Good Sportsmanship: A Guide To Etiquette On The Football Field

Whether you’re playing competitively or just playing for fun, a game of football should always be an enjoyable experience for all involved.

Many of us will have been in situations where we’ve had to play against opponents we might have a grudge with, or had to play an away game before hostile spectators – but at the end of the day it’s important to remember that it is a game.

Sure there’s nothing wrong with having a competitive atmosphere, but letting this escalate can result in an uncomfortable environment – and that’s when careless tackles and injuries can occur.

A painful injury is something that nobody wants. Being incapacitated can hamper future games, and have a detrimental effect on your professional and personal life. So when on the football field, even though it’s a naturally heated sport, it’s usually more beneficial for everyone to let cooler heads prevail.

Practicing good sportsmanship is a great way of decreasing tension before, during and after a game. Here are the basic rules of good footballing etiquette. Following these will help you to ensure that your game of football remains a game, and doesn’t turn into a war.

 

Shake Hands

Let your opponents know that your team is here to have a game of football. Be professional. Shake hands with them before the game to defuse any possible feelings of tension, and after the game, to show that there are no hard feelings over the result.

Believe me this act which may seem very insignificant will protect both teams from major issues throughout and after the game. How many times have we seen a fight break out on the pitch over small issues?

 

Help a Fallen Opponent

After a hard challenge, helping your opponent to their feet will help to calm any possible bad feeling resulting from it. If you’ve just fouled an opponent and realised it, apologise for the mistake.

Similarly, if one of your opponents or teammates has suffered an injury from a particularly harsh tackle, show concern and do what you can to help.

If they require treatment, get the attention of your physio if there’s one present.

 

Hand it Over

It can be easy to get frustrated with a decision that hasn’t gone your way, but don’t let this get the better of you. If your opponents have earned a throw in or a free kick and you have the ball, don’t disrupt the flow of play by having a tantrum and kicking it away.

Be grown-up, and willingly hand the ball over to your opponents so the game can continue.

 

Put It Out of Play

In those situations where an opponent is injured but play has carried on, do the right thing – put the ball out for a throw in. If your opponents are good sports like you are, they’ll return the favour and throw the ball back to you once the fallen player has received attention.

Most of the time, your opponents will be good sports – no matter where you are in the world.

 

This article is written by Adam who recently had an injury during a game of football. Due to the initial pain, he was prescribed pain relief medication from Express Doctor who are based in the UK.

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Feature: The Increasing Success of Football Betting

Football betting has long been popular amongst those that like to gamble, as illustrated by the ubiquitous presence of betting shops on high streets across the United Kingdom. Yet unlike many formerly popular industries, the world of football betting has thrived in the era of the internet.

Indeed, all of the major bookmakers like bwin.be have setup online versions of their physical shops, leading to not only a mass exodus from the high street to the virtual world of online gambling, but it has tempted a greater proportion of the population to gamble on sports than ever before.

Now, in terms of popularity, football betting is matched only by the wealth of similarly popular online casinos.

Reasons for the continued and increasing popularity of football betting:

1. Convenience – this is arguably the main reason for the aforementioned surge. The added convenience has been generated by giving those interested in sports betting the ability to find tips and odds information, in addition to being able to place bets securely online.

The World Wide Web has therefore made football betting into something that is very accessible in terms of the ability that the average punter now has to make an informed betting choice.

 

2. Audience – There has been a marked increase In the level enthusiasm for sport in general amongst the public, but it is football – and the Premier League in particular –that has seen a surge in popularity and therefore in the number of people betting on its results.

 

3. Advertising – The likes of Bwin are experts in marketing their brand and bringing themselves to the attention of a mass audience. Indeed, sponsorship deals with European footballing behemoths, Real Madrid and AC Milan, have obviously brought the betting site to the attention of a massive audience, thus helping to increase the popularity of sports betting on a global scale.

 

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Feature: How Exactly Do The Football Trials Work?

Interested in football trials?  Fancy yourself as the next Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie or even Mesut Ozil? Then you need to get yourself on the football trials as soon as you can.

 

How do they work?

The first thing you need to do is to register.  This is free and once you are registered you will have access to a whole world of information.  The idea is to get you focused and as prepared as you can possibly be.  They can be highly competitive things, football trials, so the more prepared and ready you are the better chance you will have.

