‘We’re determined not to play a cameo role’: Franco Varrella on coaching San Marino, his side’s approach against England and changing a team’s mentality

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Finding a preview of England vs San Marino which doesn’t mention Davide Gualtieri is a tough task. The former Sammarinese striker scored after 8.3 seconds of the 1993 World Cup qualifier between the two teams. The goal stood as the fastest in the history of the competition for over 22 years. In the run-up to … Continue reading ‘We’re determined not to play a cameo role’: Franco Varrella on coaching San Marino, his side’s approach against England and changing a team’s mentality

‘For 30 years, we survived by bringing through talent’: where is Tranmere’s next group of homegrown stars?

“Aaron Cresswell crosses for Dale Jennings to slot home!” The quote is fictitious, but as Tranmere prepare for a trip to Wembley and the Papa John’s Trophy Final against Sunderland, the club’s fans could be forgiven for wondering how their former left-wing partnership might have influenced the game. Cresswell and Jennings are part of a … Continue reading ‘For 30 years, we survived by bringing through talent’: where is Tranmere’s next group of homegrown stars?

Meet the psychologist preparing Dinamo Zagreb to face Bale and Kane

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For any Dinamo Zagreb defenders watching Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday evening, the prospect of facing Gareth Bale and Harry Kane in tonight’s Europa League round of 16 first leg might not have seemed particularly appealing. Despite Dinamo’s excellent run in this season’s competition – the Croatian side have yet to taste … Continue reading Meet the psychologist preparing Dinamo Zagreb to face Bale and Kane

“Hazard broke the charts”: inside Chelsea’s ‘psychological coding’ project

‘They’re passing the ball with real confidence: you can just see how focused they are today’. It’s a line that could be taken from almost any commentator or pundit. It’s also a statement which fans across the world would recognise. We know when our team’s players are motivated. Or do we? It’s a question that … Continue reading “Hazard broke the charts”: inside Chelsea’s ‘psychological coding’ project

Lisa Fallon: ‘We have the opportunity to influence change’

Lisa Fallon

It’s becoming something of a cliche to say that we’re living in ‘unprecedented times’. However, English football is arguably facing its biggest crisis in a generation. The stark reality of financial pressure and the continued absence of fans is biting hard. Fortunately, Lisa Fallon is well-versed in dealing with challenging situations. The London City Lionesses … Continue reading Lisa Fallon: ‘We have the opportunity to influence change’

Peter Varney on Charlton, the salary cap and fit and proper owners

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It’s the time of year when photos of footballers lying on sun-kissed Balearic beaches are ten a penny. But away from the holiday snaps dominating Instagram, there’s an altogether different picture of life as a professional footballer. It’s a reality that Peter Varney is familiar with. The former Charlton chief executive, who oversaw eight seasons … Continue reading Peter Varney on Charlton, the salary cap and fit and proper owners

How the ‘biggest psychology programme in Europe’ helped Wycombe make history

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Anthony Stewart’s header hits the back of the net. He peels away to celebrate, his teammates in close attendance. They all know the importance of the goal, which will set the club on course for promotion to the Championship. For the first time in its 133-year history, Wycombe will be playing in the second tier … Continue reading How the ‘biggest psychology programme in Europe’ helped Wycombe make history

Interview: Leo Pearlman (Sunderland ‘Til I Die exec producer)

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In the latest episode of the Beat The Press podcast, we speak to Leo Pearlman, executive producer of Sunderland 'Til I Die. Join us for a discussion that starts with Leo's time on the Roker Park terraces, supporting the club he would go on to make a documentary about. We look at the driving factors … Continue reading Interview: Leo Pearlman (Sunderland ‘Til I Die exec producer)

Interview: The Football History Boys

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In the first episode of the Beat The Press podcast, we speak to Ben Jones and Gareth Thomas, founders of ‘The Football History Boys’ website and authors of ‘Football’s Fifty Most Important Moments’. Join us for a discussion about the parallels between the modern-day reaction to football’s suspension and the response in 1914 and 1939. … Continue reading Interview: The Football History Boys