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Goalkeeper reaction training session with Real Madrid & Crazy Catch

Real Madrid is one of the world’s biggest football clubs and they along with top goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis, have been using Crazy Catch for a couple of years now. Watch this new video of a reaction session featuring Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla and Ryan Yanez Alabart.

This session uses the Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble as well as a mixture of footballs and smaller tennis balls. Using smaller balls develops quicker reflexes and also aids visual performance (plus going back to using footballs then makes these balls much easier to save). The unique thing about the Crazy Catch is its INSANE rebound so the tennis ball comes off the net very erratically pushing you to the limit and making for a very intensive session. Luis also sometimes pushes the net as the ball impacts to create more pace and unpredictability for these elite keepers. Try some of these ideas in your next session …

Crazy Catch is the original and best rebound net for football (or Soccer) training … Chose from the Double Trouble range; these have large netting on one side, so it’s INSANE even with a football (grey side in image above), then small netting on the front. The Ultimate Rebound Net is available from leading football retailers including Pro Direct Soccer. 

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Spainish keepers are crazy for Crazy Catch … new videos from Malaga CF & Granada CdeF

As the new La Liga season kicks off in Spain, several leading clubs have been putting their goalkeepers through their pre-season paces with Crazy Catch – the Ultimate Rebound Net.

Only a few hours after joining Malaga, Mexican world cup star Guillermo Ochoa was put through his paces by GK coach Iñigo Arteaga meanwhile over at Granada CdeF, legendary coach Luis Llopis was working on a crossing drill with their keepers Roberto Fernandez, Stole Dimitrievski and Oier Olazabal. Llopis previously worked at Levente where their first choice keeper Keylor Navas enjoyed a tremendous World Cup and has now secured a big money move to Real Madrid.  Take a look at the footage below…

Crazy Catch (and RESPONSEBALL) are both available to purchase in Spain via http://futuresports.es/

Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, under the tutelage of Luis Llopis, is taking the World Cup by storm

Keylor Navas says the fearless Costa Rica team can go on being World Cup world-beaters after their victory on penalties last night against Greece put them in the last eight.

Navas saves against Greece to put Costa Rica into the WC quarter finals

Navas saves against Greece to put Costa Rica into the WC quarter finals

The hero of the shoot-out said: ‘We left our fear at home – that is why we came through a group that had three former World Cup winners in it. We are not afraid of anyone.’

Levante star Navas is now the World Cup’s most wanted keeper with the tiny Spanish club appearing unlikely to be able to keep hold of their star stopper whose contract runs out in one year and buy-out clause stands at just £6.5million.

Last season Navas finished as La Liga’s second-best goalkeeper based on goals conceded, and the best based on the number of saves made. Whilst it was Courtois who conceded fewest goals, he had the best defence in Spain in front of him. At Levante, Navas had no such protection as was clear on the opening day of the season when he let in seven at the Nou Camp.

‘I have had a tough journey to get where I am but I’ve fought hard and now I’m reaping the rewards,’ Navas said, recalling how Spanish club Albacete plucked him from Costa Rica’s biggest side Saprissa in 2010. He moved to first division Levante a year later and in the first two seasons he was understudy to Uruguayan Gustavo Gustavo Munua but last season became No 1 and the hard work put in under the tutelage of one of Spain’s most respected goalkeeping coaches, Luis Llopis, has reaped dividends.

Luis Llopis - Navas' coach at Levante

Luis Llopis – Navas’ coach at Levante

He arrived with the reputation for being a spectacular shot-stopper but Llopis believed he could become even quicker in his area. He is now four or five kilos lighter than when he arrived and Llopis says: ‘Hours of training drills based on speeding-up his ability to accelerate, brake and change direction quickly in his area have paid off.’

After attending the Goalkeeping Conference last summer in Reading, where Llopis saw the Crazy Catch range he knew it was a product that he had to have in his armoury with the spanish philosophy and focus on reactions being the specific outcomes developed by training with the Ultimate Rebound Net. The video below show Luis and Keylor in pre-season training last year

We wish Keylor all the best in the quarter final against the Netherlands on Saturday evening

#EvolvingGK – Training with Crazy Catch

The 2nd annual FA goalkeeping conference is taking place at St Georges Park over the 13th/ 14th April with the theme of the #EvolvingGK … Unfortunately due to existing FA partners, Crazy Catch are unable to be involved directly however we wanted to share our thoughts on the topic and how training aids too are evolving and are now common place in a coaches armory.

Keylor Navas training with Crazy Catch

Keylor Navas training with Crazy Catch

It goes without saying that the modern goalkeeper needs lightening quick reactions and Crazy Catch is a great way to develop those skills. The INSANE rebounds produced enable an infinite number of drills to be developed, improving hand eye co-ordination and getting the key muscle in this process, the eye, trained and in shape. The earlier a goalkeeper can see the ball, the more chance they have to prepare the rest of their body to make the save and of course there are generally lots of obstacles in the way of this so sometimes the time to react is very small.

Perhaps the most famous coaches in this area are Spanish where Jose Sambade and Luis Llopis focus on developing reaction speeds and use the Crazy Catch now in their training, after seeing the product on a trip to England. Prior to that they had innovated with their own rebound devices which can be seen in these amazing videos below – but the unique element to the Crazy Catch- the highly random netting and the portal nature of these quality devices meant that they were quick to purchase and use with their current teams… Jose is now at Galatasaray and Luis at Levante (in fact the Levante number 1 is Keylor Navas from Costa Rica who will be one of England’s opponents in the summer). For all Crazy Catch football videos – just visit our You Tube channel where you can see the Ultimate Rebound Net in action for yourself #fun

At Crazy Catch we too have evolved and our latest model is a handheld coaching aid – seen here with the Spanish Futsal coach – again this product is a great way to improve reactions with now the coach in control of the pace and direction of the rebound making it suitable for all ages and abilities.

Freestyle - Spain Futsal

Freestyle – Spain Futsal

We hope to be helping future generations of goalkeepers to improve their game for many years to come. You can find Crazy Catches a plenty at St Georges Park – read our blog from 2013 on their session with the disability squad goalkeepers as well as now working with Tony Elliott and the Futsal squad, where we hope to have a video produced later this year.

The renaissance of Keylor Navas

The Costa Rican Keylor Navas has in his hand to play the next World Cup in Brazil. With Caparros; Levente could now find the confidence and stability they need. Article translated from AS.com

After two years in the shadow of Munua, the arrival of the new season must mean the consecration of Keylor Navas in goal for Levante. The Costa Rican has in his hand to play the next World Cup in Brazil, an appointment he will not want to miss for anything and with the arrival of new Levente manager Joaquín Caparros; he could find confidence and much-needed stability in goal to be the undisputed number 1. After his spectacular appearances last season in the Europa League in goal where he proved his creditworthiness and value, he should now be a fundamental part of the backbone of thegranotas“.

This summer the keeper adapts to new methods of Luis Llopis, the favoured goalkeeping coach of Caparros, and he competes with Javi Jimenez to win the seat. After the pre-season stay inIsla Canela” feelings are very positive and both goalkeepers are delighted with the new work proposal. Next Thursday they will receive the affection of the fans in the team’s presentation at the Ciutat.