Friday, November 27, 2009
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Aris Thessaloniki Football Club is a Greek football club that premiered on the 25th of March 1914 in Thessaloniki. The emblem of the team is the god of war resting (as depicted in the so-called Ludovisi Ares), always on guard to fight if necessary. The colors of the team are yellow and black, reminiscent of Byzantium, where Thessaloniki has always been the second most important city of the Empire. Aris has not captured any league titles since the formation of the First Division (Alpha Ethniki) in 1959 but has been awarded with one football cup. Aris has earned 3 league titles and 1 cup in football. The jersey color is yellow and black. The club is named after Ares, the god of war, whose image is portrayed on the club logo. The football team plays at Kleanthis Vikelides Stadium.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Chester City Football Club is an English football club from Chester. The club suffered relegation at the end of the 2008–09 season to the Conference National from League Two (fourth tier of English football). Chester were founded as Chester F.C., however they changed their name to Chester City F.C. in 1983. Chester joined the football league in 1931, and have spent most of their history in lower divisions. Chester won their first league championship in 2004, the Conference National.
Chester play their home games at the Deva Stadium. The club offices are the only section of the ground which is situated in England. Until 1990 the club played at Sealand Road.
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Celtic Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Glasgow, which competes in the Scottish Premier League, the highest form of competition in Scotland. The full name of the club is The Celtic Football Club. Until 1994, the club's full name was The Celtic Football and Athletic Company Ltd.Celtic play home games at Celtic Park commonly referred to as Parkhead, which has a capacity of 60,832, and is currently the largest football stadium in Scotland. In 2006-07, Celtic Park attracted an average attendance of 57,927,making the club second after Manchester United in average attendance for any football club in the UK.Together with their rivals, Rangers F.C., they form the Old Firm which is one of the most famous and fierce rivalries in sport. Celtic has traditionally been linked with its founding roots which stemmed from the Irish immigrant community in Glasgow.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Fringe Socceroo Jacob Burns has been added to the Glory squad in an attempt to shore up the midfield spots after the release of several players in this area. Glory are chasing several big-name players, notably former Arsenal star Marc Overmars and Derby striker Mile Sterjovski.
On 11th June 2009, Perth Glory announced the signing of Mile Sterjovski to a 3 year deal.
Huddersfield Town Football Club is an English football club formed in 1908 and based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They currently play in League One. Their manager is Lee Clark, who signed a contract to be manager on 11 December 2008 and took charge on 15 December.In 1926, they became the first English team to win three successive league titles – a feat which only three other clubs have been able to match. They also won the FA Cup in 1922 and have been runners-up on 4 other occasions. On 2 February 2005, the name of the club was changed from Huddersfield Town Association Football Club to Huddersfield Town Football Club.Nicknamed The Terriers, their mascot is Terry the Terrier. The club traditionally plays in a blue and white vertically striped shirt with white shorts. Its main rivals are Leeds United and Bradford City, and lesser rivalries exist with Barnsley, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. The club has developed a reputation as having a strong academy, a notion backed up by the present squad which contains a number of academy products.The side plays its home games at the Galpharm Stadium, a ground shared with rugby league side Huddersfield Giants. The ground was originally named The Alfred McAlpine Stadium (after the construction company involved in its creation) due to a 10-year sponsorship agreement.Their chairman is local businessman Dean Hoyle, who took over from previous chairman Ken Davy on June 3, 2009.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Philips Sport Vereniging (English: Philips Sports Union), widely known either as PSV or PSV Eindhoven, is a Dutch sports club from Eindhoven, Netherlands. It is best known for its professional football department.PSV is one of three European Cup winning football clubs in Netherlands, the other two being AFC Ajax and Feyenoord. The club won the European Cup in 1988 (against SL Benfica) and the UEFA Cup in 1978 (against SC Bastia). They are often nicknamed Boeren (Dutch for farmers) in reference to their original provincial city origins.The Philips Stadion is the PSV home base. Since the founding of the club, PSV's home base is still at exactly the same place where the PSV sports grounds were established in 1913. It was first inaugurated by the five year old boy named Frits Philips, in January 1911 when the Philips Elftal played their first game. PSV was not founded yet. The neighborhood where the stadium is located is the Philipsdorp ('Philips village'), close to the centre of Eindhoven. The current capacity has been achieved by various modernisation programmes.The stadium can accommodate 35,000 people on match days. Plans to further expand the ground to 45,000 seats are being examined. The average attendance for the season 2007/08 was 33,600. All seats are covered and heated. In the summer of 2005, the board of the club decided to remove the tall fences around the pitch, replacing them with 90 cm high railings keeping the spectators off the grass. Unauthorized persons who do invade the pitch will receive a 15,000 euro penalty and a ten-year-ban from visiting the Philips Stadion.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The Spanish National Football Team, commonly referred to as La Roja, is the national football team of Spain and is controlled by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol. They are the current European Champions, having won the 2008 UEFA European Championship. This is their 2nd time as European Champions. In July 2008, Spain rose to the #1 spot in the FIFA World Ranking for the first time in their history, becoming only the sixth nation (and the first who has never won the World Cup) to top these rankings. They have been undefeated for 31 matches in a row after they were defeated by Romania in a friendly match on November 15, 2006.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
1. Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle
When you pay £10million+ for a centre-half you expect pure quality. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans they didn’t get that with Coloccini and his performances below par all season. As an Argentinean international you would expect so much more but this frizzy haired flop has brought nothing to the Newcastle team.
