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Weekly Football Phrase: Mind Games

Mind Games

This week, brings you the football phrase ‘mind games’. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples  soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s football phrase is ‘mind games‘, which has become popular in recent years when describing how some managers engage in psychological battles against opponents. The most famous of these is Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United who has been accused of playing mind games against other managers on many occasions. It is felt that Ferguson’s pre-match comments may help to influence the performance of the referee or the way that the opponents play though the manager himself denies this. In the build up to this week’s Manchester derby the United manager has tried to engage in mind games with his City counterpart Roberto Mancini by suggesting that City have been favoured by referees over penalty decisions. However, Mancini has ignored this attempt at mind games.

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