HOW CAN AN AUSTRALIAN PLAYER BREAKTHROUGH EUROPEAN FOOTBALL RANKS?
Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern. The Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo has whistled for the last time and Italy has just qualified for the quarter finals after a dramatic end. Totti has scored the goal but Fabio Grosso, the real hero on that sunny afternoon, is the one surrounded by the Azzurri. On the other side you can see Football’s King Midas, Guus Hiddink, cheering the Socceroos. The Dutchman, with his golden touch, has turned one of the competition’s underdogs into a very competitive team. Italy has qualified and eventually became the 2006 World Cup Winners but on that afternoon Australia was the strongest side on the pitch.
Australia has qualified the group stage alongside with Football Royalty, Brazil, leaving behind Croacia and Japan just to be defeated by Italy on stoppage time. Nevertheless, all football pundits were amazed with the Socceroos performance. The Australian squad was filled with talented players such as Harry Kewell (UEFA Champions League Winner), Mark Schwarzer (English Premier a League Winner) Mark Viduka, Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill among many others who have played at the highest level.
The Socceroos campaign has increased the market value of Australian players and they were now under the spotlights. The football elite was finally looking at Oceania. The 2006 generation has confirmed that the first exodus of Australian quality players back in the late 20th century was not a coincidence but the result of a thorough strategy. Or at least that’s what everyone thought. While you can still find some good quality players in the current Socceroos Squad the overall quality pales in comparison with the 2006 generation. While the 2006 squad had 9 players competing at English Premier League level the current squad only has Matt Ryan, Brighton Albion’s Goalkeeper, and Aaron Mooy, Brighton Albion’s Centre Midfielder, competing week in week out.
There is Rogic (Celtic FC) Trent Sainsburry (recently released by PSV Eindhoven) and Mathew Leckie but they haven’t reached the level that was expected yet. Additionally, according to TransferMarket, the current Socceroos Squad has a market value of roughly 52 million euros. If this team would compete in La Liga they would be the second less valuable squad , beated just by Granada CF Squad appraised in 45 million euros. At a National team Level, the Socceroos have a more valuable squad when comparing with Iran, Japan and Korea but are a world away from Portugal, the current UEFA Euro Cup and UEFA Nations Cup champion (640 million euros) and France, the 2018 World Cup Winner has a squad with a current value of 1,15 billion Euros. These data show that despite all the native talent that has been previously showcased at the highest level Australia is yet to find the best solution to nurture their Youth Talent and to provide them with the pathways to professional elite football.
Soccer Interaction is focused in helping young players developing their football skills and that requires a thorough understanding of the different idiosyncrasies of each country. As many Soccer Interaction Academy alumni and Soccer Interaction Academy graduates are Australian Football Players we feel that is not only required but necessary to understand the Australian Football Environment. The Football Program and the Official Competitions that FFA has in place, the infra structures available and the qualifications of the Human Resources, among other aspects, play a role in Youth Football.
Soccer Interaction International Football Academy has been building bridges between European professional football and Australia for the last couple of years so on our latest visit we have decided to dig a little bit more and to get an update on the last news regarding Australian Youth Football. The starting point of all conversations was “How is it possible that after the 2006 World Cup success the number of Australian talented players moving and succeeding at the highest level overseas has decreased?” We have spoken with several stakeholders. Football Players, Professional Football Coaches, Parents and even one sports journalist. Dozens of different reasons where given to justify the apparent lack of success of Australian players abroad. We have highlighted those aspects that everyone seemed to agree:
- FFA Football Curriculum: Australia has a Top to Bottom philosophy and wants all clubs to comply with it. After the 2006 success FFA has hired a Technical Director, Han Berger, who has implemented a program setting standards and ensuring that the coach education program was delivering the same message to coaches throughout Australia. To provide a common framework seemed to be a good initial strategy but it has, apparently, fallen short to the expectations. The lack of diversity presents an obstacle to players development and the tactical framework that has been implemented is perceived as being too rigid and, therefore, castrating. Soccer Interaction deliver several coaching programs and we are often inquired on the meaning of principles of play. The understanding of this concept is paramount and coaches should never look at a principle of play as an end in itself. The problem may not be in the concept but in the implementation and that takes us to the second factor.
- Coaching: The lack of investment in youth academies affect the quality of Human Resources and reflects in poor football education. There are almost no full time coaches in Australia. Most of the coaches have a full time job during the day and coach in the evening. Sometimes they are players relatives. Obviously this passion adds value to a football process but also has an impact on planning, conducting and assessing training sessions and football matches.
- Clubs strategy: most of the football clubs in Australia look at their youth academy as a source of income. The revenue generated by the academy is usually used to invest in the first team squad. Instead of adding value to their youth academy by taking those funds and invest in technology and Human Resources most clubs rather sign a veteran player that may help the first team achieving their goals.
- Players: Some mentioned that players are not as driven as before. At Soccer Interaction International Football Academy we believe that Those who lack perseverance and commitment will struggle to be successful at the highest level. It’s important for a player to eat and breathe football. Nevertheless is the coaches responsibility to deliver good training sessions and to engage their players, by providing them with challenging game scenarios and promoting a good training environment.
- Entertainment Industry: Football is not the biggest sport in Australia. To the point that is not even called football (people in Australia refer to it as soccer). Theres a theory that says that some talented players may be lost to other sports such as Rugby, cricket or an Olympic sport such as swimming as these sports have a higher return on the investment.
What can I do to become a professional football player?
It’s impossible to point out one reason to the failure of the Australian football model. If you are an aspiring football player this shouldn’t bother you much as the only question you need to answer is “What can I do to become a professional football player?“. We believe that the answer is simple:
- Look for an environment with an ambitious style of play as this will challenge you to improve all aspects of your game, not only tactically but also technically, physically and psychologically;
- Find an experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff that can give you the right cues and motivate you to become better every day;
- Look for an organization with state of the art facilities and with access to the necessary technology to enhance your football development;
- Emerge yourself in an environment surrounded by good football players. You need to train with good players and it’s fundamental for you to play against tough opponents week in week out.
At Soccer Interaction we are committed to help youngsters in their quest to become elite football players and we have witnessed first hand the quality of the Australian football players. A proof of that is that we have just signed an Australian defender, a Soccer Interaction academy graduate, to our a team competing in the Spanish Third Division and we are sure that we will meet our expectations.
How to become a professional footballer while studying
Every player dedicates a lot of time, effort and resources on their way to success. We can distinguish high level sport players, high performance sport players and high dedication sport players. Differences between them depend on the amount and level of successes they are able to achieve. However, generally speaking we use the term high performance player for all those who spend many hours, special attention and care to their physical, technical, tactical, psychological and nutritional training.
High performance players usually start building their careers during their adolescence, which makes them to combine long hours of training and other aged-related academic activities. Generally speaking, it is incompatible to combine hard and long trainings with a regular school live without help from their clubs or academic centres.
Finding a balance between trainings and studies demands an extra effort for every high performance player. In order to overcome this challenge, clubs and academic centres must be sensitive to their needs and allow adjust the formative process to the players/students particular conditions.
Without this aid, most of them would face a certain academic failure, which in turn would determine the future professional development significantly. As any other teenager, the academic education of the high performance football player becomes an essential part of their integral education, therefore increasing their future professional opportunities.
For that reason it is important to adapt the academic life to the sporting life (and vice versa) as much as possible. Thus, coordination between clubs and academic centres is mandatory in order to be successful. This means to adopt measures like adapting the school time to the trainings, having flexibility of exams dates (in order to avoid overlapping exams with competitions), monitoring effectively academic progression and giving them pedagogical assistance.
Finding a balance between trainings and studies is a challenge itself for any sport player, and also for the organisation hosting them. In a residence with players from different nationalities and different backgrounds, the challenge is even greater due to the amount of different aspects to consider. Nevertheless, there are different models that make this coordination possible.
In Soccer InterAction (SIA), there is a pedagogic department where we assist our players in every matter they might need regarding studies. Thus, academic and football formation harmony is allowed.
Many of our football players follow the British curriculum in a centre where, among other benefits, the school timetable is adapted to the trainings, Hence, the school operates as a proper integrated centre. At the same time, SIA makes other resources, teaching staff and facilities available to the football players for their convenience. It allows an individual following up and ensures a regular academic development.
The British School Metodology
The British School educational project is based on the British Curriculum, one of the most prestigious and advanced educational systems in the world. The system was developed by Britain’s Department of Education, and has the following features:
Complete language immersion from Pre-Nursery to Year 13 (0 to 18 years of age).
Personalised individual learning , with ongoing tracking and curricular differentiation in line with each pupil’s individual needs.
A comprehensive education featuring both curricular and extracurricular contents intended to help pupils develop their artistic and sports skills: judo, ballet, tennis, violin, etc.
Teaching values that are reflected in pupil´s behaviour and attitude.
Ongoing communication with parents regarding all aspects relevant to their child’s education.
Another benefit of this model, apart from the conciliation of studies and training schedules, is the possibility of following the British curriculum, which has many advantages itself such as, a multicultural education, a fully and real English language immersion, a personalised teaching, small groups to boost participation and confidence, a practical, creative and interactive methodology, and it is a prestigious educational system which is recognised worldwide including universities of USA, Canada, etc.
How to get a soccer scholarship for USA?
Other players who have finished secondary school may have different goals, from getting a scholarship in an American University to get access to universities for formal training.
In order to achieve it, SIA has facilities such as computer room with Internet connexion, digital boards and other (already mentioned) resources available for players. Also, we monitor players individually to make sure they overcome difficulties such as, following course content, ability to follow lessons/tuitions taught in countries with different time zones, overcoming distant learning students’ loneliness, etc. All these sources combined give our organisation an added value to our players that they appreciate.
As said, in a high performance footballer’s residence people from a number of countries live together. To provide a harmonious cohabitation it is compulsory to find a common language for an effective communication. English and Spanish are those languages our players use among themselves in SIA. For that reason we teach and strengthen these languages so that we minimise possible effects that language barrier might cause.
Discover all the secrets of a country that bets on its young promises and aspires to settle on top of the Pyramid of the South American football elite.
Really wrong are football fans who think that the good time of the selection of Chile has passed. It is true that in the last ten years the successes achieved by the generation led by Claudio Bravo, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez have been more than noticeable, but the new batch of Chilean footballers is willing to at least make them shadow.
In fact, the Chilean League is one of the most powerful competitions of the American continent thanks to the passion with which one lives the football there. Teams like University of Chile, Colo Colo and Catholic University are every season always in the pools to give a blow on the table and the performance of their respective templates nourish the great European clubs… Although in recent years also the MLS and Mexican League.
However, to make the leap to the elite and show that you can live up to the great Chilean legends must be prepared. And a lot. That is why the passion for football that is in the country is needed then field work, especially when developing tactics and technically. This is one of the main reasons why the presence of young Chileans in the international football academies is growing, something that is more than beneficial for the future of this sport in the country.
This is the case of Felipe Moreno, an extreme handyman who is part of the family of the International Soccer Academy in Spain of soccer Inter-Action. Felipe began this season his experience of training in European football in the hands of SIA and has now been able to perform his first Test in a professional team after several months of coaching tutored by the methodology of tactical periodization, the work and Supervised in Soccer Inter-Action by the prestigious Portuguese club F.C. Porto.
