The team behind the team
The job of the talent identification manager is to find and recommend promising young players for youth academies. Talent identification is the very first step on the player development pathway, which means it is of crucial importance for both clubs and national associations. For individual clubs, the aim is to pave the way for youngsters to progress along the academy pathway all the way to the club's first team, while every player who completes that journey is a good news story for national associations, since more players that progress through club youth academies, the larger the talent pool available to the national side. For this video, FIFA spoke to SV Werder Bremen's Tobias Süvges and Jan Verbeek of AFC Ajax to find out more about their roles as talent ID managers and exactly what they look for in a young player.
The second new addition to the Training Centre is an episode of our Game Insights series dedicated to Qatar's high press, which was used to particularly devastating effect against UAE at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup™. FIFA's Group Leader for Football Performance Analysis & Insights, Chris Loxton, is joined by Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger to explain the fundamental principles behind Qatar's press and why it was so difficult to play against. They conclude the video by turning their attention to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, and asking whether the hosts' aggressive pressing can work on the biggest stage of all.