The “Neuer” generation of goalkeepers

The “Neuer” generation of goalkeepers

In German, Neuer means newer. What Manuel Peter Neuer does is not exactly new, put certainly defined the new standard for the position. This new “standard” is mostly defined by playing with feet, the sweeper keeping and his standard stance for savings. The reader more familiar with the history of football can cite several other…

Guardiola, the false 9 and the true 9

Guardiola, the false 9 and the true 9

Yesterday, when asked at his press conference on Friday if a striker could make a difference to his City team, Guardiola says I completely agree with you. Strikers are strikers. We don’t have this weapon that teams like Chelsea, [Manchester] United or Tottenham or others have. We don’t have a player to score 25 league…

Simona Petkova: “If you quit, you stop dreaming”

Simona Petkova: “If you quit, you stop dreaming”

Simona Petkova is a Bulgarian international football player who has played in different countries such as England, Italy, and Switzerland, where she represented FC Lugano last season. The 27-year-old winger tells us about the difficulties she has faced throughout her career until becoming at a professional level and analyzes the current panorama of women’s football…

Early vs Late Specialization in Sports

Early vs Late Specialization in Sports

There are coaches in many different sports who believe that athletes should specialize in their sport very early – training only in their sport, almost every day, from a very young age – sometimes as young as 9 or 10 years old. Other coaches prefer late specialization, where an athlete trains in multiple sports throughout elementary and even high school, and specializes only in…

“While you are a professional football player, you have everything on your plate“

“While you are a professional football player, you have everything on your plate“

Dani Carvalho was the last player using Ajax’s iconic number 14 shirt, which was famously worn by the football legend Johan Cruyff. During his short senior career, the Portuguese international player represented clubs such as Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Benfica, Sporting, and West Ham. The former attacking midfielder tells us about his post-career and experience as…

Alexi Lalas: “We can win a World Cup in 2022!”

Alexi Lalas: “We can win a World Cup in 2022!”

Panayotis Alexander Lalas, commonly known as Alexi Lalas, was a charismatic center-back that represented the United States of America (USA) national team and clubs such as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City, Emelec, and Padova. In this talk conducted by Nuno Milheiro, the current Fox Sports soccer analyst reflects on the evolution…