I recently read an interview with Anson Dorrance, famous University of North Carolina women’s soccer coach. In his interview, he talked about the importance of the psychological aspect of soccer – more specifically, core values that help create a positive psychology.
In part two of Goalden’s interview with Vuk Popovic, we find out what he believes the differences are between the European game and the North American game.
Goalden: what are the differences you’ve noticed between the European soccer game and the North American soccer game?
Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Vuk Popovic (pronounced Vook Pop-o-vitch) is a tall, strong center-back. He is a reliable and smart defender who can cover the best of forwards and possesses skill to contribute in an offensive attack. Like many young Europeans, Popovic had to make a decision about his playing career in his teenage years. It was either continue soccer in Serbia or pursue an education. Instead, Popovic decided to combine the two by playing division I soccer at Oakland University in Michigan while at the same time receive a college education.
Recently, Goalden had the good fortune of interviewing Northern Ireland football striker, Paul Munster. Munster, dubbed early in his career as The Real Deal, is an excellent example of a player overcoming an injury setback in order to chase one’s dream of becoming a professional footballer. Originally from Northern Ireland, the athletic 5’11.5’’ forward came to Canada in his early twenties before returning to Europe and becoming a professional footballer.
Goalden has been following the One World Futbol Project very closely. They have inspired much of what we do as bloggers. For those of you unaware of what this projects mission is, co-founders Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver, along with the helpful hand of celebrity musician and actor Sting, have embarked upon a journey of creating the world’s most durable ball in order to allow anyone anywhere – under any circumstances – to have the joy of playing with a real soccer ball. Team Goalden was lucky enough to have a 1 on 1 with one of the co-founders of the project Tim Jahnigen.
Each of us watches professional soccer players on tv. We read about them online and we try to learn from them. However, the true details behind their success is often not discussed. Recently, Goalden was fortunate to interview Honefoss Bk goalkeeper Steve Clark about his success in division one college soccer at Oakland University in Michigan and his transition to the professional game. Honefoss Bk is a club in the professional Norwegian league. Clark’s story is a great example of hard work, dedication and the passion for pursuing a dream no matter the challenges ahead of you.