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Soccer vs Football, Also Called Football vs Carry-The-Ball – Infographic

Soccer vs Football, also called Football vs Carry-the-ball – Always keep the humor!

Soccer vs. Football

  • 700 million people watched the last World Cup
  • 111 million people watched the last Super Bowl
  • $177 million is the estimated visitor spending at the last World Cup
  • $153 million is the estimated visitor spending at the last Super Bowl
  • The average cost for a 30-second commercial in the U.S. during the last World Cup was $250,000
  • The average cost for a 30-second commercial in the U.S. during the last Super Bowl was $3 million
  • 41 percent of people re-watch the ads
  • The main method of advertising during the World Cup is Kit endorsements
  • XANGO is the first company to sponsor a MLS (Major League Soccer) kit
  • Each team in futbol has 11 players on the field
  • Each team in football has 11 players on the field
  • There are 798 total professional futbol players in the U.S.
  • There are 1,696 total professional football players in the U.S.
  • The size of a futbol, field averages 120 yards long by 80 yards wide
  • The size of a football field is 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide
  • The average futbol, or soccer, player runs an average of 4.3 miles a match
  • The average defensive back in football can deliver 1,600 pounds of tackling force
  • From start to finish the total time of a futbal match averages 109 minutes, 68 minutes of which is actual game play
  • From start to finish the total time of a football game averages 187 minutes, 11 minutes of which is actual game play
  • There are 2.5 goals scored on average during a futbol match
  • There are 44 points scored on average during a football game
  • Futbol averages 11.5 fouls per match
  • Football averages 8.6 penalties per game
  • Samuel Eto’o Fils is the highest-paid futbol player in the world and makes $28 million per year. He plays for Inter Milan
  • Peyton Manning is the highest-paid football player in the world and makes $23 million per year. He plays for the Indianapolis Colts
  • The average U.S. futbol, or soccer, player makes $100,000 annually
  • The average U.S. football player makes $1.9 million annually

Sources: ESPN.com and MLSsoccer.com

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Soccer, That Beautiful Game, Eases Hypertension | Playbook | Wired.com

Soccer is more than a beautiful game — it’s good for your heart, too. A European study found three out of four hypertensive men who played the game two hours a week saw their blood pressure fall to healthy levels in six months. Photo: toksuede/Flickr

Soccer, That Beautiful Game, Eases Hypertension | Playbook | Wired.com.

The beautiful game just got a bit prettier.

A study out of Europe has shown that playing soccer might be the best way for men with hypertension to improve their blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke while keeping fit. The study adds to our understanding of the game’s health benefits.

We’ve long known exercise brings all kinds of medical benefits, and Peter Krustrup of the lab of Sport and Health Sciences has long studied the effect of soccer on cardiorespiratory capacity, metabolic fitness and muscle and bone strength. He and his team have compared the sport to running and weight training because it is estimated that some 400 million people play it worldwide.

Their work has provided insight into the benefits of different exercises. Jogging was effective for losing fat and improving cardiovascular health, while strength training promotes musculoskeletal adaptations like posture, balance, strength and bone mineralization. Soccer, on the other hand, provides all of those benefits.

“Soccer is very effective both in terms of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal adaptations,” said Krustrup. “Soccer is an intense, variable, all-in-one training.”

Building upon that, the latest research by Krustup and researchers in England — where almost one in three men has hypertension — and Denmark found the game helps prevent cardiovascular disease in middle-aged men with hypertension. Three out of four hypertensive men in the study saw their blood pressure fall to healthy levels after six months of soccer.

“Playing soccer scores a hat trick for men with hypertension,” Krustup said. “It reduces blood pressure, improves fitness and burns fat.”

Although everyone knows exercise can reduce blood pressure, there’s been little exploration of the best activity to prescribe. Krustup was interested in determining whether soccer, the world’s most popular sport, might be especially effective.

It should be noted that his study was financed by the Danish Soccer Federation, along with the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center and the Danish Heart Foundation. So it’s no surprise that it would focus on soccer. But it’s also worth noting that soccer is far more popular than, say, basketball or American football, and Krustup says he wants to investigate these “intermittent team sports” in the future.

In his study, published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Krustrup and his team gathered 33 men aged 33 to 54 with mild to moderate hypertension and divided them randomly into two groups. One participated in two one-hour sessions of soccer training each week, while the other followed the advice — get active, eat well — typically offered by a general practitioner.

