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The Olympic Spirit And Football

Updated on August 18, 2012
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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?

Do We Need To Bring Back The Corinthian Spirit

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      B in blogs 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I am a football fan of a different sort ( college football- the American version), but I suppose I can sympathize with you. Actually I think I'd read a farm report you wrote because of the "accent" I detect in your writing. I cannot wait until someone asks me why I'm in a bad mood again, I'm going to tell them I'm "stroppy" not cranky (lol). Good hub, interesting.

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      As a sport football should have a place in theolympics but it's culture seems rotten to the core.

      However even at the Olympics there were such incidences of cheating. I was at the brazil vs Honduras Olympic soccer qf. What I saw from Neymar was a player who continually tried to manipulate the referee and dive. It got to a point where the crowd booed every time he got the ball

      Part of the problem with football is the glorification of those cheats. Whether its Christiano Ronaldo or Maradona they've manipulated and cheated for their gains. Ronaldo's inability to stay on his feet would be greatly influenced if he was forced to play the game in a wheelchair.

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      The Olympics in London was amazing, London was buzzing, the atmosphere was wonderful, I won’t forget Mo Farel, winning the 10,000 metres, as I stood and watch it in Hyde Park along with thousands of other people, all having a super time. Yes the Olympics and sportsmanship so unlike football which I bitly hate to the core. Football seems to take over everything, and as you have mentioned all the silly things that football brings, cheating, arguing with referees, foul language, diving, faking injuries and bad sportsmanship. I just can’t wait for the end of the season all ready. Football need to take a long good look at itself. One thing I would do and that’s cut the wages, and bring them into really terms and not some sky high wages, no wonder most clubs are in debt. Super hub, thanks for sharing