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Hiring fast and firing slow by Football Association results in poor communication with David Beckham

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It is the organ grinder, the Football Association (FA) and not the monkey, manager Fabio Capello, that we should be looking to, to take responsibility.

Why are we surprised that Fabio Capello did not inform Beckham personally, that his long service with the England football team might be over? After all, this was the third example, in one week, of Capello’s failure to communicate.

Everything that there was to know about the England football team’s current manager was already known at the point he was hired by the FA. He had several, significant weaknesses when he came into the job.

He couldn’t speak English at all well, he had never managed a national team; He has a strict, authoritarian style.

So why did the FA think that he was the right person for the job? The FA is never held accountable for their consistently poor hiring choices and the fact that they are equally slow to fire people.

Few things are more critical to the success of any organization than the attraction and retention of remarkable talent. Unfortunately, leaders often get frustrated during the recruitment process and end up hiring B and C players just to complete the task and have someone in place. It’s the ’slot-filled syndrome’. The people in charge want to take the pressure off themselves, so hire someone, anyone, even if there are obvious weaknesses in their candidate.

However, managing is 80% about hiring well. Hiring a B or C quality individual inevitably leads to more time invested in managing, it results in lower outputs, slower growth rates, less profit and more morale problems. The FA is faced with all of these issues now – poor headlines; poor results and the British nation’s growing cynicism and lack of confidence.

If that weren’t enough, at some point, the leader will probably need to fire that person.

Most leaders put off firing too long, which creates additional problems that could have been avoided if they had hired more skilfully in the first place or had released the employee when it became obvious that his/her competencies had been exceeded.

It was a poor decision on the part of english football’s governing body, the FA, to extend Capello’s contract, at a higher salary, just before the World Cup – with no break-clause, if England’s performance failed to meet expectation.

If it is becoming obvious that Capello’s style is not good enough, the FA should have the courage to let him go – now – and face the consequences.

Eventually, if the FA has to negotiate some kind of termination, it’ll be infinitely more complicated and more expensive than if they had let him go when they knew it was time.

Hire Slow, Fire Fast. Learn this lesson or you’ll regret it later.








Geraldine Kilbride, is a Business Psychologist and owner of CrucialSkills4Leaders; the company works with managers and leaders to realise their potential as responsible and effective executives. For a free book, “Why Managers Fail to Make it to the Top”, visit For a free executive coaching assessment, contact [email protected]

Complaint about Football Jerseys

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Are you a football fan? If you are a football fan, you may notice the jerseys and will be interested in any football jerseys. Yes we have been taking a look at the England men’s football jerseys of the last 25 or so years, not only to provide a bit of history, but also as a bit of a refresher before looking toward the future of the England’s kit.

Why I am complaining about the England kit is that there’s no continuity. Unlike most national team kits, the design has changed drastically each time aides or Nike has unveiled their latest designs. Whether it’s red, white, or blue, stripes, sashes or denim, you’ll see below that the designs are all over place. I know that I’m nowhere near the first to say this, but I really think that in order to develop a team identity, we need to have a consistent template for (at least) the home jersey.

Yes, most of people always favored the red jerseys in general, but it is really? It’s good, bright color for fans to wear. Really, I’d rather have it as our home color, but England Football seems hung up on having white home jerseys (which have always seemed kind of bland to me). I guess it’s fitting that the England would wear whites at home since it’s the traditional home color in most England sports.

Absolutely is that, we’ve got images of every home and away kit since long time ago. I’ve offered a brief commentary and grade for cheap jerseys. Obviously, I’m not intending to be objective in any face. You can buy cheap jerseys from China and other countries, like most of guys buy cheap NBA jerseys online. I don’t know what I have said, but it is the end. selling quality cheap jerseys from China with low price

Learn More About Popular Football Players Of All Times

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Though there are a lot of sports that find their way to the hottest class, it’s Soccer that causes the highest adrenaline rush. The game has numerous legendary players to its credit. However, there are some that are renowned the world over for their unfathomable sportsman spirit and some of the best game skills which they have put up. Here is taking a look at some of the best football player of all times.

When it comes to soccer player’s 1 name which you can’t manage to skip at all is Diego Armando Maradona. He is one of the best soccer players in the entire world. He is the one who helped bag the world cup trophy for Argentina in the year 1986. Maradona is stated to have the finest World Cup Goal to his credit till date. Argentina triumphed over England football team, with a striking goal of Maradona which he pursued single handedly right from the halfway line to finishing score. This goal is still commonly known as as the ‘goal of the century’ by FIFA. In the same game itself he bagged yet another goal to his credit as recognized and renowned as ‘hand of the god’ goal.

