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03-16-2022, 07:01 AM
 
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the legend Pele that once famously said that for children to become world class football players they must practice daily and have at least 2,000 touches of the ball in each session
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Techne Global Sports our focus is on providing players opportunities to practice small sided games, have at least 2000 touches of the ball in every session (1500 in the warm-up alone
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Adding Yoga to a football teams training will result in improved Strength, Balance, and Flexibility that promotes Control, Focus, and Recovery
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Gained flexibility improves range of motion
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How does GPS data help Pordenone Calcio fight hard in Serie B?
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what is visible for the coachs eyes could only be estimated but not measured, Even if it could be possible, we could be wrong due to many other aspects that are not related to the value that we are looking for (our expertise, our feelings, prejudices towards a player and so on). Thats why we needed a tool to eliminate this kind of mistake and to create a scientific approach to analyze what we were doing
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when you come out of the water and run on land you wont feel the restriction on your sprinting style, but youll have more power driving you forward
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The Coerver Coaching Method

For a long time, this was the general feeling of many soccer coaches. That you couldnt teach what these unique soccer players could do with the soccer ball. Soccer talent wasnt something you could really develop and those who played the best simply were greeted as though their talent was a gift of God and couldnt be duplicated
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Much changed in the 1970s when the Coerver Coaching was introduced. A Dutchman, Wiel Coerver, felt that soccer skills could be analyzed and taught from an early age. In many ways Wiel Coerver is the father of soccer training
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Utilizing the brand new television and slow motion replay technology of his day, Coever studied the game of soccer from a new perspective. He watched all-time greats such as Johan Cruyff and Pele, and then dissected their moves so he could teach them to young players
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Where once England squads were divided into Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool tables at mealtimes, now players from these ostensibly rival camps were pulling together as one.
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Miserable camps had contributed to Englands struggles in previous tournaments, most damagingly in South Africa 2010 under Fabio Capellos iron rule, but things were different right from the start
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What had otherwise been a fairly innocuous open training session ahead of Englands second game, against Panama, triggered a 24-hour media storm. Assistant Steve Hollands training notes were snapped, ostensibly revealing Marcus Rashford was to take the place of Raheem Sterling in the starting XI.
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DNA document : As the blueprint says: England goalkeepers will fulfill the role of the 11th outfield player.
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I dont know, Roy obviously decided for Harry to take corners, Rooney later revealed. I felt at the time that he was the top goalscorer in the Premier League. Hes a big lad in the box
It was Roys decision. But after the first game I dont think Harry wanted to take the corners so I went and took them. I felt I probably should have taken them anyway.
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a Russian reporter asked Southgate: Your generation of players did not fall as much as the current generation of players. What do you think happened to the spirit of English football? Your generation played like rocks. The current generation fall every time the wind blows. Southgates reply was a knowing one: Maybe were getting a bit smarter. Maybe were now playing by the rules the rest of the world are playing by.
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On the day of Englands World Cup semi-final against Croatia on June 11, Londons Hyde Park hosted a hastily-arranged festival of football. It is estimated that as many as 500,000 applied for the 30,000 tickets on offer after a frenzy erupted when mayor Sadiq Khan announced the free screening
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There was a phrase that Southgate and his players repeated all summer, as if it had been drilled into them like a talking point for a politician prepping for Question Time. We are writing our own history.
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History itself, however, must not become a burden.
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His teachers thought his future lay in accountancy or journalism. Even when apprenticed at Crystal Palace, he was advised by his coach, Alan Smith, to become a travel agent. However Smith still made him first-team captain, and Southgate went on to enjoy a 57-cap international career.
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Southgate missed a penalty in the Euro 96 shoot-out defeat against Germany
Yet that failure was the making of Southgate, said Matthew Syed in The Times: it forged in him the resilience that he now inspires in others.
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the first England mens manager to reach consecutive major tournament semi-finals since Sir Alf Ramsey in 1968
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Southgate was a product of the FA's system, having been head of elite development for 18 months from January 2011 and also coaching the under-21s for three years before stepping into the job vacated by Allardyce
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dropping his captain and England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney for the World Cup qualifier in Slovenia
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Asked whether Smalling struggles playing the ball out from the back, he responded: "No, I think he can. We have players like John Stones and Eric Dier and Harry Maguire who are even better."
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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere was also touted after showing flashes of his best form but Southgate was unmoved and clearly wants harder evidence before thinking again about a player who has been constantly troubled by injuries.
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"We'd love to have a team full of players who have won the Champions League but we haven't got that," said the former Middlesbrough manager. "But I want players who will be fearless, prepared to have the ball and show what they are capable of on the biggest stage. 2018
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Southgate's switch to a three-man defensive system once England had qualified for the World Cup suggested he had separated that part of his mission, effectively phase one of his job, from the actual tournament itself
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Southgate used a conventional back four until he could safely plot his path to Russia - and since then has appeared increasingly convinced a three-man central defence with full-backs pushing on is England's way forward
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Gareth Southgate and England: The roots of his revolution
Sweden are seen as Englands bogey team but the last time Gareth Southgate led out a team against them it not only ended in victory for the U21 side but helped to shape the senior squad of today
the seeds of this revolution were planted at that tournament
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England beat Sweden but finished bottom of their group. Sweden topped it and went on to be crowned champions. It was a blow for Southgate in his first tournament in charge
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the old line about learning more from the setbacks will have held true
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World Cup every two years
Gareth Southgate :But the calendar generally needs to be tidied up. We cant keep adding more things in. I agree generally with the concept of better quality matches. Fewer matches, better quality, across the board.
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Clearly, the biggest beneficiary would be FIFAs coffers
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But top managers like Jurgen Klopp are bound to have concerns about the potential for extra strain on their players while UEFA are fiercely opposed to the concept, not least because it could dilute the importance of their competitions
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the World Cup is arguably the biggest sporting event on the planet and the biggest tournament a player can win during their career. Making it every four years limits that opportunity but getting the older generation to see past the tried and trusted may be FIFAs biggest battle.
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As a traditionalist it feels you could lose some of the allure of the World Cup because the scarcity of it makes it more important. But I also get it that if you are a player who has an injury for the World Cup, you might only get one opportunity every eight years
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Political developments (in particular the Salisbury poisoning) coupled with fears about Russia's attitude towards race and people in the LGBT+ community saw low ticket sales amongst England fans (as well as the declaration that nobody from the British government or royal family would attend the tournament).
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Prior to the World Cup, Sterling was subjected to the latest in a string of attacks by the tabloid media, this time for sporting an unfinished tattoo
Throughout the World Cup, the BBC Sport website allowed fans to rate players, and for the majority of the tournament Sterling repeatedly came last in these rankings, averaging approximately 4 out of 10.
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The reason for this being so frustrating for me is that Sterling had a much better World Cup than these ratings suggest.
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and the argument can be made that his misfires in front of goal could be as a result of the stress caused by the tabloid media.
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"What we saw in the World Cup was England dominating possession against the lesser nations with a three at the back," he said on Sky Sports News.
"Then recently we have seen in the games away against Croatia and away against Spain, that they have changed the system to a 4-3-3 because they know they can play on the counter-attack against teams who play on the front foot."
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According to Higginbotham, the three-at-the-back system is effective against lesser sides because it allows England to outnumber their opponents in midfield.

"What they try to do with three at the back is create an extra man in midfield," he explains. "It's a way of trying to disturb the opposition's defence. You've got the centre-backs looking to step out, you've got full-backs near enough playing as midfielders.
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"If you've got Harry Maguire stepping out with the ball, what he's hoping for is to create a knock-on effect. He wants to disturb that area, drag midfielders towards him and create spaces behind him.
"The knock-on effect is that one of your midfielders can then occupy that space and receive the ball. All of a sudden you've got their centre-backs having to step out, too, which leaves space for the forwards to get in behind and get one-v-one. It's a domino effect.
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Wayne Rooney says foreign managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are helping to improve current England players
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"Ten months ago we qualified [for the World Cup] and people were throwing paper aeroplanes onto the pitch at Wembley," said Southgate.
"We were driving back to our hotel in Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters.
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Manchester City defender John Stones said: "Gareth lets us express ourselves. That's a massive thing as a footballer.
"Sometimes you can get too bogged down with messages from staff, players, wanting you to do things, play certain passe and you can't really express yourself.
"Gareth gives us that freedom and that is a massive thing as a player."

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Southgate has been rewarded for making bold calls and significant tactical changes, the most notable of which was to switch to a back three in the build-up to the World Cup
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Jordan Pickford has been key to the change of style
Pickford, who rarely boots the ball long and instead attempts to commence attacks from deep.
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Southgate's side shone from dead-ball situations in Russia, scoring more set-piece goals than any other side as hours of careful preparation on the training pitch paid dividends.
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England manager Gareth Southgate discusses selection headache: 'I commit a crime every time I pick a team'
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England manager Gareth Southgate says the strong competition for places in his squad is giving him a big selection headache as he prepares to make more changes for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Hungary.
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England international Mason Mount says it's a 'dream' to be on the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d'Or.
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I was a shy girl growing up - I didn't have any confidence. If you'd told me when I was 15 that one day I'd be standing here talking to Sky Sports, I would have crumbled.
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Back in 1998, a social attitudes survey undertaken by two Belfast universities suggested 58% of people in the province thought same-sex relationships were always wrong, nearly 20% higher than the equivalent finding at the time from the British Social Attitudes survey.

However, public opinion in Northern Ireland shifted considerably on this in the ensuing 15 years and by 2013, the figure had dropped from 58% to 27%.

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Southgate appreciates the personal struggle it has taken for many of the side to get to where they are today and knows the role players' families take in making them grounded, respectful human beings.
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Hence the manager's acceptance to allow Phil Jones and Fabian Delph to leave the camp to attend the births of their children and players being given days off to spend time with their families.
"Family comes first" is something Southgate has said on more than one occasion. His actions prove that.
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England have their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years on Wednesday - but the players were let loose with a rubber chicken in training on Tuesday
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Some things we've noticed while here in Russia that prove Southgate and his team want their players to love the whole World Cup camp experience:

Unicorns in the swimming pool
Dodgeball during training
Late night sessions looking through clips on the players' phones of fans in the UK losing it
Kabaddi during training
Southgate and his staff picking the songs on the bus on the way to training
Music during training
Watching Love Island being a nightly tradition
Nerf balls during training
Southgate refusing to accept he is a sex and fashion icon with the line 'I'm no Beckham'
A rubber chicken at training
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As England face biggest game for 28 years, they prepare for it with final training session - using RUBBER CHICKENS to warm up!
England take on Croatia in a highly-anticipated World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday evening
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They carried out an unusual warm-up drill and seemed in high spirits as they played with a rubber chicken
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But Southgate continued his habit of including less traditional coaching methods in his work with the national team as he had the players prepare in a jovial manner for the Tuesday session
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There seemed to be a physical element to the warm-up as England's players tried to avoid one another while they were holding the rubber chickens
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It might have been an attempt to help them with their quick movements ahead of a game where every minor advantage will be important
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Thierry Henry says he is quitting social media until online abuse is regulated "with the same vigour and ferocity" that copyright infringements are
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Southgate has also encouraged his England players to voice their own opinions about the 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar - as more nations begin to protest in support of migrant workers building stadiums for the tournament
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Southgate said:
When I'm in camp, I try to switch off from all the external media, which is not great for keeping up with what's going on in the world. But the world is a happier place if I'm not getting that negativity.
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players go in the dressing room after a game and players are scrolling through their phones
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Marcus Rashford's social media usage added to GCSE media studies curriculum
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It comes after the footballer used online platforms to promote influential charitable work and his stance against racism in sport.
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He has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on child food poverty, as well as ensuring all pupils have access to books
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He became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by raising 20m in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling child poverty.
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Football's governing bodies to unite for three-day social media boycott this weekend; FA, Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will not post during boycott; suspension to last from 3pm on Friday to 11.59pm on Monday
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"We know from our members' first-hand accounts that online hate causes trauma. The impact of the abuse can also extend to family members and impressionable fans."
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Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight
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Jurgen Klopp says it is "time for change" while Pep Guardiola questions whether the boycott will be "a drop of water in the ocean"; Nuno Espirito Santo says the boycott will need to be repeated to ensure the anti-racism message is heard
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Sky Sports has joined a host of leading organisations, clubs and players in not posting any content online for the next four days in a unified response to the rising abuse online and the measures taken to deal with it.
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Scottish FA Equality Advisor and Livingston captain Marvin Bartley says abuse on social media could lead to someone taking their own life unless companies do more to stop it
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Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce, who revealed his children had been targeted with abuse aimed at him earlier this season, said: "I worry about social media, not just for the racist stuff which is obviously disgusting. I worry for young people when they're vulnerable and they're looking at it.
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is completely behind the boycott and detailed the impact racist abuse directed towards Wilfried Zaha has had.
"In particular Wilf Zaha has been a constant target and on one or two occasions, it has even affected his mental state as one would expect it to.

"He has never indicated it has hurt him so much mentally he can't train or play football, but there is no doubt a lot of the things that have gone on have had an effect on him.

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Sky Sports will not post any sports content to its channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Tik Tok for the duration of the boycott period from 3pm on Friday April 30 until 11.59pm on Monday May 3.
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Cricket: The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday that it, the 18 first-class counties, the eight women's regional teams and the Professional Cricketers' Association were joining the boycott
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Sponsors: Sportswear giant Adidas - which manufactures more than a third of Premier League kits - is stopping all advertising across its platforms. Barclays, which sponsors the WSL, will support the blackout, with no social media posts on the Barclays Football pages of Facebook and Instagram nor the Barclays Footy Twitter account, while the company's other social channels will avoid all football-related activity.
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Joining Sky Sports, BT Sport says the only posts on its channels over the blackout period will relate to social media abuse
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Sam Allardyce has left his post as England manager by mutual agreement with the Football Association after one match and 67 days in charge
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It follows a newspaper investigation claiming he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.
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and becomes the national side's shortest-serving full-time manager
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Allardyce, 61, is also alleged to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth 400,000 to represent a Far East firm.
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The Daily Telegraph said Allardyce had a meeting with undercover reporters posing as businessmen before he took charge of his first England training session.

During the meeting, which was recorded on camera, it is alleged Allardyce said it was "not a problem" to bypass rules on third-party player ownership and claimed he knew of agents who were "doing it all the time"
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What is third-party player ownership?
Third-party ownership occurs when investment companies take a stake in the economic rights of players.

It was described as a form of "slavery" by Michel Platini, the former president of European football's governing body Uefa.

The practice was banned by the FA in 2008 and by Fifa in May last year.
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Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp have managed more games in the top flight
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba had been moving Coca-Cola and Heineken bottles at press conferences
And then Southgate was asked about it and, while advocating moderation, explained that without the financial input from these companies, sport - the grassroots in particular - would be harmed immeasurably.
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World cup every two years: But top managers like Jurgen Klopp are bound to have concerns about the potential for extra strain on their players while UEFA are fiercely opposed to the concept, not least because it could dilute the importance of their competitions
Southgate believes players should be involved in discussions while he accepts that his generation may find it a hard sell
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The cornerstone of football as we know it
today was the foundation of the fi rst football federation,
the Football Association, in London on 26 October 1863.
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The most recent signifi cant change of the regulations was
the introduction of the back pass rule. This change
imposed a new requirement on goalkeepers: it obliged them
to develop their skill of controlling the ball with their feet.
Many goalkeepers now have skills similar to outfi eld players
in this respect.
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goalkeeping techniques have not changed over the last
20 years
the major change concerns playing the ball with feet,
relating to:
the back pass rule,
playing as part of the defensive line with the goalkeeper
taking the role of a libero.
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the speed of the ball has doubled over the last 30 years
while the goalkeepers reaction time has remained the
same
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The goalkeeper may be able to run 100m
in 10 seconds or lift 100kg weights in the gym, but this is
useless if he is unable to catch the ball or read its trajectory correctly
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the speed of the game increases and the goalkeeper
has less time to analyse situations
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learning to manage fame,
resisting pressure from the media
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the ability to withstand heavy workloads, together with
good recovery
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a stable family situation is an asset for good
performances
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Goalkeepers after the age of 35
using experience (reading the game, anticipation)
to compensate for the reduction of certain physical
qualities (speed, capacity to jump).



