“Wearing the same shirts doesn’t make a team” – the phenomenon of team cohesion in sports

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teamwork1What is this so-called team cohesion that everyone is talking about in the field of sport lately? As the above quote states, it is apparently not enough to be wearing the same t-shirts, to have the same team name and to be training in the same facilities, no, there is more to a team than that.

German football coach Joachim Löw seemed well aware of this fact and accommodated his players in Campo Bahia for the FIFA world cup 2014 in Brazil. The world watched curiously while “Löw’s boys” stayed together in shared-flat-like huts, were asked to spend their free time together as a team and went on teambuilding excursions.

What is team cohesion?

There are two kinds of team cohesion: social cohesion and task cohesion. Social cohesion means that the team likes to spend time together and that its members have relationships outside the court, the pitch, the field…

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“Wearing the same shirts doesn’t make a team” – the phenomenon of team cohesion in sports

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