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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2020, Vol. 7, Issue 6, Part B

Football goalkeeper, first or last option?


Author(s): Thiago Sabino, Erivelton Fernandes França, Selton Fabiano Mendes, Mário Luiz Maia Guerra, Douglas Figueiredo Cossote, Julio Cesar Oliveira Bonfim, Romildo Torres da Silva and Antonio Carlos da Silva

Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the reasons that led professional athletes to play in the goalkeeper position. Methods: This research is a descriptive, cross-sectional study, with primary data collection and convenience sampling. Data were collected during April and May 2018, through the application of a questionnaire previously structured by the researchers. To this end, 30 professional goalkeepers (women = 6, men = 24), Brazilians aged between 19 and 37 years, who had active contracts with national and international football teams were interviewed. Results: The vast majority of the goalkeepers interviewed (83.33%) pointed out that the decisive factor for them to become professional football goalkeepers was their dedication in training. When it comes to physical attributes, especially height, 73.33% of respondents reported that this was a decisive factor in their trajectory as a goalkeeper. 53.33% of respondents attributed the decision to become goalkeepers at their own discretion. 36.66% of respondents reported that the desire to become a professional football goalkeeper was a childhood wish. 33.33% of the goalkeepers interviewed declared that if they could they would have another tactical position in the team. 20% of respondents reported that, during childhood, being a goalkeeper was an alternative to be included in matches by friends. Finally, 83.33% of the interviewees agreed that dedication in training was crucial for their professionalization. Conclusion: Among the main findings of this study, we can highlight that only 36.66% of the interviewees wanted to become a professional football goalkeeper since childhood. And yet, even after professionalization, 33.33% of goalkeepers declared that if they could they would have another tactical position in the team. Together, these findings reinforce the need for further studies on the subject, in order to contribute to a better satisfaction in the initiation process and professional satisfaction of football goalkeepers.

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Thiago Sabino, Erivelton Fernandes França, Selton Fabiano Mendes, Mário Luiz Maia Guerra, Douglas Figueiredo Cossote, Julio Cesar Oliveira Bonfim, Romildo Torres da Silva, Antonio Carlos da Silva. Football goalkeeper, first or last option?. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2020;7(6):112-114.
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