The groups were tested at three months and six months to determine their blood pressure, body fat, oxygen intake and other factors. The soccer players saw their average mean blood pressure reduced by 10 mmHg, twice that of the control group. Their maximum oxygen uptake and exercise capacity rose 10 percent, and their resting heart rates was lowered by eight beats per minute. Body fat dropped by an average of two kilograms, and they were found to be less tired during exercise than those in the control group, though it isn’t surprising that the people who enjoyed intense workouts for six months were fitter.

“The magnitude of response was impressive,” Krustrup said, “with reductions of 13/8 mmHg which is somewhat more than the average effects seen after endurance training for hypertensive men, like running (7/5 mmHg) and much more than what has been reported after strength training.”

Those in the control group also saw lower blood pressure, but the improvement was not nearly so pronounced, nor did they enjoy any of the other benefits the soccer players did. The next step calls for studying how soccer affects the heart’s structure and function.

Source: WiredNews

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

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Soccer: Napoli Bans Players From Sex Two Days Before Matches To Avoid Injury

According to a recent report from Football Italia, Napoli’s club doctor claims a sex ban keeps players out of harm’s way.

“Avoiding sexual activity for two days before a game is fundamental to prevent muscular strains, contractions or inflammations,” Professor Alfonso De Nicola told Corriere del Mezzogiorno.

“It is the rule for our squad. There is also a specific work done by my staff and the fitness coaches which is aimed more at prevention than cure.

“The players must be praised for the professional approach they take in their private lives too. They must always continue certain exercises at home that are taught in the training camp.”

Napoli’s manager Walter Mazzarri led the club to a fifth place finish in Serie A and a quarterfinal place in last season’s UEFA Champions League in 2011-12. With the help of Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik, the Naples outfit captured the Italian Cup last year.

Mazzarri’s squad only missed fifty games due to injury, compared to other clubs – AC Milan, Internazionale and Roma – who missed over 100 games last season respectively.

Other recommendations in the doctor’s regimen include sticking to a strict eating timetable, organic meals, not drinking alcohol and documenting muscular twinges.

via Napoli bans players from sex two days before matches to avoid injury – Serie A News | FOX Sports on MSN.

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Soccer, Social Media: EPL And La Liga Dominate – Infographic

Europe is home to the best club soccer in the world, thanks in no small part to powerful domestic leagues, like Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. But there’s no debating which two associations reign supreme on the continent: the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

The EPL and La Liga regularly send top clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid deep into the international Champions League tournament. One could argue that either the EPL or La Liga rules Europe in a given year. But which league is winning on the social web?

La Liga teams have more Twitter followers than their EPL counterparts, but EPL fans are more active, mentioning their teams in 81.5 million tweets over the past year compared to 65.2 million for Spanish clubs. On Facebook, EPL teams just barely out-Like La Liga’s league-wide total, but the numbers are essentially equal. La Liga’s signature match between Barcelona and Madrid also drew about four times as much Twitter chatter as last year’s Manchester Derby between United and City.

La Liga superstars Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid dominate the social buzz, however, compared to Manchester United’s new dynamic duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Messi and Ronaldo were mentioned in over 24 million tweets over the past year, compared to just under 9 million for Rooney and van Persie.

Sports website TheScore used data from social analytics company Sysomos to pull all these stats and more to produce the infographic. Check it out for a snapshot of how the EPL and La Liga compare on the social web.

Source: Mashable.com, thescore

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Social Media: Soccer Beats “Football” In Popularity – Infographic

Americans love their football. Brits love their football, too. Thing is, they love different footballs. Americans love the football that involves a pigskin, gridiron and crushing body blows between 300-pound behemoths. Brits, and pretty much the rest of the world, love the football that’s also known as futbol, futebol or — in the States — soccer.

But how do the respective footballs match up on social media? A comparison of the NFL and English Premier League yields some interesting results as both seasons begin to get under way. While the NFL’s official league pages dominate their EPL counterparts on Facebook and Twitter, EPL clubs’ global appeal appears to give them an big advantage when matched up against top NFL franchises.

On Facebook, the EPL’s Manchester United rules all with about 27 million fans, while London clubs Chelsea and Arsenal each top 11 million. The NFL’s top team on Facebook, meanwhile? The Dallas Cowboys, with just over 5 million Likes. On Twitter, the EPL’s Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all top a million followers, but no NFL teams have yet cracked 500,000.

While the EPL’s major clubs — which play exhibition matches around the world and compete in the annual international Champions League — have incredibly strong global brands, social numbers suggest that the NFL has higher popularity as a league. The NFL’s official Facebook and Twitter pages total a combined following of about 10 million users, while the equivalent EPL accounts total about 2 million followers.

