Performance record of Dundee United football club

by on April 21, 2011
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Scottish football club Dundee United

Dundee united football club have been consistent performers ever since they were founded around a century ago.  They have performed exceptionally well at the national level and have been one of the only few teams have been a constant threat to the likes of Rangers and Celtic.

Dundee United FC has won the SPL only once back in 1982-1983 but have regularly finished in the top half since then. Although their league performances may not have been exceptional but the performance in the national cup tournaments have been phenomenal. They have won the Scottish cup twice and have been the runners up on seven different occasions. In the Scottish League Cup, Dundee United has been on the victory podium twice and have been the runners up on 4 separate instances.

But like every other European club, Dundee United FC have had their best season in the 1986-1987 when they were the runners up in the UEFA Cup. They had a dream tournament that year but were just not lucky enough to win the tournament. They also played in the Semi Finals at the European Cup in 1983-1984 and have on numerous occasions won a lot of regional trophies as well. Dundee Football club is a popular scottish football club. 

Foreign players of Barcelona

by on September 20, 2010
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Top Ten Goals of FIFA World Cup

by on June 27, 2010
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Recently ESPN decided to rank the goals scored over the eighty years (including this one) of the World Cup Tournament. Their selections did and do include some of the great highlights of the Cup and its best goals. They may not have gotten them in order, but they did a great job researching and composing the list. It included: Read more..

Top 5 FIFA World Cup Goal Keeping Moments

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Argentina – On A World Cup Roller Coaster Ride

by on June 16, 2010
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Since they came in second-place in the very first World Cup finals played back in 1930, the Argentine National Football Team has been struggling to assert some form of dominance on these most coveted fields of play. All in all, it seems as if Team Argentina has been on a wild roller-coaster ride courtesy of some bad luck and plenty of tough competition.

After taking second in 1930’s inaugural games, the Argentines didn’t get to the finals again for several decades. Then, in 1966, they made it as far as the quarterfinals before facing elimination. Four years later they failed to qualify to participate in 1970 World Cup tournament. Then, the roller coaster started back up again, and in 1978 they won the tournament on their own native soil. Still on the upswing, they picked up yet another win in 1986, defeating West Germany in a thrilling final match. Since then, the roller coaster seems to have stalled.

This year’s Argentine squad is looking to give that thrill ride a little forward momentum. With a strong squad, featuring great talent and a superstar in the person of Lionel Mess, arguably one of the best footballers in the game today, the team expects to reach for and attain new heights.

Realistically, the odds are probably not that strong in Argentina’s favor this year. While they do possess a truly talented squad of athletes and now call one of soccer’s greatest and most eccentric names, Maradona, their coach, this team’s less than stellar qualifying performances has fans and bookmakers a bit nervous about backing them. Still, Argentina knows what it feels like to be the dark horse that comes unexpectedly from behind to win, and they certainly feel they have the talent.

The national football team of Argentina has been very successful and currently ranks the sixth in FIFA world rankings. Here is a peak into their performance at FIFA World cups: Read more..

Top 5 Earning Football Players

by on June 14, 2010
in FIFA

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Whenever people talk about soccer players in terms of their earnings, David Beckham is always at the top. But if one cares to check out the list of top notch 20 highest paid football stars, then they will realize that Beckham is not even close to them in terms of his earning. To most, it shall be cleared right here that Beckham earns $6.5 million annually which makes him part of top 50 highest paid players barely!

Surprising fact isn’t it? Well let’s just come out of David’s earning and have a quick glance into the top five highly paid football stars at present:

No. 1: Christiano Ronaldo, a 25 year old Portuguese player who plays as a forward for Real Madrid earns $17.06 million annually. In Spanish national team, Christiano is the most expensive player. It could be imagined by the fact that Real Madrid bought the rights of Christiano worth $132 million from Manchester United in 2009.

No. 2: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish player who has been able to earn $15.7 million in 2009-2010 seasons. Ibrahimovic is a 29-year-old player who is a striker in Barcelona.

No. 3: Lonel Messi is the youngest 22 year old player of Argentina who is among the top 20 highest paid players in the football world. In the season of 2009-2010, Messi earned $13.7 million. Messi is going to represent his national team in 2010 FIFA World Cup.

No. 4: Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroon’s national football team captain has a contract at current of worth $13.74 million. In 2010 FIFA World Cup, Messi is going to lead his team and all eyes are on him to win the World Cup for Argentina.

No. 5: Kaka, the heartbeat of female fans and the most popular player of Brazilian team is going to earn $13.13 million this year by playing as a mid fielder for Real Madrid.

A money temptation along with style, glamour and popularity, football for sure is a way to live a perfect life!

