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Footballer in Europe (Eric Friedlander-RicFit) interviews Professional Footballers & other player's who are chasing the dream to become a pro so listeners can hear the 'behind the scenes' of a Day in the Life as a Pro.

The intention of the podcast is to help young players see what pros do day in and day out and what type of habits they have developed to help get them to the next level.

Anything and everything is possible with hard work, dedication, discipline, patience and most importantly; BEING PERSISTENT & learning from Pros is the best way to get yourself to the next level!

The Footballer's Journey Eric Friedlander

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Footballer in Europe (Eric Friedlander-RicFit) interviews Professional Footballers & other player's who are chasing the dream to become a pro so listeners can hear the 'behind the scenes' of a Day in the Life as a Pro.

The intention of the podcast is to help young players see what pros do day in and day out and what type of habits they have developed to help get them to the next level.

Anything and everything is possible with hard work, dedication, discipline, patience and most importantly; BEING PERSISTENT & learning from Pros is the best way to get yourself to the next level!

    Day in the Life of a Pro in the US- Jack Blake Ep. 44

    Day in the Life of a Pro in the US- Jack Blake Ep. 44

    Jack Blake is a 25 year old center midfielder who is currently playing for the Real Monarchs in the USL Championship (2nd Tier in the US). Jack is originally from Nottingham, England. He grew up since the age of 9 in the prestigious Nottingham Forest Academy. After having trouble breaking into the first team, he went on loan to Mansfield Town in 2013, and made his pro debut at 17 in League Two. After a couple of games, he came back to Forest. Unfortunately, he still couldn’t break into the first team. After some thinking, he thought it was best to take a different route with his football. He had parents living in Arizona, so he decided it may be time to take his football to the US. He booked a one way ticket to the US and began sending his highlights and resume to as many clubs as you could have. In 2016, he signed for Minnesota United. After enjoying some time there, he made a move to the Jacksonville Armada, followed by another move to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. In 2018, he went on loan to the Real Monarchs. After enjoying his time there, he signed a deal with them officially in 2019. 2019 proved to be his best season as a pro footballer, as he appeared in 27 games and scored 11 goals, as well as taking home a USL Championship title with his team. Jack is a top professional, and treats himself like one on and off the pitch. I am sure you will learn as much with this episode as I did, as he drops some excellent practical tips for on and off the field. Jack also has an excellent YouTube channel where he just reached 25k subscribers! If you want to reach out to him and find out more about him, go over to his Instagram @jackblake_94.

    • 1 Std. 21 Min.
    Day in the Life of a Pro in Israel-Jake Rozhansky Ep. 43

    Day in the Life of a Pro in Israel-Jake Rozhansky Ep. 43

    Jake Rozhanksy is a 23 year old Professional Footballer who plays as a winger for Hapoel Afula in the Liga Leumit (second tier) in Israel. Jake is originally from Germantown, Maryland. He played 1 year of college soccer at the University of Virginia before transferring to Maryland University to finish up his college career. Jake had a great career in college as a footballer, and enjoyed himself on the social and academic side. Unlike many players, Jake was grateful for his experience in college and cherished it as a footballer and as a human. After college, Jake got some interest from teams in the US, but after taking a trip to Israel the previous summer and playing in the Maccabi Games, Jake got a direct offer from Maccabi Netanya in the Israeli Premier League. Without hesitation, Jake took the offer, and so his career began in Israel. During his first season with Netanya, Jake grew a lot as a footballer and a person. He found it a combination of difficult and exciting to be out of his home country and out of his comfort zone. After spending some time at Netanya, he signed a loan deal with Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem of the Liga Leumit (second tier). After a solid season, he signed an official deal with Hapoel Afula, where he is currently playing. Jake points out many times in the interview that you need a balance of 'professionalism,' being strict and disciplined, but also being able to enjoy your life with friends and family. On his off time, Jake likes to read books (he recommends 'Think & Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill), stretch, take walks on the beach and hang out with friends and family on his off time. If you would like to get in touch with Jake, ask him some questions and ask his opinion on things, reach out to him on Instagram or Twitter @jroz12. 

    • 53 Min.
    Day in the Life of a Pro in the US- Matt Sheldon (Become Elite)- Ep. 42

