Monday, November 14, 2005

A star trio for the future

Sporting Lisbon, famous for its prolific youth system, has 3 more you’ll be hearing about soon. Coming on the tails of Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Manchester United, you can add 3 new rising talents to that list:

Nani, Silvestre Varela and Fabio Paim are all to notch prospects.

Nani is an attacking midfielder. While he doesn’t yet have a place on the starting 11 he will soon. He can fake a defender out of his boots but gets criticized for being a bit selfish with the ball.

He’s still immature in this respect but has brilliant technique. He’s extremely quick and aware of his himself with respect to defenders but still has to learn the subtleties of the attacking midfield role, mainly when to pass the ball. He often strands strikers in offside positions with one fake too many.

Silvestre Varela has more maturity at this stage. As a striker, he’s an U-21 international for Portugal but still hasn’t secured a full time place on the field for Sporting, despite having signed a new contract extension that pretends to keep him at the club until 2009.

Loaned out last season to Casa Pia Atlético Clube he’s now with Sporting’s senior side to stay. Compared a lot to Didier Drogba of Chelsea, I can tell you right now he has a better first touch.

The player they are talking most about in Lisbon at the moment though is Fabio Paim. At 17 years old he is dropping jaws for the Sporting B side and looks set to join the senior side before long. Very gifted technically, he's playing on the right wing but is versatile enough to play up front as a striker.

Paim is a super quick and tricky dribbler, has a good shot on goal, and a great vision. While is crossing still needs some polish he’s got speed to burn.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that Paim is not quite as quick after his knee injury, is that true?

Another Sporting player that I have good things about is the 15yo playmaker Adrien Silva. Chelsea tried unsuccesfully to sign him.

11/15/2005 9:02 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

He was slowed by the injury, but it was because of the recovery time. He should have all of his faculties back in place real soon.

He young, will heal just fine.

11/16/2005 11:34 AM  
Anonymous cty said...

There was an exhibition game here in Toronto last week -- mostly second teamers, Sporting vs Santos. Nani was the best player on the pitch by far.

11/16/2005 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Mark Wright said...

I am 15 years old, a season ticket holder with derby county and dream of being a commentator, clive tyldesley is my idol. I will be leaving school soon and would appreciate it if you could give me some guidance as to what i should study at college etc.

4/16/2006 1:22 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...


You will want to focus your schooling on broadcasting.

A few things you might try are a university sponsored radio station, a local radio station or writing in a local paper. While you might not think there is a transition from writing to broadcasting there is. Writing is a great way to organize your thoughts. As for a radio outlet, you could host a small football show.

Getting experience in front of a microphone is going to be key for you. Take whatever opportunity you can get such as an internship even if its not related to football. Practicing the skill is more important at this stage.

Hey, and you could start a blog too :-)

4/16/2006 1:48 PM  

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