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Top 10 French footballers of all time

Wearing the traditional colours of blue, white and red, the colours of French national flag, they are colloquially known as Les Bleus (the Blues). France national team played their first official match in 1904. Since then the national team won one FIFA World cup title, two UEFA European Football Championships, one Olympic tournament and two FIFA Confederation Cups. Currently they are holding 19th position in FIFA ranking. There are so many prominent French footballers holding their glory alongside with The French national team. Today we are here to present top 10 French footballers of all time.

The list of top 10 French footballers of all time:

10. Franck Ribery (2006-present, 16 goals in 80 caps)

Some may suggest that Ribery is overrated, but the nominee of last year FIFA Ballon D’or won virtually every honour at club level. Currently he has become a key figure of Bayern Munich Club. With Bayern Munich he has won four Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals , one Champions League and a world club cup.

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Franck Ribery in action ——image via: commons.wikimedia.org

In the international football Ribery has turned in some eye catching performances. In 2006 world cup, the match against Spain, his first goal was particularly memorable as he scored it in the first knock out round.

9. Lilian Thuram (1994-2008, 2 goals in 142 caps)

The defender, Lilian Thuram was a key member of France’s Golden period. Besides he also won trophies in France, Italy, and Spain. In the club football, the majority of his success came with Juventus, with whom he won two Serie A titles and Italian Super Cups.

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Lilian Thuram—image via: cm0102.com

Although he was not known for scoring goals, but his two knocks was regarded with great values for the French team. In 98’ World cup in France with the host losing 1-0 in the semi-finals, Thuram fired in an unexpected brace to carry his nation to the final, where they overcame Brazil.

8. Eric Cantona (1987-1995, 20 goals in 45 caps)

Eric Cantona’s international career was littered with controversy as he fell out with team managers-Henri Michel and Aime Jacquet. Nevertheless Cantona still managed himself to score 20 goals for his nation, which included 2-1 win over Sweden in World Cup qualifying.

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Eric Cantona, Manchester United legend——–image via: 18yardbox06.blogspot.com

After being controversial in Ligue 1 following a string of incident, he flew across the channel and joined in Leeds United to win the 1992 title. After that he joined Manchester United and became an old Trafford legend by winning four premier league titles and two FA cup titles. Surprisingly he was an star in England, not in France.

7. Patrick Vieira (1997-2009, 6 goals in 107 caps)

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Patrick Vieira celebrates after scoring goal—-image via: www.theguardian.com

Being an integral part of the France’s Golden era, Vieira was regarded as one of the world’s best mid-fielders. Although he played as a substitute in 98’France world cup, but he was a key player to the national team when they won European Championship two years later.

He made himself a vital figure in Arsenal with which he won three premier league titles and four FA Cups.

6. Jean-Pierre Papin (1986-1995, 30 goals in 54 caps)

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It was sad for a player of his talent being a member of French side branded ‘ the Cursed generation’ with Michel Platini retired Zinedine Zidane struggling to establish himself. But Papin had proven his quality at both Club and International level. He was so popular in Marseille, that the Italian Club AC Milan offered a record fee of 10 million pound to secure his service in 1992.

5. Just Fontaine (1953-1960, 30 goals in 21 caps!!!)

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Just Fontaine , above all—image via: www.sportskeeda.com

France may have finished third in 1958 World Cup, but Fontaine made his glory written in the world cup history. He scored a stunning 13 goals in that tournament which is a still standing World Cup record. His quartet of strikes during the playoff encounter against West Germany was a firing performance in that tournament.

He made his debut match memorable by scoring a hat-trick against Luxemburg in a 1954 world cup qualifier. Fontaine was the leading goal scorer in 1958-59 European Cup with 10 goals. His most successful period was spent with the French club Stade de Reims.

4. Thierry Henry (1997-2010, 51 goals in 123 caps)

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Thierry Henry flying in the wind—-image via: www.picgifs.com

Thierry Henry is France’s leading goal scorer of all time by a 10-goal margin. Henry’s international career is full of glorious matches. He scored three goals in France ’98 world cup and added another three in Euro 2000. In 2006 world cup it was Henry’s goal that defeated the defending Champion Brazil.

Many feel that, he is the best player English Club Arsenal ever got. Henry achieves the position with dignity in the list of top 10 French footballers of all time.

3. Raymond Kopa (1952-1962, 18 goals in 45 caps)

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Raymond Kopa—-image via: lgnds.net

By beating players like Pele, Garrincha and his teammate Fontaine , Kopa won the player of the tournament award in 1958 World Cup. One year later, the French master also won FIFA Ballon D’or. The Frenchman lifted the European Cup on three occasions in 1950s alongside Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano. He remains in Pele’s list of top 125 greatest living footballers of all time.

2. Michel Platini (1976-1987, 41 goals in 72 caps)

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Young Platini—-image via: www.theguardian.com

Michel Platini’s finest performance came during 1984 championships. He guided the hosts to their first international trophy while France scored 14 goals, nine of which came from Platini in that tournament.

In the club level, he helped Juventus with his stunning goal to win their first ever European Cup against Liverpool in 1985.

1. Zinedine Zidane  (1994-2006, 31 goals in 108 caps)

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Zidane’s header in 98 world cup finals—-image via: www.bbc.co.uk

The hero of 1998 world cup, ‘Zizou’ has experienced such contrast emotions in two world cup final that no one ever did before. The world cup hero scored two goals of three that sunk Brazil in 1998 world cup final. And dramatically eight years later against Italy in 2006 world cup finals, he made himself the villain of all when he was sent off for headbutting Italian Marco Materazzi. France was defeated on penalties. It was Zizou’s last match as a professional footballer.

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Zidane with the World Cup——-image via: www.japonkale.com

His glittering career includes two Serie A with Juventus and a La Liga crown with Real Madrid.

In 2002 champions league final, Zidane fired an unstoppable volley into the Bayer Leverkusen net. The goal was regarded as one of the best ever scored in any match. And Zinrdine Zidane places no 1 position in our list of top 10 French footballers of all time..

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Lucas Podolski, Germany’s secret weapon

Can Lucas Podolski secure his chance?

There were some serious doubts over the German winger Lucas Podoloski after Euro 2012. Although the German scored just twice for Germany in last 18 months, his over all potential for German national team is totally undoubted.

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Lucas Podolski, Germany’s secret weapon—-image via: commons.wikimedia.org

Germany may have an abundance of world class attacking options, many of whom will be ahead of Lucas Podolski. Marco Reus is certainly not a secret anymore after his heroic performance against Real Madrid and he is in great form over few months. Another Mesut Ozil is a kind of player who needs no introduction at all. Ozil has been a cornerstone for German national team since 2009. It was Thomas Muller being the youngest player to score five goals in 2010 world cup since the legend Pele. As a favorite of Low’s opponents can more or less expect Mario Gotze as a threat.

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Podolski can be Germany’s cornerstone—-image via: hu.wikipedia.org

Lucas in Low’s eye:

It is unlikely that Lucas podolski to start, while so many other international superstars are available to Joachim Low. But Low is looking increasingly to be an impact substitute like a surprise package just like Lucas Podolski can be.
Low has been loyal historically to certain long standing players, from Klose to Per Mertesacker to podolski. The issue was never their current form in the club. With Low mentioning him as ‘ indispensable’ , podolski has continued to make appearances for his country, despite his recent drought of goals.
After managing 112 caps for Germany , Podolski will be Low’s first choice of attack. Julian Draxler’s stagnation at Schalke and Andre Schurrle’s inability to make much impression in Chelsea will make Podolski’s path smooth.
Although in recent years, he has often lacked confidence and precision and it has become increasingly easy to forget the impact that Podolski can have. But he has the potential to offer some unique qualities of attack and that may be very useful in the upcoming world cup tournament. He may prove very useful to the German team. His shooting power is definitely unmatched to any current German international except Reus, a better finisher with stronger leg.

