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Soccer Systems and Strategies [Paperback]

Jens Bangsbo , Birger Peitersen
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1 April 2000
This work is an international guide to building a style of play around the strengths of the team's players. Two coaches of the Danish national team teach soccer's four primary systems of play and then break down the different strategies, tactics and styles of play that can be used to counter every kind of opponent. Coaches can choose from attacking and defensive styles within each primary system, depending on the players and the conditions within the game. It also shows coaches how to benefit from the classic systems of the international soccer powers, including the Latin, British, Norwegian, South American and African styles of play. After coaches determine the optimal system and style for their teams, they will learn how to counter opponents' tactics and how to teach their chosen system, style and tactics through practice instruction and drills. The book includes detailed diagrams and plans of action for implementing the systems, styles and tactics.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736003002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736003001
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jens Bangsbo has been playing and coaching soccer for more than 35 years. He spent 15 years as a top-level player in Denmark, playing more than 400 matches in the top Danish league. In international play, he represented Denmark as both a youth player and as a member of the "A" national team.An instructor at the Danish Football Association since 1986, Bangsbo has published more than 100 articles on soccer and conditioning, and he has written "Fitness Training in Football - A Scientific Approach." Birger Peitersen is also one of Denmark's top soccer figures, having coached the Danish Women's National Team and the national champions of the men's league, and also serving as staff coach of the Danish Football Federation. In 1982, he received the highest coaching award in Denmark, the Diploma in Elite Soccer Coaching. Peitersen was the expert commentator for International European Matches on Danish television in the UEFA Champions League and for Danish Radio at the World Cup in 1990 and 1998 and the European Championships in 1992 and 1996.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well rounded book. 7 Jun 2003
I am I5 and am aspiring to become a football coach so although I did`nt maybe need such a tactical book,at this age, I found this book interesting,informative and such that I learnt about different systems and continetal styles.(In which this had a chapter.) I did have some stumbling points with the writer when he wrote about a sweeper in a back four as I would regard a back four as quite flat. eg: Arsenal ,Adams and the offside trap of the 90`s. The writer Jens Bangsbo ,who is now at Juventus as assistant manager, details famous formations from past Juve and Barca sides to describe particular systems in more detail for the reader. In conclusion this is a book which can educate the reader about different systems and one that describes the defence, midfield and attack. Not a wasted buy and as one of my first coaching books it is one I hold in high regard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Any one who is serious about soccer coaching should read this book. Not only does the book describe systems and styles of soccer, but also how to coach players to play the particular systems or styles. The book has been a joy to use as a reference, during the recently finished European Soccer Championships, especially to compare the deliberations of the TV and press pundits with those of the authors. The book is worth buying just for the section on dead - ball situations. The authors make it very plain that no matter what system or style of soccer a coach chooses,it will fail unless players pocessing the necessary skills and endeavour are available to carry it through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The book is well layed out and develops it's subjects well. First explaining the various systems of play - giving examples of internationally renowned teams that have addopted each system - then adding further coaching tips for each system, for set pieces and for motivational work.
It can be quite simplistic at times, but is ideal for the coach just setting out; who needs to understand the basics, before moving onto more complex ideas and techniques. This is where I felt the book 'hit-the-woodwork' (sorry for the punn) as the authors could have included techniques on one-to-one coaching with the aim of improving a players abilities such as heading, control, passing etc.
The only real minus side for me, was the standard of English, it does let the authors down at times as it can be little difficult to correctly grasp the meaning of a sentence. Otherwise a quality read. Long live the beautiful game!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book covers a few systems and i like how it shows the system used by professional teams.

Diagrams are easy to follow although I think a book called "Soccer: Modern Tactics" is far better than this as it covers more systems & interviews with Lippi, Ancelotti etc.

Im sure most people will be able to learn something from this book. The set plays section is good
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3.0 out of 5 stars FAIRLY BASIC OVERVIEW 23 Oct 2009
Frankly, I was hoping for a lot more from this book. I'm no tactical genius and have no coaching qualifications but I found most of the content overly simplistic (especially Chapter 2 'Styles of Play'). However, there are useful nuggets. For example, Chapter 6 on Dead Ball situations and the checklists found throughout the book.
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