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Exactly how often you should train your abs is a hard question to answer, because were all different. There are many individual factors that play into the answer, like your diet, overall lifestyle, fitness level, and training style, which all impact your recovery speeds.
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Usually, however, I recommend at least two days of rest each week. Its up to you how you distribute those recovery days.
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But heres something worth considering: Your abs do tend to recover faster than other muscle groups, simply because theyre used to working all day, every day.
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Abs support your spine through every movement you make.
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Even sedentary individuals who rarely exercise use their abs on a regular basis
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Here's How Many Times a Week You Should Do Abs, According to 4 Trainers the rebuilding process doesnt happen when youre exercising it happens during the recovery process.
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So, if you slightly damage a muscle and dont let it completely recover, youre not getting the most out of your workouts.
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So if we need to be careful not to overtrain our abs and other muscles, how much is too much?
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Sometimes, youll hear that you should train your abs every day in order to effectively develop your six-pack.
your abs need time to recover before you put them through the rigors of exercise again.
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Aerobic exercise utilizes oxygen to break down glucose to provide energy to the body.
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When we approach training for any sport, it is during rest that we make the physical changes necessary for this to be a long-term change.
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Many athletes focus on training hard but overlook the importance of recovering hard.
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Tiring the body out will reduce endurance and performance as we damage the muscles and sap the nervous system of its energy.
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Endurance work should follow the traditional training pattern of moving from easier to more difficult and from general to specific.
We must overload if we want to improve.
In other words: increase the amount of work done or the speed.
This might mean a ratio of jogging-sprinting of 60 seconds:30 seconds now, whereas next week we aim to perform at 50 seconds:30 seconds and improve performance.
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HIIT for soccer might involve 45-minute bouts alternating between 30-second bursts of maximal speed, followed by longer times spent at jogging speed.
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Another way of really boosting stamina specific to the sport is the combination of agility drills and plyometrics with sprinting and jogging.
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increasing maximal strength will increase speed and power, improving pitch performance.
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The amount of force necessary to run, for example, might be 30 kg (66 lbs) which is 30% effort for the weaker athlete and 15% effort for the stronger.
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Improving maximal strength reduces how taxing such movements are on the body: If we get stronger, running will be less difficult and we will be able to do more of it before we get tired.
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Low oxygen mask
Because you receive less oxygen, your body has to improve the way it uses the little it has. When you take off the mask, and breath the normal amount of oxygen any person without the mask would breath, youll have an advantage because your body is used to training with less oxygen than that.
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Train in altitude
If you have the chance to train in places that have a great altitude, youll realize that when you compete against teams at the sea level its like you had two extra lungs.
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It is no secret that teams in South America like Argentina or Brazil have a hard time every time they play Bolivia at La Paz, because of the altitude.
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But, why does this happen? Because altitude training causes an increase in haemoglobin (molecules that carry oxygen to the muscles), so when athletes compete at sea level they are more efficient at transporting oxygen to their muscles.
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there is less oxygen in the altitude. The training mask also helps you simulate this effect.
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glutes are one of the most important muscles in the lower limb. They give us the power and ability to make quick cuts, changes of direction, and sprints.
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Overall, stronger glutes means more stability, better running technique, resulting in more endurance.
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I would usually put in my bag two granola or energy bars like the ones you see in the picture.
They give me energy to keep going and help trick my stomach to make it feel like its full.
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The American Heart Association found out that keeping your hands cold while training boosts your endurance. Simply hold a cold water bottle when working out. This helps regulate your body temperature more efficiently for some reason.
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physical conditioning exercise should last anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes
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However, you need to be careful not to do the same exercise every single day. It is bad for two reasons. The first one being that our body gets used to an exercise after weeks, and second because by doing the same exercise youre exposing the same muscles to overuse.
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Also, not varying between workout makes it a lot more boring. Always switch and make different routines.
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Aerobic exercise, as the word says, is exercise that requires air or oxygen. When we are not doing exercise, our body produces energy through a process called cellular respiration, that uses oxygen to produce energy for our muscles.
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Aerobic exercises are those that can be done through an extended period of time without us getting extremely tired.
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This type of exercise is also known as cardio. Common examples of this exercise are: swimming, running, walking, hiking, etc. We can say that its an exercise made to improve stamina doing the same mechanism for long consecutive time.
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In the other hand, anaerobic exercise, is the opposite, without air. Anaerobic exercise is any physical activity that requires you to quickly be out of breath, like sprinting or lifting heavy weights. This type of exercise is not meant to be done through extended periods of time.
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Any aerobic exercise that become too intense, can instantly become an anaerobic exercise.
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But, why do we say that its exercise without air? Because your body gets to a point where, no matter how much you breath, it cant supply your muscles with enough oxygen to produce energy. That is why when we are making this exercises we feel like we are out of breath.
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So, what your muscles do to produce energy is a process called fermentation (yes, that is the same thing that bakers use to make bread). The process basically burns sugars in your muscles and one of its products is something called Lactic Acid.
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This acid is the reason why after an intense exercise you feel a burning sensation in your muscles. When we do anaerobic exercise, we are basically filling our muscles with this acid, making it impossible to keep training after some time.
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Plyometric exercises for football players are one of the most productive ways to increase your vertical jump, speed, and reactive strength.
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It shows an athletes ability to quickly change from an eccentric to a concentric contraction and their ability to develop max forces in the shortest amount of time.
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When you perform an explosive movement on the field, like tackling, cutting, or sprinting, it will benefit you to start incorporating plyometric exercises into your workout routine 1-2 times per week
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Football players need the ability to tackle, run fast, or jump for the ball
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Increased Endurance Plyometric exercises can be used to improve power and endurance. When your stamina is improved, your legs will be able to go at a higher intensity for longer periods of time.
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Helps to improve reaction time Plyometric training uses the stretch reflex mechanism in the muscle to increase the reaction time of the nervous system in that muscle, which results in increased force output.

