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Fight against #racism in sport

“We are what we communicate.” Let’s tell all club presidents, coaches, fans, parents and sons: words and behaviors tell who we are and what we believe in and everyone takes responsibility for their actions.

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Balotelli has to change

Balotelli can become a wasted talent, with the advantage of living in a golden world that relieves the failures with the money he earns in any case. Perhaps it will follow the way of Cassano, happy defeated in a Italian minor team, after having been the talent of Italian football. Eternal guys who do not accept the rules because they consider their talentsuperior to the need to respect them. Their problem is that they do not know they have a problem, for this reason they continue to repeat the same negative behaviors. The problem is represented instead by others, who do not understand them and that limit their footballing genius. Collaboration and team spirit are the social dimensions of which they ignore the meaning, there are only them, they are member of the Me-generation. Place themselves at the center of the world and they are the parameter to which the rules have to adjust. Narcissists: yes magnificently and truly negative. May be they couldchange, certainly if they understand that the world can do without them.

Balotelli, the respect and the referees

Article by Paolo Casarin, former Fifa referees, published on Corriere delle Sera, April 30.

Balotelli says “I take one hundred fouls per game, which does not come called, but as soon as I say something I am warned.” Balotelli speaks as a  solitary-man, rather he plays football together with 21 other players and the presence of a referee, at least. All are related too the game: Balotelli to score, the other team to stop him, the referee to see if everything is done in fairness. Mario makes technical errors, the defenders bring a lot of strength, the referee judges not always accurately, but in First Division the errors are significantly lower than the well-made things, from all three. Football is a physical work group, a contest between two teams, when they are of high level, end up beating each other, within the limits of healthy competition, with each other. The duels are measured with respect for others, ready to close the confront with a handshake. “Next time do more attention,” I’ve heard a thousand times between them. The big players have no need of the referee, except to ask how much is remaining. The players competing for the first newspaper pages, first of all, must know the game of opponents, study their moves and try to overcome them. In fairness, without falling to the ground by a gust of wind. With this behavior increases the estimate between samples and aspiring champions, looking right at the “card player” with admiration, even if it is the opponent. For this exchange the shirt at the end. Mario also said that the referees do not speak with him, during the game: they prefer to avoid it and deny it, therefore, any dialogue. Balotelli has the right to be heard, like everyone else: let us remember, however, that the big players cultivate the relationship with the referee with measuring solidarity with almost no waiting.

I like this article for the idea of ​​respect and solidarity without expectations that a player must have with the referee. Balotelli will make a leap forward in her psychological maturity when you do not feel more isolated or discriminated against but as a part of the game that requires the presence of 22 players and the referee to be able to play a game. All are bound to all and respect and solidarity without expectations are necessary because the meeting does not turn into a fight.

The three aspects of self-control

The goal of an athlete is to be always proactive in competitions and, therefore, not to suffer what happens in the race. Each athlete must indeed enhance self-control, because otherwise every fact can distract him/her from the performance. In my view, there are  three forms of self-regulation:

  1. Behavioral control – means knowing to adapt your behaviors to the game situations. A player who misses an easy goal should think about his mistake and immediately understand what he must do differently to avoid falling into the same situation. For example, I do not know if Balotelli, who has lose 3 goals in the derby, after the first error stopped himself a moment to reflect on how to do better in the next occasion.
  2. Environmental control – concerns such as how to react to those fans who whistle at you all the time. It’s happened yesterday in Turin, where Giovinco was constantly booed by fans of his team. He continued to play without being influenced, scored a goal and not cheered.
  3. Thoughts and emotions  control – refers to what make athletes when they are anxious or feel too much the competition and regards all those mental acts, which of course are not visible, but they help the athletes to put themselves in a favorable psychological condition.

For any athlete to be aware of these three aspects of self-control can be very useful for building a mental approach to the race that is really useful.

Italy goes

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Champion without team: Balotelli

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