“Sport teaches that talent is not enough for victory, it takes work and daily sacrifice. In sport as in life. "
"Sport is beautiful because a dress is not enough. Anyone can try."
"Doping is a shortcut to success, but many athletes who ran with me are no longer there. They are undoubtedly suspicious deaths. Which should make us think."
"I don't believe in predestination. The results are obtained only with a lot of work. In my sports career I have trained 5-6 hours a day, every day, 365 days a year, between competitions and training, for almost twenty years. . "
"People love me, they have always wanted me to, perhaps because my way of interpreting athletics is absolutely pure."
"In California I met Muhammad Ali who for me is always Cassius Clay. They introduced me as the fastest man in the world. He looked at me surprised:" But you are white! "I replied:" But inside I am blacker than you! " .
"Every now and then there is someone in the park who asks me: what are you doing? I wish I had enough breath to answer: I've already done it. 5482 days of training, 528 competitions, one gold and two Olympic bronzes, plus the rest that is a lot . At 60 I have no regrets. I would do it all again, even more. And I would train eight hours a day. Fatigue is never wasted. You suffer, but you dream. "
On June 28, 1952, Pietro Mennea was born in Barletta.
HOW THE SAMPLE HEAD WORKS
"One day during the world training camp in 2014, I saw that he was not particularly precise in front of goal. He was very wrong, but bad days happen to everyone, even the older ones.
At the end of training when everyone was getting ready to go under the shower, I saw Miro who went to collect the bag of balls, to take them to the edge of the area.
I went up to him and said: “what are you doing? Aren't you going to take a shower? "
He looked at me and said: “You know how I am, I don't move from here, until I manage to score a good number of goals.
Mister, call me Weidenfeller (who was Germany's third goalkeeper in that World Cup), I want to continue training ".
I went to the locker room and called him. He did not have it repeated twice and immediately reached the field.
After a lot of goals, I told him again: "Enough Miro, go to the shower, I know you're a great player, you don't have to prove anything to anyone."
He gave me an answer that I never expected:
"Maybe you know it, but no, I'm not going away from here, until in my head I am convinced that I have given 100% today too".
I left it there, I don't know for how much longer.
I was only sorry for Weidenfeller, who had to put up with a double workout.
After everyone had finished taking a shower, I saw him collect all the balloons, to put them back in the bag ".
A fantastic anecdote from the coach Loew that tells about the great professionalism of Klose