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At the end of the sessions, the study showed plyometric training significantly improved vertical jump height, peak anaerobic power output, and 5-10-5 pro agility shuttle than just sprint training.

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Plyometric training (PT) is a technique used to increase strength and explosiveness
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There is consensus on the fact that when used, PT contributes to improvement in vertical jump performance, acceleration, leg strength, muscular power, increase of joint awareness and overall sport-specific skills

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How to Intimidate Opponents

Stand tall. Your posture is the key to conveying your confidence. This tells your opponent that you are ready to compete and are confident in your abilities.
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Take up space. Walk around in an assertive manner while sticking out your chest and holding your head high.
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Avoid standing with your feet closely together. This can make you appear fearful.
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Try crossing your arms across your chest. This makes you appear bigger and more intimidating
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Maintain eye contact. Look your opponent in the eye and avoiding breaking their gaze. look into their eyes long enough to see what color they are
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Have a smile on your face. A friendly look will convey to your opponent that you are not nervous
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Maintain a calm demeanor. Although it may appear that acting aggressive and excited will be the best way to intimidate your opponent, keeping a relaxed and even attitude will better convey your confidence. If you are acting overly animated, your opponent is likely to interpret your behavior as a mask for nervousness and fear.
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Wear powerful clothing.Make sure that your attire is appropriate for your competition. Wearing the wrong clothes conveys that you are ill prepared
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Show-off your physique.
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Exhibit your skills. Before you compete, practice your talents in front of your opponent.
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Chat with your opponent. Let your opponent know that you are not intimidated by having a congenial conversation.
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Try listening to music that helps you get pumped up but also helps you focus.
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Breathing exercises can help calm your nerves before a contest.
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Meditation can also help you rein in your anxieties and focus your mind.
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Get familiar with the surroundings. Depending on the type of competition, you may find yourself in an unfamiliar location.
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Establishing dominance is one way to help break down an opponent. What is meant by "dominance"? It is the inferior feeling that lesser players get when they face better players, and it makes them play worse.
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It is not limited to tennis. In chess, for example, Bobby Fischer, who was arguably the best of all time, had a debilitating effect on his opponents known as "Fischer fear."
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One of his great rivals, Boris Spassky, was once quoted as saying, "When you play Bobby, it is not a question of whether you win or lose. It is a question of whether you survive." Wow!
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In his prime, Roger Federer's simple presence across the net was intimidating. Federer did not just overpower opponents physically -- he dominated them mentally. And as a consequence, they missed shots against him that they routinely made against other people
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This psychological weaponry was a handy addition to his arsenal of shots when it came to conserving energy while winning lots of tournaments. It just made his job easier, as it can yours in competitive matches.
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1. Never Show Weakness
You can behave like Federer. If your opponent hits a great shot, appear to take no notice. Simply walk back into position as you always do head up, steady stride, under control and looking like you are confident, have a plan and know exactly what you are doing. This is a dominant attitude.
If you make an error, no matter how egregious, act as if nothing at all happened.
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Lionel Messi helps obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines for South American players
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For improved hydration during Ramadan, athletes are recommended to drink water frequently in shorter intervals rather than in one large amount.
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Ramadan shifts forward each year, through the seasons, and completes a cycle every 33 years
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Which football team have completed the most passes in a match?
PASS MAP: This is incredible. Philipp Lahm completed 134/134 passes (100%) against Hertha tonight.
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The only side to pass the 1,000 mark are Bayern Munich, who made Hertha Berlin very dizzy for 90 minutes in March 2014, in a win that secured the Bundesliga title ridiculously early and one in which Philip Lahm produced his perfect 134 from 134

