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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

TROPHIES AND TITLES IN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Over the years, football has been the most competitive game in the world. It is also the most entertaining game anyone could watch or talk about. It’s a game that is loved by so many humans and the trophies and titles that are attached to it just makes it more entertaining.

Today, we are going to talk about all the trophies and titles that can be won in the European football.

European Trophies in football

1. World Cup Trophy (FIFA)

Undoubtedly, this is the most important. The FIFA World Cup trophy is, without a doubt, the most coveted trophy in the world. The winning team’s sensation of joy and accomplishment from holding this trophy must be great.

When a team wins this trophy, they aren’t the only ones that are thrilled. A world cup victory may bring a country together. Creating a healthy wave of happiness and winning spirit over a country.

The World Cup was first held in 1930 and is held every four years since then. With the exception of 1942 and 1946, when the second world war intervened. England hasn’t won one since 1966, unfortunately.

2. Champions League of UEFA

The UEFA Champions League is one of the most popular football tournaments. Hundreds of millions of people watch the major event, and every pro European club wants to win it! The award is stunning. The large handles have earned it the moniker “big ears.”

When a team wins this trophy, they are also entitled to wear the titleholder insignia on their uniform the following season.

3. European Championship Trophy (UEFA)

This competition, dubbed “the Euros,” occurs every four years, just like the World Cup. Although it is typically contested two years after the World Cup. Only one of the 24 European teams who qualify for the Euros can win the trophy!

The trophy is named after Henri Delaunay, the first General Secretary of EUFA who proposed the notion of a European championship. The pure silver award stands 60 centimetres tall and weighs 8 kg. To honor their success, the victorious team receives gold medals, and every team that competes in the final tournament receives a memorial plaque.

4. The Copa America

The Copa America is the longest-running continental football competition, having started in Argentina in 1916. It features CONMEBOL-affiliated teams as well as two other guest nations. The United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico are all frequent visitors.

And the prize is stunning!The silver design is 77cm tall and 9kg in weight. It has a three-tiered wooden foundation upon which plaques bearing the names of the winning team are fastened.

5. The FA Cup

The FA Cup, which is organized by the Football Association, is the world’s oldest football association competition. It is an annual knockout competition that includes clubs from the elite league all the way down to the fifth level.

The event is noted for its “giant kills.” Lower division teams have beaten the odds and knocked out teams with significantly more resources than their own. it was also once said that the original cup was stolen.

6. The Premier League Cup

The Premier League is the most popular football competition in the planet. Which is surprising given that it is exclusively held in England with English teams. Even more astonishing is the fact that, despite the event taking place every year since 1992, only six teams have ever won the premier league!

The award, too, is noteworthy. Its design is inspired by the iconic Three Lions of English football. The body is solid sterling silver, with a gold crown on top. It has a malachite base with a silver band around it with the names of the winning clubs inscribed on it.

7. Trophy of La Liga

La Liga is a Spanish national league in which the top 20 teams compete. Between August and May, qualifying teams compete for the trophy in 38 rounds. The contemporary La Liga trophy is in the shape of a vase. It has a blue band around the bottom with a stylized ribbin. The new La Liga logo can also be seen on the trophy’s front.

8. Confederations Cup, No. 9

The Confederations Cup takes place in the same country as the World Cup the following year. It’s a widely watched tournament that gives world cup teams a chance to get to know their opponents before the big game.

A golden globe stands atop a twisted column that serves as the trophy. “Two gold ribbons are wrapped around the core body in a lively, energetic movement,” according to the column. The design is identical to that of the World Cup trophy, which includes a golden globe and a twisted column.

9. African Nations Cup

The Africa Cup of Nations is held every two years and features the best 25 football clubs in Africa. The competition, which began in 1957, pits teams against one another to prove who is the best on the continent. With seven victories, Egypt is now the most successful squad.

The present trophy is a gold-plated cup manufactured in Italy. A representation of the world is encircled by footballs on the lovely award.

10. Cup of Spain

The Copa del Rey has one of the most beautiful trophies of any European football championship. Its elegant and dominating design is simple but statuesque. A new trophy was created after the 2010 winners, Sevilla FC, were allowed to keep the trophy for that year.

Real Madrid was the first to receive the Silver design, which weighs 15kg and is 75cm tall. Unfortunately, it was run over after Sergio Ramos dropped it from the top of a double decker bus during post-game celebrations.

Conclusion

The trophies that are available to be won in the football world are so brilliantly crafted that every fan looks forward to who wins the trophy the next time the game is played. Winning a trophy always comes with a whole lot of joy for any team.

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SENSATIONAL MATCH IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

THE MOST SENSATIONAL MATCH IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

This was the night when the clamor of the crowd could be heard around the world. Some people had hot tears streaming down their cheeks. Sad tears were shed on the pitch, in the fans, in the locker room, and at home, all as a result of the events at Camp Nou.

El Clasico, one of the world’s biggest events, took place on the 19th of November. The thrilling match between the Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid ended in a humiliating 5 – 0 defeat.Lots of factors tied to that particular match on that day give us the reason why we chose it as the most sensational match in football history.

There are numerous clashes between teams and countries that have earned the title of the most sensational match in football history, but the buzzworthy match between the two Spanish rivals will be the focus of the article.

The first thing to note about the event was that Real appeared to be on the verge of ending Barça’s La Liga supremacy. Los Blancos were on top of the table (although by a single point) and knew that a win against their old rivals would send a strong message. They also arrived in Catalonia after a 5-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Having said that, their opponents were in similar form, having thrashed UD Almeria 8-0 the week before.

Another factor to talk about is the managers of both teams: Jose Mourinho for Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola for Barcelona. Jose Mourinho arrived in Madrid in the summer of 2010 after leading Inter Milan to the Champions League title and defeating Barcelona. After being passed over for the Barcelona position in 2008 at the expense of Guardiola, his goal in Madrid was to return Los Merengues to the top of Spanish football and win a 10th European Cup. He was off to the best start of any Real Madrid coach in the club’s rich history. Then Barca happened to him.

