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.
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.
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.
Now we can talk about the successful ones for winning dream for their motherlands.
Top scorers, sometimes as we can call them.
Africa: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Mohamed Aboutrika, Mohamed Salah (both Egypt) – six goals
Asia: Shinji Okazaki (Japan) – eight goals
Europe: Robin van Persie (Netherlands) – 11 goals
North & Central America and Caribbean: Deon McCauley (Belize) – 11 goals
South America: Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 11 goals
Now considering for Africa Ghana can be taken as the top scorers with 18 goals in six group matches and managed 15 points, more than any other countries in their region. Though they had to suffer a loss(1-0) against Zambia. But at the end of the day it was never a problem for them anymore.
Probably Japan has qualified with the highest points tally from the group stages. So Iran can draw out the special mentioning from Asia. This team managed to top their group despite scoring 8 goals in 8 matches.
Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland these are the only seven teams those qualified without losing any game. But Germans and Dutch were exceptional two who made the record of : played 10, won nine, drawn one. Amazingly both received 28 points of possible 30..
The United States made the maximum points from the qualifying group. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men lost to Jamaica, Costa Rica and Honduras along the journey to the final round.
If Brazil was not the host probably there were some others who would have needed a three way tussle between them. The three eventual group winners Argentina, Colombia and Chile. Every one of them finished with nine wins from 16 matches. But a remarkable 19 goals from Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain made the difference for Argentina,.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport around the world. The game has led to the development of thousands of amazing stadiums and among them some are very special indeed. National football stadiums like Wembley with the capacity of 100,000 people, the structures themselves are highly impressive.
However, the stadiums are not only huge and impressive feats of engineering, but all these football stadiums hold many memories and these are the places of dreams for footballers and their supporters alike. For the sports loving people, we bring you the list of Top 10 best football stadiums in the world. So here we are-
Top 10 best football stadiums in the world:
10. The Azadi Stadium (Tehran, Iran)
The Azadi Stadium inaugurated in 18 October, 1971. It is the home of Iran National football team as well as Persepolis and Esteghlal. The stadium holds over 80,000 spectators and it is a part of a much larger sporting complex. The azadi stadium is surrounded by a river, swimming facilities and training pitches for football. The whole sports complex is high magnificent with the football stadium at its center. The stadium remains as a striking example of Iran’s financial power and desire to compete in the world of sport.
9. San Siro (Milan, Italy)
The stadium is located in Milan, Italy and it is the home of both AC Milan and Inter Milan. San Siro has the capacity for about 80,000 and it is designed to give maximum visibility to each of its spectators.
The prestige of San Siro lies on the events that took place here. Arranging the Champions League final in 2002 and being the home of two giant clubs, the San Siro is a place of dream for every footballer. The stadium just lacks some certain magic likewise Camp Nou or Old Trafford, otherwise it would be much higher in this list of top 10 best football stadiums of the world.
8. Anfield (Liverpool, England)
Anfield is one of the most iconic football stadiums in England. Since 1892, Anfield remains the home of Liverpool FC and it has become synonymous for its electric atmosphere, particularly on European nights.
In modern terms, Anfield is not such a large stadium with huge capacities. It can contain around 45,000. But in terms of atmosphere, it is the greatest of them all. Liverpool FC have won five Champions League trophies, including back to back victoris in 1977 and 1978, with Anfield being the core of their support. The stadium is a true Mecca for the Liverpool fans as well as the footballers.
Santiago Bernabeu has been the stomping ground for many of the world’s greatest footballers over the years. Bernabeu’s prestige may somewhat overshadowed by the Barcelona’s Camp Nou, however the impressiveness of Santiago Bernabeu can’t be underestimated.
6. Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa)
It is the first National Bank stadium located in the Soweto area of Johnnesburg, South Africa. The Soccer City stadium was designed to be the premium stadium for FIFA World Cup 2010 and also hosted the Final, Netherlands vs Spain. With a massive capacity of over 90,000, it has become the largest stadium in Africa.
This stadium is a highly impressive structure and with its atmosphere, the dancing and dazzling sound of vuvuzelas and beautiful location, the stadium has earned its place in the top 10 best football stadiums in the world. If it is located in Europe, it could be home to Champions league sides. However, the stadium has become a sign that Africa as a continent is expanding its influence on football.
5. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)
It is currently the only stadium of the world to host two World Cup finals. The stadium made in the top 5 of our list for recalling many memories. In the 1986 World Cup, it was the place where Maradona’s infamous hand of God goal took place. That’s the reason the English don’t want to remember Azteca anymore. But the glorious stadium holds many happy memories. With the capacity of 104,000 the stadium is invaluable to Mexican football.
4. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)
Camp Nou is Spain’s largest stadium with 99,000 seats and it is the home ground for Barcelona FC, arguably one of the greatest football clubs in Europe. Since 1957, it has been Catalan’s home and hosted two Champions League finals. The stadium is graced by hundreds of great footballers now it has become the home of Lionel Messi.
During the Champions league matches, the Camp Nou dazzles with sparks and it generates a n intense atmosphere. Undoubtedly, the stadium is in the no 4 on our list of best football stadiums in the world.
3. Old Trafford (Greater Manchester, England)
Old Trafford, “the Theatre of Dream” is the most iconic stadium in England. Since 1910, it has been the home ground for Manchester United. With the capacity of 75,000 it has become one of the modern stadiums in Europe and the centre for all things for the “Red Devils”. Particularly during the renovation at Wembley, Old Trafford has become a popupar venue for England matches.
It has been a dream to countless young footballers to play in Old Trafford, but only the few have got the privilege to put the red shirts and take to the grass. There is always something poetic about the Old Trafford and probably that’s why it is in the no 3 position on our list.
2. The Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)
The stunningly beautiful Allianz Arena stadium has been the home of Bayern Munich. With the seating capacity of 70,000 fans, it is the third largest stadium in Germany. Nevertheless, the magic is always here.
When the stadium glows at night, it looks simply awesome, with no better evidence for this when it hosted the Champions League finals in 2012. However, this glorious stadium lacks history and prestige to be in the no 1 on the list of top 10 best stadiums of the world.
1. Wembley (London, England)
The Wembley stadium was reopened in 2007 and it was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley stadium. The new Wembley with the seating capacity of 90,000 has quickly become the most iconic football stadium in the world. Although it is down to the prestige of previous Wembley, the new one is a fantastic stadium in its own right.
The Wembley serves as the home of the England National team and the stadium is regularly packed out for international matches. It is the place where football fans from all over England aspire to go and cheer their teams in play off finals or even FA Cup finals. Wembley is truly the home of English football and that may continue for long.
Yes, this is the number one place where dreams come true, where world gather to cheer, where football rises at its best. This is the number one on our list of top 10 best football stadiums in the world.
Football is the game of passion and footballers are perhaps the most beloved among all kinds of athletes in sports. However, it’s not just love the legendary footballers earn, when they spend some quality time on the football pitch. The great footballers not only earn everyone’s respect, attention and admiration, but also some huge amount of money and fame along with. But this may not always be the scenario after the retirement. Lots of things tend to change when they are not playing on the fields anymore. Sometimes the circumstances become so drastic and dramatic that the footballers have to take jobs which they could never have dreamt of. The Dutch international footballer, Berry Van Aerle choose to be a postman after his retirement. However, not all end on that path, specially the special ones. Some become legends for decades, or even for centuries.
Yes, our today’s article is about them, about the all time football legends. Here, we have made a list of top 10 all time football legends. Some of the list may be dead, but their legends remain still. Please, give your constructional comments about this list.
Unlike modern footballers, Lev Yashin spent his entire career playing for Dynamo Moscow. In his career, the spider stopped astonishing 150 penalty shots which is the highest among any other goalkeepers. He is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to be awarded European footballer of the Year in 1963. His contribution with the Soviet Union national team is remarkable as USSR won 1956 summer Olympics and 1960 European Championship. In the modern era of football, only two goalkeepers , Iker Casillas of Spain and Gianluigi Buffon of Italy have come close to his achievements.
We are very much proud to put him in the list of top 10 all time football legends.
9. Eusebio (Portugal, Forward)
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, the Portuguese forward attained the nickname “Black Panther” for scoring predatory goals. The legendary Eusebio scored a stunning total of 733 goals in 745 competitive matches. What an amazing ratio that is!! It is the record that every striker can aspire to. His speed, technique and powerful right footed shots amazed the football world with dignity.
