9 of the strangest pre-match rituals
September 21, 2016
Whether you’re top of the pack in the football world, or bottom of the food chain, you can still have a weird superstition that you ‘feel’ gives you an extra edge.
It might be calling your nan before kick-off, or going out on a mad bender the night before matchday. Whatever it is, these professional players who were/are at the top of their game, have some pretty strange habits…
Not exactly one to look up to. But, when Toure was part of 'The Invincibles', people might have followed suit of the defender's routine.
Kolo HAS to be the last player to leave the dressing room, in fear that it might bugger up his current form that much more.
Laurent Blanc & Fabien Barthez
We love this one. During the '98 World Cup, French defender, Laurent Blanc kissed Barthez head before every game.
Leighton Baines opts to walk onto the field, un-tie his shoelaces, and then re-tie the laces.
English icon, and legend of the game.
To be as good as Bobby, you've got be the last person to get dressed. The West Ham captain would always be the final player to get his kit on.
Ever wondered what the German is up to before kick-off? You know, when the Arsenal man looks like he's 350 pages deep into Harry Potter?
Well, he's reciting the Quran. If that's helping the No.11 create mad assists, maybe I should start picking up the religious book once in a while.
Personal favourite. Renegade footballer, Malvin Kamara, used to settle into the film, Willy Wonka, before every game.
The Wimbledon midfielder was rightly so, very specific with his preferred version. Opting for the original over that crappy version led by Johnny Depp.
Copy + paste defence
The backline for Italy was known for it's constant displays of successful defending, and over time it turned into something of a brick wall.
That has not translated over to London for Conte and he needs to work out what he wants to do with his defence, because he can't just copy and paste the same ideas and expect them to work every time.
This is a different set of players, and he needs to be aware of that.
What a clinical finisher the Italian was.
Secret? Eat children's biscuits. The AC Milan man would save two before every game, knock them back, and suddenly have a built-in radar to where the goal is.
Recently labelled as better than Cristiano Ronaldo by Luis Figo.
Eusebio was one of the game's finest. And the Portuguese man achieved this all by having a lucky coin in his boot. The Benfica man carried this tradition on in retirement, by just storing a coin when out-and-about.