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Oh we Gotta do this for the homies Don't talk to me just show me Do it for the block Like a goalie You know me (Yea) Oh we Gotta do this for
meetings like a goalie here Dem man saved couple shots but they couldn't stop that shot I've got one main tool: my laptop Let me tell you how man got
I got a shot like Kobe You're getting blocked, goalie We taking of like trolleys We taking off homie You got the bag, show me You got the rack, show
I was getting lonely Can you hold me I was just a phony What you told me You said when I fuck you Fuck you slowly Girl you a keeper You my goalie I
Break through! The right side Like a wild beast! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah She's the nicest goalie Yeah, yeah,
Break through! The right side Like a wild beast! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah She's the nicest goalie Yeah, yeah,
infectious I caught it, ayyyye Flex, no flauging I got her mental and logic She's a trophy If she's a trophy Call me Kobe Watch out, woadie Can't be a
the trophy I shoot my shot and it's pass the goalie You never recognize the shit I had to sacrifice So Take a look inside, and analyze, every rhyme Now
Ruffy Rock She hit me and saying she lonely Sorry if you ain't my homie Only respect for the brodies I'm finna kick you tryna block like a
is that right And if he knew he'd try to land that flight But I don't really think your man that bright Bring your fantasy alive I can Ain't no goalie
My Niggas balling like a goalie, Woah lil Bitch Don't ""Yo"" me, (No) We ain't friends you don't know me, (Nah) Shawty all on my Kobe, (Meat) Sounding
Mr. montana... Mr.montana Foldin tha figure i feel like im tony Protecting the pack they call me the hood goalie Flyer than feathers gang fingers
I got the soul of an OG But I'm texting with emojis Every girlfriend group got a goalie And I'm just chilling with the homies And we, lactose intolly
I'm real lonely Talking shots I'm no goalie Ooh really wanna show me Baby girl I'm a star now You not even in my thoughts now I drop the roof make it
ownership You prolly wont notice it Knock goals down like they Owe me shit Its always fuck the police bitch Mask on like the goalie bitch Godflow nigga holy
with a new dude Lyin' on a beach in Cancun Got me thinkin' this way A rainbow of grey Wrapped up in these feelings like a goalie glove Holy fuck,
D'east ] Cloudy Cloudy, Me Telling Toni The first time me go hold it and Me couldn't even roll it Now a it me drown in Me keep it like a goalie It ever
You say that you shootin But you just a goalie We winning, you losin We winning, we winnin My homies rock gold teeth That girl said she want me I'm too
She tryna lay up like b bal, told her I better not free fall Sayin she fine but the girl done been lyin, I'm keeping her straight like a spine I
a better version I got goals to get, you get your goalie kicked You try to check me out, get your goalie sticked I'm hot-headed like Ramsay get
You know the beat smack like a slap shot from the nucks Got my hands up like a goalie catching a puck She wanna get chased like how i be chasing
the finest tenderonies When you tryna get that money they play goalie Ayy bro they tryna block the play so get the 40 Took some time now we on like i told em
gotta goal now like a goalie All my diamands froze now my necklace glowing Like a nigga Bruce lee How I be flowing Feeling like I'm uzi and then I go in
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How to Recover from a Bad Game
It happens to the best of us. You’re nervous. You’re in your head. Your reactions are slow.
You have a bad game or a bad tryout and now you feel like you’ve lost your mojo, lost your opportunity.
Such is the case of a young goalie who recently wrote me for advice.
Hi Coach – I am a Freshman goalie at small D1 school in Missouri. I am only a freshman but the coaches like me much more than the two goalies older than me. I have been playing decently well in practices and have very visibly outworked the two other goalies, which is exactly what they wanted me to do when they recruited me. With that being said, we had our fall ball tournament this weekend and it was my first taste of playing against real competition since my junior year of high school. I tore my ACL last November so I haven’t played since my junior year state championship.
Long story short, I made two saves the entire day, and one of them was shot right at my face. I was nervous, inside my head, thinking too much, not reacting, not stepping to the ball, and I crumbled in the one scenario that I was supposed to show out in and prove myself to the coaches. We played three games and I played the second half in the last game (our hardest opponent) and they had to pull me about 10 minutes into the half.
Now I don’t know what to do…
First of all LC, talk to any lax goalie – heck talk to any serious athlete – and they’ll tell you a story of a game in which they sucked.
Can’t pick up the ball, thinking way too much, not making any saves, can’t save a beach ball.
Happened to me when we played Michigan in Ann Arbor. I got pulled in the 2nd half.
And just like you, I was also in a strange place. Not knowing how to proceed.
But that’s the nature of this position. You put in hours and hours of hard work to ensure consistency but there will come a day when – for whatever reason – you just don’t have it.
It has happened to every goalie and will happen again to every goalie. That’s the truth.
So the question is – how do you bounce back from a bad game? Or how do you recover from a bad tryout?
Bouncing Back Is About Resiliency
In my podcast, I ask many top NCAA and MLL goalies how they remain mentally tough and the answer that comes up over and over is – have a short memory!
It’s almost cliche at this point but the idea is so fundamental to bouncing back it’s no wonder it’s repeated over and over.
Whether you let in an easy goal or have a horrible game, you’ve cannot carry those negative feelings with you to the next play or next game. You’ve got to flush those memories and move on.
Remember it’s not what happened that matters most; it is how you respond to what has happened that will make the biggest impact on future performances.
Your ability to bounce back after getting pulled will show your teammates and your coaches that you’re a mentally tough leader. Someone who doesn’t dwell on a bad outing and lose all the confidence they spent so much time working towards.
Also, remember if you had a bad performance, the attackman in the next game doesn’t know that. If you had a bad tryout, the coaches in the next week’s tryout don’t know that.
Only you know that and only you can control whether or not it affects you.
Have a short memory to bounce back and quickly recover from a bad game.
Use Your Positive Self-Talk To Recover From a Bad Game
Self-talk is the mental track we repeat in our heads. And it really does affect our performance.
After a bad outing, it’s easy to feed the bad wolf and tell ourselves a bunch of negative things about how we suck and how we can’t save anything.
Negative self-talk affects your confidence causing you to second guess your game for fear you will have another bad outing. This negative self-talk leads to lower self-confidence and pretty much guarantees another bad game.
But if positive self-talk is an extremely important skill, it’s twice as important after a bad outing.
To build confidence use your positive self-talk to remind yourself you’re a f***king great goalie as Coach Buck would say.
Fill your head with positive thoughts because if you don’t, nobody else will.
A goalie with a head full of positive thoughts bounces back quickly after a bad game.
Eliminating negative talk from your mind is so powerful, it’s one of the lessons inside my Mental Game Bootcamp.
Keep Your Long-Term Goal in Mind
When I work with goalies for the first time, our first conversation is about their goals.
In my online camp, the first video you watch is an exercise on setting a great long-term goal.
Why the importance of setting a goal?
Because when you keep your long-term goal in mind, you realize that one game doesn’t matter.
Sure it sucks to lose and it sucks to get pulled – I know. But you’re not going to achieve your long-term goal in a single game.
On the other hand, you’re not going to derail your dreams from a single bad outing.
A bad performance is simply a speed bump on your long-term path to success. That’s why setting a long-term goal and keeping it top of mind is so important.
When things get tough, look at that goal and then…
Get Back to Work
When you have a bad game or a bad tryout, you can’t change the past. All you can do is put in the effort starting right now.
So for me whenever I had a bad outing I tried to get back to work as soon as possible.
Hit the gym as quickly as possible. Hit the wall as soon as you can. Heck, grab a teammate and take 50 shots after the game. Hurdles. Speed ladder. Watch film. Jump rope.
Do something, do anything to move on and prepare yourself for the next game or practice.
That’s what I love about sports. Unless your bad performance comes in the final game of your career you’re going to get another shot. And quick!
I mean you’re just a freshman! You’ve got your entire lacrosse goalie career in front of you.
Maybe you felt like you didn’t take advantage of an opportunity but continue to work hard and be ready when another opportunity comes your way. And I’m sure it will!
Learn and Grow
It’s natural for goalies to feel extremely nervous in a big game or an important moment. And sometimes that gets the better of you.
But we learn and we grow.
Interestingly enough you actually learn way more by losing, by failing. Embrace the feeling you’re having right now. Acknowledge it, and contemplate it. But don’t wallow in it.
Why did you have a bad game in goal? Where you prepared physically and mentally? Can you honestly say that you put in the right work leading up to that game? What could you have done differently?
Answer these questions honestly, and vow to yourself to make the necessary changes to quickly recover from this bad outing.
Maybe you’ll realize you just ran into a great opponent. And you’re being too hard on yourself.
Either way the next time you’re in that situation you’re going to feel more confident because you’ve already been there and you’ve already gone through some mistakes that you’ve learned from.
Many goalies lose their confidence after a bad outing. But when we learn from our mistakes and grow as a result we become a better goalie.
When you show the team and your coaches that you have that coveted “short memory” that elite goalies strive for, you earn their respect.
Keep your long-term goal in mind and remember that a single bad outing is not going to derail your progress. It’s just a hurdle in the road.
Finally – get back to work! You said you outworked the other goalies…now is the time to outwork them even more.
Best of luck! Go get ’em my man! Keep me posted.
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The Soft Goal: Every Goalie’s NemesisEmbed from Getty Images
By Evan Tabachnick
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It’s happened again. You look down at your skates in deflation. Your teammates throw their heads up to the sky, slam their sticks in overdramatic frustration, scream expletives—anything they can do to display the utmost disgust at the event that just unfolded. Your goalie has committed the biggest blunder a person in his skates could ever commit: the soft goal. They allowed a puck to get by them. A shot you knew you could stop with your eyes closed.