One last factor that could be put into consideration is the presence of the GOAT’s of the first century and their impact on the match. The Ballon d’Or’s first 10 nominees were littered with players from both teams.

Lionel Messi hit the post from an unbelievable angle in the opening exchanges, setting the tone for the contest. Soon later, the Blaugrana would go on to win, with Xavi scoring one of his illustrious career’s most bizarre goals.

Andres Iniesta fizzed in a low pass that rebounded off Marcelo and then Xavi’s behind, sitting up well for the Spaniard to lift it delicately over a stricken Iker Casillas with Barça prowling on the outskirts of the Real Madrid box.

Andres Iniesta sent in a low pass from the edge of the Real box that glanced off Marcelo and then Xavi’s behind, sitting up well for the Spaniard to lift it gently over a stricken Iker Casillas.

The second goal was a perfect embodiment of Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka approach. The move began with Messi dropping deep enough to receive the ball from Carles Puyol at center-back.

Xavi then found David Villa with a fantastic crossfield spray after five short passes. The resulting cross was subsequently slipped in by Pedro to make it 2-0. The celebration was wild as the commentator screamed, “a flying Pedro! Jose is not smiling now! ” The whole of Pedro’s teammates cupped him up in excitement, excluding the keeper, who was excited but decided to stay calm and collected.

Then followed the first of multiple multi-man brawls, which were sparked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola’s petulance straight from the schoolyard. To the dismay of a number of Barça and Real players, the Real striker shoved his opponent’s manager for blocking him from taking a throw-in. Victor Valdes’ reaction was particularly stunning in retrospect. He dashed all the way from his goal to hurl some jabs towards Ronaldo’s general direction.

The second altercation included Messi and Ricardo Carvalho, with La Pulga hurling himself to the ground after Mourinho’s finest loyal lieutenant delivered an “elbow”.

Mourinho had his job cut out for him at halftime. The challenge is how to get his team back into the game. He had no idea he was vulnerable.

Messi had a goal disallowed two minutes into the second half. The third, though, arrived seven minutes later. Villa scored after receiving a superbly weighted feed from the Argentine. Barça maintained control of the game after the break, making it 3-0 when Carvalho’s victim put an excellent through ball into the path of Villa.

Of course, if this goal had been scored in 2020, his soul patch would have been thrown out for being slightly offside…

Soon later, Messi and Villa teamed up once more to put the game out of reach. But that wasn’t all she wrote. Before the final whistle, this legendary Clasico gifted us with one more goal and a Sergio Ramos red card.

The last goal came in the 91st minute, when substitute Jeffren poked home. Then, after being handed his matching orders, Ramos started the third incident, collecting up a lengthy charge sheet that included collaborating with Lassana Diarra to slash Messi, pushing Puyol in the face, and giving Xavi a light slap.

Messi’s performance in that game will be remembered for a long time. La Pulga had already shown signs of becoming the supreme playmaker he would become, but this was a different level.

His two assists for Villa’s brace were brilliant, foreshadowing Messi’s otherworldly vision that would define the second act of his career over the next decade.

The last goal also brought about the iconic image of Pique holding up all five fingers to the Cules which reflected the amount of goals scored by the incredible team.

Conclusion           

Looking for the match that would arouse all emotions within the human body? Well you’ve come to the right place because one of the most memorable games in history is being brought back to your memory, which held between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on the 29th of November, 2010.

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Football Team

THE GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAMS RIVALRY

It has been said and it will still continuously be in the books, one of football’s most interesting quality is that it gives fans the opportunity to argue and fiercely face one another about which team is better . It has been one of the most energizing things about football and perhaps, a very key factor for why football has arguably most fans in the world right now.

There are a lot of teams rivalry in football, usually caused by domination for who leads in a particular city or league. Football has seen a lot of these rivalries but the ones that have always stood firm and strong are:

  1. REAL MADRID VS BARCELONA 

Popularly known as El Clasico, Real Madrid and Barcelona have over the years set themselves up as the best in Spains’s La Liga Competition. They are also among the best and arguably the top two most successful teams in the world. 

 Also their meeting draws a lot of attention because both teams have always been filled with top rated players. The best of players in each generations of football play in these teams. Recently in the 21st century, football witnessed two of its greatest players ever, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, and for a period of nine years, both of these players face one another in El Clasico matches. 

Hence it carries a lot of pressure and passion for both players and fans. In all matches(exhibition matches included), both teams have met 282 times, with Barcelona leading with 116 wins while Real Madrid has 104 wins and they have both shared draws 62 times. Competitively, they have met 249 times, with Real Madrid leading with 100 wins, Barcelona with 97 wins and they have both shared 52 draws.

LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER UNITEDLiverpool and Manchester United are by a considerable distance, the most successful clubs in the English Premier League(EPL). Manchester United has won the leagues 20 times while Liverpool has won the league 19 times. 

Hence clashes between them have always been heated as it usually presents both with an opportunity to show who the bigger fish is. Although, the heat has been turned down a little this recent times due to the domination of Liverpool, but the clash between both clubs have stood the test of time in aggression, quality, and the entertainment they’ve provided the fans.

 In the 209 times they have met, Manchester united has won 81 times, Liverpool with 70 wins, and they have both shared 58 draws.

  1. CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

The London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal is also one of the most heated rivalry in football. Practically, the existence of any two major clubs in a large city breeds intense rivalry, because it is in human nature to want to dominate, hence, threats are usually taken with very high emotions. 

Arsenal has won approximately 38% of their encounters versus Chelsea, while Chelsea has won approximately 32%. Around 30% of matches have ended in a tie. Arsenal and Chelsea are two of London’s most prestigious football clubs, and they have a fierce rivalry. Arsenal supporters chose Chelsea as their most loathed club in a 2009 poll, ahead of their traditional rivals Tottenham. Arsenal was voted the second most despised club by Chelsea supporters, behind Liverpool.

