Dutch Soccer Secrets

Peter Hyballa, Hans-Dieter te Poel, 2013, Meyer & Meyer Verlag

Peter Hyballa is one of the most successful youth coaches in Germany, how has worked for the U19 teams of VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. He was also head coach of Alemannia Aachen and Sturm Graz and was known for his very aggressive attacking soccer. Along his coaching responsibilities he is also a very active author and wrote several books, together with Hans-Dieter te Poel. In his first book he investigates the dutch youth soccer system, which is one of the best in the world, and what makes it successful. The authors describe the philosophy of the national association KNVB (“Zeister vision”) but also in which aspects the work in the clubs is differing from the associations guidelines and which alternative concepts (e.g. the Coerver method) are used. During the course of the book several club representatives are interviewed, including now famous coaches like Louis van Gaal or Huub Stevens, to find commonalities in their approaches. Especially the focus on independent decision-making, exploratory problem-solving and the training of all aspects of education (Fitness, Tactics, Technique, Mentality) with exercises using the ball is a recurring theme, as well as, that the improvement of the players is more important than the success of the team. In every chapter of the book one can find descriptions of exercises, which show and support the discussed topics. However the book is less focused on the details of how to train a youth team every day, but more on the philosophy, how soccer education should be set up in general and how a youth organization of a club should work to provide the best learning experience for young soccer players.
All in all Peter Hyballa’s book is one of the best books on the market explaining youth player training and education. It would be great if one could find more of these books about other youth soccer academies, as I mentioned before, when The Blizzard discussed the french youth system. Furthermore the structure and the descriptions in the book, especially when it comes to training exercises and tactical aspects, are excellent and much better than most of the books we had before in the blog.

Biography: 0/3
History: 1/3
Background: 2/3
Tactics & Game philosophy: 3/3

Next book: The Blizzard Issue Eight (July 7th)

Mythos Niederländischer Nachwuchsfussball

Peter Hyballa, Hans-Dieter te Poel, 2011, Meyer & Meyer Verlag

Wir hatten erst vor kurzem das Buch “Modernes Passspiel” von den gleichen Autorenpaar hier im Blog vorgestellt, deswegen ist es natürlich notwendig auch mal auf das erste Buch der beiden Fußballlehrer einzugehen. In diesem beschäftigt sich Peter Hyballa mit dem holländischen Nachwuchsfussball, der als bestes Ausbildungsprogramm der Welt für Fußballspieler gilt. In dem Buch beschreiben die Autoren die Philosophie des niederländischen Verbandes KNVB (“Zeister Vision”) aber auch, wo die Ausbildung in den Vereinen von der Verbandsstrategie abweicht und welche alternativen Ausbildungssysteme erfolgreich sind (z.B. die Coerver-Methode, zu diser siehe auch in The Blizzard und auf Spielverlagerung). Dabei werden die Nachwuchskoordinaoren zahlreicher niederländischer Vereine interviewt, inklusive jetzt berühmter Trainer wie Louis van Gaal oder Huub Stevens, und die Gemeinsamkeiten der Ausbildung herausgearbeitet. Vor allem der Fokus auf Selbständigkeit, explorativer Problemlösung und dem Trainieren aller Aspekte (Konditions, Taktik, Technik, Mentaliät) durch Spielformen mit dem Ball ist in allen Antworten präsent, ebenso die Philosophie das Lernen der jungen Spieler über den Erfolg des Teams zu stellen. In den verschiedenen Abschnitten findet man auch Traingsformen, die die angesprochenen Aspekte zeigen oder unterstützen sollen, aber dieses Buch ist kein Trainingsbuch, sondern eher ein Trainingsphilosophiebuch, d.h. es stellt die übergeordnete Vision und Koordination der Ausbildung von Nachwuchsspielern in den Vordergrund und nicht die Details des Trainings.
Alles in allem ist Peter Hyballa’s Buch eines der besten Bücher, welches ein System der Nachwuchsausbildung erklärt. Es wäre schön, wenn man ähnliche Bücher auch für andere erfolgreiche Nachwuchszentren finden könnte, wie ich schonmal erwähnte, als das französische Ausbildungssystem in The Blizzard näher untersucht wurde.Auch zu Erklärungen von Taktik und Training setzten Hyballa und te Poel Maßstäbe, wie ich schon früher erwähnte.

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Geschichte: 1/3
Hintergrund: 2/3
Taktik & Spielphilosophie: 3/3

Next book: Dutch Soccer Secrets (June 27th)

Transition and Counter Attacking

Massimo Lucchesi, 2003, Reedswain Books & Videos

When reading the title of the book “Transition and Counter Attacking” I was under the impression I could learn something about attacking in soccer, especially the quick counter attacking after successful pressing, how it is today often used in combination with the 4-4-2, especially in Germany. However, the book solely contains descriptions of defensive situations. It explains very simple the positions of every player, when the ball is in different zones of the field. All common systems are compared to each other,that means 4-4-2 against 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 5-3-2 a.s.o., then the next system is evaluated. Different positions on the field are discussed but also in general the majority and minority situations vertically and horizontally are analyzed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each system, when played against another one. That sounds very interesting, because it should provide you with all information that are needed to lead a team, but it is hard to read because very repetitive. The other problem is that all the analytical work looks like paper exercises. There is no dynamic described. The positions are solely set up to block the way to the goal but even my untrained eye can easily see passing options, which would work for the attacking team, if the players would move instead of being locked in their position. Additionally to that there are also not many different situations explained , e.g. how the setup changes when the attack progresses and how to act on it defensively. For example, there should be a different way to position or to press, when the wing back plays to the winger a pass and then stays back as a passing option, compared to when he goes behind the back of the winger along the line to offer a passing option down the field or he goes inside in front of the winger forward offering some passing option in the half spaces? None of these moves and their effect on defensive behavior is considered, therefore the whole book just provides a very simplified view on the whole picture and has only limited value in real soccer life and it especially does not describe how to organize a counter attack or how to use the transition moment when getting the ball.

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History: 0/3
Background: 0/3
Tactics & Game philosophy: 3/3

Next book: Herr Guardiola (German Feb 7th)