Spain – Eager for Number 1

by on June 14, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

Football_SpainSpain, being the current European champion of year 2008, has been positioned second on the FIFA rankings which clearly shows that Spain has the potential to claim the title this year. As per the qualification for FIFA World Cup, Spain has qualified for 12 times in this event. In 2008, Spain became the only team to be at the top of the FIFA World Ranking who has not won the World Cup title ever. Marvel it is for Spain! Read more..

Records of Brazil in FIFA World Cup

by on June 14, 2010
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brasil_football_logoDo you know that why Brazil holds the first place in the FIFA rankings 2010? They have been retaining their position in the top ten since they have been playing. It is their persistent performance which has enabled them to retain their position so comprehensively. Brazil is a team which holds the most records in the FIFA history. Here is a quick look into their most prominent records in FIFA till now: Read more..

Comparison Between Italian and Brazilian Soccer Teams

by on September 13, 2009
in Football teams

Neymar

From a trophy room perspective, one can easily compare the Italian soccer team to that of Brazil, both winning an impressive number of World Cups, with Italy coming one cup short of Brazil’s 5 different wins. But a comparing the two teams from any other perspective is simply ridiculous, as they are at different ends in what regards to their style of play. If Brazil won most of these World Cups through aggressive & breathtaking soccer, the Italian national soccer team won theirs through a workable, tactical style.

Focusing strictly on Italy’s soccer team, which in my regard has an edge over brazil, so, it was hard for the Italian Football Federation to scoop up a solid team with Italian soccer teams playing in regional competitions instead of a single organized championship and didn’t participate in the first World Cup held in 1930, having a strong national team they made their debut in 1934 the World Cup, where they managed the first World Cup in the history of Italian soccer. After that the hunger for trophies and fame made the Italian soccer team enter the 1938 World Cup in which they also managed to defend their title making themselves as invincible in soccer industry. Despite remaining a strong squad and few bad years Italy ended up securing two more worldcup titles including the last one in 2006. Your browser may not support display of this image.

On the other side, the Brazilians have a team that has more world championships and have a record of being the only nation to participate in every World Cup. The Brazilians won its first world cup in 1958, with a very young but impressive Pele regarded to as one of the best players in sporting history. Four years later, the Brazil soccer team won the world cup again and later went on securing 3 more titles with the last one in 2002.

The team is an explosive mixture of talented players. Ronaldinho, Marcos Cafu, Luiz Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos are the players to watch from the Brazilian team. The soccer-crazy nation has around 200 million Brazilian fans, who are crazy for another feather in their country’s cap this time. Brazil Soccer Team has always been full on its fans requirements and time will tell whether this time they will fulfill the wishes of their country people or not.

The Ultimate Dream Team of the Current Players

by on August 29, 2009
in Football teams

Iker Casillas

Imagine the scene. Hampden Park in Glasgow, the spiritual home of soccer, playing a team of all-stars extracted from all the teams that are currently playing. Eleven men, incomparably supreme athletes, walk onto the pitch. A line-up that is always in the dreams of soccer fans is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Casillas is one of those players who seem like they’ve been in the game for a long time. Having made his debut for Real Madrid aged just seventeen; his career reached the ultimate pinnacle when he captained his national team to a European Championship victory. Moving onto his physical attributes, Casillas is a great goalkeeper because of his quick reflexes and his bravery, often willing to put his body on the line for the good of the team. And his consistency can’t be matched by any goal keeper!

Defenders: Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alessandro Nesta

It’s very hard in world soccer to point out outstanding defenders, as most of the glory goes to the strikers. However, these four names truly stand out. Vidic & Ferdinand – two reasons why Manchester United have the meanest defense in the Premiership. Vidic in particular is the model of bravery, and is as good at scoring from corners as he is at defending them. Ferdinand is a mixture of speed, strength and intelligence, a set of traits that compliment his fellow centre-back.

On the left hand side, there is only ever going to be one choice – Ashley Cole; his raw pace and his ability to go forwards stand him out from his competitors. On the right hand side is the old war horse of the defense. Alessandro Nesta’s ability is un-debatable. He has won a World Cup, as well as a Champion’s League medal.