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Podolski, will he make the blow?—–image via: commons.wikimedia.org

 

Will it be his last World Cup?

Lucas Podolski has had the chance to work on his partnership with his Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil and they certainly now have a chemistry unlike any other pairing in Low’s team. Ozil was quite a helping hand for podolski in Arsenal as he’s been a menace to opposing defenses, latching onto through passes from the playmaker on the left wing.
Podolski has been to the world cup twice and he perfectly understands the magnitude. It can be his last World cup, as his 29th birthday is knocking. After joining Arsenal, the 2014 FIFA World cup Brazil will be his first international match. He may not be a good starter, but he will be the Germany’s secret weapon off bench in Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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FWA Footballer of the Year: Luis Suarez

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been awarded the FWA Footballer of the Year. It is said that he has completed his redemption from outcast to hero by winning this title, given by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).

Last month he was awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year. Now, by winning another title, his honor probably doubled.

The honor follows an astonishing turnaround for Luis Suarez. The 27-year-old Uruguayan finished ahead of team mate Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure of Manchester City in the poll. But he began this season serving the remainder of a 10-match ban, which was imposed for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Yes definitely he missed the first five games of the season. But now he is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 30 goals with two matches remaining. And Luis Suarez will play against Gerrard and England in the World Cup in Brazil next month.

Although with all his attributes, Luis Suarez couldn’t sustain Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge. Manchester City have already won the Premier League.

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Of around 300 members, Luis Suarez polled 52 per cent of the vote. He got only two, last year.

FWA chairman Andy Dunn told Sky Sports,

“He did only receive two votes last season,”

He also added,

“Our voting opened just 12 hours after the biting incident at Anfield last season, so that was taken into account”

FWA Footballer of the Year is not only based on player’s achievements on the pitch. It also depends on their behavior throughout the season.

Dunn continued,

“His behavior throughout the season has been very good”

“There is an element of redemption – allied with those 30 goals and the sensational talent he has displayed all season -and it has made him a very popular choice.”

Luis Suarez becomes the 10th Liverpool player to win the award. One of their previous winners of WFA award, Ian Rush praised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for this. The way he handled a difficult period at the start of this season, is really praiseworthy.

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Rush told Sky Sports,

“Suarez was training by himself and the manager welcomed him back and said you are one of the players now”

“The manager could have handled it differently. And Luis Suarez has repaid him.”

Ian Rush was the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1984. He also praised Luis Suarez for his work. Rush indicated about his huge influence on the Liverpool team attempting to win the title after a long decade.

He added,

“I think he has made a big difference to Liverpool’s players – not just himself.”

FWA Footballer of the Year award is the oldest of its kind in world football. It was first awarded in 1948 with Stanley Matthews the first recipient.

Past FWA Players of the Year are listed below:

FWA Player of the Year

Season

Player

Club

1992/93 Chris Waddle Sheffield Wednesday
1993/94 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers
1994/95 Jurgen Klinsmann Tottenham Hotspur
1995/96 Eric Cantona Manchester United
1996/97 Gianfranco Zola Chelsea
1997/98 Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal
1998/99 David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
1999/00 Roy Keane Manchester United
2000/01 Teddy Sheringham Manchester United
2001/02 Robert Pires Arsenal
2002/03 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2003/04 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2004/05 Frank Lampard Chelsea
2005/06 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2006/07 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2007/08 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2008/09 Steven Gerrard Liverpool
2009/10 Wayne Rooney Manchester United
2010/11 Scott Parker West Ham United
2011/12 Robin van Persie Arsenal
2012/13 GarethBale Tottenham Hotspur
2013/14 LuisSuarez Liverpool
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Can Cristiano Ronaldo power Portugal to World Cup glory?

On Wednesday Cristiano Ronaldo broke another world record and became his country’s all-time top international goalscorer with 49 goals in 110 appearances. In Portugal’s 5-1 friendly win over Cameroon Ronaldo scored twice and he played down the significance of his latest achievement saying,

” I do not look to beat records. This happens naturally, with a lot of effort, dedication, with the excellent national team we have, a good coach. I knew that sooner or later it was going to happen.”

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In spite of his modesty in this occasion, there is surely one achievement he could not possibly play down were he to claim it. He would become one of the indisputable all-time greats in football if Ronaldo could lead Portugal to World Cup glory in Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Ronaldo does not need a World Cup win to be considered great, claimed by Jose Mourinho. He may be saying the truth but it does not mean that Ronaldo, the 29 year old cannot be a World Cup winner.

Received wisdom suggests that in terms of quality Portugal are on a similar level to England and are thus it is highly unlikely for them to win the world Cup. However, anything is possible with a player of Real Madrid star’s quality. Cristiano Ronaldo has proved that several times. He is the type of player who can beat teams on his own, as he displayed in last November when his stunning hat-trick sent Portugal to the World Cup at the expense of Sweden.

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Cristiano ronaldo in action against Cameroon—-image via: www.goal.com

In addition, his displays in EURO 2012 were equally impressive as Portugal reached the semi-finals only to be edged out on penalties by eventual champions and 2010 FIFA World Cup winners, Spain. The group stage of that game Portugal defeated the Netherlands, the beaten finalist of 2010 FIFA World Cup with Ronaldo’s stunning class. And Ronaldo is more furious and strong and skilful than he was in 2012. He is currently holding the FIFA Ballon D’or. In this season of La liga he scored 23 goals in 22 matches and 11 goals in six champions’ league appearances.

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cristiano ronaldo after breaking the record—-image via: www.indiatimes.com

The reason Portugal are rare seen as legitimate contenders for the World Cup are because of the rest of the squad. But having some qualities in the squad it needs a little help for Ronaldo to reach his full potential. Players like Raul Meireles, Edinho and Fabio Coentrao, fellow goalscorers offered him a good support in the game against Cameroon. Monaco’s Joao Moutinho was a great help two years ago in Poland and Ukraine and if he finds that kind of forms once again Portugal could go far. But being the key player of Portugal, everyone will be looking for something special from Cristiano Ronaldo in every game they play in Brazil this World Cup. The history could be made if Ronaldo can see Portugal deep into the tournament.

Although there is certainly some huge pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo, if anyone could power an unfancied side to World Cup glory in this summer, it would be certainly him.

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Top 10 overrated football players in the world

These players adore adulation and they demand respects. They possibly earn more money in 1 year only by playing football than 99% of adults make it in a lifetime job. Not only that, they have appeared in different products ads, pouted for photo shoots and have given a big thumps up as a part of endorsement deals. They grab supermodel girlfriends, 25 bedroom mansions and even Lamborghini supercars. But the question is “are they really that good?”

Today Sporty ghost brings you the list of top 10 overrated football players in the world. As the list is completely subjective, you people may vehemently disagree and nail a picture of me to your dartboard for simple target practice. Now I think it’s time someone stood up for these players and told them what they really are the top 10 overrated football players in the world.

Top 10 overrated football players in the world:

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Nicknames: “A Complete Brat”, “The Winker”

Cristiano Ronaldo has earned his enormous popularity throughout the world. He has got numerous fans worldwide. He is undoubtedly a football genius, a skilled footballer. During his staying in Manchester united, he scored stunning 42 goals in a single season and now for Real Madrid, he is still scoring like a goal machine!

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Cristiano Ronaldo———image via: www.flickr.com

Cristiano has lifted every single major piece of silverware in England by the age of 24 (aside Champions league, just for that time period). He has nominated as 2 times PFA player and player of the year for 1 time. Possibly, he deserves more than these.

