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Partner link: Unexpected Heroes Are Everywhere

In professional sport, amateur sport, large & little games, across the land, around the world, sporting heroes emerge every weekend.  This weekend. Next weekend.

This video clip reveals an unexpected hero and also reminds us to have fun in sport. Enjoy your sport. Many players forget to enjoy their sport amidst the intensity of many sports battles. So here’s a little video that may rekindle enjoyment in sport.

Note that enjoyment (having fun and smiling) is a key pillar of sportsmanship, alongside Honour, Honesty, Humility, Friendship, Fair Play, Respect. We mis-spell Hefer as an aide memoire: HHHEFFR.

Poster showing the The 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship include Enjoyment.

The 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship include Enjoyment.

Enjoyment is at the centre of the pillars of sportsmanship. That’s why we participate in sport. How great it is to see players acknowledge that they enjoy their sport by smiling, at least occassionally!  Pele always played with a smile on his face. So too Nicola Adams (Britain’s first boxer to win two Olympic gold medals in consecutive Olympics) always smiles. In fact, she has a magical smile.  See her smile in the Royal Mail postage stamp below.

GB Gold Medalist Boxer Nicola Adams postage stamp shows her smile

Nicola Adams Smiling Stamp

The smile is a great thing.  Use it. Your smile is an international language that opens doors, warms places up and warms people up.

Meanwhile, enjoy this extraordinary little video clip. Many thanks to Peter D (Lord Ogmore) for alerting us to this wonderful video clip.

Coming soon…….. the smiling poem.

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments From Rio 2016

Here are our Top 10 Great Sportsmanship moments from Rio 2016. It really was difficult to choose the Top 10 and , in particular, the number 1 moment of sportsmanship from the many sportsmanship moments we posted on social media (facebook and instagram) each day. So here’s the list in reverse order.

photo of the Olympic Flag

The Olympic Flag

10. Haitian Hurdler Never Gives Up [Hurdles]

Jeffrey Julmis of Haiti knocked over the first hurdle in his race and fell to the floor. Despite the immense disappointment he pulled himself up on his feet and finished the race. He demonstrating great courage and a real ‘never give up’ attitude.  This is similar to Derek Redmond story from Barcelona.

9. Fiji’s First Olympic Medal Is Gold – Fiji Celebrates [Rugby] 

Fiji Win Their 1st Olympic Medals Ever. So Never Stop Trying. If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying For 60 Years & Then Win Gold – Fijian Olympic Heroes For the first time ever in the history of the Olympics and celebrated their first Olympic medal, and it was gold. They have played wonderfully exciting rugby for many many years with little reward until now.

8. French Victors Congratulated By Irish Rowers & Interviews Go Viral [Rowing]

“Fair Play To You. You Deserve it.” said the two ecstatic, silver medallist, Irish brothers  to the two victorious, gold medal, French rowers. Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Skibareen, Ireland were all smiles as they congratulated the two victorious French rowers (in the middle of their TV interview) with a famous Irish expression; ‘Fair Play To You’ – which means ‘you deserve it – the best team won’.  This video is about joy and pleasure of sport – the thrill of giving it your best. Despite being pipped at the post, they became Ireland’s first ever Olympian rowing medalists, and were able to enjoy every moment of it. So much so, their interviews went viral.

 

7.  American’s Dignity In Defeat [Swimming 100m Butterfly]

USA Phelps Smiles Despite Defeat – Singapore’s Joseph Schooling made history today as he beat his hero in the swimming pool. Some years earlier, In 2008, Phelps obliged Joseph when he asked for a selfie with his hero. In 2016 the kid came back and ‘stole’ the champs medal (by beating him in the race). Phelps took it like a real champion and his smile beamed the radiance of a truly great race – where each has given everything and the adrenaline is still pumping and both swimmers know they just competed and gave everything they had.

 

6. Polish Discus Thrower Sells Silver Medal To Raise Money For Child Cancer Patient [Discus]

Polish athlete Piotr Malachowski won a silver in the discus event, he then auctioned off his silver medal to pay for a young boys treatment, who was dying of cancer.  An amazing gesture!

 

5. British Bubble Burst But Belgian Friendship Prevails [Heptathlon]

Jessica Ennis-Hill showed us all exactly how to lose gracefully. She’s humble in defeat even though she lost her title. She was a humble Olympic champion (& favourite), had a baby, came back and trained hard for 4 years. Although she was determined to win gold again, her bubble was burst when she was beaten by the wonderful and much younger Belgium athlete. Despite this, Ennis-Hill is still a real champion as she congratulated and, with a real warm smile, embraced her victor, the new Olympic Champion,   Nafissatou Thiam.

