Originally Posted by CoupeIt88
Originally Posted by psk2310
We actually just had a conversation about that. Before we hired a personal technical trainer, I asked him if he was serious about getting better & continuing to play because I didn't want to spend the dough if he wasn't committed. He emphatically said yes.
I told him that it was ok if he said no but he was adamant. If somewhere in the future things change, I'd be disappointed but respectful of his wishes.
I actually started to be that guy but a year or 2 ago I chilled out. I don't want to ruin the game for him. I want him to enjoy playing the game. Now that it's warmer, he & I will get out on a field & practice his dribbling, first touch, & shooting.
What if he was good enough to go to an academy overseas, would you let him go?
My dad tried to make me go to the Boavista FC academy when I was younger and leave me in Portugal, thank god my mom said no, I wasn't even good he just wanted to live thru me lol
Yes, I'd let him go but it would depend on the club. My wife & I would also have to visit the academy though & see if it's something that would indeed benefit our son. My wife & I had this conversation (for sh*ts & giggles) & said we would proly move to that city too again depending on the circumstances & club.
We'd miss our son waaay too much. He's such a great kid all the way around. Just fun to be around. It would leave a huge hole in our lives. Plus, we genuinely enjoy/love watching him play.
Speaking of which, here's an update on the La Masia kids FIFA unfairly targeted.
Take Kubo and the FIFA-banned players: What next?
When Barcelona were hit with a harsh transfer ban for wrongdoing regarding international transfers of minors, everybody’s attention was focused on how the first team would be affected. Talk of contract renewals, panic buys and endless discussions became daily food for thought (and publication) for Catalunya’s hungry periodicals. However, what most people failed to acknowledge in the immediate aftermath of FIFA’s announcement was that this ban was ultimately about children. Children under the age of 18 whose only concern was, and remains to be, to play football. Almost a year after the transfer ban was issued, 9 youngsters are still battling to stay sharp on the sidelines. Inevitably, some have jumped ship.
Staying on the sidelines for a long time is bad enough for a professional player. For a child though, it is utterly different. Children training to be professional footballers are in a precarious predicament, constantly competing with millions of other talented individuals. Should their development stall or lose focus, they have to rethink their entire lives. Not to mention the emotional side – children play football for pleasure and pride, not profit, and depriving them of competitive matches can be crushing.
Something inevitably has to give, and Infantil A’s Takefuso Kubo has decided to return home – the second of the nine to leave La Masia. The soon-to-be 14-year-old is regarded as an unpolished diamond by those close to youth football at Barcelona, who have seen the forward dazzle since he joined the club in 2008. Yet the Japan-born forward has been living a nightmare over the past months. Only being able to train with his teammates, being unable to take to the pitch to show his undeniable talent, as if he has committed some crime. And while Take is an innocent child, the irresponsible management that has led to his sorry situation is criminal indeed.
Barcelona valued Take very highly, and all technical experts at La Masia agreed that he could play a major role in the future. Even president Josep Maria Bartomeu commented on his case a few months ago, saying that the club was on the brink of figuring out a solution to Take’s problem. In the end, it has all proven to be an empty promise. Take’s family were exasperated by the developments. They felt that with Take’s return to competitive football set for 2019 (on his 18th birthday), there was no purpose for them to stay in a place thousands of kilometres away from their homeland, just for their son to train with Barcelona.
The way things have evolved in Take’s case have undoubtedly set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the youngsters affected by the ban. Particularly worrying is the fact that families of the players whose cases are under FIFA scrutiny have seen president Bartomeu go back on his promise to the Kubos. At the moment, 8 more youngsters are going through the same ordeal as Take. Each case has its own special features, with solutions likely to prove a real difficulty for recently appointed head of youth football Jordi Roura. The cases of the affected players are presented in the next few lines.
Seung-Ho Paik (17/3/1997)
Juvenil A attacking midfielder Paik is a strange case. Despite being the only player under investigation who has talready urned 18, he will be unable to play until the end of the FIFA transfer ban on December 31st, 2015. It is expected that he will see out this period at La Masia, having chosen Barça over Real Madrid in 2010.