A bad goal.
I’ve been on both sides of this tragic moment many times already in my double-sided career (6 years as a goalie, 14 years as a forward), and let me tell you, it’s ugly. The reactions are just as cringe worthy, if not more than the observations that spurned them.
Here’s an excerpt from some locker room talk I heard this past season after our goalie came up with a 42-save WINNING effort. It turned my stomach and made me want to scream the contents of this article into the offender’s ignorant ears:
“I’ve been playing this game 25 years and I know a soft goal when I see one. ”
“That wasn’t a soft goal.”
“Yes, it was.”
Yes, there is such a thing as a bad goal. A mental lapse, a poor decision, a lack of effort that’s come to take its toll. It happens to goalies just like it happens to you. You remember that slow-moving, perfectly accurate pass in the slot that just eluded your bumbling one-time swing? How about that puck coming perfectly up the boards, to YOU at the point, that you couldn’t keep in the zone due to over anxiety and is now headed towards your goalie in the form of a breakaway? These mistakes will be forgotten by the team, as long as the goalie turns in a perfect (or near-perfect) performance.
What happens if that same puck that got by the trigger-happy shooter and the nervous point-man ends up dribbling through the goalie’s legs for a “soft” goal? Does the forward get yelled at? Does the D-man get scorned? None of the above. The poor goalie, who, shortly prior, watched his team crumble before his eyes, takes the blame for all events that led to the increase in score for the other team.
I don’t care how long you’ve been around this game. Coaching this game. Playing this game. If you haven’t played goalie, you just… don’t know.
You don’t know that the tipped shot that entered the net at 2 miles an hour actually works like a brand-new shot, heading for a different corner of the net and originating 3 inches in front of your face, giving you 0 seconds to react. On the bench, you probably didn’t even see the tip and you still feel the need to scream at your goalie for a goal that barely reached the back of the net.
You don’t know that the blast that came unscreened and “trickled in” actually hit the goalie, who was in perfect position and had moved his padding to the side on its way in. Goalie pads aren’t made of titanium. They bend and give and the harder the shot, the better the chance that the puck continues on its course to the back of the net.
What about the classics? Another unscreened shot that the shooter partially whiffs on, and it’s headed right at the goalie at a “stoppable” speed. If the change-up was so hittable, why do major-league pitchers still employ the tactic to this day? Truth is, most shots are coming in as hard as the shooters can possibly fire them. The one that comes in at one-tenth the speed is hard as hell to stop, but it sure does make the goalie look foolish when he fails to do so.
Let’s say the goalie IS screened. It’s basically a 50/50 chance the puck will hit him for a save or evade him for a goal. How can you stop what you can’t see? But you can certainly complain about what you can’t see… “She didn’t look screened to me…”
Or, how about those five-hole goals? Some old-school hockey purists claim that ANY shot that goes in through the goalie’s legs is a soft goal. I myself will tell you that any person who spews such bull needs to talk to a few goalies, and get more in touch with the game they love and claim to know so much about. It is no easier to stop a five-hole shot than it is stopping one that’s headed to the glove, blocker, or any other region. The closer the shooter gets, the more impossible the five-hole save becomes. There’s simply no time to do anything to stop it. It’s the product of good aim and impeccable timing, and good five-hole shots are great plays in hockey.
I realize this discussion will come off as more of a rant than an anthem, and I can’t do anything to change that. Goalies have always been, and will always be in the minority. What I can do is try and defend those brave few souls who risk their physical and mental condition to be puck stoppers. I salute you. When you make mistakes, I am the first one to skate up and tell you it will be alright, just keep your head in it and keep us in this game.
YOU are the difference. A goalie’s confidence is the masonry that builds the so-called “brick walls” we all wish for. You say one word to denigrate that goalie, to make him or her feel anything less than perfect, and they’re one step closer to the next soft goal. I bestow that responsibility on all of you forwards, defensemen, coaches, parents, and spectators, from here on out. Can you be perfect?
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Goalie – Statistics – Lacrosse Tips
Lacrosse Tip | Tagged: Goalies
Presented by Mike Petrella, Staff
Why do we keep stats?
It is human nature to be competitive. We want to beat our sister at running to the car. We want to eat more shrimp than our brother at our family Christmas Eve family gathering. We strive to win every game, score highest on tests, and be the best. In sports, statistics are the numbers that coaches, players, parents, and fans follow to see who is the best. The real question comes down to what stats really tell us who is the best.
Some people believe the only statistic that matters is how many championships you win. Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback, most famously for the Minnesota Vikings, won 342 games in the NFL. Fran is in the NFL Hall of Fame, but never won the Super Bowl. Many say he was a failure because he didn’t win a Super Bowl. The number of wins says something different. What do you think?
Save Percentage, Goals Against.
One of the most misleading statistics in sport to me is save percentage. We all know save percentage is the number of saves made divided by the number of shots on goal. Don’t get me started on shots on goal stats. What makes save percentage and its cousin, goals against average, a poor measure is that neither take into account things like difficulty of the save, strength of the opponent, or what was the situation that lead to the goal or save. How many of us have seen a goalie with a 75% save percentage and say, “Wow that goalie must be really good!” The real question is, did the goalie make 3 saves out of 4 weak shots or 30 saves out of 40 mixed shots? One is more impressive that the other.
The statistic I am most interested in is what I call “soft goals.” A “soft goal” is a goal given up by a goalie that in my or the goalie’s opinion should have been saved. One example is a shot is taken at the end of a half from 70 yards away that scores. Every goalie should make that save. Lyndsey Munoz of LMLaxtraining.com dedicated an entire video blog to this concept. I met Lyndsey several years ago via social media. She played at Stanford, has coached at every level of amateur lacrosse, and is respected amongst goalie coaches all over the country. We talk often and our views match on this. After each quarter (for the boys) or half (for the girls) I spend a few minutes going over the soft goals given up. Giving up goals on great shots or defensive breakdowns that leave you in a tough situation to make the save is nothing to be ashamed of. The statistics for goalies don’t tell the whole picture, so don’t let them determine if you are a good goalie. If your “soft goal” statistic is where you and your coach want them, then YOU ARE A GOOD GOALIE. Watch Lyndsey’s video blog if you think I am the only one that thinks this way.
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The Last Stand: Emmalie Drake chronicles her career as a goalie for Springfield College field hockey
By Emmalie Drake
That’s all it takes to change the game. It’s as simple as that. Whether it’s myself or the opposing goalie.
One save is the difference between a win or a loss.
A lot of people are shocked when I tell them I’m a field hockey goalie. They say, “Oh you must be crazy!” or, “Wow! Really?” or even, “You don’t look like a goalie”.
These are only a few examples of comments that have been made throughout the years, but everyone always has something to say.
Not many people like being a goalie due to the intensity and pressure that comes along with the position. Many people can’t fathom wanting to stand in a net and having balls shot at them.
But, this position is so much more than stopping balls from going in.
It’s an adrenaline rush every time you make that save.
The ball releases from the girl’s stick, you track the ball making sure you’re in the best position to make the clear and BOOM SAVE!
The thrill you get from absolutely crushing a save or stopping a goal is unreal.
You contort or throw your body in ways you never thought were possible, just to stop the ball. Some of the saves I’ve made I never thought I could. I can’t do a split but when I play field hockey I can. I toss my body from one side of the net to the other in the matter of a second.
Like who would voluntarily throw their body all over the place?
When you play for something greater than yourself, it’s incredible the things you can do.
Your mentality can make or break you in this position. Not believing in yourself and self doubt can throw you off, hindering you from being in the zone. I always tell myself right before I touch the ball, “Em, you’re going to make this save, you can do it”.
Finding that edge that makes you a successful goalie is something that is so important. This is the drive inside, the grit and motivation to keep going.
These are traits that can’t be teached but can be acquired. No one can force anyone to have edge or teach someone how, but someone can gain knowledge and advice to develop their own edge.
Each athlete has their edge that makes them the player they are.
I pride myself in having an edge that comes along with a highly intrinsically motivated mindset. I am driven and always want to improve. This is not only seen through sports in my life but also in my daily routine.
This might be why they call me the brick wall.
I started hearing this nickname after some other student athletes saw one of our games this season. I was surprised at first when they called me that but I thought to myself, “Ya know, I am a brick wall”.
Saving shots with my head or making a nasty diving stick save, it’s all in a day’s work. It’s just the nature of the position. You have to be willing to do anything to make the save. You have to constantly have the mentality of, this save could be THE ONE that changes the whole game.
Once I’m in the zone, there’s nothing that can stop me.
It all began in Spring of 2009. It was modified field hockey tryouts. I was a scared, pudgy seventh grader who didn’t want to get cut from the field hockey team. I had only been playing with a stick for just over a week when I had to prove myself to my high school coach that I was good enough to make the team.
I wanted it so bad.
I wanted to follow in my grandmother’s and mother’s footsteps and play field hockey. I needed to prove to myself that I could do this.
But, my stick skills were horrible, like absolutely atrocious. I don’t think many of my teammates have even seen me use a stick the proper way until this day. It usually ends up me just kicking the ball around with my feet.
I had played soccer for seven years so I was used to using my feet. Being a field hockey goalkeeper, you have to be ambidextrous being able to use either foot to make a save. Being adaptable is one of the most important characteristics for a goalkeeper to have.
On the third day of tryouts my coach asked who wanted to try goalie. No one raised their hand initially. I quickly thought to myself, “You know what I suck at playing field so why not try goalie”.
This was the day that changed my life.
At that moment I never thought how impactful being field a hockey goalie would be.
The first thing I told my mom when she picked me up that day was that I had volunteered to be goalie. She looked at me with confusion and asked, “Em, you know you have to wear a lot of equipment and a helmet right?” I replied with a grin and said,” Yes mom I know, and now I can’t be cut!”
