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5 Biggest Upsets in World Cup History

by on June 18, 2010
in FIFA, Football History

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Football is nothing without a spice of most shocking and unexpected results. The upsets in football World Cup have always been brouhaha for the football fans. ‘You never know’ is the most common phrase which is used by the football fans whenever it comes to weak teams playing stronger ones. The upset defeats of the strong teams elevate the popularity of the weaker team and bring it into the media limelight. Saying that weaker teams are a source of sizzle in group matches makes sense. Read more..

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.

UEFA

by on August 14, 2009
in Football History

UEFA

UEFA was founded on 15 June 1954, in Basle, Switzerland because many people felt there was a need for a separate governing body dedicated mainly to European football. When FIFA approved the formation of continental football associations in 1953, UEFA’s creation was assured. Since then UEFA became the guiding hand and governing body of European football.

Its most prestigious event is the UEFA European Championship which is held every 4 years featuring the top class teams from all over Europe. UEFA has diversified a lot as it grew in stature. It has various existing committees and expert panels, which study the game, hold discussions, make decisions and recommendations and suggest changes.

UEFA is comprised of 53 national football associations. Through their work in organizing top class European competitions for national teams and staging the best club competitions in the world, UEFA carries out a wide range of activities to promote and develop European football.

The activities undertaken by UEFA to fulfill its mission are driven by the urge to promote football game to the extreme. UEFA has therefore the following vision of success:

“A united European football family working together to improve enjoyment of the game.”

To manage UEFA staff and resources efficiently, to provide first-class administrative support to the work of all UEFA Committees and to communicate efficiently internally and externally, UEFA has a fully developed Budget management Objective setting Staff, management IT support Internal control systems and Forward planning block which generates and then invests that money again in different forms of the game to keep the soccer players alive.

3 Most Memorable Football Scores in English Football History

Wayne Rooney

Football is a game filled with memories and cherished by millions of ardent fans from all over the world. From the day it was reintroduced onto the lands of England to date, there have been plenty of good memories in record, especially in terms of remarkable goals and scores. Among others, the top three would include the scores of;

• Newcastle United against Newport County,

• Stockport County against Halifax Town, and

• the Tran mere Rovers’ victory against Oldham Athletic

The first two above hold the same record jointly, although both took place at different times and era indeed. Newcastle United’s victory against Newport County came in at 13-0 on the 5th of October, 1946 within the Second Division match. Stockport County’s victory against Halifax Town on the other hand came in with the same victory of 13-0, but some twelve years before on 6th January 1934 within the then Third Division North. Tran mere Rovers’ victory against Oldham Athletic conversely set a record in the English football history for highest number of goals, amounting to a total of 17, with a respective score of 13-4 at the Oldham Athletic within the then Third Division North on 26 December 1935. These moments were very memorable in English football history.