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Victory Songs

It is true that one of the most important things about sport is the taking part. However, nothing really quite beats the feelings of adulation, joy and team unity that a victory, no matter how important to your season, can bring. This victory song playlist will make sure that your victories taste even sweeter!

 

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Recovery Records

Whether it’s from a heavy night of celebrations or the physical exertion you put into the game the day before, recovery both mentally and physically are central parts of your sporting life and will allow you to perform to the highest standard in your role as captain. To aid you in this process we have compiled our ‘Recovery Records’ for you to listen to!

 

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Pre-Match Music

The most crucial period of your mental preparation for a game comes in the final hour or so before it begins. You need to make sure that as soon as you walk out of that dressing room, you are ready for battle. This pre-match playlist will enable you to get in the correct state of mind for any contest!
 

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Coach Classics

When making a journey to a game, no matter how long or short, you want to ensure that as soon as you get off that coach you and your teams minds are focused purely on the game and task in hand. These coach classics will make sure that this is the case!
 

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A Job well done

Biography

Born on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption, Steve Jobs became the founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. An immensely successful company that has dictated the evolution of modern technology, he has played a vital role in the creation of groundbreaking devices such as the i-Pod, i-Phone an i-Pad.

Name: Steven Paul Jobs
Born: 24/02/1955
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States
Education: Cupertino Junior High, Homestead High School, Reed College in Portland, Oregon (dropped out after 6 months).
Family: Laurene Powell (wife) and four children (Lisa, Reed, Erin and Eve)
Roles: Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Co-founder and CEO of Pixar, founder and CEO of NeXT Inc. And board member of The Walt Disney Company
Religion: Zen Buddhism
Creations: iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad

What made Jobs a great leader?

Passion
Great leaders love what they do and Jobs loved Apple and was incredibly passionate about the products Apple created. His passion, energy and force of personality enthused those around him and fuelled the creation of brilliant products which have lead Apple to become one of the world’s biggest companies.

Accountability
During his time as the Apple CEO, Jobs created a culture of accountability.  All projects had a DRI – Directly Responsible Individual. This resulted in complete clarity in the company because everyone knew who was responsible for each project. It also meant that people could take the credit for overseeing projects successfully.

Excellence
Having high standards is a pre-requisite for sustained success.  Jobs did not settle for anything less than excellence in everything that Apple did under his leadership - “one must be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

Focus
A feature of Jobs’ leadership was focus.  He passionately believed that Apple could only do a small number of things incredibly well. When Jobs’ returned as Apple CEO in 1997, he cancelled dozens of projects and focused all of the company’s energy on offering customers 4 amazing products. Jobs’ showed excellent judgement over which ideas to pursue and which ideas to disregard.
“We tend to focus much more. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of many of the things we haven't done as the things we have done.”

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The search for success

Biography

A computer scientist and internet entrepreneur, Larry Page has created the world’s largest search engine as a co-founder and current CEO of Google.  At the age of 39 he is one of the richest men in the world after developing a mere dissertation project from University into the most frequently used search engine on the world-wide web.

Born: March 26, 1973
Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Residence: Palo Alto, California, United States
Education: Okemos Montessori School, East Lansing High School, University of Michigan and Stanford University
Family: Married with one child
Occupation: Computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of Google Inc.
Achievements: CEO of Google the world’s biggest search engine, self-made billionaire, Marconi Foundation prize, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2009. As of October 2012, Page was rated the 27th richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion.
Other interests: active investor in alternative energy companies, committed to renewable energy technology.
 

What makes Page a brilliant leader?

Think Big!
As Google CEO, Page continually encourages his team to cultivate new, audacious and expansive ideas and tackle big problems. His brilliant idea for Google’s search engine came to him in a dream about downloading the entire web and keeping the links.  “Have a healthy disregard for the impossible"

Appreciating the power of people
Great Leaders focus on items that are integral to an organisation’s success. Page recognised that to develop a great company you need to recruit great people. Google hired over 8,000 new staff between 1998 -2008. Page was personally involved in every new hire!

Seizing the moment
Page represents a leader with a clear goal– to make Google the world's largest and most popular search engine. Those who become part of his team become an integral part of this mission; ‘Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming…when a really great dream shows up, grab it.’

