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English football promotes the mental health

English football moves to promote a national campaign to promote mental health.

(L to R) Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford

In the stadiums, before the game there will be showed a video in which Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s manager, will admit that his family “stored a lot of emotions, feelings and sometimes anxiety”, and his former teammate Joe Cole will describe how he practiced yoga when he felt anxious, “centering himself and getting back to the zone.”

Many footballers have developed a desire to help others like Tottenham’s Dele Alli: “There are so many people struggling with their mental health, so I want to help people understand that they don’t have to face it alone.”

Team supporters in particular are mostly men, around 15 million, who with great difficulty admit they have mental problems and usually are not committed to dealing with them. The message of the players easily will reach a very large audience and will be of great help because it comes from other men, who are part of the teams whose fans they are.

Similar statements come from managers like Slaven Bilić, West Bromwich Albion, who said that without a good mental condition he would not be able to transmit energy and ideas to his players. And Rosella Ayane, a Tottenham player, explains: “Turning off your mobile phone, Twitter and Instagram allows you to live fully your time  and only in this way you make a big difference.”

Totti’s farewell to the fans

Totti’s farewell to the fans: «his strength has been to show their fragility»

The sport psychologist Alberto Cei: «Now Francesco must seek a way to make peace with himself, to fill those voids that inevitably he will have»

Risultati immagini per totti

Do NBA refs favor the home team?

“The advantage of playing at home is universal in sports. Major-league baseball teams consistently win 54% of their home games, while their hockey counterparts take over 60%.

In many of the NBA’s early seasons, home teams were regularly winning 66% of their games. But why?

Perhaps home fans cheer on their local heroes to incredible feats. Perhaps the bed in a superstar’s mansion is more comfortable than the road hotel’s. Maybe stadiums have been fine-tuned to the liking of the home team. Maybe jet-lag hinders performance.

Or maybe, under pressure from roaring and judgmental local crowds, it’s the officials.

Since March 2015, the NBA began assessing referee calls (and notable non-calls) in the final two minutes of all games within five points, posting daily reports on its website. Last month, The Pudding compiled the data and open-sourced the results for public analysis.

Does the home team receive favorable officiating? Does it explain the NBA’s home-court advantage?

We can break down NBA calls into three categories: correct calls, incorrect no-calls, and incorrect calls:

In every category, the home team benefited.

In recent years, in basketball and elsewhere, the home advantage has been evaporating. The decline has been slow and steady in English soccer over the past century. In baseball, where home-field advantage has been at some of its weakest levels in recent years, it’s thought that closer supervision of umpires may be to thank.

And perhaps it shall be in the NBA, as referees come under more scrutiny, it disappears in basketball too.

The two-minute database will continue to grow, and we’ll continue to learn more about how refereeing affects outcomes.”

(By Oliver Roeder)

Home Court Advantage by Referees’ Calls

Team benefiting from correct calls

(Refs correctly called an infraction against the other team)

Home team - 51%________________49% - Away team


Team benefiting from missed calls, an incorrect no-call

(Refs let team get away with infraction)

Home team - 52%_______________48% - Away team


Team benefiting from incorrect calls

(Refs screwed up – called an infraction on the other team)

Home team - 56%_______________44% – Away team

Celtic supporters beat Fenerbahce fans for humor

We could beat the soccer violence with the humor, like the Celtic supporters have done answering to the Fenerbahce supporter intimidations. Thursday’s Europa League draw pitted Celtic with Molde, Ajax and Turkish Fenerbahce in Group A. Straight after the draw, Fenerbahce supporters posted pictures of themselves wielding knives, in an attempt to scare the Celtic supporters for when they travel to Istanbul for the match later on this year. Celtic supporters have responded to threatening pictures from Fenerbahce fans in hilarious fashion.


Today is the Heysel tragedy anniversary

Today is the Heysel tragedy anniversary to  remind that violence still affects football. 30 years ago before the Champions final between Juventus and Liverpool 39 persons died and 600 injured. The Heysel tragedy was one of the darkest moments of modern football, where violence took over sport values, and changed a game into a nightmare.


Marco Tardelli talked at UN about soccer and values

Marco Tardelli at UN to speak to the young about sport and values.

