Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Football's Greatest - Ronaldo [Brazil]

Have I said how much I love this player... O Fenomeno.  Great show about him, check it out.  Shout out to The Original Winger.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Nike Better World - The Making of Nike Football National Team Jerseys

yet another great video and part of the incredible interactive part of the My Time Is Now video from previous post.


It doesn't really need much mentioning how much I like Nike and their ads does it...enjoy. Edit: click on this version and the video is incredibly interactive! there are 9 "tunnels" to click on and go deeper into the video and nike soccer. this is incredible marketing and just changed the game.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Jose Mourinho's 10 Commandments

1. THE ONLY STAR IS THE TEAM: 'My greatest worry is the team. The collective effort. I have no idea where the physical aspect ends and the tactical/psychological aspect begins, but football encaptures both. I can't separate the two, but what I can say is that football is not all about the physical aspect, it's about much more than that. In the grand scheme of things, the physical aspect is probably the least important element. Without organization and a talent in exploring the different tactical models of the game, your weaknesses quickly become apparent, regardless of how fit you are'. 2. TACTICS ARE WORKED ON FROM DAY ONE: 'The most important thing in football is to have a style of play, a set of principles that offer organization to the team. For that reason, my focus is on tactics from day one'. Exactly what is required at Real Madrid. 3. THE RUI FARIA METHOD (No circuits, no gyms, no laps around the pitch): 'Have you ever seen a pianist run around his piano before sitting down to unleash a masterpiece? In our methodology we don't send them on laps around the pitch either'. For Mourinho and his right-hand man/physical trainer Rui Faria, the gym is only for recovering from injuries. 4. THE BALL IS OBLIGATORY. TRAINING SESSIONS OF NO MORE THAN 90 MINUTES: 'My training sessions aren't long, they're dynamic and incredibly time-efficient. I like my team to learn to love the ball, and to know what to do with it once they win it back. Three hour training sessions will only serve to bore the players. They would quickly fall out of love with the ball'. 5. A TEAM WITHOUT PEAKS IN FORM: 'Weekly training sessions are solely focused on the next game. There's no plan to come good in December or May, no looking ahead. No plan to play better against the top teams'. 6. MOTIVATION COMES FROM TRAINING, NOT FROM THE BIG MATCHES: During his time in Portugal with Porto, there came a moment when the team were winning everything domestically, with the danger of the players only being motivated for the European ties. Here's how he overcame that potential obstacle. 'With a 4-3-3 formation, space is perfectly occupied naturally, it isn't necessary for the players to be intelligent. They don't have to think too much. With a 4-4-2 they are required to think because the field is occupied irrationally, no-one is naturally open. With a constant need for tactical discipline comes motivation, regardless of the importance of the match.' Real Madrid fans know what to expect there then. 7. THOROUGH STUDY OF THE OP-POSITION. BUT NEVER TO PLAY ACCORDING TO YOUR RIVAL: ' We analyze our rivals and we try to imagine how they will play against us. Using these thoughts we position certain players in certain positions according to the oppositions strengths and weaknesses. But these are only positional details. They don't interfere with our principles, or even with our system'. 8. THE CREATIVE PLAYERS ARE THE FIRST TO DEFEND: ‘For me defending well is defending during the least amount of time possible. It's to have the ball among your most creative players for as long as possible. Having the initiative for as long as possible. This takes away the need for defensive actions. But when the need to defend arises, everyone has a role to play. There are those that say the creative players should be liberated of defensive duties. They know nothing about football. All players need to know what to do with the ball and what to do without the ball'. Cristiano Ronaldo, you've been warned. 9. WE BEGIN TO RECOVER DURING THE GAMES: 'After each game I like to give the players a days rest. It may not be the most appropriate thing to do physically speaking, but it allows them to recover mentally. Unfortunately, with so many games during a season this is rarely possible. Therefore as incredible as it sounds, they need to start recovering during the game itself. If the team plays how I want them to, the players will start to recover mentally by having total control of the ball. Instead of finishing the match mentally exhausted, they would come off the pitch in a great frame of mind, raring to go once more'. 10. ONE METHOD FITS ALL - FROM THE FIRST TEAM TO THE YOUTH TEAM: 'The basic methodological concepts must be instilled in both the elite and the base. At Porto I regularly met with the youth and reserve team directors to explain exactly how all the different teams should play. That way no player gets lost when making the step up. Everything is already trained into his mind'.

Friday, May 4, 2012

FCL x U of M Training Session

Check out the training session yesterday at University of Memphis.  Thanks again Richie Grant for all help and support this season.

Friday, April 27, 2012

FC Barcelona - Gracies Pep!

In honor of the brilliant mastermind of the current incarnation of FC Barcelona and his announcement that he is leaving at the end of the season.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FC Legendinhos x Lausanne Collegiate School

We have been working for a little while with Lausanne about possibly getting a player the opportunity to play soccer and attend their great school.  We finally felt we had the right person to be the first local hispanic to attend Lausanne.  Here is the story of his campus tour and meeting with the admissions people!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tetra Brazil Soccer/Futsal camp

We wanted to let you all know about a camp that we are bringing to Faith Lutheran this summer!