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Their short-passing heroics has brought them many wins, trophies and kudos, peaking at 988 completed passes in May 2011 against Levante. Inexplicably, they were only able to secure a 1-1 draw.
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For example, in the Premier League, Manchester City set a new record with 942 passes in April 2018, against Swansea City FC.
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Barcelona then completed 993 passes against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League and Bayern Munich made over 1,000 passes in the Bundesliga against Hertha in 2014!
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Xavis 178 passes against Celtic in 2012 came from 184 attempts (96.73%). That Bayern team mark of 1,033 came from a record 1,109 (93.14%) attempts, while Barcelonas 988 represented 94.45% completed from their 1,046.
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The Box Drill focuses on your ability to change directions quickly and fluidly. When performed in sand, it requires you to focus on good body mechanics to make effective cuts.
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Shuffling in the sand really challenges your glutes and hips, and this drill will quickly have you feeling the burn.

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The push pass
The instep or push pass is a common pass used in soccer. To do a push pass, you use the inside of the foot (along the arch) to push the ball forward. As a result, the hip and leg/knee must rotate outwards to allow contact with the ball. Taking these elements in sequence
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stamina is limited to performing at maximum capacity, the focus of endurance is on maximizing time regardless of the capacity at which a given group of muscles is performing.
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For example, while a sprinter may focus on stamina and running as fast as possible over a given distance, a long-distance runner may be more interested in endurance: he runs as far as possible with speed a secondary concern.
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Another way to improve stamina and endurance is by practicing simple breathing or respiratory exercises. This trains the lungs to be more efficient, thus improving oxygen delivery and even mental mood states.
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A common respiratory exercise is to inhale deeply through the nose, hold the breath for 5 seconds, and slowly release the air out the nose.
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If an individual has to do one pushup per second, it is stamina that will dictate how long that individual can perform pushups at a uniform rate.
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However, if an individual just wants to determine how many pushups they can perform regardless of rate and time, then muscular endurance will be the determining factor.
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An Iranian national team player was excluded from the national team squad because he decided to break his fast.
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Three Muslim players from a German football club received warnings for failing to inform the coach about their decision to fast.
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Try Practicing Different Sports
You can try to play other sports aside from soccer to acquire physical conditions that soccer cant give you.
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One great example is swimming that improve our physique in ways that soccer cant. Going out for a swim once in a while would help a lot to improve your stamina.
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#1 Cold Bottle
The American Heart Association found out that keeping your hands cold while training boosts your endurance. Simply hold a cold water bottle when working out. This helps regulate your body temperature more efficiently for some reason.
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For me, this is the best exercise for endurance in soccer because it simulates what you are really doing in a soccer game. Sometimes you are sprinting, other times you are jus jogging, and other times you are recovering. It is important you do this exercise for 45 minutes without stopping at any moment. The reason why 45 minutes is great is because its the equivalent to one half of a soccer game.
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However, you need to be careful not to do the same exercise every single day. It is bad for two reasons. The first one being that our body gets used to an exercise after weeks, and second because by doing the same exercise youre exposing the same muscles to overuse.
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Also, not varying between workout makes it a lot more boring. Always switch and make different routines.
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VO2 max is more related to aerobic exercise, meaning that after our body reaches its VO2 max we start to produce lactic acid. When our muscles accumulate too much of this acid we are unable to keep running in the field because of the burning and tired sensation.
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In a standard weight-training session, it is advised to allow between 30 and 90 seconds rest between each set, however if your goal is to improve your stamina, try reducing this to around 10-20 seconds.
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The shorter your breaks, the more it will challenge your cardiovascular system which can prepare you for match day.
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Try completing a series of exercises such as pull-ups, press-ups, squats and sit ups back to back, taking as little time in between each exercise as possible. By the end of your sets, you should have a full sweat on by sacrificing some break time.
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To build cardio fitness with weight training, Gabris suggests, lower the load and increase the number of repetitions.
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"My arms are probably the same size as John Terry's legs" - those are the words of Adebayo Akinfenwa, whose rise to football stardom is due in no small part to his biceps.
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Akinfenwa prides himself in being the world's strongest football player - according to EA Sports' FIFA anyway - which was always going to be the case given his genetic makeup.
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No professional footballer should be able to hammer curl 40kg dumbbells, but thats exactly what makes Akinfenwa so unique.
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The RICE method is one of the most recommended forms of first aid and involves four components: rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injury.
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Footballers cover on average 10 kilometres every game
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REDONDO
The midfielder left the Spanish giants to join AC Milan in 2000, where he suffered an unfortunate knee injury during one of his first training sessions with the club, ruling him out from playing football for two-and-a-half years.
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He made his return to the football field for Milan during the 2002-03 season, but another knee injury in the course of the 2003-04 season forced him to hang his boots in 2004.
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150 minutes or more of moderate physical activity a week can add 3.4 to 4.5 years to your life.
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Research shows that combining diet and exercise leads to greater weight loss than either alone.

