How sporting tournaments bring a nation together

How sporting tournaments bring a nation together

Every couple of years we see how sporting tournaments bring a nation together. A football World Cup, the Euros, the Ashes, the 6 Nations or the Rugby World Cup – whenever these major tournaments roll around something quite spectacular happens to the national psyche. United by their sporting teams, countries are brought together as they share in their nation’s pride, and desire for success. When looking back at some of the most iconic sporting moments it’s clear a nation’s pride is shared on the pitch, court and field with the athletes themselves. The Rugby World Cup One week into the 2015 Rugby World Cup and there have already been some stand out moments. Taking place on home soil, the England team kicked off the opening game against Fiji at rugby’s spiritual home, Twickenham. Excitement around the country had been building for months, and the raucous crowd revealed a nation unified behind the rose. England’s work is cut out for them as they try to recreate the glory of the 2003 World Cup win, particularly given their tough pool featuring Wales and Australia. The standout match so far has been the surprise win from the underdog, Japan, against a tournament favourite South Africa. Little did those who attended the Brighton Community Stadium know what they would witness. Japan, having never played against South Africa before and only ever won one World Cup match, put in a defiant performance to win 34-32. The Springboks were gracious in defeat and the largely English crowd were delighted with the Brave Blossoms’ performance. The rugby world was captivated by the Japanese performance, and we saw a multitude of nations...
What is it like to see Cristiano Ronaldo play live?

What is it like to see Cristiano Ronaldo play live?

Following his record-breaking weekend, we answer the question “what is it like to see Cristiano Ronaldo play live?” As Cristiano Ronaldo tucked away his 5th goal against Espanyol last Saturday and became Real Madrid’s all-time top goal scorer, football fans around the world were not surprised. In fact, nothing is surprising about the Portuguese attacker nowadays. The man from Madeira has earned himself a reputation for repeatedly defying the odds of modern day football. At 30-years-old, Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the all-time greats. Millions around the world tune in every week to see his next goal. Only a few, however, are lucky enough to see him work his magic in the flesh. But what is it like to see Cristiano Ronaldo play live? Does seeing him play live reveal the secret of why he is one of the best ever? Here is our four-point guide: 1. His athleticism is incredible At 1.85m, Cristiano Ronaldo has an imposing physical presence. If you sit close to the pitch, you can understand how he has been brushing off defenders all these years. 2. His determination is relentless Only in the stadium can you fully appreciate Ronaldo’s desire to win. Chasing every ball, his passion for the game is from the first to last minute 3. His leadership is inspirational With every yell of encouragement, Cristiano does not let his teammates’ heads drop. Even as the TV camera pans away, Ronaldo makes sure his side stays 100% focused.# 4. His crowd participation is euphoric Witness the atmosphere of Cristiano revving up the home crowd when taking a set-piece. Feel the rapturous response...