The Superstitious World Of Football
Football is certainly not free from superstitions, I came to know this when I googled. With all the money footballers receive, they can purchase almost everything they put their eyes on. But not luck and that is when these strange beliefs called superstitions step in. Many footballers have admitted that they have a bizarre routine which they carry out before or during a match, and they believe that it will help bring them or the team the luck to win. The list of those in the game prone to strange beliefs is a long one. Let us have a look at some of them.
The Dutch legend used to slap his goalkeeper Gert Bals in the stomach while he was at Ajax, and then spit his chewing gum into the opposition’s half before kick-off. When Cruyff once forgot his gum, in the European Cup final of 1969, Ajax lost to Milan 4-1.
England’s captain of the 1960s and 1970s insisted on being the last person into the changing-room to put on his shorts before kick-off.
The former Argentina goalkeeper had a legendary routine for facing penalties – and until the final of Italia ’90, it was a remarkably successful one – which involved him urinating on the pitch.
The former England striker never took a shot at goal during his match warm ups because he didn’t want to waste a goal. Then, if he wouldn’t manage to score in the first half he would change his shirt. If the bad run extended, and he was failing to score, he would resort to getting a haircut.
He gets his hair cut at the same hairdressers in Wilmslow, Cheshire, before every game.His barber-shop routine is because the first time he scored, he had cut his hair the day before he played, and he believes this helps his self-confidence. But now he will have to look for a barber in Madrid who brings him the same luck.
The Chelsea captain wees in one urinal in the dressing room toilets at Stamford Bridge. If the spot is taken he waits until he can use it even though there are others free.
He pours water down his face in the tunnel before he enters the field and he jumps over every white line every time he steps on the ptich area.
The Italian and AC Milan player wore the same sweater that he had worn the first day of the FIFA World Cup 2006. He was sweating buckets but he didn’t take it off. Even more strange, perhaps, was the tough-tackling midfield man’s custom of reading a few pages of the works of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky prior to each game.
He picked up the habit of wearing a white bandage on his right wrist. The ritual stemmed from a minor strain suffered during his time at Swiss club Saint Gallen, with the freshly bandaged hitman grabbing a hat-trick in his next game. The dressing stayed and the goals continued to flow for a man who went on to play for European giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
He kissed the bald head of keeper Fabien Barthez before each game of Les Bleus’ triumphant campaign in FIFA World Cup 1998.
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