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Some players were sent to the dentist to get to the bottom of leg pain that might have its origins in the teeth or jaw
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We will not miss Maklel. His technique is average, he lacks the speed and skill to take the ball past opponents, and ninety percent of his distribution either goes backwards or sideways.
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He wasnt a header of the ball and he rarely passed the ball more than three metres. Younger players will arrive who will cause Maklel to be forgotten.
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- Florentino Perez
But despite that he was underpaid, earning only a fraction of what the likes of Zidane, Beckham, Figo and Ronaldo did. One report suggested that Becks earned five times Makeleles salary.

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Sports
Boxer dies after injury in world youth championship fight
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You want to go to specific events and put yourself in situations where you will be seen by potential scouts.
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He scouted a player on vacation. He noticed a kid playing with his Dad while he was relaxing on the beach in Mexico and ended up making a connection with the player
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Someone is always watching
Keep that idea in your head, every time there is a ball at your feet. Its your responsibility to do your best to stand-out every time you play
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Make an impact. Players who make a contribution to the outcome of the game get noticed. That means scoring goals, making assists, creating chances, keeping clean sheets, making big saves, and doing everything they can to help their team win.
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Most football scouts will arrange to attend a match with club officials or coaches beforehand, but not always. And even if they do, you wont necessarily be informed
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Tactical ability
A lot of scouts spend more time looking at players without the ball than with it
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Are you closing down opponents that may become a threat? Are you drawing defenders away from the ball to create space for teammates? A lot of scouts spend more time looking at players without the ball than with it
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There was a time when forwards had to be tall and stocky and wingers had to be thin and super fast
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The scandal of Africa's trafficked players
As we discovered, some even sell their family homes and move to the city in order to enrol their children.
There are an estimated 500 illegal football academies operating in Accra alone
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My mother sold our television to pay for his boots, and the other children didn't complain because they wanted to help him too. We helped him - so now he can help us.'
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'My mother sold our house and my two younger brothers started work at 12 to help pay for my passage,' says Bass, who was told by the agent he could make the journey to France by boat. The journey took two weeks
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As with Bernard, his mother sold her house to get him to Europe. He did have a trial, but he suffered a knee injury and the club lost interest.
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Yet selection for the academy is rigorous with coaches having watched 30,000 players in trials across the country before picking just 18 - aged between 12 and 15 - to be the first intake of the relaunched school last year.
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Campbell===Tour
When a ball flew towards them, Campbell would often take the fight in the air while Tour swept the floor beneath him.
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And when an attempted pass was played through their legs Tour would regularly charge to halt the opposition early while Campbell dropped back to assume the role of sweeper
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Fake scouts exploit football dreams in Nigeria
To solve the problem, Sheikh Jassim enlisted the services of a Spanish scout, Josep Colomer, who helped launch the career of one of the greatest players in history, Lionel Messi.
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Colomer, a former youth director at football juggernaut FC Barcelona, was convinced he could find the players Sheikh Jassim needed in Africa, a continent with a billion people wild about football
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With Qatars backing, Colomer launched Football Dreams in 2007 and over the course of the next decade held tryouts for over 5 million 13-year-old boys, mostly in Africa, looking for potential superstars
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To spur the players development, Qatar also bought a small club in Belgium that could serve as a farm team for the Football Dreams kids and prepare them to play at Europes biggest clubs.
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The residents of Eupen, a town of only 20,000 people, woke up one day to discover that their local team, the Pandas, was now owned by an Arab country they knew little about and filled with African teenagers. That definitely didnt go down well with everyone
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Football Dreams tried out 430,000 players from seven African countries and in the end picked 24 players
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From that it whittled it down to 3 infield players from each country and 3 goalkeepers.
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Can you go over how the project picked those players?
