August 6th, 2013
Soccer is pretty easy to follow compared to many other sports. Each team has eleven players, and the game lasts for 90 minutes divided into two 45 minute halves. At the end of each half the referee will allow additional time to make up for such as injuries and substitutions.
Each team has a goalkeeper and this is the only player allowed to handle the ball, and the goalkeeper can only handle the ball in an eighteen yard box drawn around the Read the rest of this entry »
June 21st, 2013
The next FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil in between June 10 and July 12. This is the second time that the South American country has been chosen to host the competition; the last time was in 1950. Brazil is a perennial world football superpower and has won the tournament five times and been runners up twice.
The last World Cup was held in South Africa in 2000, and this is the first time that two consecutive competitions will be held outside Europe. It is also the first time that consecutive World Cups will be held in the Read the rest of this entry »
May 7th, 2013
The major league salary of a soccer player will vary greatly depending on the organization, skill level and years of playing time. While American soccer salaries can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to millions f dollars per year, they pale in comparison to those who play soccer on an international level.
One of the most famous soccer players in the world is David Beckham. When he played in the United States, he made an annual salary of 6.5 million. Read the rest of this entry »
January 5th, 2013
Soccer, or football as the Europeans call it, has gotten quite a bit of non-European attention in recent years due in no small part to providers like www.DirectSpecialTV.com. And, perhaps, while this football won’t replace the football that we all know and love in the States, we thought it would be fun to list off some fun bits of soccer trivia.
So, without further ado…
Some Super Soccer Trivia to kick off the New Year!
1. Did you know that a legendary match in Paraguay between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero had a total of 20 red cards? That’s quite a list of violations.
2. In the late 70s, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was actually fired for indecent behavior toward a lady including shouting of obscenities. Seems like a lot of coaches in the States wouldn’t make it in the UK.
3. The first ever live televised coverage of soccer was in the year 1937. There was no DVR back then so you either saw it or you didn’t.
4. The first black, professional football (soccer) player was Ghana-born Arthur Wharton. He played for Rotherham United as their goalkeeper in 1889.
5. Norman Whiteside was the youngest soccer player, beginning his career at barely 17.
July 5th, 2012
As we make our way through the Group Round of the 2012 UEFA Championships, we are once again reminded that, for the underdogs, it is hard to truly succeed in a tournament like this. In the first week, the soccer world was abuzz by Denmark’s 1-0 upset of the Netherlands. Was Denmark going to be the Cinderella team of the tournament? Unfortunately, being in the group of death, the Danes still had to take on Portugal and Germany, two teams which they each lost to by one goal, ending their tournament in the Group stage, despite their upset victory. Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2012
This has been a bad year in terms of the health of footballers. There was news of a footballer dying in India, while Fabrice Muamba collapsed in England during Bolton and Tottenham’s FA Cup tie. By some miracle Muamba survived, despite his heart not beating for minutes. However, Piermario Morosini of Udinese was not as lucky. He was playing on loan for Serie B club Livorno at Pescara at the time. During the game, he collapsed with a suspected heart attack. Despite Read the rest of this entry »
June 30th, 2012
Soccer is a sport which is famous especially in Europe but is played throughout the globe. There are a variety of positions in soccer and each and every player must effectively play in their position.
The striker is the most important person of the team as he is the goal scorer. They are generally placed near the target goal and they have to strike the ball in when they receive it. The next one is the wing forward or the left/right midfielder who generally has good dribbling skills and also Read the rest of this entry »
June 26th, 2012
Some believe that because soccer players are required to use only their feet to kick the ball and run that the most important exercises to follow would be centered on their legs; however, a soccer player knows that full body exercises are necessary to ensure optimal performance while playing.
Exercising every single day is not necessary and it is not efficient. Knowing which muscles to exercise one day, while allowing them to rest the following, Read the rest of this entry »
June 22nd, 2012
Soccer is one of the few sports out there where participation between men and women are relatively equal. This may be one of the reasons why the Women’s World Cup has been such a successful venture. While it still has a long way to go to catch up with the Men’s tournament (arguably the most popular sporting event in the world), it has been shown to be a success both in terms of attendance and in Read the rest of this entry »