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The best and faster way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion
How many young basketball players try to imitate Kobe, Jordan or Shaq? Millions.
How many young baseball players try to imitate Barry Bonds' swing? Millions.
It's the same in soccer, with the complication that players like Ronaldo, Beckam, Scevshenko, Zidane, etc., etc. don't play in the U.S., so you can only see them on TV.
I strongly recommend watching a few less movies and watching few more good games of soccer.
If you don't see what the champions are able to do with the ball, you don't have a comparison and you don't really know what level of ability a soccer player can get to. Please don't watch soccer fiction movies in which everything is reconstructed, but watch real soccer games or documentaries about the great moments of the past.
In this country, with all do respect, we don't have many outstanding soccer players and it's hard to imitate someone who is good but isn't our 'hero'.
We're already, more or less acceptable so, what can we learn from someone who is almost the same as us (in our minds)?
Try to learn how the champions collect and redistribute the ball in launching a counter attack.
Look at the way the 4 defenders constantly find each other, making the forwards crazy who are trying to win the ball back.
Look at how in 2/3 passes they put a forward in the position to score.
Look at the superstars, how they make the ball 'disappear', surrounded by 2/3 opponents and 'reappear' 10 yards away in a totally free zone of the field.
In other words look at the Kobe's and the Bonds' of soccer in action.
They're 'magic' like them!
Posted on 23 Jul 2005 by coachgianni