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Ziemer Soccer is owned and operated by Andrew Ziemer. Since 1975, the Ziemer Brothers have worked to provide the highest level of soccer instruction available in a safe and fun environment. Ziemer Soccer organizes training camps and sessions, consults with and creates curriculum for teams, coaches, and clubs/leagues. We live and breathe soccer.
BP: What advice can you give parents so that their kids may be as important as yours?
JORGE MESSI: In reality I don't know if what I have to say is advice. I always say that the kids, at one point in their life, have to decide what they want to do. You can help them in choosing a decision but ultimately it's up to them.
In terms of advice, let kids play and have fun: don't put pressure on them. If the child is ready then they'll make their own decision.
Even the current Barca game so dominant in Europe and at the World Cup is not entirely indigenous. It is a product, in fact, of the influence of the Dutch "Total Football" of the early 1970s — the emphasis on quick one-touch passing, movement and positional flexibility that made the Netherlands the outstanding team of both the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, even though they won neither. (Curiously, the "Magnificent Magyars" had also been by far the outstanding team of the 1954 World Cup, but lost the final to a fitter and better-drilled German side.)
Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"
Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."
The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.
The manager says that "technique" is the main thing young footballers need to focus on during their formative years. In the advert, the Barça manager watches a game in Barcelona between two youth sides. The video is part of 'The Chance' campaign, a Nike initiative focused on finding new talented young footballers. Guardiola is clear about what qualities he looks for in young footballers: "the first thing I look for is talent... their technique. That's what's important at this age. They are young and they are still developing, therefore their physique isn't that important. It's exclusively about technique. It's the first thing that should be looked at." He also gives advice to the young players: "they should only think about playing. Play when they can. All the time. Everywhere. Only play. The rest will come by itself."