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When it comes to Everton match days, particularly for the Merseyside Derby you will find that many Everton fans believe that wearing anything red, from their socks and underwear to even a hairband or necklace, that it may bring bad luck. With the Liverpool rivals generally wearing red during their home games, and in particular throughout their home games, it makes sense that many Toffees refuse to wear the colour.
Other such superstitions particularly with the fans include stop off rituals before the match for food and drink, and even walking around the ground twice before going in. There are plenty of sporting rituals that make up some of the biggest superstitions from around the world, and we’re taking a look at some sporting superstitions that you may or may not have heard of.
One of the biggest and best sports stars to have graced the Earth is Michael Jordan, and this basketball megastar used to always wear a pair of lucky shorts under his Chicago Bulls uniform, and because of this he had his shorts made slightly longer and baggier than normal. Because of Jordan’s superstition, these types of shorts actually became the norm when he became a sporting star.
This superstitious footballer has a few rituals that he follows which he believes helps him to play at his best. If he’s travelling to a game via plane, he insists that he is the first to disembark. If, however, he’s travelling by bus he believes that he should get off last and therefore always sits at the back. In addition to this, he always steps onto a pitch with his right foot on the grass first. One of the other more noticeable traditions that he carries out is that he always does his hair at half time so that he doesn’t play both halves with the same hairstyle in order, in his mind, to help him play well throughout the entirety of the game.
The number one in the world for women’s singles tennis, Serena Williams has a huge list of superstitions and traditions that she believes will help her to play well. From bringing her shower sandals to the court with her with every match to the way she bounces the ball before a serve (5 times before the first serve, twice before the second) she has a whole heap. One of the biggest however, is that she always wears the same pair of socks if she’s on a winning streak – unwashed.
While almost every professional sportsman and sportswoman will have their own personal superstitions, but there are a few that are specific to football as an entirety. One of the most well-known football superstitions is that double numbers on a player’s uniform will bring good luck. In addition to this, it is also supposedly bad luck for a football player to take a new number when he is traded to another team. The most important footballing superstition of all is that a mascot is a symbol of good luck - which means Chang the Elephant is always a good one to turn to for some good luck before the Toffees head out for their match.
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