Monthly Archives: December 2012

CONTROVERSY AS SAO PAULO WINS COPA SUDAMERICANA

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Lucas Moura (right) and Rogerio Ceni (left) celebrate Sao Paulo’s Copa Sudamericana triumph *** image courtesy of thenational.ae ***

Confetti and ticker tape filled the podium. Lucas Moura was standing high. He lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy – South America’s version of the UEFA Europa League – high into the skies. That could only mean one thing. Sao Paulo FC were Copa Sudamericana 2012 champions.

However, it is not as easy as that.

The story surrounding Sao Paulo’s win can only be referred to as bizarre. The 2nd leg of the Final between the Brazilian club and Argentina’s Club Atletico Tigre started at exactly 00.00 GMT on 12/12/12 at the Estadio Morumbi in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo. This game however, did not end… Read the rest of this entry

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP FROM SPORT

(Guest Writer Dennis Odera is back, looking at how Sports can lend a hand in teaching what qualities one should look for in a leader)

The Lincoln Statue in Washington D.C. which commemorates Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest leaders to have ever lived  *** image courtesy of zimbio ***

The Lincoln Statue in Washington D.C. which commemorates Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest leaders to have ever lived *** image courtesy of zimbio ***

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King JR

As we approach the election year here in Kenya, many questions are being raised with regards to the quality of leadership in our country and what qualities a good leader should possess. While people look at the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill or even Barrack Obama to compare and contrast the qualities of their preferred leader with, some, if not most, miss out on one very  important aspect of leadership to look out for.

The measure of a good leader should not be how an individual acts or reacts when everything is fine and dandy but how they react when everything has gone to the dogs; when everyone has lost belief and all logic and sense points towards giving up and abandoning ship. It is then that true leaders dig deep into what Italians call guono (gut), and try one more time.

What makes sport unique is that it places individuals in an atmosphere of controlled madness and most of the times the individuals who are able to control that madness are the ones who prevail.

Think of the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul. It is half time, Liverpool are 3-0 down to Read the rest of this entry

THE MYTH : AVB NEEDS TO PLAY TWO STRIKERS UPFRONT FOR TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS

Andre -Villas Boas needs to play two strikers. Or does he? *** image courtesy of zimbio ***

Andre -Villas Boas needs to play two strikers. Or does he? *** image courtesy of zimbio ***

There has been criticism.  Andre-Villas Boas has been attacked for his apparent lack of attacking bite. With two well accomplished strikers in Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, the question has been why he doesn’t play both. When he did play both, it seemed to work until Adebayor’s needless dangerous tackle earned him a sending off.

The reasons for criticism though are clear. The English mentality is simple; fewer strikers connotes negative intentions. It is commonplace to find teams in England playing in this way – two strikers at home (where it is expected that they will take the initiative) and one striker away from home (where it is expected that the home team will take the initiative). The one striker policy is also used against teams of superior quality who have enough to take the initiative whether at home or away.

Less is negative, more is positive.

This thinking probably has foundations in history. In 1872, Read the rest of this entry

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