The process of teaching-learning is too often taken for granted, inevitable and automatic when a person shows to another what he knows or he is able to do. Scientific evidences shows that this superficial approach for the most of case, frustrates the efforts of the educators and creates frustration in the young players, making dissatisfied both the parts. So, once more, the circle virtuous theory-practice-theory making the learning process engaging and fascinating at the same time.
Napolitano et al. (2013) - Journal Of Human Sport & Exercise. October 2013;8(3):S688-S693

At the Research Center of Football (Soccer) in Viçosa, students realize Eye-tracking to study tactical knowledge and game lecture through the analysis of pupil’s behaviour. Eye-tracking gives objective information about what an athlete looks at, giving more tools for the coach to give feedback upon a situation and, mostly, prepare trainings according to this athlete’s development necessities.

The test was performed on Cristiano Ronaldo to see what makes him so efficient. Many other “sport experts” - meaning highly performing athletes in their respective discipline - have been invited to realize such studies. The attached short documentary gives an valuable overview of Eye-tracking equipment and its potential in sport.

Perkins (1999) emphasized three tenets of constructivism: the active learner, the social learner, and the creative learner. As active learners, students are not passive recipients of knowledge but are involved in tasks that stimulate decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving. As social learners,students construct knowledge through social interaction with their peers, facilitated by their teachers. As creative learners, students are guided to discover knowledge themselves and to create their own understanding of the subject matter. Individuals draw on prior knowledge and experiences to construct knowledge (Griffin & Placek, 2001).
Ben Dyson, Linda L. Griffin, and Peter Hasti (2004) Sport Education, Tactical Games, and Cooperative Learning: Theoretical and Pedagogical Consideration. National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education.

What if you had stepped the same pitch Pelé and Garrincha had played on, decades ago. That is what happenned today, in a purirly magical Brazilian serendipity.

My host had worked for his town club, Tupi FC. “They have many debts, like a lot other clubs in Brazil”. Not so attractive, as an introductory statement. But a single visit at their original stadium throws you back in the time soccer games were pictured in black and white, all supporters vested classic, and the scenary known as reference in fooball history. Pelé is part of this club history. And Romario. At the Stadium Salles Oliveira, in Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil, you can feel 102 years of futebol. The place truly breathes authenticity. My host would have left the venue telling me that he often comes to relax, as the air is different from the city’s.

In 1966, Tupi had beaten America, Cruzeiro (two times!) and Atletico (Libtadps champions in 2013), the three main teams in the state, all from Belo Horizonte, the capital. They were named “the Phantom of Minerão”, the stadium where these matches took place. These results made Tupi to be selected as the club to go at by Seleção (Brazilian National Team), led by Garrincha, Caxambu and O Rei Pelé. Tupi made it 2-2. Toleda, Tupi’s defender who had to mark Pelé, is still alive and has a special picture hanging on the walls of Tupi’s new Stadium. 
Juiz de Fora was Joao Pedro II’s “summer place”. His father was the first Portuguese to govern the territory in 1500, shortly after it was discovered. Later, the city was nicknamed the Manchester Mineiro, due to its massive textile production. The name literraly translated “judge from outside” is not figurative; the city had no judge to decide crimes and the city had to call someone from outside. The name remained up to now.

Tupi is the name of a native indian language in Brasil. They were created by an english family, in 1912, justifying the name of their Stadium, written in english on fan’s entrance door. Their mascot is the Galo Curijó, a rooster apprently more vigourous. That might have been interesting when they played against Atletico Mineiro, also represented by the original rooster.

Random although, interesting fact, five universities offer the Physical Education program. This means 300 new graduates each year, although there are no quite employment in this area in town.

“So Tupi is a bit like Osasuna?” - “Exactly!”

Tupi has recently won Atletico, 2-0, in Copa do Brasil. They also did very well against Cruzeiro. If they win their next game, they will play Fluminense. Even if they go up and down from third to fourth division in last years, Tupi plays good. Their leader is 39. “Ele joga muito!” (He plays well!), said my friend. Their recent sign isn’t a player; the new coach was simply Luxemburgo’s auxiliar at Real Madrid in 2005.

What if you had stepped the same pitch Pelé and Garrincha had played on, decades ago. That is what happenned today, in a purirly magical Brazilian serendipity.

My host had worked for his town club, Tupi FC. “They have many debts, like a lot other clubs in Brazil”. Not so attractive, as an introductory statement. But a single visit at their original stadium throws you back in the time soccer games were pictured in black and white, all supporters vested classic, and the scenary known as reference in fooball history. Pelé is part of this club history. And Romario. At the Stadium Salles Oliveira, in Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil, you can feel 102 years of futebol. The place truly breathes authenticity. My host would have left the venue telling me that he often comes to relax, as the air is different from the city’s.

