The Price of Being The Best For Barcelona

All the success that the team has experienced in the last three seasons, where ten titles have been won, has supposed a strong financial effort from the club’s arcs, as they have spent E 277.5 millions just in transfers.

Football is a team sport, and as a team sport everyone involved in it needs to work as hard to make things happen. If the players, along with their coach and assistants, as well as the administrative staff don’t move at the same pace, it is very unlikely to see success happen. This formula is one that in Barcelona they don’t just fully understand, but practice as well. In the last three seasons they have been living their golden years, but not much is said about what lies behind that success: a multimillionaire investment that easily surpasses the E 300-million fee in concept of transfers and incentives.

Since Coach Joseph Guardiola began his cycle in the summer of 2008 ten titles have been won, representing an investment of E 277.5 millions to the club, just in matter of transfers. If we split that amount into ten we will get the sum of money that Barcelona had to invest to win each title is of: E 27.8 millions, which for the fans have been worth every single cent.

If to that investment we add the money invested in terms of incentives, for this season aloneE 45 millions more came out from the arcs of the club: E 20 millions for wining La Liga and E 25 millions approximately for the UEFA Champions League.

With a debt that rises to E 483 millions, the economic situation is not the best for Barcelona, becoming the antithesis of their present on the pitch, where they are writing the golden pages of their history with three la Liga championships in a row and two UEFA Champions League titles as their most prestigious feats.

Aware of this issue before even taking charge of the club the last summer, now President Sandro Rossell and his men began to work in a plan to heal the economy of the club, a plan that has been able to reduce E 49 millions from a debt that prior to their mandate was of E 532 millions.

To do so the club has decided to adopt new policy in terms of the budget assigned to each sport, for besides football Barcelona also participates professionally in basketball, handball, hockey, indoor soccer, and the other eight amateur sections. Since the recent contract renewals of the football team represented an increase of E 28 millions in the bills of the club, it was decided to reduce the budget assigned to every sport, but football, in order to afford the investment.

In the only aspect that the football team is going to be limited is in the budget for transfers, for which the club has reserved only E 45 millions, five less than last summer. Of course that these amount could be increased if the team trades some of their players, for their income would be then be reinvested to sign reinforcements.

Admired by millions for its classy and flashy game that has become a role model in the 21st century, Barcelona is now focused in becoming a financial role model, and seems to be in the right track.

Soccer Tragedy in Egypt When The Beautiful Sport Turns Ugly

A soccer match in Port Said, Egypt, between Al-Masry and the nations strongest squad, Al-Ahly, ended up in tragedy when hundred of fans stampede into the field at the end of the 3-1 upset from Al-Masry. The detail of the tragedy are still a bit unclear, but the official report says that at least 76 people have died because of the fights, riots and stampede that happened at the end of the game. It is hard to understand why and how the violence grew so fast. It’s not that the fans rushed into the field, what has taken many people by surprise is how fast the violence escalated and soon enough, Al Masry fans were armed with sticks, rocks, even stadium chairs, hitting the fans. The fight broke out after fans of Al-Masry, the home team in the northeastern city of Port Said, stormed the field. For a moment there it seemed that all they were doing was celebrating a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly, Egypt’s top team.

But sure enough, as opposite fans tried to escape through the tunnels of the lower part of the stadium, many fans died from suffocation and injuries produced by the stampede. It looks as if the emergency exits just could keep up with the huge mass of fans trying to desperately escape. Many others fans were plain victims of violent attacks in the outskirts of the stadium. The police officials and the additional private security personal in the stadium not only were outnumbered but didn’t even really tried to stop the madness. State TV showed footage in which the Al-Ahly players were seen running for their locker room, trying to find some protection. In the meantime fistfights broke out among the hundreds of fans swarming the field. You can find some videos of this incident in the Wall Street Journal YouTube Channel. Some men had to rescue a manager from the losing team as he was being beaten, and carried him to safety. This tragedy was the deadliest incident of soccer violence since Oct. 16, 1996, when at least 78 people died and 180 others were injured in a stampede at a stadium in Guatemala City before a World Cup qualifying match between Guatemala and Costa Rica. Still, it seems that once the official report comes out, the number of fatal victims could increase. Sayed Hamdi, an Al-Ahly player, told reporters that the players had to seek refuge in the locker rooms.

“It was an atmosphere of terrorism,” Hamdi said. What results to be most shocking was the utter incompetence from the police forces to actually control the fans in the initial outburst. By the time there was some sort of reaction and policeman tried to help some of the players, hundreds of other fans were already rioting in the middle of the field, having impromptu fist fights among rivals. Although further details are still to be delivered, Hesham Sheiha, a health ministry official, said in a press release that the fatal victims suffered deep cuts to the head and suffocation from the stampede. The Soccer Tournament has now been suspended indefinitely and an official investigation has been requested by the government.