Eusebio led the Portugal team to the third place in 1966 world cup and not only that he won the prestigious Golden Boot award with 9 goals in that world cup tournament. Eusebio was also well known for his humble behavior. He saluted Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks to mark his acknowledgement admiring their goalkeeping skills. When was the last time you saw that kind of gesture from the modern age footballers???
Van Basten’s greatest success in the international level was marked in European Championship 1988. With his 5 goals, he was tournament’s top scorer. In that tournament, his hat-trick against England and a spectacular volley against Soviet Union in the finals made him one of the legends. Netherlands went on and won the Euro 1988 trophy.
He scored a total of 218 goals in 280 matches. The record may not be as great as Eusebio’s , but he did it with a career shortened by numerous injuries.
7. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary, Forward)
Ferenc Puskas, the Hungarian forward was as lethal as Eusebio. His predatory instinct in front of the net made him the master of the game. Having played for Real Madrid and Budapest Honved, Puskas has scored a total of 514 goals in 529 matches, almost a 1:1 ratio!
His goal record for Hungary National team is even better, 84 goals in 85 matches! In 1954, Puskas was nominated for the European Player of the Year. He led his team to the finals of 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, only to lose to the West Germans in the final.
6. Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina, forward)
This great Argentine footballer was the catalyst to the domination of Real Madrid in the European Cup in the 1950’s. Stefano was given the nickname “Saeta rubia” (Blond arrow) and he was worth it. His tactical intelligence, stamina and versatility made him one of the legends of soccer. In total 512 competitive matches Di Stefano netted 377 goals. His glory also included his participation in Real Madrid’s five back to back Spanish League title triumphs.
Although, he didn’t have a good international record, his remarkable 5 European Cups and 2 FIFA Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959 was more than enough to give him a place in our list of top 10 all time football legends.
5. Michel Platini (France, midfielder)
Michel Platini, the former French footballer had proudly put his mark as a part of “carré magique” (The magic square in French). Platini was famous for passing ability, his vision and amazing free kicks.
He scored a record 9 goals in 1984 European Championship. Under his leadership, France also went on to win the 1984 Euro. Throughout the career, Platini scored a total of 224 goals in 432 matches. That’s an outstanding record for any midfielder. In his list of achievement, there are 3 FIFA Ballon d’Ors, which is the highest individual award a player can win. He bagged 41 international goals in 72 appearances for France.
Platini grabs No 5 position on our list of top 10 all time football legends.
4. Franz Beckenbauer (Germany, Defender)
Der Kaiser (The Emperor), as people call the German legend Franz Beckenbauer. With his strong leadership skills and graceful style to play, he remains as the true Emperor in German football. He is one of the two footballers to have ever won the World Cup both as a player and a coach. Beckenbauer led Germany won the World Cup in 1974 and as a coach with Germany he lifted the Cup in 1990.
Two FIFA Ballon d’or and three consecutive European Cups were among his many achievements. You can clearly understand how difficult it was for a defender at that time.
3. Johan Cruyff (Netherlands, Midfielder)
Johan Cruyff is most well-known for being a pioneer of “Total Football” in Dutch National team. Close dribbling, awesome technical ability and fearsome pace with the ball were some of his talents people still admire. Although Cruyff played primarily as a playmaker, he would drift to different positions to confuse the opponents. For a while, he could be a center forward and also drop back to a deep lying midfield position when situation calls for it.
He is another legend who has won FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or three times. There are 291 goals in his bag by appearing 520 games. For the Dutch National team, he scored 33 goals in 42 matches. It is interesting to note that, the Dutch never lost a match in which Johan Cruyff has scored. He played as an integral part of Dutch side when they coasted to the finals against West Germany in 1974 World Cup. The famous “Cruyff Turn” was named after this football legend.
2. Diego Maradona (Argentina, Forward)
Diego Maradona is one of the deadliest Argentine strikers of all time. His infamous “Hand of God” goal against England was one of the historic events in world football. Apart from all these controversies, his dribbling with the ball and his relentless pace amazed all football fans.
In 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona lifted the trophy, defeating the strong West German side. His performance in that tournament was awarded by naming him the best player and presenting him the Golden Boot award.
Maradona scored a total 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina National team.
No one can forget his spectacular goal against England when he took the ball from midfield and dribbled from the center to score.
In his club career, Maradona has scored 258 goals in 492 matches. He was bit like a nomad as he played for 6 different clubs in his entire football career. Perhaps you can attribute that to his character as he always gets in trouble with either coaches or even teammates.
1. Pele (Brazil, Striker)
Yes, here we are! Pele, the most legendary soccer player in the football history. Brazil’s pride and the national hero scored a stunning total 1281 goals in 1363 matches.
He is truly the goal machine. People call him “The Black Diamond” or even “ The king of football’. He played for Santos for almost the entire career. With Santos he has a host of titles and he is the record holder in the number of Hat-tricks scored, which is 92!
Pele is the only player in the football history to win three World Cups, he won all of them with style. In 1966 world cup, he was brutally fouled and Brazil were eliminated in the first round of the competition. He came back in 1970 World Cup and was awarded “Player of the Tournament’.
Pele is the living legend of football and here in our list of top 10 all time football legends, Pele is the leader of them all.
Lawyer Michael Garcia has already submitted the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 bidding process to FIFA.
Garcia interviewed more than 75 witnesses. There has been recommendation for further action against individuals. It is believed that further bidding process will be necessary.
The 2018 tournament was awarded by FIFA to Russia in 2010. FIFA World Cup 2022 was also handed at the same time to Qatar.
German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert leads the adjudicatory chamber, which will decide about wrongdoings (if committed). But the report is not expected to be made public.
Eckert has the power to impose sanctions. Though he is not provided with the authority to take the Russia 2018 or the Qatar 2022 World Cup away.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted only his ruling executive committee. They will sit for third-quarter meeting on 26 September in Zurich and decide either to move or stay with the previous hosts.
“The report sets forth detailed factual findings and identifies issues to be referred to other Fifa committees, future bidding processes is highly recommended” – FIFA.
Garcia is currently investigating all of those involved in the bidding process for both the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 events.
The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia ahead of Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands joint bids. England was also in the list.
And Qatar had to overcome the competition from United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia for 2022 host arrangement.
The Qatar 2022 bid committee is facing claims of corruption. Sunday Times alleged in June that Mohamed bin Hammam (former FIFA vice-president), paid £3m to football officials around the world in return for support for Qatar 2022 bid.
Earlier this year, The Qatari bid committee denied all allegations of wrongdoing. But they probably have decided not to comment on the most recent statement from FIFA.
FIFA World Cup 2022 awarded as Qatar World Cup
On December 2nd, 2010 in Zurich, FIFA executive committee voted in a secret ballot. Finally it was decided that Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Five candidates presented their bids to stage the World Cup 2022.
The other candidates were USA, Korea, Australia and Japan, who submitted their bids for the most expected hosting rights. USA had previously staged the FIFA World Cup finals (in 1994). While Japan and Korea were the tournament’s first joint hosts back in 2002.
“The World Cup is going to new lands and I am a happy President as we speak of the development of football”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said.
“I would like to thank all the candidates and congratulate Qatar” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (Chairman of the Qatar bid) was found almost crying after the very announcement.
“Thank you for believing in change and believing in expanding the game. After all thank you for giving Qatar a chance”
“We will make you proud. We will not let you down”
After the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014, the next edition is Russia 2018. And Qatar will for the first time stage the World Cup finals in 2022.
Qatar World Cup 2022: Reactions
Emir of Qatar:
HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani –
This is one of the great achievements of Arab countries. I hope, we will successfully stage this tournament. The infrastructure will be in place. Hopefully all the Arabs will support us. It was always difficult for us. The team headed by Sheikh Mohammad had a big hill to climb. But it would be even more difficult if we had lost. But in that case we just have to double our efforts and never give up. People may think that we are small as a country, but we really need to prove that we can accomplish great things.
Qatar bid chairman:
Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani –
I want to thank you for having a bold vision. On behalf of all these people, I want to let you know that we will not let you down. I believe, deciding for the Middle East they have showed right judgment. Now, we are about to locate the big date for the FIFA World Cup 2022. I would also like to thank our competitors. They kept us busy all the time. We can honestly thank FIFA for this bold decision. I believe, all the single member of our bid committee, worked harder to make this dream true. Congratulations to his royal highness, the Emir. Thanks for believing and bringing the game to our region is the right thing to do. Most importantly, I would very much like to thank all the members of the bid committee, who actually believed in us.
