About Grant James

Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds an FA Level 2 Coaching License, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.

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PSL Transfer News 2016-17: All the Completed January Deals

Below, you can find a list of transfers completed in the South Africa PSL during the 2016-17 season’s January transfer window. This is the best way to catch up on any PSL transfer news you may have missed. * This list will be updated periodically and only contains transfer mentions in the media and by […]

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PSL 2016-17: Season Predictions featuring Three Top SA Journalists

With the start of the 2016-17 PSL Season due to get underway, we spoke to three of the country’s leading football journalists to get their predictions for the season: featuring Joe Crann, Neal Collins and Mark Herman. 

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PSL Transfer News 2016-17: All the Completed Deals

Below, you can find a list of transfers completed in the South Africa PSL ahead of the 2016-17 season. This contains all the completed deals and is the best way to catch up on any PSL transfer news you may have missed.

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Match Verdict: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Heading into this game, almost all the focus was on United and their current problems. By full time, this felt a lot like the 0-0 draw in 2013-14 under Mourinho – a missed chance for Chelsea to attack a United side instead of the negative approach taken by Guus Hiddink in this game.

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Why Guus Hiddink has an Easy Job Replacing José Mourinho at Chelsea

With the news that Guus Hiddink will replace José Mourinho at Chelsea, let’s take a look at the difficulty of his task and whether he may actually find he has an easy job replacing the legendary Mourinho.

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PSL Season Predictions featuring Joe Crann, Neal Collins & Mark Herman

With the start of the 2015-16 PSL Season upon us, we spoke to three of the country’s leading football journalists to get their predictions for the season: featuring Joe Crann, Neal Collins and Mark Herman. 

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Prozone to Run Performance Analysis Course in Cape Town

The world’s leading Football Analytics company, Prozone, who were recently bought by American Sports Media giants, Stats will be holding their first Performance Analysis Course in South Africa. The first course will be held in Cape Town on Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August. 

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PSL Transfer News: All the Completed Deals Ahead of 2015-16 Season

Below, you can find a list of transfers completed in the South Africa PSL. This contains all the completed deals and is the best way to catch up on any PSL transfer news you may have missed.

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Modern Coach Steve Komphela Appointed at Kaizer Chiefs

With the big news confirmed today of Steve Komphela being appointed as Stuart Baxter’s successor at Kaizer Chiefs, we look back at an interview from June 2012 where Komphela discusses his use of Prozone performance analysis and video analysis in his coaching. This interview provides the best insight into the workings of Kaizer Chiefs’ new […]

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Football Performance Analysis: Four Must-see Links

Below are four links for anyone interested in Football Performance Analysis to enjoy: two presentations by ProZone Data Scientists, a well-written piece by Richard Whittall and a Q ‘n A session with Damien Comolli, former director of football at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Sander Westerveld Interview: Dutch Goalkeeper Talks Liverpool, Houllier & SA Football

DUTCH goalkeeping legend Sander Westerveld sat down with us to discuss his career, his silverware-laden time at Liverpool, South African football and goalkeeping in general.

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The Perfect Way To Celebrate Gianfranco Zola’s Birthday

Credit to Carefree Chris for this video from 2005, featuring 10 mins of magic – The Perfect Way To Celebrate the birthday of Gianfranco Zola.     Click here to download (54.05 Mb) Or watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzqhYxw5fcs You can also watch 25 minutes of the great man here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25MZuCzK1U  

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Why The Next Chelsea Manager Has Plenty To Work With

WHOEVER is appointed Chelsea manager in the summer, will hold some major cards. Firstly, he won’t be Rafa Benítez. That is a huge advantage in a host of ways. In all likelihood, he will not have a fracturous history with the Chelsea fanbase, will not have been unemployed for 22 of the 24 months before […]

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World Football Academy: Dutch Conditioning Trainer Raymond Verheijen To Run More Courses In South Africa

THE World Football Academy are happy to announce that Raymond Verheijen will be returning to South Africa to run a number of courses in July. Let’s take a look at Verheijen’s background and all the details of the upcoming courses.   Verheijen has previously worked with Guus Hiddink, Frank Rijkaard, Louis van Gaal and Dick […]

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