The Football Psychology Show

Professor João Carvalhaes - football’s first World Cup-winning psychologist

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Episode notes

We look back on the life of Professor João Carvalhaes, football's first World Cup-winning psychologist. Join us for a discussion about a fascinating individual who pioneered the use of cognitive examinations in elite football, divided opinion with his analysis of Pele and Garrincha, and helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup.

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