Category Archives: International Soccer

Soccer Is Life: Possession In Football/Soccer Is Useless As A Measure For Dominance

In the aftermath of the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid (1-2) the discussions are heated. Reporters, fans and otherwise acknowledged experts debate who deserved the win. One word that comes repeatedly to the surface is “possession”. Here is the explanation of possession in football/soccer: Continue reading

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Manchester United v Real Madrid – Ryan Giggs’ 1,000th match

He had to wait a little longer than expected but now it’s been confirmed, Ryan Giggs is to make his 1000th career appearance.

Manchester United Winger Ryan Giggs Signs One-Year Contract Extension

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension.

The deal, which will take Giggs beyond his 40th birthday, has been agreed after an outstanding series of performances from the veteran and will stop speculation that he would retire at the end of the season. Continue reading

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A snapshot of the economic impact of New York City’s fashion industry.

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With the next round of the UEFA Champions League just round the corner, we decided to take a closer look at one of the big ties as we reach the last 16.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona top rich list according to firm Deloitte – News | FOX Sports on MSN. Source: FOX Sports/AP Real Madrid has remained soccer’s biggest money maker for the eighth straight year as many of Europe’s leading clubs boosted … Continue reading

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Soccer is life: Pep Guardiola decided to join Bayern Munich after a year long break from soccer. What do you think? Did he do the right thing by ditching the Premier League for the German Bundesliga? Let us know your … Continue reading

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Soccer Is Life: Playing Against Lionel Messi? Get Ready – Infographic

Are you playing against Lionel Messi soon? Here is a graphic display of the 91 goals scored by Lionel Messi in 2012: From where and to where. Get ready!

Source: Visual.ly

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Shopping Habits: Digital And Traditional Shopping Behavior – Infographic

Do you have an addiction for saving money with coupon codes and online coupons? Does your addiction motivate you to find and sort through all the newspaper and mailbox coupons that you can get your hands on? You are a coupon clipper. You save to live and live to save. It’s what you do.

Alright, coupon clipper, you are recognized and respected. Now, put those scissors down for a second and ask yourself, “Is there a better way to save?” Maybe you could change and use a more virtual coupon approach? Use this fun infographic to assess your techno-savvy and determine if, as a modern consumer, you could be utilizing other avenues to save. Scroll through this graphic to reassess and revamp your coupon clipping approach. You’ve got money to save.

Source: Valpak.com

Chelsea Business Practices: 9 Managers In 9 Years – Infographic

Chelsea have had 9 mangers in 9 years, so is it time to trust one to win? See how they stack up against the rest of the league.

Source: Visual.ly

In Bed With Gadgets: Not Good – Infographic

Does this sound familiar? You’re lying in bed, ostensibly ready for dreamland. But first, you grab your smartphone and set the requisite six alarms (all of them blaring the Star Wars theme). But while you’ve got your phone out, you might as well text your buddy back like you meant to. Plus, now is the perfect time to plow through those 11 games of Gems With Friends that have been on hold. Oh, and there was that sloth video you never got around to watching on YouTube. Then, maybe it’s time for bed. But you should probably throw something on Netflix to help you pass out.

It’s a perfectly normal routine. In fact, 95% of people say they regularly browse the web, text or watch TV in the hour before bed. But all that facetime with a phone, tablet, laptop or TV does more than distract — it can make it harder to go to sleep when you finally close your eyes. That can lead to sleep loss that affects your mental and physical well-being.

Check out this infographic from OnlinePsychologyDegree.net and think it over next time you’re thinking about spooning with Siri.

Source: Mashable.com

Mark Clattenburg Row: Chelsea Players Split On What Ref Said In John Obi Mikel Dispute

Mark Clattenburg row: Chelsea players split on what ref said in John Obi Mikel dispute | The Sun |Sport|Football.

CHELSEA players are divided over whether referee Mark Clattenburg actually aimed a racist remark at John Obi Mikel.

SunSport can reveal some Blues stars are sceptical about the shock allegations and pressure is mounting on the club to physically prove the remarks were made.

Significantly, the club have not yet officially complained to the police about the alleged incident — even though the Society of Black Lawyers has.

Mikel’s team-mates Ramires and David Luiz told the midfielder they heard ref Clattenburg make an ‘inappropriate comment’ during Blues’ 3-2 defeat against Manchester United nine days ago.

They were so furious they asked for Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay to go to the dressing room after the game and listen to their version of events.

An insider said: “They were saying the club had to look after them and take action. They said the club had stood by John Terry in his race row with Anton Ferdinand and now it had to do the same for them.

“But the other players weren’t so vocal and wanted a cooling-down period — mainly because they didn’t hear the ref say anything.”

Even if Clattenburg, 37, is proved innocent, it may be many years before he is allowed to officiate at a Chelsea game again.

He is being ‘rested’ again this weekend while the FA investigates and a refs’ insider told SunSport: “There are concerns about the implications of him refereeing a Chelsea match.

