Young Man Tadić

With Ajax you assume the entire team is constructed with 18 to 20 somethings. Maybe a few aging swans tucked in there, but mainly a prospects squad.

I curled my eyebrows and stroked my beard when I read in Nick Ames’s Guardian piece that Ajax’s number 10, Tadić, was 30. Hmmmm. 30? Really?

Funny. I curled my eyebrows and stroked my peach fuzz when I learned World Cup hero Zidane was only 26 when he lifted the golden football idol.

“Dude must be in his mid 30s” my buddies and I agreed.

At 30 though, Tadić is the ideal age to have witnessed Zidane’s finest pirouettes.

30 is the perfect age to have memorized Zidane’s signature and forge it over and over in the kitchen, and through to the backyard.

It’s the perfect age to have mastered it in 5-aside football courts in his native Serbia.

And the perfect age to have rehearsed it even more in Southampton training sessions.

30 is also the perfect age to muster the composure to pirouette past Casmiero and into Ajax legendom.

Zidane’s shadow looms eternal over the Beranbue, but Tadić left Madrid last night casting his own.

Tadic did admit Zidane was his idol and he watches clips of him constantly.

Rogue Three

Three Underrated Football Twitter Handles You Should Follow

Twitter is the modern day scroll. An endless papyrus roll with an inkwell that never dries.

For football supporters, long-form pieces and goal GIFs from our favorite football writers are only a log-in menu away.

Sure, you’ve got your @andybrassels, @Okwongas and @JamesHorncastles. But then there’s the hole-in-the-wall handles that only the locals know of.

Rogue handles whose independence from major media conglomerates allow them to share some of the best football content online.

Ladies and Gentlemen my top three:

@3four3

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@3four3‘s posts are barbwire sharp. He never wastes any of his 128 characters.

One moment he’ll rage against the festering mediocrity of USSF. The next drop an Elon Musk quote.

He even sites Jiro Dreams of Sushi to impart the value of patience and craft to youth coaches.

@3four3 isn’t for the soft. @3four3 isn’t for the close minded.

@3four3 is for those who believe the US program can reach the global standard – if it’s willing to take action on the hard truths it faces.

@iammoallim

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@iammoallim is a digital footballer yearbook. A curation of historic football images mixed with concise bursts of copy.

You’ll bear witness to such photographic masterpieces as Andrés Iniesta with hair or Johan Cruyff nursing a steak.

You’ll be hypnotized with GIFs of Zidane controls. And your pub quiz game will stay ripped with thought provoking stats.

But where @iammoallim keeps me procrastinating is with a slew of quotes from managers and players past. Quotes that reveal the origins and training sessions from the most progressive minds in football.

Follow @iammoallim and your mind will morph into a football oracle.

@fantasistaTEN

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@fantasistaTEN is the twitter temple for football’s hallowed position – the #10.

The feed verges on a Baggio overdose, but that’s understandable. It’s ROBERTO BAGGIO.

Where @fantasistaTEN excels, is in highlighting the obscure number 10. Journeymen creators such as Internacional’s Camilo and Pescara’s Ahmad Benali. Pitch wizards who don’t play for glamour sides, but enchant crowds nonetheless.

Still, former Arsenal assassin Jay-Jay Okocha makes regular appearances. Tampa Bay Mutiny demigod Carlos Valderrama too.

@fantasistaTEN will remind why football is your first love.