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10 football superstitions you should know about

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Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 09:55 IST

#1 Raymond Domenech

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22:  Raymond Domenech head coach of France instructs his players during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between France and South Africa at the Free State Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Mangaung/Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Raymond Domenech was the manager of France

Raymond Domenech isn’t so much a fan of man management, as he is of mad management, and even if you keep aside his spats and fights with Patrick Vieira, David Trezeguet and even ousting Karim Benzema from his squad, Domenech takes eccentricity to another level.

Being a keen poker player does have it’s moments, especially during a football match, but one has to question the sanity of the French FA when they appointed a manager for over six years, who allows astrology to affect his team selections!!

Domenech had a particular problem with players with the Scorpio sun sign in his squads, referring them to as reckless, unreliable, troublesome and attention-seekers and thus effectively ended the career of Robert Pires.

The fruit loop of a former French manager wasn’t all that keen on Leo’s either, saying, “When I have got a Leo in defence, I've always got my gun ready, as I know he's going to want to show off at one moment or another and cost us,” referring to his then back four of William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Julien Escude and Sebastian Squillaci.

He’s has displayed his “eccentric-ness” by responding to being knocked out of Euro 2008 by proposing to his girlfriend on the pitch and oversaw a mutiny two years later – but they all seem sane when compared to his dependence on astrology. 

While there have always been eccentric managers all around the world, from the late great Brian Clough to Diego Maradona to Alf Ramsey and much more, it’s the fact that Domenech managed to somehow outdo them all, without ever winning a single trophy during his time that makes him No. 1 in our list of superstitions in football.

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Published 03 Mar 2017, 09:21 IST
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