Coaching Transition Play Full Sessions from the Tactics of Simeone,
Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho & Ranieri
This incredible FULLCOLOUR book helps coaches improve their training sessions in the most important phases of the modern game - the transition phases.
The best teams in recent years (Simeone's Atlético Madrid, Guardiola's Barcelona & Bayern, Klopp's Dortmund, Mourinho's Real Madrid & Ranieri's Leicester) have been successful largely due to their performance in the transition phases.
This book provides 32 transition game situations based on tactical analysis of Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri's tactics.
Michail Tsokaktsidis is a UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach and has used this analysis to produce 23 full sessions (98 practices) including:
Fast Break Attacks
Small Sided Games
Pressing to Win the Ball
Defensive Reactions to Recover the Ball
Team Shape and Organisation
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Learn to "Coach Transition Play" with Full Sessions from the Tactics of Simeone, Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho & Ranieri"
32 Game Situations
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32 Transition Play Tactical Analysis including:
Diego Simeone: Press, Win the Ball + Counter Attack with Quick Combination Play in Limited Space
Pep Guardiola: Fast Transition to Attack from the Back: Exploiting Space in Behind
Jurgen Klopp: Quick Transition to Defence in the Middle Zone
Jose Mourinho: Team Shape and Collective Pressing When Possession is Lost
Claudio Ranieri: Defensive Organisation to Win the Ball and Fast Running to Support Counter Attack
98 Practices (23 Full Sessions) including:
Defending in a 4 v 4 Situation and Quick Transition to 4 v 2 Counter Attack
High Press and Fast Transition to Attack in an 8 v 8 Tactical Game
Counter Attacks in a Dynamic 3 Zone Transition Game
Defensive Reactions After Finishing an Attack in a Dynamic Transition Game
Regaining Possession High Up the Pitch in a 6 Goal Game
Fast Reactions to Recover the Ball in a Dynamic 7 v 7 Game
You can use these ready-made sessions to practice these top coaches' tactics and find solutions for every tactical situation:
Transition from defence to attack in the Low, Middle and High Zones.
Transition from attack to defence in the Low, Middle and High Zones.
What the Coaches Say on the "Importance of Transition Play"
"I am always enthusiastic and when I came, I said I wanted to rediscover the essence of the club: An Atlético team that was always aggressive, intense, competitive, counter-attacking and fast… I think that’s what we’ve been giving.”
This book includes Simeone's Transition Tactics with Sessions on how to practice them.
"I want my players chasing the ball like (dogs chase) dog bones.”
“You cannot be brilliant when you disappear when you don’t have the ball. It’s impossible. Football is a connection between what you have with the ball and without the ball.”
This book includes Guardila's Transition Tactics with Sessions on how to practice them.
"The best moment to win the ball is immediately after your team just lost it.”. Football is about emotion and speed. It’s a transition game“
“If you win the ball back high up the pitch and close to the goal, it is only one pass
away a really good opportunity most of the time. No playmaker in the world can be
as good as a good counter-pressing situation.”
This book includes Klopp's Transition Tactics with Sessions on how to practice them.
become crucial. When the opponent is organised defensively it is very difficult
to score. The moment the opponent loses the ball can be the time to exploit the
opportunity of someone being out of position. Similarly when we lose the ball
we must react immediately.”
“Everybody says that set plays win most games but I think it is more about
This book includes Mourinho's Transition Tactics with Sessions on how to practice them.
"Today, some complain that Leicester lose too many balls. But that's only
natural, when your team plays at the speed of light.“
“I give my strikers freedom to attack and cut across the lines, as long as
we immediately return to a 4-4-2 as soon as the ball is lost.”
This book includes Ranieri's Transition Tactics with Sessions on how to practice them.
Meet the Author and UEFA 'A' Licence Coach:
During my playing career I won 6 championships with 5 different teams. At the age of 29 I stopped playing and completed my studies in fitness conditioning and football coaching. I was also a student of the UEFA coaching schools (H.F.F. in Greece) and I am a fully certified UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach.
