Exclusive Interview: Former England Ntl. Team Psychologist Bill Beswick Tips England To Win World Cup

Bill Beswick and Ibrahim Dabo. Bewsick believes England will make it to the final of the 2010 World Cup.

Bill Beswick, (world's most respected sport psychologist for soccer) and Ibrahim Dabo. Beswick believes England will make it to the final of the 2010 World Cup. Exclusive Interview by Ibrahim Dabo.

Following the draw for the 2010 World Cup, the first to be staged on African soil next summer, soccer pundits around the world have been scratching their heads looking into the history books and making analysis on what to expect in the tournament while millions of fans cannot just wait for that moment of euphoria when the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza kicks off. Ib’s Blog World Cup Special looks at the Group C.

England has been drawn in Group C alongside the USA, Algeria and Slovenia. Bill Beswick, who has worked as England National Team Psychologist and also on the staff of Manchester United, believes his country has what it takes to win the World Cup.

John Terry & Ibrahim Dabo. Terry is a linchpin in the England defense.

John Terry and Ibrahim Dabo. Terry is a linchpin in the England defense. Photo Credit: Christian Antalics.

“I think it’s a draw that helps England enormously,” Beswick told Ib’s Blog in a telephone interview, adding that it’s a good way for them to open up the tournament and come through with players rested into the final stages.

But what are their chances against the USA? Beswick, regarded as the world’s leading sports psychologist for soccer, is confident his team will do well.

“All games in the World Cup are difficult and the U.S. game will be particularly difficult,” Beswick said. “But there is no reason why England should not win those three games and go on in a good shape on to the latter stages.”

Frank Lampard and Ibrahim Dabo. Beswick said Frank Lampard is a world class player.

Frank Lampard and Ibrahim Dabo. Beswick said the Chelsea and England midfielder is a world class player. Photo Credit: Christian Antalics.

Beswick described Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerard as “world-class players” and said they will make an impression in the World Cup adding that he believes John Terry will do an “excellent job” in defense.

“I think they’ve got a very good chance in this World Cup and they’ve got a very good chance of winning because the climate and the time zone are in England’s favor. We have a very good group of players at the moment and we have a very good coach,” said Beswick, who once served as Head Coach to England Men’s Basketball Team and led them to winning the 1982 Commonwealth Gold Medal.

England will also face The Dessert Foxes of Algeria, who will return to the world stage after more than two decades in absence. While Beswick is not underrating the Africans, he believes team cohesion and better preparation is a key.

“Any game is winnable or losable, but the difference is the better players and preparation makes it more probable you will win and England should win that game,” Beswick said.

L-R: Bill Beswick, Ibrahim Dabo, & Steve McClaren (former England National Team manager)

L-R: Bill Beswick, Ibrahim Dabo, and Steve McClaren (former Middlesbrough & England National Team manager). Photo Credit: Val Beswick.

General Reaction to the Draw

“I think the group that Brazil is in is tough and I think they will have to work very hard,” Beswick said, adding that France is also drawn in a very tough group.

“You know when you get to the World Cup you’ve got to be willing to play and beat everybody. All games are capable of a surprise in the World Cup. Some teams—even the smaller teams—raise their performance because it is the World Cup and you must always be careful,” said Beswick, who was appointed as assistant manager for Middlesbrough Football Club in 2001 by then manager, Steve McClaren.

For more information about Bill, visit his website www.billbeswick.com

World Cup Groups

Group A
South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France

Group B
Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece

Group C
ENGLAND, United States, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D
Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana

Group E
Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F
Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia

Group G
Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal

Group H
Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

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