If you pay attention to the way free kicks are being taken in the modern game you will notice that a new style is surfacing. Previously, when there was a free kick from 18-25 yards out, it used to be a given that you are going to curve it over/around the wall and in. Now, we are beginning to witness what is called the knuckle ball.
It never ceases to amaze me how often I see diving in soccer. More so than ever, players are pretending to get hurt in order to win a foul. Some call it smart, I call it cheating.
When a player is seen simulating a foul, they are given a yellow card because it is against the rules of soccer. The problem is that some players do such a good job of it – and often times the referee can’t see everything – that they get the calls in their favor. Keep the drama at home.
When you ask someone who they think the best players of all time are you will often get answers like Pele, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, or from the modern crowd you will get answers like Ronaldinho, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – and rightfully so! But what about players like Marco Van Basten and Johan Cruyff? Do you even know who these players are? Unfortunately, the modern day soccer player does not have these players on their radar. These soccer legends had just as much skill and talent as did Pele, Maradona, Zidane and etc. The soccer legends of today had to look up to someone as we look up to them, and it is these players that they looked up to. These are the players they mimicked; these are the players they learned from.