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Pass The Ball

Updated on April 11, 2011
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Glendon and his wife have led church ministries, conducted empowerment seminars, and travelled to faraway places on business and vacation.

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.

Photographer:  Francesco Marino courtesy of
Photographer: Francesco Marino courtesy of

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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      glendoncaba 7 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Just look at that early speculative shot from Robinho in the game against Ivory Coast, when he had great passing options. Waste of time. He should have slotted the ball to his team mate.

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      glendoncaba 7 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Macedonian I am going to presume that you are poking fun at my layman's analysis with your mention of tactics. I quite understand that there are times we need to pull defenders or hold up play for team mates to arrive. The problem as I see it is that weaker teams are not thinking enough but simply kicking the ball in the general direction of goal.

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      Macedonian 7 years ago from Republic Of Macedonia

      Passing the ball more often makes the game look much better. Enough of those tactics, play for fun... Just PASS THE BALL :)))