The Olympic Spirit And Football
The Olympic And Football Spirit
Just about everybody who witnessed the 2012 London Olympics has remarked on the tremendous spirit and gamesmanship displayed by the competitors.The Olympic spirit was embedded in the games at its conception, and is still there today.
The football season begins just after the Olympic Games and football players these days are not renowned for their sportsmanship and fair play,but that has not always been the case there was once The Corinthian spirit.
The London Olympics
We have all applauded the wonderful London Olympic Games.It was a fantastic spectacle from the opening to closing ceremonies. Yes, they should be congratulated on a truly memorable event in both performance, sportsmanship and genuine camaraderie that showed warmth to their fellow winning athletes.
Next up is the English football season, and what are we looking forward to? More cheating, arguing with referees,foul language and spitting. Not to mention the diving, faking injuries and bad sportsmanship.There will also be the usual moaning and stroppy interviews from the sore losers.
The Olympic Spirit
For most of us today the meaning of the Olympic spirit is best summed up by the Frenchman Pierre Coubetin, who stated 'It is not the winning that counts, but the taking part".
All the athletes know what It means to play fair,to respect and appreciate your competitors achievements and, in the end enjoying your sport, win or lose.They will have trained hard for four years, and just being there at the games means everything.
They know the true meaning of the Olympic ideal and embrace it to bring peace and friendship to all the competing Nations through hard work, and fair play.
The Corinthian Spirit
Some older football followers will know the Corinthians very well. Corinthians FC were a non competative football team that was formed in 1882 and eventually merged with Corinthian Casuals in 1939.Though they joined the FA,Corinthians were a non competitive club who did not play in the league or FA Cup(they did play in 1923).
The Corinthians were an amateur team who played for the love of the game and not for profit,they would not even play for a trophy!(many sports such as cricket and rugby were amateur sports in the first part of the twentieth century).
Professional tactics were ignored, the gentlemen players relied on instinctive skill and embraced teamwork. They did not argue with the referee,there was no foul language. It was morals and fair play that counted, and not winning. The Corinthians would always make sure they gained no advantage when opposition players were injured or sent off as they immediately volunteered to take off one of their own players.
That was the Corinthian spirit
Many Corinthians went on to play for England in their early days , and they even beat Manchester Utd. by11 goals to 3.
Money And Football
Could any sport survive without professionalism and money? The media crave football and the clubs don't care where the money comes from, the players are hawked around and most of them don't care are as long as their wages are going up and the money rolls in.
It is now over 100 years ago since footballers were bought and sold, but the game has survived, and winning and losing is as important as ever.Many football clubs do not make a profit.
For most football clubs it just about survival.Can we learn anything from the Corinthian Spirit?