Once you are registered we will give you £50 worth of free information.  This includes what you should be eating, drinking and what exactly the football scouts will be looking for. Inside information.

The scouts and coaches come to the trials to hunt out the best talent around.  They have the chance to pick from the cream of the crop, so the more information you have surrounding what they look for, the better.

Other information includes drills that you should be working on, skills you should be practicing and examples of success stories.  Clear and up front information is the only way you will know if the football trials are the right thing for you.

This is your opportunity to really shine.  But, if you pick up the information and feel that now is not the right time then it is best that you hold back and keep practicing until you feel ready.

There could be a coach or scout out there who sees such potential in you that your life is changed forever.  Are you ready for that?  Are you prepared?  It is your chance to shine so you need to know that you have exactly what it takes to put your football skills to the test.

 

10 to 14 assessment

The trial consists of an assessment.  For those aged 10 to 14 it will last around two hours.  You will have the chance to work with a coach who will really put you to the test.  You will also have a 75 minute assessment by a world class UEFA licenced coach.

There will be a grading system against a 10 point criteria and feedback will be provided so you can see the areas that you need to improve.

Finally, 45 minutes of small sided matches will take place where the pro club scouts can really see you at work.  Show ‘em what you’ve got.

 

15+ assessment

For those aged 15 or over you will have a longer session with the UEFA licenced coach and will also undergo a pro club session including a dynamic warm up and a visual assessment from the scouts.  Pro club testing that assesses your speed and agility will also be required.

Overall you will be provided with plenty of information, guidance and assistant on how you can improve your strength, skills, agility and core stability.

Seven days after your last trial you will receive an email to let you know whether or not you have been selected. If you have you will be assigned an agent.  Remember, your dream.  Isn’t it time you made your dream a reality?

 

Written by Harry Price - an avid football fan… When he’s not watching football, he’s spending time with dogs, wife, and son.

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Feature: Seven highly common sporting injuries

The last thing you remember is that you were jumping to head the ball, before the world came crashing down on you. Or maybe, it’s you who came crashing down on a twisted ankle. You don’t know exactly what happened, but you have an excruciating pain in your ankle, a pain so severe that you can barely even think of standing up. You’ve probably got a sprained ankle, one of the most common sporting injuries.

Sporting injuries can vary in nature and severity, but some parts of the body are more prone to get hurt than others. The type of injury also depends upon the type of sport that you are playing.

Here are some of the most common sports injuries in the UK, how they are caused, and how to prevent them.

 

1. Hamstrings Injuries

Hamstring injuries usually happen in cricket, athletics and football. They are caused when you stretch a hamstring because of excessive standing or running. Hamstring injuries are more common among older players, as their hamstrings muscles have become comparatively less flexible because of age.

Improper stretching and not warming up are common causes for hamstring injuries. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) usually cure hamstring injuries.

 

2. Achilles tendinitis

Named after the Spartan warrior who conquered Troy, Achilles tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendon at the back of your heel. It is more common among athletes engaging in track events or jumping. Achilles tendinitis is painful and can often make it impossible to run.

The injury is treated by RICE and pain-killers. If not treated, Achilles tendinitis can become chronic.

 

3. Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments 

Most common in football, this is a knee injury that happens when a player loses balance and the knee is twisted in an awkward position. The injury is painful and can take some time to heal. RICE and knee-bands are often used to speed up the healing of the torn knee ligaments.

 

4. Golf Elbow or Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow usually hits the outside of the elbow, and is caused by tendon degeneration due to repeated backhand strokes. Golf elbow more commonly causes the inflammation of the inside of the elbow because of injury to the epicondyle, the place where forearm-flexing muscles are attached to the upper arm.

The remedy is to exercise the forearms for strength and to use the correct playing technique.

 

5. Shin Splints

Most common among cyclists and runners, shin splints refer to the pain on the inside of the shin bone. It often troubles people who are not used to exercising, do not do stretching, or build the intensity of the workout a bit too rapidly.

Shin splints can also be caused if you’re wearing improper shoes or by running on hard ground. Rest, ice, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medicine usually cure shin splints without a problem.