Miles and miles and miles later. I’ve driven so many miles over my field hockey career. From, showcases to camps, recruiting visits, games, practices and team events.
Being from Upstate New York you get used to driving.
The next major cities from me are about an hour away, each. And when I realized I wanted to go to college in New England, it meant more miles.
Each recruiting opportunity required my mom and I driving at least five-to-six hours. Attending camps, clinics and visits at UVM, UNH, University of Delaware, UMass, the list goes on.
That is the sacrifice I made to be where I am today.
I was the starting goalkeeper for Springfield College for the past three years. Coming in as a freshmen you only hope to be in the starting lineup one day.
For my senior season, my mom tried to make as many games as possible. Leaving home at 6-7 a.m. to make a 1 p.m. game only to turn around after the tailgate to drive back home is what makes my mom so amazing but so crazy.
I guess that’s where I get it from. Both her craziness and resiliency are two traits that I have been blessed with from my mother. She is one of the most outrageous and strongest women I know. She has overcome so much in her life but I would never have gotten the opportunities I have today without her.
Through all the wins and losses, my mom is the one person I wanted to see after a game. No matter what, she always knew what to say or give me a shoulder to cry on.
And I mean UGLY cry.
I have come off the field bawling my eyes out like a baby and my mom is always there to comfort me. Whether it’s venting or counseling, she’s always there to listen and knows exactly what to say.
Being the parent of a goalie can be tough. People always ask her during a game what I’m thinking, what she’s thinking and how she deals with it.
One thing my mom has always said to me since day one was, “No matter what happens, remember the ball went through 10 people before it came to you”.
This is a phrase that has resonated with me to keep pushing and giving my all in the tough games.
And the tough games are hard.
They are emotionally and physically exhausting and sometimes all you can think about is the moment when you get to shower and lay down in bed next. They make you want to cry and scream, but at the same time you live for these games.
The games when you have non-stop action at the net are insane. The adrenaline rush is so powerful you can slip into an out-of-body experience.
But, you’re brought down from your high when you realize you’re dripping in sweat that somehow gets into your eyes and starts to burn. Then you remember you’re wearing an extra 40-pounds of equipment.
Goalie gear is nothing to be messed with. Like I mean c’mon, who wants to wear all that gear? It’s clunky, foam, sweaty gear that makes you 10-times slower than you actually are.
People always feel bad that I have to wear all this gear but, it just grows on you. It feels like it’s part of you, an extension of yourself. If I’m on the field it just feels so weird when I don’t have my gear on.
It molds to your body and eventually feels like you’re wearing no padding at all. It becomes almost like an armour that you don’t feel right without.
My gear makes me feel invincible.
I’ve done full field sprints, burpees, ladder drills, shuffling triangles all in my gear with ease.
It comes with time, but once you master how the gear moves with you, you can do anything. I can dive head first for a ball (which you definitely shouldn’t do), but I’m not even scared!
I’ve taken balls to the helmet, arms, neck, inner thighs, groin and I’m doing just great. But, it doesn’t prevent all injuries.
I am officially a survivor of two pulled hamstrings and a pulled adductor magnus. One too many split saves get you sometimes. But in the end it’s worth it.
I have also created an ongoing chronic back pain issue that has been graced with the name of posterior chain dysfunction. What is this you ask? Well, it basically means I have back pain a lot of the time that worsens at random times and my back muscles are always upset.
Not to be a debbie downer but I’ve basically created my own back injury from playing field hockey. I would NOT have made it through this season or been successful this season without the athletic training room, which I think most seniors would agree with. However, I do not regret anything.
All the memories and fun I’ve had playing makes up for the pain any day.
Like senior season.
It comes so much faster than you want. And flies by.
My high school senior day was a tease because I knew I would be playing in college. College senior day is real. You realize that this is it.
This is your LAST season.
You think to yourself, “What? How am I this old already?”. You want to cry and laugh at yourself all at the same time. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
You always remember the best moments and dread the tough ones.
Some of my highs this season was absolutely crushing it in net. Our Williams game was a huge defensive tilt, in the Trinity game I had my career high saves in 35 minutes, we demolished St. Joe’s and I played the Smith game with my whole heart in front of all my friends and family. I have never played that well in my life.
One of the most heartbreaking moments this season was losing to Smith in double overtime.
NEWMAC Semi-finals 2018 against Smith. 84:43 minutes of game play. Double overtime. Last game of my field hockey career at Springfield College.
It was a super intense game and both teams wanted to win. Prior to the game, my teammates and I had just found out that MIT had beaten Babson in their semi-final game earlier that evening. We were HYPED. I mean we wanted them to beat Babson so bad and they did it. We knew we had the possibility of winning the NEWMAC championship.
In the locker room, before the game, there was tension in the air. Everyone wanted to win and all we had to do was play seventy minutes of Springfield College field hockey.
I had an okay warm-up and I just wanted to play. I knew once the game started I could channel all my energy into playing and not focusing on the aftermath.
The atmosphere of Stagg Field that night was electric.
A bunch of other seniors, friends and families of the team came to watch us play. It was one of my top-10 favorite field hockey games of all time.
I can’t really describe what happened during the game because it was such a rush.
All I really remember is that I couldn’t let the ball into the net. I did everything I could to make saves but it just wasn’t enough.
To this day I’m still not clear how it happened but I just remember looking to the right and left of me, seeing all the fans that had come out to support us and feeling this overwhelming blanket of disappointment.
I couldn’t do anything except cry.
I fell to the field and cried because this was it. This was officially my last field hockey game on Stagg Field, with this team, wearing my electric pink No.40 jersey.
I felt that I had let everyone including myself down.
Reflecting on the game now, I look at it with pride. I have never been more proud to be on a team before. I am proud of what my team had accomplished this season and I am proud of myself. Having the opportunity to continue my career at Springfield College has been an amazing experience. I would not be who I am today without the help of my coaches and teammates or support of my family and friends.
Being a senior and looking back on my field hockey career, I am so grateful that I chose Springfield College
I made my chubby seventh grade self proud.
Being a goalie has not only shaped me into the person I am today, it has aided me in growing into the person I’ve always wanted to be. Throughout my field hockey career, there have been many highs and lows, a lot of tears, celebrations, losses and victories. During all these experiences, my mental toughness and perseverance in the net helped me to prevail.
Being a field hockey player has helped me to create a foundation to be successful in life. Even though my No. 40 jersey is retired, the legacy I have created while wearing it is not.
Field hockey will always be apart of my life in one way or another.
It may be seen through me coaching or even through the characteristics I have gained just from playing the sport.
Field hockey will always be a part of me. I am confident, powerful, resilient, passionate, mentally tough and a brick wall.
I am the goalie I always wanted to be.
Photo courtesy of John Inkel
Frequently Asked Questions – Midwest Goalie School
What is Midwest Goalie School’s core philosophy
To make every goalie feel empowered about wanting to be a goalie. We want goalies to leave our camp absolutely in love with being a goalie.
Will Midwest Goalie School make my child better?
As the owner, I promise that every kid who puts on an MGS jersey gets the attention and support they need to discover or rediscover why they love the position. I believe if a goalie loves what they do, they have the ability to get better, and we will work one on one with your child to teach them all that we know. We will support any goalie that wants to learn and provide for them the foundation to get better. The staff (myself included) are working at MGS because we love helping goalies, end of story.
Does MGS have shooters at the camp?
Yes, we only hire paid shooters who are of the necessary caliber to challenge and consistently shoot where needed. We use high school, junior A, and college shooters.
What does my kid need to bring to camp?
Gym shoes, proper work out attire, water or a sports drink for dryland, and all equipment needed on the ice. We recommend goalies to get their skates sharpened before they arrive on Monday.
Can I register online?
Yes. That is a new feature at MGS. All registration and payment can be done for the summer camps online. We also accept personal and business checks as well as cash.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
We believe that one on one attention is critical to development. We never have more than 20 goalies on the ice for a camp, and staff 6 full time instructors. In addition, we also staff 3-5 “junior instructors” to assist goalies who are not in net taking shots. We have nearly a 2:1 ratio at our camps.
Do you use Sports Psychology with the goalies?
Yes! I graduated with a degree in sports psychology and use it extensively in our training. We discuss and practice concepts like mental imagery, controlled breathing, visualization, positive self talk, confidence instillation, game preparation, and how to handle a tough coach.
Where do I buy equipment?
There are a number of outlets to look for equipment. Jerry’s hockey warehouse in Schaumburg has a large goalie selection. Also, if you’re looking for the online route, the Facebook site “Sell my hockey goalie gear” is always listing used gear for sale. Craigslist and Ebay are other places to look for equipment.
How can I get a hold of you during the season
You can go to the Contact section of the website and submit an email question to me anytime. I am also available by cell phone (304) 914-9687 via text or call.
Can my son/daughter do any off ice exercises that will help, even at a young age?
If you are trying to get a workout away from the gym and lifting heavy weights (which should only be done when their bodies are physically mature enough to safely support that type of workout) things like stretching, yoga, body weight squats and quick feet sprints are a great way to stay in shape. At MGS we believe off ice is just as important as on ice, so we practice an extensive amount of both dynamic and static stretches, body weight workouts, and functional strength training in our camps.
My kid made the bottom team at our organization. Does that mean my goalie is bad or going to fall behind in development?
Not at all. Everybody develops at a different pace, and sometimes they need more time before everything “clicks” and they start to dominate. If they are playing games, they are becoming more experienced and that in itself will make them better. Sometimes being on a bad team is good because you face a lot of high quality scoring chances which make a goalie more “situational.” If they use the opportunity as a challenge to learn and grow as a goalie, they will have a positive experience and look back one day and be thankful they played on that team.
