Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Single Player Issue

The following article was written by Antonio Saviano and featured in the Scuola Calcio Magazine.

I have been giving some thought about the “single player” issue on a soccer team, which leads me to wonder how many coaches find themselves in the same situation, having one good player on the team?.

I often notice, while I conduct a coaching symposium and when speaking with coaches, that I hear about how most teams have only one good player, or the teams have only one player who tries very hard compared to the other players, or the team has only one player with a good attitude.

One time, just out of curiosity I took this problem and asked a question of the parents. “Are there any ‘special’ players on this team”? The following information was interesting to me and I am sure it will be interesting to all of you also. I could speak with five or six different parents from the same team and in each case there is always one "special" player. And not very surprisingly to me, that “special” player is always the son or daughter of the parent.

While I believe it is a parent’s right to think that their child is special, the fact is that coaches sometimes never stop hearing about how good their child is. This is not all, it can also go on to the next step which now is to hear that there are some players do not play the way they should, but are the coach’s favorites. So I tell my self: “It is just not enough to speak well about their own children but also speak ill of other players”.

Parents have to come to the realization that the team can not be successful unless two golden rules are mandatory on the team:

1. Parents support each other
2. Players support each other

On a related note, players have to participate on a team in which the two rules above are part of the team’s spirit. To be a top soccer player, a player must make all of the other players around him or her feel supported and always give positive feedbacks. And what is true for the players goes for the parents as well as for the coach.

Players can use different ways to help their teammates become better soccer players, and coaches can develop players through a variety of training methods. But one of the first things that must be done by the coach is to educate parents on how important it is to encourage youth players and give them positive feedbacks.

While I agree that it is important to allow parents to approach the coach and ask questions concerning issues such as playing time, I am not so much into an agreement when the conversation turns direction and concerns the quality of different players on the team. Then it becomes unacceptable for me.

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Italian Soccer School by Scuola Calcio, Italian Premier Soccer School

Scuola Calcio, Italian Premier Soccer School has become the leader in offering the best Italian soccer programs. Scuola Calcio offers players the opportunity to partecipate in two special Summer Programs located in Italy and USA.

Soccer Programs in Italy:
Scuola Calcio technical staff brings many years of coaching experience to the North America. Their experience will show players why this Italian Soccer-Language Program is one of the best in and around North America. The Italian Soccer Coaches will test players using their their youth development program system, the same system that youth players use in Italy to help them launch their professional career.

The Italian soccer coaching sessions will be taught in Italian Coaching style starting with technical drills, skill exercises, and finishing with game situations and small sided games. All Italian coaches have UEFA (Europe Soccer Governing Body) coaching licenses from "A" to "C" and also licenses from the FGCI (Italian Soccer Federation).

Scuola Calcio Programs in USA (North America)
Scuola Calcio, Italian Premier Soccer School is pleased to announce and present the 2008 Italian Soccer School program on Jekyll Island, GA.

Academy Directors feel very confident that 2008 will be even better than our very successful 2007 & 2006 programs.

"We have built our itinerary on player and parent recommendations to continually improve our program and offer you a true 100% Italian soccer and cultural learning experience" said Antonio Saviano. He went on to say "All our coaches and teaches arrive direct from Italy to deliver the best Italian soccer/cultural day by day learning program in America."

The instructors and teaches are always in attendance throughout this 16 day Italian summer program, here in the USA.

Player will stay and train at the soccer complex on beautiful Jekyll Island at one of the famous barrier Island’s along the Georgia coastline.

Scuola Calcio promotes many other soccer programs. The Italian All-Year (High School) Boarding Soccer Schools is a world-renowned and enjoyed by students all over the world.

About Scuola Calcio:
Scuola Calcio, Italian Premier Soccer School offers various soccer programs. From the all-year boarding soccer school (high school), University all year program, monthly training in Italy and summer soccer programs. Scuola Calcio has a great relationship with many Italian Professional Youth Soccer clubs. Check out our official web page: or email us at for more information .

Berlusconi on Super League

Silvio Berlusconi has launched the first salvos on the road to a possible breakaway league in Italian and European football.

The 71-year-old was appearing on the Italian "Radio Radio" programme to outline his new proposals to keep Italian football at the forefront of the sporting world.

The Italy Prime Minister-elect said: "The top clubs from the big cities have to have their own championship because when you invest so much in a team it cannot be thought to go and play against a provincial side in a stadium that holds only around 20,000 fans and is half-empty anyway."

He added: "When two great teams play then the stadiums are packed and there is an incredible television audience. Then of course, only with top teams can we become main players in Europe again."

Berlusconi, who will stand down as AC Milan president after becoming Prime Minister for a third time, also proposed a separate league for teams with fewer spectators and went on to say that Italian clubs should take the English stadiums as a model and to build commercial centres around them.

Looking to the future he believes that people would be "in favour" of these proposals and that "licenses could be given" for them.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Balotelli Claims Record

Mario Balotelli is delighted to have started fulfilling his potential after entering the history books with his top-flight debut goal.

The striker became the youngest player to score in Serie A this season with Inter's second goal at Atalanta on Game Day 32 at 17 years, 7 months and 26 days old.

He said: "It's good to have been given a certain responsibilty and I'm happy to be able to do the right thing."

The win for the reigning champions at the Azzurri d'Italia stadium in Bergamo restored the Nerazzurri's four-point lead over AS Roma in the chase for the title.

The Palermo-born youngster is in line for a place again at the weekend should Roberto Mancini decide not to risk Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Game Day 33 fixture at home to Fiorentina.

The Sweden international has been struggling with a knee tendon problem and the Inter coach is determined not to aggravate the 26-year-old's injury ahead of the championship run-in.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kaka Return Boosts AC Milan

Ricardo Kaka is set to return for AC Milan's late push for a Champions League place.

The World Player of the Year has been sidelined with backache since March 19 to add to the long-term knee injury which has plagued the Brazilian's season.

However, the 25-year-old has been back training with his teammates and is ready to stake a claim for a starting place in the Game Day 32 fixture against Cagliari alongside Filippo Inzaghi, who has recovered from a hernia injury.

Following defeat to Atalanta at the weekend, the Milan club now sit sixth in Serie A, still four points adrift of fourth place and qualification to Europe's premier competition.

The Rossoneri must face the revitalised Sardinian outfit without the services of full-back Massimo Oddo, who is to undergo a knee operation, and Alessandro Nesta, serving the first of a two-match suspension.

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