Photo of Jessica Ennis-Hill throwing the javlin

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Photo of Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam throwing the javlin

Nafissatou Thiam

4. Ups and Downs Can’t Stop British Somalian  [Middle Distance] 

Mo Farah stumbled and fell during his 10,000 metre race but instead of feeling sorry for himself or giving up, he got straight back up, recomposed himself and won the race! He showed us that with the enough desire, heart, commitment, courage and ‘will to win’ you can reach your goals. Never give up!

 

3.  Old Gets Gold as 58 Year Old Brit Wins After Broken Back & Retiring 16 Years Earlier [Show Jumping]

Great Britain’s Show Jumping hero, Nick Skelton is the oldest British gold medalist for 100 years. He has competed in 7 Olympics but never won gold. Broke his back, retied 16 years ago, had his hip replaced. Came back. Never gave up since. Eventually won gold. Jump racing champion & legend, Ireland’s AP McCoy, tweeted: “Delighted for Nick Skelton, the most brilliantly talented rider that deserves a gold medal more than anyone.”

picture of Horse jumping fence at RIO 2016

Show jumping at Rio 2016

2. North and South Koreans Embrace – When Enemies Become Friends [Gymnastics] 

North Korea’s Gymnast Hong Un-Jong shares a selfie with South Korea’s Lee Eun-Ju. The two countries have had very serious trust issues for years and have boiled over into threats, missiles and much more animosity for years. That’s why this picture stands for so much. Sport can, and does, bring people together.

1. Kiwi Stops To Help American [Middle Distance Athletics]

New Zealand runner stops to help fallen American in amazing show of sportsmanship. American Abbey D’agostino and Kiwi Nikki Hamblin tripped up each other in the 5,000m prelims. D’agostino injured her ankle. Hamblin helped her up and the American finished the race. They embraced at the end even as the American was taken away in a wheelchair. https://youtu.be/TN7xK2LBa_w Rio 2016    These moments captured the imagination around the world here’s Sri Lankin Tamil TV showing video footage of it.

 

So there you have some wonderful moments of sportsmanship. There were many many more which you can see on our Facebook and Instagram pages facebook and instagram. Please tell us which is your favourite story by adding a comment at the end. Please also share this post with as many people as possible so that everybody knows that Olympic flame is alive and well.

Photo of olympic flame

Olympic flame

Partner link: World Cup 2014 Best Sportsmanship Moments (Part 1/2)

What a World Cup it’s been. Shocks, sensations, revelations, great football mixed with the odd  fear packed paranoid game, some crazy behaviour, wonderful goals, great celebrations, great fun, great fans,  – some of whom were literally out of this world and lots of great sportsmanship. Sit back relax and enjoy some of the great moments of World Cup sportsmanship.

Maracana_ChileSpain_061814PeterDennis

The World Cup, for me, kicked off with a game of football in space. Astronauts were seen ‘taking the game to a new level’ whilst having a kick about in the station with one of the best saves you’ll ever see (keeper dives 18 feet). And the astronauts set the scene by wishing all teams ‘good luck’ in the World Cup.

That Magical Hand Shake

A long time ago , when you were a lot younger, way back on Sat 14 June 2014, English manager, Roy Hodgson, walked out onto the pitch in the Arena Amazonia, in the biggest game of his life, went over to the Italian dugout, stuck his hand out and shook hands with every single Italian substitute. It was lovely moment in an epic battle in which England’s youth shone despite losing narrowly 2-1 to the 4 times world cup winners, Italy.  0 Hands Shaking

 

Friendship Amidst High Stakes – USA and Ghana.

Two days later (16 June), USA Manager, Jurgen Klinnsman (former German genius footballer), embraced warmly the opposition Ghana player Michael Essien (who was on the bench) during the USA v Ghana World Cup Match. Despite the high stakes, Friendship prevailed.

 

Ghana Dance Rattles Germans Amidst Battle Of The Brothers

Do you remember the game (21 June) billed as the Battle of the Brothers, Ghana’s Kevin Prince and his brother, Germany’s Jerome Prince? Ironically the game only sparked into life in the second half after both brothers were substituted. Within 20 minutes there was a 4 goal bonanza. Ghana went 1-0 down (51 mins), then got an equaliser and then scored again to take the lead playing fabulous football. The sheer exuberance and joy of football was unveiled when Ghana took the lead.  Ghana’s goal celebration was a team dance by the corner flag.

Finally Germany scrambled a ‘Klose toe-poke goal’ on 71 mins & hung on for the draw (Miroslav Klose is now the world’s leading goal scorer of all time with 16 World Cup goals).

