Melbourne Heart Aim for a Total Football Style


Red and Whites join with Cruyff

In direct stylistic contrast with Adelaide United’s Jospe Gombau Melbourne Heart have embarked on a Total Football Project.

Heart’s Youth Academy will launch next year in conjunction with Cruyff Football, the idea is to create a series of youth sides based on the famous Dutchman’s style of play, which then will trickle through to the senior side.

The announcement comes after Adelaide United’s new Coach, Gombau stated he wants his side to play like Barcelona ( where a youth coach).

Speaking to Fox Sports Australia Tom Beane Interntional Director of Cruyff football said: “If you’re talking in general terms about total football, you’re talking about players who have a high skill level to be able to play the game at a quick intellectual pace, but also that the ball is in your possession and moves quickly and circulates quickly.

“Total football is about pressing, attacking, possessing and circulating the ball quickly to look for that opportunity and make it a spectacular game – that’s the idea behind it, to score goals, because people are there to see goals scored and moments made”

John van’t Schip Hearts new Technical Director , enthuses about the project but warns success won’t come overnight.

” But it’s not going to be happening overnight in terms of the process. That’s why it’s important that you can build the academy and you can work on the young boys getting through that pipeline to the first team and in the meantime continue to work with the first team on that kind of way of playing.

“There are going to be years when you won’t win championships, but you’re going to produce players and producing good players is also one of the most important visions of the club.”


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