Will he be sacked in the morning?

Will he be sacked in the morning?

Jan 08

Especially at this time of the year, I hardly get time to go and watch one of the big English Premier League teams in Manchester. Well, there’s only two teams really, Manchester City and Manchester United. As I write this post, City are taking on surprise EPL leaders, Leicester City. I won’t be able to update you on that match because I’m working as we speak. Christmas came and went in a flash. Now we’re busy getting ready for New Year’s Eve and the first day of 2016. I did get to go and watch Manchester United at Old Trafford last night and even though the match ended in a stalemate, I enjoyed every minute of it and lapped up the atmosphere within the walls of one of the world’s most famous stadiums.

Tools to help with their development

In spite of my passion for the game, I rarely go to watch live games. This is because I’m more preoccupied with work which has seen me divide my time equally among coaching young lads and taking care of underprivileged kids over Christmas (and now New Year). We were able to collect more than enough donations to see to these poor children’s needs. They all got new clothes and kit. They were also given essentials for when school starts in a week or so.

Apart from giving generously, we believe in providing underprivileged children, particularly the older ones, tools to help with their development and preparation for working life when they are older. Have a look at http://woodworkingtoolslab.com/ and see what we got the lads this Christmas. Even though I was supposed to be relaxing during the game, I couldn’t help thinking of my work ahead.

The responsibilities of leadership

Whether it’s an occupational hazard or down to my passions, watching Manchester United’s beleaguered manager, Louis van Gaal, hard at work on his notepad, got me thinking about the responsibilities and pressures of leadership. My load is nowhere close to the one that Mr. van Gaal is carrying on his shoulders right now, but I can relate. As it turns out, I could take a leaf out of the United boss’s notebook. In spite of several chances to score, the Red Devils gave a good account of themselves for a change after being on an unusually long losing streak, lasting no less than four matches.

Nevertheless, the way that they played seemed to please the coach and alleviate some of the pressure he must be feeling right now. It may not be as tidy and glamorous as the passing game that has made Barcelona the great team they are today, but I particularly enjoy watching the Red Devils dominate all corners of the pitch with possession and percentage football. If only they could just score some goals already.

Because the boys and girls are a lot younger than the men I saw last night, the emphasis is always on enjoyment, but like the Devils were doing to their utmost, playing as a team is also important.

Let’s Talk About Football Tactics

Let’s Talk About Football Tactics

Sep 16

Though Germany may have won the World Cup in 2014 and professional level Football may be over until the weather begins to warm up once more, people are still going to play Football in every corner of the world. It could just be the most popular sport on Earth, so there’s no surprise at all in that. Sadly, while many people love watching Football and playing it through various video game consoles and computers, it seems that just as many people have no idea how to even physically dribble a ball, let alone play the game on a competitive level. If you don’t mind, let’s talk about Football tactics for a bit.

Basic Attacking

To defend and stop opposing players from scoring goals is good, but the ultimate goal in Football is to outscore an opponent and walk away from a game with a win, rather than a draw or loss. There are factors outside of the players’ control, like the position of the scoreline, which have positive and negative effects on a team’s push to get a goal. There are a few commonly used team styles to consider.

Football Based on Possession

Passing the ball and keeping the team moving has always been a major element of professional Football. You can observe this practice even in minor leagues, as well as at schools and colleges with Football programs. If you or a teammate has the ball, then the opposing team does not – you are the aggressor and they, the defenders, exerting effort to stop you from scoring rather than to ruffle your net themselves.

For those who do not understand the game, this practice of constantly passing the ball can look downright boring. That’s a major complaint about Football in various corners of the world. However, those who groan the loudest about this are only demonstrating their ignorance as to the game of Football. Teamwork is essential in this, as well as other games, and a winning team must be able to play effectively. While you may kick the ball back and forth between teammates, your opponent must approach to steal, and keeping them moving more often than not will undoubtedly diminish their stamina over time.

