Team Building: The Road to Success

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Reedswain, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 298 pages
All the facets of the team building process, including team tactics and psychology, are included down to the minutest detail. Also included is how youth talent, per age group category, should be developed. And finally, how to set up training sessions to achieve the best results. All the chapters are interspersed with examples from Rinus Michels' personal experiences as a trainer. At the same time he gives a reference framework for everyone who is, on a daily basis, involved with the team building process: from youth and professional coaches to managers in the business world. Because of these unique examples, most of which were never published, this will be a fascinating book for anyone involved in a team building process.

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If you are a fan of Total Football and true believers in the pure form of Dutch Soccer this is the book for you. On the other hand if you are not a true fan of the nuts and bolts of developing a team and individual players, it may come off as the babbling of a mad man. I loved it; I use it as the bible for success along with my other books, DVD’s on Dutch Soccer, and my experience of the last 40 years as a player and then a coach of the beautiful game. This book is not for everyone. Maybe it should be edited, reorganized, and re-written a bit to make it more read-able. But if are serious you can find some good tidbits to live by. 

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