To the Portuguese side, he is the perfect heir of Luis Figo and he is on course to have an even more legendary career.

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You may ask, why C. Ronaldo in the list of top 10 overrated football players in the world? Is it because he is a brat? Perhaps his mind blowing diving and free kicks from inside his own half and all round meat-headedness becoming annoying after a while. But quite simply the reason is CR7 won both the FIFA Ballon D’or and FIFA World player and the great Lionel Messi did not.

If Cristiano Ronaldo is rated as the best player in the world over Lionel Messi, by definition he is overrated, but obviously by the highest standards available.

9. Petr Cech

Nickname: “The best goalie this side of Buffon”

Petr Cech may be suffering from ‘Edwin Van Der Sar’ syndrome throughout his Chelsea career, but his outstanding clean sheet and defensive record have made him exceptional than others. This could be attributed to a well-organized and disciplined defense as opposed to any indivigual brilliance on his part.

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Petr Cech——image via: caps.ball72.com

However, unlike Van Der Sar, Petr Cech has been consistently hailed as the best goalie this side of Buffon. Petr Cech, the 3 times winner of UEFA’s best goal keeper award winner, is the guy playing in goal for Czech Republic with a far poorer defense side.

In fact since his career ending devastating head injury, Cech has begun to look as a shadow of his former self. Unfortunately, he lost the aggressiveness and psychological edge that a world-class goal keeper needs to.

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It is apparent that, Petr Cech is unlike most people on this list of top 10 overrated football players in the world. Rather he is a humble and decent man. Let’s hope he can come back and regain the confidence that would made him the most overrated football player in the world.

8. Lucas Podolski

Nicknames: “Poldi”, “The Scourge of Faroe Islands”,”The conqueror of Liechtenstein”

Lucas Podolski, the German ‘noob basher’ is merciless when it comes to taking advantage of weaker opponents but will promptly take out the autograph notebook against strong to world class opponents.

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Lucas Podolski, Germany’s secret weapon—-image via: commons.wikimedia.org

In fact, even in Bayern GM Uli Hoeness, he is also known as a noob basher. The reason may be the crown prince of German football was appeared as a failure in his 3 sessions there!

Podolski’s goal scoring record would make an uninformed observer believe he is a class of football.

In fact even Bayern GM Uli Hoeness was moved to call him a noob basher, citing this as the reason the crown prince of German football was a failure in his 3 seasons there.

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Although Podolski was eligible to play for Poland and Germany, he chose to play for the Germans. He first appeared for the German National Team in 2004 and since then he has been an integral part of the squad in all major tournaments. He is the joint fifth –highest goalscorer for Germany, with 47 goals and tied with Rudi Voller and Jurgen Klinsmann.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup best young player and 2008 UEFA Euro silver boot winner, Lucas Podolski is indeed one of the overrated football players in the world.

7. Ronaldinho

Nickname: “The fleet-footed platypus”

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Ronaldinho’s glittering career leading up to his horrible decline after 2006 World Cup. The thing what isn’t well documented is why Adriano Gailliani paid €21 million for a clearly past it player.

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Nowadays most Brazillians have a notorious self-destruction mode when it comes to careers and the great Ronaldinho is no exception. But Ronaldinho is living on past memories as most top earning footballers and despite a Bronze medel at the last olympics, few could be certain he will add significantly to his previous haul over the upcoming years.

6. Andrea Pirlo

Commonly known as “ the poster boy of everything good and bad and ugly about italian serie A”

When serie A and Italian football is on top of the world inevitably, Andea Pirlo gets a nod in the FIFA World Player or FIFA Ballon D’or running. Moreover, when Serie A is in the toilet, likewise Pirlo’s reputation suffers. Do you wanna know why? The reason is, Pirlo impersonates a lot of the characteristics of Italian Serie A.

Pirlo is languid, slow, positioned defensively and while some parts of his game, like long passing and set pieces are top class, every other part of his game ranges from mediocore to even rubbish. He even plays for a football club that has a typical Italian attitude.

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From a technical point of view,Pirlo, like Carrick for Manchester United and Xabi Alonso for Liverpool FC, is lacking in the close quarters technique that any complete midfielder should have. May be he lacks some qualities to navigate and create space in the middle of the park for his team. This possibly means one must have a bulldog like Gattuso beside Pirlo or a magician like Ricardo Kaka further up the pitch to make up for what should be provided in one player.

Thus Andrea Pirlo stoutly maintains himself 20 yards back from the battle in front of the back four, rarely busting a gut to get into the opponent’s box.

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When Carlo Ancelotti pushed him further back on the pitch after Inter Milan sold him, he did it because it was a recognition of his weakness, not his strength.

Unlike Carrick who gets hardly any recognition and Xabi Alonso, who gets the recognition he deserves, Pirlo gets much more than these two. And thus he made himself one of the overrated football players in the world.

5. Klass Jaan Huntelaar

Nickname: “ The Hunter”

Dutch league top scorers are notoriously inept outside of Netherlands. Dutch footballers like Dirk Kuyt, Mateja Kezman and Middlesborough’s Alfonso’s 45 goals in 39 games in the Eredivisie’ Alves are most remarkable. Today all of them are more or less suck.

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Huntelaar, “The Hunter”————–image via: sk.wikipedia.org

Why I think Klaas Jaan Huntelaar is particularly one of the overrated football players is simply down to his general abilities in open play. He’s very awkward and despite8/14 in Spain so far I still think the jury board is out until next session. Is Huntelaar the new Marco Van Basten? The technical abilities seems little lacking.

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Apparently, Huntelaar is the only Dutchman, Perez is willing to keep on at the club level. But the omens don’t look good at all, for one he was signed by Predrag Mijatovic and more succinctly he, like Lucas Podolski, looks a bit like a noob basher. As a Dutch international footballer, just about the biggest team he has scored against is Ireland.

4. Adriano

Nicknames: “The booty Basher”, “The Emperor”

For a man that seems lot like he wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of classic Brazilian movie “City of God” or been one of my sisters former boyfriend, you’d think he would be happier being a multi-million Euro earning professional soccer player in a successful team under the world’s best coach.

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Not so as it seems.

Adriano was being hailed as the best just 3-4 seasons ago. Like his another teammate Ronaldinho, the world cup was to prove ominous and like any other self-respecting-big-shot Brazilian footballer, he took up his bag and went home for a Party.

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Adriano is simply among the overrated football players in the world. But unlike some of the others in the list, not because he lacks the talent but for he doesn’t show up to games anymore.

3. Dimitar Berbatov

Nicknames: “Berby-Werby”, “The Bulgarian Hitman”

His footballing style has been praised and criticized in equal amounts and rarely does a footballer seem to divide supporters of his current club as Berba does. Even Alex Ferguson had his doubts in Berbatov.

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His club records for Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Sofia, and Tottenham Hotspur have been top notch and his technical skill and class have been so obvious all throughout his career.

It is quite unbelievable, that even his own countrymen have a mixed (both love and hate) relationship with him. Berbatov was voted 5 times Bulgarian player of the year and has a boasting 41/67 record for Bulgaria National team. But he has recently been indefinitely exiled from the squad due to perceived lack of effort.

And that’s where all the trouble begin…..

Was Berbatov really fit to lead Manchester United frontline? It seems the answer was ‘only if he wanted to..

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When one takes into account an honest workhorse like Tevez, who rightly feels aggrieved at losing his place, its hard to fathom how Ferguson hasn’t thrown a boot at him.

