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America's soccer migrants: the US footballers crossing Mexico's border – video

An interesting video report produced by the Guardian about American football players playing for Mexican teams. Mexico's Liga MX is getting more and more interesting. The Mexican clubs dominate the Concacaf Champion league. Since it start in 2008 only 2 non Mexican teams have reached the finals. Mexico is an interesting country for football players. The net salaries are higher than in the MLS and the cost of living lower.

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Nigeria: FC Barcelona to Set Up Soccer Academy in Nigeria

It is good news that Africa will be a good structured academy richer. More top clubs are support academies in Africa, Right to Dream and Wafa and Ghana have links with Manchester City respectively Red Bull Salzburg. It can only be encouraged that top team get involved in local academies in Africa. Hopefully with the arrival of more and more good academies in Africa the trafficking of kids will slow down.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday welcomed the decision of Barcelona FC of Spain to establish its first football academy in Africa in the state.

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Toronto FC sign former Barcelona attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez

Toronto FC sign former Barcelona attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez Toronto FC announced Monday the signing of Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez using Targeted Allocation Money. Vazquez, at age 30 and coming to Toronto for a salary above the league maximum, constitutes the major signing the club has been seeking all winter to add more creativity and goals to the team from midfield. “We are excited to bring Victor Vazquez to Toronto FC and provide our team with another experienced midfielder,” said TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko.

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Pie-eating a betting violation?

Sutton United’s reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is likely to face an FA investigation into a breach of its betting rules after admitting that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup

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MLS Roster Rules

Do you know what a 'Designated player' is? Or what the concepts of 'Targeted allocation money', 'General Allocation money', 'Salary Budget Charge', 'Supplemental Roster', 'Generation Adidas', 'Super Draft' or 'Allocation ranking order' stand for? probably not, but these are just a few of the concepts of the MLS roster rules. Any agent who just wants to understand a little and show the slightest respect to the MLS club recruiters is advised at least to take the time to read the full roster rules.

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Primary transfer window officially opens in MLS

Major League Soccer's primary transfer winder officially opened on Tuesday, allowing teams to acquire new players through international transfers or trades within MLS. This year the primary transfer window runs through May 8. Any transfers not completed during the primary window can take place

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New standards in training compensation?

There appears to be a trend among the top teams in Europe to pay former clubs far more than the FIFA training compensation system obliges them to pay. The fee for players until the age of 15 can normally not exceed more than 40,000 EUR according to FIFA regulations but nevertheless clubs are willing to pay former clubs a lot more. For a player like Nabil Touaiz who apparently is 15 years at this moment the normal fee would be 40,000. The media have reported that Manchester United will pay Valencia a (training) compensation of 300,000 EUR and possible up to 2 million in the event the player makes it to City's first team. Another spanish player chased by City is 15 year old Richard Dionkou. It's not unlikely that Mallorca will try to squeze out a better deal.

Apparently top clubs are willing to pay 'extra' in order to keep the maintain a working relationship with the former club and in order to keep the situation around the player stable. In Englang training compensation is not settled via a fixed scheme but first of all clubs have to try to reach an agreement. If no agreement is reached the fee is settled by the Professional Football Compensation Committee. In 28 April 2016 this committee awarded £6.5m training compensation to Burnley for Danny Ings who was 22 and out of contract when he signed with Liverpool. An amount more than 10 fold the FIFA TC in the event of an international transfer. In the light of such payment(s) the reported amount of £ 175,000 that Manchester City and Southend appear to have agreed upon for 13 year old Finley Burns is maybe not so crazy.

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Joel Veltman: bad sportsmanship Ajax defender Joel Veltman caused the anger of Dutch fans, with his unsportsmanlike behaviour during the match against Sparta (Rotterdam). When his teammate Bertrand Traore felt down injured, the defender signalled to stop the game, but then took the ball past a distracted Sparta player and rushed into the penalty area. Thankfully, no goal was scored, Joel Veltman shame on you! Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqt5BLRhkvE

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Fabregas: Football has become less about talent and more about 'running a lot'. Cesc Fabregas has declared that “talented” players are becoming increasingly preferred in the modern game, with fitter, faster and more powerful players being preferred across 90 minutes. “Today it’s more difficult for the more talented players to succeed,” he told Chelsea TV. “I don’t think my physical abilities are the best – I’m not the quickest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the sharpest, so you have to be ahead of the game if a player like me wants to succeed in football." “To be a football player today... if you are very strong or you run a lot or stuff like that it’s easier. That’s why I try to get even better because football is growing in a way that before I don’t think it was. “Everyday you see less talent and more power and players running around.”

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