenty foundation work was done by my football crazy dad Leroy Spann and an equally crazy man Kirtwin Baird. Must mention my college coach as well Isa Mohammed and uncle Anston Adams, so when I got to professional level the transition wasnít as hard. It was all the same thing apart from the pressure to win trophies and maintain consistency. At Youth level there isnít much pressure because itís the developmental stage where mistakes could have been made and you could have gotten away with it.

You have travelled a lot for your work, tell me the most beautiful memories and the worst one and who was the closest to you in your hard times.

Iím grateful to have seen almost all the continents except Australia and Antarctica through football. I have some wonderful memories. To mention a fewÖthe World cup 2006 qualification, receiving my countryís CHACONIA medal at the Presidentís House, being the first Caribbean player earn a contract in Italian Serie A. I will say the worst memories were getting a hamstring injury and not being able to play for my country in a World Cup. Closest to me in my hard time was my faith in Jesus Christ, I was and still am a reserved person who was built in strong value by my parents. I dealt with disappointment well for the sake of my belief. I will say it was comforting to have my wife in such of hard time along with the few that called to console me. Sigh! Iím thankful

Over the years football has changed a lot. How do you consider the development of youth football in the nations where you have played,in Trinidad and Tobago and specifically in W Connection?

In the nations where I have played, football is on top of the sporting list and the players development is in the hand of the professional club in the region. Whereas in Trinidad and Tobago football is in competition with cricket,athletics etc. and development is pretty much in the hands of the school which the players attend. I think although school is very important for your mental development the football part should be left for the professional. W Connection has a very good youth program that promises a potentially good future for any young player who is serious about taking their game to another level. Iím also part of that, giving my contribution of experience along with Youth Director Stefano Monti to the new football school in South Trinidad.

I will also say that our football culture has to change in order to keep up to date with the changes that are taking place in the football world.

This year there has been controversy in the media and public about the fact that W Connection has signed many foreign players. You have played for many years as a foreigner. What do you think about the issue and what you will suggest to a young Trini player ready to go abroad?

The all foreign fiasco has been blown out of proportion by itís sounders. In my opinion, W Connection is the biggest club in the Caribbean and is well known in CONCACAF for the short period it has been in existence. W Connection prepares and develops players to go abroad as well.

Look at any top club in the world, I guarantee you that there is an influx of foreigners, including coaches. End of discussion.

For a Young Trini ready to go abroad, he has to realize that he is going to take another players position in his country, so itís a big responsibility.

Even though you are still young, you are already thinking about the future. You work for WC football school, you have participated in courses organized by the club for youth development. What is your next step, coaching the national team?

Iíve been a professional for 15 years apart from being born in a predominantly football family. So at some stage I would like to pass on the knowledge and experience I have gained.When would that stage be has not be determined yet.

Give four suggestions to a youngster who has just started a football career.

1. Fall in love with football so the sacrifices you will have to make later down wonít no be a burden (football should be in top on your mind after Jesus).
2. Become a student of the game (increase technically tactically and physically).
3. Set short and long terms goals and visualize yourself achieving them (from under 20 my friend Nigel Daniel and I used to stand in front a mirror in national colours and sing the national anthem,a couple months later it came to pass)
4. Work hard. The heights that  great men reach and keep are not attained by sudden flight but while their companions slept they where up toiling through the night.
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

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Re: Silvio Spann
« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2018, 08:20:14 PM »
What's Silvio Spann up to these days?


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