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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the course of my stay I played for SV Alemannia Mariadorf, competing in a top regional youth division of the U19s called Landesliga. We typically trained Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays where I was continuing to earn a place in the team. I got on with all of the kids on the team and they were all thrilled when I scored my first goal against Troisdorf which plays in the Bundesliga for youth.
CLUB: SAN FERNANDO C.D.
CLUB: SV HALLGARTEN
Brandin McClay, above, signing his first professional contract with SpVgg Weiden of the German Oberliga after his participation in the PRO IFX.
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.
Michael Kern, a Toledo, Ohio native, trained with Spanish Preferente Club La Meca de Rivas in Spring 2008