Before launching Football Dreams, Josep Colomer spent months traveling across Africa to set up the vast network of nearly 6,000 local staff needed to carry out the project.
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his team scouted over 400,000 13 year-old boys in seven African countries by holding over 26,000 games at nearly 600 fields, many of them nothing more than rough patches of dirt
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. Local coaches in many parts of Africa prowl schoolyards and other neighborhood pitches looking for the best young players they can find and often buy the rights to them at a very young age, hoping to strike it rich if one of them makes it to Europe
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One of the biggest problems in youth football in Africa, and in many other parts of the developing world, has been age cheating, kids saying theyre much younger than they are so they will have an advantage over other players
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. Age cheating is so common in Africa that its not unusual to hear coaches say things like, The boy is 17, but his football age is 13, although not when theyre worried about being overheard.
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Using birth certificates or passports to verify a players age is often futile because they are so easily faked, or real ones are generated using false information
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Although several African nations, especially Nigeria and Ghana, have had great success at the Under-17 and Under-20 versions of the tournament, many of the players who participated were never heard from again because they were much older than advertised.
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They couldnt hack it when they tried to compete against world-class players their own age
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But its usually possible to deduce whether a player is significantly older than he says by asking him and those around him enough indirect questions that help peel back the lies
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Still, its a huge problem. Age fraud is more serious than doping, said Saer Seck, one of the founders of Diambars academy in Senegal
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Foreign oil workers first brought the sport to the country in the late 1940s. They played in the sand near the western city of Dukhan, where the first well was located, and reportedly used oil to line the field.
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The country officially started its league in 1973, but relatively few Qataris played. Football had to compete with traditional sports like camel racing and falconry. Many players in the league were from other Middle Eastern countries and the Indian subcontinent, definitely not football powerhouses
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Due to FIFAs regulations, players from Africa are not officially allowed to move to Europe to join a club until theyre 18. The main exception is if a players parents move to the new country for non-football reasons.
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Rivaldo ...

A boy who walked 15km to training because he couldnt afford the bus.
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A boy whose father died in a car accident before he ever saw his son play professional football.
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Pele himself named him amongst the best 100 living players

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Start rehab with range-of-motion exercises in the first 72 hours after your injury.
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Continue with further rehab, including stretching, strength training, and balance exercises, over the next several weeks to months
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Range-of-motion exercises
Range-of-motion exercises begin right after your injury. Try doing them exercises then putting ice on your ankle, up to 5 times a day.
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Spatial awareness allows you to play with your head up, keep control of the ball and have a mental map of the game around you.
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You can constantly scan the field to assess the position of players, giving you more time to make a smart decision or be a step ahead of the play.
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Spatial awareness allows players who arent super athletes to compete with faster and stronger players.
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For example, Ryan Giggs of Manchester United has slowed down with age, but he still performs consistently at a high level thanks to his spatial awareness

Peripheral Vision
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Peripheral vision lets you see teammates or opponents outside of your direct line of sight.
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Improving your peripheral vision allows you to see players and movement further from center while still maintaining your focus on the ball or play.
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You can make no-look passes or evade an attacking defender from the side or behind. (Improve your peripheral vision with this drill.)
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Improving Spatial Awareness

Always keep your head up
Scan the field before receiving the ball
Develop your technical ability, first touch and ball control
Watch more soccer and take notes on players with excellent spatial awareness skills
Play 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2 while observing the body movements of the defensive players
Limit playing space to force quicker play in tight areas
Play and pass with limited touches (1 or 2 touches)
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At what age should soccer intelligence training start?

