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Top 10 Most Popular Sports in Australia

The term sport is the very common language for almost every human being around the globe. May be sports are the most common fiber of human life. But not necessarily all kind of sports have to be popular for every country. Each and every country has its own choice of popular sports. Some of these sports may even not played in other countries. Undoubtedly same is the case for Australia. Here we are only interested with those most popular sports in Australia or in other words you can names this topic as the most played sports in Australia. As we already know that sport is a national passion in Australia and for the Australian people. They are avid followers of ‘footy’ that covers every game from uniquely Australian AFL to rugby union.

There are a bunch of different sports played in Australia. Australian plays beach cricket and backyard all summer. They in fact spend their thousand dollars to watch the iconic Boxing Day test. No doubt that summer is considered as the season of sport around the country and especially the Grand Slam tennis tournament, which always being held in this suitable season for the Australians.

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Australia has championship-designed golf courses across the country. They proudly hold the record in hosting many premier golf events. Their marathons also attract thousands of runners from all over the world. And almost people from almost all the other countries exactly know about Australia car racing events for example the Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix.

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Here in this article we are trying to figure out some of these sports which are currently considerably their prior choice in Australia. Here the term most popular sports in Australia is only meaning those games which are in fact the most watched or most played sports in Australia.

So, let’s find out, which one is the most popular sport in Australia?

10. Marathon

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Marathons can be considered the 10th in this list of most popular sports in Australia. These are definitely very big sports event on Australian sporting calendar. Mostly 10km and 5km races held.

The Great Ocean Road International Marathon is held in May. And during the month of June the popular Gold Course Airport Marathon held in Australia, in which many runners from all over the world takes part. It is believed that people from all over the world mostly enjoy popular Australian arrangement.

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09. Car Racing

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Here come the sport which represents the Australian passion. Most of the Australians are found to be passionate for car racing. As well the country needs to host a number of rubber-burning events for the growing numbers of spectators.

For the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix each March, Melbourne’s Albert Park is selected as the venue. The Nikon SuperGP in October Primed V8 Supercars hit the Gold Coast. Tourists are very fond of enjoying the buzz around the Supercheap Auto Bathurst, especially in the month of October. Car racing is currently in our consideration, the 9th of the most popular sports in Australia.

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08. Cricket

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The outside World probably sometimes think cricket as the most popular sport in Australia. As they have conquered the victory trophy most dominantly for most of the times. But the fact is, it is only the 8th in this list of most played sports in Australia.

Australians are playing cricket more than 200 years. Undoubtedly this sport will always be in the popular sport list in Australia. The Australians usually play cricket at picnics, parks, beaches even at barbeques.

The Australian cricket team is one of the world’s top-ranking teams. They won the ICC world cup four times which is the biggest cricket world records. The Australian are also producing a number of Cricket heroes in short intervals. Some of their all-time legend cricket heroes are- Sir Donald Bradman, Chappell brothers, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.

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07. Golf

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Golf is probably the most popular leisure sport for Australians. There are more than 1,500 golf courses across Australia. They have both private and public courses for this game. Some of these courses are champion-designed, which often boast spectacular views. But above all, the best part of Golf courses is that many courses are connected with luxurious resorts. Sometimes, these resorts offer ‘stay and play’ packages and I bet the Australian love it.

Some of Australia’s world-class golf superstars are – Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, Karrie Webb and Adam Scott. Premier golf event names are – the Australian Masters, Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open Golf.

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06. Tennis

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Australia becomes the headquarters for hosting international tennis tournaments every year in January. And the event is much known to most of the sports fans all over the world, it’s the most famous Australian Open.

Perth’s Hopman Cup starts in which eight top doubles teams compete for a trophy covered with Kimberley diamonds. In Brisbane, International top male tennis stars warm up for the Australian Open in the first week of the month. Female players also sharpen their serves at the Moorilla Hobart International a week later of that event.

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05. Soccer

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The first national soccer team of Australia’s was formed in 1922. The team was being ready for the tour of New Zealand. And finally Australia Soccer team made their first appearance in the World Cup finals in West Germany 1974.

The national team of Australia is commonly known as the Socceroos in Australia. Now they are several World Cups behind their first appearance. The team is also gaining success on the international circuit. Qualification for the Socceroos national team of Australia in 2010 World Cup South Africa without losing a single match confirms the popularity of soccer in Australia.

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04. Rugby Union

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Australian Rugby Union well known team is the Wallabies. Each year they compete with New Zealand and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series. The battle between them and New Zealand is known as the Bledisloe Cup. Again the games with South Africa are part of the Mandela Challenge Plate.

Australia also arranges the Rugby World Cup in which many teams come to play from across the world. There are seven former Australian players, who can successfully claim to be introduced into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. So, in our current compilation we can conclude this sport as the 4th in at the top 10 most popular sports in Australia.

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03. National Rugby League (NRL)

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Rugby League is a full contact ball sport, which considered as the third most popular sport in Australia. We can explain this Australian sport as another branch of Rugby Union. The sport was generated in the early 20th century from Rugby Union.

NRL or The National Rugby League is mostly played in the eastern states of Australia. Most of the 16 teams of NRL are Sydney based. The NRL season starts in early March and ends with the grand final on October.

Obviously NRL competitions attract huge crowds and huge TV audiences all over the world, especially the Australian are found crazy about this event. There are also popular annual international games like the New Zealand VS Australia ANZAC Day test.

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02. Australian Football League (AFL)

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There is another name that the Australians mostly call this event and that is “Aussie rules”. In Australia if you see men in shorts leaping to great heights playing on a large arena with an oval ball, you can definitely be ensured of watching a game of Australian Football League (AFL). This is one of Australia’s premier spectator sport. Historians confirm that the game was developed in Melbourne in the 19th century. And the fact is, AFL is currently the most attended sporting league of the country. And that makes AFL the most popular sport in Australia.

If we try to find out its popularity region, we get Victoria. Australian people often refers this place as where this sport is practically a religion for the citizen. Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide also have passionately supported AFL teams in recent years. AFL consist 16 teams which play 22 home and away rounds from the above mentioned time zone.

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01. Football

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Now we are bringing to you a very interesting term ‘footy’. This term actually covers four codes for the Australians. This may seem a little confusing. But the truth is, depending on different state of Australia, it can mean Soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union or Australian Football League (AFL).

As we know that for most of the Europeans the term football means only the football, which in other words is soccer. But these four codes command a strong and loyal fan base in Australia. These are probably the most played sport in Australia in the same season from March to September.

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Top 10 Most Popular Sports in America

Sports of different kinds play an important role in American society. These sports have earned tremendous popularity across USA, but most importantly they are the vehicles for transmitting such values as fair play, justice and team work. Sports have contributed to social and racial integration and over history, they have been a ‘social glue’ bonding the whole America together.

Early American personalities like President Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin stressed the need for sports such as running and swimming. In the 20th century, American presidents like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy continued to encourage sports among the Americans.

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Later in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the President’s council on Youth fitness. It aimed to encourage America’s youth to make fitness a first priority. This organization later became the President’s Council on physical fitness and Sports, which included people of all ages and abilities and promoting fitness through games and sports. Today, the Sports Council continues to play a vital role in development of sports in America.

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Sporty Ghost has enlisted the top 10 most popular sports in America. Let’s check out what is the most popular sport in America?

10. Martial Arts

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Martial arts are the traditions of combat practices. Martial arts are practiced for various reasons: self-defense, physical health and fitness, competition, entertainment purposes, as well as physical, mental and spiritual development.

Actually, the term ‘Martial Arts’ has become associated with the fighting arts of eastern Asia. But it was originally referred to the combat system of Europe, in early 1550s. The term ‘Martial Arts’ derived from the Latin word ‘Arts of Mars’, the Roman God of war. Not only in Europe, martial arts have also gained popularity in America. It has been a mandatory in US military to learn martial arts as a form of self-defense.

