UCFB World Cup 2018 Insights

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‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!’

By Alan Tonge, lecturer in sport research at the UCFB Etihad Campus

Alan is a former professional himself, having played for Manchester United and Exeter City, before he was forced to retire at the age of 24. He’s since gone into academia and has a Master of Philosophy in Sport Psychology. Alan is currently undertaking a PhD on ‘exploring critical moments, identity and meaning amongst professional football players’.

‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!’

Over the past 52 years much...

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Coaching student Lipa raising the game for females in sport

By Rebecca Hawksworth

UCFB is proud to support a number of initiatives that encourage more women to get involved in football and sport. From the recent Raise Your Game Women’s Conference with Kick It Out at Wembley Stadium to offering a number of scholarships for female students, we’re on the look out to help develop the next generation of female talent.

We spoke to student Lipa Nessa at UCFB Wembley, who is currently studying for a degree in BA (Hons) Sports Business...

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World Cup Scout Report: Sardar Azmoun, Iran

By David Horrocks, MSc Football Coaching & Analysis Programme Leader at Etihad Campus, Mike Phelan and UCFB Alumni James Radclffe

David has recently submitted a PhD thesis on elite performance completed with players and staff from Manchester United Football Club. The thesis has two published papers to date: Manchester United and Serial Winning, and Gary Neville – A Case Study. David also has a first class degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire.

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World Cup Scout Report: Gelson Martins, Portugal

By David Horrocks, MSc Football Coaching & Analysis Programme Leader at Etihad Campus, Mike Phelan and UCFB Alumni James Radclffe

David has recently submitted a PhD thesis on elite performance completed with players and staff from Manchester United Football Club. The thesis has two published papers to date: Manchester United and Serial Winning, and Gary Neville – A Case Study. David also has a first class degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire.

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World Cup Scout Report: Aleksandr Golovin, Russia

By David Horrocks, MSc Football Coaching & Analysis Programme Leader at Etihad Campus, Mike Phelan and UCFB Alumni James Radclffe

David has recently submitted a PhD thesis on elite performance completed with players and staff from Manchester United Football Club. The thesis has two published papers to date: Manchester United and Serial Winning, and Gary Neville – A Case Study. David also has a first class degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire.

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Use your head to win big prizes in the UCFB World Cup competition!

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is under way… and so is the UCFB #UseYourHead competition.

Throughout the tournament, when a team scores from a header all you need to do is tweet @ucfbuk #UseYourHead followed by the country. E.G. @ucfbuk #UseYourHead #ENG. The winner, decided after the final on 15th July, will win an annual gym pass and a fitness tracker watch.

Russia’s Yuri Gazinskiy got the competition off the perfect start, scoring the first goal of the tournament with his head...

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Fantasy Football at the World Cup

By Mike Heald, Sports Coordinator at UCFB Etihad Campus

Mike is a Sport Development & PE graduate, currently working as a Sports Coordinator at UCFB Etihad Campus. He has several coaching qualifications and a nutrition diploma. His passion is sport, predominantly football, and has played, coached and refereed the game previously.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia presents another opportunity for fans from across the globe to pick their dream XI, within a certain budget and regulations, to see who can conquer the...

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Who will be the next World Cup hero?

By Jon Whittingham, programme leader for BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching at UCFB Wembley

Jon has spent ten years working within football and sport development, including for The Football Association across a number of elite England international disability squads, and continues to coach within The FA disability talent pathway.

Like all great Hollywood scripts, every four years a new chapter is written into the folklore of world football history. Stars are born, legends are made, winners are crowned and, inevitably, there...

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Your group guide to the 2018 World Cup

Four years after Germany lifted the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, the 2018 edition gets under way tonight in Moscow when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia. Rebecca Hawksworth, a BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism student, takes a look at each group to analyse the runners and riders ahead of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Download UCFB’s World Cup wall chart now – your complete guide to this summer’s festival of football

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt,...

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The importance of identification with the country and fans and what the national anthem reveals about the result of the match

by Lasse Boettcher, UCFB firm offer holder for BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing at UCFB Wembley

The World Cup 2018 is upon us and many people are asking themselves: Who will win the World Cup? Who is going to be the stand out player of the World Cup? Who is going to score the most goals?

These questions are enormously unpredictable, so the people are looking for more reliable ways to predict the result of each match in order to win...

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