Possession, agility and speed in the pass is the brand and philosophy of FC Barcelona’s play. It is a unique way of understanding football and is one that is admired by all clubs in the world. This style has helped the club earned unprecedented success, both domestically and internationally, becoming the best team in the world for the last couple decades. The methodology is visible around the world for the football that is played by the first team with its world stars, but it is also followed throughout all age groups of the club. The touch, the vision, positioning and pressure on the opponent to recover the ball forms part of the Barça DNA. One of the most common exercises seen on all Barça training grounds is the ‘rondo’ (piggy in the middle), fundamental to the team’s play. The rondo is part of the process.
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On his recent trip to Paris, Stephen Curry invited Neymar to sit down for a wide ranging conversation. Two of the greatest athletes in the world, hanging out at the oldest basketball court in the world. That was the setup, which took place at a Paris YMCA in September. This is Steph Curry and Neymar, talking about life, sports, family and much more.
"From the moment I played for England I said, 'Yeah, this is me.'" Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, England striker Raheem Sterling sat down with The Players' Tribune to talk about his journey from playing outside of Wembley, to inside and in front of tens of thousands of supporters.
The Journey is an original U.S. Soccer series that follows U.S. Women’s National Team players on and off the field as they work toward earning a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. In this episode of The Journey, Portland, Oregon is the backdrop as we visit U.S. WNT midfielder Lindsey Horan, who at 18-years-old made one of the most difficult decisions of her life by turning professional and moving across the world to play for Paris Saint-Germain in France. Six years later, Horan reflects on the significance of the move, the payoff of that decision, and her perfect fit in Portland with the Thorns. She also looks to the future and a career that has many chapters left to be written.