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…
Before any type of exercise, a warm up of some sort is crucial. A proper warm up consists of increasing the blood flow to your muscles while decreasing the chance for injury. Do it correctly an you will increase your capacity for a healthy performance. It is for this reason that you will see athletes in any sport warming up meticulously before any serious training session or game.
Diego Maradona is arguably the best player to ever play the game of soccer. As the soccer legend turns a fantastic 50, we look back and celebrate half a century of controversy, magic and brilliance.
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Soccer players require a combination of strength and muscle in their legs, yet for many reasons many players don’t train their legs. They think simply playing soccer is enough work on developing strength and muscle in their legs. Years go by and this issue is never fully addressed.
Everyone, at one point or another, has been introduced to the magical skill of some of the best soccer players ever to grace the game. The 1986 World Cup saw Maradona take on an entire team from half field and score a goal for the ages. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi essentially copy & pasted Maradona’s effort and went through an entire team to score an almost identical goal. Ronaldinho has pranced through so many players and teams that its difficult to pinpoint just one effort. But where my girls at?
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.
Many soccer players will develop several aspects of their game but neglect the importance of core strength. In the game of soccer there will be countless 50/50 battles while other times you will have to shield the ball with a man on your back or an opposing player coming at you from the side. Developing good strength is important to becoming a reliable player on the field. You will help your team win and keep ball possession much longer.
You are willing to go above and beyond and improve different parts of your game. Below are some great exercises that can be done before or after training sessions or at the park on your own time. These exercises with the ball will help improve your touch on the ball which will help develop many other parts to your overall game.