What does a soccer captain do? Roles & best-ever icons

first_imgWhen a team’s morale is low and needing inspiration, that’s when the captain steps in.Whereas a coach is responsible for team management, squad selection and a more tactical overview of a side, it is a team captain’s role to act as the official leader both in the dressing room and on the pitch.Goal has everything you need to know about what exactly a soccer captain does, including all of their roles and responsibilities, official duties and more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career What are a soccer captain’s responsibilities?According to the Laws of the Game, a captain’s only official responsibilities are to take care of the coin toss before kick-off to dictate which direction the teams are to attack and prior to a penalty shootout.They are distinguished by wearing a captain’s armband during the game.A captain’s true role in the team, however, goes far beyond just participating in the coin toss. In soccer, a captain is the player who is supposed to act as the leader of the team, acting as mediators between their team-mates, the manager and the referee.They represent the team both on and off the pitch, and are typically one of the more experienced or senior members of the team so they are able to command immediate respect from the dressing room.Good leadership qualities are vital in a captain – or a ‘skipper’, as they are called in England – and they are the person that players in the team look up to for inspiration, guidance and motivation.The captain of a team does not have to be the most physically superior, with qualities such as maturity, level-headedness and initiative taken into more account.Andres Iniesta David Silva SpainIf a team is losing at half-time and spirits are low, for example, it is up to the captain (in addition to the manager) to lift the mood of the team. Most top teams have multiple players who can lift morale, but a captain pulls rank for authority in the dressing room.Some captains are more vocal than others and prefer to lead by motivational team talks, speeches and tactical instruction, while others choose to lead their teams by example – for instance, scoring the first goal to inspire a comeback.Captains are typically the first to get dissolve a spat or argument between one of their team-mates and a member of the opposition team, or are called upon to restore peace and balance after a decision made by the referee.In non-association football, captains may deliberate with the manager to decide the starting XI of the game.In youth and recreational football, the team captain would take on duties typically meant for the coach at a higher level.How are soccer captains chosen?Typically, a captain is selected by the team’s manager based on several factors, including their experience, leadership abilities and seniority, followed by their skill level and natural talent.In club football, those who have been at the club the longest or are homegrown talents and have spent a significant amount of their career at the club are usually the most obvious choices for captain.Native scousers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were captain and vice-captain for Liverpool respectively during their time at Anfield. Likewise, local boy Gary Neville was captain at Manchester United, while youth product and Londoner John Terry skippered Chelsea for much of his career.Other notable captains include Vincent Kompany with Manchester City, Iker Casillas with Real Madrid and Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus.In the case of national teams, high-profile senior players who have achieved substantial success at club and individual level can also be appointed captain – such as the cases of Lionel Messi for Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal.Sometimes, the manager allows the players to select their captain, which was the case when Arsenal players voted for Granit Xhaka to be appointed skipper instead of manager Unai Emery choosing. What is a vice-captain in soccer?In the event that a captain is not able to feature in a match, the responsibilities fall to the vice-captain, who is second in command.A good example in the Premier League is Frank Lampard, who deputised for Terry at Chelsea when he was unavailable to play, for instance in the 2012 Champions League final.Famous captainsFormer Liverpool midfielder Gerrard is one of the most famous examples of a notable captain, valued for his skill, talent and ability to rescue a side from the scruff of their neck when in a vulnerable position.The ex-midfielder played a vital role in two of Liverpool’s most famous matches – the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan and 2006 FA Cup final against West Ham. Liverpool were in losing positions during both games, until it took Gerrard scoring to rescue the Reds.It was the former England international’s goal that inspired the famous Istanbul victory , where Liverpool found themselves 3-0 at half-time. Gerrard scored a free header that initiated the comeback, with Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso scoring within six minutes to equalise 3-3 – before Liverpool won the match through penalty shootout.Steven Gerrard Champions League Liverpool 2005If there were ever another player to have encapsulated