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Focused for Soccer - 2nd Edition Paperback – 1 Nov 2000
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"This book is not just a worthwhile read, its also a necessary reference I can consult as my team experiences the highs and lows of competitive football. -- Steve McLaren - Assistant manager of Manchester United Football Club
About the Author
Bill Beswick is a leader in the field of applied sport psychology. With a master's of education and a background as the head coach of England's men's basketball team, Bill became the first sport psychology consultant to operate full time in English professional soccer.Beswick is currently the Consultant Sports Psychologist to Manchester United. Previously, Beswick helped the Derby County Football Club compete successfully in one of the world's toughest soccer leagues--the English Premier League. The English Football Association recognized Beswick's accomplishments there and appointed him as their first-ever sport psychology consultant to advise their national teams.Beswick is the owner and managing director of SportsMind, a company dedicated to the further development of applied sport psychology in all sports. He is also an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology. Bill currently resides in Cheshire, England, and enjoys keeping fit, reading, traveling, and watching his son play rugby.
Top customer reviews
This second edition of Focussed for Soccer is a completely updated edition that builds on Beswick's maturing experience over the last ten years - Manchester United, Middlesbrough FC, and England national squads have all benefitted from his approach, and well drawn examples are used to clarify each step along the way.
Beswick's expertise has been shaped and honed in the cauldron of his experience in a variety of sports at the most senior level. Unlike the authors of many books on the psychological aspects of sport, I'm sure Bill Beswick could show you the scars from his experience of implementing these techniques. The stories and anecdotes that bring his approach to life entertain whilst illuminating the critical points he makes. When he identifies the approaches and techniques that have worked successfully with the megastars this is no academic exercise - you can smell the fear and anxiety in the dressing room and almost taste the elation of victory.
Attitude, confidence, self-control, concentration and mental toughness, are all considered in depth: and drawing these together in building a cohesive team is addressed with an expertise gained from being there. For the rest of us, the questionnaires and exercises can be used to analyse and develop key elements of players and teams at all levels.
If you purchased the 1st edition then treat yourself to this current volume for the benefit of the new material. If this is your first encounter with Focussed for Soccer then get the second edition and see what you've been missing. Maybe you'll discover you might not be quite the coach or player you could have been had you read the original. But as the philosophy of Focussed for Soccer maintains, you can still achieve your potential. Read this book, take control and make things happen. You won't be disappointed.
Sport Psychologist, Birmingham City Football Club
on drills and tactics. This is by far the best learning tool for my development.
I was lucky to see a seminar conducted by Mr Beswick. I got so much out of it.
This book will improve you as a person, and as a coach.
Although I have played amatuer football since I was knee high I was able to translate this book into my Skater Hockey coaching role. My players are benefiting enormously, two are now Great Britain regulars!
I am hungry for more and would like to attend the Sport Mind workshops but I am not sure if any are going to materialise this year (2003).
Finally, I feel Bill (the author) could really use Sports Psychology and implement it into the business world. The messages could easily be adapted from sport into the workplace and people could really start to relate to team psychology.
This book is perfect for a basic introduction, don't dither buy it now!