Smells like team spirit


According to Payne and Whittaker (2006) there are some differences between groups and teams…

“A team possesses extra qualities that a group does not have…trust, honesty and commitment…and this leads to synergy…”

Leicester City FC became Premier League champions in 2016, surprising everyone! This is a great example of team synergy

Sometimes, losing your star player can make the team better, as Portugal found out in the 2016 European Championships against the favourites France, when Cristiano Ronaldo was injured and had to be substituted…

…and then there is one of the greatest football matches of all time…

One of the best sporting examples of synergy was when a largely average group of individual footballers at Liverpool FC showed amazing team spirit to come back from 3-0 down against the superstars of AC Milan in 2005 to win the Champions League. What an amazing game…

…or how about Liverpool’s amazing comeback from 3-0 down against Barcelona to win 4-3 on aggregate in the Champions League semi final in 2019?

Can you think of any other great examples of team spirit or group synergy?

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