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Defensive Soccer Tactics Paperback – 1 Feb 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073603272X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736032728
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I really enjoy the books by Jens Bangsbo and Birger Peitersen. They contain the right level of discussion, examples, and practical drills; and are easy to follow and refer to when developing training sessions. They are my books of choice and I recommend them to others who are interested in learning about the game and coaching young players. They have helped me immensely." Darren K. RogersAYSO Region 335 Assistant Commissioner & Referee AdministratorMorristown, TN

About the Author

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.Bangsbo has been an instructor at the Danish Football Association since 1986 and is an assistant head coach for the Juventus soccer club in Italy. He has published more than 100 articles on soccer and conditioning, and he has written several books, including "Soccer Systems & Strategies." 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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No doubting the knowledge and experience of the authors this is a good book with some good ideas about getting your team defending well as individuals and as a unit.

Some of the drills seem over eloborate though, too complicated rather than focusing on basics that relate to the game. Some stuff seems difficult to relate to a game situation and after all if it does not relate to a game situation then ultimately it will leave players confused.

However it did give me some good ideas for warm ups and progressions that could lead into some functional practices or phases of play.

Important to understand which players could benefit from this book, not youngsters, only 14 and upwards will benefit from the practices.
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The authors come from the golden age of Danish football and this fact is reflected in the book. An easy-to-read volume that revels in simplicity without shying away from a more complex vocabulary.

Each section begins with the concepts behind a specific aspect of the defensive game, outlining the main points and possible pitfalls if these are not followed. It goes on to suggest possible drills to improve your players skills in the area it is covering, from the refined but more common place exercises to more creative and complex set plays.

This book has been an invaluable tool for season after season within our team and has been the secret to our success.

Captain 2010/11, JC Milan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Offensive Soccer Tactics 14 Aug. 2005
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I was very pleased with the Offensive Soccer Tactics and decided to buy the Defensive Soccer Tactics by the same authors.

I found the Defensive Tactics (was actually published 2 years before the Offensive Tactics) to be a bit sloppy. Maybe it's the translation. However many of the drills are just not convincing me enough to take them to the practice field; either too cumbersome or hard to see the application to the game. They are all written in running sentences; no points or bullets are used.

Here is a simple drill:

"Player 1 passes to 2, after which 1 overtakes 2, who waits for 1 and turns to dribble past 1 (See figure 2.3). Once 2 gets a short distance past 1, player 2 turns and passes back to 1. Player 1 plays 2, and so on."

The same writing style exists in the Offensive Tactics book but at least I found the drills to be more applicable and easier to apply.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre 24 Sept. 2005
By Relentless - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book though well-intentioned, ended up being mediocre at best. The "translation" is awful, the exposition poor and the browsing back and forth looking for figures cited in the text is rather cumbersome. There is a void (of books) in this genra and in defense skills in specific. Some of them are geared towards the hard-core pro/semi-pro, then there's a huge gap in the middle, and then there are books geared towards the beginners and "dummies." Those of us who love to play and watch this sport find ourselves at a loss when it comes to good self-coaching/game improvement literature. This book, as said above, is not one I would recommend to someone fitting that "intermediate" level.
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4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 8 July 2010
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Other reviewers are a little hard on this book. I think it does a good job laying out important defensive principles, and giving small sided games to illustrate these. Defending and marking are really important parts of the game, and if you want to be a good coach or player you need to work hard on your defending. Realize that this is a translation of a Danish soccer book, and try to meet the authors halfway.

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