In his case it was Vitoria Setubal, a Portuguese entity very focused on developing young talents and whose first team is mainly nourished by its quarry. “It was my first experience beyond Chile and Dragon Force and the truth is that I have trained with high-level players, where there was a great demand because it is an important club in Portugal with great sports facilities.” In addition, its combined U18 stands out for being one of the most powerful in the country, so the required level is maximum. “There was a lot of competition between the players and you have to strive to the fullest in all the trainings because the coaches ask for intensity in the field.” However, there is still a lot to improve and this is just the beginning of a long battle for Felipe, as it is not easy to make a big impact on technicians in a few days, and more when the adaptation to that new club has to be very fast.
With all this, it is important to note that not only in the international football academies the player’s soccer features are boosted, but also a lot of emphasis is placed on education, socialization and being able to act as a professional since before even being. These pillars are basic in Soccer Inter-Action and the work of their psychologist, nutritionist, teacher and tutors is paramount to the support and development of these promises.
With all this, it is important to note that not only in the international football academies the player’s soccer features are boosted, but also a lot of emphasis is placed on education, socialization and being able to act as a professional since before even being. These pillars are basic in Soccer Inter-Action and the work of their psychologist, nutritionist, teacher and tutors is paramount to the support and development of these promises.
But how does the first Chilean division work? It is not easy to be among the strongest competitions in South America and it is thanks to the good level of its teams. Don’t you know them?
Club Universidad de Chile: It is one of the most laureate entities in Chile. Disputing his matches as a local at the legendary National stadium, this important club will once again fight to win the championship and repeat the successes of his years with Jorge Sampaoli to oust one of his most direct rivals: Catholic University. For this they have players of the stature of Jean Beasejour, Matías Rodríguez, Johnny Herrera, Pablo Parra or Leandro Benegas.
Colo-Colo: It is not possible to speak of University of Chile without naming Colo-Colo. His complete name is Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo is also based in Santiago, so given his status as a historical team his clash against the University of Chile is one of the most anticipated by fans of the country. The Super Classic is more than a game and there have been occasions that has decided a championship, so this season Colo-Colo will try to emerge victorious from the hand of football players as Jorge Valdivia, Juan Manuel Insurralde, Carlos Carmona o Pablo Mouche.
Univeridad Católica: It is reigning champion and one of the clubs that has grown the most with the passage of time after its crises of the ‘ 70. Currently has one of the most powerful templates thanks to reputed names such as Diego Buonanotte, Rubén Farfán, Sebastián Doldan and José Pedro Fuenzalida. In addition, it counts in its ranks with young promises like the defense Benjamin Kuscevic, with past in the quarry of Real Madrid.
Union Española: One of the historic clubs of Chilean football that works conscientiously to return to the top. This institution also based in Santiago does not raise a trophy since 2013, something that seek to change as soon as possible. For this season they have prepared a staff that combines youth and veterans and where they highlight names such as Mauro Caballero, Yulián Mejía or Jose Aja.
O’Higgins: This entity has won by heart being recognized as one of the great Chilean football clubs. O’Higgins, whose base is in the city of Rancagua, is synonymous with modern football. It is a team that has great potential and that thanks to its effort and work has settled in the elite. In fact, on their bench have passed names such as Eduardo ‘ Toto ‘ Berizzo. It should also be remembered that it is a club that has been able to rise from the tragedy of 2013, where in a displacement to confront the Huachipato lost the life of 13 of its fans and 27 others were injured by a bus accident. Despite the beginning of the season with defeat, O’Higgins will finish the championship in the high positions because it has a strong staff in which the names of Ramón Fernández, Maximiliano Salas, José Luis Muñoz, Fabrizio Ramírez and Paulo Magalhaes.
In addition to these five important clubs there are also 11 entities that finish composing the first division of Chile and do not rule out the bell. In fact, the first day of league have conveyed very good sensations Antofagasta, Unión la Calera and Huachipato. The rest of the clubs are Audax, Everton, Palestinian, Cobresal, Iquique, Coquimbo, University of Concepción and the United Curicó.
Beyond the first Chilean división
In recent months, Chilean fans have been able to surpass their football jumpsuit with one of the most anticipated events by the scoutings of the great World Clubs: the U20 South American Championship. Known under the slogan of ‘ Youth of America ‘ the XXIX edition is the fourth that is celebrated in Chile in what is going on history. To host the ten participating teams, the organization managed three venues: The main in the aforementioned city of Rancagua and its stadium El Teniente (where it plays as local O’Higgins) and the subsites in Talca in the stadium ‘ Multicolor ‘ Fiscal and Curicó on the farm (stronghold of the United Curicó).
Thus, in these three stages the parties of their respective groups were divided. The first phase of the South American U20 is organized into two groups of five teams. Group A was composed of Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia while group B by Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru and Paraguay. The first three classifieds of each group advance to the Final phase, which this time the combined ones of Ecuador, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. The winner of this competition was finally Ecuador, thanks to its three victories, a tie and just a defeat (10 points in total). The selection of Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia occupied the second to fourth place, positions that gave them the classification for the U20 World Cup and the Panamerican Games of 2019.
Following in the footsteps of Legends
As for the selection of the red, it has to be said that it has not been its best participation, but it has been able to see players whose potential is more than remarkable and that will give much to talk in the medium-term future. These are the cases of Marcelo Allende and Ariel Uribe.
Marcelo Allende (April 7, 1999) is a player who was testing with the English Arsenal and is being closely followed by the MLS (who has set his eyes on young Latin American talent to increase their competitive level). Allende is an offensive midfielder with very good ball handling, something that is proving in the Mexican Necaxa, club that signed him from the sports Santa Cruz Chilean.
Ariel Uribe (14 February 1999) is the other pearl of this U20 chili. It is a left extreme that as Marcelo Allende also plays in Mexican football. It has made a hole in the staff of the Monarchs Morelia thanks to its impudence with the ball. It is a player with a great capacity of association and of much overflow, characteristics very different to those of his family member Mario Lepe, a historical footballer of Universidad Católica.
Chile is the cradle of great footballers. There is no great date in this sport in which a player from this country has not shone, whether at club level or wearing the red elastic. How? Don’t you know them?
Elías Figueroa: Considered the best footballer in the history of Chile, ‘ Don Elías ‘ (October 25, 1946) was a collector of titles, highlighting at the level of clubs in Peñarol and Internacional de Porto Alegre. His career in Chile was also successful in winning two league championships with Palestine and another with Colo-Colo. According to the IFFHS is the best South American defender of history and is part of the historical selection of South America.
Carlos Caszely: Goals, goals and more goals is what made sure to have Carlos Caszely on your team. This striker (July 5, 1950) of short stature left his mark on all the teams in which he played thanks to his definitions, dribbles and winning character. In Colo-Colo is a legend and in Europe is kept a wonderful memory for his performances in the Levante and Espanyol, a club that considers him one of his best players in his history. In fact, he is curious that he has dedicated a gate to the stadium of the team Perico.
Roberto Rojas y Sergio Livingstone: If you have to talk about big Chilean goalkeepers, you should talk about Livingstone and Rojas. Sergio Livingstone (March 26, 1920) is considered one of the best goalkeepers of Chile in history thanks to his successes with Catholic University and red. However, next to the ‘ toad ‘ (so he was known because of his extraordinary jump) also appears in the memory of the Chilean legends the name of Roberto Rojas. The ‘ Condor ‘ (August 8, 1957) is known worldwide for its character and great level under the sticks. Rojas is without a doubt the best goalkeeper in the history of Colo-Colo and together with Livingstone and Claudio Bravo the most outstanding with the selection. Precisely defending the colors of the Red starred an unfortunate lance that every Chilean fan recognizes as the Maracanazo: The biggest scandal in the history of Chilean football.
Carlos Reinoso: Carlos Reinoso (March 7, 1945) is synonymous with Club América. This midfielder organizer is a legend in this prestigious Mexican combination. In fact, Reinoso is for Mexican fans the best Chilean player in history because of the successes and image of harvested in that country. With Club América He won the CONCACAF Champions ‘ Cup, the Inter-American Cup, the Mexico Cup and twice the league.
Iván Zamorano: Few front headers can say throughout history that they are better than Ivan Luis Zamorano Zamora. This finisher (January 18, 1967) is a world-wide figure thanks to his nose scorer. Known as ‘ bam-bam ‘, Zamorano has made goals where he has played, highlighting in Europe the hand of clubs such as Sevilla, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. It should also be noted that together with Elías Figueroa is one of the two soccer players in Chile that appear on the exclusive FIFA list of the hundred best live footballers of the twentieth century. It is withdrawn in 2003 in Colo-Colo with 223 official goals behind its back since it debuted in 1985 with Cobresal.
Marcelo Salas: His nickname says it all: the Matador. Marcelo Salas (December 24, 1974) is considered one of the best forwards in the world of the late 90 and beginning of the new century thanks to his extraordinary goal nose. All a finished, Salas became a legend of River Plate and then make the leap to Europe of Lazio, a team that shared costumes with footballers of the stature of Nevded, Nesta, Vieri or Stankovic. Demonstrating in the Roman team all its potential for face to door, Marcelo Salas was one step away from signing in 2001 by Real Madrid, but finally decided to continue in the series A to be signed by Juventus, a set that paid 25 million euros for it. Salas retired in 2008 in the club of his loves: Universidad de Chile.
The Golden generation
These figures were the mirror in which they looked at the best generation of footballers that Chile has had. And in recent years the successes of the red have been fascinating, since the consecutive conquest of two Copa America (one of these the centenary) to go from the phase of groups in the World Cups of South Africa and Brazil. It was precisely in Brazil that he was closer to giving the big bell in the history of Chile in a World Cup, as in the eighth of final he faced the ‘ green-amare ‘ and were eliminated in penalties after having the hostess a long time against the ropes. In this combination, both with Bielsa and Sampaoli, glittered footballers of the stature of:
Claudio Bravo: The great captain. Goalkeeper recognized worldwide who commanded the red based on spectacular stops, especially in batches of penalties, where he is a specialist. Due to his good handling of the ball with his feet Claudio Bravo has highlighted the hand of PEP Guardiola in clubs such as FC Barcelona or Manchester City, his current team.
Alexis Sánchez: The reference in Red’s attack. Ability to sacrifice, overflow, goal… Top conditions at the service of the equipment. She was one of the stars of all the World Cup in Brazil and yielded to a high level. He has dressed the colors of FC Barcelona, Arsenal and now Manchester United.
Arturo Vidal: The soul of the selection. A leader in the field thanks to his warlike attitude. Lung in the middle of the field with great capacity for cutting and to get from second line to attack. Arturo Vidal, current player of FC Barcelona, has gone through teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus of Turin and Bayern Munich, being also the object of desire of the great ensembles of the English Premier League (he was very close to signing for the Chelsea season Passed).
David Pizarro: It is true that this midfielder was not in Brazil’s appointment, but has been the compass of this generation (has defended the red for 17 years). Leader in and out of the field with great vision of play and arrival, features that exploded in his passage through the series to Italian, where he went through clubs such as Inter, Fiorentina or as Roma. In the latter he became one of the captains of the team with the legend of Francesco Totti.
