Training 101: How to Improve your Weaker Foot?

Both Feet Player

In football (soccer), being too dependent on a single stronger foot can be a major weakness, especially in situations that would require you to make use of your weaker foot, be it a shooting chance or a last gasp clearance. If you need to improve on your weaker foot quickly, then you might want to practice these soccer drills every day (or at least once every 2 days) for about a month and hopefully you’ll achieve the results. By then, your weaker foot should be able to cope with most high intensity soccer drills like shooting, passing, dribbling etc.

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Freestyle Soccer: Confused on where to start ?

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First of all, let’s start with a simple question, what is freestyle soccer ? Freestyle soccer is simply the style and ability to combine various soccer tricks in juggling and ground moves. It’s a new trend in soccer along with other types like five a side futsal and beach soccer. In a soccer context, freestyle is perceived as less significance to the modern game. However, freestyle soccer does improve a footballer’s ability to control the ball.

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The Gambetta – More than just a trick

Diego Maradona vs England, World Cup 1986

The term ‘Gambetta’ is rarely heard of in the footballing world of europe and asia, but in the football loving nation of argentina, it is almost a way of life. In the words of Jorge Valdano, who use to play alongside Diego Maradona in the 80′s: “it is another form of tango with the pleasures of applying those extra flourishes with those twists and turns.

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Player Profile: Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria, World Cup 1994

Hristo Stoickhov, notoriously known as the dagger embraced the world of football for the last decade along with the likes of Romario, Roberto Baggio and Jurgen Klinsmann. The Bulgarian made an impact to the Bulgaria national side in World Cup 1994 and Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team” of Barcelona FC which made him European Footballer of the Year 1994.

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Player Profile: Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, also known as ‘Zizou’ is perhaps one of the greatest professional footballer to ever grace the game during the last decade. One of the very few players to have won every top national and club level honours, Zidane has been the footballing idol of many youngsters who’ve been following the game throughout his distinguished career.

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Red Bull Street Style 2010 World Finals

Red Bull Street Style 2010 Finals

After months of qualifying rounds worldwide, sixty freestylers represented their respective nations at the Red Bull Street Style 2010 World Finals in Cape Town, South Africa. Held over the course of 3 days, the world’s best freestylers simply had one target, which was to dethrone Arnaud ‘Sean’ Garnier, to be the next world freestyle champion.

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Adidas Super Sala 8 Review

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The 8th generation in adidas’ five a side futsal footwear range, the super sala 8 has certainly evolved a lot since the first sala series that was released a few years back. The super sala 8 is mainly targeted at futsal / 5 a side players as a mid range futsal shoe. The current sala range has two models available, the mid range ‘super sala’, and the high end ‘top sala’ series.

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The Ajax Amsterdam Youth Academy

Amsterdam Arena

Ajax Amsterdam’s world famous youth academy, or perhaps better known in Holland as ‘De Toekomst’ Academy, which translates as ‘the future academy’, has very few competitors when it comes to producing world class footballers. Located outside the Amsterdam Arena, the youth academy has a state of the art training facility and 7 full sized pitches. With a massive budget of 4.5 million euros, the Ajax youth academy has an impressive 240 youth players which are divided into 7 different teams ranging from the seven year old age group, up to the under 19′s. Even more impressive is the fact that Ajax have 7 youth teams playing in a number of national leagues in Holland.

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Risks of performing tricks during matches?

Injured after one too many step overs?

Okay, tried it a couple of times, but then again 70% of the time, the tricks don’t work. Yes, soccer tricks are ‘cool’, eye catchy and sometimes very satisfying, but sometimes during a real match, it is somewhat risky to be pulling of tricks – even for the pros. Imagine when a player like Sol Campbell, Lucio or Patrick Vieira coming after you to get the ball. Physical players like these can often cause injury to a player who tries to mess around with tricks. Well, back to our level then.

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Training 101: Juggling – Beginner

Juggling - The perfect practice

Juggling the ball is certainly one of the best practice method for improving you first touch and ball control, and not to mention, the basic aspects of most freestyle air moves. What many might not know is that juggling does not necessarily mean you have to use a standard soccer ball.

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