Best Football Defenders

John Terry

Football is a game of skills and it is played between two teams to score as many goals as possible. Each football team consists of eleven players and some of them play the role of defenders that actually stops the ball hit by opposition player from going into the goal post. It requires sharp defending skills in order to become a good football defender. Let us look at best defenders in the world of soccer from 2005-10.

1. John Terry: An Englishman, who is considered to be one of the best football defender who has sharp skills with vast experience and he can fool any attacker to defend the ball from going into the goal post. John Terry is said to be the best defender of the world.

2. Vidic: Another strong defender who can stay still between the ball and goal post and can defend the ball with pure skills and better footwork. His dribbling capability is also a considerable one to earn him the rank in best defender’s list.

3. Marquez: A Mexican football player is so strong with his football defending capability as he can defend all balls coming towards net.

4. Maldini: An Italian that actually helped Italy to win the world cup title with his defending capability and has blocked many goal scoring chances created by the opponents.

Most Stylish/Handsome Players

Gabriel Batistuta

Football is a team game and it is played between two teams to score as many goals as possible in order to win the game. But, the game is not all about only scoring the goals and it also includes art of dribbling, tackling as shooting the ball. Some of the players have fantastic football skills and they become famous in the fans. But with fantastic football skills, some players also become famous due to their style off the ground. Let us look at some of the stylish players of the football.

1. David Beckham: This Englishman has the most number of fans following for his game of football as well as for his hairstyles and his clothing style. Beckham and his wife Victoria (who was a part of Spice Girls) are very famous for their lavish lifestyle. It is said that Victoria felt in love with David Beckham after he saw David Beckham’s stylish football game.

2. Gabriel Batistuta: This former Argentine footballer is also famous amongst his fans for his stylish lifestyle along with his impressive game. The mix of faithfulness and sex appeal made his heart-throb impression amongst Argentine and Italian women.

3. Paolo Maldini: Maldini is a former Italian footballer who has helped Italy in its best performances. Just like his father, Maldini was one of the best defender of the soccer game and was also famous amongst his fan following for his stylish lifestyle.

Dribbling in Soccer

Andres Iniesta

Soccer is a team game which is number one sport in the world played in almost all the countries of this world in which football is played by the foots of the players who are playing this. There are two teams of eleven individuals who contests in the game of Soccer to win the battle by scoring maximum numbers of goals between two sides. One of the basic and best techniques of playing football is dribbling, which is an ability of a player to carry the ball past the opponent side player by simply tapping the ball with the foot or launching it into the air towards the opposition field. It is an art of football that should be learn by all the players including goal-keepers with some level of competency.

Dribbling is a very important part of playing football and a player with the strong dribbling capabilities can play in the forward or center arena of the football ground as a main striker. The fundamentals of dribbling say that a player should use both their feet to dribble and should dribble with small taps to have control over the ball entirely. This can help to an incoming defender that wants to steal a ball from a player.

The game of football is a team game, played with eleven players, some of them play the role of defenders, some plays the roles of mid-fielders and one or two players play the role of strikers or goal getters. But, a common thing in all these players is dribbling. It is very important for each and every football player including goal-keeper to learn the techniques of dribbling. Let us look at some of the best football dribblers from 2005-10.

The top amongst the list is “World Soccer Player of the year 2009”, Lionel Messi. This Argentine has a special gift of dribbling who can quickly change the direction and pace of the ball with his quick footwork and height.

The Second in this list is Ronaldinho. A striker of a Brazil national team has real skills of moving the ball quickly along the turf with his proven dribbling skills. It has helped him to be a main striker of Brazil.

Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal is no less than his South American counterparts who can roll the ball with himself with both the feet can take the ball from one end to the other in one motion.

Another Brazilian Robinho is forth amongst the list of best dribblers with his image as king of step-overs.

Another Argentine Juan-Roman-Requeleme is also in the list of best football dribblers with his control over football in his play.

Popular Football Formations

Football formations

Football or a game that is also known as soccer is very famous across the world and more than hundred countries play this game. The game of football is played between two teams with each player is having eleven players. Some players play the role of defenders, some plays as mid-fielder or winger and two or three of them plays as goal getter or striker whose responsibility is to score. This tactic of arranging players in a ground is known as a formation. Let us look at some of the very popular football formations that are used in the modern day games.

The most common football formation is 4-4-2 formation in which four players play as defender, four players play as mid-fielder or winger and other two of them play forward as a striker and eleventh player is a goal-keeper.

Another common formation is 4-5-1 formation in which, four player plays as defender, five players play as winger and one plays forward to score the goal.

Third football formation type is 4-3-3 combination in which three players play forward game as scorer, three plays play to pass the ball as winger and four players make a defending wall at the back-court.

Another football formation of 4-3-1-2 is also known as diamond formation. In this style of formation, four players defend the opposite scorers; three of them play as wingers, one of them plays between wingers and strikers to create opportunities and two of them plays forward to convert the opportunities in to goals.

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