IFX Soccer News

Elliott Swigert and 1. FC Frankfurt Moving up in U17 Regionalliga

March 20th, 2017

pro youth club trials in germanyElliott Swigert leads U17 1.FC Frankfurt (Oder) to Platz 8 in the table amidst many German pro clubs

The U17 1. FC Frankfurt squad has come out strong in the Rückrunde of the U17 Regionalliga Nordost division, the second highest tier of U17 German football. This past weekend Frankfurt (Oder) battled rival pro German club Rot-Weiss Erfurt edging them out with a 3-2 victory to continue their streak of 4 unbeaten games. 4 weeks ago, Frankfurt fought hard to tie league leaders Chemnitzer FC, and last weekend came out on top over pro German club Erzgebirge Aue 4-3. Elliott Swigert is a part of the Youth Year IFX Germany program and has become an integral force in the 1. FC Frankfurt (Oder) midfield, with his strong technical finesse and speed. Click More to check out his highlight video against German professional club Carl-Zeiss Jena last Fall.

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Pro IFX Year Germany – Nabeel Qawasmi signs with SV Memmelsdorf

March 15th, 2017

Pro IFX Year Germany – Nabeel Qawasmi signs with SV Memmelsdorf

In January, new arrival Nabeel Qawasmi (20) from New York joined the Pro IFX Germany program. As a fromer player for Concordia College (NY) and the Westchester Flames F.C., Nabeel was getting a proper evaluation and having the chance to compete in a regional indoor soccer tournament. After getting different offers Nabeel decided to start his soccer career in Germany by signing with former Bayernliga club SV Memmelsdorf. He describes his experience with our unique Pro IFX Year program as very helpful since it is a big transition from American Soccer to playing on a high competitive level in Germany. He is working hard on and off the field, not only trying to learn and improve his soccer skills but also focusing on various aspects of the game.

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Youth Year IFX Spain – Player: Christian Schaffner

March 1st, 2017

Youth Year IFX Spain – Christian Schaffner

IFX presents Christian Schaffner, an American soccer player who is currently playing with Hernan Cortes Juvenil B team in the Segunda Division in Zaragoza Spain. After intensive trialing Christian was placed with the right team for his age group and level. Being in a new soccer environment, Christian has adapted to the Spanish style and soccer in Europe relatively quickly and is now looking forward to develop his soccer and language skills further. We had the chance to get an overall positive feedback from Christian about his unique soccer and school experience in Spain:

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Youth Year IFX Germany Academy – Bruno Aparicio

February 16th, 2017

Youth Year IFX Germany Academy – Bruno Aparicio

This week we from IFX would like to introduce one of our Youth Year IFX Germany Academy participants Bruno Aparicio. The Mexican-American soccer player choose Germany to develop his language and soccer skills further the Youth Year IFX Germany Academy program to get one step closer to his main goal – becoming a professional soccer player.

We had the chance to meet Bruno after his first half of the year and talk to him about this unique experience.

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IFX Pro Year – IFX Youth Year England

February 13th, 2017

IFX Pro Year – IFX Youth Year England

England as the motherland of soccer is the dream destination of almost every young soccer player – with one of the strongest leagues in the world. Our IFX Youth/Pro Year England offer soccer players from all around the world the chance to continue their education while competing with the AFC Bournemouth IOW CST Academy team. If you are still in high school or already graduated, IFX Youth/Pro Year England provides you with a unique soccer experience abroad.


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IFX Youth Year Germany – Elliot Swigert

January 25th, 2017

IFX Youth Year Germany – Elliott Swigert best player of “U17 Indoor Soccer Cup”

During the traditional winter break, Germany is famously known for having a variety of indoor soccer tournaments with teams competing in ‘classical’ german indoor soccer as well as futsal. It is a great way of getting to know the german soccer culture in general and improving the technical skills of a soccer player of each age group. Such tournaments are often used as showcase for outstanding technical players.

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IFX Soccer – Goalkeeper Camps in Germany

January 19th, 2017

IFX Soccer Germany – Goalkeeper Training Camps

Liverpool, Paris, Barcelona, Munich – Germany is considered as one of the best countries when it comes to developing young talent goalkeepers into international stars. With the game of soccer rapidly developing and changing, so is the interpretation of a modern, activly participating goalkeeper. Due to intense individual training sessions with a focus on various aspects of goalkeeper training, young players are learning the basics of becoming a fully developed goalkeeper.

This summer international goalkeepers from Mexico, Colombia, USA and United Kingdom attended the Pro IFX 30 Day and Youth Summer IFX soccer and goalkeeper programs, to be trained under the guidance of german goalkeeper coaches. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth Year IFX Spain – Tafadzwa Chapoto in Barcelona

January 12th, 2017

Youth Year IFX Spain – Tafadzwa Chapoto

Another participant in our Youth Year IFX Spain program is the young Zambian/American soccer player Tafadzwa Chapoto. Born in East Lansing, Michigan, Tafadzwa is currently training with Esplugenc CF in Barcelona. Focussing on the soccer and learning a new language has been a great experience for him: “… my Spanish has improved so much since I left that I believe to be now fluent (I dream in spanish now!)”Having a great support from his teammates and his coaches along with the host family, Tafadzwa has found a perfect environment to grow as a person and soccer player during this exchange year experience: Read the rest of this entry »

Pro IFX Year Spain: Female Soccer Player Juliana Ratton (20)

December 7th, 2016

Pro IFX Year Spain – Juliana Ratton signs with C.E. Júpiter

Another Pro IFX Year player is making a big impact during her exchange year in Spain: Juliana Ratton is playing for her new team C.E. Júpiter in Barcelona. Originally from Texas, Juliana started playing soccer at the age of 5 and recently decided to participate in the Pro IFX Year program in Spain. Playing as a forward with her new soccer team in Barcelona, she is working her way on making it as a permanent starter. Juliana is excited to learn as much as possible during her time in Spain and becoming a better soccer player with this experience: “I am enjoying learning a new style of play, although it is more difficult than I thought it would be.” We wish Juliana all the best on her way to develop her soccer skills through our Pro IFX Year program in Spain!

If you are interested to experience an exchange year in Europe combined with playing soccer on a high competetive level, you can always contact us at: http://www.ifxsoccer.com/soccer-training-programs/pro-ifx-year/

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Youth Year IFX Spain – Gerson Reyes signs with CD Hernan Cortes

November 28th, 2016

Youth Year IFX Spain – International soccer player Gerson Reyes (15) in Spain

This summer another great youth player decided to fulfill his dream to play soccer in Europe with our IFX exchange program. Gerson left his home country El Salvador to experience a new way to approach the game of soccer in Spain. He his playing in a high competetive team and is learning the spanish way of soccer day by day. We from IFX had the chance to talk to Gerson about his experience so far: “I feel very happy with my team, which is very united and plays on a high level. I also like to train on a high level and learn more every day.” We wish Gerson a great experience by playing soccer in Europe and continuing his education in this year abroad.

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Youth Summer IFX Germany 2016

November 17th, 2016

Youth Summer IFX Germany – International Soccer Camp

This summer IFX held his annual international soccer camp in Nuremberg, Germany. We hosted soccer players from all over the world including USA, Canada, Russia, Colombia, Japan and Poland. This unique soccer camp provides the participants to live, train and play soccer in a highly competitive environment. During their stay the players had the chance to experience intensive soccer training sessions under guidance of certified soccer coaches in a professional setup. Additional to the training sessions, the players trained during their evening sessions with German clubs to get the feeling of the German soccer culture. Additional field trips to Adidas and Puma Headquarters, visits to the professional facilities of Bundesliga clubs Greuther Fuerth and 1. FC Nürnberg as well as downtown Nuremberg. With the visit of the 2.Bundesliga derby match between Fuerth and Munich and the pro team staying in the same hotel like our players, we from IFX could give our participants in the Youth Summer IFX Germany an additional interesting inside view of being a professional soccer player in Germany.

Are you interested to join our Youth Summer IFX Germany soccer camp for the upcoming Summer 2017? Find out more about this program at http://www.ifxsoccer.com/soccer-training-programs/international-summer-camps/clubs/german-soccer-camp/

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IFX Ballistic Striker Ahmed Zaky set for San Francisco Deltas trials

November 12th, 2016

IFX BallisticAhmed Zaky set for San Francisco Deltas trials

After some really strong showings during the time he has spent under the supervision of our IFX Ballistic coaches, Zaky is set to try out for the latest franchise to play in the NASL, the San Francisco Deltas. A San Francisco boy through and through even though he was born in Egypt, Zaky has improved himself considerably over the years. After playing Under 14 and Under 16 football for the Egyptian national team, he went to the City College of San Francisco, leading their team to the national championship. Following a one-year sojourn with the Southern Polytechnic University where the soccer team lost the semifinal of the conference, he transferred to the University of Texas where he helped the team to an undefeated record of 24-0.

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Colombian Youth player Federico Lenis signs with SG Quelle Fürth U19

November 10th, 2016

Pro IFX Year player Federico Lenis (19) from Colombia

Federico Lenis, one of our Pro IFX Year players in Germany, is currently playing with one of the top regional youth clubs SG Quelle Fürth U18/U19. Federico, who was born in Cali, Colombia, was playing with the Youth Academy of the professional club Deportivo Cali for almost 3 years before joining IFX in Germany. After his graduation he decided to take his chances and play soccer in Europe. The Left-Back earned himself a regular starting spot with the U18, competing in one of the highest youth divisions in Germany with his team currently being in the 4th place. he also left a great impression with his coaches in the matches, especially competing in a friendly match against the youth team of 2. Bundesliga club SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

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Pro IFX 30 Day player highlight – Raul Rodriguez

November 3rd, 2016

Pro IFX 30 Day player Raul Rodriguez is currently on trial in Germany

With the American-Mexican soccer player Raul Rodriguez (22) from Elgin, Illinois currently trialing with different semi-professional soccer clubs in Germnay, IFX is happy to welcome another great soccer player to our Pro IFX 30 Day soccer program. Raul started playing at the age of 9 and began his soccer adventure by moving to Mexico at 14 to play for Pachuca Academy. Later Raul transfered to Tijuana U17 and also competed, until recently, with the U20 of Tijuana in the 2nd Division. the defensive allrounder, who can play as a Centre Back, Right Back and also Defensive Midfield is right now on a series of trials to determine the perfect soccer club to start his soccer career in Europe.

We from IFX support Raul during his journey and wish him great success in tackling to upcoming challenges.


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IFX Youth Year Spain’s Nathaniel Becker with Hernan Cortes

October 30th, 2016

soccer academy in zaragozaIFX Youth Year Spain player Nathaniel Becker featured with his Zaragozan club Hernan Cortes

American Nathaniel Becker competed with one of Zaragoza’s top youth soccer academy clubs for the 2015-16 season, Hernan Cortes. Becker went abroad for the 2015-2016 season where he lived with a Spanish host family, studied in a Spanish high school, and competed for the highly competitive soccer side Hernan Cortes alongside a few other IFX players. Get a glimpse of Nathaniel and the Youth Year IFX Spain program in this great profile video of Nathaniel! CLICK MORE BELOW TO SEE THE VIDEO!!

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IFX Youth Year Germany – Elliott Swigert signs with 1.FC Frankfurt (Oder) U17

October 27th, 2016

soccer agentIFX Youth Year Germany player Elliott Swigert plays for 1.FC Frankfurt (Oder) U17

This summer another young american soccer player joined our IFX Youth Year program in Germany. Elliot Swigert, a former player from Ballistic United (IFX Ballistic) in California, had a great experience last season with the IFX Youth Year program in Spain and playing for L’Hostpitalet in Barcelona. Elliot was given to opportunity  to continue his dream of playing soccer in Europe by choosing the IFX Youth Year program in Germany and playing for one of the top U17 Youth Development Academies in Northern Germany. He is currently competing with his team 1. FC Frankfurt (Oder) in the 2nd U17 Youth Division ‘Regionalliga Nordost’ and adapting quickly to the speed and aggressive play of German Soccer.

1.FC Frankfurt (Oder) compete against many German professional clubs’ youth teams in the U17 Regionalliga Nordost division, including Chemnitzer FC, Energie Cottbus, Hertha Berlin, Rot-Weiss Erfurt, Carl Zeiss Jena, Red Bull Leipzig, and Erzgebirge Aue to name a few.

We from IFX wish Elliott the best of luck for this new soccer challenge and will continue to follow this promising young talent during his year in Germany. If you would like to play soccer in Germany yourself, please do not hesitate to contact us right away – we are happy to help you to fulfill this dream!

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IFX Team Tour Germany – GPS North Shore

October 20th, 2016

IFX Team Tour Germany – GPS North Shore

This Summer IFX hosted the American U19 soccer team GPS North Shore from Boston in Germany. GPS North Shore, an official partner club of FC Bayern München, wanted to use their trip to Germany as a reward for their players as well as giving them the opportunity to develop their skills in a completely new environment. The focus was on coaching methods, team training, friendly matches but also the german culture and additional activities.

Regarding the coaching and team training, GPS coach Emanuel Brito, a former professional soccer player, had the chance to work closely with IFX’s partner clubs and their DFB-Stützpunkttrainer (official licensed coach within the german soccer federation and youth development system) who showed the coach some of the basics about the soccer system in Germany and playing soccer ‘the German way’.

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University of Colorado Alumni Riley Sinn signs with FC Stein of Nürnberg

October 14th, 2016

germany university soccer programPro IFX Year Germany player Riley Sinn signs for FC Stein 1909

Pro IFX Year participant Robert ‘Riley’ Sinn (25) signed with german Kreisliga club FC Stein 1909 for this upcoming season.  After attending University in Colorado, Riley found IFX and pursued his dream to go abroad, play soccer and learn a new language and culture. After his arrival and several trials Riley successfully signed with former Bezirksliga club F C Stein for the upcoming season 2016/2017. With his club currently being in 2nd place and competing over the league title, Riley plays an important role for his new club and was already honorably mentioned by his coach as one of the main reasons for the success of the team.


We wish Riley the best of luck for these next exciting months in Germany, where he can improve his language skills further and live the dream of playing soccer in Europe.

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American Soccer Player Aron Rudich Signs with Germany’s SG Quelle Fürth

October 5th, 2016

american soccer players in germanyPro IFX Year Germany player Aron Rudich signs for Quelle Fürth U19s

A great success story is the debut of our IFX Pro Year player Aron Rudich from Long Beach, California, marking another signing of an American soccer player in Germany for IFX. After recovering from 5 surgeries over the past 2 years from a broken leg and a bone tumor, Aron made his debut for the current league leader of the 3rd Youth Division (Landesliga) SG Quelle Fürth U19 last weekend. He started on the right wing and contributed 2 assists in his teams 4-1 win against former U19 2nd division team FSV Erlangen-Bruck. Aron is planning to attend Dartmouth College after completing this season 2016/2017 and wanted to take this opportunity to learn and develop as a soccer player in Germany with the support of the IFX Pro Year program.

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Indian Footballer Dron Bhardwaj signs in Germany

September 28th, 2016

Indian footballers in GermanyPro IFX Year Germany player Dron Bhardwaj signs for SV Burggrafenhof

Indian native soccer player Dron Bhardwaj had a great start with his Kreisliga (Nürnberg) team SV Burggrafenhof. After coming to Germany to participate in the IFX Pro Year Germany program, Dron from New Delhi, who played for RAI international School and his college RIET, had great football trials and finally found a fitting option with SV Burggrafenhof for his further career. He fitted in quickly and finally received his player license from the Bavarian Football Federation to start playing with his new team. In his first match he played against the current league leader SV Poppenreuth, where he had an outstanding performance and helped his team to secure a wild 6-5 win over the opponent. The signing of Bhardwaj marks another successful placement of an Indian footballer in Germany under IFX Soccer’s guidance.

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Australian Robert Petkov and Veitsbronn take it to Quelle

September 28th, 2016

Australian footballers in GermanyPro IFX Year Germany player Robert Petkov signs for ASV Veitsbronn

IFX Pro Year participant Robert Petkov from Perth, Australia, started for his team ASV Veitsbronn-Siegelsdorf against the current top team of the Landesliga Nordost SG Quelle Fürth. The Australian forward had a great performance by scoring 1 goal and 1 assist, securing a 2-2 tie for his team against the league leader. Robert worked his way up into the starting squad by outstanding training performances and is eager to compete and learn more about the game in Germany through our IFX Pro Year Germany program. The signing of Robert Petkov to ASV Veitsbronn adds to the many Australian soccer players in Germany IFX has managed over the years.

