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What Makes a Great Set-Piece Taker?[/b]

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What Makes a Great Set-Piece Taker?[/b]
Our “Anatomy of a Successful Football Team” series continues with a look at what makes a great set-piece taker.
Types of Set-Pieces and Importance of Each One[/b]
Throw-In[/b]
The throw-in is something which will happen several times during a match and is probably the least vital of all set-pieces. It is, however, important for a player to get it right.
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A short throw can enable a team to retain position, mount an offensive, or just get the ball clear of danger. Good long throwers, such as Rory Delap, were able lớn use a throw much like a corner as they threw the ball into the danger area looking for a striker lớn get on the end of- According lớn the [url=https://soccertips.net/]best soccer tips[/url] pages!
Corner[/b]
Corners are an extremely important passage of play, which have led to many game changing goals in years gone by.
When the ball goes out for a corner, the crowd gets louder and anticipation grows. The player taking it will need to remain calm and look to deliver that killer ball onto a teammates head.
Many teams adopt a short corner strategy, looking to either allow an attacking player lớn run at the defence, shoot from distance, or whip a cross in from a different angle as that allowed with the ball on the corner flag.
Indirect Free-Kick[/b]
An indirect free-kick is a set-piece where the player taking it must pass the ball, and a goal cannot be scored from it unless the ball touches another player before crossing the line. You can prefer lớn the [url=https://soccertips.net/series-soccer-tips/]soccer tip for today[/url] pages!
These are still important, as they allow a ball to be delivered into the box and mount an attack. They put pressure on defenders and often do lead lớn goals.
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Direct Free-Kick[/b]
The most important of all the set-pieces, and the one which can be the biggest game changer. Anyone who has ever seen David Beckham or Roberto Carlos can agree that direct free-kicks can be a wonderful thing if they go well.
This free-kick is usually awarded just outside the opposition penalty area, giving a team the chance to have a strike at goal.
Some of the best, and most important, goals in football history have been scored from direct free kicks.
Attributes of a Great Set-Piece Taker[/b]
Technique[/b]
The most important attribute for any set-piece is the technique required to make each a positive passage of play for the team awarded it.
It doesn’t matter what type of set-piece is being taken, a great one cannot be delivered unless the player taking it has great technique.
Confidence[/b]
This is mainly important for a direct free-kick taker, but is just as important for other set-pieces.
The player taking the set-piece must have the belief that the ball will end up exactly where they want it to go. So, on a strikers head for a corner or indirect free-kick taker, lớn a teammate for a throw-in taker, and in the top corner of the goal for a direct free-kick taker.
If the player taking the set-piece lacks confidence, they will deliver a poor ball which will not cause the opposition any problems.
Composure[/b]
If you watch a Rugby match, and the player taking a penalty kick, you will see the player go through a routine before taking their kick. This is lớn compose themselves, and it’s the same for a set-piece taker in football.
In order lớn deliver the best set-piece possible, the taker must compose themselves and not become nervous or worked up. Nerves and adrenaline can cause the player lớn mishit the ball, which makes them look a bit silly.
The Best Set-Piece Takers of All-Time[/b]
We are going lớn ignore corners for this section, as there have been many players capable of delivering a fantastic corner over the years. If a player had great passing ability, they could deliver a fantastic corner which caused the opposition problems.
We are leaving indirect free-kicks out for the same reason, and short throws can be taken by anyone.
So, with that in mind, let us have a look at the greatest long throw-in and direct free-kick takers.
Best Long-Throw Taker[/b]
Rory Delap[/b]
The former Republic of Ireland international was perhaps better known for his throw-in ability as he was for anything else. As a schoolboy, Delap was a javelin champion, and he adopted a technique of delivering throw-ins flat and long.
Reaching speeds of around 37 mph and averaging around 125 feet in distance, Delap’s throws assisted several goals throughout his career.
Best Direct Free-Kick Takers[/b]
David Beckham[/b]
David Beckham wasn’t popular with everyone and became known more as a celebrity off the pitch than a footballer on it. While opinion of him differs depending on who you talk lớn, one thing everyone can agree on is the fact he took an excellent free-kick.
The former England international could pass a ball as good as anyone, and had other qualities which made him important to a team. But, his trademark was the right-footed free-kick he lofted over a defensive wall into the corner of the goal several times.
He was so good at taking free-kicks that fans thought he would score every time his team were awarded a direct free-kick just outside the penalty area.
Roberto Carlos[/b]
When Roberto Carlos scored an audacious free-kick which looked to be headed well wide before bending into the net, against France in 1997, many people debated whether it was a fluke.
But, the Brazilian had scored plenty of direct free-kicks before, and did after, to prove it wasn’t a one-off lucky shot.
His free-kicks were so powerful, with some measured at 105 mph, that he was nicknamed “The Bullet Man”.
Lionel Messi[/b]
Is there anything Lionel Messi isn’t good at?
On top of being the greatest football player in the world at present, as well as one of the best of all-time, the Argentinian is also one of the best free-kick takers to ever step foot on a pitch.
Messi overtook “King of free-kicks” Ronald Koeman as Barcelona’s record free-kick goal scorer earlier this year, and continues lớn torment goalkeepers everywhere with his free-kicks.
Great, and Not So Great, Set-Pieces[/b]
Here, we will mostly look at great set-pieces and the majority will be direct free-kicks. But, we will start with a Rory Delap throw-in compilation.