Soccer matches are all about accomplishing goals and being winners. Because of this, soccer can hold up a mirror to life because many people also want to achieve aims and also to be winners in the sport of life. There is much to be learned about life in general from soccer players, both managers, and commentators.
When you hear commentators on soccer matches, the keywords that they use again and again if teams are winning are words about character and attitude like belief, enthusiasm, confidence, hard work and so forth. Football skills and strategies are significant but mean little without the right mindset.
Team managers urge their players to reveal attention, determination and utmost effort. They tell them that they should expect to win and to not reveal too much respect for their opponents no matter how famous they are.
I love listening to the comments of the fantastic soccer supervisors. They’ve all been to hell and back again. They’re praised and popular when their teams win. They’re criticised and even sacked when their teams fail to win. They know the heights of elation as well as the depths of grief. They have to find strategies to deal with both and to keep motivating their teams to win.
Gordon Strachan took over as manager of Celtic, among the top two clubs in Scotland, in 2005. It Wasn’t long until he experienced “the worst night of my entire life”
Bratislava conquers Celtic 5-0 in the Champions League, the top European competition. His watch ceased after the game and he still conveys it to remind himself that it had been the worst night of his life. Celtic, the pride of Scotland, was humiliated by a less famous group.
Other failures seemed small to him by comparison. We could all learn to take care of challenging situations by reminding ourselves of worst situations in our past or simply by imagining just how much worse our lives could be that they actually are.
We might be seriously ill or even dead. Gordon has faced this possibility already. He told the press that on his gravestone he would like these words carved:
“This is better than that night in Bratislava.”
He utilizes the humor of exaggeration to deal with the criticisms of the media when things fail. A reporter remarked when his team lost a game in Scotland:
“Bang, there goes your unbeaten run. Would you take it? ”
“I’m just going to crumble like a wreck. I will go home,
become an alcoholic and maybe jump off a bridge. Hmmm…. I think I can
Take that, yeah.”
He knows the importance of positive thinking should you wish to achieve success.
1 reporter foolishly asked: “There’s no negative vibes or negative feelings here?”
I’m going to knock you over the head with a big stick; down negative man,
He’s ready to admit that he and his players are not always at their best. He is ready to confront reality. Facing up to reality is an integral feature of this successful.
When he was able to group in England, a reporter asked him: “So, Gordon, in what areas do you think Middlesbrough were better than you today?”
Strachan replied: “What places?
Strachan has had his beats but lately, he’s led his latest team, Celtic, to an undisputed victory in the Scottish Premier League. He is widely accepted as a fantastic manager.
He’s Jose Mourinho, the manager of Chelsea. He wants only to be judged by the results. A good manager wins. A bad one loses:
“I’m not a defender of new or old soccer managers. I believe in good ones and bad ones; people who achieve success and the ones that don’t. Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one”
As the name ‘the special one’ indicates he believes in himself in a big way. A vital factor in his success in England is his self-belief and a rich Russian backer who enables him to buy the best players in Europe. You can safely bet cash that Chelsea will win nearly all their matches.
The odds are not great but you could place #100 on Chelsea to win and make an easy #26 out of your bet. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily work out. No team is perfect!
Mourinho is passionate about football but retains his sense of perspective and humor. Recently he had been asked in London if he had been concerned about losing the championship to his most important rivals, Manchester United.
“No, I’m more worried about bird ‘flu.” The assembled press began laughing.
“Seriously; it is that swan in Scotland that concerns me. It’s not that far from here!” (The swan was the first creature with bird ‘flu in the UK in 2006)
Over the past couple of weeks, his group, Chelsea, have been criticised for getting players sent off to breaking the rules. After Jose was asked about his achievement away from home from West Brom, he remarked ironically:
“Maybe we won because we played with ten men. That’s our best tactic at the moment.”
Public confidence is so rare in the UK which it is often mistaken for arrogance.
Jose does not believe in having favorites; he believes in the power of the team Instead of the individual:
“I really don’t want exceptional connections with a few of these (his players). I hate to talk about folks. Players do not win you trophies, teams acquire prizes, squads win prizes.”
He commented regarding his players in a game with Burnley which ended in a 2-2 draw:
“When the crowd was on their backs nobody wanted to try anything if they got booed. They had been defensive and wished to prevent errors.”
Harry understands human psychology. If we are overly concerned about appearing foolish or creating mistakes we will neglect to make things happen and we will not make complete use of our skills. We go into our shells and perform safely.
I recall feeling like that when I played cricket at school. I tried to avoid being anywhere close to the ball in case I dropped a catch. It was many years until I realized that I was very proficient at catching!
A commentator commented: “Harry knows how to get his teams moving and how to restore their confidence. Now they expect to succeed at Fratton Park (the Portsmouth ground). They firmly believe they will win.” Lately, they have won three matches in a row and are on their method of escaping relegation to a lesser branch.
Another manager, Stuart Pierce, of Manchester City also knows the importance of assurance: “We will need to go outside and actually think we can play a bit.”
What crucial success lessons can we learn from the above?
Ability is important but the attitude is even more significant. We ought to expect to win and not show too much admiration for those barriers in our path whether they are individual or otherwise and whether they’re real or imaginary. We need to think about our own ability and hope to win even though this makes us seem arrogant.
We should handle failures by reminding ourselves that things could be a lot worse. Retaining our sense of humor also helps. Teamwork is a vital element in various types of achievement. We shouldn’t be concerned about making mistakes whether we are playing soccer or cricket or the sport of life.
We will need to face up to reality and be willing to be judged by the outcomes we achieve as well as the effort we put in. On the whole, I think, that the effort we expend is significantly much more significant. We can’t always control the results but we could control the effort we install. The identical supervisor can lose with a single team and triumph with another. He is still the same man and he still made the same efforts.
I’ll leave you with a Last quote from Gordon Strachan that has been both a winning and a losing manager:
A reporter asked: “Gordon, can we have a fast word?”
“Velocity”, responded Gordon as he walked off.