The Football Psychology Show
Psychology and mental health stories from English and European football
Joao Carvalhaes: the first World Cup-winning psychologist
We discuss the life and legacy of Professor Joao Carvalhaes, the first World Cup-winning psychologist.
We examine Carvalhaes’ contribution to Brazil’s 1958 World Cup win, his controversial psychological analysis of Pele and how he influenced football’s focus on mentality.
Season 2, Episode 9 | 35min
Premier League psychology guide: how are England’s top flight clubs supporting players’ performance and mental health?
"I think the future of football lies in mental health and wellbeing." You’d be forgiven for thinking the statement came straight from a Jurgen Klopp or Thomas Tuchel press conference. Forward-thinking is not the preserve of the Premier League’s more celebrated...
The psychology of the play-offs
We welcome back regular guest and former England women's team psychologist Dr Misia Gervis to discuss the psychology of the play-offs, whether managers' motivational stunts really pay off and the mental benefits of celebrating.
Professor João Carvalhaes – Brazil’s World Cup-winning psychologist
We look back on the life of Professor João Carvalhaes, football's first World Cup-winning psychologist. Join us for a discussion about a fascinating individual who pioneered the use of cognitive examinations in elite football, divided opinion with his analysis of Pele...
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