The modern-day captain is involved in more aspects of the game than ever before. Off the pitch they will regularly feature in interviews with the press and are expected to be the model professional, speaking well of the club and being a positive role model. During a game the priority is to lead and inspire the players around them but also to remain a calm and responsible spokesperson with the referee.
There are some obvious traits that you’d expect of a great captain: Leadership, determination, and influence spring to mind. These attributes often come with age and experience, but not exclusively. So what else gives a captain that special edge, that aura that demands respect and obedience? Let’s take a look at some the greatest captains and what made them so effective.
There are loads of examples of successful captains and these are just a few, but by looking closer at these personalities there may be a few extra traits that we might not think about initially. Does the player speak the language? That’s bound to help. Has the player been at the club long enough to develop a strong affiliation and affection? Can a show of aggression help when team-mates aren’t pulling their weight? Should your captain be an organiser or an inspiration? Does age matter?
As important as it is to find a suitable leader changing your captain / vice captain can negatively impact on them and the rest of the squad. They may feel hard done by or disagree with your call. So be bold, but be sure in your choice.