Not totally related to the topic but is probably...Importance TO Jr. Hoillet
May herrald his movement out of Ewood Park.
http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/new...r-world-soccerAs part of that vision, in 2004 the [Qatari) royal family funded the Aspire Academy project to train Qatari athletes with the best technology and resources that money could buy. Shortly after, as an offshoot of the academy's soccer program, the Aspire Football Dreams program was launched to uncover youth soccer talent hidden in the farthest-flung villages and outposts in the world. (So far 500, 000 boys 1994 and younger have been scouted and trialed according to 442 magazine)
But there's the gray issue of national allegiance for those accepted to the program in Qatar. With riches to spare, Qatar has created a bit of a niche for itself in terms of importing world-class athletes. Generally Qatari citizenship is nearly impossible to acquire -- foreigners must live in Qatar for 25 years, speak Arabic and relinquish other citizenship to be eligible for consideration for a Qatari passport. But the monarchy is free to grant citizenship as it pleases, and in recent years a diverse group of athletes has been nationalized to compete under the Qatari flag, including Kenyan steeplechasers, Chinese chess players and Bulgarian weightlifters.
Although nationalizing soccer players under FIFA rules is far more complicated than changing national allegiance in many other sports, suspicion has followed that Football Dreams could mask a talent search meant to boost the Qatari national soccer team, currently ranked 113th in the world. Simple math reveals that if the classes of 13-year-old to 15-year-old prospects pan out, those players would be in their primes come 2022.
Players to watch in 2012
Winger, 21, Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn may be languishing at the foot of the Premier League table, but their dynamic wide-man has become one of the division’s hottest prospects, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur among a host of clubs reportedly keen on signing him this month. Though born and raised in Canada, the as-yet uncapped Hoilett is also eligible for both USA and Jamaica, so is likely to be just as sought-after at international level.
I'm not sure if this is the thread to put this in but Hart was on Soccer Saturday this morning and Dobson asked him about Hoilett and he reiterated that nothing had changed and that Junior wanted to get his club situation sorted before deciding on a national team! To me this doesn't sound good, there really shouldn't be an international decision to make, we'll see! He also mentioned that work is being done with Canada Immigration and FIFA for JDG2 and that they will be meeting face to face soon!
The longer Hoilett delays, the less optimism I feel. At this point I consider him (and JDG2) to be pretty much lost to the Nats. If I am proven wrong, I will consider it a wonderful bonus... but I am not holding my breath.
Like I wrote, just because they're getting together doesn't necessarily mean there is a way forward (as far as we're concerned) but this wouldn't be happening without Dutch's okay. Just the effort, no matter how casual or informal at this point, speaks volumes.
"Compete" is perhaps too strong a word. "Participate" would be more accurate.
Nigel Reed on Taiti's presence at the Confederations Cup
According to Hoillett's dad/agent he'll likely remain at Blackburn until the end of the season.
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