Portuguese coach Scolari

The art of winning the World Cup

The influence of the 2,600 year-old Chinese text 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu - popular amongst business readers worldwide - has now extended into the realms of sport.

by The Daily Telegraph
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

Not only football but also cricket managers have taken to leafing through the pages of the manuscript which stresses the critical importance of knowing your enemy and anticipating their next move. Portugal's manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, otherwise known as 'Big Phil', used the text in 2002 when his team - then Brazil - went on to win the World Cup.

And now, as Portugal goes through to the quarter final of the 2006 World Cup, Scolari and his men are busily reading and learning from Sun Tzu's wisdom.

Stealth, speed and preparation are at the heart of Sun Tzu's advice and this is what Scolari and his players have been focusing on. His advice that players must be highly trained and more practiced than their enemy is borne out by the endless work done on practicing penalties, in preparation for the game against England on Saturday 1 July.

Players like Ronaldo and Simao will be encouraged to follow Sun Tzu's dictum of using speed to take the enemy unawares. The team has also been imbued with 'espirit de corps' – the fighting spirit which can make all the difference in battle.

Source: Scholari schooled in the art of war
The Daily Telegraph, June 28 2006  
Review by Morice Mendoza

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