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By far one of the best midfield players to ever play the game. Zinedine Yazid Zidane, born 23 June 1972, nicknamed “Zizou”, is an assistant coach and sporting director at Real Madrid, and a retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, Juventus and Real Madrid. Renowned for his elegance, vision and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years by UEFA and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

Player Break | Down Analysis of Zizou’s free kicks below:

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C. Ronaldo Breakdown

Cristiano Ronaldo gets analyzed in a very similar way that Player Break | Down is trying to revolutionize the same analysis for youth competitive players.

See why Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world.

“O Fenomeno” – Ronaldo

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, born 18 September 1976, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer. Popularly dubbed “the phenomenon”, he is considered by experts and fans to be one of the greatest football players of all time. He is one of only three men to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times or more, along with Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi. He won his first Ballon d’Or in 1997 and won the award again in 2002.

Considered by many the most complete striker in the past thirty years, in 2007 he was named a member of the best starting eleven of all-time by France Football and was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest footballers compiled by Pelé. In 2010, he was voted’s “Player of the Decade” in an online poll, gathering 43.63 percent of all votes and was also included as centre forward in the “Team of the Decade”. In February 2010, Ronaldo announced that he would retire after the 2011 season, signing a two-year contract extension with Corinthians at the same time.

Training from an eCoach

Why would anyone get training from an eCoach?  There are many reasons why with the most important reason being that an eCoach, with years of experience, is available to you 24-7.  Some of the other reasons are the additional types of training we provide outside of a coach on site.  

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Improve Speed

During the off-season, athletes should perform speed training on Tuesdays and Thursdays and lift on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Speed technique workouts should also be performed twice per week during the in-season.

Athletes should be tested for speed twice per month on either a 40-yard (37-meter) or a 20-yard (18-meter) sprint. They should record their times so that they can chart their progress. Give athletes a trial run at 75 to 90 percent speed and then have them run three timed sprints, recording the best of the three times.

Sprint workouts last about 10 minutes. Five of those minutes should be devoted to technique. Concentrate on only one weakness in form at a time (such as the position of the head, eyes, back, arms, legs, or foot plant) before going on to another. Video analysis is a great way to learn precisely what needs work. Athletes enjoy seeing themselves, and videotape heightens their awareness of proper sprinting technique.

The remaining five minutes of the speed workout should be devoted to doing 10 all-out quality sprints at distances ranging from 10 to 50 yards (9-46 meters). Athletes should have about 30 seconds of rest between sprints so that they are breathing easily before their next sprint.

Of course, you must consider that the Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) program is designed for a class setting and for sports that require short-term endurance. For example, football players go all out for 2 to 5 seconds and then must be ready for the next play within 10 to 30 seconds. Athletes training for maximum speed need more rest time between sets; one popular method is to rest one minute for every 10 yards (9 meters) of running.

Improve Explosion

Becoming a faster athlete takes dedication and a consistent training program in order to see results in your running speed and explosiveness. I will give you tips on how to become a faster running athlete. Read on to learn how to become a faster athlete.

The quickest way to improve your speed is through increasing your explosiveness and power output. This is best trained through performing olympic lifts and plyometrics. These exercises work your quick twitch fibers and make you more explosive and powerful as an athlete which will help you muscles and joint tendons exert more force output which can help get you from point A to point B faster. The best exercises to perform are powercleans, hang cleans, squat jumps, and power skips. These exercises will develop the explosion you need to run faster.

You need to work on your flexibility and mobility. The more flexible your muscles and ligaments are, the more range of motion you will have in your muscles which will allow you to take longer steps when you are running. Make it a point to stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, and hip flexors as these muscles control your speed the most. Stretch them everyday and you will notice improvements in your speed.

Make it a point to work on running technique. This is the most important tip. Improving your running technique can cut seconds off of your 40 or 60 yard dash. Make sure you stay low when you first start sprinting and raise you body gradually until you reach top speeds which then your body should be fully erect. Make sure you drive off the balls of your feet when sprinting and that you drive your knees high when you are sprinting. You also need to pump your arms forcefully when you are sprinting. The faster you pump your arms, the faster you will run.

Lastly, you want to focus on relaxing when you sprint. When you tense your muscles up when you run, then you will not run fast and you will actually run slower. Focus on keeping your muscles and face relax while sprinting. Relaxed equals fast.

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Improve Twitch Muscle

Improve twitch muscle to improve sprint speed

Muscle breaks down into two kinds: slow-twitch (type I) and fast-twitch (type II). Slow-twitch muscles work well if you run marathons, but if you want to achieve fast explosive movement you need bigger, high-velocity, fast-twitch muscle fibers.

To improve your twitch muscle, complete the following workout 3 times a week for the duration of 2 weeks.  These workouts are simple and inexpensive.  After putting in the work, submit a new sprint video and let’s see how much you have improved.

What you will need:

  •  A semi-large to large hill with a steep incline.  This is ideal, but if you cannot find a steep hill, find a treadmill with max incline.
  • Ankle weights of at least 5 – 10 lbs. and wrist weights of at least 2.5 – 5 lbs.

The following workout is 30 minutes long.  Complete it quickly without any breaks.  This is key in engaging your fast twitch muscles.

  • Step 1 – Do quad, hamstring and most importantly calf stretches for 5 minutes.
  • Step 2 – Put on weights and sprint up hill (on the balls of your feet) as fast as you can, ensuring to get knees high and drive them down hard and push off for each leg and foot.  Jog downhill.  Do this for 10 minutes.
  • Step 3 – As soon as 10 minutes are up, take the weights off immediately and sprint down the hill as fast as you can and jog up.  This is where you will build your twitch muscle at a rapid rate.  Move your legs and feet fast or tumble down the hill.  Do this for 5 minutes.
  • Step 4 – Start at the bottom of the hill and stand on the balls of your feet (toes).  Walk up the hill stretching out each foot step absolutely as far as you can while not falling back on to your heels and push up reaching for the sky after each step.  Do this for 5 minutes.
  • Step 5 – Final and most important step.  Stretch your calf muscles again.  This is both the breakdown and healing process for your twitch muscles.

After two weeks of training. Resubmit your sprint test and let’s see how well you did.

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Player Rating Examples

Every season, there are players who make a significant jump in their player rating after proving themselves during the previous season. These players often include role players who produce in the clutch, first year players or sophomores who have breakout seasons, or players who finally breakthrough and rise to stardom.

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