Soccer Conditioning : Uncover Recovery Tips

You’ve probably heard it a hundred times that it is a good idea to alter the intensity in soccer conditioning on days following a competition. It results in a better quality shot in a match and likewise in the trainings. Coaches tend to falter in their approach when a competition is around the corner.

When a tournament is approaching, it is best to employ a “less is more” approach to training. Bring down the number and the length of drills but keep the level of intensity high. It suggests an apt amount of incentive to continue with the performance. Coaches act just contrary to it.

They increase the volume as well as the intensity and this leads to problems of over training and stress. As a result, when the day of the match approaches, the players are not a one-hundred percent.

It applies to post match soccer fitness as well. The players tend to feel tired, stiff, and experience pain after the match, depending upon the duration of the match. So it’s essential to carry out a workout session, the very next day, aimed at helping players recuperate. This has the effect of letting the player’s muscles rest and bounce back to their usual self.

Again ensure that these sessions are not extensive. In general, 15-30 minutes is more than perfect when it comes to the length of these workouts. The goal must be to counter the stress that occurred during the match or competition.

The most common recovery after a match is the cool down session. This sort of soccer conditioning is helpful in slowing down the body and controlling the flow of blood normal through the muscles. In addition to static stretching, add some light activities too such as shuffling, skipping, and carioca.

Once you leave the field and get home, taking a cool or hot shower (whatever relaxes you) does wonders to this recovery process.

To lessen the training stress, plan specific recovery sessions that must be undertaken during, between, and after the soccer exercises. If the sessions are long and without adequate gaps for recovery sessions, it will definitely lead to reduced performances and unnecessary fatigue.

As the training session progresses, the intensity of the activities should come down. This will help the body get conditioned for the next session.

Follow the days of heavy soccer workouts with light exercises on another day. Include a complete day off in between when the players can rest. The training sessions must always end with cool down and stretching exercises. In this, you can include light movement drills, self-massage, as well as body stretches. This will deal with the soreness in the muscles due to breakdown of muscle tissues.

So there you have it! Add these post match/workout soccer conditioning tips to your sessions and you will be amazed by the results of your workouts. Our youth soccer coaching community offers tons of soccer resources in the form of articles, newsletters, videos etc. Make a good use of them by registering today.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 8 Is Not Only For Soccer

The journey of the Nike Mercurial boot began in the year of 1998 during the World Cup in France. Sported by the most destructive striking force of that generation, Luis Nazaro da Lima, known to most as Ronaldo, the boot design was sparked to life with a typically mesmeric performance.

Since then this series of soccer shoes has undergone many incarnations with design features improving with each edition making the boots lighter, faster and more responsive. Now Nike have unveiled the Mercurial Vapor 8. It is the first boot in most of people’s opinion sice the original that has managed to recapture the magic of the original edition.

‘The suede textured Teijin Microfiber upper fulfilling a similar promise to the sticky leather worn by Ronaldo almost a decade agao.’

Redesigned to create a snug upper while locking down the foot, and preventing unwanted movement, Nike’s new Anatomic Last takes the fit of the soccer shoes to a new level of support and stability. This effect is enhanced by a more minimalist and softer heel counter, maximizing both comfort and fit.

Crafted using all of Nike’s expertise, the new Mercurial Vapor 8 is a forward thinking, modern boot for the player who is ready to explode into action. Though this boot is known to all is used on soccer field, other player with another different kind of sport is keen on this as well.

It is a badly truth that there are not many professional rugby players that still wear the Nike Mercurial Vapor Soccer Shoes. However, the South Africa fly half Morne Steyn has stuck with the boots of Mercurial Vapor viii.

The new Mango Vapors are available in both Soft Ground and Firm Ground but Steyn opted for the boots designed for the harder surface. The Firm Ground boot is built on a lightweight, contoured, full length glass fiber chassis sole unit with duel TPU injected blades which are designed to deliver unrivaled acceleration. There are twin heel studs on either boot for optimal penetration and stability. This is ideal for Steyn when kicking from hand and off the tee.

What’s more, the suitable materials used in this boot makes it is a good choice for Steyn. The upper is made from a soft, extra-thin teijin synthetic leather which adjusts to the natural foot shape of the wearer so the wearer experiences unrivalled comfort. Previously the likes of Chris Ashton and Hosea Gear have worn the Nike speed boots although both have now switched to Nike Total 90s and Adidas adiZero RS7 II’s respectively.