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  • 12 Oct 2017

    The motivated player

    This week, Arjen Robben retired from international football. With the Netherlands having failed to qualify for the World Cup, Robben will finish on 96 caps and will therefore not become the 9th Dutchman to reach a century of national appearances.

    History tells us that this is unusual: of 52 now-retired players to have reached 90 caps […]

  • 28 Sep 2017

    The security-opportunity fallacy

    It’s often suggested that a consequence of lack of managerial job security is a lack of opportunities for young players. After all, if a head coach is fearful of losing his job, why would he take on a perceived risk?

    However, the evidence suggests that this isn’t the case. In the big 5 European leagues, managers […]

  • 13 Apr 2017

    On protecting that lead

    Pep Guardiola said that his failure to convince his Manchester City players to attack in Monaco was the reason for their recent Champions League elimination. “I tried to convince them in all the meetings we had to come here, try to attack and score,” said Guardiola. “My mistake was being not able to convince them […]

  • 11 Sep 2015

    The motivation equation

    With the transfer window now closed, attention now turns to maximising the potential of the existing playing squad. One of the ways clubs can do this is by paying bonuses - for appearances, for wins and for league or cup performance. On paper these bonuses are incentives, designed to encourage the player to perform even better than he normally would.
  • 05 Jun 2015

    Summer reading

    The season has ended for many teams around the world, and our Evolution blog will also be taking  post-season break. Over the last 10 months, we’ve been sharing our own thoughts and ideas as to how football clubs can achieve competitive edge and build sustainable success. 
  • 17 Apr 2015

    Targeting the season’s end

    The closing stages of a season are a period of perceivably varying incentives, at least relative to earlier months. For clubs and players chasing trophies, Europe or survival, the rewards are motivation enough to perform, but what of those with seemingly little left to play for? Can other targets affect how they perform?