In chasing your World Cup dream, there are a number of drills you could work on to perfect your physical skills, including dribbling, striking, passing, and juggling. However, some of the most important things to keep in mind on the way to becoming a football superstar are specifically that: in mind.
Why do we play? Every player has asked that question of themselves at one point or another and, truth be told, the answer can be quite different for everyone. Because of this, it takes a leader to focus the team’s energies, and guide them in one unified direction.
As attested by Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami, when asked about his team’s dramatic improvements, “The team owes its achievements to having a common goal. Staying focused on a common vision takes a lot of team discipline. Determination to follow through to reach that goal requires hard-work, lots of practice, coaching and guidance.”
Football requires discipline in every aspect of the sport. As legendary footballer Pele himself once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
From working on the basics and studying plays, to dealing with the intensity and pressure of every game, a player with discipline is someone his teammates can rely on, which leads us to.
No player stands alone in football, and it’s important to keep in mind that you’re playing not for personal glory, but for the success of your team. Knowing your role and how to play it while others perform theirs is always going to be a factor in your team’s overall success.
The ultimate goal of any footballer is to play in the World Cup, and Irish national team captain Robbie Keane put it best when he summed up the value of teamwork: “We have a great sense of togetherness. It is our team spirit that has taken us to this World Cup.”
Of course, it goes without saying that, as with all skills, these principles need to be practiced to be perfected. Thankfully, the beautiful game of football is one that inspires the most passionate fans in the world, and with an ever-growing number of Filipinos discovering its joys, finding friends to practice with is easier than ever.