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Napoli success: to play to make someone happy

The quality that Napoli expressed to win the Scudetto has been widely analyzed in match commentaries. However, it is my impression that the success was also determined by two other factors that Spalletti wanted to introduce that valued personal aspects that are important to every human being and that relate to the need for happiness and a sense of belonging.

In fact, he said, “We have to make someone happy in order to be happy people. From a personal point of view it’s the family, from a professional point of view it’s our fans, we don’t give a damn about individual numbers and who scores goals, we have to bring a team and group achievement to our city that makes the fans feel proud of us. We have to do something for the public’s affection for our jersey.”

On the other hand, how can you not espouse this approach to soccer in a city that named its stadium after Maradona, a player who fully represented soccer as the joy and bond of belonging to this team and Naples. So, of course you play to win but you win because you want to be happy and make happy. This is no small step, because you have to be aware of how to play to achieve this twofold goal, which combines the result with the enthusiasm born of playing your game. Achieving this goal was not easy, because we know that soccer is a very emotional sport. Because of the goal, which is a rare event, it is no coincidence that the three most usual scores in Serie A in order of frequency are 1-1, 2-1 and 1-0. It only takes one episode to change the fate of a game. This is not the case in other team sports such as volleyball and basketball where about every minute a point is awarded.

On this basis, to prevent the high level of emotionality from becoming a negative load of impulsiveness and foul play for teams, it was necessary for it to find its outlet in the joy that the game can convey. When we use words like, “we are going to the field to have fun,” it does not mean that we are going on a jaunt; it is not a sign of superficiality. Instead, it implies a desire to fully experience the pleasure of the challenge, namely the joy of doing as well as possible in difficult moments what one has prepared for.

The joy coming from the movement

In athletics, whatever our level we are always there to talk about how hard and tiring is the training, we complain about the cold in winter and hot in summer, if the workouts are boring and easy or particularly challenging. Well you say, run, jump, do shots or leaps wear us and that’s why we complain; OK: but when is the moment of pleasure and joy? Taken from the “do more” give us these moments so positive and rewarding very rarely. Sport is cultivating our passion, which for a few also becomes a profession but that everyone should be an expression of actively engagement in something that is freely chosen because we like it. We can’t run 5 minutes to duty, we’ll do once or the first week, then let it stay because we don’t like what we feel. Running is a leisure activity that for many runners too often just gets search of the result: “I have to run 30 consecutive minutes to lose weight,” or “I have to run at least 90 minutes to make an half marathon.” These are just a few among the many MUST that we tell us along with the shirt, shorts and shoes. Let us pause to think about what are the burdens we carry on as we are, we will be amazed by how many. We then do the opposite, thinking about the joy of moving, the opportunity that we are giving to do what we like, to have found the time to do so; the same goes for athletes who should be pleased with being able to turn a passion into their core business. We must endeavor to transform the MUST in I LOVE IT. You have to go to feel the sensations coming from our body and appreciate the feelings and thoughts that the training we can provide. When we read a beautiful book, we don’t think certainly to our reading speed or how many books we can read in a year if we continue with this pace. We read and try to identify within the lives of the protagonists, we enter into the atmosphere of the story and we engage the emotions that we are born in. Training needs to be addressed in the same way, it is to listen and develop thoughts that are provoked by what we are doing, we will be focused on ourselves and not on others. Training is also the training of these mental abilities, which are those that support and enhance our motivation and confidence in wanting to continue. Few coaches require this commitment to their athletes while they are usually absorbed by the stopwatch and the technique, but for all athletes, by Stefano Baldini to novice runner is the head that controls the body or find hidden resources when we are tired. In short, while we train will leave from I MUST to develop joyful thinking.