Podcast Episode #6: Geir Jordet

These are the show notes for Episode #6 of the Soccermetrics Podcast, with featured guest Dr Geir Jordet of the Norwegian Centre of Football Excellence.  This interview was recorded on 12 November 2013 from the Atlanta office.

geir_jordetDr Jordet is a professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and the head of the Psychology division of the Norwegian Center of Football Excellence.  He is a sports psychology consultant to athletes in a variety of sports, but the majority of his work is in football, and he has consulted professional clubs and national teams across Europe.

During our conversation, Geir and I discussed the following topics:

  • The role of the Centre in the development of football in Norway
  • The challenges of conducting psychological research in sport
  • The three conceptual frameworks that underpin Dr Jordet’s research
  • Factors that influence expert performance in football
  • Performance under extreme pressure
  • Why do England fail so often in penalty kick shootouts?  And why are Germany so successful?

Web links to relevant resources referenced during our conversation:

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