Lost generation?

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Fallout from England’s last-minute slip against Croatia on Nov 21 continues to be felt in the Times‘s microsite, damningly labeled “The Lost Generation.” Writers examine cultures for youth football in Brazil and the Netherlands. These are compared favorably to the setup in England, which is green with envy. “We have special eyes,” says Peter Jeltema of FC Groningen in Holland. KNVB, the Dutch football association, describes the role of youth coach as “constructing basic game forms to compensate the negative influences of modern society.” The idea is that kids’ football should not be adult football in miniature.

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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