It’s exhilarating to watch the World Cup games. WOW! I haven’t watched every game, but each time I watch, I’m riveted!
Their control of the ball is amazing — they make it look like they’re dribbling in their backyard and not at full speed with attackers all around. Their kicks are powerful and go clear across the huge field — with precision! They can bring those powerful passes to a complete stop, without losing the ball. Their headers are pretty powerful too.
I know, I know, these are professionals and that’s why they’re in the World Cup. It’s just that some of these guys are only 20-22! I didn’t start playing until…well, let’s just say it was way past 20. I’ve been playing on a woman’s recreational team for about six years and, naturally, I wish I could play like that! Who wouldn’t? One funny thing that surprised me, though, is how dramatic they are when they are “hurt” — like one player covered his face with his hands when the replay showed the collision was not near his face. It’s so obvious when they are running the clock. I just laugh because it’s so childish. Yes, they are professionals — but human too.
Here are some lessons I’ve learned from watching the World Cup games:
- It’s mental too. Japanese midfielder, Yasuhito said, “We are mentally strong and we are now playing with a really positive attitude.” Mental strength is Czech Republic goalkeeper Cech’s most important quality. He said, “Because as a goalkeeper you always have a huge amount of pressure on your shoulders.”
- Pressure fuels desire. Netherlands left-back, van Bronckhorst said, “My ultimate dream is to say goodbye with the Trophy in my hands.”
- Teamwork and pride of team are crucial. USA‘s midfielder Bradley said, “When we get in tough spots, or things don’t go our way, there’s still a real feeling of togetherness and fight and just sticking by one another. You need that in the toughest of times.” Also, Germany‘s Podolski said, “We’ve definitely come on as a team, and we have a number of very good young players, which has to be a good thing.”
- Defensive strength is about discipline. Ghana‘s Pantsil said, “Everyone does their utmost to stop our opponents gaining possession in between our midfield and defense.”
- Good support system helps. Argentina’s Higuain said, “[Coach Maradona] is a great motivator, there’s no doubt about that.”