BIRTH OF THE YOUTUBE FOOT­BALLER

You don’t need a plane ticket and note­book to go scout­ing any more

Australian Four Four Two - - YOUTUBE -

Your club’s been linked with an ex­otic for­eign sign­ing about whom you know noth­ing. Where do you turn? FourFourTwo.com, ob­vi­ously, but soon af­ter that it’s Adam Ali’s chan­nel, ScoutNa­tionHD. “I started mak­ing scout­ing videos on New Year’s Day, 2013, so I have been at it for nearly four years now,” Adam says. “The first videos I made were of Jack­son Martinez, who had signed for Porto, and Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, who was still play­ing for Saint-Eti­enne at the time. The stan­dard of them was pretty poor, to be hon­est, as it was the first time I had ever edited video. “I used to search the in­ter­net to find ar­ti­cles about young play­ers I could fea­ture, but there’s a new sys­tem on YouTube that lets you do polls, so now I get the sub­scribers to tell me who they want to see next. “The one I’m the most proud of is prob­a­bly Martin Ode­gaard, as he quickly went from be­ing a com­plete un­known, when the video went live, to be­ing a su­per­star a few months later [when he left Stroms­god­set to join Real Madrid]. That video has had three mil­lion views.” Adam’s videos aren’t made just for giddy sup­port­ers, though. “I’ve had a few scouts say they’ve used my videos to take a quick look at cer­tain play­ers – some agents, too,” he tells FFT. “I have even had a few play­ers share their videos on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing An­thony Mar­tial be­fore he left Monaco to sign for Manch­ester United. “An­thony only had about 10,000 fol­low­ers at the time I tweeted it – then he moved to Old Traf­ford out of nowhere and sud­denly got to about 750,000. It’s a bit crazy to think that he shared it and liked some­thing I had made. “I don’t know what the fu­ture holds, but for now the chan­nel is go­ing well. Maybe an op­por­tu­nity will arise from it all – a full-time job or some­thing – but for the mo­ment I’ll just carry on do­ing it!”

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