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Ages become limitation among fat Ronaldo and 35-year-old David Beckham, who back to England team become the word “probably”

Monday, September 6th, 2010

It seems that 35-year old David Beckham was rejected by Fibro Capello. Early Capello said that 35-year-old Davey Becks is “Probably a little bit too old”. Now he show his attitude that he think England football door opened for young players, who need to play more games, gain more experience. This is undoubtedly the biggest blow for the fans and maybe David Beckham. Even Capello said the relationship is really good, we can not ignore the a range of issues this raises – does age matter in football?

This problem is not only happened in David, also fat Ronaldo has missed such problem. As the best player who lead Brazil to champion, the biggest restriction is his bolated body. As the picture posted on the Internet, people guess that the fat Ronaldo will end his career in football field. His body reveal that he wasn’t young, and his age is also the limitation for football players.

Nevertheless the biggest pity for football fans will no longer shown David with his Adidas Soccer Shoes in the football field, the nickname of extraterrestrial will record in the history. Even that young players need more experience, we can not give up experienced football players. Maybe the older can drive youngers with calm, change and rapid response. Because in World Cup match, each team would like to be champion, maybe workmanship cooperate can make a great succeed.

This happen event is after the medical staff at AC Milan reportedly told Beckham that he would be able to play top rate football until he was 38, just a few years shy of Italian ace Paolo Maldini, who played until he was 41-years old. Becks has a habit of bouncing back and it would certainly be foolish to draw a line under the sand and say for sure that he will never breach into the England squad again in the future. Also with the prophecy of AC Milan, Adidas produced new Predator X – a new pair of David Beckham Predator Soccer Shoes would have graced the South Africa 2010 World Cup, but an injury ruled him out of the tournament. What Capello said maybe caused a huge loss in Beckham – the remarks will lead Adidas and Nike search for new famous players abandon of the older.

Of course, for Messi and C Lo, they are just more than 20-year-old but have best skills in the world. What Nike choose C Lo for new nike Mercurial Vapor is the fact to tell us that the older player is not have the same value of young players. Also in fact, age matters in football. It is harder for players in their thirties to compete physically with the teenage whippersnappers who are fresh out of the youth academy. Top flight football is not just about being in peak physical condition however and often an experienced player is just as valuable as a pacey youngster. The experience gained over a 20-year career brings with it a calming and re-assuring influence for the younger players in any team. Managers often require older players to strike a healthy balance both on the pitch and in the dressing room.

The reason certain players are able to play into their late thirties is not because of their physical attributes, though of course these are still important – it is down to their mentality. Certain players remain hungry, driven and motivated to the bitter end and it is that which separates the great players from the rest. With the lose opportunity to show his value in World Cup 2010, maybe the word “probably” is the sign to show that Beckham’s glory moment in 2012.

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Sunday, September 5th, 2010

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David Beckham where to go – Return back to England Team’s dream has burst

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

It is said that David Beckham will not return to England Team because his ages. It is confirmed by Fabio Capello, who is England manager, he told ITV ahead of the friendly with Hungary at Wembley ” I say thank you very much for helping me at the World Cup but probably he is a little bit old.” For many England football fan, with regret in World Cup 2010, they hope Beckham will return again and create new myth in 2014. However, with this situation, the dream has burst.

We can not ignore the biggest contribution David has build. Leading England Team more than two times in World Cup, make great contribution in critical moment. Even he is old now, his myth still remain in England football teams. However, ending good luck in 2006 World Cup, Becks alway passed luck. Expecially in 2010, he is no longer the world’s best paid footballer. Everything is coming up Lionel Messi these days, so it only makes sense that he should be the highest paid footballer on the planet. little Leo has surpassed Davey Becks and his modeling millions, dethroning the bearded money tree’s two-year hold on the top spot, and also becoming the fourth highest paid athlete in the world, behind only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and LeBron James. Acroading to the france football rich list David Beckham(LA Galaxy/Milan) is £27.3m, less than Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £29.6m. What a pity for David? Both of them are Adidas Soccer Shoes spokesprisons, but Messi is advance.

