There may be no “I” in team, but apparently in Bosnia-Herzegovina, this means a lot more than not hogging the ball.
Miroslav Ciro Blazevic, the coach of the national Soccer team, has come up with a somewhat unorthodox way to motivate his squad. “I take two of my players and tell them, ‘Love him! Kiss him!’ and he kisses him.”
You read that right: he makes them kiss each other on their sweaty man-mouths. Before I start to come across as something of a homophobe, I’d like to mention that all this stubbly Frenching is not a problem for me, just kind of unusual on a sports field. Then again, this is Europe we’re talking about. Take that, casual and totally hetero pat on the ass.
Nevertheless, the players don’t seem to be putting up much of fight against Blazevic’s motivational tactics, and what’s more, they’re doing better than they ever have before, with a real shot at the World Cup. Without speculating about the reason for the technique’s success, the coach might want to consider turning up the heat as they continue to advance. I’m just throwing out ideas here, but maybe he could have his players run their fingers through each other’s hair when they score penalty kicks and encourage locker-room shockers after victories. Goal!