Defensive Soccer Tactics Paperback – 1 Feb 2002
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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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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.
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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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.