Sport Science Makes A Difference

1st September 2002 Brentford’s success, with a team whose average age is just over 21, has provided another example of the trend for clubs to tap into the field of sports science. Their first-team coach is Roberto Forzoni, a former non-league player who has supplemented his football coaching qualifications with a diploma in sports psychology and a masters in sports …

Psychology helps English Boxing Success

9th May 2006 Positive psychology is crucial for boxers to achieve international success.As part of the Team England boxing squad’s preparation for the Commonwealth Games, they worked with English Institute of Sport Psychologist Roberto Forzoni on their psychological preparation.With England’s boxers being incredibly successful out in Melbourne, www.eis2win.co.uk asked Roberto Forzoni what he had done with the boxing squad, and …

Sports therapy: scoring with off-the-pitch mind games

10th November 2005 A football match is not just won on the field – sports psychologists are now playing an influential role in teams’ performances. Sport. It’s a funny old game. Not so long ago, a psychologist would have been laughed out of the dressing room. Nowadays, Jose Mourinho spends his free time playing mind games with his fellow managers, …

Facing The Giants

2nd January 2007 It’s another David v Goliath match this weekend, as the minnows of Cheltenham Town take on Newcastle United at Whaddon Road in the 4th Round of the FA Cup. League Two team Cheltenham beat Chester 1-0 in the 3rd round reply only last week to take them into this 4th Round clash. For Cheltenham, it’s the stuff …

Coppell brought in the Italian, Roberto Forzoni

8h November 2001 Thinking coach From the start of his reign Coppell has encouraged his team to play constructive football. “He asked us to pass the ball, to have confidence to express ourselves and not to be afraid of making mistakes,” says the Icelandic international. Coppell is known as one of the game’s thinkers “That applied to defenders as well …

Mental power aids Josh Goodall

29th March 2009 I’m working with Roberto – and he’s brilliant.” Goodall, 23, is expected to be asked to spearhead his country’s bid for Davis Cup victory over Ukraine when captain John Lloyd names his four-man team for the Euro/Africa Zone Group One clash in Glasgow. “Tennis hasn’t really been my problem. It’s been the mental side of my game,” …

Brighton Fight on All Fronts

3rd October 2003 The Withdean, a functional athletics stadium in tidy suburbia, witnessed a third straight home win, a sequence that has coincided with the employment of Rob Forzoni, a sports psychologist. Last Friday, six years since leaving the Goldstone Ground, the club completed their evidence to a public inquiry called to decide on plans to build a ground on …

British No 1 was watched by Roberto Forzoni, with whom he has been working

28th July 2007 You did not need a degree in sports psychology to appreciate what this small step meant for the British No 1. He sat for a good minute in his chair at the end of the match – which was watched by Roberto Forzoni, the Italian psychologist with whom he has been working – in deep contemplation. For …

Dean Ashton raises the roof at Upton Park

17th September 2007 “Forzoni is a good man to have around the place”. Dean Ashton In the meantime, Alan Curbishley, the West Ham United manager, is just pleased to have available a striker whose absence through a broken ankle seemed to be central to the club’s problems last season. “When we had that bad run last year, I started looking …