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They help players cope with stress of World Cup

GERMANY

In 2004, former Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann hired sports psychologist Hans-Dieter Hermann (above) to help players cope with stress.

Hermann was tasked to prepare the team mentally ahead of the 2006 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships.

He has mentored the team since and is hailed for helping the team maintain their mental strength during this year's World Cup, which they won.

He worked intensively with players Julian Draxler and Benedikt Hoewedes after their involvement in a car accident at a Mercedes-sponsored event in May, to help them get over their shock.

BRAZIL

Former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari roped in sports psychologist Regina Brandao (both above) just last month to help the team cope with the stress of the World Cup.

After Brazil's tense match against Chile which saw players like Neymar, David Luiz and Julio Cesar in tears, many mental health experts and Brazilian pundits described the meltdown as a sign of fragility and a lack of emotional control in the team.

To put the players at ease, Ms Brandao studied the profile of each player and put them through several psychological tests to study their emotional responses to different situations.

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ENGLAND

Team manager Roy Hodgson hired Dr Steve Peters (above) to work with the team before the World Cup.

This decision was blasted by Roy Keane, a former Irish international player, who said the role of a sports psychologist should be played by the manager.

However, Steven Gerrard, who had worked with Dr Peters while with Liverpool, applauded it.

England was knocked out of the tournament in the group stages.