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Should you allow your players to showboat?

Mario Balotelli’s attempt to score with a backheel during Manchester City’s pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy, resulted in him being taken off by his manager Roberto Mancini and instantly replaced by James Milner.

Team mate Edin Dzeko, who was up alongside Balotelli as he tried his trick, threw his arms up in exasperation. The LA Galaxy fans whistled, as he trudged off, Balotelli argued with his manager and threw a water bottle on to the pitch.

Mancini said: “In football you always need to be professional, always serious and in this moment he wasn’t professional.”

A player should never try to embarrass the opposition. Nor should a player embarrass themselves in the manner that Balotelli did with his rather pathetic attempt to score.

Last November, Cristiano Ronaldo upset Atl├ętico Madrid when he bounced the ball off his back when they were losing 2-0 to Real Madrid. It is seen as disrespectful therefore players should avoid doing it.

If one of my players tries to showboat even in a meaningless match I too would take him off. Young players will have seen the incident because Balotelli made such a mess of it. Don’t be surprised to see them trying it at your next coaching session – if it happens you know what you have to do.

Watch the Balotelli incident below:

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[...] Should you allow your players to showboat? (via Soccer Coaching Blog | Professional Soccer Coaching Advice)   Leave a comment Mario Balotelli's attempt to score with a backheel during Manchester City's pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy, resulted in him being taken off by his manager Roberto Mancini and instantly replaced by James Milner. Team mate Edin Dzeko, who was up alongside Balotelli as he tried his trick, threw his arms up in exasperation. The LA Galaxy fans whistled, as he trudged off, Balotelli argued with his manager and threw a water bottle on to the pitc … Read More [...]

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Really dependent on the situation and the ages. I coached u5 and u7 last spring in the USA. If players wanted To be creative in scoring and celebrating goals – I was fine with it!

I struggled with keeping some kids engaged to the game – and if doing a somersault when they scored like FIFA11 made them happy, so be it. There’s time to be serious at older ages.

Comment by Dennis Murray

There’s a fine line between celebrating and showboating. Coaches are responsible for teaching their athlete’s sportsmanship and honor on the field. You can have fun without rubbing it in the other team’s face.

Comment by Jodi Murphy




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