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Preparing for the Pre-Season – Where to start?

The beginning of the season is here and with it, the return to work. During the holidays athletes and coaches have the opportunity to rest, relax, do much of what is not possible during the sporting season due to the busy schedule and the limitations associated with the responsibilities of high competition (in physical terms,

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How do you train the “creativity” of a Soccer player?

The Technical Coordinator of the Portuguese Youth National Soccer Teams, Joaquim Milheiro, explains how can we promote training sessions with the objective of developing the creativity of the players: JM: “What we look for is that our training can include a lot of “guided discovery”! In spite of giving immediate solutions to our players, what

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Penalty: The fall of a myth

Penalty is in football the supreme fault and, in some cases, decisive action of victories and defeats. In this action in which the goalkeeper only has 0.4 seconds to react, the chance of success is of the kicker and not so much of who defends it. Often the term “lottery” is associated with the marking

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How to deal with defeat?

There are several stories that show us that after a great defeat can come a great victory. I remember the words of Jerzy Dudek, Polish goalkeeper who was part of the Real Madrid squad in the first season when José Mourinho trained the club (2010/11). In his book “Under Pressure” he shares the message of

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One of the main tools of a Soccer Coach

One of the great challenges of leadership and team management is to assume that you already know! I already know the game model, I already know the athletes, I already know their strengths and weaknesses, I already know their ambitions and desires, I already know what motivates them, and so on. Sometimes coaches may not

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Choosing Players for the Portuguese National Soccer Teams

The Portuguese National Technical Coordinator, Joaquim Milheiro, explains what do they look for when choosing the Players for the Portuguese National Soccer Teams. Take a look at this exclusive interview for Soccer HUB with Rémulo Marques: RM: What do you, as a National Technical Coordinator, look for, what is the identity or profile of the players

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Pro-Rel vs Closed System (aka Development vs Money)

The need of winning and/or loosing for the perfect development. by Filipe Teles (Soccer HUB content specialist) This topic always brings lots of different opinions and points of view. (Today, I’m just giving mine; give me yours on the comments below.) The best way for a player to develop is facing challenges, testing himself against

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A Soccer Trip from Canada to New Zealand

Pedro Dias is a former Portuguese professional Soccer player that currently acts as a coach. He worked in several clubs in Portugal, Canada and now in New Zealand! In this interview he shares some of his experience about youth coaching in different contexts! SH: Tell us a bit about your history in the “soccer world”!

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The necessity/obligation of NOT Skipping steps on the development ladder

by Filipe Teles (Soccer HUB content specialist) Very often I see players struggling to adapt when they change format (from 7v7 to 11v11), why does this happen? Because they skipped steps on the development as a player. Some soccer associations and teams, don’t follow the right direction on the LTPD (Long Term Player Development). The

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Duel of Titans in Kiev

by Rémulo Marques (Soccer HUB Content Manager) Welcome to the most exciting club football week of the year! It’s the Champions League final week, and fans all over the world are eager to know about the choices of Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp for the vibrant and long-awaited match between Real Madrid and Liverpool. Next

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The “obligation” of positions and winning in Youth development

by Filipe Teles (Soccer HUB Content Specialist) Very often I hear parents saying that “my son is amazing striker”, “my son is like a defensive wall”, and that makes me think about some mistakes that some coaches may be doing. At grassroots development ages until 11/12 the kids are like sponges absorbing everything that somebody

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Portuguese National Teams: Unveiling the route for success

by Rémulo Marques Portugal, as the reigning European champion, has one of the best National soccer teams in the world. Check! Portugal is recognized worldwide for the intrinsic quality of their soccer players, almost as if it were something inscribed in their DNA. Double Check! Likewise, the Portuguese Football Federation is indicated as an example

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