Sports Drama: Lets Talk About Luck in Football
Luck 101. I have just been reading a post somewhere about Zidane, and many people are calling him lucky. Anything lucky is overrated in football.
It is the number one excuse for people in denial, who don’t want to accept the truth. A player who shoots and hits the post is not unlucky, he simply wasn’t accurate enough to put the ball in.
When someone brings another down in the box giving away a penalty is not unlucky, he simply wasn’t good with his tackle. When a player who connects with a high ball to produce a spectacular volley is not lucky, he simply applied the necessary anticipation and accuracy.
Wenger is not unlucky for going over 10 years without the title – not with Giroud and Almunia.
Luck is nothing but overrated in football and we all know that
One defines luck as success or failure brought about by chance rather than one’s actions. By that definition, there may actually be cases for luck in football.
If a referee accidentally blocks a pass while attempting to jump out of its way, that is luck. You can talk about luck when draws are made for tournaments.
You can talk about being unlucky when a player pulls a hamstring while racing on goal. Man Utd wasn’t just lucky to win UCL in 99; they beat some top teams to get to the final.
Sheringham and Solskjaer scoring in injury time was because Fergie normally brought them on as substitute strikers and they normally delivered where Cole and York failed.
Actually, Solskjaer said after the game that Fergie spent 75 mins telling him what to do when he got on the pitch.
When Zidane rests players and gets an injury time winner is because he trusted his squad to deliver without their stars. Zizou knows that Ramos has a knack for going forward in injury time, and since he is good in the air, there is a high likelihood of scoring. That is not luck, that is an asset for the team.
Luck to me is when the result had nothing to do with your own actions. If Zizou looks through his squad, and selects a starting XI, for various reasons, it is not luck.
When he stands at the touchline and instructs his players to fall back or go forward or play short or long passes, it is not luck.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a Ugandan writer and blogger. Studied information technology with major interests in Journalism.He is passionate about sports but at times ventures into other fields
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