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Thierry Henry: My pre-match rituals

The legendary Arsenal and France striker on the important role music plays in his pre-match preparation

  • “Make mine a pint of pure performance”

    “Make mine a pint of pure performance”

    Scientists have found that a post-match beer can aid recovery – as long as it’s low on alcohol. We asked Tim Hampson, author of The Beer Book, what to order. And they’re not bad, either...

  • The Brazilian buffet

    The Brazilian buffet

    Even if you can’t play like one, you can eat like a samba star thanks to this all-day feast laid on by PSG’s Lucas Moura

  • Your home, your fortress

    Your home, your fortress

    The game never changes – kick the ball in the opposition’s goal and stop them scoring in yours. So why are teams so much better when playing on their own patch? FFT investigates…

  • How heat and humidity affect the mind

    How heat and humidity affect the mind

    Stay mentally focused every time you feel the heat sucking energy out of your performance

  • Stay calm through any challenge

    Stay calm through any challenge

    Guangzhou Evergrande’s Italian international, Alessandro Diamanti on ignoring a wind-up merchant

  • Anger management

    Anger management

    Keep your emotions in check on the big occasion by focusing on the plan, says the Azzurri rock

  • Michael Ballack: My pre-match rituals

    Michael Ballack: My pre-match rituals

    The former Chelsea and Germany midfielder on how he used music to help him focus before a game

  • Bosnian cevapcici with Asmir Begovic

    Bosnian cevapcici with Asmir Begovic

    The Balkan alternative to the Big Mac isn’t for every day, but it’s a meaty treat, says the Stoke stopper

  • Instant calmer

    Instant calmer

    Rage and hostility can hinder performance – channel your inner Samaritan to nab three points

  • How to fix your injuries

    How to fix your injuries

    Mo Gimpel, sports medicine and science manager at Southampton, tells you how to repair your knocks so you can get back out on the pitch