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The consensus is that there is nothing to feel sorry for football players. They are perceived as lucky young men who pursue their hobby and fulfill their dream and that of all of us. Their image is that of irresponsible extravagant partygoers, with a light and carefree life. In fact, even when an athlete musters up the courage to reveal mental and emotional difficulties, the instinct is to dismiss the claim and wave it off, wondering "what's wrong with your life." There is nothing to feel sorry for football players, certainly not in a time of war full of horrors where everything takes on a different perspective, and yet today, when the Premier League returns, there will be something heart-wrenching about it.
It's not easy to get up to play. It's also likely that many of them don't really feel like playing. The intention is not to go into the issue of whether it was right to bring the league back (yes or no, this is probably the better option), but to address the situation that has been created, the bottom line: the cycle continues, competitions have resumed, and now the players must leave everything behind, and play football, whether they want to or not.
There is no longer a special sense of mission in the national team games. Premier League back, distracted/Reuters
In the national team's games there was a special vigilance. The actors felt like a kind of national project, knowing that not only all eyes were on them, but national honor was on their shoulders. So they came up excited and excited, roaring the anthem and shedding tears, just thinking about the country behind them, the gestures in the stands and how they would celebrate when they scored a goal. Even when Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa play in Europe, it has a special meaning: a feeling that they are playing "in front of the world", a desire to show gentiles, to win in a hostile environment.
In the Premier League, everything will look different. Motivation is impaired. The atmosphere will be sleepier than ever, with no crowd in the stands. Even viewers at home will need a lot of strength to stay focused and not rush down to the news channels. There is no sense of urgency. The heart is already flooded with emotions and anxieties, it is not easy to find a place to worry about football. Against the background of the sense of shared destiny of the state, the local rivalries themselves seem meaningless: What does Maccabi Netanya have against Maccabi Petah Tikva? How is a coach supposed to motivate his players when even he is drained? When all the energies are already directed elsewhere, how can you demand that someone step onto the field with poison in their eyes? And if it's clear that motivation and commitment aren't at their peak, what's the point at all?
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Unlike us, who return to normal with troubled eyes and heavy hearts, while we are broken and desperate - they are required to do it live, in front of everyone, and be their best / Bernie Ardov
As mentioned above, the tendency is to underestimate the difficulties of professional athletes, but they are also distracted. They have friends in the reserves, brothers in Gaza, family members in bomb shelters. Of course, all of us are forced to go on with life against our will under difficult circumstances, but athletes, now more than ever, are required to be puppets on a string for us: they must also show professionalism, despite the conditions, be a source of pride, provide entertainment, show everyone that life must go on. And unlike us, who return to routine with troubled eyes and heavy hearts, while we are broken and desperate - they are required to do it live, in front of everyone, and be at their best, presentable and fresh.
The decision to bring the league back is not simple but probably justified. Desire, unfortunately, is not a central consideration in life. It is impossible to ignore the economic aspect, and the fact that this is a business that provides for many. Even among the players themselves, the vast majority do not earn fat salaries. Dia Seba is right: There are a lot of people here who earn in a year what he does in half a month.
Therefore, the decent thing to do is to repeat, but slowly, patiently, sensitively, also on the part of the audience. What does this mean? Not only not to be harsh with the players during this period, but to actually show understanding and empathy towards them, almost compassion (everything is relative, of course). There's no point in getting angry at them when things don't go their way. There is no point in grumbling when they struggle with simple actions, when they are not focused in front of the gate, when they do not "give their soul". Not to get upset when they run out of power, but to nod in understanding. And this is doubly true when it comes to foreign players.
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