Why is golf attractive to football players? (Part 1)

In the 1950s and 60s of the last century, the football world saw great golfers like British players such as Bob Paisley, Alf Ramsey, and legendary “Flying Dutch”, Johan Cruff and many more. European players at that time.

However, in 1966, the golf sport really brought a turning point in the football world. Two days before the World Cup semi-final between the English and Portuguese football teams, instead of banning camp to focus on training, then England coach Alf Ramsey decided to bring his students to Finchley Golf Club in the north of London… play golf to relax.

Immediately, the media of the Mist rose up, a series of articles attacked Alf Ramsey to lash out this unique way of holding troops.

But then, “Three Lions” won against the Portuguese with a score of 2-1 and subdued Germany in the final to bring England to the top of the world for the first time. As a result, the attitudes of the media, football managers have changed completely, at that time the football management world viewed golf with more respectful eyes.

Golf started to explode and became a popular sport among footballers and managers alike. The golf culture has been around since then in soccer.

Today, the Premier League is a tournament that brings together more stars playing and passionate about golf than any other tournament. The golf courses in the UK are flooded with digital shorts golers of many nationalities competing in the Premier League.

Although there are many players in other European championships such as France, Italy and the Netherlands regularly play golf, when they come to England to play football, they are soon more strongly attracted to the culture. Golf of the Land of the Mist.

Player Andriy Shevchenko, after moving to Chelsea club from AC Milan, soon found a new joy in golf after training and playing. The Ukrainian striker also bought a house and membership card at Wentworth Golf Club. At the same time, this striker also owns a membership card of Wisley Golf Club, the second most famous golf club in London.

After retiring from football in 2012, Andriy Shevchenko immediately focused on golf. In 2013, he announced his transition to professional competition, competing in the Challenge Tour system (second place of the European Tour). Shevchenko’s Handicap is +2, the best of any foreign player ever to play in England.

Meanwhile, the office of Fabio Capello when the coach “Three Lions” also had a putting green system to satisfy his golf craze. Therefore, at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, only England was allowed by the coach to release camp to play golf.

And new Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, although not playing golf, but during his time working in England he also has a special affection for golf. Even so, he immediately agreed when he was invited to be the Ambassador of the 2018 Ryder Cup, the world’s most prestigious team cup to be held in his hometown of Portugal for the first time.

The British press also revealed an interesting information, while still leading Chelsea, at the end of 2015, Mourinho was said to have met the world’s No. 1 golfer at that time, Jordan Spieth, offered a contract worth £ 50 million. to convince the American golfer to quit golf and switch to play football at Stamford Bridge Club. Of course everyone knows, Mourinho is just the person to convey the request of the Russian boss, Chelsea club president, Roman abramovich.