How great to see players celebrate with a smile and a boogy, as opposed to tension filled, semi rage celebrations. Footballers forget they are playing and playing is fun! They are supposed to enjoy themselves – one of the 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship. We, The Great Sportsmanship Programme, collect goal celebrations – you can watch some of best World Cup goal celebrations from years gone by here (including Roger Miller’s famous samba)  that’s Cameroon’s Roger Miller  – whose age no one ever knew – including himself (but we think he was 40 or 42 when he did his last samba dance in a World Cup Finals.

Football 3

22 Year Old Columbian Revelation Triggers Best Team Celebration

Fast forward to the knock-out stages and more unbridled joy – goal celebrations. We have scientific proof from Notre Dame University one of the world’s great sports universities) that sportsmanship, and in particular remembering to enjoy your sport actually boosts performance. So when the young Colombian revelation, James Rodriguez scored an absolutely sensational goal against Uruguay, his team mates shared the joy – unbridled joy with a little team dance.  Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on 28th June to move into the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst having some fun.

Animated Mexican Manager Miguel Shares Passion & Love

And then came the Mexicans. They brought even more joy & fun to the World Cup. Miguel Herrera won a lot of hearts, with his animated passion inspiring his team to great football. Camera’s caught him gingerly celebrating (not!) Mexican goals. In fact his players regularly ran to him and hugged him, some even lept onto him knocking him to the floor. 1-0 up against Holland and with just two minutes to go Mexico were about to deliver a major World Cup shock until an 88th minute goal followed by a 90th minute penalty destroyed the Mexican dream on 29 June. However, Herrera might be manager of the tournament….as he nurtured a team of relative nobodies into a serious World Cup threat who also openly enjoyed their football. He’ll be remembered fondly as he ‘illuminated the World Cup with his touchline passion’. See 16 reasons (photos and videos) Miguel Herrera had already won the World Cup (of our hearts).

World Cup FIFA

German American & Belgian Reveal Real Friendship

Managers Are Leaders By Definition. They are also role models.  So when they display friendship with the opposition it helps the game.  During the last 16 knock-out match between USA v Belgium 1st July opposition managers embraced before during & after.  What a great game.120+ minutes of intense WorldCup battle for a place in the 1/4 Finals. And all the time US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann & Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots behaved like old friends – embracing each other at the end of the epic battle, at half time and at the start of the game.

Brazilian Respect For Columbian Revelation

4 July Quarter Finals between Columbia and Brazil. A moment Of Respect when the Columbian World Cup Revelation James Rodriguez was in tears after losing 2-1. Brazil’s David Luiz saw this, went to him, consoled him, swapped shirts, and then with an arm around the young Rodriguez, turned to the fans & encouraged them to clap Rodriguez off the pitch. Luiz also stood and applauded Rodriguez as he walked down the tunnel & out of this World Cup. See this sportsmanship in action.

Fair Play & Respect During Intense Argentina v Holland Semi-Final 

During the intensity of a World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and Holland, last Wednesday (9 July)  there was a lovely moment of respect. In the dying moments (85 mins) and with the score delicately balanced at 0-0 and where, just one mistake, or one moment of genius will determine who goes into the World Cup Final, the Dutch Destroyer, Arjen Robben, the flying winger/roaming striker, was tackled by the big Argentinian Defender, Martín Demichelis right on his own line. Both players stood up, shook hands & played on.

Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football  

Part 2 shows how Brazilian fans, football and the brotherhood of football is the real long term winner.

World Cup Wembley Fair Play

Also see how these games will be remembered in hundreds of years time – see how a truly great German footballer feels that although he lost a World Cup final in controversial circumstances, he thinks almost 50 years later, that the opposition, England, deserved to win because they were the better team.

Paul CONCACAF

 

You can listen to  all these stories, and more, on  my BBC Radio London Best World Cup 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

 

You can also see the best World Cup celebrations from previous years and How Football Helped Apartheid Victims To Survive In Prison: ‘We Knew we Were Part Of The Football Universe‘.

Sign up for updates (on the right hand side of this page) or join us on Great Sportsmanship facebook page.

Part 2 of the Best World Cup 2014  Sportsmanship Moments For more stories about the brilliant Brazilian fans (and others) read Part 2/2

 

Partner link: World Cup 2014 Best Sportsmanship Moments (Part 1/2)

What a World Cup it’s been. Shocks, sensations, revelations, great football mixed with the odd  fear packed paranoid game, some crazy behaviour, wonderful goals, great celebrations, great fun, great fans,  – some of whom were literally out of this world and lots of great sportsmanship. Sit back relax and enjoy some of the great moments of World Cup sportsmanship.

Maracana_ChileSpain_061814PeterDennis

The World Cup, for me, kicked off with a game of football in space. Astronauts were seen ‘taking the game to a new level’ whilst having a kick about in the station with one of the best saves you’ll ever see (keeper dives 18 feet). And the astronauts set the scene by wishing all teams ‘good luck’ in the World Cup.

That Magical Hand Shake

A long time ago , when you were a lot younger, way back on Sat 14 June 2014, English manager, Roy Hodgson, walked out onto the pitch in the Arena Amazonia, in the biggest game of his life, went over to the Italian dugout, stuck his hand out and shook hands with every single Italian substitute. It was lovely moment in an epic battle in which England’s youth shone despite losing narrowly 2-1 to the 4 times world cup winners, Italy.  0 Hands Shaking

 

Friendship Amidst High Stakes – USA and Ghana.

Two days later (16 June), USA Manager, Jurgen Klinnsman (former German genius footballer), embraced warmly the opposition Ghana player Michael Essien (who was on the bench) during the USA v Ghana World Cup Match. Despite the high stakes, Friendship prevailed.

 

Ghana Dance Rattles Germans Amidst Battle Of The Brothers

Do you remember the game (21 June) billed as the Battle of the Brothers, Ghana’s Kevin Prince and his brother, Germany’s Jerome Prince? Ironically the game only sparked into life in the second half after both brothers were substituted. Within 20 minutes there was a 4 goal bonanza. Ghana went 1-0 down (51 mins), then got an equaliser and then scored again to take the lead playing fabulous football. The sheer exuberance and joy of football was unveiled when Ghana took the lead.  Ghana’s goal celebration was a team dance by the corner flag.

Finally Germany scrambled a ‘Klose toe-poke goal’ on 71 mins & hung on for the draw (Miroslav Klose is now the world’s leading goal scorer of all time with 16 World Cup goals).

How great to see players celebrate with a smile and a boogy, as opposed to tension filled, semi rage celebrations. Footballers forget they are playing and playing is fun! They are supposed to enjoy themselves – one of the 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship. We, The Great Sportsmanship Programme, collect goal celebrations – you can watch some of best World Cup goal celebrations from years gone by here (including Roger Miller’s famous samba)  that’s Cameroon’s Roger Miller  – whose age no one ever knew – including himself (but we think he was 40 or 42 when he did his last samba dance in a World Cup Finals.

Football 3

22 Year Old Columbian Revelation Triggers Best Team Celebration

Fast forward to the knock-out stages and more unbridled joy – goal celebrations. We have scientific proof from Notre Dame University one of the world’s great sports universities) that sportsmanship, and in particular remembering to enjoy your sport actually boosts performance. So when the young Colombian revelation, James Rodriguez scored an absolutely sensational goal against Uruguay, his team mates shared the joy – unbridled joy with a little team dance.  Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on 28th June to move into the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst having some fun.

Animated Mexican Manager Miguel Shares Passion & Love

And then came the Mexicans. They brought even more joy & fun to the World Cup. Miguel Herrera won a lot of hearts, with his animated passion inspiring his team to great football. Camera’s caught him gingerly celebrating (not!) Mexican goals. In fact his players regularly ran to him and hugged him, some even lept onto him knocking him to the floor. 1-0 up against Holland and with just two minutes to go Mexico were about to deliver a major World Cup shock until an 88th minute goal followed by a 90th minute penalty destroyed the Mexican dream on 29 June. However, Herrera might be manager of the tournament….as he nurtured a team of relative nobodies into a serious World Cup threat who also openly enjoyed their football. He’ll be remembered fondly as he ‘illuminated the World Cup with his touchline passion’. See 16 reasons (photos and videos) Miguel Herrera had already won the World Cup (of our hearts).

World Cup FIFA

German American & Belgian Reveal Real Friendship

Managers Are Leaders By Definition. They are also role models.  So when they display friendship with the opposition it helps the game.  During the last 16 knock-out match between USA v Belgium 1st July opposition managers embraced before during & after.  What a great game.120+ minutes of intense WorldCup battle for a place in the 1/4 Finals. And all the time US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann & Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots behaved like old friends – embracing each other at the end of the epic battle, at half time and at the start of the game.

Brazilian Respect For Columbian Revelation

4 July Quarter Finals between Columbia and Brazil. A moment Of Respect when the Columbian World Cup Revelation James Rodriguez was in tears after losing 2-1. Brazil’s David Luiz saw this, went to him, consoled him, swapped shirts, and then with an arm around the young Rodriguez, turned to the fans & encouraged them to clap Rodriguez off the pitch. Luiz also stood and applauded Rodriguez as he walked down the tunnel & out of this World Cup. See this sportsmanship in action.