No one actually saw that we had a chance and we were written off. But the millions, who stood with us, made us win. Off course it needed hard work to get to this point. We can celebrate now. And most importantly we need to remember that tomorrow the work begins. We have to deliver the tremendous work. We must make ourselves proud put the milestone in the history of Middle East and the history of FIFA. Thank you all again and hope to see you at the Qatar World Cup 2022.
General Secretary of Qatar Olympic committee:
HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani –
Qatar is going to introduce football in the Middle East like the World Tournament. The bid team have impressed us all. We thank them for their tremendous effort and bringing the Qatar World Cup.
HH Sheikha Mozah bin Nasser Al Misnad I was always hoping to win for the whole region. I believe the team as well thought like this. They deserved to win. I saw them last few days and nights working harder. I’m extremely happy for winning this for the Arab World, never for Qatar only. Now everyone in Qatar knows, anything is possible with due works. Hope will provide you comfortable World Cup 2022.
Qatar 2022 bid chief executive:
Hassan al-Thawadi –
First of all, I would like to thank FIFA for believing in us. We really should thank them for their efforts to widen the borders of the game and bring it in Middle East. I promise we will serve a great Qatar World Cup and click to the opportunity.
Qatar World Cup brings delight for Qatari people
Just from the very moment, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter revealed the name for the host country of the FIFA World Cup 2022, almost all the people of Qatar became inexpressible happy.
Not only native Qataris, residents from all nationalities reacted with emotion. No sooner had the decision been announced by FIFA, a city-wide party atmosphere engulfed the thousands gathered in front of giant screens across the capital.
Numerous hopeful Qataris had already begun to gather from around three. Two hours after, when it was finally announced that they are going to have the Qatar World Cup 2022 ahead, all the spaces were occupied by the Qatar bid supporters.
It was not just the locals, many of the country’s large foreign contingent came out to show their support for the bid. Everywhere just the logo marked, Qatar 2022 was available.
The unforgettable symbol of South Africa 2010, Vuvuzelas made an impressive comeback in the Qatari capital. The familiar horns provided a noisy, joyful soundtrack to the live broadcast. Both children and adults got to follow on-screen proceedings due to the lack of available seats.
The entire town erupted with jubilation, as soon as the FIFA President confirmed Qatar World Cup. Great many bouts of Qatari folk dancing broke out. Also an enormous convoy of vehicles took to Doha’s 7 km-long coastal road.
This immense procession would go on long night. Travelers with flights booked out of Doha International Airport, had to postpone their departures. As it was quite impossible to move through the gigantic and euphoric throng of people.
“Due to the traffic jams, I wasn’t able to reach Doha airport for my flight to Bahrain. It’s really incredible to see all these people celebrating the event together”
Many football fans from other parts of the Persian Gulf had even decided to travel to Qatar to enjoy the atmosphere.
An Omani citizen said,
“The entire Gulf region was fully behind of the Qatar bid. The incredible progress made by this country leads me to believe that they’ll be up to the task. This country has put a huge amount of work into developing”
Mohamed, from Palestine,
“FIFA World Cup coming to the Middle East for the first time. Qatar is a great country – we were confident that they would win. Hopefully they will be the successful event provider ever from this region. And we all will be following closely”
Gary Linker says Qatar 2022 decision is ‘LUDICROUS’
He expects for ‘clean’ countries to boycott the tournament. Former England striker brands FIFA president Sepp Blatter a dictator. He says that FIFA is not fit as the ruling body. Lineker was part of England’s failed bid team to host the 2018 World Cup. Greg Dyke expects that England wouldn’t bid to host during Blatter again.
Linker is totally disgusted at alleged corruption within FIFA. He has already labelled the Qatar 2022 decision as ‘ludicrous’.
Lineker was part of England’s bid team for the 2018 World Cup event. He declared that England wouldn’t bid again as to win by bending the rules.
The former England striker said,
“I was with David Beckham. We were out trying to get support. Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too. The whole thing smells as done deal”
“The whole FIFA thing will make you feel sick. The corruption at the top level is nauseating. Sepp Blatter has run it like a dictatorship for so long”
Qatar confident FIFA will exonerate Qatar 2022 bid
One of their senior officials from the Qatari organizers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup said, they are confident that independent investigation into the bidding process for the finals will definitely be on their side.
Nasser Al Khater (Communications chief) told,
“We’ve always been confident of our position in the way we carried ourselves during the bidding stage”
The New York lawyer Michael Garcia delivered his 350-page report last week to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. He is currently the head of the FIFA’s Ethics adjudicatory chamber. Finally he will decide about the consequence in about a month. They will also decide either to publish public or not.
Allegations of corruption have surrounded the voting for 2018 World Cup awarded to Russia. And also the Qatar 2022 World Cup. But Al Khater claims that he has consistently maintained the Qatari bid was clean.
Another major issue surrounding the finals in Qatar 2022 is when they will occur. FIFA’s task force on that subject met on Monday. The problem is, Europe’s top clubs debated it again on Tuesday saying they needed strong decisive reasons.
They don’t get the point of disrupting the domestic European season as the Qatar World Cup tournament is proposed to shift at the winter months.
AL Khater said,
“Everyone wants to make sure there is the ideal solution for the World Cup with minimal disruption for their leagues. I think the main concern is health. We’ll have cooled training sites, stadia, public areas”
He also added that they are not running away from the problems. There will be significant challenges. They believe that the Qatar World Cup will be a catalyst for change in society. Definitely it will not happen overnight. But the significant change is the main concern.
“People also recognize now that it is even more important that we put on an excellent show and deliver an exceptional World Cup. This is what we promised and we are excited about delivering the first World Cup in the Middle East”
Earlier this year, the European Clubs’ Association contradicted the view about summer tournament ruled out. They intend to point out that cooling technology for stadiums and pitches had been an integral part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
“It would be very important to have strong arguments to convince the European game to disrupt its season”
The ECA vice-chairman, Umberto Gandini said.
“There must be very good reasons for moving the World Cup from its conventional slot”
2022 Qatar World Cup will be too hot to even sit and watch
There are problems both way. One hand, questions is lingering about the allegedly shady activity of FIFA awarding the Qatar 2022 World Cup. And now the Middle Eastern country has been dogged with criticism about its suitability for the tournament hosting. There are so many thing in these speculations like human rights violation, corruption heat stroke inducing weather etc.
In a hot Qatar summer, temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This has already been criticized for how it might affect the players. Now that a time, we have come to know from a International journal of Bio meteorology that the heat will be enough effective for the spectators too.
Recent study concludes like,
Qatar World Cup may not be appropriate for the visitors. Especially if it is placed during the scheduled summer situation. In Doha, this season a large majority of hours of the day cause strong heat stress.
The study committee recommended the FIFA World Cup 2022. They are suggesting the time between November and February. They believe, then much more comfortable conditions are frequently available.
The study backs up what many have already demanded. Either the Qatar 2022 World Cup moved to winter or another comfortable location altogether.
Last year, in August,
Sepp Blatter told the associated press,
“I would be very surprised, more than surprised if the World Cup would not be rescheduled for the winter in Qatar”
Then short after, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke announced that the Qatar World Cup would move to winter.
“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest”
But until the executive committee of FIFA takes no final decision, we cannot assure any particular date even the location for the tournament.
FIFA might shift Qatar World Cup 2022 to winter
FIFA has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA consultation group met to seek ways to avoid the summer heat of June July in Qatar.
Blatter cancelled a planned visit to SoccerEx in Manchester. As football leaders were meeting Monday to discuss the potential disruption of domestic leagues. If the Qatar World Cup is held between the proposed times, then it completely disrupts the schedule.
“We have already said we cannot play in summer in this heat in Qatar, now we are making this consultation”
FIFA’s executive committee should confirm the dates at its meeting in March at least.
On December 2010, FIFA’s ruling board awarded Qatar as the 2022 host country. The local organization also stood by a promised bid of June July tournament. They promised to solve the heat problem with air conditioned stadiums.
But still Blatter say,
“It would not be rational to play in summer when temperatures in Qatar rise above 40 degrees C”
Qatar officials have said they can change their hosting plan. But most of all they need to know the international football community reaches a consensus.
Europeans leagues and clubs are the biggest critics of a winter World Cup. Top club competitions face a two-month stoppage. Which will eventually need to knock-on effect of changing calendars over three seasons from 2021 to 2024.
