Weekly Review 18th – 24th May 2010

24 May 2010

Another week of training passes by. It’s been around 8 whole months since I started writing in this football diary of mine and in that time I’ve developed a whole lot as a footballer. I’ve attended two English scout trials and one for AFC Wimbledon, I became “the best” player in training (not consistently yet), been told by my coach I can be a footballer (only if I develop a football brain), kept believing and succeeding more. I think I’ve come a long way towards my dream. But not yet have I reached it. I wonder what I’ll be saying this time next year once I finish school.. will I be wanted by other clubs? Will my left foot be as good as my right? Will I be signed to a professional club? I’m already thinking of playing in Japan one day! I have two more chances to go one step further with two more footballcv trials this weekend when I go back to England and trial at MK Dons and West Ham United’s Upton Park stadium. Scouts from Chelsea, West Ham, Brentford, etc are already expected to be there. I need to prove that the 20 hours of training each week is valuable and that my failure’s will turn into success. In fact I deserve to be given a professional contract more than anyone else because I can and I am willing to change the world through football.

This week has been a fairly ordinary week. More of analysing games, more training and most of all, more improvement even though this week was one of my down in form weeks one could say. This is what I learnt through videos this week:

  • If there is no immediate clear option in front of you or to the side, either pass it back or put it up for a long ball.
  • To beat a player one on one, make sure you turn and face him
  • A player is trapped on the sideline by about two or three defenders, his teammate makes a run up the sideline and brings a defender with him and results in the once trapped player now having much more space to attack. Off the ball runs are important!
  • Rooney gets all the way back in defence to win the ball and that’s what “show me that you want to be on the pitch!” really means. Determination!
  • Checking, blocking players for run on.

Next Week

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning Personal Session outside (1:30) Personal Session outside (1:00) Personal Session Videos(1:00) LONDON REST
Lunch Make Up 1:30 from Previous week (Videos) Game (0:25) Game (0:25) Game (0:25) MK DONS GAME
(1:00)
REST
Afternoon Game
(2:00)
Personal Session Videos (1:00) Personal Session outside (1:00) Personal Session Videos (2:00) Personal Session Videos (3:00)
Evening Club Training (1:45) Club Training (1:45) Club Training (1:45) OFF TO LONDON
Late Evening LONDON

Changing the World

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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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