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.

Thierry Henry

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It’s moments after champions Arsenal and, more specifically, Thierry Henry have put troubled Leeds United to the sword in a Friday spectacular at Highbury. The Frenchman is dutifully collecting another man of the match award, and seems slightly distant and pre-occupied. Sky’s Clare Tomlinson is asking the questions and wants to know if the Player of the Year is experiencing… Read more »

Gerard Houllier

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It’s FA Cup third round Sunday, and as Emile Heskey finally breaks the sturdy Yeovil resistance, the BBC cameras pan to Gerard Houllier. The Frenchman puffs his cheeks in relief; relief that a giant killing will not now materialise; relief that he has bought time from those who, with each Liverpool under-achievement, demand his head. Failure to win a Champions… Read more »

The Loneliness of the Foreign Import

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Its half time in the first Portsmouth-Southampton South Coast derby for years and the Sky punditry team of John Beresford and Ian Dowie are dissecting the action. Beresford is sorely tempted to cross the unspoken line and break the professionals’ code of honour. He is suggesting that, by Zivkovic giving the ball away cheaply in a dangerous area, leading to… Read more »

Graham Souness, Blinded By The Light

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My name is Graham Souness, I will have my vengeance in this life or the next. For the gladiator, the fight against injustice is eternal, When victory is on the line you can be sure Graham Souness will be at your side, burning with pride and unquenchable will. In the recent Blackburn-Liverpool Carling Cup encounter, visiting fans taunted Souness, from… Read more »

Premiership Postures

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This report was created by Martin Perry, exclusively for the London Times. The aim of this special Sports Psychology report is to give insight into the body language and psychology of the Premiership managers It is obvious that the job of a Premiership manager is stressful; we dont need the evidence of Houlliers heart attack to convince us of that…. Read more »

Sven Goran Eriksson – Mission Impossible?

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He arrived to a standing ovation at Upton Park. As if the East Enders, loyal to the national cause, sensed in the calm Swede the something else, the something different, the calming, indefinable ingredient x-the healing England needed after the emotional excesses of the Keegan era. And, initially, he delivered. Lifting the shadow of fear, encouraging his young charges to,… Read more »

Alan Pardew – The Psychology Of Management

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When we hear performers talk about the flow state, they mean the point where they are able to go beyond perceived limits and achieve extraordinary outcomes. Think Beckham from the halfway line, Diego Maradona dribbling through England’s defence, Owen putting Argentina to the sword. We know that this flow state occurs when the performer and the game are as one…. Read more »

Who Dares Wins?

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In the high-wire relegation game between West Brom and West Ham, three solid gold chances fall to the man who, for all his wealth, can’t buy a goal. Three years ago Lee Hughes was the toast of the Hawthorns. Famed for his predatory instincts and endearing celebrations, Hughes had it. He frolicked in the adulation. He was the signature player…. Read more »

The Roeder to Perdition

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Sixty-five minutes into the fourth round FA Cup Tie at Old Trafford, West Ham manager Glenn Roeder went for a short walk. From his pitchside technical area, which he had worn thin with worry, he made for the elevated visitors’ dug out. He climbed the six steps to the top. Ahead, to the left, sat his coaching staff. They kept… Read more »

Inside The Mind Of Kevin Keegan

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Imagine that Kevin Keegan and a team of mountaineers set off to conquer the South West face of Everest. The expedition would leave base camp with boundless camaraderie, conviction and confidence. The party would advance up the mountain with spirit and optimism, until suddenly, with the summit in sight, conditions would get more difficult. Its at this point, on the… Read more »