Another football player, whose name commands a great deal of regard is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also popularly called Pele. A healthy and slim form joined with unmatched gaming skill made Pele one of the best players of all times. He has won 3 world cups with Brazil and has an excellent 500 goals to his credit. Pele was only 17 when he won the world cup with Brazil for the first time. To date, he is one of the youngest world cup winning soccer players.

Missing out on Johan Cryuff in the list of finest soccer players would be pure stupidity. He is considered to be 1 of the most talented British players of his generation. Even the finest of defenders could not keep him off from making goal after goal, the credit of which goes to his impeccable dribbling and best balance. In the later years of his life the football star, was engulfed with a lot of problems like alcoholism, womanizing, and gambling, which overshadowed his achievements on the field.

Zinedine Zidane also finds place in the list of the greatest football players. He is considered to be 1 of the most outstanding players of his generation. He helped France win the world cup in 1998. He also made a vital contribution to his team’s victory of European Championship in the year 2000. The player was also bestowed with the honor of European Footballer of the Year, in 1998. He was also awarded the title of FIFA World Footballer of the Year in 1998, 2000, and 2003.

More soccer players will come and go, but the ones discussed above will keep in the memories of every soccer fan forever.

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Some Facts about Football Video Highlights

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Football, or soccer for any Americans out there, has been around for well over two thousand years in some form or other. Modern football as we know it, however, is often accredited to the British, who also hold claim to the oldest football league. Rather straight to the point, it is known as The Football League, and was founded in 1888. The Football League served as the top level league in England until 1992, at which time the top 22 teams in the league split away and formed the well known Premier League. There are now several other leagues, including the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, and football has grown to become one of the most popular sports in the world – with some of the most dedicated fans.

Football isn’t just about the match and who wins it, though. Granted, our team winning is the most important aspect to any football fan, but another important factor is how the match is won. Who scores, when they do so, the tactics used that lead up to the goal and finally seeing the ball hit the back of the net like meteor. There’s nothing quite like seeing your team outwit their opponents and score an unexpected or technically difficult goal, and any decent TV editor will have the wits to show these football highlights several times before moving on.

Those of you who were around before the days of the Internet will probably have in your possession several football videos (VHS tapes) filled with the best parts of a season or cup, as that used to be the only way to watch the football highlights again at your own leisure. Luckily the internet has now made it possible to watch all the latest football highlights, as well as old football videos, whenever you so desire.

This also opens up the possibility to watch highlights from leagues that you may not otherwise watch, whether it is because you are not a fan of any particular team in that league or because you simply can’t spare the time to watch all of them. The Internet is fantastic in that you can find all the best bits of every single match played, whether it be in the English Premier League or Spanish la Liga or any other league,  you will be able to find both old and new football videos of all the highlights whenever you so wish.

Initially, most football websites would be dedicated to a specific team or league and would only provide videos and highlights from their particular football interest. For anyone who enjoys football not only for the sake of supporting a team, but for the sheer beauty of the game, that would mean that you had to browse several different sites to get all of your updates. Luckily that is not the case anymore, thanks to dedicated football websites such as where you can watch all the latest football highlights and football video clips whenever you want, without spending a single dime.

The author of this article manages the FootballReaction site, bringing you with all the latest football highlights, football videos, and football news.

The author of this article manages the FootballReaction site, bringing you with all the latest football highlights, football videos, and football news.

Football Boots For The Glorious Game

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

If of course you are an ardent fan or a football player you will already know this, looking forward to either sitting at home shouting your head off at the referee, or a player, or down the pub with all your pals, taking in every minute of play, because the most important achievement, is to bring the cup home to England.


Football matches are charged with emotion and has reduced many a fan to tears at the loss of a game, no shame in that, in fact the late Bill Shankly, who in his time managed Liverpool Football Club, once said, “Football is not about life or death, it is more important than that”


Adidas Nike and puma football boots will be taking the field in this very prestigious tournament on the skilled feet of the most famous footballers the world has known, in fact the match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is made by Adidas, and named JUBULANI which means ‘bringing joy to everyone’ in isiZulu, this is the language of the ZULU people, and with about 10 million people speaking the language of which a vast majority live in South Africa seems very apt.