The warning signs were always there. Quite simply Berbatov looks thoroughly disinterested in the game nowadays, and that’s even taking his notorious style into account. But, one thing for sure as much as I rate Berbatov, when he is on song, he is at this stage one of the flops of the season and if he keeps up his behavior it could become feather of him before too long.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Nickname: “Ibracadabra”

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As one of the two best paid footballers in the world, Ibrahimovic has been constantly touted by those in Serie A as the “complete forward” and by Jose Mourinho as simply the best. His goal records against England, Spain and Italy take into account suggesting as a serious noob basher material.

Although Ibra won Serie A’s footballer of the year, one really has to ask who he is up against nowadays.

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At the age 27, time is running out for Ibrahimovic to prove he has something else in the secret locker. Man like Jose Mourinho has apparently seen in him things I haven’t found so far. His outstanding performances in the Champions League unfortunately have done nothing to dispel my view that every brace or hat-trick against the likes of Lecce or Atlanta is roughly the equivalent of ½ a goal in the Champions league.

Right now, Zlatan is somebody that give noob bashers a bad name. He made his name in this list of top 10 overrated football players in the world quite simply.

1. David Beckham

Nicknames: “Becks”, “A nice guy”,”Golden balls”

Before some people throw their hands up in disgust and decide to attach my picture to a dartboard, I just want you to know that I genuinely think he’s a great footballer to be overrated. Nobody will forget his performances in the champions league quarter-final involving Real Madrid and Manchester United.

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David Beckham——–image via: retireloaded.com

Beckham is always a humble, decent and professional guy with a childlike fascination with representing England. He is certainly NOT the worst guy you could meet on this list of top 10 overrated football players in the world.

But, Beckham is always something else. Everytime I think of Becks, I heard the scream of Japanese teenage girls in airports…..that awesome Bend it like Beckham movie…the Vogue magazine cover….the ridiculous €250 million deal to sell t-shirts…the list goes on and nothing on it has anything to do with the game that made him famous!

David Beckham has become such a phenomenon off the pitch, that people would think he really was a movie or a popstar. As he is the most well-known footballer arguably, no footballer’s face is as instantly recognizable anywhere in this free world.

Also read: 7 amazing facts about Cristiano Ronaldo

 

But all these have nothing to do with his stunning footballing ability. It should come as no surprise that much of the demand for David Beckham from clubs since he was sold by a despairing Alex Ferguson.

I’m kind of disappointed that the world’s best sport will forever be associated with Beckham for hundreds of millions of football fans that don’t know much about it. If David Beckham was the man to finally make soccer big in USA, I can only imagine most of the newly acquired football fans there would surely have been getting into football for the wrong reasons.

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Suarez transfers to FC Barcelona : the RED joins The CATALANS

The Liverpool star Luis Suarez transfers to Barcelona when Liverpool officials have given the first indication that Suarez’s future lies away from Anfield by opening a talk to Barca.

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Luis Suarez in Barcelona kit—–image via: uniladmag.com

Although the Uruguay international has banned for four months from all football related activities, the Spanish club have not been deterred in their pursuit of him. It has been notable that Suarez was awarded the banishment for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. A delegation led by Barcelona’s director of football management, Raul Sanllehi, have already met Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, in London for recruiting Luis Suarez by negotiation.

In order to transfer Suarez a club should meet a release-clause of around £80m that was included in the £200,000 per week contract Suarez signed in last December. Though it was a third time since Suarez bit an opponent in three years, Liverpool’s valuation has not altered. However, Ian Ayre puts his interest in the Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.

If the Chile international moves to Anfield, he would be valued in the £30m region by Barcelona. The Catalans are much more keen for the courtship of the Premier League leading goal scorer, Luis Suarez.

With the influence of Barcelona, Suarez may go to public with an apology for biting Chiellini amid concerns over how his prospective transfer would be received. Six days after the incident on Monday, the apology and U-turn from Suarez duly followed via social media. The Barca employees were fulsome in their praise of Suarez’s action.

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Suarez’s bite during the world cup—image via: www.aek365.com

Barcelona’s Sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta speaks at unveiling of the midfielder Ivan Rakitic,

“ Luis Suarez is humble enough to admit an error. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do”

The former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper added ,

”Everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player and he is an excellent player indeed.”

Ivan Rakitic also commented by saluting Suarez character and strength

“ Suarez has the necessary quality to play for Barca”

Meanwhile, Liverpool will attempt to develop their defence following the £25m signing of Adam Lallana. The English midfielder Lallana joins his former Southhampton team-mate Rickie Lambert and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can,£4.5m and £9.85m deals respectively.

Liverpool manager’s leading central defensive target is Croatia international Lovren. The manager is believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside despite rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur, the club which is currently led by the former Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool supporters will recall Suarez’s finer moments in the club , the hat-tricks, stunning goals, individual skill while he becomes free to undergo the medical for Barcelona. The Suarez transfer news is not a gossip anymore. The legend Kop banner was inspired by Suarez saying,

“Luis Suarez can nutmeg a mermaid’.

In reaction to Suarez transfer news others will also recall one of the final images of Luis Suarez when he ushered off the pitch at Selhurst Park by Captain Steven Gerrrd, his face covered to his tears.

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Suarez, the Liverpool Hero—-image via: www.theguardian.com

The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez arrived in the Catalan city on Tuesday to complete the formalities of his reported €94 million (£75m) transfer from his former Club Liverpool.

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Top 10 unknown Neymar facts

The eyes of the whole world have been on Neymar Jr. since his high profile move to Barcelona. His talents may have been known to many, but there are some unknown facts about him which may seem very much interesting.

This article of Sporty ghost will serve to give the footballing world an inside track on Neymar. His limitless potential and specialty with the ball have established himself at a very high peak of success at such a young age. Here are some top 10 unknown Neymar facts that might interest you to some extent.

Top 10 unknown Neymar facts:

1. Santos has been his only club

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Neymar at Santos———-image via: www.flickr.com

Until Barcelona, Santos has been his only home. He has showcased his extraordinary skills at Santos for years. The 21-year-old Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and has been there until the big offer came. This explains some emotional tears surrounding the last game he has played for the club.

For the first time in his footballing career, Neymar Jr is wearing foreign jersey in a land of Barcelona, Spain.

Possibly, it may be one of the unknown Neymar facts to the viewers.

2. Neymar is a father

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Neymar with his son——–image via: wallpaperbarcelona.com

The football world nearly stood when Lionel Messi became father. But no one realizes that Neymar beat the Argentine legend by a few years!

Neymar, at the age of 19 welcomed his son Davi Lucca to the world.

After coming Barcelona, the father and son have fitted perfectly. Very often we get the chance to see them together with smiling faces.

The fact is indeed among the unknown Neymar facts.

3. Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday

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Neymar’s goal celebration———image via: uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Well in February 5, 2012, it was that very special day on which he scored 100th professional goal along with his 20th birthday.

The goal was well remembered and it was come against Palmeiras in the traditional Neymar way. The timing of the goal was surprising enough for the spectators.

There are few lucky faces whose can claim to score on their birthday. At the age of 20, who else ever celebrated their 100th professional goal? Incredible indeed.

4. On the cover of TIME magazine

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Neymar is on TIME’s cover———–image via: www.bluebus.com.br

It is quite hard to believe that Neymar Jr. is the only Brazilian athlete to ever grace the cover of world renowned TIME magazine. It is truly a magnificent feat for the country.

Infact, other Brazilians are not even athletes, rather powerful politicians to find their way on the cover of TIME.

5. Neymar nearly joined Real Madrid at the age of 14

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Neymar in Real!!!!——————image via: thefootballmind.com

The football giant Real Madrid had missed out the golden opportunity indeed.

At the age of 14, Neymar flew to Spain to join the Spanish side. He passed all the tests and was ready to make the move. Then Santos came out with a hefty price to keep him in Brazil.