The US government is also encouraging Martial Arts as a form of sport. In 2007, the wholesale value of martial arts related sports equipment in America was estimated 314 million USD. The participation in martial arts in the same year was at stunning 6.9 million. The Ultimate fighting championship in Martial arts generated a revenue of about 250 USD in 2008. Martial arts are gaining popularity in the young generations of USA. It is one of the most watched sports in America. In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, Martial arts is in No. 10 position.

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9. Motor Sports

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Like the rest of the World, Americans initially began to use their public streets as a track of automobile races. As time progressed, and it was realized that these venues are not safe for the public as they offered relatively little crowd control. Promoters and drivers in America discovered that horse racing tracks could provide better conditions for motor sports than public streets. Since then, there was a huge development in the racing motor sports in America.

United States are quite capable of arranging famous motor racing events. Here are some of these popular motor sports:

Indianapolis 500:

Indianapolis 500 is the most popular open wheel racing event in USA. An acrimonious split between the primary series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway led to the formation of Indy Racing League in 1994.

Notable Indy car drivers: A.J Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Al Unser, Scott Dixon.

NASCAR:

It is the result of enormous expansion of stock car racing. At past, it was mostly a regional circuit, followed in the Southern US. Now it is truly a national sports event.

Famous NASCAR drivers: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt and Jr. Jimmie Johnson

Formula 1:

Although, formula one is the most popular form of motor sports worldwide, it is not so much popular in America. The Formula one race first hosted in Austin, Texas in 2012. The event was the first United States Grand Prix held since 2007.

Famous Formula one drivers: Phil Hill, Mario Andretti, Scott Speed

Motorcycle:

Motorcycle racing, commonly known as MotoGP championship is one of the most popular sports in America. There are two Moto GP events took place in US. These events included United States motorcycle Grand Prix and Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Famous Moto GP drivers: Nicky Hayden, Collin Edwards, John Hopkins, Eddie Lawson

After American football, Motorcycle racing is the 2nd most watched in America. Motorcycle racing has marked as one of the most popular sports in USA. In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, motorcycle racing is in No. 9 position.

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8. Pro-wrestling

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It was a professional wrestling promotion in America in the mid-1980s. Various federations of US wrestling, including National Wrestling Alliance, American Wrestling Association (AWA) and Jim Crockett Promotions unitedly formed Pro-wrestling in USA.

Historical background:

By 1984, Vince McMahon stepped forward to take the World Wrestling Federation ( Now World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE) national and he was the one to bring out Georgia Championship Wrestling. Vince McMahon was able to air the historic “Brawl to End it All” and “War to Settle the Score” wrestling card on MTV to fight the National Wrestling Alliance. Besides that, McMahon still had the most recognized wrestler in America, HULK HOGAN.

Famous Pro-wrestling figures: John Cena, Undertaker, Kane, Stone Cold, The Rock.

Pro-wrestling is probably the most watched and popular sport event in America to some of the critics.

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7. Tennis

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Tennis is an Olympic sport. The game is played all the levels of society. Tennis is popular in all ages. Although the modern game of tennis originated in England, the popularity spread worldwide in a very short period of time.

Tennis was first played in America at the home of Mary Ewing Outerbridge at the Staten Island Cricket club in New Brighton Staten Island, New York in 1874. In 1880, USA held the American National Tournament for the first time in history. United States Tennis Association was formed on 21 May, 1881 to build up rules and organize tennis tournaments.

The America’s national Men’s singles championships is currently known as US Open . The first US Open was took place in 1881 at Newport, Rhode Island. The US Open was made officially one of the tennis majors from 1924.

America has possessed a glorious memory in the history of tennis. The sport is equally popular in men and women. In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, tennis is in the No. 7 position as one of the most watched sports in USA.

Famous US tennis players: Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams

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6. Golf

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Golf began many centuries before the Europeans migrated to America. Presumably, they brought the game across the Atlantics. The game of golf took a while to become popular in America.

American Professional Golfers Association, PGA was formed in 1916. The catalyst in this procedure was the department store owner Rodman Wanamaker.

America is considered as the heartland of golf. There are hundreds of beautiful golf courses around the country. America’s history of golf is much enriched. Golf is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in America.

Famous US golfers: Tiger Woods, Lanny Wadkins, Gene Littler, Lloyd Mangrum

Tiger Woods is an iconic golf figure in the history of America. He is the most successful golfer of all time. He has been one of the highest paid athletes for several years. The players like Woods has made the game one of the most popular sports in America.

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5. Soccer

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USA is one of those very few countries where soccer is not at the top in sense of popularity. In terms of viewership, soccer is regarded as the most popular sports in the world. However, soccer is gaining popularity in the school based programs while about 340,000 girls and 380,000 boys participated in this game during 2008 as per the US census.

The governing body is named United States Soccer Federation, commonly known as US Soccer. The organization arranges all level of soccer in America, involving the National teams, professional leagues and amateur games. Now a days, over 13 million people in America are playing soccer. It is the third most played team sport in America.

The Major League Soccer (MLS) is the highest professional soccer league in US. Major League Soccer began to put their mark since 1996 with 10 teams, and has now grown to 20 teams. The MLS is becoming very popular in USA. This soccer league has the third highest attendance of any sports events in America.

Famous US soccer players: Alexi Lalas, Thomas Florie, Cobi Jones, Tim Howard.

In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, soccer is the fifth most popular sport in US.

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4. Ice Hockey

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The game is generally known as ‘hockey’. The name ‘Ice-hockey’ is commonly used in countries where ‘hockey’ refers to dry field hockey. Ice hockey is the 4th most popular sport in America.

Ice-hockey is mostly popular in the areas of North America, particularly in northern parts of America and Canada. The National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level in men’s hockey and is the most popular game in North America. USA won its first gold medal in winter Olympics 1980, in ice-hockey. It was the greatest success of the American ice hockey teams. The win was so remarkable that it is referred to “Miracle on Ice”, as it was a win over the mighty Soviet Union.

Famous US ice-hockey players: Tommy Williams, Jeff Norton, Darren Turcotte, Craig Janney

On the basis of popularity, ice-hockey is the 4th most popular sports in America.

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3. Basketball

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Basketball is the 3rd most popular sport in our list. Basketball is the 10th most followed sport in the world. Basically the game is well developed in America and some part of Europe. Nowadays, people all over the world enjoy the game.

All basketball competitions in America are organized under National Basketball Association (NBA). There are so many world renowned NBA basketball teams in all around USA.

US basketball is responsible for the selection and training of the men’s and the women’s team. The USA basketball team used to participate in FIBA Basketball World Cup, Games of the Olympiad and men’s and women’s qualifiers.

Basketball is very much popular sport in America in all terms of view and it is gaining the popularity day by day.

Famous US basketball players: Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant

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2. Baseball

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Baseball is considered as the 2nd most popular sport in America. In America, baseball is called the game of national pastime. There are two levels of baseball competition in America, 1. Minor League Baseball and 2. Major League Baseball (MLB). The increased popularity of baseball is not just seen in America, but the whole world is becoming the centerpiece of baseball events slowly. There is always a huge number of audience following baseball matches in America.

Baseball can be played well by people of average height and weight. For this reason, the game is called a “democratic Game”. The game is played at a number of amateur levels, from the high school to college. During the spring and summer, there will be a baseball game going on almost every corner of America.

Famous US baseball players: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Lou Gehrig

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1. American Football

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In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, American Football is the most popular and most watched sport of all the other sports. It is also the 9th most popular sport in the whole sport world.

The biggest competition of American football is organized by National Football League (NFL). American football is more popular in southern parts of USA, like Texas, California and Florida.

The Americans are not just watching the football at homes. They are coming by thousands to watch the game on football stadiums. In 2012, the NFL had an average attendance of 67,604 at each game of football, which is more than any other sports event in the world.

With the charm of money and fame, American football has achieved the place of most popular sport in America.

In 2012, nearly 1.1 million American high school athletes and over 70,000 college athletes played American football in USA. The NFL championship game, “the Super Bowl”, ranks among the most watched sports worldwide. The NFL has an annual revenue of around $10 billion USD.