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inspiring a nation

Biography

Winston Churchill is regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the twentieth century after leading Great Britain during the Second World War. After roles in the military, as a journalist and as a politician, He became British Prime Minister for the first time in 1940 and inspired a nation during incredibly difficult times. A wonderful speaker, astute decision-maker and with an unwaveringly resolute character, Churchill is often perceived as one of the greatest leaders to have ever existed.

Name: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Life: November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965
Place of Birth: Oxfordshire, England
Education: Harrow School
Family: Married, four children
Roles: Member of Parliament, statesman, soldier, journalist, historian, author, painter and British Prime Minister
Time in Office: 1940-45 and 1951-55
Achievements: Survived the Front Line in the First World War, hugely inspirational in leading Britain through the Second World War, elected to Parliament at only 25 and awarded various medals for his military service

What made Churchill a brilliant leader?

Determination
Churchill never lost his belief in himself and his nation. He never doubted that Britain would emerge victorious, having an unerring determination to lead his country to victory; ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’

Inspirational speaker
Churchill regularly inspired others through powerful speeches. He kept moral high, convinced the nation that Britain would never give in and showed himself as a symbol of the great resistance to the enemy. In a rousing, heartfelt speech in the House of Commons in 1940, he illustrated this excellent quality, ‘we shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.’

Positive
In the face of adversity, you need your leader to rally the troops and keep them going.   Churchill was the master of this due to his optimistic character, ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’

Judgement
Churchill consistently showed great judgement, an essential quality of a good leader. He vociferously opposed the appeasement of Hitler’s Germany and played a central role in the United States’ intervention in World War II.

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Rags to Riches

Biography

Andrew Carnegie was the richest man in the world when he sold his steel businesses to J.P. Morgan for $480 million in 1901. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1835, Carnegie & his family emigrated to the USA when he was just 13. Despite growing up in poverty, having limited education and initially working for very little in a factory, Carnegie established the ‘Carnegie Steel Company’ that revolutionised the steel industry and is still referred to as ‘one of the builders of America.’  From very little he came to dominate the industry, building his success upon the character traits that made him such a great leader.

Name: Andrew Carnegie
Born: November 25, 1835
Died: August 11, 1919
Place of Birth: Dunfermline, Scotland (emigrated to USA aged 13)
Education: little formal education, but Carnegie was a voracious reader.
Family: Wife named Louise Whitfield and one child named Margaret Miller
Roles: factory worker, telegraph messenger, telegraphs operator, business owner and philanthropist
Achievements: The Carnegie Steel Company, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the founder of 2,800 libraries, schools, universities and leisure centres. 

What made Carnegie a great leader?

Desire
An important facet of supreme leadership and sustained success is the ability to never let your desire for success to diminish and to maintain your passion for the job. Carnegie persevered to expand and enhance his steel business and dedicated much of his time towards it. It was this inner desire that allowed his company to dominate the American steel industry, ‘people who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.’

Seizing Opportunities
Part of being a great leader is having the ability and the judgement to spot an opportunity, grasp it and rouse those around you to follow suit. Carnegie was a master of this. He made several brilliant investments, such as in rail-road related industries, which enabled the Carnegie Steel Corporation to emerge by end of the 19th century as the largest and most profitable of its kind in the world.

Work Ethic
Carnegie represents how continual hard-work can bring success. Despite having little education and modest beginnings working in a factory , he rose to prominence quickly and eventually went on to form the Carnegie Steel Company and became the individual that controlled the largest iron and steel operations in the United States.  As a leader you can set a fine example to your team and motivate them to follow your lead by working incredibly hard, ‘most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.’

Innovative
There will be occasions when your leadership will require you to implement new ideas and sometimes step out of your comfort zone. Carnegie was a pioneering leader who was not afraid to try new things in order to ultimately achieve success; for example he built plants around the country, using new technology and methods for a more productive process of steel manufacturing that revolutionised the industry.