The following infographic put together by Confused.com gives a visual representation of how the two football leagues compare on social media. Check it out for fuller picture, then let us know in the comments — why do you think the NFL rates higher as a leagued, but EPL teams kick the most individual butt?

Source: Mashable.com, confused.com

Red Devil in details of Manchester United IPO – IPO Report

Red Devil in details of Manchester United IPO – IPO Report – MarketWatch.

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — For the upcoming Manchester United Ltd. initial public offering, the “Red Devil” is in the details, since what the fabled soccer club has already revealed to prospective investors is strong on brand promises — but little else.

On Friday, Manchester United (PRE-IPO:MANU) is set to begin trading on the NYSE Euronext’s (NYSE:NYX) New York Stock Exchange following an offering of 16.7 million Class A shares with a current pricing range of between $16 and $20 a share. Read preview of this week’s IPOs.

Half those shares will be issued by the company and the other half will be sold by Red Football LLC, the entity representing Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer and his family.

In 2005, Glazer took over Manchester United after spending two years buying out other owners in a series of debt-backed deals. At the time, the British soccer club — one of the world’s best-recognized sporting franchises, known for its 19 championship wins, celebrity players such as David Beckham, and its “Red Devil” mascot — was valued around $1.5 billion.

It’s that retail recognition, rather than enthusiasm for the stock’s promise as an investment, that may provide support for the IPO. And that may not be enough. Much of the buildup to the IPO is making the stock sound more like a piece of sports memorabilia than a sound investment.

Issues of debt and the lopsided dual-class structure are turning many institutional investors off, said Scott Sweet, senior managing partner and principal researcher at IPO Boutique. At best, it’s going to be “a challenging offering,” he said.

“It’s only appeal is going to be to retail investors,” said Sweet. “It’s almost like having a piece of the Green Bay Packers even though those shares don’t trade.”

Assuming an $18 IPO price, the company plans to use proceeds of $141 million from 8.3 million issued shares to help pay down debt, which is currently listed as £437 million, or about $684 million, according to the prospectus. That’s down from a peak of £773 million, or $1.21 billion, at the end of fiscal 2010. As for the cash from the other 8.3 million shares, that’s going into the pockets of the sellers: the Glazer family.

After the smoke clears, new shareholders will hold 42% of Manchester United Class A shares, which, under the dual-class share structure, gives them only 1.3% of total voting power. The Glazers will retain 58% of the Class A shares, and most importantly, all of the Class B shares, which have ten times the voting power of the Class A shares, leaving them with 98.7% of the voting power.

Such lopsided dual-class share structures have been hallmarks of recent IPOs that have left a bad taste in investors mouths, namely, ones like Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) , Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) , and Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA)

Adding to the red flags, the company in charge of the 134-year-old soccer team will also take advantage of reduced financial reporting requirements for up to five years as an “emerging growth company” under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, and has no current plans to pay a dividend.

“I feel favors are going to be called in to get [the IPO] done,” Sweet said. “On weak IPOs, many players need to dance every dance to get in on the hot IPOs.”

Given the brand’s global appeal, however, it may very well be the retail investor that drives demand on this IPO.

“Institutional demand will not be great but retail demand may keep this alive,” said James Krapfel, IPO analyst at Morningstar. “Given the float is not that big, it won’t take that much retail demand to make it quote-unquote successful. Institutional investors are leery of the company.”

Morningstar, which models the value of the stock at about $10, said in a note it’s concerned about Manchester United’s ability to earn excess returns on capital consistently given the unpredictable nature of sports. Also, capital costs to get and retain star players are just going to rise.

One way of keeping up with those costs may lie in the bankability of Manchester United’s brand. The team made £103.4 million, or about $162 million, from sponsorship and merchandizing deals in fiscal 2011, compared with total revenue of £331.4 million, or about $518 million.

Last week, Manchester United cut a seven-year, $559 million deal with General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) to advertise the Chevrolet brand on their jerseys beginning in 2014, a deal that reportedly led to the ouster of Joel Ewanick, the GM marketing chief who engineered the deal.

In comparison, the current shirt sponsor, Aon Corp. (NYSE:AON) , who is also among the IPO’s underwriters through its Aon Benfield Securities unit, paid $125 million for a four-year deal. Lead underwriters on the deal are Jefferies Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF) , Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS) , and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)

That increasing brand value may come into play when Manchester United’s 13-year merchandise contract with Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE) expires in three years, either through a renegotiation or through a higher bid from another apparel company, Krapfel said. The team made £31.3 million from Nike in guaranteed amounts and split profits for the 2010/2011 season.

