Reflection of Zurich trip – new schedule!

11 October 2009

I thought I’d write a personal reflection on how I thought my tournament this weekend in Zurich went. Here are the facts first of all. There were 2×4 teams in the competition which included:

  1. Us
  2. Zurich B team
  3. Munich
  4. Vienna

1st game against Zurich we won 3-0. (1 Goal from me)
2nd game against Munich we lost 1-0

The third game was a must win since it was the last game and we were only on 3 points, whereas Vienna were on 4. If we won this we would make it to the top 4 playoffs.¬† In this match I had the feeling of desire and passion, like when your teams 2-1 down and there’s 10 minutes to go to equalize which is what happened. In those 10 minutes you feel the desire of scoring but what’s frustrating is when you don’t feel that desire with your teammates, I was so pissed when I saw our right back walking to his position when the ball was in our half, he was only on the halfway line! And when your teammates give a shitty pass and lose possession. I could of equalized with a one on one which I shot outside of the box, the keeper parried it out but to be fair I had about four guys on me, still I was pissed that I didn’t finish the golden opportunity and also which I had practiced in training beforehand. We lost the game 2-1 and I was honestly gutted, we had a good chance of beating those teams we lost to and it just didn’t happen, like we had beaten Vienna 2-0 the week before. This now meant were either going to finish 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th. We ended up finishing 6th in the tournament.

From 5 Games
I Scored: 2
Assisted: 1

I felt that I could have done much better. I think I didn’t put in 100% effort in all my games, I was sometimes lazy and I just didn’t give it my all.

Anyway these games were a good chance to analyse my performance and now focus on the things I could have done better:

  • 50/50 Balls
  • Long shots, under pressure
  • First touch
  • Ball Control. under high speed

There’s another upcoming international schools tournament in around 2-3 weeks or so, so I have to start preparing for that. Here’s my plan for this week.

Monday Schedule:
1.
Running with ball (45 mins)
2. 3 – 4 juggles and First touch towards goal, sprint and shot outside box (2x 8 reps)
3.Dribble 6 cones, touch and shoot (2 x 8 reps)
4. 60 pushups and situps aswell as 30 back-ups during rests
5. End training with Free Kicks from various positions

Tuesday Schedule
Attend regular club training.

Wednesday Schedule
Morning: 40 minutes running with ball
Attend regular club training

Thursday Schedule
Attend regular club training.

Friday Schedule
Same as Monday.

Saturday Schedule
Attend regular club training

Sunday Schedule
Rest

I will commit to this schedule: Signed Nick Humphries 19/10/09 unless something bad happens.

missed opportunity

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In 2009, I was an average soccer player with a dream. I started this blog to document my journey from local underdog to getting offered over $100,000 in soccer scholarships, a contract to play professionally and the experience of playing in Europe.
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