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Old 02-17-2012, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Dean Gorre has joined the Scotland Under-17 National team. The Dutchman joins from Ajax, where he worked as coach of their under-18 side. I think this is great news, I am a big fan of the way the Dutch play their football and there isn't many better teams than Ajax for producing technically gifted footballers, 2nd only to Barcelona IMO. So hopefully this is great news for the future. Instead of the way us Scots seem to play our football in youth where there is lots of pressure on doing anything to win, this appointment will focus more on developing technically good young players. I think us as Brits should copy the Dutch system of playing football we are similar cultures, similar climates, similar attitude to football etc. No point in copying the Spanish way where they have a warm climate, different culture and different attitude to football because one things for sure changes need to be made from top to bottom, especially at grass roots level with our youngsters and we need to get rid of the must win mentality in youth football and focus more on skill.

http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish...=6&newsID=9337
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Hasn't the Ajax youth system been in shambles for years?
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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I wouldn't say so they are still producing good players, maybe they can't hold on to them but they are still producing them. They have developed the talents of Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong, Maarten Stekelenburg and Gregory van der in the past 5 years not bad going. And obviously historically they have produced the likes of Johan Cryuff, Frank Rijkaard, Van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert etc. It is also good because hopefully he will change the way the youth team plays and sees football.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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mmmm Van Basten, my all time favourite player.

Its a good deal for Scotland IMHO.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I wouldn't say so they are still producing good players, maybe they can't hold on to them but they are still producing them. They have developed the talents of Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong, Maarten Stekelenburg and Gregory van der in the past 5 years not bad going. And obviously historically they have produced the likes of Johan Cryuff, Frank Rijkaard, Van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert etc. It is also good because hopefully he will change the way the youth team plays and sees football.
No doubt. As of late, however, the recent decline of Ajax has been linked to the decline of the once superb youth system (along with financial changes in the game over the past 10-15 years). At least this is what I was told when I was in Amsterdam. Still a damn fine club, though. Great history, culture and supporters. Going to a match at the ArenA was one of the highlights of my life. Hup!
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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But as I said in the past 5 years (which I would call lately) they have produced Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong, Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Weil etc that is impressive as it gets! They can't produce world class players every single season, even Barcelona doesn't do that! Their academy will find another gem soon no doubt about it they always do. They are also developing the talent of Christian Eriksen who they have had since he was 17 and he is going to go on to be one of the top players in Europe, I predict he will be playing for either Manchester United, Barca or Manchester City soon.
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