Football Based on Defense

While the team controlling the ball is attacking, the opposite side is defending, and you cannot hope but to switch between these two sides several times during a game. Even on a good day, it can be difficult to clear 11 defenders and score a goal.

Keeping in your own half will make breaching and mounting an attack seem easier, but if you keep a couple men ahead in the pitch, you can snatch away the ball while the opposing team is committed to attacking. A successful steal while utilizing this pattern will allow you more through ball opportunities, and give your strikers fewer defenders to contend with on the opposite half if you are able to get the ball.

Making Plays

Offense and defense are fairly straightforward in Football. However, coming up with the right field setup and plays to make the most of the times you are attacking and defending is something that takes lots of experience, as well as research into tried-and-true, as well as upcoming methods which work well. I think it’s better to develop these skills in real sports, not in virtual games like you might play on some video game console or computer.

Winning a Football game is hard work, and that work starts long before a team of players takes to the field. You might want to celebrate winning by throwing out a party, in the event you’re able to overcome an opposing team. Losses are nothing to celebrate, but if you are recording the games in which you play, they will yield more information about what your team is doing wrong and where it can improve than a game won can ever show.

As for making the plays, I was recently in Brazil and I learned a few nice moves from veteran coaches there myself. Let me outline a couple here for you.

Man-to-Man Marking

This might be more readily apparent to those who have been playing the game longer, or those who watch lots of other sports. Assigning all 10 active players on your team to one each of the opposing 10 active players (Goalies can’t move, eh?) ensures that every man has someone guarding him. If you’re working with a knowledgeable coach who understands your team’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the opposing team’s, than this type of play can help you to regularly beat out your opponents and leave them struggling just to keep up.

However, there is a flip side to this one on one marking. For example, if you were to assign a slower man to a faster striker on the opposing team, he will run circles around your defender, suddenly making your game more like 10 vs. 11 rather than 11 vs. 11. This is not a play style for amateurs, and some studying should be done before a game to make accurate marks and matches.

Utilizing Set-Plays

To take what I’ve just said further, sometimes the team you’re playing against will have a clear cut advantage over your own. If you cannot hope to beat your opponents with skill and finesse, you may be able to take advantage of set-plays to get good kicking opportunities and score on a team, against which you otherwise could not.

This is a relatively common method for sides which are obviously deficient. Exploiting all the free kicks penalty shots, throw-ins and corner kicks you can might just be enough for your team to come out on top, or at least prevent you from losing and allow you to declare a draw, rather than a loss. Haughty players and coaches might call this bending the rules, or regard it as being a poor sport, but like anything else, you must do whatever is in your power to help you and your team win.

The Best Sport in the World – Football

The Best Sport in the World – Football

Jun 11

Now, before you get ready to fire off a nasty email on account of mine thinking Football (soccer) is the best sport in the world, take a breath of calm. Nobody is making you read this and you’re free to roll your mouse cursor to the northeast corner of your screen and just close this window out now if you’re just going to complain about what’s written here. I hear lots of people go on about how their favorite sport is the best game in the world. Those are matters of opinion, and this is just my own opinion, along with a few good facts to back up the claim that Football is the best sport in the world.

Like most articles about a person’s favorite sport, mine is going to begin with a recount of my first game. I was young; a lot younger than I am now, let me tell you. The world was my oyster, so to speak, and I thought I could do anything if I had the will for it. Maybe it had more to do with me being in the prime of my life than Football itself, but I loved the game.

It didn’t matter that I haven’t scored on my first real game – some of the best players in the world go through an entire match without a goal to their credit. However, I did set up a couple other players to score, entrenching in my mind the idea that teamwork can make or break a sports team. That’s truer in Football than in any other game, I’d say.

At present, there are five solid reasons I can come up with, each of which supports my claim that Football really is the best sport in the world. You may disagree with my ultimate synopsis, but it would be difficult even for die-hard fans of other sports to argue with the following points: