The Magic Of The F.A. Cup
How To Slay A Giant....
In the last decade or so, football has grown into one of the most, if not, the most lucrative sport in the world. Billions of pounds are spent on broadcasting rights, millions of pounds are spent on players to endorse brands from around the world and it won’t be long before we see the first £100 million pound player. Many people say that the romance in football is dead and gone and has been for many years.
I believe that couldn’t be further from the truth and in the early part of the year, the world’s oldest cup competition comes to life. Since its inception in 1871, the FA Cup has had a special place in English football. January sees the beginning of the third round ties where the giants enter the fray. It sets the scene for battles of David vs Goliath. Over the years, some of the biggest and the most decorated football clubs have fallen to some of the games smallest clubs. Wrexham downed the champions, Arsenal, in 1992. Wimbledon beat Liverpool in 1988. Most recently, Wigan snatched the cup out of Manchester City’s grasp with a last minute winner in 2013.
This past weekend saw champions Leicester beaten by a team two leagues below them. But what is it that allows a team to stand in the face of adversity and come out on the other side as winners? First things first, is work rate. They are willing to put their bodies on the line for as long as it takes to get the job done and to achieve their aim. Yet many of us fail to translate that into our own lifestyles. We give up easily on things we want to achieve, complete or the things that we desire. By staying the course that little longer could be the difference between winning and losing. Try using that same work rate that these teams show in your own life.
Most of all is a belief that they can beat whatever is put in front of them. Some of the world’s best players are in direct opposition but that doesn’t deter them. They don’t shy away from difficulty. They have belief in the knowledge that they are good enough to win and that they will win. With both the work ethic and belief, anything can be achieved. That is proven year upon year in the FA Cup.
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