In the glorious moment, David’s honor has remained in Adidas football shoes. Becks, wearing adidas football shoes – despite playing at Real for four seasons had no major trophies to show for his talent and determination. For David Beckham need a new football shoe, Adidas has produced David Beckham’s own thumbprint, which are called “Predator Pulse Thumbprint” – a new version of the Predator Pulse shoes launched earlier by Adidas. Adidas shoes always exemplify the cool design, and the Predator Pulse Thumbprint soccer cleats are no exception. For this series has been in more than four years, this series is still the most popular shoes in 2010 World Cup.

It is hard to say that Nike has given up David just because Adidas and David become companion. After Messi has end up his companion with Nike, Nike has changed his voice to C Lo, which just one status below Becks. For C Lo, it is very worth that Nike produce Mercurial Vapor series for him, just like David Beckham. For David in football field, ages is indeed a problem for a football player, but his skill is above all famous players. But with England going through tortured times, Beckham’s personality still carries enough weight and makes him a valuable asset, especially in a locker room utterly devoid of character.

For football fans, it is easy to buy Soccer Shoes which Becks worn to support him. But as biggest wishes, we suggest Becks will come back to England Team again and create new myth, what a pity for England lose such good player?

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010

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Europeans clash – Germany Vs. England in FIFA World Cup

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Who does not love a game of football where the players combine agility with speed while tackling opposing players? With FIFA World Cup 2010 on, the football fever takes on a new meaning. The event opened with an inauguration ceremony made colorful with such celebrated music artistes like Alicia Keys, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Angelique Kidjo performing at a concert on June 10 in South Africa. This year, the football lovers have witnessed some rare thrills. A fast-paced action is awaited on Sunday, June 27 when England meets old rival Germany in a Stage 2 match.
The English are not just masters at sophistication. England’s national football team is the jointoldest franchise in the world. This is a distinction matched only by Scotland with the two playing against each other in the world’s first international football match in 1872. Being one of the United Kingdom’s Home Nations, FIFA statutes allow the England football team to compete in all key professional tournaments, except Olympic Games. Head Coach Fabio Capello trains the present team which plays in the home ground of Wembley Stadium in London. England won the FIFA World Cup in 1966 thus becoming one of the seven national teams to do so. In 1990, they finished the World Cup with a fourth place. For the UEFA European Championship, they reached the semifinals twice in 1968 and 1996. England’s most memorable encounters have been against Germany and Scotland.
The German national football team is recognized as one of the three most successful national teams at international tournaments. Germany has been the winner of three World Cup tournaments and three European Championships thus being one of the three most successful national teams to achieve this feat. They have earned second place in four World Cup championships and three European Championships. Germany is listed as the only country to win both the men’s and women’s World Cups.
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Monday, July 5th, 2010

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Strong rivalry between Italy and England football fans in Malta

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Malta is a country of 400,000 people and just like in politics, whereby the country is nearly divided between two political parties, so are the majority of football fans divided between two teams: Italy and England.

 

England ruled Malta from 1800 up to 1964, when the country gained Independence, and Malta’s roots to the British are too evident to ignore: Malta proudly bears the George Cross on its flag, given by King George VI to the island nation for heroic attitude of the people of Malta during the Second World War.

 

Although the English language is considered as Malta’s second language, everybody in Malta speaks English, from the learned to the lay person. English is taught in schools from kindergarten age, and even toddlers are spoken to in both languages simultaneously.

 

Italy’s southern island Sicily is a stone’s throw away from Malta, and ties to the Italians, which were obviously interrupted during WWII, gained strength after the war, and commercial activity between both countries has flourished ever since.

 

During the seventies and eighties, Maltese people could only view one poor local TV station so tuning in to major Italian TV stations helped the Maltese to learn from, and become more accustomed to Italian flair and style. Italian TV stations are still very popular among the locals today and many young Maltese children have learnt how to speak Italian simply by watching Italian TV.

 

No-one really knows why the rivalry between Italian and English Football supporters is so strong in Malta, but it may simply be because there are too many England and Italy football fans on the islands. The other football teams that are gaining ground between Maltese football supporters are Germany, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands – but nowhere near the numbers of Italy and England supporters.

 

The Maltese have a very Mediterranean character – they are loud and cheerful, but also passionate about whatever they do.

 

But the rivalry is taken to another level – whenever one of these teams loses a match, the supporters of the other team hit the streets with deafening car-cades to celebrate the loss.