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Leading from the front

Graeme Smith is undoubtedly one of the most successful cricketing captains of all time. After making his test and one day international debuts against Australia in 2002 he has amassed 8,624 runs in 187 test matches, nearly 7,000 in one day internationals and almost 1,000 runs in a mere 33 games in the Twenty20 form of the game. At his current age of 31, there remains the potential for further success for arguably South Africa’s greatest ever captain and opening batsman. His achievements with the bat are combined with the leadership qualities that emerged after he became his nation’s youngest ever captain at the tender age of 22 in 2003. Guiding a huge cricketing nation to various triumphs whilst consistently maintaining a high level of performance with the bat, in the field and (occasionally) with the ball have allowed him to emerge as one of the finest cricketers to have ever graced the game.

Various teams have experienced his talents and leadership qualities during a domestic career with the likes of Hampshire, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Somerset, Western Province and Surrey. Smith is a tactically astute captain with great judgement, knowing when to use a certain bowler and supports them with intelligent field placings. His relationship with his players and the loyalty he gives to them only enhances his leadership. He remains calm and focused under pressure, allowing his vast experience to rub off onto his players.

His achievements as captain are evident – he scored back-to-back centuries on the 2003 tour of England including a national record 277 and scored three consecutive centuries in the West Indies, becoming the first captain since 1977 to finish a Caribbean tour undefeated. He additionally captained South Africa to their first Test series win in England since readmission and then led this impressive group of players to a famous 2-1 win in Australia - the Aussies first home series defeat since 1992/3. He has since established South Africa as the world’s number one ranked test match side. The Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2004’s batting averages speak for themselves - 49.29 for test matches including 26 centuries and 36 half-centuries and 38.53 for ODI’s including 46 half-centuries and 9 centuries.

Captaining a national cricketing side against the world’s best in the most intense environments is hard enough; doing it whilst upholding such a high level of performance is something else. Smith therefore stands alongside crickets very best.

The life of Graeme Smith

VITAL STATISTICS

Born: February 1, 1981
Place of birth: Johannesburg, South Africa
School: King Edward VII School, Johannesburg
Height: 1.91m
Nickname: Biff
Marital status: Married
Current residence: Cape Town, South Africa
Playing role: Opening batsman, left-hand bat. Bowling, right-arm off-break. Specialist slip fielder
Test debut: v Australia at Cape Town, March 2002
ODI debut: v Australia at Bloemfontein, March 2002

INTERESTING FACTS
Favourite place to visit: Austria
Car: BMW X6
Hobbies: Family time, going out with friends, movies, reading and playing golf
Favourite gadget: Blackberry

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England’s ‘Golden Girl’

Charlotte Edwards, captain of the women’s England cricket team and the defending world champions, embodies all the characteristics needed for a captain. An inspiring figure on and off the field, she is one of the great ambassadors of the growing women’s game.

The 2008 ICC Woman’s player of the year led England to World Cup victory in Australia in 2009 and in the same year captained the side to victory at Lords at the World Twenty20 championship, scoring 139 runs in the tournament, the third highest total of any player. Her achievements that year and her role in undoubtedly the most successful period in the English Women’s game were recognised when she was awarded an MBE for her services to cricket. Her performances with bat and ball, on top of her notable leadership qualities, have been an important factor in both England’s continuing success and the increasing popularity of the women’s game.

In 1995 she became the youngest player to ever play for England at 16 and at the mere age of 17 she scored a then-record ODI score of 173 in a World Cup game against Ireland. A year later, she scored her maiden Test hundred against India. She has scored over 1500 runs in both Twenty 20s and in Tests, for which her average is a staggering 49.09. During the 2013 World Cup she also become the leading run-scorer in ODI’s when she reached 4,901 runs. She played her 100th One-Day International on tour in Australia and led her team to victory in the one-off Test match at Bowral to retain the Ashes. In 2010 she won her 142nd One Day International cap against Sri Lanka, an appearance that gave her the record number of ODI appearances. Her bowling figures are equally impressive, taking a total of 75 wickets in all forms of the game.

An unerring desire for improvement and success underscores her successful captaincies of England and her county side Kent and placed her at the fulcrum of English women’s cricket’s finest era. Off the field many hours are put in to training and conditioning, whilst she also works for the ‘Chance to Shine’ Charity which focuses on coaching cricket for girls in schools as part of a life devoted to playing and promoting cricket.

