Tacalabala - Sayings of Helenio Herrera
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Contemporanea: TACALABALA, esercizi di magia di Helenio Herrera
Tacabala by Fiora Gandolfi
Fiora Gandolfi has collected sayings, sketches and notes from the secret notebooks of the famous soccer coach Helenio Herrera.
Herrera, who achieved mythical status in his field for the success of his teams (which included the National teams of France, Spain, and Italy), was a practical visionary who discovered and used techniques previously unknown in sports for motivating his players and inspiring them to win.
The title of the book, "Tacalabala," comes from one of Herrera's first exclamations to the team after becoming head coach for the Italian team Inter FC of Milan. What he actually meant to say was "Keep your foot on the ball," which he believed was called "bala" in Italian. Actually the soccer ball is "palla" in Italian but several of the players were from the Veneto area and called it "bala" in their dialect. "taca" was intended to mean "Stick to the ball (and don't mess around with acrobatics)" He also liked the fact that it was alliterative, and seemed to have a touch of magic like "abracadabra". St. Ignatius of Loyola was one of Herrera's principal inspirations. Perhaps his favourite and most significant exhortation is: "Things are only as important as you make them." Adhering to this principle with almost-fanaticism, his philosophy allowed him to cope with defeat and disappointment as well as victory and success. He was always capable of turning failure into a positive experience. Originally from Argentina HH often spoke a mixture of Spanish, French, English, and Italian and his speech was pungent and idiosyncratic, frequently combining several languages. The following are just a small sample of his sayings.
¡Con diez se gana mejor!
¿Por que' non puedes ser er mejor?
Evita la monotonia, nei discorsi, negli allenamenti, nell'alimentazione
Intelligenza e piacere del lavoro: ecco il segreto del successo
Tutto girerà sempre nella maniera giusta
Il peggio è sbagliare con le idee degli altri
Lo stile è nella limitazione
Silenzio è potere
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