The rest remains history.

6. West Ham was the first club to bid on Neymar

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Neymar————image via: en.wikipedia.org

Neymar was just beginning to show his skills in Santos. Then back in 2010, his performance attracted the attention of West Ham United.

West Ham quickly made a bid of £12 million for Neymar, but were turned down the offer immediately. This bid drew eyes to Neymar on a worldwide level as Chelsea then took interest before other clubs joined the transfer frenzy.

Did you know it? Or it’ll be one of unknown Neymar facts to you.

7. The interesting beginning of international career

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The Flying Neymar——-image via: www.wattquiz.com

Despite his amazing talents, however, Neymar was overlooked early on by the Brazil National team. Brazilian legends like Pele and Romario influenced Dunga to include him in 2010 World Cup squad, followed by a petition signed by 14,000 fans.

Surprisingly, Neymar was not included in the World Cup squad. He was not included even in the stand-by list. But, it was only a matter of time.

Under new manager Mano Menezes, Neymar made his debut for the National team in August 2010 in a friendly match against USA. That night Neymar scored in his first-ever match in the Brazil jersey.

8. Neymar is the seventh richest footballer in the world

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Neymar with his style——–image via: www.footballdeluxe.com

He may be only a kid, but he is richer than anyone around. In 2012, Neymar was listed as the seventh richest footballer in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also find their names on that list, but it is amazing that Neymar is on the same financial level.

At only 21, Neymar has already made more than most of us will in our entire lives.

9. Neymar is Barcelona’s ninth most expensive purchase

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Neymar Jr in Barca ——–image via: hiilkubad.com

It seems really surprising with all things being considered.

With high profile talents and skills, he actually came fairly cheap for FC Barcelona. Neymar is the ninth most expensive purchase in Barcelona’s history at only 57 million Euros.

The purchase either means that Barcelona pulled off an incredible deal for Neymar or has been a huge spender over the last few years. It is a bit of both, really.

10. Neymar is a marketing machine

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Neymar on Vogue———-image via: www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com

In 2012 and 2013, Neymar has been named the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In this race he defeated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Rory McIlroy.

In fact, he is so good at selling products that some people have called him as “Neymarketing”. His pretty face landed him on a cover of Vogue, Brazilian edition with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. I dont think you are familiar with all these unknown Neymar facts.

Neymar has taken the world by a storm and he has achieved the peak of success in his short career.

Neymar is just getting started.

Also Read: World’s best selling men’s soccer jerseys

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Carlos Dunga returns: Can he succeed this time?

Carlos Dunga is officially taking the responsibility as a manager of Brazilian national team again after previous four-year stint leading up to the World Cup 2010. Dunga replaces Scolari, who watched over a meltdown during the final rounds of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

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Carlos Dunga will lead Brazil from now—–image via: www1.skysports.com

Carlos Dunga having no prior managerial experience took the charge in 2006. As a longtime Brazilian midfielder he had enjoyed enough success at both the club and international levels. Hence he has given Brazil enough confidence to lead the national team.

When Carlos Dunga led Brazil:

Dunga had a pretty good history for most of his tenure. In 2007 Copa America Dunga led the side to Championships as well as the 2009 confederations Cup. He ensured the Brazil squad qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But alas! At the football’s biggest stage in 2010 World Cup he was not able to deliver his outmost as the Netherlands eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals. It marked the end of his first stint as manager.

Scolari made it worse!!!

The story changes following a disappointing finish by the Scolari-led squad on home soil. Although the team made it to the semifinals, in the match against Germany they were shockingly routed by 7-1 defeat and then losing the third place match by 3-0 against the Netherlands.

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Brazil drowned in the sea of tears—–image via: www.telegraph.co.uk

After this unexpected 10-1 cumulative defeat, Scolari found the exit door, the man who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.

And now it’s the return of Carlos Dunga.

For Brazil it’s a risky hire to assign Dunga obviously as he had only one managerial job between his two stays with the Selecao. It featured limited success for him at the international levels. It appears far from a guarantee that Dunga will be able to get the Brazilian national team back on track.

Putting aside all dispute, it is notable that Dunga was with the side during some of its peak years and he clearly understands what it takes to win at the highest levels. His main task will be creating the same sense of determination and belief within the current team.

Carlos Dunga, the Captain of the winners:

Carlos Dunga was always fueled by anger. He is the one captain, winning World Cup in history who transformed the act of lifting World Cup trophy from one of celebration to one of revenge. After USA’94, he held aloft the cup pouring his contempt for those who had doubted him and his team.

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Dunga, The World Cup trophy winning Captain——image via: www.latinpost.com

As a player, even as a World Cup winning team captain, he contributed at his best. But it is quite another thing in the position of coach. During the 2010 campaign it was clear that Dunga was entirely out of his emotional depth. In one press conference after match he even tangled with an entirely inoffensive Brazilian Journalist.

The controversies:

It was clear that he was unable to control himself that time. Then how could control a national team like Brazil? Was it really a surprise when the team suffered an emotional collapse in the second half against the Netherlands while Carlos Dunga, the future coach lost his temper on the sidelines?

Probably, now the time for those to shed tears who hoped for something more idealistic from the country seen by many as the spiritual guardian of the holy game of football for the Brazilian.

The Brazilian Football Confederation undoubtedly believes that Dunga is the right man for this holy job. The Brazilian supporters won’t have much patience after the disappointment, so here quick progress is eagerly expected.

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Novak Djokovic Returns to Top of Tennis World

With the victory beating Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in Wimbledon, the Serb, Novak Djokovic took the no 1 ranking back from Rafael Nadal. It was his second Wimbledon title and his seventh major overall.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, most importantly the match was tough enough to hold the nerve. Djokovic overcame the uncertainties with a hard win of 6-7,6-4,7-6,5-7,6-4 and three hours and 56 minutes match.

Before this astonishing win, Djokovic had lost his last three major finals and hadn’t won a Slam since 2013 Australian Open. May be that was the key to his success. There is no doubt about his excellence. He was making finals and winning smaller titles, which made him a great player still. But like all other greats, at the most important times in the biggest matches, Djokovic was caving.

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Djokovic, making amongs the greats in the grass court—-image via; www.tennisworldusa.org

On Wimbledon final, for a while it looked like that pattern will continue.

During this crucial final, Djokovic found himself surrendering leads again and again to in-form Federer. At the beginning, he was up two sets to one and had even a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. But he couldn’t hold on his standing. He always remains so vulnerable at Federer’s serve as Djokovic lost five consecutive games and failed to convert one championship point on that.

But it was Novak Djokovic who refused to fold and finally won the title.

Now, get a look of his rising. With his impeccable 2011 season, Djokovic created monster for himself. He entered 2011 Australian open with only one Slam in his name. but at the end of that year he packed a Wimbledon title, U.S Open crown, another Australian open win and the NO. 1 ranking.

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Djokovic in Australian Open—-image via: www.dailymail.co.uk

That year he won his first 41 matches before the defeat came in French open semifinals again Roger Federer.

Since then, remaining towards the top of the game he added a third and fourth Australian Open title, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his 2011 performances. Nadal beat him three Slam finals, Murrey beat him two Slam finals and most notably he looked lost and frustrated in the biggest matches.

But Djokovic never gave up despite all these high profile losses.

He was toiling hard to make him perfect.

At the beginning of this year the great Boris Becker joined his team to get him some mental edge for achieving the ultimate goal. But it didn’t seem to pay off quickly as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian open to Stan Wawrinka and in the French open final to Rafael Nadal.

Now, let’s get back to the Wimbledon final, this year and it was against seven-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the score was 2-2. In the final set, Novak Djokovic showed his talents, he showed he can beat the champion. He finally converted his championship point.

