World Cup Mojo – “Keep The Ball Rolling”

Scott Kronick

Well friends, as of this posting, we are midway through the World Cup and what a World Cup it has been! We’ve seen some very good football (soccer) and witnessed a lot of surprises. One friend commented how closely aligned world cup performance is with national pride, and I couldn’t agree more. Just watching tears of joy from the Japanese and Koreans was heartwarming, and who couldn’t feel the pain from the defeats of the Mexicans and Germans.  I was, of course, ecstatic about the prospects of the US, and there is hope for us in the future.

I figured as we are advancing into the knock-out rounds, I would share a bit of what inspired me so far throughout the tournament.

Tyler Adams, My New Hero

First up, I have a new hero in US standout Tyler Adams.  Not only because his strong performance, but his response to an Iranian journalist in the press conference before the US-Iran game. If you did not see it, check it out here.  Brilliant articulation.

Team, Belief & Inspiring Coaches

My son, Samuel, has watched many of the games with me, and he told me this World Cup was a celebration of “team” over “individualism”, “belief” and “inspiring coaches”.  He shared this video with me of Herve Renard, the French coach of the Saudi Arabian team, that is worth a watch.

Sportsmanship

I personally love the images of those competitors who were gracious in success. I clipped a few of these from the US-Iran game that captures the true spirit and potential, in my view, of the World Cup.

I also appreciated the attention the Japanese have been given in picking up after themselves in the Qatar stadium, coupled with the immaculate locker room the Japanese team left after one of their contests.  This is just brilliant.  Images below.

Superstars as Public Servants

There are many stories of individual athletes doing extraordinary things.  Samuel brought to my attention the story of England’s, Jack Grealish, celebrating his goal during the England-Iran game by delivering a promise to a young boy with Cerebal Palsy.  Here is an image of the symbolic tribute:

First-Hand Tour of Qatar

I have been given a first-hand tour of Qatar from my good friend, Mirsad Midzic, who has gone to several games and become a Korean, Serbian and Croatian in the process. Mirsad is on Facebook @ Mirsad Midzic and Instragram @mirsadmidzic35, and by reaching out to him you can share in his travels.

Salute to Pele

Finally, over the weekend I heard my childhood hero, Pele, entered hospice care with limited time to live. I got the chance to meet Pele years ago in Beijing with my kids, thanks to our good friend, Misha Sher, and Pele’s advice was this…”keep the ball rolling.”  Thank you, Pele, for decades of inspiration and I hope you get to see a Brazil result this year worth living for.

Personal Celebration

In the middle of the World Cup hysteria, I had some of my own celebratory moments.  On December 2nd, 1994, Lisa and I began our own world cup journey.  This year marked our 28th year of marriage.  And on the same day 26 years ago, my daughter was born.  She was the first goal we scored as a couple.  Happy Birthday Jackie.

Have a great week ahead friends.  “Keep the ball rolling!”

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Lisa
Lisa
1 month ago

I love it! Although World Cup occupied most of Scott Kronick’s time..

Jackie
Jackie
1 month ago

The World Cup is such a charged event – such celebration! What an amazing week and God Bless Pele.

Mirsad
Mirsad
1 month ago

What a nice mojo ! Thanks for the nice words , I am also German , but I also celebrated with Argentinians , Ghanans , and others . The only World Cup that was in one city and thus untied all team’s fans in one spot. How peaceful it was . Interesting how music also contributed to it. Around the stadium were before and after the game various performances with music, singing and dancing , from Cameroon dance groups to Latino singers etc. the interesting fact is that even you were sad and angry that your team lost when going home and seeing and hearing the music , one got more relaxed . A great anger therapy !
A lifetime memory

Sergio B Damasceno
Sergio B Damasceno
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirsad

Brazilians are still stinging from 7-1 in 2014 but we haved moved on. apparently so have you. Keep the ball rolling.

Dan Krassenstein
Dan Krassenstein
1 month ago

Can we all agree to call soccer “Fútbol” (with an accent on the u)?

Sergio B Damasceno
Sergio B Damasceno
1 month ago

As long as the ball is on the ground it doesn’t matter what you call it.

Zoe Brown
Zoe Brown
1 month ago

Photos cred for the last photo <3

Sergio B Damasceno
Sergio B Damasceno
1 month ago

The one thing you’ve done I envy you for: you me Pele and I have not. Close but no cigar.I believe he was in San Diego in the senventies before I started playing with a local team so I missed meeting him.

Joyce Beach
Joyce Beach
1 month ago

When it comes to remarkable, young Tyler Adams has my vote. His words of response coupled with the way he put them together were a fine example of humble, respect & wisdom.

Reference to wisdom, I found Coach Renard’s ability to champion his team and do it with a translator had me clapping at my computer monitor. Crisscrossing borders with mighty boldness got the job done. His team will grow old with their moment of victory every step of the way.

Twenty six and right away, by just her picture, Jackie’s confidence and obvious beauty had me “almost” clapping like I did for Tyler’s demeanor. Happy birthday.

It’s a wonderful world.

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