Football is the world’s most popular sport with a following that is second to none. It’s following cuts across every social and economic divide. It has the power to enforce a ceasefire in a civil war. The warring factions in Ivory Coast’s civil war would stop fighting when their national team was playing at home. That’s the immense power of what the Brazilians’ baptized the beautiful game, because it was too good a game for them.
People fly from England to watch a match at the San-Siro Stadium in Milan- Italy then fly back and be ready for work the next day. A wealthy young man in Russia watched the dramatic comeback pulled by Manchester United against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final and decided to buy Chelsea FC. It may look like fanaticism or madness, football seems to take captive every mind and heart that falls in love with it.
Fans have committed suicide, killed each other or as in Columbia players have been shot dead for letting a team down. Fans are known to go into depression when their team loses and uncontrolled jubilation for a win. Gamblers have made fortunes while others have seen their fortunes go down the drain.
There are many lessons that one can learn from football. The fans and players live lives that are opposite to a sport they follow religiously. Sports are associated with discipline, commitment and concentration. These traits enable a player to withstand the ninety minutes of a match and survive the aftermath regardless of the results. Players, officials and fans don’t even need to speak the same language as long as they understand the language that is football.
The goal represents the family, a very important aspect of life that must be defended at all costs. The goalkeeper is as important as the defense in a team. They all guard the opponent from scoring at any cost. The five players out of eleven in a team put to defend the goal spell the importance of this department.
Health and wealth are the defense system one needs to put in place. It is good for someone to have insurance cover- medical or life but a healthy lifestyle is more important. A good eating habit is as important to a football player as it is to the fan. They say football is watched by twenty two thousand people who need exercise and twenty two players in need of a rest. Physical exercise is a discipline a devout football fan can pick from the game.
Good investments to cover for the unexpected rainy days. Prudence is the word for football defenders; they do their best and expect the worst as well. Wealth creation is a skill every individual needs to learn and know. Sweep every threat and mark anyone who appears to be dangerous. What can go wrong will definitely go wrong, so save and invest wisely.
The midfield is the centre of a football team. The battle of the midfield is the battle that determines who wins the match. The person who wins the midfield dictates the pace of a match. It is divided into two, defensive and attacking midfielders. This is the core of every individual, the centre of ones being. This is where the most important battles are won and sometimes lost- the heart.
The heart is about relationships- chemistry, they say it is not smart hence the need for caution. Defensive midfield should be the relationships one builds. Just like Alex Song’ at Arsenal and Crispin Olando at Tusker FC, these friends cover your defenses. They have your back, the back line covered. They are friends you can depend on in a rainy or a sunny day. They are hard to fine but they exist.
The attacking midfielders push the teams winning agenda. Everyone needs an agenda to win something larger than them in life. They come in from the flanks and at the centre. Theo Walcot can run like lightening on the right flank for Arsenal and Paul Were can terrorize defenses from the left for Tusker. You need to have a network that can push an agenda with you.
There are opportunities in life you will never hear of unless you have good networks. Make such networks as much as you can. They will help you grow in your career, and social life in general. The investments groups fall here, people you build capital with and go for investment opportunities with.
The playmaker is very important; all work without play makes Jack a dull boy. The playmaker dribbles and appears to enjoy the match more than anybody else. In the fun and dribbling, he sees spaces to pass the ball to the strikers. Have your fun, as you enjoy you should be philanthropic and pass the ball. Share what you have so that someone else can also score, it is not always about you.
The striker’s main job is to finish, you have to deliver. At home or in the office, deadlines have to be met and targets achieved. It is good to play but winning is about scoring goals. Clinical execution is the attribute of the best football strikers. Set the goals and do everything in your power to achieve them. The relationships in the midfield are important, in the end it rises and falls on you.
Do not jus sit there, do something. Make that application, hit the gym or start jogging to shed off that weight. Dreaming and planning never achieved much unless you took the step to jump in and do the job. Ask that lady out for coffee and ladies as you sip, take time to smell the coffee. Too much caffeine is not good for your health so make the decisions sooner and not later.
Life in general is like what a match is to a football club manager or coach. You win as a team and loose as an individual. The substitutes are available, if something is not working fix it, if doesn’t improve, change it. Make sure everyone around you adds some value to your life as you impact other people’s lives as well.
In matters of the heart
Before getting into a romantic relationship send scouts out and wait for their feedback. If you are satisfied with their recommendation invite your object of desire over for trials. If you are comfortable with their abilities and they fit into your immediate and future plans then talk the agents (parents) and agree on terms. Before you sign the contract they have to undergo a medical then you unveil them to all and sundry at your wedding. Then they can get to play in your team and your league.
The best team never wins all the matches but bounce back after a loss. Like it is written in Desiderata, it is still a beautiful world. Even with the missed passes, turnovers, draws and loses, there are wins as well and it is still a beautiful game.