“It is not a good time for our football. Scandals, betting, society on the brink of failure. For an Italian it’s even more difficult to be believable when talking about these things. I think that the students, however, have perceived my passion and the desire to return to a different kind of football, as what I experienced as a boy. ”

“I am very harsh on my country, because I love it and I cannot just remain indifferent to certain episodes so shameful. I always say to the club supporters, the real ones: you have to be the first to be indignants, you have to isolate those fifty, one hundred idiots who think only of cause and place  offensive banners, those who reported “boo” to the black opponent, the revolt must begin with you. Those hooligans should be thrown outside the stadiums, otherwise nothing will ever change. ”

“… I’m sorry to say but I do not think we will do it, because no one has the will to do it. And also the clubs often want not to notice anything.”

(Text by Repubblica.it)

How it’s difficult to support ourselves

But how hard it’s to be the best fan of  ourselves! An athlete should show this belief toward him/herself and instead it’s one of the hardest things to do. A few examples:

  • A girl says to me “I did four races this year and none went well … then I’ll stop I cannot continue to do well only in training.”
  • A boy says to me “I was competing well then I thought that I could not continue in this way and so I made some mistakes and I did not get into the final.”
  • Another boy at the world championships before the final “This time I have to take a medal.” It came in fourth.
  • A girl “this time I lose bad, I did not believe in myself.”

Each of them has been working as a professional athlete, it’s their main activity, it’s that one in which they want to have success in life. On these occasions they have not proved to be the best fans of themselves. Competitive sport requires a high level of self-confidence and recklessness to know that the next time will be better than this one. This awareness comes from the engagement in training, to know that it is true that 1, 2, 3 0 multiple times I will lose, but it does not matter because continuing in this way the results will come. The important thing is to continue to sustain ourselves, especially when things go wrong. In summary sit needs:

  • Total commitment in training
  • Total support in the race regardless of the results
  • Confident expectation of good results

Disappointed sports fans increase consumption of fat and sugar

Being fans of a team that wins it may be beneficial to health. So this year the Roma fans should feel much more healthier than last year. It’s what emerges from two studies of North American and French football fans who showed that if your team loses on Monday you eat more fatty foods and sweeter in order to mitigate the frustration resulting from the negative result, while this does not happen if it win. “Although prior studies had shown that sport outcomes influence reckless driving, heart attacks, and even domestic violence, no one had examined how they influence eating,” says Yann Cornil, researcher at INSEAD Business School and lead author of the study. By comparing the outcomes from two seasons’ worth of NFL games with people’s food consumption in over two dozen cities, Cornil and INSEAD professor Pierre Chandon were able to determine the amounts and types of food consumed after victories and losses.

The data do not show what happens to the fans of teams that recede, they are all suffering from liver or after a certain number of losses they put your soul in peace and on Monday they do not eat lasagna?

There is a lot of excellence in the Italian sport

We speak constantly of Italian fashion, food, art, and there is less talk of the excellence in our sport. Italian newspapers, starting from sports one, are bent to the will of the football power which participates in killing other sports. Pages for the resurrected Francesco Totti, if he has to be called in the national team, and a few lines or at most a column for Vanessa Ferrari, who won the silver medal at the age of 23 at gymnastics world championships or Giovanni Pellielo who won for the fourth time the trap world championships at forty years old. They are just the latest examples of how the sports culture is not part of us but only in the days of the Olympics. While we should be concerned about the crazy football dominated  in many cities by violent fans.

Rudy Garcia starts with a mistake

Rudi Garcia is the new coach of Roma footbal team and he started bad the relationship with the environment of the Roma supporters, saying that anyone who contests the team is a Lazio fan. It seems to me that it is not certain this stage of the year to appear combative and aggressive by a coach to his early days working with a new team. Rather, it is the time to understand the reasons for these dislikes, to understand the social and sport environment in which he is entering. Understanding does not mean please the fans, because there is a way to understand the moods and at the same time condemn the lack of respect for the players. To become immediately angry  shows we react to the frustration of the protests only insulting the fans. I agree with the coach who is tough in his statements but he must go on the ball and not the on the player, in other words it’s fine to condemn the way of the protest, but not the protest itself that is legitimate expression of dissent.