Category Archives: Football Psychology

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 »

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 »

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 »

Football Psychology: Sam Allardyce – Sacked!

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And so Sam Allardyce, one game into his dream managerial job, is sacked. Drawn into a newspaper sting, his bluff views on third-party ownership, the FA, and his predecessor Roy Hodgson, weren’t fully appreciated by his employers. Big Sam, with his well developed track record in stabilising league clubs, was considered a known factor. One that would bring team-spirit and… Read more »

Football Psychology: Wales – The Golden Triangle!

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It was billed as the biggest game in Welsh football history. A team that had never been beyond the quarters of a major tournament. By implication that should have created a burden of pressure…expectation…hidden fears…(especially if you have been conditioned by England’s serial competition failures). Instead you had a team that found a level of individual and collective performance. that… Read more »

Football Psychology: England – The Manager!

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And so the inquests begin into England’s shocking Euro exit. As ever the themes are familiar…pampered superstars; clubs not bringing through academy players; dearth of good English coaches and so on. The FA will undertake a review to try to understand what happened on Monday night in Nice. But past post-tournament reviews have never led to drastic improvements in the… Read more »

Football Psychology: Roy Hodgson – No Magic Answers!

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When England opened the scoring against Russia in their first group match of the Euros, it looked like the perfect opportunity to establish their tournament credentials, and put the weak opposition to the sword. Just after Eric Dier’s goal went in, Roy Hodgson formed an unexpected huddle with his management team, Ray Lewington and Gary Neville. The reason…to create a… Read more »

Football Psychology: Derby County – Another Failure Of Leadership!

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It’s Sky’s pre-match analysis ahead of rugby’s European Final in Lyon. Jonny Wilkinson is discussing his part in Toulon’s 2013 success. The former England number ten, commanding the respect of his team-mates, acted not as a superstar, but drew on his vast experience to glue the French team together. He was the ‘go to player’ when problems needed solving. He’d… Read more »

Football Psychology: Claudio Ranieri: Calmness!

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So…four games remaining in this dramatic Premier League campaign. Tottenham purposefully chasing down leaders Leicester City. Last Sunday’s dramatic West Ham draw exposed some of the pressure that has been quietly building in The Foxes title challenge. The strong arm penalty box tactics. Vardy’s expertise in winning penalties. ¬†Referee Jon Moss was having none of it. In return he got… Read more »