Chelsea and Arsenal have faced a total of 205 times, with Arsenal winning 80 of those encounters, Chelsea winning 66 and they’ve drawn 59 times.

  1. BRAZIL VS ARGENTINA

The fight for the best team in South America is between this two. The feud is well-known. A match that began during World War One has evolved into one of football’s most dramatic contests, aided by the presence of the world’s best players and some extremely short fuse times.

Brazil and Argentina are two countries with a long history of heated matches. The 20th century was also graced with two legends, Pele, the Brazilian, and Maradona, the Argentine, They were both jointly named the athlete of the 20th century by FIFA, Football governing council. 

Officially, they have met a total of 51 times, Brazil winning 18 times, Argentina winning 20 times, and they have shared 13 draws. All these times have always carried a lot of emotions.

  1. MANCHESTER UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY (The Manchester Derby)

Manchester City plays in the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester’s Sportcity neighborhood, whereas Manchester United plays at Old Trafford in Stretford. In total, the teams have met 172 times in all competitions, with United winning 71 times, City winning 50, and the remaining 51 being draws.

United also has a significant advantage in terms of trophies won, with 64 to City’s 18, including a record 20 English league crowns, 12 FA Cups, and 21 FA Community Shields.

Only three cup matches were played in the 34 years following City’s success in 1975, potentially symbolizing the club’s worst fall in its 130-year history. All three cup matches were in the FA Cup, and all three were won by United at Old Trafford. 

The only cup derby of the 1980s was a 1–0 United victory in the third round of the FA Cup in 1987. The next cup match was in 1996 at Old Trafford, and it was decided by a contentious penalty for United, which The Independent compared to “prosecuting someone for littering during a riot.” 

The following cup match occurred at Old Trafford in the FA Cup eight years later, with United winning 4–2 in a dramatic match that saw Gary Neville sent off for head-butting Steve McManaman.

CONCLUSION

There are lot of rivalries in football, and there will still be a lot of rivalry in football. It is part of football, and it will continue so, it is part of the sport, it is our pride. Football rivalries drive the players to their peak performances. 

I think it is worth to mention, that it is also beautiful to see players that were so much against one another during the heat of each 90 minutes match to hug and laugh together after the match is over. Rivalries make football much more fun!!!

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EVOLUTION OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

THE EVOLUTION OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Football has a long history, commonly known as association football or soccer. It’s a sport in which two teams of 11 players compete to get the ball into the other team’s goal without using their arms or hands.

Although no one knows exactly when people began to play football, historians believe that it was played in some form in ancient cultures such as China, Egypt, and Rome.

Modern football, on the other hand, began in England. It was played between school teams and by young people from wealthy households at the end of the 17th century. The Football Association was established in 1863 in England, and the first set of regulations were created. The game had spread throughout the rest of the world by the end of the nineteenth century.

FIFA (International Association of Football) was founded in 1904. It has grown to become the most powerful football organization in the world. Today, every country has a national league in which teams compete for the national championship. The Champions League is a tournament in which Europe’s greatest teams participate.

How does the European League function?

European football has a complicated system. Although UEFA controls continental events, individual countries are free to run their domestic leagues and cups in the way that best suits them. As a result, a variety of leagues and qualification methods for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League have emerged.

National Professional Leagues

To begin with, each major soccer country has its own professional league, which all follow FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) standards. These national club leagues frequently have two or more divisions, with the top division attracting the most interest and thus the most revenue.

The Premier League is the top division in England, for example. The Primera Liga is played in Spain, while the Serie A is played in Italy. It’s interesting to know that there are just few teams that battle to stay on top of the table of all these leagues mentioned.

The best record throughout the course of the season determines the champion in these leagues, and teams will play one another twice or four times. The National Club Champion is crowned.

While the extra money gives the top teams the best chance of staying in the top league, that place is earned by performance. The bottom three teams in the First League are “relegated” or “dropped” to the second level the following season, while the top three teams in the second tier are promoted to the top division. If there is one, the identical exchange occurs between the second and third divisions.

Below these teams are amateur leagues, which are made up of regional or local teams that play for a tiny stipend. Professional clubs can be upgraded to amateur status, while the worst professional teams can be demoted to amateur status. As a result, each game is extremely important, both financially and in terms of status.

Championships of the National Cup (i.e. FA Cup)

Because league placement is determined on previous year’s performance, a team from the second, third, or even amateur level could be the best in the country. As a result, all professional and amateur clubs have the opportunity to play one other. Since not all team is invited (typically the less successful Division 1 clubs, as well as the top teams from each lower division and amateur league), 

These single-elimination National Cup competitions take place throughout the season, usually at the amateur club’s facilities, which can cause quite a fuss. The results of this competition do not determine promotion through divisions, and the best teams frequently play their second string. Furthermore, the prestige of these competitions differs per country. The possibility of witnessing a dramatic shock makes football matches immensely popular in England, and the FA Cup Final is a massive event. Cup competitions, on the other hand, receive less attention in Germany.

International Competition

The professional league winner from each country (based on last year’s performance) and a few second-place finishers compete in the UEFA Champions League at the same time as these national league and cup events. The “Union of European Football Associations” is what the UEFA stands for.

Because most national club games take place on weekends, these teams compete in four phases of play, with only two teams qualifying for the final game.

Players

Teams in the NHL and NBA are free to field the greatest squad they can afford, and they negotiate multi-million dollar contracts with players from all over the world if they believe they can help them win. That’s why players like Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina played for Manchester United and Barcelona, respectively, this year. The greatest clubs in the top tier have multi-million dollar budgets that mirror professional sports in North America. According to a BBC study from 2006, the average annual income for Premier League players in England was 676,000 pounds sterling ($1.1 million USD).

