Fitness can be the difference between winning and losing. As one team runs out of steam in the dying minutes of a game, the opposition sweep up field with a lung busting effort to clinch victory.
Innate ability is a gift from the football gods, but endurance is something you can improve with hard work and the right programme.
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Clocking up more than 570 games in 20 years as a professional footballer, former Sunderland striker Don Goodman knows a thing or two about the importance of fitness.
In this video Goodman imparts his experience and expertise with his top three tips for enhancing stamina to boost match performance.