Modern dribbling is changing the technical school of football

ROME – Ultramodern football. Four, five, six zero point. In this way, the basic technique also evolves, the exercises through which the fundamentals are taught. And the ancient art of dribbling is changing: today it can be broken, like a tiramisu in postmodern restaurants. Who knows what Baron Causio and MaraZico Conti might think — just to stay in our roots — that the ability to jump man was innate to us from childhood camps. Not today, everything has changed. Along with the farewell to the value of the visiting goal, the entry into the field of technology, the study of values ​​through algorithms, here is also the deepening of the Skills, shots that make the spectators jump and instead leave. opponents in his place … Genius to Neymar or Messi to return to the present. Traits that coach Simone Riccardi has been teaching for years, enjoying success at various football schools in northern Europe. Holland and Belgium in particular.

GROWTH. So, along with the many figures who support the coach today, here is also the master of dribbling, technique in general, ball control. Possible? Yes, in addition to the nutritionist and the match analyst, there is the technical school, which no longer consists – or not only – in returning the ball on the fly (inside or neck, at least that’s what it was once called. ..) in the hands of those who pass it to you a hundred and a hundred times more. But the ball slides under the sole and restarts quickly with the other foot; or it revolves around the cones with twists and turns that look more and more like a ballet, almost a ritual dance; or, again, the ball suddenly rises with a sharp point, only to suddenly land it again in a different direction from that of the lift. Neymar and his school, in fact. To reach the top, probably in Mbappé, and maybe his 150 million for a signing at 23 years old. And all this some football schools, even from very large continental clubs, teach their students from a very young age. Six, seven years. So the control of the ball and the consequent ability to almost slip into it become the bread of every day.

METHOD. Always a hundred and a hundred times more. “You don’t have to look at it, you have to feel it,” Riccardi loves to repeat to his many young students, referring to the ball. Kids have fun and grow up with the awareness of the ball at their feet. To be held with his head held high. Critics object that certain blows or skills – skills in fact – do not make the player and that in the game they serve to a certain extent. True, but the “feel” of the ball makes all the difference in the world. Ability, therefore, that you have innate and that you can also train with the years. If in childhood even better, because children are sponges, both in movement and in the head. Again for fans of the football of the past, the stadium and not the games to buy on Amazon? Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly. So much so that after a long phase of declining attractiveness – also for the last three horrible years in the world between pandemic and war – the curve of interest in the world’s most popular sport is already rising and a school like the which was conceived. and mounted by Riccardi is also seen with interest by several Italian teams.

THEORIES. And so, while Chiellini is waiting for the goal-scoring school to make the opponent “physically feel” again “as Cannavaro did”, the attacking roles study the shots that can elude the physical contact being studied. , anticipating it and … dribbling it. . With the plant causing the balloon to suddenly change direction; or with a heel that puts out half the pressure. Brazilians, for example, hit the ground barefoot like children. Well, now there is also the possibility of learning them day after day in the football schools of those who have understood that football is going at another speed. To be clear: recent times have changed at the rate of twenty years with the speed of Maradona, Ronaldo the phenomenon and Mbappé himself. We are now on the new step. Could it help the Italian school to achieve the growth rates that, for example, Belgium and Portugal have had in the last decade? This is what the Italian teams that contacted Simone Riccardi and her collaborators expect. So now the technical staff, including those in front of the monitor and those in the field, is made up of at least a dozen people. We could also start to make the ball “feel” and study its possible twists through the movements of the legs and feet. Then, if you are “carried” in a natural way even better. But as Ibra says, “you don’t even know where you can go with daily practice.” In modern football.

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