Zidane: Qatar 2022 is a victory for the Arab world
Zinedine Zidane was an ambassador for Qatar’s bid to stage the FIFA World Cup 2022. The former French midfielder Zizou voiced his delight exclusively to FIFA.com.
He tried to explain what it means to him on a personal level and to the Arab world as a whole.
Zidane believed that it was never easy to support a bid. As it is always a competition. But he is happy as he was trying to convey the message that football belong to the whole world. And now for Russia and Qatar who have never organized such tournament. So football is taking place to new world.
Obviously this is a fantastic news for the people of both the countries as well as for all the football lovers.
FIFA questioned about his being so much happy. But Zizou just replied as being a partner of the bid. He just supported all the way through. He feels proud of being a contributor to a new country getting the World Cup. The Arab World is having the long desired event that makes him happy.
Zidane believes the Qatar World Cup will resonate beyond Qatar. Actually it’s a victory for the Arab World. The Middle East countries will support the event together. They have actually gotten ten more years to get down to work and stage a very wonderful FIFA World Cup.
Zizou was seemed delighted similarly like the year 1998, when France was awarded the FIFA World Cup. He said,
“I clearly remember saying to myself that if France got the tournament, I’d be in with a chance of playing in it”
“But for me personally it was even more amazing to think that I could take part in it as a member of the national team”
A group of death in a multi-stage tournament is a group which is unusually competitive as the number of tough competitors in the group is greater than the number of qualifying places available for the next phase of the tournament. The unofficial term was first used for groups in the FIFA World Cup tournaments. It is now also used in other association football tournaments and other sports.
In what’s being billed as the strongest and deepest World Cup ever, 12 nations in particular could lay claim to their group being the despised “Group of Death”.
GROUP OF DEATH: Group B (Netherlands, Chile, Australia,Spain)
Combined FIFA ranking: 84.
Chile’s the wild card here. They’re a nation that’s rarely kept off the scoresheet and add a certain scare factor for even clubs as talented as Spain and the Netherlands. The Dutch went easily qualifying while Spain’s only qualification hiccups were draws versus Finland and France. On the other hand Australia has to be feeling a great deal of hard luck.
GROUP OF DEADLY DEATH: Group D (Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy)
Combined FIFA ranking: 57
Group D will find Luis Suarez going against the nation who hosts his domestic team. The Uruguay which is also known as La Celeste boast World Cup titles from long ago (1930, 1950) and South American teams certainly have an advantage on European competition. They may have just peeped into the Tournament but Uruguay came within penalty kicks of a Confederations Cup win over the Italians last summer. Both England and Uruguay have twice played in the World Cup and each side winning while Uruguay purchased a 4-2 goals advantage.However that was a long time ago.
Costa Rica is UNCAF’s best nation and boasts victories over both the United States and Mexico in qualifying.
GROUP OF DEADLIEST DEATHLY DEATH: Group G (United States, Germany, Ghana,Portugal)
Combined FIFA ranking: 45
Group G is shaping up to be one of the toughest in the World Cup after Germany, Ghana, the United States and Portugal were all put together. It was always going to be a difficult one in terms of travel, with the remaining team in the group having the longest travel of any team in the World cup — that went to the U.S. — and it was made even tougher by a heaped group. Ghana, the U.S. and Portugal are all arguably the best teams from their pots and Germany is one of the favorites.
Behind the high level of competitiveness, Group G is also going to attract a lot of attention because it features Cristiano Ronaldo. This Portuguese superstar almost single-handedly led his team to the World Cup with dominant performances against Ibrahimovic’s Sweden in the UEFA playoffs.
To become successful in Brazil, CR7 is going to need some help undoubtedly. The side certainly didn’t get it from the draw, so it will be up to the performance of Hugo Almeida, Nani and Joao Moutinho to maintain their form so opponents can’t focus simply on slowing down Ronaldo.
The American squad is led by manager JurgenKlinsmann, led both the German national team and Bayern Munich. He is going to understand what the Mannschaft want to do and at least give the U.S. side a bit of determination.
Klinsmann talked about his team’s fortunes after the draw ended, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):
“Obviously it’s one of the most toughest groups in the whole draw, having Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo and then Ghana, who has a history with the United States. It couldn’t get any more difficult or any bigger. It’s a real challenge. And we’ll take it. We’ll take it on, and hopefully we’re going to surprise some people there.”
Ghana may be one of the best teams in Africa, but they haven’t been at their best for a long time. The aging of Michael Essien, as well as injuries and lack of form by some of their stars have left them susceptible.
The starting match of the group will see Germany play Portugal on June 6 in Salvador and it should be a pleasure. Even if Portugal don’t win, and they are long shots to do so, watching Ronaldo go up against a team as good as Germany will be a treat. At that moment, he is undoubtedly the best player in the world andOzil, Kroos, Muller, Gotze and Reus on the other hand will be as good as it gets.
World Cup 2014, which starts just over 50 days from now is being organized in a developing nation and still is in terms of constructing the mandatory infrastructure to successfully host and brace a worldwide festival and tournament.
FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke reported a month ago to BBC sport that Brazil is not totally ready for the tournament due to construction delays. As two stadiums in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo are still not completed. Again the current political climate in Europe is not good enough for such festival. But its mere a hope that the hosting country will be capable of preparing themselves at the last minute quite enough to convince a lot of people throughout the globe and stage the event after 64 years.
Now we can have a look at the positive things, FIFA bringing the local conjunctions along the event itself. Recent announcement of $1 million television production internship program for Brazilian students is a great chance for them to gain invaluable work experience. Involving local students and providing professional training is sure-to-be thrilling opportunity for the local. FIFA is targeting for a potential boom in international sports business and the financial support of a global tournament. Remarkable economic impact from the boom in tourism has been projected. Including a total number of 3.6 million visitors to the country will probably increase 47,900 jobs in the tourist and recreation arenas, which would be a notable injection of revenue into Brazil’s GDP.
We’ve managed to come long enough without discussing football as for Brazil, which is probably the off pitch factor that this event can become the most successful party ever.
Football fans, now a days looking ahead to the fifa world cup 2014 are undoubtedly disturbed with so many questions like….
Will Neymar pledge his status as the future big name in football by bringing world cup to his country? Who will take the top scorer status this year? Will Lionel Messi finally be able to deliver a World Cup to become truly one of the all-time greats? Will Spain be able to pursue a fourth successive win in a world cup? And the dark horses? Will Belgium’s new generation fulfill their potential as they look? Will Uruguay try for betterment? Any African team to go all the way? Will England anyway get over their self-made restriction to the final?
So many international heroes are now present on Brazilian soil. Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be considered the exception, due to Sweden’s playoff loss to Portgual more specifically to Cristiano Ronaldo(who will bring unpredictable level of global coverage that in return drie up interest throughout the world for the tournament).
So far all the talk has been of the present. While the World Cup must involve the next host nation putting on a trailer show to close out the current event. Hopefully this tournament will find itself at the intersection point between the new with the old.
What could be better for Brazil than to have the very old rivals Uruguay resurface as a strong adversary? A new-look Argentina side with Messi at the helm providing dominance will be even more fascinating?
The new Brazil team headed by Neymar winning on home is probably the one that can’t be ignored. On the streets and at the stadiums, the local mood may well be touching, as Brazil can recall hosting its last World Cup 64 years ago and consider the turmoil gone through in that time.
For Brazil as much as for FIFA — how this year’s event goes—World Cup will provide a glimpse into an exciting future. If Brazil successfully overcomes its last-minute difficulty and political problems, surely thy will be hosting an exciting tournament. And we all can hope Brazil would definitely conclude!
UEFA president Michel Platini had confirmed that the final three games of the European Championships Euro 2020 will be held on Wembley Stadium. The total competition will span an unprecedented 13 countries from Europe. Wembley is a famous English Stadium. It is known across the world due to its striking architecture and heritage. Wembley Stadium had been selected to host both semi-finals and the final of the event- Euro 2020.
Previously Germany’s Allianz Arena was quite probable destination for the final events. But as it has been withdrawn from the bidding, Wembley won the right to host the tournament’s showpiece matches.
Full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020:
The full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020 is shown in the table below, per BBC Sport
Final and semi-final hosts
Quarter-final hosts (in addition to 3 group games)
In addition to 3 group games Last-16 Euro 2020 host cities:
A group of cities was going to be disappointed after the announcement. Among those to miss out were Sofia, Minsk, Skopje, Cardiff, Jerusalem and Stockholm.