There are 37 professional leagues and associations of clubs, 1037 professional football clubs, 31 European countries represented and 59 football divisions.

What exactly is a Super Cup?

So, there are leagues, cups, Champions Leagues, Europa Leagues, Conference Leagues, and Conference Leagues – but what about a super cup, sometimes known as a ‘supercup’?

There are super cups for both domestic and international competitions.

It consists of a one-off encounter on neutral ground between the previous Champions League and Europa League winners, which is played early the following season. The victor of the Champions League, regardless of the conclusion of the UEFA Super Cup, will represent Europe at the FIFA Club World Cup.

Domestically, not every country will organize a super cup, although it is usually contested between the league and cup champions. In Germany, the DFB Cup winners generally play the Bundesliga champions in the Supercup a week before the regular season begins. If one team wins both, the Bundesliga runners-up will be the next team to compete.

Conclusion

It has been established that though, football didn’t exactly originate from the Europe, but the most trivial and most popular football in the world today is the European football. So therefore, it is good to be able to tell how it works and functions.

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Football terms

Football terms explained

Football is one of the most sensational game played on Earth. It is watched and adored by many and so many events takes place every time relating to football. There are so many terminologies in football that so many fans are not familiar with, many of which are very popular in today’s conversation.

Most of the terminologies used in football will be covered in this article.

Attacker: A player whose job it is to advance the ball into the opponent’s goal area in order to create a scoring opportunity.

Back Heel: A ball kicked with the back of the foot (heel).

Back Pass: A pass made by a player back toward his or her own goal, generally to the goalie. This is frequently a defensive maneuver used to initiate a new phase of play.

Ball Carrier: The player who has the ball.

Bicycle Kick: A fantastic technique in which a player backflips into the air and kicks the ball backwards over their head. The name stems from the action of their legs moving as if they were riding a bicycle.

Center spot: kickoff will be made from the center point, which is indicated on the field.

Offside Trap: A defender’s strategy for putting attacking players offside by moving swiftly away from their own goal and leaving attackers offside.

Offside: If a player is closer to his opponent’s goal line than both the ball and the next-to-last opponent, he is offside. If the players are in their half of the field, this does not apply. At the spot where the offside occurred, the opposition team is awarded an indirect free kick.

A one-touch pass is when a player’s initial touch is used to pass the ball.

Red card: A player receives a red card for committing a significant offense or receiving two yellow cards in the same game. The referee holds up a red card to indicate that a player is being sent off. The player that was dismissed cannot be replaced.

Referee: The official in charge of the game

Shot: A kick, header, or any other intentional deflection of the ball toward a goal by a player aiming to score a goal

Sliding Tackle: When a defender slides along the field of play before making one-footed contact with the ball, it is called a sliding tackle.

Brace: In football, a brace refers to two goals.

Hat trick: this is when a player scores three goals in a match.

Man to Man Marking: a defensive system in which defenders are assigned to track one offensive player at all times.

Indirect Free Kick: A free kick handed to a player that cannot be converted into a goal.

So many other terminologies like these one are being used in football and they are numerous. Next up, we’ll be talking on the terminologies that are seen on a league table.

Played (P, Pld) (i.e., number of matches played by a team).

MP stands for Matches Played

Winning (i.e., number of matches won).

D is for Draw (i.e., number of times a team has finished a match with an even score or tie).

L stands for loss (i.e., number of matches lost).

GS stands for Goals Scored.

Goals for F, GF (sometimes used in place of GS).

Goals Against (A, GA) (i.e., number of goals conceded by a team).

GD stands for Goal Difference (i.e., the difference between GF and GA, commonly indicated by +/-). Under the goal difference criterion, team B would win, according to the tables above.

PD stands for Points Difference (i.e., difference between GF and GA, and sometimes used in place of GD).

Goal Average (GAvg) (i.e., GF divided by GA). Under the goal average criterion, team A would win, according to the tables above.

GR stands for Goal Ratio (i.e., GF divided by GA, and sometimes used in place of GAvg).

Pos – Position (often referred to as #).

Points (i.e., total number of points earned by a team after playing a certain number of games). If a team wins a match, they receive three points; if the game ends in a draw or tie, they receive one point.

Idioms in football

Heavy Metal in football

The German football coach Jurgen Klopp’s style of play is referred to as “heavy metal football.” It is a high-intensity, fast-paced style that involves rapid counter-attacking movements. When Klopp was the manager of Borussia Dortmund, the word became widespread.

Off the Wood work

The ball has ‘struck the woodwork’ or ‘come off the woodwork,’ which means it has collided with the post or crossbar. The word refers to the days when goalposts were built of wood.

False Nine

The ‘false nine’ is a striker who plays in the middle forward position for a team but is more withdrawn than a typical ‘number nine’ attacker. A false nine is less advanced than a traditional striker, and he drops deep to drag centre-backs out, allowing the left and right wingers to sneak in behind.

Tiki taka 

Tiki taka is a football method that entails controlling possession and moving the ball swiftly in order to overwhelm and unpick the opponent’s defense. It is connected with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona club from 2008 through 2012, as well as Spain’s all-conquering Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, and Euro 2012 teams.

Hand of God:

The ‘Hand of God’ refers to Diego Maradona’s goal for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final versus England. Maradona punched the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and into the net illegally with his hand. Despite the protests, the goal was given.

CR7

Cristiano Ronaldo’s moniker, CR7, is a combination of his initials and favorite number. The Portuguese actress has converted her moniker into a business, selling lingerie, perfumes, and other merchandise under the name.

Bicycle Kick

A bicycle kick is a type of shooting or passing that involves a player flying through the air and playing the ball in the opposite direction of their body. The bicycle kick, also known as a ‘overhead kick,’ is so named because a player looks to be cycling through the air upside down.

