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PES MOBILE SKILL TUTORIAL - September 11, 2021

Bicycle kick tutorial in efootball Pes Mobile

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What is Bicycle Kick in Football?

A dramatic shot or kick made by a player throwing both feet in the air as a ball is approaching on the fly, while moving the legs with a pedaling motion to kick the ball in the opposite direction to which the player is facing, with the player usually ending up sprawled on the ground.

Bicycle kicks can be used defensively to clear away the ball from the goalmouth or offensively to strike at the goal in an attempt to score. The bicycle kick is an advanced football skill that is dangerous for inexperienced players. Its successful performance has largely been limited to the most experienced and athletic players in football history.

As an iconic skill, bicycle kicks are an important part of association football culture. Executing a bicycle kick in a competitive football match, particularly in scoring a goal, usually garners wide attention in the sports media. The bicycle kick has been featured in works of art, such as sculptures, films, advertisements, and literature. The maneuver is also used in other similar ball sports, particularly in the variants of association football (like futsal and beach soccer). The controversy over the move’s invention and name in Brazil, Chile, and Peru (and its status as an element of the notable Chile–Peru football rivalry) has added to the kick’s acclaim in popular culture.

Execution

To perform a bicycle kick, the ball must be airborne so that the player can hit it while doing a backflip; the ball can either come in the air towards the player, such as from a cross, or the player can flick the ball up into the air. The non-kicking leg should rise first to help propel the body up while the kicking leg makes the jump. While making the leap, the body’s back should move rearwards until it is parallel to the ground. As the body reaches peak height, the kicking leg should snap toward the ball as the non-kicking leg is simultaneously brought down to increase the kick’s power. Vision should stay focused on the ball until the foot strikes it. The arms should be used for balance and to diminish the impact from the fall.

Bicycle kicks are generally done in two situations, one defensive and the other offensive. A defensive bicycle kick is done when a player facing his side’s goal uses the action to clear the ball in the direction opposite his side’s goalmouth. Sports historian Richard Witzig considers defensive bicycle kicks a desperate move requiring less aim than its offensive variety. An offensive bicycle kick is used when a player has his back to the opposing goal and is near the goalmouth. According to Witzig, the offensive bicycle kick requires concentration and a good understanding of the ball’s location. Bicycle kicks can also be done in the midfield, but this is not recommended because safer and more accurate passes can be done in this zone.

Invention

The earliest known person to perform the bicycle kick is the defender Ramón Unzaga, a Basque athlete born in Spain and naturalized Chilean, and he is sometimes credited as its inventor. His first bicycle kick is dated as occurring either in 1914 or in 1916. According to journalist Luis Osses Guíñez, the author of Talcahuano’s football history, Unzaga’s first recorded bicycle kick occurred in 1918, as documented by a civil law notary report filed after a heated match between Talcahuano and neighbouring Concepción turned violent. Unzaga, described by Osses Guíñez as a hot-tempered Basque, got into a fistfight with a referee who called a foul on the player’s bicycle kick. This event was reported a few days after the match in the Concepción newspaper El Sur, where Unzaga defends himself by indicating that he had previously executed the maneuver in other matches without it being called a foul. To name the move, Chilean newspapers referred to the bicycle kick as a chorera (alluding to Talcahuano, Chile, where Unzaga played the sport).

Argentine football journalist Jorge Barraza, former director of CONMEBOL’s official magazine (Magazine Conmebol), affirms that Chilean newspaper records from 1900 also name the bicycle kick as a chalaca (alluding to the port of Callao, Peru), a term that they would use again in 1935 when Peruvian forward Alejandro Villanueva performed it during Alianza Lima’s undefeated tour in Chile. Reports and oral traditions further indicate that the bicycle kick was already being used by Afro-Peruvian footballers in Callao by the end of the 19th century, during football games played between locals and British sailors and railroad employees. Since the second half of the 19th century, football had developed in Peru’s chief seaport as a working-class sport, and it was common for British mariners to practice the game with stevedores and other locals as a form of leisure while their ships docked in Callao. For these reasons, various researchers conclude that the bicycle kick was invented in Peru. Football was also commonly played between Peruvian and Chilean mariners at the beginning of the 20th century, and Barraza reasons that Chileans learned about the bicycle kick or tiro de chalaca (“chalaca shot”, as spectators called it) through these matches, which Colombian journalist Alejandro Millán Valencia considers the first international football games between Chile and Peru.