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The perfect mix to be a ‘great’ soccer player.


In any sport, there are specific characteristics for excelling. And, unfortunately, even in the same sport, they are deeply different and opposed among themselves.

Golf, for example, is a sport that is the mix of 3 categories of strokes deeply different among them. And if a player wants to succeed, he or she needs to excel in all 3! That’s why the greatest players are something unique. They unify the characteristics of 3 different players, because golf is 3 different sports in 1!

Consider a par 4 hole.

In the first golf sport (power & precision), one has to be able to hit the ball with a wood (even if today they are made in iron or fiberglass!!!) and send it to the right place, minimum 280/300 yards ahead, without ending in the trees around or the bunkers!

In the second golf sport (precision & delicacy), using a #8 or #9 iron, one has to be able to send the ball, from 100 yards away, on the green, no more than 1 or 2 yards away from the hole!

In the third golf sport (surgical precision!), using the putter, one has to be able to make the hole in 1 putt!!!! That would be the third stoke and it would be a ‘birdie’. If it take 2 putts (4th stroke in a par 4), that will be a ‘par’.

These are 3 different sports. A few are good in the first and not in the other 2. Others are good in the second and not in the fist and third and so on. Just a few are great in all 3!

Players that make ‘birdies’ often, are the champions that are great in the 3 golf sports. The ones that often make ’par’ are really, really good in 2 of the 3 golf sports but need to improve in the third one. The ones that need 5 strokes (in a par 4) are good but need to improve in 2 of the 3 golf sports. Those who need 6 are ‘acceptable’, ‘decent‘, and need to improve in all the 3 sports.

Those who need 7, or more, in a par 4.……………………………..................better forget about golf!

Golf terminology: http://www.nygolfshuttle.com/GolfTerminology.htm

So, to be a great golf player, one has to be able to excel in the 3 different sports, that we can call Long Drive, Approach and Putting, that ‘officially’ are collected under one name only: golf!

It’s the same in soccer!

Soccer is many different sports put together.

Soccer #1. One has to be able to handle the ball, like his feet are his hands. Do anything, with BOTH feet.

Soccer #2. Being able to handle the ball, doesn’t mean being able to pass it perfectly.

Soccer #3. Being able to handle and pass it perfectly, doesn’t mean being able to cross perfectly.

Soccer #4. Being able to handle, pass and cross, doesn’t mean being able to shoot.

Soccer #5. Being able to handle, pass, cross and shoot the ball, doesn’t mean being able to head it, powerfully and correctly.

Soccer #6. Doing all of the above, doesn’t mean being able to run back and forth for 90 minutes, without being dead after 10 minutes!

Soccer #7. Being able to run back and forth for 90 minutes, doesn’t mean that, automatically, we run to the right place at the right time.

Soccer #8. Doing all of the above, doesn’t mean that we eat healthy at the right time, drink the right amount of water and that we sleep enough!

Just forgetting the ones that are no good in ANY OF THE ABOVE and pretend to be a soccer player just by DRESSING AS A SOCCER PLAYER, some players are good in some of the above but just a few are good in all the aspects underlined above.

Notice that I said “a few are good”. This doesn’t means that they are great soccer players. The ones that are great in all those aspects, plus are able to mix all of the above, will be great!!!

The players that are able to compensate their ’deficiencies’ with hard work in developing their inborn talent will become good soccer players!

The ones that excel in all of the above can ‘credibly’ consider a professional soccer carrier.

I said all of the above because, too often, I hear parents say that their kids are ‘great’ soccer players and have ‘great’ soccer skills. In this country, our country, there is a ‘great’ abuse of the word ‘great’. Please, come back to reality.

Besides soccer, there is a ‘great’, general misunderstanding about ’greatness’ in any field, not necessarily a soccer field! This is provoked by the absence of the correct comparison with something or someone that is ‘great’ for real!


Coach Gianni


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Posted on 26 Jul 2007 by coachgianni
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