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There are guys who once again twirling everyone in the yard two hundred times, come home and ask the question "Why do I need all this school, work in the future, study, if I can play football and earn millions?", And start to want to get to watch a football club. They tell friends about this, someone reveals an acquaintance, an acquaintance who “was already there”, and someone “can organize”, and such conversations quietly quiet down.

Then these guys write letters by e-mail to those clubs whose mail they could find, and do not receive an answer. Units themselves come to the football club, spin around the fence, look at the training team. And even more rare people come to the field and ask them to look in business. For fun, they are sometimes invited. In my career there were two such guys, both were once, never came back.

The main reason why a guy from the yard will never be taken to a professional club is not in the level of his game. The reason is football family. The guys start playing football at the age of seven. There they are trained by trainers. Then, when the guys turn 12-13, they get to other coaches. And then, at 15-16 - to the third. All coaches in professional football are very familiar with each other. Often one calls the other and asks, “Listen, they got me a guy born in 2003, what can you say about him? You kind of worked with him, right? How did he behave there? What does he want in life?”. These trainers, mostly inadequate and strange personalities, greatly respect the guys with whom they work. They chase guys from seven years to the seventh sweat and, although they scream daily with good obscenities, they want these guys the best career. Everyone is pleased to say later, “They saw, yesterday he scored for the national team? They brought me a seven-year-old to me - well, I didn’t know how to!”

No matter how well the yard football player plays (although there are no good football players there, but later), he will never get into professional football precisely because of the coaches. No really serious coach will take him. Because the yard football player thinks he can be taken because he plays well. A professional trainer thinks that his sacred duty is to train the guys who worked hard from the age of seven and take a freeloader who did nothing as a team, walked on foot in the yard and now came to earn money, it will be wrong. Wrong in the first place in relation to those who worked hard. And he is right.

The second reason is football skills. Yard football and professional football are completely different sports. If football consisted only of an 11-on-11 game, all training would be in the form of a match (as in the yard, they do nothing except the match). But professional training consists of anything but matches. Running, exercises, game models, situations, theory, simulator, and sometimes something like a training match (“two-way” among the people).

I perfectly remember those two guys who came to us for training. The coach for this case had a special training format so that they no longer had the desire to go further than their yard somewhere: the first 45 minutes were a regular training session without working with the ball, and the second 45 minutes we played a two-sided game according to the full rules, with offsides. One of the guys called himself an attacker, the other - a midfielder. As a result, the first got offside about ten times (never played with offsides), the second did not give a single exact pass (he took the ball and decided where to give it, although you need to make a decision before you accept). Well, a huge number of other typical mistakes - the accuracy of the ball, the strength of the pass, the speed of running, were not enough in all respects.

The third reason is the amount of work. Of course, neither these two guys, nor any other person who came, will be able to carry out the amount of work on the field. He doesn’t even know what it is. In the yard, it is customary to play like this: if you are an attacker, you must score goals and use foul language on defenders. In professional football, this is: if you are a striker, you must attack and defend, and if you have not played with your rival (that is, you have not worked in defense, you have not returned from the attack). defenders will swear at you because you don’t help a goat :) To perform such a volume of work in modern football you need to be a truly athlete and athlete.

The fourth reason is knowledge. Football theory is my favorite thing. Unfortunately, I fell in love with her at the age of 14, and before that I spit along with others. True, I loved her before the others, but still. When you begin to understand the theory of football, when everything that is told to you is carefully and put into your head in your head, in the game you begin to act much faster and more logically. I often found myself thinking that I don’t even think when I get the ball and give the pass. I already knew in advance yesterday what I would do when I received such a pass. Schemes are built in my head, who will run to where, who is open where, and sometimes you just don’t need to look at the field - this is a waste of time. And this is youth football. Amazing things happen to professionals in their heads — they think in patterns. They raise their heads and look at the opposite half not to see if anyone is there or not. They know what they are. But since their passes are often verified to centimeters, they need to see exactly where their partner is (I repeat, they know that they definitely have a partner), and give a pass. Without this knowledge in the head, without constantly drawing patterns in the brain, without seeing “as if from above”, nothing can be done in football. He is very fast.

How to get to watch a football club? It's easy to get in - come and ask. But you need to become a professional footballer from seven to eight years old, no later. Too much has been missed and missed.

There are units that managed to break through from “rags to riches,” but for that they are units to confirm the rule.

Good examples and not very

“How will you get into your club?”, “What vacancies are there?”, “Take me to the staff”, “I want to work with you” - these are stop words, after which you are guaranteed irritation from the employer. Not at all because soulless creatures are sitting there, but because you are forcing people to do a number of actions with these phrases, namely to answer you with a request to send a resume, think for you, and where to attach it. This is ineffective, although in our practice it was like this when a person was taken from scratch and it turned out to be useful (but nevertheless these are exceptions to the rules).

