Footballers and their silly superstitions

Footballers are a weird bunch. Despite all the hard work they put in, and all that natural talent, most believe that outside forces control the destiny of their game. Speaking in his book The Soccer Tribe, author Desmond Morris notes that, “[Players] seek additional aid of a kind their trainers and managers cannot give them – the supernatural aid of superstitious practices. They have no idea how such actions can help, but they perform them all the same, ‘just in case’. They frequently call them ridiculous and stupid, but they dare not omit them.”

This is a view that has been confirmed by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who states that “many footballers have an obsessive routine that goes way beyond normal.”

Click on the pictures below to discover some of football’s most strange superstitions…

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