Conclusion

There are so many football terminologies out there that have been developed in the world of football. Not all have been mentioned in this article but most of them have been cleared.

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FOOTBALL RULES

FOOTBALL RULES FANS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT

The beautiful game of football is nothing without the rules and regulations that govern it. Over the years, so many rules have been inculcated into the world of football. Many of these football rules are not common and many fans don’t even know that these rules actually exist.

Do football fans truly understand all of the rules even though they scream at the screen every time the referee blows and they are not satisfied? Although some situations are nearly never encountered, the referee must adhere to all guidelines. Some of the rules’ technicalities may have slipped your mind, so here are some of the details that make football so fascinating.

A goal is not awarded if the ball is stopped by an external item.

As weird as it may sound, it is very true. No goal can be awarded if the ball is heading towards the goal and no player can stop it, but an external object, such as a dog, streakers, other balls, or bottles, intervenes and blocks the goal, regardless of how close the ball is to the goal.

A player can’t be at an offside position from a goal kick

If a player collects the ball directly after a goal kick, it is not considered offside, regardless of where they are on the field at the moment.

This has been the case since the 1863 introduction of the FA statutes. In fact, because a goal kick had to be taken from the goal line, the ‘strict’ offside law in effect in 1863 meant that every player on the attacking side was inherently in an offside position.

A player cannot be at an offside position from a throw in

There is no offside if a player takes the ball directly from their own team’s throw-in, which appears to be more widespread knowledge among football fans.

You couldn’t be offside from a throw-in under 1863’s original laws, but as the ball had to be thrown in at right angles to the touch-line, it would have been difficult for a player to gain much of an advantage by being ahead of the ball.

A player can get a yellow for showboating

In 1877, the throw-in law was altered to allow the ball to be tossed in any direction. A new regulation permitted a player to be offside from a throw-in the next year.

There isn’t much said about how to define “lack of respect for the game.” Showboating, on the other hand, may be included in this category because the player is demonstrating a lack of respect for his opponents and, by extension, the game of football.

This is still a sensitive issue because the IFAB does not specify what constitutes a “lack of respect for the game.” As a result, whether or not the player should be booked is entirely up to the referee’s opinion.

A player can refuse to be substituted

The game will continue if a player refuses to be substituted, according to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game (IFAB). The referee cannot order the athlete to leave the field in this situation and must resume play. A player cannot be forced to come off the bench to play as a substitute.

A team must consist of at least 7 players on the field before kick off.

For a match to begin or continue, a team must have at least seven players on the field. This shows that a team can only take four red cards in a single match. A fifth one would put an end to the game because one team would not have enough players on the field to continue.

A player cannot be at an offside position in his own half

When a player receives the ball in his own half and is offside when the pass is completed, it means that the team in his own half did not keep one of its players waiting near the opponent goal. Even if the player receiving the ball is closer to the goal than the ball and second-last defender, failing to call offside would not defeat the offside rule’s purpose.

This is only true if the receiver of the pass has not yet passed the halfway line at the time the pass is made.

A Keeper cannot hold the ball for more than six seconds.

According to FIFA rules, a goalkeeper can only keep possession of the ball for six seconds. So, once they’ve gathered it – whether through a shot, a cross, or any other method – they must release the ball in some fashion after six seconds to demonstrate that he isn’t retaining it.

After six seconds, the keeper can just bounce the ball instead of passing or releasing it. All the goalkeeper has to do now is show that he or she has let go of the ball. This rule is not severely enforced, but if the keeper holds the ball for an extended period of time and the referee observes it, the keeper’s team will receive an indirect free kick.

A direct free-kick into the own goal of a team will not be counted as a goal.

This is a straightforward one. A corner kick is granted to the opposition team if a straight free kick is kicked directly into their own goal. A goal will be awarded if the goalkeeper or any other player touched the ball before it crossed the goal line.

The kicker of a penalty cannot touch the ball until it has been touched by another player.

In normal time, when the kicked ball hits the post and rebounds, the penalty kicker cannot touch/kick the ball to score unless it is touched by another player. Either he or his teammate must touch the ball, or the goalie must touch the ball. The penalty kicker might then attempt to score on the rebound.

CONCLUSION

In this post, we’ve looked at certain football rules that even die-hard fans are probably unaware of. these aren’t typically found in video games. Whatever level of football expertise you have, there are always a few odd, esoteric rules that you haven’t encountered.

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FOOTBALL LEAGUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

There are a lot of football leagues in the world in the 21st century. The rapid and continuous growth of football is making more and more football league competitions to be created year after year. Usually, all leagues follow the same basic rules:

  • A win gives 3 points, a draw gives one point, and a loss gives no point
  • Teams are ranked by total points earned, followed by goal difference which is the aggregate difference between the total number goals scored by a team and the total number of goals they conceded.
  • At the end of the season, some teams get promoted to higher league while others get relegated to a lower league.
  •  The team with the highest point wins the league and claims the league champion title and trophy.
  • There are also usually series of awards like the manager of the month, player of the month, player of the season, manager of the season, Top 11 players of the season, top goal scorer of the season and so on.

The highest and the current top level leagues in the world are discussed below

  1. THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE(EPL):

The English Premier League is the highest league in the English league competition system. It is based in the United Kingdom, England. The season runs usually from August to May. 20 teams face one another in a home and away fixtures, each team playing a total of 38 matches (19 home games, 19 away games). By the end of the season, the top four teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the 5th and 6th teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League, while the last 3 teams get relegated to the EFL Championship, a lower league. The final top three teams in the EFL Championship, after some final playoffs get promoted to the English Premier League.

  • LA LIGA

La Liga (also known as Liga BBVA) is Spain’s equivalent to the Premier League in Europe. This competition, which was founded in 1929, features some of the top clubs and players in the globe. The league is structured similarly to the English Premier League, with a double round-robin format, point system, and promotion and relegation system. La Liga 2 or Segunda División is Spain’s counterpart of the EFL Championship.