What can my child do during the season to stay sharp?
The best way to stay sharp and progress instead of regress is skating skating skating. The better skater any goalie is, the more success they will have. I have yet to witness a good goalie who isn’t a great skater. Doing 5 minutes of specific skating drills before and after practice will go a long way. It doesn’t have to be a series of complex moves, just as long as they are staying consistent with their stance and are paying attention to technique as much as speed and quickness. I promise you they will elevate their game! We do many different skating drills during the camp to add to each goalie’s personal toolbox.
Do you offer private instruction?
Yes. I am a full time goalie coach in the summer and run private, semi private, and group lessons with some of our full time staff. During the year, we have a Christmas Clinic to give goalies a chance to “work out the bad habits” they might have picked up during the season.
As a parent, I feel isolated and unsure about how to help my goalie. He/she doesn’t get much attention from the coaches and I’m not sure how to help, what do I do?
Call or email me! I will help you sort it out and develop a game plan to keep your goalie progressing during the year
What does the number “1” on the back of the jersey represent?
It is a tribute to Glenn Hall. Glenn Hall did many things that paved the way for the way goaltending is still played today. The man literally invented the butterfly, played 502 consecutive NHL games, and is nicknamed “Mr. Goalie.” It is a small sign of respect for what he did for the position!
What makes you better than other goalie school?
I don’t like to use the term “better” because when talking about developing a goaltender, there is no one right way to do things. It’s all about the needs of the goaltender and who they feel comfortable working with. It is good for goalies to get the opinion of other goalie coaches to see what they like and don’t like. It’s the same philosophy as seeking a second opinion about a medical question. It’s not that your doctor isn’t smart, it’s just beneficial to hear other opinions and THEN make an educated decision about who to trust. At MGS, we try and instill the skills necessary for goalies to grow and develop their own unique style. Our philosophies and training techniques are unique to MGS, but that doesn’t mean we have the absolute answers. We encourage goalies to sample what is out there and then chose the goalie school they have the most positive experience with and see the results they want.
What is the best line of advice for a developing goalie?
Control what you can control. If you focus on the right things and don’t get caught up in stats, scouts, coaches, etc, you’ll be fine
Yes, today I am in good shape, not otherwise –
Muscovites are overjoyed in delight, –
I calmly interrupt the transmissions
And pull out the dead balls.
Here the referee assigns a penalty to the opponent –
Reporters are swarming with a cloud at those gates.
Only one stubbornly misses me behind my back –
He will have a nice rest today!
they hit me on the head …
I touch –
is given a corner.
Beats the tenth – the point is,
That with his “dry leaf”
He can soak the score zero.
The ball is in my hands – the stands are going crazy –
At least the tenth turned it deftly.
I have not had such a thing for a long time! ..
Only from behind someone quietly suddenly sighed.
I turned around – I hear a voice from behind the cameras:
“Sorry, but you ruined my picture, guy.
What do you want – well, touch the ball with your hands once more –
Well, I would have shot a beautiful goal.”
I wanted to send it –
did not have to:
I barely managed to get the ball
But I barely had time to get up,
I hear again: “Here, again!
You should catch everything, grab it – I didn’t let you take it off!”
“I, dear comrade, I understand everything,
But culturally I ask you: go away!
Yes, it is better for you if I play worse,
But believe me, I cannot help you.”
Here is the ninth issue with a cannon blow –
The reporter mutters: “Listen, let him score!
I would have removed your whole family for free …” –
The guy almost cries. What do i do?!
“It’s still football, – I say
A knife to the heart – every goal is
to the goalkeeper.”
“Yes, I’ll give you as a goalkeeper.
I’ll give the best picture, –
Skip it – and I’ll thank you!”
I bend like a branch from the reporter’s pressure,
I am hesitantly going to intercept …
I’ll ask the partners quietly,
So that they break the device for him.
Well, he still whines: “Well, friend, it’s inhuman –
You, of course, can take it, but, I’m sorry, –
This is just a moment, and the photograph is forever.
Well, don’t move, pull! ”
The fifth number in twenty-two –
He does not run, but barely
In the right corner the ball, ringing, –
So, to the left of me, –
Flies in and lies impudently.
In this half we played against the wind,
So I could not do anything …
A picture of my house – two by three meters –
As evidence of my shame.
I curse the moment when I was pleased with the photographer,
After all, now I think when I take the balls:
How many beautiful photos have I ruined! –
Shame torments me, even shout.
How can I live ?!
So pulls each ball
I am fighting with myself the whole match –
Apparently, my lot is like this …
So, calmly – they serve a corner …
“Goalkeepers have a special mindset”
Ambassador of Kazan at the 2018 World Cup and goalkeeper of the Russian national team and Rubin Sergey Ryzhikov in an interview with Welcome2018.com talked about the gift he was waiting for as a child, about the peculiarities of goalkeepers and how important the support of fans is for football players.
About soccer ball
As a child, I was always given a soccer ball for my birthday. I didn’t put balls on the shelf. They stayed with me for three or four months – they played with the whole yard.
Oh, those courtyard matches! They were running around like crazy. And the windows on the first floors were beaten, by accident, of course, in a fit of the game. It even happened that, in revenge, our neighbors pierced these balls, although most of them were simply erased.And I was waiting for the next birthday to receive the coveted gift.
Of course, it all started with yard football. My father instilled in me a love for this sport, although my mother also influenced me. I remember that in 1988-1989 she was on a business trip in Bulgaria and brought me real soccer shorts from there. I wrote the number 10 on them and announced in the yard that I was now Maradona. True, as a child I did not pronounce the letter P, so it turned out for me “Magadon”.
About goalkeepers 90 100
I’ve noticed that goalkeepers have a special mindset.And character too. Judge for yourself: a goalkeeper must have not only physical fitness and some technical data, but personal qualities. This is reliability, perseverance, hard work, courage. And at the same time, calmness, poise, prudence, concentration. Here is such a symbiosis. A very correct word for a football player is responsibility. Without her, nowhere.
About your hobby 90 100
I collect goalkeeper jerseys. There are a lot of goalkeeping jerseys in the collection that I have personally played with.There are almost all Russian goalkeepers, and foreigners cannot be listed so quickly. The collection is large. Honestly, I didn’t even count. Dad keeps everything. In old age I will count, so we’ll see.
In general, I like to read. And not only sports literature. I really like the classics, I love detective stories. True, training is still in the first place, so I can read one book for a long time, once I don’t have to.
I believe that a footballer should develop comprehensively.With Alexander Ryazantsev, we often went to the theater. Both to the opera and to the ballet. True, time … Everything rests against it. Still, you give the main strength and thoughts to football.
About fan support 90 100
My grandmother loves football very much, not a single broadcast takes place without her. Usually she comes to visit her mom and dad, turns on the TV – and that’s it. Grandma becomes a super fan. Looks eagerly, is ill loudly. And after each of my games, we will definitely call her on the phone.She either praises or scolds. Always speaks honestly. This is my family football critic.
When you realize that your family is watching you, the fans froze before the match at the stadium or in front of the TV … This is responsibility and the best motivation. The energy in the stadium is very good. A fan can easily cheer up. I remember one boy once drew a picture for me – it still hangs with me. And recently, fans have presented a book “The Story of Rubin”. This rarely happens, I have few such gifts.But it’s nice, of course.
About the World Championship in Russia
When I found out that the FIFA World Cup would be held in Russia, everyone was proud. Both for the country and for our representatives who presented the 2018 World Cup program. It was immense happiness, really. Indeed, in Russia, and in the Soviet Union, neither the European Championship, nor the World Championship was held. And I sincerely did not understand this injustice. We are a worthy country. And the world championship will be one of the best, I have no doubt about it.
Being an ambassador for me is an unconditional honor. I was very surprised when I was chosen. There are so many worthy people in Kazan who could become representatives of the 2018 World Cup. And from this number they chose me. This is happiness!
Sergei Ryzhikov was first called up to the Russian national team in August 2008. In 2011 he played in a friendly against Qatar. In the same year, he was called up to the second national team of Russia for a match with the Olympic team of Belarus. In 2014, he went to the World Cup in Brazil as Igor Akinfeev’s understudy.Two-time champion of Russia, two-time winner of the Russian Cup, two-time winner of the Russian Super Cup with Rubin Kazan. Member of the Lev Yashin club.
is a character for life!Goalkeeper art. How is the training of goalkeepers going at our school?
First of all, a goalkeeper is character To become an excellent goalkeeper, a child must be:
- morally stable
- psychologically confident
- have a good reaction
- Not genuinely love football in vain they say that a goalkeeper must be born.If we see a capable boy, and more importantly, HIS desire to develop in this particular position, then we involve our coach of goalkeepers Georgy Zurabovich Kokineli for additional training.
The current trends in the football world are such that the goalkeeper no longer “stands” at the goal, but “plays” and sometimes not only in his own penalty area, but also outside it!
Therefore, all preparation is aimed at ensuring that our goalkeepers can play equally well with their hands and feet.
This effect is achieved by our training process, which is structured as follows. Under the guidance of our coach of goalkeepers Georgy Zurabovich Kokineli, the guys train for 60-75 minutes individually, perfecting the goalkeeper’s art, and then join the general group. Working in a general group, they acquire the necessary skills for playing with feet and participate in exercises, where they directly fulfill their direct duties.
The total training time for goalkeepers is 2.15-2.30, which allows you to achieve obvious progress, but only on condition of their proper attitude to business, a great desire and stable attendance of classes, both in the general group and individually.
In turn, this approach of our football school can serve as an invitation for the guys to the Club and Higher League of the Moscow championship.