Eduardo Vargas: It is true that this midfielder was not in Brazil’s appointment, but it was the compass of dynamite, electricity. This was why it stood out this fast attacker who lived an idyll with the red shirt, especially in the two Copa America that he played, as he scored 10 goals in total. A young promise at the University of Chile soon signed with the Napoli and then became a soccer globetrotter. He has played in teams like the Brazilian Guild, the Valencia CF, the German Hoffenheim or the English Tottenham. He currently plays in the Mexican League with Tigers, where he forms a formidable duo with the French international Gignac.
Gary Medel: The ‘ Pitbull ‘ is one of those players that no rival wants to have in front. Multivalent defensive midfielder and central defense whose strength is the intensity. Very aggressive to the cut became with Sampaoli in one of the chiefs of the defense in the World Cup of Brazil. In fact, this cup is reminiscent of the great match he completed against Spain. His good doing in the field has served him to play in important clubs such as Seville, Inter Milan and Besiktas.
Jorge Valdivia: The Magician. Half-tip with great ease to carry the ball sewn to the boot and to marvel at the hobby with its last passes. Valdivia is a legend in the Brazilian Palmeiras and in Europe, although it went through the Rayo Vallecano, we have stayed with the Thorn to see it succeed, because in its best time had the conditions enough to be a big star in the old continent.
Football in South Korea is increasingly important thanks to the explosion of its young players over the past decade. Learn the secrets of their success and the potential they can achieve thanks to the International Football Academies. Just one more step needs to be given to football in Asia to achieve global success in football.
Countries like South Korea are already regulars in major competitions but have not yet been able to fully consolidate among the best, something that little by little is changing thanks to the great commitment to this sport they have made. However, it is a matter of time, and rather little, that Asian footballers make their way among the big stars. And South Korean footballers have many ballots.
At this point no one doubts that the mythical multiplayer Manchester United Park Ji-Sung has substitutes. In fact, the enormous emergence in recent years of Heung-Min Son is undeniable. The Tottenham striker is one of the most destabilizing players in the English Premier League and day after day is showing all the football he has in his boots. But the case of Son is not the only one and in Spain they know it well. This season the young footballer of Valencia CF Kang-In Lee is surprising all lovers of this sport thanks to its qualities, polished under the training and knowledge of European football, which is one of the keys to success.
Training in an international football academy
And are that more and more young Korean players who decide to pack and become part of an International Academy of European Football with the mission of preparing for the elite of football and see how far they can get. For this, and given the many Academies that exist, it is essential to choose the right one, with the International Football Academy of Soccer Inter-Action being one of the most outstanding thanks to its countless resources.
In addition to having a High-Performance Center with elite facilities, the Football Academy in Spain of Soccer Inter-Action has a training program based on the ‘Tactical Periodization’, a methodology implemented by one of the most important clubs and laureates. of Europe: FC Porto. An FC Porto that bet from the beginning for Soccer Inter-Action and whose professionals are part of the daily life of the Football Academy. In addition, the numerous contacts and excellent relationships with clubs around the world allow to facilitate testing in professional organizations, as has been the case of players like Puma, Guille or Felipe. Look at the evidence of Puma in FC Porto.
Compete in Spain and reach the elite of football
One of the basic pillars of Soccer Inter-Action is the competition. Aware of the great importance of competing to the maximum to achieve success, the SIA International Football Academy is committed weekly to organize friendly matches beyond the leagues that their players play on weekends in the ranks of their Football School FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia. One of the last to be played was against the Korean team Club de Visión. This entity did not want to miss the opportunity to see the elite sporting facilities of our High Performance Center (located in Enguera, Valencia, Spain) and accepted the proposal to hold a friendly meeting in the youth category (U18). This duel was a nice experience, both sporting and cultural, for the football players of the Football Academy and concluded with the satisfaction of having completed a game of great intensity and good game, leaving the Korean team very grateful also for the experience.
What do we know about South Korean football?
Most Spanish football fans will answer this question with a resounding ‘ 2002 Football World Cup ‘. And it is that the maximum competition at the level of selections was held that year in the Asian country and had an unpleasant memory for The Spaniards, since they were apeados of the tournament in eighth of final in front of the host country in a very controversial party due to the arbitral decisions.
But there is football in South Korea beyond that World Cup. In recent years the domestic competition of this country has grown much its level, although it should be noted that still does not reach what is seen in China and Japan. The K League 1 is made up of twelve football teams that during the months of March to October compete to raise the trophy, something that this last season made the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC with featured football players like the left side Jin-Su Kim, the striker Shin-Uk Kim, the midfielder Seung-Ki Lee or the Brazilian end Tiago Alves.
How is football in South Korea?
As in almost every country, in South Korea, football (in conjunction with baseball and Taekondo) is one of the most practiced and popular sports. It has more than 1 million of practitioners although only 31,000 players registered.
La KFA (Korea Football Association) with a hundred federated clubs, organizes the Korean league system (K-League Classic and K-League Challenge. It also manages the national teams and the South Korean Cup.
Football origins of South Korea
The Cuju Chinese ball game, which we discussed in the article about the origin of football, would be the one that introduced the precursor of football to the Silla Kingdom of Korea.
It would not be until one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two, when a British warship, which traded with Korea, introduced modern football. While waiting in the port the crew and the children of the population played the first game.
The Korean students of the Royal English School in Seoul would officially be the ones who practiced it. Disputing the first regulatory party in eighteen hundred and ninety-seven between the crew of the English ship Narcissus and the native Korean population.
The Korean Football Association
The Korean Football Association (KFA) was constituted in one thousand nine hundred and thirty-three. In the 48 Korea was associated with FIFA and in the 58th admission to the Asian Confederation And in that same year he got to win Japan in the World Cup football nineteen fifty-four. He won his first two Asian cups in 56 and 60.
Korea in the football world
A lot of road traveled Korean football since the Korean National Football Championship, played by direct elimination, going through the debut of Korean players in European leagues, Cha Bumkun in Germany or Huh Jung moo in the Netherlands, until the creation of the first league professional from Asia. The Korea Super League of ’83 would be formed by franchises of large companies in the country. After his qualification in nineteen eighty-five for the World 86 has not missed any appointments.
Together with Japan he organized the 02 World Cup. The Koreans reached the semifinals after beating Italy and Spain, losing against Germany.
Football championships in South Korea
Men’s Football Championships:
The Korea Football Association (KFA) organizes the league system. The season starts in March and ends at the beginning of December. The professional league is composed of two divisions and is known as K-League. The system of closed participation and no club of inferior category accedes by merits sports but by determined requirements. The first professional division formed by 12 teams, the K-League Classic was born in the 83 It is formed by twelve teams. The second professional division formed by 10 teams, The K-League Challenge was born in 2013. There is a professional tournament or Cup of South Korea, the Korean FA Cup in which the first division teams participate, the teams of the main inferior categories and the best of college football. It is one of the best football tournaments in Asia. There are semiprofessional tournaments, independent of the K-League. The third division formed by 10 teams; The National League of Korea, Korea National League. First a regular season is played with three rounds. The first four go to a play-off in which the title is disputed. The fourth division Challengers League already formed by amateur teams in two groups. The university football league U-League has many followers.
Women’s Football championships
The first female division, the WK-League of 8 football teams is disputed double-turn since 2008.
The men’s selection or Red Devils are part of the Asian Football Confederation since 54 and depends on the KFA. Its most important rivals are Japan and North Korea. The most international player is Hong Myung Bo And the top scorer is Cha Bum Kun.
Main article: South Korean women’s national football team the South Korean women’s team has been on the 90 and has only once been able to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. His most international player is Lee Myung Hwa and his scorer Cha Sung My.
The South Korean teams were created in the 80 of the hand of big Hyundai companies, Daewo, Samsung, LG or Ilhwa. Currently only sponsor. And they’re community. There are 100 football clubs and more than 1 million footballers, but only 31,000 are federated players.
In South Korea, the mandatory 24-month military service before the 28. Professional players are obliged to comply. But they can be fought for sporting merits. During that time, they can be transferred to the football teams of the state security forces.
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The King sport gains adepts in a country with a great sporting tradition, especially in matters such as rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball, Motoring or cycling. Thanks to this great growth, international football academies, such as soccer Inter-Action, they have in their ranks the members of the Ocean continent.
January is synonymous with tennis in Australia. The country Aussie It monopolizes all the spotlights of the world of the racket thanks to Australian Open, one of the four Major tournaments of a sport tyrannized by Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, precisely three very amateur superstars Soccer, which since 2004 has hit the table thanks to the creation of the A-League, competition that is taking many young players ready to Dethrone to Legends like Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell or Mark Viduka.
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Beginnings are never easy. Soccer in Australia, called soccer by fans of this in this oceanic continent, has had to fight a lot to make a hole in the heart of the country Aussie. And it is that in Australia the culture of rugby and its variant ‘ Australian Soccer ‘ is very present in its population, who has seen how its great legends of the sport dominated as no one the oval ball. In addition, in Australia Sport is one of the basic pillars of its culture, so there is a wide variety of modalities in which thanks to the competitive attitude of its citizens have been conquering titles and writing pages and pages of gold in the history book of Australia.
That is why soccer took a while to appear, but when he did not have a brake, especially thanks to the presence and passion that the Italian and Greek immigrants had for the sport European king. After a few years 80 and 90 in which the Federation of the country bet strong for the National Soccer League (NSL) but it cost to start and organize in an efficient and profitable way, came the turn of the glorious year 2003. This year was the great soccer boom in Australia thanks to the re-founding of the Australian Soccer Federation (FFA), which was further professionalized and gained prominence from the creation of the A-League (2004).
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This competition would be in charge of replacing the NSL and until today has not stopped growing. Designed as a tournament closed by franchises and limited to one of these for each city at least in the first five years, the A-League was born with the aim of to empower an Australian soccer team to become more and more present in the most important soccer events: like the World Cup. Other important details that endow this league of personality are the wage limit, the rupture of the traditional system of descents and promotions, and the figure of ‘Marquee Player ‘, soccer emblem of each franchise, as was the case of Alessandro Del Piero, which marked a before and after in the A-League World wide exhibition.
However, before the arrival of the legendary soccer player of Juventus of Turin (Italy) There were very positive changes as the seasons advanced. In fact, the first league title was conquered by the Sydney FC, precisely one of the three clubs created for this competition – the other two were the Melbourne Victory and Queensland Roar-; In total eight entities-one of them New Zealand-who struggled for the trophy.
Trophy that to raise it first you have to overcome a regular league to later fight in the direct qualifiers for the title. All this from October to April-to avoid the cold months-and giving the three-seater award for the AFC Champions League (Asian Cup): The regular season champion and the A-League winner go directly to the group stage while the second ranked regular league participates since the third round of elimination.
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Today there are not eight participating clubs but ten-some already share the same city-and unlike the major leagues of traditional soccer-like the League of Spain-there are no promotions or descents, because below the exclusive a-League there are other Competitions But all of them state, such as that of New South Wales, Queensland or Australian Capital territory.