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Featuring Pro IFX 30 Day players Noah Yang, Elson Pllumbi and Lucien Kessler

September 9th, 2016

Soccer Trials in GermanyPro IFX 30 Day players sign with semi-professional German clubs

Adding to some recent success stories of IFX players, three of our IFX Pro 30 Day (semi-pro soccer trials program) players who received offers during their tryouts over the past months have now been successfully transferred to Germany in order to learn, develop and compete in Europe. These players are all now under management in the Pro IFX Year Germany program where IFX manages their club placement process, international transfer, player licensing, accommodations, visa support, language school and ongoing player management and general support.

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IFX Alumni Dany Djoufack Signs Professional 1st Division contract

September 9th, 2016

pro soccer contract maltaDany Djoufack of Cameroon signs for Mosta FC (Malta)

One of last season’s players in the Pro Year IFX Germany program, Dany Djoufack, has signed a professional soccer contract with MOSTA FC (Malta) for the upcoming season 2016/2017.


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Louka Andreasen offered contract from 2.Bundesliga club SpVgg Greuther Fürth

August 16th, 2016

professional soccer trials germanyIFX’s Danish striker Louka Andreasen turns down 2. Bundesliga Greuther Fürth contract offer

Fürth – 19 year old Danish striker Louka Andreasen is a rising star in his home country, currently playing for the professional side Hvidovre IF in the Danish 3rd division. Andreasen, currently with 1 year left on his two year contract, has been with Hvidovre since 2013, after transferring from Brøndby IF. After spending the first half of the 2015-16 season playing for their U19s, Andreasen earned his way onto Hvidovre’s first team at just 18 years old, and had several starts during the Spring campaign.

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IFX Pro Year Update – Padilla and ASV Neumarkt Champions

May 11th, 2016

5227110ASV Neumarkt and IFX’s Gabriel Padilla Meister of the Landesliga Nordost (Bayern)

Neumarkt- IFX’s Gabriel Padilla has enjoyed a very successful season in Germany. The California native can now add Meister of the Landesliga Nordost Bayern to his resume. ASV Neumarkt will once again return to the Bayernliga after having been relegated at the conclusion of the 2013/14 season.



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IFX Soccer footballer Joseph Thumbi featured on Kenyan TV Station

May 2nd, 2016

newport fc joseph thumbi wangigeNyeri, Kenya

After returning to his native Nyeri, Kenya after a half season playing on the Isle of Wight with the Portsmouth FC CST Academy and Newport FC, a semi-professional club on the Isle of Wight, organized by IFX Soccer, Joseph was featured on a local television station and interviewed about his journey as a footballer. Joseph was a street boy rescued by Brother Kombe of the St. Mary’s Street Children Rescue Center, and taken to get an education and saved from the street life which he lived as a young boy. Now Joseph is giving back to his community, coaching boys at the St. Mary’s Rescue Center and preparing for hopefully another season on the Isle of Wight with Newport FC, where he will finish his Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport, enabling him to eventually study at a University in the UK. Click MORE below to check out his TV interview!

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Pro IFX Spain Goalkeeper Monguillon proves a steady hand with Barcelona’s Espluguenc

April 5th, 2016

spanish soccer academyBarcelona, Spain

French Goalkeeper and Youth Year IFX Spain player Adrien Monguillon has been tending goal since last September for the U19s of Barcelona football club Espluguenc. Monguillon, an 18 year old from Saint Escobille in Northern, France, was formerly with French club Chartres Horizon Beaulieu. Monguillon’s Spanish club Espluguenc sits currently just one point out of top position, behind league leaders, L’ Hospitalet, a top Barcelona pro club, and within reach of promotion into the top regional Catalonian division, Preferent. When not on the football pitch, Monguillon is busy with his Spanish high school obligations and enjoying his time with his Spanish host family.

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SQ Quelle hosts Greuther Fürth/ Alumnus Kane in the news

April 1st, 2016

gfurthlogoSG Quelle Fürth plays host to 2.Bundesliga SpVgg Greuther Fürth

IFX defender from Cameroon, Dany Djoufack player profile here,  squared up against 2.Bundesliga club SpVgg Greuther Fürth in an International club friendly.  500 spectators witnessed a honorable showing from the hosts, as they went into halftime scoreless. A complete match report can be found here with a gallery of pictures from the evening match.



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Kenyan Footballer Joseph Thumbi Wangige – From the streets of Kenya to Newport, England

March 9th, 2016

ifx soccer agent Michael CarlsonNewport, England – Written by IFX President, Michael Carlson

Since founding IFX in 2003, we have worked with hundreds of players over the years from all corners of the globe. I can say that we have worked with many exceptional players who exhibit tremendous qualities both on and off the field. But recently during a visit to the Isle of Wight in England, I had the great pleasure to meet a very special player with whom I have worked with for the past 2 1/2 years to bring over to Europe.  Joseph Thumbi Wangige, a 23 year old Kenyan footballer, from the small village of Nyeri, Kenya, has overcome so much in the course of his life, and is truly an inspiration. I would like to tell you his story.

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American Felipe Giesen transfers to top Zaragozian club C.D. Oliver

February 25th, 2016

GiesenZaragoza, Spain – 16 year old Dutch American Felipe Giesen, came to Spain in the Youth Year Spain program last Fall looking to advance his development in football. Coming from a US Development Academy club in Texas, Lonestar, Giesen already was competing at the highest level possible for his age in the United States.

Giesen impressed immediately the coaches of C.D. Oliver, his current club, where he competes with the U19 A and B side competing in the Juvenil Preferente and Primera Division respectively. C.D. Oliver is known to be one of the strongest clubs in the region of Aragon, their first team a mainstay in the highest non-professional division, Tercera Division. But with Dutch parents and ties and experience playing in the ‘Old World’ a few years prior in Holland, Giesen had his heart set on improving his game and learning in a country where the sport is an integral part of its culture. 

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Pushkar Banger joins SV Memmelsdorf

February 20th, 2016


Pushkar Banger signs with SV Memmelsdorf

Pushkar Banger, a native of Haryana, India has joined 2015 BayernLiga relegated side SV Memmelsdorf for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. Banger is an offensive player that is competing in Germany and Europe for the first time after successfully finding a club through our Pro IFX 30 day trial program.

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Brendon Ruiz transfers to Don Bosco Bamberg

February 14th, 2016


IFX’s Brendan Ruiz transfers to BayernLiga promoted DJK Don Bosco Bamberg for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Ruiz, who has had previous experience in Germany with our Pro IFX 30 day soccer trial program and most recently competed with SpVgg Weiden (also a member of the BayernLiga) has completed a move to Don Bosco Bamberg. While at SpVgg Weiden, Ruiz amassed 1 Goal // 1 Assists in 6 Matches Played. DJK Don Bosco Bamberg is the smaller of the main two Bamberg-based German association football clubs. FC Eintracht Bamberg 2010 is the bigger of the two with more traditional history in the higher reaches of football in Bavaria. FC Eintracht Bamberg 2010 is also where former Pro IFX 30 day trial participant Alassane Kane competed during the fall campaign. Kane was also a winter transfer for DJK Don Bosco Bamberg as they look to avoid the relegation battle this season.

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Padilla transfers to local rival ASV Neumarkt!

February 12th, 2016


IFX newcomer Gabriel Padilla transfers to league leaders ASV Neumarkt for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.


Padilla, a native of Sacramento, California played collegiately for Georgetown University through 2012. Upon arriving to Germany for the IFX Pro Year Program, Padilla made a strong impression on the IFX Staff, as well as his former club SV Seligenporten. SV Seligenporten is one of the stronger semi-pro clubs in the region and has traditionally competed in the highest amateur division in Bavaria (Regionalliga and BayernLiga). In recent history the club has gone on to push several players on to higher divisions and traditional clubs throughout Germany. Former players include Dominik Stolz (SV Sandhausen- 2.Bundesliga) and Bernd Rosinger (1 FC Nürnberg II- Regionalliga Bayern / Wacker Burghausen- 3.Liga //Sportfreund Lotte-Regionalliga West).

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Soccer Notes from January and the close of the winter transfer window

January 26th, 2016

qkEsNGAhSoccer Notes from January and the close of the winter transfer window in Europe

Copa America Centenario Tickets set to go on Sale Feb 3rd.

The Copa America Centenario, hosted in the United States, will include the 10 member nations of CONMEBOL confederation and six members of CONCACAF for this historic event.  The draw will take place on Feb. 21st in New York City.

Tickets will open to the General Public on Wednesday, at each of the 10 host venues (12PM local time). To purchase tickets please visit CA2016.com or through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

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IFX Player Update from Zaragoza, Spain

January 4th, 2016

soccer school in spainYouth Year IFX Spain players hitting their stride with Zaragoza club Hernan Cortes

Zaragoza, Spain – After just over four months in Spain, IFX trio Kyler Barnard, Eamon Montgomery and Nathaniel Becker have worked their way in to their Spanish squad C.F. Hernan Cortes. Hernan Cortes, a strong regional club based in Zaragoza, Spain, and partner of IFX, took on all three IFX players this past September for the 2015-16 season. All three IFX players are competing with Hernan Cortes’s Juvenil side, competing at the regional level called Preferente in the state of Aragon.

Hernan Cortes is currently in 7th place among 20 regional clubs including league leaders Oliver C.D., Union La Jota Vadorrey C.D., and Amsted U.D. Recent results have been mixed with a 4-4 tie to Amsted U.D.,  a 4-1 loss to Pina C.D., a 0-0 tie against Cuarte-Club Deportivo (See match photos below), and a needed 2-1 win against Ebro C.D.

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Club Spotlight-1.Fußballclub Magdeburg

January 3rd, 2016

1.Fußballclub Magdeburg Club Spotlight

135px-1_FC_Magdeburg1 FC Magdeburg is based out of the town of Magdeburg, Germany. The town, which is situated on the Elbe River, is the capital city of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River. It was regarded as an important medieval city in Europe. Emperor Otto I, the first Holy Roman Emperor, was later buried in the town’s cathedral after his death.




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Newsworthy Football Headlines in December 2015

December 21st, 2015

FC_Barcelona_Soccer_CampTrending headlines of World Football heading into the New Year

Pep Guardiola set to leave FC Bayern Munich at the end of the season; Ancelotti his replacement. “Special One” fired at Chelsea Football Club after disastrous campaign. Liverpool inconsistencies continue under Klopp. Read the rest of this entry »

Pro IFX Spain player, Marco Villar, winding down Fall season with C.F. Sant Just

December 15th, 2015

spain soccer academyAmerican Center Back Marco Villar in Barcelona with C.F. Sant Just Desvern

Barcelona, Spain – Since September, American footballer Marco Villar, known locally now in Spain as ‘Zlatan’ for his resemblance to the Swedish international, has become a pillar in the defense for local Barcelona soccer club C.F. Sant Just. Villar, at 6’4″, towers over most of the Spanish opposition, adding a unique element of sheer size and strength to his Catalonian squad. The 24 year old from San Diego, California, exhibits great discipline and athleticism, with unique speed for his stature. Villar was a collegiate track athlete competing in the 800 meter event. We wish Marco continued success and the best of luck with Sant Just this season!

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Football Stadium Spotlight- Allianz Arena (München, Deutschland)

December 1st, 2015

Football Stadium Spotlight- Allianz Arena (München, Deutschland)

Ground officially broke on the €340 million stadium project on the 21st of October 2002; and would replace the previously used Olympiastadion (built for the 1972 Summer Olympics). The Allianz Arena opened its doors on May 30th, 2005 with local club 1860 München facing off against Bavarian rivals 1 FC Nürnberg. Herzog & de Meuron ArupSport completed the architectural work and the stadium has a seating capacity of 75,024. Although the exterior may seem white, it is actually composed of plastic panels that can change colors.

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Regionalliga Bayern Match Review

November 25th, 2015

regionalliga-bayern-logo3.Liga relegated clubs meet in Regensburg 

SSV Jahn Regensburg played host to SpVgg Unterhaching during the 20th match-day fixture in the Regionalliga Bayern. The final score would end in favor of the home side as they managed to secure a critical 2-1 victory over fellow promotional ambitious club Unterhaching in front of 4,000 fans. The stadium moderator began the night by delivering a powerful quote from the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alongside a moment of silence, in remembrance of the deadly attacks in Paris,France that has claimed many civilian lives.

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The rise into German Professional Football

November 18th, 2015

Kickers_WurzburgFC Würzburger Kickers rise from the Landesliga Bayern (6th tier) 

FC Würzburg Kickers is a German association club which presently competes in the German 3.Liga, one tier below the 2.Bundesliga. The club was established 1907 and has mostly competed in the lower tiers of the German football pyramid until its recent promotion into the 3.Liga.



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Club Spotlight- Liverpool Football Club

November 11th, 2015

LiverpoolIngameClub Spotlight- Liverpool FC

Established in 1892, Liverpool FC enjoys rich tradition embedded in domestic and international football success. Liverpool FC has a proven track record of success in the UK as well as throughout Europe. Liverpool maintains a global image throughout the world and is recognized through their iconic club Anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Read the rest of this entry »

DFB-Pokal 2nd Round Recap (Bavarian Club Update)

October 28th, 2015

imagesDFB-Pokal 2nd Round Recap (Bavarian Club Update) Tuesday, October 27th 2015

It was a pleasant outing for all of the Bavarian clubs in action during the 2nd round of DFB-Pokal cup fixtures. Highlights of last night’s actions include the defending cup champion, Wolfsburg, being knocked out at the hands of reigning Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich. In Nürnberg, 1.FC Nürnberg dealt an impressive 5-1 victory to fellow 2.Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf. The most surprising result of the evening was SpVgg Unterhaching, a club competing in the 4th division, edging past 2.Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

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Zaragoza Youth Year IFX Spain Players sign with C.F. Hernan Cortes

October 22nd, 2015

Nicolas-Lewis-CD-OliverIFX trio set to play for Zaragoza’s traditional club C.F. Hernan Cortes for 2015-16 Season

Zaragoza, Spain – In early September, IFX Spain players embarked on an unforgettable overseas adventure to Spain, to study abroad for one year in a Spanish high school, and play football within a Spanish club for one season. Three of IFX’s many players landed on September 1st in Zaragoza, Spain, a beautiful city 2 hours to the west of Barcelona to settle in with their Spanish host families, who will be taking care of them for the next 10 months.

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Pro Year Player Bio: Seth Barrett of SQ Quelle Fürth

October 15th, 2015

Seth Barrett in GermanyPro Year Germany Player Bio: Seth Barrett

Nürnberg – Today we introduce Seth Barrett from Columbus, Ohio. The 18 year old center forward grew up playing at Blast F.C. and was coached under Lesh Shkreli, Nick Theslof, Robert Warzycha, Ricardo Iribarren, and Tony Labudovski. Seth is now a member of SG Quelle Fürth A-Jugend (U19) located in the Bavarian city of Fürth and competing in the youth Bayernliga, one level below the Youth Bundesliga for U19.


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USA vs Mexico CONCACAF CUP Recap

October 13th, 2015

15_CONCACAF_Cup_Logo_EN_Horizontal_LB-copy-copyThe rivalry continues. Mexico edges US Mens National team in extra time.

Mexico will advance to represent CONCACAF during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia. The last time these heated rivals meet was during the Final of the 2011 Gold Cup. The United States had raced to a dream start going up 2-0 within the first half (goals Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan). Mexico levelled before halftime thru Pablo Barrera and Andres Guardado. Giovanni dos Santos went on to seal the memorable comeback victory for el tri with a stunning second half chip over the US goalkeeper. The drama of their last meeting would continue through in this years CONCACAF CUP. Read the rest of this entry »

Jose Zamora on trial with San Fernando of Spanish Tercera Division

September 29th, 2015

logoAmerican Jose Zamora of New Jersey, USA on extended trial with San Fernando

Cádiz, Spain – Since early September, Jose Zamora, a Midfielder in the Pro IFX Year IFX program, has been on trial with third division club San Fernando (Tercera Division). San Fernando, a close partner of IFX in the southern Spain region of Cádiz, has a long history of success at the highest tier of semi-professional and even professional football in Spain. Most recently San Fernando competed in Spain’s third highest division, Segunda B, a professional league just two tiers below the Spanish la Liga. After a disappointing 2013-14 season, San Fernando was relegated again to the Tercera Division in which they now compete.

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Book Review-Money and Soccer by Szymanski

September 28th, 2015

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Szymanski presents many chapters in Money and Soccer that carefully analyze various world football topics as it relates to the economic correlation of success in football (soccer). British journalist, Simon Kuper prefaces Money and Soccer after having worked on the 2009 best seller (Soccernomics). Read the rest of this entry »

Amateur Soccer in North America

September 23rd, 2015

Black and Yellow BallisticAmateur Soccer in North America. NORCAL Premier League Spotlight

Today’s theme highlights an ambitious amateur soccer club out of San Francisco, California. San Francisco City FC  was founded in 2001 and is a registered non-profit and supporter-owned club. Our very own IFX Ballistic Men’s team of the NORCAL Premier League recently squared off in league play with IFX falling short 3:2 (match report below).