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There are other most popular sports in America and Boxing is one of them. There are plenty of Americans who still remember the golden days of boxing. Who could forget the legendary American boxer Mohammad Ali? Still now, the legacy of Boxing is carried out by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who are very popular figure in America.

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Top 10 Highest Runs Scorers in ICC World Cups

Cricket is a form of sport which is full of passion and thrill. There are some people to whom cricket is just a game of bat and ball, but for some others it’s their religion. So brass yourself to explode into the awesomeness of cricket as the most prestigious tournament of this game is approaching near this 14 February. ICC Cricket World Cup is the ultimate dream of every cricket playing nation, it is the ultimate glory that every cricket loving nation dreams of achieving. From Asia to the Caribbean and Australia to Europe, all will be awaiting eagerly to watch the charm of this tournament. This mega event of cricket was started in 1975 with a very limited resources. Only England had the audacity to organize such a great tournament.

The trend of launching such great event started and it kept on coming after four years. Until now, a total of 10 world cup cricket tournaments have taken place and it was the team, Australia who has been fortunate enough to win the title 4 times in the history of cricket.

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For every player of cricket, it’s a dream to be participated in the World Cup, either as a batsman or a bowler. Everyone wants to perform well and prove it to the world that he deserves to be a part of the world cup team.

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Today, we are specially talking about those famous batsmen who have scored heavily in this ultimate tournament of cricket. Here is the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

10. Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka

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He was the captain of Sri Lankan side when they won their first ever ICC World Cup in 1996. Aravinda De Silva is an extraordinary performer of cricket. He played a total of 35 matches of world cup tournament and scored 1064 runs. The average and the strike rate was respectively 36.68 and 86.57.

His match winning batting performance in the final of 1996 was remarkable indeed. Aravinda De Silva is ranked on No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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9. Herchelle Gibbs, South Africa

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Herchelle Gibbs was renowned for his attacking batting. He impressed a lot in all the matches he played in the world cup. He was an innings opener for South Africa and his way of batting impressed the whole cricket world.

Gibbs played total 25 world cup matches with 1067 runs at an excellent average of 56.15 and a dashing strike rate of 87.38. We put him at No 9 position in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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8. Stephen Flemming, New Zealand

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Stephen Flemming was the captain at the New Zealand side and he is on the 8th spot in this list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups. Flemming is famous for his great leadership skills and his outstanding technical batting style. He played 33 matches at the world cup and scored 1075 runs with the average of 35.83 and strike rate of 76.89.

Stephen Flemming is considered as the most dependable captain for New Zealand ever. Recently, New Zealand spinner Daniel Vittori has broken the record of most number of ODI matches played for the nation.

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7. Javed Miandad, Pakistan

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Javed Miandad is one of the best batsmen Pakistan has ever have in the history of cricket. He marked his name on the list of top 3 highest run setters of the game of cricket. He was an integral part of Pakistan side when they won their first ever World Cup in Melbourne in 1992 by beating England. Javed Miandad played an incredible knock in the Final that help Pakistan win the title.

Javed Miandad and Sachin Tendulkar of India are the only cricketers in history who have played most number of world cups. Miandad played 33 world cup matches and scored a total of 1083 runs at an impressive strike rate of 68 and average of 43.32. Javed Miandad is 7th in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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6. Adam Gilchrist, Australia

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Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen in the history of Australia cricket. His aggressive batting style helped Australia to snatch victory in a number of matches. His wicket keeping sill was also outstanding. Gilchrist was so flexible in the way of his batting, that he could bat at any position and explode the opponents with his devastating batting.

He played a total of 31 games and scored 1085 runs. He had an impressive strike rate of 98 and an average of 36.16. He was a part of Australian side when they won the ICC World Cup in 2003 and 2007. As a remarkable batsman, Adam Gilchrist will be certainly joining in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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5. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

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Jacques Kallis was regarded as the backbone of South African batting line up. His elegant batting and his controlled medium paced bowling attack helped South Africa won a number of great matches at the ICC World Cup stage.

He played a total of 36 world cup matches and bagged 1148 runs with an excellent average of 74 and 74.40 strike rate. Jacques Kallis is the 5th among the top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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4. Sanath Jaysuriya, Sri Lanka

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Snath Jayasuria was an opener for Sri Lanka and was considered as one of the most attacking batsmen Sri Lanka have ever produced. For a long period of time, he was the record holder of the fastest ODI fifty. Sanath Jayasuria was the pioneer of an attacking innings opener. The aggressive opening batting style forced the bowlers to change the lines early in the match.

Jayasuria played 38 matches in World Cups and scored 1165 runs at an stunning strike rate of 90.66 and an average of 34.26. It is remaining hard for Sri Lanka to find his replacement after his retirement. Sanath Jayasuria is on number 4th position on the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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3. Brian Lara, West Indies

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Brian Charles Lara is the definition of his own with his a total class act and sheer power. Lara was the very best batsman West Indies ever have leaving behind Clive Lloyd and Sir Vivian Richards.

Brian Lara scored a total 1225 runs in his 34 world cup matches at an incredible average of 42.24. Brian Lara of West Indies is the 3rd highest runs scorer in our list.

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2. Ricky Ponting, Australia

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Ricky Ponting, nicknamed “punter” was one of the great Australian captains. With his broadened helping hands, Australia had secured 2 world cup titles, respectively, in 2003 and 2007.

Ponting played a total of 43 matches in ICC World Cup and bagged 1743 runs at an average of 45.86 and a strike rate of 80. Ricky Ponting is the second highest runs getter in the list of Top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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1. Sachin Tendulkar, India

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After Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of world cricket. He is the most classical and consistent batsman the modern cricket world had ever seen. Sachin was an important part of Indian team when they claim their second world cup title in 2011. He wrote his name as the highest runs scorer in all the cricket world cups that have taken place yet. He also played the highest number of world cups throughout his career.

In his 45 world cups matches, Sachin had scored a stunning 2278 runs at an average of 57 and a strike rate of amazing 89. Undoubtedly, he is the best cricketer the world has ever witnessed. Sachin Tendulkar is the No 1 at our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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ICC Cricket World Cup|Pressure is South Africa’s Toughest Opponent

South Africa has always furnished such teams which are capable enough to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. But, because of the extreme pressures and forces above and sometimes their own doing, they have faltered at crucial junctions in the World Cups. The current South African squad led by the ever-talented AB de Villiers, however, will look to shed the tag of ‘nearly men’ and ‘chokers’ and give South Africa their first major trophy.

South Africa’s ICC World Cup campaign has been a heart-breakers’ tale. They first participated in 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup. Right from their first step, the rain Gods conspired against them that time and in 2011 World Cup when they were the odds-on favorites to beat New Zealand team in the quarterfinals but, their batting line up collapsed as they all failed to cope with pressure.

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The saddest history: South Africa vs Australia, semi-final, 1999:

Who can forget the breath taking semifinal match between Australia and South Africa in 1999 ICC World Cup??? It was a small situation of a tied semi-final with Australia, who advanced to final because of a group-stage win.

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South Africa were desperate to win that semi-final against Australia, needing just one run to win off four balls with a wicket in hand. But a major mix-up between Lance Klusener and the tail ender Allan Donald gave the Australians the thoroughfare. In the coming World cup, more than beating their opponents, South African team will have to push back the pressure and battle the demons within. They have been weighed down by the pressure too many times.

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The prospects of Proteas

The scars of the past still exist, led by AB de Villiers, the most spectacular cricketer in recent times, it would not be hard to overcome the pressure situations. The Proteas will feel right at home in the soil of Australia and New Zealand. South Africa with a Classy batting line-up backed by dominating pace attacks, they can threat any teams in ICC World Cup 2015.

The bowling attack:

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South Africa are at the same group with the defending Champions India. It may seem that, they will have a little problem getting past the group stage. But the bowling attacks with Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, will surely cause more than a few problems for India’s mighty batting line-ups.