Running Regular League:
It lasts 27 days and is managed in a traditional way, that is to say, the ten teams participants face each other and concede three points per win, one by draw and zero for defeat. However, there is a variant that is less curious, since the last 27 days are made three rounds to return between the clubs. The first and second classified at the end of the regular league directly access to the semi-finals of Play-off for the title. In the case of Tie to points is untied as the first option according to the difference of goals and as a second who has achieved a greater number of targets in total favor. In the extreme case of continuing to be tied, the direct confrontation between the entities involved dictates the position of each one in the classification.
The play-off, or eliminatory for the title, is disputed by the six best classified teams of the regular league with a single match format and with a field factor in favor of the best positioned. In the case of a draw there is an extension and finally a penalty shoot-out. Thus, to resolve who the A-League champion is, three elimination rounds are held: the first round faces the fourth against the fifth and the third against the sixth. The winners advance to the semifinal round and face each other against the first and second, respectively. Who wins those semifinals go to the grand final (Grand Final), duel that the Soccer Federation of Australia has the power to decide in which stadium is disputed, although it usually resolves always in the field of the club that has obtained the best position in the regular season.
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Ten clubs, a single Great Champion. The 2018/2019 season is disputing in its regular phase and all franchises still have a chance to leave league champion and thus dethrone the reigning champion: the Melbourne Victory. A Melbourne Victory Which was imposed by the minimum (0-1) to Newcastle Jets thanks to the goal of Kosta Barbarouses.
As for the regulations regarding the templates and the wage limit of these ten entities, the Australian Soccer Federation dictates that each set must have between 20 and 23 players, five of them being maximum foreigners (being the fifth Compulsory for soccer players with a temporary visa). It should also be noted that in order to empower young talents all templates must have at least three players under 20 years, thus allowing the number of soccer players per franchise can amount to 26-counting the three extra chips to youth.
When it comes to talking about the wage limit, which allows for greater competitive equality for all clubs, The FFA has set it to 2,980,000 of Australian dollars. In addition, soccer players over 20 years old have an annual minimum wage of 61,000 dollars while children under 20 years of 45,686 dollars. However, the Australian Soccer Federation, aware of the great potential of its league, has several exceptions in its rules to be able to skip the wage limit, because that way it is easier to retain and attract the best players. These exceptions of players with whom you can jump the wage limit are: Soccer players franchises (maximum two), guest player (can play no more than 14 games), players (maximum four), loyal soccer player (a single player to add five seasons Consecutive in the same club), Player with Sport scholarship (up to six under-20 soccer players hired by the minimum wage) and senior rookie (over 21 years and engaged From the state leagues).
Now, what franchises compete this season for being victorious in the Grand Final?
They are the current champions of the A-League. It is one of the founding franchises and therefore one of the most prized clubs in the country. With four titles to his credit, the staff that directs Kevin Muscat has players of the stature of Keisuke Honda, one of the best soccer players in the history of Japan Who has previously been in great repute teams like the AC Milan or CSKA from Moscow. The Swedish front wave Toivonen (PSV Ex International, Rennes, Sunderland and Toulouse), the German Defense Georg Niedermeier, the captain and international by Australia Carl Valeri (defended for a season the colors of Inter of Milan) and Spanish Raúl Baena (indisputable holder several seasons ago in the Real Club Deportivo Espanyol of the First division) are other large Figures. No doubt, it is in all the pools to fight again for the title.
He stayed last season with honey on his lips when he fell defeated by the minimum in the Grand Final. This Australian club is another one that is since the creation of the A-League. The staff is trained by Scottish Ernie Merrick and this highlights names like those of Brazilian Jair, the local and international in the past world Dimi Petratos Or The skilled Venezuelan extreme Ronald Vargas, who had before a long and successful career in Belgian soccer when he even played the UEFA champions League.
The Sydney FC is probably one of the most recognized Australian franchises worldwide thanks to Del Piero. The Italian star was the emblem of this entity in 2014 and put on the map, especially for Italian fans, the name of Sydney FC on the soccer map. Champion of the regular league, this founding club has won three times the A-League and expects this season to add its fourth success. Trained by Steve Corica, One of the historic players of the Australian team, the staff of the Sydney FC has players like the striker Adam Le Welsh lesson (current top scorer of the 2018/2019 course), the International Aussie Alex Wilkinson, Young Anthony Cáceres (ceded by Manchester City) or the Dutch midfielder Siem De Jong, soccer player who has defended the colors of clubs of the size of Ajax, PSV or Newcastle United.
PERTH GLORY FC
This season’s revelation. PSolo Rimes of the classification With 34 points of the regular phase, the template directed by Tony Popovic, historical defense of the Crystal Palace English, It is in a moment of exceptional form thanks to a block of experienced players and with a long tour in several European leagues. It is the case of the Spaniards Juande and Diego Castro (a legend in Sporting in Gijón and Getafe), the Irish Andy Keogh Or The local Neil Kilkenny.
Club of the last to arrive but soon to have made a hole in the elite. City Property Soccer Group -company that has under its reins to Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama Marinos or Girona-has not yet won the A-League, but hopes that this situation will change soon. From the hand of technician Warren Joyce his staff stands out for his youth. And it is that a large part of this group has under its ranks young promises of Australian soccer. However, in Spain he jumped to fame thanks to the signing of David Villa, who defended his colors during the holiday break of the MLS.
ADELAIDE UNITED FC
Another of the founding franchises of the A-League, league that has conquered twice since its birth. However, at present it is not going through a good moment at the level of success, something they trust to change From this 2019. Knowing how complicated it is to reach the Grand Final, the template directed by Marco Kurz expects his players to give all of himself to spread that competitive spirit to his promises. Its captain, the Spaniard Isaiah, the Danish international Michael Jakobsen Or the German Mirko Boland are the ones who must pull the team until the end of the course.
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
The Central Coast Mariners, club in which was the sports director of the International Soccer Academy in Spain of soccer Inter-Action Rui Tomé, is also part of the eight clubs originating in the A-League. This franchise has had the opportunity to compete four times the Grand Final, but has only been able to emerge victorious from it on one occasion (2012-2013). Beyond the members of his staff, who has highlighted in this last course has been that of Usain Bolt. The star of athletics did not renew with the Mariners For this season and has finally put End point to his adventure as an elite soccer player.
BRISBANE ROAR FC
The Brisbane Roar It was another of the chosen franchises To fight for the first title of the A-League. Winner three times of the A-League, it is one of the most powerful entities of the championship, although it can be said that in the last years it has hit a small performance downgrade. However, current players like Álex López (indisputable incumbent several seasons ago in the first Division Spanish of the hand of the Celta of Vigo), the local and international Matt McKay or the Dane ex of Rosenborg Tobias Mikkelsen give an extra competitiveness to a large Australian soccer.
WELLINGTON PHOENIX FC
The only non-Australian a-League franchise. Located in the city of Wellington (New Zealand) was founded in 2007 and since then fights course after course to get his first title. Sales team more than buyer every season has to strive to the fullest to compensate for the loss of its most outstanding players, something that it does with promises from New Zealand, although it is not an easy task. The Spanish soccer player Mandi It is one of the most outstanding in the international world.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Like the Melbourne City the Western Sydney Wanderers was another of the last to reach the A-League that has entered with great force in Australian soccer. And it is that in a short time the second set of Sydney He has not achieved any title (three-time runner-up) but has raised the AFC Champions League (2014). He is currently trained by the historical soccer player Markus Babbel and counts in his ranks with players of the stature of Spanish Oriol Riera, the Germans Baumjohann and Patrick Ziegler or the local Mark Bridge.
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It is not at all strange to see Australia competing in the final phase of the FIFA World Cup. The combined Aussie He is a regular in the draw and on more than one occasion have given a scare to the selections aspiring to the title. In fact, the English Premier League is one of the leagues that has helped to grow the Cracks Australians, being Tim Cahill the great referent.
The great captain is a legend worldwide thanks especially to his sensational performances with the elastic ‘Socceroos’. And it is that this versatile attacker became the first Australian to achieve a goal in a World Cup and two editions later entered the history of this competition by joining the exclusive group of players to score in three consecutive World Cups. Moreover, this excellent head finisher, despite its low altitude, is a legend in the Everton English, coming even to become the great captain of that important British ensemble.
Next to Tim Cahill There are several soccer players who have joined Pedestal Aussie of legendary soccer players. Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neil, John AloisiMark Bresciano And today Mile Jedinak, Robie KruseTom Rogic And Mathew Ryan are the ones who have marked and make a difference for the benefit of this sport. Also noteworthy is the great promise Daniel Arzani, skillful and electric end of Manchester City (ceded this course to Celtic FC) of only 20 years called to lead in the future to ‘Socceroos’.
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Who will be next Daniel Arzani? There is no doubt that soon we will know, as soccer in Australia wins every league day that passes and that is especially noticeable in academies and soccer schools, both national and international. This is the case of the International Soccer Academy of soccer Inter-Action. Our High performance Sports Center is a benchmark in Spain for the young promises Aussies.
In fact, there have been and many who have relied on the services of Soccer Inter-Action And the professionals around him: Coaches trained under the methodology of FC Porto and the staff that controls and manages the development of both soccer and staff of the young soccer player. In addition, FC Porto’s bid for our soccer school in Spain allows internal players at the International soccer Academy to compete defending the colors of this award-winning Portuguese club.
The last to become part of the family of the Soccer Inter-Action, it’s been Zane Dubiez, who joined the high-performance center just after the soccer Camps in Spain organized by SIA and FC Porto. With a Clinic Personalized and focused on enhancing the player’s skills, Zane managed to surprise technicians with their desire to learn and soccer potential.
Together with Zane, they also played a major role in our international soccer Academy in Spain, Dani and Jordan, which successfully completed its long program in SIA and today face today making a place in the elite of the king sport.
In recent years, nutrition has been a source of interest for players and the coaching staff of football teams, who are increasingly aware of its benefits. It has also raised the concern of parents with the aim of ensuring the performance and health of their children. Maybe you’re wondering if I’m giving my child the right food? Is it now or not? Is it too late to eat? In this article we will try to explain some of these questions.
The first thing is to understand that the top nutrient in terms of fuel for football players would be carbohydrates.
WHAT ARE CARBOHYDRATES?
Carbohydrates also called carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fibers found in a wide variety of foods such as fruits, grains, vegetables. These are one of the basic food groups and are important for a healthy life.
Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted into energy, which in turn is used to maintain body functions and physical activity. These are part of muscle glycogen. It appears that muscle glycogen is the most important source of energy for soccer players. Numerous studies, already classic, reported on the importance of carbohydrates for soccer players’ performance and how muscle glycogen stores were almost completely depleted during the second half of the match.
The game requires a high energy expenditure produced, in part, by the high distance travelled during a match. The higher the competitive level, the greater the intensity at which efforts are made and the greater the number of matches played per season. Therefore, if this expense is not compensated, it will directly affect the performance of the players. This is why it is so important to control nutrition during a match, as well as before and after.
Food days before the competition.
During the week before the competition the two main objectives are:
- Optimize the stores of carbohydrates in the muscles and liver (in the form of glycogen) with the ﬁn to compete with a maximum energy reserve.
- Stay well hydrated.
The preparation will be dictated by the type of competition to which you go and the frequency with which you compete.
it has to take into account that an optimal diet for sports performance days before the competition will not be effective if you do not eat a healthy diet over an extended period of time.
