Many instances in life really test our patience and our nerves. Often when we’re in the midst of a battle – a soccer game – we get caught up in a war of words or a sequence of tackles that cause us to lose our heads. Typically, this is where the situation gets the better of us and we do things we otherwise would never consider doing in a stable state of mind.
A good team captain is just as important has having a good coach. A captains responsibilities stretch far beyond the role of a field general; he/she assume the role of motivator, authority, friend, enemy, guard, idol and warrior. A captain is responsible – more than anyone else on the field – for the teams successes and failures. It is for this reason that one of the most important decisions a coach will make is who will assume the captains armband.
There are many ways to take a penalty kick. You can approach the ball from different angles, distances, and strike the ball with a different part of the foot and with a different force. To each his own. However, there are a few universal tips to taking a penalty that must be followed in order to be successful. Below I have shared a couple…
Check out Roberto Carlos’s goal for Corinthians from a few days ago. He surprises the goalie by taking a quick corner kick. The same principles apply in catching the goalie off his line when you shoot from distance, say from center field. The ball needs to be deadly accurate and hit with power otherwise the goalie will be able to recover. This type of play is never thought up of on the spot. The players who pull this move off study their opponents to see what parts of their game are weak. One of those weaknesses might be they come off their line too often.
The English Premier League this year is proving to be one of the better ones of the past decade. Traditionally, we have a better idea as to who will win the EPL by this point in the season but not this year. Fortunately for Manchester United, they have a history under Sir Alex Ferguson to hit their stride just after the Christmas break and their recent game versus Sunderland was an indication of some great football to come.
I recently watched the Toronto Raptors of the NBA take on the LA Lakers. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers was obviously the player to watch. After reading up on him I learned some interesting facts. Kobe Bryant is obviously an incredible talent but in a recent interview he stated that to prepare for the upcoming season he was up running at the track everyday at 6am. He then went on to take 1,000 shots from all around the court before team practice. For example, he had to make (not attempt) 400 free throws before moving on to the next shot. After team practice he watched up to three hours of game footage of himself and his opponents. He did this every single day of the summer in preparation for the upcoming season. Kobe is truly a student of the game and his success is no mistake. Success leaves trails and it is up to us to follow those same patterns.
Remember this goal? It was the 1986 World Cup. Argentina met England in the quarter-finals. A play developed where Maradona found himself leaping for a header with the opposing goalie fast approaching. When Maradona realized he couldn’t reach the ball with his head, it happened…
Brazilian Ronaldo was nicknamed “the fenomeno” for his brilliance early in his career. However, unfortunately, many people remember him for his later years as a footballer. Those were the years when he let his body go in terms of conditioning. His lifestyle off the pitch had eventually caught up to him and his weight gain and poor conditioning shortened his career. Nevertheless, he is arguable still the best striker of all time. Despite two massive knee injuries in the prime of his career he was able to become world player of the year again and lead Brazil to world cup glory. In this blog we take a closer look at Ronaldo in his early days at FC Barcelona and what we can learn from the young fenomeno.
If you want to be faster player overall and have a quicker first step then it’s time you start running on the balls of your feet. There are a number of reasons for this:
- it will make you a lighter player when you run
- you will become a smoother player
- you will become more mobile. The more mobile you are with and without the ball, the more difficult you will become to stop
This blog is about shooting from half or as far out as 40 yards. I don’t recommend shooting from this distance regularly. However, if the opportunity arises seize it like any other scoring chance. The key element to scoring a goal from this distance, besides accuracy, is to surprise everyone including the goalie. Normally, goals that are scored from outside the box are not a surprise to anyone. The goalie simply isn’t able to move in time to save the ball. However, when shooting from even further out there is a key difference compared to a normal 25 yard shot.
Clearing the ball in the defensive end is not enough. When you clear the ball you have to have purpose. This is especially true when clearing the ball from corner kicks. Many players make the mistake of clearing the ball up the middle of the field…we all know where those clearances usually end up: right back into your net. Here are 3 tips to make sure you effectively clear the ball every time.