Big Egos – Soccer World Cup

I love the Soccer world Cup, but hell those egos, the size of the very stadiums they play in.

Image courtesy Pixabay

Image courtesy Pixabay

I watched one of the goalkeepers the other day chastise his defenders while taking quick glances at himself on the giant screen to see how he was coming across to the world. Obviously feeling his gesticulations were not showy and vigorous enough, he went in to what can only be described as a series of convulsions. Then, satisfied with his performance, he took his eyes off himself and went back to focusing on what he was there for, to stop the ball from slamming in to the back of the net.

The games are absolutely peppered with these little narcissistic glances and other egotistical shenanigans, but I must say it makes for great entertainment. I love it! It all just gives me a new found respect for the different team managers. Can you imagine managing all these spilling egos? Must be like trying to hold a porcupine. πŸ™‚

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I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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30 Responses to Big Egos – Soccer World Cup

  1. The porcupine analogy is a good one, Don! πŸ™‚

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  2. Kim Leach says:

    Well said Don. To me it’s like watching a mini soap opera without words. A bunch of drama queens who get paid way too much for what they actually do!

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    • Don says:

      Thanks Kim. So good to hear from you.The drama really gets going when there’s a foul of some sorts. The shout, the flinging of themselves on to the turf, the rolling about and the reaching out of hands in to the air – Oscar performance, then they have the cheek to get up after a bit of magic water and play as if nothing happened. πŸ™‚

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  3. Mary says:

    I love your flavored take on the games, so refreshing to read someone calling it what “it” is. Obviously there are millions world-wide who love the show, the drama, the excitement and “Oscar performances” – GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

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  4. nrhatch says:

    Apt description, Don. Now I’ve got another reason NOT to watch soccer.

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  5. Val Boyko says:

    Drama, Victims, Heroes, Villains … it has it all!
    Add some skill and we have virtuoso performances and entertainment.
    It must take an even stronger ego to manage all the others ones!
    Thanks for this great perspective Don πŸ™‚

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  6. Love the ‘holding a porcupine’ image! And the ‘magic water’! Surely they know that we know that if you are really hurt you keep very still for fear of hurting more! There have been some very exciting games! πŸ™‚

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  7. Ha! This is funny Don! I know someone who will check his facial expressions if there is a mirror handy while making a point!

    Glad your enjoying the games!

    Diana xo

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  8. Darrel H says:

    I like this. It’s true.. those managers are all about working with vastly different personalities… yoh

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  9. In the money-centric world of professional sports (and while the poor grow hungrier in Brasil), self-centeredness, egos, and narcissism are prominent. Who fuels and allows it? I guess, Don, it depends on one’s definition of “entertainment.”

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  10. The only sport surprise any more, Don, seems to be when a team wins or certain players score many points…but they aren’t cocky or arrogant but appreciate their team mates and the efforts on both teams. Unfortunately, that’s happening less and less…

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  11. davecenker says:

    I am as a big a sports fanatic as there is out there, just maybe not in the world of soccer. And although it’s somewhat hypocritical when you cheer on the behavior you witness, I sincerely wish that more athletes and performers would live with a little less flamboyance and drama, like the performance they give on the playing field is expected, and enough. A smile and fist pump is fine, but the far-flung demonstrations that are becoming more prevalent are both distracting and distasteful. Who knows, maybe I’m just getting old? Or maybe, I’m just old school πŸ˜‰

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    • Don says:

      Thanks for a great comment. I agree with you Dave. Some of the things they do become just too much, completely over the top and it doesn’t do the game any good either. I really do wish they would become a little more contained in their celebrations.

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  12. ladyfi says:

    Ha ha – love that porcupine image! Haven’t really watched any matches yet – waiting for the semi-finals before I start!

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  13. Michael says:

    To manage them requires that special blend of talent, wit, ire, and machismo possessed by “The Special One”, Jose Mourinho. πŸ™‚

    http://www.espnfc.com/story/1467224/i-am-a-special-one-jose-mourinhos-memorable-chelsea-quotes

    Michael

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  14. QueasyPeasy says:

    I think it’s the shoes – turns them into Divas!

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