Records of Brazil in FIFA World Cup

by on June 14, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

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..

The Legends: Pele and Maradona

Pele and Maradona

When looking at the game of soccer you may not have to look very far into the past to see just who exemplifies the game as a whole and can truly be called the “All-Time Best.”

Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) was rated as the best player in the world. Only he and Diego Armando Maradona have received the honors of being the greatest players.

Pele – a name short in length but long in significance. Pele had an incredible eye for goal with deadly strike force and always glowed with confidence, even at such an early age. He was the first to play on three football World Cup winners. He is hailed in Brazil as a national hero and is an instrumental ambassador of the game. He played 1,345 games for Santos and scored 1,281 goals in his 22-year career. In 1974, the Pele was also nicknamed the Black Pearl which was considered a great honor by him. After Pele retired, he took his energy as an athlete and put it into his career as a global pitchman and ambassador for soccer.

It has been more than a quarter of a century since his last competitive game, yet Pele cannot visit any country without crowds flocking. When a reporter asked if his fame can be compared to that of Jesus Christ, Pele replied, “There are parts of the world where Jesus Christ is not so well known.”

Maradona, despite his controversies, was one of the most skillful players to ever play the game and he won several trophies for his teams. Maradona played in four World Cups for Argentina, steering them to success in 1986 where he was awarded with the Golden Ball award. Maradona had strength, could run with the ball and could withstand challenges, unlike players who can’t withstand challenges even where there’s no contact! These are his main attributes as highlighted these days, not only could he score goals with his unstoppable runs where he could take out a whole defense on his own, he was a team player too.

Maradona did however achieve similar goal-scoring feats to Pele; most notably one of the best ever was his 159 goals in 240 matches including a goal against England in a dazzling solo run voted as Goal of the Century in the 1986 world cup.

7 Most Popular Personalities in Soccer

by on August 30, 2009
in Uncategorized

Pele

If we go into the history of soccer we will discover a most enchanting fact that over the years the beautiful game of soccer has experienced a number of highly talented and colorful characters. In most cases, soccer does not blend very well with great intellectual pursuits but the following are an exception:

Pele

He is easily the most influential soccer player of all time. He won the world cup with Brazil a record three times. These days, he is very popular as a soccer ambassador. He greatly revolutionized the sport of soccer and made it the number one sport in the world. Pele while on the field developed a full range of assets which he utilized throughout his games.

Tostao

This young man won the world cup with Brazil in 1970. Now, he is one of the most influential soccer journalists in his native Brazil. This man combined soccer skills with huge intellectual endowments throughout his career and till now.

Sir Bobby Charlton

It is very rare to get knighted by the Queen of England simply because you play football. But he was not your average English footballer. He played an important role in the world cup success of 1966 for England and had a great career at Manchester United where he played an incredible 759 matches. Sir Charlton is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time and is also arguably one of the top 3 soccer players in England.

Maradonna

This guy is a colorful but controversial character. He led Argentina to world cup glory in 1986 and remains an iconic figure in Latin American soccer circles. At present, he is the coach of Argentina’s national soccer team. No one did so much for his t-shirt. He played 91 matches and scored 34 goals. He is the flag of Argentine football.

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker is one of football’s gentlemen. In his entire professional career, he didn’t receive a single yellow card. He scored a total of 244 goals from 462 games. He was awarded the OBE for his contribution to soccer and he also holds the record for top scorer in the 1986 world cup. He bowed out in the 1992 European Championship.

Zinedine Zidane

Forget the red card he was given in the final match of the 2006 world cup. Zidane remains a soccer hero anytime, anywhere. Zidane earned his reputation as one of the world’s best players with his peerless, often impossible-looking displays of technique and control.

David Beckham

He is one of the most iconic athletes. David Beckham is known especially for the power and accuracy of his free kicks. He played an important role to Manchester United’s six league championships and other accomplishments while on the team. He is the most famous English footballer of all time and the richest by far.

Past and present, these are some of the most influential players in the history of soccer.

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.

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