A Beautiful Moment – and a Lesson – From Euro Soccer 2012

I am not much of a soccer fan but I did watch the final match from the Euro Soccer 2012 championships between Italy and Spain. It was an amazing win for the Spanish side and a great loss for the Italian team.

Long after the match was over, and the dust had settled, what stayed with me, what lingered in my memory was the picture of the happy, smiling and extremely confident Spanish children brought into the pitch at the end of the game.
They wore with such pride, miniature versions of their father’s red jerseys and they pranced about in the open field and played in the confetti oblivious to the mammoth crowd on every side.

It was beautiful moment.

For the life of me, I could not tear my eyes away from these happy youngsters sharing in the victory and claiming their rightful share of the Glory. They practically took over the field with their ponytails and winning smiles. As I watched them, I wondered where the children of the other team were. What would they be thinking? Would they wonder why they were still in the stands and not on the pitch? Would they grasp the enormity of the loss and would they share in that loss to the same degree as their counterparts shared in the victory?

Daily occurrences mirror life and if we take note we can glean pearls of wisdom. . .

  • What choices are we making?
  • What are we passing down?
  • What actions are we taking that might give future generation a heads up, an edge or an advantage?<


  • What did you wish you had been given? Would you consider providing that gift?
  • If we learned new skills and tried new activities, would it impact on those coming behind us positively? Would it encourage them to remain open to new knowledge and experiences?
  • If we complained less and were more thankful in spite of present challenges, would we raise children with less of a sense of entitlement and more of a spirit of gratitude?

But I digress with all the rhetorical questions.

Bring your children to your field. Expose them as much as possible. Let them know and understand what it is that you do. Make them partakers of your victories and your losses. It will be an enriching experience for all concerned. Work and the home front do not have to be mutually exclusive . . . the Spanish team proved that.

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations. George Bernard Shaw

Photo credit: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

About the author: Tamkara Adun is proud to be a woman of HR. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of London. You can connect with Tamkara on twitter @tamkara


About the Author

Tamkara Adun

Tamkara Adun currently works as a Recruitment Consultant at Together Abroad in The Hague and she offers HR advice at www.togetherabroad.nl You can connect with her on twitter @tamkara or find out what she’s up to on her personal blog at www.naijaexpatinholland.com.



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As a HUGE soccer fan and a fellow viewer of the Euro 2012 Final match, I was ecstatic for the Spanish team, and just like you, I watched with a huge grin on my face as the children ran out onto the field. When Fernando Torres picked up his little girl in her jersey with his name on the back, I was struck by the same feelings; children should be involved in all aspects of life, the winning, as well as the losing. When you expose them to your euphoria, as well as your sadness, they learn all the same lessons as you, and can go through life with the confidence that their parents are supporting them, much like they supported their parents when they were younger.


Thanks so much Carolina for the comment.
It was a great example of inclusion that was displayed by the spanish team and i think we can all emulate that.
Whether at work or just life in general.
Viva La Espana! 🙂


Hi! I liked this a lot! I always thought Spanish people were good in involving their children in their day-by-day work with lots of spontaneity, and I guess this is very good, as you say. Proud of my country. 🙂
Carolina Reynoso

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