ROM – Ultra-modern football. Four, five, six come zero. Thus also develops the basic technique, the exercises through which the basics are taught. And the ancient art of dribbling is changing: today it can decompose, like a tiramisu in postmodern restaurants. Who knows what Barone Causio and MaraZico Conti might think – just to stay at our roots – that the ability to leap man was innate to us from the fields of childhood. Not today, everything has changed. Along with goodbye to the value of the goal, the entry into the field of technology, the study of values through algorithms, here is also the elaboration of Skills, shots that make the spectators jump on their feet and instead leave the opponents in place .. Brilliant to Neymar or Messi to return to current events. Shots that technical coach Simone Riccardi has taught for years and enjoyed success at various football schools in Northern Europe. Holland and Belgium above all.
GROWTH. In addition to the many figures who today support the coach, there is thus also a master in dribbling, in technique in general, in ball control. Possible? Yes, in addition to the nutrition expert and the campaign analyst, there is the technical school, which no longer consists – or not only – in returning the ball on the fly (inside or neck, at least that’s what it was once called …) in the hands of those who give it to you a hundred and a hundred times more. But the ball has slipped under the sole and is quickly restarted with the other foot; or it revolves around the cones with leg twists that increasingly resemble a ballet, almost like a ritual dance; or again, the ball is suddenly lifted with a sharp tip, then suddenly to get it landed again in a different direction than the lift. Neymar and his school, in fact. To get to the top, probably in Mbappé, and maybe his 150 million for a signature of 23. And all this some football schools, even from very large continental clubs, are teaching their students from a very young age. Six, seven years. So the control of the ball and the consequent ability to almost slip on it becomes the daily bread.
METHOD. Always a hundred and a hundred times more. “You do not have to look at it, you have to feel it” Riccardi loves to repeat for his many young students with reference to the ball. Kids have fun and grow up with the awareness of the ball at their feet. To be held with the head high. Critics argue that certain strokes or abilities – Skills in fact – do not make the player, and that in the game they earn up to a certain point. True, but the “feeling” of the ball makes all the difference in the world. Ability, therefore, that you have innate and that you can also train over the years. If in childhood even better, because children are fungi, in the movements as much as in the head. Another blow for past football lovers, the stadium and not the matches to buy on Amazon? Probably yes: but it does not help to think too much about it now, for time is flying and the path of change is already in its full maturity. So much so that after a long phase of decline in appeal – also due to the last three terrible years of the world between pandemic and war – the interest curve for the most popular sport in the world is already rising, and a school like the one conceived and set up by Riccardi is also followed with interest by several Italian teams.
THEORIES. And so, while Chiellini hopes the school of goal scorer will return to make the opponent “physically feel” “like Cannavaro did”, in the attacking roles the shots that can escape the physical contact, anticipate it and .. dribble it. With the plant causing the balloon to suddenly change direction; or with a heel that exposes the pressure from a half. Brazilians, for example, make such blows on the ground barefoot just like children. Well: now there is also the opportunity to teach them day after day in the football schools of those who have understood that football goes at a different speed. To be clear: recent eras have changed at a twenty-year speed with the speed of Maradona, the phenomenon of Ronaldo and Mbappé. Now we are at the new step. Could it help the Italian school achieve the growth rates, such as Belgium and Portugal have had in the last decade? It hopes the Italian teams that contacted Simone Riccardi and his collaborators. So now the technical staff, including those in front of the monitor and those on the field, consist of at least a dozen people. We might as well start making the ball “feel” and study its possible rotations through the movements of legs and feet. So if you are “brought” in a natural way even better. But as Ibra says “you do not even know where you can get through everyday practice”. For modern football.