The batting line:

South Africa’s batting will be led by AB de Villiers. Yes, he is that AB who smashed the fastest century in the ODI history, off just 31 balls against West Indies, who frequently hover around the World No 1 in ODI ranking for last five years. However, his pressure of captaincy has not dimmed his outstanding form either.

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And then comes Hashim Amla, another great batsman South Africa has ever produced. The solid batting skills of Amla at the top of the line, juxtaposed with the ruthlessness of JP Duminy and David Miller at middle order, leaves South Africa with a right mix of sanity and aggression.

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Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

India celebrated their world cup victory on their home soil in 2011 ICC World Cup. Indian team was much more interested in lifting the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar than holding the world cup trophy. The reason was very simple behind this. It’s because they all knew that Sachin will not be with their team in the next ICC World Cup. The purpose of this article is to enlist cricketers who appeared in the 2011 ICC World Cup but will not played in 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There are several players in this list like Andrew Strauss, Virendar Sehwag, Matt Prior, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Abdul Razzaq, Doug Bollinger, Graeme Swann and along with many others.

The last man of the series Youvraj Singh will not be seen hitting long sixes this time in the cricket world cup. The long list of players who will be missed in this world cup has been cut down to 15 players. These 15 can make world’s best squad for any cricket tournament.

Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

1. Ricky Ponting, Australia

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Australian captain Ricky Ponting has led his team in 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cup to win the glorious title. In 5 ICC World cups, Ponting has played a total 46 matches. He earned Man of the match title 3 times in his world cup career.

Ricky Ponting was one of the few who got to hold the world cup title 3 times. Undoubtedly, Ponting “the punter” is a part of the all-time great batsmen list.

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2. Sachin Tendulkar, India

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Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of cricket, the master batsman, the cricket GOD was holding world cup trophy in his homeland in front of 42,000 people and millions of cricket fans watching him on the screen. Everything about the great Sachin will be missed in this 2015 ICC World Cup.

Sachin has an incredible World Cup records with 6 centuries and 15 fifties in his 45 matches. Sachin bagged man of the match 8 times and in 2003 ICC World Cup, he was the man of the series in that tournament.

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3. Graeme Smith, South Africa

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Graeme Smith was part of the South African squad from 2003-2011. He played his role as a responsible captain of world’s best team in 2007 and 2011 World Cup cricket and sat the basement for scariest team for any opponent we see today in cricket.

Graeme Smith’s South Africa lost in quarter final to New Zealand in the last world cup and many more consider that as an upset.

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4. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

Jacques Kallis is undoubtedly one of the high profile cricketers of all-time. Kepler Wessels once said about Kallis, “His all-round skills are world class and he is indeed a key member of the South African side.” He represented his team in ICC main event for 36 times which is more than any other fellow player.

In 1999 World Cup he scored a dashing 96 runs against India. The innings was considered as one of his all-time best performances.

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5. Michael Hussey, Australia

Mike Hussey is a versatile batsman and one of the best finisher in the world cricket. He is a nightmare for any bowler. His marvelous innings in World T20 2010 semifinal crashed Pakistani team into pieces.

Hussey has 42 fifties in his 157 ODI innings. He will be surely missed in this ICC World Cup 2015.

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6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies

It may be controversial to pick up Chanderpaul in World Cup squad. Even the list contains some legends, we still need him to give everybody break from cheering and clapping. He is a kind of player who possesses with great temperament. His long international career of more than 20 years in cricket, he has an enlightened career.

He was an integral part of his side in every world cup from 1996 to 2011. Chanderpaul was at his best in 1999 ICC World Cup with his incredible average of 67.

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7. Paul Collingwood, England

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Paul Collingwood is an English all-round cricketer. Last time in the world cup, he was not even near to his best, but yet he is one of the most prestigious players in cricket. From 2003-2011, he played total 18 matches in the world cup and scored 474 runs and bagged 8 wickets.

Paul Collingwood will be certainly missed in this world cup, but he may appear as a part of coaching stuff of Scotland team.

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8. Brett Lee, Australia

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Brett Lee, the Aussie speed-star has broken many wickets in his career. In 2003 ICC World Cup, in a match against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets. Brett Lee brought best in the mega tournaments with his average 17.97.

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9. Shoaib Akhter, Pakistan

Shoaib Akhter, “the Rawalpindi Express“, was scarier than any other fast bowler in cricketing world. He holds the record for the fastest ball in cricket history. Shoaib Akhter has wrecked many great batsmen with his devastating yorkers.

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10. Zaheer Khan, India

Zaheer Khan is the highest wicket taker in 2011 world cup. He picked a total 21 wickets at an average of 18.75. Pakistani spinner Shahid Afridi also took same wickets at 12.85 average. He was a valuable weapon for the Indian pace attack. Team India will surely miss him in this world cup campaign.

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11. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka

Muralitharan took 68 wickets in his 40 world cup matches. It is only Glenn McGrath who is ahead of him with 71 wickets in the world cup. He is an important part of Sri Lankan team when they won 1996 World Cup.

The world’s leading wicket taker, Muttiah Muralitharan could not be better described than former captain Marvan Atapattu‘s statement, “A Champion”.

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12. Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan

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Saeed Ajmal is one of the great spinners not only in Pakistan but to the whole cricket world. Pakistan team was so dependable to him that they trusted him more than rest of the teams’ accumulative performance. In his 111 ODI, he picked a stunning 185 wickets in just 6 years of his career.

Ajmal has been no one in ODI ranking for a significant period of time. He was expected to play in this ICC World Cup 2015, but ruled out due to ICC ban.

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13. Scott Styris, New Zealand

Scott Styris is a real star for the Black Caps. He played 26 world cup matches from 2003-2011. With an incredible batting average of 53.47, he is one of the most experienced all-rounder for New Zealand. He was awarded man of the match for his outstanding performance against England in 2007 World Cup.

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14. Virender Sehwag, India

Virender Sehwag is one of the most talented batsmen with 8273 runs. He is renowned as a hard hitter to the ball, and to the opponent bowlers he always appeared as nightmare. His strike rate was 104.33. It was the highest by any batsman scoring 8000+ runs.

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15. Matt Prior, England

Matt Prior, due to his fall out of form would not be in the English squad. Matt Prior played 7 world cup matches and he made 3 stampings and 7 catches.

In this short list, many other cricketers have missed out. But, you viewers are always welcomed to give your valuable comment regarding the article.

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Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators

A commentator is the one who provides us the running commentary of a sport event in real-time by live broadcast with media houses. The sports commentators are regarded as the backbone of any sports event. They maintain the thrill in the minds of sports fans with their voice generally in historical present tense. There are many famous cricketers who played as commentators after their retirement and choose to be sports journalists as their second career. Also there are many commentators in the field of cricket, like Harsha Bhogle, who never played cricket actively in their life, but still they have proven themselves as one of the most successful cricket commentators.

Many recently retired cricket figures like Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist and Waqar Younis are also working as guest commentators and match summarizers for multiple sports channels. After retirement from cricket, the job of commentary has proven itself as one of the best choices for the cricketers.

10 Cricketers Who Became Commentators:

Sporty Ghost has enlisted 10 cricketers who became commentators after retirement. Your constructive comments are well expected regarding the list.

1. Geoffrey Boycott

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English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott was one of the most successful opening batsmen for England. In his 108 international Test matches, he made 8114 runs with 47.72 batting average. Boycott also made 1082 ODI runs in 36 matches at the average of 36.06. He also made his career at Yorkshire County from 1962-1986. Besides playing cricket, he worked as a sports commentator for Sky Sports from 1990-1998 and at BBC from 1998-2003.

Then, from 2004-05 season, he was grabbed by the Channel 4 of England. Boycott stepped into channel 5 in 2006 which he is continuing till date. Geoffrey Boycott’s appearance as a guest of BBC Test Match special from 2005 was a remarkable one.

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2. Ian Bishop

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Ian Bishop is a former West Indian cricketer. He played for the team as a powerful fast bowler from 1989-1998. In his 43 test matches, he picked up total 161 wickets with an incredible 24.27 bowling average. In ODI career, he played 84 matches, took 118 wickets at 26.50 bowling average. Beside West Indies, he also played for Trinidad and Tobago from 1986-2000. After retiring from International cricket, Ian Bishop appeared as a sports commentator of Channel 4 air in England from 2000-2004.

