UCFB World Cup 2018 Insights

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How are Italy and its die-hard fans dealing with not being at the World Cup this summer?

While the world has its eyes trained on Russia and the World Cup, spare a thought for the millions of die-hard Italians unable to watch their heroes on the biggest stage in sport. For only the second time in their history, the Azzurri aren’t competing at the World Cup following a nightmare qualifying campaign.

Here, UCFB student Riccardo Polacco, who studies BA (Hons) International Football Business, gives us his thoughts on his country’s absence from the competition and what the future...

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German chances to fade in Russia?

Carolin Boldt, a BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism student at UCFB Etihad Campus, previews Germany’s hopes at the 2018 World Cup in Russia…

After the last friendly against Austria, it is tough to keep the hope that Germany will become world champions this year.

The match was thought to be a sure win for the DFB team, but the 2:1 defeat was a harsh wake up call. Joachim Loew was clearly frustrated and disappointed, as were his players.

This setback also caused the...

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Watching football is a chance to raise your heart rate – but in what way?

By Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy, programme leader for BA (Hons) Physical Education at UCFB Wembley

Chrissie is a health and fitness entrepreneur; publishing over 13 fitness books and running a company of 40 professional health practitioners for 20+ years. Her qualifications in health, fitness and pedagogy have led to her lecturing for schools, universities and providing health interventions for major companies and the NHS.

I’ve always found it ironic that whenever attending numerous health conferences on physical activity or obesity, discussing how to get...

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Are you “safe” to bet on the World Cup?

By Cecilia Diaz, MSc International Sport Management (Online) module leader at UCFB

Cecilia is a specialist in strategic management and analysis, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is currently completing her postgraduate diploma.

The World Cup is here and, as with many other mega sports events, it has stimulated many individuals to make their predictions on the winner of a particular match, or even the overall champions. Regular betting individuals and non-gambling fans alike, will feel tempted to go...

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Aleem working for Asian Football Confederation at FIFA World Cup

With the World Cup now underway, UCFB student Aleem Bolkiah has been busy in Moscow working as a FIFA delegate with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The BA (Hons) International Football Business student has been tasked with attending all FIFA Congress meetings and conferences on behalf of Brunei, and was present to see the US, Mexico and Canada awarded the 2026 World Cup ahead of Morocco.

During his time in Russia so far, Aleem met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the...

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A shock to the system: An Italian perspective on the World Cup

UCFB graduate Manfredi Miyashita is excelling as a sports marketing agent in Italy. Here he provides an insight into the mood in Italy following their failure to qualify for the World Cup and outlines what the Italian system, clubs and players can learn from it.

What is the mood and reception to Russia 2018 in Italy?

With Italy out of the World Cup, inevitably, the mood isn’t very high and many people are finding it difficult to get excited about the games....

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Match Report: England leave it late in Volograd

Billy Andrews, a BA (Hons) Football Business & Media student at UCFB Wembley, takes a look back at England’s Group G opener against Tunisia.

Harry Kane’s injury time winner secured a dramatic 2-1 win in their World Cup opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.

England’s swift start was capped off by a clever volleyed effort from captain Harry Kane 11 minutes in. Kane was on hand to smash home from close range after Tunisia’s keeper, Mouez Hassen, pulled off a good...

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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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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.

Each time the world cup comes around,...

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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.

Each time the world cup comes around,...

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