Diet for the days before a football match.
Some of the characteristics that must meet our diet during the days prior to the event are:
- It is very important that you maintain the consumption of carbohydrates to maintain the reserves of glycogen to the maximum.
- Ensure a water intake, drink at least 1.5 a day or until your urine is as clear as possible.
- Do not try any new food and do not change your usual routine.
- Avoid spicy foods and flatulent vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, artichokes or leek.
- Avoid eating legumes (lentils, chickpeas…) and foods rich in fiber or whole grains (brown rice, whole grain bread…).
- Reduces the intake of fatty foods or fatty foods such as sausages, fried and battered, sauces or pastries.
- Eat calmly and chew the food very well, to promote good digestion.
- Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol consumption.
As we have seen the energy reserves in our body is one of the main factors when it comes to obtaining optimum performance but what would a menu look like for the previous days?
|2 días antes||1 día antes|
|DESYUNO||2 rebanadas de pan con mermelada + plátano maduro.||1 taza de leche desnatada + 1 vaso colmado de muesli + 1 taza de yogurt líquido.|
|ALMUERZO||Bocadillo de pavo con una cucharada sopera de hummus.||Bocadillo grande de bar + barrita energética.|
|COMIDA||70g de pasta integral con una lata de atún (si quieres salsa de tomate) + 1 vaso de zumo y de postre una galleta.||70 g de pasta (en preparación que quieras) con 2 filetes de pavo o pollo +1 vaso de zumo.|
|MERIENDA||1 barrita de cereales + 1 zumo de frutas||1 sandwitch mixto + 1 zumo|
|CENA||Crema de verduras + 1 filete de merluza + 2 rebanadas de pan + 1 flan||Pure de patatas + 2 filetes de pescado + 2 biscotes de pan + 1 zumo de frutas|
|RE-CENA||1 yogurt con una cucharada de mermelada||1 yogurt con una cucharada de mermelada|
Feeding on the day of the competition
The concern should begin at dinner the day before the game. You should have dinner at least 2 hours before going to bed and the food should be easy to digest: cooked pasta or rice, vegetable salad, lean fish or French omelette, fruit or yoghurt or bread, and also don’t forget to drink, mainly water.
On the day of the match, you should take into account a number of recommendations:
- The last meal before the match should be finished at least three hours before, to allow the stomach to digest and avoid gastrointestinal discomfort.
- The menu should consist of foods rich in carbohydrates, without much protein and with little fat.
- Do not eat large amounts
- Avoid sauces, spices and spices.
- It is not advisable to drink a lot of liquid during the meal, because it makes digestion difficult.
- Eat slowly and chew food well.
The meal hours before the competition
A carbohydrate-rich meal taken in the hours leading up to the competition may complete the body’s glycogen reserves.
What should the pre-match meal be like?
- Abundant in simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, cereals, fruit, etc.
- Slightly loaded with protein, digestible and with little fat, such as turkey, fresh cheese, skimmed yoghurt, etc.
- Avoid fatty foods, as they slow down digestion.
- Avoid spicy foods with high fiber content.
- Drink about 2-3 glasses of water or isotonic drink to stay hydrated.
Depending on the time of the match we must take into account some considerations.
- If the match is in the morning:
- Dinner will be more important. It will have an extra contribution of carbohydrates (pasta, rice, bread).
- Breakfast will become the most important meal. It should be light, low in fat and based on carbohydrates.
- If the game is in the afternoon:
- The main meal before a football match must be between 2 – 4 hours before the start. It should be based on carbohydrates and to avoid stomach discomfort, foods low in fibre and fat are preferable.
- Good pasta with tomato sauce, a sandwich with a light stuffing such as turkey, or a rice dish may be good choices as the main meal.
- Until the hour before the match, if you want to have a snack are good options a few pieces of fruit, a yogurt, a cereal energy bar, before training, toasted bread with jam. These foods rich in carbohydrates will help us to fill up the “fuel” tanks.
During the match
One of the most researched issues in football, has been the hydration and nutritional intake intra match.
As the minutes of the match go by the muscular glycogen decreases causing fatigue and with this the decrease in the effectiveness of execution of technical and tactical movements. The consumption of carbohydrate drinks in the rest of the game, ensures the hydration of the body and the maintenance of glucose levels in the blood.
Other effective measures to reduce fatigue in the second half is to take around 40g of carbohydrates at rest. But where we can get them:
- 1 gel for athletes
- 1 ripe banana
- 3-4 earrings or dates
- 1 toast with quince jelly
- 500ml isotonic
Normally the majority of footballers do not drink enough during a game, if we pay attention to the losses that can occur. Depending on the weather conditions and the intensity of the match, the losses due to sweating in football players can range from 1 to 4 liters. Therefore the main objective from the nutritional point of view will be to keep the player hydrated.
A loss of only 2% of the initial body weight (e.g. losing 1.4 kg in a 70 kg athlete) due to insufficient recovery from sweating losses can impair the continuous or intermittent running and reduce the performance of football related skills.
A simple way to predict the level of hydration is to control the colour of the urine, the higher the colour, the greater the level of dehydration.
The doubt that arises is to use water or sports drinks. If we do not have a budget, water is better than nothing and can be sufficient for training and competition in cold environments or when the intensity of the match is low or moderate. However, there are several reasons why sports drinks are superior to water as a rehydration drink during exercise. These drinks contain sodium chloride (table salt) and carbohydrates such as sucrose and glucose. When salts and carbohydrates are added to the water, gastric emptying improves, thus improving its transport from the intestine to the blood compared to drinking only water.
Carbohydrates, of course, provide extra energy, especially in the last moments of the game. Also, some players lose a lot of salt by sweating) and this salt has to be recovered if you want to stay hydrated.
When we talk about sports drinks we are not referring to those commonly called ”isotonic” whose sodium intake is less than necessary and excessive in sugars.
Some of our advice are:
- Hydrate yourself correctly, drink little by little between 400ml-500ml of sports drink or water.
- Don’t try new foods or supplements that you haven’t tried before the competition. Inform yourself about the refreshments that will be in the race to know if they are the ones you usually use.
After training or match
During the match our body sweats and burns fat and carbohydrates to produce enough energy to carry out the activity. This causes us to lose too many nutrients and unbalance our body’s levels. If the match has been intense is likely to have lost weight, depending on having lost fluid and is replenished as you drink and feed. It is necessary to eat foods rich in carbohydrates and proteins with a low fat intake throughout the two hours immediately after exercise. In this period the body is more receptive and will assimilate nutrients better. This will produce a muscle reconstruction that will last up to 48 hours.
To help our muscles relax and recover as soon as possible it is important to eat foods rich in potassium such as bananas, dried fruit or vegetables, or you can also turn to the help of multivitamin complexes that will help us quite a bit when it comes to recovering.
Some of the most frequent questions we face are:
1. . What should I eat the week before the match?
Most athletes try to follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates before a test. That’s why they spend all day eating pasta, rice, whole-wheat biscuits, potatoes, energy drinks, etc. But do not fall into the extremes, the balanced diet does not consist of taking only carbohydrates, you also need to take lipids or fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and so on. That is to say, it is necessary to follow a varied diet to be healthy and that you do not lack anything, choosing the foods of better quality for your organism.
What you should eat every day are fruits, vegetables and salads, and intercalating each day at lunch and dinner a second plate of: rice, wholemeal pasta, grilled fish, eggs, legumes, meat (poultry and lean cuts) grilled. For dessert nothing better than a semi-skimmed dairy. And don’t forget to drink 4 or 5 nuts, almonds or hazelnuts every day. If you’re worried about gaining weight, just choose the lightest, nutrient-rich foods within each, for example, choose lean meats rich in protein (chicken) instead of fatty meats, or olive oil rich in healthy fats instead of butter, or whole-wheat pasta rich in complex carbohydrates instead of normal pasta. .
2. Is it important to eat on Friday and Saturday before the match?
Yes, it is time to refill your muscle glycogen tanks, i.e. to charge the batteries for day D. To achieve this, you must eat at least 5 light meals a day, with foods richer in carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, potatoes, combined with vegetables. Remember to drink carbohydrate-rich fruit (bananas, grapes, melons, apples, etc.) and choose lightly digested protein foods such as grilled chicken breast, boiled fish or a French omelette. The rule is that you do not fill up at every meal, it is preferable to eat a little but often, so that the digestions are light.
3. What is the best dinner for the day before?
The traditional dinner of a runner is pasta, always combined with very light sauces (forget the cream and bacon) the best is to take pasta with vegetables, or bolognese with tomato and minced meat and without abusing, or with cockles or clams and minced garlic. Try to continue with the rule of balance, eating just enough to satisfy yourself and without feeling heavy.
4. . What do I have for breakfast on match day?
It is very important the breakfast of the day of the match, remember to respect the rule of the three hours of digestion, reason why you must have breakfast at least two hours or three before practising a sport. That means getting up early on a Sunday, as the race is at 10:00, you should have breakfast at 7 or 7:30 at the latest, and it’s not worth having a coffee at 9:00 and running off to the concentration. What you should never do is have something different for breakfast than every day, so start eating this breakfast at least 15 days or a month before the race, to get your intestine used to the morning digestion.
The ideal breakfast should combine carbohydrates with protein, and the usual thing is to take an orange juice, a yogurt with cereals type muesli, natural fruit and some dry fruits. You can have tea with honey or coffee and it is advisable to start drinking one or two glasses of water.
5. Is it good to drink coffee to perform better
Caffeine is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is a stimulant that in moderate doses helps to obtain more energy for movement, although it is not clear whether it acts alone on the nervous system or also intervenes in energy metabolism. On the other hand, it is a diuretic that can accelerate dehydration and worsen sports performance. The best advice is not to abuse caffeine, if you are used to breakfast a coffee, you can drink it, provided you can go to the bathroom before the race.
6. . Should I eat something just before competing?
You shouldn’t run on an empty stomach, but you shouldn’t run on a full stomach. Some footballers have gotten used to taking an energy bar, raisins or a banana just before training, and they’re doing well, but it’s really not necessary if your diet the days before this event have passed normally.
7. How should I hydrate?
It depends on your effort level, the temperature of the day, humidity, your hydration level before the race, etc. The rule is to drink before you are thirsty, and nothing better than to start the days before to hydrate to make sure you are not going to suffer dehydration, have breakfast with a glass of water, and continue drinking water until half an hour before the race (remember to go to the bathroom before going out) If the day is hot, do not forget to drink water every 20 minutes during the race, to replace the loss of fluids by sweating. And when you finish, you know: drink more water.
8. What eat if I’m on a weight-loss diet?
If your goal is to lose weight, moving is your best weapon in front of the scale, although it’s hard to tell in an hour. The calorie expenditure depends on the exercise chosen, the time and intensity at which you move in general, and your weight, age, height, sex, percentage of muscle mass, in particular. The good news is that football is optimal for amplifying this weight loss. If you control your entire diet and increase the intensity, you will burn more calories per minute.
Miquel Pérez Martí. Dietitian-Nutritionist. CV849.
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The International Football Academy is nourished by the high competitiveness that exists in football in the Valencia Community (Spain) so that its young promises adapt even more quickly to the demands demanded by this sport in Europe. We invite you to learn about the functioning and structure of professional, semi-professional and amateur men’s football in Spain and the Valencia Community.
