The ‘coach-driven’ method of talent identification rests on a multifaceted intuitive knowledge comprised of socially constructed “images” of the perfect player. When a coach selects a talent, he/she usually has the feeling of doing something selfevident, logical, and inevitable as he/she distinguishes between different talented soccer players without being explicit about the generative principles that guide his observation. Choices of gifted players are therefore made on personal taste, knowledge and expertise and this process is viewed as legitimate by coaches. However, such an approach is highly subjective and can lead to repetitive misconceptions in talent evaluation.
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