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VINCENZO INDELICATO, OUR GM!

Posted in SPORT-MAN on September 17, 2010 by danielecleacc

today i’m going to interview the general manager of Rozzano Calcio: Vincenzo Indelicato, who has been  working for this team since 2005.

INTERVIEWER:  Well Enzo, why did you choose to work for  Rozzano  football A.S. A?
ENZO: Rozzano football A.S.A has been ever since the beginning a serious club with a highly qualified managerial staff, so when I heard that the position of General Manager was available I immediately applied for the post and after an interview with the president I joined in.
I: how long have you been doing this job?
E: about  20 years. when I was 34 I qualified as Football manager at Milan Figc and I started working for various Milan football clubs, firts as manager guide and then as sports director.
I: why did you choose to qualify as manager rather than as coach?
E: mainly because football is  not my main activity, I have another job and I knew coaching was too demanding and difficult to combine with my work timetable.

I:  How does working as sports director and general manager  fit in with your private life?
E: well… by now I have realized that football is part of my private life, I don’t see it as a real job but as a pleasant and demanding hobby.

I: Let’s talk about your job at  Rozzano Football A.S. A, what do you actually do?
E: I am sports director and general manager even though which means that I take care of the administrative aspects related to the “prima squadra” (top team).

I: can you give us an example?
E: well, first of all, I’m in charge of the viewing, selecting and enrolling of the players, I fill in the list before each match, pay salaries to players and all the employees, but most important of all I act as go-between with Rozzano football and Figc.

I: last year, Rozzano Football, made a giant leap forward in the youth field thanks to the affiliation with Inter fc. Can you give us all the backstage detailsof this important decision?

E: Sure, it was a project we had been trying to realize for about three years, but there always seemed to be some trouble or other. Finally in the summer 2009 we came to an agreement with the youth sector management of Inter fc, becoming the greatest affiliate society in the Milan area.

I: Could you explain what an affiliation is?
E: First of all, it is a two-way relationship in which we get know-how and give young players, then being in such a close relationship every term we get the opportunity to take part in refresher courses on the latest news of tecnique and tactics .

I: Just one last question: what are the goals  that Rozzano football is pursuing in this season?

E: We are definitely aiming at reinforcing our relationship with Inter f.c, and at the same time, do our best in the various leagues we are playing. We also have great expectations for  “prima squadra” (our top team) where we have decided to give more opportunities to young players, the average age of the team is in fact 23 years, a real record fot their league.Our main target will continue to be the promotion of sport in Rozzano where we are planning  several events  in collaboration with the mayor to promote sport and its benefits especially for kids.
I: thank you very much Enzo, it’s been great talking to you.

E: My pleasure!

THE “GOALKEEPER GUIDE”

Posted in SPORT-MAN on August 17, 2010 by danielecleacc

In this post I want to explain the work of goalkeepers’ trainers who represent a perfect example of a small group of people whose work is devoted to the improvement and development of the skills and qualities of a single person.

In fact, the goalkeeper is followed by a group of trainers specialized in different aspects: tactics, technique and fitness whose work is aimed at the perfect performance of the goalkeeper in the match.

The goalkeeper is one of the most important players on the field – they are the last line of defense and the first line of attack. To play the position well requires special skills and training.

This is how soccer coaches should train their goalkeepers, keeping into account basic soccer goalkeeping techniques and tactics, but and also the psychology of goalkeeping and last but not least goalkeeping equipment.

Goalkeeping techniques

Goalkeeping technique requires a specialized coach, because it is focused on the mechanics of catching the ball, or at least deflecting it around the goal. It can’t be taught by just anybody. Footwork is the key, because if a keeper’s feet can’t get them to where the ball is going, their hands will be useless.

Catching is important, since sloppy catching technique can allow the ball to slip through the hands and into the net. Proper positioning allows the keeper to cover the largest portion of the goal possible, but occasionally a desperate diving attempt must be made to catch or deflect difficult shots.

Finally, remember the goalkeeper is the last line of defense and the first line of attack – a keeper has to know the best way to get the ball to their teammates after the save has been made.

Goalkeeping tactics

The soccer goalkeeper, more than anyone else on the soccer field, must be able to make split-second decisions that will affect the outcome of the game. Teaching tacticts touches on some of the decisions a keeper will be faced with and the factors that should enter into their decision.