2. David Bentley, Tottenham Hotspur
The next David Beckham? Not this season anyway. To be fair to Bentley he has been played out of position a bit but his performances have been shocking and considering Spurs paid Blackburn £15million for his services I think it is fair to say he has been a waste of money.
Bentley can’t even get in the team when Aaron Lennon is injured and it looks almost certain he will be playing his football elsewhere next season.
3. Dave Kitson, Stoke
The ginger haired former Reading striker became Stoke’s record signing last summer when they paid £5.5million to bring him to the Britannia Stadium. It didn’t work out for Kitson at Stoke and he was quickly loaned back to Reading in January without scoring a single goal for the Potters.
4. Nigel de Jong, Manchester City
This may be a bit harsh as he only joined City in January but so far the Dutchman has offered very little to the Man City team. They paid a massive £18million for him in January but they could have waited until the summer and paid a paltry £1.8million, based on his performances since his move it seems a safe Premier League bet that this would have been the better option.
5. Jimmy Bullard, Hull City
Again possibly a little harsh but so far Bullard hasn’t even played 45 minutes for the Tigers. He suffered a knee injury in his first match that ruled him out for the rest of the season, and probably the start of next. To top it all Hull smashed their transfer record and spent £5million on Bullard and are paying him massive wages.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Nogometni klub Dinamo Zagreb is one of the most famous and successful Croatian football clubs. Dinamo is based in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It is the most popular club in the country with between 33% and 36% of the population supporting it.After the Second World War following the rise to power of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, three very popular Zagreb football clubs (HAŠK, Građanski, Concordia) were disbanded overnight, and a municipal club was formed on June 9, 1945. Like other football clubs outside Croatia in Eastern Europe, it was also called Dinamo ("Dynamo"), and all the best and prospective Građanski players immediately joined the newly formed club.Dinamo's home ground is Maksimir Stadium, which is situated in the northeast borough of the city of Zagreb (called Maksimir) next to the famous Maksimir Park (forest) and the Zagreb Zoo. The stadium's current capacity is 38,923 and it's set to be rebuilt and renovated from 2008.
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FC Rubin Kazan (Russian: Футбольный клуб Рубин Казань, Futbolniy klub Rubin Kazan; Tatar: Рубин Казан футбол клубы, Rubin Qazan futbol klubı), is a Russian football club, based in the city of Kazan (Tatarstan republic). Rubin are the current Russian Premier League champions for 2008.The team was also previously called "Iskra" from 1958 to 1964 and then "Rubin-TAN" from 1992 to 1993.Rubin never played in the Soviet Top League. They advanced to the Russian Premier League in 2003, and came third in the league in their debut year, qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Their 2004 campaign was less successful, they came 10th. In 2005 they were competing for UEFA Cup zone again, finished 4th. In October 27, 2008, after FC Dynamo Moscow lost 1-3 to PFC CSKA Moscow, Rubin had been confirmed to take a place in UEFA Champions League (2009-2010) Group stage.
