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.

Each time the world cup comes around,...

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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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The team behind the team

by Chris Falvey, UCFB Events Manager

Chris worked for The FA before joining UCFB; operationally supporting the men’s and women’s England teams. Chris travelled to two FIFA World Cups, with England Women and England Women’s Under-20, was part of the UEFA Champions League Final Wembley 2013 project team and worked alongside UEFA hosting an Under-17 Euro Finals in England. Chris also managed the Men’s Youth operations department, working with Gareth Southgate in his role as Head of England development teams.

The team...

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World United

by Darren Smith, programme leader for BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management at UCFB Wembley

Darren is a UEFA A License qualified coach, and has spent the last 11 years working for Nike and coaching within the Nike Academy. He has been running a community football club since 2001, which currently has 28 players in the professional environment including Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

World United

On the eve of the biggest cup competition the world has to offer, for me it means so much...

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Football Finance and FIFA: a game of two halves, from Stickers to Sponsorships

By Ian Tomlinson, programme leader for BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance at UCFB Etihad Campus

Ian has a broad range of experience in the education and training sector, from professional groups to schools and colleges. His extensive background of financial management has seen Ian work as a consultant, as well as write and develop bespoke programmes for various companies in finance and accounting. Ian’s published academic papers include looking into the financial heritage of cricket and its commercialisation, as well...

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Brazil, Neymar and the hopes of a football mad nation

by Gustavo Spanholi, programme leader for BA (Hons) International Football Business at UCFB Wembley

Gustavo has true international experience of the football and sport industry, having previously lived and/or worked in France, Hong Kong and Brazil – his home country. Holding a Masters’ Degree in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool, Gustavo previously spent three years leading the commercial and marketing unit at Figueirense FC, one of Brazil’s top clubs.

Brazil are the only country to have qualified for every edition...

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