Goalkeeping psicology

Because the margin of error is so thin, goalkeepers must have the mental constitution to handle the pressure and shake off mistakes. It’s important that the soccer coach can keep things positive for their goalkeepers and help them along even when things aren’t going well.

Penalty kicks

Goalkeepers are often nervous about penalty kicks, but the pressure is really on the shooter. Saving penalties is an art, not a science

HOW TO TURN AN OBSESSION INTO A SUCCESS

Posted in SPORT-MAN on August 12, 2010 by danielecleacc
William Jay “Bill” Bowerman was an American track and field coach, his main target as field coach was to make his athletes extremely comfortable so that they could give their best during the sport performances. That is why he decided to design and produce his own shoes.

In 1964, Bowerman and Phil Knight, a miler he used to train in the 1950s made a handshake agreement  to start an athletic footwear distribution company called Blue Ribbon Sports, later known as nike inc.. Knight was in charge of  the business end of the partnership, while Bowerman experimented with improvements in athletic footwear design.

Bowerman’s design ideas became reality when in 1966 he created a running shoe, named “Cortez” in 1968,  which quickly became a top-seller and is still an icon of Nike’s footwear designs.
Bowerman designed several Nike shoes, but he became famous for his experiments with his wife’s waffle iron in 1970 or 1971, he was convinced that  waffle-ironed rubber could help to create a new sole for footwear that would grip but be lightweight.
His inspiration led to the introduction of the so-called “Moon Shoe” in 1972, so named because the waffle tread  resembled the footprints left by astronauts on the moon.
Two years later further refinement resulted in the “Waffle Trainer”, which was a great success and definitely fuelled the explosive growth of Blue Ribbon Sports/Nike.
But Bowerman was not satisfied. In fact he was obsessed with shaving weight off his athletes’ running shoes.
He believed that custom-made lighter shoes could not only  reduce the overall drag on his athletes’ energy for every ounce he could remove from the shoe but also cut down on blisters,
Bowerman’s being extremely focussed on the creation of a footwear for a specific group of people, namely his athletes, put the basis for the worldwide succes that Nike was to enjoy in some 20 years.

THESE AREN’T BOOTS, THET’RE SLIPPERS – GOLDEN SLIPPERS

Posted in BOOTS, FOOTFASHION, SPORT-MAN on July 13, 2010 by danielecleacc

Pantofola d’Oro is an Italian manufacturer of football boots, clothing and leisure footwear.

The company can trace its roots back to 1886 when the old Lazzarini cobbler’s shop was founded in Ascoli Piceno.

During the fifties, Emidio Lazzarini took over the business from his father. He was a wrestler and the shoues he wore when he competed were absolutely uncomfortable and unsuitable. Since Emidio was a born shoemaker, he decided to make his own wrestling shoes. These were much softer and moro comfortable than the ones he used to wearing. Word soon spread over Emidio Lazzarini’s new wrestling shoes and he began making bespoke shoes for many other wrestlers as well.

After years of “making-of” wrestler boots, Lazzarini contacted the local football team, A.S. Ascoli and began making customised football boots for the team. The players found the boots so comfortable that many of them became his regular clients.

Within a short space of time, the boots improved in quality. They were renowned for their exceptional softness and comfort allowing the player’s foot room to move, whilst giving outstanding ball control. Emidio Lazzarini’s secret lay in the soft calf-leather he used for the sole plate. rather than the more common heavier leather, and the boot’s ergonomic form, which perfectly followed the contours of the foot.

John Charles the legendary Juventus player, came to hear of these handmade boots, and was an early customer of Lazzarini’s. And it was John Charles who gave Lazzarini’s football boots their name: “These aren’t boots, they’re slippers – golden slippers”. The italian for golden slipper is : Pantofola D’Oro.

Love, hard work and commitment allowed Lazzarini to build some of the best football boots in the world, so far form the ultra-modern, technological shoes, made only for “business” and NOT FOR PASSION. Of course he made a lot of money with all the contracts that he signed, but the main purpose of his work was to make a boot that “fit good”, beceause a man with a comfortable shoe, is an happy man.Pantofola D\’oro