As previously said, La Liga is home to some of the best soccer players in the world. Though great teams like Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid, and Sevilla have been competitive for decades, Barcelona and Real Madrid are without a doubt the league’s two titans. Both teams have won 59 of the 88 seasons that have been played in the league’s existence (with Madrid at 33 and Barca at 26). Only two clubs have won 67 percent of the seasons.

  • SERIE A

Serie A is Italy’s elite soccer league, having been established in 1898. Teams that are relegated at the end of each season play in Serie B, which follows the same system as the other leagues.

Juventus, A.C. Milan, and Internazionale are the leading clubs in this competition (commonly referred to as Inter). Serie A, like the Bundesliga, has been dominated by Juventus in recent years, despite the presence of other iconic names in soccer. Juventus has won every season since 2011. Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, and Gonzalo Higuain are currently Juventus players..

  • BUNDESLIGA

Although the league operates in much of the same ways as the others (with the same promotion, relegation, points, and season-long games), one major distinction is that it has just 18 clubs, as compared to the EPL’s and La Liga’s 20.

Bayern Munich is by far the most successful club in league history, having won the last seven seasons as of this writing. Borussia Dortmund is the second most successful club (also known as BVB). Any time these two meet each other, termed Der Klassiker, it is a vital game in German soccer.

  • LIGUE 1

Ligue 1 seasons are 38 games lengthy for teams, just like all previous leagues, and the team with the most points at the end of the season wins the L’Hexagoal, the league’s trophy. The bottom three teams in Ligue 1 are demoted to Ligue 2.

The amount of championships won by each team in the league is a little misleading. AS Saint-Étienne has the most wins (ten), however they haven’t won a championship since the 1980-1981 season. Olympique de Marseille is next with nine wins, although they went winless from 2009 to 2010. Paris Saint-Germain, abbreviated as PSG, is in third place with eight victories. This is the league’s biggest and best team, having won six of the league’s seasons in the 2010s.

  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The Union of European Football Associations(UEFA) Champions League is a yearly football competition where the top teams in all of Europe’s top leagues play in both group and knockout system to win one of, if not the most prestigious club trophy. A total of 32 teams are grouped into 8 groups, each consisting of 4 teams who face one another in a home and away fixtures.

The top 2 teams from each group qualify for the knockout round. A random draw is made from the qualifying 16 teams. Each team faces a particular opponent in a home and away match. 8 teams then qualify for the finals and eventually a team wins the trophy.

Only the final is decided by a single match. The winner of a particular year’s trophy automatically qualifies for the next year’s competition, regardless of the team’s final position in the home league.

  • UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

The UEFA Europa League works similar to the champions league. The next 2 or a single team after the teams qualifying for the champions league in each home league system are usually those that make up the Europa league teams.

In the champions league group stage, the teams in the 3rd position in each group gets dropped in the Europa league where they join the other qualifying teams in round 32 of the completion.

Conclusion

In the twenty-first century, there are numerous football leagues around the world. Year after year, as football continues to flourish at a quick pace, more football league competitions are formed. All leagues generally follow the same basic rules which have been listed.

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THE FANS EFFECT ON FOOTBALL

The beautiful game of football is affected by so many things, ranging from the ball that is kicked around to the uniform they put on. The fan base in football isn’t left out, as it has a great impact on the gameplay of any and every team.

During the days of the coronavirus, when most countries implemented the lockdown protocol, there was a significant drain on the energy and entertainment that football brings to the table.

Home advantage refers to the advantage a sports team has over a visiting team when playing in their own arena. This could be due to the influence of supporters on players and referees, as well as playing in familiar surroundings and the effects of travel on the visiting team.

There are different ways in which fans affect football. One of which is the winning of a game.

 It is important to note that supporters or football fans in the stadium do give a team an edge in the possibility of winning a match.

Researchers discovered that a team is more likely to win at home than on the road.

However, it isn’t a case of the host team’s players being accustomed to the venue or the visiting team’s players being exhausted from their travels.

Instead, they discovered that it was due to the big crowd of fans’ enthusiasm.

At home games, a team’s supporters are likely to outnumber the opposition’s.

The researchers discovered that the ‘crowd impact’ had a significant and large effect on the home team’s chances of winning, increasing the probabilities by 21-22.8 percentage points.

In football, the crowd is commonly referred to as the “twelfth man.” And it is usually this person who wins you games.A club is nothing without its supporters, and what better way to encourage a triumph than a stadium full of raucous home fans? The following are some of the reasons why playing at home is advantageous:

Mental Advantage: Your emotions are shared by almost the entire stadium. With thundering applause and encouraging gestures, your every skill, tackle, and clearance is greeted with thunderous applause and encouraging gestures. Your goals appear to energise the audience, and they sing your name as loudly as they can. This is what motivates most players to give it their all on the pitch. At home, Liverpool and Broussia Dortmund fans are known for their unflinching support, even when their teams are struggling, and it is this faith that the players strive to reward during home games.

Acclimatization: The players have been accustomed to the circumstances on their home turf. It is common for away teams to struggle to acclimate to the conditions right quickly. The weather in England, for example, is not always the same in the north as it is in the south. When European football teams travel to other nations to play matches, the situation changes even more. Pitch patterns, in my opinion, have no bearing on any aspect of the game.

What is Fan engagement?

Simply defined, fan engagement occurs when your team or venue develops a more passionate and long-lasting bond with its fans. This notion is a novel way for fans to engage with your athletes and for a club or business to communicate with its fan base.

The legendary collapse of the European Super League is the best example of the strength of football fans. Fans reacted—and won—after the disclosure of the behind-closed-doors brokering of a Super League made up of the continent’s top clubs, which looked destined to destabilize, if not destroy, present leagues and competitions. Within days, practically every club had withdrawn from the project and apologized for their involvement.

