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UEFA Training Ground in 2012

Saturday 29 December 2012 9.00 CET
Daniele De Rossi

Features on the formative years of Lionel Messi and Philipp Lahm, star skills from Daniele De Rossi and Alan Dzagoev, the chance to show off your managerial ability with You're the Boss, coverage of UEFA Grassroots Day and an official YouTube channel – just some of the highlights from UEFA Training Ground in 2012.

UEFA Training Ground is the ultimate grassroots football resource, tapping into the talents of the game's leading players, coaches and referees to inspire and teach those only starting out, as well as those eager to learn more, while also highlighting the best grassroots initiatives from UEFA's member associations, plus those championed by UEFA itself.

Since launching in 2007, UEFA Training Ground has spotlighted players giving advice on their areas of expertise – including Petr Čech on goalkeeping, Xavi Hernández on ball control and passing, and Swedish women's international Sara Thunebro on building attacks from defence.

This year four stars of UEFA EURO 2012 offered their own guides as Italy's De Rossi presented a midfield masterclass, Russia's Dzagoev provided an insight into the killer pass, Croatia's Ivan Rakitić helped viewers hone their free-kick technique and Ukraine's Andriy Voronin revealed his shooting tips.

More budding coaches than ever have been testing their tactical nous in 2012 with You're the Boss, UEFA Training Ground's real-time football management game which puts you in charge of everything from team selection to bidding for team sponsors. Test your managerial know-how now.

UEFA Training Ground also showcased some inspirational stories in its Making Of series, visiting the clubs where Germany captain Lahm, England's Ashley Young and Poland's Brozek brothers began their careers, while also speaking to Romanian great Gheorghe Hagi and Messi's first coach.

Other special features in 2012 were an insight into the youth academy that produced Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta – namely La Masia – and a look at the Celtic youth system, in a year when the Scottish club beat FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Potential protagonists of tomorrow also took centre stage for UEFA Grassroots Day, with the Young Champions competition to the fore in Munich, while the annual UEFA Grassroots Day Awards recognised some of the best projects, leaders and clubs.

You can also watch many of your favourite videos on UEFA.com's official YouTube channel, while over 60,000 people are following UEFA Training Ground on its official Twitter and Facebook pages. With an inventory of more than 450 videos, the website continues to grow into a comprehensive one-stop resource for aspiring players, coaches and referees, with much more content in prospect in 2013.

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