# Evaluate Steven Gerrard's performance during the England versus Germany game that took place in the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany on September 2nd 2001.

Synoptic Assignment - Steven Gerrard

Introduction

I have chosen to evaluate Steven Gerrard's performance during the England versus Germany game that took place in the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany on September 2nd 2001. England won the match 5-1.

Steven Gerrard had a particularly good game. He scored with a great, twenty-five yard strike on the forty third minute and assisted one goal. The opta stats revealed he worked the hardest out of every single player on the pitch that night. Also, his passing was exceptional, with the stats showing 79% success rate. However, he did receive a yellow card in the second half, which marred an otherwise excellent performance. I believe that Steven received a booking when he did because his arousal increased gradually as the game progressed. He picked up a slight back injury during the game. This was not a real cause for concern however he missed subsequent training sessions due to this injury. Although not a particularly serious injury, the manager (Sven Goran Eriksson) decided to rest him. He therefore missed vital training sessions leading up to England's second World Cup qualifier against Albania.

After evaluating the game fully, I notice that the opposing player which Gerrard had to mark, Michael Ballack, seemed to lose Gerrard on a few occasions, which could well have been a contributing factor to the overall score line.

Synoptic Assignment - Arousal

I believe arousal is an appropriate topic to talk about because, like many elite performers, Gerrard needs optimum arousal to perform at his best.

Whilst evaluating England versus Germany, on several occasions, I noted each time Gerrard's arousal peaked and when his arousal dipped. In this game, in order to perform well, he needed to be highly aroused. After conceding a goal early on, the team need to improve on their performance, in order to do this, their arousal needed increasing. This happened almost automatically resulting in Michael Owen scoring a goal to equalise.

There are three arousal theories - The inverted U theory, Hulls drive theory and the catastrophe theory. In this instance, the inverted U theory is better related to Gerrard. This theory suggests Motivation (arousal) increasing to an optimum point, at which performance is at its best, past which control and quality of performance decreases through trying too hard. After just six minutes, Germany went one goal ahead due to a goal by Carsten Janker. His arousal obviously dipped due to this. After conceding a goal early on, the team need to improve on their performance, in order to do this, their arousal needed increasing. This happened almost automatically resulting in Michael Owen scoring a goal to equalise.

As his arousal increases, so therefore does his performance, until however, he reaches his optimal. After reaching this point, his arousal continues to increase however his performance cannot, so it then begins to decline. Due to his increased level of arousal, following England's first goal scored by Michael Owen, Gerrards performance has also increased. This results in Steven Gerrard scoring a great goal from twenty-five yards out. His arousal was now most probably at its peak until three minutes later when the half time whistle was blown. The fifteen-minute interval made his arousal decline until he went back ...