Whatever pitch you play the game of football on, whether it is a playing field, for a local club, or a semi or professional club, or whatever standard, football boots are an important factor in your performance, and of course you will have your favourite brand, so look no further, a great supplier such as Studs Sports, based in Newquay, who stock Adidas football boots, also Nike and Puma boots, and many more, also a huge stock of apparel for the game of football will have everything you need.


Since the advent of the Internet football boot websites have escalated, and more consumers are being drawn to these sites, because many would argue that a better selection, more information, a better assortment, and more importantly the convenience factor, is encouraging more internet shopping.  It comes hard trudging around your town or city, for the pair of football boots you want, only to find when you enquire, they are either out of stock, or have not got them in your size.  This can be a huge waste of time and money on bus, train fares, or petrol.


With a wide range of football boots from top manufacturers, and all your favourites such as the Adidas Football boots, Copa Mondial FG, and Predator X, Nike’s football boot, Air Legend FG, and the Mercural Talaria V, also Mercurial Steam V FG, and not forgetting Puma’s football boot, King Exec SG, And King Pro SG, and many more, you will be spoilt for choice.


If you are into football and want the best, then log onto Studs Sports’ website, you can sit in your own home and browse through everything on offer, and take your time to make your choices, without the hassle of sales people, parking, and parking meters.  These are all things of the past, shopping is so much easier now online, happy shopping.


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Celebrate the Start of World Cup 2010 – Buy Football Shirts at Quality Prices

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

So the World Cup is finally upon us – which means it’s the last chance for fans to buy football shirts representing the competing teams. As always, sales of England football shirts have been spiking in the months leading up to the tournament: there’s nothing like a World Cup to get fans interested (not to mention non-fans, who get caught up in the waves of media hysteria that traditionally surround an outing for the Three Lions). Getting one’s hooks on genuine England football jerseys in time for, or during, a World Cup gives one an opportunity to own that most elusive of prizes – the kit they won the biggest prize in the world in.

So – is England going to win the World Cup? All those fans who’ve rushed out to buy football shirts at last minute prices – will their loyalty, their hard-earned spend, be rewarded? There are enough pre-emptive excuses flying about already to suggest not – the altitude, injuries to key players, and so on. And that, of course, makes 2010 prime territory for England to flabbergast the naysayers with a run of scintillating performances. They’ve done it before, coming from nowhere with a nothing squad to produce the tournament of a lifetime – why not now?

In which case, where exactly does one go to buy football shirts representing the England team? Or any team, for that matter? Well, there are a couple of sites on the Internet that have developed serious expertise in the stocking and delivery of international football shirts – sites that seem able to source and store even the most eclectic kit. Footballtops is one of them – a relatively new footie kit site that obviously has access to a great supplier. Footballtops is stocking not just England shirts; not even just England, Holland and Argentina shirts: but what looks like every kit for every nation playing in the tournament. A person can even get the Honduras home shirt, for goodness sake. Anyone looking to buy football shirts for World Cup 2010 could do far worse than checking out a site like this – they’ve got the latest gear at prices to beat high street shops hands down.

Price, of course, has always been a problem when buying replica football jerseys. The companies that make them have traditionally adopted the habit of bringing new ones out every season and charging the best part of £60 for ownership. World Cup kits are slightly different. The tournament, as we all know by heart, by now, comes around once every four years, and usually heralds a new “lucky” jersey to go with it. A World Cup football shirt is as much a souvenir of the event as it is actually a team shirt – the uniform the team may have worn to go all the way.

When you buy football shirts to celebrate the World Cup, you’re not just showing support – you’re showing belief. Belief that the team of choice can go all the way. That can be a powerful thing. Who knows – commonly held belief may even sway results. So go to it – buy football jerseys to mark the country’s involvement in the World Cup. Just do yourself a favour and buy them from the Internet.

Footballtops is the leading supplier of football kits and football shirts in the UK. When you buy football shirts to celebrate the World Cup, you’re not just showing support – you’re showing belief. Belief that the team of choice can go all the way. For more information please visit

English Football- It’s History

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Imbued in English culture is a love and inventor of Sports of all kinds.

I have a website where I have listed and linked to the 100+ various sports and games created by us Brits. Our national game is Football which It is believed was first played over a 1,000 years ago in English villages up and down the country. There are stories that villager’s played against villager’s and the aim of the game was to get the ball passed the opposing village boundary line. The rules included kicking, punching, scratching the opposition over and above the kicking of the ball.


