From the most absurd one, perhaps.
Or from the personal history of Brian Clough, a gigantic coach, a great innovator, a smirker, an unbearable, a winner like few others - a British Mourinho, thirty years before the Portuguese original – as narrated by David Peace’s beautiful book, The Damned United, followed by a so-so movie with the same title. Brian Clough, to whom the city of Nottingham has dedicated a statue.
I would not say I was the best coach in the business. But I was in the top 1. Brian Clough
The strength of Nottingham and Clough? The best defence of the championship.
An unexpected first place in the championship thus opened the doors of the 1978/1979 Champions League to the boys of Clough, who over time had managed to set up a working and sturdy team. Eleven people without any international experience, but ready to fight in a continental tournament very different from what we know today.
Fourth Round: against AEK Athens, eliminated. Quarterfinal: against the Swiss Grasshoppers, eliminated. Semifinal: the Forest of Brian Clough still passes against Cologne. Then the final: in Munich against Malmö, on 30 May 1979. At the end of the 90th minute, it’s 1-0 for Clough's men, who stamped the ticket to enter the legend: newly promoted, Premier League at first shot, Champions' Cup at first shot.
Which, just to stay safe, they also won the following year.
Modern football training
Since the end of the 70s, football has changed dramatically. Teams of athletic trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists and doctors now closely follow professional footballers. Although part of the poetry of past football has been lost, the spectacularization of the sport has made such transformation necessary.
For this reason, training has gradually shifted to the gyms of the clubs, which now house cutting-edge fitness equipment, capable of generating data useful for the analysis of athletic and sporting performance, while maintaining extreme accessibility and ease of use even for the most demanding footballer.
3 indoor exercises for football oriented workouts
- Sit down on the seated rowing machine and place your feet on the platform to keep yourself in place during your set. Reach for the handles with palms facing towards each other, while maintaining an upright torso.
- Pull the handles back until your legs and torso form a 90-degree angle. Maintain a slight backward lean and keep pushing your chest onto the machine, before squeezing your shoulder blades and contracting to pull the handles toward your torso.
- Squeeze for 1 second once you’ve reached your abdominals. Maintaining your posture, slowly extend your arms, returning the cables to the starting position. Depending on your objective, you can either choose to increase the number of repetition per set, increase the number of sets or the load in each repetition.
- Sit on the machine with your back and head resting comfortably against the padded support. Place your feet on the footplate about hip-width apart, while ensuring that your heels are flat. Your legs should form an angle of about 90 degrees at the knees. If your feet are too high on the plate, it will stress your glutes; too low and it puts unnecessary pressure on your knees. Grasp then the assist handles: these provide support during the movement and help keep your spine and head in position.
- Brace your abdominal muscles and push the platform away with your heels and forefoot. Your heels should remain flat on the footplate. While exhaling, extend your legs and keep your head and back flat against the seat pad. Extend with slow control rather than with an explosive movement.
- Pause at the top of the movement. Do not lock out your knees and ensure that they are not bowed. While inhaling, return the footplate to the starting position by gradually bending the knees. Keep the feet and back flat throughout.