Why do we need failure? – Barcelona Football Blog
Samuel Umtiti is in the process of returning to Barca's squad for what appears to be the umpteenth time. His trajectory is odd, going from being a list of everyone's top 5 center-backs in the game to a shadow of injured himself. Posting a brief video of him in his prime on Twitter, the comments […]

Samuel Umtiti is in the process of returning to Barca's squad for what appears to be the umpteenth time.

His trajectory is odd, going from being a list of everyone's top 5 center-backs in the game to a shadow of injured himself. Posting a brief video of him in his prime on Twitter, the comments began:

"He ended up at Barça."
"A waste"
"Vermaelen"
"Sacrificed on the Altar of the World Cup"

What Untiti is, at the moment is a 27-year-old player, what should be the peak of a CB's career, with a amazing injury story. His biggest problem is the lingering knee problem, but he has had hamstring problems, calf problems, a foot injury, and even tested positive for COVID. He's one of those players that you can say if something happens, it probably will.

But the strangest part of the story of Umtiti, and players like him like Dembele, plagued with fragile bodies and terrible luck, is the willingness to write them off, almost like we need the failure so we can be right. Sports fans seem to be afraid of being disappointed, hoping for something good to happen, and then having those hopes dashed. During the Atleti game, when Carrasco led Dembele to Wanda's pitch, leaving only the bag dance, and Dembele was lying there, the only thing a lot of people were thinking is 'Here we are again' . It's almost as if a sigh of relief is coming. He came back from his long list of bad luck and injuries, played well, has been the best player on the pitch a few times this season and put the "It's a waste in jeopardy." Sell ​​it. stories. The specter of a shoulder injury almost seemed a relief. “See? I told you we can't trust him.

Dembele is back in the Dynamo squad, where he will almost certainly start, a continuation of his path to become the player who was excited by so many people when he arrived from Dortmund. Umtiti, another fragile Frenchman, had already become the player some were delighted to get from Lyon. And then things started to happen.

Some of the anger - let's call it what it is - directed at him is based on his choice to play the World Cup for his country rather than go for surgery. It's hard to understand, because playing for your country is something that a lot of players would kill for. And France was a favorite that year, and lived up to that bill by winning. Umtiti is now a World Cup winner which few players can tell. Of course he will make the call, and any of us would too. Yes, his club pays his salary, but come on. The issues arose after the World Cup when, for some reason only the player knows, he didn't fix his knee.

Rehab, a brief comeback then a relapse, and we're where we are, with a cheerful crowd wanting to see the back of him. Football fans need more patience, more compassion, more empathy. What if it was one of us, and we saw people say, "He got his raise, then he checked." He doesn't care about the club, he just gets paid. And Umtiti is just one example. The same goes for Dembele, Barça himself is another, the relief of the state in which the club finds itself seized like the man who for years carries his sign "The world goes to the end ”, singing with joy as the giant asteroid strikes.

A lovely thread of renowned Lala tutu, , @Oohlalafootball on Twitter, puts the Atleti match into perspective and the role of sport in real life as an escape. Typhoons, a pandemic, an upcoming holiday season that will be passed away from our families due to concerns about the viral risk. A team that loses a football game is like, “Okay. Move on. Even with a negative result, football is still a game for us. The people for whom it is a job don't even panic as much as us supporters after a result. It's work. This day is over, I must prepare for tomorrow.

The beauty of athletics for me, which is probably partly due to my almost life as an athlete, is a possibility. Every match, every pass, every game is the possibility of something extraordinary. For me, the saddest thing about Messi right now is how it was stolen from us, by time, by a horrible club president who didn't understand how to treat an icon with respect and dignity. Possibility. And yet, the essence of sport is failure. Different teams win championships, win matches. Huge upheaval brings joy because for a moment the sport has become everything that the people who play it, who watch it, who follow it, hope it will become. Often, even the vanquished can't resist a smile and a congratulatory hug for surprise winners. It is at these times that sport becomes the beating heart of humanity, something beautiful.

Without hope and without hope of joy, what do we have? Some of us are cheering Dembele to become the player we were hoping the club would sign, cheering Coutinho to find his mojo, think maybe, maybe this will be Griezmann's start and want Umtiti to find something of what he once had, especially now at such a vital time. What else should we do?

Many find the answer to this question: “Put our backs behind a wall of misery, a wall of anticipation of failure and absence of joy”, to avoid disappointment. But where is the joy of sport then? Where is the beauty, the happiness of a tale of redemption? When Dembele took that pass from Messi, dribbled and then hit that thunderstorm in Betis' net, the smile almost opened my face. No, not because I'm a fan of Dembele, but because I'm a fan of good things happening, joy and redemption. We love a good comeback story, apparently except when we've already canceled things. Then it's "Damn, don't ruin my story."

But here's something: make room for joy and hope. It's okay. The sun costs us nothing. The 90 minutes we spent watching our team, even if they don't play the way we wanted or achieve the result we wanted, are still 90 minutes from the real world, 90 minutes from our problems. A player who works to come back, to reach a certain level of what he has lost, is like a drama, a high level physical act. It's okay to wish them good things, to have hope. Hope is an essential human condition. Without it, what do we have? And when we throw it away so that we can feel “in the right direction”, to anticipate misery, and then rejoice when it comes, what do we have left? The “half full or half empty glass” analogy is so dark when we empty the glass ourselves.

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I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the spécialiste, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but oui the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a football betting expert with a long history of placing bets, I am not ! I know the digitale and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about football. I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the spécialiste, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster courier course. It is a free courier course that takes 7 days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an spécialiste ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some football betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A accumulator is a series of single bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the acceptable score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. 90 Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal 90 minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an professionnel football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new football bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher.

The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

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It is a free fax course that takes 7 days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an spécialiste ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A football accumulator is a series of single bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the satisfaisant score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. 90 Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal 90 minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an spécialiste football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher. The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment. Getting your way with the bookiesSomething you will encounter when you start betting is a range of different online and offline bookmakers. All will have their own way of dealing with things and all will want you to work with them differently. This can seem daunting but we’ve written up a guide on what to look out for and how to state your case if you think a bookmaker has wronged you.

There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a dramatiques idea ! The second thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as hard as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

If ever there was a post to comment on with your questions this would be it ! The only stupid question is the one not asked. We’re also really keen on hearing where we can improve this article, so if you still have questions or something wasn’t clear, it was because we’ve done a bad travail and we would love you to tell us how to do better. If you’re hungry for more, I can highly recommend our free courier course.

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