1280 AD – Earliest form of ball kicking

The earliest recorded form of ball kicking was recorded in England in 1280 AD at Ulgham near Ashington in Northumberland. A player was killed by running into an opposing players dagger.


1314 AD – The first banning of Football

In 1314, comes the earliest reference to a game called football when Nicholas de Farndone Lord Mayor of the City of London issued a decree on behalf of King Edward II banning football. It was written in the French used by the English upper classes at the time. A translation reads: “For as much as there is great noise in the city caused by hustling over large foot balls in the fields of the public from which many evils might arise which God forbid: we command and forbid on behalf of the king, on pain of imprisonment, such game to be used in the city in the future.”


1409 AD – First banning of betting on Football

In 1409 King Henry IV of England gives us the first documented use of the English word “football” when issued a proclamation forbidding the levying of money for “foteball”.

1481 AD – Earliest description of Football Game At the end of the 15th century comes the earliest description of a football game. This account in Latin of a football game contains a number of features of modern football and comes from Cawston, Nottinghamshire, England. It is included in a manuscript collection of the miracles of King Henry VI of England. Although the precise date is uncertain it certainly comes from between 1481 and 1500. This is the first account of an exclusively “kicking game” and the first description of dribbling. “The game at which they had met for common recreation is called by some the foot-ball game. It is one in which young men, in country sport, propel a huge ball not by throwing it into the air but by striking it and rolling it along the ground, and that not with their hands but with their feet… kicking in opposite directions” The chronicler gives the earliest reference to a football field, stating that: “The boundaries have been marked and the game had started.

1526 AD – First Football Boots In 1526 comes the first record of a pair of football boots occurs when Henry VIII of England ordered a pair from the Great Wardrobe in 1526. Unfortunately these are no longer in existence.

1581 AD – First organised Team Sport In 1581 comes the earliest account of football as an organised team sport. Richard Mulcaster, a student at Eton College in the early 16th century and later headmaster at other English schools provides the earliest references to teams (“sides” and “parties”), positions (“standings”), a referee (“judge over the parties”) and a coach “(trayning maister)”. Mulcaster’s “footeball” had evolved from the disordered and violent forms of traditional football:

[s]ome smaller number with such overlooking, sorted into sides and standings, not meeting with their bodies so boisterously to trie their strength: nor shouldring or shuffing one an other so barbarously … may use footeball for as much good to the body, by the chiefe use of the legges.

Mulcaster also confirms that in sixteenth century England football was very popular and widespread: it had attained “greatnes. .. [and was] much used … in all places”

Despite this violence continued to be a problem. For example, the parish archives of North Moreton, Oxfordshire for May 1595 state: “Gunter’s son and ye Gregorys fell together by ye years at football. Old Gunter drew his dagger and both broke their heads, and they died both within a fortnight after.”

1600 AD – First reference to Scoring a Goal

The first direct references to scoring a goal come from England in the 1600s. For example, in John Day’s play ‘The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (performed circa 1600; published 1659): “I’ll play a gole at camp-ball” (an extremely violent variety of football, which was popular in East Anglia. Similarly in a poem in 1613, Michael Drayton refers to “when the Ball to throw, And drive it to the Gole, in squadrons forth they goe”.


1602 AD – First reference to Passing the Ball In 1602 the earliest reference to a game involving passing the ball comes from cornish hurling. In particular Carew tells us that: “Then must he cast the ball (named Dealing) to some one of his fellowes”. In this case, however, the pass is by hand, as in rugby football. Although there are other allusions to ball passing in seventeenth century literature, this is the only one which categorically states that the ball was passed to another member of the same team. There are no other explicit references to passing the ball between members of the same team until the 1860s, however, in 1650 English puritan Richard baxter alludes to player to player passing of the ball during a football game in his book Everlasting Rest: “like a Football in the midst of a crowd of Boys, tost about in contention from one to another”.


1608 AD – Outlawing of Football in Cities

Football continued to be outlawed in English cities, for example the Manchester Lete Roll contains a resolution, dated 12 October 1608: “That whereas there hath been heretofore great disorder in our towne of Manchester, and the inhabitants thereof greatly wronged and charged with makinge and amendinge of their glasse windows broken yearlye and spoyled by a companye of lewd and disordered psons vsing that unlawfull exercise of playinge with the ffote-ball in ye streets of ye sd toune breakinge many men’s windowes and glasse at their plesures and other great enormyties. Therefore, wee of this jurye doe order that no manner of psons hereafter shall play or use the footeball in any street within the said toune of Manchester, subpœnd to evye one that shall so use the same for evye time xiid”.


