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A lighthouse called EHL

In my sunny hometown Cascais, there is this lighthouse called Farol de Santa Marta. I have always thought of it as a beautiful and meaningful building.  It literally and figuratively enlightens, shows the way, it was a reference for the those at sea but also for the ones inland.  It’s tall and colourful construction exists in […]

Fading Playgrounds

‘There was formerly a capacity for light-heartedness and play which has been to some extent inhibited by the cult of efficiency. The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.’ This quote from the late British philosopher Bertrand Russel, had a profound […]

The Players Voice – Mental approach of Drag Flick

There is already (some) information available out there about different drag flick techniques and exercises, but like in so many areas of such a rich tactical and technical game like hockey, I was curious to listen about the mental approach of such a special area of the game.Decided to ask some of the most outstanding […]

Indoor Hockey is S.E.X.Y.

    I adore the game of indoor hockey… Who doesn’t?! But I am also convinced that is a fundamental tool to develop and promote the ‘mother’ sport field hockey at a world scale. The enthusiasm and passion about indoor hockey is currently shared by so many people around the (hockey) world that I feel […]

A great (partly accidental) build-up!

Watch this clip from the last European Championship final between Netherlands and Belgium:   This is a personal favorite because it is very effective and enjoyable attacking play with enough tactical and technical content worth taking a deeper observation. I will try to break it down in simple stages and explain why this is such […]

Push it.

First thing I notice in any player? The ‘touch’. The way a player touches and moves the ball, the control, the absorption during the receiving and the ‘right’ tension in a passing or dribbling action. Take a look at this clip: Besides being a fantastic goal from the German team, this clip has enough ‘rich’ […]

Basic Concepts: Defensive Structures

In this piece will talk about the main defensive structures in hockey. I have decided to share some thoughts on this topic, as it seems to me, that certain tactical and technical components, are currently neglected or undervalued at every level of coaching. The information below is a result of my practical learning and tactical […]

Russia: The dark side!

At the Olympics in Pyeongchang, Russia won gold medals in ice hockey. In summer, major Russian cities will host the 2018 World Cup, and all the people will talk about football. Field hockey in our country does not receive a hundredth attention as at least one of these sports does. Today I want to talk […]

Terrassa: The Hockey Talent Factory

Terrassa is probably one of the most important hockey towns in the world. In our 250.000 population- city, we have 1 Olympian player for every 2.000 citizens. We just have 5 hockey clubs here, being Atlètic Terrassa, Club Egara, and CD Terrassa its big representatives. However, we’ve been producing some of the best hockey athletes […]

Hockey: Game vs Brand!

  I embrace different roles in the sport: I am firstly and primarly a coach, then also a coach educator, a marketeer, a businessman and above all an enthusiast (freak some would say). Those different areas, when in complementary balance help me to have a wider and deeper understanding of the hockey game inside the […]