The next year, he moved to Sky Sports which he has been continuing till now. From 2007-2009, he also appeared in Channel 5 of England. Besides English channels, Ian Bishop also played as commentator at South Africa’s SABC Television from 2005-2008.

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3. Jonathan Agnew

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Jonathan Agnew is a former English cricketer and he appeared in three test matches for England National team and took four wickets. He made three appearances in ODI matches and picked up three wickets. He also played county cricket for Leicestershire from 1979-1992. During this long period, he bagged a total 666 wickets in 218 matches.

From 1990-1991, he worked as a cricket journalist for The People. He appeared as a guest commentator in BBC from 1991 till date. For BBC, Agnew worked as a cricket commentator in two spells, the one in 1999 and other one in 2006-2009.

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4. Mike Atherton

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Mike Atherton is a retired English cricketer, who was a right-handed opening batsman for England. In his Test match career, he played 115 tests and scored 7,728 runs at 37.69 batting average. He played 54 ODI matches and made 1,791 runs at 35.11 average. From 1987-2001, Mike Atherton played county cricket for Lancashire and made a brief debut for MCC from 1987-1990.

He started as a cricket journalist in Sunday Telegraph in England from 2002 to 2005. From 2004-2005, he also worked for TalkSPORT. Atherton is currently working with the Sky Sports aired in England since 2005.

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5. Navjot Singh Sidhu

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He is a former Indian cricketer and currently he is the Member of Parliament from Amritsar. He played for Indian National team from 1983-1999. Sidhu appeared in 51 Tests and made 3,202 runs with a batting average of 42.13. He also made 4,413 runs in 136 ODI matches at 37.08 batting average. In his first-class career, Navjot Singh Sidhu played for Punjab from 1981-2000.

He started he commentary career with ESPN Star Sports aired in India in 1999 till 2003. Then he moved to Ten Sports in UAE in 2009. In 2010, he stepped into Indian sports channel Times and still working with them.

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6. Dominic Cork

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Dominic Cork was a part of England National side from 1995-2002. He was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. Dominic Cork picked up 131 wickets in 37 test matches. His test match bowling average was 29.81. In his ODI career, he played 32 matches and took 41 wickets at 27.43 bowling average. In his county cricket career, he appeared for Staffordshire in 1989-90 season and for Derbyshire from 1990-2003. He stepped into Pakistan Television Corporation as a cricket commentator in 2009. He continued there till date.

Dominic Cork played his role as a guest commentator for Test match special of BBC aired in England from 2010 and still he is working with them. He also appeared as a cricket commentator for TalkSport since 2013 and for Sky Sports since 2011.

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7. Simon Hughes

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Simon Hughes is a former English Cricketer and sports journalist. He was nicknamed ‘The Analyst’. He was a fast medium bowler played for Middlesex from 1980-1991, Northern Transvaal from 1992-93 and for Durham from 1993-94. In his first-class career in cricket, Simon Hughes took 466 wickets in 205 matches with an amazing bowling average of 32.48 and also scored 1,775 runs. Besides playing cricket, Hughes worked as a full time sports journalist with multiple media houses. Initially, he worked as a full-time sports commentator and column writer for The Independent and the Daily Telegraph in England.

He then made his career as the commentator for Channel 4 aired in England from 1999-2005 and then in 2006, he moved to Channel 5. Simon Hughes also put his mark for Test Match special aired in England’s version of BBC from 2007 till date.

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8. Ian Chappell

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Ian Chappell is a former Australian cricketer who played for Australian national side since 1964-1980 as a successful top order batsman. His name was embossed at the ICC Hall of Fame on 9 July, 2009. He played 75 international test matches and scored 5,345 runs with an amazing batting average of 42.42. In his ODI career, he made 673 runs in 16 matches at 48.07 average.

Alongside his active cricketing career, Ian Chappell made his mark as a cricket commentator since 1980 with the media house named Nine Network broadcasting in Australia. Since 2007, he started working with ESPN star sports aired in India. Although, being a regular commentator, he also appeared as a guest commentator for Channel 5 in 2009 season of cricket.

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9. E.W. Swanton

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He is a former English cricketer, a sports journalist and an author. Swanton played three matches for Middlesex in 1937-38 season and was able to make only 7 runs on board. He was more successful as a sports journalist than a cricketer in his career. He was easily recognized by his distinctive “fruity” voice. Many famous books on cricket was written by him. Among them, Elusive Victory, Cricket and the Clock Follow on etc are the remarkable ones.

In his career as a cricket commentator, he worked for BBC aired in England and worked as a Test Match special commentator from 1938-1975. He also covered various international cricket matches for BBC during 1948-1967. He was a regular writer in the Daily Telegraph in England from 1946-1975 period.

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10. Mark Nicholas

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Former English first-class cricketer Mark Nicholas was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. He played county cricket for Hampshire from 1978-1995. Nick was able to score 18,262 runs in 377 first class test matches with 34.39 batting average. He also took 72 wickets. In first class one day matches, he played 359 matches and scored 7,334 runs at 27.78 average.

He started his sports journalism in the Daily Telegraph published in England. He also started his career as a sports commentator in Sky Sports from 1996-1998 and then he stepped into Channel 4 in 1999. He worked there till 2005. He made a guest appearance in Nine Network aired in Australia since 2001 and Channel 5 in England since 2006.

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There are many other cricketers who proved themselves as a reputed cricket commentator. Among them Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold and Aravinda De Silva, Pakistani legendary pacer Wasim Akram, Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are remarkable. Many more cricketers will be hopefully coming in this field of cricket commentary as it has proven itself as one of the beat platforms for the cricketers after retirement.

Conclusion:

World famous cricketers such as the legendary Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri, The Pakistani Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram and former English Test captain Tony Greig, all have been regarded as the very best commentators of the cricket world.

They are often considered as the pioneers for the cricket commentary as the world of cricket stands still when they put the mouthpiece close in the media boxes. We are giving them a true honor as we grew listening to them commentating matches since our very childhood.

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Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time

An all-rounder is a cricketer who performs at both batting and bowling side of the team. In recent era of cricket, all-rounders play a vital role behind the success of a team. In the history of cricket, there have been a few cricketers with all round performances whose have been gifted enough to be considered weapons with both the bat and ball. Only a handful of cricketers can claim to be included in this exclusive group of all-rounders, while only a sprinkling of these will go down in the history books as being all-time greatest all-rounders in cricket.

But still the true all-rounder is a player who is equally adept with both the ball and bat and possesses the ability to make a team as either a batter or a bowler.

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Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket:

It is these remarkable cricketers that go down as being truly memorable, truly great. Today, Sporty Ghost tries to capture the top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

10. Andrew Flintoff, England

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Our list begins with England’s hero of 2000s, Andrew Flintoff. He is better known as “Freddy Flintoff”. Also he is well known for his heroic performance in 2005 Ashes series. England side won that Ashes series for the first time since the 1986/87 season, defeating the Australians who entered as the best of the world.

Flintoff is capable of bowling in excess of 140 km/h. He picked up 226 wickets with an bowling average of 32.78.

Also, he was a hard hitter to the ball who was capable of some decent performances. With the batting average of 31.07, he had five centuries and 26 half centuries in his career.

These statistical data don’t show Flintoff’s contribution to the England team. You can simply look at his influence in England’s Ashes winning team of 2005 and 2009.

With his amazing bat and ball performances, Flintoff is well enough to secure to secure his spot in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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9. Tony Greig, England

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Tony Greig, the person is known to the young readers as a South African-born English commentator who works with Channel Nine commentary team. Greig’s fame as a cricket commentator has perhaps eclipsed that of his glorious playing days.

Tony Greig was a fine all-rounder for England. During 1970s, he played 58 test matches and scored a stunning eight centuries and 20 fifties. With his 40.43 batting average, he tended to be known more as a batting all-rounder in the English side.

