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Soccer / Football Opinion

Real Madrid celebrate with crotch slaps

OK this is just embarrassing! If you’re a Real Madrid fan here is another reason why NOT to be one. Real Madrid recently celebrated a goal with crotch slaps. Yes that is correct…crotch slaps. The embarrassing moment came after the 7th goal in their 8-0 Copa del Rey win over Levante. Whether you’re a Real Madrid fan or not this behavior has nothing to do with the game and only embarrasses anybody who enjoys the sport of soccer. 

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Soccer Player Skill Development

Ronaldo strikes again

Cristiano Ronaldo has single handily revolutionized the way free kicks are taken.  He has developed a unique technique that has dazzled fans and baffled goalies.  Over the past 4-5 years, he has worked tirelessly to perfect what some refer to as the “knuckle ball.”  In a recent Spanish La Liga match where Ronaldo’s Real Madrid played against Real Valladolid, a free kick was earned approximately 25 yards out from Real Valladolid’s net.  The goalie worked intensely at creating a wall to help him stop what was inevitable: a shot from Ronaldo.  Then this…

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Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

How to Stop Playmakers

There are soccer players who affect more games more often than any other players.  These players are refered to as playmakers.  The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabergas, Luka Modric and Xavi Hernandes have the ability to make incredible passes and create magical plays that win their team many games.  So where do you even begin when trying to figure out a way to stop these players?

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Soccer Player Skill Development

How creative is your soccer game?

Creativity is born and nourished on the practice field.  When you try new things and different things on the practice field, and continue to practice them, you then develop skills that you didn’t have before…skills that no one had before.  That is the whole point of creativity: try something no one else is trying.

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Soccer / Football Player Motivation Soccer Player IQ Soccer Player Skill Development Soccer Training & Fitness

Every single day, try something new in soccer

It’s good to have routines in soccer.  These include pre-game routines, training routines and routines that you do the week leading up to a big game.  Some players even become superstitious hoping that will be the difference in playing well or not.

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Soccer Player Skill Development

Freekicks: the Ronaldo Rocket

Christiano Ronaldo has been ordained as one of the best free kick takers of all time.  His unique approach to striking the ball during a free-kick has left goalies baffled and players envious.  There are 3 simple tips that, if practiced continuously, can be the catalyst for your shot to become a rocket.  Here are the tips that no one else is willing to share.

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Soccer Player IQ Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

Five Best Tips to Close Out a Game

Whether you’re team is playing its first or final game of the season and you’re holding onto a 1-0 lead there are some tactics that should be discussed to help your team hold onto the lead and finish the game with a win. Often time’s players make mistakes or as what they call it in tennis “unforced errors.” The same is true in soccer. Below are tips that should be used throughout an entire game and should be strongly enforced when the game is close and you need to hold onto the lead.

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Soccer / Football Opinion Soccer Player IQ

Selling Yourself and The Game…Short!

Diving is cheating.  Either way you approach this argument, players that dive are not only cheating, but they are poisoning the game of soccer.  Why do it then? Unfortunately, some players will dive to the ground crying in agony (only to get up seconds later pain free) in order to persuade the referee to make a call in their teams favour. It is in these instances that the entire atmosphere of the game itself and its image changes…for the worse. I am encouraging all players not to take this route of selling yourself and the game short. 

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Soccer / Football Opinion Soccer Player IQ Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

No Matter What – Stay on your feet

More than ever, you can watch soccer games on tv and see the excessive diving and acting involved in the game.  With slow motion replays and hundreds of camera angles, every instant is caught and replayed over and over.  For the people live at a game, it might not be as apparent as events unravel very quickly and do not allow for much observation to occur.  However, the tv allows people to dissect a situation ten times over.  With the internet, plays can be cut out and made into a video for the whole world to see and process (i.e. YouTube).

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Soccer / Football Opinion

Won’t listen to your coach? Guess what will happen…

Learning from an early age that the coach is the one who makes the final decisions regarding the team and accepting this is an important part of becoming a mature soccer player.  Many young players, and senior player for that matter, will argue with their coach.  This doesn’t help them or their move forward. 

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Soccer Player Nutrition & Health

The Good Proteins…there are bad ones?

In a game of soccer your muscles are being worked hard with all of the running and exercise involved.  Protein is an extremely important nutrient that must be consumed for muscle gain to take place.  Most athletes are not aware of the different types of proteins and how they affect your body.  When you finish this blog you will have a better understand what proteins to eat, how often and what it does to your body.

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Soccer Player Skill Development

Role of the Midfield Winger

Many wingers think their sole responsibility is to run up and down the field, take throw-ins, corner kicks and be fast.  However, there is more to being a midfield winger than this.  Depending on the formation your team plays you will have different duties.   

4-4-2:  in this formation the wingers’ main offensive responsibility is to provide through-balls to the forwards, cross the ball into the 18 yard box when in the attacking third of the field, attack defenders with the ball and a lot of runs off the ball to receive passes from your teammates, specifically center midfielders.