Theo Chandri (17/5/1997)
Juvenil A’s French midfielder is the only player among those under investigation who has returned to competitive action after the FIFA ban, having turned 16 already and being a European citizen. His stay at Barça has never come into doubt, as his parents have made it clear from the start that Barça will be their first choice for their son’s sporting development, regardless of any additional developments regarding the FIFA ban.
Lee Seung Woo (6/1/1998)
The 17-year-old forward is widely regarded as the ‘next big thing’ set to emerge from La Masia. Barça seemed to be stumbling upon a real pearl when they signed him after he mesmerized spectators and scouts alike with his performances in the 2011 Danone Cup in South Africa. Lee’s case was the first to be investigated by FIFA, and the first to be deemed irregular. Although well sought after by English clubs and Real Madrid, Lee is set to remain in Barcelona, counting down 8 months to his return.
Jang Gyeolhee (4/4/1998)
Yet another South Korean, Juvenil B winger Jang will be 17 in 2 days’ time, meaning that he will only have to wait for a further year before he makes his return to official competition, and is thus expected to stay with the club. He was also among those whose cases prompted the first batch of FIFA investigations.
Patrice Sousia (18/1/1999)
Cadete A’s Cameroonian forward is a fairly recent addition to La Masia, having joined the club in 2012 from the famous Eto’o Foundation. His nationality means that he will have to wait until 2017 before he can play again, and thus the possibility of seeking a temporary solution looks quite likely.
Bobby Adekanye (14/2/1999)
Netherlands-born winger Bobby Adekanye is in fact the only player under FIFA investigation whose case has been dealt by the club efficiently and effectively. Facing a ban until 2016, the winger agreed to a proposed loan move back to Holland with PSV, with whom he debuted in December. When the FIFA ban is over, he will be back at Barça.
Ben Lederman (8/5/2000)
The first American ever to live at La Masia could prove to be the most problematic case, although for the time being things are going well. Much like Theo Chendri’s family, his parents have made it clear that Barça is the sole reason why they decided to make the transatlantic move to Barcelona, after their son produced some mesmerizing performances at the 2011 California campus. But given that they have publicly admitted that coming to Barcelona was a borderline decision, a wait that could go all the way to 2018 might prove just too long for the Ledermans.
Kais Ruiz (26/08/2002)
Infantil B’s French midfielder is the youngest player affected by the FIFA ban. Although his European citizenship allows him to return at 16, not 18, Ruiz has decided to return with his family to Paris, where he could reportedly join Paris Saint-Germain orthe famed Olympique Lyonnais academy. President Bartomeu confirmed the news in January, but claimed that Ruiz plans to return to La Masia in 2018, when the ban expires. Only time can tell, but three years is a long wait.
As we can clearly see, Roura has 8 distinct cases in his hands. For the older boys (those born in 1998 or 1999), it is simply a matter of having more patience. For the younger children though the challenges are significantly harder. How does Roura get to convince a soon-to-be 15-year-old Ben Lederman and his struggling parents that it worth waiting another 3 years instead of trying their luck at another elite club, or returning to friends and family in California?
Bobby Adekanye’s case could be the guiding light for this situation. Both the club and the player would benefit from such a settlement, as the club would keep the player under control, while the player would get that much needed playing time. Apart from that, the loan move seems to be the only alternative to the children actually having to spend 2 or 3 more years in agony, waiting for their return. Regardless, the club needs to find a solution for these players, who are getting punished for something that is not their own fault. Bartomeu was right in calling the FIFA rules absolute and inflexible, and it is certain that changes are needed.
Yet while it is true that not all cases of international transfers of minors are cases of exploitation, it is also true is that rules are there to be respected. There’s no value in violating a rule and then vehemently campaigning to change it. Barcelona should have known that risks were being taken with these transfers. The FIFA rules weren’t created yesterday, and certainly not a year or two ago. At this point though, any finger pointing and discussion is futile, as we have children seeing their dreams blocked. As a last act in presidency, it is Mr. Bartomeu’s duty to remedy his mistakes and leave on a high note. Could there be a better way to do this than taking care of the children who want to wear blaugrana more than anything in the world?