Ummm is it just me or does that sound like you're losing the ball with that move?
Okay, here are my recommendations:
Stepover: While this move can be used just about anywhere, I find the best place to use it is when on the flank and you're trying to get a cross in. Should you be on the left flank, stepover with your right and go left, getting a quick cross, and vice versa. Another great way to use this is throwing one with each foot, that move never really fails, it always gets you that half yard of space you need.
Pendulum: You might not know this move by name, but using it rapidly typically works wonders on a defender, especially in tight spaces. Lets say you receive the ball on your right foot. Well then tap it from your right to your left, then back you your right, then back to your left, then accelerate and you're gone. If you do this really quick, it's nearly impossible for a defender to stop, and they don't see it used much.
Rollover: This is just the rolling of the ball from one foot to another. This move usually works as a fake, as you act like you are going to strike the ball but instead you roll it across your body and go. You can also throw a stepover into the mix to really throw off the defender.
Pirouette: I'm not sure what you might call it, but it's also known as the Maradona or Marseille Spin. Zidane does it a lot. There are many ways to do it, and many situations. However, just doing it when running at a guy usually doesn't work. One situation I've found it effective is when a pass is played behind you and someone is tracking back from the oppositition to try to get the ball. First off, get to the ball first! Then, first taking a touch on your right foot, spin 180 with the ball while transferring it to your left. When on your left, spin another 90 and you're facing the goal. Sounds complicated but it really isn't. Another good time is as two defenders converge on you, but there's space in between them. Use the move and split the defenders. If you are to do this right footed (right foot to left foot spin) then start out by touching the ball slightly to the right of the defender on your left. This gets him leaning, ever so slightly, to this side. After this touch, do your pirouette and split the men. Do the move quickly, or they'll realise what you're doing and hack you.
Cryuff Turn: This move is really good when on the wings and you're trying to throw the defender off so you can get a cross in to the middle. The way I find most effective goes as follows: Let's say you're on the left wing, and there's a defender on you. First, go sideways to him (left shoulder facing him) to shield the ball. Then, roll the ball back away from the goal with your right foot, making him think you're going to pass the ball. Then, drastically fake the pass before performing the turn by using your right foot to pull the ball back behind your left foot, almost always opening up space for the cross.
That help anyone?
Last edited by Gio Zola; August 31st, 2004 at 20:31.