Soccer is the Beautiful Game.
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    “Shooting” – By Judes Augustin – Semi Pro Player.

    Although soccer is a team sport, the beauty of the game is truly displayed through the magic plays of great individualists like Maradona, Pele, Ronaldinho, Zidane… Such players become great either thru hard work and/or being just gifted as they can do anything with and without the ball, which brings us to today’s themes of dribbling, passing and shooting. These players usually exhibit all three qualities.Shooting is more of a defender or a scorer’s skill. Great scorers need to be good strikers as well. How many times have we seen David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Pele or Platini curling free kicks over defenders into the net? Roberto Rivelino or Roberto Carlos were instead powerful and accurate strikers. On a free kick, they can shoot the ball thru a wall of defenders exactly at the space emptied by a teammate on the wall. It takes time and lots of practice to accomplish such feast. All the great scorers, in the history of the game, have scored goals more with their feet than with headers, which demonstrates the importance of knowing how to shoot. Like the saying:” If you don’t shoot, you don’t score”. The legendaries Gerd Muller, Just Fontaine were very good strikers. Either in the penalty box or outside of it, they would, most of the time, strike that ball as soon as they dribble past the defender and see the keeper trying to close the angle. If you don’t practice it enough, 9 times out of 10 you will miss. Defenders do not need to be accurate in their kick, because, usually, they are not trying to score. They are just looking to get the ball out of their half and have powerful kicks.

    Like any other sports, some players are gifted, some work hard to get to the next level, others will just be role players. However, whichever category you think you are in, if you can understand the game and your role on the field, you can always help any team by playing your part and working hard..

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