Fail to prepare…
This weekend sees the 5th round of the FA Cup with matches taking place as far apart as Bournemouth to Blackburn.
Up and down the country young children will be dreaming of one day scoring in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, while middle-aged parents tell stories about how they COULD have made it…but didn’t.
When I was at school we spent hours pretending to be Paul Gascoigne, trying to recreate this moment of FA Cup magic…
This was the FIRST football match I ever watched on TV, it was 1991 and I still remember it. Seeing it again makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. That night every boy in my school dreamed of scoring in the FA Cup at Wembley and by Monday morning they all wanted to be Paul Gascoigne.
Since then I have made a living out of preparing professional footballers for matches – taking match day warm ups is a great experience and certainly one of the perks of the job – so I understand the importance of preparation and the positive affect that can have on performance.
Nowadays we wouldn’t dream of entering into a competitive sporting event without a thorough warm up and mobility session.
Now, I am not for a second suggesting that warm ups are over-rated, but take two minutes to watch this video of the great Diego Maradona preparing for a match:
He will always be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time, but his preparation (as amusing as it may be) leaves a little to be desired!
Once you have watched the video comment on Facebook with your thoughts. I would love to hear some different opinions about what’s going on and would be more than happy to share my own.
In conclusion I think there is a lot to be said about the mental state of the individual and the power of their mind. These days players are used to having a structured warm up procedure which they have probably learned to depend on to prepare for competition. As the saying goes “if you fail to prepare, you can prepare to fail” – but who is brave enough to call Maradona a failure?
Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
If you are watching any of the FA Cup matches this weekend keep an eye on the warm ups and see if you spot any mavericks doing their own thing.