18 Oct From the section European Football Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45904670 Read more about sharing. For millions of people it is the dream job.Football management offers fame, fortune and the chance to make a career out of the sport you love.But at the highest level it also comes with a host of pitfalls and challenges.In this week's Euro Leagues Show for BBC Radio 5 live's Football Daily podcast, Guillem Balague spoke to former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal about the challenges of managing in the modern game.Listen to BBC Radio 5 live's Euro League Football Show podcast here.'My kids were crying' - The impact on familyCarvalhal is currently without a club after leaving Swansea at the end of the season - he has packed in 17 clubs in 20 years - but his family comes … [Read more...] about Carlos Carvalhal: What is it like to be a modern football manager?
The 50 most promising players at La Masia: Where are they now? Following the article on the current whereabouts of the 50 most promising players of La Masia at the beginning of the decade, it is worth wondering what's happened in the other great academy of Spanish football, that of Real Madrid. These are the players of promise at Valdebebas, who a few years ago had the world at their feet, and who've now trodden some very diverse paths. The selection looks at youth players who were at the club in 2011, from the cadet age group (born in 1996) to the second team. Tomas Mejias (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus, 29, goalkeeper) Mejias debuted in the 2010/11 season under Jose Mourinho, replacing Antonio Adan against Getafe in what would be his only game for the first team. He then returned to Castilla, before joining Middlesborough in 2014. After a brief stint at Rayo Vallecano, he decided to embark on another adventure outside Spanish football, specifically at Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus. Jesus … [Read more...] about The 50 most promising players at La Fabrica at the start of the decade: Where are they now?
Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi is being watched by several high-profile clubs, according to reports. France Football suggest that the 18-year-old is being watched by Newcastle United, RB Leipzig and Rennes after impressing in Boro's academy sides.Newcastle were linked with a move for the youngster earlier this summer and are now thought to have been joined in their pursuit of the Middlesbrough man.Brahimi, an attacking midfielder who usually plays as a left winger, was handed a first team debut by Tony Pulis earlier this season as he came off the bench in the Carabao Cup win over Rochdale.He has not made a first team appearance since, but is thought to be on the radar of the European trio as his long-term future on Teesside remains uncertain.The teenager's current deal at the Riverside Stadium expires in the summer of 2019 and, while Boro are thought to be keen on offering him professional terms, Brahimi may decide to look elsewhere.But speaking to Foot Mercato earlier this … [Read more...] about Middlesbrough attacker attracting interest from Newcastle United and RB Leipzig
Successes and failures in a decade Where are those players who the staff at La Masia had high hopes for at the beginning of the decade? Some have triumphed at the elite level, others are without a team and many survive in a modest football environment, between the Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera Division's. We have taken the list of 50 players that Marti Perarnau chose in his book 'Senda de Campeones,' which was published in early 2011 RUBEN MINO (Without a team, 29, goalkeeper) Without a team after finishing his contract with Albacete in June, whom he'd signed for in December and didn't play any matches. After leaving Barcelona B, he played for Mallorca, Oviedo and AEK Larnaca. For Barcelona's first-team, he played the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in 2010, losing 3-1 to Sevilla. In the return, with Valdes in goal, Barcelona won 4-0 and took the trophy. An U21 European Champion in 2011 with the Spanish national team although he didn't play a match. He was the substitute for … [Read more...] about The 50 most promising players at La Masia at the beginning of the decade: Where are they now?
Holidays are all about rest and relaxation, but one cruise line is upping the stakes with a new itinerary that's worthy of a luxury wellness retreat. Saga's all-inclusive Volcanic Isles Cruise on board Saga Sapphire has it all; beautiful hikes where you can get a great workout, a lush on-board spa to rejuvenate, and even an on-board lifestyle expert and a fitness expert to help coach passengers. And of course, there's ample opportunity for a spot of indulgence too if you're looking for some fine dining, not to mention excursions including brilliant food markets, Casablanca cocktails and a Madeira winery lunch and tasting. The 15-night cruise will sail to the likes of Funchal, La Palma, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Agadir and Casablanca in Morocco, and Leixoes, Portugal - so there's plenty to explore and see throughout the trip. There'll be a few fitness challenges too including a pedometer challenge, as well as plenty of chances to head to the Canaries and enjoy the walking and cycling … [Read more...] about We’re loving the new cruise holiday that’s basically a wellness retreat