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Does a more aggressive style of play correlate with more success in football?

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While aggression is largely seen as a negative trait, some sports psychologists agree that hostility can improve an individual’s performance. If players use aggression recklessly during a game, it will undoubtedly hurt their performance, but if this aggression is controlled, it can help them play more competently. It has been said that football tends to be one of the more socially acceptable channels for aggression. Still, professionals must learn the difference between controlled aggression and violence and transfer that knowledge to their game.

Aggression shows Character

Managers often praise their players for being aggressive during football matches, reflecting how much they care about their team winning. For example, José Mourinho has previously praised Chelsea striker Diego Costa for his aggressive style of play, stating that these qualities and mannerisms are what Chelsea needed to win the Premier League in 2014/15. 

A player showing aggression to win a match or a cup is good. Aggression helps one to hold that “never give up” mentality; it feeds one’s hunger for success and somewhat drives an individual or a team to glory. Aggression keeps one in the right mindset to fight until the last minute, the last whistle. And if you are familiar with “the beautiful game”, you know how important that is. 

However, this is not to be confused with playing with anger or the reckless abandon that Diego Costa is now often accused of. Aggression must be limited within the rules of the game. There is a big difference between aggressive and foul play, and fans, pundits, and referees can certainly tell the difference. 

However, as far as players are concerned, it’s hard to imagine as the red mist falls. When players are told to be more aggressive, it sometimes results in them committing more fouls because they don’t understand what it means to play aggressively and instead interpret the instructions to play dirty.

Controlled aggression can be beneficial

When examining sports aggression, there are subtle yet very important differences between what sports psychologists consider healthy and appropriate versus what is unnecessary and potentially dangerous. An athlete who throws a hard punch after the whistle shows unhealthy aggression. 

Although the aggression may not be dangerous, it goes beyond the rules and manifests frustration, not fair play, and sound strategy. When it comes to aggression, intent matters. Especially regarding safety, integrity, and sportsmanship in sports.

The Punters Page official site says if players are taught by their professional coaches and managers how to maintain a controlled aggressiveness on the field, it will allow them to play better by making contact with other players in a controlled manner without fear. Being aggressive in football is a desirable quality in a player, especially in the English Premier League. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovi? once said that, according to him, when he’s angry in the field, he plays better. If people say he is aggressive, it stimulates him because he will be more aggressive. If people say he shouts a lot, he will shout even more. All this stimulates and drives him to play even better, and we have the incredible results in front of us as proof.  

 

Aggression is often Dangerous

Although there are a lot of debates going on about whether aggression is good for players, it is better to believe it is not. Whenever a player shows a sign of aggression, either that player or their opponent is getting hurt, or maybe the opposition tends to play in fear which eventually turns into frustration, and they backfire with aggression too. 

Aggression has ended the careers of many players, many legends, and many who could have been, as we all know. A severe injury breaks the backbone of any player’s mentality and destroys or limits their physical abilities. 

Aggression without proper disposal is self-destructive

While controlled aggression helps in certain game circumstances, it is also important to control your emotions and not get too frustrated, which could lead to dangerous attacks, arguing with referees’ decisions, and subsequent bookings. Even if a referee doesn’t record an incident, you can risk a post-match citation and ejection as officials try harder than ever to keep violent acts out of football. 

Luis Suárez is another example of someone who doesn’t know how to express his frustration. From three separate cases, we can see that Suárez has a particular taste for controversial and truly human flesh. Any opponent against Suárez knows they could be facing a situation you’d normally find in a petting zoo. 

When you see footballers getting aggressive in the face of the referee, do you see the need to ensure that the aggression is controlled and focused on the match itself rather than showing disrespect to the referee where any aggression towards the referee is immediately punished? This is not to discourage aggression but to ensure it is directed at the right areas. The referee is unlikely to change his mind about the decision, so footballers are better off using their obvious aggression against the opposition.

