improving as a right back

18 March 2013
Jordi Alba made an amazing determined run to get the 4th goal against Milan

Jordi Alba made an amazing determined run to get the 4th goal against Milan

Weekly Review for 12th – 18th March 2013
Played 90 minutes against FC Blau Wit 2. So I was included in the reserve team today and I think I was going to start on the bench but because a few people were sick or unfit, we had 12 men today which meant I started as the right back. The first half went good overall. I was winning alot of tackles and defending was okay. I was tracking attackers runs better, but a few times I let those runners go inside which I now know that’s not the right thing to do. The second half was different, there was this one time where I did a 30 metre passback to the keeper and almost let the attacker get on goal. That led to a foul and then a freekick that went in goal late in the game. I felt bad. There were alot of times where I did a passback, but could of given the long ball to the centre forward or even the left winger. So that’s another thing I have to watch out in that position. I didn’t go forward much, but our team couldn’t get any rhythm going and we ended up conceding another goal.
Once again, things I need to work on as a right back.
1. Play the long ball forward, instead of a risky passback.
2. Don’t let the attacker run inside of your position. Running inside is the quickest way through on goal.

On Tuesday, I talked to the coach about my playing position in the team. He said he looks at me as a right back or as a left centre mid. I explained to him what I thought and what happened with Woden last year when I was in this position problem. He said it would be pretty difficult for me to play as a winger with the amount of competition for places in attack. I would have to compete with bossman who’s coming back from injury and played 150+ games professionally and he’s 27 still. Although I would be up for the challenge though! Anyway now he knows what I think and glad I had the conversation with him. It’s always good to talk to your coaches because a personal relationship with them is very important.

Finally had my first session at Damsko on Friday. Trained with 4-5 out of contract players and stayed behind with two other guys to do some extra training. Turns out the two other guys played at high level academies earlier. They’re both turning 21. One guy played for Ajax and Volendam u/19 and the other played for FC Utrecht. Their agent is friends with Mike and pays for their sessions there. They will looking for pro clubs from April onwards.
I had to sort out how I was going to pay Mike. Obviously 25 euro per session is pretty expensive so I came up with a proposal that I would do website work for them in return for free training’s  They need a new site done, so it looks like I will take care of that now! Need to make sure it’s the best website I’ve ever made. Mike also talked about some training at Ajax’s training ground.. not exactly sure for what though!

Goal Journal

Long term goals
Play professionally by end of summer 2013
Short term goals
1. be more explosive
doing this!
General comment: Really focusing my workout exercises on more dynamic, explosive ones. Focus less on the arms now.
2. quicker plays
I think this has been accomplished now. Been working on this for the last few months and I really try and do everything as quickly as possible. I’m probably just not scanning enough. 
General comment: really trying to replicate the amount of time on average you would have in the premier league for a touch and a shot.
3. Ongoing – Find out what makes great players, great. What separates the “great” from the “good.
I was watching JOS vs Zeeburgia on Thursday and was looking to see what made players standout.
I think what makes someone really stand out at this level is:
1) Fitness
2) Speed
3) Hunger
4) One technical ability (passing, shooting, dribbling)
I think these are all attributes of character and makes me think of the conversation I had with Janos back in 2010. Since then, I think I have definitely developed my character on the pitch and I know more about myself. Arsene Wenger said he looks for that “one quality” in a player that makes him standout. He says it in the video below.

So what’s my one quality? Something I’m still figuring out.. but shooting has always been a number one strength of mine. Is it shooting?

4. Defend better

Tracking runs okay now. I just have to:
1. Play the long ball forward, instead of a risky passback.
2. Don’t let the attacker run inside of your position. Running inside is the quickest way through on goal.
5. Build LinkedIn network
Added a few contacts.. not many.
6. Plan better.
I need to be more efficent about exactly what I’m going to do in my workouts, rather than just make it up as I go.
accomplished: be stronger off the ball,  quicker plays
Plan & Checklist (16:45) MUST DO 12:30 BEFORE FRIDAY
Monday: gym + game analysis
Tuesday: U23 game I’ll be involved in on Tuesday and that will be my 6th – 7th game in a month + game analysis
Wednesday: training at ajax facilities?+ gym
Thursday: club training + stay behind
Friday: damsko session + gym
Sat: rest
Sunday: game

 

So that’s another thing I have to watch out in that position. I didn’t go forward much, but our team couldn’t get any rhythm

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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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