Latest releases on youth development and Al Ahly's counter-attack

FIFA, 04 Oct 2022


Two new videos have been published on the FIFA Training Centre website. They provide some fascinating insights into youth development and the secrets of Al Ahly SC's feared counter-attack.

Player pathways

Even the most talented youngsters can struggle to make the transition to the professional game. In the first of this week's new releases, FC Basel U-13 coach Markus Neumayr shares his perspective on youth development both as a player and as a coach. In a wide-ranging interview, he discusses his career highlights, explains why he failed to make the breakthrough as a youth player at Manchester United FC, and addresses the challenges of his new coaching career, from how to unlock the potential of players to empowering their mental wellbeing.

Game Insights

This week also sees the release of the latest episode of our Game Insights series, this time analysing the counter-attacking style employed by Al Ahly SC at the last FIFA Club World Cup™. FIFA Group Leader for Football Performance Analysis & Insights Chris Loxton is joined by Chief of Football Development Arsène Wenger and Senior Football & Goalkeeping Expert Pascal Zuberbühler to explain how Al Ahly's low block defence works and how they regain possession. They then move on to examine the roles of specific players during counter-attacks, and to think about how opposing teams might look to combat the Egyptian side's tactics.

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