June 2, 2023

The Paradox of Football – Ali’s Words

As I hop between webinars, interviews, and scouting sessions for EPC – I am amazed to see how many players around the world are desperate for […]
May 30, 2023

The Viking Cheers – Ali’s Words

While recently in Iceland for the BAOT, coaches from TFA and Real Betis decided to go and witness an Iceland vs. Albania match. A new stadium, […]
May 26, 2023

Behind every Successful Player is? – Ali’s Words

What does it take for a player to become a champion? Is the credit due to the coach, trainer, or parents? I can say with certainty […]
May 23, 2023

How to Spot Talent? – Ali’s Words

As a coach, I have spent so much time guiding players to be mentally prepared for the moment when they can feel the watchful eyes of […]
May 19, 2023

The Icelandic Magic – Ali’s Words

Iceland is the most dedicated country I have ever seen. As a football fan, I am amazed at how a tiny nation braves the extreme cold […]
May 16, 2023

What’s the Right Age for Football – Ali’s Words

Parents often ask what the right age to start playing Football is? Short answer-as soon as they can kick! While most of the good plates I […]
May 12, 2023

Rebuilding the Team – Ali’s Words

As we move ahead from the last season, we rebuild the Team for the upcoming season. Easier said than done! I’ve known these players for a […]
May 5, 2023

Thought Behind EPC’S Creation – Ali’s Words

After the successful establishment of The Football Academy, we saw an ever-increasing demand for players wanting to be a part of it. The level of interest […]
May 2, 2023

Precious Goods! – Ali’s Words

Precious goods! For many parents, football ‘classes’ are a frivolous extracurricular activity while for some(I’d like to believe most) it is a training session that they […]
April 28, 2023

Coaching the Coach – Ali’s Words

Coaching the coach How would you feel if you had to build something and then realized that for it to grow and thrive, you will have […]
April 25, 2023

Friction Amongst Teammates – Ali’s Words

Friction Amongst teammates Football, like all sports, celebrates the winner, the team that wins, and the 11 members who played on that day are hailed as […]
April 21, 2023

Go Through the Hoops – Ali’s Words

Stepping into professional football is serious business, therefore, I was very cautious right from the beginning. For me, there are no half-measures, either you give it […]
April 18, 2023

Injuries & Football – Ali’s Words

Nothing hurts a player more than sitting out of a game due to an injury. While every professional coach and player takes responsibility to prevent them, […]
April 16, 2023

Follow the Satellite – Ali’s Words

This Friday afternoon I was traveling and making my way to a new venue for training which was on the other side of the town. So […]
April 14, 2023

Why Dubai? | Ali’s Words

Dubai with its exceptional sporting infrastructure and tourism facilities has attracted a number of European football teams and players. We have seen the city become a […]
April 11, 2023

Lesson in Setbacks

The recent Liverpool vs Machester game was a real tear-jerker. Waking up to the updates I was baffled, they fell short by one point, they almost […]
April 7, 2023

Make every Minute Count!

What are the common factors in the successful student-athletes I have coached and guided? They were all skilled and dedicated but their commitment becomes a reality […]
April 4, 2023

You Win or You Learn

Loss is a big part of the game, no matter how good you are, no matter how much you practiced. As a coach and a player, […]
March 31, 2023

Betis Academy on Tour

A dear friend often tells a story about a devoted man who prayed to win the lottery every day. For weeks, months, years, and all his […]
March 28, 2023

Mind-Body Balance – Ali’s Words

Mind-body balance Football is an exhilarating sport and as a spectator, the highs and lows entertain us, as players and coaches it is crucial to maintain […]