At the moment the art of goalkeeper is being trained:
Branches of Kuzminka, Taganka – Kolobov Artem, Zakharov Zakhar, Ramonov Dmitry, Matveev Sergey, Filatov Vladislav, Timofeev Andrey;
Branch in Zelenograd – Sergey Obukhov, Sergey Olevinsky, Ilya Pigarev, Maxim Chukanov, Artem Deineko.
Former CSKA goalkeeper spoke about attempted suicide :: Football :: RBC Sport
According to Sergei Chepchugov, the thought of his daughter kept him from leaving this life.The last club of the goalkeeper was Enisey Krasnoyarsk, which he left in 2018
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Former CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov said that in 2019 he was close to suicide, as he was experiencing severe stress after a divorce from his wife.He said this in an interview with “Championship”.
“I had a bad time then, I was very upset about the separation from my family. I was just worried, now everything is fine. Once I went over with alcohol, my head did not think at all. There was some inexplicable condition, I felt like a robot. It seemed that I was leaving this life, “Chepchugov said.
According to the 35-year-old athlete, the thought of his daughter Sophia, who is now seven years old, kept him from dying. “I thought about my daughter, and a switch in my brain went off.I abruptly returned back to life, opened my eyes, from which tears flowed. I just went overboard that day, ”he said.
Chepchugov played for CSKA from 2010 to 2017, playing the role of Igor Akinfeev’s understudy. In total, as part of the army club, he played 28 matches in all tournaments, conceding 33 goals. In nine meetings, the goalkeeper kept his goal intact.The Japanese club bought a rented footballer from CSKA
As part of CSKA, Chepchugov became a three-time Russian champion.He also won twice in the Cup and the Super Cup of the country.
After leaving the capital club, the goalkeeper played for one season in the FNL championship (the second most important division of the Russian championship) for Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. He has been a free agent since 2018.
More news about sports can be found in our Telegram account90,000 25 goalkeeper questions.Anton Kochenkov
How not to be afraid to jump for the ball, how do bad gloves differ from good ones and do goalkeepers need to run crosses? Anton Kochenkov answered 25 questions about the goalkeeper profession.
– Goalkeepers tap their fingers before training. Why is this necessary and can you do without it?
– To prevent injury. Many of the goalkeepers’ fingers were either knocked out or broken. The tape prevents relapses, acts as a fixator.I only tap when there are problems.
– Why does a goalkeeper need gloves? Handball goalkeepers, for example, play without them.
– In order not to bounce hands and to fix the ball more easily. In handball, there are no wet fields and slippery balls. If the latex is wetted on the surface of the gloves, it will be easier to catch and hold the ball.
– How do bad gloves differ from good ones?
– It’s hard to say. I haven’t had bad gloves for a long time.I think they differ in the quality of latex and tailoring – sometimes they diverge at the seam. Poor quality gloves fall apart quickly. But I generally change them regularly, because latex dries out and then loses its properties.
– The hardest hit for a goalkeeper?
– It all depends on anthropometry. I’m tall, it’s harder for me to take low kicks.
– Ruslan Nigmatullin has always been distinguished by his jumps, and Sergei Ovchinnikov, for example, jumped for the ball less often.What does it depend on?
– From the choice of position and the strengths that they had. Goalkeepers play on strong qualities.
– How can a goalkeeper learn to choose the right position in the goal and what does the expression “choose the right position” mean?
– Correct position is the optimal position in the goal against the attacking player when you cover the maximum goal area. For example, when attacking an opponent, the defender can block one of the corners. You understand that the attacking player is unlikely to break into this corner, and choose the appropriate position in the goal.
– Is it difficult to overcome the fear of injury after jumping for the ball?
– As far back as I can remember, I have always been a goalkeeper and jumped for balls at the age of 10-11. It’s hard to say when that fear went away. And was he even there?
– Is it true that a goalkeeper can fall on the pavement and not get injured?
– I definitely cannot fall on the asphalt without consequences. On a bad, hard field – you can, but not on asphalt.
– What is the most common injury among goalkeepers?
– Fingers.Although this does not count as an injury. If you knock out your finger, you still train.
– How many kilos does the goalkeeper lose in a training session?
– I didn’t weigh myself after training, so I won’t tell you. And during the match, if the weather is still hot, two or three kilograms.
– Do goalkeepers need to run crosses?
– I think that it is not necessary (laughs). But many people think the opposite is true.
– How do goalkeepers develop endurance?
– We lay the base at the training camp and support it in training.But you don’t need to develop any special endurance. Goalkeepers do not have the same job during matches as they do in the field.
– What kind of reaction exercises are there?
– Zaur Zalimovich Khapov gives a lot of exercises. For example, one player stands on the endline at the goal. A few meters away from them stands Zaur with a special tightly stretched net. The player kicks into the net, from which the ball ricochets into the goal, and the goalkeeper must react. Or you stand on the line with your back to the field – you turn on command, and at that moment they hit the goal – you need to have time to react.In general, it is better to show all this on the field than to describe it in words.
– Field players always mark whether natural turf or artificial turf. Does the quality of the pitch affect the goalkeeper’s play?
– Of course. On a dry artificial pitch, a viscous rebound. You think that after the second bounce, the ball is in your hands, but from contact with the field, it changes its trajectory.
– How do goalkeepers choose their boots? Does the choice of boots depend on the weather or the condition of the lawn?
– I play with 13 spikes on an artificial field.If any other – and in the Premier League all fields are normal – with six. In the first and second leagues, the fields were not very good, so he could also go from the 13th.
– Previously, many goalkeepers played in pants (for example, Ruslan Nigmatullin), now there are almost none. Why?
– Now leggings have appeared – and they look better, and you don’t get ripped off when you fall. You don’t feel if you get wet, unlike pants that get heavy. Perhaps Ruslan played in pants because they were part of his style.
– Why do goalkeepers guess the direction of a penalty kick? Isn’t it better to play on impact?
– If you play on impact, you may simply not have enough reaction. In general, in training, Zaur and I always sort out who and how the penalty kicks. I also watch the matches of the Russian championship, remember.
– Why do goalkeepers place a wall on free kicks? She also closes the moment of impact.
– A correctly placed wall does not close the moment of impact.Four or five players stand in the wall and close the corner. But when the opponents join them, you no longer see the ball. Especially now that the rules have changed. The opponents are now not next to our defenders, but a couple of meters away.
– How difficult is it to hit a penalty under the new rules, with one foot on the goal line?
– This is very inconvenient! Previously, it was possible to take a step forward on impact and reduce the angle of fire – the judges did not pay attention to this.Now one foot needs to be left on the line, taking a penalty is much more difficult. Moreover, many goalkeepers jump slightly diagonally – again, to narrow the angle.
– How has the goalkeeper game evolved over the 16 years that you are in professional football? What are the requirements for goalkeepers?
– You need to play better with your feet. Since everyone is playing in a line without a libero, you need to insure the defenders. It is also necessary to launch attacks quickly, although this has always been demanded. It is more convenient for me to start attacks through a throw-in with my hands.And Gili, for example, has perfect lateral throw when he knocks the ball out of his hands.
– New balls are usually introduced before each major tournament. Are some balls really different from others?
– Very strong. Especially if it’s Nike and Adidas. Now in the Russian championship we play with balls that are understandable for the goalkeeper. They rarely change their flight trajectory – they fly correctly. Therefore, there are so few funny heads. But in the Champions League we play Adidas – they are light, change trajectory – you can hit 30 meters like that.Therefore, when the cycle begins before the Champions League match, we train only with such balls.
– Which is more difficult – when many shots are made on goal during matches, or when there is only one or two kicks?
– When one or two. Goalkeeper class is manifested if you have one hit at the end of the match and you help out. On the other hand, if the goal is often hit, and you have not caught the courage, then you will be thrown.
– Do goalkeepers get upset when they only come into play a couple of times during the whole match?
– I am very happy if I rarely enter the game (laughs).
– Recently we bought a special cannon for training at Lokomotiv – it has also become a “hero” of the social networks of many of our players. How are the blows?
– Zaur Zalimovich hits better! (laughs).
– How can a goalkeeper stay warm in winter?
– When playing in very wild cold weather, I cut off my bologna jacket and put it on under my uniform. Neither insoles nor rubbing helps. During the match, you try to keep warm and move more.
press service of FC Lokomotiv, Anna Gallay, Vasily Oskolkov
“Which Guilherme is the goalkeeper of the national team ?!” Interview with the coach who helped Maksimenko break into the base of Spartak / TELESPORT
Goalkeeping coach of the Spartak academy Yuri Darwin, who worked at the headquarters of Oleg Romantsev, in an interview tele-sport.ru told a lot of interesting stories.
– How Neftchi tried to prevent his transfer to Spartak
– How he almost ended up on a bunk in the company of Nikolai Petrovich Starostin
– How goalkeeper technique has changed in half a century
– Why Nigmatulin left Spartak
– What Filimonov said about his mistake with Ukraine
– Does Rebrov have a future in Spartak
– What should Maksimenko be added to
I have nothing to do with Charles Darwin
– Darwin – what a wonderful surname?
– There is such an assumption: with some letter they were mistaken in the documents ancestors.
– That is, you are no neither Hungarian, nor Turks, nor …
– No, no! Not even an Englishman. To Charles Darwin, no I have no relationship!
– How did you get missed at Neftchi? We left Baku to play in Mingechevir …
– I went with Neftchi to the training camp in Kislovodsk in 63rd or 64th. I didn’t like it. Banishevsky was taken, we are of the same age, he played in Baku for Lokomotiv, and I am for Spartak. Tolya was just unstoppable! I remember we beat Lokomotiv 4: 3, and he scored all three for us – on counterattacks.I just ran away from the center from anyone – without chances!
