viernes, 2 de marzo de 2012

Who won the match

Who won the match?
This week FIFA friendly games brought happiness, sadness, shame, hopes, worries, frustrations, renewed trust, recovered and lost trust. Those are all feelings, emotions which shall pass with time. What does not pass and should not be left to chance is learning from the experiences of these games. The results will soon be just statistics, however the findings from the games will serve to answer the critical questions that every manager and players shall answer: Who handled or had the skills to work for the team, proper physical response to arousal and energy, commitment to keep learning, competitiveness, ability to recover from the negative moments in the game, ability to focus, composure in the heat of the game, availability to handle criticism, highly responsive tactical intelligence to make smart decisions and supporting teammates. 
It will be important to define what a complete player shall looks like and commit to develop it accordingly as the upcoming dates approaching real fast. It was clear that in some games, some players displayed a lot of skills and talent, maybe to be considered and called to future selections, while in others, the fact of playing against an opponent, on paper and minds, "clearly" superior affected their ability to respond to game situations that otherwise have handle well before. Teams with winning attitude shall include the so called complete players on his way to enhance performance and achieve positive results. This imply the need to secure a working  plan, a process to go through, then it is possible to find elements such as: Continuous physical challenges, ongoing technical development (especially for repeat), constant exposure to tactical progress , exposure and access to basic and advanced mental training (repetition and automation concepts), evaluation of self-control under high-pressure situation and of course a self-determination and preparation to lead a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to success professionally as a footballer. The old paradigms of thinking that the physical work and tactical / technical were sufficient are increasingly more decadent with examples of teams advancing at gigantic pace, beating down and playing very well rivals which have not defeat in more than 80 years. On the other hand, other teams could not display a winning attitude and lost with scores indicating a crushing defeat; those teams would need to take corrective measures to continue to growth, believing in their skills and ethics to work hard and seriously.
With a qualifying system extremely long and complex, with little time to work together, coaches need to have to develop within their player a high responsibility, aiming to enhance their capability to own their decisions. It is recommended that players representing their  nations, include in their mental processes an attitude of continuous assessment where the player watch their performance, think in critical terms, applying their ability to observe their own thinking, selecting only those useful ones, focusing on what they can control and taking ownership of their physical and mental care.
Key questions in the process of self-analysis might seem too difficult but necessary in regards to: What happened during game time, how were my thinking and feelings at that moment, the experience (it was good or bad), what else could have I done, if it happens again (e.g. in case of reaching the world cup 2014 finals...) how is that I will perform, just to plan ahead. If players want to change their individual or collective behavior in any game, the internal battle "I can" versus "I cannot" shall need to be resolve, and it’s known that each player is the only one who can answer honestly if they won or lost that game.
Good luck (5%) every time you jump into the pitch and thanks to all the players and coaches for giving us a very exciting day for soccer last Wednesday Feb. 29, 2011.

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