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FCBESCOLA: Imparting Barcelona Football Culture to Nigerian Youths

first_imgTaking the kids through the basics is Barnat Villa, who had been in charge of the Barcelona academy in Spain for several years and is supported by Nigerian coaches that had been equally imbued with the philosophy of the Spanish team.“The aim of the FCBESCOLA is to teach the kids the same way as we teach in Barcelona using the same methodology and drills. For now we are having about 1,000 kids out of which about 700 would eventually make it through for the school proper. I’m being supported by some local coaches of whom I have explained to them our methodology and we are teaching them our philosophy,” Villa said.Villa is very optimistic that from what he had seen so far, there were great potentials that could eventually make it to the top of their career in football.“We’ve seen a lot of good players that are on very good level. But the most important thing is for these players to be in good physical condition as their counterparts in Europe and if they can understand how we work and train, which is our methodology, in few years some of them can make it to good clubs in Europe and eventually their national team,” the head coach noted.Asked the major difference between an average Nigerian player and their European counterparts, Villa said, “The kids here are more of individual players, though they have good technical skills but they have problems technically and collectively. They are too individualistic, they always think they can take on their opponents and go alone with the ball and finish the ball by themselves. We have to make them realise they should play with the team.”Villa said about 1,100 players were registered in the first phase, while the registration for the second phase slated for October was ongoing and he is hoping that the academy could register about 1,000 more players for the second phase.According to him the players would train all year round and the very good ones could be transferred to La Masia (Barcelona Academy in Spain).For now, the players will be coming from home, but plans are in the offing to build hostels where the kids would be camped. “There is no hostel provision for now, but it’s an idea that would be developed in a few years. For now the kids just come from their homes and train for one hour fifty minutes thrice in a week and on Saturdays they are involved in competitive matches. At the end of the exercise if we discover some distinguished players, why not, in few years they could be transferred to Barcelona,” he explained.He said the sole aim was to imbibe the Barcelona culture into Nigerian football and to develop the talent in Nigeria and make them great players in future.Also speaking on the vision, mission and the model which the academy would adopt in its operation, the academy’s Sport Director in Nigeria, Lesile Oghomienor, said it would be of world standard.“We are planning to have a 7,000 capacity academy stadium with all the sports facilities such as gyms offices and training pitches. The academy will also admit children from ages six to 18 that are good for grassroots development. We hope to do that within the next two years. We hope that in the next few years, products of our academy will win the U-17 World Cup for Nigeria,” he said.On how the academy would benefit Nigerians, Oghomienor said, “the nation’s kids are going to benefit a whole lot, as they would be certified by Barcelona after they leave the school. In other words, they will become marketable and attractive to global soccer industry. Scouts would be scrambling for them as they have gone through the same model that players like Lionel Messi and other Barcelona stars went through. They would be attractive to big European clubs and even in Nigeria. The ripple effect is that our senior team will get better, the age grade teams will be better and that will be more glory for the nation.”Meanwhile, the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu, has said the government would ensure the smooth operation of FC Barcelona Academy in Nigeria by supporting its plans for the engagement of youths in the state. “Our youths will get the right value of Barcelona FC which will be more beneficial the development of football in Lagos, Nigeria and Africa in general,’’ he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Even for those who are not Barcelona, their model and style have come to be accepted as the right way football should be played and the Blaugrana are not resting on their oars as they are trying to spread the philosophy across the world.  through the Barcelona Football Academy-FCBESCOLA. Kunle Adewale caught up with the head coach of the academy in Lagos- Bernat Villa, and he gave an insight into what FCBESCOLA stands forAfter successful experience in Egypt and Morocco, Nigerian kids will be having a taste of the philosophy and Barcelona brand of football, which is being temporary sited at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Should Maple Leafs have been called for interference on go-ahead goal?

first_imgOn the play in question, the game was knotted up at 0-0 with less than 10 minutes to go in the third period.Neither team could get a shot past the other side’s goalie and this game seemed destined for overtime. Related News Update: the NHL released a statement on the play confirming the call.”After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referees, the Situation Room confirmed the Referee’s call on the ice,” the statement read.”The decision was made in accordance with Rule 78.7 that states in part, “If a review is not conclusive and/or there is any doubt whatsoever as to whether the call on the ice was correct, the original call on the ice will be confirmed.” NHL playoffs 2019: Sharks’ Tomas Hertl guarantees Game 7 vs. Golden Knights NHL playoffs 2019: Does Barry Trotz want to play and beat the Capitals? ‘Absolutely, 100 percent’center_img But when Auston Matthews put a shot in the net late in the third period, he found pay dirt and a 1-0 lead.Should the Maple Leafs have been called for interference on this play though?On the play in question Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman can be seen falling back into Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.Boston’s goalie Tuukka Rask clearly can’t see Jake Muzzin pass it off to Matthews across the ice and the former No. 1 pick fired at a practically empty net.Take a look for yourself:Muzzin ➡️ Matthews ➡️ Back of the net.#Leafs take a 1-0 lead over the #Bruins in Game 5. pic.twitter.com/n59Fnz2UP2— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 20, 2019Hyman is clearly seen making contact with Rask, but is that enough to rule interference?The letter of the law states goaltender interference occurs when “an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease.”The play was reviewed and not deemed interference so the controversy may stop there, but that won’t keep this from being a conversation in the coming days as the Bruins are now on the brink of elimination.Hyman wasn’t sure if he interfered and he was very nervous about the outcome of the review.”I didn’t watch it,” he told Sportsnet. “I didn’t want to watch it. I’m just glad it counted.”Zach Hyman on the Auston Matthews goal review: “I didn’t watch it. I didn’t want to watch it. I’m just glad it counted.”— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 20, 2019The Leafs eventually took a 2-0 lead, but Boston cut the deficit to one with a goal in the final minute. Had Matthews’ goal been disallowed, this game likely heads to overtime.Now Boston has to go to Toronto and win to force the series to seven games and a finale in Boston. This play could have huge ramifications on the series. The Maple Leafs now lead their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Bruins 3-2, but should this game have gone to overtime?Bruins fans may certainly think so as Toronto’s go-ahead goal was surrounded by some controversy.last_img read more

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first_imgA shopping trip which ended in a flat mobile phone battery has led two teenage entrepreneurs to invent a unique product that is selling like hotcakes.Friends Jordan McIlwaine, 16, and Mark Borland, 15, saw the light when Jordan was he left stuck with no way to phone his parents.For a month Jordan and Mark worked on ways of charging their phones without having to use electricity. They then sent their design to a manufacturer in China who helped make their dream come through.And now they have come up with a solar-powered phone charger which are selling by the truckload.Jordan and Mark, who are transition year pupils at Loreto Community School in Milford, supplied shops across Donegal which sold out really quickly.Now they have plans to expand their empire, Key Solar Solutions, across the country. “We have worked really hard on this but it really did come as a result of not being able to make a phonecall when we needed to.“We sat down and thought that there must be some way of doing it. We eventually got it right and we sent our plans to China where a company there came up with the finished product,” said JordanAnd the pair are delighted that the chargers have sold out with orders for many more already placed with their Chinese manufacturer.“We can’t believe how well they are selling and people really seem to be latching onto the idea.“What we really like is that the product is environmentally friendly and that means a lot to us because we do care about the environment,” said Jordan. The young businessmen are now planning to take part in school business competitions to highlight their invention.DONEGAL STUDENTS SEE THE LIGHT WITH NEW PHONE CHARGER was last modified: March 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Loreto Community SchoolMilfordSolar Key Solutionslast_img read more

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