Tackling - The Crazy Ivan

Anyone who has seen the popular movie 'The Hunt for Red October' will be familiar with the term 'Crazy Ivan'. 'Crazy Ivan' is a Russian (CCCP) submarine maneuver that involves turning the vessel suddenly 180° and sailing head on with a persuing enemy submarine.

We use the term 'Crazy Ivan' to describe a technique utilized by many Eastern Bloc goalkeepers (Germany, Russia, Poland, etc.) to deal with one v one situations.

The technique involves sprinting full speed at an oncoming opponent and failing the hands in the air while trying to use the legs to scissor the ball away.

It is a bit of a high risk manuever that involves bravery and courage, but when executed properly can be very effective.

Goalkeeper - Crazy Ivan

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