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Berlusconi always wanted me to cut my hair. I told him I couldnt because my strength is in my hair. Thats why I made my ponytail. The longer it is, the stronger I am, said the Swedish giant with a burst of laughter.
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Macrocycles (long cycles which may last up to several
months): competition (period of maximum performance)+
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Mesocycles (3-5 weeks with more specifi c objectives)
monthly plan
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Microcycles (2-10 days around a very specifi c objective)
weekly plan
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Training unit or minicycle (2 training sessions)
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6-12 years old

it is essential to learn, repeat and perfect basic
goalkeeping techniques,
this is the age when a young goalkeeper can acquire
specifi c motor skills,
a lot of work on coordination, stability, movement, and
suppleness with and without the ball
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13-18 years old
the players must adapt to eleven-a-side football on a
full-sized pitch (technical aspects: aerial balls, tactical
aspects: goalkeepers place in the formation),
aerial balls, returning the ball to play + jumping,
1-on-1 challenges, refl ex saves + speed,
standing saves and diving + coordination

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Amateur clubs (1 or 2 training sessions a week).
during the competition period, time needs to be
devoted to technical preparation and work on weak
points; this can lead to improved performances on
match day
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Professional clubs
2. Macrocycles:
the preparation period
The objective of this period is to quickly recover the
goalkeepers instinct that is partially lost during the
holidays:
handling the ball,
reading the balls trajectory,
sense of orientation on the pitch

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Technical qualities are systematically developed
during the competition period
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This is why we need to incorporate an aerial
ball session at least once a week
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2. Macrocycles planning the 3 periods:
the transition period
Goalkeepers are set an individual programme for their
holidays which forms the basis of their work when they
return. The programme contains some jogging, strength
building (sit-ups, press-ups, core muscle work) and other
sports (tennis, cycling, swimming, etc.).
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There are more training sessions during the preparation
period than the competition period, so we can devote
more time to specific work with the goalkeepers.
If using split training sessions, the work focuses on
physical attributes in the morning and purely technical work in the afternoon
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The use of less traditional
methods in the preparation period can greatly
contribute to bonding and team spirit:
orienteering,
hiking in the mountains,
mountain biking, canoeing, triathlon, etc.
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In the regular cycle of four matches a month, coaches work on the basis of three weeks of development and one week of recovery (work on technique alone).
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Other abilities are
developed indirectly. In general, the training session
the day before a match concentrates on improving
sharpness
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individual preparation of 2-3 minutes, where each
goalkeeper does what he feels is right
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3. Cool-down
this is the part of the session where the goalkeeper
calms down using stretching or relaxation exercises.
During this calm period we can go over the session and
talk about the next scheduled training.
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5 ways to sharpen up your players
USE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
What could be better than the first day of pre-season training to refresh your players memories of what they did well during the previous season? Rather than launching into fitness or passing drills, why not spend five minutes at the beginning of your session helping players to open up a catalogue of mental pictures related to their best moments and best performances from last season. Ask them what they felt their best games were, as individuals and as a team. Also ask them what they felt stood out and what they have to do to replicate the performance again.
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2 CREATE AMBITIONS
Ask them to put it in a prominent position on their fridge, by their beds or in their kit bags. When they think of soccer, they should be thinking of the ambition their team has.

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Not being able to distinguish between bodybuilding and power training, and avoiding weights as a result, will most likely prevent a soccer athlete from optimizing performance.
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Soccer players, or any movement-based athletes for that matter, would use resistance training to enhance power and speed qualities. These types of adaptations are just as much neurological as they are muscular.
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Bodybuilders look to build mass by primarily training in a specific rep range and at a submaximal intensity level that optimizes a combination of time under tension, metabolic fatigue, and muscular damage to build muscular size.
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Power and speed are best developed through high-intensity lifts with very low rep ranges. Power and speed both require full recovery between sets to preserve the intricate intermuscular and intramuscular coordination required to achieve the desired neurological adaptation.
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Couple this type of training with the typical volume of running, jumping, and cutting done while training for and competing at soccer, and it would be nearly impossible to gain any appreciable excess bulk.
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Pele predicted that an African side would lift the World Cup before the end of the 20th century, but so far none has come close.
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The elimination of Algeria in 1982 is one of the most outrageous examples.
It caused outrage from the media and fans, with one Austrian commentator telling viewers to turn off the TV.

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Ever since the legendary Pele predicted in 1977 that an African country would win the World Cup by 2000, many people have agonized over why, 14 years on, the continent has not delivered, despite an abundance of talent.
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Ghana came close to making history in South Africa, only to be denied further advancement by the notorious Luis Suarez, who used his hand to stop a goal that would have put Ghana in the semi-finals.
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Why African countries don't win the World Cup
there is no team spirit. They falter when it really matters. And they fail because of the poor leadership and corruption of people who run the game, the greed and indiscipline of the players and the short tenure of many coaches. One World Cup and they are gone. They just dont stay long enough to perfect a winning system.

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The big problem is that top officials running African football, going all the way to the continental federation, are often embroiled in corruption scandals that have a corrosive effect on the players. In Brazil, Ghanas top football official was snared in a match-fixing sting operation involving plans to fix friendly games. The same official badly botched the countrys World Cup preparation. Poor organization left the players stranded at an airport for nine hours. Players lost equipment they needed for training. On the 12-hour flight to Brazil, the players rode in the cramped coach section, while the top official, his wife and children, enjoyed a comfortable ride in business class. And in Brazil, players hotel rooms were flooded. One senior player described the World Cup preparation as a nightmare from start to finish. Back home after the Brazil misadventure, this official remains in charge. There is no accountability.
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The Cameroon team, for instance, threatened to not fly to Brazil in a dispute over bonuses.
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the Ghana players boycotted training, threatening a strike unless they got their bonuses.The government had to rush $3 million cash by chartered plane to Brazil for the players to avert a national calamity.
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The Algerian team reportedly donated its winnings to the people of Gaza. The Greece players refused any bonuses, saying they play for the people. And German midfielder Mesut Ozil used his winnings to pay for surgery for sick Brazilian children.
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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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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
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Nigeria showed promise given that they were the youngest team in the tournament featuring 18 players who had never played at a World Cup before
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one Austrian commentator telling viewers to turn off the TV.
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There were calls for the game to be replayed or at least for the Europeans to be punished, but Fifa did not take any action.
But imagine the outcry if England, France or Argentina had been eliminated this way?
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Africans must show the same desire and discipline when playing for their country that they do when playing for European clubs, he told SuperSport recently.
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African footballers have repeatedly come into conflict with their own football authorities, as Samuel Etoo pointed out recently. The only problem in Africa is our leaders, who do not respect us.
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Etoo was barred from the national team for instigating a boycott over unpaid bonuses two years ago. The Cameroon team also refused to board a plane this year because of a bonus dispute.
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Weah, the only African player to win World, European and African Footballer of the Year awards, agrees that the governing of the sport needs an overhaul.
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Footballers rather than officials should travel business class on flights because they are the ones going to play, he said.
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One thing that's unique about African football is the way most of the continent rallies around its teams. Africa is not a country but African football certainly is.
You rarely hear Europeans talk about being European or teams carrying the hopes of a continent.
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Try to keep your legs closer to your opponent than your face to avoid injury.
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Never wait for the penalty shot on your heels; stay in the middle of the goal on your toes at all times so you can react faster.
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Dive for penalty shots: Never close your eyes as you lunge or dive for the ball.
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For reflex training, have your teammates line up in front of the goal each with their own ball. Have each of them kick the ball from different distances and at different speeds so that you have a variety of situations to deal with. This will get you used to high intensity game play, as well as work on the reflexes needed to be a fearless goalie.
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Focus on hand-eye coordination. As with most sports, keeping your eye on the ball is key.[8] When training, use a smaller ball than your standard soccer ball. This will help you focus better and make it easier for you to catch, block, and maneuver the larger soccer ball once you're in the game.[9]
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Look at players stances. Looking at your opponent's head specifically is key to helping you predict where the ball might be heading
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If the player is looking down, there's a 99% chance that the ball will not leave the ground. If the player is looking straight ahead, the ball might come off the ground a bit, but will come at you straight and hard. If the player is leaning back as they kick the ball, the ball is going to leave the ground
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During the last World Cup in Germany, I sat with two officials from the Ghanaian delegation, Sam Arday and Cecil Jones Attuquayefio. They were immensely successful coaches both domestically and internationally. They had won an Under-17 Africa Cup, an Under-17 World Cup, and an Olympic medal.
However, the coach of the Ghana team was Serbian. The Serbian national team had been a disaster at the tournament, even losing one match 6-0.
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It is considered a joke that an African coach should submit his resume to a European team even when they have the credentials and medals of an Arday or Attuquayefio.
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there are two, largely unnamed phenomena that stifle the development of African football: racism and corruption.
But really their talent is not developed properly until they meet the wise, practiced care of a serious, white coach'.
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rampant match-fixing, corruption in transfers, rigged national football elections
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Many players, even at the top of the game, have two different ages: their real age and their 'football age', which is several years younger.
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The Cameroon Football Association has been suspended several times by FIFA.
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Enke, 32, who had played for clubs in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Turkey before settling at Hannover 96 in 2004, walked into the path of a train near
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"After Lara's death everything drew us closer together, we thought that we would achieve everything. I tried to tell him that there is always a solution.
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Enke was hit by a train travelling at 100mph as it passed through a level crossing on its route between Hamburg and Bremen.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel contacted Enke's family.
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Enke had won eight international caps and was expected by many to be the choice to play as goalkeeper for Germany in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
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His doctor said he had been treating Enke since 2003, during a turbulent time when the goalkeeper had several unsuccessful transfers to clubs.
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Markser said the player refused to be treated on the day of his suicide, saying he was feeling well.
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Enke had lived in the shadow of more illustrious goalkeepers Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann for almost a decade - and it was only after the latter's international retirement last year that he emerged as a leading contender for the position, despite earning his first squad call-up in 1999.
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One of the two Spanish clubs he had represented, Barcelona, held a minute's silence before dedicating their King's Cup victory over Cultural Leonesa to Enke on Tuesday
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Saudi Arabia waived vaccination rules for the Spanish Super Cup - sources
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This incident happened after Morocco's football team goalkeeper Yassine Bounou answered the press in Darija, the Moroccan Arabic dialect.
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This incident happened after Moroccos football team goalkeeper Yassine Bounou answered the press in Darija, the Moroccan Arabic dialect. One of the organizers then intervened, asking all participants not to speak in any language other than English or French, pointing out that Arabic translators were not available at the press conference. Reacting to the request, Bounou refused to change his language. He pointed out that this is your problem, not mine, addressing the organizing committee.
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Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who officiated the game between Tunisia and Mali on January 12, mistakenly blew the final whistle at minute 85, this was five minutes before the end of the correct time. With objections from Tunisia's staff, the referee decided to play again. Only after 4 minutes of play, the referee once again declared the match over at the 89th minute, a minute before the proper time. The Tunisians furiously protested once again, rightly pointing out that not only was the official time not over, but that the game should have had at least seen 5 or 6 minutes of additional time.
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Less than an hour after this incident, more controversy sparked in the Mauritania-Gambia game as the organizing committee twice played the wrong national anthem for Mauritania.

This left the Mauritania players with no choice but to sing the national anthem without the accompanying music.
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Sir Alex Ferguson: David Beckham 'lost focus' after marriage
Beckham rose through the ranks at Old Trafford under the guidance of Ferguson and he went on to make 394 appearances for the senior side before his departure to Real Madrid in 2003.
However, Ferguson believes that the 38-year-old's wedding to the former Spice Girl back in 1999 resulted in him taking his eye off the ball.

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When Beckham once missed training to nurse his poorly baby, Ferguson demanded to know why mum wasn't there to do it. Victoria happened to be out of the country, she had an international career as well, but Beckham was dropped for the next game against Leeds in any case.
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The straw that broke the camel's back was the Flying Boot incident in February 2003. Ferguson accused Beckham of a mistake in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Old Trafford and kicked a stray boot in rage that rose up and accidentally hit Beckham above the eye.
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Not only the looks that attracted advertisers or skills that saw him score from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1995. He had his own mind and was able to challenge Ferguson's authority from a young age, well before he met Posh Spice.
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He fell in love with Victoria and that changed everything.'
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Ryan Giggs, who remained a United one-club man his entire career, recognised the relationship between Ferguson and Beckham couldn't be repaired.

'It was getting too much, arguing every other week and it was just time for both parties to move,' he said.
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After days in which the narrative had been dominated by Beckham pictured in an Alice band highlighting the wound, there was tension in the air when Ferguson broke his silence in a press conference the day before a Champions League tie against Juventus.
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Beckham still refers to Ferguson as 'The Boss'. 'I'd like to think I'm a little wiser than when I was 21,' he says. 'Certain decisions I made were wrong.'

He speaks particularly warmly of how Ferguson protected him after the 1998 World Cup after his red card against Argentina turned him into a hate figure elsewhere.
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In his recent autobiography, Ferguson revealed: "Arriving at the training ground at 3pm before a trip to Leicester City, I noticed the press lined up on the road into Carrington. There must have been 20 photographers. 'What's going on?' I demanded. I was told, 'apparently Beckham is revealing his new haircut tomorrow.'
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"David turned up with a beanie hat on. At dinner that night he was still wearing it. 'David, take your beanie hat off, you're in a restaurant,' I said. He refused. 'Don't be so stupid,' I persisted. 'Take it off.' But he wouldn't, so I was raging.

"The next day, the players were going out for the pre-match warm-up and David had his beanie hat on. 'David.' I said, 'you're not going out with that beanie hat on, you'll not be playing. I'll take you out of the team right now.' He went berserk. Took it off. Bald head, completely shaved. The plan was that he would keep the beanie hat on and take it off just before kickoff. At the time I was starting to despair of him. I could see him being swallowed up by the media or publicity agents."
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Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Victoria stopped David Beckham being one of the greats'
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He writes: David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game.
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Sir Alex, 71, accuses Beckham of wasting his career by joining LA Galaxy in 2007
There was no footballing reason for him to go to America,

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Wayne said we should have pursued Mesut Ozil, who had joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen, recalls Sir Alex. My reply was that it was none of his business. I told him it was his job to play and perform. It was a sorry episode for Wayne.
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Sir Alex Ferguson Didn't Want David Beckham To Get The Number 7 Shirt At Manchester United, According To Roy Keane
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Speaking in his second autobiography Second Half, Keane tells how Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to succeed Eric Cantona in the famous number at Old Trafford, as well as taking over the captaincy from the departing Frenchman.
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As Beckham's personal stardom began to develop, Keane says it was a problem and felt his teammate thought he was 'bigger than Sir Alex Ferguson'.
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David Beckham says Sir Alex Ferguson made him shave his head before Manchester United game
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Beckham recalled how he hid his latest haircut at the time - a mohawk - under a beanie hat.
But when Ferguson saw it, he made the former England captain get rid of it before letting him walk out onto the pitch.
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"So I had to find a pair of clippers and I shaved it off in Wembley Stadium. Manager always rules."
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Liverpool throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark explains his role
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Explained: Why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not wearing glasses


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In an interview with BILD, Klopp confirmed that he underwent successful eye treatment over the summer - and that it could be the end of his trademark glasses.
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I've been wearing glasses since I was 10 years old - that's 44 years," the German told BILD.
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he still may wear them occasionally in the dugout
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why he wont be wearing a suit on the touchline anytime soon
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I have no reason to wear one. I dont feel comfortable in it and I cannot breathe properly.
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I dont want to have to think about my outfit before a game, so Im really happy that the kitman can give me something that I can jump into.
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Klopp did wear a suit on occasions during his stint at Borussia Dortmund, as well as in the Europa League during his first season at Liverpool 2015/16 but maintains there will not be a repeat of that in the future
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Im not interested in small talk. I dont want to look good on the sideline, my team should look good. Thats my main target.
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When I first started in the Champions League I wore them because I was told by somebody it was a duty, he added.

But from the first time I saw another manager next to me not wearing a suit, I was done.
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In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Liverpool throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark explains his role at the club and why, despite what the critics continue to say, throw-ins are still undervalued...
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is analysing video from the win over Manchester United. Every throw-in will be looked at.
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For most, this is a perfunctory element of the 90 minutes. For Gronnemark, the man who broke the world record for the longest throw at 51.33 metres, it is something very different
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"I am not the first person in the world to think about throw-ins," he tells Sky Sports. "I am the first person in the world to always be thinking about throw-ins. It is my profession."
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Liverpool's appointment of a throw-in coach has divided opinion ever since it emerged that they were working with Gronnemark in the autumn of 2018. Some saw it as evidence of Jurgen Klopp's appetite to innovate. Others regarded the move with derision.
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It seems that the idea of a throw-in coach is still just too much for some to take.
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"Ever since I started in 2004, people have been laughing at the idea of throw-in coaching. It is too weird for some people. How can you be passionate about throw-ins?"

