This week we feature Marcelo Carrusca in our match day programme, ADLUNITE. To read the full piece, make sure you get a copy at #ADLvCCM!
Few things are sure things. There are so many variables that can impact aspects of life that you can rarely be truly certain of an outcome.
We’ll call them ‘moments’ and they are the make or break parts of one’s existence that are simply inevitable.
Now, these moments can be big or small but people go through enough of them to know how dramatic their after-effect can be.
In football it is no different because you go through so many different stages and none of them are equal in their feeling and the sensations they evoke. And this is what’s created at every level of the game, regardless of its importance, whether you’re a player or a fan.
Everyone associated with this beautiful game experiences the waves of emotion that define its distinctive characteristics and nothing actually compares to the wonder it creates.
But what about when it all goes sour and things seem to slowly spin out of your control? As a fan, you can walk away from it all for a while and seek enjoyment in other things, and for the most part that can be done pretty easily. Yet, not everyone has the ability to do so because not everyone has the luxury to pack up and move on for a while.
Everyone sees professional footballers as people living the dream, but it’s not as simple as lacing up the boots once a week and having a kick about for an hour-and-a-half.
It’s your life. It has consumed you.
How do you escape adversity when what’s at its source is the one thing you’re most passionate about?
But it’s not like Marcelo Carrusca complains. When you go through it all, you do gain adequate experience to know how to cope with challenges, for what use are you to your team if you’re sulking about your own misfortunes?
“In football you have moments,” Carrusca explained. “When we started this season, I maybe wasn’t playing very well and neither were we as a team and Guillermo (Amor) made the decision to take me out of the squad.
“This motivated me and pushed me to train even harder than normal so I could win back my place in the starting XI.”
The full version of this feature is available exclusively in the ADLUNITE match day programme available at the game between Adelaide United FC and Central Coast Mariners.
Adelaide United will face Central Coast Mariners in Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season on Saturday, 16 January at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 4.45pm ACDT.