These guys are taking the internet by storm and it’s easy to see why. Their excitement is contagious and their banter is one of a kind. It’s nice to see how their vivacious personalities bring out the personality of Calum Chambers, Mathieu Flamini, Kevin De Bruyn, and Raheem Sterling because you rarely get to see world-class soccer players in a relaxed environment. By the looks of things Dude Perfect recorded a lot more videos while they were across the pond so expect to see the rest posted over the next week.
From The Mirror:
Manchester City’s new City Football Academy has been used for training purposes by the club since October but tomorrow it will be officially opened to the community.For an outlay of £200million you would expect quality, but these new pictures reveal just how state-of-the-art the facility is.
The CFA, or Etihad Campus as it is also known, has 16.5 football pitches, of which 12.5 are dedicated to youth development, and there is also an Academy Stadium on site, to be used for elite development squad’s and Man CIty Women, which holds 7,000 spectators.For the first team squad there is the Performance Centre, where the likes of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero will be training.
It includes a full-size indoor synthetic pitch, with seating for 200 people, as well as a gym, medical rooms, a relaxation lounge, teaching rooms, swimming pools and office space.The Academy will be home to over 450 players training every week, from under 6’s to the first team, and there are bedrooms for academy players living on site.
As well as the footballing benefits the CFA brings, the club also boasts that 2,000 new mature trees have been brought on site, while there is 46 acres of managed grass, wildflower meadows and landscape areas.
Above are only three of the pictures so click the hyperlink to view the entire gallery to understand how grandiose this academy is. These facilities are top-notch and after years of working out in crappy gyms and subpar fields I am getting so jealous just looking at these pictures. If I was a young talent and I went on an official visit to this academy I would sign on the dotted line so fast it would make your head spin. It is facilities like this that further support Jurgen Klinsmann’s controversial point of view that American players need to go to Europe to develop. No club team in America has facilities that come close to matching this and they won’t for awhile. A club needs a lot of money to construct something like this but it is a investment worth taking. Due to the ever-growing transfer fees in the international soccer market Manchester City could recoup their investment into this academy in less than a decade. That is not an exaggeration either.
According to Spanish radio Cadena Cope, famed Atlético Madrid striker David “El Guaje” Villa will be the first signing of NYC FC. Apparently they are close to a deal that would transfer the potent front man to New York for the next three seasons.
As soccer fan in the US, I’m ecstatic, because If this is true we will have a chance to watch another amazing talent grace the MLS with his presence and further strengthen our league. This move also can potentially spark a nice rivalry between the NY RedBulls and NYC FC, further contributing the rich history of New York City’s subway series in their other professional sports.
I’m still skeptical on this decision as David Villa commands wages of €750,000 ($1,021,050 USD according to the current conversion rate of €1 = $1.36 at 2:05 pm on 5/29/14) and even though he is 32, he still is as dangerous as ever in front of goal netting 13 times in 36 games this year. He also was a part of an Atlético Madrid squad that made it to the champions league final and won La Liga for the first time since 1996, so why would Villa want to leave?
As a Yankees fan, I know, let me rephrase, EVERYONE knows that when it comes to money, they have the polar opposite of very little, therefore I’m sure they can afford many David Villas. My concern is not with the Bronx bombers, but with Mancity. Will their financial fair play issues affect their dealings with the MLS, or can the Yankees cover their wage and debt restrictions? Will they use this team as a feeder for their English squad? If this is true, how will the contracts be designed? Again, if this is true, would more American players trickle into the Premiership faster and at a younger age? These are all questions that hopefully will be answered in the upcoming summer months. Until then I leave you with this.
They played some beautiful soccer and had a very solid team. This title was no fluke. Congratulations to them and hopefully the players take some time to celebrate before World Cup preparation beings.
Wondering what it was like for Manchester City/Liverpool fans during that 3-2 game this past Sunday? Check out NBC Sports most recent “I Was There” chronicling the agony and joy of those fans and check out the others “I Was There” videos NBC Sports has created throughout the season.
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In 2012 Manchester City, in partnership with with Opta Sports (a sports data analytics company), released all the data they collected during their 2012 season for free. Their intent was to effectively crowdsource the soccer data they collected to be analyzed by individuals for any patterns or other relevant data which would be helpful towards analyzing Manchester City’s stats in the future. Of course there were rules and guidelines attached to the downloading of that data which meant anything these independent bloggers and statisticians found would the intellectual property of Manchester City and Opta sports but it was still a momentous occasion for soccer statisticians.
Stats in soccer is becoming an increasingly important part of soccer and although baseball is at the forefront of data analytics in sports, soccer is showing progress in the right direction. True soccer fans should recognize this growing trend and ingratiate themselves with the analytics of soccer. Unfortunately, Manchester City has since stopped offering the data but there are several websites and articles dedicated to providing some of the data they released and their analysis of it. They are all definitely worth checking out if you are curious about soccer analytics. Below are the links I have collected both showing stats, analysis of the stats, and articles written about the data that was released.
Bime And The MCFC Analytics Project- http://blog.bimeanalytics.com/english/bime-and-the-mcfc-analytics-project-with-opta
Bime Interactive Spreadsheet of MCFC Analytics- https://efex.bimeapp.com/dashboard/MCFCAnalytics
Breakdown Of MCFC Analytics- http://www.tips-for-excel.com/tag/mcfc-analytics/
The Guardians Partial Breakdown of MCFC Analytics- http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2012/oct/15/football-performance-analysis-chalkboards-radial-passing-manchester-city
The Guardian Article On Release Of MCFC Data- http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2012/aug/16/manchester-city-player-statistics
Google Shared Drive Found Online of “Possible” MCFC Analytics Initial Release (since it’s no longer downloadable from MCFC website)- https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bx25s45t4-d_Rmg2UGExTU85b0U&usp=sharing
Interview With Gavin Fleig, Head of Performance Analysis at Manchester City Football Club- http://www.forbes.com/sites/zachslaton/2012/08/16/the-analyst-behind-manchester-citys-player-investments-part-1/
Forbes Article On MCFC Data Release- http://www.forbes.com/sites/zachslaton/2012/08/16/game-changer-mcfc-analytics-releases-full-season-of-opta-data-for-public-use/
Manchester United fan giving his best man speech and apparently the family his buddy is marrying into are all Manchester City fans. Fantastic delivery.