This resistance to change is all too familiar in football.
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"It is a culture," Gronnemark explains. "Football started, what, 140 years ago. I am 44 and for as long as I can remember nobody has talked about throw-ins. You can watch a match on your TV and a team will lose a ball from a throw-in, and that happens a lot for most teams, and the commentators don't say anything at all. You watch them. They don't say a word.
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"Then if the same player loses the ball seconds later when passing it with his feet, they will say: 'Ooh, that was a bad pass.' When he does it twice, they will say that he's not having a good game. If he does it three times then they will say that he doesn't belong in the team.
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Gronnemark freely admits that some of those who seek his advice are desperate.
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when an article with Gronnemark appeared in the German press two years ago, Liverpool and RB Leipzig were among the first two clubs to contact him
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In addition to FC Midtjylland, the Danish side famed for their stats-based approach, he now works with Ajax, another so often at the vanguard of innovation.
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They get in touch because they are innovative and they are open-minded.
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"It was the same thing that Jurgen Klopp said to me when he called me in July 2018," says Gronnemark. "He said to me: 'We had a good season in 2017/18. Fourth in the Premier League and a Champions League final. But we lost the ball all the time from throw-ins.'"
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FC Midtjylland scored 35 goals in four seasons that way.
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My big breakthrough came when Jurgen Klopp called me. This year I am coaching eight different professional teams around the world, spending most of my time with Liverpool and Ajax.
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But I can say that if Jurgen had not called me I would still be a little bit frustrated as a throw-in coach because all the teams just wanted the long throw-ins.
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"With Liverpool and Ajax, the long throw-ins are not their style so I am also focusing on the fast and clever throw-ins that I first started working on in around 2007. That is all about possession. How can we keep possession when we are taking a throw-in under pressure? How can we create chances and score goals from those throw-in situations?"
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Roberto Firmino's winning goal against Wolves came from a throw-in
"There was an unattached analysis on the net in September 2019. It was not my numbers or Liverpool's numbers. A person looked at the throw-ins when there was pressure with the marking in all the big clubs in Europe and he found that in the 2017/18 season, Liverpool retained possession 45.4 per cent of the time when they had a throw-in under pressure.

"In my first season with the club, that improved to 68.4 per cent. We went from third last from throw-ins under pressure to number one. You can say it is pretty simple, it's just a throw-in. But if you have the ball, you can create a chance, score a goal, or just keep possession and maintain control. If you lose the ball, that is when you have a problem."
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Could it be a coincidence that Liverpool are keeping the ball so much better from throw-ins? There is one rather big clue that it is not. What is the name of the only team in Europe that kept the ball better than they did last season? FC Midtjylland.
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Gronnemark is not telling the players what to do, he is working with the players to help them make better decisions.
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Now we do this, now we do that. Yes, you can do that sometimes.
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"I am working with them on approximately 20 different throw-ins. We have different assignments for different players and you don't learn that in a week. It's a process. I work with the players but the players are working with the coaches when I am not there too.
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"We are working all the time," he adds. "It is not just the technique. It is not just how to throw fast but when to throw fast. Like every other part of the game, you have to keep working on it. You would never say that, OK, you have been coached on that for 18 months, you can stop now. Of course, you don't stop. It's the same with the throw-ins.
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He hopes that there will be a time when throw-ins are not seen by some as a joke.
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In Rabat, African officials discuss World Cup 2018: What went wrong for African teams in Russia?
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Africa dominates in youth soccerso why cant it succeed at the highest level?
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There are many theories about this. Some have argued that African teams routinely falsify their players ages at youth level,
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Another explanation is that youth tournaments offer African players their first opportunity to showcase their talents for scouts looking to recruit for deep-pocketed European teams. For these young players, therefore, there is the added motivation beyond just the desire to win.
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And then there is the mismanagement, corruption, and general dysfunction that characterizes many the continents organizing committees. This means that the teams continuously fail to build on and institutionalize the promise of their youth teams.
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During the 2014 World Cup, Ghanas government had to fly in $3 million in cash in the middle of the tournament to give to its players, who had not been paid prior to the games. This was on top of problematic pre-tournament preparations that led one player to dub the process amateurish.
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In Nigeria, for instance, the manner in which the countrys federation fired, then re-hired national team coach Stephen Keshi, only to fire him again, shows just how shambolic these organizations can be.
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So why Africa is much more successful at youth than senior level?

All African teams in the U20 World Cup had a mixed squad of locally based and those playing in Europe. At Under 17 level almost all African players are still based in their home countries, probably already at senior level. Despite African domestic leagues being relatively weak, playing against senior players may give them an advantage over those playing mostly against their age-mates. African players, desperate to make professional football, may also put all possible extra effort at international tournaments to prove their skills. The unfortunate issue of using overage players may still play a role for some teams to perform well at youth level.
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At senior level African teams are composed of players from various different European leagues, these wont easily make a good team (even Brazil may have the same problem, they are a collection of individual world-class stars rather than a coherent team). Despite many earning good money at club level, some players think money over honor when playing for the national team
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STRUCTURE
The best teams in the world plan ahead, something that Africans have failed to implement so far.
A good example is Germanys 2014 World Cup-winning squad, which saw six players from the squad that won the U-21 Euros in 2009 play a significant part in winning them the World Cup just five years later.
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Despite the abundance of talent, most African teams lack chemistry, and its evident in how they play. They skip the years of work it takes to put together a reliable team and just select the best individual players they have scattered around the world and put them all together just before the World Cup, always a recipe for disaster.
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3. LACK OF CONFIDENCE
It seems weird to suggest that a group of professional footballers lack confidence, but the evidence seems to back up this school of thought.

After many years of failure at the World Cup, you almost get the impression that African players just feel lucky to even be playing at the World Cup. No confidence to be competitive, forever the underdogs, despite playing against their counterparts from club football.

A good example is Ghanas 2010 World Cup campaign, which almost saw them make history and become the first African team to play in the semi-finals but were knocked out by Uruguay on penalty shootouts.

Ask any African, and theyll tell you Ghana was denied by Luis Suarezs handball when the striker blocked a goal-bound header with his hand. However, in truth, the Uruguayan striker was punished with a red card, and the Black Stars rewarded with a golden opportunity.

A penalty in the last minute of extra time which would have sent Ghana through was blazed over by Asamoah Gyan, seeing a bitter end to a game that been dominated by the Ghanaians.

Another example of a general lack of confidence in crucial moments of World Cup games was the game between Nigeria and Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles were tied at 1-1 with less than 10 minutes to play, a result that would have seen them advance to the Round of 16 and knocked out Argentina. However, a display of nervousness from the coach and the players cost them, and the Argentines scored and progressed.

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4. COACHING
Not to perpetuate an unfair stereotype, but African players have a track record of indiscipline, primarily when a locally based coach is leading the team of mostly foreign-based players.

Most of the time, the coaches struggle to contain and control the enormous egos of these players, leaving the coaches in a bad spot and hurting the team spirit in the camp.

Its no coincidence that the three most successful World Cup campaigns of African teams, Cameroon in Italia 90′, Senegal in Korea/Japan 2002, and Ghana in South Africa 2010 were all overseen by foreign coaches.

Football associations in Africa have resorted to foreign-based coaches, showing absolutely no faith in the home-based coaches, a trend which is a problem in itself.

While its clear to see that some foreign coaches are indeed better than the local ones, these guys get appointed, and its merely a job for them. Even if they fail, they get their huge salaries and move on to the next post.

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5. ADMINISTRATION

The people in charge of most Football Associations in Africa are clueless and corrupt; a lot of them know nothing about football and are in those positions to serve their own personal interests.
Its always about politics and never about football. Which ironically should be their priority, theres always fighting within the FAs about power.
The solution would be for more ex-internationals to replace politicians in running African football. That way, we have people that actually know what they are doing in charge, and you can be sure they will put the needs of the players first.
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Daniel Scali (Australia) has broken the record for the longest time in the abdominal plank position (male) with an unbelievable time of 9 hours 30 minutes and 1 second.
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Daniel has CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), leaving his left arm in almost constant pain.
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"When I was 12 years old, I fell off my trampoline causing a severe break in my left arm and as a result I live with a condition called CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)," he explained.

"Its the brain sending wrong messages to my arm, which is the affected area. So anything like soft touch, movement, wind, water, will cause me pain."

During the attempt, he wore a compression band on his left arm to try and alleviate the worst of the pain, but as you'd expect, his condition made this attempt even tougher that it already was.

"Obviously putting constant pressure on my elbow and forearm, up to my shoulder did give me quite a bit of grief at the start."

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"It was a full head to toe experience of constant pain. My feet were numb. My knees were burning. My thighs were burning. My left arm felt like it was on fire. But it was all worth it in the end."
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In order to prepare himself for the ordeal of this record attempt, Daniel knew he needed to be in peak physical condition.

"I incorporated a few gym activities, my own personal gym use, and doing tons of push-ups and sit-ups to get my body conditioned for the plank."
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"I knew I had to get in place a mind coach. By doing this, it helped my mental state, to get through the barriers that I needed to get through."
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The World Cup is often perceived as a bit of a closed shop. It is usually the same suspects who end up troubling the latter stages, competing for the ultimate prize. The only first timers in the final since 1974 have been Spain and France, both of whom had previously won the European Championship.
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FIFAs centrepiece move away from some of the key axes of the game.

When the World Cup went to East Asia in 2002, the tournament was memorable for its giant killings; France, Portugal and Argentina all fell at the first hurdle, while Turkey and South Korea were unlikely semifinalists. Could a move to other unreached territoriesRussia and Qatarproduce similar scenes and give rise to an unlikely victor? Perhaps an African nation
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Training Mistakes Slowing Down the Progress of Youth Soccer Players
5. Not Playing Pick-Up Soccer


Sure, team practices and organized drills are great for teaching moments and ensuring kids learn. But more often than not, kids need to be playing in a more unorganized environment to complement and develop this organized training.
Many of the best soccer players in the world came up playing hours of pick-up soccer a day during their childhood.
No drills. No cones. No rules. No limitations.
Pick-up soccer inspires creativity, improves spontaneous decision-making, rewards team-focused play, and allows players to practice skills in game-like situations without the pressure of it being an actual game.

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Wayne Rooney Says Pick-Up Soccer Improved His Game
Along with Rooney, another soccer player who developed their skills playing street football / soccer is Dortmunds Jadon Sancho. Youre allowed to do anything, Sancho says. Theres no rules.
Wayne Rooney Says: if you can learn to control the ball and do tricks in small-sided games then once you come to a nice grass pitch youll find it easy. Playing in these small games and just working hard on skills, tricks, moves, it will help massively in the long run. Everything I learnt came from those small matches. The tactical side of things comes later but 95 percent of my game is from those days playing as a kid.

Training Mistakes Slowing Down the Progress of Youth Soccer Players
2. Ignoring Full-Body Strength and Balance
Better balance equals improvement in:
Being able to plant the foot for a clean strike on goal
Being able to plant the foot and explode out of a 1v1 move
Being able to land on one foot after going up for a head ball
Being able to withstand force and stay injury-free



Please, remember that with age it is wise to start softening your training and games, and watch even closely your postural and movement patterns. If you happen to injure yourself, you should be resting not training more and harder, let your body to recover. Keep the injured body part elevated if possible. Immediately after you get injured, ice the area. Ice is good for pain and inflammation. You should see a specialist and get it checked out. Its better safe than sorry.
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Understand your players
Every player in your team is different. So, knowing how to cater for everyone in your sessions will help you support their individual skill development.
Pete Sturgess: The STEP principle is a great tool to use when trying to manage difference. Knowing your players, their strengths and weaknesses is also very valuable because this can help your session planning. Matching players to provide as many appropriate challenges as possible is what were aiming for.
You might put a good dribbler against two or three opponents who like to pass and move. Planning in this way means the dribbler gets what they need, and the others get to show what theyre good at.
Too often, we restrict the dribbling player to limited touches or insist that they pass. Why? We must develop this ability if the player has a real desire to improve in this area and shows some ability to do it well. Build upon this strength, dont stop it or fr
own upon it.
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Benefits of Sand Training
1. Change of Environment
Its an excellent way to break up the monotony of a rigorous training program.
Recovery workouts on the beach are a perfect re-set to get you physically and mentally prepared for your next workout.
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2. Greater Demand
The second benefit of training in the sand is that it makes everything more difficult. If your goal is metabolic conditioning, then putting sand between your toes makes everything exponentially more taxing. Jumping, sprinting, shufflingany type of movementis more difficult in the sand. Also, moving in the sand challenges your body in different ways than a hard surface, forcing other muscles to work harder to move and stabilize your body. If youre looking to burn calories and increase your metabolic demand, adding sand into the mix will be an extra kick in the butt!
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3. Low Impact
Sand is a soft landing pad. It gives out when you land, so the impact on your joints is minimized. This can be great if you are recovering from an injury or just need lower impact movements. Many elite coaches use sand pits for various jumping drills. It still allows you to explode off the hard ground but take advantage of the softer surface to reduce high impacts during landing. The lower impact also makes running on sand less stressful on your joints over time than the pounding of running on pavement.
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The Downside of Sand Training
1. Train Slow to Be Slow
If you are an athlete whose goal is to improve speed and power, extensive sand training will be detrimental to your performance.When training for speed and power, a major goal is to improve the elastic properties of muscles and tendons, making you more reactive off the ground. Since the sand gives out when you push on it, the ground reaction forces are much reduced, thus slowing the rate of force development (RFD).
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2. Reinforces Improper Mechanics
3. Increased Injury Risk
This can be dangerous for anybody with a history of lower extremity injuries or anyone with a lack of stability and joint control.
The hard sand by the water is less dynamic, but it presents its own challenges. On most beaches around the world, the hard sand slopes down at various degrees of decline. Therefore, running on it creates an uneven surface, allowing one foot to hit before the other as if you were running with one leg longer than the other. This type of uneven impact can wreak havoc on the joints over time, particularly into the hips and low back.


less impact on knees, improves stride length and overall power. Stride length and stride rate are the two variables you need to addressed to increase your linear speed. Resistance sprints such as running uphill are great for increasing stride length.
Why Agility Ladders are Overrated
Why Agility Ladders Are A Waste Of Time
Agility Ladders Are Terrible For Change of Direction (COD)
Therefore it is recommended that coaches do their research before throwing random drills at their athletes. An excellent resource for learning more about this topic is the book titled Nonlinear Pedagogy in Skill Acquisition: An Introduction, by Jia Yi Chow, Keith Davids, Chris Button, and Ian Renshaw.
dont waste your time on agility ladders for a change of direction. Get with a friend and go compete against each other. I promise you will yield far better results and save yourself some time along the way.
Agility Ladders Are Even Worse For Speed
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Common Mistakes Young Athletes Make When Starting a Strength Program
They Dont Start With an Assessment by a Qualified Professional
They Ignore Their Needs and Copy Another Athletes Program
This mistake plays off the previous point, but too many young athletes dont fully understand their needs, so they just copy what another athlete does.
They dont understand that the athlete likely had success with that program because its what they needed, and it was built around their specific strengths, imbalances and weaknesses. There is no perfect program out there, but there are many programs that could be a disservice if given to the wrong athlete.
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What does a good foundation for strength involve? Possessing the ability to squat well, perform a proper hip hinge, perform single-leg movements, push and pull your own body weight, etc. Every young athlete needs to be a great mover first and foremost.
Once a great foundation is built and functional movements have been done well, you can begin adding weight and opening up the program with more complicated lifts and movements.
Young athletes can often get competitive with their teammates and forgo learning these functional movements in a race to see who can lift the heaviest weight, which is a big mistake.


We'd use a rugby ball and adopt the rules. This provided the opportunity for lots of changes in speed and direction, such as sidestepping opponents which wouldn't happen to the same extent in football. Rugby balls are also more secure in your hands, which meant players could disguise intentions or offload in creative ways. I was then able to link this back to football, such as passing to a teammate at the right time.

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Play would be directional (due to having a goal at each end). This allowed me to mention body shape could players receive the ball facing forward and think in a more attacking way?

Take the give and go, for example. How many opportunities would you have in a 2v2 or 3v3 to do that? Loads. That same skill occurs when playing 11v11. So why don't you practice where there's more chance of it happening?
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Small-sided games
Using small-sided games (e.g. 2v2, 2v1, 3v2) can benefit all ages. They put players in a less crowded environment and give you the chance to notice things easily.

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Paul Holder: It's easy to recognise skill on the ball. But people off the ball, who read situations and get into good positions, are skilful too. Like a goalkeeper who claims a cross between two defenders. There's the timing of when to come out, judging the flight of the ball, changing your speed... it all combines into a skilful movement of catching a ball.

If you want to play football well, you need to master three things: your body, the ball and decision-making.
Mastering decision-making: its rooted in a players ability to perceive whats happening around them.
scan the pitch
anticipate the actions of others
assess available space
get into a good position
entice the opposition
combine with their teammates.
Simply put, good decision-making is about spotting risk or predicting opportunity, and then working out how best to react.
To support your teams development, sessions need to focus on mastery of the ball, the body and decision-making. Small-sided games with clear objectives are a simple way to do this. They provide fewer distractions than a big match and players get more touches too.

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Sports performance & Injury prevention
In 2019 a total of 239,943 football injuries were treated in U.S. hospitals and on the report of FIFA, ankle sprain is the most common one
An overtrained athlete usually stays motivated, but we can observe some negative symptoms, such as lack of concentration, loss of body weight, increased resting heart rate, confusion in natural rhythm and technique, muscle tenderness etc.
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Why is it so difficult for PSG to win the UEFA Champions League ?
In the last 25 years of competition (since it was rebranded as Champions League) there have only been 3 instances of teams winning the trophy for the first time. Moreover, each of these 3 teams have more than 100 years of legacy and history. On top of that, none of those teams have ever won a second Champions League trophy. The winning teams were -
1992-93 - Marseille (ESTD. 1899)
1996-97 - Borussia Dortmund (ESTD. 1909)
2011-12 - Chelsea (ESTD. 1905)
It's evident that it took a really long time for the above clubs to win their first Champions League trophy. Compared to them, PSG is relatively pretty new (ESTD. 1970).
French teams have only featured in 6 finals (both Champions League & European Cup), the least among the top 5 Football Leagues in Europe and managed to win only a single trophy i.e. Marseille in 1992-93.
Players' psychology - PSG are undoubtedly the most successful team in Ligue 1. Players have a habit of winning almost each & every game, without even facing stiff competition from the opponents.