– Quite impetuous you got your way to Moscow “Spartak”: republican championship – the second league – the highest …
– In Sumgait (FC “Polad” – editor’s note) began with salaries problems, and I moved to “Druzhba” Maikop. Then they began to attract me to the national team. second league – it was then. And received an offer from Spartak. I insisted to finish the season in Maykop, and already start the preseason at Spartak.
– Who invited you – Starostin personally?
– I was with the Russian national team in Sochi (they should have played, it seems, with the Iranian national team) Anatoly Korshunov, he was kind of like breeder Spartak. “Do not want to Spartak? It was like thunder among clear sky! I have been for Spartak since childhood I was sick, I studied at Spartak myself. Naturally, he agreed. Only, I say, I need a living space, I have – family, child. Then there were calls and meetings with Starostin – at his home, and in the Spartak office on Krasnoselskaya, when passing through Moscow.
More happening. A telegram arrives: they call to the national team in … Tarasovka. I didn’t get it: where does the national team and Tarasovka have to do with it? I arrived there at seven o’clock in the morning. The first one met – Khusainov. The team was still asleep. I say: “I am in the national team …”. “Not here no national team! ” Well, and then came out Nikita Pavlovich [Simonyan] and says: “Today we are playing with Ararat. We want so you play for the take. ”
– But you are declared in Maykop.
– Well, something like this … He says: “We have good relations with them – we will come to an agreement.”I played (won 5: 0) and left. And in October a telegram arrives from Starostin: “Included in Spartak to the UEFA Cup game against team “Braga”. I was stunned! Then he calls Starostin: “Be in touch. We want you include in the composition “. It’s been three or four of the day, another call: “Nothing happened – hang up!”
– As in “Friendship” did you react to your transition? Didn’t try delay?
– We tried, of course. They gave me a two-room apartment there, and when I said that I was leaving, they offered three-room apartment in a new building opposite regional committee.On any floor, improved conditions … And in the same 71st suddenly disqualify Seryozha Kramarenko from “Neftchi” – he punched the judge in the face with his fist in Rostov. And I was urgently requested in Baku. But I have already agreed with “Spartak”! I say I can’t. Then I said: you will not graduate from the institute (I am at the institute of physical education in correspondence studied). Threatened and parents, this is already my father told me later: they called me, they said they would be evicted from Baku if the son I will not work …
– What about the institute? Did Neftchi Fulfill the Threat?
– Nikolay Petrovich intervened – spoke with Tofik Bahramov (famous judge – approx.ed.) – he was the head of the football department, and I gave the opportunity to graduate from the institute.
We played with Atlético in iron spikes. On ice …
– Simultaneously with you the goalkeeper came to “Spartak” from Kiev Prokhorov …
– He was more experienced, I have only the second league behind me, and Prokhorov had already sniffed the powder. I think so, they took it as the main one, and I – under it. But from the third round, as I got into the gate, so played the whole season … But he became my neighbor! There was a door directly opposite – on the 12th floor.Khusainov lived on the tenth.
– Did you get an apartment in Moscow right away?
– Yes, at at the end of 71st. On Preobrazhenka in a new house – two-room. They drove me around Moscow several options were shown.
– As with Prokhorov neighborly relations? Families were friends or …
– I would not say that very friendly. His wife was offended for everything …
– It can be understood – in some way crossed the road to her husband …
– Apparently, yes.Then she was the main one in the family – six years older than Sasha. This is the ex-wife of Adamov (striker of Minsk “Dynamo” – approx. ed.). The story is well known. Prokhorov played for Minsk in the mid-60s and stole wife. Then Adamov threw himself out of the window (in 1977 – editor’s note), they said that they did not survive it … Unpleasant story.
– In that first your season “Spartak” played faded, but after all, “Atletico” Madrid in the Cup Cups!
– Moreover, in Madrid they led 4: 1, relaxed at the end – missed two goals.The return game is at Dynamo in November. It’s freezing. And then on the sole thorns were wrapped around – iron, for the goalkeeper is slightly longer – for a better push was. And now we leave. It looks like grass from above, and below – ice! The Spaniards started trying: they will wear such, they will wear such … just one pair of boots. Imagine like on those iron spikes on the ice yourself you feel! We lost 1: 2. I missed one goal precisely because of the thorns – they hit to the right corner, could not push off fine.Compositions of Spartak and Atlético in 1972.Source: Marca
– There was also the USSR Cup final that year …
– We played for two days! First day – draw 0: 0, came 102 thousand! The next day – replay, people smaller – thirty thousand, those who tickets managed to buy. We played 1: 1, lost on penalties 1: 5. But our match was! Clean After all, a goal was scored (Piskarev, it seems), but the side raised the flag – out of the game! Although it was passive – Andreev was leaving, did not create any hindrance for the goalkeeper … The luminaries were judged (in the field – Ivan Lukyanov, on the line – Pavel Kazakov – approx.ed.), but this version went: the side was the chief of the chief, and he simply did not go against his opinion.
– Failed series turned out – only one goal was scored …
– And I didn’t help out … But, frankly, tired after the first the match was crazy. Have arrived to the base, my temperature went up, started doing some procedures at night: my legs were hovering like mustard … But I played well. The article was by Valeria Voronin – marked me.
I open the door – and there are two military men.One – with automatic
– Why next season unhooked from the base?
– I am almost all fees missed – to Baku to the institute at the session traveled, could not transfer to Moscow. Moreover, Simonyan was replaced by Gulyaev – rate made on Prokhorov, and I played for the double. The matches were mainly in Tarasovka. There even tickets were sold at the box office, tribune was small – about a thousand and a half came.
– But why some Lutsk appeared? Completely hopeless?
– So I was taken to the army in 73.A whole epic! Graduated institute – the agenda has gone. Nikolay Petrovich: “Don’t go!” And on the eighth May again the summons – to appear at the military registration and enlistment office. I go to Nikolai Petrovich again. But apparently the pressure was on him too. He says: “Okay, it’s okay, go, everyone we will settle! “. I came to the military registration and enlistment office, signed the summons, and to me: “May 12 come with things … “. “What to do, Nikolay Petrovich! ” “Do not go!”.
And me through week 27 turns – already non-recruiting. And now in October after some game I come home – a call.I open the door: two military men (one with a machine gun) and another in civilian clothes. “Hello, such and such, such and such?” “Yes”. Get ready! ” They put them in a funnel and – to the Procurator of the Sokolniki District. There is an interrogation in full – why did not appear and so on. Investigator says: the time is coming. I begin to explain: “Nikolai Petrovich …”. “And who is Nikolai Petrovich? ” “Starostin! Come on, I am now I’ll put you in touch with him. ” I dial the phone: “Nikolai Petrovich, they took me away …”. “Pass the phone to this …”. Talked they, the investigator hung up: “Yes … Apparently, not only to you, but also to Starostin your crackers will need to be dried … “.Until midnight they kept me there and let me go by subscription. And the next day already Nikolai Petrovich started on his own …
– Channels …
– Yes. After some time says: “Everything is fine – no prisons “. And in the fall, a decree is issued: footballers called only after the end season. And the fact that I didn’t come back then in May, it seems to have been amnestied.
– This decree was adopted on the initiative of Starostin or what?
– Of course! After all, he was involved in this case … The term was not given, but they still drafted into the army – in November.Not only me, but also Papaeva and Kiselev …Ruslan Nigmatullin, Rinat Dasaev, Andrey Smetanin, Dmitry Khlestov, Alexey Prudnikov, Yuri Darwin. Source: Ruslan Nigmatullin’s Twitter
“Why are you in the army? Killed or raped someone, probably … “
– Papaev ended up in CSKA, and you were exiled to Lutsk …
– I spent five days at the recruiting station on Ugreshskaya – there gathered athletes, artists. Came “Buyers” from all districts.Me tried to pull out Smolensk (“Iskra” – approx. ed.), Rostov (SKA – ed.), but it did not work out. Identified in the ShMAS! School junior aviation specialists, city Chortkiv, Ternopil region.
Bought ticket, packed up and went to the unit. Give to the commander, the documents, and there: the master sports of the USSR, footballer of the Moscow “Spartacus” … He is so [surprised] at me looks: “Come on honestly, what are you there have done it? ” “Nothing! I came to serve. ” “Don’t tell fairy tales! I probably killed someone or raped! “.In short, a month I “studied” in this SHMAS, and then by chance they found out about me in SKA Lviv (they were based in Lutsk) and called.
Played for them – the second league. Lived in a hostel, walked in civilian clothes, uniform, maybe just put it on a couple of times … I could leave to Rostov. When we were at the training camp in Sevastopol, SKA trained there as well. Their coach calls them: “There is a possibility pick you up. Pack your things, move to our hotel! ” “Not! Only officially! As soon as I got to jail, I don’t want to anymore … ”.I have with the head of the Transcarpathian the counties had a good relationship. He told me said then: “I got four send you by telephone messages to Rostov! And I have them – under the cloth! “.
– Some kind of connection with Remained Spartak?
– No. But when he served and returned to Moscow, Starostin called: “Come! We have always counted on you. ” It was already 1975. Played again near Prokhorov. And in the 76th he took the command Krutikov, formed an almost new a team that has successfully … dropped into the first league.He had his own “vision”. Now you think: what did he do in general! One of my favorite arena exercises is you lie down and roll sideways to the central circle and back. You get up – like a drunk … Later when we played veterans together Krutikov got up after some game on the contrary, he looks at me and says: “Yes, I was wrong that I expelled you …”.Anatoly Krutikov. Source: official site of “Spartak”
– We ended up in “Terek” …
– Torpedo wanted me, but it didn’t work out.One trade unionist put his hand. Here’s a chain: if I would have played Torpedo, which means I was mistaken Krutikov, and Krutikov in Spartak appeared at the suggestion of this figure. He had to do with the fact that Nikolai Petrovich left the team … In short, tomorrow I have to go with the Torpedo, and in the evening a call: “Sorry, nothing happens …”.
