Tag Archive for 'partita'

How to cope the more relevant matches

Preparing to play important matches is not easy even if you are fit. Physical and technical-tactical preparation are indispensable but not sufficient factors.

In these moments, self-control is the factor to be activated the most. These are the hours when you have to show yourself and the whole team, that whatever the challenges will be in the match you will find the right solution. The focus must be on only what you have decided to do. There is nothing to invent, the answers are already there, at hand and to be implemented with decision and speed. Opponents experience the same condition of fear and stress; no one is immune.

For these reasons, the one who puts oppressive thoughts behind him or her and decides to live intensely every second of the game wins. So, let’s get ready to enter this competitive context. So many times we draw on the will and desire to deliver the best individual and team performance. Let’s do that now, too! Calm, pace and speed.

The factors determining the optimal activation for playing a match

In soccer, the varying levels of activation of teams during matches is influenced by many situations and the individual characteristics of players. Activation refers to the degree to which a team is ready to know how to put its game into action against a given opponent. However, there are many variables that can influence this psychological condition, among them the most important are:

Competitive experience - the greater the experience playing high-level matches, the greater the ability to know how to enter the game at the optimal level of activation.

Anxiety - the greater the degree of insecurity regarding one’s role on the field, the greater the level of activation, which if not reduced can prevent the footballer from playing at his or her best.

Fatigue - the greater the physical and mental fatigue, the greater the likelihood of manifesting levels of activation and agonism that are too low and therefore inadequate.

Impulsivity - the greater the footballer’s impulsivity, the greater the likelihood that his activation level will be too high at times of increased competitive tension and his play will become foul.

Thought control - the better the personal self-control during the game, the lower the likelihood of acting without thinking.

Motivation - the lower the motivation to play at one’s best, the lower the commitment and focus and the lower the level of physical and mental activation.

Toughness - the greater the belief that one knows how to face any competitive situation with determination, the more effective the level of activation the footballer will be able to put himself in before the game.

The role on the pitch - the clearer and more specific is for the kicker his role on the field, with more ease he will know what to pay attention to, how to charge himself mentally before the start of the match and how to maintain this condition during its course.

The match momentum - Everything that happens during the match influences and is influenced by the activation levels of players and teams in a process of constant and mutual interaction. Important and decisive matches or friendly matches, early or late stages of the match, result for or against, playing in 10 rather than 11 are situations that affect the intensity of the competitive charge, which corresponds to the level of activation of the collective.

The team - paraphrasing the saying that the champion team is made up of the players who amalgamate in the best way, it can be said that the champion team is made up of those players from whose global activation releases the agonistic charge necessary to express their play.

The greatest comeback in a tennis match

British player Tara Moore pulls of the greatest comeback in tennis history.

Risultati immagini per Tara Moore greatest comeback tennis

Federer: to win he said “don’t mess it up”

I often talk with young tennis players of the importance to lead themselves during the matches. Most of them uses too often complicated thoughts and want to show brilliant shots. In my opinion, this thoughts prevents being concrete and do simple things, waiting for the right moment to close the point.

Everyone talk about Federer exceptional tennis but rarely pointed out that the mental approach to the game comes before very other thing.

In this interview, instead, the same Federer remind us about the importance of the mental attitude. These sentences clearly highlight this approach, when he says that in the fourth set his mind was wandering too much and then he tells himself: “Don’t mess it up.”

So first of all, we need to support ourselves and then let’s focus on every point.

“The problem in the fourth set was that my mind was all over the place,” Federer told Australia’s Seven Network. “I was so close and I was telling myself, ‘Don’t mess it up,’ and then that’s exactly what I did. I got a bit lucky at the beginning of the fifth set. I personally don’t think I would have come back if he’d broken me first.”

Tennis: the mental approach to the match

One of the main reasons because so many young people who want to pursue a tennis career instead undergo continuous failures lies, in my opinion, in their excessive expectations and the desire to show off a brilliant style of play that they are not able to support. Federica Brignone, bronze medal  in the giant at these Winter Olympics, said that it’s needed “work and mental strength.” Unlike, be prisoners of the expectations and focused on brilliant play are exactly the opposite, because they distract the players from what has to be performed during each point.

Expectations - They are destructive. On one side is too trivial to remember that you want to win the match, because we assume that no one starts a match with the goal of losing it. This idea should remain in the background of one’s mind, if not out, since it does not help the young to be focused only on the next point. For the young tennis players, the first thing to learn is that there is just the next point to play and they must be prepared to play it according to the match momentum. Think beyond that point means to remove concentration and determination in the present and put it in the foreseeable future that cannot be controlled, because at the moment it does not exist.

The play - Many young people are focused on the play and when you ask them how many times they have achieved this strategy, they respond that only rarely they were able to follow it, even just for the duration of one set. In my opinion, they fail because they start from a wrong assumption. To show a play style is a point of arrival and not of departure, it will be achieved through a mental journey which they are not yet able to support. Furthermore, to think about the match is an abstract concept, they need to be focused on the specific actions that, instead, should make in trouble their opponents. So, really, the players think too much and in a global way and they are not oriented to how to perform the next step.

Roberta Vinci in the match won against Serena Williams, said her thinking about the game was: “Run and throw it in there.” What do these words mean?

Run - Put in evidence you need to be fast and this physical readiness starts from the mental readiness, which triggers the reaction. This behavior happens in receiving when you are on the front of your feet ready to shoot forward and in the continuous “hopping” showed by the  champions also during the warmup. Tennis requires to be fast and, typically, this is lost when we are losing, the speed slows down we get depressed and the mistakes grow up.

Throw it over there – It means to play a deep ball without running excessive risks, waiting for the opponent mistake or the right moment to close the point. This approach to the match highlights the personal toughness in pursuing the own goals, maintaining the control of the game. Otherwise the tennis players may tend to slow down too much the play rhythm or to speed up the game, looking for brilliant shots to quickly close the point.

Then the match is a continuous succession among these moments:

  1. be fast
  2. to hit the ball that
  3. must be deep and
  4. play with the opponent at least 4/5  shots to make the point, and
  5. use the breaks to relax and
  6. refocus on next point
  7. to be fast again …


The 16 second cure in tennis

The court ruled that in tennis the breaks between one point and the other is part of the performance.

Why it is not taught to handle the ase time as it’s done for the game?

In English this time is called “the 16 second cure”

It consists of four phases:

  • Physical response positive – 4.3 seconds end point – go baseline, decisive steps, neutral facial expression and gesture of incitement
  • Relaxation – 06.05 seconds – back to camp, relax, look at racquet strings
  • Preparation – 04.05 seconds – back bottom line, mental rehearsal or service response
  • Ritual – 4/5 seconds ritual of preparation, ready to serve or respond

When do: always!


It does not exist the perfect football match

“Così come non ci sono corpi che garantiscano il gol, non ci sono grandi incontri senza errori. Il calcio vive di imprevisti, a tal punto che, in una singolare intervista con Marguerite Duras, Michel Platini affermò – una partita “perfetta” dovrebbe terminare 0-0 .- Il calcio dipende anche dagli scivoloni del portiere, dagli assurdi passaggi all’avversario, dai cruenti autogol. In nessun altro sport gli astri deludono altrettanto nelle giocate facili (basti ricordare i rigori falliti di Zico, Van Basten, Maradona, Huo Sanchez e Platini nelle coppe del mondo o europee).” Da Juan Villoro, Gli undici della tribù, Micromega, 3/98, p.104.