Both clubs highlight top collegiate, semi-pros and ex-pros. More information on IFX Ballistic can be found here.

IFX (International Futbol X-Change) offers the opportunity for youth and senior players looking to compete throughout various destinations across Europe as well as in South America. More information can be found here.

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup 

San Francisco recently competed in the history Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Club competition, falling to Cal FC 2:1 in front of a record crowd of 1,519 spectators at the historic Kezar Stadium- the old home of the NFL’s 49ers.

The Lamar Hunt Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer club competition in the US and the world third longest running open soccer tournament. The competition is a knockout based cup competition including the three professional leagues: MLS, NASL and USL. The overall champion is awarded $250,000, while the runner up is awarded $60,000 and the furthest advancing team from each lower division is awarded $15,000. The champion of the US Open Cup also directly qualifies into the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League.

San Francisco vs Cal FC US Open Cup Play-in Match Gallery

In March, 2015 San Francisco City FC announced its plans to submit a bid to join the North American Soccer League (NASL)- the 2nd tier of professional soccer in North American behind the MLS (Major League Soccer).

San Francisco City FC vs IFX Ballistic Match Recap here

Full match audio play by play commentary available here.


Cameroonian U23 National Team Prospect Dany Djoufack Transfers to Germany’s SG Quelle Fürth through IFX

September 11th, 2015

Dany-DjoufackCameroonian Center Back lands spot in ‘Färdd’

Nürnberg – 20 year old Dany Djoufack, from Cameroon, signed last month for German semi-professional club SG Quelle Fürth arranged by IFX. Djoufack, a 1.75 meter tall Center Back has been making great progress towards a professional career this past year. In an effort to improve and refine his playing style and goal of eventually joining his country’s national team and a professional club,  Djoufack decided to relocate to Doncaster, England where he played at an Academy, getting exposure to some professional English teams’ Academies including Balby Carr Sports Academy , Doncaster Rovers,  Barnsley FC, Chesterfield,  Sunderland AFC,  Newcastle United, Darsley Park , Leicester City,  Fullham,  and New Castle. Prior to moving to England, Dany was playing at the highest amateur level in Cameroon (Division 2) with Foudre Sportive d’Akonolinga based in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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City of Bamberg Spotlight: Culture and Football

September 11th, 2015


Bavarian City Spotlight: Bamberg

FC Eintracht Bamberg 2010 is based out of the Bavarian city of Bamberg and was founded in 2006 after the successful union of 1. FC Bamberg and TSV Eintracht Bamberg. The club presently compete in the BayernLiga, the fifth tier of the German football pyramid.

The Franconian city is located 39 miles north of Nürnberg and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; this in large part due to the authentic medieval appearance of the city. Popular sights include the Cathedral (including the tombs of emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II), the historic old town “alt stadt”, Altenburg Castle (dating back to 1109).

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Emre Can called into full German National Team

September 7th, 2015

germany-championsVersatile Liverpool midfielder called into camp ahead of Germany’s EURO 2016 qualifiers

Emre Can, the versatile Liverpool defender/midfielder, has capped off an incredible year and caught the eyes of Joachim Low, the German National team coach, ahead of their crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers.

IFX Soccer has been following the progression of Emre Can (link to previous article here) since 2012 season when Can was coming up through the Bayern Munich Reserve team. That same season, Emre Can, would go onto debut for the Bayern Munich first team in a Bundesliga Matchday fixture vs 1.FC Nürnberg. Read the rest of this entry »

IFX Player Spotlight – Brendan Ruiz – Being On Trial in Germany

August 19th, 2015

soccer trials in germanyIFX’s Brendan Ruiz completes move to SpVgg Weiden.

Brendan Ruiz has successfully passed his trial with SpVgg Weiden of the BayernLiga.  Ruiz, joined our Pro IFX 30 day trial program this past April in search of securing a new club. Brendan comes to Germany after having a short spell with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Sporting Kansas City back in 2013. Prior to his deal with Sporting Kansas City, Ruiz, featured for 2 seasons with Brazilian club Figuerense in the youth divisions.


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Club Spotlight- SSV Jahn Regensburg

July 27th, 2015

SSV Jahn Regensburg.pngNürnberg- SSV Jahn Regensburg is a German association football club founded in 1907 and based out of the historic city of Regensburg, Bavaria. The club has mostly played within the bottom end of the professional spectrum in Germany and is regarded as an elevator club between the bottom professional tiers.  Read the rest of this entry »

IFX trio sign with ex Regionalliga club SV Seligenporten

July 18th, 2015

PadillaNürnberg- Pro Year IFX newcomers Gabriel Padilla (Sacramento, California), Tyler Brondyk (Mansfield, MA) and Mickey Jung (Los Angeles, CA) have completed their transfers to Bavarian club SV Seligenporten. SV Seligenporten looks to rebuild after having suffered relegation from the Regionalliga Bayern at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. The 2015-16 BayernLiga Nord season looks to be stronger than ever as another regional club, Eintracht Bamberg (now home of former IFX player Alassane Kane who transferred from relegated SV Memmelsdorf) suffered descent after finishing bottom of the Regionalliga Bayern table last season. Read the rest of this entry »

IFX Nürnberg Summer Pro IFX 30

July 8th, 2015

IIFX Germany Soccer SchoolFX Nürnberg Pro IFX 30 Day pre-season summer friendly vs SG Quelle Fürth

Nürnberg- The summer Pro IFX 30 Day training program is now in full swing at week 2 and today we present a video update of the midweek friendly versus SQ Quelle Fürth (6th division).  SG Quelle Fürth is regarded as a top youth club in the Nürnberg/Fürth region, and known for their youth development. Many players have come and gone from the two local professional clubs: 1.FC Nürnberg and SpVgg Greuther Fürth.


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Club Spotlight. Carpi FC 1909 Promotes to Serie A

May 12th, 2015

Carpi FC AllieviClub Spotlight: Carpi FC 1909

5 seasons ago Carpi FC was playing in the fourth tier of Italian football known as the Serie D. The regionalized competition fields 162 teams throughout various regions in Italy, with the division winners competing in a promotional playoff series.

Known as the I Biancorossi (white and reds) Carpi FC 1909 compete in the Stadio Sandro Cabassi with a seating capacity of 4144. Today the club based out of the northern province of Modena has achieved a feat that few could have imagined; promotion into the Serie A, the Italian top division. The sold out 0-0 home draw versus Bari was enough to secure the Serie B title.

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AFC Bournemouth earns promotion into the Barclays Premier League

April 29th, 2015


IFX’s Aidan Tucker (Brooklyn, New York) and his Bayernliga U19 club team – SG Quelle Fürth- defeated Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates Pro League 3-2 in a midweek preseason friendly at the FC Nürnberg training grounds. Both clubs are preparing for the beginning of their respective campaigns. SG Quelle Fürth was in contention last season to get promotion into the Youth Bundesliga but narrowly missed out. Al Wasl (Dubai) finished last season in 9th place and play in Zabeel Stadium, which houses 12,000 spectators. Tucker lined up on the right side of a four-man backline but would later push forward and take over the right side of midfield. Tucker was replaced with 15 minutes remaining on the evening.

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Arsenal Soccer Schools residential soccer camp in England – Summer 2015

March 20th, 2015

Arsenal Soccer SchoolsFor all those Gunners fans!!! Come experience the training philosophies and methodologies of one of the top European clubs – Arsenal Soccer Schools  – A residential soccer camp in England – REGISTER NOW!

Arsenal Soccer Schools is a unique residential summer soccer camp that takes place in Southern England and is open to boys aged 10 – 16 and girls ages 10 -15.

Designed by an Arsenal Soccer Schools Head Coach, the soccer camp aims to promote confidence and experience
 in a variety of different game situations. It is also aimed at improving individual skills, knowledge of the game, as well as experience in team bonding and pre-season training regimes.

Soccer camp participants enjoy 6 hours of structured activities each day, teaching the players to ‘Play the Arsenal Way’. Soccer camp players can choose to either have 6 hours per day of soccer training and instruction, or 3 hours of soccer and 3 hours of English language lessons.

The Arsenal Soccer Schools soccer camp has limited space, so don’t wait if you wish to register!!

For further information or to register online, click here: http://www.ifxsoccer.com/youth-soccer-camps/arsenal-soccer-schools/overview/

FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in Barcelona Spain – Summer 2015

March 20th, 2015

FC Barcelona Soccer CampsExperience one of the best Barcelona soccer camps with one of the world’s top clubs – REGISTER NOW!

The FC Barcelona Soccer Camp is a residential summer soccer camp for boys ages 12-17, located in Barcelona, Spain. The soccer camp combines structured training sessions using the FC Barcelona club training philosophy, in a fun and exciting atmosphere, located at the official FC Barcelona training facilities in Sant Joan Despí in Barcelona.

FC Barcelona Soccer Camp players will discover new techniques, learn different group and individual tactics, and also improve their mental skills necessary to the game. Goalkeeper training is available using FC Barcelona’s goalie training methods that have been tailored to refine your skills and to have an inside-out understanding of the fundamental role of a goalkeeper.

The soccer camp has limited space so if you are interested in registering, don’t wait!

Players not only get a ton of great training and instruction each weekday, but also have the opportunity to see Camp Nou, the home of the great FC Barcelona, as well as experience a City Tour of Barcelona and enjoy a day at the Port Aventura Amusement park.

For more information or to register online, http://www.ifxsoccer.com/barcelona-soccer-camp/


Former Bundesliga Pro and German A-License Trainer Hans-Jürgen Heidenreich comes to California

February 24th, 2015

private soccer training east bayHeidenreich to be IFX Ballistic Guest Trainer in March – Coaching Education and Private Training

February 23, 2015 – To kickoff IFX’s partnership with Ballistic United Soccer Club, former German Bundesliga pro Hans-Jürgen Heidenreich will be coming to Pleasanton for one month to enhance the IFX Ballistic Senior team coaching staff, as well as conduct several coaching education sessions and offer private and small group training to Tri-Valley area youth.

Hans-Jürgen Heidenreich comes from the German state of Bavaria, close to Nürnberg, where IFX operates one of its many international soccer exchange programs. Heidenreich enjoyed a successful professional career playing as a youth and then professionally for 1.FC Nürnberg, KSV Hessen-Kassel and VfB Leipzig, appearing 121 times in the first and second Bundesliga before an injury cut his career short. Heidenreich also made several appearances for the German U-20 National Team, and was part of the German U-20 National Team squad who were runner’s up in the 1987 Chile U-20 World Cup. Heidenreich also had two UEFA Cup appearances against AS Roma.

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IFX announces partnership with Ballistic United Soccer Club

February 23rd, 2015

Black and Yellow BallisticIFX announces two-fold partnership with Ballistic United Soccer Club: 1st ever BUSC Men’s Amateur team IFX Ballistic kicks off its season March 14th at Val Vista

February 2, 2015 – International Fútbol X-Change announces a new partnership with Pleasanton based youth soccer club Ballistic United Soccer Club. BUSC, home club of IFX President, Michael Carlson, in partnership with IFX Soccer, will be fielding its very first men’s amateur team for the 2015 season. The team, IFX Ballistic, will compete in the NorCal Men’s Amateur Premier League, and is made up of experienced Amateur players from the East Bay Area. Kevin Crow, former professional soccer player for the San Diego Sockers and current BUSC Director of Coaching, will lead the men’s team for the 20115 season. As the team’s main sponsor, IFX will be looking to create a unique club environment and concept, emulating certain characteristics found in its European partner clubs, to ultimately provide a serious training environment for players in the region. This includes creating an intimate, soccer specific venue for games to bringing coaches from abroad to act as guest trainers and educators to the East Bay soccer community. For more information about the IFX Ballistic team, please contact IFX at info@ifxsoccer.com


Tracking the rise of a German U21 International in 2 Years

January 28th, 2015

Can-FrohnlachFrom the Regionalliga Bayern & Champions League to the Premier League

The last time we checked in on Emre Can (season 2012-2013) he was a regular on the Bayern München Reserve squad playing in the Regionalliga Bayern; the 4th tier in the German league system behind the full time professional 3.Liga.

Emre caught our eyes during the Regionalliga Bayern match against VfL Frohnlach, where then IFX player Zachary Mahon was playing. Champions League Winner, DFB Pokal and League Winner at Bayern München, Can is now eying a full national team call up.

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Self Inspiration: Mental training to achieve personal goals

January 27th, 2015

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Today we analyze an article written by Joshua Michael Medcalf over at Train to be Clutch (train 2B clutch link). Medcalf, author and public speaker works with collegiate athletes and trainers alike to develop the maximal potential of their athletes and business leaders.

A lot of the time we put too much emphasis on our end goal, neglecting the necessary work along the way needed to attain those goals and the byproducts they produce. If  instead, we focus on perfecting our craft, that is, the ability to fall in love with making yourself better as you build towards your goals, the byproducts produced will surely bring the gratitude and self awareness you were looking for at the start of your journey. A good example of this is NBA icon Michael Jordan, a 6x NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls.

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IFX Soccer enters partnership with Global Image Sports (GIS)

January 23rd, 2015

GIS-logoJanuary 23, 2015 – International Fútbol X-Change announced today a new partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports, an Atlanta based company representing European professional football clubs in North America and in some cases around the world. Their strategic partnership agreements with each of their European professional football clubs allows GIS to assist them in player scouting and development of their global brand via constant consultation and feedback. GIS partner clubs include several in the Barclays Premier League and English Championship League including West Ham United, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers,  Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic. Other partners include Glasgow Rangers FC, Chievo Verona and UC Sampdoria of the Italian Serie A.

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IFX Soccer-Germany Player Recap- Fall 2014

January 20th, 2015

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KSV Baunatal (Tristan Watson)

Tristan Watson [Fupa Link] has started in 3 Regionalliga Südwest matches after transferring from ASV Neumarkt during the 2014 summer transfer window.  The Toronto native has played in 7 matches; highlighted against SVN Zweibrucken (full match), FC Nottingen (60 minutes played) and former Bundesliga side TuS Koblenz (1-0 Win; 34 minutes played withdrawn because of injury).

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Michael Sheridan’s 18 month journey continues in the German semi-pro leagues

January 6th, 2015

goalie training drillsAmerican Goalkeeper in Germany – Michael Sheridan’s ascent amongst tough German Goalkeeper competition

After more than 18 months in Germany, IFX and ASV Neumarkt Goalkeeper Michael Sheridan continues to work his way in the tough semi-pro leagues of Bavaria. Sheridan, a 25 year old Coloradan native, who tended goal previously for Baker University, has demonstrated a sturdy hand in goal, and has gradually inched his way to becoming ASV Neumarkt’s preferred keeper. But Sheridan, as he’s called by his teammates,  has made his way in Germany not without without great persistence and ongoing dedication to improvement.

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IFX Presents: Tristan Watson Profile Video – Regionalliga – KSV Baunatal

December 10th, 2014

Playing-professional-soccer-in-GermanyIFX Presents our latest profile video of Canadian professional Tristan Watson with KSV Baunatal of German Regionalliga

Since last Fall, Watson has been battling his way in the highest levels of German Amateur football, first with ASV Neumarkt of the Bayernliga, and since this summer with Regionalliga’s KSV Baunatal. This video highlights Watson and his journey to work his way into professional German football, giving you a first hand glimpse into Watson’s experiences and his life at his new club KSV Baunatal. Watson is a IFX represented player and in contract with the KSV Baunatal through the 2014-15 season.


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AFC Bournemouth Academy sits mid-table in Premier League Football League

December 5th, 2014

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth’s IFX players contend within Premier League’s Southern Conference

Despite a 2-1 loss last week to Portsmouth FC, IFX and AFC Bournemouth’s Adam Pine socked in a nice finish in the 88th minute to narrow the gap, but fell short of pulling away any points in the tightly contended fixture. Right back Emilio da Costa Abreu, another IFX and Bournemouth player earned man of the match. Bournemouth has been pretty steady lately, recently beating Fulham away 5-1, Watford away 2-1 and Cheltanham Town 2-1 in the PLFL League Cup match.

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IFX Spain Players finishing up first half of Spanish Season

December 5th, 2014

Barcelona-soccer-schoolPlayers in Barcelona, Zaragoza and Cadiz, Spain enjoy an authentic Spanish football experience

After arriving in Spain in early September, IFX Youth Year and Pro IFX Year players quickly began their football adventures. For the first several weeks, IFXers underwent club trials to be evaluated by the coaches of IFX partner clubs, ultimately determining where they would play for the 2014-15 campaign. With players located in various cities including in the Barcelona region, Zaragoza as well as on the Andualusian coast in Cádiz, IFX players have enjoyed a great mix of Spanish football authenticity.