Although football was frequently outlawed in England, it remained popular even with the ruling classes. For example, during the reign of King James I of England James Howelll mentions how Lord Willoughby and Lord Sunderland enjoyed playing football, for example:”Lord Willoughby, and he, with so many of their servants … play’d a match at foot- ball against such a number of Countrymen, where my Lord of Sunderland being busy about the ball, got a bruise in the breast.


1624 AD – First concept of Football Teams

The concept of football teams is mentioned by English Poet Edmund Waller in c1624: He mentions a “a sort [i.e. company]of lusty shepherds try their force at football, care of victory… They ply their feet, and still the restless ball, Toss’d to and fro, is urged by them all”. The last line suggests that playing as a team emerged much earlier in English football than previously thought.


1638 AD – Popularity of Football

Football continued to be popular throughout seventeenth century England. For example in 1634 Davenant is quoted (in Hones Table-Book) as remarking, “I would now make a safe retreat, but methinks Jam stopped by one of your heroic gamea called football; which I conceive (under your favor) not very conveniently civil in the streets, especially in such irregular and narrow roads as Crooked Lane. Yet it argues your courage, much like your military pastime of throwing at cocks, since you have long allowed these two valiant exercises in the streets”. Similarly in 1638 Thomas Randolp suggests this in the following lines from one of his plays: “Madam, you may in time bring down his legs To the just size, now overgrown with playing Too much at foot-ball”.


1660 AD – First Objective study of Football In 1660 comes the first objective study of football, given in Francis Willughby’s Book of Sports, written in about 1660. This account is particularly noteworthy as he refers to football by its correct name and is the first to describe the following: goals and a pitch (“a close that has a gate at either end. The gates are called Goals”), tactics (“leaving some of their best players to guard the goal”), scoring (“they that can strike the ball through their opponents’ goal first win”) and the way teams were selected (“the players being equally divided according to their strength and nimbleness”). He is the first to describe a law of football: “They often break one another’s shins when two meet and strike both together against the ball, and therefore there is a law that they must not strike higher than the ball”. His book includes the first (basic) diagram illustrating a modern football pitch.

Football continued to be played in the later seventeenth century, even in cities such as London. The great diarist Samuel Pepys, for example, states in 1665 that in a London street “the streete being full of footballs”

1840’s AD – Codified Football England was the first country in the world to develop codified football, coming about from a desire of its various public schools to compete against each other. Previously, each school had its own rules, which may have dated back to the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries. The first attempts to come up with single codes probably began in the 1840s, with various meetings between school representatives attempting to come up with a set of rules with which all would be happy. The first attempt was The Cambridge Rules, created in 1848; others developed their own sets, most notably Sheffield F.C. (1855) and J.C. Thring(1862). These were moulded into one set in 1863 when the Football Association was formed; though some clubs continued to play under the Sheffield Rules 1878, and others dissented to form Rugby Union instead. The 1863 rules of the Football Association provides the first reference in the English Language to the verb to “pass” a ball.

1866 AD – First Player to be Ruled Offside C.W.Alcock became the first footballer ever to be ruled off side on 31 March 1866, confirming that players were probing ways of exploiting the new off side rule right from the start. The offside rule was introduced in 1866 into the Football Association rules. It was almost identical to the one that had been part of the Cambridge Rules.

The early Sheffield Rules were particularly important as their offside system allowed poaching or sneaking and thus demonstrated the use of the forward pass: Players known as “kick throughs” were positioned permanently near the opponents goal to receive these balls. According to C.W. Alcock the Sheffield style gave birth to the modern passing game. The Sheffield Rules of 1862later included both crossbars and half time and free kicks were introduced to their code in 1866.

1867 AD – The Oldest Football Cup in the World The Youdan Cup was an association football competition played in Sheffield, England. A local theatre owner Thomas Youdan sponsored the competition and provided the trophy. The trophy itself was made of silver, and although Thomas Youdan awarded a £2 prize to the winner of a competition to design the trophy, it was not completed in time to be presented on the day to the winners.

The format of the competition was drawn up by a committee and played under Sheffield Rules. The first two rounds were on a knock-out basis, however the final was contested between three teams playing each other in turn.