As a bowler, he was capable to bowl both medium pace and right arm off break, taking 141 wickets at a bowling average of 32.20. There are very few players who can boast having this ability to bowl two styles at Test-match level.

His amazing cricket career lasted only for 5 years, from 1972-1977. If he played much longer, we could see him high up in this list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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8. Kapil Dev, India

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Kapil Dev is India’s greatest all-rounder ever. With his incredible fast bowling, he appeared to be the first of the great in 1980s.

Kapil had a 16-year prolific test career, in which period he gained a reputation as a hard hitting batsman and a consistent fast bowler for India. He became the second bowler in cricket history to take 400 wickets, surpassing Richard Hadlee’s record in his final test match, finishing with 434 wickets at a 29.64 bowling average.

The average may look high in comparison to some of the other all-rounders, but it should be kept in mind that Kapil dev played a lot at his home in India where wickets were far more friendly to the spinners and batsmen. That kind of pitch always tend to hinder rather than help the pace bowlers.

With bat, Kapil scored eight centuries and 27 half-centuries at 31.05 batting average. He is best remembered for his ODI innings. At 1983 ICC World Cup, his remarkable 175* innings against Zimbabwe, where after a terrible start, Kapil emerged as a savior for India.

India would go on to win the title over the two-time defending champion West Indies, where Kapil Dev played as a key figure for the Indians.

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7. Shaun Pollock, South Africa

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Some of you may be surprised to see Shaun Pollock at No. 7 spot in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders. However, Shaun Pollock has a fine record that can’t be ignored at all.

He is one of the great South African cricketers. Pollock was one of the most consistent bowlers in his time and he was also capable of chipping in with the bat.

As a right-arm medium pace bowler, Pollock took 421 wickets at 23.11 bowling average which was very economical and generally hard to score runs off.

As a right-handed batsman, he was well known for his solid batting performance rather than scoring big knocks. This is shown by having only two centuries in his name. Still he has a batting average of 32.31, which is quite similar to that of Andrew Flintoff or Kapil Dev in this list.

Shaun Pollock finished his international career in 2008, and undoubtedly he will be remembered as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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6. Ian Botham, England

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Ian Botham is a great English batsman of the 1980s. He appeared to be the key figure in the revival of cricket’s sleeping lion.

Ian Botham is best remembered for his heroic performance in the Ashes series in 1981. In that series, he was the difference between England and Australia that the series was better known as ‘Botham’s Ashes’. England bet Australia by 3-1, in that Ashes.

Ian Botham was capable to build big innings with his bat. At a batting average of 33.54, he scored 14 centuries and 22 half-centuries.

As a bowler, he picked up a total 383 wickets at a bowling average of 28.40. The stat doesn’t show a the real Botham, as before injuries hampered his career, he averaged closer to 21.

Ian Botham falls to No 6 in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time, although he is one of the greatest.

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5. Richard Hadlee, New Zealand

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Richard Hadlee is one of New Zealand’s greatest cricketers by quite a long stretch. He was often the difference between New Zealand being a pushover for the team.

Hadlee was best remembered as a bowler, taking what was then a world record of 431 wickets at 22.29 bowling average. At the beginning of his career, he was an opening fast bowler, but as he matured, he shortened his run-up and concentrated more on swinging the ball.

His best performance came against Australia when he took 9 wickets for 52 runs.

On the other hand, he was a handy lower order batsman for New Zealand with a reasonable average of 27.16 and two centuries and 15 half centuries. The stat tells us, he was not only a prolific bowler but a capable batsman too. He was able to provide crucial runs nearer to the end of an innings.

Graham Gooch commented on Hadlee’s ability in perspective,

” Richard Hadlee at one end, llford seconds at the other”

And a very few other cricketers can claim to have been noticed in their team’s outcome and it justified Richard Hadlee’s place in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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4. Keith Miller, Australia

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Keith Miller was the great Australian all-rounder of the post-war era. He was considered as the Test cricket’s first true all-round cricketer.

As a batsman, he often batted high in the batting order at number three spot. He was considered to be a natural striker to the ball as well as a powerful hitter.

As a bowler, he was best known for his technique to confuse the batsmen by varying his pace, line and length in bowling. He used to make a full use of slower deliveries and bowled his fastest from a short run-up which were well enough to confuse the batsmen.

Miller was also an acrobatic fielder in the slips. His performance as an all-rounder led to enormous success for Australia.

In his short ten-year cricketing career, Keith Miller had scored 2958 runs and bagged 170 wickets. He is indeed one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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3. Imran Khan, Pakistan

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The No 3 position in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time goes to former Pakistani captain and a prolific all-rounder Imran Khan. He is undoubtedly the greatest cricketer for Pakistan team. This right handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler was considered as the most successful captain in the history of Pakistan cricket.

Imran Khan was best remembered as a captain of world cup winning team in 1992. As a fast bowler, he took 362 test wickets at 22.81 average. He was a genuine quick bowler who opened the Pakistani bowling for many years.

Imran finished his test career with six centuries and 18 fifties at 37.69 batting average. He became one of the eights to achieve the ‘all-rounders triple’ with 3000 runs and 300 wickets.

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2. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

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In the modern era of cricket, he is undoubtedly the greatest all-rounder in world cricket. As a right-handed batsman, with an incredible average of 57.02 and 41 centuries and 55 half-centuries, Jacques Kallis was the vital weapon for Proteas over the years.

His incredible batting average is the highest of any current batsman, like Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam, Ricky Ponting. Unlike any other all-rounder, Kallis always brought a very classical approach in his batting style and known for playing controlled cricketing shorts all over the ground.

As a fast-medium bowler, Kallis has taken a total 274 wickets at 32.51 average. The rate may not as high as his batting performance, it is still impressive. Kallis would be good enough to make many sides as a full-time medium pace bowler. He is rated as the No 2 in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders of all-time.

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1. Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indies

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He is the greatest all-round cricketer in West Indies history. He appeared to be a grave threat for the opponents with both bat and ball. He was an amazing fielder and captain of the West Indies side. Yes, he is the No 1 in our list, Sir Garfield Sobers.

He was a spin bowler, when he was picked first time for West Indies. As a bowler, he took 235 wickets at 34.03 bowling average. In addition, his impressive batting average of 57.78 is the 10th best on the all-time list and he is compared with any professional batsman in the history of cricket, with the exception of great Sir Donald Bradman.

In his batting career, Garry Sobers scored 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries, but who could forget his 365 not out innings against Pakistan in 1958! It was a world record at that time which stayed untouched till 1994 and broken by another great West Indian Brian Lara. The score still ranks as the 5th highest individual test score in cricket history.

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Top 10 Hottest Female Tennis Players of all time

Tennis is one of the most popular games worldwide. The game is followed by millions of fans around the globe. It’s amazing to see the charming girls playing with rackets in tennis. There are many hottest female tennis players around the world and most of them have a huge fan following. Among all these hottest female players, it is very difficult to pick up top ten. Although everyone has his/her own choices, but we felt that our readers should also read about some of the hottest female tennis players of all time.

List of Top 10 hottest female tennis players:

So, Sporty Ghost have took an attempt to make a list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time. Your any constructive suggestions will be welcome in the comment box.

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Let’s find out now who is the hottest female tennis player of all time?

10. Serena Williams

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Serena Williams is not only beautiful but she has the best body in the history of tennis. Serena also made her mark in the fashion world as well as the television industry. She is the one hottest female tennis player that really is a pro in tennis. Serena Wiliams is an American professional tennis player who was born on 26 September, 1981. She was declared as World No. 1 by WTA in women’s singles for five various occasions. Serena is also an Olympic gold medalist for women’s singles and double categories.

