Football: Julian Faubert – The Strange Power Of The Mind

Just two weeks after signing for West Ham United, French mid-fielder Julian Faubert, ruptures his Achilles tendon. He is out of action for 6 months. The West Ham physio tells us that Julian has never had any achilles trouble before. This is major shock to them. But maybe this shock can be explained. We are told that Faubert’s first choice of departure from Bordeaux was Glasgow Rangers. His agent said that he had wanted to go to Rangers and had given them his word. West Ham outbid Rangers and so he ended up in the East End. Then the French manager […]

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Golf: Sergio Garcia – I Believe

It’s day two of the Open and Sergio Garcia has a two shot lead. Garcia backers are starting to think they may at last get some return from their yearly investments. But it may not be straightforward. Following his even par round Garcia said, ‘I just have to keep playing well and believing’. Belief is the boiler room of the sub-conscious. It directs how you feel about yourself. It provides the power that leads to breakthrough. Sergio’s comments intimate that belief is something he has to work on. Keep reminding himself. Telling himself that he can be Open Champion. That he is […]

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Football: Brazil – The Power Of A Cause

So Brazil win the Copa America, despite all the pre-match hype suggesting an Argentinian win. This is a country that knows how to win. It’s in their football DNA. This batch of Brazilians may not match teams of the past for flair, verve and individual briliance, but they delivered when it mattered the most. The coach, Dunga, gave an insight into ther victory. He said,” We came to rescue the self-esteem of the Brazilian worker, who wakes up in the morning and returns home late at night, whose only satisfaction in life is seeing Brazil win a football match.” This […]

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Golf: Padraig Harrington – The 1%

It’s day two of the Open Championship and Padraig Harrington is in contention. There are many who think that this could be his year. A course he knows well and he’s bang in form. The omens are good. There is every chance that the Irishman will be there or there abouts on Sunday evening. But can he make the transition from European Order Of Merit Winner to Open Champion? For Harrington to breakthrough into the domain of Major winners he will have to tap into the 1%. The 1% is a place beyond hard-work. A place beyond solid technique. A […]

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GAA: Limerick – The Quiet Suppression

In the All-Ireland hurling semi-final, Limerick tore into their opponents Wexford with a bristling intensity from the off. All energy and focus, they emerged worthy winners and there was great anticipation as to how champions Kilkenny would handle the expected Limerick intensity onslaught. Well they handled it alright. After ten minutes they had scored two goals and from there on in, Limerick were playing catch up. Limerick were caught cold. Slow out of the blocks, the game had slipped out of their hands before they had got into it. So why is it that teams freeze on the big occasion? […]

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Football: Jamie Carragher – Bottler?

Firstly this is not a debate about whether Jamie Carragher is a ‘bottler’ or not. It’s questioning why a player would consider giving up their international career. This tells us more about the disaffection Carragher feels about the England set-up. Many fans feel the same way. Once diehard nationalists no longer care about the England team. One underperformance after another at major events, supported by mediocre, unambitious football has alienated fans. And players it seems. It doesn’t look like fun. Steve McClaren must view Carragher’s decision as a wake up call. Players don’t want to be part of the set-up. […]

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Football: David Beckham – Good For Morale?

Even before he is officially unveiled, LA Galaxy president Alexei Lalas informs us that David Beckham’s imminent arrival has had an adverse affect on the Major League side. LA Galaxy are near the bottom of the Western Division. The phone-ins are asking the sports psychology experts, ‘So how will Beckham’s arrival impact on the morale and team-spirit of the Galaxy’? It could go two ways: 1) Beckham’s presence and huge wages could cause resentment amongst his colleagues. For his 125m. they will expect him to better than Pele and Maradona combined and win every game by himself. They will feel […]

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Football: Chelsea – What Are It’s True Values?

Chelsea Chief Executive, Peter Kenyon, has spoken recently of the need for the club to make, at least, the final of the Champions League in order for them to be acknowledged as a ‘world brand.’ But many diehard fans, who would rather see their team win the Premiership, don’t agree. There may be developing a sense of disconnect between these fans and the club they support. A gap in credibility which refuses to be bridged by clever merchandising. Football clubs have been driven by a deep-rooted set of values which provide the foundation for everything that happens at the club. […]

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Tennis: The Champions Masterclass

It’s the fifth set of the Wimbledon’s mens single final. Rafael Nadal is pounding Roger Federer. He has vital break points at 2-2. It’s a pivotal moment in the game. The champion is on the ropes. Minutes later Federer heads for the chair 3-2 up. There is a spark in his eye. A spring in his step. And with it a sense of knowing. A sense that champions get. That this is it. This is the moment. The turning point. And so it proves. He has taken all Nadal has got to throw at him. Nadal is finally beaten. So what is […]

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Football: Fernando Torres – Know Your History

So Fernando Torres is to join Liverpool from Athletico Madrid for 26m. Is he going to be the catalyst that finally ignites Liverpool’s title challenge? Or will he join Stan Collymore, Emile Heskey, Craig Bellamy and Djibril Cisse, and fail to live up to the publicity and hype? If he is to make a difference, the first thing I would do if I was working with him, would be to steep him in history. I would create a specific induction process for him. An induction into the history of great Liverpool forwards…Liddell, Thompson, Hunt, St. John, Keegan, Toshack, Dalgleish, Rush. […]

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