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USMNT Coach Considered for FIFA Coach of the Year Award

November 18th, 2014

U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named to the FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist.

Jurgen Klinsmann notably guided the US Mens National team thru the Group of Death and into the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Klinsmann can be said to have gone beyond the boundaries of the playing field; it can be noted that he has been an important figure head for the American community when advancing the development of Soccer in the United States.

Klinsmann made Pre World Cup headlines as he omitted the US Mens National Team golden boy Landon Donovan off his World Cup Squad; while including then 18 year old youngest Julian Green of Bundesliga side FC Bayern München (albeit his role at the club was mainly with the reserve squad, competing in the Regionalliga Bayern). Green would later go on to score a goal during the competition.

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IFX’s Marvin Torvic leads French Guiana to Final’s of Caribbean Cup

October 26th, 2014

Marvin TorvicMarvin Torvic and the French Guiana National Team head on to Caribbean Cup Finals for Gold Cup Qualification

Following completion of second round play of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Caribbean Cup finals, the 8 team finalists were confirmed including IFX’s Marvin Torvic and his French Guianan National squad.

Defending champion Cuba and host Jamaica will be joined by Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda, Haiti, French Guiana, Martinique and Curacao. Final round play will be held between November 10-17 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Teams will compete in two groups of 4 to vie for qualification into the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the fifth place side facing off against Honduras for the last spot in the Confederation’s top tournament.

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Club Spotlight: SV Seligenporten

October 13th, 2014

SV_SeligenportenSpielverein Seligenporten e.V. (SV Seligenporten) is a German association club situated in Pyrbaum, Bavaria; a municipality within Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz. The region of Neumarkt has a population just shy of 130,000.

Known throughout the region as “Die Klosterer” (Monastery), SV Seligenporten has competed in the Regionalliga Bayern since the league was created in 2012. The Regionalliga Bayern is the highest competition outside of the 3.Liga and includes the reserve squads of 1860 Munich, Bayern Munich, 1. FC Nürnberg, FC Ingolstadt 04, FC Augsburg, and SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Their only DFB Cup appearance came in the 2007-08 season as they played host to Arminia Bielefeld. Fortune would not favor the hosts, as they lost 0-2 in front of 3500 fans. 

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Quick power meal for elite level athletes in training

October 6th, 2014

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs – High-protein/low-carb quick and simple muscle building meal

The modernization of sport has brought to focus the nutritional impact an elite level athlete must fulfill in order to stay in tiptop form. The tactical approach in nutrition, much like that of soccer (football), is one that must be planned and proofed. This allows an athlete to maximize the output of their potential performance.

By scientifically analyzing your bodies reaction to your daily nutritional figures, once can target weaknesses’ and compile data to better prepare the athlete for his/her next performance. It should be noted that weight training, specifically that for high level sport athletes, should be tailored to their activity level and how much an athlete is expending during that activity.

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AFC Bournemouth (IOW) Academy Kicks Off the 2014-15 Campaign

September 30th, 2014

Soccer Academies in EnglandAFC Bournemouth (IOW) Football Academy to face Watford (Herts) in third fixture

Isle of Wight, England – AFC Bournemouth’s Isle of Wight Football Academy in England kicked off their 2014-15 campaign 3 weeks ago and has had mixed results thus far in the Southern Conference of the Premier League Football League U19 division. Bournemouth opened with a 7-2 away defeat against Wycombe Wanderers and then drew their first points in an away match against Birmingham City FC in a scoreless bout. With a bye last week, Bournemouth should be well rested and ready for a tough matchup tomorrow against Watford (Herts) who sits just 3 points out of first place behind league leading Portsmouth FC.

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Kyle Frudakis from IMG Academy transfers to 1. FC Frankfurt of Germany

September 23rd, 2014

Michael Carlson SoccerU17 IMG Academy soccer defender Kyle Frudakis joins 1. FC Frankfurt (Oder) of U17 German Regionalliga

Frankfurt (Oder), Germany – In early August, 15 year old Kyle Frudakis, from Bradenton, FL, USA, arrived in Germany for the first time to begin his Youth Year IFX Germany program. Frudakis, a former U15 Academy player at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida, had high hopes for a successful  year of developing his game in the land home to the World Champions of football, Germany.

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Interview with SV Buckenhofen’s Austin Zeringue

September 22nd, 2014

efficiency of german footballLouisiana’s Austin Zeringue on his German Experience

Today we present our one of our summer player signings, Austin Zeringue, a Louisiana native who signed this summer with SV Buckenhofen. We are excited to help Austin in this next chapter of his player development.

Q: Austin, can you give the audience a quick introduction? Where you are from and where you competed last?

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Canadian native Gabriel Antonello Dalpra joins TSV Winkelhaid

September 8th, 2014

Gabriel-DalpraTSV Winkelhaid signs Canadian winger for 2014-15 season

Today we introduce another new player for the 2014-2015 season in Germany. Gabriel Antonello Dalprà is a 20 year old midfielder from Canada of Argentine descent. Dalprà joins TSV Winkelhaid.

Q: Gabriel, can you give us a brief introduction to yourself including your name, where you are from and your position on the field.

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Bayernliga’s TSV 1860 Rosenheim signs IFX’s Faerber and Torvic

September 2nd, 2014

Michael Carlson Soccer Agent ROSENHEIM, GERMANY – Standout GK Jon Faerber and Defender Marvin Torvic sign 2 year deal with TSV 1860 Rosenheim

Australian Goalkeeper Jonathan Faerber, 26, and French Guianan international Marvin Torvic, 26, both signed 2 year deals this summer with TSV 1860 Rosenheim of the Bayernliga Süd German division. Rosenheim, who was narrowed out during the relegation playoff last season of the tough Bayern Regionalliga, looks to restrengthen their squad after several player transfers this summer.

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IFX Spain player McParland takes on Espanyol and Villarreal

September 1st, 2014

spain-football-VII Trofeo ciudad de EspluguesBARCELONA, SPAIN – Pro IFX Year Spain player Rory McParland and Espluguenc meets Espanyol and Villarreal in tournament

In early June, Canadian midfielder, Rory McParland, and his club Espluguenc competed in the seventh edition of the Youth Tournament Ciutat d ‘Esplugues. Although Espluguenc game up short losing all three of their matches, they could be proud they shirted up against some of the best Spanish football academy teams in the nation.  Top Spanish soccer academies including Real Madrid, Villarreal, Espanyol, Sant Andreu, Can Vidalet, Cornellà and Damm gave magnificent displays over the course of the 2 day tournament. In the end it was Real Madrid who took the crown, defeating Damm CF 4-2.

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Tristan Watson transfers to KSV Baunatal of Regionalliga Süd

August 28th, 2014

soccer agent michael carlsonBAUNATAL, GERMANY – Professional Canadian Striker Tristan Watson transfers to KSV Baunatal in Germany

After spending the 2nd half of the 2013-14 season in Bayern with ASV Neumarkt, Canadian striker Tristan Watson signed this summer with Regionalliga club KSV Baunatal of the Regionalliga Süd. Watson was entertained by several Regionalliga clubs including SV Seligenporten and FC Memmingen before coming to terms with Baunatal. With a busy pre-season schedule including a fixture against 3. Bundesliga club Rot-Weiss Erfurt, Baunatal entered the 2014-15 season with new hope and confidence.

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Memisevic joins FSV Erlangen-Bruck from USL Pro City Islanders

August 25th, 2014

american soccer players abroadFrom City Islanders to FSV Erlangen-Bruck

Erlangen, Germany – After arriving in Germany in late June as a part of our Pro IFX 30 Day program, Memisevic signs for FSV Erlangen-Bruck A-Jugend (u-19s) through the end of the 2014-15 season. FSV Erlangen Bruck A-Jugend compete in the youth Bayernliga and is regarded as one of the top club in the region for youth development behind the likes of. 1. FC Nürnberg (who were promoted into the Youth Bundesliga after winning the Bayernliga during the 2013-14 season).

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Isaac Swenson joins SG Quelle Fürth A Jugend

August 9th, 2014

IsaacBoard1 on 1 with Isaac Swenson – American Soccer Player in Germany – SG Quelle Fürth A – Jugend (U19s)
IFX interviews Washington native Isaac Swenson after having successfully completed his trial with SQ Quelle Fürth A-Jugend. The Seedro-Woolley native will look to break into one of the most well regarded youth football clubs in Bavaria. So far the Quelle U19s have had a rigorous pre-season schedule including friendlies against 1860 München and Bayern München U19s, the latter which ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Friedlander joins Dergahspor Nürnberg

August 5th, 2014

ErikPressBoardNew York native Eric Friedlander signs for Bayernliga aspiring Dergahspor Nürnberg

Nürnberg- After arriving in Germany in late June as a part of our Pro IFX 30 Day program, Friedlander signs for Dergahspor through the end of the 2014-15 season. Dergahspor is regarded as the top club in the city behind the reserve squad of 1 FC Nürnberg, who presently compete in the Regionalliga Bayern- the 4th tier in the German League system.

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IFX Transfers – Sheridan and Tucker Return to Germany

July 29th, 2014

regionalliga trialsIFX Transfer News: Sheridan and Tucker Return

Nürnberg, Germany - Michael Sheridan transfers to ASV Neumarkt, while Aidan Tucker will compete at the senior level for the first time after joining SV Seligenporten this summer. Sheridan should contend for the number 1 spot in net after the recently relegated Bayernliga club look to solidify its position in net. Tucker, meanwhile, will look to build on a successful campaign in Germany last season with SG Quelle Fürth A-Jugend (u-19s) of the Youth BayernLiga.

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Interview with IFX Striker Tristan Watson

March 21st, 2014

Watson-Neumarkt1 on 1 with Canadian Tristan Watson

IFX interviews Canadian goalscorer Tristan Watson on his experience thus far in German football.

Q: 2 goals in 3 appearances (two league matches and one DFB Pokal Qualifikation match)…now that you have 180 minutes of official BayernLiga competition under your belt with ASV Neumarkt, can you briefly describe how you are acclimating to the football in Germany and your initial thoughts?

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IFX Newcomer Rory McParland signs for Barcelona football club Espluguenc

March 16th, 2014

Barcelona-football-clubIrish-Canadian footballer Rory McParland signs mid-season with CFA Espluguenc Juvenil – Barcelona

After arriving in Spain in January to partake in IFX Soccer’s Pro IFX Spain Spring program, a Barcelona soccer academy, Canadian mid-fielder Rory McParland quickly made an impression on several Barcelona football clubs before ultimately signing with CFA Espluguence U19s. McParland, a midfielder who holds dual Canadian and Irish citizenship, has anchored the midfield for Espluguenc who is battling to move up the table a few spots to earn promotion into the Juvenil Preferent division for 2014-15 season. IFX Pro IFX Year Spain – Barcelona Soccer School

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FIFA Approves First International Fixture for Kosovo

March 12th, 2014

kosovoThe light at the end of the tunnel

Wednesday March 5th 2014 was a landmark date as Kosovo made their debut on the world soccer stage. They welcomed their opponents Haiti to the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica.  The backdrop and storyline has implications beyond the soccer field from a symbolic standpoint; with the ongoing battle of the young Balkan country’s quest for international acceptance, both on and off the field.

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Fashion week down in Brazil – World Cup Jerseys Unveiled

March 11th, 2014

BelgiumA fast paced environment often making its viewers heads spin, coupled along with the drama of a new unveiling and presentation, one could mistakenly think you are talking about NYC fashion week; Brazil 2014 is less than a 100 days away! While only one country can walk away with the coveted World Cup trophy, all nations competing are looking to present themselves- it all starts with their colors.



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IFX Striker Tristan Watson’s Bayernliga Debut

March 10th, 2014

soccer trials europeIFX Soccer’s Tristan Watson’s first taste of Bayernliga ends in a draw

Canadian IFX Striker Tristan Watson debuted on Saturday in the German Bayernliga, after netting several goals during the winter break in various friendlies since his arrival in Germany. Signed by ASV Neumarkt in December after successful soccer trials with both Neumarkt and Bayernliga foe SC Eltersdorf, Watson played the full 90 in his first appearance, helping the Oberpfalzer troop to pull away with a point, in a close battle against VfL Frohnlach (Regionalliga demotee 2013). VfL Frohlach, former home of IFX Zack Mahon last season, showed strength in the back line and down the right flank, coming back from an early 0-1 Neumarkt lead to go into the half 2-1. A late set play deep down Neumarkt’s left flank led to their tying goal just minutes before the final whistle.  Pro IFX Program – Soccer Trials in Germany Read the rest of this entry »

Californian Daniel Moreno a steady hand for Barcelona football club U.E. Rubi

March 9th, 2014

soccer schools barcelonaIFX Soccer Goalkeeper Daniel Moreno’s successful campaign in Spain

After more than a half season since arriving in Barcelona, IFX’s Daniel Moreno, an 18 year old from California, has become U.E. Rubi’s main goalkeeper for their U19 Barcelona soccer academy squad. Currently in 4th place and in contention for promotion next season, Rubi and Moreno have been strong in their past 5 matches, with 4 victories each with a clean sheet for Moreno.  U.E. Rubi’s men’s team competes in the Spanish Tercera division, the highest semi-professional division in Spain. With continued focus and strong performance, Rubi could find there way into the Segunda B, the third highest Spanish division. They currently are in second place and only 2 points out of first. Read the rest of this entry »

Soccer in Spanish

February 27th, 2014

Soccer Camps BarcelonaSoccer in Spanish - Spanish Football Academies

IFX is pleased to present our various spain soccer camps for summer 2014 including the Real Madrid soccer camp (Fundación RealMadrid CampusExperience), the Spanish Football Federation soccer camps, and the FC Barcelona soccer camp. These top Spanish Football Academies are 1 or 2 week residential soccer camps open to players from around the world. For further details on IFX’s soccer camps spain offerings, please click here for further information. Spain Soccer Camps


American Soccer Players in Europe – Julian Green

February 25th, 2014

The Interesting case of Julian Green: Red, White and Blue

Bild, a German news outlet has reported and confirmed that Bayern Munich forward Julian Green has agreed to train with the US national soccer team ahead of its March 5th friendly against Ukraine. The match, still scheduled to take place despite ongoing protests and civil unrest, will provide a first glimpse into the young prospect who is turning heads in Munich. It is important to note that Green will ONLY be training with the unannounced squad (assumptions consider a primarily European based player pool, as the Major League Soccer season kicks off the same week as this international friendly).

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FC Barcelona Soccer Camp

February 24th, 2014

Barcelona Soccer CampFC Barcelona Soccer Camp in Spain – Barcelona summer camps

FC Barcelona Camps are residential soccer camps for competitive boys between the ages of 12 and 17 looking to learn from one of the world’s best football clubs and summer soccer camp, the FC Barcelona Soccer Camps. Players train at the official FC Barcelona training facilities in Sant Joan Despí- Barcelona, Spain for two weeks. For further details on the FC Barcelona summer camp, please visit our website at http://www.ifxsoccer.com/barcelona-soccer-camp/


Soccer Trials in Europe

February 24th, 2014

Soccer agent and soccer trials europeSoccer Trials with clubs in Germany and Spain

Since 2003, IFX has specialized in arranging both professional soccer trials and semi-professional soccer trials in various European countries. We continue to arrange for soccer trials through our Pro IFX 30 day programs. Our Pro IFX Year programs which are offered in Germany, Spain and England provide players the services similar to that of a soccer agent, where we place players directly with European football clubs, but our services do not stop there. We also manage the full player relocation to Europe, whereby we arrange for player housing, provide support with the visa process, and manage the ongoing educational component of the program, enrolling players in either language schools, University or College programs. For more information, please visit our website at www.ifxsoccer.com


Spanish Football Federation Residential Soccer Camp

January 31st, 2014

RFEF gymSpanish Football Federation Soccer Camp Testimonial


“What I was most impressed with were the soccer training routines that we did at the Spanish Football Federation soccer camp. The whole way that we trained was different from my team back home in the U.S. I really felt that I improved during the two weeks and have become a smarter player. Also the facilities were amazing at the Ciudad del Futbol where the Spanish national team trains.” – James C. – Bakersville, CA


Manchester United Soccer Schools – Testimonial

January 31st, 2014

MUSS-soccer-camps-in-englandManchester United Soccer Schools with English Courses Testimonial


“I come from Peru and always dreamed to play football in England. I chose the Manchester United soccer camp, because of the chance to also improve my English while playing soccer at a camp run by one of the best football clubs in the world. I was not disappointed. I learned so many new things in England from the Manchester United soccer camp coaches…both technical and tactical aspects of the game. The whole staff was friendly and very welcoming of all players.” – Italo C. – Trujillo, Peru


Fundacion Real Madrid Campus Experience – Testimonial

January 31st, 2014

Real Madrid Soccer CampsReal Madrid Technification Soccer Camp Testimonial


“Before I left for my trip, I was excited but also nervous about traveling to Spain by myself. But when I arrived I loved every minute of the Real Madrid camp. The coaches made everyone feel comfortable and the training was top notch. I met players from around the world and got to train on beautiful soccer fields. I hope I can go back again!” – John S – Denver, CO

Canadian Pro Striker Tristan Watson transfers to Germany’s ASV Neumarkt

January 29th, 2014


If Bayernliga side ASV Neumarkt looks to turn their fortunes around during the 2nd round of the 2013-2014 season, a lot will depend on Canadian Tristan Watson knack for scoring goals. Watson joins Neumarkt after previously competing in Poland with MKS Orlicz Suchedniow during the 2013 season, where he registered 4 goals and 2 assists. Additionally, Watson has competed with Toronto Astro Vasas FC and Mississauga Eagles Football Club of the Canadian Soccer League, where he registered 19 goals respectively. After his brief stint in Poland last Fall, Watson was brought by IFX Soccer to the Nürnberg region where he underwent soccer trials with two German clubs, ASV Neumarkt as well as Bayernliga’s SC Eltersdorf, ultimately receiving offers from both clubs for the remainder of the 2014 season.