How was football born in the Valencia Community?
In order to know where and when football was born in the Valencia Community it is necessary to go back 118 years in time, more specifically, to 29 May 1900, the day on which a British boat arrived at the coast of the town of Santa Pola (Alicante). This ship, inhabited by astronomers whose objective was to observe and analyse how the moon covered the sun during the next eclipse, had something special thanks to its crew, as its sailors did not stop having fun since their arrival on the Valencia coast with a sport they called “football”. In fact, it is considered that day as the birth of football in the Valencia Community because nothing else to get off the ship began to play on the same beach of Santa Pola.
In 1909 football is already a reality and since this year its growth and importance has never ceased to grow, thanks in large part to the creation of the Valencia Football Federation of the Valencia Community, which was born hand in hand with the holding of the first tournament between Valencia teams during the Regional Exhibition of Valencia. Four years later the first club was created, Burjassot, and from here many follow in its steps: Valencia, Villarreal, Hercules, Castellón, Eldense, Torrent, Onda, Saguntino, Acero or, among many others, Alzira. In addition, not only the clubs grow in number but also in followers and fans, something that allows the construction of mythical stadiums like Mestalla, El Collao, El Clariano or El Fornals.
The 40’s come and with these the emergence of entities such as Villajoyosa and Orihuela, two clubs in Alicante today very much to keep in mind. However, those who forged the legend of great Valencia clubs at this time were the Castellón and Alcoyano, two teams that rose to no less than First Division, making famous throughout the national territory ‘La Moral del Alcoyano’ and ‘Pim Pam Orellut’. Twenty years later is another set who gets its first promotion to the gold category of Spanish football: Levante, a club like Valencia and Villarreal has managed to make a definitive place in the elite of national and international football. Along with the success of Levante also comes that of other entities such as Ontinyent, which gets its first promotion to Second Division, or Carcaixent, Buñol or Requena, which became a name in the always complicated Third Division.
Third Division in which after the World Cup in Spain ’82 also received several clubs such as Benicarló, Algemesí or Oliva, while in turn said goodbye to Alzira, Gandia and Olympic Xàtiva, who managed to promote to Second Division B. This competition was enjoyed in the 90’s by many Valencia teams, highlighting the modest Lliria, Torrent or Burriana, who at that time wrote the most important pages of their history.
In the 21st century allowed the Valencia fan to see the return of the Valencia Football Team, which was captained by legendary players such as Albelda or Farinós. In addition, one of the great surprises of the early years of that era was the Novelda and its spectacular King’s Cup held, which eliminated Valencia CF and FC Barcelona. In 2009 was celebrated the centenary of the Football Federation of the Valencia Community and now we have no choice but to continue enjoying 118 years later that game that those British sailors called football.
How is football structured in Spain?
Once you know the origins and trajectory of the beautiful game in Valencia territory you will ask yourself what is all this about the Third Division and even the Second Division B. And it is that in Spain there are many categories at the time of competing, something that makes that to ascend of competition a club has to make a brilliant season. What is more, in order to understand the functioning of the competitions of the Valencia Community it is necessary to solve the present ones at national level, those that are managed directly by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol.
The First Division is without doubt the most recognized when it comes to Spain. Known as LaLiga is the main male category at club level and is composed of 20 teams, of which three are relegated to the Second Division. It should be noted that the top four have access to the UEFA Champions League while the fifth and sixth classified will fight to win the Europa League. It does not point out in greater depth that teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid, Valencia or Seville are always the top contenders to lift the league trophy at the end of the season.
The Second Division doesn’t have much of a mystery either. Managed also by the Professional Football League, this is the second most important category, as the three best teams manage to move up to the First Division. This season there are names of clubs such as Deportivo de la Coruña, Málaga, Zaragoza or Las Palmas. Composed of 22 teams, it is the last four classifieds who descend to what is possibly the most vibrant category in Spain: The Second Division B.
Feared by all the clubs due to its difficulty to ascend and equality of level between the competitors, the Second Division B is a semiprofessional category that either opens the doors to you to the success or it closes them to you of blow. The bronze category of national football is divided into four groups, which are distributed territorially, being Group I for the Autonomous Communities of Galicia, Madrid, part of Castilla-León and the Canary Islands, Group II formed by Asturias, Basque Country, Cantabria, Navarra, La Rioja and part of Castilla-León; Group III for Catalonia, Valencia, Aragon, part of the Balearic Islands and part of Castilla-La Mancha; and Group IV formed by Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia Region, Extremadura, Andalusia, Melilla and part of the Balearic Islands.
In total, the Second Division B is made up of 80 teams (20 for each group) and includes the subsidiary teams of the major Spanish clubs: Barcelona B, Real Madrid B, Valencia B, Celta B, Sevilla Atlético, etc. In addition, other legendary Spanish football teams are also fighting to regain their fame: Racing de Santander, Pontevedra, Real Unión, Logroñés, Hércules, Castellón, Real Murcia or Recreativo de Huelva. However, promotion to the Second Division is not at all easy, as it is not enough to be first, second, third or fourth in each group. And is that at the end of the regular season starts the long-awaited by all fans of football promotion (play-off). This consists of two rounds of double play with direct elimination, although it should be noted that the top of each group have various privileges, the most important is that they face each other in a double playoff whose two winners ascend directly while the two losers will again have the opportunity to compete with the six teams still surviving in the promotion. Of those six, only two will eventually purchase a Second Division ticket. With regard to the functioning of relegation, it should be noted that the last four classifieds in each group go down directly while the sixteenth classified will be played to maintain the category with a direct two-legged elimination: the two losing teams are relegated to the Third Division.
Third Division is the last non-professional category belonging to the Spanish football league and the one that separates regional and national sport. However, due to the large number of teams participating in this, it is the Territorial Football Federations who manage leaving for the Royal Spanish Football Federation the promotion of promotion to Second Division B.
Divided into no less than 18 groups, the Third Division is one of the most followed categories by fans in the Valencia territory. Enrolled in Group VI, there are 20 teams from the Valencia Community that fight for the dream of promotion. However, to get a place in the bronze category of national football must first go through a promotion, implementing the following system of ‘play-off’:
- FIRST ELIMINATORY: The 18 teams that have finished the season in the first place of the classification play among themselves the direct promotion through a double elimination match. Moreover to these ‘finals’ are the remaining 54 teams also classified for promotion (being second, third and fourth of their respective Third Division groups). These are paired with each other (the seconds see the faces with the quarters while the third face each other) and the winners of two games pass to the next knockout.
- SECOND ELIMINATORY: The teams participating in this round are the first nine classifieds that lost in the first round and the 18 winning teams between second, third and fourth classified: in total 36. In the draw are those who have been first in the table the most benefited thanks to their privileged position and are paired with the teams that finished the course in fourth place (if there are not enough quarters in this round would be third). The same happens with the seconds classified, because as far as they can be faced to quarters, third or finally seconds. In this way, there are 18 clubs that pass to the final round.
- THIRD ELIMINATORY: The 18 teams surviving in the promotion of promotion are paired with each other (maintaining if possible the privilege mentioned above of the first classified) in another double playoff whose winning teams (in total 9 teams) will be those who will also promote to Second Division B.
In terms of relegation, the number of teams relegated from each Third Division group varies annually between three and four.
How is football structured in the Valencia Community?
Where do those four Valencia teams that have lost the Third Division category descend to? A Regional Preference. This is the great regional competition and to which all the clubs aspire if what they want is to begin to grow as an entity. 72 teams divided into four groups (distributed by territorial proximity being Group I for Castellón and part of Valencia, Group II and III for Valencia and part of Alicante, and Group IV for Alicante), in which the objective is none other than to be among the top three in the classification. And it is that these three positions give access to the promotion of promotion, being the qualifying rounds distributed in such a way:
- FIRST ELIMINATORY: The four teams that have concluded the campaign in the first place of their respective groups are disputing the advancement of round of play-offs against the third classified to return match (being the return home of the first classified) with the only exception in the draw that can not see the faces against teams in the same group. For their part, the four seconds are played between them to overcome the knockout, leaving a total of six teams aspiring to promotion.
- SECOND ELIMINATORY: It is the final round and in this round the six teams compete for a direct round trip ticket to the Third Division. The champions of each group that have reached this round will have as far as possible the privilege of being paired in the draw with groups classified in the second or third positions of their respective groups.
As for relegation, the last, penultimate and second-bottom of each of the four Regional Preference Groups is automatically relegated to Primera Regional.
Primera Regional is made up of eight groups of 16 teams each, with a total of 128 clubs fighting for a place next season in Regional Preference. However, in this category the level is very even and earning the privilege of promotion costs, and a lot. However, the champion of each group automatically gets to climb to Preferente while the second classified have to face each other in a direct elimination (by draw) round trip, so that finally each season are 12 teams that ascend. On the other hand, the bitter side of this competition are the clubs that descend to Second Regional and these are the last three classified from each of the eight existing Groups.
In this way we reach Second Regional, the last category managed by the Football Federation of the Valencian Community and therefore that for which we must start when creating a new club, as is the case of CF Dragon Force Valencia. In this season 2018/2019 there are 228 teams distributed by geographical proximity in 15 groups. In order to be promoted to Primera Regional in a direct way, it is necessary to conquer the League title in that Group while all the second classified teams face each other in a classic round trip elimination. In this way, 23 teams are promoted, leaving one more ticket to Primera Regional: the team that achieves this ticket leaves the round of the two best third classified between the 15 groups. No team descends because there is no category bellow Second Regional.
The advances of society, and the rights we have as a human being in this same, have undoubtedly brought us a better quality of life and a more satisfactory perception of the daily situations that occur in our day to day. But is it always useful to have a comfortable and pleasant experience? Where would lead a life of comfort and without situations that generate stress?
Nowadays we meet very frequently with children at early ages with high levels of frustration, dissatisfaction, even showing aggressive behavior in search of reaffirmation or achievement of their own goals. So there is an interest in knowing where these misplaced or
exaggerated behaviors are born.
Imagine for a moment that their caregivers during their first years of life have literally prevented them from walking on their own feet with the intention of preventing them from falling and trying to hurt themselves. But suddenly, when they are older, there is an urgent need to run away from danger and they do not have that support they have always enjoyed. What would be your reaction? Could they be able to cope with the demands of the situation? Or would they feel helpless and frightened when perceived without the necessary tools to solve the problem? Maybe the answers are all reduced to that they would not be able to do it and the feelings would be negative and frustrating.
IS IT GOOD TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM DIFFICULTIES?
From the discipline of psychology, it is interesting to address the concept of overprotection, which is a parenting style adopted by parents whose main characteristic is to try to remove any difficulties or discomfort that may be found by their son or daughter in the different situations of daily life. But, with the intention of avoiding this suffering, it indirectly generates an inability on the part of the children to manage the stress that will inevitably appear at some point in their life. If we remove any stressful agent from children, we eliminate those situations of learning and trial and error and, therefore, the possibility that they draw their own conclusions and develop conflict resolution tools.