Edward’s is a top class cricketer and captain who excels under the pressure of the captaincy, performing well in all forms of the game.  Yet, she also plays a significant role in furthering interest in the women’s game and is a role model for aspiring young female cricketers. With the 2013 World Cup in India now underway and the popularity and coverage of the women’s game greater than ever, it is the perfect time to emphasise the achievements and character of this special cricketer, captain and sportswoman.

‘Edward’s is a credit to women’s cricket globally, a wonderful cricketer and a superb role model for girls who aspire to play for their country.’

(Clare Connor, the England and Wales Cricket Board's Head of Women's Cricket)


The life of Charlotte Edwards

VITAL STATISTICS

Born: December 17, 1979
Place of birth: Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Education: Ramsey Abbey, Huntingdon
Height: 1m 74cm
Weight: 10st 5 
Nickname: Lottie
Playing role: Right-hand bat, Legbreak bowler
Test Debut: v New Zealand at Guildford, July 1996
ODI Debut: v South Africa at Bristol, August1997
T20 Debut: v New Zealand at Hove, Aug 2004
Achievements - 2008 ICC Woman’s player of the year, 2009 Wold Cup winning captain, MBE, 2009 T20 winning captain, first woman to join the MCC world cricket committee, 2012 England women's player of the year

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Brain over Brawn

‘I don't see the point in doing anything unless you try to do it the very best that you can.’

These are the words of Bernhard Langer, the two times Masters Champion and the captain of the victorious European Ryder Cup side of 2004 that inflicted the USA’s worst ever defeat since the competition started in 1927. Langer transferred the qualities which enabled him to play at the highest level for many years, such as his attention to detail, focus and will to win, to arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world of sport – captaining the European Ryder Cup team on American soil. The great success of this side was testimony to its leader – they won the competition by a margin of 18½ to 9½ points, the largest by a European team in the history of the event.

His abilities as a leader and motivator appeared most prominently during the team meeting the night before the final days play, when this normally reserved character delivered a momentous and passionate speech that inspired his players to outclass their American opponents and silence the thousands of American supporters, “Tomorrow, we f***ing bury them!” Langer had great judgement and was able to get into the minds of his players. His mental fortitude and ability to turn adversity into triumph have never been in question and contributed to his aptitude as an inspiring figure. This mental strength is evident in how Langer had for many years carried the burden of knowing he had missed the decisive put during the 1991 Ryder Cup that lead to victory for the USA.

Langer has had a magnificent career of longevity and success since turning pro in 1972, with three PGA tour victories and forty career wins on the European tour (the second highest in history). He was also the inaugural world number one when the official world rankings were introduced in 1986 and was elected to the ‘World Golf Hall of Fame’ in 2002. Langer has made ten appearances in The Ryder Cup, just one behind Nick Faldo's record. He has played on five winning teams in 1985, 1987, 1995, 1997 and 2002 and his individual contribution is exceptional - from a total of 42 ties, Langer has won 21, halved six and lost 15. Yet, throughout this he has had to contend with a twitch from which he always emerged stronger than ever. He is one of only a handful of players to have won sanctioned professional tournaments on every continent on which the game is played: Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australia. In 2006, in recognition of his contribution to the sport, he was made an OBE.

With great judgement, experience, focus, commitment and the ability to get the best out of his players, Langer represented all that you would want in a captain. These qualities enabled him to bring the trophy back to Europe in spectacular fashion. He may not have been the most outspoken and domineering of captains, yet he symbolises a leader who achieved success through an unerring determination to get the job done and leave no stone unturned in the search for perfection.

The life of Bernhard Langer (OBE)

VITAL STATISTICS

Born: August 27, 1957
Place of birth: Augsburg, Germany
Height: 1.74m
Weight: 74kg
Marital Status: married to his American wife Vikki Carol since 1984. They have four children: Jackie, Stefan, Christina, and Jason
Current Residence: Florida, USA
Professional Wins: 88 – 3 PGA tour (two times Masters champion), 42 European tour (2nd all time), 1 Japan Golf Tour, 16 Champions Tour, 3 European Seniors Tour and 26 Other
Ryder Cup Record: 10 playing appearances, winning in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997 and 2002.  One as winning captain in 2004
Favourite Athlete – Bjorn Borg

Interesting fact - Langer started playing on the European Tour in 1976, but his Euro Tour career was interrupted by 18 months in the German Air Force!