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IFX’s Cyrille Ossey signs with 3.Bundesliga Club SV Darmstadt 98

January 23rd, 2014


After a successful showing back in November, Cyrille Ossey finalized a move from TSV Winkelhaid to SV Darmstadt 98. Ossey will compete with the reserve team with the hope of getting promoted into the first team who presently compete in the 3.Liga. Ossey registered 13 matches between the 1st and 2nd team in Winkelhaids backline.

Die Lilien “The Lilies” as the club is known competes in the Stadion am Böllenfalltor with a capacity of 19,000. The club was champion of the Regionalliga Süd (IV Tier) back in 2011 and has since competed in the professional 3.Liga. The club most recently won the Hesse Cup in 2013; the cup is one of 21 regional association domestic cup found throughout Germany. The winner rewarded with a place in the first round of the German domestic cup- DFB Pokal.
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December 20th, 2013


It has been an interesting season for FC Nürnberg to say the least. After 15 matches, Nürnberg is the only club in the top five European leagues without a single victory. Never before in Bundesliga history has a club gone 15 matchdays without a win. With 10 ties, Nürnberg is on track to relegate into the 2. Bundesliga. Last weekend, FCN lead Hannover 3-1 into the 86th minute, giving away two late goals leaving them with yet another painful tie.

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December 9th, 2013


There are some intriguing stories coming out of the Final Draw after its conclusion: Group D features three World Cup Champions: Uruguay, Italy, and England. Jürgen Klinsmann (USA) will square of against his former assistant Joachim Low (Germany) in Group G. USA will have the worst travel schedule, nearly 9000 miles traveled. Argentina is grouped with Nigeria once again in the World Cup (2002 & 2010). Group G will feature some brotherly love- literally- as Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich/Germany) and Kevin Prince-Boateng (Schalke 04/Ghana) face off. The Netherlands will hope to avenge themselves against Spain as they open up their group in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Finals!

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December 3rd, 2013


Introducing Emre Can (Bayern Leverkusen) a skillful and versatile player that is the prime example of climbing the ladder in the professional ranks of German football. Additionally he has appeared for the German U21 youth national team.

Can, a category 94’ (birth year) born in Frankfurt am Main has experienced rapid rise in the span of a year. His rise has effectively seen him compete in the Regionalliga (4th tier of German football behind the 3.Liga) to starting for Bayern Leverkusen this season in the UEFA Champions League versus Manchester United!

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December 2nd, 2013


Nov 19th 2013 – MLS commissioner Don Garber announced and welcomed the Orlando City SC to Major League Soccer with play set to begin in 2015. Orlando City SC has previously competed in the USL Pro division, effectively the 2nd/3rd tier of Professional soccer in North America, where is has distinguished itself a top club having won the leagues supporters shield in 2011 and 2012 (best overall record) as well as a league championship trophy in 2013.

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November 28th, 2013


In the top Bayernliga U19 matchup last weekend, FC Nürnberg’s U19s defeated SG Quelle Fürth’s U19s in a highly anticipated match between the two top Bayernliga clubs. FC Nürnberg fell into the youth Bayernliga after an unsuccessful campaign in last years’ youth Bundesliga, but currently leads the Bayernliga and is the likely candidate for promotion back into the Bundesliga. Nürnberg controlled the match but not without a fight from the Quelle squad. IFX’s Aidan Tucker, a former Real Salt Lake Academy player who is a Pro IFX Year Germany player, led the Quelle attack for the first half. Despite a well played match by Quelle, Nürnberg came away with the home victory, 3-1, keeping them on top of the Youth Bayernliga.

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IFX Essentials: ESPN 30 for 30: The Two Escobars

November 14th, 2013

ESPN 30 for 30: The Two Escobars (2010)

The powerful documentary that was featured at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and as well as at Cannes, follows the intertwined lives of Pablo Escobar (infamous drug lord) and Colombian national team defender Andrés Escobar (El Caballero del Fútbol the gentleman of football).

The Two Escobars, by directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, takes a look back at Colombia’s World Cup run leading up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States while paralleling the countries football association correlation to that of the country’s criminal gangs, notably the Medellín Cartel run by Pablo Escobar (unrelated to above mentioned footballer Andrés).  The documentary highlights the Colombian national squad that was at its peak as it approached the 1994 World Cup in the United States, going undefeated in world cup qualifying and having been named favorite for the prestigious trophy by footballing legend Pelé.

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November 13th, 2013


After several appearances with FSV Erlangen-Bruck’s reserves, IFX’s Jonathan Faerber got his first call up to Bruck’s first team and debuted last weekend against Bayernliga foe SC Eltersdorf. Eltersdorf controlled the match for most of the first half, converting a deflection to go ahead 1-0 in the 32nd minute.

Eltersdorf continued to move the ball fluidly in the second half, with good combination play in the offensive third, leading to their second goal by Arpad Backens, a beautifully taken shot from 40 yards out curling well past 6’4” Faerber’s stretching arms and landing in the right upper v to go ahead 2-0… Read the rest of this entry »


October 25th, 2013

The Four Year Plan (2011)

The Four Year Plan is a documentary directed by Mat Hodgson based on Queens Park Rangers – a London based football club that has bounced between the Barclays Premier League or simply the “Premier League” and the Championship – the 2nd tier of the British football pyramid.

The powerful film captures the underlying nature of big business opportunity as it chronologically follows the club on the verge of bankruptcy in 2007 through a take over lead by a consortium of billionaires (Bernie Ecclestone, Flavio Briatore, Alejandro Agag, Amit Bhatia) with a target to promote to the club to the most lucrative league in the world-the Barclay Premier League. The name is derived from this target goal “Four Year Plan.”

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October 24th, 2013


Introducing midfielder Daniel Valovis (Bogota, Colombia) who has signed on to compete with SK Lauf A-Jugend Bayernliga side. The youth Bayernliga is regarded as the Bavarian state’s top league with the winner earning promotion into the youth Bundesliga. Having recently been promoted from the youth Landesliga, SK Lauf had been looking for reinforcements and was pleased with the addition of the young crafty midfielder hailing from Colombia.

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October 18th, 2013


Joseph Armaswalker and Daniel Moreno, Pro IFX Year Spain players, were recently signed by Barcelona club U.E. Rubi after undergoing a short trial period. Both players made an immediate impression on the club, earning themselves the opportunity to compete with Rubi’s U19s for the 2013-14 season. Rubi is a reputable semi-professional club in the Barcelona region, with their 1st men’s team competing in the Tercera División, Group 5, equivalent to the fourth highest national division. Armaswalker will likely play in the center or on the right flank while Moreno anchors the defense in goal. Both are set to play now that their international transfers have been approved by the National Federations.

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October 17th, 2013

 A Life too Short – The Tragedy of Robert Enke (2011)

The all too real biography outlines the life and career of Robert Enke who at the pinnacle of his career took his own life after battling with depression for the greater part of his professional football career.

Friend and journalist Ronald Reng, who befriended Enke while living in Barcelona at the same time Enke played for footballing powerhouse FC Barcelona, wrote the biography they both joked about writing together one day. The biography covers the career of the well-traveled Enke, highlighting his success and turmoil in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96 and his resurgence as the starting goalkeeper for the Die Mannschaft (German national team) leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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October 14th, 2013


For two weeks, Ethan Kable (Vermont, USA) trialed with professional Italian club Carpi F.C.’s U19s to determine whether he would compete with the formidable Calcio squad for the 2013-14 season. Kable, an 11th grader participating in the Youth Year IFX Italy program, where he lives with an Italian host family and attends an Italian public high school, was invited back after a strong performance during his first week of training with Carpi’s U19s. After his second week, Carpi decided to pass on signing Kable, but will have him train with their U17s for the season, with the possibility of rostering him should his development progress.  Carpi FC was promoted this past season into the Serie B, the second highest league in Italy. The club also had great success with their youth teams, who reached the playoffs in their respective Serie A youth divisions, the highest youth level in Italy.

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October 10th, 2013


After several weeks of trials with top Catalonian club C.E. Mercantil of Sabadell, Spain, Pro IFX Year Spain’s Dylan Sewell has been signed for the 2013-14 campaign. Sewell, a native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area, will be competing with their U19 squad, strengthening their midfield most likely in an offensive role. Sewell previously played for Club Marin in California before embarking on his journey to Barcelona, Spain as a part of the Pro IFX Year Spain program, where he will compete with C.E. Mercantil for the season, live with a Spanish host family, and take intensive Spanish language courses.



October 10th, 2013


Jason Villagomez (White Plains, NY) made his highly anticipated debut after his transfer by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) from ASV Neumarkt. Villagomez started and went the distance in the away contest to ASV Pegnitz, playing the full 90 while drawing a yellow in the latter part of the first half. The opening 15 minutes would see Dergahspor come out firing, controlling the tempo and creating great scoring opportunities but unfortunately they could not get one by Fabian Mayer & co. until the 2nd half. ASV Pegnitz, presently tied for 6th in the table, was locked in for most of the game and would look to press forward on the counter.

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September 17th, 2013


Cyrille Ossey, a 21 year old defender from Senegal, recently signed for Bezirksliga club TSV Winkelhaid. Winkelhaid will use Ossey to anchor their defense in the middle, utilizing his size and strong distribution. Ossey has been playing in Europe on and off for several years including stints with SG Quelle Fürth U23s and a recent trial with a 1st division club in Finland.

This past weekend, Winkelhaid could have moved up the table to 7th with the victory but struggled to find a second goal after tying the match in the 12th minute of play. Buchenbach would secure the points after scoring in the 35th minute of play and then sealing the victory with what would then become the match winning goal in the 52nd minute of play through Steven Pawlowicz. Winklehaid would make a late push through a 61st minute goal, courtesy of Marco Lauterbach, but it was little too late.

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September 17th, 2013


After narrowly missing promotion in the youth Bundesliga last campaign, SG Quelle Fürth looks ready to make another strong push up towards the top of the table. Unfortunately they opened up their campaign with a 4-1 derby home defeat to local rivals FSV Erlangen-Bruck. Quelle opened the scoring in the first half and would take the lead into the dressing room only to let in four unanswered in the second half (60th, 70th, 84th, 85th). A quick turn around saw Quelle face off against SpVgg Ansbach in the 2nd match fixture. The hard fought 2-1 away victory could prove decisive for team moral after conceding four the previous weekend.

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September 10th, 2013


IFX’s Grant Fadden returns to SC Feucht’s U19s after completing a stint there last Fall as a part of the Youth Year IFX Germany program. Joining Fadden at Feucht, a strong youth Landesliga club, is Romario Shenaj and Renato Llanaj, both native Albanians previously with professional club Flamurtari FC. Fadden will be anchoring the left side of the defense, while Llanaj will play a center back role, and Shenaj on the right wing. Feucht struggled somewhat last season to reach their objective of promotion into the Bayernliga, with several youth players earning spots with their semi-professional men’s team, however, this season have compiled a strong squad, further strengthened by the IFX threesome. After winning their first match this past weekend, Feucht is off to a strong start and have their eyes refocused on clawing their way up into the fierce youth Bayernliga.

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August 27th, 2013


IFX’s Aidan Tucker (Brooklyn, New York) and his Bayernliga U19 club team – SG Quelle Fürth- defeated Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates Pro League 3-2 in a midweek preseason friendly at the FC Nürnberg training grounds. Both clubs are preparing for the beginning of their respective campaigns. SG Quelle Fürth was in contention last season to get promotion into the Youth Bundesliga but narrowly missed out. Al Wasl (Dubai) finished last season in 9th place and play in Zabeel Stadium, which houses 12,000 spectators. Tucker lined up on the right side of a four-man backline but would later push forward and take over the right side of midfield. Tucker was replaced with 15 minutes remaining on the evening.

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August 15th, 2013


IFX’s David Andreychuk signed during the summer transfer window with SV Buckenhofen of the German Landesliga. Andreychuk finished the season with BSC Erlangen before agreeing to terms with Buckenhofen. Another recent signing was 18 year old Tyler Mertens, a San Francisco Bay Area native. Mertens spent his youth career with Marin FC and will add some firepower to the already strong attack.

On Sunday, SV Buckenhofen took on Landesliga rival SG Quelle Fürth in an IFX derby, with IFX’s Thomas Mallette shirting up for his first appearance with Quelle. The first half had Quelle controlling the field, with solid back line movement and creating several chances on goal. Starting the second half scoreless, Buckenhofen converted off an early defensive mistake, getting on the scoreboard with a nice finish by former Erlangen-Bruck midfielder Markus Valeri.  Quelle remained flat throughout the second half allowing a free-kick to penetrate their wall, bringing themselves to a 0 – 2 deficit. To clinch the match 3 – 0, another former Bruck player, Cihan Yagiz, bursted through the defense and tucked a nice shot into the right corner.

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August 14th, 2013


IFX’s Jason Villagomez (White Plains, NY) agrees to terms with Dergahspor of the Landesliga Nordost and should be available for selection this week pending the approval of the DFB. Dergahspor returns to action on Wednesday, away to 3rd place TSV Neudrossenfeld.

The 23 year old New York native has been competing on the continent for the past two seasons in Poland and Germany respectively; last season with Bayernliga side ASV Neumarkt. Villagomez has previously tested with the Chicago Fire in 2011 as well as drawn interest from several USL Pro clubs in North America. His recent proposed summer transfer to Polish I Liga side Energetyk ROW Rybnik failed to materialize after terms were renegotiated. Villagomez: “I am fully committed to the present…the most important thing for me is to be training well and have a stable environment to promote myself in.”

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August 13th, 2013


IFX’s Zack Shiposh and FSV Erlangen-Bruck took on 2. Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fürth in a friendly benefit match this past Wednesday in Erlangen-Bruck. With a relatively good first half for the Bruck eleven, ending the half 1-3, Fürth opened up the second half with two quick goals, opening up the flood gates for their subsequent onslaught. After 90 minutes, Fürth came away with a 10-1 victory.

Shiposh started in defensive midfield for Bruck, with several heated battles against South Korean 19 year old Jungbin Park, who is on loan to Fürth from VfL Wolfsburg. Dominating the right flank was Daniel Brosinski who also just landed in Fürth from MSV Duisburg.

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August 11th, 2013


Zachary Shiposh, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania who has been with IFX the past 3 years has completed the move from Freie Turner Braunschweig effective immediately. Last season Freie Turner Braunschweig won the league and earned promotion into the Oberliga Niedersachsen, the fifth tier of the German football pyramid.

Zack subsequently made his Bayernliga debut two weeks ago coming on in the 44th minute vs. the Bundesliga reserve squad of SSV Jahn Regensburg. Zack leveled the match in the 45th minute of play after just being brought on.

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July 31st, 2013


After trials and subsequent offers from FSV Erlangen-Bruck, FSV Stadeln and SG Quelle Fürth, Canadian midfielder opts for Landesliga side SG Quelle Fürth for the 2013-14 season. SG Quelle Fürth has become a leading club in youth soccer in Bavaria and their semi-professional men’s team has their eyes set on promotion into the prestigious Bayernliga. Mallette’s astounding technique, defensive aggressiveness and quickness were attractive to all clubs that had him on trial. His player pass is en route from the Canadian Soccer Association and should arrive in Germany shortly making him eligible to compete thereafter.

