How I coached an unbeaten team

In the summer of 2021, I took a youth team to an unbeaten campaign, in their first ever season playing together. While winning is never the most important part of youth soccer, I share some of the key tips and tricks that allowed me to achieve success with my team and instill a positive culture where each and every player wanted to return. In the first half of the episode, I also discuss the exciting opportunities coming up on TheMastermindSite.com. Follow the show and my body of work @mastermindsite and @desmondrhys! 

Longball Preview Show – West Ham’s European Tour + the Divock Effect

On this week’s Longball Preview, Kausty Kapoor joins Declan to review last week’s action in the Premier League and all the European action before taking a deep dive into West Ham vs Arsenal, and the relegation six-pointer between Watford and Burnley. Be sure to follow the show @mastermindsite on social media to never miss an update, as we continue to preview the remainder of the season! 

Longball – Roman Abramovich and the future of Chelsea

On this week’s show, Declan and John cover a ton of ground. In the beginning half of the show, Oliver Carpenter joins Declan to discuss the evolving situation with Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and everything you need to know about the current Chelsea climate in this political context. In the second half, Jamie Smith joins us again to discuss Newcastle’s resurgence, Bielsa’s departure, and this week’s marquis match-ups.

Longball Premier League Preview – Everton say adios to Rafa, & Tuchel in Trouble

John and Declan take a deep dive into the world of Everton, exploring the club's continued struggle to find their identity and get a grip on reality. The boys then take a look ahead to this weekend's match-ups, including a testy affair between Tottenham and Chelsea, and the John vs. Declan derby as Manchester United host West Ham United. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media to never miss an update. 

The Longball Premier League Preview Show – New Year’s Blues

John and Declan look ahead to an exciting match week, dissecting the intense title clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, and the all-important North London Derby! The boys also take a trip to the bottom of the table where Watford take on Newcastle in this weekend's relegation six-pointer. All of that and a whole lot more in this episode! Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media.

Jose Mourinho – AS Roma – Tactical Analysis – with Edward Stratmann

AS Roma and Paulo Fonseca parted ways with the Italian giants finishing just seventh in Serie A, but a more positive semi-final run in the Europa League and some encouraging attack-minded, tactically intriguing football. Legend of the game Jose Mourinho was the man to come in and replace Fonseca, and the Portuguese icon got off to a flying start in his Roma career, winning six from the first seven. But since then, it's been typical Mourinho, with the club now potentially spiraling back into their old ways. This week I talk to Roma expert Edward Stratmann on what needs to happen if Mourinho is to change the club's fortunes around, and the tactics Mourinho has displayed since taking over from Fonseca. Be sure to follow the show @mastermindsite, and give Edward a shout using the links below. 

Sam Holmshaw – Why everything in coaching needs to fit your context

There's a beautiful thing in the coaching community, where we all strive to share resources. But this inherently creates a problem. What works in one context, doesn't always work in another. Sam and I are both content creators who always get asked to come up with solutions to various coaching problems and share our thoughts on how coaches can accelerate their teams to new levels. While we love creating content and educating coaches, it must be said that everything we put out always needs to be adapted to the context of the individual coach, team, players and environment. The same could be said for taking things from the professional game, where very few lessons can actually be applied at the youth level.

Interview with Andi Gschaider – Founder of B42

Looking for a unique, innovative solution to help your players get through these tough COVID times? Look no further than B42. In this exclusive interview, Rhys Desmond is joined by B42 founder Andi Gschaider to discuss his football training app used by teams and coaches around the world, including pro clubs in Germany like FC Nuremburg. Rhys and Andi discuss how coaches can use the app to inspire their players, how B42 got its name, and the company's desire to make a social impact. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media, and stay tuned for more exclusive interviews coming this month.

Deadline Day Podcast – Episode 1 – Better with a budget than Barcelona

On the first episode on our limited January Transfer Window series, John and Declan take you through the latest rumors and done deals all across Europe. This week the boys dive into where Newcastle should spend their newfound fortune, grade Everton's new fullbacks, explain Lille's fire sale, and Lorenzo Insigne's potential move to TFC! It's the best time of the year, and we can't wait to discuss everything January Transfer Window with you this month. Follow the show @mastermindsite on social media.

Ranking the 2021-22 Bundesliga Kits (Bundesliga Weekly Podcast)

Footballing brothers Brandon and Ethan Wallis take you through all the latest news and events in German football. Ahead of the 2021-22 Bundesliga season, Brandon and Ethan assess all eighteen Bundesliga club HOME & AWAY kits for the 2021-22 season in this two-part podcast series.

Spin The Ball – Would I Lie To You – Soccer with Priests, Dislocated Kneecaps and Hamburgers at Practice

Spin The Ball is back! And back with a bang, as Rhys and the panel get together to play the British game show Would I Lie To You? football styled. Each panelist comes up with two football stories from their past, one truth and one lie, as the others attempt to guess which is which. Stories include Declan's experience playing soccer with priests in Rome, Victor's dislocated kneecap, Rhys' hamburger infused 1on1 session and Alex's interesting encounter with a global star. Subscribe to the show via itunes and spotify and follow on Twitter @mastermindsite. Submit ideas for the show using the links below or at themastermindsite.com.

Spin The Ball – Mount Rushmore of Managers, Underrated Players & U-23 Talents

Have you ever wanted a football podcast guided towards discussing topics set by you - the listener? Welcome to Spin The Ball! On episode number two of the show, Rhys is joined by Adam Palermo of TheMastermindSite and Bundesliga Daily to select the 'Mount Rushmore' (top four) of various footballing categories. Topics include Best Managers, Underrated Players, U-23 Players Most Likely To Win The Ballon D'Or and Academy Products to Break into Their First Team in the Last Five Years. After ranking all of the Mount Rushmores, Rhys and Adam discuss your ideas submitted this week and spin the ball to decide what's coming up next week. You can submit ideas for the show @mastermindsite on social media or via the links below.

Introducing Spin The Ball – Our Brand New Show!

Have you ever wanted a football podcast guided towards discussing topics set by you - the listener? Here at TheMastermindSite.com we are about to provide you with exactly that. Every week, Rhys Desmond, CEO of TheMastermindSite, will be joined by guests from around the world to discuss ideas sent in by you - the listeners. On this inaugural show, Rhys is joined by TMS legend Sam The Man to iron out the final details of the podcast and discuss all the listener submitted ideas for the first week of action. Rhys and Sam then prepare the ball to be spun for the very first time, deciding the topic of next week's show. And it's a good one. Submit ideas for the show @mastermindsite on social media or via the links below.