This is exactly what causes them to stutter in the knock out round of the Champions League. Players are almost clueless on how to deal with high-pressure situations.
Bad coaching decisions - PSG have had 27 different managers since their inception in 1970. Out of them, only 2 managers had the experience of winning the Champions League with their respective teams before managing PSG, most notably - Carlo Ancelotti.
In recent times, the managers were at as much fault as the players which caused PSG to crash out of the Champions League.

In the Barcelona Remontada of the 16-17 season, Unai Emery was guilty of having a poorly organized defense, that gave away vital penalties to Barcelona. Moreover, he fielded Di Maria very late in the game (55th minute), who could have boosted the midfield prowess of PSG from a very early stage & even had the experience of playing in the daunting Camp Nou stadium for 4 years, with Real Madrid.
This brings the end of this article. On a concluding note, one might say that PSG are a brilliant team, but winning the Champions League requires something that even money can't buy - experience and legacy.
What is irrefutable is the progress made in terms of the big overall goal of Champions League success since 2019 with PSG now a genuine force that even the strongest European teams will not relish facing next season and beyond.

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OPINION: 4 Reasons PSG Will Never Win The Champions' Leagu
1. Poor Quality of their League
A look at their table shows how PSG has been dominating the league since. PSG experienced its best season to date in 201516. The capital club won all four domestic titles (Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions) and reached the quarter-finals of the UCL. In Ligue 1, PSG finished with 96 points (national record), while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 50 goals in all competitions (national record). However, the club's record for most goals in a season was set in 201718, when PSG scored 171 goals in all competitions (108 in the league). This is no joke to be honest. Scoring 171 goals is no joke. They were scoring for fun. However, they were denied the league in 1718, thanks to Monacos extraordinary performance. With 87 points and Cavani scoring 49 should have enough to win the league. But surprisingly Monaco sold their best players the following season and have been declining since then.
2. Lack of Champions' League Winning Manager
3. Lack of Teamwork
PSG have some of the best individuals players in the team but thats not what leads to glory but to the big bill. The reason why Neymar was signed is to win the UCL and he cant do it alone. And its not a player but a manager who can win you the trophy. They have been doing it the wrong way. PSG must work as a team if they want to achieve what they are seeking for.


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Al-Khelaifi
Valcke, ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man, was banned from football for 10 years in 2016 for a series of alleged breaches
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the resale of World Cup tickets, bribery and failure to co-operate with investigators.
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Paris Saint-Germains Qatari owners have spent $1.17 billion on players, but the Champions League is still out of reach
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Liverpool has spent $220 million on new players, after reaching last seasons Champions League final.
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Qatari Investment Authority took over Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 and has invested over 1 billion.
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PSG has only managed one Champions League semi-final appearance in 1995, well before Nasser Al-Khelaifis millions came to Paris.
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The PSG squad boasts the worlds two most expensive players. Mbappes transfer fee of 135 million ($158 million) from Monaco was made permanent earlier this summer, a figure only topped by the 222 million PSG paid for Neymar a year earlier.
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Nasser Al-Khelafi is setting the bar high for PSG next season. The French champions won't be satisfied with continuing their domestic successes and are keen to finally make their mark on the international stage.
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How to Stop Being Timid During Soccer Games
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If you are focused on what might happen, making mistakes or the consequences of failing to get the ball, you will be more reserved on the field.
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You are afraid that if you go for the ball and are unsuccessful, you are going to get caught out of position, allow the opposing team to make a run down the field and give them an opportunity to score.
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1-Be Early
Everyone is late sometimes but if youre always early, or always late, the coach will notice.
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2-Short Breaks
Be the first one back on the field after a water break.
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Instead of just telling your teammates what to do, physically do it yourself as well. A great leader shows what should be done instead of just talking about it.
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Show respect on and off the field.
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Listen to constructive criticism.
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Do things that shows that you are willing to listen to their advice.
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start cheering for your teammates when you're on the sidelines, or give words of encouragement during a game or tough practice.
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Just because youre on the bench doesnt mean another player is better, but maybe your complaining or body language is whats keeping you from getting more minutes, not your skills.
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sit up straight, be interested in the game, dont sulk, dont complain about players on the field.
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When the coach looks over at the bench for a player to go in, go ahead and make eye contact. Look like youre eager to help your team out.
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IMPRESS YOUR COACH WITH GOOD EYE CONTACT
And dont look like you are bored even if you are.
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2. Surround yourself with good company, pick someone who is better than yousomeone who is focused that will push you to be your best laxer.
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Success comes from little repeated efforts during practice and games over the course of the whole season.
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Coaches love it when players ask them after practice what they need to work on, It means they care.
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BEING EARLY TO SOCCER PRACTICE WILL IMPRESS COACH
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Kylian Mbapp: How to defend against him
The 21-year-old prodigy scored a goal in the final against Croatia, becoming the second-youngest goalscorer in a World Cup final behind Pele.
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The quality of his support allows him to have a very good acceleration on the first meters.
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The PSG striker also has a great balance, which allows him to be very effective on fake shots and changes of direction.
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He is not an excellent passer, but the quality of his runs and off the ball movements puts him in a good position to make assists
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His dribbles are generally long, with ample gestures.
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If you compare him to Jadon Sancho, another great talent, there are some differences Sancho will tend to make short dribbles, keeping the ball very close to his foot, while Mbapp is rather the opposite.
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Even in small spaces, Mbapp can allow himself dribbles or ball controls that are longer as his explosiveness coupled with very good supports still allow him to be first on the ball.
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But its in the big spaces that Mbapp is the most efficient.
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When you defend against Mbapp, you have to be psychologically ready and focus all time.
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He is excellent in large spaces and the fact that he starts from a more off-centre position allows him to free himself from the opposing axial density.
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As you can see on the graph on the left above, Mbapp improves his teams game more by running than by passing.
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The most difficult and important thing for a defender against Mbapp is to manage his distance from him.
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The 2018 World Champion must be given very little space and he must never be able to turn around or be able to accelerate.
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You must not be too far away from him to be able to intervene if he receives the ball, nor too close so as not to be caught in the depth or on his first touch.



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In the above action, Axel Disasi is at a good distance from
Mbapp, as he is able to intervene if the latter receives the ball in the feet, but is also able to contain him in the depths.
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Note the interesting orientation of Disasis body, especially his shoulders, which are oriented in the direction of the young PSG player to anticipate a possible run in-depth.
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Defending on Mbapp also means adapting this distance according to the game action. If Mbapp drops deep to participate in the build-up play, the defender who marks him can be very close to him as the depth would be covered by his teammates.
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Thiago Silvas match against Mbapp in the 2017 League Cup final is an excellent example of how it is possible to manage Mbapp.
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But the way Silva left him very little space to express himself throughout the match was remarkable.
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It was an important psychological factor that day, as Silva had put a lot of physical commitment and pressure on Mbapp, showing great dominance.
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Van Dijk gave him a little space, but above all, he was able to control all the space that was in his back. The Liverpool defender showed a lot of patience, calm, and did not rush to optimize time and space.
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When Mbapp has to make a decision, space is already very narrow.
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When you know that Mbapp is so good in the big spaces, its important to know how to reduce his spaces as much as possible.
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Van Dijks ability to leave no clue as to his intentions put a lot of pressure on Mbapp. He made him move where he wanted him to move.
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Flexibility is important for mobility and for injury prevention.
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Good hamstring flexibility is important for football players in the ball kicking skill.
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The sit and reach test can be done for lower back and hamstring flexibility.
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The ability to quickly change direction is very important for football. The 505 agility test is a simple agility test that measures the ability to change direction 180 degrees.
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There are also more complex tests designed specifically for the demands of soccer such as the Balsom Run, and the Arrowhead Agility is commonly used for soccer players.
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Repeat sprint tests are designed to measure not only anaerobic power, but also the ability to recover from short bursts of high intensity exercise.
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You can test just the repeat sprint ability with tests such as Sprint Fatigue Test.
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For more soccer specific activities designed to simulate the demands of soccer matches, the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test includes jogging, running and sprinting.
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Tests for the goalkeeper should concentrate on explosive power and flexibility. Some type of reaction test could also be incorporated.
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10 Metre Sprint: This test evaluates your soccer players acceleration and quickness.
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40 Metre Sprint: This test gives you an idea of your players speed potential. Most soccer players reach full speed between 40 -60 metres.
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T Agility Run: This test gives an idea how well your soccer players are can stop and change direction.
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How it Works: Players start on a beep and run/jog twenty meters and wait until the next beep. The time between beeps is less as the test progresses.
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Players continue until they no longer reach the twenty meter mark before the beep.
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Apparently David Beckham in his prime could complete the entire beep test for all 23 levels.
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Best conditioned athletes on average reach above the 14th level and below the 16th level. I have personally observed a 19 old year old male soccer player reach level 14.
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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side smashed the record for the most points in a single campaign in the Premier League era with 100 points in 2017-18, and Manchester United have also won the title with more than the 90 the Gunners collected on their unbeaten run.
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But neither of those great teams can say they have ever gone an entire season without losing a league game.
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The Invincibles, The reason for the nickname is that they went unbeaten in their 38 league matches. They won 26 games and drew 12.
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Toure - Why partnership with Campbell worked
The pairing was really good. Sol was great in the air and I was really fast along the ground.
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Mbappe Weaknesses: Defensive contribution, Aerial Duels, Offside awareness
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Mbapp needs to be more confident when contesting aerial duels.
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According to Squawka, the 18-year-old has only won 20% of his aerial challenges this term.
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Jose Mourinho: The Unemployed One has made more than 50m from his sackings

'I miss my football', says jobless Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho and Iker Casillas' Relationship Broke Down After Xavi Phone Call
'Iker deserves a lot of credit' said Xavi in a recent Marca interview. 'He called me and [Carles] Puyol. I told him that both sides had to look at themselves. He was looking out for the interests of Spanish football.'
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For Mourinho it was treachery. He had decided that the only way to beat Barcelona was to make war with them; Casillas had effectively raised the white flag.
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Mbappe has shared a dressing room with another star at PSG in Neymar, who the young French forward apparently helped to adapt to life and customs in Paris.
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Weaknesses
Defensive contribution,Aerial Duels,Offside awareness
"In Brazil, they are more festive, in France more serious," Mbappe said.
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"Here it's not considered good to display your passions. People will think he's neglecting PSG because he plays poker.
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"I think he has begun to understand that. At first it was hard for him because he experienced it as an affront.
"When he arrived, they put his face on the Eiffel Tower, and six months later they're asking him why he's playing poker.
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Wenger had not only revolutionised Arsenal but the entire division, introducing new training, fitness and dieting regimes that forced managers across the country to follow suit and demand greater professionalism and discipline from their players.
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Gone were the days of victories being celebrated with fatty food and several pints of beer.
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Knee hugs



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Interestingly research has revealed how approximately 450 of the movements which are performed involve a change in direction of over 120 degrees thats about 50% of all turns made by a player in one match.
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This is a clear signal that you must work on conditioning the joints and muscles involved in performing these movement patterns.
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Research has also shown that players change movement pattern over 11 times every minute.This puts huge demands on the ankle, knee and hip joints.
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The number of different movement patterns a top-class player will use in a single match is estimated to be well over 100.
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Running in a straight line just wont achieve that result.
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Its also going to take more than running to achieve the strengthening and preparation of your joints and muscles for a game situation, this is where your strength training really pays dividends.
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Most runs you make are between 5 and 30m; the most common distance is about 10m.
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To some of you this will appear very short, but doing 100m sprints to improve your speed for football just isnt going to be effective.
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Its not about top speed, its about effective speed.
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Depending on your position, on average youll be making a 2-3 second all-out sprint about once every 90 seconds and making/receiving passes about 30 times during a match.
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The total distance covered is usually anywhere between 8-12km.
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You can make up to 1000 changes of direction over the course of a match!
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There are however a couple occasions when going for a long-distance run can be an appropriate choice: firstly, when youre injured and need to get the injured region used to bearing weight again, and secondly for mental wellbeing - to relieve stress for example.
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Injuries: When youre injured you have to build up gradually to a return to football-specific training, whilst aiming to maintain cardiovascular fitness.
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Going for steady state runs, depending on the nature and severity of the injury, is definitely a viable option.
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Its important to emphasise the need for a thorough warm up and cool down before these sessions to avoid re-injury.
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The soccer run is a variation of the well-known and popular Fartlek.
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elliptical Specific low-intensity

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Some of the symptoms of overtraining/fatigue are:
Decrease in performance
Increased muscle soreness
Elevated resting heart rate
No desire to train
Altered sleep patterns
Irritability
Decreased appetite
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An Ideal Recovery Session
Stays at about 65% of the Maximum Heart Rate
Low Physical Contact
Nutrition
Chocolate Milk
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Research suggests that the optimal time to drink chocolate
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60-Minute Max Session
Exceeding may diminish regeneration

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Recover Physically = Rest Mentally

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Physical Recovery
Icing
Muscle Massage
Rest
Nutrition
Chocolate Milk
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Mental Recovery
Focus on the next game
Dont dwell on mistakes/ Dont expect every
game to be the same
Look at what worked/didnt work from
previous games
Positivity
Mental Relaxation
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Not getting enough rest can have serious consequences
in youth soccer when players are still growing and
developing
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Gerardo Bedoya: The story of the world's 'dirtiest' footballer
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Bedoya accumulated 45 red cards during a 20-year playing career - which ended in 2015 - with a further two dismissals arriving from the dugout since.
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He received his first as an assistant coach after just 21 minutes in 2016.
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Perhaps the most remembered, his 41st red card was awarded after he was penalised for elbowing an opponent and a subsequent kick-out at the floored player's head earned him a 15-match ban.
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Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka have all been racially abused on social media after they missed penalties in the shootout defeat at Wembley.
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The players spend some time with their families after the game, with Southgate making sure to speak to everyone individually before they left the dressing room.

