The second step

In my last post, I was telling you about how my friends have recently drawn me into their football project. This small project, that was supposed to be a simple football meeting on Wednesday nights has grown into something else: a local dream team. My first reaction when they asked me to join it was to smile a bit intrigued explaining them that I’m not what you call a skilled sportsman and everything I know about football comes from my high school years when I used to play a bit, what I get a chance to watch on TV and the fact that I play with them on Wednesdays. They didn’t let themselves convinced by my arguments and had me going to the trials that took place on a Sunday afternoon, to secure a place in the team. Right now, we’re supposed to start a regional championship and each neighborhood has to come with its own team. As you can see, I’m in a bit of a trouble so I’ve decided to study some football techniques from one of the best players in the world to improve my scoring skills.

 

hydro 5So, since the European championship just got to an end, and Portugal won, let’s start with one of the moves that Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for: the double scissors. This football scheme is used to disorientate your attacker. It has to be executed fast and you need to be a skilled football player to not stumble upon your own feet (I say this from my own experience) or on the ball to manage a perfect double scissors.

 

Hydro 4The Cruyff turn is another scheme that became famous and largely used after Johan Cruyff, a Dutch player used it way too much to fool its opponents. The move consists from a turn that is masked by a pass attempt. Basically, Cruyff would move his leg so that to make the opponent believe he was going to pass the ball. The attacker would at that moment move in the direction in which he thought the ball was going, but Cruyff would turn the ball around and swiftly get by its opponent. It’s a simple and elegant move that helped him a great deal through its football career and one which I’m planning to master perfectly in a couple of weeks… or years.

 

Another famous technique that I believe could be helpful for my football style is a penalty trick. Though we’ve seen Zinedine Zidane or Zlatan Ibrahimovic doing it, this move was brought to the field by the Czechoslovakian (at that time) player Antonin Panenka, who, in 1976 scored the victory penalty for his national team against West Germany, by elegantly chipping the ball into the net instead of sending it with speed. I do love the effect it has on goalkeepers: they move in the direction in which they believe the ball is sent and then they’re caught up surprised that the goal has already been scored. It’s an awesome tactical shot and mastering it would give me great advantage, if we ever need to score through penalty shots.

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