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Djokovic’s dream came true——image via: max-balkanboy.blogspot.com

He lifted his arms to the heavens, swiftly jogged to the net to embrace Federer and then kneeled down to taste the Wimbledon’s sweet grass!

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Was he really eating the Wimbledon grass???—-image via: www.independent.co.uk

Then he ran to his box embrace his team and also Boris Becker. Their partnership had paid off at last.

After winning the title Djokovic told the press,

“I realized, you know, what I’ve been through mentally to get through to this point.”

For now Djokovic has once again put himself at the top of the tennis world. He didn’t need to play his best for this to prove that he is the best.

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Captain Steven Gerrard Announces His Retirement From England National Team

After playing 14 years with the Three Lions, Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

The announcement comes almost a month after England national team’s poor performance in the World Cup 2014 Brazil. Gerrard captained the English side while they knocked out at the group stage of this tournament.

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Steven Gerrard announcing retirement on press—–image via: mic.com

The 34-year-old reflected on his lengthy international career,

” I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again. However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”

Gerrard’s current club Liverpool just missed out on their first title in the English Premier League top flight since 1990 as they came second to Manchester City, last season. As a result, they are going to take part in the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

 Current England coach Roy Hodgson had previously stated his desire for Steven Gerrard to continue his role as captain until 2016 Euro championship. Hearing Gerrard’s decision he expressed his disappointment,

“While I’m disappointed in his decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the great service he has given to his country”.

Steven Gerrard in his golden career:

Steven Gerrard made his debut for England in 2000 at Wembley stadium against Ukraine. Since then he accumulated 114 caps for England and netted 21 goals. Since then Gerrard represented the country at 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. He also played his role as the captain of England side 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to win 100 caps for England in 2012.

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Gerrard in his golden age—–image via: www.mirror.co.uk

Steven Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of English football. He is a real leader and a tireless runner with a superb vision. In 2005, he was honoured as the UEFA Club footballer of the year and won Bronze of FIFA Ballon D’Or. Gerrard is the only footballer ever in the football history to score a goal in a League Cup final and an FA Cup final and a Champions League final and a UEFA Cup final.

Steven Gerrard, who has spent his entire career with Liverpool after making his debut in 1998. He was named as team captain in 2003. His honours at Anfield include three League Cups, two FA Cups, two community Shields, one Champions League, two Super Cups and one UEFA Cup.

The French great Zinedine Zidane considered Steven Gerrard as the best footballer of the world.

Who will be his replacement???

The question now is who will be his replacement??? It will be a great task for the guys who will replace both personally in the center of the midfield and as captain. For the deep-lying midfielder role Roy Hodgson may look for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Gerrard’s Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.

Roy Hodgson is probably planning to shape a young-looking side. So the vastly experienced Wayne Rooney is likely to be considered as captain as will Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

Steven Gerrard, the legend of ‘Golden Age’

The legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves without any medals for England side, but he has a plenty of memories with his team. In the mid 2000s, English football was supposed to be ‘the Golden Age’ and Gerrard is one of the last standing members. In many ways, his retirement represents the end of and era for England.

Steven Gerrard said about his decision,

“This has been a very tough decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to friends and family and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.”

However, he wishes to prolong his career at Anfield. With Liverpool attaining Champions League title for the first time since 2009/10 season, his club calendar will be as stressful as it has been ever before.

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Fresh Gareth Bale Ready for Real Madrid

This summer seems to be a nice change of pace for Gareth Bale.

For the Welshman it has been a great disappointment missing the World Cup. But about 12 months ago, the 25-year-old Gareth Bale has enjoyed a relative anonymity around this time.

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Gareth Bale, getting ready for the new season—–image via: forums.bigsoccer.com

Without the intensity of a transfer saga, the limelight of a glitzy unveiling with a weight of a world –record fee and overwhelming deluge of interview questions, Gareth Bale will have enjoyed a summer a little more like yours or mine over the past couple of months.

The former Tottenham player has seen other scrutinized during their time in Brazil World Cup and has witnessed contemporaries such as Toni Kross and James Rodriguez navigate through the Real Madrid fanfare. Bale also watched opponents and teammates alike endure a tiresome summer. This will have taken both physical and psychological toll for him as the new season arrives.

And finally the end product is a fully fresh, well-rested complete fit Gareth Bale who is ready to take Europe by storm.

The fresh Welshman, Gareth Bale said at the beginning of Real Madrid’s training camp,

” It was really disappointing not being in the Brazil World Cup, but I have had seven weeks of rest and now I can have a full pre-season”.

It was notable that he denied the last summer pre-season. He is now determined to improve his skills and technique. Bale said,

“I want to have an even better season than last year. I want to give more assists and score more goals. I want to improve in every aspect.”

Last season in all competition Gareth Bale contributed 22 goals and 17 assists! So, he definitely capable to improve more…

He said,

“Without pre-season it was tough enough, but this season will be different in the sense. It was a massive change for me, but in time I have become very comfortable here.”

What the Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are set to witness in 2014-15 season is the Gareth Bale of two seasons ago at White Hart Lane.

They will witness the Bale who left scorch mark all around England soil, smashing 21 league goals as a roaming midfielder, doing so with a combination of sublime skill and explosive power that had rarely been seen previously in the English Premier League.

The Real Madrid has got the Golden Bale who almost burst the netting from 30 yards at West Ham, the Bale who rendered a whole Newcastle United team utterly helpless, the bale who cut the heart out of Manchester united at their home, Old Trafford, the Bale who annihilated Lyon with a simply exquisite pair of free-kicks.

So basically the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti are getting everything right that had been expected from an £85 million player.

And probably more is coming…

Last season, in his opening months in Madrid as a Galactico, Gareth Bale endured a somewhat underwhelming beginning. It is not that much tough to think that some factors were there like his absence in the pre-season due to injuries, difficulties with new home, new culture and new language.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the Duo——image via: www.zimbio.com

In Real Madrid uniform, Bale was forced to adapt on the wing, force to develop chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo in the heat of competition, while Ancelotti tinkered with the team’s systematic approach to accommodate Bale’s talents.

And Gareth Bale had done all of that, despite not playing a full 90 minutes until November arrived. It was a gradual process finding his feet.

It is not hard to find the differences between then and now as the new season arrives. It is a obvious warning sign for the defenders in Spain and across Europe.

“I have become very comfortable here,”

he was telling that most of the time when in California.

Remember his name, Gareth Bale, who scored 22 goals and made 17 assists, assigned a hat-trick in just his 9th La Liga outing and in Copa del Rey who struck some decisive goals and who scored in the Champions league final before he had gotten COMFORTABLE!

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In the Champions League final——–image via: en.africatopsports.com

On Monday, Ancelotti said of Bale,

“He’s doing what he wasn’t able to do last year,”

Despite some charming transfer news with James Rodriguez and Toni Kross in Real, the Welshman will be all around the La Liga and Champions League to be more ferocious.

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Guillermo Ochoa to Malaga

Finally the Mexican stopper and free agent Guillermo Ochoa has signed the papers for a new club to join this upcoming new season. Officially he was assigned for the Spanish side Malaga on Friday.

After a sensational performance at the 2014 World Cup, he made himself the hottest free agent on the market. Although he spent the last few seasons playing for French minnows Ajaccio, it came as no surprise at all that he held out for a club of much bigger stature, like Spanish club Malaga.

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Guillermo Ochoa——image via: www.papsonsports.com

The signing:

Guillermo Ochoa signed a three-year deal with Malaga after passing a medical on Friday. He is likely expected to become Malaga’s new starter after Willy Caballero’s transfer to English Club Manchester City.

