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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But sometimes, the bad luck belongs completely to the goalkeeper. A great first save, but an unfortunate conclusion.
Labels: Matchday observations
Thus, David James writes in his blog at the Guardian: "Last week's 7-4 win might have been entertaining viewing, but I never want to be involved in another game like that."
Wrote James, "I couldn't help thinking: 'Is it me?'" Most likely not, but goalkeepers think that way... or at least they should.
There was a big blowup in the Women's World Cup when US keeper Hope Solo was replaced in the semi-final versus Brazil with Brianna Scurry, a veteran who had only played sparingly in previous months. After Solo steamed on the bench during the USA's 4-0 loss to Brazil, she let rip with this: "There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves."
While perhaps it was not particularly tactful to say so at that moment, the attitude is one you definitely want in a goalkeeper: I can save that. I can save anything. Bring 'em on.
Labels: Goalkeeping News and Analysis
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