Pass The Ball
Notice how the quick passing teams like Mexico, Argentina, and of course, Brazil, look so good when they threaten in the attacking third. Very simple really, they pass the ball. I mean how frustrating it is to watch a game where there are options open to the striker and he takes a speculative shot at goal which is easily parried or collected. And if you think it is frustrating as a spectator you should be on the field of play with a strike partner who refuses to pass the ball to you at the crucial moment.
As I watch match after match in World Cup 2010 in South Africa I can't help but notice that the teams who make the telling passes in the approach play will always look more dangerous and will stand a better chance of scoring. When you add speed and accuracy you will get goals.
Generally speaking the midfielders and strikers who are unselfish and looking to play their teammates into the game will play more beautiful football and keep the opposition guessing.
Lionel Messi Set up Hat-trick
Lionel Messi is a great striker yet Barcelona playmaker named 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, turned on the thrills then passed the ball to set up a hat-trick for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain to spark the Argentina triumph in their 4:1 victory over South Korea.
I enjoy playing and watching football. And would pass this word of advice to all strikers. Dribbling is great. Trapping the ball and changing direction even better. But knowing where you are going to pass the ball even before receiving it is the mark of a successful forward. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Keep moving, keep running, keep passing; you will score. Just PASS THE BALL.
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