I went to Grozny, an apartment gave. I played there for two years and got injury. In the match with Dynamo (Leningrad) the corner was served, I went for a cross – the player crashed his head into my chest, broke my rib.Recovered, but felt discomfort. That’s how my career ended … If some kind of fear appears – it is necessary leave, already defective.
– Another moment. Human gets an apartment, leaves after two years from the team – the apartment remains with him?
– In Grozny I had temporary. But Maikop had its own flat. As soon as the city found out that I am leaving for Moscow, there are so many buyers started coming! But I am her left to the state so that there were no complaints.
There used to be a law – you have to catch the ball. Now they beat more often
– How much has changed goalkeeper technique for half a century? Goalkeepers used to dive head first onto the ball, but did not walk with their feet, as now …
– Yes – all with just hands! Here is a psychological moment – you can get on the head with a foot. But since childhood we have somehow got used to it … Technique has changed. Previously, no one, for example, took the ball on their elbows.
– What is this?
– The ball flies at you – and you fall on your elbows.Yes, possibly reliable reception. But only if the ball goes straight at you. If you did not have time to move, and the ball flies at some angle – so can not be accepted! Can slip through under you. We must already fall sideways. I am this I keep repeating to mine: since it worked out, two, and on the third you will be mistaken! If they don’t listen, they miss stupid goals.
– What else from technology changed?
– Changed overhaul playing with your feet. For the rest … you know why is the technique still changing? Because balls change.They are now … diving. I remember that we arrived in the early 90s for some veteran tournament in England. They went to practice, and they give us … volleyball balls! I say: “What is this!” Translated: “They are doing specially now such that there were more heads. ” Naturally, you wait the ball is in one place, and he is at the last moment dives. Therefore, if earlier it was a law – it is necessary to catch the ball, now they beat it off more often! But I always say, even to children: “I caught the ball – this is our attack! Fought off – it is still unknown how it will end. ”Source: official website of the Spartak Academy
– Surely exists and the technique of hitting the ball?
– With fists what is dangerous – they occupy a small area, you can miss.The best option is with pads palms. It is easier to beat off, and it turns out more precisely direct in some direction.
– Throwing technique. Someone throws the ball from behind the head, someone lateral movement…
– Whoever is comfortable. Everything depends on the shoulder girdle, on the hand hands. But, I think, from behind the head a throw more accurate and more reliable. Shmuts (CSKA goalkeeper – approx. ed.) in the 71st year in Moscow against “Ararat” decided to enter from the side (in a circular movement) and … threw the ball into his own net.
– Technique also depends on ammunition … Take gloves.
– It used to be like this ugliness! Black, pigskin, with bumps like tennis rackets. If they get wet, then – like wooden ones, fingers do not bend. Had to again wet – only then you put it on. How else we caught balls in them! When I started, only put on gloves in wet weather, and played dry without them. Only then felt the ball, right fingers arranged, bent … Of course, in training, when they bludgeon everything for you, I had to put it on – so that my hands would not be beaten off.And in a match, to beat off 5-6 times – it does not matter …
Normal gloves, I’m only in I saw Spartak. I remember the first time met with Nikolai Petrovich at his at home on Gorky Street (I was not yet in the team), they came from somewhere because of borders and he gave me a white bag adidas one, and in it – gloves. But this there were some kind of exhibition, or something. Not for work. And then in Sweden (with “AEK” played) went to a sports store, and I picked up gloves there – rubberized, soft, your fingers feel as if they were not wearing gloves at all!
As a child, they knocked down their feet in blood, and the sole was like concrete
– You are in Spartak Did the youth sports school start working as a goalkeeper coach?
– No, I just led the commands.In the late 80s, he quit – it was necessary somehow survive, rode with a veteran team “Spartak” in Russia. And in 1995, at the Spartak school, director Ivanitsky decided to introduce a position – a coach for goalkeepers. Before that there was no such regular units not only in football schools, not in any team of masters! Invited me. I was alone for the whole youth sports school. Smashed everyone goalkeepers in groups and in front of general training or after working with them. Forty minutes. There are a thousand exercises everyone needs to find the right ones, check the correctness execution.
– But the main thing is work with a ball. The boy needs to provide a hundred blows. One coach just can’t do it!
– And we break the guys into pairs, into threes – and they are each other serve. We kill two birds with one stone. Some pull up the game with their feet, others – goalkeeper technique.
– Didn’t exist before even such a thing – a goalkeeper coach. But why were there so many cool people in the USSR goalkeepers?
– Nobody canceled such a concept as talent! There are just a lot of talented people, but how no matter how hard the coach tries, he is a great goalkeeper it will not work out of this – only average: for the second league, KLF … And there are only a few talented ones.And after all, so that he gets to you, and, most importantly, so you don’t spoil it. To develop talent. There are nuances that are common the coach won’t see. And you corrected something, and now he is already a fraction of a second faster reacted, pushed off earlier …
– One famous the goalkeeper told me this: “Soviet school goalkeeper is … lack of school at all!”. Everyone was a person and everyone trained on a whim …
– I fully subscribe under these words! Nobody taught me.One misses such a ball, the other does not, figuratively speaking, that’s all. The strongest survives. And you also need desire. Now the boys are being brought in – even five year olds! And mostly desire comes parents, but you need exactly the desire boy, even fanaticism, and such now a little … Again, I return to my childhood. Nobody brought us anywhere. We took the ball and played it all day. Barefoot! They knocked down their feet in blood, and the sole was … like concrete. Matches about her could be spark off.
Maksimenko must be added in the game at the outputs
– Whom do you think the most talented students?
– Konovalov Vanya passed through me, in Rubin he was the main goalkeeper, now in Ural.Sashka Selikhov – studied with him for a year. Mitryushkin was very talented – he worked with him for five years. Something didn’t work out with him with Alenichev, he had to endure, but they hurried with the agent – they left for Switzerland (to “Sion” – editor’s note). Everything went not bad, even became a captain there. But for some reason he moved to Fortuna, does not play … The talented Sasha Maksimenko has been with me for a year and a half. He is different, more soft or something … And he needs to add in the game at the outputs. Used to be over the goalkeeper’s ball was flying – there was no such thing! Maybe, again, the flight of the ball is different …
– In “Spartak” in a different season in the application a huge amount goalkeepers! 2015 (reading): Averkiev, Arsentiev, Kozlov, Maksimenko, Mitryushkin, Sukhoruchenko, Tereshkin, Filippov, Shcherbakov.Two played, and the rest, then where do they go?
– Tereshkin in Spartak-2 played, Averkiev – in the same place, now somewhere in the second league. Arsentiev was in “Neftekhimik”. Shcherbakov works at the Igor Netto stadium with goalkeepers. Filippov … I don’t know that. If a the guy in the application does not mean anything yet. Academy graduate boy if it seems not bad, with him for a year or the two sign and watch. IN Spartak has two doubles for this. Shot – good, not played – they will sell somewhere … I think (and no one will convince me), the goalkeeper is a late product.If the attacker can at 16-17 already make themselves known, goalkeepers open up at 25 and 26. You need patience, work …
– But Maksimenko succeeded at a relatively young age, start playing at the base.
– The guy is exactly talented! Everything depended on character, psychological stability. In principle, he survived. Not without blunders, of course – Rykov scored from the center of the field … but managed catch on. It worked out well for him of course: Rebrov is already on the decline, Selikhov Sashka broke down.A chance was given – I used it. I would like to tighten up the game at the exits … Ryzhikov Seryoga (I also worked with him – three years in Saturn) recently missed – made a mistake in the exit …Sergei Ryzhikov, Roman Pavlyuchenko. Source: Dmitry Korotayev / Stringer / Getty Images Sport / Gettyimages.com
– Talented too, isn’t he?
– He is after the army, year at 22-23 he hit Saturn, the third goalkeeper was, in the double “poked”. And waited of his hour – work, striving.On the goal line was just handsome! Like the devil in a snuff box!
– Wait for your hours – not everyone succeeds …
– Much from the situation depends on which team you got into … It’s one thing – the defense is in order, you slowly they let you in, you play more and more confidently. And when there is no protection, I went out, you – bang, bang! Moment by moment, spanked into one corner, in another … Lost one match, the second, was confused and – that’s it! Much depends and on what tasks the team solves.If, for example, “Spartak” solves the problem get into the Champions League, the “kid” will not be released – so that he gains experience, with margin for error. Naturally, there will be look for an experienced one who right now will help out, give the result. And the coaches in the same position, did not give a result – bye!
– Left such a team for playing practice, some will say: “Did the right thing!” Others: “Fool! It is necessary I was waiting for my chance. ” Think about it …
– What are we talking about! Although, it’s okay if you play KLF, in the Second League.If talented, it doesn’t matter pop up.
Filimonov himself cannot explain what happened then with Ukraine
– When you Romantsev invited to Spartak in 1996, you became the first Russian club coach goalkeepers?
– It turns out like this. Later appeared: in “Torpedo” – Zarapin, in Sashka Rakitskiy for Lokomotiv, CSKA for Chanov. We had neither literature nor any manuals. Met, shared experience …
– One known the sports doctor told me: “So that we – doctors of football teams – share our best practices? In no case!”.And you, it turns out, there were no secrets from each other …
– For example, they brought me from Holland exercise cassette. I gave it without any problems so that the men looked. Some of this I took it from the Dutch school, but basically we invented the exercises ourselves.