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July 29th, 2013


6’4” keeper Jonathan Faerber, a Sydney, Australia native, signed this past week with Bayernliga club FSV Erlangen-Bruck. Despite a minor shoulder injury during a keeper training with SC Feucht while on trial, Faerber managed to impress the Bruck coaching staff during his trials and IFX friendly matches. Faerber’s shear size is a huge asset as a goalkeeper in Germany and also has extremely quick hands and good distribution qualities. Faerber will likely be resting his shoulder for another 2-4 weeks but should see game time come late August or early September.

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July 29th, 2013


IFX newcomer Martin Pletz is a forward hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steel City native was last a member of the Lock Haven University Men’s Soccer Program and initially signed in Germany with BSC Erlangen (netting 3 goals in 3 matches). Pletz came to terms with top Landesliga club SC Feucht in May for the 2013-14 season. Pletz has had several appearances already this summer, including a start in their DFB Pokal (German Cup) match against rival Bayernliga side ASV Neumarkt. In a heated match, Pletz netted a spectacular header off a long cross from a set piece on the right flank. The 6’4″ striker towered over the defender and placed the ball perfectly over the Neumarkt keeper. The match ended a 2-2 tie where Neumarkt miraculously defeated Feucht in penalties even after 3 brilliant saves from the Feucht goalkeeper.

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2013 Champions League Final Score – Bayern Munich 2, Borussia Dortmund 1

May 25th, 2013

Robben Steals the Game for Bayern Munich with a Goal in Minute 89

The battle lived up to the hype. Dortmund stormed the gates with high octane offense in the first half, shocking Munich. The underdogs put a lot of pressure on the Munich defense with good shots on target. Munich’s goalie Neuer made miraculous saves to fend off Dortmund’s Lewandowski and Reus. The tide turned toward the end of the first half and it was Bayern on the attack. Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller came up big to stop Robben on a breakaway. The first half ended with several good chances for both squads.

Bayern Munich took control of the second half and finally broke through with a pass by Robben and a tap in goal from the Croatian Mandzucik in minute 60. Dortmund responded with pressure in the box of Munich. Dante, the Brazilian defender, kicked Reus in the stomach, which resulted in a penalty kick. The penalty kick was sent through the right side by German Gundogan, tying the game. One could easily argue that Dante should have been given a second yellow card for the punishing foul. If Bayern would have had one less player on the pitch, then that would have dramatically changed the game. The referee opted to call it an accident and did not give a second yellow. He also might have not wanted to influence the game result too much.

The game sat at a 1-1 standstill as the final minutes approached. Penalty kicks seemed imminent. In minute 89 Munich went on the attack and Frenchman Ribery flicked the ball with a clever backheel. The ball squeezed through a couple of defenders and landed perfectly for Robben. The Dutchman gave the ball a nice touch. He set himself up with a one on one with the charging keeper Weidenfeller. Robben rolled the ball past the keeper by kicking in the opposite direction of Robben’s body motion. The Dortmund defense could only watch helplessly as the ball slowing crossed the goal line. Robben redeemed himself and the Bayern Munich team after last year’s debacle (he missed a penalty kick to beat Chelsea). Bayern Munich got the monkey off their back and finally lifted the Champions League trophy after being in the final during 3 of the last 4 years. In the end, Bayern slightly outplayed Dortmund by winning ball possession (61% to 39%) and shots on goal (10 to 7).

That’s a wrap on the 2013 Champions League season! The Champions League winners will get their chance to beat Europa League Champions Chelsea in August when the two teams face off in the UEFA Super Cup.

-Bourke MacDonald

IFX Blogger

Preview: 2013 UEFA Champions League Final – Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

May 24th, 2013

2013 UEFA Champions League Final Introduction:

This Saturday, May 25, 2013, the soccer world will turn its attention to the battle of Germany happening in London’s Wembley Stadium. The game is being played there to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association’s (FA) existence. This is the 58th installment of the UEFA Champions League final.

The “David versus Goliath” match up squares off the small market, underdog Borussia Dortmund side against the wealthy and forceful establishment of German Bundesliga football, Bayern Munich. In a gesture of goodwill, Bayern ironically gave Dortmund an interest free loan in 2004 to pay off its debts. Years later Dortmund rose through the Bundesliga, culminating in league championships in 2010 and 2011.

Bayern has dominated the Bundesliga for the last 40 years and was able to shrug off the young upstarts by decisively winning the title in 2013. Adding to the drama is the case of Mario Gotze. The Dortmund star and creative midfielder signed with Bayern recently and will switch teams in July. He is not playing in the game due to an injury. Conspiracy theories have been running rampant. The two coaches have also been barking at each other for a while. Now the two sides meet outside of the Bundesliga to decide who is the best team in Europe. Let the showdown begin!

Borussia Dortmund Players to Watch:

Lewandowski – The star forward scored an eye-popping 4 goals against Real Madrid in the semi-final. His ability to get powerful shots off from inside and outside the box make him a game changer. A big performance by Lewandowski is Dortmund’s best hope for a title.

Reus – The consistent midfielder can set up Lewandowski or score himself. He is a major threat on counter attacks. He will need to play well with Gotze sidelined.

Hummels – The talented defender will have to coordinate the back line against an onslaught of offense.

Weidenfeller – The underrated goalkeeper will need to have a big day to shut down the fire power of Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich Players to Watch:

Neuer – The imposing German national team goalie has been superhuman this year. He has shut down top offenses in Germany and Champions League, including mighty Barcelona.

Muller – This top notch attacking midfielder played great on the big stage of the 2010 World Cup. Although he is not especially flashy, Muller puts the ball in the back of the net. He gets in the right place at the right time and scores with kicks, deflections, or headers.

Robben – The crafty left-footed Dutchman is a risk/ reward player. Sometimes he scores big goals. Sometimes he is too selfish. The veteran midfielder has been playing well of late and will likely get some good chances.

Ribery – The fiery Frenchman also attacks the goal with vigor. He adds goal scoring, speed and power to the left hand side.

Mandzukic – The big, powerful striker will be putting pressure on Weidenfeller and the Dortmund defense.

Bayern’s Defense – Alaba, Dante, Boateng, and Lahm. This group of defenders has been the best in Europe, hands down. They stifle offenses and do not even really let teams get into the box for opportunities. A good day by this back line could make for a blowout.

2013 UEFA Champions League Final Preview Concluding Thoughts:

Dortmund has a young, talented team that has the potential to beat Bayern Munich. However this might only happen a few times if the teams played say 10 times in the final. Bayern is a juggernaut loaded with talent and chemistry everywhere on the field. This Bayern squad is one of the best teams of the past 20 years and it will be tough to stop. It will be Bayern’s third appearance in the final in the last four years. They need to redeem themselves and bring home a title. Yet that is what makes Dortmund so dangerous. No one expected Dortmund to get this far. The team is playing loose and free with house money. They have a chance to upstage their rivals on Europe’s biggest stage. It should be fun.

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kickoff: 11:45 Pacific Time USA/ 2:45 Eastern Time USA

-Bourke MacDonald

IFX Blogger

English Premier League (EPL) Soccer End of Season Recap 2013

May 21st, 2013

The English Premier League (EPL) is the world’s most popular soccer league. It also has a very long season, stretching from August to May. On Sunday, May 19, 2013, the EPL soccer season concluded with Manchester United as the champions.

The top 5 (out of 20) EPL places for 2013 are as follows:

1. Manchester United. 89 points.

2. Manchester City. 79 points.

3. Chelsea. 75 points.

4. Arsenal. 73 points.

5. Tottenham. 72 points.

  • The top 3 places – Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea – secured spots and big money for playing in next year’s UEFA Champions League.
  • Fourth place Arsenal will enter a playoff (and should win) against lower level European teams to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
  • Fifth place Tottenham just missed out on a highly desired Champions League spot. Instead they will get to play in the 2nd tier Europa League.

End of Season EPL 2013 Notes and Comments:

  • Manchester United dominated the league most of the season and coasted to victory by clinching the season with several games in hand. ManU was led by strong play all around. They were especially tough to stop up front with Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck.
  • ManU Dutch Striker Robin Van Persie led the league in goals with 26. Liverpool’s Uruguan Luis Suarez scored 23 despite being suspended for games after actually biting a player. Phenomenal Welschman Gareth Bale of Tottenham netted 21 goals.
  • Wigan became the first EPL team to win the single elimination tournament (FA Cup) and also finish in the bottom 3, meaning they will be relegated to a lower division. The shocking FA Cup win came against Manchester City in a 1-0 end of game goal.
  • Manchester United’s iconic manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, retired after 26 seasons. During his time at the club he lifted 38 trophies, including 13 EPL titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies.
  • Although ManU’s dominance resulted in a predictable finish at the end of the season, the other top teams battled tooth and nail for the remaining spots.
  • Manchester City’s talented and expensive roster did manage to get second place but it was not enough for coach Manchini to keep his job.
  • Chelsea had a challenging season while its fans were unhappy with manager Benitez and striker Torres. However, the team added some young stars like Mata, Oscar, Hazard and Ba to hold on to a coveted top 3 position.
  • Arsenal finished the season strong with 8 wins and 2 ties to barely edge out London rival Tottenham for the last Champions League spot. Manager Arsene Venger found a way to get into the top 4 for the 16th consecutive season. Cazorla, Walcott and Podolski led the way for Arsenal.
  • Tottenham earned the most points in club history but it was not quite enough. Gareth Bale proved to be a brilliant star with amazing goals at crucial times. Dempsey, Defoe and Adebayor helped the club. Rumors have Bale moving to a top flight club so that he can be in the Champions League next season. This could set Tottenham back for years.

The 2013-2014 season starts back up in mid-August.

-Bourke MacDonald

IFX Blogger

UEFA Champions League 2013 Semifinal Summary – Dortmund and Bayern Munich Advance

May 9th, 2013

The final 4 teams of the UEFA Champions League produced the following aggregate home and away results:

Borussia Dortmund 4 – Real Madrid 3:

Dortmund, located in northwest Germany, hosted Read Madrid in the first leg. The German side was a big underdog in this one against the Spanish giants. While Madrid controlled most of the possession, Dortmund had better chances and more shots on goal. Robert Lewandowski scored a goal for Dortmund in the first half and Madrid’s star Cristiano Ronaldo tied the game just before half time. Lewandowski took over the Spanish defense and notched three more goals in the second half. Dortmund won 4-1. Reus also played well for Dortmund and earned a penalty kick that Lewandowski blasted through the goal for the decisive win.

Leg 2 in Madrid got off to an interesting start as Real created good chances. They were unable to punch it in and Dortmund answered with counter attacks. Dortmund glanced a shot of the post and the Spanish goal keeper Lopez made brilliant saves to keep Madrid alive. With just 8 minutes remaining Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema rocketed a goal in the net to give the team hope. A second goal off of a clever Sergio Ramos score put the Madrid crowd in a frenzy. Madrid had just two minutes plus injury time to get the last goal. Due to away goal rules, one more goal would have given Madrid the win, even though it would have been 4-4 on aggregate. Dortmund fended off a couple of chances and held on for the monumental victory. The loss for Madrid likely sent well known coach Jose Mourinho packing.

Bayern Munich 7 – Barcelona 0:

This was supposed to be a great battle between the Spanish champs of La Liga and the German champs of the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich simply dominated Barcelona home and away. The first match in Munich kicked off with a goal by Thomas Muller in the 25 minute. Barcelona seemed to be in the game until the second half when Gomez, Muller and Robben netted goals to shock the Catalan legends. Although Barcelona out possessed Bayern Munich, the Germans had many good scoring chances and played excellent defense. Barcelona was unable to penetrate the Bayern defense in contrast to how Barcelona typically slices and dices most teams. Bayern played confidently and proved to be ready for a trip to Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

Barcelona’s diminutive magician, FIFA player of the year for 4 years in a row, Lionel Messi, did not play in the second leg due to injury. He was sorely missed but it was doubtful that he could have helped put a dent in the Bayern machine. Bayern Munich kept Barcelona out of the goal and poured it on in the second half with goals by Robben and Muller. The emphatic 3-0 win put Bayern back in the final to redeem themselves after last year’s overtime loss to England’s Chelsea in Munich. The bad losses by Barcelona leave many wondering if it is the end of an era.

Looking Ahead to the European Champions League Final 2013 – Bayern Munich vs. Dortmund

Two German teams made the final for the first time in European Cup and UEFA Champions League history dating back to 1955! The fact that the top German teams beat the top Spanish teams speaks to the high skill level of soccer in Germany and the strength of the German Bundesliga league in recent times. Although Spain, England, and Italy have dominated the Champions League since 2004, Bayern Munich is making a case for being a heavyweight. The iconic German club has reached the final in 3 of the last four years.

It’s Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Stay tuned for a preview of the final.

-Bourke MacDonald

IFX Blogger

Real Madrid, the most valuable soccer team of 2013

April 19th, 2013

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium of the Real Madrid.A loyal soccer fan will claim their team’s dominance in the face of every statistic and every shred of logic. Today, Real Madrid fans can point to at least one way in which their team is objectively superior to all others. They make more money.

Forbes just released its list of the world’s highest grossing soccer clubs. For the first time, Real Madrid outscored Manchester United in income. The team had to nearly double their earnings in order to smoke the competition. And the numbers are staggering. Real Madrid is worth $3.3 billion, with Manchester United at $3.17 billion. The third and fourth places positions belong to Barcelona and Arsenal.
As it happens, IFX does offer the opportunity to live, learn and play soccer in this amazing environment with our Real Madrid soccer camps, as well as the other 3 soccer teams in Forbes Top 4.

But back to the topic at hand: so where does all of this money come from? Well, mostly television. Then there’s a significant amount in licensing deals, some pricey premiere seats. Then the obvious stuff: merchandise and concessions. All of this together adds up to a pretty whopping paycheck.

To put this in perspective for our American readership, the highest grossing NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys at $2.1 billion. European soccer clubs can earn far different amounts than one another because the deals they broker with television stations are negotiated independently. This differs from the NFL, where money is split among teams more evenly.
To a significant degree, this means that the income of a team is tied to their success. Winning tournaments results in better television deals and more income annually. This is why teams are willing to take on enormous amounts of debt–hundreds of millions of dollars. The feeling is that if they can outspend other teams, they can eventually start beating them on the pitch. And eventually, they’ll make the money back.

Given Spain’s current economic meltdown, Real Madrid’s financial accomplishment is particularly impressive. Superstar players like Cristiano Ronaldo have proven that they can keep fans coming back, even when times are tough. And he’s not lightly rewarded for doing so: Ronaldo is the second highest paid player, just behind David Beckham.

So whether you’re a Real Madrid supporter or not, what do you think of their staggering financial accomplishment?

UEFA Champions League 2013 Quarterfinal Summary

April 11th, 2013

The final 8 teams of the UEFA Champions League produced the following aggregate home and away results:

Real Madrid 5 – Galatasaray 3:

The first game at Real Madrid, also known as Spanish giants, resulted in a 3-0 win for Madrid with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín. Galatasaray was nearly even in time of possession and shots on goal but Real Madrid simply put goals in the net with superb skill. The second leg in Turkey started out with a bang when Ronaldo scored early with a beautiful pass across the goal from Khedira. The Turkish side of Galatasaray whipped up excitement in the crowd by storming back in the second half with clever goals from Emmanuel Eboué, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba. Ronaldo put the nail in the coffin by punching in a late goal for the Madrid win.

Borussia Dortmund 3 – Malaga 2:

The first match in Malaga, Spain resulted in a 0-0 draw. Dortmund missed many opportunities to take an advantage back to Germany. The second leg was much more exciting with a 3-2 win by Dortmund. Goals by Malaga’s Joaquín and Eliseu seemed to put Malaga through to the semifinal until Dortmund pulled an incredible comeback. Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski scored in the first half to make it close. Goals from Marco Reus and Felipe Santana in second half injury time pushed Dortmund into the next round and sent the team, coach and crowd into a frenzy.

Barcelona 3 – Paris Saint Germain 3 (Barcelona wins on away goals):

The giants from Catalonia, FC Barcelona, took a first half lead in Paris with a goal from the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi. Paris Saint Germain (PSG) pushed and got a rebound goal from Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Barcelona answered with a penalty on Sanchez and a penalty kick by Xavi to take a 2-1 lead in extra time. Blaise Matuidi of PSG hit a last minute shot, which was deflected and narrowly got by Barcelona keeper Victor Valdez, making it 2-2. In the return leg to Barcelona, PSG shocked the crowd with a second half goal from Javier Pastore. In a rare moment of desperation Barcelona put in Messi who was nursing an injury. He broke down the defense and Pedro sliced a wicked strike in the right side of the goal for a 1-1 tie. Both games were tight but Barcelona advanced because they scored more away goals.