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To show what they think of him, he has had a row of toilets named after him in Italy.
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The Spain defender, 32, told reporters afterwards he would "be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]".
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Uefa opened an investigation and gave him with an additional one-match ban for obtaining a booking deliberately.
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By picking up a suspension at this stage, Ramos reduced the risk of missing a potentially more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.
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Ramos clarified his post-match comments, saying: "I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking."It was a very dangerous counter-attack in the 88th minute, with an open match and the tie as well."
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Part of Gareth Southgate's success could be his willingness to turn to football outsiders to help prepare his England team.
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This is why when Sir Clive Woodward - a world-class rugby coach - was appointed as an assistant coach at Southampton FC a few years ago, there was uproar. "But he's a rugby person", football insiders said in horror.
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The same is true of many of the big tech firms such as Google which, a decade or so ago, wondered why innovation had dried up, despite hiring so many brilliant software engineers.
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They then realised that they were hiring people from similar universities who had learned under similar professors and had absorbed a similar range of concepts, heuristics and models.
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the novelist David Foster Wallace, who tells a story that starts in a fish tank. "There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish, who nods at them and says 'Morning, boys. How's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then one of them looks at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'"
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Wallace's point is that when we are surrounded by people who think the same way, we can overlook the obvious
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While it has been shown that soccer players often run for an average of 7 miles (12km) during a single soccer game, you will be aware that no soccer player is running non-stop at a slow and steady speed from beginning to end of a game like a long-distance runner would.
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9 Reasons Biking is GREAT for Soccer Players:
It can work on multiple muscles throughout the body
It has been shown to improve stamina
It can be as easy or hard as you like
It can burn calories and get rid of excess weight
It can help you relax
It can sharpen your thinking
It can help with recovery
Its easy and straight forward
You can exercise on the go
increased cardiovascular fitness
increased muscle strength and flexibility
improved joint mobility
decreased stress levels
improved posture and coordination
strengthened bones
decreased body fat levels
prevention or management of disease
reduced anxiety and depression.
It Can Help You Relax
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Another area where biking can have a positive effect on a soccer player is on the mental side of the game.
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Although a lot of soccer revolves around the physical attributes of the players there is a lot to be said about the importance of a players mentality as well.
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Self-Esteem, depression, anxiety, and stress are all positively affected through exercise, but the nature of cycling has been shown to be one of the most effective activities for the head and heart.
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There are many times in a game where the player will be required to make a split-second decision. Should they run towards the ball or stick with the opponent next to them? Should they pass forwards or back? Should they shoot to the left or the right of the goalie?
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A recent study of people who were chosen for a six-month exercise program using stationary bikes showed that practicing pedaling on a regular basis increased the integrity of white matter fiber tracts inbrains.
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This white matter connects different parts of the brain and affects the speed of a persons thinking and their cognitive abilities.
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This means that biking regularly can improve a soccer players ability to think quickly and that improvement can directly affect the speed they make decisions of the soccer field
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As you can see above, the goalie runs less than any other soccer position.
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This is because their physical area of responsibility is far smaller than the other players meaning they dont have to run as far to be in the best position.
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Off-Season
She does recommend, based on a more benign view of distance running than Gatz, that you should run up to 30 minutes three times a week during the off-season.
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Another option is to cross-train to maintain endurance by swimming, cycling, stair climbing and running on a treadmill, she notes.
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How Much Running Should a Soccer Player Do?
To build a good soccer conditioning base, a player should focus on High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
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This form of conditioning is used regularly by professional soccer players. It can improve both a players aerobic and anaerobic ability.
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The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research even did a study that showed that High-Intensity Interval training, otherwise known as HIIT, dramatically improved a group of elite soccer players anaerobic endurance.
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As a general rule, a soccer player shouldnt focus on how many miles they should run in a day. Incorporate anaerobic running workouts into daily soccer training routines is the best preparation for any soccer player.
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This is due to the effect long-distance has on your muscles. If you are out running all the time, then your body will be focused on building up your slow-twitch muscle fibers at the expense of your fast-twitch muscle fibers.
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In fact, too much aerobic activity can actually make a player slower.
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Soccer is a majority anaerobic activity. Most of the movements made during a soccer game are short and high intensity.
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There are certain positions, such as midfield, where higher aerobic ability is advantageous, but overall, soccer is anaerobic.
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PlayerTek, who manufactures premium wearable fitness trackers and handles a vast amounts of data from soccer players, found that professional soccer players reach a top speed of 9.2 meters per second during a game. That converts to 20.6 mph or 33.12 kph
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Games that involve chasing and dodging are great exercises for players
young and old, because they:
are fun
are motivating
are competitive
get players warm
involve changes of speed
involve changes of direction
develop the key skill of faking (i.e. making someone think
youre going to move in one direction, then accelerating in the
opposite direction), which complements the development of
1v1 skills
help develop vision and decision making
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Back in Italy, many refused to recognise that South Korea had won the match, while in an act of petty vengeance Jung-hwan had his loan cancelled at Serie A side Perugia.
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There is no evidence that static stretching before exercise prevents injury with players of any age group. In fact, some studies suggest the opposite!
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Young players in the 57 age group are always active, remarkably
resilient and rarely suffer soft tissue injuries.
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They do not need the professional warm-up that senior athletes might perform.
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The biggest mistake seen at grassroots level is well-meaning coaches sending young kids to run laps and taking them through static stretching routines.
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Not only are these unnecessary, they have two major flaws:
The kids are not having fun!
The kids are not playing football!
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What you dont want to do is to keep the kids waiting in the middle of a training session while you think about where to put the cones for the next exercise you should be able to progress through the training with little moving of cones.
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At worst, you can send the children to get a quick drink while you re-adjust. (It is a good idea to let them have brief drink breaks anyway, especially in hot weather.)
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U7, U8, U9, U10, U11 Heading should not be introduced in training sessions at this age
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U12 Heading remains a low priority 1 session per month
& max 5 headers
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U13 Heading remains a low priority 1 session per week &
max 5 headers
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U14,U15, U16 Heading remains a low priority 1 session per week &
max 10 headers
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U18 Heading drills should be reduced as far as possible, taking
into consideration the heading exposure in matches
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HEADLINES:
No heading in training in the foundation phase (primary school children)
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Graduated approach to heading for children in the
development phase U12-U16
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U18 heading drills should be reduced, to take into
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Dont over inflate the footballs: use the lowest pressure authorised by the Laws of the Game
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ENJOYMENT IS THE THING, NOT WINNING!
When children are training or playing games against other teams they need a fun environment where they can play without pressure.
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Use a demonstration whenever possible, making sure the players are looking and listening.
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Stand where there are no distractions behind you, and so that the sun is not in their eyes.
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The FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs was introduced in 1996 to harmonise and improve the quality of footballs. Ongoing developments and improvements aim to meet the increasing demands of the game. The FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs focuses on the ball the very heart of the game.
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Only balls that have passed a rigorous testing procedure are awarded one of the prestigious FIFA quality labels.
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Under Law 2 of the Laws of the Game, all balls used in international matches organised by FIFA or the confederations have to bear either a FIFA quality mark (FIFA QUALITY PRO or FIFA QUALITY) or the IMS International Match Standard mark.
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If you want to make sure youre giving your players targets that they have to meet, do it the SMART way.
SPECIFIC
MEASURABLE
AGREED
REALISTIC
TIMED
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So you make the target Specific: Defender will not tackle. His target therefore is 3 tackles in the first half of a match.
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Is it Measurable? Yes. Have you Agreed it with your player? Yes.
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Is it Realistic? Three tackles is not a lot but if he will not tackle at all maybe it is too much. You decide.
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And yes it is Timed because it is in the first half.
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Everyone accepts mistakes as long as players do their best.
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Encourage risks, let everyone express themselves within the framework of the team: If a defender wants to run out of defence with the ball let that player do it and let them learn from it.
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Improves coordination especially for defensive positioning. Many sports require defending an opponent while rapidly moving backwards.
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Training with backwards running can improve in-game performance.
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This study of college aged women showed greater fat loss in backwards vs forward running training programs.
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Kids are naturally better at running backwards than adults, so dont be surprised if your young athletes are a lot better at this than you.

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Research done at the Institute for Neurology in London confirms vision controls the movement of the foot.

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Foot-eye coordination also allows a player to stop a soccer ball with his foot and make adjustments to intercept the ball.
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The development of foot-eye coordination allows a player to keep his head up during ball handling.
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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse reveals just how close he was to having foot amputated when he suffered double leg break against Blackburn
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Who doesnt remember the legendary feud between Manchester Uniteds Roy Keane and Manchester Citys Alf Haaland? It is one of footballs most striking bad-blood battles
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Roy Keanes admission in his autobiography that he deliberately hurt Haaland created even more drama.
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In May 2008, five years after the injury, Collett opened legal proceedings against Gary Smith and Middlesborough, citing loss of future earnings. Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville were amongst the witnesses called in for the case, to give evidence of Colletts talent.
Middlesborough FC and Gary Smith admitted their liability in the case, and in August 2008 Collett was awarded 4.5 million in damages.
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Train Slow to Be Slow
Speed training in the sand makes you slower. You read that right. If you are an athlete whose goal is to improve speed and power, extensive sand training will be detrimental to your performance.
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Running on the sand requires more top speed or upright running mechanics, since it is more beneficial to reduce ground contact time and try to run on top of the sand. This breakdown of technique reinforces the wrong motor patterns and leads to slower, less explosive athletes.
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Sand is a soft landing pad. It gives out when you land, so the impact on your joints is minimized. This can be great if you are recovering from an injury or just need lower impact movements.
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The origins of Robbens unique quick-footed, skillful and pacey attacking play can be traced back to his early training as a youngster in his home town of Bedum under the guidance of a forgotten hero of Dutch football
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The Coerver Method :
One of my favorite moments is when I applaud a player for making a move that beat a defender, but the player doesnt remember doing the move. He just did it. Its a part of his game, like breathing when running.
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The Coerver Method which Coerver created By analysing videotapes of various great players including Pel
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Under this technique, players progress in a structured manner, pyramidal, from basics of ball mastery to a tactically driven group attack
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in the semifinals of the 1982 World Cup, when West Germany goalkeeper Harold Schumacher got away with one of the most egregious fouls in international soccer. His collision with Frances Patrick Battiston is still painful to watch.
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Battiston would eventually be stretchered from the field and require oxygen after a hit that knocked out two teeth, cracked three ribs, and left the French player with a damaged vertebrae.
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Battiston didnt regain consciousness for 30 minutes and eventually slipped into a coma,
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Coever studied the game of soccer from a new perspective. He watched all-time greats such as Johan Cruyff and Pele, and then dissected their moves so he could teach them to young players
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What great players master is the ability to pretend to be moving in a certain direction but then do something totally different. This catches defenders completely flat-footed and leaves them in the dust
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One of the best known Coerver moves is the Cruyff turn. This cut back is one of a number moves and fakes that is at the heart of Coerver Coaching.
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Another excellent move that can trip up a defender is the step over
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McKay awarded libel damages over transfer-fraud claims
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Michael Owen has accepted a public apology and substantial undisclosed damages over "incredulous allegations" in the Daily Express that his football career was over.
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Materazzi wins British libel damages over Sun's claims about Zidane head-butt
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Marco Materazzi has received libel damages from the Sun newspaper over reports that he called Zinedine Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore"
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"The Sun newspaper has paid substantial damages and has now withdrawn the allegations made against Marco and accept that he did not say anything of a racist nature to Zidane," said Materazzi's lawyer, Steven Heffer.
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"This is the third libel victory for Marco Materazzi. At the end of last year, he was successful in his libel actions against the Daily Star and the Daily Mail newspapers.
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The actions against the Daily Star and Daily Mail were settled with payment of damages, publication of an apology and statements read in open court.
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Some of his teammates were less than pleased. Sagnol didnt speak to Zidane for two years.

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Zidane suggested afterwards that his mother had been insulted.
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Some English newspapers even ran a story that Materazzi had called his mother a terrorist whore, apparently based on lip reading experts, but then had to apologise, retract and pay libel damages when Materazzi denied it.
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The basic duties of a defender on a football
pitch are: No Get No Turn No Pass
No Shoot.
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Avoid putting young children into
positions too early
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There is a temptation for coaches to deal
with the swarming concept by assigning
children fixed positions on the field in order
to increase scoring chances and minimize
the risks of counter-attacks, and then to keep
reminding players to stay in those positions.
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Most underage football coaches would advise
resisting the temptation to put children into
fixed positions and would prefer to rotate
them to play in all positions so that, over
time, they can find what the best position is
for them.
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Lastly, if you need to talk to a parent, do it
after a coaching session or game, when you
can speak to them without children being
present. Sometimes a phone call will work
just as well
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Do not wear sunglasses when you are
coaching as players need to make eye
contact with you to fully understand the
communication.
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Talk to the players on their level, both
physical and emotional.
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This may mean
getting down on one knee and looking
into their eyes as you communicate.
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Use simple, direct statements that will be less
likely to be misinterpreted.
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Coaches whose players are aged up to six or
seven should also bear in mind that young
children are very egocentric they see the
world only from their perspective.
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As a result,
they are not going to want to pass the ball
to their team mates as they will be worried
they might never get it back.
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So, do not be
surprised that it is difficult to get six-year-olds
to stop swarming around the ball.
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Also, young
children lack the ability to look ahead and
see what is about to happen.

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Older players can also be used as neutral
players in a coaching session or game.
For example, the neutral player helps
whichever team has the ball, in other
words he/she never defends
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Do not expect games and coaching
sessions to look like professional football.
Give your players opportunities to see
what older, more skilled players can do
with the ball by occasionally inviting some
of these players to participate in your
coaching sessions.
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By the age
of 17, the capacity to pick up new motor
skills begins to wane, while the ability to
conceptualize team organization, tactics
and strategy increases.
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Attributes of a good
football coach
Take time to be
with those who are more introverted or less
confident than their peers and give them
extra support.

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What is positive reinforcement?
Positive reinforcement is observing one
of your players doing something you want
them to do and rewarding it.
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So, for example, if you praise a child for passing
accurately in a football match or training
session, he/she will try to repeat the action
because of the approval it attracts.
Similarly, other players will also try to replicate that
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The space between the keeper and defenders should be small enough to make it tricky for opponents to play a ball into it without either the keeper or defenders getting there first.
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A good position also means the goalkeeper is available to receive a backpass from an under-pressure teammate.
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How to Chip a Soccer Ball
The chip in soccer can be used as a pass or shot. Mainly it's for passing. You want to use a chip pass when you want to lob it in to your teammate over a defender that's in between you and your teammate.
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Manchester United Legend Paul Scholes is a former player who had a phenomenal ping on him!
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Schmeichel was famous for his intimidating physique  at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) tall and weighing close to 100 kg
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A fierce competitor, he was known for his loud, unstinting criticism of perceived mistakes by his defenders
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Schmeichel scored 11 goals during his career, including one for the national team.
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He is also the most capped player for the Denmark national team, with 129 games between 1987 and 2001.
ranked Schmeichel among the top 10 goalkeepers of the 20th century
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Types of Long Passes
Driven Pass
A driven pass simply means to get the ball from point A to B in the quickest time possible. This pass is simple yet effective because of the pace of the ball, making it difficult for defenders to intercept.
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A weighted pass means you are passing the ball not to the place where the player is, but to the place where your moving teammate will be
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A good weighted ball is played into space in front of your teammate making it quite easy for them to run on to it in stride.
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/How-to-make-a-long-pass

lean back further as you strike the ball.

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if you wish to keep your pass low, hit the centre of the ball and lean forward slightly.
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and the man for whom AC Milan retired the number 6 shirt. He is the incomparable Franco Baresi.
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He displayed outstanding loyalty by standing by his club when twice relegated to Serie B
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But I didnt hide. I did try and avoid crossing their paths, just because they seemed untouchable, unapproachable.
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In 2006, AC Milan appointed him as coach of the under-19 squad at the club.
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Maradonas Doctors Face Jail For Charges of Premeditated Death
received inadequate medical care and his doctors had reason to believe he would die after the surgery.
If convicted, the defendants may face a sentence ranging from 8to 20 years in prison.
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received insufficient medical supervision which caused him to suffer a prolonged, agonizing period before he passed away. His death came a few weeks after he underwent brain surgery due to a blood clot.
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They believe that his doctors knew he would die after the surgery because of alcohol consumption, psychiatric pills, and the use of marijuana, but preferred to abstain from reacting.
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In 1991, the Italian soccer League banned him from playing anywhere in the world for 15 months after traces of cocaine were found in a urine sample.
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His mother, Tour Hlne Bonontio, died young, when he had been in London for less than a year. He was twenty-one years old and far from home. Because religious traditions dictated she be buried quickly, he could not make it home for the funeral.
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Arsenal played a match against Birmingham that weekend, and Tour was a substitute. Lauren told me, I am going to score a goal for you, for your mum, he remembers.
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Kolo Tour, a devout man from the Ivory Coast who gave up school to chase the football dream.
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core strength
the strength of the underlying muscles of the torso, which help determine posture
Your torso is the main part of your body, and does not include your head, arms, and legs.




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He used to put seven strikers against four defenders and we had to deal with that. We had to find a way to stop Henry and Bergkamp and Pirs! You are playing
against the best players, so when you play in the league against other teams you find it easier because you have prepared against the best.
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Wenger saw us at a tournament in Rotterdam. We went to the final and played against Real Madrid. We knew he was coming to watch us and everyone tried to do their best. But Mr Wenger is so clever because he is not looking only for the talent of players.
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He is looking for something else as well. He looks for players who want to make a career. There is a difference between pure talent and really wanting to succeed. Its a question of application, desire and hunger.
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You can find talent everywhere but those qualities are important. He wants a rough diamond he can polish.
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For example, when a friend said he had seen a talented prospect playing in the Cameroonian league, Wenger phoned every Monday for six months to find out how he was progressing before taking him on.
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You should also ice your ankle after your first few times back on the field.
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If healing takes longer than you would like, you could always get into some physical therapy to help accelerate the process.
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How soon can I play sports after an ankle sprain?
It depends on the sport, the position within the sport and how severe the sprain.
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Prior to being cleared to play, an athlete should be able to hop on the ball of the foot 10 times. This can be done with the ankle braced or taped.
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On average return is 2-6 weeks, with high ankle sprains 6-10 weeks.
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Plank Exercise Benefits:

It strengthens your core: It helps in strengthening the spine, shoulder bones, pelvic, and joints

It also improves your body flexibility

It improves your body balance and posture

It Reduces belly fat

It reduces backache

It Improves metabolism: It improves your metabolism and heart rate; this can help you in losing weight, maintaining heart health

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So what are the benefits of Abs for the soccer player?
Better sprinting
More powerful shooting
Reduced injury risk (groin, lower back, etc) and of course, They look good!
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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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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
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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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SAND CREATES RESISTANCE TO RUN
SAND MAKES DRIBBLE HARDER
Dribbling is the basic skill in football, it is the most difficult skills to learn on the beach also.
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Some of the best ways to add resistance to movement include the use of weight sleds, parachutes, hills, stairs and even sand
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As soon as running form is compromised, the effect of this sort of training will be reduced. One rule of thumb is to add no more than 10 percent resistance and make sure the load doesn't cause the athlete to slow more than 5 percent from his or her maximum, un-resisted speed.

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Speed parachutes create an overload on the muscles used for sprinting during the sprint. The faster the sprint, the more resistance is generated, so parachutes create an even and steady resistance. General recommendations are to use 20 to 50-yard sprints repeated for three to ten repetitions with a long rest between sprints. Some coaches have the athlete release the chute after 20 yards to create additional speed bursts.

