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What did FIFA 2010 teach us?

fifa2010logo0gl26 First the obvious. This is the first world cup final in recent history without Argentina, Italy, Brazil or Germany. True, overconfidence is the secret to failure.

Spain lost their opening game to Switzerland, while the Dutch didn’t lose a match, except the finals. Despite starting on the wrong foot or failing once in a while, you can still be the champion.

Infighting and egos never win matches. Ask England, France and Italy. Sports like our business are about team dynamics. Great teamwork is imperative for the win.

On the other hand, heroics matter. While process and methods among others are essential, it does take individuals (highly talented one) to finally win.

Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were World Cup flops. Between the three, they managed to score just one goal! Sometimes, the finest players fail miserably. Everyone has bad days. The need is to reflect, realize and reorganize for the next event.

Andrés Iniesta from Spain scored the winning goal. He had scored only one goal in the previous matches. Yet, he is a hero. To be the right man at the right time at the right place requires a little luck and a lot of hard work. fifa-2010

Diego Forlan, Wesley Sneijder and Thomas Mueller, previously unrecognizable beyond their country boundaries are international superstars today. New stars replace the old and fading ones. It’s way of life.

Small things matter. Sometimes the distance between you and victory is just an inch. That’s all that Ghana needed to pull through.Unfortunately, they missed it.

All strategies need constant tweaks to achieve targets. Always have a Plan B. England didn’t have one and suffered the worst-ever defeat.

This is more than a game; it’s about pride – for the nation and personally.  Regardless of who you are cheering for, you need to have a blast. So, go crazy on a vuvuzela, body paint and colourful wigs.

Finally, it’s amazing and faintly frustrating that an eight-legged octopus understands the game better than the most. Strong convictions precede great actions.