She attained total 30 grand slam titles in various division of tennis. She also won a career Golden Grand Slam after winning 2012 summer Olympic gold. Serena is the first woman in this category to win Career Golden Grand slam for both singles and doubles. She marked her name as one of the best female tennis players as well. We have selected her at No 10 in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

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9. Elena Dementieva

Top 10 Hottest Female Tennis Players of all time, Elena Dementieva
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Elena is the recently retired Russian hottie and was one of the most well-mannered and hottest female tennis players. The former No. 4 in women’s tennis looked terrifically beautiful on the tennis court. She is definitely the dreamy woman for lot of guys. As a blonde, tall and hot player, she played quite magnificently in the court. Elena is considered as a blonde hottie with a schoolgirl charm as she ties her hair in ponytail. When she started to swing her racket to gracefully hit the tennis ball, it would be a big day for the ball itself. She was very much popular among the men, thus she was voted as one of the top 99 Women by AskMen.com.

Elena Dementieva is also a gold medalist in 2008 Beijing Olympics, a silver medalist in 2000 Sydney Olympics and won many more awards in the field of tennis. She established herself as a true champion since she was 13 years of age. In her hometown, there were hardly any awards that she didn’t won. She attained many international awards alongside. Her mentors for tennis were her parents Viatcheslav and Vera who both played tennis as recreational purpose. Elena is at No. 9 spot in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

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8. Maria Kirilenko

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Maria Kirilenko is another gorgeous blonde Russian and smoking hot tennis player in the tennis world. This beautiful girl was born in Moscow, Russia and holds a highest WTA ranking of 18. In the Swimsuit Edition of 2009, she has been the cover. Maria dominates her notable presence in the women’s doubles title and she is considered to be the best among others.

Maria Kirilenko may be one of the underrated beautiful Russian athletes but she presented herself as a fashionable beauty. She posed in several famous fashion magazines like Vogue and also appeared for many Sport Illustrations. She very much enjoyed media attention and loved being the center of all action. Maria Kirilenko is likely to be placed at No. 8 in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

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7. Tatiana Golovin

Top 10 Hottest Female Tennis Players of all time, Tatiana Golovin
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The 24-year French is another hottest female tennis player in our list. Tatiana Golovin is a very popular figure for her explosive forehand. Not only she has done enough photo-shoots for Sports Illustrated Magazine, she has a charismatic personality too. Tatiana left tennis for her lower back injuries. This French beauty won the 2001 French Open mixed doubles and reached 2006 US Open.

Tatiana was hailed by Sportarium as the No. 1 sexiest tennis player in 2012. She also posed in Sports Illustrated Magazine in their Swimsuit Edition in 2009 along with Maria Kirilenko and Daniela Hantuchova and the photo was entitled as ‘Volley of the Dolls’. Tatiana grabs her place at No. 7 in our top 10 hottest female tennis players of all-time list.

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6. Sania Mirza

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Sania Mirza is an Indian beauty with enormous talent in tennis. She is hot, sensational and intelligent. It is a real pleasure to watch her play in the tennis court. The 24-year married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. Sania Mirza is well renowned for her forehand ground strokes that are full of power and strength. She is the No. 1 Indian tennis player both in singles and doubles categories. Sania has recently surpassed US $1 million career earnings and made her the highest paid female tennis player ever in India. She also marked her name as the first Indian to win WTA Tour title and 2009 Australian Open for mixed doubles. Beside all these, she won Grand Slam tournament and cracked the top 50 WTA ranking.

Many critics are very much curious of her being exposed physical outfits while playing despite her being a Muslim by birth. In fact, all these caused a vital issue in their religion. However, this obstacle did not stop her from winning titles in tennis. She continues to reign the tennis world with her gorgeous beauty and her outstanding performance. She ranked 77th in the AskMen.com’s Top 99 women for 2012. Then why should we stay behind? We gladly gave her the No. 6 position in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

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5. Dominika Cibulkova

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Dominika Cibulkova is a kind of bombshell from Czechoslovakia and she is one of the rising stars in tennis. The French tennis player Gael Monfils is quite lucky to get this beautiful girl around him. Cibulkova currently is at No. 16 ranks in women’s singles WTA rating. In May 2005, she achieved the World Junior title in tennis. Her biggest breakthrough started when she played 2009 French Open and the semi-finals. She also stepped into the quarter-finals in 2010 US Open and 2011 Wimbledon Championship.

She ranked at top 6 in simplytopten.com’s sexiest female tennis players of the world. Not only that, AskMen.com has also listed her name as one of the top 99 hottest women in 2007 and 2008 and in 2012, the Maxim Magazine hailed her as No. 1. Then it is our turn to hail by her beauty and put her at No. 5 in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

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4. Ashley Harklero

Top 10 Hottest Female Tennis Players of all time, Ashley Harklero
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Ashley Harklero is an American sensation who posed nude at the famous Playboy Magazine as the first WTA player. She always matches her tennis with what she is wearing. She was very much famous in that way. With her appealing looks, she attracted lots of men and lured them to watch her play tennis. People hailed her as ‘American Ana’ after her appearance at 2001 US Open for wearing a scandalous outfits.

Being so hot didn’t stop her from winning titles in tennis. She ranked as the 77th attractive lady in the AskMen.com‘s Top 99 women in 2012. Ashley makes her step at No. 4 in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time. The coach Chuck Adams may seems very lucky to marry this beautiful woman. Moreover, Ashley’s prize money values over one million USD.

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3. Ana Ivanovic

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When the sensation Ana Kournikova retired from tennis, a different Ana quickly filled her place and has more than kept men’s interest in women’s tennis. The six-footer Serbian beauty, Ana Ivanovic previously ranked at No. 1 in WTA rating. She has graced many sports magazine’s cover and also dated some of sports’ most eligible bachelors. Ana currently holds the No 6 spot in WTA rating. Her aggressive style of play has brought her many successes.

The former world No 1 has one Grand Slam, Roland Garros to her name. Although, in early 2008, Ana was struggling to regain her form and has had difficulty both in her serve and mental state to play the game. She looks adorable and sweet, no matter whether she plays well or not. We kept her at prestigious No. 3 in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

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2. Anna Kournikova

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Our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time will be a total failure if we missed this girl, Anna Kournikova. She isn’t known particularly well for her tennis but more for her heavenly beauty. Anna was very competent to fill the stadiums with eager spectators who cheered to her and loved her despite of her lacking in the game. Anna is undoubtedly the world’s best known hottest woman with her glamorous beauty. This retired Russian beauty is the most search hottest female tennis player over the internet for decades. Millions of men are ready to give away their hearts to her unique and amazing beauty. Anna has made herself an example of being a star not because of her skill in tennis but just for being sexy and hot. As per Anna’s fans, she looks lot like a Greek goddess in her many tennis outfits which made admirers to be stunned at her beauty.

Anna became quite popular after her appearance in a music video with Enrique. In 2002, she was voted as FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World. She may have a short span of tennis career, but she has produced a huge fan following after all she is the Goddess. Anna has spent her years off the courts, making newspaper headlines for her relationship gossip with singer Enrique Iglesias and for her modeling efforts around the world. He bikini body and long blonde hair are so popular that she recently appeared on an episode of the ‘Biggest Losers In America’. She also graced many covers of endless magazines. Anna Kournikova is the second hottest female tennis player in our list.

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1. Maria Sharapova

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Undoubtedly at top of the hottest and sexiest female tennis players in no other than The Russian sensation Maria Sharapova. She is currently at No 3 in WTA ranking. She is very popular with her modeling outfits and made numerous assignments which also includes Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is sexy as well as glamorous which makes her the hottest of all. With immense fame, beauty and wealth she is loved by men all over the world. She has established herself as the most famous female tennis player of all time, particularly among the men. We were destined to put her name at No. 1 in our list of top 10 hottest female tennis players of all time.

Maria Sharapova is well known for her modeling and on court fashion. She has also been featured in advertisements like Nike, Canon and Prince and she appears to be the face of various fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Between 2005 and 2008, Sharapova remained the most searched female athlete on Yahoo! On February 2007, she was assigned as the ambassador of UNDP which concerns with the Chernobyl recovery and Development Program. Her name was enlisted in the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” on June 2011 by the famous TIME magazine. Again in 2012, she appeared to be one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel.