 

6. Lower Back Pain

Although sportsmen rarely develop back pain, it can sometimes affect cyclists, runners, golfers, and tennis players. Improper stretching and not warming up are the most predominant causes of back pain in athletes. A discrepancy in leg length can trigger back pain even with a little running.

While sporting back pain is usually caused by pulled back-muscles, you should consult the physician to make sure it’s not a severer condition, such as a slipped-disk or sciatica, that’s making your back hurt.

 

7. Ankle Sprain

Coming back to the injury that we imagined in the opening of this post, a sprained ankle is most common in football, volleyball, basketball, and hockey. It can tear the ligaments and even a tendon in the ankle joint. Sever pain is accompanied by swelling of the ankle, and an X-Ray is required to rule out the possibility of a fracture.

A sprained ankle can take some time to heal fully. Avoid this injury by strengthening your ankles through exercises such as ankle lifts, and by wearing a bandage around the ankle.

 

Dr Garry J McCLean writes for The Workplace Depot on Health and Safety issues.

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The World’s Newest, Most Breathtaking Football Stadiums

If there was ever any doubt that football was the most popular sport in the world, the number of new football stadiums and the many proposed stadiums would erase it.

Let’s review a handful of the most recent sparkling new professional football fields that are sure to impress fans.

 

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic games, Rio de Janeiro needed a plan for a new football complex. The decision was made to renovate the existing Maracana Stadium to the tune of $440 million.

Crews worked 24/7 to complete the stadium within FIFA regulations. Officially named Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, the stadium was first built to host the 1950 World Cup.

The stadium’s first event was held in April 2013, but the first official match was a friendly on June 2 between Brazil and England. Before renovations, the stadium was touted as the largest football stadium in the world. The new version reduced seating capacity from 100,000 to 78,000

New luxury suites and facilities for the media and a sports medicine outreach highlight the new stadium. Other ostentatious amenities include 292 toilets that receive water from the roof, eight new television studios, four new locker rooms, and brand new Bermuda Celebration grass that will allow the ball to scoot more quickly.

 

Al-Wakrah Stadium, Al-Wakrah City, Doha, Qatar

Qatar won the FIFA bid for the 2022 World Cup, and the country is projecting to build nine new stadiums while refurbishing three old ones. The cost for all of the stadiums is initially estimated to be $4 billion, a small sum compared to the overall infrastructure being planned.

Standing on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Al-Wakrah is a classical Arab desert city, containing a mere 30,000 Arab citizens but with a burgeoning expat population that is building the city and its stadiums with Qatari oil wealth.

It’s also worth noting that Stockholm, Sweden, has built two new stadiums in 2013 for local football clubs.

 

New Soccer Specific Stadiums in the United States

The Portland Timbers' Jeld-Wen Field

The Portland Timbers’ Jeld-Wen Field

So-called soccer specific stadiums (SSS) have been all the rage for MLS franchises in recent years. The newest SSS was built for the Houston Dynamo in Houston, Texas, in 2012. BBVA Compass Stadium is the first SSS built in an American downtown.

Two SSS venues were established in 2011: Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon, home to the Portland Timbers, and Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, built for Sporting Kansas City.

Kansas City's Sporting Park

Kansas City’s Sporting Park

A total of thirteen SSS have been built in cities in North America since 1999, including stadiums in Columbus, Ohio; Commerce City, Colorado (Denver); Frisco, Texas (outside Dallas); Carson, California (Los Angeles); Chester, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia); Harrison, New Jersey (outside New York City); Sandy, Utah (near Salt Lake); Bridgeview, Illinois (outside Chicago); Toronto; and Montreal.

 

Proposed New Stadiums

Russia's 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Kazan.

Russia’s 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Kazan.

Dozens of proposed stadiums worldwide are in various stages of planning, including a series of stadiums in Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, and France and England. MLS franchises in Washington, D.C. and New York City also have stadiums in the works.

Russia's 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Rostov-na-Donu.

Russia’s 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Rostov-na-Donu.

Several new soccer stadiums have been proposed in recent months within the United States for cities vying for MLS status: Orlando, Florida; Tampa Bay, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan.

 

Byline: Jackson Willis blogs about topics as varied as football in his native Seattle, WA, to the field services needed for the world’s greatest construction projects. 

