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.
Due in large to the way we kick naturally, learning to curve the ball with the inside of our foot is an almost automatic process. It takes some practice but we can easily establish a good curve. Read here and here to learn the Beckham inside foot curve. But what about the outside foot curve?
Many soccer players feel they cannot take a shot until they have either completely faked-out a defender, or until they have come the door-step of the net. What’s important to remember is that the more shots you take in a game, the higher the potential for a goal is to be scored. However, it is important to take educated shots.
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?
Mistakes happen, they’re inevitable. The important thing is to learn from them. You want to make sure that they never happen again…or at least decrease the likelihood that they re-surface. For this blog I would like to demonstrate how a lapse in concentration can lead to a big mistake – a game changing mistake.
When we talk about the best goals in soccer, every person on this planet will have a different opinion as to what that goal is and who scored it. There are amazing displays of skill where players take on an entire team and there are instances where a player scores a goal that requires great skill i.e. a bicycle kick. These types of goals make you jump out of your chair and cheer. But what about those goals that happen every now and then that leave you stunned. You have no words and you try to pick your jaw off the ground. These are the goals that are scored by soccer greats who have tricks up their sleeves some of us could only dream of. One of the best players of all time, Zico, scored a goal that only he can explain best:
Your team scores 2 goals and it is 2-0 at halftime. You have completely dominated the game up to this point and you can’t help but think the win is penciled in. The coach sits everyone down at halftime and touches on some good characteristics of the half but is very clear in saying that 2-0 is a dangerous score. “Don’t get comfortable, the game isn’t over” is what you will usually hear from a coach in this situation, “and don’t let them score a quick goal.”
In a previous blog I talked about natural goal scorers and some of the characteristics they have on the soccer field. I made a point to distinguish the difference between a natural goal scorer and a clinical goal scorer. In this blog I would like to talk about the characteristics of clinical goal scorer and how you – with practice – can become a clinical goal scorer yourself.
Scoring goals in soccer is very difficult. Because of the amount of players involved, the size of the field and the nature of the game, it is tough to find ways to put the ball in the net. For this very reason, fans and enthusiasts alike appreciate the game of soccer for its rawness. Games often finish with 1 goals scored if not at all.
As kids, when we were first introduced to the sport of soccer, many of us used our toes to shoot – a.k.a the toe-punt. Whether for reasons of comfort, instinct, or whatever it might have been, we used our toes. Not only is this technique visible in youth learning the sport, but a classic example can be seen with inexperienced soccer players (of all ages) who kick a ball for the first time…not exactly graceful.