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KAA Gent: Recovering with the m-station

Proper training is how you win your first game, but proper recovery is how you win the next one.

In a professional setting, it makes a huge difference whether you are playing at 98% or 94% of your full capacity. The difference may seem small, but taking 2-3 more runs than your opponent during a match can lead to one more goal scored, or one less goal conceded.

Belgian club KAA Gent uses multiple m-station rebounders in its daily training routines, but not just to improve the players’ technical skills.

Physical Coach Stijn Matthys elaborates on how the m-station is used for recovery as well:

– We often use the m-station in our recovery sessions. The day after a game we train in two different groups. The players who started the game participate in a recovery session, the substitute players and the players who didn’t play receive a conditioning stimulus.

The staff at KAA Gent employs m-station rebounders during individual recovery sessions when each player gets to use his own m-station. These training sessions involve ankle and knee stabilization exercises as well as some general core exercises.

Using the m-station as a tool to make recovery sessions interesting

According to Stijn, recovery should be addressed in the first training session after a game. There are boring ways of practicing recovery and there are fun ways of doing so.

– We consider the day after a game the ideal time for active recovery. This can be achieved through low intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging or cycling/spinning. Players often complain about being bored during these sessions.

That is why we often choose an active recovery session with the ball, which emphasizes technique and fun. Therefore, the m-station is very useful to us, as can be seen in the video. Players are often unaware they are engaged in low intensity running. Especially when adding a competition, such as counting the number of bounces on the m-station without touching the ground, players seem to enjoy these recovery sessions more than the aerobic running sessions.

If you have any questions about the KAA Gent use case or if you would you like to know more about how you can use the m-station football rebounder please book a call or get in touch with our Marketing Manager, Simon Secher, on simon@muninsports.com.

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FourFourTwo Performance: “The Ultimate Training Partner!”

We are proud to announce that the football training experts at FourFourTwo Performance recently labeled the m-station football rebounder as “The Ultimate Training Partner,” while stating that “birthday parties and family barbecues will never be the same again!”

The perfect Christmas gift for the football player! Learn why here

Here’s what the football experts at FourFourTwo Performance wrote:

– Who needs a team of specialist coaches when you can use the training tool favoured by the likes of CR7? Ladies and gentleman say hello to the m-station Talent…

‘The World’s Best Rebounder’ may sound like a basketball legend but it is, in fact, the cutting edge in football training equipment.

Some of the world’s top clubs – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea among then – already use the Munin M-Station Pro, a finely-tuned rebound net that allows players to measure then improve their technical skills. Now you can too, with the smaller, more affordable, but no less awesome M-Station Talent.

What’s more, the Talent comes with a free MuninPlay app, which we’re reliably informed will transform your smartphone into your own personal football coach, even – get this – barking out encouragement and recreating crowd noise.

By creating a profile you can then set targets and improve your stats by simply placing your device into the cradle behind the net and following your choice of over 100 training drills – each comes with a video demonstration.

Better still, you can compete against your friends and team-mates in person via ‘multi-player’. Birthday parties and family barbecues will never be the same again.

Nor, it seems, will your game, with a recent survey of more than 1,000 M-Station Talent owners in Scandinavia revealing that 98 per cent of kids who have used the revolutionary rebounder have improved their technique. Impressive.

Read the full story from FourFourTwo Performance here

Would you like to know how to use the m-station football rebounder at home or in daily training sessions at club level? E-mail us or use the chat button at the bottom-right corner of the page.

VIDEO: Goalkeeper training with m-station in Arsenal

To have one of the best youth academies in the Premier League you need to have some great facilities.

Implementation of m-station in Training Sessions

Arsenal is currently investing in improving their facilities and one way they have done that is by incorporating m-station by Munin Sports into the training sessions. Carl Laraman is one of the academy coaches at Arsenal’s youth academy and he describes the m-station as:

– A marvelous piece of equipment!

PLAYLIST: 24 videos with drills for goalkeepers

If you want to see how the m-station football rebounder is used during training sessions with Arsenal’s goalkeepers, watch this video.

ALSO SEE: Improve your goalkeeping reflexes with the m-station rebounder

“Great Equipment For Goalkeepers”

It is not only the outfield players at Arsenal that enjoy the m-station football rebounder in training. The goalkeepers at the academy make good use of it. The goalkeeping coach at Arsenal’s youth academy, Lee Smelt, is a big fan of using the m-station in training:

– As a goalkeeping coach, the m-station will give the goalkeepers an opportunity to do different sessions, in a different way, give them a different view of things, and I like it. I like the way the ball springs back at different angles.

