ROME – Ultra-modern football. Four, five, six point zero. Thus also the basic technique evolves, the exercises through which the fundamentals are taught. And the ancient art of dribbling changes: today it can be broken down, like a tiramisu in post-modern restaurants. Who knows what Barone Causio and MaraZico Conti might think – just to stay at our roots – that the ability to jump man was innate to us from the fields of childhood. Not today, everything has changed. Together with the farewell to the value of the away 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 to their feet and instead leave the opponents in place. . Genius to Neymar or Messi to return to current events. Shots that the technical coach Simone Riccardi has been teaching for years, enjoying success in various football schools in Northern Europe. Holland and Belgium above all.
GROWTH. Thus, next to the many figures who today support the coach, here is also the master of dribbling, of technique in general, of ball control skills. 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 so it was once said …) in the hands of those who pass it to you a hundred and a hundred times more. But the ball is slipped under the sole and is quickly restarted with the other foot; or he turns around the cones with turns of legs that increasingly resemble a ballet, almost a ritual dance; or, again, the ball is lifted suddenly with a sharp point, only to have it landed again suddenly in a different direction than the lift. Neymar and his school, in fact. To get to the top, probably in Mbappé, and maybe his 150 million for a signature at 23. And all this some football schools, even of very large continental clubs, teach their students from a very young age. Six, seven years. So that the control of the ball and the consequent ability to almost slip on it become the daily bread.
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 having fun and growing up with the awareness of the ball at their feet. To be held with your head held high. Critics object that certain strokes or abilities – Skills in fact – do not make the player and that in the game they serve up to a certain point. True, but surely the “feeling” of the ball makes all the difference in the world. Ability, therefore, that you have innate and that you can also train over the years. If in childhood even better, because children are sponges, in the movements as much as in the head. Another blow for football lovers of the past, that of the stadium and not of the matches to buy on Amazon? Probably yes: but it is useless to think too much about it now, because time flies and the path of change is already in its full maturity. So much so that after a long phase of decline in appeal – also due to the last three horrible years of the world between pandemic and war – the interest curve of the most popular sport in the world is already rising and a school like the one conceived and set up by Riccardi is also watched with interest by several Italian teams.
THEORIES. And so, while Chiellini hopes that the school of scorers will return to make the opponent “physically feel” “as Cannavaro did”, in the attacking roles the shots that can elude that physical contact are studied, anticipating it and … dribbling it. With the plant that makes the balloon suddenly change direction; or with a heel that puts out the pressure of a half. The Brazilians, for example, make such blows on the ground barefoot just as 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 goes at a different speed. To be clear: the last few eras have changed at twenty-year rates with the speed of Maradona, Ronaldo the Phenomenon and Mbappé himself. Now we are at 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 who contacted Simone Riccardi and his collaborators hope for. So now the technical staff, including those in front of the monitor and those on the field, is made up of at least a dozen people. We might as well begin to make the ball “feel” and to study its possible turns through the movements of the legs and feet. Then if you are “brought” in a natural way even better. But as Ibra says “you don’t even know where you can get through everyday practice”. To modern football.
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