As we recommend. Read the quote from our graduate Nikita Mishchenko below (completely here):

- Between the end of the courses and work at Tosno, about 3 months passed. During this period of time, I managed to work at the Confederations Cup and at FC Dynamo-SPb. I believe that without these important links in the chain, I would not be where I am now. Hit the Tosno at the end of August 2017. My position sounds like this - the manager for work with partners and sponsors of the club, but in reality the scope of my responsibilities is much wider. How did this option come about? Representatives of the club came to me and offered to get an interview. At that time, I had been working at Dynamo-SPb for two months, where I was engaged in the Yatrener project of Nikita Kovalchuk. After two interviews at Tosno, I was offered a full-time job.

Now, of course, it sounds funny after the departure of both of these clubs, but let's consider the principle. After completing the courses, Nikita issued a motivation letter and got an internship at Dynamo-SPb with a project to promote the brand among football bloggers. After 2 weeks, he returned with an analysis and a ready fact of the possibility of negotiations with Kovalchuk. You probably know the story further. In Dynamo SPb itself, there was an option to remain in the role of project manager, but as soon as a well-paid vacancy at Tosno appeared, then, of course, no one fixed the obstacles.

Our friends from St. Petersburg State University were genuinely surprised when their fellow student Alexander Nizelik suddenly began to work at Zenit. It later became known how long and patiently he went towards this, but the fact is astounding: after learning that the Italian is coming, Luciano Spalletti, a graduate of the Classical Gymnasium and Philological Faculty of St. Petersburg State University, specializing in Portuguese, rushes to study Italian and becomes a translator in a couple of months the trainer. Now this is an asterisk of the Russian coaching workshop, about which only positive reviews.

In February 2018, a very important speaker came to St. Petersburg for the next event of Football Players: we agreed for a long time, and it is a great success that he managed to drop by after us at regular meetings.

Thus began the career of the best press attaché in Russia, and possibly in Eastern Europe, Stanislav Merkis (Google will tell you everything about him). There are no titles and regalia, a “golden pen” or “silver keys” behind his shoulders, but much more important is that he became what he became from an ordinary guy, the same as us, who just wanted to get into the club and found his way.

There is a contract!

The age of a professional player is not very long. A rare leather ball master is in demand over the age of 35. That is why most football players seek to secure their future in advance, trying to conclude a good contract with a strong club. They are assisted by licensed agents who can solve sports and everyday problems of football players, and negotiate with clubs.

Now in Russia there are many legally registered and rich clubs that conclude full-fledged contracts with players for one or several seasons. They guarantee athletes not only a well-paid job, but also create conditions for a comfortable life outside and after sports.

Speaking for a professional club, players usually live, as they say, in two houses. One of them is their apartment. The second, where during the season they visit and spend the night at least, is the base of the team and hotels when traveling to other cities and countries. At the club base, players are usually placed either during long training camps, most of which are held abroad, or on the eve of the official matches of the season.

The modern training base of the football team of masters is located, as a rule, outside the city a large sports and residential complex. It consists of a comfortable hotel for players, coaches and staff with single and double rooms, a spacious room for theoretical classes and video views of games, meetings, a canteen, a medical and rehabilitation center, a gym, and sometimes a pool.

Several standard and non-standard football fields with different coatings — natural from a grass mixture and artificial from synthetic fibers — were necessarily laid on the base, and a gym was also built for indoor soccer or an arena. A prerequisite is the availability of parking for club buses and cars.

Arriving at games in other cities, football players settle in hotels corresponding to the status of the team and the material situation of the clubs. The administrator of the team selects and reserves the hotel in advance, focusing not only on prices, but also on comfort, the presence of good cuisine in the restaurant, proximity to the stadium, security. In emergency cases, representatives of the host club may come to the rescue.

Another peculiar "place of residence" for professional athletes are airplanes. They sometimes fly them during the season from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, spending many hours in salons. For air travel, both scheduled and charter liners are used. Other vehicles - buses and trains - are only possible when playing matches in your city (for example, in Moscow, in which there are five Premier League teams at once) or in a nearby one.


The number and duration of practical and theoretical classes of football players, their visit to the sports and gym mainly depends on the plan drawn up by the head coach of the team. And also on what kind of tournament the team is preparing for, on its timing and importance. For injured or recovering from injuries and illnesses, there are individual training plans agreed upon with the team doctor.

Most of the lessons, one or two times a day, take place at the club's stadium or at its base. In case of departure to other cities, the team is engaged in the stadium where the game will take place a day before the start of the match. For good reasons, for example, in bad weather, the training can be transferred to the reserve field or canceled altogether. Duration is determined by the head coach and is usually an hour and a half.