This is why, if we follow this overprotective parenting style, it is possible that when moments arise in which the child must respond to the demands that their stage of development requires, they do not know how to cope, and sensations such as those of helplessness, frustration and fear.
Sometimes it is very easy to let the protective side of parents emerge, since it is the law of life to have that instinct that makes us look for the safety of our descendants. But it is important to make an act of reflection on how much and how far I should intercede for them, and when it will be more beneficial for the child to let him solve his own conflicts.
THE OVERPROTECTION IN SPORTS
All this concept of overprotection has been widely developed from the educational and school discipline, but now, as a sports psychologist, I would like to apply it more in detail to the field of sport. The sports field is a terrain with very special characteristics that make the rules of the game and behavior are very different with respect to other planes of daily life. The sport is, in essence, competition, overcome rivals and be better than them, which can seem very hostile and rivalry. But on the other hand it also supposes personal development and self-improvement, at the same time to test your own limits, and know how to carry out these victory behaviors without despising and respecting your opponents in practice. A mixture of values that are difficult to differentiate by themselves if we prevent them from making their own decisions and acting independently.
CULTURE OF EFFORT
Without looking away from sports, I would also like to refer to the “culture of effort”. To advance and improve, especially in sports, it is essential to strive and work in a disciplined manner. Sometimes, without realizing it, demanding certain benefits for our children with
the intention of protecting them, or offering them what we think they deserve, we are transferring a message that goes against the effort, and entails a spirit of “having something by decree “, without having worked for it. Therefore, what we are really doing is a disservice by not teaching them that sometimes certain achievements are only achieved with effort and sacrifice.
Regarding the world of football, before becoming a professional, it is necessary to go through a training stage, that is, the rules on which this period is held are those of learning, not those of pure competition. What does this mean? Well simply that it would be a mistake
to compare the roles of children to the roles played by football professionals. That is, perhaps the child is at a time of development that does not need to have the same demands, minutes or prominence, which may require a first or second division player.
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FROM WHOM?
In this case, the concept of overprotection is added to another of great relevance, which is that of expectations and demands. Sometimes it is easy to confuse stages in the development of the athlete, and demand roles and professional performances of a child who is in the learning phase. Applying completely disproportionate expectations of achievement, or demanding performance or leading roles, can have a number of repercussions on the player, such as the perception of disability, feeling of failure, or feelings of rejection of the sport. He can also generate rivalries with his teammates by thinking that they are more deserving than the others and focusing his mentality on negative aspects of his stage of development (aspect that will make even more negative the subjective experience he has of that phase).
THE BEST FORMULA FOR YOUR DEVELOPMENT
In conclusion, it goes without saying that there is no code book of correct behaviors to educate our children, but it is true that we must take into account the factors mentioned above when responding to them, demanding certain merits, or finding guilty in the moment of development in which they are. It is essential to generate in them the culture of effort and promote the autonomy of behavior, so that in the future they will be more independent, since they will not always have our support.
In these times, we live in the culture of comfort, comfort and immediacy, explosive recipe if what we want is a successful future and to enjoy its own merits. Nowadays, both in sport and in the world of work, there is more and more competition and it is not exactly the most successful ones that are easier to have, but rather those that best know how to cope with adverse and new situations.
Letting children do it, knowing when to step aside and let them take the step forward is the key to optimal development. Of course, we should not stop being your help if you need it, but never your constant solvers since that will not be the long-term help in any case.
Javier Rivera Triguero
According to FIFA, football was already practiced more than 2300 years ago in the city of Lin Zi as a military sport that served to train the troops and check the physical condition of the soldiers. What does CUJU mean? CU which means “to kick” and JU “a type of leather ball”. At first the ball was a medicine ball filled with hair that bounced little. Then they used bladders of animals that could swell more when they swelled. There was also the first goal, “the elegant eye”, which consisted of a small network attached to the end of two bamboo canes with a separation. This kind of goal shared by the two teams, was installed in the middle of the field.
Even some emperors counted on professional teams that competed against those of prisoners and constructed soccer fields around the capital Chang’an (the present Xi’an). In the royal court they were essential in the birthday celebration.
There were two forms of CUJU; Fun, it was more to demonstrate technique and dexterity. It served to entertain and played even female players usually accompanied with music. Cuju of competition, where they installed several goals on both sides of the field with goalkeepers and tried to score the maximum goals to win. Rules and arbitrations were already imposed although it was allowed to push and hit.
SITUATION OF CHINESE FOOTBALL TODAY
In all its history China has only participated in a World Cup. Korea and Japan 2002. In addition did not go beyond the group stage losing zero to four against Brazil zero to two against Costa Rica and zero to three against Turkey. He has not qualified for the World Cup in Russia, being FIFTH in his qualifying group, surpassed by South Korea, Syria, Iran and Uzbekistan.
Therefore, the Chinese government is determined to reverse the situation, an ambitious action plan in the medium term. In 2015, the regime of Xi Jinping, the new general secretary of China, developed and published the Program for the Reform and Development of Chinese football, a memorandum of 74 paragraphs that draws the master lines of the future of the sport in China. Asian giant
We want to develop the country as a great sport nation, making clear the strategic, social and political importance of generating a strong football industry.
The plan, announced by Chinadaily, is to raise public investment and encourage private to find that 50 million Chinese play football regularly in 2025. A comprehensive breakthrough to all scenarios that lies in the optimization of facilities, training coaches , the popularization of sport in schools and the advance from the base,
To achieve this chimera, the Government of the country of more than 1,000 million inhabitants turned football “into a matter of State.”
In such a way that “the gradual development in the following years will lead them to become a competitive nation at an international level”. All with the vision set to order a World Cup for 2030 or 2034.
These hegemonic but measured desires of the president contrast with the alienation suffered by private investors. The Government’s projects have made the leaders of the main clubs sick, who have spared no expense to achieve what has never been achieved by a country so behind in its football advancement as it is in China: attract top players in full peak of their careers. Billionaires transfers and exaggerated salaries that made the very Premier League tremble.
In the previous year, Super League China has started world-class players like Tevez, Oscar, Hulk and Lavezzi from Europe and South America. The dizzying promotions have also allowed them to recruit coaches such as Pellegrini, Villas Boas or Poyet. For this, the costs in signings since 2010 had to multiply 1,000% in relation to the previous decade.
But not everything comes out as it is exposed.
The Chinese government’s venture admits that “the previous reforms were functional to some extent, but the insufficient appreciation of the sport, the ignorance about the rules and the longing for triumph in the short period led to negative results.”
The giant sums spent were publicly disapproved by local authorities. The Federation protests that the latest investments will not return to the coffers of the clubs. Of the 650 million euros spilled in the last two years, up to 550 million euros will not be recovered. And to that we must add that the tickets to watch the matches of the most popular clubs of the Super League China (CLS) are sold at a subjectively low price (the most expensive season ticket is 410 euros).
The investors justify their costs in the colossal development of TV rights, which were sold in the month of October for 1,150 million euros to the company China Sports Media. With the new contract, the Super League cedes the management of its audiovisual content over the next five years, multiplied by 30 the capital by this criterion and approaches the Premier League, which enters 1,400 million.
That is why Chinese Communism wants a different plan at this moment, which builds the triumph from below with a network of academies, like the gigantic one in Guangzhou, distributed throughout the country: “There are currently some 5,000 main and secondary academies prepared in football . In 2020 this figure will reach 20,000, and in 2025 50,000. ” From there, the obsessive search for the “new Ronaldo” will provide its fruits at some point in a country inhabited by 1,400 thousand individuals.
But they want to train it, not buy it: beyond that it comes from waste where the Chinese league has dived in recent seasons, attracting stars
of falling roof with stratospheric millonades, the Chinese government wants to curb that strategy. He already yanked the clubs. First verbal, and then legislative. In the month of May, the Executive approved a 100% tax for the signing of foreign soccer players, with the purpose of fighting against “price inflation” and battling against the obsessive pursuit of short-term objectives.
But even with the previous moderation the strong investments and those that will come, the last one to be tempted was Ronaldo and there is already talk that even the special referees of Europe could emigrate, they have the double purpose of attracting the interest of passionate novices Chinese and to carry out competitive league. However, these expenditures, foolish enough, develop a harmful economic bubble that as we said previously did not fit into the president’s plan. That is why the CFA (Chinese Football Association) has currently limited to three the number of foreign players who have the possibility of taking part in a match, when before it was 4. “This will stabilize the expense, although it is expected to continue being high the following years “.
But acquiring stars is only the plan of the considerable corporations and does not respond to a previous plan. The real step forward that will change the dynamics of Chinese football must see with the formation of local talent. And the quantities that are handled are grandiloquent. Jinping’s dream is that in 2025 there are up to 50,000 soccer academies throughout the territory, compared to the 5,000 that were two years ago. In addition, the number of football fields will grow to well over 70,000, from the less than 11,000 recent. The solidification of the quarry as a basis for the future triumph of the national team. Everything to be a world superpower in half a century.
WHAT STRATEGIES ARE FOLLOWING IN CHINESE FOOTBALL?
Getting an entire nation educated in football needs experts who can teach the modern patterns of European football. There is a clear lack of understanding of the game. Both players and technicians need to reinforce knowledge until the present not settled. The tactics were worked well but without understanding very well or the one that the player interpreted as well as solving the situations. To achieve this, the commitment to academies was essential. In 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande developed the longest soccer school in the world, where 3,000 young people receive a specific soccer education. In addition to physical and repetitive work with the arrival of foreign coaches, emphasis is placed on decision-making, creativity, collective work, competitiveness
His deep training formula, combined with a solid education, seeks to showcase the path for the advancement of adolescent players and to take the Chinese national team from the pit, at this precise moment in the antipodes of the triumph. The greater the number of academies, the more potential star players. This is the precise equation if the centers are well managed.
Like the parents of young players from other parts of the world, hoping that their children will become stars, parents pay up to $ 8,000 a year to send children thousands of miles away, where foreign coaches model football education of the greatest Chinese talents with different methodologies. Students train 90 minutes a day and play weekends. The most outstanding get scholarships and, they end up being part of the Chinese team in lower categories.
Recruitment activities of young players are carried out every year in all Chinese cities. These gather in the different academies installed by the different clubs. The chosen ones will have the objective to imitate Zhang Aokai, the first player that has left the project of the Evergrande Football School. It is the future, being the youngest debutant, who at sixteen years old plays in the CSL. Zhang OK will be 31 years old in 2030, when China wants to celebrate its World Cup and compete with guarantees to try to win it. He is the first hope of a football that wants to stop dreaming to become a reality as soon as possible. Many of these academies combine training in China with outings and stages in European countries, including some of their players in other international football academies like Soccer Inter-Action in Valencia.
It is not surprising that the financial potential that China exhibited to present its ambitious plan to become one of the powers of football discomforted the traditional bastions of the ball in the world: Europe and South America.
THE SUPER PLATFORMS OF PLAYERS FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
The clubs of the Chinese Super League shook the rules of the transfer market and became its main protagonist, for the spectacular signings.
The Chinese market has gone from being the destination of players in retirement age, or players who could never reach the elite to attract young stars who were in the best moment of their careers.
For example, Oscar left Chelsea and joined a long list of dedicated players who, tempted by the adventure and a lot of money, abandoned European football to be the pillars of the new project in China.