Fair Play & Respect During Intense Argentina v Holland Semi-Final 

During the intensity of a World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and Holland, last Wednesday (9 July)  there was a lovely moment of respect. In the dying moments (85 mins) and with the score delicately balanced at 0-0 and where, just one mistake, or one moment of genius will determine who goes into the World Cup Final, the Dutch Destroyer, Arjen Robben, the flying winger/roaming striker, was tackled by the big Argentinian Defender, Martín Demichelis right on his own line. Both players stood up, shook hands & played on.

Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football  

Part 2 shows how Brazilian fans, football and the brotherhood of football is the real long term winner.

World Cup Wembley Fair Play

Also see how these games will be remembered in hundreds of years time – see how a truly great German footballer feels that although he lost a World Cup final in controversial circumstances, he thinks almost 50 years later, that the opposition, England, deserved to win because they were the better team.

Paul CONCACAF

 

You can listen to  all these stories, and more, on  my BBC Radio London Best World Cup 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

 

You can also see the best World Cup celebrations from previous years and How Football Helped Apartheid Victims To Survive In Prison: ‘We Knew we Were Part Of The Football Universe‘.

Sign up for updates (on the right hand side of this page) or join us on Great Sportsmanship facebook page.

Part 2 of the Best World Cup 2014  Sportsmanship Moments For more stories about the brilliant Brazilian fans (and others) read Part 2/2.

 

Partner link: World Cup 2014 Best Sportsmanship Moments (Part 1/2)

What a World Cup it’s been. Shocks, sensations, revelations, great football mixed with the odd  fear packed paranoid game, some crazy behaviour, wonderful goals, great celebrations, great fun, great fans,  – some of whom were literally out of this world and lots of great sportsmanship. Sit back relax and enjoy some of the great moments of World Cup sportsmanship.

Maracana_ChileSpain_061814PeterDennis

The World Cup, for me, kicked off with a game of football in space. Astronauts were seen ‘taking the game to a new level’ whilst having a kick about in the station with one of the best saves you’ll ever see (keeper dives 18 feet). And the astronauts set the scene by wishing all teams ‘good luck’ in the World Cup.

That Magical Hand Shake

A long time ago , when you were a lot younger, way back on Sat 14 June 2014, English manager, Roy Hodgson, walked out onto the pitch in the Arena Amazonia, in the biggest game of his life, went over to the Italian dugout, stuck his hand out and shook hands with every single Italian substitute. It was lovely moment in an epic battle in which England’s youth shone despite losing narrowly 2-1 to the 4 times world cup winners, Italy.  0 Hands Shaking

 

Friendship Amidst High Stakes – USA and Ghana.

Two days later (16 June), USA Manager, Jurgen Klinnsman (former German genius footballer), embraced warmly the opposition Ghana player Michael Essien (who was on the bench) during the USA v Ghana World Cup Match. Despite the high stakes, Friendship prevailed.

 

Ghana Dance Rattles Germans Amidst Battle Of The Brothers

Do you remember the game (21 June) billed as the Battle of the Brothers, Ghana’s Kevin Prince and his brother, Germany’s Jerome Prince? Ironically the game only sparked into life in the second half after both brothers were substituted. Within 20 minutes there was a 4 goal bonanza. Ghana went 1-0 down (51 mins), then got an equaliser and then scored again to take the lead playing fabulous football. The sheer exuberance and joy of football was unveiled when Ghana took the lead.  Ghana’s goal celebration was a team dance by the corner flag.

Finally Germany scrambled a ‘Klose toe-poke goal’ on 71 mins & hung on for the draw (Miroslav Klose is now the world’s leading goal scorer of all time with 16 World Cup goals).

How great to see players celebrate with a smile and a boogy, as opposed to tension filled, semi rage celebrations. Footballers forget they are playing and playing is fun! They are supposed to enjoy themselves – one of the 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship. We, The Great Sportsmanship Programme, collect goal celebrations – you can watch some of best World Cup goal celebrations from years gone by here (including Roger Miller’s famous samba)  that’s Cameroon’s Roger Miller  – whose age no one ever knew – including himself (but we think he was 40 or 42 when he did his last samba dance in a World Cup Finals.