Midfielders: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard, Gennaro Gattuso

Cristiano Ronaldo stands alone at the support of world soccer. His blend of fierce speed, ankle breaking skills and sheer courage put him in a league of his own.

Lionel Messi is simply the future of Argentinean soccer. Unlike the Portuguese, he always kicks it up a notch in the big games.

In the middle are the two midfielders. Gerrard is always capable of changing the course of a match. He is deadly shooting from outside the area, and is a complete fighter. Gattuso is a defensive midfielder. He marks his men pretty well and never gives them breathing space. His tough tackling also makes the player double minded for his move.

Strikers: Fernando Torres, Dimitar Berbatov

While many others can make it to the striker list, I’ll point out that these two are not the two best strikers in the world but perhaps the two who would play best together. Fernando Torres is the classic out. His ability to run between defenders and his coolness under pressure are great assets to his side. Berbatov always has a threat coming from his superb control, effortless skill and his ability to hold up the ball for other players to come and support him.

Dream Team of the Old Legends of Soccer

Lev Yashin

There can’t be a task any more difficult than picking merely 11 players out of the hundreds of great ones that ever played soccer in the past. Every team needs a good, solid, battling lineup including players who can ensure a tough game and championships win. The following lineup is what I have made, taking care to ensure that the above attributes are all met.

Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin

He is thought to be the greatest goalkeeper ever seen in the long history of football and has some unique moments in his career saving some unimaginable goals both for his country and his clubs. This greatest performer of world football was awarded the ‘Order of Lenin’.

Defenders: Franz Beckenbauer, Niton Santos, Moore, Gheorghe Hagi

Beckenbauer dominated German football in the 1960s and ’70s and is arguably the country’s greatest footballer. He invented the modern position of the attacking sweeper who initiates the offense from central defense with deft passes and long runs. Those powerful long runs out of central defense had never been seen before.

Niton Santos was considered the strongest left back ever. With his incomparable technique, tactical knowledge above the average and great fair play quality on the pitch he made one of the strongest defensive pairs with right back Djalma Santos in the history of football.

Moore had this ability of showing an impressive way of reading the game and anticipated opposition movements. For his distinguishing style, Moore was known as a real football gentleman. He was one of the best defenders ever to have played in the past.

Gheorghe Hagi, known as “the Maradona of the Carpathians” is a genius on the field and his ability to score from free kicks using his deadly left foot is legendary. With this ability he can really make this dream team rise to the top.

Midfielders: Michel Platini, Maradona, Frank Rijkaard, Lothar Matthaus

Michel Platini was first in the top goal scorers list in his time. Platini has been an outstanding champion who delighted the audience with his refined pieces of play and his great irony. A real champion but also a great man.

Maradona had so much strength that he could run with the ball and withstand challenges, making him a unique asset to this team.

Frank Rijkaard the Dutch triumvirate became the dominant force of his team during his time leading in the most difficult times for his team and managing a performance every time he played.

Matthaus was the only defensive midfielder to make it on to the original central midfielders list, and it’s not hard to see why because he has a record which still stands today.

Strikers: Pele, Van Basten

Pele’s incredible eye for goal, deadly strike force and remarkable accuracy combined with Van Basten’s spectacular goals, in particular volleys and overhead kicks. These two make a complete forward – dangerous with both left and right foot.

2009 FIFA Confederation Cup: Brazil Reviewed

by on June 13, 2009
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An Overview Of Fifa Confederations Cup

Official Logo of Confederations Cup 2013

When we talk of soccer, the apparent thought that comes to mind is based on the popular one-liner, “The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it.” And this is as true, as Brazil being the five time winner of the world Cup and currently the defending champion of the 2009 FIFA Confederation Cup is yet again in the limelight. This time the reason is that the Brazilian maestros Ronaldinho and Ronaldo are not in the Brazilian squad, which has subdued the Brazil fans spirit. Ronaldinho has not measure up as a standard player for Brazil and even his club during 2008-2009. However, whenever he played, he showed just the ‘thing’ which he possesses. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are expected to join the Brazil team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Read more..