DOWNTIME

  • Devout Christian – he helps organise regular meetings of the European Tour Bible Class
  • Driving fast cars
  • Teaching
  • Reading – favourite book is The Bible
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Cool Quotes

Whether it’s before, during or after a game there are times when you and your side will require that extra bit of drive, inspiration and impetus. This motivation can arrive through a simple quote or line that can arouse the passion lying dormant inside of you. We have listed some truly inspiring quotes for you and your team to use to help you on your way to success.
 

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things”
Ronald Regan

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life”
Winston Churchill

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm, it takes a true leader to hold it when it’s not”
Publilius Syrus

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog”
Archie Griffen

“Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else”.
Vince Lombardi

“Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong”
Unknown

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
Tommy Lasorda

“Players win games, teams win Championships”
Unknown

“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.
Napoleon Hill

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit”
Aristotle

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Inspirational Books

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe." - Abraham Lincoln

To be a great captain and leader you need to be well prepared. Therefore, we have compiled a selection of books that we think will help you to ensure that this is always the case. There are three main features of being a great captain; leadership, man management and strategy. Each book profiled for you in this section provides guidance on one of these areas – we hope you find them useful!
 

Leadership

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” 
Steve Jobs

As a captain, your teammates will undoubtedly look to you for leadership and inspiration. Read these books and you’ll have no problem in providing it!

  • Inside the Leader’s Mind: Five Ways to Think Like a Leader - Liz Mellon
  • Steve Jobs - Walter Issacson
  • Winning! - Clive Woodward

 


 

Man Management

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things”
Ronald Regan

Working hard as a team increases the chances of success, and as a captain you have the important role of getting the very best out of each and every one of your players.  The books listed below will help you to do this!

  • How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie
  • Gung Ho! - Ken Blanchard
  • Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman
  • First, Break All the Rules - Marcus Buckingham and Curt Court

 


 

Tactics/Strategy

On the field it’s your job to make sure the tactics and strategies you’ve worked on in training and those decided on in the game are implemented effectively. These particular books will aid you in understanding how to guarantee this happens!

  • The art of captaincy - Mike Brearly
  • Defeat Into Victory - Viscount Slim Field Marshal
  • Martin Johnson – The Autobiography - Martin Johnson
  • Out of comfort zone - Steve Waugh
  • Inverting the Pyramid - Jonathan Wilson

 

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Top 5 Team Talks

The ability to rouse and motivate your fellow teammates is undeniably a massive part of being a great leader. We have  put together some inspirational team-talks so that you can witness just how invigorating you could be.

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Amazing Comebacks

There are moments in sport when all seems lost; the white flag is waving, the towels been thrown in and the fat lady is warming up her vocals. Yet, more than often there is a way back, the potential to turn the game on its head and pull off an extraordinary victory. As a captain you will have the duty to rouse your players, keep moral high and provide the belief that such a victory is possible.

We’ve highlighted some of our favourite sporting comebacks to provide you with some inspiration just in case you and your side ever find your backs placed firmly against the wall with all hope seemingly lost…
 

Cricket: South Africa vs. Australia 2005/06

A captain often has to stand up and be counted when the chips are down and your side is being outclassed to inspire and help catalyse an extraordinary comeback.  You’ll have to make sure that your team go out fighting and never lose hope of pulling off something special.

Many people believe the Australia vs. South Africa ODI of 2006 to be the greatest cricket match ever played. Why? Because it involved perhaps the most astonishing comeback the world of cricket had ever seen. 

With the series level at 2-2 going into the final match, Australia scored a world record 434 runs from their 50-over innings. The match, and the series, appeared over. Can lightening strike twice? South Africa proved that it could.  An astonishing innings by Herschelle Gibbs helped them to an unexpected victory against all the odds, with South Africa breaking that world record again by scoring 438-9 and winning the match by one wicket.