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Feature: Most Common Sports Injuries

We all love to do a bit of exercise now and again, whether it’s a quick jog or a long walk, playing football with friends or in a competitive match.  However, sometimes we do just a small bit too much which leads to an injury and requiring a sports injury massage.  This will get you back up to fitness as it helps to heal your injury quickly.

Unfortunately picking up a knock or straining a muscle is all part of exercising, and here are some of the most common sports injuries and how to prevent them.

 

Achilles Tendinitis

Excessive exercising, mainly running, can cause your Achilles tendon – at the back of your heel –  to become inflamed, leaving you in a lot of discomfort and unable to exercise.  If this injury is not tended to it can become very painful and a long-term problem when wanting to exercise further.

If your Achilles begins to play up, be sure to get an icepack on it as soon as possible and avoid any further exercise until it is cleared up.

To avoid damaging your Achilles altogether, it is a good idea to strengthen your calf muscles and stretch properly before exercising.

 

Shin Splints

This is often quite a problem with people who aren’t used to exercise a lot.  The pain occurs around the shins, hence the name, and is caused by the muscles around the bone becoming inflamed.

Good ways to avoid shin splints are to gradually increase workout intensity (rather than suddenly), wear well supported shoes and stretching before your workout.

If you still suffer from shin splints, try getting a sports injury massage to help your muscles heal before working out again.

 

Lower Back Pain

This injury can be very frustrating, as it can begin to play up as soon as you start running.  Although not very common among athletes and fit people, it can be caused by even the smallest differences in length between your two legs.

If this is the case, and it’s not just that you are slightly unfit, the only way to get this corrected is by paying a visit to a sports injury clinic or a chiropractor.

 

Pulled Muscle

How many times have we seen sports stars being stretchered off because a pulled muscle?  The most common pulled muscle amongst sports stars are the hamstrings, which are constantly being contracted while running.

If the hamstring is weak, running can cause it to tear or pull which brings about searing pain and quite a lengthy recovery period.  Proper stretching and regular exercise will decrease your chances of pulling your hamstring, but if you do, be sure to get a sports injury massage to speed up the healing process.

 

Runner’s Knee

A very common sort of injury, this is caused by consistent irritation of the tendon below your kneecap.  Although called runner’s knee, it is not limited to runners as it can happen to any variety of athletes.

If your knee begins to play up and irritate you, rest it for at least two days and apply ice regularly.  Having proper footwear is also great at preventing this injury.

 

This article was written by Alex Girardi, who recommends www.fitzwilliamhealth.ie when you need a sports injury massage to recover from an injury.

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Heineken’s Voyage: A Campaign Designed for the Brave and Adventurous

Legend. What does it mean? Who does it remind you of? For a football fan, players in the caliber of Paolo Maldini, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, David Beckham among many, many others spring to mind. It’s a term that emphasizes one’s glory, successes, attitude, respect, perseverance, and dedication to the sport or his or her particular passion, voyage, and aspiration.

And to assist in fulfilling a long time desire or adventure, Heineken – a popular brewing company – has launched a new campaign titled ‘Voyage’. It is a campaign – non-football affiliated – designed and created for the spontaneous adventurer or maybe the wildlife enthusiast. We don’t know. The purpose of this intriguing campaign is to take different men from across the globe and drop them in remote locations with nothing, but the most basic of supplies and directions – peculiarly reminiscent of the widely known show,  The Amazing Race.

The outcome of such a campaign, is dropped – a series of intermittent voyages and adventures following the chosen ones on their once in a lifetime journey and experience. As previously mentioned, the destination of these brave souls is unknown. They might land in the rain forest along the mighty Amazon river, or the freezing wilderness of Alaska, or the barren desert of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter, or perhaps a challenge against some of the world’s top football players amidst the treacherous and unsavory conditions of Quito – a place located high above sea level.

We – or, in this case, the chosen adventurers – don’t know what to expect. This is the beauty of this campaign. The excitement and anxiousness in anticipation of the voyage at hand, embodies the essence of what the campaign is all about.

 

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Tips: Preparing Your Football Team For The New Season

There are some areas of interest that manage to capture the attention and have an effect on the lives of people all over the world. Football is one of the best examples there is and although it is true that not everyone loves it, the number of those who live and breathe it is well into the millions. Due to this, there is a shared excitement felt by lovers of the game when the new season begins to approach.