Rubin had a successful start in the 2008 season, having performed 7 consecutive wins, including the one in the game with defending champions Zenit Saint Petersburg and thus beating the previous record of 6 wins held by FC Dynamo Moscow. After the 27th matchday, Rubin became champions for the first time in history.
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Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
The club's traditional home colours are all white. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand; the current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920. Real's home is the 80,354-person-capacity Santiago Bernabéu football stadium in downtown Madrid, where it has played since 1947. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception. Real is the world's richest football club (€366m) in terms of revenue.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009
AIK, abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben, (literally "The General Sports Club" or "The Public Sports Club") is a Swedish football club based at Råsunda stadium in Solna, a municipality in Stockholm County bordering to Stockholm city centre. The club was formed in 1891 in central Stockholm and the football department was formed in 1896. AIK currently plays in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan.
With Malmö FF and IFK Göteborg, AIK are often considered as one of the "Big Three" in Swedish club football, having the top three spots in the all-time Allsvenskan table. Qualifying for the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League group stage – the only Stockholm side to have reached this far in the tournament – AIK was drawn in the same group as Barcelona, Arsenal and Fiorentina.
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Established in 1896, they were founding members of the Norwegian Football Association, and have won the League Championship twice and the Norwegian Cup eight times. The club's most recent period of success was during the 1960s, when they won four trophies and reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Lyn currently play in the Norwegian Premier League, having won promotion in 2000. They are managed by Kent Bergersen, who took over in September 2008, following the resignation of Henning Berg. Berg had held the post since 2005.
The westside club Lyn has traditionally been perceived as representing the upper and middle classes, whereas the eastside club Vålerenga was seen as belonging to the workers. Although Oslo still maintains an east-west divide in social demographics, the divide is now much weaker in the clubs' supporter bases.
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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Bayern is one of three professional football clubs in Munich. Bayern's main local rival is TSV 1860 Munich, who were the more successful club in the 1960s, winning a cup and a championship. 1860 have since moved between the first and second divisions. 1860 are often referred to by sections of the Bayern support as "gymnasts", insinuating a lack of footballing pedigree. The rivalry has, at least from a Bayern point of view, lost importance over the last decade, reflecting the lopsided state of the achievements of the two clubs and the absence of players for whom local grudges would still matter. 1860 is considered more working-class, and therefore suffers from a diminishing fan base in a city where the manufacturing sector is declining whilst tertiary industries are booming.
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Milner is still a young player but seems to have been around forever. He made his debut for Leeds United at the tender age of 16 and has been consistently playing in the top-flight ever since. Milner moved to Newcastle where he quickly established himself in the starting eleven before moving to Aston Villa at the beginning of the current campaign. It has been over the course of this year that Milner’stalent has truly been seen, though he is often overshadowed by the performances of Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor. Milner has been in great form all season and scored a wonder goal against Everton from a free-kick last weekend.
At the start of the season Stoke were football favourites to go down with the majority of football pundits and punters alike. They are on the verge of achieving the unthinkable in Premier League survival and this is largely due to their towering defender Abdoulaye Faye. The Senegalese international began his Premier League career with Bolton, where he made over 50 appearances for the Lancashire side. When Sam Allardyce swapped the Reebok Stadium for St James’ Park Faye was the only player he took with him to his new club. After just one season at Newcastle he was sold to Stoke for a fee of around £2million. At Stoke Faye has become a hero and is probably going to be named their player of the season this year, he has almost single-handedly turned their defence into a formidable unit and has chipped in with three vital goals for the Potters.
Danny Murphy began his career at Crewe, where Dean Ashton, Rob Hulse and David Platt also started out. He sealed a move to Liverpool in 1997 and quickly established himself alongside Steven Gerrard in midfield. After making over 150 appearances for the club he moved on after being deemed surplus to requirements but his career continued to flourish elsewhere. He played a major part in Fulham’s Premier League survival last season and has perhaps been their star this season, where Fulham have got to the brink of European qualification. He may not be the most flash player in the league but Murphy is consistent and always puts in a decent display for Fulham.
23-year-old Cahill is the heart of Bolton’s defence and is a major factor in the Wanderers staying out of the relegation dog-fight this season. He is great in the air, has brilliant awareness and is very good on the ball for a centre-half. He was overlooked by Fabio Capello in the most recent England squads but should break into the national side in the near future. One thing is for sure though, Bolton would really struggle without Cahill shoring up the back.