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Most weight sleds should be pulled on grass or turf, and the amount of weight should be varied to accommodate the surface resistance. Again, don't use so much weight that your speed drops more than 5 percent from your regular sprint speed over the same distance

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Weight Vest Sprints
Weight vests can increase the resistance during sprint drills as well. As long as form and speed are maintained, most athletes can see good results using a well-fitting vest.
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Another option is to wear the weight vest while stair or hill running, or while practicing jump and land drills.
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Speed athletes will usually start with no more than five to eight pounds of weight. Practicing skills drills while wearing the vests also help build power and strength through a variety of sport-specific movement patterns
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Stair and Hill Running Sprints
If you have limited equipment, hill and stair drills can also provide a good resisted sprint training workout. While it may not mimic the movement patterns in a given sport, it will create a full-body overload and help an athlete build functional and dynamic strength and power. Start slowly to avoid injury or delayed onset soreness, and gradually build up intensity and time. Use the return phase as recovery, rather than sprinting back down. The repetitions will vary based upon the length of the stairs, so work with your coach to determine the best routine
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Sand is one of the most challenging surfaces on which to practice sprint drills. The softer the sand, the more force an athlete will need to produce to move forward. It also requires more energy, more balance, and more strength than a hard surface.

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The downside of sand sprints is that it is nearly impossible to maintain proper running form due to the sliding motion of the surface. So, while it's a killer workout, and will build speed and power, it's not ideal for all athletes. For ultra-intense athletes, consider adding sandhill sprints, and then prepare to suffer.

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In fact, according to the Cleveland Clinic, 18 million people see a doctor for knee pain each year
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On average, professional soccer teams practice for 4 6 hours a day for 5 days a week

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the: 10,000 hour rule.

10,000
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Football is one of the most popular female sports, with about 30 million girls and women playing it worldwide.
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The ban had been in place from 1941 until 1979 and clearly influenced the way even players regarded women.
In the year that the ban was lifted, Pel told a local paper that football "can be a hobby, but not a real sport for women".
It comes as little surprise that prejudice and stereotypes remained even after the ban was lifted

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Injuries are more likely to happen on turf because cleats arent able to penetrate the ground as they would on grass. So, when making quick cuts and turns the foot can get stuck in the surface.
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This means that in a normal 70 afternoon (21 celsius), the surface on turf can be at 115 (46 celsius

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A study at Michigan State University showed that it can cost nearly 50,000 dollars a year to maintain a grass field in good conditions.
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players run approximately 70 percent of the actual minutes of the game
Most of the runs made in soccer are explosive, high-intensity runs, rather than long, slow runs
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soccer is a "power-sport," where sprinting, maximum strength and jumping ability is extremely important. Running long distance will affect the players performance in an opposite way, making them weak and slow instead of strong and fast as most people believe.

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Running long distance will stimulate the slow twitch muscle fibers, meaning that the body will adapt to the slow tempo being performed during long- distance running and, over time, the fast twitch muscle fibers will "drown," which will make the players slower

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So start this process as early as possible.

I recently watched a team practice and hardly heard a player speak on the field. They wait until the coach tells them what to do, this is wrong but has developed because they have not been taught / guided correctly to think for themselves; from U8 and onwards and allowed / encouraged to develop their own soccer intelligence.
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We can fix this at U8 and every year beyond if the coaching methodology of question and answer and guided discovery is used as opposed to the traditional COMMAND style that is out of date; though can still be used when needed; but sparingly rather than as the norm.

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35 Tips To Be a Better Soccer Defender
Giving no time to react
Correct positioning and stance
Developing your patience
Anticipating their next move
Using your body correctly
The eyes on the ball and the defender
Defending with your heart
Always playing outside
No risking the ball behind
Always on your toes
Covering the ball for a foul
Perfect slide tackles
Intimidating attackers
Prevent them from using their strengths
dont let him use his speed
Moving attackers into congested areas
Keep it simple
Remember that the correct defending stance is: Approaching at an angle, low, and on your toes.
Do not Stand flat-footed
Remember that soccer is a game for smart people not rough.
Lunging for the ball too early

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Sergio Ramos Always remember that the most important job of a defender is to maintain our goal in zero

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World Cup stunning moments: The Battle of Santiago
The eight games played over the first two days of the tournament featured four red cards, three broken legs, a fractured ankle and some cracked ribs. The first match in Englands group, between Argentina and Bulgaria, was won by the south Americans thanks to what was described as a display of hacking, tripping, pushing and any other dirty tricks. After the game, in which the Spanish referee Juan Gardeazabal awarded 69 free-kicks at the rate of one every 78 seconds, the Bulgarian Todor Diev displayed a cut nose and legs decorated with stud marks and said Argentina were like boxers.

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George Hood held a plank for eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds in Chicago, Illinois. George Hood says he's still in excruciating pain after breaking the Guinness World Record for planking over eight hours
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(The previous record was held by 45 year-old Mao Weigdong of China, who held a plank for eight hours, one minute and one second in 2016.)
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When I first tried to do it, I went five minutes,
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He began to plank every day for six months and eventually had his first Guinness World Record in 2011 with a plank that lasted one hour, 20 minutes and 25 seconds.
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For the 2020 plank challenge, Hood, who is mostly retired but has some fitness clients, trained seven hours a day for about 18 months to build stamina and physical and mental strength leading up to the event.
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Despite the physical pain of planking for eight hours, Hood says the hardest part of conquering the feat is the mental challenge. So for six months leading up to the event, Hood worked with mindset coach Renae Cobley.
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There are times you get self-doubt. You get bored. You wonder if its worth anything, Hood says. Cobley taught me to believe [in myself] no matter what.
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During training, Hood (who is based in Chicago) would call Cobley (whos based in Australia) after long practice planks. For an hour or two they would discuss Hoods thoughts and any barriers he ran into. Hood, for example, often struggled with thoughts of quitting as the pain from planking intensified.
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One technique Cobley used with Hood both in training and during the competition was having him visualize that he was a tree and that his roots run deep through through earth.
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A tree that has deep roots can outlast almost any condition ferocious storms, extreme heat and cold and the sheer brutality of life and its obstacles, Cobley says.
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his elbows began to bleed four hours into his record-breaking plank, and to dissociate any awareness of time, which Cobley says is key in a timed competition.
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4 to 5 hours of planking and 2,000 crunches a day
For the physical portion of the training, Hood devoted four to five hours a day solely to planking.
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To build stamina, its done in three sets or less a day, Hood says, meaning that he planked for an hour or two at time and then took a short break (break times varied he says) to give his body some rest.
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I had a 30 hour [planking] goal to make each week, he said.
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Every day, Hood also did at least 700 push ups, 2,000 crunches, 500 toe squats (squats done balanced on your toes) and about 500 bicep curls using a resistance band (to strengthen his arms and shoulders).
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During the eight-hour-plus competition plank, Hood says he burned 4,252 calories, according to his heart rate monitor.
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Hood had only a half-cup of oatmeal, one egg and lots of water four hours before the event so that he didnt need to use the bathroom while planking, and during training, Hoods diet was also a balance of carbohydrates and proteins
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As for his next move, Hood says he plans to break the Guinness World Record for the most push ups in one hour. The record is currently held by Carlton Williams from Australia, who at 52, did 2,682 push ups in 60 minutes in 2017.
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Stretching might seem like just another thing to do that delays bedtime, but its super important for recovery. Plus, it may even make you sleepy, which is a plus.
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Messi's goat photoshoot went viral
Notably Lionel Messi, who's picked up the nickname 'GOAT' over the years, but not because he trots across the pitch like the furry mammal: it stands for 'greatest of all time.'
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If you want to lose weight, then the early hours of the morning is the ideal time for you! Exercising in the morning helps to burn fat.
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When is it better to train in the evening?
If you do strength training and your goal is to gain muscle mass, it makes more sense for you to train in the evening. This is when your body has more energy and produces more hormones such as testosterone that promotes muscle development (and this also applies to women!)
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I recommend you finish the training at least two hours before going to bed to achieve the greatest benefit.
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My main advice for you is this: train at the time your body asks for it the most!
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Traditionally, experts have recommended not exercising at night as part of good sleep hygiene. Now a new study, published Oct. 29, 2018, in Sports Medicine, suggests that you can exercise in the evening as long as you avoid vigorous activity for at least one hour before bedtime.
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You may be thinking that a late-night workout will have you so energized you won't be able to slow down when it's time to go to sleep but the opposite is actually true! According to The Washington Post, exercise helps you sleep deeper and longer, no matter what time of day you exercise. In fact, working out after dark can help you fall asleep faster.
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Tic tac toe warm up
The tic-tac-toe warm-up drill takes the classic game of tic-tac-toe and turns it into a fun warm-up relay competition.
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Johan Cruyff
Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch.
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The warm up should begin approximately 30 minutes before kick-off:
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Vigorous workouts, though, should be avoided in the evening. Strenuous physical activity can stimulate your nervous system and raise your heart rate too much, making it difficult to fall asleep.
Examples of vigorous-intensity exercise include:


high-intensity interval training (HIIT)
running
swimming laps
jumping rope
competitive cycling
heavy weightlifting
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Many athletes consume foods or drinks that contain caffeine before or during workouts and competitions. Caffeine is a stimulant you can habituate to quite readily, meaning that some people can drink coffee late in the day and fall asleep just fine.
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Ease up on the stimulants: Remember, caffeine doesnt actually give you any additional energy. It primarily helps with focus and awareness, and in that regard consuming more doesnt necessarily lead to greater benefit
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focusing on defenders hips to see which direction theyre moving
so you can anticipate the best way to get them off balance or even catch them with their legs spread for a morale-killing nutmeg.
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Approach the defender slowly. Messi brings the defender in and forces him to reveal his hand and make a mistake before blowing past them finding space. Messi isnt a flashy dribbler like Ronaldhino or a master of the step-over like Cristiano Ronaldo, he just uses simple changes of direction and ball control to do inhuman looking things
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You dont have to go super-fast to find space, you just need to make the smart dribble and catch the defender flat-footed and out of position. He wont be able to touch you
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Under-18s can only be transferred abroad if:

The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for non-footballing reasons.

Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18. Even then, the buying club must meet more criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.
They live within 100km of the club
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Each stretch should be held for 20-30 seconds and should be repeated at least twice (preferably three time). So for example, you wouldnt perform a calf stretch, then a hamstring stretch then a quad stretch etc., and then repeat the whole routine
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Instead you would perform 3 calf stretches, then 3 hamstring stretches and so on.
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Ballistic soccer stretching bouncing or jerky movements that use your bodyweight to increase the stretch. Bending over and bouncing to touch your toes is a classic example. Avoid ballistic stretching. There are safer and equally as effective ways to improve range of motion.
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It is important to hold stretches for 20 30 seconds to make them useful.
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Get into space: an area of a football pitch clear of other players.
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Paint pictures: Getting players to scan and notice their surroundings
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Coaches should choose their words carefully when teaching some concepts to young players
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Goalkeeper: You are better off being out of position but in balance than being in position and off balance.
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The body is in motion, to overcome the effects of inertia.
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When the ball is in motion, the goalkeeper is in motion. When the ball is stationary, the goalkeeper is stationary.
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The further the ball is from the goal, the further the keeper is form the goal line.
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The importance of freedom in street soccer
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Long before there were academies, training schools and weekend skills programs the only place for a youngster to hone their skills was on the streets
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Away from the prying eyes of pushy parents and Sunday league coaches nothing was impossible and mistakes didnt matter.
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Street football has its similarities in small sided games and futsal.
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At Barcelona they use a training method that translates to chaotic football this is a training session where their are no dimensions, no distinctive team colours and so on this is a method that enhances peripheral vision and in many ways rains the transition of winning the ball back those first few seconds of deciding whether to counter attack or play out of trouble and back into build up play.
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Manchester United also have a street football scheme. As do Liverpool in their curriculum they mention it.
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With the urban sprawl decreasing available space, fussy neighbors and overzealous police quick to break up any games that do get under way it is becoming increasingly difficult.
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For me it is no coincidence that places like South America and Africa tend to produce players with more natural and creative imagination than the likes of England, Australia and the USA.
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AC Milan legend, George Weah, grew up playing his football on the red dusty streets of the Clara Town slum of Monrovia in his native Liberia.
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as Maradona did before being spotted by a passing Argentinos Jr coach
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The play in these street games is hard fast, and furious. Your mind needs to work over time as events do not fall in to the usual script of a regular training session or match, which are usually dictated by coaches or over zealous parents.
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so street games that have been passed down from generation to generation-in Brazil simply dont exist here.
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You have to think really quickly because everyone is close to each other.
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It was through futebol de salão that I first got my chance to play with adults.
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I ended up top scorer, with fourteen or fifteen goals. That gave me a lot of confidence. I knew then not to be afraid of whatever might come.
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Let The Kids Decide (Chaotic Football)
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Roni Masur also suggests throwing away any distinctive coloured clothing such as bibs to differentiate between the two teams. This helps improve their peripheral vision and makes them think more before passing the ball.
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We go for a cup of tea and leave him to it, said Sir Alex Ferguson after watching Cristiano Ronaldo hit a wonder goal from a free kick in 2008.
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He practices all the time, 20 or 25 minutes after training; there he is with the balls. Wall up, bang, bang, bang, bang. He takes about 30 kicks every day,
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We need to produce players that play with creative freedom and that can only happen if we introduce them to this type of freedom at an early age
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Let the game be the teacher, says former Football Federation Victoria Coach Darren Tan.
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Football Tennis is the game made famous by the bronzed Brazilians down on the beaches of Rio de Janiero.
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What most people seem to forget is that Ronaldo, Pele, Kaka and the rest of the Rio beach goers werent born with this skills already engrained in to their bodies. They arent genetically passed down through the generations or, as I was once told in primary school, they are not created in a special scientific football lab test tube. In fact there is only one way to pick up these skills and that is through practice, practice and more practice.
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Learning these skills will also increase a childs confidence to take on the game and try new, creative ways of solving the many footballing problems.
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At Dutch club Ajax there is apparently a street soccer centre where young prospect are told to go at least twice a week to play with their friends in a relaxed environment. There they will find soccer tennis courts, five a-side pitches and a whole host of different sized and weighted balls.
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BACK-YARD SOCCER by Roni Mansur:
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Unstructured play will foster creativity in American soccer players
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Why is now the time to bring street (back-yard) soccer to the United States?
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Most of the creative players in Major League Soccer (MLS) are foreign imports.
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so American soccer has a chance to ascend to the next level during the next 10 years.
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The root of this symptom can be traced to the way in which American youth soccer players are coached and developed and the absence of street soccer in the American youth soccer environment.
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Street soccer refers to the various kinds of pickup soccer games played in parks, gyms, and in streets and alleys around the world.
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the goalposts often being made from t-shirts, bags, rocks or sticks.
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Everything else is negotiable, such as the boundaries and even the rules. There is no referee. There usually are no fans. There is no coach. It is soccer in its most basic and unadulterated form.
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Most top youth soccer clubs in the United States seek to win state cups and tournaments as early as the U-10 and U-11 age groups.
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For instance, the goal of the soccer academies in England is to develop the next Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney rather than win the FA Youth Cup every year.
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Young players face no significant financial barriers to entering the sport because they always can play street soccer with some friends as long as they have a ball and some space.
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In USA, Low-income families confront significant barriers to entry because it costs $300 to $500 per year for a young player to play for two 10-week seasons with the local town team.
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The cost of playing for a youth soccer club ranges from $800 to $1,500 per player annually. Young soccer players from low-income families are excluded at a very early age, which is unfortunate; many of these players come from immigrant families whose home countries have a rich soccer culture. A further consequence of this situation is that it reduces the pool of potential players from which top talent can be identified and developed.
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As a result, the existing American youth soccer structure is supported largely by middle-class adults, who volunteer countless hours as coaches and spend a considerable amount of time and effort supporting their childrens interests. However, most of these adults did not grow up playing or watching soccer and only have a cursory understanding of the game. More importantly, most of them do not fully grasp the fundamental differences between coaching adult and youth sports.
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American kids are in no way less creative or less capable than young players in Brazil or Italy. Its just that most of them dont play soccer enough, and their only opportunities to play the game are in a controlled environment where most coaches, intentionally or unintentionally, suppress their players creative instincts in order to achieve the best outcome for the team.
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Around the world, young soccer players can be found kicking anything that resembles a ball every chance they get alone or with siblings or friends. They come up with crazy moves to dribble past their older brothers and sisters.
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Most importantly, there is no coach or adult yelling from the sidelines if you make a mistake.
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It exposes players continually to solving soccer-related problems on their own, which helps them develop their independent decision-making skills through trial and error.
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What are small-sided games and what are some of their benefits?
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These organizations recommend that the 11 v. 11 game format should be applicable only for players above the age of 12; U-6 players should play 3 v. 3, U-8 players 4 v. 4, U-10 players 6 v. 6, and U-12 players 8 v. 8. It also is recommended that these small-sided games be played on correspondingly smaller field sizes.
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It creates a fun environment where kids are able to get more touches on the ball and, as a result, have more opportunities to score goals than they would in an 11 v. 11 format.
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This increased participation also provides more opportunities for players to practice the key technical skills of dribbling, passing, tackling, and shooting.
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Furthermore, the smaller games also help develop the players mental skills. In particular, they teach players to maintain focus by not dwelling on mistakes that would distract them from being ready for their next touch on the ball.
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How is street soccer different from small-sided games and how can coaches incorporate street soccer into American youth soccer?

