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Indoor Hockey, the best kept secret of Germany!?

In this mellow winter nothing better than talking about the most beautiful event of this period, (no, it’s not Christmas) the indoor hockey season and the importance of this variant for player development. Allowed me to start with some facts: some weeks ago, Germany U21 won the Junior World Cup for the 6th time (!!) […]

Not being afraid to throw the textbook out the window

It is important for goalkeepers to have polished technique, but there is a case in argument for the goalkeeper in hockey having forgotten how important it is just to battle and keep the ball out the goal. The modern goalkeeper in a lot of mainstream sports may be incredibly well drilled, dieted and psychologically sound […]

Hockey in Belgium!

Some insights about the current ‘state of grace’ of Belgian Hockey and their recipe for success by JOHN BESSELL – Performance Analyst for the Red Lions (Men’s Belgian Hockey Team ) I have been a professional hockey coach since 2001 and Performance Analyst with Belgium Hockey since 2009. My playing, coaching and performance analyst careers […]

First the ball, then everything else

Lately I have been interested in reading some material about the Dutch football coach Rene Meulensteen that revolutionized the way that the football giant Manchester United works in their youth teams and improved some of the most talented international players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie or Wayne Rooney and it was inspiring to realize […]

The cult of unpredictability

 Since I am living in The Netherlands it was interesting and important to realize (specially having in mind other countries that I know well like Portugal or Spain) a fascinating sociocultural characteristic: a high level of “aversion to uncertainty”. The “aversion to uncertainty” is visible and manifests clearly in some characteristics of the Dutch society:  […]