About Grant James

Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds a UEFA B Licence, 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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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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Itumeleng Khune: New Bafana Captain Is Ready For Overseas Move

WITH this week’s news that South African head coach, Gordon Igesund had dropped Bongani Khumalo from the Bafana Bafana squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic, a new captain was chosen in the form of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. The 25 year old has 54 caps for his country already. After several […]

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Ryan Bertrand: Whirlwind Year For The Chelsea Left Back

ONE year ago almost to the day, Chelsea sacked André Villas-Boas after just a few months in charge. As with any managerial change, the new man will have different players that he rates. One of the major beneficiaries of the young Portuguese manager’s sacking was English fullback Ryan Bertrand. The last 12 months must be scarcely […]

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Daniel Sturridge: Talented & Hungry, Opportunity Awaits Alongside Suárez at Liverpool

ARROGANT, selfish and an inflated sense of self-worth. All these things have been leveled at Daniel Sturridge in recent times, but even more so after reports started that his 3 and a half year spell at Chelsea was to come to an end, with a £12m move to Liverpool. Are these tags fair? And just […]

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Corinthians: Opposition Analysis Ahead of World Club Cup Final Against Chelsea

Corithians face Chelsea in the final of the FIFA World Club Cup after beating Al-Ahly 1-0 in the semi final. How do they line up?

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The John Obi Mikel Years: Part Two

The John Obi Mikel Years: Part Two – Big Phil and Guus IN Mikel’s third season at Chelsea, he had a third different manager to play under. This meant different tactics, different requirements of him, and the need to win over another big name boss. The man appointed was World Cup winning coach, Luis Felipe […]

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Sunderland: A Look At Martin O’Neill’s First 12 months

AFTER Sunderland’s recent defeat to West Brom, rumours spread like wildfire that Martin O’Neill was on the verge of being sacked. These reports proved incorrect, and whilst the majority of Sunderland’s supporters are still behind their manager, how do you explain just 2 wins in the last 23 Premier League games? Let’s take a look at […]

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