The small-sided games concept offers many benefits, but it still represents activities that adults control and direct. This is the key difference between street soccer and small-sided games. In street soccer, there is no adult supervision.
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they should be congratulated when they display these characteristics, even if the result on the scoreboard is a loss.
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Glimpses of creativity occur fairly often during youth soccer when an idea for a crazy move pops into a young players head and they try something new.
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Coaches should not use tactical approaches that increase the likelihood of winning games at the expense of the players long-term development. Coaches who insist on using an approach that is too physical will be putting their players at a disadvantage in the long run when opponents catch up in physical maturity.
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Coaches also must understand that creativity cant be taught and that it only can be nurtured in an appropriate environment.
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Art of defending is predict and prepare
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I always layer it as defending as an individual, then defending as a pair, then defending as a unit. So if you cant necessarily defend as the individual, the pair and the unit are compromised.
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and being able to delay attacks
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once youre at a good level as an individual, you can look at the pair and at the unit.
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I think youve got to try and make defending more fun than a lot of players potentially view it as. So a game Ive used quite a lot is a clean sheet game whoever scores first has one or two minutes to keep a clean sheet.
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try and defend as side-on for as long as possible. Because if youre side-on, you can push forward to press if its in front of you, and drop off and recover behind if the ball goes over or around.
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So you might have a strength deficit, but can you make that up with your positioning? If you know theyre stronger than you, can you either prepare earlier and pinch the ball before it even gets there and beat them with intelligence and agility?
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Correct heading technique in attack (U9-U14 activity)
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Eyes open look at the ball Put your weight on the balls of your feet Head the ball down
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Goalie positioning tips
1. If the ball is in the attacking third of the pitch, the keeper should be in the front third of their penalty area.

2. If the balls in the middle third, they should stand in the middle third of their penalty area.

3. If the balls in the defending third, they should position themselves a little distance from their goal-line.
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The space between the keeper and defenders should be small enough to make it tricky for opponents to play a ball into it without either the keeper or defenders getting there first.
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A good position also means the goalkeeper is available to receive a backpass from an under-pressure teammate.
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Soccer coaching tips to build a defensive wall:
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Four players are each given a number, starting with the tallest.
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When a free kick is conceded, the player nearest the ball usually the player that committed the foul stands in front of the ball, stopping the opposition from taking the kick quickly.
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Once the goalkeeper is sure the free kick cannot be taken quickly, he needs to assess the position of the ball and call for players to create a wall. This is normally between two and four players.
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the goalkeeper should stand at the goal post nearest the ball (or choose either post if the ball is positioned centrally).
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Once he has positioned the wall, the goalkeeper should position himself in the unprotected part of the goal. Make sure he knows which part of the goal he is defending and where he should stand when the kick is taken.
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The players follow the first players lead as he is repositioned by the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper might position this player up to a yard outside of the post to stop the free kick being curled around the wall.
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Heading from crosses technique
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Move into the balls line of flight.
Take off on one foot, and land on both.
Use the arms for elevation.
At the highest point of the jump, head the top half of the ball to direct it downwards.
Strong neck muscles and an arched back equal power.
Aim for the corners of the goal.
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Start heading training drills when players are aged about eight or nine.
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Dont overdo heading sessions with young players keep them short.

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Try a softer ball to help build confidence.
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Use their neck muscles.
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The aim of defensive headers is to achieve distance and height. Distance, to keep the ball away from the goal, and height, to give more time for the defence to become organised to repel the next attack.
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Keep their eyes below the ball.
Head the bottom half of the ball.
Be almost side-on with the body.
Attack the ball.
Take off on one foot.
Use the arms for elevation.
Arch the back before heading the ball.
Head the ball at its highest point.
Land on both feet.
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The big difference between defensive and attacking headers is that attacking players are mostly looking to head the ball down.
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Thats because heading the ball down makes it tougher for goalkeepers to make a save.
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Where a soccer goalie should stand to protect the goal.
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So positioning is three dimensional, left, right and above the head.
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First priority is to protect the near post.
Remember, two hands to the near post, one hand to the far post.
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Mistakes Soccer Players Make In The Weight Room
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Keeping your posture and balance when collecting or shielding the ball requires a strong upper body.
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Your hip and glute muscles are also essential; they give you that explosive strength to beat your opponents to the ball and are also the source of your shot power.
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Strong muscles can contract quicker and more powerfully when trained in the correct manner
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Our speed will however be affected for up to approximately 72 hours after a heavy lifting session, during which time our muscles are in recovery (I always recommend heavy lifting to be used mainly during the off season when adequate recovery time is available).
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By strength training eccentrically we can improve our balance, shock absorption capability and amount of force our muscles and joints are able to withstand upon landing
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Reactive power:
We can increase our ability to generate a greater force when jumping immediately following a landing, Meaning more chance of getting to that second ball after landing a header
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Starting power
Essential for accelerating from a stand still, when our muscles are required to generate maximum force at the beginning of a contraction to produce a high level of initial speed
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Decelerating power
Deceleration requires great power in the muscles of the legs and glutes
The same muscles are used here as in acceleration, however they are contracting eccentrically (lengthening rather than shortening)
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Your goal when going into the gym should be to maximize your performance when match time comes.
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Weight Gain should be done in the offseason or preseason before official competition rolls around
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FIFA Technical Study Group publishes 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia report
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The team with the most average ball possession per match, Spain (69%), failed to progress from the round of 16, while champions France were 19th in the overall possession ranking.
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Serbia were the hardest-running team at the tournament, covering an average of 113 km per game. By contrast, France were 28th in this respect, averaging 101 km per match.
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Shooting efficiency from outside the penalty area improved dramatically: the average strike rate was a goal per 29 long-range attempts, compared to one in 42 at Brazil 2014.
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At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, one in every 29 corners led to a goal, whereas the figure was 61 at South Africa 2010 and 36 at Brazil 2014. This trend of superior effectiveness continued through the knockout stage in Russia, where teams scored from one in every 31 corners compared to every 41 in Brazil.
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We saw less of the so-called playmakers at this World Cup, perhaps as a result of the way teams played. However, there were still some outstanding individuals in this area. Paul Pogba of France excelled, but Luka Modrić stole the show.
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The TSG reports have been produced since the 1966 FIFA World Cup and are available here.
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Soccer Positions: The Numbers, Player Roles & Basic Formations
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Think about each position as one part in a well-oiled machine each part has a specific job to do in order for that machine to function properly.
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Soccer positions and formations can vary based on several factors, including age group, league, coaching strategy and number of players allowed on the field.
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While watching professional soccer, you may hear a commentator declare that an athlete plays like a number 10 even though they are playing in the 6.
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: Jun 2017
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Džeko's mother is concerned about the pitfalls and disquiet of being a multimillionaire footballer.
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My worry is all the money and the success will allow some bad people to attach themselves to my son,
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Some girls like to be with famous footballers for the wrong reasons and I do not want to see Edin damaged by them.
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Quick Reaction Time and Agility Methods in Soccer
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the different speed actions into five broad categories:
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1. Anticipation Speed: knows when to expect the ball, just by watching a teammates body movements, when to slide in and block an opposition shot.
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2. Reaction Speed: a goalkeeper; the rate at which they react to a deflection and an unexpected shot, an abrupt change in direction
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Many things influence reaction time, including visual influences and auditory influences.
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Still, using the goalkeeper instance, does he see or hear the ball first?
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A teammates scream or sighting a player shaping up to take a shot can influence or delay reaction time.
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3.Speed of Thought
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Agility, on the other hand, is the ability to alter directions without influencing balance.
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Many people erroneously believe that agility is an inborn trait and cannot be worked upon.
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Warm-Ups for Kids Before Sports or Active Play
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he stopped a certain goal with his chest against Lokomotiv Moscow in 2002
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I'm like the student who is not as clever, but studies for his exams and does okay in the end," Puyol is quoted as saying.
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a guy who would have no problem put his head in where it hurts.
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He once headed away a bullet from Roberto Carlos yards away while on the goal-line.
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Years later he said the effort "nearly ripped his head off" but a goal was avoided and that was all that mattered to Puyol.
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Puyol smashed through glass to get a ball back and was left with blood dripping down his leg and arm.
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Throwback to 2011 when Puyol let Eric Abidal lift the Champions league trophy against United in the final at Wembley after suffering with cancer.
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Puyol also invited Ronaldinho, then at AC Milan, into Barcelona's pre-match squad photo after the Joan Gamper Trophy match in 2010
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Puyi, I've missed you so much.' He told me to shut the hell up and concentrate. He never stops.
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"One time, the game was stopped, someone was on the stretcher, and he was shouting at me. I said to him: Calm down, it's 4-0 and there are three minutes left.' He said: 'So what? Focus!
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"Puyol keeps you on your toes at all times."
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"Carles Puyol would put his face where any other player would be scared to put his foot." - Franco Baresi.
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"No one is born a leader, it is surroundings and circumstances that develop them" - Carles Puyol
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The 2003 elections terminated in the surprise victory of Joan Laporta.
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An internal split is the last thing any club can desire for, for it is a parasite that can eat the team up from the inside.
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Barcelona found itself in a similar situation in 2007 when there broke out a misunderstanding between Samuel Etoo, Ronaldinho and coach Frank Rijkaard.
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he took the lighter and flung it off the pitch. He then ordered his defensive partner to stop complaining and focus on the impending corner.
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Mallorcas defender Sergio Ballesteros made his displeasure clear and crossed the limit by slapping Barcelonas captain on the field.
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Yet, Barcelonas eternal captain stood still and calm.
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Moreover, when Ronaldinho made an effort to confront Ballesteros, Puyol stopped him from doing so.
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In 2012, the Catalans were steamrolling a helpless Rayo Vallecano.
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They had already put 4 past their rivals when Thiago scored another one against the relegation-threatened side.
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As the young midfielder rushed towards Dani Alves to celebrate the goal, Puyol made it clear that it was not the time for a celebration.
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Nothing better than a certain quote by Tony Adams that describes everything Puyol did as an athlete: Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they will remember the name on the back.
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Positional play: football tactics explained
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the players take up positions to attempt to create numerical advantages in passing triangles or diamonds
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There should never be more than three teammates on any horizontal plane, and never more than two on any vertical plane
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The aim of any team using positional play is to forge at least one of three types of superiority: numerical, qualitative and positional.
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Numerical superiority is an overload in any area of the pitch.
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Qualitative superiority is when a player who is superior to their direct opponent isolates them in a one-on-one situation.
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Positional superiority involves getting players into positions between or behind the opposition lines, where they are more likely to have time and space on the ball and are thus more likely to affect the game.
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by drawing an opponent towards the ball, a player will free up a teammate elsewhere to receive the next pass.
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The centre-backs try to provoke the opposition forwards into jumping out to press, in turn creating a passing lane in to the midfielder.
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The wingers stay wide on both sides to stretch the pitch.
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How Pep Guardiola stuck to his principles and was proven right at Manchester City
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15 avr. 2018
Last season Guardiola was told that he had to change his principles to succeed at City but it is only by sticking to them that he has won the title
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English football has always been as anti-intellectual as any other aspect of our national life.
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Pragmatism and common sense have been the values, winning football matches the only goal.
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Woe betide the foreign manager who arrives talking about a philosophy of football he intends to implement.
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Andre Villas Boas and Louis van Gaal had their faults but they were both always fighting a losing battle, for the temerity of having an idea.
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This is nothing new and nor is it limited to football: it is part of who we are. As Europeans go, the English are not intellectual, George Orwell wrote in The Lion and the Unicorn in 1941.
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They have a horror of abstract thought, they feel no need for any philosophy or systematic world-view.
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Ideas, especially foreign ones, have never taken much root in our culture.
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Even the history of the Labour party, as Harold Wilson said, owed more to Methodism than to Karl Marx.
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when Pep Guardiola arrived in England in 2016, with his own ideas and his own philosophy, so many people told him to compromise.
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Possession football might work abroad, he was told, but England was different.
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his team had lost 4-2 to Leicester City despite having 78 per cent possession
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Jamie Redknapp: City could not win this way.
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If he was serious about winning the Premier League, he would have to buy a proper holding midfielder, defend deeper, get the ball forward quicker and certainly start training tackles.
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Citys average possession has increased from 61 per cent last year to over 71 per cent this year, according to Opta
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Of course City do not play like the Barcelona team that won the 2009 and 2011 Champions Leagues. How could they without Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta? This team plays with wingers
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But imagine briefly if he had done: a City team that defended deeper, passed less, and went long more.
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But do you think a compromised, confused side like that would be heading for 100 points and 100 goals, or not?
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It is impossible to talk about this City success without speaking about money.
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But that money has not just been thrown at the highest profile players on the market,
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It has bought the players to make the system work: crucially a fast right-back in Kyle Walker,
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a fast left-back in Benjamin Mendy who has been injured all year,
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and in Ederson a goalkeeper who can both pass the ball and make saves.
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While the money City have spent is unprecedented, the unprecedented football they have played has effectively justified it.
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Guardiola revelled in the personal vindication. People said we couldnt play the way we did in Barcelona in England, but it is possible, and we did it,
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It is a triumph for Guardiola and his players but also for his principles and his sticking to them, for the idea of having an idea.
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Guardiola typically spends two hours per day discussing one-on-one the positional minutiae of what he demands from his players.
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Pep doesnt just give you orders, said Gerard Pique. He also explains why.
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He knows his players intimately. He cried with youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg when the midfielder lost his father to stomach cancer in April 2014.
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In every game, Guardiola picks his avatar the player whose job is to keep the play moving, as he did.
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to play Lahm in central midfield instead of his customary full-back position.
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He is super-intelligent, Guardiola said of his elegant Bayern captain. He understands the game brilliantly; knows when to come inside or stay wide.
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he dedicates more training sessions to defensive organisation than anything else.
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Attack is more based on innate talent,
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he once said. Defence is about the work you put into it. Defensive strategy is absolutely essential if I want to attack a lot.
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the 2015-16 winter break Bayern had conceded only 49 goals in 85 Bundesliga games since he arrived, keeping 50 clean sheets.
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Guardiola has shown me 200 videos and taught me concepts: when to move out with the ball, when to mark, where to position myself.
Javi Martinez
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What Guardiola wants above all else is a defence that moves as one a self-contained organism that suffocates opposition attacks by pressing high.
-----------------------------------
If the centre-back presses, the midfield conductor drops in behind to cover; similarly, the winger covers his full-back.
-----------------------------------
On average, Pep's Bayern would defend seven metres further up the pitch than they did under Heynckes.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola wants his team to complete 15 passes, the theory being that his players retain their shape, while destabilising their opponents.
-----------------------------------
But Guardiolas defensive strategy doesnt end when his team have the ball.
-----------------------------------
It is a defensive tactic as much as it is a transition to attack via gradual strangulation.
-----------------------------------
He hates tiki-taka
-----------------------------------
Spains sterile possession game against Tunisia at the 2006 World Cup.
-----------------------------------
It means passing the ball for the sake of passing, with no real aim or aggression nothing. I will not allow my brilliant players to fall for all that rubbish.
-----------------------------------
Many seek to emulate Peps style
-----------------------------------
Teams copy it, but badly, failing to appreciate the hours of work that have gone into creating the space to attack.
-----------------------------------
At Barcelona, Guardiolas strategy was long entrenched.
-----------------------------------
Coming to English football, he will have to adapt to his new players and coach them constantly in the first six months for them to fully grasp the systems complexity, in the same way he did at Bayern.
-----------------------------------
to rain his players muscles in the football-specific movements that define his attacking remit.
-----------------------------------
The cornerstone is the rondo
-----------------------------------
The ball flies around at speed, which helps to sharpen technique in tight areas,
-----------------------------------
with the goal being to reach 30 touches, the eight players counting out loud as they go.
-----------------------------------
If you lose the ball, you go in the middle as punishment.
-----------------------------------
the team who lost the ball can then immediately counter-press to win it back.
-----------------------------------
The effect is two-fold: it establishes the importance of being alive to the counter-press having just lost possession, and the team with the ball learn how to position themselves and engineer space.
-----------------------------------
The secret is to overload one side of the pitch so the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope
-----------------------------------
Pre-season double sessions were the norm at Bayern
-----------------------------------
by the beginning of October in 2013-14, Peps first season with the club, Die Roten had done 100 sessions and everything happens with a ball. Just running is pointless.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola watches the oppositions previous six matches, plus targeted highlights provided by his head of analysis
-----------------------------------
Using Lionel Messi as a false nine for only the second time, in the May 2009 Clasico, is his most famous innovation.
-----------------------------------
The night before the match, he called Messi into his Camp Nou office at 10.30pm to show the Flea the exact areas he could exploit.
-----------------------------------
Guardiolas use of a back three stems from his desire to achieve numerical superiority.
-----------------------------------
Im no innovator, Guardiola has said. Im an ideas thief.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola has a training pitch marked out very specifically for practice matches
-----------------------------------
The two inside channels (shaded pale blue) are where he wants his best players in possession
-----------------------------------
The two inside channels (shaded pale blue) are where he wants his best players in possession Xavi and Iniesta to assist, Robben and Ribery to score because they fall between all lines of the opponents defensive structure.
-----------------------------------
There are rules: no more than three players in any horizontal zone; no more than two players in any vertical zone.
-----------------------------------
when Guardiola saw pastries and cakes laid out for the team during his first pre-season at Bayern, he called for a nutritionist.
-----------------------------------
If play develops down the right wing, the opposite wideman must hug the left-hand touchline to avoid overpopulating central midfield and denying Iniesta, Robben or Ribery the space to play.
-----------------------------------
Guys who are supposed to play on the right are not allowed to cross to the left, and on the left youre not allowed to cross to the right, former Barcelona forward Thierry Henry recalled on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
-----------------------------------
I could hear him being upset on the side, but I still went there I didnt really care, admitted Henry. I scored a goal, and at half-time he took me off.
-----------------------------------
Pep struggles to manage players with a singularity of personality like Samuel Etoo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic.
-----------------------------------
Samuel Etoo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic have all lasted just one season under Guardiola.
-----------------------------------
Its no coincidence that these three are driven centre-forwards with more than a dash of ego, who define themselves by goals.
-----------------------------------
Hes a risk-taker:
Pep would rather die going forward than stay alive defending
-----------------------------------
Guardiola introduced 3-4-3 to Barcelona in 2011/12
-----------------------------------
When presented with two possible options, he always chooses the more attacking one
-----------------------------------
(Pep would rather die going forward than stay alive defending, Thierry Henry once said of his former coach).
-----------------------------------
He does stop occasionally, to run ideas by his son Marius and eldest daughter Maria, who share their fathers love of tactics.
-----------------------------------
Finally, two hours before kick-off, Guardiolas focus will be entirely on attacking strategy and motivation.
-----------------------------------
At Guardiolas side since 2007, Torrent has evolved from doing scouting for Barcelona B to becoming assistant coach at Bayern Munich.
-----------------------------------
Lorenzo Buenaventura Fitness coach
Without Buenaventuras training ground exercises, the Guardiola coaching model would fall apart.
-----------------------------------
Buenaventura is a disciple of Paco Seirul-lo, the fitness coach for Johan Cruyffs Barcelona, who tutored Guardiola in the late 80s.
-----------------------------------
he passionately shares the Bayern boss belief that all training exercises must be carried out with a ball, at maximum intensity, for their ceaseless attacking model to properly function.
-----------------------------------
Frequently working two weeks ahead of himself, Planchart and his team review the oppositions previous six matches, with 50-60 bite-size moves adding further detail.
-----------------------------------
Pep mentality is to learn. He likes knowing new things. Its why he went from Barcelona to New York, to Munich and next, to England.
-----------------------------------
He meets new people, learns about new cultures and how to then incorporate those cultures into his coaching.
-----------------------------------
It took just three months for Jurgen Klopp to understand what the English game is all about: football, and lots of it.
-----------------------------------
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06-21-2022, 02:02 PM
 