Final Thoughts

Aggression is an integral part of football. Thus, a modern study suggests that information regarding people’s beliefs and aggression about game outcomes, has an impact on maximizing participation in soccer and karate. However, it is essential that young professional sportsmen and women understand the difference between controlled aggression and violence. In a modern game where players are thrown to the ground at the slightest touch, they need to control their aggression more than ever. 

It would be interesting to see how many red cards former players like Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira would receive in the modern Premier League game. Players must adapt to this current state, or they will spend more time on the sidelines than on the field.

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Okowa Lauds Athletes Ahead Olympics Trials

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President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Tonobok Okowa, has once again mandated all athletes looking to represent the country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to attend the Nigerian Trials, which hold from June 16 to 18 inside the main bowl of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City.
Making his stance clear in Monday’s release by the athletics body, Okowa commended the athletes for their determination to qualify for the Olympics.
He said, “The athletes have shown commitment, determination, and desire to succeed in their careers by picking Olympic qualifications. They deserve our collective appreciation.”
He added, “The athletes would be picked in accordance with their performances at the trials because it would largely determine who goes to Paris for the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli, says the state is waiting to welcome athletes for the trials.
He said, “We are the hosts of the national trials, and athletes and spectators are welcome.”
The trials are expected to throw up the best of Nigeria’s athletes based at home and abroad for the Olympic Games in Paris in July.

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Emerging Star Eyes Olympics Place For Nigeria

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Nigerian track and field star, Favour Ofili, has set her sights on the upcoming national Olympics trials after she pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100m at the New York Grand Prix, defeating a stellar field that included Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica last Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked a season-best 11.18secs to take the win, America’s Morolake Akinosun was second in 11.20secs while her compatriot Aleia Hobbs ended in third place in 11.21secs.Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympics 100m and 200m gold medalist, could only manage ninth place in 11.48secs as she continues to search for her best form this season.
“Just like practice, stay calm and just go, finish your transition because that’s the issue, and whatever happens will happen. I wanted to get the standard here and I give God glory for the win,” Ofili told Tidesports source after the race.
“For the trials, stay calm and just do what I know how to do, go back and do some training before I go back home for the national trials.”
The Olympic trials are scheduled to hold in Benin City, Edo State from June 16 to 18. The trials will serve as the selection of the nation’s athletes for both the Senior Africa Athletics Championships, holding between June 21 and 28 in Douala, Cameroon and the Paris 2024 Olympics, which hold from July 26 to August 11.

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Olympic Day Celebrations Hold June 29

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The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), at the weekend, said the annual Olympic Day celebrations would be held on June 29 across the country.
The Olympic Day is a global event that commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, founded by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894.
Speaking with news men, the Secretary-General of the NOC, Babatunde Popoola, said this year’s celebration holds special significance as it precedes the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
It’s where Nigerian athletes will compete and inspire the world with their achievements.
“Olympic Day is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of the Olympic Games in their own communities.
“It is an ideal platform to highlight the benefits of physical activity and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect,” Popoola said.
Popoola said that NOC had received positive responses from various states and stakeholders, and preparations were well underway for the nationwide celebration.
He added that no fewer than 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory have indicated their plans to organise activities for the event.
The states are: Abia; Anambra; Bayelsa; Delta; Edo; Enugu; Ebonyi; Lagos; Kogi; Gombe; Jigawa; Kebbi; Kano; Kwara; Taraba; Imo; Ondo; Plateau; Rivers; Nasarawa and Osun
Also speaking, the Chairman of the NOC Sport For All Commission, Abdul Ibrahim, said that Olympic Day was a special day to come together, move together, and learn about the Olympic values.
“We encourage everyone to participate and experience the joy that only sport can bring,” he said.
According to him, a series of activities have been lined up in Lagos, with fitness clubs at the National Stadium Complex and the general public gearing up to take part in the global event.
“The celebration will conclude with the presentation of diplomas signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel and other dignitaries will officially flag off the event in Abuja,” he added.

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