It depends on the player. Some can start at 7 years old some might not be able to grasp it until 10 years old. Generally speaking the earlier the better; introducing very simple decision making training at 7 or 8 years.
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All below done and worked out before receiving the ball:

a) Look / Observe: what are my options?
b) Body position: Open stance
c) Feet preparation: not flat footed; but fleet of foot
d) Communication: with your own eyes, vocally or from teammates
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The Reason Why All Soccer Players Prefer Grass Over Turf
A great example of this is a game that happened in the year 2013: Real Madrid vs Xativa. It was a Copa del Rey match in which Europes giant Real Madrid, faced an inferior third division team in an artificial turf field. Real Madrid players and coaches said it was unacceptable to play a match in this conditions

Because of the risk of getting injured, Real Madrid players changed their soccer cleats and the coach only started players from the bench. Still, you would think that the bench of an elite team as Real Madrid could easily destroy a team like Xativa, right? Well, the match ended tied 0-0.
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I think this game is a clear example that in an artificial turf field, it is harder to perform your soccer at the best level, and that differences among teams are almost none
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We used to train for a week, two times a day in a soccer a field, and the next week we would move to another soccer field. In this way we could conserve the quality of the grass and kept it in good conditions.
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today factories here produce up to 60
million soccer balls a year

the industry
designs are so new so top-secret

we
weren't even allowed to film them
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Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was left unconscious and swallowed his tongue during Slovakia's King's Cup final victory against Thailand on Sunday.

Skrtel was knocked out in the 27th minute when the ball hit him in the face prompting him to collapse.
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You should aim to consume around one to 1.5 litres [of water] almost within the first hour of breaking your fast.
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Twice a year Italian club coaches are invited to Coverciano for a presentation where the methods and philosophy of the Italian federation are shared. Additionally, coaches from other national federations are welcomed to view training and to learn more about the programme on two days each season.
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both Gullit and Van Basten were superb finishers and powerful in the air,
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Paolo Maldini was 39 when he captained AC Milan in the UCL 2007 Final against Liverpool
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The Rossoneri's bank accounts suffered considerably due to their futile attempts to build a new stadium of their own and leave their tenancy at the San Siro behind. Furthermore, the global financial crisis of 2007 played its part in affecting the balance books
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Their adamance on sticking to their age-old defensive style of play and failing to adopt a more offensive and fast-paced method of football can be deemed responsible for the same
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As a result, with the league's revenues from TV rights going downhill; the clubs found themselves miles behind in financial competitions with their Spanish, English and German counterparts
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Berlusconi is still Italy's richest man. He could still spend 300m a year on transfers, but his political advisers forbid it. In this era of austerity, it would look frivolous and wasteful
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they brought another well-known personality in Gianluca Zambrotta - another player past his thirties
Yonghong Li and Han Li completed the takeover of Milan for 740 million in 2017
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Justin Kluivert Reveals What Mourinho Said To Him After Europa League Final

He thought it was nice to see me. Mourinho knows me from the time that I was a little boy and my father played at Barcelona when Mourinho worked there as an assistant trainer."
So there you have it, just friendly chatter than a transfer arrangement, according to Kluivert Jr.
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WHY HAVING A MASSIVE ARSE REALLY IS A FORWARDS SECRET WEAPON IN FOOTBALL
Do you see how he maneuvers it to maintain space between himself and opposing defenders?
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'If its a sunny day, like today, I can use the defenders shadow to see which side hes going to attack me from and stick my arse out to protect the ball and roll away on the other side
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As an added advantage, the buttocks is a sneak attack. Its hard to dodge, and even harder for referees to see. If a player successfully pulls off the butt jab, they do it with their back or side facing you
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Many studies suggest that sand training could be incorporated particularly into a team sport pre-season training for interval running and sport-specific conditioning sessions.
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Sand training is also a viable alternative particularly during more intensified period of the season to minimize impact force induced stress on body.
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Another use of sand training that is suggested is for athletes returning from injury as shown in the videos at the beginning of this article.
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The effects of sand on these movement qualities, however, are opposite to what we aim to achieve through training. In order to run fast, the stride length should be maximized and ground contact time should be minimized. Thus, sprinting type of exercises is not recommended on the sand. However, sand may have a value to build first steps of power development in sprinting as this phase of sprinting has relatively longer ground contact time compared to the top-end speed phase

