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What a game of football can teach the world
“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” – Lewis Grizzard
The latest edition of FIFA World Cup 2014 has been a rollercoaster ride for the participating teams and the fans alike. From exhilarating victories to heart-breaking defeats, emergence of the new heroes to the agony of being vanquished, the World Cup has given us several inspirational stories.
In these stories, lie the seed of powerful life lessons. Stories of resilience, sacrifice, humility and sportsmanship. To bring alive these stories, we ran a special series over the past 30 days called the Rise Heroes. We spoke about footballers, Indian and international, who made the world sit up and take notice.
So from bold Indian footballers like Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami (who won football club Mohun Bagan 10 Calcutta Leagues and six Durand Cups) and Jarnail Singh Dhillon,(whose head injury didn’t stop him from leading India to win their maiden gold in the 1962 Asiad) to the gutsy international footballers like Lionel Messi (he never let his growth hormone deficiency come in the way of his command of the game) and Miroslav Klose, (the highest ever goal scorer in the World Cup) – there were several powerful stories to draw inspiration from.
Take a look at these Rise Stories here:
With the end of this edition, here are some of our favourite Rise Moments from World Cup 2014:
Boldness. Confidence. Relentless Optimism: How Iran tested Argentina
One of the most inspirational David vs Goliath moments of this World Cup was the fight that Iran put up with their brilliant defence against Argentina. It was only in extra time that Argentina captain, Lionel Messi was able to score the lone goal, thus leading his team to victory. On that night, Iran may have lost but won the respect of their opponents and everyone’s hearts with their spirit.
Accepting no Limits: The emergence of Tim Howard
The United States does not have the strongest record in soccer. However, their team saw a hero rise in goalkeeper Tim Howard, who made a record 16 saves in their match against Belgium.
Thinking Bigger Than Their Size: How Costa Rica managed to upset the order
Costa Rica, assigned to Group D, or the Group of ‘Death’ as it come to be known, surprised everyone by making it to the last 16 for the first time in over two decades. They scored only one goal in their knockout match against Italy. But that lone goal (an exceptional header by Bryan Ruiz) sent two stalwarts – Italy and England – out of the Cup! That was Costa Rica’s moment to shine.
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