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    Aline Olivio

    Uniforms, mascots, slogans they are most common. And between all the teams the All Blacks is what most caught my attention

    Julian Fernandez

    I’m thinking about New Zealand’s “All Blacks” Rugby team and their worldwide known Haka before each match.

    Along the same “fear-inspiring rituals”, there’s a rather distinctive one in Mexico’s national football (soccer) league: Toluca’s “Perra Brava” (“Mad B*tch”) fan club.

    The distinctiveness of this fan club is its members celebrate each of their team’s goal by taking their shirts off, while they keep cheering, dancing, jumping, and so on.

    Here’s a 3 min video you can watch if you want to see what I’m talking about. At one point during the video, the stadium’s screens show a temperature of 15° C (60° F) but that city can get way colder (5°C / 40°F).

    I guess every team (and culture) has their own way of setting themselves apart.

    Liverpool’s F.C. “You’ll never walk alone” is another example that comes to my mind.


    The examples of team distinctiveness that I think stand out are uniforms (especially if the team is involved in the design) with the individual players’ names on them, game rituals like the haka (NZ All Blacks) gets both the team and crowd psyched up, how the team interacts with the crowd and post-game rituals just among the team acknowledging everyone’s role and support in the game.

    S.Venisha Mani

    A team cheer & a team prayer before a match.

    Alexander Oshinsky

    Whenever I think of team distinctiveness I think of my college rugby teams pregame speech. the team captain or player of value (a senior playing his last game) would end the speech with the same saying, “LET THERE BE NO DOUBT WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE CAME HERE TO DO! WHO ARE WE?” team response “GATOR RUGBY!” leader “15 IS 1 ON 3! 1, 2, 3!” team “15 IS 1!”. it was a way of bringing us together for every match and getting us prepared to play. it signified that we were there as a team and as a team were would work together to accomplish our goal and win. it meant that every player no matter what position you played was just as important to as the next and that only by working together would we be successful.


    During volleyball matches, celebrating each point with a specific cheer/routine.

    Fight Song being played after each touchdown or score, as well as after a victory.


    Its the cheer before every start of a game. My team come up with the cheer, its to remind us what we are here for. And when everyone shouted out at their loudest voice we sounds like one, it really gives an extra edge when other hear us.


    New Zealand’s national teams (Rugby, basketball etc) Haka dance (the traditional Māori dance) before sports competitions is such an example.

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    George Morrison

    there are many interesting examples of team distinctiveness that have been mentioned – the uniform nature of the dress code, team badges, club mascots and team songs. The club or team are the focus rather than individuals who make up the team but over the years there have been some examples of how individual players impose there own style and mark of distinctiveness within the team brand. I remember George Best who always wore the team shirt outside the shorts rather than tucked inside and Eric Cantona who wore a ‘turned -up’ collar of Manchester united’s famous red strip.
    Colours and design are also important not only in establishing the identity of the side but also, apparently, in gaining psychological advantage. It is claimed the vertical striped shirts of Inter Milan made the defenders appear taller while the hoops of Celtic, their opponents in the European cup final of 1967, countered by making the attackers appear faster and more aggressive. Teams with red shirts have won the English Premier league more times than any other colour.

    Ayan Chatterjee

    A wonderful example of this team distinctiveness would be the west indies team that won the 2014 t20 cricket world cup. As the tournament progressed, the team began to dance to gangnam style ( a popular song by korean artist PSY). They would celebrate everything by dancing to that dance, it rubbed off on everyone in the team and the team began to feel more and more like a unit, so much so that in the semi final their more destructive batsman batter with a lot of responsibility, you could say he almost curbed his role for the benefit of the team. Here is an article that illustrates this really well. The best thing about the whole tournament was that they went on to win it.

    Yeo Chern Tat

    In soccer I remember, Laurent Blanc’s famous Fabien Barthez forehead kiss can be seen as a form of unity between the two of them.

    The all blacks and their hakas.

    All these I noticed as rituals for cohesiveness.

    Nur Alyaa

    war cry, cheers, pray, claps, synchronize dance.


    I have always supported the Sydney Swans and love singing the team song at the end of the game when they win. My son plays junior footy and we encourage his team to sing their club song after every game as well. it definitely builds cohesion when combined with training and socialising together. The common uniform is also a big part of identity building.

    For further thought though, my daughter has been part of a team that had a uniform and a team song, but didn’t have time to train together or socialise together as they came from many different schools, and there was almost no cohesion in that team.

    Conrad Francis

    uniform, Pins, and official documents


    The most obvious and common form of team distinctiveness is clothing and team kit but also any accessories to go with it, I know the girls in the GB kayak team often have the same headband or matching sunglasses. Something more than just the team GB kit, that is unique to their crew (K2 or K4/2 or 4 person kayak), this helps to build the team bond. Team rituals are also great for building a bond and belief in one another.

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