Category Archives: goalkeeper

“Ye Olde Bricke Wall”: still a Goalkeeper’s best training tool?

“The point of training is to increase the speed at which one can be precise” – Cesar Menotti, Coach of the Argentina National Team that won the 1978 World Cup. After the spring season, I invariable get questions from parents … Continue reading

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Why the US produces better goalkeepers than field players: A Theory.

It was very exciting to watch the US Men’s National Team overachieve during this summer’s World Cup. But as Klinsmann’s men showed the world that the American spirit of determination, courage and relentless effort can lead to a place in … Continue reading

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World Cup Penalty Kick Analysis

WC 2014 Penalty Kicks and the Data Analysis Arms Race. During the World Cup, my Twitter feed confirmed what everybody already knew: Goalkeepers are different. When all the “normal” people were dreading the prospect of extra-time and a shoot-out, most … Continue reading

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In Defense of Iker Casillas

OK, I’m a little late to the party but I spent the last five days on the road and haven’t been able to really take a look at the Spain-Holland game until just now. I am surprised by the large … Continue reading

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World Cup Goalkeepers Stats you never asked for.

World Cup Goalkeepers Basic Stat breakdown. One of the not-so-great byproducts of the World Cup is that many people feel the need to create spreadsheets containing some of the most obscure statistics, the vast majority of which fall somewhere between … Continue reading

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Lancashire Legacy

“I like to win, but above all, I want to teach universal values. Giving everything while competing with dignity is victory” – Pep Guardiola As coaches, we learn from those we work with over the years and from our experiences … Continue reading

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Penalty Kicks: Is guessing a sucker’s bet?

“I think of them [penalty kicks] as no-lose situations for a goalkeeper. All the pressure is on the field player, who is supposed to score”. – Brad Friedel (Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Tottenham and US MNT GK) So much has been … Continue reading

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