 

Miracle at Medinah - Ryder Cup 2012: Europe beat USA after record comeback

Sometimes moments occur during sport that leave you astounded and in awe of what a team have just achieved. Indeed there will be times when you and your side will attempt to achieve the seemingly unachievable. One of the finest examples of this occurred during the recent Ryder Cup in 2012 when Europe united in celebration over one of the greatest sporting comebacks ever witnessed as the European team produced a record comeback to beat the United States on their own turf. 

Moving into the final day of an incredibly tense contest, the United States required only four-and-a-half points from the 12 on offer but the Europeans secured eight and a half to clinch a historic 14½-13½ win. On a day made even the more emotional due to the European side sporting the colours of the late Seve Ballesteros, Martin Kaymer sank a five-foot putt on the 18th green to get his team to the 14 points needed to retain the trophy, with Tiger Woods of all people bogeying on the final green of the final match to give Jose Maria Olazabal's side an extraordinary overall victory.

 

Manchester Utd vs. Bayern Munich Champions League Final 1999

When the odds are stacked against you and time is running out, as captain it will be your responsibility to get every last ounce of energy and belief out of your players. It’s never over until it’s over, as Manchester United famously proved in the final of the Champions League in 1999 against the German outfit Bayern Munich, during which fans around the world witnessed probably the most dramatic couple of minutes of football of their lives.

In a game in which they had been comprehensively outplayed for large periods and the score at 0-1 Alex Ferguson’s side never doubted that they could turn it around, even with only injury-time remaining at an atmospheric Camp Nou in Barcelona. 

Two corners from the right boot of David Beckham, two instinctive reactions from first Sherringham and then a minute later Ole Solskjaer and United were the Kings of Europe again. Bayern despair, United unparalleled joy.  The comeback of all comebacks.

United showed that night that if you keep believing and working until the very end, you never know what might happen. Commentator Guy Mowbray stated seconds before the winning goal that, ‘You have to feel that this is their year.’ Each and every one of those United players never doubted that it was…

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Handling the press

As a first team captain, you’re already well on your way to sporting stardom and everything that comes with it. So, you better start preparing for the media storm heading your way! We thought we’d give you a little bit of help by putting together some footage of sports stars who have been able to master the pressures of the press…
 

Be on your toes and be aware of your surroundings…
Remember - if you’ve got a microphone, an interviewer and TV cameras in your face, there’s every chance that you could be on live television. So make sure, as Wayne Mardle demonstrates here, that you always remain cool, composed and polite...


 
 

Make sure excitable relatives are kept on a leash and away from the spotlight…
Your parents will undoubtedly by proud of everything you achieve. So maybe try, as Chad le Clos did with his father, to keep their involvement with the press to a minimum. If you don’t the consequences could be, well, ‘unbelievable’.....


 
 

Remember the country you’re from and how you talk when you’re in it…
You’re going to be playing around the world and experiencing different languages and cultures. However, when you’re in a press conference, remember that if you don’t know the language or the accent, it’s probably a good idea to be yourself and stick with your own. Ask Joey Barton...


 
 

Violence is never the answer…
As a top sportsman or women, an interviewer will sometimes try to get under your skin. If this happens, bear in mind the importance of staying calm and not biting the bait. England international James Haskell knows this more than most...


 

Try to keep the possessive boyfriend or girlfriend out of the way…
With all the media scrutiny surrounding your every move, we recommend that you always handle your own press. Others just may not be able to cope with the pressure in the same way that you can. Have a look at Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne, he knows what he’s doing (or Liz Hurley does)....

 
 
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Brilliant Leaders

Captaining your school first team is likely to be the first of many occasions where you’ll have the privilege of leading a group of people. To help you on your way, we’ve profiled some brilliant leaders, past and present, so you can learn tips and tricks from the very best!

When you start your reign as Captain, you may not be able to inspire a nation like Winston Churchill or have the skills required to build one of the world’s largest companies like Steve Jobs, but by the end of the season…!

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Match Music

Whether it is first thing in the morning, on the coach to a game, in the dressing room before or after the game itself, it is important that as captain you use different methods to mentally invigorate and energize both yourself and your side. We have therefore put together some music playlists for you to use that cover all of these occasions.

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