Thursday, 28 August 2014

Footballer Direct Tips

Footballer Direct: Dribbling Skills

Footballer Direct is the UKs leading platform for up and coming footballers to get spotted. Register your interest today with Footballer Direct and follow our football news twitter for all the latest. In this post we give you a dribbling drill that will help the ball skills of any aspiring footballer.

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What you will do is firstly, place five markers in a straight line, leaving about 2 to 3 yards between each one.

The aim of this drill is to basically dribble the ball from start to finish, weaving in and out of the cones.

Do this slowly at first but as you get more confident, pick the pace up and try to do it faster.

Use both feet to control the ball if you are confident with your weaker foot and don't get discouraged if your dribbling is heavy, you will get better with practice.

Once you start getting better, you can move the cones closer together to make it harder for yourself. This drill helps you get better at shifting weight in order to beat defenders.

Being able to move left, then right in quick succession can play a key factor in being able to take on defenders and create room for yourself. Increase the speed of the drill and you'll soon be dodging midfielders instinctively.

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Former Aston Villa defender retires

Olof Mellberg: Former Aston Villa defender retires

Former Aston Villa defender and Sweden international Olof Mellberg has retired after an 18-year career.
The 36-year-old won league titles at AIK Stockholm and Olympiakos and also represented Racing Santander, Juventus, Villarreal and FC Copenhagen.
Mellberg said: "Today I ended my contract with FC Copenhagen, which will be the last in my football career."
The centre-back was capped 117 times for his country before retiring from international football after Euro 2012.
He spent seven years with Villa, making 263 appearances, before leaving for Juventus in 2008.

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