Now we all recognize it the impact of psychological variables on both performance and experience in sport. Specifically in soccer, we typically mask with phrases such as “being a pineapple” (group cohesion), “plugging in” (focus), “filling the ball” (narrow attentional frame), or “filling ghosts” (anxiety cognitive), among many others.
However, there is still a way to go through the idea that these variables are likely to be formed and, with it, the professional figure of the sports psychologist.
Moments in football history that could have been different
In this article we will review the month of March moments in football history that, perhaps, would have been different with proper mental training this would maximize the chances of success.
1. Riquelme penalty
The 2006 Champions League will be remembered for being FC Barcelona’s second cup, but some of us remember it as Villarreal’s first contact with the biggest European competition … and, all is in touch!
The yellow submarine landed in the semi-finals after knocking out Glasgow Rangers and Inter Milan, no more and no less, and the last stop before the final dream was Arsenal.
After losing 1-0 in London, we reached Madrigal in the 90th minute with a draw at zero, when the Yellows were left with a penalty in their favor to force extra time. The person responsible for the shipment is said to be Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme, one of the best players of his time and a pitcher expert. However, his own facial and body expression betrayed the impending tragedy … Riquelme would fail and it would be Arsenal reaching the final which, in fact, would take the Catalan squad.
When we perceive a high demand for the situation relative to our capabilities, Pressure occurs. Good cognitive management, accompanied by breathing and concentration techniques, can help us minimize the psychological factor in tests as “simple” technically as throwing a penalty.
Alcorconazo vs Real Madrid
In 2009, President Florentino Pérez returned to Real Madrid. True to his philosophy of “the team with the best players in the world, it will be the best team in the world”, he repeated his strategy of the stars and Madrid stormed the bench by signing the two golden balls Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo, the promising youngster Karim Benzema and national stars like Xabi Alonso or Álvaro Arbeloa.
Such an aircraft carrier moored in Santo Domingo, on the ground of the modest 2nd B, AD Alcorcón in the sixteenth of the Copa del Rey. To this day it is still questionable how it was possible for David to win 4-0 over Goliath, because if Madrid had better players, better manager, more experience, more money. .be the key?
Motivation is the engine of all our actions, And having it can lead us to fulfill the wildest dreams, as well as the lack of it to the most unexpected failures. One way to train her is to have attractive and stimulating goals.
Zidane’s Head in Materazzi
Zinedine Zidane was probably the best player of his time. Star at Juventus and Real Madrid, champion of Champions, Euro, World Cup and Ballon d’Or, ended this brilliant career with the World Cup in Germany in 2006. After a great decisive scoring tournament against Spain and helping against Brazil, it was held in the final against the always formidable Italians. The thing could not have started better for France: penalty in favor and Zizou, far from being nervous, turned the panenka 1-0 for a corner. However, we already know what is happening with Italy … Materazzi tied up his head and forced extra time, but it would not be his last contribution to the cause.
In added time, the defender let down Zidane a certain impertinence that took the galactic by the thumb, which gave him a hard blow in the chest by being kicked out of the match, the final, the World Cup and , in short, football. Without Zidane on the pitch and with one less, Italy managed to hold out until the penalty shoot-out which would end up giving them their fourth world title.
Emotional intelligence is about using emotions for our own benefit. Anger, excessive activation, can be geared towards effort and resilience, rather than aggression. We understand that the psychological aspect is important, but it is so important that, if it had come out expensive, maybe today Villarreal would have a Champions and Zidane would have had a movie ending … and maybe be with proper mental training. We would not depend on the currency.