Ochoa said,

”  I’m happy to be in this club that opened the doors to the Spanish league, which is a dream for me. It’s a great project.”

The Spanish club, Malaga ran into some financial difficulties in 2012. They were forced to sell top players like Joaquin, Isco and Jeremy Toulalan last year. But since then they have done an excellent job rebuilding their squad.

 While Malaga won’t challenge the likes of the giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title, they will be expected push for one of Spain’s European slots in the new season.

Guillermo Ochoa, who is he?

At the age of 20 Ochoa was called up by the Mexico team as the third choice goalkeeper in 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hugo Sanchez, the then newly appointed manager called Ochoa as a deputy of Mexico’s no 1 goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Ochoa made his debut on 2010 World Cup qualification and in 2010 FIFA World Cup he controversially remained the back-up goal keeper to veteran Oscar Perez.

 Guillermo Ochoa in World Cup 2014:

For the 2014 World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa was named in Mexico’s 23-man squad. Ochoa started in Mexico’s opening match against Cameroon. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Mexico. It was the debut match for Ochoa in a World Cup, having been called up for the previous two tournaments with no appearances.

In the second group stage match, the match against Brazil, Ochoa made four stunning saves, including a Neymar’s powerful header. The match result was draw and Ochoa was awarded man of the match.

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Ochoa, the great wall of Mexico—–image via: o.canada.com

In the knock-out match against Netherlands, Ochoa made several crucial saves to hold on to Mexico’s 1-0 advantage. However, the Dutch took the match by 2-1. His performance and skills were well praised and awarded second man of the match. So, this is our Guillermo Ochoa.

The transfer and The Right Man:

It was their biggest need to find a replacement for Caballero for the upcoming new season. Guillermo Ochoa becomes the right man for them with World Cup experience and the skill set to thrive at the highest level.

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He is Coming——-image via: elitedaily.com

It is a great chance for Ochoa to show he truly is one of the elite players at the position in undoubtedly the strongest league in the world, so this transfer truly feels like a match made in paradise.

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7 amazing facts about Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the popular soccer players in the history. Cristiano Ronaldo, the “CR7” has made some amazing records during his incredible career in the game of football. After his transfer to the Spanish Club Real Madrid, he has made his career more inedible. In this article we are going to share some amazing facts about Cristiano Ronaldo throughout his football career. So, let’s start…

1. Cristiano Ronaldo does not drink, smoke and haven’t got any tattoos:

No drinking: C. Ronaldo’s father Jose Dinis Aveiro, passed away at the age of 52 due to alcohol abuse problem. He passed his childhood with much more hardship than anyone else. He wants to keep aloof himself from alcohol as well as smoking. Cristiano Ronaldo thinks it will hinder his ability to play football.

No tattoos: In this modern era of football almost every footballers with some popularities get some tattoos on their body. Cristiano Ronaldo restrained himself of being like them as he donates blood twice a year.

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2. He was named after American President RONALD REAGAN

The name ‘Ronaldo’ is very much popular in the football history. But the history behind the naming was never the same. His name ‘RONALDO’ was inspired by the favorite actor of his father and the American 40th President RONALD REAGAN. Cristiano Ronaldo’s full name is “ CRISTIANO RONALDO DOS SANTOS AVEIRO”

3. He was amazing player at the age of 11

His first coach at Sporting Lisbon once said about C. Ronaldo’s skill,

“ When Cristiano got the ball he went past two or three players. They all knew he was a special kid and at the end of every game the players gathered around him.”

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At Sporting Lisbon——-image credit; www.lipstickalley.com

Jose Mourinho found some similarities between Cristiano and former Holland striker Marco Van Basten saying,

” I remember the first time when I saw him playing. I told my assistant, this is amazing and he had a great technique and skill to sustain and stood out.”

The class of Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t come overnight. Ronaldo as a teenager would train in the games using weights on either foot and then dribbled with the ball. Cristiano thought it would improve his technique of playing, it would made him even more faster when he would run without weights! And he is faster indeed.

4. He is Stable and he is fast

Ronaldo makes 3.000 abs per day. He won against Angel David Rodriguez, who is a professional sprinter, and who is the Spanish champion for 100 meters in zigzag course. Yes, he is faster than the professional sprinter.

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5. Cristiano Ronaldo Can jump higher than the average NBA basketball player

With his jump, Cristiano Ronaldo can generate 5G of G-force on take- off. The pace is the five times the power of a wild Cheetah. This amazing speed enables him to reach the heights of 44 cm in the air from a standing start and with a run-up it is 78 cm , which is more than the average NBA player.

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During the training session, Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the equivalent weight of over 16 new Toyota Prius cars. His free-kicks accelerate four times faster than the Apollo 11 space shuttle at blast off. Scientists have found that and it’s not a joke!

6. His body fat is about 10%

Cristiano Ronaldo’s total body fat is 10%, which is less than slim cats, making him the perfect machine for fast sprinting. He can jump higher than a Basketball player, run faster than a cheetah and can generate high speed free-kicks of about 13.1 kmph, faster than the speed of a space craft.

7. He earns more than President Barack Obama

It would take Cristiano just 6 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and only 5 seconds to earn what The American President Barack Obama earns in one year! Cristiano Ronaldo is currently earning £274,000 per week, making him the highest paid footballer in the World 2017.

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Top 10 young footballers in EPL

With the start of the new Barclays Premier League season of 2014/15 just a few weeks away, we are here to look at some youngsters who will be making the differences. We present you the list of top 10 young footballers in EPL in this Premier League season.

When the season gets underway all the players will be 21 or even younger but they still have plenty of experience. In our list, players from top English Clubs seem to dominate. There is several reasons to be hopeful for the future for fans on Merseyside as the Everton and Liverpool players account for half of the list.

Young footballers in English Premier League:

1. Ross Barkley

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For Everton Ross Barkley produced a string of impressive performances last season. It was a real breakout season for him. The 20- year-old midfielder featured in total 34 Premier League games and netted six goals. Towards the end of the last season, his superb effort was most notable.

Ross Barkley has already collected nine caps for England national team, making his debut in September 2013. His Brazil World Cup experience will have done him good and we can expect to see another strong season from Barkley this year.

Ross Barkley has made his place in our list of top 10 young footballers in EPL.

2. Raheem Sterling

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The 19 year-boy, Raheem Sterling has two seasons of first team experience in the bag. Sterling already earned Liverpool’s first choice 11 and it is hardly surprising considering the trouble that he causes for the opponent defenders. His dribbling abilities, his equal capacity to play on the left, right or even in the center, made him one of the few highlights of England’s World Cup campaign. In the World Cup match against Italy, his excellent display caused numerous problems for the Azzurri. In the next upcoming season, Raheem Sterling has a great chance to improve in order to fill the void left by Luis Suarez’s exit.

3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another exciting youngster made his debut for the England National team in May 2012 as an 18 year old. He already travelled to two major tournaments and represented England 15 times. The pacey and exciting winger like Oxlade-Chamberlain can light up games with his darting runs down the wings and is capable of grabbing several goals over the course of the next season. His last campaign was disrupted by a number of injuries and his club Arsenal will be hoping that they can keep him fresh this season. If Arsenal want to push on and have their first serious title challenge, Chamberlain will be a vital ingredient for them.

4. Adnan Januzaj

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Though Manchester United had their worst ever Premier League Season, the only highlight for them was the emergence of Adnan Januzaj. The 19 year old Belgian made his debut as a late substitute against Wigan and then went on to quickly establish himself as a regular in the first team. He eventually appeared 35 times and netted four goals in all competitions. Adnan Januzaj is equally comfortable in a central attacking midfield or in the wing. His excellent dribbling abilities and passes made him one of the finest young footballers in Europe. If Januzaj will able to gain more consistency this season, he could be a real star in the Premier League.