Wales’ failure was arguably the greatest shock of the process of selecting Stadiums for Euro 2020.
European football fans have grown accustomed to watching showpiece matches in England, especially at England’s national stadium (Wembley Stadium). Wembley Stadium had successfully hosted both the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. Notably, the famous 90,000 seater stadium also hosts all FA Cup, play-off and League Cup finals there.
England last hosted the European Championships in 1996. In that very competition Germany triumphed on the old Wembley’s hallowed turf. The last international final saw Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 in the gold-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.
England look set to benefit from this decision. Obviously the country wouldn’t be hosting Euro 2020 matches without Platini’s plans. And the tournament atmosphere may be difficult to develop across the breadth of the continent.
Is Wembley Stadium the Right Choice to stage Euro 2020 Final?
Infrastructure within the country remains primed for international events. Both the football stadia and travel routes worked excellently during the London Olympic. For both the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, England were among the favorites to win the hosting rights. But, we already know that they have failed to land either of the events.
The Chairman of the Football Association, Grey Dyke confirmed that England will bid for the World Cup once more. He also admits (per Lipton’s report) that it will be difficult to do so while Sepp Blatter remains in charge of FIFA.
“We will bid again for the World Cup at some stage. It is quite hard to see England organizing and winning a World Cup bid at the moment, while Sepp Blatter is the president of FIFA”
He expects that the next time, World Cup decision will be taken each countries voting instead of just the executive panel of FIFA.
Blatter’s willingness to run for his fifth consecutive FIFA presidency ensures England’s hopes of hosting the global competition may be some way off. Hopefully, the Euro 2020 final landing will aid the nation’s hopes again.
Michel Platini‘s grandiose previously planned to deliver a truly continental European competition. But it still remains controversial. ‘Move the tournament away from one host’ decision was taken by the UEFA president, which actually added eight teams to bulk the competition up to 24 nations.
The decision was previously described as ‘television-shaped and politically-driven’ – Henry Winter of The Telegraph.
Wembley Stadium is an association football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England. The Stadium was opened in 2007, which was actually built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium. The previous famous architecture was demolished in 2003. With around 90,000 seats, the Stadium is considered as the second largest Stadium in Europe.
It was believed that Football has the ability to turn any host nation into an all-encompassing, welcoming party for travelling fans. Probably this is the greatest achievement of football. But now a time with such decision, it definitely become difficult. For now, the month’s play will need to cross a lot more borders.
Even the supporters will face another difficulty. They will need to judge where their countries will be competing. May be we can conclude that the Euro 2020 main event is going to lose its total crowd possibility.
Undoubtedly Wembley Stadium will provide an excellent backdrop for the latter stages of the Euro 2020 tournament. The impressive stadium creates a rapturous atmosphere at its best. Hopefully the host city will allow stars to shine, which is already arguably the most historic footballing stage of them all.
Being positive, we can expect UEFA’s decision as very important to bring the Euro 2020 final to the unparalleled footballing ground, Wembley Stadium, England.
Lucrative salaries, huge sponsorship and merchandising machines is now in the background of world sports. The world’s top paid athletes come from a range of sports worldwide. These ten highest paid athletes together earn over half a billion dollars per year. The list of highest paid athletes in 2014 is already past for us. Now we are forwarding to the assumption for top highest paid athletes of 2016. Here we going to make the List of maximum earners from various sports in the world. There is some new entries from the previous list.
Tiger Woods was the most paid athlete in 2013. Now he is at number six. Again Cristiano Ronaldo is also jumping up and up. Currently he is the 2nd highest paid athlete in 2016 with 80 million annual earnings. Notably this year’s list is dominated by soccer, tennis, basketball and American football players.
Top 10 highest paid athletes | Top paid athletes:
The world Famous Forbes Magazine has recently released their latest list of highest paid athletes in the world for 2015-2016.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is ranked number one in this list with $105 million yearly. But the exceptional fact is that he is not making any money on endorsements (all salary) according to Forbes.
Now here we are presenting the Detail List of top 10 highest paid athletes |top paid athletes for 2016. Most obviously this ranking is based on or more accurately adopted from the official Website of American Magazine Forbes.com.
Let’s check out, who are the highest paid athletes in the world 2016?
10. Matt Ryan – Passing Machine
Matt Ryan definitely isn’t one of the most famous sportsmen in the world. But still, the American football player is a bigger earner than football sensation Neymar, MS Dhoni and Lewis Hamilton. And MS Dhoni. Currently he is the quarterback for Atlanta Falcons. The number 10th highest paid athlete earns $43.8 million annually. And a new contract signed last year, which saw him become the team’s franchise quarterback.
Matt Ryan signed a five-year contract for $103.75 million with Atlanta Falcaons last year. The contract includes a $28 million signing bonus and $12 million option bonus. He is considered the top paid NFL player over last 12 months. Average $20.75 million annual value was the second highest in NFL. Only Aaron Rodgers at the time of the signing as Colin Kaepernick surpassed Ryan successfully.
Matty Ice bolsters his playing income with nearly $2 million a year. Most of them are from appearances and sponsors like Nike, Liquid Nutrition and Comcast. He becomes the Falcons all-time leader in passing yards for recent years.
Matt Ryan is currently at number 10 in the list of highest paid athletes 2016. The 10th of the top paid athletes earns $42 million as salary and $1.8 million as endorsement.
Rafael Nadal’s way of playing is definitely unpleasant for any opponent for his aggressive and dynamic abilities. The Spanish tennis star is often hindered by injuries. But never left for fighting back later. As usual, his reward hasn’t just been on the court field. The Spaniard’s yearly earnings total amount announces him as the 9th highest paid athlete for the upcoming year.
Rafael Nadal had a monster 2013 season. That time he just went 75-7 and finished ranked first in the world of Tennis. He won two Grand Slams (French Open, U.S. Open). Also he was runner-up at Australia in January this year. He added a ninth French Open title in June. Which is now 66-1 all time at Roland Garros. Probably this monumental evident makes turns him within the top 10 highest paid athletes.
The wins and top year-end rankings kicked in bonuses from sponsors. Within just one single year he had earned in total $14.5 million prize money. Being one of the best paid athletes, his biggest endorsement partner is Nike. His earnings are heavily tied to his year-end rank. Currently there are some other sponsors with him. Babolat, Banc Sabadell Atlantico, Mapfre, Richard Mille, Poker Stars, Kia Motors and Mueller are some of them.
Namely Master of Clay Court, Nadal is at number 9 in this list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 9th of the top paid athletes has a total earning of $44.5 million per year, from which $14.5 million is salary and $30 million is endorsement/ commercial deals.
Phil Mickelson is perhaps one of the most chilled out sportsmen in the list of top ten highest paid athletes 2016. The 44-year-old US golfer has managed over 50 tournament wins in his career. The 8th ranked highest paid athlete has a yearly salary of $53.2 million.
Mickelson picked up valuable sponsor bonuses last year for winning the British Open. This was his first time winning the title. He earns more than $40 million annually from appearances. And the rest from sponsors like Callaway, KPMG, Barclay’s, Exxon Mobil, Amgen/Pfizer and Rolex.
Being one of the highest paid professional athletes, he picked up a deal to promote psoriatic arthritis drug Enbrel after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2010. He also used the drug for his treatment. Phil Mickelson has racked up 42 PGA victories (ninth all-time), $74 million in career prize money (second all-time). He had won five major titles (second-most during the past 20 years). Though Mickelson is under investigation by the FBI and SEC for making stock trades on nonpublic information, the golfer has denied any wrongdoings.
Philip Alfred Mickelson is currently at number 8 in the list of highest paid athletes 2016. The 8th of the top paid athletes earns $5.2 million as salary and $48 million as endorsements. He is also the oldest member to be found himself in this most earning athletes list.
Sometimes his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal seem to have taken over on the court. But the Tennis legend (namely the Swiss guarantee) Roger Federer still earns the most in the world of tennis. Even though he hasn’t added to his 17 Grand Slam titles. But his endorsement list is still a big reason that Federer earns $56.2 million per year as the 7th highest paid athlete in the world.
Roger Federer continues to be among the world’s best players 16 years after he turned pro himself. He holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins, in total which is 17. His career prize money summation is $81 million. Federer appeared in a staggering 18 out of 19 Grand Slam finals between 05 to 10.
His endorsement portfolio is filled with long-term deals that definitely bring him among the highest paid athletes in the world. Nike, Rolex and Credit Suisse are some of his sponsors. His sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million per year. The latest addition is champagne brand Moet & Chandon. They have signed Federer to a five-year deal a s being one of the most earning athletes.
