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In Focus: The science behind penalties

As the dust settles on what was a mesmerising World Cup tournament, one word is lingering on the minds of fans around the world: Penalties.

We saw France restore their lead against Croatia on Sunday after Referee Nestor Pitana controversially awarded the first VAR-assisted World Cup final penalty. And of course we saw England win a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time since the format was introduced for the 1978 edition. In fact, a total of 29 penalties were...

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England – The journey so far, the promise land so near…

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

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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The 12-yard stare: Why is it so significant for England to win a penalty shoot-out?

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’.

Mention the words “penalty shoot-out” to any diehard England fan and you’ll most probably receive...

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Gareth Southgate: ‘Part of coaching is having a thirst for knowledge and improving’

UCFB spoke exclusively to England manager Gareth Southgate midway through 2017, just before England guaranteed their place at the 2018 World Cup. As the nation prepares for a vital last-16 game against Colombia, we revisit Southgate’s thoughts on leadership, the importance of education and the ability to learn from others and past mistakes.

This interview originally appeared in UCFB’s Future Sport magazine, which can be read in full here.

An England manager will collate as many column inches throughout a...

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Jack takes to YouTube to give his views on the World Cup and the beautiful game

UCFB Wembley student Jack Farr has recently taken to the world of vlogging to give a platform to his considered views on football. With the FIFA World Cup currently taking place, the BA (Hons) International Football Business is taking advantage of the increased football chat around the world and web traffic being generated on the game. We asked Jack what inspired him to take up blogging and the importance of knowing the international sports industry…

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World Cup Scout Report: Harry Kane, England

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

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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Match report: Kane hat-trick helps secure England’s biggest ever World Cup win

By Max Carlyle, BA (Hons) Football Business & Media student

 The headline splashed across the front of Monday morning’s edition of The Times read: “Harry’s heroics allow fans to dream the impossible dream.” After becoming just the third Englishman to score a hat-trick at a World Cup, captain Harry Kane and a dominant England have a nation believing football is finally coming home again.

Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland’s well versed side looked equally as comfortable defensively as they did on the...

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World Cup Scout Report: Manuel Akanji, Switzerland

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

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: Hee-Chan Hwang, Korea

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

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: Hirving Lozano, Mexico

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

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.

Each time the world cup comes around,...

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