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I think this was the big problem and it is still in some teams today, that all the players do the same exercises regardless of whether they are fullbacks, midfielders or strikers. From my point of view, the moments when we were running 10-series X 2000m concrete running in the pre-season, were completely useless because we did not run at constant speed during the game and did not need this type of aerobic effort (long-term effort, intensity submaximal, medium or small), on the contrary, we had a great need to improve our anaerobic effort (maximum intensity effort, short-lasting, force and speed prevailing). Even though i had a very good physical condition, i hated the times when we were forced to make these series even stranger, even the goal-keepers had to do it.

I like to give a good example to some of the best on physical training, in Premier League the players have a training program according to their field position and personalized for each player, because the constitution and the qualities of each differ. Even if they play on the same position, for example on the right back, 2 players can have totally different qualities, so each player has his / her specific physical training program (depending on his height, weight, native qualities, muscles, etc.). I'm not an expert in this area, but if the best in the strong championships in Europe (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, A Series) use these specific training for their players, it means that they are doing something well.

I say this because, from the moment I started to prepare myself according to the instructions of a physical trainer (a very dear person who, unfortunately, is no longer among us) Dan Albu, i had become a much better player. After I've been training for a month, my skills (speed, strength and skill) have grown so much, i was moving much better, i was running better, i was shooting better and all because i followed the advice of a a man who knew what he was doing extraordinarily well. Something very important in all the training you are following is that you have to stay constantly in exercising, because otherwise (as I did and I did wrong) your abilities will decrease, because you saw everything was going well and you've decided that you've worked hard enough, everyone boasts you and there’s no need to make an effort. The biggest mistake is to stop when all your qualities improve day by day, cuz you have received some cheers from coach, colleagues or spectators. Keeping up with training is essential, for you can really show what you can do on the football field during a match. The „Get it in your head” tendency is usually encountered between football players in situations where they played well in 3-4 consecutive matches, no longer have the same motivation to train to the maximum and thus lose the first 11.

So, depending on your qualities as a footballer and as a player in the field, you have to adapt your physical training so that you get the most out of your abilities. If your main quality is speed, see how you can improve it with the technique to keep the ball close to you when you run at full speed. If your main quality is the vision of the game, try to analyze the game of a top footballer who has the same position in the field as you (find free information on YouTube) and adapt some of the techniques according to your ability.

The most important thing is to realize what is your number one ability as a footballer and then build around it with the other necessary steps for the football game (passing, shooting, dispossession, head shot, dribbling, vision, etc), of course all it must be adapted to you.

You must never give up and put a lot of effort in to it, even if you fail at certain times, analyze what you have done wrong and improve that.

„I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”  - Michael Jordan

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