    Day in the Life of a Pro in the US- Matt Sheldon (Become Elite)- Ep. 42

    Matt Sheldon is a 27-year-old Professional Footballer originally from Portland, Oregon who is playing for FC Tulsa in the USL Championship (2nd Tier in the US). In 2016, Matt signed his first professional contract with the OC Blues in the USL after a short 6 month stint in Germany. After a good season with OC, he signed a contract with Saint Louis FC in the USL. After a good start to the season, he came up with an “groin/abdominal injury,” in which he needed surgery. This kept him sidelined for many months, and he didn’t know if he would ever return and be the same player. But, the most important thing was that he believed in himself and he knew if he did his rehab correctly and was disciplined in every aspect of his recovery, he would come back stronger. After not playing for a couple of months, he wanted to get some game time, so he took an offer that he had in New Zealand with Waterside Karori. Something that was very tough for him and much different because after playing in the USL, he felt like he dropped a level in “professionalism.” Though, he looked at it as a huge learning experience and a big part of his growth as a person and a player. This also allowed him to gain confidence again in his body and his mind to be able to perform at a top level. He got a ton of hate from his large YouTube & Instagram audience, but that gave him even more motivation. After gaining that confidence, he came back to the USL in 2019, signing a contract with the Tulsa Roughnecks. After a very successful season, he resigned in Tulsa with FC Tulsa; a newly rebranded team. In this episode, we get into what Matt does on a daily and a weekly basis and how he prepares himself to be the best player in training and every game he plays. I believe the most important thing we talk about is the “highs” and “lows” of the game and how you can not let emotions get the best of you. Many of you probably know him for his notable YouTube channel with over 300k subscribers and Instagram account with over 140k followers. He does an excellent job showing his behind the scenes and “day in the life” of a Pro Footballer. He does an excellent job showing the roller coaster of professional soccer and the ups & downs that you will go through on this journey. Give him a follow @becomeelite and shoot him a question. I am sure he will be glad to answer!

    • 1 Std. 34 Min.
    Day in the Life of a Pro Goalkeeper in Finland Ep. 41- Mike Hartmann

    Day in the Life of a Pro Goalkeeper in Finland Ep. 41- Mike Hartmann

    Michael Hartmann is a 25-year-old Professional Goalkeeper originally from New Jersey, who is currently playing in the Finnish 1st Tier (Veikkausliiga) for FC Haka. Mike played 4 years of college soccer at Caldwell University in the NCAA Division 2 in America. After spending 4 years, he got a chance to go out to Norway to chase his dream of being a professional. Unfortunately due to work permit issues, he couldn't sign in Norway. Instead of sitting and dwelling, he started reaching out to professional teams in Sweden via Facebook. After doing this for a couple of weeks, he landed a trial in Division 2 (4th Tier) of Swedish soccer with FC Linköping City. After a successful trial, he signed with the team. The following season, he helped the team promote to Division 1 (3rd tier) of Swedish soccer. This year, he and the team just missed out on the chance to promote to Superettan (2nd Tier) of Swedish soccer. After 3 solid years there, Mike made a move to FC Haka in the Finnish 1st Tier. Mike is one of the most disciplined individuals that I've run into on this journey. I was so happy to see him sign this contract, and can't wait to see him succeed and keep on moving up the ladder in professional football. On his off time, Mike works to learn more about the human body and optimizing performance. Give him a follow on his up and coming instagram @trifromancesportstraining. If you have questions, reach out, and I'm absolutely sure that Mike will be glad to answer!

    • 1 Std. 8 Min.
    Day in the Life of a Professional Soccer Player in Sweden Ep. 40- Samuel Kroon

    Day in the Life of a Professional Soccer Player in Sweden Ep. 40- Samuel Kroon

    Samuel Kroon is a 23 year old professional footballer playing as a winger who plays for Halmstads BK in the Superettan (Swedish Second Tier). Samuel is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, where he grew up playing. He was constantly looking for ways to make himself better and develop himself as a player to get to the next level. Samuel started his professional career in the lower leagues of Sweden. He played 4 years in the Division One (third tier) of Sweden before signing this year with one of the biggest clubs in Sweden. He also was a big part of helping his club Umeå FC to get promoted from the third tier to the second tier of Swedish Professional football. I have known him for about 4 years now, as he has turned into one of my best friends. He is one of the most professional and disciplined individuals who I have come across. Even when he wasn’t playing for big clubs, he was constantly looking for ways to improve himself and create a professional environment around himself. Take a listen to this episode to hear a day in the life at Halmstad, how he eats, how he trains in the gym and how he recovers his body to prepare himself for the day to day life in a professional football environment. If you have any questions, please reach out to him on Instagram @kroonnn or on Twitter @Kroon_Samuel.

    • 1 Std. 2 Min.
    Day in the Life of a American Pro in Sweden- Ep.39- Zev Taublieb

    Day in the Life of a American Pro in Sweden- Ep.39- Zev Taublieb

    Zev is a 26-year-old Center Midfielder originally from Malibu, California who is currently playing for Åtvidabergs FF. Zev played his college soccer at Valparaiso in Indiana before he signed his first pro contract with the Sacramento Republic in the USL after impressing at an open combine. Zev made a couple of moves throughout the USL before signing his first contract in Sweden in 2018 with Varberg BOIS. Zev is well known for his high work rate, work ethic, leadership skills, passing ability and vision on the field. As you will hear in the interview, his obsession with the game and becoming a better player is obvious. He will do and does whatever it takes to make him better on and off the pitch. He also runs his own podcast and Instagram @znextstep & @znextstepexperience. Check those out and make sure to send him a message if you have any questions, as he’ll be very glad to answer.

    • 1 Std. 18 Min.

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