Category Archives: Sports Psychology Blog

Welcome to the Confidence Coach’s Sports Psychology blog. Here you will find insights on current sporting events, from the perspective of a sports psychology practitioner.

The purpose of this blog, is to get inside the sporting drama…why the player or team do what they they do…their thinking…mindsets…attitudes…their fluctuating state of confidence…and all the other mental and emotional pieces that create the psychology of sports.

The most recent articles are at the top of the List Of Sports Psychology Blogs Index.

Football Psychology: Leicester City – The Psychologist

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It’s been a turbulent week at Leicester City. The sacking of Claudio Ranieri, has led to much comment and analysis as to the rights and wrongs of that controversial decision. Greedy players; Impulsive owners all incurring the wrath of the football industry, as the games favourite uncle is perceived to be hard done by. Without being inside the Leicester camp,… Read more »

Football Psychology: Antonio Conte – Blind Faith!

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It’s every managers dream. Where your players have blind faith in you as a leader. They trust in you. They feed off your man-management and emotional energy. They will go the extra mile for you. When the player – manager stars are aligned like this then everything is possible. And this is the dynamic that Antonio Conte has created at… Read more »

Football Psychology: Claudio Ranieri – Problems!

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It was only a few weeks ago that he was crowned World Manager of The Year. Taking Leicester City to an unlikely Premier League title made him the toast of world football. Now his position is under critical scrutiny, as The Foxes find themselves drawn into a relegation battle. The finger has been pointed at his under-performing players…the corroding of… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Anthony Hamilton – Winning!

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And so finally, at the age of forty-six, Anthony Hamilton secures his first ranking title, The German Masters. A hard fought 9-6 win over Ali Carter, made Hamilton the oldest winner of a ranking event since Doug Mountjoy in 1989. Coming from a 5-2 deficit, Hamilton produced his best snooker to take an 8-5 lead. Then the questions started to… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Roger Federer – One More Moment!

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The Virgin Queen Elizabeth !, said on her death bed, ‘I would give all my worldly possessions, for one more precious moment of life’. A sentiment that came to mind at Melbourne yesterday evening. After a titanic struggle with Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer secured his eighteenth Grand Slam. As the umpire called game, set and match, Roger looked joyous. moved,… Read more »

Football Psychology: Paul Pogba – Emoji’s!

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It;s Old Trafford. A damp January Sunday. A strong Liverpool team are in opposition. Everything is set up for a classic encounter. So what better time for United’s Paul Pogba to introduce to the world his new Emoji. The United media team have backed their player by displaying news of the emoji on illuminated advertising around the ground as the… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Novak Djokovic – Beyond Tennis!

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It’s not unusual anymore for sports professionals to work with psychologists. The mind plays such a critical part in sporting success. They also work with therapists, to look to heal difficult and challenging personal issues from the past, It is unusual. however, for a top player to bring a spiritual guru into their team. Which is exactly what Novak Djokovic… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Nick Kyrgios – Bored!

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Its the Shanghai Masters. And Nick Kyrgios is making an early exit. His defeat to world number 110, Mischa Zyerev would only be a shock if the Australian was giving it 100%. Which he isnt. Complaining of boredom and tiredness, Nick once again incurs the wrath of the Australian sporting community with an un-committed performance. And of course the pundits… Read more »

Football Psychology: Wayne Rooney – The Gift!

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He announced himself in 2002.  A supremely confident sixteen year old. A teenager in a mans body. Right then, everything seemed possible for Wayne Rooney. Fourteen years later, having been jeered by the Wembley crowd, he finds himself dropped from the England team. No longer a potent attacking force, the best days appear to be behind him. There are many… Read more »

Golf Psychology: Rory McIlroy – Motivation!

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It’s the par five fifteenth at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota. Ryder Cup day one. Rory Mcilroy has just drained an eagle putt to defeat Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. He bows in mock theatrical fashion to the corwd. Then delivers a mighty fist pump, to let everyone know what the win means to him. It has echoes of Ian… Read more »