Monday, May 18, 2009

Australia Aims To Develop Best Players In The World, Players Like Messi and Ronaldo

Australia's National Technical Director Han Berger has tied the country's bid for future World Cups to the proper developement of domestic players. And he wants the country to focus only skill development:

“If you put too much emphasis on the result at too young an age then you tend to choose strong players instead of skilful ones and you forbid players to take risks and initiative instead of encouraging them to do so.

“At the end of the day you get punished for that because at the top level the game is not decided by the strongest and the fittest players because all players are strong and fit.

“At the top level the game is decided by players like Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – the skilful ones – and if you want to go this high level you need players like that.

“That’s more or less my message and why we should put more emphasis on skill development as opposed to strength and conditioning at a young age.” (Source)

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