 

Not very sporting attitude, I hear you say! No, not at all! When England were eliminated against Portugal in World Cup 2006, car-cades of Italian football supporters continued throughout the night, and tourists who were not aware of this rivalry did not have a clue as to why Italian football fans were celebrating since their team had not played yet!

 

But while this rivalry may be very annoying to some, it is very amusing to others.

 

“I just hope Italy are eliminated before the England Squad, that would be satisfying enough, I will tease my workmates and get back at them for World Cup 2006″, says England supporter Luke Borg.

 

“I know we have no chance of winning the world cup again, but I just hope England are eliminated before us, or I won’t be able to face my England supporting colleagues!” says Christian Dimech.

 

Every pub, bar, restaurant, club and entertainment venue in Malta sports big screens and numerous TVs to broadcast the World Cup 2010 football matches live.

 

The official World Cup village, set up on Manoel Island, on the road between Sliema and Ta’ Xbiex, has proved to be ever so popular among locals and tourists. Hundreds of football fans flock to the venue with their families, and even young children are seen wearing their favourite team’s colours and waving flags while supporting their favourite teams.

 

But there is only one match that Maltese football fans would die for – England vs Italy. The last time the two squads met in a World Cup match, England beat Italy 2-1 in 1990, on Italian soil.

 

But seems like these fans will have to wait for another World Cup, as both teams have not had a wonderful start this time round!

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Official England Football Merchandise

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Purchasing officially licensed England football merchandise today online can be daunting with so many counterfeit items available, how do you choose which site to buy from. There a number of checks that you can make which not only apply to this type of purchase but many other purchases online.

1. If it’s too good to be true – it is more than likel is!

Officially licensed products are valued much higher because the quality is assured; this makes it much easier to spot a fake if the price is very cheap. Obviously this does not take into account second hand products, but as a general rule if it is a second hand item it will still have a reasonable value if it is a licensed product.

2. Money back guarantee.

If the online site has a money back guarantee you will a much higher chance of a licensed product than not. The reason for this is that the individual company has to now pay for the postage for you to return the item. Due to this generally sites offering a fake item will never offer you a money back guarantee.

3. Examine you goods on arrival.

Before you use the item(s) you have ordered examine them for quality and also check the labels and packaging for misspellings. Additionally you can check the logo itself if applicable to that item. If you are unsure check with your local Trading Standards or directly with the FA or football club who will be able to assist you more

4. Car boot sales, street markets and other offline purchases.

Buying online is not the only way you can also buy offline through many high street stores, car boot sales and local markets. The principles are the same as online; however you have the additional benefit of being able to check the item before you make your purchase. Be sure to take details of the seller in case you need to contact them with regards to the item.

Final words on buying your products…

Overall it is very safe to buy your goods both on and offline, it is essential however that if you want to be assured of high quality long lasting products you must always remember that, out there you will find many people and companies selling goods which are fake (knowingly or not), but you will find many more who are selling official licensed England football merchandise.

Buying official licenced england merchdise online can lead you down the path of unofficial products, you can buy these products online with confidence. England Football Merchandise is simple to get with the right advise.

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

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Old foes face Bloemfontein showdown
When England face Germany on Sunday, one of the greatest footballing rivalries will be renewed.

• Top Five: England v Germany
• Podolski: No reason to fear England
• Schweinsteiger trains
• Cacau ruled out of clash

The spectre of penalties will loom large over the England players, having suffered semi-final defeats on spot-kicks to a German team at both the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96, not to mention England’s unenviable position of having the worst record on penalties in world football. But if England are to continue a run of form which sees them unbeaten against Germany in three meetings on foreign soil then the focus must be on winning the match, and not any shootout.

The history between the two nations is well documented, with England’s one and only World Cup win coming against West Germany at Wembley in 1966. The Germans had the Indian sign over England for 34 years, including a showdown at the 1970 World Cup, a draw at the 1982 World Cup and those infamous shootouts, before England finally gained a competitive victory over Germany at Euro 2000.

The days of Germany ruling the roost over England now seem to be a thing of the past, with England winning 5-1 in Munich in a World Cup qualifier in 2001 and coming away victorious from Berlin in an international friendly in November 2008. Germany have also had their share of success in that time, though, so there is every reason to suggest this game will be a tight affair.

