Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
Played two games back-to-back yesterday at keep. The first game was the game of my life. I'm still pretty quick, so I gamble a lot at keeper, and yesterday it seemed like every gamble paid off. My teammates all actually applauded when I came off the field. It was awesome. I worked my ass off for it (I weighed five-and-a-half pounds less Sunday night than I did Sunday morning, meaning I sweated over half-a-gallon) and had a ton of ridiculous saves. Second game was pretty good, but I was also gassed, so I missed a save I should've gotten, and we lost by one.
Anyway, one of the things I thought was weird is that one of the guys said something like "it's obvious you've never watched soccer before, and I mean that in a good way. You haven't picked up any of the bad showboating techniques. Like you actually try to catch balls and not punch them out."
This doesn't make sense to me. Is it the norm for keepers to try to punch balls instead of catch them? Do they do that because the velocity of the shot is presumably higher in the televised leagues and they don't want to break their hands or do they actually do that because it's cool or something? The only thing I can compare this to is most basketball players' lack of focus on the mid-range shot because it isn't as glamorous as a dunk/layup or or three.
When i used to play goalkeeper in the eighties ,we were trained to catch or try to block the ball as much as we could...
Pushing it away was seen as a liability..
Now goalkeepers tend to push the ball away from the goal and punch everything instead of simply catching it..
I couldn't believe Buffon ,a great goalkeeper, punching everything on corners instead of grabbing it ..
The same for shots on target, the keepers push it away instead of stopping it..
It seems to be the new trend due to modern floating balls also allowing more powerful shots..