Roger Federer is the number 7 of this list of top 10 highest paid athletes 2016. The 7th of the top paid athletes earns total $56.2 million per year, $4.2 million as salary and $52 million as endorsements.
Tiger Woods is not playing the best golf of his life at the moment. He is two years older than Kobe Bryant, but he still pulls in a remarkable $61.2 million per year. That makes him the 6th highest paid athlete in the world. Most of that money comes from endorsements as he has already lost his unbelievable swing.
Woods became the first sportsman ever to have earned over $1 billion. He underwent back surgery at the end of March that sidelined him for the Masters for the first time. This was the latest bump in the road in Wood’s quest to break Jack Nicklaus’ record. The record is of 18 major titles. Being one of the best paid athletes Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since the 2008 US Open.
His earnings took a hit when Electronic Arts announced in 2013. His eponymous video game after 16 versions series generated nearly $800 million in sales. Nike renewed its deal with Woods in 2013. They built a golf division on the back of Woods that registered sales of $791 million. Woods’ continues to be one of the highest paid athletes thanks to his sponsor’s deals.
Woods’ golf course-design business has also picked up after multiple blowups. Currently tiger woods is at number 6 in the list of top 10 highest paid athletes 2016. The 6th of the top paid athletes earns $6.2 million as salary and $55 million as endorsements in 2016. Definitely he is one of the Greatest Golfer of All Time.
Kobe’s career in the NBA has become nothing short of epic story. Kobe Bryant has played in 16 NBA All-Star games. Among them he has been NBA champion for five times. Currently he is playing for The LA Lakers. He is now 36-years-old and remains one of the most iconic players of basketball. On top of that, the 5th highest paid athlete earns $61.5 million per year.
Bryant had the highest salary in the NBA for the fourth straight year during last season. The total $30.5 million salary is nearly $8 million higher than any other in this ground. He inked a two-year $48.5 million contract extension in November 2013. That will keep the highest paid athlete in the world on-court salary tops in the NBA.
Bryant’s jersey was still the NBA’s third best seller during the season 2013-2014. Kobe Bryant ranks fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He has deals with Turkish Air, Hublot, Nike and Lenovo. In total these endorsements worth more than $30 million per year.
The second highest paid NBA Basketball Player is currently at number 5 in this list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 5th of the top paid athletes earns $30.5 million as salary and $31 million as endorsement per year. He has undoubtedly the biggest contract in NBA.
Lionel Messi is the world’s fourth highest earning athlete. He has already grabbed people’s attention at an even younger age than LeBron James and so many. The argentine youngster moved to Spanish football club, Barcelona and developed his skills and size. The world star is now being considered as the 4th highest paid athlete 2016.
Messi finished as runner up in 2013 Ballon d’Or after winning it a record four consecutive times. He has Sponsors like Adidas, who launched his signature shoe last year. The Turkish Airlines also paired him with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Jointly they have invested heavily in Barcelona’s most prolific footballer.
In turn, so has the Spanish tax authority. They investigated him and his father for image rights tax evasion and ordered him to pay $6.5 million. Messi signed his 7th contract in 11 years which will pay him $50 million a year pre-tax and extend his stay at Camp Nou. This deal will continue till 2019. And Messi will be one of the giants in top ten highest paid athletes list.
Perhaps the Man have more records than anyone in Soccer’s History. Lionel Messi is now at the 4th stand in our list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 4th of the top paid athletes earns $41.7 million as salary and $23 million as endorsements. The new contract will see him earni8ng 27 million per season.
Though highly-touted from a young age, 29-year-old LeBron James has already turned himself into a basketball icon all-time. He’s been voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player four times. On top of being a global ambassador for his sport, he is the 3rd highest paid athlete in the world 2016.
The four MVP awards have made LeBron James the king of the NBA. James is the NBA’s biggest endorsement star. And got deals with Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Upper Deck. Sales of his signature Nike shoes were tops among active players at $300 million in the U.S. last year.
According to research firm SportsOneSource his jersey was the NBA’s best-seller last season. Being one of the best paid athletes, James’ earnings also got a boost from the sale of Beats to Apple for $3 billion. He just owned a small piece of the business and helped make the brand a must-have accessory.
LeBron James Remains the Highest Paid Basketball Player in this List for 2016. He is at number 3 in this list of highest paid athletes in the world. The 3rd of the top paid athletes earns more than $72.3 million per year. $19.3 million as salary and $53 million as endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the most talented footballers of our time. And he is also one of the vainest. If he plays a 90 minute game in non-stop rain, still leaves the pitch looking great. No surprise that part of Cristiano Ronaldo’s earnings come from his own fashion label. The 2nd highest paid athlete in the world currently earns total $80 million per year.
The Portugal and Real Madrid star was voted the sport’s most valuable player in the world previously. It was the second time in his career after scoring 69 goals in 59 club and country matches. Real Madrid rewarded him with a record 5-year contract worth more than $200 million.
Last time he went on to help the team win its tenth Champions League title. Ronaldo’s commercially good looks have landed him mega sponsorships like Tag Heuer and a personal brand of underwear labeled CR7 and Nike deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the second of the top paid athletes in 2015-2016 session. The number 2 of the highest paid athletes earn almost $52 million per year as salary and $28 million as endorsements. He is Ahead of Lionel Messi with some distance.
47 fights, 47 wins: unbeatable records. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an ace in the ring. A marketing genius outside also. The 37-year-old boxing welterweight world champion is the one and only highest paid athlete in this sporting world. He is the only person to earn more than $100 million per year.
Mayweather is the first athlete (besides Tiger Woods) to earn $100 million in Forbes’ annual tally. His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest PPV gross, which is not less than $150 million. The Canelo fight marked the second bout in the blockbuster 30-month.
Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32 million for his May fight with Marcos Maidana. That time the PPV buys are expected to finish between 900,000 and one million. Compared to 2.2 million for Mayweather-Alvarez, Mayweather pocketed $105 million for the two bouts thanks to his role as both pugilist and promoter.
He is the genuine undefeated professional Boxer of his generation. The most Ridiculous star Mayweather is at top of this list of highest paid athletes in the world 2016. The number one top paid athlete earns total $105 million as salary and surprisingly no endorsements.
The list of 100 athletes includes one cricket player, one track & field athlete, four boxers, five golfers, six tennis players, six race-car drivers, 15 soccer players, 17 football players, 18 basketball players and 27 baseball players – according to Forbes.com
Three women make the top 100 list and they’re all tennis players. Maria Sharapova at No. 34 ($24.4 million), Li Na is No. 41 ($23.6 million) and Serena Williams is No. 55 ($22 million)..
Where goalkeepers are concerned, natural process has almost always been to have one consistent goalkeeper. Also there is another much-less-heralded backup in the event of an injury to the consistent choice. Major football clubs across Europe have been laughing in the face of that natural so called process. They have been buying backup keepers who could easily start for other major clubs to have as a solid backup goalkeepers. This recent stockpiling of goalkeepers that we are trying to make list of the top 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer 2015.
We can easily figure out the fact by just looking at Chelsea. Being one of the famous and richest clubs in Europe as well as England, Chelsea still have Petr Cech on their list despite the return of Thibaut Courtois. They have taken him after an extremely successful loan spell with Atletico Madrid last season. There’s also the fact that Manchester City recently signed Malaga’s Willy Caballero as backup goalkeeper to support their prior choice Joe Heart.
Barcelona signed both Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen following the departure of longtime number one goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Who is still available for any club to be found as prime or backup goalkeeper. Real Madrid recently signed Costa Rican goalkeeping hero Keylor Navas to act as backup for Spanish goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas. No doubt, sometimes it feels like the number one goalkeeper of his age is currently on the downswing of his career with the Spanish Giants Real Madrid.
All this to say, backup goalkeepers are becoming a hotter commodity than ever in soccer. It’s becoming increasingly obvious as this transfer window comes to a close.
These 10 goalkeepers are still worth decent amounts of money despite their status of having to warm the bench. Though they are found more capable of providing a decent challenge to the guy in front.
Here we are discussing and making the list of top 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer / football world. These ranks are totally based on their market value.
Let’s find, who is the most valuable backup goalkeeper in soccer world?