WE RECOMMEND: Kasper Schmeichel: “Shot-Stopping”

Would you like to know how to use the m-station football rebounder at home or in daily training sessions at club level? E-mail us or use the chat button at the bottom-right corner of the page.

 

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Europe’s 5th Youngest Lineup & Title Contender: FC Nordsjælland and its use of the m-station

Fielding one of the youngest starting 11s in European football, FC Nordsjælland has achieved much recent success, which has not gone unnoticed. Currently, the club is part of the top flight in the Danish Superliga despite the recent departures of Emre Mor, Marcus Ingvartsen, and Stanislav Lobotka, who collectively transferred for the sum of 20 million Euros.

FCN has an extraordinary focus on youth development, and the club’s starting lineup—which includes a 36-year-old captain—has an average age of just 22.78. The club utilizes the m-station football rebounder as a tool in daily training sessions at both youth and professional level.

Watch Superliga star Marcondes in action with the m-station rebounder here:

Marcondes is particularly satisfied with the flexibility of the rebounder:

– We use the m-station to practice multiple elements of the game. Everything from crosses to regular passes from outside the box and finishes with or without a first touch.

WATCH VIDEO: How to improve your volley finishing

The soon-to-be Brentford player enjoys using the m-station rebounder for technical training because the help of the coaching staff or teammates is not required:

– It is very good for practicing the technical aspects of the game. You can train by yourself while having fun.

Slovakian international Stanislav Lobotka, who recently moved from FCN to Spanish side Celta Vigo, praises the utilisation of the m-station at the FCN training grounds:

– We used the m-station all the time when there was a small break in the play. I primarily used the m-station to improve my first touch; you learn to control the ball better and with greater speed.

ALSO SEE: Aerial first-touch and passing with the m-station

Not just designed for technical, attacking players

Although Marcondes (striker) and Lobotka (attacking midfielder) both improve their technical skills using the m-station, the m-station football rebounder also allows players to practice and improve essential goalkeeping and defending skills. Marcondes explains:

– We also use the m-station for defensive purposes. Andreas Skovgaard, Viktor Tranberg, and I have practiced against each other in order to time our movement better on both high and low crosses. I think it’s a very useful device. It also helps us improve headers.

WATCH VIDEO: How to practice your defensive headers

FCN technical director Flemming Pedersen agrees with Marcondes on the m-station’s ability to improve players’ aerial duels and headers:

– The m-station is good for practicing the technical part of the header; you learn to direct your headers.


Pedersen also explains how FCN’s keepers are becoming better at anticipating the movement of the ball by training with the m-station:

– The m-station rebounder is almost always part of goalkeeper training. When the ball hits the rebounder’s surface, it returns at many different angles. This improves the keeper’s ability to estimate the pace of the ball in order to make the best decision as quickly as possible.

Watch how the FCN Superliga goalkeepers rate the m-station:

PLAYLIST: 24 videos with drills for goalkeepers

In short, the m-station provides tons of opportunities for different drills appropriate for all positions on the field. Pedersen is more than satisfied with the rebounder:

– We use the m-station a lot, and the players benefit greatly from it.

Do you have questions on how to use the m-station football rebounder at home or in daily training sessions at club level? E-mail us or use the chat button at the bottom-right corner of the page.

 

 

Improve your aerial first-touch and passing with the m-station rebounder

Get going with the m-station rebounder and practice your touch and passing in the air in one sequence. Find the drills on your MuninPlay app and track your performance to continue improving day by day.

A CONTROLLED TOUCH INTO THE PERFECT PASS

Mid-air passes are not a common sight in official matches, but practicing them is not just about preparing for in-game situations; it is also about feeling comfortable on the ball and understanding its movement in the air.  Inevitably, you are going to face bouncing balls during matches that require sublime control.

In order to make the perfect pass from a controlled mid-air touch, use the inside of your foot. As you gradually feel more comfortable, start using your instep. An instep kick is harder to control, but it is significantly more effective.

1. TWO-FOOTED CONTROL

While you probably have a preferred foot, you still have to practice your weak foot. This drill offers a very simple way to practice both feet so you do not mess up a simple pass because you only have one strong foot.

