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.

Jose Mourinho And The Respect Agenda

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It’s January 12th 2005 and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have drawn 0-0 at home against Manchester United in the first leg of the semi final of the Carling Cup. Honours even, Jose and Fergie retire for a glass of fine wine. But, disappointingly, the wine is mere plonk and the embarrassed Chelsea boss promises to rectify the situation for the away… Read more »


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In a recent survey for the Barclay’s Spaces For Sports project, Portsmouth’s back-flipping striker Lomana Lua-Lua was deemed to have the greatest celebration in the history of the Premiership, closely followed by Robbie Keane’s cartwheel celebration and Klinsmann’s ironic dive. Celebrations have become part of the DNA of sporting endeavour. The solid handshake or ‘high fives’ have become too common… Read more »

Robert Pires And The Lost Penalty

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It’s late October and Arsenal’s stuttering premiership challenge is about to be resurrected as Robert Pires steps up to take his second penalty of the game against Manchester City. It is now the stuff of history that he tried to pass the ball to Henry, and failed. The comment it excited ranged, predictably, from amusement to outrage, but how, it… Read more »

Breaking The Stop Situation

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It’s Denmark v. England in Copenhagen and England have capitulated. The chagrin of press and public could be anticipated; David James’, honest admittance that he hadn’t prepared properly couldn’t. Unsurprisingly, he is omitted from the next squad, whether for his goalkeeping errors or his candour is open to debate. Whilst many have been keen to point the finger at James,… Read more »

Jonathon Woodgate

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Jonathon Woodgate speaks Spanish like a Mallorcan and has grown his hair like an Argentinian. He has spent the last fourteen months recovering from an injury he had before moving to Real Madrid. Now, with Real in crisis and Luxumbergo on the verge of dismissal, Woodgate is called in for his first game for the club. His first significant action… Read more »


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It’s high summer and the majority of Premiership coaches are relaxing on faraway beaches, seeking mental refreshment ahead of fresh challenges. One manager, however, has forsaken the towel and the tan. Stuart Pearce is overseeing the building of Manchester City’s new training centre. We shouldn’t be surprised at Pearce breaking with convention for it was he who, in the last… Read more »

Will And Belief

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It’s early in the second half of the Champions League Final, 2005, AC Milan, having assumed complete control, stroke the ball around, three goals to the good, victory assured. Then, out of the blue, Steven Gerrard plants a looping header into the Rossoneri net. He hurries back to the centre circle, sensing a seminal moment. Four minutes later, as Liverpool… Read more »

United We Stand

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It’s the penultimate weekend of the Premiership season and Manchester United are hosting struggling West Bromwich Albion. Halfway through the second half, Giggs and Fortune combine to provide a gilt edged opportunity for Kleberson. The despondent Brazilian shoots wildly over. It’s just one of many golden chances spurned by the United forwards, to leave the fans confused and frustrated and… Read more »

Ten To Three

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It was recently reported that the inspirational Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been inviting members of his squad to deliver the motivational team-talk prior to kick off. This is an astute move by Mourinho. The benefits of this strategy are that it causes his players to have to think about their personal motivation. It also makes them consider their colleague’s… Read more »

Arsenal – The Psychology Of Defeat

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The food fight at the end of the latest ‘match of the century’ generated more tabloid hyperbole than the typically fraught events on the pitch.Whilst removing pizza and soup from his suit would have proved a minor inconvenience to Sir Alex Ferguson, he would have taken satisfaction at the lack of self control demonstrated by Arsenal in defeat. In the… Read more »