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Sometimes, in soccer/football, something magic happens and.......

.........a team from a lower level, performs so well that it will achieve goals that would be a dream come true for a top team.

Of course, this is connected to the concept of promotion/relegation. A concept that, at a professional level, is unknown in the US !!!!

Here, all the professional soccer/football teams, or basketball teams, or American Football teams, or Baseball teams are the best so, all of them are at the same level and play in the First (and ONLY !!!) Division !!!!

Second, third, forth Division ????

In a country in which all are the best, there is no second, third or fourth Division !!!!!

But, in the rest of the world, where people live in reality, there are these kind of natural and obvious different levels based on................... ability and performances !!!

So, many years ago and today, a few teams did (and others are still doing) really great.

In England, a long time ago, a team named Nottingham Forest, came from a lower division and arrived in what today his the Premier League !!!! And, when they arrived there, they won the League !!! And after that, they won the Champions League. Two consecutive times!!!!

How and why ???

Because a group of decent players and a good coach, came together and were able to create something................VICTORIOUS !!!

Unfortunately, after that, Nottingham Forest was unable to keep that level and were relegated. But the great thing is that, with a good 90% of probability, this year they will come up again in the Premiere Division !!!!

Itís the mechanism of Promotion/Relegation that forces us to get better otherwise, we sleep there without getting better because there is no need !!!!

The same happened in Italy. A team named Chievo, which is a small district of the city of Verona, came from Fourth Division ( Verona is a team that now is in a lower Division but one time had the same kind of magic moment and won the Italian Serie A !!!!!) .

They won Fourth, Third and Second Division (Serie B) in three consecutive years and, when they arrived in First Division (Serie A) for the first 6 months they were at the top of the league, defeating teams like Inter Milan, A.C.Milan and Juventus !!!!!!

How and why???

Because a group of decent players and a good coach, came together and were able to create something................VICTORIOUS !!!

Recently, in Germanyís Bundesliga, the team VfL Wolfsburg, who was coming from a lower Division, won the 2008/9 Championship!!!!!

How and why???

Because a group of decent players and a good coach, came together and were able to create something................VICTORIOUS !!!

This year, in the Premier Division in England, there is a team named Blackpool, that has come from a lower Division and is the team of a very little town. The players bring home their training kits and wash them themselves !!!! When they recently played against Chelsea, all their salaries put together, were less than the salary of Chelseaís captain, John Terry !!!!

Up to now, against all odds, theyíre doing great, have beaten top teams and probably will stay in the Premier !!!

How and why???

Because a group of decent players and a good coach, came together and were able to create something................VICTORIOUS !!!

To do great, a Club doesnít need the money of some Russian or American billionaire or a Sheik who sits on his oil !!!!

A team, in order to succeed, needs players:

* with strong characters (man or women no matter what their ages are !!!) who believe in themselves

* with decent soccer/football skills that give them confidence

* who never give up and keep fighting up to the last second

* who feel the responsibility of wearing an historical jersey that represents the territory and the people that gave birth to the Club

* who clearly understand that they play for the name that is on the front of their jerseys, not the one that is behind !!!

* who listen to what their coaches say to them at practices and games, and during games, put on the field what was simulated hundreds of times at practices.

* who strongly believe that anything is possible if they put their best effort on the field !!!

Donít be fooled by the mega evaluations and contracts given to the top players.

Fernando Torres 80 million $$$$ to move from Liverpool to Chelsea ???

I remember that when in the past we wanted to say that someone was very expensive, we always said ď he was paid his weight in gold !!!ď

So, just for your information, gold costs $46,000 per kg. Considering that Torresís weight is 80Kg, it should be, outrageously, more than 3 and a half million !!! But because he was bought for 80 million, he was paid 23 times his weight in gold !!!!

And, after 5 games, he hadnít score a goal yet !!!

Ironically, the 21 year old Daniel Sturridge, from Chelsea was given on loan to Bolton (this means that Bolton will pay his stipend for the rest of the season) to make space in the roster for Torres. In the first 4 games at Bolton, Sturridge has already scored 4 goals !!!! So, because Chelseaís problem was that they didnít score enough, they gave away for almost nothing the one who scored 4 goals in 4 games, and paid 80 million for the one who hasnít scored a goal yet in the first 5 games !!!!

Manchester Cityís Sheik, in just a couple of years has already spent more than 800 million $$$$$ engaging top players and the Club is still struggling to enter into the first 4 positions of the Premier League !!!

So, to summarize, of course there could be a few exceptional players who, sometimes, can make the difference but, they are a few unique phenomenon and there are 1 or 2 in every generation, like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, among thousands of professional players.

We donít need a roster of exceptional players (apart from the fact that 20/25 of them donít exist !!!) we need a roster of decent players that come together to create an exceptional chemistry. That way, they will be undefeatable !!!

I would like to end by putting here the quotations that are at the bottom of all my emails.........

"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head." Emil Zatopek

"We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained". Marie Curie

"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching." Anson Dorrance

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do". Pele

"All good athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once." Raul Lopez

"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." Mia Hamm

"Fail to prepare, prepare to fail." Roy Keane

"The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything." Mia Hamm

"Luck, is when preparation meet opportunity!" Anonymous

"Three things help you to develop into a top player: the level of the competition, the quality of your teammates and the ability of your coach." Paulo Sousa

"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable." John Wooden

"To be successful, you don't have to do extraordinary things. Just do ordinary things extraordinarily well." John Rohn

"A Coach is someone who always makes you do what you don't want to do, so you can be who you've always wanted to be." Anonymous

Thanks for having read up to here !!!


Posted on 01 Apr 2011 by coachgianni
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