Antonio Valencia, Wigan Athletic
Wigan have been pushing for European qualification all season and a big reason for this is the talented Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia. The talented 23-year-old has notched up six goals for the Latics this season and is always a handful for the opposition defence. It looks as if Valencia could be set to leave the JJB Stadium in the summer, with Real Madrid among his reported suitors, but Valencia turned down a move in January because he wanted to see the season out with Wigan. In a world where football is dominated by money this kind of loyalty has to be applauded and I’m sure Valencia will be a world famous name in the near future.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Arsenal Football Club (often simply known as Arsenal or The Arsenal, or by their nickname The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, North London. They play in the Premier League and are one of the most successful clubs in English football, having won thirteen First Division and Premier League titles and ten FA Cups, and hold the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the English top flight.Arsenal were founded in 1886 and were the first Southern club to join the Football League, in 1893. They won their first major trophies in the 1930s, with five League Championship titles and two FA Cups. After a lean period in the post-war years they became the second club of the 20th century to win the League and FA Cup Double in 1970–71, and during the past twenty years have recorded a series of successes – in this time Arsenal have won a Cup Double, two further League and FA Cup Doubles, the Premier League title unbeaten, and became the first London club to reach the UEFA Champions League Final.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan
Ibramhimovic is one of the top earners in football and having seen his exploits on the pitch you can understand why. The Swedish international has an astonishing goals-to-games ratio and has nettedover 50 times for Inter in 80 appearances. He began his career at Swedish side Malmo before moving to Dutch giants Ajax where he achieved international recognition. Following a bust-up with Ajaxteam-mate Rafael Van der Vaart Zlatan moved to Serie A side Juventus and began his Italian career, in 2006 he moved to Inter Milan in a mega-money move and quickly established himself as their star player.
He has already won two league titles with Inter and is all set to take a third this season. Zlatan is so highly rated by Inter coach Jose Mourinho that Mourinho has even claimed he is "the best player in theworld, ahead of (Cristiano) Ronaldo". Zlatan’s suberb control, ferocious shot and awareness of the game make him a force to be reckoned with and most would agree he is the best striker in the Italian league.
Didier Drogba – Chelsea
Didier Drogba’s £24million+ move from French side Marseille to Chelsea raised a few eyebrows at first but after nearly five years at the club those initial doubts have been all but forgotten. The Ivory Coastinternational is one of the most effective strikers in the Premier League and he has notched up over 50 goals in around 130 appearances in a Chelsea shirt. The big frontman is so important to the Chelseaside that generally when he plays well, the whole team plays well and vice-versa, when he is having an off-day, it is a safe football bet to make that Chelsea do as well. Though perhaps not as naturally gifted in terms of skill as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney or Liverpool’s Fernando Torres, Drogba makes up for this with his physical attributes. His ability to win the ball in the air is second to none and he plays the way a classic Englishforward should do – with pace and power.
Despite the wealth of attacking talent the Premier League has to offer Drogba is perhaps the most respected of all the strikers in the league due to his wicked shot, aerial ability, pace and power.
Thierry Henry – Barcelona
Henry first rose to prominence with French side Monaco where he was initially used by then Monaco boss Arsene Wenger as a left-winger. His form for the Ligue 1 club earned him a move to Italian outfitJuventus. After a disappointing spell in Italy where Henry found it hard to adjust to the style of play he moved to Premier League club Arsenal and linked up again with Wenger. It was at Arsenal whereHenry was first utilized as a striker and he has become one of the best in the business since his move to a centre-forward role. Henry has won nearly everything there is to win in football, the World Cupand European Championship at international level and everything there is to win in England.
At his current club, Barcelona, Henry has the chance to win his first La Liga title and perhaps his first Champions League winner’s medal. He was a runner up in 2006 with Arsenal. Despite not playing as a traditional striker with the Frenchman frequently running down the wing and dropping deeper Henry has an astonishing goal ratio. In just over 250 appearances for Arsenal he notched up 174 goals and became the club’s record goal scoer. At Barca and internationally his record is close to one in two, which is still a phenomenal strike rate. For his pace, skill, touch, crossing ability, shot accuracy, and ability to take set-pieces, Henry had to make the list and for me Henry is not just one of the best strikers of the modern game, he may well be one of the best ever to play the game.