However, the ambitious plan with which China wants to become a football superpower in 2050, is being limited due to government intervention to limit the uncontrolled spending that clubs were doing.
The cases of the Argentine Carlos Tevez, the Brazilians Hulk and Alex Teixeira, the Belgian Axel Witsel and the Colombian Jackson Martinez encouraged a championship that for the Italian coach, Antonio Conte, became a danger for all.
With The effect of the new rules has been restrained and this is being perceived in this beginning of 2018, to weeks of the closing of the transfer market in China, which unlike Europe, concludes in February.
The imposition of a tax of 100% of the value for foreign players, which the Chinese Football Association proposes to develop the youth categories, has had a strong impact on the clubs.
Hence, the announced transfer of Diego Costa to Tianjin Quanjian has not materialized when the agreed price of about US $ 90 million doubled.
ARE THEY OUT OF GAME?
That impossibility of being competitive annoyed the clubs, which have been forced to look for legal loopholes in order to continue attracting footballers.
That has raised doubts about the viability of the project presented two years ago by Chinese President Xi Jinping, when he outlined a plan to win the World Cup in 2050.
The project includes the opening of some twenty thousand football academies and thousands of other fields for two thousand and twenty, with 50 million children and adults playing.
Goal that is not easy at all considering that China failed again in its attempt to qualify for the World Cup in Russia this year.
But with the power that the clubs have, with their ambitious owners and links with the State, it is possible that the current low profile is part of the plan to obtain the long-term benefit.
In principle because it is no longer about signing any player at any price, but taking into account the financial outlay that they are obliged to make, clubs should consider where this investment makes sense.
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To this is added the norm that forces the teams to have the same number of players under the age of 23 in the field as that of foreign players, a quota that was reduced from four to three.
CONTROLLING THE SITUATION
Regardless of the new regulations, the clubs of the Chinese Super League have faith in continuing to be an interesting destination.
The average attendance in the stadiums in 2017 was slightly below the 24,000 spectators, which places it among the top ten in the world.
The existence of these fans could not be offered for granted, because when the riots of match-fixing and cases of corruption arose, the stands were emptied, the Chinese football expert Wang Zijiang of the Xinhua news agency told the BBC. .
They want the authorities to continue cleaning the game to ensure that what they are observing in the field is not fixed.
Throughout its history, the Chinese Super League has been involved in several scandals related to sports betting and alleged match-fixing.
For ex-player Fabrice Kanoute, who played for Beijing Guoan in 2012-2013, scoring 12 goals, Chinese football is on the right track.
The Chinese players are not at the level of the primordial leagues of Europe, perhaps they are the similar of a third division, but there are exceptions that have the possibility of serenely being in the top category.
HOW IS THE CHINA SUPER LEAGUE ORGANIZED?
The Super League of the Chinese Football Association, commonly known as the Chinese Super League (中超 联赛) and currently called the Super League of the Chinese Football Association Ping An for reasons of sponsorship, is the highest professional football competition in the People’s Republic of China, organized by the Chinese Football Association, attached to the Asian Confederation.
It was created after the refoundation of the Jia-A League in 2004. Since 2007 it has a system of promotion and descent to the China League One. As in most countries with low temperatures in winter, the season begins in March and ends in November.
Disputed by 12 teams in its inaugural year, the league has been expanding to now have 16 clubs. The championship has been won by six teams: Shenzhen Jianlibao, Dalian Shide, Shandong Luneng, Changchun Yatai, Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande.
Therefore, the Chinese Super League presents an identical format to that of most football championships, with a regular league competition that runs from March to November, thus avoiding winter. 16 teams currently participate, which face each other in two rounds, roundtrip. The team with the most points at the end of the season is proclaimed league champion, while the last two descend to the second level of Chinese football, the China League One. There is also a cup championship, the Chinese Cup of Soccer.
The league is governed by the FIFA regulations, with three points for victory, one in case of a tie and none in defeat. To promote Chinese football, the national Federation limits the number of foreign players to four per team, being able to align three of them, with an extra place for those coming from a country assigned to the Asian Confederation. In international competitions, the top three finishers in the league represent China in the AFC Champions League.
BACKGROUND OF THE CHINA SUPER LEAGUE
China did not have a professional soccer league until the NINTH. In 1994 the first season of Jia A was held, a league that allowed participation in the highest category of clubs belonging to companies, and forced all its members to adopt professionalism.
Previously, only clubs related to local federations, or those linked to the army or the police, could participate in the national championships. The first champion was Dalian Wanda.
The championship maintained a good progression until one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven, when the Chinese national team could not qualify for the 98 World Cup,
attendance at the stadiums fell flatly, interest did not recover until the national team qualified for the World Cup. 2002. To give greater stability to Chinese football, the National Federation changed the championship again, and in 2004 changed its name to Chinese Super League. The new tournament obliged its participants to meet a series of economic requirements, as well as encourage the quarry and limit the hiring of foreigners.
Teams of the Super League of China 2017
|Guoan||Pekín||de los Trabajadores||72.000|
|Changchun Yatai||Changchun||Development Area||28.669|
|Chongqing Lifan||Chongqing||Chongqing Olympic Sports Center||58. 660|
|Hangzhou Greentown FC||Hangzhou||Yellow Dragon Sports Center||52.672|
|Henan Jianye FC||Zhengzhou||Zhengzhou Hanghai||29.000|
|Hebei China Fortune||Qinhuangdao||Olímpico de Qinhuangdao||33.500|
|Jiangsu Suning||Nankín||Centro Deportivo Olímpico de Nankín||65.769|
|Shandong Luneng||Jinan||Shandong Sports Center||58.000|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||Shijiazhuang||Yutong International Sports Center||38.000|
|Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||Shanghai||Hongkou Football||33.060|
|Tianjin Teda||Tianjin||Olímpico de Tianjin||54.696|
|Shanghai SIPG||Shanghai||de Shanghái||56.842|
|Yanbian Funde||Yanji||de Yanbian||30.000|
One of the unsportsmanlike actions that the youngest see most during a game on television is the simulation of a foul or aggression. It is a very common practice that we can see in many matches and that has become an art, the “art of deception”. Unfortunately it has become part of the game and is somewhat unacceptable as it undermines the spirit of competition and sportsmanship.
GO AGAINST FAIRPLAY IN SPAIN
The “theater” is the order of the day in Spanish football. The problem is that there are no concise sanctions that calm the players in their desire to simulate faults or aggressions. At the most, they are shown a yellow card if the referee discovers the pillory. The same sanction can suffer a base soccer player when, unfortunately they imitate this type of attitudes of the professional soccer players.
So far this type of simulations has gone practically unpunished in Spain despite the fact that the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) includes in its Disciplinary Code sanctions applicable to the cheat:
Article 122. Conducts contrary to good sporting order.
A suspension of up to four matches or a fine of up to 602 euros will be incurred for those whose behavior is contrary to good sports order when it is classified as mild.
Article 124. Simulation.
The player who maliciously induces the referee to error or confusion, simulating having been the object of a foul or through any other means or attitude, will be sanctioned with a warning and a fine of up to 602 euros
GO AGAINST THE FAIRPLAY IN EUROPE
The two articles are highly related since a simulation goes against good sporting order. However in our football does not apply art.122 for when a player tries to deceive the arbitral collective.
On the contrary, in Europe, this type of infractions is punished more severely. FIFA and UEFA have acted as judges in recent years to punish these actions. The latter punishes through its code the disciplinary regulations of UEFA the suspension by a match in case of unsportsmanlike conduct (Art 15 a-5), also the art. 15 f punishes unsportsmanlike conduct when it says verbatim “suspension for four competitive matches for acting with the obvious intention of causing a match official to make an incorrect decision or to support his error of judgment and, therefore, cause him to make a decision incorrect ”
An example of UEFA’s performance against this type of hoax was when it acted ex officio against Dida, the goalkeeper of A.C Milan.
In 2007, in a match of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, Celtic faced off against AC Milan in Glasgow, in the 92nd minute the Scottish team scored 2-1 and in the middle of the celebration an amateur jumped into the field and touched the face the Brazilian goalkeeper. He took two steps towards the fan and suddenly collapsed as if he had been attacked. The goalkeeper, before the general astonishment, left the field on a stretcher. Later and before the images that betrayed him, he confessed that it was a maneuver to try to sanction the Scottish club and achieve victory in the offices.
UEFA, organizer of the tournament, imposed two games of sanction under art. 15-f and art 11.1 of the C.D.U (Disciplinary Code of the Uefa)
The Milanese club was able to appeal the sanction up to three days after hearing the ruling before the UEFA appeal committee (regulated in title II, chapter I of the U.D.R), which partially upheld the appeal sanctioning him only with a game of suspension.
For its part, the Celtic was fined € 35,760 for the invasion of his field by an amateur under art.16 of the C.D.U.
FIFA also acted ex officio on very few occasions. One of them was the match between Brazil and Turkey during the World Cup in Korea and Japan 2002 that ended with a Brazilian victory by 2 to 1. The most memorable moment was the added time of the match when the Turkish player Hakan Unsal returned the ball to Rivaldo, the blow struck slightly in his side but the Brazilian player, with the intention of deceiving the referee, covered his face with his hands, pretending that the ball had hit him in the face. The referee expelled the Turkish player in the general astonishment.
The images were more than evident and before the barrage of criticism FIFA decided to act fine with 11,500 Swiss francs to Rivaldo.
This sanction was very criticized since the fine was imposed under art. 48 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, says that “any unsportsmanlike conduct shall be punished against the opposing players with a minimum of one game of suspension”. 48.2 C.D.F establishes that the fine will be imposed additionally.
As we can see, FIFA did not comply with its own regulations, it was a good time to show that they were really going to act against the attempt of deception arbitration but it is to be assumed that being a World Cup and in the case of Brazil, they did not dare to give the He passed.
The most flagrant thing was that the Brazilian player himself did not regret his “theater”, in fact, he said he would do it again in order to take advantage and try to expel a rival player.
Therefore, football institutions need to improve in fighting deception in the field and apply harsh penalties so that we see less and less these tricks in a game.
Rule 12 of the FIFA Laws of the Game contemplates this infraction without going further. Even so they continue looking for the trap so it is clear that it is not enough to stop this kind of unsportsmanlike actions.
We will finish by naming two cases in which the player makes an unsportsmanlike action trying to deceive the referee but immediately recognize his mistake.
- Robbie Fowler in a league match during the 1996/97 season against Arsenal, fell in the area before the goalkeeper and the judge scored a penalty. The striker tried to convince the referee that he was wrong because he had dropped, but despite his request was forced to execute the auction.
- Miroslav Klose, Lazio’s German striker, in an Italian league match against Napoli, scored a goal with a hand on the outside of a corner. The player acknowledged to the referee that his action had indeed been illegal. Therefore, the goal was canceled and 0-0 continued on the scoreboard.
Far from the mythical phrase ‘football is smart’ and that encompasses all kinds of mischief, these examples show the most absolute cleanliness and companionship raised to its highest expression. Examples that should be a model to be followed by all young people who play this sport because although the most important thing in a competitive sport is winning, not everything goes to achieve victory because in addition to cheating, you can damage a rival teammate. the possible (unfair) sanction that may suffer.