I started my coaching career coaching at academy level for 3 years and for the last 6 years I have been a head coach at F.C. Doxa Dramas (professional Greek team) and 3 different semi-professional teams in Greece (winning 2 championships).
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Bachelor Degree in Physical & Sports Education (Specialising in Soccer Conditioning).
Author of 2 Books Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions (2013) & Spain Attacking Sessions (2014)
excellent books "Two excellent books that I would highly recommend for all soccer coaches . Drills and the articles written are easy to understand. Regards"
Very detailed "These two books are based on decades of solid research. They are not just books based on opinions, but facts. Exercises are included to make the reader understand more the concept of conditioning and how it can enhance a team's performance to play high level football throughout the season."
A modern coaches definite "A fantastic addition to my library, well presented, clear and concise.
A modern coaches definite.."
"A very informative set of books that leaves no stone unturned in detailing all the modern football techniques within fitness and tactics.
Highly recommended for experienced coaches and beginners alike"
One of my favourite books
"Adam is a fantastic professional, and in this book put is vision about the combination of scientific and the practice. Is one of my favourite book. Recommended for all how work in soccer."
Book 1: Fitness Training | Speed & Agility | Injury Prevention:
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Total Distance Covered in High-Intensity Running
The Different Physical Demands for Different Playing Positions
Strategies to Improve Running Economy
Repeated Sprint Ability (RSA)
High Intensity Interval Training
Injury Prevention Techniques Used in Football
Training Load Management: Reducing the Risk of Injury
Coordination and Agility with One-Two Combination Warm Up
Quick Reactions and Changes of Direction in a Speed Exercise
Speed Endurance and Explosive Power in an Attacking Combination with Finishing
Speed Endurance in a Quick Break Away Functional Practice With Finishing
Book 2: Periodization | Seasonal Training | Small Sided Games:
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Training Periodization and Fatigue Management in Football
Effect of Interval Training on Physical Fitness and Fatigue
Intermittent (Stop-Start) Exercises
Training Principles / Methods
Repeated Sprint Ability: Recommendations for Training
Physiology of Small Sided Games Training in Football
Periodization of Small Sided Games
Continuous High Intensity 3 v 3 Duels
High Intensity Pressing and Quick Shooting in a 4 v 4 Attack vs Defence Practice
End to End Possession and Intense Pressing (3 v 7) in a Transition Game
Pressing to Win the Ball Back Quickly in an 8 v 4 Transition Game
Quick Break Attacks in a 3 Team Small Sided Game
What People say about Adam Owen Ph.D:
Walter Smith OBE (Former Rangers FC Manager):
‘’Coaches, at a range of levels, will enjoy the content of this book and be able to integrate the key findings into their training. Maximising the link between the technical, tactical and physical aspect of the game has seen an increased use of technology, analysis and specific personnel to ensure performance levels are maximised, and player injury is minimised. As a result, this book encapsulates these topics and highlights the fact that Adam is one of the most innovative performance coaches, underpinning sound football specific practice with scientific knowledge.’’
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal FC and Wales):
‘‘Having known and worked with Adam for many years at International level, he is someone I enjoy working with and I have benefited in many areas of my game due to his methods and knowledge. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.’’
Steven Davis (Southampton FC and Northern Ireland Captain):
‘‘Adam and I worked together for many years during a significant and successful part of my career. His knowledge in his specialised area, and the philosophy he implemented from a science and performance aspect within the club (Rangers FC) was excellent. As a result, it led to an improvement in me as a professional.’’
Prof. Del P. Wong (Football Science Researcher):
‘‘Adam’s main strength is the ability to link cutting edge science to the on-field performance to stimulate a different thought process as highlighted throughout this book. Attaining the UEFA Pro Coaching Licence and a Ph.D degree, is a rare but very impressive combination which make him very unique in our field. The information provided within this book highlights the link between the science and on-pitch coaching.’’