10. Pepe Reina
Present Club: Bayern Munich
He was well known for so long as the main man in Liverpool. It’s a little bit strange to see Pepe Reina act as a backup nowadays in Bayern Munich. At 32 years of age, he is probably fitting that would be more accepting of a role as a mentor for Manuel Neuer, who is arguably considered as the best goalkeeper in world football.
With Bayern expected to make a serious run once again for the Champions League trophy this season, it was probably hard for the Spaniard. He is currently considered the number 10th of the list – top 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer. His current market value is at $6.6 million, which is turned down undoubtedly.
Maarten Stekelenburg is currently on loan at Monaco after Fulham. The Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is acting as the backup goalkeeper for Les Rouges et Blancs behind Danijel Subasic this season. Surprisingly he is barely entered his 30s and has gained 54 caps for the Dutch national soccer team.
Marten may be several years removed from his best days as a member of Ajax, still has a market value of $7.3 million. Which makes him the 9th most valued backup goalkeeper right now. Stekelenburg still comes with a decent price tag for any team to have.
Jack has been considered as England’s goalkeeper of the future. Probably that’s the cause behind, Roy Hodgson brought him along for Euro 2012 two years ago. His previous club Birmingham City is proof enough that he’s got plenty of potential as goalkeeper.
However the 21-year-old is likely to play the role of backup to Asmir Begovic at Stoke. Unless the Potters can secure a last-minute loan spell for him. He is currently considered the 8th in the list of top 10 most important backup goalkeepers in the world. His current market value is $7.3 million. And he may not really be content to warm the bench despite his young career. He is being sent on a sixth loan spell may not be something he particularly wants either.
Willy had a very successful time as the main man at Malaga in La Liga previously. He has been inexplicably snubbed time and time again from the Argentine national team. Willy Caballero’s recent signing with Manchester City means that his chances of playing for his country have decreased a bit. As Joe Heart remains the main guy at the Etihad Stadium, he may only be called upon in case of injury.
Still with $7.3 million market price, Willy is at number 7 in this list of 10 most valuable backup goalkeepers in soccer 2015. It’s uncertain as to how long Caballero will be content to just be the second-string keeper at City.
Michael Agazzi is probably the least recognizable name on this list. The Milan backup goalkeeper Michael Agazzi has built up a decent reputation for himself as the main goalkeeper at Cagliari. At Chievo Verona earlier this year then led to him moving to the San Siro. They also signed Diego Lopez from AC Milan Football Club.
The 30-year-old is rated with a market value of $8.8 million. This makes him rank at 6th in the list of most valued backup goalkeepers in soccer world. He may not have much of a chance to compete for time as the number one keeper if Lopez’s performances for the Rossoneri are consistently better. The fact that longtime keeper Christian Abbiati is still on their books surely doesn’t also provoke.
Vorm has been capped 15 times by the Dutch national team. He was also chosen as going to the World Cup this past summer as a member of the Oranje’s third place team. Michel Vorm’s recent signing with Tottenham Hotspur may come back to haunt him.
As Hugo Loris firmly entrenched as Spurs’ number one man, also evergreen American goalkeeper Brad Friedel still on their side, Michel Vorm may have a difficult time starting games at White Hart Lane. He is at fifth position considering the backup goalkeepers priority list. The former Swansea City keeper is rated at a market value of $8.8 million. Hopefully he may not stay in Tottenham for a terribly long sessions.
He has been following a great run by the Colombian national team to the quarterfinals of this summer’s 2014 World Cup, Brazil. Most obviously David Ospina needed to play for a bigger club than Nice in Ligue 1. He had been playing with them after moving overseas in 2008.
Arsenal may not necessarily be the answer for that problem. Although he’s clearly good enough to start for a major club. He will likely have to fight for playing time with the Gunners’ longtime number one Wojciech Szczesny now. With a market value of $10.3 million, Ospina is considered 4th of the most valuable backup goalkeepers in 2015 soccer world. The 25 year old still young goalkeeper need his competition which could potentially be fierce.
Claudio Bravo is currently in the starting role for Barcelona FC. As a result of the fact that promising young German keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out injured for some times. Once ter Stegen returns, Bravo may have to sit a number of games out for the Blaugrana.
He has been playing for the Chilean national team that made it past one of the World Cup’s round. He was the longtime number one for Real Sociedad. Claudio Bravo may not be satisfied to have to be part of a goalkeeping tandem. He is at no. 3 of the 10 most valued backup goalkeepers 2014/2015. At 31 years of age, his market value is $11.6 million, which is still considered fair enough.
Navas’ performances for his country at the 2014 World Cup Brazil this summer were nothing short of sensational. Undoubtedly his role in Costa Rica’s run to the quarterfinals was instrumental also. So it was obvious that Keylor Navas would not be content to still be playing for a club like Levante.
The sensational goalkeeper was rewarded with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid. His market value of $14.6 million shows that he’s good enough to start for many big clubs around Europe. But it’s unknown how often he’ll have to jockey for position with another arguable greatest of our generation. Someday will definitely see him as the number one role at Bernabeu.
Cech has been linked recently to loan spells at clubs like Paris Saint-Germain. Still he remains on Chelsea’s books. It looks as if he’ll have to settle for a backup role behind young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Unfortunately if he doesn’t win his place back at Stamford Bridge, Petr Cech will be certain to move elsewhere.
For a time now, he’s still by far the most valuable backup goalkeeper with a market value of almost $25 million. He is also one of the best goalkeepers in recent years and still very much intact even at 32. People believes he has also fallen on the downturn of his career and leading the backup goalkeepers in world soccer.
The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup is the world’s most widely celebrated sporting event. Simply known as the World Cup, is the international association football competition by the national teams of the members of FIFA. This championship is awarded every four years for FIFA world cup winners since the first tournament in 1930 which was held in Uruguay and was won by the hosts. 19 tournaments held, 76 nations have arrived at least once. With five titles, Brazil is the most victorious World Cup team and also the only nation to participate in all the world cup tournaments.
Italy and Germany have four titles. Other champions are Uruguay, who won the very first tournament and Argentina, France with two titles each. England and Spain, who have won one each, Present champions, France got their second world cup in 2018.
In the table below, full list of previous FIFA World Cup winners, host country, winning team, runners-up and the score everything is presented.
World Cup Winner List
Stadio Nazionale PNF
Stade Olympique de Colombes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Estádio do Maracanã
Mexico City, Mexico
Munich, West Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mexico City, Mexico
Pasadena, California, United States
Stade de France
International Stadium Yokohama
Johannesburg, South Africa
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Estadio do Maracana
A brief History on world cup winners list:
After established in 1904, FIFA tried to arrange an international football tournament in 1906. But the early World Cup tournaments were troublesome due to travel and war. Then some South American teams were agreed to travel to Europe for the 1934 and 1938 tournaments. Brazil was probably the only team to compete in both the tournaments.
The Brazil world cup 1950 was the first to incorporate British participants. Primarily they refused to join but in 1946 the agreed FIFA’s invitation. The 1930 champions Uruguay returned after two world cup boycotts. Unfortunately, Uruguay won against the host nation Brazil in the match named Maracanazo.
For the first time, 24 teams participated in 1982 and then it expanded to 32 in 1998 to create an opportunity for more teams from Asia, Africa, and North America. About two hundred teams entered the 2002 qualification rounds and a record 2010 world cup.
From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winning teams. Originally it was known as World Cup or Coupe du Monde. In1970, Brazil’s third-time victory in the tournament permitted them to keep the trophy permanently. In the year 1970, a new trophy was designed as FIFA World Cup Trophy. The new trophy is never awarded to the winning nations invariably. Winners have to retain the trophy at the next tournament and are will be awarded another gold-plated replica.
In the year 1954, the World Cup was first televised. Now it can be regarded as the most widely followed and viewed sporting event around the globe. The total audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is about 26.29 billion. 715.1 million People watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet).
World Cup strongly impacts global branding. The host country can foresee a multi-million dollar revenue increase with just this month-long event. It is expected that Brazil was expecting to bring in more than $11 billion in revenue for the World Cup 2014.
FIFA introduced its first own mascot or logo in 1966. World Cup Willie was the first world mascot in 1966. Recently official match balls are also specially designed for each world cup.
Football or soccer is considered as the most popular sport in the world. The game is played by over 250 million players all over the world. The Laws and regulations of football were originally coded in England by The Football Association in 1863. Now, the authority governing all football affairs is Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA. The Sporty Ghost team has selectively chosen the best soccer players as the members of Football Hall of Fame 2015. This year’s Football Hall of Fame is based on the footballers’ recent performance at both club and national level.
