Goalkeeping Tips, Tidbits and Random Thoughts
An athlete talking to themsleves during competition is hardly a new phenomenon.... The talk does not have to be vocal. By merely thinking you are talking to yourself and sending a message.
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Hollywood is finally waking up to the appeal of the world's most popular sport, says the Guardian.
Let's hope we get a better goalkeeper role than Sylvester Stallone in Victory.
Football on Sunday page. "Brighten your day and wind up your mates with results and stories the way you want them to read this weekend," it says, and allows you to make up a front page with your favorite Premiership team, your own headlines, your own game score and story. And with a bit of Photoshop skill on the back end, you can really personalize it for your favorite keeper:
Okay, the lighting doesn't quite match, but not bad for a quick hack. Lots of fun!
the abundances of goalkeeping talent in Spain.
One of the sleepers of La Liga is Barcelona's Victor Valdes, of whom Ball writes: "Valdés has many virtues, as Chelsea may find to their cost, chief among them being his bravery and concentration. Where Ronaldinho is all smiles, Valdés always looks as if someone has just insulted his mother."
Labels: Goalkeeping News and Analysis
Phil Ball at ESPNSoccernet points out you could always have it a lot worse:
"Lots of records have been established this week. Spain U-21's beat poor San Marino 14-0, upon which Genghini, the goalkeeper of the perforated net, complained that his job in the local supermarket was poor preparation for such an encounter. Wise words indeed."
Labels: Matchday observations
The goalkeeper has the entire soccer game in front of them, and often the chain of events leading to a goal is painfully obvious to them. They can see the unmarked attackers, the wide open passing lanes and the unprotected space. But once the goal is scored, there's not much to be done.
As much as the goalkeeper would like to be able to position his or her defenders like chess pieces, it won't always happen. The challenge for the keeper, then, is twofold: one, can they think one—or even two&mdashsteps ahead of the game and get the defense in shape before it even breaks down; and two, can they do it in a way that helps the defenders, rather than tears them down?
A positive goalkeeper, who corrects constructively and doesn't get down on their teammates, can go a long way towards building a team with confidence.
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