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Tag Archives: Professional ball
Longtime readers will note that the male players who most interest me in the pro game are Iniesta and Xavi at Barcelona. So when the club held a ceremony to mark Xavi’s decision to leave the club, and Andrés Iniesta … Continue reading
The world of soccer paused last week when US National Men’s Team player Robbie Rogers simultaneously came out and retired, leaving many to ask when we would see the first openly gay player at that level. I think it would … Continue reading
“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends” — John Churton Collins It’s a common tale: a professional athlete overcomes the odds to triumph. But there have been few situations darker than the hole Victor Valdés … Continue reading
This is for Rino Gattuso. I will follow with a later post that describes the attributes of the Stalwart, along with the other two types of players. I show my players many clips on Youtube, it is a great resource … Continue reading
I’ve been writing a bit about WC10 lately but haven’t touched on the refereeing. I can’t think of a world cup where there have been so many stories concerning missed calls; partly because they impacted “our” teams and partly because … Continue reading
With all the talk about Robert Green’s goalkeeping, he isn’t the only one with fundamental errors in technique. For example, consider the way Casillas came out for the Swiss breakaway. This is not how I’ve coached it.
Maicon’s amazing strike against the enigmatic and redoubtable North Koreans was overshadowed by his celebration of it. While many players run around with a “look at me” attitude, Maicon does four things to pay his respects to those who put … Continue reading
For football, as in life, texture is important. In football it’s all about the interplay of air, ball, ground. That’s all you need. But all three vary. That’s why the new Jabulani ball is hurting this year’s World Cup.