: Jun 2017
: 393

Džeko's mother is concerned about the pitfalls and disquiet of being a multimillionaire footballer.
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My worry is all the money and the success will allow some bad people to attach themselves to my son,
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Some girls like to be with famous footballers for the wrong reasons and I do not want to see Edin damaged by them.
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Quick Reaction Time and Agility Methods in Soccer
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the different speed actions into five broad categories:
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1. Anticipation Speed: knows when to expect the ball, just by watching a teammates body movements, when to slide in and block an opposition shot.
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2. Reaction Speed: a goalkeeper; the rate at which they react to a deflection and an unexpected shot, an abrupt change in direction
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Many things influence reaction time, including visual influences and auditory influences.
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Still, using the goalkeeper instance, does he see or hear the ball first?
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A teammates scream or sighting a player shaping up to take a shot can influence or delay reaction time.
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3.Speed of Thought
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Agility, on the other hand, is the ability to alter directions without influencing balance.
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Many people erroneously believe that agility is an inborn trait and cannot be worked upon.
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Warm-Ups for Kids Before Sports or Active Play
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he stopped a certain goal with his chest against Lokomotiv Moscow in 2002
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I'm like the student who is not as clever, but studies for his exams and does okay in the end," Puyol is quoted as saying.
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a guy who would have no problem put his head in where it hurts.
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He once headed away a bullet from Roberto Carlos yards away while on the goal-line.
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Years later he said the effort "nearly ripped his head off" but a goal was avoided and that was all that mattered to Puyol.
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Puyol smashed through glass to get a ball back and was left with blood dripping down his leg and arm.
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Throwback to 2011 when Puyol let Eric Abidal lift the Champions league trophy against United in the final at Wembley after suffering with cancer.
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Puyol also invited Ronaldinho, then at AC Milan, into Barcelona's pre-match squad photo after the Joan Gamper Trophy match in 2010
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Puyi, I've missed you so much.' He told me to shut the hell up and concentrate. He never stops.
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"One time, the game was stopped, someone was on the stretcher, and he was shouting at me. I said to him: Calm down, it's 4-0 and there are three minutes left.' He said: 'So what? Focus!
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"Puyol keeps you on your toes at all times."
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"Carles Puyol would put his face where any other player would be scared to put his foot." - Franco Baresi.
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"No one is born a leader, it is surroundings and circumstances that develop them" - Carles Puyol
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The 2003 elections terminated in the surprise victory of Joan Laporta.
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An internal split is the last thing any club can desire for, for it is a parasite that can eat the team up from the inside.
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Barcelona found itself in a similar situation in 2007 when there broke out a misunderstanding between Samuel Etoo, Ronaldinho and coach Frank Rijkaard.
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he took the lighter and flung it off the pitch. He then ordered his defensive partner to stop complaining and focus on the impending corner.
-----------------------------------
Mallorcas defender Sergio Ballesteros made his displeasure clear and crossed the limit by slapping Barcelonas captain on the field.
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Yet, Barcelonas eternal captain stood still and calm.
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Moreover, when Ronaldinho made an effort to confront Ballesteros, Puyol stopped him from doing so.
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In 2012, the Catalans were steamrolling a helpless Rayo Vallecano.
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They had already put 4 past their rivals when Thiago scored another one against the relegation-threatened side.
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As the young midfielder rushed towards Dani Alves to celebrate the goal, Puyol made it clear that it was not the time for a celebration.
-----------------------------------
Nothing better than a certain quote by Tony Adams that describes everything Puyol did as an athlete: Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they will remember the name on the back.
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Positional play: football tactics explained
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the players take up positions to attempt to create numerical advantages in passing triangles or diamonds
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There should never be more than three teammates on any horizontal plane, and never more than two on any vertical plane
-----------------------------------
The aim of any team using positional play is to forge at least one of three types of superiority: numerical, qualitative and positional.
-----------------------------------
Numerical superiority is an overload in any area of the pitch.
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Qualitative superiority is when a player who is superior to their direct opponent isolates them in a one-on-one situation.
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Positional superiority involves getting players into positions between or behind the opposition lines, where they are more likely to have time and space on the ball and are thus more likely to affect the game.
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by drawing an opponent towards the ball, a player will free up a teammate elsewhere to receive the next pass.
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The centre-backs try to provoke the opposition forwards into jumping out to press, in turn creating a passing lane in to the midfielder.
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The wingers stay wide on both sides to stretch the pitch.
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How Pep Guardiola stuck to his principles and was proven right at Manchester City
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15 avr. 2018
Last season Guardiola was told that he had to change his principles to succeed at City but it is only by sticking to them that he has won the title
-----------------------------------
English football has always been as anti-intellectual as any other aspect of our national life.
-----------------------------------
Pragmatism and common sense have been the values, winning football matches the only goal.
-----------------------------------
Woe betide the foreign manager who arrives talking about a philosophy of football he intends to implement.
-----------------------------------
Andre Villas Boas and Louis van Gaal had their faults but they were both always fighting a losing battle, for the temerity of having an idea.
-----------------------------------
This is nothing new and nor is it limited to football: it is part of who we are. As Europeans go, the English are not intellectual, George Orwell wrote in The Lion and the Unicorn in 1941.
-----------------------------------
They have a horror of abstract thought, they feel no need for any philosophy or systematic world-view.
-----------------------------------
Ideas, especially foreign ones, have never taken much root in our culture.
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Even the history of the Labour party, as Harold Wilson said, owed more to Methodism than to Karl Marx.
-----------------------------------
when Pep Guardiola arrived in England in 2016, with his own ideas and his own philosophy, so many people told him to compromise.
-----------------------------------
Possession football might work abroad, he was told, but England was different.
-----------------------------------
his team had lost 4-2 to Leicester City despite having 78 per cent possession
-----------------------------------
Jamie Redknapp: City could not win this way.
-----------------------------------
If he was serious about winning the Premier League, he would have to buy a proper holding midfielder, defend deeper, get the ball forward quicker and certainly start training tackles.
-----------------------------------
2018
Citys average possession has increased from 61 per cent last year to over 71 per cent this year, according to Opta
-----------------------------------
Of course City do not play like the Barcelona team that won the 2009 and 2011 Champions Leagues. How could they without Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta? This team plays with wingers
-----------------------------------
But imagine briefly if he had done: a City team that defended deeper, passed less, and went long more.
-----------------------------------
But do you think a compromised, confused side like that would be heading for 100 points and 100 goals, or not?
-----------------------------------
It is impossible to talk about this City success without speaking about money.
-----------------------------------
But that money has not just been thrown at the highest profile players on the market,
-----------------------------------
It has bought the players to make the system work: crucially a fast right-back in Kyle Walker,
-----------------------------------
a fast left-back in Benjamin Mendy who has been injured all year,
-----------------------------------
and in Ederson a goalkeeper who can both pass the ball and make saves.
-----------------------------------
While the money City have spent is unprecedented, the unprecedented football they have played has effectively justified it.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola revelled in the personal vindication. People said we couldnt play the way we did in Barcelona in England, but it is possible, and we did it,
-----------------------------------
It is a triumph for Guardiola and his players but also for his principles and his sticking to them, for the idea of having an idea.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola typically spends two hours per day discussing one-on-one the positional minutiae of what he demands from his players.
-----------------------------------
Pep doesnt just give you orders, said Gerard Pique. He also explains why.
-----------------------------------
He knows his players intimately. He cried with youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg when the midfielder lost his father to stomach cancer in April 2014.
-----------------------------------
In every game, Guardiola picks his avatar the player whose job is to keep the play moving, as he did.
-----------------------------------
to play Lahm in central midfield instead of his customary full-back position.
-----------------------------------
He is super-intelligent, Guardiola said of his elegant Bayern captain. He understands the game brilliantly; knows when to come inside or stay wide.
-----------------------------------
he dedicates more training sessions to defensive organisation than anything else.
-----------------------------------
Attack is more based on innate talent,
-----------------------------------
he once said. Defence is about the work you put into it. Defensive strategy is absolutely essential if I want to attack a lot.
-----------------------------------
the 2015-16 winter break Bayern had conceded only 49 goals in 85 Bundesliga games since he arrived, keeping 50 clean sheets.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola has shown me 200 videos and taught me concepts: when to move out with the ball, when to mark, where to position myself.
Javi Martinez
-----------------------------------
What Guardiola wants above all else is a defence that moves as one a self-contained organism that suffocates opposition attacks by pressing high.
-----------------------------------
If the centre-back presses, the midfield conductor drops in behind to cover; similarly, the winger covers his full-back.
-----------------------------------
On average, Pep's Bayern would defend seven metres further up the pitch than they did under Heynckes.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola wants his team to complete 15 passes, the theory being that his players retain their shape, while destabilising their opponents.
-----------------------------------
But Guardiolas defensive strategy doesnt end when his team have the ball.
-----------------------------------
It is a defensive tactic as much as it is a transition to attack via gradual strangulation.
-----------------------------------
He hates tiki-taka
-----------------------------------
Spains sterile possession game against Tunisia at the 2006 World Cup.
-----------------------------------
It means passing the ball for the sake of passing, with no real aim or aggression nothing. I will not allow my brilliant players to fall for all that rubbish.
-----------------------------------
Many seek to emulate Peps style
-----------------------------------
Teams copy it, but badly, failing to appreciate the hours of work that have gone into creating the space to attack.
-----------------------------------
At Barcelona, Guardiolas strategy was long entrenched.
-----------------------------------
Coming to English football, he will have to adapt to his new players and coach them constantly in the first six months for them to fully grasp the systems complexity, in the same way he did at Bayern.
-----------------------------------
to rain his players muscles in the football-specific movements that define his attacking remit.
-----------------------------------
The cornerstone is the rondo
-----------------------------------
The ball flies around at speed, which helps to sharpen technique in tight areas,
-----------------------------------
with the goal being to reach 30 touches, the eight players counting out loud as they go.
-----------------------------------
If you lose the ball, you go in the middle as punishment.
-----------------------------------
the team who lost the ball can then immediately counter-press to win it back.
-----------------------------------
The effect is two-fold: it establishes the importance of being alive to the counter-press having just lost possession, and the team with the ball learn how to position themselves and engineer space.
-----------------------------------
The secret is to overload one side of the pitch so the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope
-----------------------------------
Pre-season double sessions were the norm at Bayern
-----------------------------------
by the beginning of October in 2013-14, Peps first season with the club, Die Roten had done 100 sessions and everything happens with a ball. Just running is pointless.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola watches the oppositions previous six matches, plus targeted highlights provided by his head of analysis
-----------------------------------
Using Lionel Messi as a false nine for only the second time, in the May 2009 Clasico, is his most famous innovation.
-----------------------------------
The night before the match, he called Messi into his Camp Nou office at 10.30pm to show the Flea the exact areas he could exploit.
-----------------------------------
Guardiolas use of a back three stems from his desire to achieve numerical superiority.
-----------------------------------
Im no innovator, Guardiola has said. Im an ideas thief.
-----------------------------------
Guardiola has a training pitch marked out very specifically for practice matches
-----------------------------------
The two inside channels (shaded pale blue) are where he wants his best players in possession
-----------------------------------
The two inside channels (shaded pale blue) are where he wants his best players in possession Xavi and Iniesta to assist, Robben and Ribery to score because they fall between all lines of the opponents defensive structure.
-----------------------------------
There are rules: no more than three players in any horizontal zone; no more than two players in any vertical zone.
-----------------------------------
when Guardiola saw pastries and cakes laid out for the team during his first pre-season at Bayern, he called for a nutritionist.
-----------------------------------
If play develops down the right wing, the opposite wideman must hug the left-hand touchline to avoid overpopulating central midfield and denying Iniesta, Robben or Ribery the space to play.
-----------------------------------
Guys who are supposed to play on the right are not allowed to cross to the left, and on the left youre not allowed to cross to the right, former Barcelona forward Thierry Henry recalled on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
-----------------------------------
I could hear him being upset on the side, but I still went there I didnt really care, admitted Henry. I scored a goal, and at half-time he took me off.
-----------------------------------
Pep struggles to manage players with a singularity of personality like Samuel Etoo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic.
-----------------------------------
Samuel Etoo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic have all lasted just one season under Guardiola.
-----------------------------------
Its no coincidence that these three are driven centre-forwards with more than a dash of ego, who define themselves by goals.
-----------------------------------
Hes a risk-taker:
Pep would rather die going forward than stay alive defending
-----------------------------------
Guardiola introduced 3-4-3 to Barcelona in 2011/12
-----------------------------------
When presented with two possible options, he always chooses the more attacking one
-----------------------------------
(Pep would rather die going forward than stay alive defending, Thierry Henry once said of his former coach).
-----------------------------------
He does stop occasionally, to run ideas by his son Marius and eldest daughter Maria, who share their fathers love of tactics.
-----------------------------------
Finally, two hours before kick-off, Guardiolas focus will be entirely on attacking strategy and motivation.
-----------------------------------
At Guardiolas side since 2007, Torrent has evolved from doing scouting for Barcelona B to becoming assistant coach at Bayern Munich.
-----------------------------------
Lorenzo Buenaventura Fitness coach
Without Buenaventuras training ground exercises, the Guardiola coaching model would fall apart.
-----------------------------------
Buenaventura is a disciple of Paco Seirul-lo, the fitness coach for Johan Cruyffs Barcelona, who tutored Guardiola in the late 80s.
-----------------------------------
he passionately shares the Bayern boss belief that all training exercises must be carried out with a ball, at maximum intensity, for their ceaseless attacking model to properly function.
-----------------------------------
Frequently working two weeks ahead of himself, Planchart and his team review the oppositions previous six matches, with 50-60 bite-size moves adding further detail.
-----------------------------------
Pep mentality is to learn. He likes knowing new things. Its why he went from Barcelona to New York, to Munich and next, to England.
-----------------------------------
He meets new people, learns about new cultures and how to then incorporate those cultures into his coaching.
-----------------------------------
It took just three months for Jurgen Klopp to understand what the English game is all about: football, and lots of it.
-----------------------------------

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