No matter what level of competition the team is in it is absolutely fundamental that they have a good standard of kit to play in and this is just one of the preparations that have to be made before the schedule for the upcoming campaign gets underway.

Football operates at so many different levels, from those who earn the most handsome of salaries at the top level, to those who sacrifice their spare time just to play it on a park field on a weekend morning.

Amateur and junior teams can be found almost anywhere and if you are in charge of one of these clubs then there are some arrangements to take care of before the next season begins.

 

Secure a pitch and training facilities

In any league season, you have to be able to host half of the games so you need a home pitch to be able to play on. At amateur level, there is likely to be at least one if not plenty more pitches in the local area. It is up to you to get in touch with the people who are responsible for allowing permission for matches to take place at these venues.

It is a sensible idea to go to every effort to hire a place that each member of your team will be able to reach easily and the same rule applies for the sports hall or floodlit facility you will choose for your training sessions.

 

Make sure you can afford the costs

Football clubs below the professional level survive due to the commitment of those who are involved, whether it is the players, the managers, coaches, or parents of those in a junior team. Funds are needed to cover the cost of hiring out pitches and providing the equipment such as training cones, nets, corner flags, team kit and footballs for example.

Fundraisers are a big part of an amateur club and this is when a lot of the money to cover the costs of the season comes in.

 

Put in some pre-season training

The physical pain that comes with the first training session after the summer break is not something that is strictly limited to those who are professional. It is important to get your team together a good few weeks before the league season begins and this will allow you to cast your eye over the players that you will have available.

Friendlies are a necessity during the summer for fitness and practice reasons and they also allow everyone to look forward to the competitive games starting.

 

Tom Mason has had an involvement in grass-roots football coaching for many years and he buys his team football kits from Toga Sports.

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Special Feature: Demand For Engineers Escalates In Lead Up To World Cup 2014

Within the space of two years, Brazil will host the world’s two biggest sporting events: the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is an opportunity for the nation to give the world a taste of its famously vibrant and open culture, and its historic passion for football. But, aside from that, preparations for the world cup have spurred a nationwide investment in infrastructure that many feel to be long overdue.

Brazil is viewed as an inspiration for developing nations due to the progress it has made over the last two decades. During this time it has overtaken the UK to become the world’s sixth largest economy. In the next few years, billions will be spent to ensure that it has the infrastructure to reflect its burgeoning economic power.

 

World Cup fever is coming

Brazil has won the Soccer World Cup more times than any of the eight nations that have lifted the trophy since the inaugural event in 1930. Yet, until Spain’s victory in 2010, it was the only World Cup-winning nation to have never won the tournament on home soil. The last time Brazil hosted the event, which was in 1950, the country was left in stunned dismay as Uruguay beat the team in the final and took the trophy it thought was in the bag.

Fans hope they will take this opportunity to set the record straight. First and foremost, however, Brazil intends to succeed as hosts, for this is every bit as essential to their sense of national identity as success on the football pitch.

Work on 12 stadiums is underway throughout the country, including one in the city of Manaus, which lies deep in the Amazon rainforest and is difficult to reach by road. This underlines the fact that the transport networks that connect the host cities are every bit as essential as the stadiums themselves, especially considering the geographic size of Brazil.

 

Investing in infrastructure

In 2007, it was announced that Brazil would host the 2014 World Cup, and the size of the task was soon made clear when the 2009/2010 World Economic Forum in Geneva rated the quality of Brazilian infrastructure to be amongst the worst in the world (giving it a score of 3.4, which is below the world average of 4.1).

Only 12% of Brazil’s roads were paved at the time, and it had a smaller railway network than France, despite France being one-thirteenth its size. It was clear that significant investment was needed if Brazil was to host the world’s two biggest sporting events in quick succession.

In 2010, the outgoing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched an initiative to invest $900 billion in infrastructure, with a focus on improving transportation, electrical supply, and the nation’s ports.

It’s estimated that the Brazilian government will have spent $25.3 billion on its rail network alone by the time it hosts the World Cup in 2014.

 

Addressing skills shortages

Over the years, Brazil’s economic growth has drawn attention to its skills shortages, particularly in areas such as engineering. Now, with the investment in infrastructure and a Soccer World Cup on the horizon, addressing those skills shortages has become a matter of urgency.

