Week in Review

Tweets in Review

ToneDown

This week “Tweets in Review” highlights tweets (aka knowledge bombs) from Kevin Carr on “keeping the window open”, Movement as Medicine on why to “tone down” instead of “cool down”, a book from yours truly on soccer scholarships & Colaiste Ide in Dublin, Adam Bornstein on the importance of sleep and weight loss and another piece of advice from Tim Grover.

1. Kevin Carr  – “Keeping the Window Open”.

2. Movement As Medicine

3. Earn & Keep a Soccer Scholarship to the USA

4. Adam Bornstein – Sleep & Weight Loss

5. Wise Words from Tim Grover

Books, Coaching

Earn & Keep a Soccer Scholarship to the USA

After hearing about the decision to stop running the Association Football course at Colaiste Ide I decided the work done by Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley needed to be highlighted. Jim wrote an excellent prologue that sets the book up nicely. I also include ways to prepare yourself physically for the challenge ahead and also how to approach college in the US. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editons. Continue reading

Miscellanous

What’s your Favorite Retro Football Jersey?

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What are some of the best retro football jerseys you remember? I recently came across an old jersey I wore playing U-16 football in Ireland (pictured below). That got me thinking back to some of my favorite football jerseys that were around back in the eighties, nineties and early 2000’s. My personal favorites include Liverpool’s home and away jerseys from 1988-1990, Shelbourne’s old home jersey and the Euro “88 Holland jersey are some standouts. Another standout in my opinion was the Arsenal jersey from 1992. Some other notables are pictured below. Continue reading

Week in Review

The Week in Review

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A few things worth mentioning this week include Elsbeth Vaino on the Half Kneeling Position, football supporters in Germany, Lance Armstrong and a quote for all coaches and players from Chris Doyle. Continue reading

Football

Favorite Football Boots of all time?

Adidas Predator Family

By Jonathan Carroll

What’s your favorite football boot? Let’s face it, everyone who has played football, or soccer if you’re American, has a favorite make of brand of boot they like to wear. Continue reading

Football

Leadership, Discipline, & Community – The Night Hawk Way

I came across a great article from Jason Hendrix titled “Leadership, Discipline and Community – The Night Hawk Way”. The article details the rise of the Thomas University men’s soccer program on the eve of their opening game of the National Championship against St. Andrews University. The game is at 12.30pm EST and a live stream can be found here.

Conditioning, Football, Self Improvement

How Colaiste Ide Set Me Up For Life

 
 
 
Colaiste Ide is today known as one of the best resources for American college coaches looking to recruit players to play in the college setting. Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley have to turn people away due to the courses popularity in Ireland. The groundwork was put in by Jim, originally running the course on his own back in the early days of the program. After doing my Leaving Certificate back in  1999 I had no clue what I wanted to do. My points on the leaving had me half way to being a doctor. So close!  After seeing a special on Irish television highlighting the purpose of the course my mind was made up. Continue reading
Coaching, Conditioning, Liverpool FC

Liverpool: 1st Half v 2nd Half

Rodgers rejects fitness issue

By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool’s second half performances have come under much scrutiny lately. Even though the reds sit in second spot in the Premier League on goal difference behind Arsenal, the second forty-five minutes of each game have been anything but impressive. Brendan Rodgers’ men have played nine games so far this season.  Seven in the league and two in the Carling Cup. With the manager recently rejecting that a lack of fitness has caused the second half slump, a deeper look is needed. As a follow-up to my previous article. “Is Fitness an Issue for Liverpool FC?” I will attempt to breakdown the season so far. Seven games have been played in the league and two in the Carling Cup. The results so far this season are as follows: Continue reading

Self Improvement

Ferguson’s Formula

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By Jonathan Carroll

Alex Ferguson recently addressed a Harvard business class here in Boston. The former Manchester United manager was loved by United supporters as he found a way to win with each team he managed. Club allegiance aside there are great aspects one can transfer from his philosophy into your own life in order to be successful. Here is a breakdown of some of the questions Ferguson answered while in the company of Harvard Business Professor Anita Elberse. A full transcript of the interview is linked at the bottom of this article.

 

Lesson 1. Start with the Foundation

“When you give young people a chance, you not only create a longer life span for the team, you also create loyalty. They will always remember that you were the manager who gave them their first opportunity.”

Lesson 2. Dare to Rebuild Your Team

“The hardest thing is to let go of a player who has been a great guy — but all the evidence is on the field. If you see the change, the deterioration, you have to ask yourself what things are going to be like two years ahead.”

Lesson 3. Set High Standards — and Hold Everyone To Them

“I constantly told my squad that working hard all your life is a talent. But I expected even more from the star players. I expected them to work even harder.”

Lesson 4. Never, Ever Cede Control

“There are occasions when you have to ask yourself whether certain players are affecting the dressing-room atmosphere, the performance of the team, and your control of the players and the staff. If they are, you have to cut the cord.”

Lesson 5. Match the Message to the Moment

“For a player — for any human being — there is nothing better than hearing ‘Well done.’ Those are the two best words ever invented.”

Lesson 6. Prepare to Win

“I am a gambler—a risk taker—and you can see that in how we played in the late stages of matches. … If we were still down—say, 1–2—with 15 minutes to go, I was ready to take more risks. I was perfectly happy to lose 1–3 if it meant we’d given ourselves a good chance to draw or to win. So in those last 15 minutes, we’d go for it.”

Lesson 7. Rely on the Power of Observation

“I came to see observation as a critical part of my management skills. The ability to see things is key — or, more specifically, the ability to see things you don’t expect to see.”

Lesson 8. Never Stop Adapting

“Most people with my kind of track record don’t look to change. But I always felt I couldn’t afford not to change.”

 

A full transcript of the interview can be found here.

 

Conditioning, Explosive Power, Miscellanous

Sanders Signs with Waterford United

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Chip Sanders, pictured above, recently signed for Airtricity League Division One team Waterford United in Ireland. After coaching him in high school and during his college pre-season I know how hard Chip has worked to get to where he is. Keep up the good work Chip and keep progressing. If you haven’t see the 6ft 5in keeper in action before, here’s a highlight tape from his college career with Davidson.

Conditioning

Poll: Long Distance Running & Soccer

Picture courtesy of liverpoolfc.com