Football 3

22 Year Old Columbian Revelation Triggers Best Team Celebration

Fast forward to the knock-out stages and more unbridled joy – goal celebrations. We have scientific proof from Notre Dame University one of the world’s great sports universities) that sportsmanship, and in particular remembering to enjoy your sport actually boosts performance. So when the young Colombian revelation, James Rodriguez scored an absolutely sensational goal against Uruguay, his team mates shared the joy – unbridled joy with a little team dance.  Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on 28th June to move into the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst having some fun.

Animated Mexican Manager Miguel Shares Passion & Love

And then came the Mexicans. They brought even more joy & fun to the World Cup. Miguel Herrera won a lot of hearts, with his animated passion inspiring his team to great football. Camera’s caught him gingerly celebrating (not!) Mexican goals. In fact his players regularly ran to him and hugged him, some even lept onto him knocking him to the floor. 1-0 up against Holland and with just two minutes to go Mexico were about to deliver a major World Cup shock until an 88th minute goal followed by a 90th minute penalty destroyed the Mexican dream on 29 June. However, Herrera might be manager of the tournament….as he nurtured a team of relative nobodies into a serious World Cup threat who also openly enjoyed their football. He’ll be remembered fondly as he ‘illuminated the World Cup with his touchline passion’. See 16 reasons (photos and videos) Miguel Herrera had already won the World Cup (of our hearts).

World Cup FIFA

German American & Belgian Reveal Real Friendship

Managers Are Leaders By Definition. They are also role models.  So when they display friendship with the opposition it helps the game.  During the last 16 knock-out match between USA v Belgium 1st July opposition managers embraced before during & after.  What a great game.120+ minutes of intense WorldCup battle for a place in the 1/4 Finals. And all the time US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann & Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots behaved like old friends – embracing each other at the end of the epic battle, at half time and at the start of the game.

Brazilian Respect For Columbian Revelation

4 July Quarter Finals between Columbia and Brazil. A moment Of Respect when the Columbian World Cup Revelation James Rodriguez was in tears after losing 2-1. Brazil’s David Luiz saw this, went to him, consoled him, swapped shirts, and then with an arm around the young Rodriguez, turned to the fans & encouraged them to clap Rodriguez off the pitch. Luiz also stood and applauded Rodriguez as he walked down the tunnel & out of this World Cup. See this sportsmanship in action.

Fair Play & Respect During Intense Argentina v Holland Semi-Final 

During the intensity of a World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and Holland, last Wednesday (9 July)  there was a lovely moment of respect. In the dying moments (85 mins) and with the score delicately balanced at 0-0 and where, just one mistake, or one moment of genius will determine who goes into the World Cup Final, the Dutch Destroyer, Arjen Robben, the flying winger/roaming striker, was tackled by the big Argentinian Defender, Martín Demichelis right on his own line. Both players stood up, shook hands & played on.

Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football  

Part 2 shows how Brazilian fans, football and the brotherhood of football is the real long term winner.

World Cup Wembley Fair Play

Also see how these games will be remembered in hundreds of years time – see how a truly great German footballer feels that although he lost a World Cup final in controversial circumstances, he thinks almost 50 years later, that the opposition, England, deserved to win because they were the better team.

Paul CONCACAF

 

You can listen to  all these stories, and more, on  my BBC Radio London Best World Cup 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

 

You can also see the best World Cup celebrations from previous years and How Football Helped Apartheid Victims To Survive In Prison: ‘We Knew we Were Part Of The Football Universe‘.

Sign up for updates (on the right hand side of this page) or join us on Great Sportsmanship facebook page.

Part 2 of the Best World Cup 2014  Sportsmanship Moments For more stories about the brilliant Brazilian fans (and others) read Part 2/2.

 

Partner link: World Cup 2014 Best Sportsmanship Moments (Part 1/2)

What a World Cup it’s been. Shocks, sensations, revelations, great football mixed with the odd  fear packed paranoid game, some crazy behaviour, wonderful goals, great celebrations, great fun, great fans,  – some of whom were literally out of this world and lots of great sportsmanship. Sit back relax and enjoy some of the great moments of World Cup sportsmanship.

Maracana_ChileSpain_061814PeterDennis

The World Cup, for me, kicked off with a game of football in space. Astronauts were seen ‘taking the game to a new level’ whilst having a kick about in the station with one of the best saves you’ll ever see (keeper dives 18 feet). And the astronauts set the scene by wishing all teams ‘good luck’ in the World Cup.

That Magical Hand Shake

A long time ago , when you were a lot younger, way back on Sat 14 June 2014, English manager, Roy Hodgson, walked out onto the pitch in the Arena Amazonia, in the biggest game of his life, went over to the Italian dugout, stuck his hand out and shook hands with every single Italian substitute. It was lovely moment in an epic battle in which England’s youth shone despite losing narrowly 2-1 to the 4 times world cup winners, Italy.  0 Hands Shaking

 

Friendship Amidst High Stakes – USA and Ghana.

