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10 Psychological Tips for Better Penalty Kicks

Psychology of penalty kicks

Psychology plays an important role in winning football matches and ultimately football titles. “If I could go back in time I’d go to the 2006 World Cup and bring along a mental coach to work with the players on taking penalties. England did have a mental problem with that” – former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson (Little, 2012). Continue reading

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Manchester United’s Grit and Comeback Culture

Sir Alex FergusonOn Sunday February 5, 2012, fifty minutes into their highly anticipated match, Manchester United went 3-0 down against top four rivals Chelsea. Logic stated that it would be curtains for the Red Devils and that Andre Villas-Boas’ side would take all three points. Continue reading

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The “New Manager Bounce” Explained

martin o'neill sunderland managerEvery once in a while there comes a time when the chairman of a football club has to make that difficult decision to let the manager go in order for the team to move forward, or in some cases, to save the club from the peril of dropping out of the Premier League and the possibility of financial ruin. Clubs know they cannot afford to lose their top flight status in this day and age and will do everything they can to preserve it. And if that means cutting the cord with the man at the helm, then it is a sacrifice they are ready and willing to make. Continue reading

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3 Reasons City cannot afford to take United lightly in the FA Cup

Man United 1-6 Man CityThey say money can’t buy happiness. And they might be right. Trophies though, are another matter entirely. After buying winning the FA Cup during last year’s campaign, Manchester City has bought played its way to the top of the table at the midway point of the 2011-2012 Premier League season. Continue reading

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4 Psychological reasons Arsenal needs Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry, Arsenal When the rumour about Thierry Henry coming back to play for Arsenal first emerged it seemed more like fantasy football than reality. This is the man who scored 226 goals for the Gunners to make him the club’s top goal scorer of all time. The man who undoubtedly made the greatest contribution to the golden era of Arséne Wenger’s reign, helping Arsenal to a glittering array of trophies during his tenure at the club. The man who, at his peak, was the best player in the world. He was simply sensational to watch — his touch, his technique, his vision, his pace and his drive were second to none. Surely he could not be returning to pull on that famous cannon encrested jersey once more? Continue reading

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