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DeAndre Yedlin is centre stage in a primary school gymnasium, helping to teach a group of suddenly rather self‑conscious children the art of trapping, volleying and heading a football. As they gradually shed their initial shyness in the face of the vividly dressed Newcastle http://www.authenticwarriorstore.com/Stephen_Curry_JerseyUnited player leaning casually against the wallbars, Yedlin, too, relaxes. Yet if Rafael Benítez’s first-choice right-back is ideally qualified to help spearhead a charitable mission to promote physical activity among North Tyneside’s children, the 24-year-old United States international is most definitely not your stereotypical one-dimensional elite athlete. Growing up in Seattle and studying at university in Ohio, a love of art and http://www.eaglesfootballofficialonlines.com/Stefen-Wisniewski-Jersey design almost rivalled football for first place in his Authentic Adam Oates Jersey affections. The interest has resulted in a clothing range named Roselle, Yedlin’s middle name. “It’s going well,” he says. “I’m just waiting for some samples to come back to me from LA, then we’ll be ready.” Judging by his Robert Golden Jerseytrademark style – slightly bling with an abstract twist featuring splashes of primary colours – footballers could prove ideal consumers. “Players, yeah, but I don’t like to put a market on it,” he says. “It’s whoever likes http://www.cowboysofficialauthentic.com/WOMENS-ZACK-MARTIN-JERSEY.html the clothes. It doesn’t matter to me if someone wearing the clothes is 10 or 90; what matters is that they like them.” If the admittedly unlikely idea of Benítez modelling Yedlin’s range while prowling the technical area would provoke delight, the prospect of Donald Trump as a client is less appealing. “I’m not really a political person but I’m not the biggest fan of Trump,” Yedlin says. “I have my thoughts on him. I’m not a fan of his policies, the things he says, the things he’s brought to the table.” In contrast, a player looking forward to renewing old acquaintances against Tottenham Hotspur n Wednesday night has nothing negative to say of the three managers he has played under in England. “Mauricio Pochettino [Spurs], Sam Allardyce [Sunderland] and Rafa have improved the defensive side of my game 100%,” he says. “They’ve all got different qualities but they’ve all been good to me. Allardyce is more the traditional English coach, Pochettino’s a little bit standoffish, he just kind of lets you do your own thing, and Rafa’s much more hands-on. Rafa does a lot more one-on-one work with players. “Rafa understands that every player’s different and needs different things. He connects with everybody on a personal level. I’m really fortunate to be working under him.” Benítez has taken the trouble to understand Yedlin’s background, to grasp the depth of his relationship with the grandparents, who brought him up and regularly visit him in Newcastle. The defender has never met his father, who is serving life in a US prison, but he is now on good terms with his mother. A mix of Eric Berry Jersey Latvian, African American and Native American heritage, Yedlin sports tattoos in Hebrew paying homage to Authentic Danny Salazar Jerseyhis great grandparents and the role of his great-grandfather, Irving J Schaffer, in flying fighters for the US airforce during the second world war. “I’m not a practicing Jew but my great-grandparents were,” he says. “It’s part of our family history.” In 2005 Schaffer published Red Skies at Night in the hope his searing accounts of combat missions and the psychological damage inflicted by battle might help veterans afflicted by Gulf war syndrome. Schaffer’s great-grandson knows he is lucky to http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-10-mike-bibby-jersey.html inhabit a very different world. Even so, in a football context, this season has contained some tense moments for last season’s Championship winners. “If, before Christmas, you’d have asked a lot of people if we’d be safe in early April they’d have said: ‘You’re crazy,’” Yedlin says. “You have to give credit to the fans. They didn’t turn on us when results went badly, they stuck with us, stayed positive and it’s paid off.http://cecki.de/index.php?forum-showposts-1500
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