“Deserving to Win”


While I am not the biggest soccer fan, I really enjoyed the article linked below as it details the work of Mexico’s “mental coach” Imanol Ibarrondo. Mexico plays Sweden today with a chance to advance to the second stage of the World Cup. Between explaining what it means when Ibbarondo talks to the team about “deserving to win” or detailing Ibbarondo’s day-to-day functioning within the coaching staff, The article dives into Ibbarondo’s role and discusses many of his key teaching concepts.

“Winning doesn’t depend on you. It also depends on the opposition,” said Ibarrondo. “If you only focus on winning, it may generate a lot of anxiety and anguish but deserving to win depends 100 percent on you. To deserve means transforming yourself into a person or team that deserves to win. That is 100 percent focused on the performance and work of everyone and I believe that gives you confidence, security and strength.”

Mexico Wages a Psychological Battle Against Its World Cup Demons

Mexico’s ‘mental coach’ helped inspire famous victory over Germany

For more on the World Cup:
-A Coaching Culture: Five Argentines are leading teams at the World Cup in Russia this summer (LINK)
-Interview with Mick McDermott, coach with the Iran National Team (LINK)
-What’s wrong with Argentina? We now value ‘balls’ more than talent (LINK)
-He’s Got a Winning Record. So Why Do Mexican Fans Want the Coach Fired? (LINK)

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