It's "All-in" the Head

The right football mentality from the thoughts of a German poker player

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Almost all of us know that cross training to a different sport not only helps us to further develop our strength and conditioning, it already puts us one step ahead of the competition just by taking advantage of every training method.

And in a bruising sport like football, it's always important to be at the peak of our physical health. However, one often overlooked facet of the sport is its mental aspect, and here's where a professional poker player's way of thinking, like Tobias Reinkemeier, comes to play.

Tobias Reinkemeier has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Cuxhaven, Germany. From being a regular partypoker online player, his professional career skyrocketed to greater heights and reached different parts of the globe.

Aside from being a fixture in high roller tables, Reinkemeier regularly competes in major tournaments like the European Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker, and the World Poker Tour.

Today, he is widely considered as one of Germany's best players and he shares his secrets to success on the felt, which can possibly translate on the pitch as well.

"I think the best way to get better is mainly by playing a lot"

There's no doubt that spending countless of hours in the gym can put your body at its optimum physical performance. However, without skills, all the brawny physique and untapped potential will go to waste.

By perfectly practising individual techniques such as thigh and chest traps, headers, juggling, and shielding, pick-up games with friends and teammates will be elementary. Soon, you'll effortlessly absorb the various tactics of team game en route to becoming the next Michael Ballack.

"You always have to take the game seriously and not get lazy"

Financial and personal satisfactions are just some of the endless benefits athletes get from playing football. That's why it is of utmost importance to not take the sport for granted.

You must tend to the burning passion inside of you, and always keep it burning. In time, you'll reap the rewards that come from being a superstar athlete.

"It's always easy when you win to think it's skill, and when you run bad to always say its variance"

Our potentials in this world are limitless. The important thing is we grab life by the horns, and create opportunities for us to succeed. Laying in bed while dreaming about a thousand fans chanting your name after netting a remarkable bicycle kick won't book you a spot your country's national team.

Oliver KahnLike what German football legend, Oliver Kahn, once said, "If I play, I try to concentrate on producing my best." So instead of slouching and daydreaming, go out on the field and always strive to be the best possible you.

"You really have to look at your opponents and see what they're doing to make it work"

Bluffing is somewhat synonymous with poker. The deceitful eyes, the sly mouth, and the endless trickery that comes from all the action on the felt are evident in the number of cringing grown men.

And in football, bluffing in the wrong place at the wrong time can spell disaster for you and your club. You must carefully determine the level of skills of your opponents even before entering the pitch; that way, you're already setting yourself up to succeed.

A food for thought: written in Sun Tzu'sThe Art of War "Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."

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