In 1966, Tupi had beaten America, Cruzeiro (two times!) and Atletico (Libtadps champions in 2013), the three main teams in the state, all from Belo Horizonte, the capital. They were named “the Phantom of Minerão”, the stadium where these matches took place. These results made Tupi to be selected as the club to go at by Seleção (Brazilian National Team), led by Garrincha, Caxambu and O Rei Pelé. Tupi made it 2-2. Toleda, Tupi’s defender who had to mark Pelé, is still alive and has a special picture hanging on the walls of Tupi’s new Stadium. 
Juiz de Fora was Joao Pedro II’s “summer place”. His father was the first Portuguese to govern the territory in 1500, shortly after it was discovered. Later, the city was nicknamed the Manchester Mineiro, due to its massive textile production. The name literraly translated “judge from outside” is not figurative; the city had no judge to decide crimes and the city had to call someone from outside. The name remained up to now.

Tupi is the name of a native indian language in Brasil. They were created by an english family, in 1912, justifying the name of their Stadium, written in english on fan’s entrance door. Their mascot is the Galo Curijó, a rooster apprently more vigourous. That might have been interesting when they played against Atletico Mineiro, also represented by the original rooster.

Random although, interesting fact, five universities offer the Physical Education program. This means 300 new graduates each year, although there are no quite employment in this area in town.

“So Tupi is a bit like Osasuna?” - “Exactly!”

Tupi has recently won Atletico, 2-0, in Copa do Brasil. They also did very well against Cruzeiro. If they win their next game, they will play Fluminense. Even if they go up and down from third to fourth division in last years, Tupi plays good. Their leader is 39. “Ele joga muito!” (He plays well!), said my friend. Their recent sign isn’t a player; the new coach was simply Luxemburgo’s auxiliar at Real Madrid in 2005.

Learning Tactics with Sphero : The Infographic

Infogram is an awesome tool.

BEND IT LIKE ZOVA

A friend of mine playing in the Australian Futsal Association, doing internship in Brazil, told me about his friend who had taken an intuitive action to be the promising sport trend in 2014. It was actually natural for teammates and myself to juggle with a ball following the rhythm. McCarthy’s idea was born this way, and it shows how powerful it is. Zova.com is about to boom, not only as a trend but, we hope, as a powerful business model.

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The game is everything. It’s first how you learn life and its dynamic principles, it’s how you make friends and/or ennemies and is, in a a certain way, how you discover who you are. But majority of players, and even people in general, will use the game is to define himself in the society. Thing is. as life teaches us the “real game”, it’s not about fun anymore; it’s pure competition.
Tour with Australian Futsal Association with GolBrasil offered a nice experience to nearly fifty players. Playong against brazilians players who are living the sport to rise, shine and get a spot at pro level was revealing. Two completely different play styles and mentalities provoked interesting play, and both sides learned even though Aussie coach Fernando, who is Brazilian, was coming with Aussies to “smash” the teams he would play against.
As Fernando likes to surf, he’d tell about how it is when you are to take the wave. “You can’t surf for fun. Even on the crest, it’s a race. I got blocked for no apparent reason… Sunny day, nice vibe; though surfers use to take it as a shining scene. Brazilians surf to take it all even if it’s not a game!”
Game’s not only on the pitch. Working is gaming. Networking, playing with short experiences, asking contacts, who wins? Tempting to get involved in futebol in this Country makes you meet many ones, sittting behind their office and ready to play, yet to win on anybody else to shine. I met someone who explained: “A bank bought a club and they will merge it with another club from another city. A guy from another state will get involved because I’ve got another project…” And so on. Football projects multiply, few succeed, business still runs.
Sport Clubs is a big thing in South America. Cosy private facilities combining pools, tennis or volleyball courts, and futsal cages, obviously, allow local sportive activities to happen. Civic sport clubs therefore means to belong to a family, a space where you’ll spend time at, watch games and drink beers. It’s also the place where your child will complete their learning through sport. Finally, it’s the ideal place to go at if you look for sport entertainment, as performing teams will represent the crest of the club. Though all these clubs fiercely show every single trophy next to crest as soon as visitors get in.
Another example given: while playing in Brasileirão (National C’ship), Cruzeiro was hosting Bahia at Minerão. The game was also the occasion to celebrate the “Tri-Campeão” title, which means they arr champions for a third time. 100k bier cans were provided by the club. This attracted thousands of fan around the stadium, even if they wouldn’t get in to assist the game. Those thousands fans were drunk at the final whistle, forcing autorities to use water jet in order to spread the crowd. Cruzeiro to lose 2-1 didn’t quite help.
In Viçosa, PhD Israel runs a research Nucleus on futbol. He has many publications about psychology and contributed to create the FUT-SAT, a scientific evaluation tool to analyse tactical performance. During his absence due to projects out of town, one of his student gave a class on the notion of “creativity”. The given concept was combining “originality” and “efficiency”/”usefulness”. As pragmatic as the game is, in terms of learning and performance… Game is game. Futebol is a high speed and massive vehicle, and it won’t wait for you. You constantly play to get in.
Attached above, an ode to Futebol.

ghpetiot:

Nearly 10 yrs ago, Dr. Israel Teoldo contributed to create the Nucleus of Researches and Studies in Football, here in Fed. Univ. of Viçosa. Genuine sport history stands here, and students keep working on sport professionalisation, including enhancement of business processes in Cruzeiro (Lobato, 2012). #socializetheperformance #missionbrazil #showdebola (at Departamento De Educação Física)

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