Fancy Footwork

Soccer fans: if you haven’t seen it, you have to go to the Nike website now. Then go to the Soccer section. To the right are a series of small videos called “Joga TV.” Scroll down till you find the one called “Brazilian Ping Pong” and watch it. It will blow your mind.

If that doesn’t convince you that Ronaldinho is the best player in the world right now, nothing will.

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8 thoughts on “Fancy Footwork

  1. These are great ads. And I CANNOT wait for the World Cup. (I downloaded all the games to my Google calendar. Woo hoo!)But Lancer, fancy footwork does not always equal goals.

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  2. But he was aiming for– and hit!– the top goal post four times in a row, and hit at just the right velocity and angle so that it would come right back to him!! And the whole time, the ball never touches the ground!! My jaw dropped the first time he did it, but after four I was on the floor!No, fancy footwork does not equal goals. But with that kind of ball control and accuracy, he’s mighty dangerous!

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  3. Some web searching suggests that only two (!) of the shots are undoctored. If that’s the case, then it’s perhaps an 8 out of 10 (instead of an 11 out of 10) on the scale of impressive athletics jaw-dropping.

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  4. It seems to me that the Brazilian game has become a lot stronger with respect to long passes. They also seem to divide space a lot more systematically on the long game.Given that Brazil’s traditional strength is the short game that has got to be troubling to her rivals.

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