Two days later (16 June), USA Manager, Jurgen Klinnsman (former German genius footballer), embraced warmly the opposition Ghana player Michael Essien (who was on the bench) during the USA v Ghana World Cup Match. Despite the high stakes, Friendship prevailed.

 

Ghana Dance Rattles Germans Amidst Battle Of The Brothers

Do you remember the game (21 June) billed as the Battle of the Brothers, Ghana’s Kevin Prince and his brother, Germany’s Jerome Prince? Ironically the game only sparked into life in the second half after both brothers were substituted. Within 20 minutes there was a 4 goal bonanza. Ghana went 1-0 down (51 mins), then got an equaliser and then scored again to take the lead playing fabulous football. The sheer exuberance and joy of football was unveiled when Ghana took the lead.  Ghana’s goal celebration was a team dance by the corner flag.

Finally Germany scrambled a ‘Klose toe-poke goal’ on 71 mins & hung on for the draw (Miroslav Klose is now the world’s leading goal scorer of all time with 16 World Cup goals).

How great to see players celebrate with a smile and a boogy, as opposed to tension filled, semi rage celebrations. Footballers forget they are playing and playing is fun! They are supposed to enjoy themselves – one of the 7 Pillars of Sportsmanship. We, The Great Sportsmanship Programme, collect goal celebrations – you can watch some of best World Cup goal celebrations from years gone by here (including Roger Miller’s famous samba)  that’s Cameroon’s Roger Miller  – whose age no one ever knew – including himself (but we think he was 40 or 42 when he did his last samba dance in a World Cup Finals.

Football 3

22 Year Old Columbian Revelation Triggers Best Team Celebration

Fast forward to the knock-out stages and more unbridled joy – goal celebrations. We have scientific proof from Notre Dame University one of the world’s great sports universities) that sportsmanship, and in particular remembering to enjoy your sport actually boosts performance. So when the young Colombian revelation, James Rodriguez scored an absolutely sensational goal against Uruguay, his team mates shared the joy – unbridled joy with a little team dance.  Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on 28th June to move into the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst having some fun.

Animated Mexican Manager Miguel Shares Passion & Love

And then came the Mexicans. They brought even more joy & fun to the World Cup. Miguel Herrera won a lot of hearts, with his animated passion inspiring his team to great football. Camera’s caught him gingerly celebrating (not!) Mexican goals. In fact his players regularly ran to him and hugged him, some even lept onto him knocking him to the floor. 1-0 up against Holland and with just two minutes to go Mexico were about to deliver a major World Cup shock until an 88th minute goal followed by a 90th minute penalty destroyed the Mexican dream on 29 June. However, Herrera might be manager of the tournament….as he nurtured a team of relative nobodies into a serious World Cup threat who also openly enjoyed their football. He’ll be remembered fondly as he ‘illuminated the World Cup with his touchline passion’. See 16 reasons (photos and videos) Miguel Herrera had already won the World Cup (of our hearts).

World Cup FIFA

German American & Belgian Reveal Real Friendship

Managers Are Leaders By Definition. They are also role models.  So when they display friendship with the opposition it helps the game.  During the last 16 knock-out match between USA v Belgium 1st July opposition managers embraced before during & after.  What a great game.120+ minutes of intense WorldCup battle for a place in the 1/4 Finals. And all the time US Manager Jürgen Klinsmann & Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots behaved like old friends – embracing each other at the end of the epic battle, at half time and at the start of the game.

Brazilian Respect For Columbian Revelation

4 July Quarter Finals between Columbia and Brazil. A moment Of Respect when the Columbian World Cup Revelation James Rodriguez was in tears after losing 2-1. Brazil’s David Luiz saw this, went to him, consoled him, swapped shirts, and then with an arm around the young Rodriguez, turned to the fans & encouraged them to clap Rodriguez off the pitch. Luiz also stood and applauded Rodriguez as he walked down the tunnel & out of this World Cup. See this sportsmanship in action.

Fair Play & Respect During Intense Argentina v Holland Semi-Final 

During the intensity of a World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and Holland, last Wednesday (9 July)  there was a lovely moment of respect. In the dying moments (85 mins) and with the score delicately balanced at 0-0 and where, just one mistake, or one moment of genius will determine who goes into the World Cup Final, the Dutch Destroyer, Arjen Robben, the flying winger/roaming striker, was tackled by the big Argentinian Defender, Martín Demichelis right on his own line. Both players stood up, shook hands & played on.

Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football  

Part 2 shows how Brazilian fans, football and the brotherhood of football is the real long term winner.

World Cup Wembley Fair Play

Also see how these games will be remembered in hundreds of years time – see how a truly great German footballer feels that although he lost a World Cup final in controversial circumstances, he thinks almost 50 years later, that the opposition, England, deserved to win because they were the better team.

Paul CONCACAF

 

You can listen to  all these stories, and more, on  my BBC Radio London Best World Cup 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

 

You can also see the best World Cup celebrations from previous years and How Football Helped Apartheid Victims To Survive In Prison: ‘We Knew we Were Part Of The Football Universe‘.

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Part 2 of the Best World Cup 2014  Sportsmanship Moments For more stories about the brilliant Brazilian fans (and others) read Part 2/2.

 

Partner link: Great Fans – Wenger Stops TV Commentators so French Can hear Irish Sing

4-0 down and with a few minutes left , the stadium in Gdansk is filled with the sound of 25,000 Irish fans singing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ with the Spanish fans clapping in rhythm. The World Champions  coach, Vincente del Bosque, said afterwards: “I thought (with) that the Irish fans and players showed us what the game is really about.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, working as a French TV pundit, Arsene Wenger  asked  the commentators to stop talking so that viewers could hear the Irish singing.  You can listen and watch and listen to the fans and see why it was such a special moment.

 

Despite losing 4-0, Irish fans sing their hearts out

Irish manager, Trapattoni, applauded  the world champion’s silky football skills by saying they played “like an orchestra” . He went on to say that “They (the fans) cheered us through the most difficult part of the game and I am really thankful for that.”  Irish players talked about their disappointment of losing heavily but also their amazement and appreciation of the fans who supported them to the bitter end.

Irish fans have ‘previous form’ whether singing, baying as sheep or showing silent respect  as recorded brilliantly by Kiwi writer, Martin Moodie, Munster Fans Collagewho in 2008 was taken aback by the respectful silence which Munster rugby fans gave to the All Blacks goal kicker – ‘you could hear a dog bark in a distant street’ he said.

Or in Milan, during World Cup 1990, when  thousands of Irish football fans, waiting in the mid-morning heat hoping to buy unexpected quarter final tickets (against Italy) – were penned inside large steel fencing and surrounded by police with dogs, batons, guns and tear gas. One fan made a sheep noise. “Baaaghhh”. A police dog reacted and barked viciously. Another fan went  “baaaghhh”, followed by a few dozen more, then a hundred . The dogs went crazy. Police nervously tried to control the dogs. Several thousand penned fans were “baaaghhing” and the dogs were going ballistic. Finally the police captain saw the funny side and ordered his men to take the dogs away, realising the harmless good humour of thousands of Irish fans pretending to be sheep penned in.

Or Irish fans dancing with a French band, or even trying their best to sing the French national anthem with the French (without knowing all the words).  Angela Merkel thinks we're at workAnd back to the class of 2012 football fans.

The ‘Angela Merkel Thinks We’re Working’ flag says it all. Despite very tough economic times, austerity measures, the brotherhood of football knows no bounds nor does its humour!

Brazilian fans like to dance as do African fans, not to mention West Indian fans who create a cricket carnival atmosphere, and Dubai’s Al Nasr fans, as I discovered, like to sing (one song went on for 18 minutes!), While Scottish fans (notably ‘Ally’s Army”) were welcomed everywhere -  in fact some went to Argentina in 1978 and never came back , the locals loved them so much – several Scottish fans stayed, settled down and never looked back!
Montage 3 with UAE fans
It seems all of these fans have fun, celebrate sport and perpetuate the brotherhood of sport. Long may it continue.  We salute great sportsmanship from great fans.

Partner link: “If one day I score, I’d be so happy that I’d fly.”

“We’ll score when we grow old.”

These are just some of the magical quotes from a Spanish football team of 5 and 6-year olds who have never won a game and never scored a goal, but are arguably, the essence of sportsmanship. Well done to them and their coaches and parents. Sit back and enjoy this truly amazing little film.

This post is partly in response to a challenging article written by James Causey of the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal , called Sport Without Justice.  He despairs at the disgusting incidents from youth sports.  Combine this with bounty payments paid by professional clubs for injuring players – and it all paints a bleak picture.

However the wonderful video above demonstrates the essence of great sportsmanship. Sit back and enjoy. Move over thugs, here comes sportsmanship at its purest.

 

Note 1: Mr Messi’s Masterclass in Sportsmanship (video) – interesting that he plays for a Spanish team too!

Note 2:  l’equip petit video by el cangrejo