England are at full strength going into the game, with all 23 squad members taking part in training. With Ledley King back from a groin injury and Jamie Carragher available again following suspension, Fabio Capello has options at the back. England kept a clean sheet in picking up their first, crucial win over Slovenia on Wednesday and put in a much-improved overall performance, so it seems unlikely there will be any changes to the starting-line-up, with Matthew Upson keeping his place alongside John Terry.

The pressure will be on Wayne Rooney to finally get on the scoresheet after a disappointing campaign and, while there were positives against Slovenia, England’s top players must improve to oust Joachim Low’s side.

While England may put out an unchanged side, Germany have decisions to make. One is made for them as Miroslav Klose comes back from a one-match ban while Cacau, who started in his place against Ghana, will miss the match with a stomach strain.

More concerning is the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the lynchpin who, alongside Sami Khedira, has held the midfield together for Mesut Ozil to provide the attacking impetus. But Schweinsteiger has a thigh muscle injury and, with the England game coming just four days after the last group game, he may not have sufficient time to recover. If Low is forced to deploy Toni Kroos in his place, it could be pivotal, but Schweinsteiger took place in full training on Saturday.

Germany also have issues at left back. Bayern Munich’s Holger Badstuber played there in the first two games but came in for much criticism. Jerome Boateng was then brought in to start against Ghana but he was replaced in the 73rd minute by Marcell Jansen and also faces a race against time to prove his fitness. Low will probably not decide who plays there until Sunday.

Germany player to watch: Miroslav Klose. Second only to Gerd Muller in Germany’s all-time scoring chart, Klose went into the finals with questions to answer after a dismal season with Bayern Munich. A goal in the first game against Australia relieved some of the pressure but he was then controversially sent off against Serbia. England have yet to face a quality forward yet in the finals, with Robert Green’s gaffe against USA the only goal conceded, and despite Klose’s troubles, he is a tournament performer and his display could be the difference.

England player to watch: Jermain Defoe. With only one goal against a major nation, and that being in an international friendly against Netherlands, questions remain over Defoe’s pedigree on the biggest of stages. Goals against Andorra, Kahzakstan and Trinidad & Tobago and all well and good, but Germany will not allow the same time and space. His match-winning performance against Slovenia provided a timely boost, and his ability to shake off the shackles of the German back line may shape England’s hopes.

Key battle: Germany’s left-back v James Milner. The fact that we do not know if Badstuber, Boateng, Jansen or even Lahm will play on the left for Germany must pose problems for Low’s organisation at the back. After playing like a rabbit in the headlights against USA, Milner was dangerous on the wing against Slovenia and provided the cross for Defoe to guide home the winner. If Milner can again impress, up against Germany’s “problem position”, England’s forwards may have plenty to feed off.

Trivia: Paul the Octopus is the sensation of Germany, correctly predicting all the team’s results at this World Cup – including the Serbia defeat. He picked Germany for this game.

Stats: England have played Germany four times at the World Cup, and each game has finished level after 90 minutes, with three extending to extra-time and one being decided on penalty kicks. England have taken 29 corners so far in the World Cup – more than any other team after the end of the group stage.

Odds: Germany (2.87), the draw (3.20) and England (2.62) with Bet365. Germany to win on penalties is 9.50 and England 10.00.

Prediction: A tough one to call, and perhaps the availability of Schweinsteiger could prove the difference between these teams.

Sunday 27th June 2010
Venue: Free State Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00
Gerrard – Rooney can still make big impact

England skipper Steven Gerrard has warned Germany that Wayne Rooney’s World Cup is ready to spark into life in Bloemfontein.

Rooney has so far struggled to make the expected impact in South Africa despite England advancing to the knockout stages.

The Manchester United striker failed to hit the target in all three group matches with United States, Algeria and Slovenia.

But Gerrard is convinced the explosive form of the 24-year-old in training is a clear sign Rooney is in the mood to punish England’s old rivals.

The Liverpool midfielder said: “The pressure is not just on Rooney but all the team – but top players put pressure on themselves. I’m sure Wayne does so in his own spare time.

“But it’s only a matter of time before Wayne scores in this tournament and hopefully that is on Sunday.

“I have every confidence that he will play well because he played well in the last game and he is looking really sharp in training.”

Coach Fabio Capello echoed Gerrard’s sentiments about Rooney.

