How a Cheeky Half Pint Saved the English Football Team

The English football team played so badly in their first two matches in the World Cup they were booed off the pitch by their fans who had traveled thousands of miles to cheer them on. After a merciless grilling by the press and some serious soul searching, the team got their act together to beat Slovenia 1-0 and advanced to the knockout stages of the tournament.

It turns out, a cheeky half pint the night before might have also played a part in England’s renewed confidence and team spirit. From the BBC:

Dr Jamie Barker, senior lecturer on sport and exercise psychology at

Staffordshire University, says a pre-match beer could help with the team

building that is crucial to performance, particularly at international


“National teams are very different from clubs. You’re

bringing people together from different clubs with different cultures

and the emphasis is to get them all singing from the same hymn sheet.

Team-building interventions are really about getting people up to speed

with their roles: What is my role? What are the consequences of my


Treating the England team to a beer is a way to gather

them together after a difficult week and say “let’s just relax” – no

team talks, no performance post-mortems.

There have been studies that confirm that beer can have a positive effect on the body after a workout, and as long as you don’t drink too much, it seems a quick half doesn’t do any damage beforehand either. So a message to the England team before their match with Germany this Sunday: Get down the pub sharpish!

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.