While the exceedingly wealthy club owners made the pact (the players apparently had no input in the Super League’s formation and several criticized it), the sport’s four billion followers around the world got the final word.

To suggest that fan engagement is important is an understatement when viewed through this lens. If you’re considering a career in football, knowing about the phenomenon of fan engagement can give you a competitive advantage. Let’s take a closer look at this problem and what future leaders in the football industry should know about it.

Fan Tokens

Football officials have decided to bring some of the events that are taking place in a team closer to the fans.

As a die-hard sports fan or fanatic, you may find yourself experimenting with new ways to develop a closer and more personal relationship with your favorite teams or organizations. Perhaps this is why so many fans engage in fantasy sports or watch games in a bar, club, or restaurant with their friends to cheer on their favorite teams. Fan tokens (FTs) are the most recent enhancement on this front, allowing their holders to enjoy sports in a unique way.

Fan tokens, also known as sports cryptocurrencies, are digital assets that help teams, leagues, clubs, organizations, and athletes increase fan involvement. It’s especially beneficial for teams to stay in touch with fans who reside in different parts of the country and may not have the resources or freedom to communicate directly.

Sport teams participating in fan tokens

The sports sector has been rocked by a surge of sports tokens and increased fan interaction. Several teams have seized the initiative. For example, Atlético de Madrid was one of the first football clubs to issue FTs in January 2020. FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, AC Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, and AS Roma were among the teams that followed them. The Cleveland Cavaliers have joined a fan token platform in basketball.

The Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders are among the Indian Premier League franchises that have joined a blockchain-powered sports engagement platform. Gaming, motorsports, and even mixed martial arts (MMA) have all begun shipping their own blockchain-based tokens to fans all over the world.

Conclusion

The fan base in football is a very important part of the game. Winning and losing a game can be affected by the fans’ screams and noise. The fan base, just like any other factor, has a great way of contributing to a match.

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THE EVOLUTION OF SOCCER JERSEYS AND BALLS

All football enthusiasts around the world, as well as those with inquiring minds, would have asked about the change in the football ball at some point. This article provides a concise and in-depth explanation of how football uniforms have evolved over the last century.

The Evolution of the Soccer Jersey

There is a long and ancient story behind the evolution of soccer uniforms. The soccer uniforms, which are generally called jerseys, play a significant role in the game, and it goes beyond just wearing the uniforms.

When football first started, there was nothing like a team’s uniform. Athletic costumes were not mentioned in the Cambridge Rules, which were adopted in 1848. For the majority of the Victorian era, players wore white shirts, long trousers, and bright hats or scarves to distinguish between competing teams. It wasn’t until approximately 1870 that the public began to demand that teams dress more uniformly.

Team colors were usually chosen to complement the school or club they represented. The Shrewbury School, for example, donned white jerseys with the school’s blue Maltese Cross.

Samuel Widdowson, a player for the Nottingham Forest soccer team, designed shin guards in 1874. Before attaching them to his legs outside his stockings, he chopped and reshaped a pair of cricket pads. Despite the fact that his proposal was initially mocked, it soon gained traction among other participants. Soccer jerseys quickly became a worldwide fashion trend once they became fitted.

Jerseys grew a little more athletic-friendly in the mid-to-late 1900s. They had shorter sleeves and v-neck styles and were composed of light synthetic fabrics.

Soccer kits began to resemble the athletic apparel worn on the field now in the 1960s. Over the next few decades, teams began selling reproductions of famous players’ signature jerseys, and jerseys became increasingly commercial.

In the 1990s, athletic fabric that was lighter and more breathable than ever before was produced, and the popularity of the soccer shirt skyrocketed, with duplicate jerseys being extensively sold throughout the world.

Sponsorship

Every single team has sponsors, and the uniform has become a way for those sponsors to put themselves out there by putting their logo on the jerseys. It has become a way of promoting a brand.

Technology

Technology features in all aspects of human life, and, surprisingly, it is not left out in the football jersey. Just ask the studs of the Italian national team. According to the BBC, the World Cup’s high-tech football shirts will be able to administer massages during the game. The shirts have a unique adhesive that gives the wearer “micro-massages” and “maximizes muscle power” by allowing the body to recuperate from effort faster.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what technology has done to the football jersey.

The Evolution of the Soccer Ball

I’m sure at one point in our lives, every one of us has had the thought linger in our mind, “What was the ball like?” You’re in the right place because I’m about to break it all down for you.

Animal skulls were used! Alternatively, a pig’s bladder Can you envision utilizing a skull in this situation? They didn’t have cleats or shin protection, so it had to be either an extremely painful game or a very slow-moving, frustrating one. A pig’s bladder sounds much better than a skull, but it would be far less durable. I don’t think a bladder is that light or has a lot of “spring” or “bounce.”

Vulcanized rubber soccer ball by Charles Goodyear

Because the pig’s bladder wasn’t cutting it for people, Charles Goodyear created the first vulcanized rubber soccer ball in 1855. This was a big step forward because it began to standardize the size and shape of a soccer ball. Pig bladders came in all shapes and sizes, and they were nearly impossible to regulate! H.J. Lindon created the next version of the soccer ball in 1862. He developed an inflatable rubber bladder that was lighter than Goodyear’s rubber ball and retained its shape better.

His wife had died of lung disease previously. According to reports, hundreds of pig bladders were blown up by her. Because of the negative consequences of blowing up pig bladders, Lindon was likely inspired to invent the inflatable rubber bladder. The rubber bladders in the balls guaranteed that the ball would stay rigid and oval. Lindon also claimed to be the inventor of the rugby ball, but he never filed a patent for it. The round ball was favoured in those days because it was easier to kick, while the oval ball was easier to manage.