Social inequality and a school curriculum imposed by the federal government have contributed to the lack of preparedness amongst many Brazilian students who undertake university courses. For example, of the 130,000 students that start an engineering course every year, only 35,000 will graduate. This is due to the price of tuition fees and a lack of adequate training in mathematics, physics, and chemistry in public schools. As a result, Confea, Brazil’s Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy, has reported an annual deficit of over 20,000 Brazilian engineers.

Government and industry have recognized the need to promote education in scientific, engineering and IT fields, and federal programs such as the National Engineering Plan, Science Without Borders and Pronatec (National Program of Access to Technical Learning and Employment) aim to do just that, by establishing technical schools in poorer regions of Brazil, and by offering scholarships and exchange opportunities so students can receive their training overseas.

As for short-term solutions, the government has cut down on the regulations and procedures required to obtain work visas in the hopes of encouraging an influx of foreign workers.

It’s clear that hosting a successful Soccer World Cup and Summer Olympics are not the end goal, but rather the first stage in a much longer journey, as Brazil looks to establish an infrastructure that can meet the needs of its growing economy, and provide an educational system that can produce the skills required to do so.

 

Matthew Flax writes about the preparations underway for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, because, like any true football fan, he knows the Brazilian way is the best way.

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Toby Alderweireld: The versatile Belgian a smart, savvy signing for the Rojiblanco

After all the rumours, Toby Alderweireld has finally joined Atletico Madrid. It wasn’t a secret anymore: Alderweireld wanted to leave Ajax this summer. He had informed the club about this and said so publicly on several occasions.

With one year left on his contract, and aged 24, he felt this was the right moment for him to make the step up from the Eredivisie.

The Belgium international joined Ajax almost 10 years ago, aged just 15. He went through all the youth ranks, and finally grew into the defensive leader of the Dutch side. He won the league three times with Ajax and played countless Champions League games.

But since the start of the summer, he was looking for a new club. Alderweireld rejected Spartak Moscow a couple of times, and a few other Russian teams. He stated that he wasn’t interested in money, and that Champions League and game time were the essential factors for him.

Voetbal International, the leading Dutch football magazine, reported more than once that Liverpool and Everton were interested in the Belgian defender. And for a long time, Liverpool did indeed look as the favoured destination for him. But after all, Liverpool bought Sakho and Ilori. Their interest in Alderweireld cooled, and for a moment, it seemed there was nobody left for the Belgian.

But finally, 4 to 5 days ago, Atletico Madrid’s interest became public. A first bid was rejected by Ajax, but after quick negotiations, a 7M Euros deal was agreed. It all happened very quickly, and last weekend, Alderweireld flew over to Spain to sign his new 4 year contract.

Alderweireld waited a long time to get his move, but he won’t regret it now. Atletico Madrid are without a doubt Spain’s third best club right now. They sold their star striker Falcao this summer, but they kept the rest of the team together, and brought in some smart replacements. Ambitions are high, expectations too.

Now the question is obvious: what are Toby Alderweireld’s personal expectations at Atletico? Will he be a starter?

It’s a tough question to answer. Every Atletico Madrid fan will tell you their CB partnership, Godín-Miranda, has been absolutely terrific ever since Diego Simeone took over in Madrid.

But what’s very interesting about Toby Alderweireld is that he’s also able to play as a RB. He’s even a starter for the Belgium national team at RB. And for that spot, he may well have a chance to gain some sufficient playing time.

For me, the ex-Ajax player will get enough game time in the Spanish capital city. If not at CB, it will be at RB. And over time, I even do think he’ll push into a starting spot at CB. He’s a fine defender, very technical, composed, and relatively strong. He’s got a lot of experience, and can only get better with time. He’s very motivated and won’t be afraid to fight for his spot.

To conclude, for both Alderweireld and Atletico Madrid, this is a very smart move. Alderweireld has got his top club, a very ambitious one, and Atletico have got themselves a polyvalent, good defender, on the cheap.

Ajax will be disappointed with the relatively low fee, but with one year left on the defender’s contract, could they really expect anything more?

The future will tell us, but this is a very smart move.

 

Written by Yannick Bloem

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