Meet the Coach & Author
Dr. Adam Owen
Currently the Wales National Team Sport Science and Fitness Coach, Football Research Scientist Consultant at SL Benfica (Portugal), Assistant Coach and Head of Performance at Servette FC (Switzerland) and Associate Research Scientist at Claude Bernard Lyon.1 University (France).
Previous positions have included the Head of Fitness and Performance at Sheffield United FC (England), Head of Sport Science and Performance at Rangers FC (Scotland), Head of Fitness and Science at Sheffield Wednesday FC (England), Head of Sport Science at Celtic FC Academy (Scotland) and Technical and Fitness Coach at Wrexham FC Academy (Wales).
UEFA Professional Coaching Licence
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Sport and Exercise Science
Meet the Assistant Author
Dr. Alexandre Dellal
Dr. Alexandre Dellal is one of the most highly regarded football research scientists within the game. He is
currently Head of Physical Preparation at French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, whilst also holding a research position
at FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Centre Orthopédique Santy in Lyon, France
He was previously at Olympique Lyonnais as Head of Physical Preparation and has also worked at International
level with the Ivory Coast National team throughout their successful African Cup of Nations period. A very active
researcher in the field of sport and football science, he has numerous scientific journal publications, books and
on-going research projects.
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Kevin McGreskin - UEFA A Licence / Coach Educator ( Irish FA)
"Excellent book! Superb in the detail for coaching a team to build up play from the goalkeeper, through the thirds and into finishing situations..
Not many people manage to offer a book that is such a useful resource for coaches working across all levels of the game. Highly recommended!"
Eddie Munnelly - Lead Youth Dev. Coach - Queens Park Rangers FC
A very well put together book for any level of coach to understand.
I would recommend to coaches looking to gain an introduction and insight into a possession-based progressive football
Hamza Serrar - U-18's Academy Coach: Charlton Athletic
This book will be of interest for all coaches from Level 1 right up to Pro-Licence.
All the practices are clearly linked in with real game scenarios..
I've already used a number of the practices and will continue to do so with my players. Recommended !
Learn to "Coach Combination Play" with Practical Examples of How to Play from the Keeper, through Defence, Midfield and Attack
40 Game Situations
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Tag Lamche, a UEFA A Licence (part 1) coach and a specialist in vision and awareness (perceptual and cognitive skills) shows you how to play ‘’From Build Up to Finish’’, providing numerous practical examples of combination play from the keeper, through defence, midfield and attack to create goal scoring opportunities.
As well as being structured, it is important to present players with a rich variety of options or tactical tools they can explore. In this way you empower players to make their own decisions - individually and collectively - as well as encouraging them to use their own creativity and natural attributes to best apply these methods into practice.
There are detailed chapters to outline the 4 phases of play and additional chapters for Supplementary Technical Training and Set Pieces.
40 Game Situations analysed including:
Midfield Rotation: Coordinated Movement Patterns
Playing Out from the Back
Creating Space to Play Through Pressure
Creating Scoring Opportunities
Key Attacking Runs to Finish
66 Practices including:
Exploring “Opening Up” to Receive & One-Touch Passing
Rotation of the Midfield 3 in a Pass & Move Practice
Exploring the Third Man Run & the Classic One-Two Combination
Playing Through the Thirds with Two-Way Pressure in a Zonal Possession Game
Switching Play to Create Goal Chances in a Small Sided Game
Meet the Coach
4 years coaching experience at a professional Football academy in the UK (Oxford United), Specialist visual skills Football coach, Specialist coach and Consultant to the British Olympic Association (2007-2010), Head of Sensory-Motor Skills BOA Elite Performance Programme and Playmaker workshop leader/perceptual skills coach.
UEFA A Coaching Licence (part 1)
UEFA B Coaching Licence
M.PHIL DEGREE IN SPORTS COACHING (EDUCATION) Master of Philosophy Post-Graduate Research Degree from Birmingham
University (UK). The research focused on visual and cognitive skills in football.