How to Do the Marseille Turn
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The Marseille Turn is a beautiful 360 soccer turn trick, unique to the game of soccer, which involves the player spinning 360 degrees on the field while trying to avoid an opponent and retaining control of the ball.
The trick is sometimes referred to as the Zidane Spin or the 360 turn. The trick was popularized by Diego Maradona and perfected by Zinadine Zidane, although it has been used by many other soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Laudrup, Franck Ribry, Lionel Messi, and Ronaldinho.
The Marseille Turn is the most effective when the opposing player is approaching head on first or from the side of the trick performers master foot.
Before starting to practice this move, you will either need another player or a box on the ground to simulate another player. This will help you visualize the trick easier, than trying to practice against thin air.
Step 1: Push the ball in front of you, about one step in front of you.
Step 2: Try to lure your opponent to go after the ball.
Step 3: When the ball is just outside your opponent’s reach, you stop it by putting your left foot on the ball.
Step 4: Pull the ball backward and turn your body 90 degrees to the right simultaneously.
Step 5: You should receive the ball with your right foot and your back to your opponent. Place your right foot on the ball and continue your rotation to the right.
Step 6: Place you right foot over the ball and slide it past your opponent.
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