Thursday, October 28, 2010

Football Kits, Shaving & Funny Rituals-Part 1 Of Fun Football Superstitions

Some people are superstitious whereas others consider it
ridiculous. Football is rife with superstitions, many of
which are very amusing. Take for example the luck of
football kits; Pel, the Brazilian legend, once sent a
friend of his to find a fan to whom he had given one of his
football shirts, as he wasn't playing well. About a week
later his friend came back and gave him the shirt and
Pel was back on form again. What he didn't know is
that his friend did not find the shirt so have him one that
he had worn in a previous match.

Known in Spain as San Casillas (Saint Casillas), the
Spanish goalkeeper, Iker Casillas shaved off his beard
after the 2010 World Cup win over Honduras as he realised
he hadn't had a beard for the victorious Euro 2008
campaign. Spain then went on the win the World Cup 2010.

Maradona who is famously superstitious has often been seen
pacing around, with rosary beads in his hands during a
match but he went one step further for the 2010 Football
World Cup. He apparently considered that his grandson was
his 'cabala' (lucky charm) so said grandson Benjamin was
flown into South Africa for this purpose.

One of his predecessors Carlos Bilardo, who guided
Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986, had a great
selection of superstitions. He faithfully carried a statue
of the Virgin Mary to every match and believed that
newlywed brides were central to success. Bilardo banned
his team from eating chicken as he felt that this brought
bad luck.

In Mexico in the group stages, the Argentinian team bus
broke down en route to a match so they had to take taxis.
As they then went on to win this match Bilardo saw a
connection between the mode of transport and winning, so he
insisted that the team continued to get taxis for the
remainder of the tournament.

The Dutch football legend, Johan Cruyff, while playing at
Ajax used to slap his goalie, Gert Bals, in the stomach and
then spit his chewing gum into the opposition's half just
before kick-off. In 1969 in the final of the European cup,
Cruyff had forgotten his chewing gum and Ajax lost to Milan

Queens Park Rangers Manager, Neil Warnock, has a
superstition that could prove dangerous. If they are on a
winning run he will stop his car at every single set of
traffic lights, even when the lights are green!

These are just a few of the many fun football
superstitions, from not eating chicken to Pel's
football kit concerns.

Jackie writes the first in a fascinating series of Football
Superstitions, for the Team Colours blog. Team Colours
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