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Coaches and their Superstitions

  • FIFA.com, Friday, April 24, 2009 2:45 PM
A game that often depends on fortune, soccer involves lots of whacky superstitions. FIFA.com uncovers a selection of some of the most bizarre superstitions of coaches - past and present.

Legendary Leeds United coach Don Revie would wear the same suit until the Yorkshire outfit lost, always took the same route to the dugout at Elland Road, had a fear of ornamental elephants, believed a gypsy curse was hindering his team, and was adamant that birds brought bad luck.

Former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath, who currently coaches league leaders Wolfsburg, has worn a green tie for the last 10 matches, all of which Wolfsburg has won. Magath has insisted that the tie will remain part of his match-day outfit until their unbeaten streak ends.

Argentine Reinaldo Merlo, most recently at Rosario Central, revealed he believed flowers brought bad luck. That, of course, was something rival fans could seize on. They took to throwing "armfuls of flowers towards his dugout."

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