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A poorly built wall blew £90m

By David Clarke

One of the most lucrative matches in world soccer is just around the corner… the play-off match between the English Championship teams hoping to get the last promotion place into the English Premier League.

Last season saw Blackpool beat Cardiff to win promotion and an estimated £90m in revenue this season. It is a huge boost to any team so they have to make the most of it when they get there.

In that game star player Charlie Adam for Blackpool scored a great free-kick that highlights the importance of player positions in the defensive wall – had the wall and the goalkeeper been more coordinated maybe that £90m would have been heading for Cardiff rather than the seaside.

Watch it below and leave me a comment about the organisation of the free kick.

The best players can swerve a ball

With all the talk of uncontrollable balls at the World Cup its been nice to see a few free kicks going in. Certainly Japan’s Keisuke Honda can kick the ball and add a bit of excitement. It seems this ball is hard to dip and swerve, but players were beginning to make the most of it by the end of the tournament.

Swerving the ball needs a certain amount of flair but players must have the right technique to do it. The ball will swerve depending on how you kick it. The best thing to do is to read the technique in the July 13 issue of Better Soccer Coaching.

In there West Ham Academy Director Tony Carr explains the technique and how to practice. Get down to the training pitch early and practice yourself – if you can do it show your players the technique and get them all swerving the ball. They can use the technique for passing and crossing the ball as well.

In the video below watch how Joe Cole hits at the World Cup in 2006 the ball and makes it dip and swerve.