A controversy erupted when it came to light that India’s football coach Igor Stimac had consulted an astrologer for team selection before four crucial matches, including three Asia Cup qualifiers, in May and June last year. Apparently, Igor Stimac was in constant touch with the astrologer and ran possible players’ names against him. The final playing eleven was selected after incorporating the astrologer’s inputs. This resulted in India winning all three of their qualifier matches to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup as group toppers. However, hue and cry were made as a sports coach consulting an astrologer to better the prospects of the team was considered absurd and ruining the honor of the game. Detractors made it sound as if the team India football coach had crossed a line that should never be crossed in football. Except that it has been crossed many times in the past. Way back in 2008, Raymond Domenech, then coach of the French football team, had openly admitted that his team selection was influenced by astrology. This is also true with one-time Brazilian football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Coaches and players resorting to astrology is widely prevalent in league football as well. As stated by football legend Bhaichung Bhutia – “This is not a new thing. Many world-renowned coaches, especially African, American, and European coaches, follow this. South American and African countries also follow it a lot. They follow lots of astrologers.” And this is not just limited to traditional football. Aaron Charles Rodgers is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in American football. This is what he has to say about astrology in sports – “It is totally legitimate and real and absolutely not a hoax. People can do whatever they think they need to do and/or believe whatever they need to believe to achieve happiness. We all deserve it.” The fact of the matter is, that even with all the training, state-of-the-art facilities, and talent, there is still no guarantee that a team would win their match. There have also been occasions where low-profile teams overcome the odds and win the big one, baffling the critics and the experts. Leicester City defying the odds of 5000 to 1 to win the Premier League in 2016 is one of the more famous examples. How does this happen? To the uninitiated, it is just luck, a blind happenstance. But those who know and understand the power of the stars apprehend the role of celestial alignments behind such events. On the right day, with the right players whose cosmic alignments are just in the right place in their horoscope chart, miracles can be generated. It is only natural for a coach or a captain to do what is best for their team. They have to make sure their team wins at any cost. Taking astrology into consideration is far from the worst thing that a coach or a player can do to ensure victory for their team. Coach Igor Stimac did what needed to be done to ensure India entered the 2023 Asia Cup. The results speak for themselves. Rather than mock Igor, or astrology for that matter, detractors should appreciate the effectiveness of astrology when it comes to sports and accept their role in deciding the outcome of matches. To further accentuate it, here is how astrology finds its role in sports:
Different zodiac signs are also associated with certain mental traits. Aries are known for their competitive nature and determination to succeed. Meanwhile, Pisces have an intuitive understanding of their opponents and may have an edge in strategy or psychological aspects of the game.