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The real winner of the 2022 World Cup decision

I am disappointed to announce that my favorite player, Zinedine Zidane, was a supporter of the 2022 Qatar bid. Not only did he support the bid but he campaigned for it…and was paid a hefty sum of money. The agreement was Zidane would receive 3 million dollars for allowing his name to support the Qatar bid. And if Qatar won the bid then he would receive 15 million. Not a bad pay cheque for doing relatively nothing.

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The loft pass: how and when to use it

This type of pass only works when it is done to perfection.  If not, it risks being a give-away and others will wonder why you even bothered making this attempt.  Be sure to practice this often in training and once you become quite good at it don’t hesitate to put it into action.  

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Who is the greatest soccer player ever?

This is a very touchy subject.  The player I pick might not necessarily be the player you pick.  Plus, what are the standards?  Is it the player who scores more goals?  Well that’s not a fair measure because it will naturally favour forwards; the entire team works to provide the forward with the ball to score.  Is it the player who has the best tricks?  Most assists?  Most trophies?  You get the point….

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Duties of the Roaming Midfielder

A reader asked if I could write on the position of the roaming center midfielder.  The roaming center midfielder position typically not a position that a person can say they play each and every game.  It is a position that is only used in certain formations and to be played against certain teams.  The player that plays this position is often a very skilled and offensive minded player.

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Soccer legends we forget about…

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.

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Zinedine “Zizou” Zidane…Role Model??

Zinedine Zidane is a legend. He has proved over and over that he is one of the best players of his generation, and potentially of all time. Zidane’s resume consists of two Serie A titles with Italy’s Juventus, and two La Liga titles and a Champions League with Real Madrid. Maybe most importantly he was part of a French national squad that won the 1998 World Cup. As if all this was not enough to include him among the greats, he was voted FIFA World Player of the Year four times in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006.

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Dealing with big game pressure – find out how

Every athlete deals with pressure in a different way.  However, the pressure in a soccer game cannot be put into words as there is often more than the game itself riding on that particular match. There are different ways to pre-prepare yourself for the pressure you will face in a big game.