Jozy Altidore is headed to China for the Olympic games, but in his NY Times blog he gives a quick run down of what it's like over at Villarreal playing in La Liga and their pre-season training camp. Jozy has had quite a soccer career already, and the chance to play in Spain must be an amazing experience for a young soccer player:
"I want to give everyone a little idea of what our training days are like"
We’re up at 7 a.m., breakfast is at 7:45. It’s really light … no eggs, but fruit, cereal, toast, nothing heavy.
After that we leave for the field and just do running and fitness work, no ball, for about 40 minutes.
Then it’s back to where we’re staying at 9:30 for snack.
We get to rest for a half-hour, then it’s into the weight room and some more running.
We have lunch from 1-2:30, then it’s siesta … but you already know about that!
We’re up from siesta at about 6:30, have a snack and at 7:30 we leave for tactical training sessions at night where the attackers take on the defenders and we also play a little 1v1.
"It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever done before. But it’s fun. It’s good. It hits all areas."