Their performance in the FIFA World Cup 2014 also played a key role in this Football Hall of Fame 2015 list. There are so many skillful soccer players from renowned clubs, who scored enough of goals to establish themselves as the member of the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Football Hall of Fame 2015:
Here, we are about to show you the inductees of the top 10 Football Hall of Fame 2015. Your valuable opinion will be appreciable regarding the list. So, let’s have a look at the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
10. Andrés Iniesta, Spain
Andrés Iniesta is a central midfielder in the Spanish National Football team. He also plays for Spanish giant FC Barcelona. At the club level, he was able to score 33 goals in 341 club league appearances so far. Iniesta is best known for his outstanding performance in the midfield and his amazing assisting capacity. In 2009, he was the winner of the La Liga Spanish Player of the Year. He also won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012. At the international level, he has already made 99 appearances for Spain and scored 12 International goals. His impressive performance in 2010 Fifa world cup was well remembered for the winning goal he scored against the Netherlands.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, he played a total of 270 minutes in 3 matches while he made an assist, without scoring a goal himself. Iniesta covered a distance of around 30.5 Km with the top speed of 25.6 km/h. His passing completion rate was 69%. He fouled 10 times recovering 10 balls with 41.7% cross completion rate. In FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Player, he scored an incredible 9.37 with his footballing skill. Football Hall of Fame 2015 will be very much proud to include him in the list.
Columbian National team winger James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder and one of the most promising young footballers in the world. Currently, he is playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid. James scored 8 goals in 20 appearances for Real Madrid. Previously, he joined Real Madrid from Monaco, which made him one of the highest paid soccer players in the history of Columbia. James already made 32 appearances for Columbia and scored 12 goals till now. James Rodriguez stays at No. 9 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
FIFA World Cup 2014 was very remarkable for him as he achieved the golden boot with 6 goals and 2 major assists. He played a total of 399 minutes in 5 matches in the world cup covering the distance of 46.1 km with a top speed of 30.9 km/h. He also attained the 69% passes completion rate. James fouled 10 times achieving 41.7% crosses completion rate. 9.37 was his score in the FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
The defensive midfielder Philipp Lahm is a key player for the German National team. He also plays as a full back for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. Lahm made 273 appearance for Bayern and scored 10 goals till now. He already made 113 appearances for Germany scoring 5 international goals. Philipp Lahm is regarded as one of the best full backs of his generation and he was nicknamed as the “Magic Dwarf”. Philipp Lahm is undoubtedly to be one of the inductees in Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Last FIFA world cup in Brazil, Lahm played a vital part in Germany’s victory. He played a total of 690 minutes in the pitch in 7 world cup matches making 2 assists. He also covered the distance of 81 km speeding 28.7 km/h. His shooting accuracy was an incredible 86.30% and cross completion rate was 46.2%. He only fouled three times in that world cup and recovered 39 balls. In FIFA Official Castrol Index, Lahm scored 9.39 points.
Robin Van Persie plays as a striker and captain of the Dutch National Football team. He also plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. For Manchester United, Van Persie has made 92 appearances and scored 48 goals so far. At the international level, he appeared in 96 games for the Netherlands scoring 49 goals. Van Persie was ranked 11th in the Guardian’s list of 100 best players in the world in 2013. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was so significant for him and his amazing flying goal against Spain was earned him the nickname “The Flying Dutchman”.
In the FIFA world cup tournament, he played 548 minutes in 6 games, covering the area of 62.3 km. Van Persie scored 4 goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup with the shooting accuracy of 81.30%. He fouled 18 times making 6 solo runs into area with 1 delivery in the penalty area. Van Persie’s score was 9.13 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players. Football Hall of Fame 2015 is truly glorified for having Robin Van Persie at No. 7.
The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is one of the very best footballers in recent time. He moved to Spanish Club FC Barcelona in July 2014 from Liverpool FC, where he scored 69 goals in 110 appearances. For Barcelona, he scored 8 goals in 19 matches till now and at the Uruguay National level, he capped in 82 matches scoring 44 goals. In 2014, Suarez won the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. 2014 FIFA World Cup bore a great significance in his football career. He played a total of 178 minutes in 2 matches before being dismissed for an unexpected circumstance in a match against Italy. He also scored 2 goals covering a distance of 18.1 km with a top speed of 28.7 km/h.
In that tournament, 75% of his shots were on target. The notorious footballer Luis Suarez fouled 7 times and made 1 solo run into the area with 4 deliveries in the penalty box. Luis Suarez, rather more controversial than his greatness in football, remains at 6 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
The German National attacking midfielder Thomas Muller also plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He made 190 appearances for the club and scored 70 goals till today. In 2010 FIFA World Cup, he was awarded the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer and also named as the Best Young Player of the FIFA World Cup 2010. So far, he has made 63 appearances for Germany and netted 27 goals for his team. Thomas Mueller is the 5th selection in the list of Football Hall of Fame 2015.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup, Thomas Muller was an integral part in the German National team in the way of victory. He scored 5 goals and 3 assists in 7 matches during his 682 minutes play in 2014 FIFA World Cup. With his 62.50% shooting accuracy, he covered 84 km with the top speed of 30.5 km/h. He fouled 14 times in that tournament making 9 solo runs and 12 deliveries in the penalty area. Thomas Mueller scored 9.63 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
Arjen Robben plays as a winger in the Dutch National Football team and the German Bundesliga team Bayern Munich. At the club level, he scored 73 goals in his 127 matches till now and for Netherlands, he scored 28 times in 86 matches. Robben was named Footballer of the Year in 2010 and is the third Highest rated Football Player in EA Sports’ FIFA 15. Arjen Robben was spotted at No. 4 in Football Hall of Fame 2015.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup, he played 7 matches and scored 3 goals and made 1 assist. Any footballer can be so jealous at his incredible shooting accuracy of 95%. Robben made a total of 38 solo runs into area with 19 deliveries in the penalty area. In FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players, he scored 9.74 points.
The Brazilian football sensation Neymar Jr. Plays as a winger both for Brazil and Spanish club FC Barcelona. Neymar has appeared in 50 matches for Barcelona and scored 26 league goals. At the international level, he played 62 matches for Brazil scoring 43 goals. The football genius achieved the South American Footballer of the Year award twice consecutively in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he also won the famous FIFA Puskás award. 2014 FIFA World Cup was very significant for Neymar. Neymar Jr. is considerably taking the 3rd spot in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Before stepping out of the tournament due to an injury, Neymar Jr. scored 4 goals and made 1 assist. He played a total 457 minutes in 5 matches covering the distance of 49.9 km. Neymar made 72.2% shots on target in 2014 FIFA World Cup. In addition, he fouled 8 times and made 21 solo runs into area with 16 deliveries inside the penalty region. Neymar scored 9.35 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
The winger Cristiano Ronaldo is the captain of Portugal national team and currently plays for the Spanish Club Real Madrid. In his 190 presences for Real, he scored a stunning 208 goals so far. Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of so many awards throughout his career, such as FIFA World Player of the Year award, World Soccer Player of the Year, FIFPro Player of the Year and the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or twice. Cristiano Ronaldo proudly grabs his spot at No. 2 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Cristiano has made 119 appearances for Portugal and scored 52 goals. In 2014 FIFA World Cup, his role was not so significant as he scored 1 goal and made 1 assist in the 3 world cup matches. With 60.9% shooting accuracy, he covered 28.2 km distance with the top speed of 31.2 km/h. He is well known for his amazing speed and skills with football. Cristiano made 8 solo runs into area with 2 deliveries in penalty area. In FIFA Official Castrol Index, he scored 7.96.
Here he is, the Leo of Football, Lionel Messi, the top footballer in the Football Hall of Fame 2015. He is the captain of Argentina National team and also plays for the Spanish Club FC Barcelona. At the club level, he appeared in 304 matches for Barcelona scoring a total amazing 275 goals. For Argentina, he scored 45 goals in 97 matches till now. 2014 FIFA World Cup was very significant to him. He achieved the Golden Ball award for his contribution which led Argentina to the Final.
Messi appeared in 7 matches in that World cup, scoring 4 goals and 1 assist. He covered the distance of 62.7 km while speeding at 30.3 km/h and 45.5% of his shot were on target. Lionel Messi fouled six times throughout the tournament making 34 solo runs into area with 26 deliveries in the penalty area. Messi scored 9.46 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
Lionel Messi is truly the living legend of football. He is the player we are looking for and stays at No. 1 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.