The final was played at Bramell Lane, Sheffield on 5 March 1867 and attracted 3,000 spectators, each paying 3d admission. The game used the concept of ‘rouges’ (a rouge was scored when an attempt at goal, using a goal only 4 yards wide, missed, but would have gone into an 8 yard wide goal: rouges were only considered in the case of a drawn match), and Hallam beat Norfolk and Mackenzie to finish first, while Norfolk beat Mackenzie and finished second. The Runners-up were presented with a two-handed silver goblet encircled with athletic figures that had been purchased with the proceeds of the gate money and had been completed. Sadly Youdan was unable to present it personally as he was ill.

1870 AD – The first International England was home to the first ever international football match on the 5 March 1870. The first match ended in a draw and was one of a series of four matches between representatives of England and Scotland at The Oval, London. These matches were arranged by the Football Association, at the time the only national football body in the world.

The origin of these games came in 1870 when CW Alcock challenged homegrown contenders in Scotland against an English eleven. These challenges were issued in Scottish newspapers, including the Glasgow Herald. He received no response to these adverts. One response to Alcock’s challenges illustrates that soccer was eclipsed in Scotland by other codes:

“Mr Alcock’s challenge to meet a Scotch eleven on the borders sounds very well and is doubtless well meant. But it may not be generally well known that Mr Alcock is a very leading supporter of what is called the “association game”…devotees of the “association” rules will find no foemen worthy of their steel in Scotland”.

As a result he was forced to draw upon London-based players with Scottish origins. One notable Scottish player of the 1870 and 1871 games was Smith, a player of Queensn Park FC. This suggests that southern teams were not so isolated from Glasgow players and style of play as originally thought. Alcock was categorical that although most players were London based, this was due to lack of response from north of the border:

“I must join issue with your correspondent in some instances. First, I assert that of whatever the Scotch eleven may have been composed the right to play was open to every Scotchman [Alcock's italics] whether his lines were cast North or South of the Tweed and that if in the face of the invitations publicly given through the columns of leading journals of Scotland the representative eleven consisted chiefly of Anglo-Scotians … the fault lies on the heads of the players of the north, not on the management who sought the services of all alike impartially. To call the team London Scotchmen contributes nothing. The match was, as announced, to all intents and purposes between England and Scotland”. The first official ( i.e. Currently recognised by FIFA) international match would take place between Scotland and England on November 30th. 1872. This match was played under the Football Association rules.

1871 AD – The F.A.Cup The F.A. Cup was the first nationally organized competition. A knockout cup, it began 1871, with the first winners being the Wanderers. In those days professionalism was banned, and the cup was dominated by service teams or old schoolboys’ teams (such as Old Etonians). In the early 1870s the modern team passing game was invented by the Sheffield FC, Royal Engineers A.F.C. and Scottish players of the era from Queens Park FC. This was the predecessor to the current passing, defensive game which was known as the Combination Game and was spread around the world by British expatriates.

1888 AD – Worlds First Football League The new professionals needed more regular competitive football in which they could compete, which led to the creation of the Football league in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor . This was dominated by those clubs who had supported professionalism, and the twelve founding members consisted of six from Lancashire (Blackburn Rovers, Burnely, Bolton Wanderers, Accrington, Everton and preston North End) and six from the Midlands (Aston Villa, Derby County, Notts County, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers). No sides from the South or London initially participated.

Preston North End won the first ever Football League championship without losing any of their 22 fixtures, and won the FA Cup to complete the double. They retained their league title the following year but by the turn of the 20th century they had been eclipsed by Aston Villa, who had emulated Preston’s double success in 1897. Other Midlands sides, such as Wolves (1893 FA Cup winners) and West Bromwich Albion (1888 & 1892 FA Cup winners) were also successful during this era, as were Blackburn Rovers, who won five FA Cups in the 1880s and 1890s. In 1892 a second division was added and in 1920 a third division was added.

1891 AD – Creation of Football Net In 1891 Liverpool engineer John Alexander Brodie invented the football net.

1991- Present In 1991 the English Premier league was formed of 20 clubs and with its links to Sky television and the increase in revenues by 2001 The Premier league was the richest league of any kind of sports in the world. At the present day, the league’s TV rights have reached over 2 Billion Pounds. The argument at present is when will technology be used around the goal to confirm problem goals by Video replay.

It always amazes me how from a little Island like England we created and gave the world over 100 sports and games that have dominated the world.

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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.

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.