This summer July 9-13th we will be offering a half day camp that will be 1.5 hours indoor on the Futsal court and 1.5 hours Soccer on the new fields outdoors at our facility at Faith Lutheran Church. This camp will be run by Tetra Brazil and the coaches will be brought in from Brazil for this camp. Tetra approached us about doing a soccer camp but, we only wanted to do it if we could offer something different. So we wanted to bring the Futsal aspect with Brazilians Coaches who have grown up playing and coaching this in addition to soccer. This is the first time a camp like this has ever been offered by Tetra Brazil and they are as excited to do it as we are to host it. Details below:

July 9-13th at Faith Lutheran Church - Soccer Field and Futsal Court

Ages 7-10 (9-12pm) $145
Ages 11-15 (9-12pm) $145

Space is limited to 40 campers total (not for each age group).

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

5v5 Summer League 2012

Enjoy our new 5v5 Summer League ad and register today!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Legendinhos Youth Classic '12 Champions

Tournament Champions

Bartlett SC 03 Red - U9 Boys
Bartlett SC 02 Red - U10 Girls
Rush Olive Branch - U10 Boys
Tupelo FC 01 White - U11 Boys
FC Sikeston Stampede - U12 Girls
Midsouth FC 00 - U12 Boys
SMSC Extreme 00 - U13 Girls
FC Sikeston Red Storm - U14 Girls
FC Legendinhos - U14 Boys

Pictures of all finalists here:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII - Inside the Design

love the insight into boots, as well as these boots.  think im ordering mine today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nike Soccer: The Chance: Rafael Márquez's First Find

I love the stuff Nike does to promote and help the game.  Great video.

Leo Messi, World's Greatest Player

usually with a statement or title like this there would be debate...with Messi there is no debate, he is the best.  Cristiano is second best and is far ahead of everyone else but Messi >

Monday, March 19, 2012

Nike Mercurial Vapor 8's

Not only was this the name of my favorite Hockey skate but now these shoes...I wonder if there is a limit as to how many I can buy. Im thinking turf and indoor, maybe one mango one white.

for much larger and all over views click here

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

KONY 2012

Great video, maybe do full research before supporting.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

U.S. Soccer Interview with Jurgen Klinsmann: Free Play

Good insight into Jurgen's mindset and understanding of the US player, spot on with his comments. Also looks like Jurgen would be a fan of Center Circle's 5v5 Summer League and Winter Futsal League!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Manyas - A film following Penyarol Supporters

MANYAS, THE FILM (SOCCER FANS) from Austral Films on Vimeo.

This looks very very good. The passion football (soccer) supporters have is so different than any american sport. Once American's realize soccer is not communism and it's ok to like it there is no denying it. Feel free to share this video or movie with all your non soccer loving friends. It's time to educate the masses!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brazil vs Brazil - Nike Football

another fun Brazil commercial from Nike...can't believe they got Argentina's Mascherano to be in the video as well.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo Amazing BackHeel goal! (vs R а y о V а l l е c а n о, ...

Watched this at Wing Stop in Memphis (shout out to the BEST wing spot in Memphis) before the final for my U10 Midsouth FC boys and shouted out loud when it came on the tv. Really really nice goal!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Johan Cruyff part 2

The title says it all, part 2.

Johan Cruyff - Football's Greatest

A little history lesson for everyone. This is the man behind the current influx of Barcelona and Spanish greatness. He brought his beliefs and talents from Holland to the Camp Nou and transformed it forever. Enjoy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

First practice at Faith Field

Here are some pics of the Midsouth FC 01 girls at the first day of practice at Faith Field. Midsouth FC 02 boys were the first to play on the field and we had fun setting some "records" ;)

Colby Gruggett - First Goal
Carsten Haddad - First headed Goal
Charles Long - First Headed Goal from a cross
Riley Hawthorne - Longest Goal
Charles Long - First Chicken wing from a cross
and tons of other funny ones I cant remember...

This is just the beginning of this facility and I can't wait to see where we go from here!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pelada Movie Screening

Took a little while to make this video, sorry ;) . However, it is finally here. The story of our outdoor screening of Pelada at The Avenue at Carriage Crossing. Enjoy!

Goals to Faith Field

Over the last three days we have been on a mission to get two goals donated to us by Richie Grant to Faith Lutheran's field they are letting us turn into a soccer facility. This is the video showing the journey, enjoy!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Barca v Real 2-2

What a game last night! Real dominated and couldn't score then Messi initiated about 3-4 minutes of magic and created 2 goals at the end of the first. When you thought it was all over for Real they fought back and got the minimum of what they deserved out of the game. Click here for full highlights

Monday, January 23, 2012

USWNT has 27 goals in 2 games...

wow check the highlights from this...was this a game or harlem globetrotters tour of soccer.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Futsal Tshirt

New shirt design above. We did the lines out of all the team names in honor of the official Futsal lines that we got this year. Order form available here.