Goal! The ideal football striker

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There’s no question that the most exciting time in football is when the striker performs a great first touch from a good pass.  As soon as that happens, people start erupting in cheers.  And when the striker scores, there’s virtually nothing like it in the world of sports.


There have been amazing football strikers since the game was established.  From classic forwards such as Eusebio and Gerd Muller to Marco Van Basten and Roberto Baggio to Gabriel Batistuta, the Brazilian Ronaldo, and Thierry Henry, strikers have captured the imagination of spectators everywhere.

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The best football strikers have more than one thing in common.

First, they have a scent for goals.  Like sharks that smell blood in the water, the best strikers can envision a goal from far away.  They can see their path towards the ball, and the route after that towards the goal.

Secondly, the best strikers are relentless attackers.  After they sense a possible goal, they do everything they can to receive the ball and attack.  They even go after opposing defenders and goalies to create opportunities.

Speaking of creating opportunities, ideal strikers are creative.  They can think of ways to score a goal that other footballers can’t imagine.

Finally, to tie everything together, the greatest strikers are incredible physical specimens.  They work tirelessly to make themselves stronger and faster than almost anyone else on their team.

Hello, I’m John Eilermann, a huge football fan.  Learn more about me and the stuff I love by following me on Twitter.



Writers are made, not born

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Even today, many people still have the misconception that writing takes innate talent, that the ability to write good literature is a gift. But it’s not as though celebrated authors had nursed their would-be infamous poems and novels since they were born and just one day up and decided to write them down. It’s time we bust this myth of the born writer.

Firstly, writing takes experience. No one can write good stories, novels, essays, and poems without developing the sensibility to do so. It takes other-ness, lots of observation, studying contexts, and maturity to furrow the language or mine it for literary use. In other words, passion or skill or interest is not enough.

It’s not a simple case of sentence construction or subject-verb agreement; no one just has the knack for it. After all, we’ve to rise above the so-called cliché. Factors such as where one grows up, the availability of books, finding pleasure in reading, and devoting oneself to the craft help writers in both developing their works, literary or not.

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One doesn’t find a prodigy at, say, eight years of age writing profound essays and poems and novels. While talent can more easily be displayed with kids involved in other arts like dancing, playing the piano, or singing, it is simply not the same with writing. Thus, the serious writer should be able show others their work and take criticism. Almost always, the self-proclaimed writer is not yet a writer. Often it takes years or decades of validation, confirmation, and well, critically acclaimed actual books (not necessarily bestsellers, too) to truly make it.

Hi, there. My name is John Eilermann, a college student currently pursuing a degree in Comparative Literature. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. Some of my favorite writers are Roald Dahl, C.S Lewis, Ned Vizzini, and Jonathan Franzen. More on my interests and hobbies here.