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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

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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

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Soccer Is Dominating TV – Infographic

Buzz surrounding the ESPN broadcasts of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship almost entirely dominated cable TV chatter this week. But while soccer fans may be rowdy, basketball fanatics are this week’s clear social media champs.

When the Thunder met the Heat for Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs, there was a perfect storm of trash talk and gloating (the latter from Heat fans) that totaled more social media impressions than the top five EURO 2012 games combined. Miami beat Oklahoma City 91-85, bringing the series standings to Heat: 2, Thunder: 1.

Despite the Los Angeles Kings’ first 2012 Stanley Cup championship title, buzz over last Monday night’s hockey finals didn’t really compete…Read More

Source: Mashable.com, Image courtesy of iStockphoto, subjug

EURO 2012 – Group B Is “Group Of Death” – Nothing Unusual Happened So Far

With Denmark beating the Netherlands and Germany beating Portugal in the first round of group play, nothing unusual really happened in the group of death. Two games are played, and two results are in, that’s really all.

It was clear since the draw that everything can happen in this group. It is not really a surprise that Denmark won over the Dutch and Germany over Portugal. The way how the games went confirms what everyone has expected from the beginning: Everyone can beat everyone. You can analyze the two games to death, what came out are two facts, every game has a result, and luck. On this first day the lucky winners were Denmark and Germany. None of the winners indicated that they will clearly win the second group game and none of the losers clearly indicated that they will lose the second game as well. Just as predicted.

As the games clearly displayed, it might very well happen that on Wednesday night, after two game days, all four teams might sit on three points. Anyone willing to rule this out? Even with the results from game day one turned upside down, the same conclusion would be right. In this group, like in no other, everything is possible.

While in some of the other groups we will know after game two who will advance into the knock out stages, in this group, we will have to wait until the last game is played. Nothing new here as well. Let’s all sit back and enjoy the upcoming games. It is going to be exciting until the last minute of the last game.

Simon Harris Interview with Jimmy Burns About Spanish Football – Video

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Wojciech Szczesny scores wonder goal in Poland training – Video

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal And Poland Goalkeeper) was filmed scoring a brilliant trick shot (Rabona) during training with Poland ahead of Euro 2012.

And even he could barely believe what he had done asking a TV cameraman to show him a replay of the effort.

The Most Dramatic 5 Minutes in Soccer

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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.

 

Do Soccer Clubs Need Shrinks To Protect Their Assets?

The Barclay’s English Premier League is in its last rounds before the champion of the 2011/2012 season is found. Naturally, the fight for glory or to avoid relegation is fierce, and takes everything that the players, managers and clubs have to offer. Very often the fight on the pitch is brought off the pitch by all involved and intensifies the struggle.

Currently, Manchester City is the club that has problems that have been created off the pitch or due to individual weakness and lack of knowledge. In city’s case, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have held the club in the news on a daily basis not because they are awesome soccer players, but for all kind of other negative reasons that make your manager, the club and the business partners of the club have nightmares.

Every time such a nightmare situation arises, millions of dollars are at stake. In city’s case, the damage could go into the ten’s or hundred’s of millions. For a club that has spent way over $400 million in new players and delivered a $140 million loss last year, this is certainly a nightmare. Not that city is poor, their ownership pays for “city expenses” out of the change drawer, but nobody is happy to lose that kind of money if it can be avoided. Clearly, this is not the way how the ownership of the club became that rich.

Let’s talk about Mario Balotelli: The guy is 21 years old and is a sensational soccer talent. Nobody in the soccer world will dispute that. He makes $320,000 a week(!), all-in-all somewhere between $15 and $20 million a year and has no clue about what kind of nonsense he delivers. For himself, he believes he is the coolest guy since mankind. To mention some examples of his performance: Almost burned down his mansion by firing fireworks out of the bathroom window, parking tickets of over $10,000 in less than two years, visiting a strip club hours before the game, featured in an article about the hooker that already gave Wayne Rooney a headache, 4 red cards in less than two years and many other actions in full disrespect of himself, his family and everyone else around him.

Balotelli has a personal manager. This guy is negotiating contracts for him and makes sure he stays interesting in the soccer world. Obviously, he has no clue on how Balotelli’s actions influence his marketability or he doesn’t care as long as he gets his commissions and paychecks.

Balotelli has quite a few assets that are very marketable and could make him a real big gun, right now and way beyond his soccer career. All it would take is some minimal professionalism on the job and in public. If one would express the $ damage to himself, the loss is in the 100’s of millions over the next 40 years, clearly. It is a mystery why his manager and his family are not taking influence on this guy and try to help him. It is clear that Balotelli himself is unable to do so.

For the club the losses are much greater. $100 million can be lost in one season and looking at city’s season, that is exactly what is going to happen. Early exit from the European Championships, FA Cup and Carling Cup, and playing only second fiddle to Manchester United will cost the club way more than a $100 million. Selling Balotelli? Well, that would only go hand in hand with a huge transfer loss at this time and would make things worse for the club. The example Carlos Tevez has proven that fact and so city will go on and hope and pray Balotelli, and Tevez, will learn a lesson, somehow. Continue reading