“For starters it would place the pre-match handshake under great scrutiny yet again, as all the players are supposed to shake hands with the ref before each game.

“If Mark was put back in charge of a Chelsea match immediately afterwards, the attention would be phenomenal.

“It may even make sense to keep him away from Chelsea for good, which is a shame as he is one of this country’s top three referees — and Chelsea are one of the top three football clubs.”

Clattenburg, who denies allegations made by the Blues, is due to meet the FA and police this week.

Read more: The Sun

Dempsey, Friedel Among Best Americans To Play in Barclays English Premier League

Dempsey, Friedel among best Americans to play in Barclays Premier League – Premier League News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Where else is there to start but with Clint Dempsey and Brad Friedel? Both men made history this weekend as Tottenham broke a long-time duck and won at Old Trafford for the first time in 23 years. It’s a huge achievement for the club, a vindication of Andre Villas-Boas and most of all, great to have two of the best American players of all time involved.

Make no mistake: this is a massive moment for America. Brad had a superb game and the fact is, when we look back on the best of the Premier League, his name has to be involved. For me, he’s right up there with the greats – van der Saar, Seaman, Schmeichel – and this is another feather in his cap.

Clint is the best outfield player America has produced and sent to this league. When you consider that the list contains men like Claudio Reyna, Joe-Max Moore, Landon Donovan and my colleague Brian McBride, that really is saying something. His 51st goal did what Gary Lineker did for Spurs in 1989 and it will be remembered for just as long.

You could tell what that goal meant to the club: Villas-Boas’ celebration was genuine, and coming away from this Spurs will be full of belief. Also, United come away with a big, big dent. They have huge problems and how they address them could define their season. There’s a lack of speed at the back, they don’t communicate well and they are far too loose. Spurs could have had four on them in the first half and United’s second half fight-back shouldn’t make people forget that.

 

AMERICAN PRIDE

From Dempsey to Reyna, find out the best US footballers of all-time.

When you lose games like this one, your psyche takes a hit. I’ve been on both sides of the coin. When Newcastle beat United 5-0, I was so proud, and we just felt on top of the world. When we lost to United in 1995-96, I have to be honest: we started to doubt. Losses like these sow seeds of doubt no matter how much you deny it. The great teams come away from both kinds of experiences and dig out the results.

That’s why I think the North London game will have some repercussions. There was a real opportunity for Arsenal to stake a claim here, and a rare coaching mistake by Arsene Wenger cost them dearly. This game may have some of these players – who already have had to deal with Alex Song and Robin van Persie leaving the club –doubting themselves a little bit.

Wenger doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, but why he left out Per Mertesacker I cannot understand. People say the German is not the quickest, and he is not, but I see him as the heir to Tony Adams. Mertesacker is a field general, and he knows that what is important is that you know where your partner is on the field. You don’t have to be the fastest as long as you have awareness. Adams and Steve Bould partnered very well for Arsenal in the golden era and I think Mertesacker and Vermaelen have that same understanding now. But without Mertesacker, time and again, on set-pieces, that awareness was found lacking. Arsenal paid the price.

 

BENCHMARK BATTLES

Review the best images from week six of the Barclays Premier League.

Most damaging of all to Arsenal is the fact that I don’t think Chelsea are even firing on all cylinders, and yet they are top of the league. That’s real credit to Roberto Di Matteo, for sure – but I see this also as a time when Arsenal could have shown they really are a better team, but didn’t.

Look, we talk about the Stokes and the Swanseas as the bread and butter games in this league, but the fact is the Big Four clashes are when your players find out what they are made of. All this October, these teams will be playing each other on FOX Soccer and I think the mental part of this game will be critical. United and Arsenal have to dust themselves off and get on with it.

I want to speak quickly about Liverpool and it’s good to see them get their first win. As I think you’ve been seeing on our show BEING: Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers wants his players to be brave, be proud to play, and to respect the club. At Swansea, he had some space to grow the club; he doesn’t have that at Liverpool, so getting this win is a huge relief. But even in Liverpool’s losses I think you saw glimpses of a style that was attractive and signals that when the team gels, they will be very good. I think he has been wise to stick with Luis Suarez and whatever he said to Raheem Sterling has made that young man just tremendous.

 

NEVER WALK ALONE

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Last but not least, I’ve heard a lot about my old team and Demba Ba’s goal. It was a handball I think, but you get the rub of the green sometimes, and that’s just how it is. But Ba’s first goal — to me, that’s a candidate for goal of the season right there. It’s right up with Robin van Persie’s goal against Fulham. If anyone’s got any other candidates, please let me know!

And you can do that by following me on Twitter @warrenbarton2 and ask a question to any of us at any time @FOXSoccer. We love to hear from you and we always pick the best questions each week for Stoppage Time on GOALS ON SUNDAY.

We have a massive week coming up: Champions League, Europa League and of course, some very big games in the Premier League. I do hope you will join us and as always, thanks for reading!

Source: Fox Sports/Fox Soccer

Four Game Ban For John Terry – Video