Now, if you have been watching soccer, you may have noticed that hugging is fairly common.
With the emotions that come with the game, people hug to express their happiness.
Maybe with a certain individual because they have scored the winning goal.
Or it could be just to celebrate.
For instance, you have the passionate Jurgen Klopp who is always hugging his players.
Many players will do it during, before, and after a game.
However, why exactly do footballers hug each other?
In this post, I take you through the three main reasons behind it.
1. To Celebrate A Goal
The first reason why footballers hug each other is for when celebrating a goal.
Now there are two reasons behind this, at least from my experience.
To begin with, players will hug another teammate to congratulate them on their goal.
The other reason is that there happy the team has scored and simply want to celebrate that by going over to the teammates to hug them.
As I have covered already on my site, footballers will celebrate a lot when a goal goes in.
So when it happens, its only natural that players go crazy hugging each other, as you can see in the image below.
As you can see above, the game produces so many happy emotions when goals are scored.
Along with just two people hugging each other, you will often see teams doing group hugs celebrating as a collective after a goal, showing unity in the squad.
2. Playing Against Ex-Teammate
In football, due to players frequently switching clubs, players will end up playing against former teammates a fair bit.
If you take the MLS, for example, the trade system they have means players will end up at several teams in the league.
As a result, on matchdays, players will see ex-teammates and go over to hug them.
Just like would be the case if the two mates on the street hadn’t seen each other in a while.
The chances are they became good friends at a club, having played in numerous matches together and training frequently too.
Whenever I do see old teammates on TV hugging, it always reminds me of this classic clip featuring Vardy and Schmeichel below:
3. To Get Each Other Focused
Before a football team kicks off, players of a team will either do a team huddle or go around each other hugging.
You may notice that before a game, when the cameras are recording the players, that they hugging each of their teammates.
Now the reason why they do this is to get each other focused and switched on.
Its also basically a good luck hug in a way, where its like have a good game.
So when you see players doing this, they’re not just hugging for no reason.
Its to get players in the zone, and have a great start to the game.
4. To Congratulate Performances
As well as being hugged because you had a big role in a goal, players and also coaches will do so if someone has had a good game.
If you have followed the premier league any time over the past few seasons, you may have noticed how Jurgen Klopp loves to hug his players.
He loves to embrace his players, with him hugging the players he substitutes.
As well as going on to the field at full-time to hug each and every one of his players.
Players will also do this, especially if they have won a game or a cup, by hugging each other to celebrate.
With football being the passionate game it is, a lot of footballers will hug at various times.
As you can by this list there a few reasons why footballers do hug each other.
Do you know of any others? Or even have thoughts on the ones listed above?
If so let me know down below 🙂