The Italian said: “Wayne is training very well and scored a lot of goals. We hope it will be the same.

“Always Rooney is a very good player. He didn’t score in the last few games but always he is a very important player for us with his movement and everything he does during the game.”

Gerrard insists England will be ready for all eventualities – including the last 16 meeting going to penalties.

England suffered the heartbreak of losing the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96 semi-finals to Germany on spot-kicks.

He said: “We are very confident going into the game. We are on the back of a good performance against Slovenia.

“The mood is good, we have prepared hard for this game and we will do whatever it takes to get across the line into the last eight.

“It is going to be a very difficult game. Ideally we want to win the game in 90 minutes but if we have to go to extra-time and penalties, we will be ready.”

Capello has faith in his players to deliver the victory millions of supporters back in England are hoping for.

He said: “It is a very important game, one of the more important, because we want to go forward and play the next game.

“I know the value of Germany but I also know the value of my players.”

Germany coach Joachim Low failed to show up for the official press conference and no player was present either – contrary to FIFA regulations – with goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke conducting the briefing.

There was speculation that Germany were angry at not being allowed to train on the Free State Stadium pitch.

Instead they used the facilities at a nearby university complex before the press conference.

Kopke said: “This is not a protest at all. People were not able to get here on time.

“We were not able to use the stadium. We had to use another site and tried to be punctual (for the press conference).”

When pressed on what will be viewed as a snub by Low, Kopke became irritated.

He said: “We were not able time-wise to get here. We want to be well prepared, that is the reason.

“We were not able to practice on the pitch for logistics reasons. But it is the same for England. We are used to it. We did not practice in the actual stadium the last two times.

“It is not a protest, that’s the way it is. There is no point in asking the question again and again.”

Kopke is well informed about penalties, should it come to that again when a place in the quarter-finals is at stake.

He saved Gareth Southgate’s effort for England in the semi-final at Euro 96, on the way to his team winning the championship.

Kopke has no fears that current number one Manuel Neuer will rise to the challenge if needed.

Kopke said: “I think it would be great not to have to go to a penalty shoot-out. If we have to go for it, we are prepared. Manuel will of course get the info he needs. But I am not going to give any secrets away.

“We practise penalties but cannot simulate this situation. You have got 120 minutes behind you, the atmosphere is completely different.”

While Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng have both trained they remain doubtful through injury while Cacau will be absent after suffering an abdominal muscle strain.

Kopke said: “We will have to talk to our doctors and see if they can play. They need to be at 100% in terms of fitness.”

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Will Women’s Football Ever Be Massive In England?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

May 2009 sees the 39th staging of the FA Women’s Cup Final in England, and it seems a good time to ask if women’s football will ever be massive in England…

Women’s football came back on my radar in 2005 when the European Championships were held in England. It was interesting to see how England compared against the European heavyweights like Germany.

Since then the coverage on TV has been limited to the yearly FA Cup Final and the last World Cup. It’s led me to believe that women’s football being massive in England has a long way to go, if ever…

There are a few reasons for this, the first one unsurprisingly being money. Since there is no real money in the game, there is not enough publicity, which in turn stops the game growing enough to bring in more money. This means that all bar the very few top players are amateurs holding down full time jobs. This in turn means that the quality of play never gets above a certain level.

It’s a spiral of ‘not enough’. I went to see the England team play at my local ground and there must have only been 2,000 people there. What I noticed about the play was what I had seen on TV, that the game is dominated by mistakes, in a way you don’t see in the men’s game.

Another problem for the game in England is that it isn’t part of our culture. Unlike, say, the US, where girl’s’ soccer is a big scene, in England it’s netball and hockey that grab the team players. Slowly as more girls show interest in football that will change, but it’s a snails pace.

In the US, a professional league has just started, and most of the top players in England have left to play there. Although this does create space for newer players to fill, it drops the standard back down again in our domestic competition.

So, to sum up, like most new sports there is no magic wand to be waved apart from bucket loads of money. Without that it’s a slow slog forwards, relying on people who play the game for love. Nothing wrong with playing a sport for love, far from it, but it’s a shame that women’s football in England has little else to lean on.

Gordon Bryan is a writer and sports fan from the UK. He loves the fact that he earns money online by just writing about sport, and can show you how to do *exactly* the same at his site.