Former Mallorca Manager Allegedly Made Team Watch Porn Film as Motivation Tactic

Joe GallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

Granada's coach Joaquin Caparros (L) reacts during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Granada FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 30, 2014. Sevilla won the match 5-1.  AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLER        (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ex-Mallorca boss Joaquin Caparros allegedly used a particularly bizarre motivational technique during his time with the club, one of his former players told ESPN Brazil.

Caparros, 60, whose 34-year managerial career last saw him in charge of Granada, once used pornography as a way to get the best out of his players.

That's according to Brazilian centre-back Anderson Conceicao, who spent the 2012-13 season on loan with Mallorca and is now with Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union.

He told ESPN Brazil (h/t Sport) that the manager utilised the left field tactic ahead of a key game against Athletic Bilbao:

In the team talk ahead of the game Caparros showed us a video with images from a porn film. We were shocked, we didn't understand anything of what we were watching.

The coach wanted to raise our spirit, but we didn't get his idea. He told us that our tension in the game had to be the same as the porn actor.

Whatever the motivation, it didn't work—Mallorca lost the game 1-0 and were subsequently relegated from La Liga.

 

[ESPN Brazil, h/t Sport]