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In these videos, both Gareth Bale and John Terry trained on sandpit ground as a means of recovery process of return to play procedure from their injuries. The video of Gareth Bale was posted earlier this year. It seems that Real Madrid is continuously using the sandpit as one of their special training surfaces for training and recovery

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Take advantage of rainy days. When the pitch has a low grass and is very wet makes slide tackles are a lot easier to do. If you are at a dry field or an Artificial Grass pitch I would recommend not doing this technique. I actually wrote on article about why Artificial grass is such a bad playing surface.
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In the other hand, if you are flat-footed your reaction time will be much slower. It will feel as if you were glued to the floor and youll only be able to see when the attacker gets past you.
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The best time to tackle is when the attacking player has just made a mistake, such as a bad touch, or if they are off-balance
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Shuttle runs are often done as an agility test as well as a drill to build sports agility
 Markers are set up and you sprint from one marker to the other, do a quick turn and sprint back.
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Why Pep Guardiola's video before Champions League final left Barcelona stars in tears

Twenty four hours later, the Nou Camp boss unleashed the seven-minute video on his unsuspecting players.
"I need your help to win the Champions League," he wrote before sending it to friend and journalist Santi Padro.

His brief was to produce a motivational video using the music from Gladiator which would be shown before the final against Manchester United in Rome.
"The boss was very sentimental," says former goalkeeper Victor Valdes. "After warming up I went to the dressing room and was told I couldnt come in; they told me the boss was preparing something.
"When we finally got in we had no time to prepare properly and it was sweltering hot. Then he showed us the video that had all of us in tears."

Thierry Henry, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal , remembers: "We didnt know what was happening; we went inside and there was a screen and Pep asked us to stand in front of it and we waited.
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the elastic rope allows the muscles to absorb tension in the best possible way during the exertion, playing an important role in the prevention of injuries.


Another type of exercise involves the use of a rubber band for the strengthening of the dorsal and abdomen muscles. As is also the case with the push-ups, working on the lumbo-abdominal area is fundamental to balancing upper and lower body strength
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How much resistance training should a footballer do?
While resistance training should be a vital part of any players training regime, is should be limited to around 90 minutes per week.
And for the best results, this should be split into two 45-minute sessions. The benefits of resistance work will begin to diminish after 72 hours, so its always a good idea to spread sessions evenly throughout the week.
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Single Leg Hops / Jumps

The single leg hop is a variation of the jump squat and an exercise used to build explosive strength
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The whole concept of warming down is relatively new in English football. Many in the game believe it was Arsene wenger who first introduced regular warm-downs to Premier League clubs. From the moment Wenger arrived at Arsenal, he did away with .
the group baths in favour of group warm-down sessions
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Five ways Arsenal's Arsene Wenger changed English football forever
Wenger's approach to training was questioned by his own squad at first, but was then quickly accepted when it brought results.
Wenger relied on science rather than tradition when it came to getting his players into the best physical shape possible
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Spanish female footballers to strike over pay and working hours
Players also want the minimum wage to be raised from the current annual amount of 16,000 ($17,800) to 20,000. Additionally, they seek protection of benefits for players in the event of pregnancy.
73 of the 552 women competing in this year's World Cup are currently employed by US clubs alone. And that's no wonder: For everything from funding and salaries to public support, the professional conditions for female football players are much better in the United States than they are in most other countries
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China's state broadcaster CCTV has removed Sunday's Arsenal-Manchester City game from its schedule after comments made by Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil, state media has reported.
In October, the US National Basketball Association suffered financial losses after an online comment from a team executive prompted a crisis in its relations with China
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