a captain who leads by example with talent, it’s Diego Maradona. The Argentina legend played each minute of the 1986 World Cup, scoring five goals and picking up five assists as they were named tournament champions.One-club man Francesco Totti is another iconic captain, skipper of Roma for 19 seasons – winning the Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia.Ex-Barcelona defender Carles Puyol is another one-club man who captained one of the most successful and stunning Camp Nou sides of all-time under coach Pep Guardiola.Under Puyol’s 10-year captaincy, the defender – who was the most senior of several homegrown players in the Catalan side – winning everything under the sun including three La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira lifted the Premier League title three times during his captaincy, and is one of the most memorable Gunners skippers of all-time.The north Londoners have been infamously susceptible to not having a stable leader since the departures of Vieira and Henry, with the likes of successors Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny all eventually leaving the club in sour fashion.The legendary Franz Beckenbauer is regarded as not only one of the greatest soccer players of all-time, but also one of the most influential captains of the modern game. He won every trophy going at both club and international level playing for West Germany and most notably Bayern, characterized by his immense determination, leadership and intensity.Such qualities were made evident during the 1970 World Cup, when Beckenbauer continued to play with his shoulder dislocated and his arm in a sling. West Germany were eventually defeated 4-3 by Italy in a match that was eventually titled ‘The Game of the Century’, but won the trophy four years later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Silverseas Guests Cross the Iconic Northeast Passage for the First Time in

first_img(Monaco — September 23, 2019) For the first time in the cruise line’s history, Silversea’s guests recently crossed the iconic Northeast Passage. Between August 10 and September 5, 2019, travellers journeyed 5,019 NM between Nome and Tromsø, calling at 27 incredible destinations in three countries. They travelled aboard Silver Explorer in superlative comfort, retracing the route taken by famous explorers of yesteryear. Among the voyage’s numerous highlights were various sightings of polar bears with their cubs, and other rare wildlife encounters; two passages through the Arctic sea ice, accompanied by an icebreaker; a unique culinary experience on the remote Ostrov Isachenko; and a polar plunge above 80°N latitude. “It was a life-defining voyage,” says Stefan Kredel, Silversea’s Expedition Leader for this particular crossing of the Northeast Passage. “Nothing is guaranteed this far north, but we were very fortunate with the weather and ice conditions. We are delighted to have unlocked so many unique and memorable experiences for our guests in this remarkable region, from a folkloric performance by locals in Provideniya to various sightings of polar bears and walruses.” Silversea’s guests were accompanied on this unique voyage by 15 experts from the cruise line’s industry-leading Expedition Team, including three historians, a marine biologist, a botanist, a geologist, an ornithologist, and a professional photographer. Almost 50 destination-inspired lectures were delivered aboard Silver Explorer throughout the voyage, which enabled guests to learn insightful information that enriched their experiences.Those with a penchant for birdwatching enjoyed a wealth of activity off of Cape Dezhnev from Silver Explorer’s Zodiacs, with Short-tailed Shearwaters, Crested Auklets, Brunnich’s Guillemots, both Horned and Tufted Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Glaucous Gulls, and Vega Gulls offering ample entertainment. Ornithologist Dr. Danaë Sheehan was on hand to identify the various species and share fascinating information on each. Near the breathtakingly beautiful Kolyuchin Island, Silversea’s guided Zodiac tours enabled guests to safely witness seven polar bears in just one hour, as well as a vast haul out of walruses. Subsequently, marine biologist Robin Aiello hosted a lecture on polar bears once back on board, enriching guests’ experiences with scientific insight on the animals’ behaviour. On August 19, just off Ayon Island in the East Siberian Sea, guests rose at 6:00 am to search for wildlife on surrounding ice floes. As well as spotting many walruses resting on the ice, guests were treated to a spectacular polar bear sighting—in which a female bear and her two cubs were navigating the ice. Following this, guests visited the isolated settlement on Ayon Island, which is home to a small town of aged Soviet-style buildings and is inhabited by approximately 300 residents. Local children were eager to interact with Silversea’s guests, performing traditional songs and dances in an authentic display of the region’s historical culture. Two weeks into the voyage, on August 24, Silver Explorer reached the Arctic pack ice and began following its edge northwards, accompanied by a Russian icebreaker. Then, with the icebreaker forging a clear path for Silversea’s expedition ship, guests were able to journey into the thicker ice for a truly