Friday, 30.10.2020

Taking over Real Betis: Week 3

After the heady days of the first season under Quique Setién which culminated in a 6th placed finish, Real Betis endured a more difficult second season finishing in 10th place. Despite a number of high-profile arrivals, most notably Nabil Fekir from Lyon, Betis’ fortunes have not improved under the new coach “Rubi”. From analysing the current team to preparing for the La Liga restart, this series details how MK, JD and AB would approach taking over the Andalusian side in their current form. 

Taking over Real Betis: Week 2

After the heady days of the first season under Quique Setién which culminated in a 6th placed finish, Real Betis endured a more difficult second season finishing in 10th place. Despite a number of high-profile arrivals, most notably Nabil Fekir from Lyon, Betis’ fortunes have not improved under the new coach “Rubi”. From analysing the current team to preparing for the La Liga restart, this series details how MK and JD would approach taking over the Andalusian side in their current form. 

Taking over Real Betis: Week 1

After the heady days of the first season under Quique Setién which culminated in a 6th placed finish, Real Betis endured a more difficult second season finishing in 10th place. Despite a number of high-profile arrivals, most notably Nabil Fekir from Lyon, Betis’ fortunes have not improved under the new coach “Rubi”. From analysing the current team to preparing for the La Liga restart, this series details how MK, DG and JD would approach taking over the Andalusian side in their current form. 

Strategies to Maximize Performance and Recovery in Football

Football is a highly competitive and demanding sport that is typically played over a year-long season. Regardless of the competitive level (e.g. youth vs. professional), teams are scheduled to play up to 3 matches per week. This sometimes includes congested fixtures, doubleheader weekends and competitive tournaments where 3 matches may be played over a 4-day period. Over the long season, the coaching and support staff must consider many factors such as player availability (i.e. the number of players available to train/play), risk of injury associated with congested fixtures and multi-game tournaments, player status (e.g. recovery and freshness), and opponents. Furthermore, the demands of travel, sleep, and nutritional considerations are additional areas of consideration when competing throughout the year.

How (not) to constrain your principles.

The game of football is a game with a specified purpose, laws and means. Two teams are facing off against each other with the objective of scoring a goal utilizing the ball. These rules are the same all around the globe. Similarly, the principles following these laws of the game will be the same – as will be the purpose of training. Football is a game that is trained and therefore coached, with most coaches focusing on doing so within their specific interpretation of these principles, for attacking, defending and the transition in both directions between these two.