– At Spartak, when you came, there were two goalkeepers: Nigmatulin and Filimonov …
– Nigmatulin was more plastic, soft, or something. Filimonov had a tougher technique.But I thought that Sasha psychologically more stable, Ruslan is overly emotional … But that was at that moment. Anything can change with age. Then it was the very beginning of my work, there was still not experienced enough, now already you see a little differently.
– Filimonov played, Nigmatulin was sitting. Didn’t he take offense at you?
– Why take offense at me! It was not only my decision, but also Romantsev and Yartsev – to stake on Filimonov. And Ruslan quickly this I read the situation and left.And right done. And we were not mistaken with the choice – became champions, Sasha helped out a lot, got into the national team. AAlexander Filimonov. Source: Henri Szwarc / Stringer / Bongarts / Gettyimages.com
– You are probably already asked a thousand times about a stupid goal which he missed from Shevchenko in 99 in Luzhniki …
– There are things that just can’t be explained! I asked him: “Sasha, what did you want to do?” “I wanted it is safer to play … “. Could beat back? I could.But he decided to catch … He himself cannot explain how it happened. More than 20 years have passed, and everyone only remembers this episode. And the fact that the striker from the line He didn’t score a goal – no one remembers that. This episode, one might say, crossed out … not all my life, but … No matter what they say, Sasha, it seems to me, until the end never recovered.
– Mental wound …
– Not only his wound – the wound of the whole team, all staff, all countries! Here’s the thing, you know? That’s why the goalkeeper is so ungrateful specialty.
Guilherme? I don’t know such a goalkeeper 90 100
– The goalkeeper is special a person who is mentally special?
– He should be different! Because responsibility is incomparable with the one that the field. Psychological the load is crazy! There have been studies if the field player lost for some match, say, three kilograms, goalkeeper could – four or more. By what means? Combustion of these nerve cells here … The goalkeeper cannot be a “clown” in principle, these are more serious people, perhaps …
– Impulsiveness – is the quality unacceptable?
– In some moments there must be impulsiveness.And the volume! It is important to make a prompt in time, but many play in silence.
– And if you are silent by nature? Most serious people are just silent.
– It’s not about character! I think if the goalkeeper plays in silence – it means that he does not read the game well, does not understand development of the situation. You are on the last turn, in front of you the whole field, all the movements players. In futsal, if the defender let go of his player – a goal! Did not prompt a goal for him! It’s the same in big football.You must prompt, foresee situation.
– Man must lead loudly, but the commands of some goalkeepers are like hysterical screams, and the defense gets nervous.
– Agree. But sometimes tantrum simply because the players do not follow your commands. Basically, the voice should be normal, but when 40 thousand yelling in the stands, who are you will hear! And Maksimenko – yes, he was silent such a shy boy. But he finally gets used to the team – he must add in this component.Alexander Maksimenko, Reziuan Mirzov. Photo: official site of “Spartak”
– Artem Rebrov will be able to to create competition for Maksimenko?
– I still have a year and a half said back that in “Spartak” (namely in Spartak!) Rebrov’s time has passed. Artem did his job – “the Moor can leave”. If only as a coach, assistant to work … Selikhov and Maksimenko may well close the position for 5-6 years.
– Maksimenko and Selikhov are different goalkeepers, each has his own trump cards?
– It’s hard to say … Selikhov, by and large, I saw only outside Spartak.In “Amkar” he looked very decent, but play for Spartak and play for another team – two big differences. Here is Seryozha Pesyakov. Well, he didn’t play at Spartak! His sent to “Tom”, where he is the best. They return to “Spartak” – again it does not help! He left for Rostov – the main one.
– Some devilry?
– This is psychology! Play for Amkar and play for Spartak – two big differences … Perhaps Selikhov will create competition for Maksimenko, because that he has the same data, but in some components, maybe better.Another thing, it’s not easy to prove yourself in Spartak …
– What does it mean to have a competitor who, roughly speaking, you breathing in the back of your head? Someone useful – mobilizes, makes someone nervous?
– Everything is individual. One gets nervous, the other doesn’t care who behind him. Therefore, to everyone the goalkeeper should have his own approach. As well as to the field: you scold one – he will run, if you scold another, he will lose heart.
– Last. Brazilian Guilherme in the national team – nonsense?
– Well, what kind of goalkeeper is this national team! Three years ago I was asked: “How do you feel about goalkeepers like Guilherme and Lodygin? ” Well, I don’t know those goalkeepers! “I know Akinfeev, Mitryushkina I know, but Guilherme and Lodygin … “.What is Lodygin worked in “Zenith” – in general, horror!
“During training I run about 5-7 kilometers, but I am a goalkeeper, and other guys – 10 kilometers each”
The official Parimatch brand ambassador took the time in his busy training and match schedule to share how the coronavirus has changed his life, what he is about beshbarmak and who he considers the best athlete of our time.
In January 2021, AFC Kairat player Leo Higuita became the world’s best goalkeeper for a record fifth time according to Futsal Planet.
– Higuita, tell us about your nickname. You are being compared to Rene Higita, right? How did it happen?
– When I was six or seven years old, Rene Higuita was a very famous goalkeeper. Then I was just starting to play football. I had long hair, I also stood at the gate. And people began to say: “He plays like Higuita! He looks like Higuita. Higuita come here! ” Since then my name has been.
Leo Higuita as a child
– Was your father a goalkeeper too?
– Yes, my dad was also a futsal goalkeeper.He played at an amateur level, but he played very well – he was invited to professional sports all the time. Maybe I had the genes of a futsal goalkeeper in my blood from birth, so I became such a player (Laughs) .
I have a lot of childhood memories from my father’s games and training. He is my first idol and first coach. In those days, there were no special coaches for goalkeepers, and my dad began to coach me himself. I am very grateful to my dad for inspiring me, taking the time to teach me.And now I have become a professional, won so many championships and titles.
– Is your father watching your games now? Do you discuss them, take them apart?
– Yes, yes, especially before! Sorted out mistakes, he shared his opinion. Now he gives less advice, says that he respects my level of play and if he has doubts, it is better to keep silent. But we are still discussing games, some acute moments, passes, players.
Leo Higuita with his father
– You started your career in football, then moved to futsal.Tell me, is there any difference in feelings, in emotions?
– Watching high-level futsal is as interesting as football. Futsal creates a lot of emotions for the fans: the field for the game is smaller, so there are more shots on goal, sharp moments, goals. This, of course, does not mean that football does not create emotions.
– Tell us about your training? How long do they take? What does the team do in training?
– Usually we have about 10 workouts a week. There are 8 regular workouts from Monday to Friday.And I have 2 more goalkeeper trainings. During periods when we have a lot of games, it is difficult to find time for special training, but this must be done.
The type of training depends on the season. For example, now before the competition we work out more technical and tactical moments, less cardio. It is very important to practice the ability to quickly respond and make decisions. At the beginning of the season, on the other hand, more cardio to develop your lungs. Cardio exercises are also different – for long periods of time and for short ones, but with maximum acceleration.It all depends on the task we are facing. During a workout, I run about 5-7 kilometers. But I’m a goalkeeper, other guys, of course, run more – 10 kilometers.
During the competition I have practically no free time. And if it appears, then I spend it with my family.
– How has the pandemic affected your training?
– Very much, we couldn’t even finish the championship. It was very difficult to study at home, to motivate myself.At that time I also had an injury, so my recovery was hard. But the realization that then it would be difficult to regain physical form helped – this is twice as much work. And you don’t need a lot of space and any special conditions to work at home.
– How has the coronavirus changed your life?
– The pandemic has changed people. This disease is not a joke, but a serious threat. I think that’s why we started to appreciate life more. I began to appreciate life more. Even such simple things as the sun in the window, I look differently.I began to appreciate my family even more and the time I spend with it. The family is the people who are always there, so you need to cherish it.
– Higuita, you became the best goalkeeper in the world for the fifth time. What’s next? What’s the next bar?
– I am already 35, so my main motivation is to stay at this level as before. At this age, it is important to keep the brand.
Two main goals are to win the Champions League with Kairat and win either the European Championship or the World Championship with the national team of Kazakhstan.We have good chances, so I plan to win these tournaments and finish my career on top.
– Have you thought about your coaching career?
– I’m ready for this. After the career of a football player, this is a new round of development. This new role is needed now. I have my own style of play, so I think I can do it.
My whole life is devoted to football. I studied to be a biologist and did not graduate because I played football. It’s probably too late to return to biology. I want to stay in sports even after I finish my football career.
– What do you think, what is lacking in Kazakhstani football schools to bring the sport to a new level?
– There are good players in Kazakhstan, the younger generation is also promising. They need talented coaches to guide. I think this is a key moment to nurture football in the country.
– Judging by Instagram, do you like to cook? How often do you cook at home?
– Now I do not cook so often.But sometimes I like to cook minced meat in a good sauce. Cooking beans, pea burgers. But my wife cooks more often and better than me.
– Is there a dish that you cook better than your wife?
– I can say that my pasta bolognese is better than her pasta bolognese. She’s just super (Laughs) .
– How do you like the local cuisine? What do you like, what is not so much?
– I love pilaf, a very good dish. But I don’t really like beshbarmak: I can eat it, but I won’t order it in a cafe or restaurant.But pilaf and bayursaks are the best that there is in Kazakhstan, in my opinion.
– And a final question: who do you consider the most outstanding athlete of our time?
– LeBron James. A well-known basketball player. Now he is in a situation where, it would seem, he won everything, but still does not stop. I follow his personal life, his career, and I see that he is a winner in everything. He is constantly working to get better from year to year. Therefore, in the history of modern sports, LeBron James is an example for me.
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