How to Play Soccer – Soccer Fitness

Soccer fitness is a curious beast. Until the last few decades, one did not have to have an especially athletic build to make it as a pro soccer player. Now, though, players at the top level – and even some semi-pro soccer players – have strict training regimens, and the physiques to match. It’s fair to say that in soccer fitness is now more important than ever, so here are some tips to help you get in the right condition for 90 minutes of action.

First of all, you need to know your soccer position, or at least your style of play, so that you know what to work on the most. Players who operate as soccer wingers will need to be pacy and posses great balance; center-backs need to work on their aerial abilities, so a jumping skill is an absolute must. Those in the center of midfield require upper-body strength and an ability to slide in for tackles, while goal-getting strikers need a burst of speed to break free of their marker. Once you know where you should be focusing, you can tailor a soccer fitness regimen to your needs.

That said, there are plenty of important lessons that all soccer players – even goalkeepers – can bear in mind in a bid to stay fit.

First off is basic general aerobic fitness. The pros can cover well in excess of 4.5 miles per game on the field, and although you may not go quite that far, you do need to be ready to go the distance. So, work on aerobics.

Anaerobic fitness is almost as important. This is the ‘hardcore’ fitness test, and it applies when you’re sprinting. So, as well as doing endurance running, do some sprint drills to ensure that you can meet the pace when required.

And, although it doesn’t relate precisely to fitness, don’t forget some ball work. Practicing soccer drills is a great way to break the tedium of running, and if you can combine the two – for example running while dribbling the ball for 50 yards – you’ll become a better player, too.

Then, on game day, always warm up correctly. This is key for fitness as a proper soccer warm-up will decrease the likelihood of injury. To warm up for soccer, start with some basic muscle stretches in all the major groups, and then partake of some sprint drills. Combine these with static turns, especially if you run with the ball a lot, and also do brief runs with a jumping header motion in the middle of them to get your neck ready for action!

Warming down is just as important: not many fans will be able to tell you that, as they’ve long since left the stadium by the time this takes place. But it’s vital that all players at least jog, skip, and stretch. It may be the last thing you want to do after an exhausting (but thrilling) 90 minutes – but you have to if you want to be a fit soccer player long-term. Well, that, and a soccer diet – eat healthily, sleep well, and take on enough carbs before a game to last the distance.

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England Fail In Bid For The 2018 World Cup

England have failed in their bid to host the 2018 World Cup, the tournament has been awarded to Russia, who will host the event for the first time. England had become the favourites to win the vote to host the competition.

The results of the vote were announced in Zurich by FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The will come as a great disappointment for many fans who were hoping England would stage the tournament for the first time since 1966, the year they won the trophy.

After the voting by the FIFA executive committee it became apparent that England had only secured two of the possible twenty-two votes, effectively winning only one vote as well as their own, and they were eliminated in the first round of voting. The competing countries of Holland and Belgium, Spain and Portugal and Russia progressed to a second round of voting where Russia secured the majority required to be awarded the tournament.

It was hoped that England would win the vote to host the competition, which can generate billions of pounds for the economy, as well as the prestige of hosting such a great competition. It is estimated that £463 million was spent preparing England’s bid.

Earlier in the day, each nation had made a final presentation, which was fronted by Prime Minister David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William, for England, a presentation that was described by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as being both excellent and remarkable.

It is feared that England’s bid has been tarnished by recent media reports. A report in the Sunday Times resulted in six FIFA officials being suspended last month following allegations of corruption within footballs World governing body and the BBC’s Panorama programme made further allegations of corruption within FIFA and the voting process, just a few days ago. Earlier this year the chairman of England’s bid Lord Triesman resigned following allegations of collusion between other countries, the allegation was seen to be very damaging to the bid at that time.

The 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, meaning that the next opportunity for England to host a World Cup would be in 2026 or 2030, which will disappoint many football loving fans throughout the country.

The Fall And Fall Of Serie A

For him to start this game with players like Michael Silverstre, who had not played for over 6 months, Rio Ferdinand, who got injured against Middlesboro on Sunday, leave out Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo showed the contempt he had for Roma’s chances and they did not let him down.

Frankly Italian football has been an embarrassment for 2 seasons now and it is time they take stock of how far they have fallen from grace. All they do is bicker about refereeing decisions and constantly gripe about the success of Inter Milan saying they are being favoured by referees, that they have stopped getting world class talent into their league.

AC Milan are actually thinking of bringing back Andriy Shevchenko back to their team. It is bad enough that they have the oldest squad in the world but instead of trying to reduce the average age, they keep buying players that are past it.

Managers are sacked and rehired on a constant basis showing that the people that are running the clubs do not have a clue. What is the point in sacking a manager if you are going to bring in someone worse, only to sack him and then rehire the previous manager?

This is not something that happens once in a long while, it happens very often with different clubs.

It says a lot that Juventus that was relegated last season are 3rd in the league with what is at best an average manager and average bunch of players but unlike Roma they have the will to win. They might not have the quality that Roma possesses but in players like Gigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved, Mauro Camonaresi and David Trezeguet they have players that would always make a difference to any team in the world.

There is not a chance that with the team Ferguson put out that Juventus would not have scored against United because Fergie took a huge chance and he possibly thought and quite rightly that Luciano Spaletti is nowhere near the level required to win the champions league.

How else would you explain his putting out 1 striker against an injured Ferdinand and Gerard Pique or his playing Cassetti instead of Max Tonnetto? To be fair he did not anything that would have changed my beliefs that his relative success in seriea is due to the lack of good football teams and managers currently as 5-10 years ago he would not have been in charge of a team in mid-table never mind a team challenging for the championship.

AC Milan could quite conceivably come 4th with a side shown up to be also-rans by Arsenal in the San Siro as they are far too old to be challenging for the championship. Teams like Fiorentina and Udinese would be totally embarrassed by foreign teams if they did qualify for champions league next season as they are not good enough to represent Italy.

Inter Milan for all their faults are the only team in Italy that can compete with the other powerhouses in Europe as they have the money and personnel, they just lack the manager. Juventus would have to overhaul what they have and change managers as well to stand a chance as they can only be competitive in a second rate championship that SerieA has sadly become but not in Europe.

Back to the Roma versus Manchester United match, it was cringe worthy to see players like Anderson, Owen Hargreaves, Park Ji-Sung just penetrate through Roma so easily when there is nothing penetrative about them. It just makes you wonder why the manager would persist with a player like David Pizarro and when was the last time that Taddei put in a good performance to warrant a starting place?

It was just too easy for United yesterday and I was shocked to read that some people thought Roma were not an embarrassment just because they were not trounced 7-1 again this season. There were even awarded a non-existent penalty but such is their fragile ego that Daniele De Rossi blasted it well over the bar.

It is just very sad to see a league that was once great degenerate into what it is nowadays with fans just talking about Inter Milan allegedly being favoured with sinister connotations as the standard of football so bad that watching Bundesliga seems more palatable.

I would like for them to get their act together and stop concentrating on conspiracies and start building teams worth watching with character and verve. Unfortunately the mentality is not like that, Roma for instance would actually think it is a step in the right direction that they got beat 2-0 and 1-0 and count the extremely marginal chances that they created.

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