Bayern Munich 4 – Juventus 0:

Bayern Munich, this year’s German Bundesliga champ, squared off against Juventus, Italy’s Serie A winner. Bayern got off to a great start at home with a powerful blast from distance by David Alaba in the first minute, shell-shocking the Italians. The German giants had many chances and finally got a second goal with a nice flick by Thomas Müller. Juventus keeper Buffon did well to keep the Germans from scoring even more as Müller, Robben and Ribery had chances to score. The second leg in Torino followed the same pattern with dominant play from Bayern Munich. Goals by Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro resulted in another 2-0 win for the Germans.

After the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals there are four teams remaining. Two are from Spain and two are from Germany: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Note that some of the primary IFX Soccer Destinations are in Spain and Germany, primary sources of the world’s top soccer clubs.

-Bourke MacDonald

IFX Blogger


April 5th, 2013


Pro IFX Germany Year player Sebastian Vallejo is headed to El Salvador tomorrow for the next 3 weeks after being invited by the Salvadoran Football Federation to trial for a roster position on the Salvadoran U-20 National team. The Salvadoran squad recently qualified for the U-20 World Cup to be held this summer in Turkey. Vallejo will first join the national team pool, with training to begin this week, and will be tested in some friendly matches over the course of the next few weeks. Vallejo currently plays for SG Quelle Fürth’s U19 Bayernliga squad, who is currently 2nd in the standings, battling to overtake SV Wacker Burghausen, a 3rd Bundesliga club.


April 5th, 2013


Nate Weiss has appeared in 3 of 4 matches for Bayernliga’s TSV Kleinrinderfeld. They opened up the second half of the season with a hard fought defeat at the hands of Regionalliga promotion contenders Schweinfurt (2:0) followed by a heartbreaking loss at home in the 90th minute to promotion contenders SpVgg Jahn Forchheim (4:3). Kleinrinderfeld would go on to tie DJK Ammerthal 1:1 the following week and would loss out 3:1 on the road to SV Alemannia Haibach this past weekend. TSV Aubstadt pay a visit to Kleinrinderfeld on Sunday April 7th with kickoff slated for 3PM.

Weiss is quite a decorated player having played professionally in Europe for the past 6 years. Before arriving in Germany in October 2011, Weiss played for FK Jelgava in Lativa’s 1st division, including an appearance in the Europa League. Prior to Latvia, Weiss had stints with IK Aldofsberg the Swedish 3rd division, Longford Town of Ireland’s 1st division and Arenal in the Spanish 3rd division. He was a former U-23 US National Team pool member.


April 5th, 2013


After a month of trialing during the Pro 30 Day IFX program, Jason Villagomez, a native of New York, had two good Bayernliga offers in hand including one from FSV Erlangen-Bruck and ASV Neumarkt. Villagomez ultimately decided to sign a deal until the end of the season with ASV Neumarkt. The Bayernliga side is unbeaten since the winter break and looks to continue their fine form as they visit Memmelsdorf on Saturday April 6th. “First off I’m excited about playing again… its unfortunate that I couldn’t come to terms with Motor Lublin of the Polish 2nd division but I couldn’t wait around until the next transfer window without playing competitively.”

IFX Soccer Training Tips for solo soccer players

April 4th, 2013

A young soccer player training alone.From the air, the beauty of soccer is geometry. It can be downright mesmerizing to watch truly gifted players find the angles necessary to penetrate a defense and center a shot. While a soccer player in training doesn’t always have a team on hand to practice this intricate dance, there are still many things an individual can do to improve their art.
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April 3rd, 2013


Samstag, 30.03.13 14:00 Uhr
Regionalliga Bayern 2012/13
30. Spieltag

VfL Frohnlach played hosts to FC Bayern Munich Reserves on the eve of Easter Sunday in a replay of memorable away victory in Munich (Frohnlach prevailed 1-0).

Unfortunately there would be no series sweep for Frohnlach, as they lost out on the afternoon in front of 1,186 fans at the Willi-Schillig-Stadion. Stefan Braungardt made his coaching debut as he assumed first team duties, effective immediately. Ex-Trainer Andreas Scholl was notified his services were no longer required late in the week.

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Team USA Survives the Snow in Colorado and Buries Costa Rica 1-0 in World Cup Qualifier

March 25th, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

The US Men’s soccer team got a big win and three valuable points in a very memorable game with near white out conditions in Denver, Colorado on Friday night, March 22, 2013.

Clint Dempsey punched in the games only goal in the 16th minute after a deflected ball landed in front of him in the middle of the goal area. The game will go down as controversial because the build up of snow changed the style of the game. It was odd to see so much snow on the field. One could barely see the ball (color yellow) or the US players (white uniforms). The Costa Rican coach Pinto was upset and quipped that the game should have been stopped. FIFA rules require that the pitch lines are clearly visible for the referees. In the 55th minute, the game was temporarily stopped by the referee. In a bizarre scene that left the announcers asking questions, the referee appeared to stop the game after talking to players, coaches and referees. Surprisingly he motioned for play to continue. The US coach Jurgen Klinsman felt team USA had an advantage and pushed to finish the match.

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IFX player Zack Mahon’s Regionalliga Debut against FC Nürnberg II

March 18th, 2013


Sonntag, 03.03.13 14:00 Uhr – Regionalliga Bayern 2012/13
26. Spieltag – 1. FC Nürnberg II vs. VFL Frohnlach 3:0 (2:0)

IFX player Zack Mahon made his Regionalliga debut on March 3rd away to 1 FC Nürnberg as the 26th round of play resumed after the winter break. It was a homecoming of sorts for Mahon (who resides in the city of Nürnberg) in front of approx. 700 Fans at the Grundig Stadium, but one his team would soon want to forget.

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IFX’s J.P. Pimienta Update – SpVgg Erlangen vs. Baiersdorfer SV 2-1 (1:1)

March 18th, 2013


Sonntag, 10.03.13 15:00 Uhr – BZL Mittelfranken Nord 2012/13
23. Spieltag – SpVgg Erlangen vs. Baiersdorfer SV 2-1 (1:1)

BZL Mittelfranken Nord play resumed after the winter break as 2nd place Baiersdorfer SV visited 5th place SpVgg Erlangen. With a chance to go top of the table this match was full of emotion. Baiersdorf would not capitalize on this, as they would lose 2-1 on the afternoon, conceding on a 2nd half penalty kick. The spot kick from 11 meters had its fair share of controversy as the initial attempt found the bottom of the right post and was cleared by the defense. The referee would then allow for a second spot kick due to encroachment by a Baiersdorf player.

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January 30th, 2013

Zack Mahon now playing soccer with VFL FrohnlachNÜRNBERG, GERMANY – PRO IFX GERMANY

After concluding a successful collegiate career at Longwood University, IFX welcomes Zack Mahon. He is a striker from San Antonio, Texas. Mahon received an invitation to preseason from USL club Harrisburg City Islanders. Mahon spent the last season playing with USL PDL side Kitsap Pumas. The Longwood University (Big South Conference) alumni traveled to Europe for the first time in October to undergo a series of trials with German football clubs during his Pro IFX 30 day program.

Pro IFX newcomer Zack Mahon began his German trials with a stop at Landesliga club 1.SC Feucht (VI) for an assessment by current manager, Klaus Mösle – formerly of 1. FC Nürnberg. After a successful training stint Klaus recommended the American next stop be Bayernliga clubs (V).

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December 12th, 2012

English Premier League LogoHere at International Futbol X-Change (IFX) we love to share stories of our players and their activities abroad. We also like to keep track of the big boys, or professional players, in the world’s top leagues. Let’s have a look at English Premier League (EPL) this season 2012-13.

At the mid-point of the season, or 16 games in, the perennial favorite, Manchester United (ManU), leads 2nd place Manchester City (ManCity) at the top of the table. On Sunday, ManU pulled off a huge 3-2 win over Man City in the classic “derby” to go 6 points ahead and 1 ahead in goal differential. Last year ManCity won the league title over ManU only on goal differential. This year ManCity will have a tough time catching ManU after this devastating home loss.

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December 3rd, 2012

IFX President Michael Carlson with IFX player Zack Shiposh in GermanyBRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY – YOUTH YEAR IFX GERMANY

Shiposh, a third year Youth Year IFX Germany player, starts his third season with Freie Turner Braunschweig, current leaders of the Niedersachen Landesliga. Shiposh began playing in Germany 2½ years ago as a 16 year old, playing with the FT Braunschweig A-Jugend and remained with them for 2 seasons. Shiposh, now fluent in German, is finishing his high school diploma in Germany, which is quite a feat for an American.

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December 2nd, 2012


Alejandro Abasolo Rodriguez, a native Pueblan and former player for Puebla FC, set out for Germany this August to embark on a one year adventure in northern Germany to play soccer and study abroad. Abasolo, 16, has been a student of the German language for 9 years and has quickly adapted to the German language and culture. After a short trial period, Abasolo was selected to play with top Wolfsburg club SV Reislingen-Neuhaus for their U17 A team.

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November 26th, 2012


Traditional German club SC Westfalia 04 Herne, a top club in the football crazed Ruhrgebiet of Northwestern Germany, is now home to U19 Dominican Republic native Kevin Marx. Marx, a Youth Year IFX Germany participant, is playing in a defensive role for the Herne troop, and has integrated well into the Herne squad.

SC Westfalia 04 Herne was once a top German club in the highest division, and enjoys a history dating back to 1904. Their semi-professional men’s team competes in the Oberliga-Westfalen, the 5th highest German division. Their home stadium, Abisol Arena, has a capacity of 32,000.

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November 26th, 2012


Perched on top of arguably one of the most majestic gorges in the world lies the city of Ronda, Spain. This Andalucian treasure is now home to Youth Year IFX player Tanner Syed, who is competing with their top club Union Deportivo Ronda. U.D. Ronda fields a very well respected semi-professional men’s team, competing in the 4th division, Tercera Division. Syed competes with their U19 side, Juvenil, competing in a regional youth division, Primera Division, against many teams from the Málaga area. With a thirst for promotion to the top regional youth division, Preferente, Ronda’s trainers have their youths training hard, rain or shine.

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November 8th, 2012


A dream come true opportunity came about in September for star athlete Liz Mullin from Michigan – a trial with FC Barcelona. For two weeks, Liz was on trial with FC Barcelona’s women’s reserve team, who competes in the Segunda Division Nacional league, the second highest women’s league in Spain. Mullin immediately made a strong impression on the Catalonian coaches with her sound technique, strength and speed. Day by day, FC Barcelona invited her back to their next training, carefully evaluating her to join their B squad for the season during her Youth Year IFX program. After two weeks, they finally decided to pass on her for the time being but remain open to keeping an eye on her development while in Spain for the future.

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September 21st, 2012


Newcomers to the German game, Juan Pablo Pimienta, a Pro Year IFX player from Southwestern University and Texas native, suited up against Post SV and IFX player Kirk Horton, former Marin FC player and San Franciscan, in what turned into an intense and action packed upset. League leaders Post SV, with 25 points after 10 matches, went down 1-0 in the 30th minute after a beautiful set piece 35 yards out that Seubert slotted into the upper V to Post SV’s surprise. Post SV fought back immediately with a near goal, only to be denied by the right post with a hard shot. With fairly even play throughout the first half, the two Frankisch sides headed to the locker rooms with a narrow margin between them.

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September 21st, 2012


After a week on trial with top Bavarian club SG Quelle Fürth, Sebastian Vallejo, an 18 year old defender from North Carolina, and Cesar Moore, an 18 year old defender from Vermont,  were both offered a position to compete with the U19s for the 2012-13 season. Quelle, a respected semi-professional club in the Nürnberg region, fields some of the top youth teams in Nürnberg/Fürth region, and collaborates closely with both local Bundesliga clubs FC Nürnberg and Greuther Fürth with player development. Vallejo impressed Quelle Head Trainer Stefan Shoeber immediately with his solid technical ability and defensive intensity. Shoeber, former U19 trainer for Bundesliga club 1860 München commented, “Both boys will be good additions to our team. It will take some time for them to learn the German style and system, but they have quickly shown that they can compete at this tough level in the Bayernliga.” Moore will be playing left back for Quelle and has also integrated well into the fast paced German environment.

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September 21st, 2012


British Columbian, Grant Fadden, is a 5th generation dairy farmer hailing from near Abbottsford, BC, Canada. When he is not helping his father with the tough work around the farm, Fadden is usually found out on the soccer pitch with his home club Abbottsford Mariners. During Fadden’s participation in IFX’s Youth Summer IFX Germany program this August, one of IFX’s partner club’s, SC Feucht, took a liking to his cleanly play and effectiveness on the pitch. After several trainings with the U19 Landesliga side, SC Feucht came forth expressing interest in keeping Fadden in Germany for the 2012-13 season. The promotion hungry Feucht already have a solid squad and are by many favored to win the tough Frankisch division, but were eager to have Fadden after his consistent hard work and strong performances during the IFX summer program.

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September 19th, 2012


Concord, California 16 year old, TJ Hogan, set out in early August to Germany with his bags packed to embark on a journey into a new land to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Former Diablo FC Striker, Hogan arrived first in Nürnberg, Germany to partake in an intense 2 week training camp with IFX. After training with top clubs in Nürnberg including Erlangen-Bruck, SG Quelle Fürth, and SC Feucht, Hogan arrived on August 18th to his new home with a host family in Donaueschingen, Germany. Hogan shown in the picture to the left sits smiling after a intense first week with his new club FC 08 Villingen, who competes in the second highest tier of German youth soccer, the Baden-Württemburgisher Oberliga, sitting just below the youth Bundesliga.

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September 9th, 2012

Christian Mbasi-Botuli with SC FeuchtNÜRNBERG, GERMANY – PRO IFX 30 DAY

Native Denver, Colorado player Christian Mbasi-Botuli arrived in Germany early July to trial with various German clubs through the Pro IFX 30 Day program. Mbasi-Botuli, a former US Development Academy player for Real Colorado impressed the IFX and club coaches immediately with his graceful technique, strong work rate, and ability to integrate into the fast German pace of play. After 3 weeks on trial with Landesligist, SC Feucht, led by former FC Nürnberg goalkeeper trainer Klaus Mösle, now SC Feucht’s Head Trainer, the 19 year old Mbasi-Botuli was offered a contract to strengthen the Feucht squad for the 2012-13 season.

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September 9th, 2012


19 year old Brazilian American midfielder, Wagner Collodette, joined the Pro IFX Germany 30 Day program this past Spring after spending the past year with America Mineiro’s youth academy in Brazil. The ambitious youngster turned heads upon his arrival, in particular with SG Quelle Fürth who was looking for strength in their midfield. Quelle Trainer Thomas Adler, himself an ambitious leader looking to bring the Quelle squad to the highly regarded and newly reorganized Bayernliga, was particularly fond of the young Collodette’s smooth technique and speed of play.  Joining a young squad, Collodette competes alongside many talented players including Oumar Dieng who had a previous stint with Bundesliga club SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

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IFX Soccer Blog 4: Euro Cup 2012 Final Recap – Spain 4 – Italy 0 (July 2012)

July 5th, 2012

Euro Cup 2012 Final Recap – Spain 4 – Italy 0

By Bourke MacDonald

2012 – 07-04 (July 2012)

Spain 4, Italy 0: Spain Dominates Italy to Repeat as Euro Cup Champions


Spain, also known as España or La Furia Roja (The Red Fury), won its third major tournament in a row and made a case for being the best soccer team of all time.


España got out of the blocks early in Kiev, Ukraine with a header into the goal from David Silva after beautiful passes from Iniesta and Fabregas. Jordi Alba received a pass from Xavi Hernandez and made a nice run and kick past Buffon late in the first half for goal number two. Substitutes Torres and Mata capitalized with goals against the depleted Italian side late in the second half. Italy was a man down during part of the second half when a player was injured after the team used its third and last substitute.


On paper the game was fairly even as Spain outshot Italy 14(9) to 11(6) and out possessed the Italians only 52% to 48%. In reality Spain was passing and attacking beautifully from the beginning. The torrid pace opened up the game and made for exciting, end to end soccer. Italy looked frustrated after missing several attempts by Balotelli and Di Natale. The Italians had chances but they were stifled by the Spanish defense led by goalie Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid star only gave up one goal the entire tournament. Spain played excellent, swarming defense with the help of Pique, Ramos and Busquets. Coach Vicente del Bosque controversially did not start Spain’s notable striker Fernando Torres but Spain managed to score goals anyway.


Historically Spain was an underachiever having never won a Euro Cup or World Cup championship. That changed when Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the 2008 Euro Cup Final in Austria. In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Spain outlasted the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time. In 2012, España played conservatively through the tournament until it unleashed 4 goals in the final. What is left for this group of champions? World Cup 2014 in Brazil awaits Spain. It will be a difficult challenge to win a fourth consecutive title, this time on Brazilian soil. Spain will reinforce its case for best team of all time if it can pull off the feat!


IFX Soccer Blog 3: Euro Cup 2012 Quarterfinals and Semifinals Recap (July 2012)

July 4th, 2012

Euro Cup 2012 Quarterfinals and Semifinals Recap

By Bourke MacDonald

2012 – 07-04 (July 2012)


Portugal 1, Czech Republic 0

Portugal dominated play with 20 shots to the Czech Republic’s 5 shots. Cristiano Ronaldo netted a powerful header for the winning goal in minute 79. Ronaldo was the man of the match with two other shots hitting the post.

Germany 4, Greece 2

In the dubbed “debt derby” or Euro financial crisis cup, Germany poured on the offense with 3 second half goals in this lopsided matchup. Germany outshot Greece 24 to 9 and out possessed Greece 66% to 34%. Greece managed to make the game interesting with a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute but Real Madrid star Khedira quickly answered with a goal and Germany never looked back.

Spain 2, France 0

Midfielder Xabi Alonso of Spain led the charge with an emphatic header in minute 19 and a penalty kick in injury time. The game involved a lot of back and forth play with only 9 shots on goal for Spain and 4 for France. Spain’s first goal was a textbook version of Spanish passing from Iniesta, Jordi Alba, and then Alonso’s header.

Italy 0 (4), England 0 (2)

Italy outperformed England in penalty kicks after 120 plus minutes of 0-0 play. The Italians deserved the victory after dictating most of the game. Italy hit the woodwork and put 20 to 4 shots on goal. The Italians also out possessed England 64% to 34%. Despite the lopsided game, England took an early lead in the shootout when Montolivo missed a shot. England lost its advantage when Young hit a crossbar and Cole’s shot was saved by legendary keeper Buffon.


Spain 0 (4), Portugal 0 (2)

The Iberian rivals gave us one of the most boring games of the tournament in this defensive struggle. In 120 plus minutes Spain managed 5 shots on goal and Portugal only had 2. Ronaldo disappointed with several shots over the crossbar.The game picked up speed in extra time when Spain seemed to realize that penalty shots could result in an exit. The Spaniards became more aggressive and got a couple of close strikes on goal from Iniesta and Navas. In the shootout Spain and Portugal missed their first shots. After several made shots be each side, Alves of Portugal missed. Fabregas of Spain hit the final shot off the post and in the goal to win.

Ronaldo’s sizzling tournament play got Portugal to the semifinal but he struggled in this match. The coach put him in as the last penalty kicker yet he never got a chance in the shootout. Spain was fortunate to advance considering it did not produce much offense. The Spanish defense shined brightly again in another regulation clean sheet.

Italy 2, Germany 1

“Super Mario Brother” Mario Balotelli of Ghanaian descent sent Italy through to the final with two impressive goals against the favored German side. In shocking fashion, Balotelli headed in a goal on a pass from Cassano in minute 20. Balotelli broke free of the defense and crushed a shot passed the helpless keeper Neuer in minute 36. The Germans made it interesting with a number of shots and chances in the second half but Buffon made some excellent saves for Italy. Germany finally received a penalty kick in extra time and Ozil scored. Italy held on for the 2-1 win.

The result was very disappointing for the Germans. The star studded German side was picked by many to go to the final and win. In a flashback to the semifinal of World Cup 2006, Italy outlasted the Germans with creative play and good defense. Italy unexpectedly found itself in the final after a poor showing in World Cup 2010.

IFX Soccer Blog 2: Euro Cup 2012 Group Play Recap (July 2012)

July 4th, 2012

Euro Cup 2012 Group Play Recap

By Bourke MacDonald

2012 – 07-04 (July 2012)

The IFX Soccer Blog returns with full force. I will be reviewing the end of the 2011-2012 seasons for various leagues including the UEFA Champions League, the English Premier League (EPL), the Spanish La Liga and the German Bundesliga. Let’s start with the biggest tournament of the year and one of the most competitive competitions on the planet – Euro Cup 2012!


Group Play

Group A – (Czech Republic 6, Greece 4, Russia 4, Poland 2).

The Czech Republic and Greece advanced to the quarterfinals in an evenly matched group. This group provided great suspense as a goal in either game in the last few minutes could have shuffled the group winners. The Czech Republic had a nice fast break goal to beat the host country Poland. Greece had an improbable win over group favorites Russia. Greece played gritty defense and capitalized on a back line mistake by Russia. The Russians looked to be almost through after a 4-1 dominating win over the Czech Republic in the first game. However, Russia could not get any goals on many good attempts against the Greek side.

Group B – (Germany 9, Portugal 6, Denmark 3, Netherlands 0).

The group of death also had some surprises. No surprise here though – Germany won every game. Although each game was close. Portugal stormed back to beat the other teams and move on despite losing 1-0 to Germany in the first game. Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo played great and scored two goals against the Netherlands. Denmark started out good with a shocking win against the Netherlands but could not get another point. The Netherlands, loaded with offensive players, was favored to get out of the group but its porous defense resulted in three losses and lots of head scratching.

Group C – (Spain 7, Italy 5, Croatia 4, Ireland 0).

This group provided a lot of competition with the exception of lowly Ireland. The Irish fans represented well and had a fun time on TV but the team’s defense was constantly under assault, resulting in the lowest goal differential of the tournament (-8). Spain and Italy tied in the first game 1-1 in a tight game. Croatia played well but could not stop the Spanish side in the last game when they needed a win. Spain struggled to muster much offense but its stifling defense put them atop the group.

Group D – (England 7, France 4, Ukraine 3, Sweden 3)

This group was up for grabs and England managed to win it unconvincingly. The English tied France and squeaked out wins against Sweden and host country Ukraine. Welbeck had a great back tap goal for England to edge the Swedes in a seesaw 3-2 battle. France started out good by beating Ukraine 2-0 but then stumbled against Sweden. Ukraine looked promising with a 2-1 win against Sweden but could not get another point. The Swedes played close games but could only win against France 2-0 in the final game. Ibrahimović smashed one of the goals of the tourney in a matrix like body contortion to give Sweden something to cheer about.

JORDAN FERRELL – Nürnberg, Germany

March 29th, 2012


Nürnberg, Germany


CLUB: SpVgg Ansbach, SG Quelle Fürth


Jordan Ferrell during a match with SG Quelle Fürth


The PRO IFX Program has given me an opportunity like none other. In my search to fulfill my dream of playing European football I had tried many different avenues that all ended in closed doors. From the moment the IFX program was explained to me, I knew it was my ticket. It didn’t offer a contract or anything glamorous, but a chance to prove myself in the world’s best arena for football.


When I got here to Germany I truly didn’t know what to expect. The pitches varied from beautiful grass, to short turf, to sand! The players were friendly when they first met you, greeting you with “hallo” or “servus,” and the ones who spoke English helped with adjusting to the language difference; but when it came to playing it was very competitive. The players were all very solid technically and rarely turned the ball over, but the tackles were coming in thick and fast and they had no problem being physical. It was exciting for me to play a faster, more physical game, however, and I adjusted rather quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

ZACK SHIPOSH – Braunschweig, Germany

March 24th, 2012





Zack Shiposh with FT Braunschweig U19s


Braunschweig is a city of 247,400 people located in the German state Lower Saxony. It is located north of the Harz Mountains. Although it’s a large city about two hours from Berlin, it is extremely clean, has both modern buildings and historic castles, and it feels very much like my home – Northeastern Pennsylvania – surrounded by green and mountains.

Shiposh during training at FT Braunschweig

When I first got to Braunschweig I trialed with the U19 men’s team for the city’s highest level professional club, Eintracht Braunschweig. Eintracht’s youth team plays in the 2nd division of German soccer. After several weeks on trial, I received word that the club was not going to sign me. The following Monday I trialed with another semiprofessional club’s U19 team, Freie Turnerschaft Braunschweig. Their semi-pro team is in the 5th division of German soccer, but the U19 team is playing in the Niedersachsenliga – 3rd highest of the eight German youth soccer divisions, so the challenge and quality of play was still excellent. Freie Turner picked me up after the first week and then began the submission of my player pass and international transfer certificate with the Deutscher Fussball Bund (German Soccer Federation). Read the rest of this entry »

MARK OLIPHANT – Nürnberg, Germany

March 22nd, 2012


Nürnberg, Germany- Fall 2011


CLUB: FC Nürnberg


Mark Oliphant during a training session with Bundesliga club FC Nürnberg


To be honest, I was a bit hesitant about the opportunity to make a trip to Germany with the IFX program. I was not sure if it would be worth the risk of cleaning out my wallet for a German adventure. I finally just went for it and was headed to Nuremberg, Germany. As soon as I landed I knew that this would be an adventure I would never forget. I am proud to say that I quickly stepped into the role of the touristy person with eyes wide open and camera ready for anything. However, pictures could not do any justice for the awesomeness of the architecture, the landscape, and the weather that surround me during my stay. Every time I was able to roam the city I found a new piece of culture that topped the experience from the day before. Also the food was more than fantastic. Everything I tasted seemed to overwhelm my taste buds with pleasure. I am the type of person to try almost anything and am pretty sure I did not leave without a clean plate. The German culture, landscape, and food certainly captured my affection and will be visited again in my future for sure.


But beyond all of my tourist activities, I did not miss out on the sole reason I came to Germany which was to play soccer. Although there was a language barrier that was ever present on and off the pitch, it was interesting and actually pretty fun to try and work my way around it. However, being engulfed in a language I have never been exposed to, there was a universal language that we were all able to communicate perfectly with and that was the language of soccer. Soccer is a commonality between every player from all over the world. I met players from Switzerland, Thailand, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and some other American players as well, but no matter where we were from or what language we know best, soccer was the universal language! It was such an indescribable experience to walk onto a field not knowing what conversation is about but still knowing how to communicate when there was a soccer ball around.


One of the most interesting aspects of this program was being able to train with multiple teams with different styles of training and to see how the game of soccer is the same yet totally different. This opportunity was one of the most amazing things I could ever experience. It is difficult to put the experience into words, but I can say that my love for the game for the soccer has grown insurmountably! All in all this experience has exceeded my expectations and was definitely worth it!.


Mark Oliphant FC Nürnberg


Yanks Abroad: opportunities for US Soccer players around the World By Bourke MacDonald

February 28th, 2012

Welcome to the International Futbol Exchange (IFX) Soccer Blog. The objective of this blog is to provide commentary, analysis, and tips about the wide world of soccer ranging from youth play to professional leagues and international competitions. Topics will vary but may touch on youth soccer, soccer study abroad programs, soccer camps, soccer academies, Americans playing abroad, Major League Soccer (MLS), UEFA Champions League, English Premier League (EPL), Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, USA Men’s and Women’s soccer teams, Euro Cup, and the FIFA World Cup.

This is the first blog in a running series about American soccer players battling it out in leagues away from the states. IFX Soccer prides itself on helping youth and aspiring professional players explore the soccer world and realize their potential by competing and growing in Europe (Germany, Spain, England, Italy, etc), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil), and beyond. Let’s take a look at how some of the top American players are fairing on the international stage. Many of the following guys play exclusively in Europe. Other players such as Landon Donovan stay dedicated to the USA’s MLS while utilizing their off-season to be on loan at top European clubs.

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MICHAEL KERN – Madrid, Spain

February 24th, 2012


Madrid, Spain- Spring 2008


CLUB: La Meca de Rivas










Michael Kern, a Toledo, Ohio native, trained with Spanish Preferente Club La Meca de Rivas in Spring 2008


Espana 2008


By: Miguel Amadis Clark Kern


Well…I really don’t know where to start? I thank God for every opportunity he has blessed me with and I pray that I will accomplish my goal or anything that stands in my way. My dream has always been to be a professional Futballer and I know I can accomplish my dream, regardless of what anyone has to say. Read the rest of this entry »

PATRICK TEAGUE – Leuven, Belgium

February 24th, 2012


Leuven, Belgium- Spring 2007


CLUB: Oud Heverlee Leuven


Patrick Teague trained with 2nd division Belgian club
Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Spring of 2007.


During the month of January I lived in The City of Leuven and played football for Oud-Heverlee Leuven (OHL) of the Belgian 2nd Division. I enjoyed a memorable cultural and football experience. OHL feature a very professional setup, which is highlighted by one of Belgium’s top youth systems. Culturally, Leuven, which resides in the Flemish speaking region of Belgium, offers centuries of tradition and history. Read the rest of this entry »

BRANDIN McCLAY- Weiden, Germany

February 24th, 2012


Weiden, Germany- Spring 2008


CLUB: SpVgg Weiden


Brandin McClay, above, signing his first professional contract with SpVgg Weiden of the German Oberliga after his participation in the PRO IFX.    


My soccer experience in Germany was life changing. Training with various clubs and leagues helped me develop as a player. Some of the clubs I went to included SpVgg Bayreuth, SV Weidenberg, SGV Friesen, and SpVgg Weiden. It was a very unique journey for me. The language barrier was difficult but sometimes soccer has its own language…a language I believe I was able to master.
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JAYMIE-LEA JENNEWEIN- Fauerbach, Germany

February 24th, 2012





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SAMUEL VELLA – Weingarten, Germany

February 24th, 2012




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MATTHEW STONE – Aachen, Germany

February 24th, 2012


Aachen, Germany- 2008-2009


CLUB: SV Alemannia Mariadorf


California native Matthew Stone, in a game with his German club, SV Alemannia Mariadorf while abroad during his Youth Year IFX journey. 

I remember the first time I heard about IFX. We got a brochure in the post telling us about a soccer exchange program that would allow you to play in a foreign country. I was immediately excited, I had always wanted to play in Europe. I left the decision to go until late, so late in fact that I had to drive down to the IFX headquarters in order to make sure I got the paper work in on time. The days until I left went pretty quick then.


The first week I was there, me and the other kids from the program still didn’t realize we were in another country. We were tourists, living in a youth hostel and learning German for a couple of hours a day and then exploring the country. During our free time I would just walk into the center of Rastadt with a ball and start kicking it with some of the locals, finding every opportunity to play that I could. Read the rest of this entry »

KIRA SCHWARTZ – Lübeck, Germany

February 24th, 2012


Lübeck, Germany- 2008-2009


CLUB: FFC Oldesloe

Kira Schwartz, left, was an IFX scholarship winner and competed with the 2nd Bundesliga club, FFC Oldesloe in Lübeck, Germany for the 2008-9 season.    


I opened up my mailbox one day to find a pamphlet on IFX soccer abroad. I was always knew that I wanted to study abroad for a year, and this pamphlet got the ball rolling. My parents said I could go ahead and email IFX for more information. They never thought that I was actually serious about going abroad. Originally I wanted to go to Spain because I had taken Spanish in high school, but when IFX emailed me back about the opportunity to go to German on a scholarship as a student ambassador, it was too good to pass up. I was ecstatic when I was finally called saying that I won the CBYX scholarship. I immediately started to learn German to prepare myself for my upcoming year. Almost half of the CBX scholarship winners did not know any German, but by the end of the year we were all fluent. Read the rest of this entry »

SEBASTIAN MANTELLO – Schweinfurt, Germany

February 24th, 2012


Schweinfurt, Germany- August 2007-August 2008


CLUB: FC Schweinfurt 05


Sebastian Mantello in his first match for FC Schweinfurt 05 of the Bavarian Bayernliga U19s


I returned home after being away a year in Schweinfurt Germany. It was the most brilliant experience of my life to date, a time where I experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. The experience away from home was a time for me to grow up and find a way to live and pursue my dream.


Meeting the Schmitts


I arrived at Nurnberg airport on 13 August. My host father Marcus, is a coach at the Schweinfurt Soccer Club. He picked us up at the airport. His first words to us was “yah he’s the right height!”. He came across as a warm and really fun guy and I immediately felt comfortable with him. He told me he coached at the club and that he would be doing some sessions with me to see what I was like before he took me to the club. He made my parents feel very welcome and when we got to the house his wife Susi and son Marcel were equally nice. Read the rest of this entry »

BRIAN LEVY – Cádiz, Spain

February 24th, 2012


Cádiz, Spain 2011


CLUB: Cádiz C.F.


Brian Levy, center, with teammates from Cádiz C.F. during his Youth Year IFX program. Cádiz C.F. competes in Spain’s highest youth division, División de Honor.   


Cadiz is a great small city. I love how easy-going the people are here. I think it’s a great place to train and learn a new language because there really isn’t any pressure – very laid back. The older part of the city is very historical and beautiful. The nightlife is great and I have found it easy to adapt socially here. There really isn’t anything not to like about Cadiz. Read the rest of this entry »