Football Psychology

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Instant calmer

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

  • 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

  • Thierry Henry: My pre-match rituals

    Thierry Henry: My pre-match rituals

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

  • Get back among the goals

    Get back among the goals

    Use these psychological tips from Hull’s Croatian striker to break your barren spell upfront

  • Feed off crowd abuse

    Feed off crowd abuse

    Has the opposition’s solitary fan singled you out for a verbal lashing? Don’t let it get to you thanks to advice from West Brom’s peak performance coach, Tom Bates

  • Cool down your team-mates

    Cool down your team-mates

    Sevilla’s Croatian captain, Ivan Rakitic, on how to calm down team-mates in the middle of a heated battle

  • Forge a match-winning bond

    Forge a match-winning bond

    Humility and hard work can propel your team to success, says Barcelona and Spain's gung-ho full-back, Jordi Alba