Analysis of technical abilities of successful and unsuccessful soccer teams competing in the European Championships Portugal 2004
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Although soccer has received a major share of the research by notational analysts over the last five decades (Pearce and Hughes, 2001) not much analysis has been completed on technical abilities in this area of soccer. The aim of this study is to investigate the technical differences between teams in Groups A and B of the European Championships Portugal 2004 and whether there are any technical differences between successful and unsuccessful teams and their goalkeepers. Is the reason Greece were the Champions because they have a technical advantage over the rest of the teams or was it just down to other contributing factors? The data was collected from 12 matches carried out in the 2004 European Championships in Portugal. Each game involved two European national teams, highly trained elite soccer teams, with each team comprising of at least 11 players of mixed age and relative technical ability. The reliability of the data produced results using a chi-square system and the percentage error to test for reliability. The intra-operator tests for technical frequencies actions between T1 and T2 displayed no significant difference (P>0.95). T2 and T3 also displayed no significant difference (P>0.95). The intra-operator tests for technical frequencies ratings between T1 and T2 displayed a significant difference (P<0.95). There was no significant difference between T2 and T3 (P>0.95). The inter-operator data for technical frequency actions for T3’s displayed a no significant difference of (P>0.95) and the technical frequency rating for T3’s displayed no significant difference (P>0.95). In conclusion to the findings the results suggest that there is a significant difference in technical abilities between successful and unsuccessful outfield players (P<0.05). Also, there is a significant difference in technical abilities between successful and unsuccessful team’s goalkeepers within the study (P<0.05). From a coaching concept the data produced from the results section can hopefully show that technical ability is an important contributor to individual’s performances from a coaching aspect. Further recommendations would suggest to analysis all the teams in the competition to provide a true accurate analysis of technical abilities of teams in the tournament. The Soccer World Cup 2006 would be a good analysis for future research in soccer tournaments. The best teams from around the world will be competing in the competition such as the likes of South American, African and Asian teams, which can provide a more accurate account of technical abilities. The teams could be ranked from the best to the worst technical teams in the world.
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