I had been curious as a youngster regarding voyagers along with adventurers and leaders. The people who headed off into the huge unknown perhaps not knowing what lay out there now. Going away from the protection of a metropolis or even a tribe looking for some thing. Today in terms of the Spanish and Portuguese who put off looking for new worlds and new trade routes, it seems obvious enough nowadays they might accomplish that as empires were being built and also transaction was necessary.

Ships were more seaworthy yet you think that just decades previous to the people thought if you hit on the horizon, that you would lose the edge of earth. You’ve got to admire that feeling of venture. As an aside, retailers could wager their whole fortune on those ships and transaction, therefore when it came back laden with wealth, years later, the word “His boat has arrived into ” came about. We use it now to discuss good fortune.

There has to have been a screw loose

But go back farther and think about the Polynesians and also the Vikings and those guys were going into the unknown in wooden canoes and longships sometimes looking for new lands and only a small pillage to boot. They have to have been mad. There must have been a screw loose inside somewhere. I mean, ofcourse we can think about all of these events as exploration, but I always figured there needs to be far more to it than that.

I guess it’s because travel doesn’t come easy to me. I am not like any people that are intimidated by the ‘wanderlust’ bug. What a excellent word if just for the compounding of ramble together with lust. It says it all. And I read an article somewhere that maybe explained it to me.

It was imprinted in our DNA that there is security in numbers

Millions of years ago we lived in tiny groups or tribes, staying together for security, and staying close to the fire. It was imprinted in our DNA that there’s safety in numbers, much from that sabre-toothed tiger that only wanted to consume us. But in doing this was a danger of inbreeding, that of the gene pool within our tribe becoming too narrow. In every tribe there is clearly one of just two of those whose DNA wiring has been changed to travel, to break loose, to move outside to mix up the gene pool. Spread it out Throughout the globe. 99 percent of us love the fire, 1% has wanderlust.

Why on earth you will ask am I going on about this type of thing. Well I am going into Croatia this weekend into this wonderful handball center of Zagreb. And this club is the epitome of my little thesis in reverse. It’s as though each one of them that plays there’s got the bug. The should extend their wings and disperse the Croatian handball gene. Ofcourse just as much as in the early days of travel it’s about commerce, but it’s more than that. Plenty of amazing players there never found the urge although I am convinced that there were better commercial offers.

I am not a hoarder by nature, but I have retained all of my cards along with records out of all the matches I have covered in the EHF Champions league and that I came across my card from 2011 once I covered a game in Zagreb. The names on this set for Zagreb would frighten you once you think about exactly just how many have abandoned and eventually become successful everywhere: Kopljar, Pesic, Strlek, Gojun, Brozovic, Stepancic, Ivic, etc.. The list continues.

These guys were kids when I saw themall of them outgrowing their own hometown team. And do not tell me they weren’t sought after, but they remained close to the fire. Imagine the ability of this club now had they been able to carry team together. Each and every time I return, there’s yet another new team and that I wonder just how many goes to bigger things, knowing which theyrsquo;re attempting to proceed at some stage. If I could pun on the surnames of the Croatians “they will have an itch they will need to scratch. ”

Zagreb have been in nature the Ajax of this handball planet

It’s a nod to Zagreb which they are a foundation for lots of the very best clubs in Europe. ” This can be indicative of so many clubs that want instant gratification and glory. Many of them no more grace the hand ball scene. Zagreb with their own credit live against that announcement. They will gladly wait until Tuesday to consume the hamburger. They cut off their cloth to match their measure. They survive and thrive knowing that glory may never be within their grasp.

Imagine the pride and courage required to constantly strive to compete realizing your very best players will probably consistently be poached. Year to be a name at the kettle of the Champions League, with a proud heritage and history, and understand you probably require magic to achieve. They’re in essence the Ajax of the hand ball world, a team that has become a nursery to provide for the wider hand ball family. A famous Polish participant and mentor once told me“You don’t even win anything without a Croatian in your own team. ” Along with Zagreb is your first place they look.

Never gamble against the underdog in a game like this

So when one other Balkan and exceptionally successful clubVardar, arrive to play the game this weekend there should no other result than the usual Macedonian success. Right? All the signs say . Zagreb just about managed to get to the Last 16 in what many perceive as an easier group into this main one in which Vardar played. In addition they sit behind Vardar to the leader board of the SEHA league table. If we employ the American system of lsquo;bracketology’ then the outcome should be a foregone conclusion.

But this really is MOTW. Plus yet one thing is never to bet against the underdog in a game like this.

TEXT: Tom Ó Brannagáin, ehfTV.com commentator


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