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July 4, 2010

Will we be discussing the team psychologists/life coaches at the next WC?

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 2:46 am

Just a crazy thought.

Successful teams are happy teams.

Sorry, that isn’t the crazy thought … here it is.

Happy teams are successful teams?

Too touchy feely for you?  Well, replace the word “happy” with “positive” then.

One thing that struck me with some of the big name teams that crashed out was how joyless they seemed.  And this was generally true from kick off.

I think this was one of the differences between Oz`s first game and the next two we played.

OF COURSE player quality and tactics matter.  But I also think player / team mentality matters.  A player who is battling their own inner demons is more likely to mishit an unpressured pass, make that goal when they are one on one with the keeper, or just generally be in the right place at the right time.

PS. I don`t include Argentina in the “joyless” club.  They worked their way into the match around the middle point of their game with Germany, but didn`t get the goal they needed.  They just got beaten by a very good side imho.

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