Step 1: Drop the ball at your feet, and after it bounces once (or before it bounces at all), lightly pass it to the rebounder using one foot

Step 2: Allow the ball to bounce off the net

Step 3: Before the ball touches the ground, receive it with the other foot and lightly pass it to the rebounder

Repeat until you can do this in full control. Track your progress in the MuninPlay app to make sure you continue to improve.

Difficulty: 1 out of 3

2. VOLLEY-PASS CONTROL

Striking a half volley is usually easier than hitting a traditional volley, because you understand the ball’s movement better when you see the ball bounce. Use only one foot at a time for this drill, and start with your right foot.

Step 1: Drop the ball and let it bounce once before making a pass to the rebounder with your right foot

Step 2: Allow the ball to bounce off the net and move your feet to prepare to receive the ball

Step 3: Allow the ball to bounce once, and make a right-footed first-time half-volley pass to the rebounder

Repeat until you feel comfortable, and then practice with your left foot.

Difficulty: 2 out of 3

3. INSTEP TOUCH & VOLLEY PASS

This drill is significantly harder than the previous two, but if you get the hang of it, consider yourself technically gifted. It looks similar to drill number 2, but instead of letting the ball bounce in front of you, make an instep first touch and keep the ball in the air. Start with your right foot.

 

Step 1: Drop the ball at your feet and let it bounce once before making a pass to the rebounder with your right foot

Step 2: Allow the ball to bounce off the net, and before it touches the ground, make a right-footed instep first touch

Step 3: Before the ball touches the ground, make a right-footed half-volley pass  to the net

Do not let the ball hit the ground when you get into a rhythm. Switch to your left foot at some point to train both feet. Keep track of your development on the MuninPlay app.

Difficulty: 3 out of 3

If you are looking to practice your aerial first-touch and passing even further, visit our YouTube channel to find more drills.

Improve your dribbling skills with the m-station rebounder

Set up the m-station in your own backyard and become a better dribbler through a few simple drills. Find demonstration videos here or on the MuninPlay app. Improve on your own and surprise your teammates with your newly enhanced skills.

IMPROVING YOUR DRIBBLING SKILLS BY YOURSELF

At one point or another, we have all aspired to be Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, or Lionel Messi because of their ability to beat the defender and score goals. Good dribbling may force the opposition to commit multiple players to you, which ensures free space for at least one of your teammates.

Maintaining balance, keeping the ball close to you, and making rapid changes in direction are key to being a skilled dribbler. It is also important to study your opponent, learn his movements, and adjust to his strengths and weaknesses.

1. BASIC DRIBBLES:

Great dribbling is, in most cases, the result of close control and adequate pace. Messi does not perform fancy tricks, but he executes sudden changes in direction with great pace to beat the defender. Developing excellent control is therefore the first step to improving your dribbling skills. Start with your right foot.

Step 1: Pass the ball to the rebounder, receive it, and make a 180° turn using the inside of your right foot

Step 2: Dribble between the cones using your right foot only

Remember to practice with both feet. Increase the intensity with time, and track your progress with the MuninPlay app.

Difficulty: 1 out of 3

2. OUTSIDE-FOOT DRIBBLE:

This drill allows you to improve your control with the outside of your foot. No one uses the inside or the outside of a foot exclusively, so it is important to practice control with both. Start this drill using your right foot.  

Step 1: Pass the ball to the rebounder, receive it, and make a 180° turn using the outside of your right foot

Step 2: Dribble between the cones using the outside of your right foot only

Repeat with your left foot. When you feel comfortable, increase the pace.

Difficulty: 2 out of 3

3. SIDEWAYS SOLE ROLL:

Last but not least, the sideways sole roll. For absolute top control and to keep the ball close to you at all times, use the sole of your boot. It is very difficult to do this at high speed, but in tight areas it can be a nice way to trick defenders. This drill is a great way to take your technical skills to the next level.

Step 1: Pass the ball to the m-station, receive it, and with the outside of your right foot make a 90° turn toward the first cone

Step 2: With your left foot, stop the ball and then drag it toward the next cone (on the opposite side) using the sole of your left foot.

Step 3: Once you reach the next cone, stop the ball with your outside foot and continue on.

The drill itself is easy to understand and practice at lower speeds, but at higher intensity it becomes much more difficult.