3 Best Football Records in English History

by on April 10, 2009
in Football teams

 Manchester United

Football isn’t a very new or modern game. It dates all the way back to the early 18th century in England. From the day it was reinvented and the Cambridge Rules applied, the game has travelled all around the world this far, reaching out through tens of famous international leagues and tournaments. Truly enough, there are plenty of good unbreakable records in England itself, the top three being;

• the most points overall in the top flight by Manchester United,

• the Longest unbeaten League run by Arsenal, and

• the highest record win by Newcastle United and Stockport County respectively

English football is something so famous one can even find fans deep in the Borneo forest (with media reception of course). Teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal are all known for their own glorious records in history, some of which are listed above. In particular, Manchester United had once scored most points overall in the top flight, being 4712 points. Arsenal on other hand is known for its record-breaking longest unbeaten run for 49 runs until Manchester United ended it for them. Newcastle United and Stockport County are both known for the highest record win in history, each winning 13 goals against Newport County and Halifax Town, with the latter teams losing by zero goals.

3 Basic Differences between Football and Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is an extremely important game in the Americas and Asia; as important as football or soccer is to Europe and South America. Both are quite different in nature, although collectively both aim for the same objective, a struggle to get the ball into the goal post in soccer and the net in basketball. Apart from this major difference, there are plenty of others as well, three of them as discussed below.

Basketball is played indoors (in professional games) whereas both the American football and soccer are played on turf grass (indoors and outdoors). For professional playing particularly, basketball involves a wooden floor painted with the lines and dividers, whereas football normally involves the same grass field within a stadium divided by white or black (painted) lines.

Basketball players wear gym shoes or basketball shoes whereas football players, particularly in soccer, wear football shoes, which is primarily distinguished via the spikes underneath.

Basketball jerseys are normally sleeveless, except in outdoor casual games; whereas in jerseys for soccer cover the shoulder and carry a symbol of advertisement for sponsoring companies. In American football, there’s a distinct shoulder pad which is needed for basic protection in addition to the helmets worn for head protection. In soccer, only knee pads are essentially compulsory in professional games.

3 Differences between English Football and Army Football

by on April 7, 2009
in Football teams

Wayne Rooney

There are many different types of football in this world, one of them being army football. You might have known the Black Knights in America and others alike. So how do they differ from the English football teams? Well, from the basics, here are three differences;

Army football is simply the version of American football played by members of the army, sometimes popularized for special or cordial events; whereas English football is what we also know as soccer. As for the basics of American football and English football; you would have already easily known by now.

Army football is only played in North America, and mainly the United States to be particular. As for English soccer, this game is played in almost every part of the globe; not only because the English had once ruled almost half of the world, but also because of the openness of this game.

Army football’s highest tournament in the country would probably be the Army-Navy Game that is held annually, apart from the common American football’s Super bowl which is irrelevant to this point. On the other hand, since English football is played in every continent, the highest-level tournament is probably the World Cup, or perhaps the Olympics, held every four years.

Top 3 Milestones in English FCs’ History

 Alex Ferguson

English football clubs, or shortly known as FCs (the abbreviation is commonly used after their names), date all the way back to the 19th century when football was initially revived and reintroduced by the British, probably after having discovered the traces of the game from the past. In the past two centuries or so, football clubs have become a way of life in England and there have been many milestones to date, three of which would include:

• the founding of Sheffield FC,
• the drawing up of the Cambridge Rules, and
• The influence over World Cup and FIFA.

There are possibly many other important milestones in the history of English FCs, such as the FA cup establishment, the first victories, the pre-war and post-war domination by predominant FCs and others as well. Sheffield FC is the oldest football club in England, which also inspired the founding of many other FCs around the country. The drawing up of the Cambridge Rules was also important in the history, as it was only implemented into practice by the very first and few FCs initially; something that obviously would not have spread thus far without the latter group. It’s worth noting that the oldest football clubs in the world also collectively pushed for the football World Cup after the WWI years.

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