5. Luke Shaw

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It has been a meteoric rise for the 19 year-old, Luke Shaw while Manchester United paid £30 million for the left back, making him the most expensive ever teenager this summer. In January 2012, Luke Shaw made his debut for Southampton and with some excellent performances he quickly came to the attention to the Premier League Clubs. After some eye catching skills, he made his debut for The England National team in February 2014, before being included in the World Cup squad. Hopefully he will occupy the number three role for England for the best part of the next decade.

He is one of the young footballers in the English Premier League in this season.

6. Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku, the 21 year-old is a proven goalscorer in the English Premier League. In the last two seasons while playing on loan for West brom and Everton, he bagged 32 goals in the last two seasons. He put himself ahead of established stars like Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney during the same period. However, the question is why Chelsea would let him go? He returned to Everton and it seemed that the loss of Chelsea is Everton’s gain. We can certainly expect more of the same from Lukaku this season as he is determined to push them into the top four.

7. John Stones

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The 20-year-old, John Stones is another product of the youth system at Goodison Park. After his debut on New Year’s day this year, he made himself the heart of Everton defence. Less than six months later, john Stones picked up his cap for England against Peru. Although he didn’t make it to the World Cup, but there is evidence that John Stones has the eminent potential to be a star for Three Lions in near future. He will likely be in the first choice 11 for Everton when the season kicks off. If he continues to improve more and more, it shouldn’t be long before he becomes regular for England National team.

8. James Ward-Prowse

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In the upcoming 2014/15 season, it will be a great chance for the Southampton midfielder to be the main man. Last season, he showed a tremendous ability with the ball and established himself as a first team regular. Ward-Prowse will be seen as a key man for Southampton this season and it will be right time to make a real name for himself. If Ward-Prowse can handle the extra responsibility, it could well be that he will go on to greater things in this season. On the other hand, it will be hard for Southampton to keep hold of him too.

9. Jon Flanagan

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Jon Flanagan, the 21 year-old got his opportunity last season because of several injuries in Liverpool. He made some excellent performances in his unfamiliar position of left-back. Although he is more comfortable in the right side of defence, Jon Flanagan looked assured on the left-back and his marvelous form earned plenty of plaudits. For the right-back role he has got Glen Johnson. As it will help him to get more game time, his flexibility could prove to be a great benefit for the Reds. Jon Flanagan earns his debut for England this summer against Ecuador. If he can maintain the rhyme in the club level, we can see him wear more caps for England side too.

10. Ben Davies

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Two years ago, Ben Davis made his professional debut for Swansea. Since then, the 21-year-old boy went on to play 85 times for Swansea and also appeared ten matches for Wales. His consistency and strong performance drew the attentions of the big clubs from the English Premier League, like Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davis possesses the quality to make a name for himself at White Hart Lane, but as bigger the club as higher the pressure. He will have to cope with all of that, for the sack of making his career great.

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Top 10 best Goalkeepers in World football

In the game of football, goalkeeper is the only man who can hand the ball. He is the savior of the team and the wall between the posts. They have to play the vital roles throughout the game and in recent years with the rise of some devastating strikers, they had to evolve themselves as well. Today Sporty Ghost brings you a list of top 10 best goalkeepers in recent World Football. Your constructive comment about the list is advisable.

Top 10 best goalkeepers in World Football:

1. Manuel Neuer ( Germany and Bayern Munich)

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After spending an excellent 2010/11 season for Schalke, Bayern Munich spent $26 million on Manuel Neuer, with another $10 million dependant on his overall performances. So many Bayern Munich supporters felt that the club had overspent on him as his contract was due to expire in 2012, a player who would have been available for free. Manuel Neuer has silenced all the critics and has become the best goalkeeper at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He won the golden gloves as Germany won the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Manuel Neuer is in the No. 1 position of our list of Top 10 best goalkeepers.

2. Iker Casillas ( Spain and Real Madrid)

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At Real Madrid he is known as “Saint Iker”. But unfortunately he was dropped most of the time in 2012/13 season in La Liga by Jose Mourinho. Despite this he remains a club legend, having come through the youth system of Real Madrid. Often he has had the misfortune due to inadequate defense in front of him. Real spent a lot to assemble a fearsome attack, neglecting the backline. But it was truly a great chance for Casillas to show his skills to an even greater extent, putting his body on the line and making some spectacular saves. In the 2010 World Cup winning for Spain, Iker was the potent savior and the captain of the winning side.

3. Gianluigi Buffon ( Italy and Juventus)

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When Italy lifted the 2006 World Cup, it was considered that Gianluigi Buffon is the best goalkeeper of the last decade alongside Iker Casillas. In 2001, his move from Parma to Juventus remains the most expensive transfer as a goalkeeper. Now, at the age of 30, injuries may be taking their toll on him, but Buffon remains as the wall for his Club and his country. To us he is one of the best goalkeepers in World football.

4. Victor Valdes ( Spain and Barcelona)

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It was a kind of misfortune for Victor Valdes of being in his prime at the same time as Iker Casillas, the man who has held the Spain jersey for over a decade. For Barcelona, Valdes is the most successful goalkeeper, having won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. Victor Valdes, the former Tenerife youth is terrific in one-on-one situations. Valdes only earned his first cap for Spain National Team in 2010.

5. Petr Cech ( Czech Republic and Chelsea)

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Petr Cech has been a model of consistency for Chelsea since his arrival in 2004. He rarely makes any error and has helped his club to win three Premier League titles and a Champions League title. In 2006, in a controversial challenge by Reading’s Stephen Hunt, Petr Cech suffered a devastating injury with fractured skull. Soon he recovered and started to make some stunning saves despite Chelsea’s solid defense. It has made him the sign of his class and extreme concentration that he is rarely found wanting when called upon.

6. Joe Hart ( England and Manchester City)

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Joe Hart made a huge contribution to the Citizen’s title win in 2012. Being a superb shot-stopper he is such a man between the posts who possesses with calmness and true authority. However, in the season of 2012/13 Hart didn’t able to show his magic anyway and despite his numerous strengths, the England goalkeeper needs to improve his handling and minimize errors.

7. Thibaut Courtois ( Belgium and Atletico Madrid)

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Thibaut Courtois plays with firm confidence beyond his tender years and has made some truly remarkable saves since joining Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in 2012. This promising goalkeeper will be one of the very bests in the World for the next decade while Chelsea have a ready-made replacement for Petr Cech once they decide to bring back the Belgian from his long term loan with Atletico Madrid.

8. Julio Cesar ( Brazil and Queens Park Rangers)

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From the 2010 World Cup qualifiers Julio Cesar emerged as Brazil’s first- choice goalkeeper. The former Inter Milan keeper didn’t let his country down. In 2014 World Cup, his stunning saves in the penalty shootout against Chile saved Brazil. Later then, in the semifinals with a defenseless team, he didn’t do more. Hopefully, he will strongly come back to show his strength.

9. Hugo Lloris ( France and Tottenham Hotspur)

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Hugo Lloris seems to have a promising career ahead of him both for his country and his club. The France captain Lloris is much more capable of keeping strikers at bay by boasting a long reach and superb reflexes. In August 2012, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur as they were looking for a long-term option between the posts. But he has to be more advanced in making decisions.

10. Samir Handanovic ( Slovenia and Inter Milan)

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The 6 ft 5 in Slovenian stopper established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Serie A. In July 2012, after joining Inter Milan has become an asset for the team. Handanovic helped to form the spine of the Slovenia team by conceding just four goals in 2010 World Cup qualifying matches. His agility and penalty saving powers are becoming more valuable for his country and club.