Difficulty: 3 out of 3

If you are looking to practice your dribbling skills even further, visit our YouTube channel to find more drills:

 

Bayer Leverkusen: Goalkeeper Training with the m-station

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Considered one of the very best German teams of the last decade, Bayer Leverkusen has established itself as a top team in one of Europe’s top flights.  Averaging an attendance of 29,600 spectators at home in a stadium with a capacity of 30,210, the West German giants provide some very entertaining football.

To many, Leverkusen is best known for conceding one of the most beautiful Zinedine Zidane goals of all time at the 2002 Champions League final.  What’s not as well known is that the club has a history of developing some of the best goalkeepers in European football.

Retired goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt is perhaps the best-known keeper in the club’s history due to his unique status as a strong penalty-kick taker, but more recent keepers such as Rene Adler and Bernd Leno deserve equal recognition for their pure goalkeeping skills.

PLAYLIST: 24 videos with drills for goalkeepers

M-STATION AT THE BAYER LEVERKUSEN TRAINING GROUNDS

The m-station has become a part of the daily training routine for Bayer Leverkusen players, including the first-team squad.

According to goalkeeping coach David Thiel, the m-station rebounder has no rival in today’s market for rebounders of top quality and flexibility.

– The m-station rebounder is the best rebounder on the market to date.  The rebound effect is perfect and the flexibility of this training tool is astonishing.

WE RECOMMEND: Improve your goalkeeping reflexes with the m-station rebounder

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And the m-station’s value is not just limited to goalkeepers. Due to its adjustable angles and great mobility, the m-station rebounder can be used in countless scenarios, tailored specifically for a particular position or player.

m-station in Bayer Leverkusen

It not only serves as an incredibly effective self-training tool, but it also serves invaluable during group exercises. Thiel makes sure to use the m-station to its full potential:

– I’m using the m-station regularly in my everyday training with individual goalkeepers, and also for group exercises.

ALSO SEE: Enhance your goalkeeping skills with the m-station

Would you like to know how to use the m-station football rebounder at home or in daily training sessions at club level? E-mail us or use the chat button at the bottom-right corner of the page.

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Improve your Short-Passing with the m-station rebounder

We have compiled a list of drills to get you off to a great start with the m-station football rebounder by focusing on short-passing skills. Find the drills on the MuninPlay app and turn your yard into a world-class training facility.

THE KEYS TO PERFECTING YOUR SHORT-PASSES

Passing is one of the fundamentals of football. Simply put, football is a team sport and you play like a team by constantly passing the ball. Short-passing is an important skill for any football player, but it is especially important for aspiring midfielders.

To get the best result for short passing drills with the m-station make sure to lock your angle and focus on kicking the ball with the inside of your foot. Remember to train both feet and as with everything else in life; Practice Makes Perfect

1. FIRST-TOUCH PASS – BOTH FEET

No one expects you to be an ambidextrous footballer, but being able to make a simple pass with both feet will always come in handy, especially during games. Through this simple drill, you learn how to to use both feet naturally and effectively.

Step 1: Pass the ball forward with your right foot

Step 2: When the ball returns, use your left foot to immediately pass it back (without taking a first touch)

Step 3: Repeat, making sure never to take a first touch before passing the ball

Push yourself by increasing the speed and intensity.

Difficulty: 1 out of 3

2. FOOTWORK AND FIRST-TOUCH PASS

You cannot expect to make a great pass if you are standing still. Most passes require some footwork, and in order to play the ball with the requisite power, body movement before playing the ball is essential.

This drill is very similar to the first drill, but it includes some footwork.

Step 1: Pass the ball forward with your right foot and immediately shuffle your feet backwards

Step 2: Meet the ball and make a right-footed first-touch pass

Step 3: Repeat, making sure never to take a first touch before passing the ball

Force yourself to pass and move with high intensity, and remember to train both legs.

Difficulty: 1 out of

3. PASS AND MOVE

Passing and movement are football essentials. Improve your ball control and your passing with both feet with this drill.

Step 1: Starting at one set of cones, pass with your right foot and move to the next set of cones

Step 2: Dribble around the outer cone and then cut between the two cones using your right foot

Step 3: Repeat

Remember to practice this drill with both legs.

Difficulty: 1 out of 3

If you are looking to practice your short-passing skills even further, visit our YouTube channel to find more drills:

 

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