A decade later, the English Football Association finally added weight and size specifications for soccer balls to the game. According to them, the ball should be “spherical with a circumference of 27 to 28 inches” and weigh 13 to 15 ounces, according to them. According to the Law of Football, it also had to have an “outer casing of leather or other acceptable materials.” This led to the mass production of soccer balls, with higher quality balls using cow rump leather and lower quality balls using cow shoulder leather. Because the balls were hand-stitched, there were minor differences and discrepancies. Another fascinating fact: this type of soccer ball was used to invent basketball!

The breakthrough came in 1951, when the soccer ball turned white!

Soccer balls were totally manufactured from synthetic materials by the 1960s. Buckminster Fuller used 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal pieces stitched together to form a sphere to produce the classic soccer ball we all know and love. This is when the famous black pentagons were added. The black pieces were added to help players learn how to curve a soccer ball and follow its course. The “Buckeyball” was the name given to the ball, and it is still being produced today.

In the early days of international soccer, different countries preferred different types of soccer balls. This sparked a lot of debate. With the establishment of an international board, FIFA regulated the size, weight, and type of balls.

Conclusion

The evolution of football jerseys over the decades is a topic to talk about. The uniform players wear have evolved so well over the years giving the players maximum comfort while they play the game and entertain us.

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HISTORY OF FOOTBALL

Football also known as association football or soccer has a long history. It is a competitive sport played by two teams of 11 players each who try to maneuver the ball into the other team’s goal without using arms and hands. The term soccer first appeared in the 1880s as a slang abbreviation of association football, credited to Charles Wreford-Brown. This is a sport that requires a great skill of athleticism and agility. It is the most popular sport all over the world. What is the origin of this game? When did it begin? How has it developed over the years?

ORIGIN

The origin of football is way back second and third centuries BC in reference to a game played with the feet. Tsu-Chu is an ancient Chinese football game played by the Chinese military. It is the earliest known recorded game of football. Tsu means ‘to kick the ball with feet’ and the word Chu means ‘a stuffed ball made of leather’. It is a competitive game that involves kicking a ball through an opening into a net without the use of hands but the players can make use of their body in order to hold off their opponents.

About 500 years later, Japanese kamari came into place which resembles football. Players may use any body parts with the exception of arms and hands. The ball is made of deerskin and stuffed with barley grains to give it shape. The one who kicks the ball is called mariashi. Although, the game is not competitive, its aim is just to keep one ball in the air, with all players cooperating to do so.

However, modern football was originated in Britain in the 19th century. Britain happens to be the home of soccer. For a long time, there was no clear distinction between soccer and rugby. The game was often played in public schools (Rugby and Eton-the two predominant schools). At Rugby, the rules included the possibility to take up ball with the hands. The game rugby has its origin from here. At Eton on the other hand, the game was played exclusively with feet. This game can be seen as a predecessor to modern football.

DEVELOPMENT OF OFFICIAL RULES

The need for the development of official rules became clear into the 19th century as each school played with different rules. The first attempt to bring together a collection of rules was at a meeting in Cambridge in 1848. The Cambridge Rules of 1848 were the first known set of rules laid down officially around the game. The new rules, however, was not universally accepted, many clubs retained their own rules, especially in Sheffield. It took several meetings until it was decided that football was a game that exclusively should be played with feet (dribbling-kicking game) and not by hands (catch-and-run game), hence, the division of football and rugby. In 1857, Sheffield Football Club was created with rules a lot closer to what we know today as Rugby. In 1863, the Football Association (FA) was formed. Also, in 1871, the Rugby Football Union was formed. It was on April 1877 that a cohesive set of rules for football were finally agreed upon. Although, several changes have been made to the rules over the years. In 1891, penalty kick became part of rules while penalty shoot-out was introduced in 1970. In 1958, substitutes were introduced. In 1970, yellow and red cards were introduced into the game. The biggest change came in 2012 when goal-line technology was introduced. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was introduced into the Laws of the Game by IFAB (International Football Association Board) in 2018.

FORMATION OF FOOTBALL LEAGUES

The English Football League was founded on 17th April, 1988. The initiative was taken by William McGregor, a club director of Aston Villa. The first season began on 8th September, 1888 and ended 20 April,1889 with 12 member clubs; Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Nolts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Brownwivh Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Each club played the other twice once at home and once away. The first season champion then was Preston North End. The league was expanded to second and third division. This expansion enabled the conditions for the introduction of promotion and relegation 1898 .i.e. clubs that top a division can move to a higher division while clubs that are at the bottom position will be relegated to a lower division. Premier League came into place in 1992 as the top tier of the English Football League system. The other top leagues are LaLiga (1929, Spain), Bundesliga (1962, Germany), Serie A (1898, Italy), Ligue 1 (1932, France) s

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

By 20th century, football had spread across Europe. The first international match took place in England on the 5th of March, 1870 in which England hosted Scotland. In 1904, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) was formed in Paris. An Englishman Daniel Woolfall was the first FIFA president in 1906. Football made its official Olympic debut at London Games in 1908. The first FIFA World cup was held in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1991, the first Women’s World Cup was played IN China. In 1954, the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were established. UEFA organized the UEFA Champions League in 1955 and it is contested by top-division European clubs. Also, organized by UEFA in 1955 is the European Cup which is known as UEFA Europa League today. It is the second tier as Champions League is the first tier. Teams that do not qualify for Champions League and are next-in-line are eligible for UEFA Europa League competition, teams not eligible for UEFA Europa League will qualify for a new third-tier competition called the UEFA Europa Conference League. The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the following year’s Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Cup while the winner of the UEFA Europa League automatically qualifies for the next year’s Champions League.

Today, football is played at a professional level all over the world. According to the latest FIFA’s Professional Football Report, there were at least 3,903 professional clubs in existence. It has also been estimated that there are 250 million association football players in the world. Football has been developing over the years and will continue to develop.       

Conclusion

The game of football is the most played game in the world, uniting every nation. For something that is really important, the history should be known and taught all over the world.  

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