unforgettable experience. Weather conditions were exceptional and the water was perfectly calm. In addition to lectures and on-deck observation sessions with the Expedition Team, guests took the opportunity to enjoy the various hallmarks of luxury that enrich all Silversea voyages, including the personalised service of butlers; exceptional cuisine, with 24-hour in-suite dining; and complimentary beverages throughout the ship. Silversea’s industry-leading culinary offering was extended to the remote shore of Ostrov Isachenko on August 26, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for guests. The ship’s Hotel Team ventured ashore to establish a temporary bar near an abandoned weather station, from which the group enjoyed champagne and blinis with caviar, as they explored the abandoned buildings and surrounding tundra in a temperature of just 3°C. Our guests shared a feedback score of 100% for the overall cruise experience on the Northeast Passage crossing, which speaks volumes about Silversea’s approach to ultra-luxury expedition cruising,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. “The depth with which we explore each destination ensures that guests enjoy an immersive and holistic journey of discovery, which is both enriching and unforgettable. Silversea’s first crossing of the Northeast Passage captured the true spirit of expedition. I look forward to 2020 when the cruise line will unlock both the Northwest and the Northeast Passages for guests once more!” Northwest & Northeast Passage Crossings in 2020 In 2020, Silversea will operate two concurrent crossings of the Northwest and Northeast Passages, aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer, respectively. A 24-day voyage, the crossing of the Northwest Passage will depart Kangerlussuaq for Nome on August 21, 2020, journeying through remote regions in Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. The Northeast Passage crossing will depart Nome on August 22 and will arrive in Tromsø 25 days later, taking guests deeper into the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of Alaska, Russia, and Norway. Both promise a wealth of remarkable experiences in some of the world’s most remote regions. Silversea’s recently enhanced all-inclusive Polar Package enriches the cruise line’s Arctic offering with one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay; in-country flight(s) when required by the itinerary; guided shore experiences and Zodiac excursions; polar parka; one post-cruise day-use hotel; and transfers and luggage handling between airport, hotel and ship.  About Silversea Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.last_img read more

Climate forecasts crucial to water resources and poverty reduction – UN agency

2 September 2008The chief of the United Nations meteorological agency today called for weather forecasts to play a greater role in planning for economic development and poverty reduction because of the impact climate change has on water resources. Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told the World Water Congress that the agricultural, energy, tourism and health sectors are among those most affected by the impact of climate change due to drought, deterioration in water quality, increased run-off and an increase in the salinization of ground water as a result of rising sea levels.“Mainstreaming climate change in decision-making processes will therefore be central to all development and poverty alleviation efforts,” he said at the meeting, held in Montpellier, France.Mr. Jarraud reminded attendees of the summit that six of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relate to water resource management, and that severe flooding, drought and cyclones caused by climate change seriously obstruct efforts to meet the MDGs by 2015.WMO has launched an appeal for funding to set up hydrological information systems that can provide timely, accurate and comprehensive water resources information and support economic development through better land and water resource strategy planning.The growing demand for a diminishing water supply is among the challenges to resource management. One sixth of the world’s population, mostly in rural areas, on small islands, regions dependant on water from glaciers and snow melt, is adversely affected by the shortage of ground water.Adding to the challenges for water resource management is the increasing scarcity of drinking-water for people living in many cities due to falling levels of low flow rivers and rising sea levels, as well as the increase mortality rates for waterborne diseases, such as malaria and cholera, in the wettest and driest regions.The WMO, in a press release, predict economic and social pressures will add to the growing competition for water resources between food production and other agricultural sectors including the production of biofuels in the next few decades. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.05 points to 15,040.98.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 31.91 points to 21,840.31.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.28 of a point to 2,444.52.The Nasdaq composite index was up 11.16 points to 6,294.17.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.74 cents US, up from Monday’s average price of 80.12 cents US.