Source: Marketwatch

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The Beautiful Game Is The Most Searched Sport In The U.S. – Infographic

The 2012 Olympics are being hailed as the “first social Games” — but looking at old-fashioned search terms is just as fascinating as following the online conversation.

Would you have guessed that soccer was actually the most-searched sport in the U.S. the week before the Games? Even though most nations are not sending their best soccer players to the Olympics, the beautiful game grabbed more than 12% of all Olympic sport-related queries.

Next up were swimming, track and field, basketball and gymnastics.

But interest varies by area. Women’s soccer drew the most searches on the West Coast, as well as the Northeast and South Atlantic regions. In the central South and Rocky Mountain areas of the country, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, the Games’ opening ceremony ruled supreme.

Midwesterners were the only population segment to search for swimming more than any other sport.

Also of interest: the Midwest and central South regions seem to be especially randy — they are the only two regions to have “hottest Olympic athletes” rank in their top five search topics.

This is according to a study by online advertising and data analytics firm Chitika Insights. The company analyzed more than a hundred million ad impressions to gather the data presented in the infographic below.

Among other interesting findings: more than a third of 2012 Olympics searches were made from mobile devices; more than four in five searches came from a PC; New York had the most disproportionate interest in the Games relative to population; and Arkansas, New Mexico and Missouri had the most disinterest.

Source: Mashable.com, chitika insights

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Largest Payouts In Sports – Infographic

In most sports, the big money is in the personal contracts. But there is still a lot of prize money to be had for the victors in tournaments and other official events. Even the losers can walk away with millions. We’ve broken down the payments for the ten highest paying sporting events, based on a list compiled by Forbes.

Source: Visual.ly

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Euro 2012: Who Won On Twitter – Infographic

Euro 2012 is history, with Spain taking home its third straight major international tournament.

Europe’s once-every-four-years spectacle was full of memorable moments on the pitch — brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo, the stellar play of Italian wildcard Mario Balotelli and the passion of his Azzurri teammate Gianluigi Buffon, just to scratch the surface.

But who won Euro 2012 in the Twittersphere?

Spain totaled 873,000 mentions during the tournament, England totaled 849,000 and Italy was third at 716,000. Portugal star Ronaldo was tops among players, with nearly 270,000 mentions despite his squad not reaching the final game. Balotelli and Spain’s Fernando Torres — two players who faced off in the final — rounded out the individual top three with 213,000 and 188,000 mentions respectively.

Players and teams aside, it’s no surprise that goals and referees were the most tweet-generating subjects at Euro 2012. But the tournament’s most retweeted post didn’t come from a soccer player or media personality at all — rather it came from NBA star LeBron James, whose congratulatory tweet after Spain’s big win drew more than 9,000 retweets.

Overall, the tournament generated nearly 12 million total tweets — including a new tweets-per-second record for sports in the the final match between Spain and Italy.

Sports website TheScore used data from the social analytics company Sysomos to pull all these stats and more and produce the infographic below. Check it out for the full picture on how Euro 2012 played out on Twitter.

Source: Mashable.com, Thumbnail image courtesy iStockphoto, mikkelwilliam, The Score, Sysomos

The Most Dramatic 5 Minutes in Soccer

Gareth Bale could join every European top club – Spurs star looking for international competition

Bale future could be elsewhere – Fox Soccer

Gareth Bale is one of the major stars in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While he is certainly proud to play for Wales, the fact doesn’t help his international career. Not being able to play at the big tournaments like a World Cup or the European Championship must be a major bummer for him. It is a similar situation like the one for Ryan Giggs, Manchester United’s superstar for almost 20 years. While he experienced the same faith with the National Team, Giggs is Welsh like Bale, he played in a top team and had plenty of international exposure.

There is nothing wrong with Bales checking on his possibilities to join a club that is playing for glory in the Champions League. Bale has quality to offer and would fit into the top teams in Europe. Bale leaving Spurs would be a major loss for the ambitions of Tottenham and could certainly put a stop on their efforts to establish a presence in the Champions League.

It has to be seen how Spurs can compete over the last few games and what eventually the outcome will be. After looking like a major competitor for third place in the Premier League, their hotness cooled down substantially. Inexperience and the continued rumors that Harry Redknapp will drop Spurs for the England job, ruined a promising campaign for Spurs.