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Hope you enjoyed our list of Top 10 Hottest female tennis players of all time. Don’t forget to tell us who is your favorite female tennis player and don’t forget to make your own list anyway.

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Top 10 Best Sports Cars in the World 2015

Car racing is one of the most elite sports in the world. Sports cars are also known as super cars or racing cars. All these cars are very much expensive in the market. The amazing safety measures, the ultimate technology, streamline body curves, slim and graceful exterior and comfortable interior design make the cars even more impressive. Sports car is usually a two seated car with light weight and luxurious outlook.

The historical background of sports cars is dated back in 20th century. That time, races were held in the form of alleys by the roadsters and touring cars. But, as the time went on, the need of new sports cars arises with upgraded automobile parts. To cope with this demand new sports cars were built.

Top 10 Best Sports Cars in the World 2015:

Sporty Ghost have done all the leg work for you by making a list of top 10 best sports cars in the world 2015. It may be hard for you guys to find the best affordable sports cars in this list as they are way too much expensive in the super market.

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Let’s check out, which one is the best sports car in the world 2015?

10. PAGANI HUAYRA

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This is an Italian super car. The car has taken the super market by providing the super car enthusiasts with such a car which possesses great speed and unique design. The car has earned the title of hyper car. The car is not only amazing by its incredible design but it also provides outstanding performance courtesy of its twin turbo, V12 engine. The giant 6-litre engine produces a whopping 730 horsepower and an incredible 738 lb-ft of torque which make it a beast under the hood. Pagani Huayra can produce a top speed of 230 mph. It has the capability to go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.

The seven gear boxes are arranged in a sequential manner to ensure the transformation of all the power under the hood from the engines to the wheels. It facilitates to get the top speed within a very short time. This car is definitely the definition of luxury with its leather embedded interior and accessories and awesome finishing designs. To own this car, it can cost you about 900,000-1,000,000 Euros. We enlisted Pagani Huayra at No 10 in our list of top 10 best Sports cars in the world 2015.

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9. ZENVO ST 1

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The Danish Super car Zenbo ST 1 provides high performance speed due to its super and turbocharged 6.8-litre V8 engine. The car can produce maximum top speed of 233 mph and has the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles in just 3 seconds. Its carbon fiber body is specially designed to reduce it weight and enhance speed with an electronically adjustable leather seats.

The car also has great technological features like a keyless system to drive and telescoping steering system that are included in the purchase price of this car which is about 800,000 Euros. Zenvo ST 1 is at No. 9 in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world 2015.

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8. MCLAREN F1

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With a unique interior design McLaren F1 is a three-seated amazing sport car with the driver seat at the center and two seats for passengers. The car has a giant 6-litre V12 engine that provides a high speed of 240 mph with the acceleration power from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. The car is specially designed considering the aerodynamics to ensure performance and speed at its best.

McLaren F1 can cost you about 6,000,000 Euros. Not so much isn’t? We have selected McLaren F1 for No. 8 spot in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world 2015.

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7. KOENIGSEGG CCX

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This car is considered to be a world class super car for its optimum track and road performance. All the designs of this car is based on performance enhancement with its amazing aerodynamic shape which provides both speed and efficiency. The V8 engine of this car is made of aluminum to make it lightweight that helps in speeding the car from 0 to 60 miles in 3.2 seconds.

The engine emissions are some of the safest around the world. The car’s design mainly focuses on the speed and performance. Koenigsegg CCX goes for about 3,500,000 Euros and it’s the 7th sports car in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world 2015.

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6. SALEEN S7 TWIN-TURBO

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It is a limited edition car which is exclusively built for the special buyers. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo is totally a hand-built super car with a massive 7-litre twin turbo V8 engine. The engine can produce a 750 horsepower to an exciting boost. With carbon fiber coating, it is one of the lightest cars in the planet.

There are multiple race quality twin master cylinders connected to a balance bar. The amazing interior design provides a combination of race quality function and luxurious outlook. The car makes its place at 6 in our list of top 10 beat sports cars in the world 2015.

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5. 9FF GT9-R

Top 10 Best Sports Cars in the World 2015, 9FF GT9-R
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It is a German super sports car and the sole purpose of this car is speed. The interior of this car is stripped to ensure that it is light enough to reach its highest speed of 257 mph. The car is such speedy that it can run from 0 to 60 miles in just 2.9 seconds and 0 to 190 miles in 16 seconds. The really placed engine ensures maximum grip during driving. The makers of GT9-R offer their buyers that no two vehicles are to be alike as they customize their cars to their liking when it comes to design and performance.

You can be a proud owner of GT9-R for just 150,000 to 540,000 Euros that will depend on the customization. We put this super car at No 5 in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world 2015.

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4. SSC ULTIMATE AERO

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This majestic car runs at top notch speeds to its incredibly captivating design that is sure to awe everyone it passes through. SSC Ultimate Aero is currently the Guinness book record holder as the fastest sports car of the world after Bugatti Veyron. Its huge twin turbo charged V8 engine provides 1237 horsepower to reach its maximum speed of 270 mph. The design is upgraded in the front to enhance aerodynamics and side intakes.

This car has first introduced the Aero brake system which alters the angle of the rear spoiler to the required angle during hard braking. The car goes for about 550,000 Euros and 4th in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world.

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3. KOENIGSEGG AGERA R

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It’s a famous Swedish car with a name ‘Agera‘ meaning ‘to take action’ and the car really does when it comes to speed with a 5-litre turbo charged V8 engine that gives it an unbelievable boost. The massive engine produces a mind blowing horsepower of 1140 and 810 lb-ft of torque. The car is specially featured by dual clutch transmission in only one input shaft which ultimately results in faster shift times. The lightweight aluminum engine ensures the top speed with manifold carbon fiber steel body.

The car also features a fuel sensor technology which protects the engine in varying fuel quality levels and alcohol levels by promptly reducing power to protect the engine. The engine and the amazing technical features are encased in an impressive design body which is priced at about 1.4 million Euros. The car, with all these amazing features is one of the best sports cars in our list.

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2. HENNESSEY VENOM GT

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The Venom GT has a high speed of 290 mph with the ability to accelerate from 0 to 200 miles in 14.51 seconds. This car is actually an upgrade to its previous version with the sole aim of incredible speed. The speed is contributed by a twin turbo charged V8 engine with inter cooler upgraded technology to ensure that the car can handle the extra speed and boost. It has a single-clutch shift system to ensure faster shift times.

The safety of driver is catered for with the GPS based traction and stability system. All these high tech power system has been packaged in an inspiring interior and exterior design that can be yours for about 1,050,000 Euros. The Venom GT is the second best sports car in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world.

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1. BUGATTI VEYRON – THE SUPER SPORTS CAR

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Bugatti Veyron holds the Guinness World records of fastest super car in the planet before being stripped of it due to some discrepancies. Not twin, the car is consisted of a quad-turbo 8-litre engine to provide the maximum speed of 213 mph and track top speed of 253 mph. A 1200 horsepower boost always remains ready to ensure that vast speed. The car is well designed to provide the best performance and functional ability, which is evidenced by its top notch parts and from the brakes to the body design.

The huge powerful engine helps to get the speed 0 to 60 miles in 2.4 seconds, the fastest one yet in the sports’ car history. Bugatti Veyron is priced at 1.65 million Euros and it is the car we are talking about to place it at No. 1 in our list of top 10 best sports cars in the world 2015.

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Top 10 interesting Muhammad Ali facts

Muhammad Ali’s life is one of the most inspirational stories of modern times. He is a boxer, He is a poet and a true icon to the young generation. Like Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali’s fought bigotry and racism. Alongside, he also fought Sonny Liston, Groege Foreman and Frazier and has beaten all of them to a pulp. He is an Olympic gold medalist in boxing. After retirement, Muhammad Ali has been a figurehead for world peace, too- refused the draft to fight in Vietnam, and even negotiated with a dictator for the release of hostages.

Muhammad Ali is “The People’s Champion“. He turns 73 this year. We have made a list of top 10 interesting Muhammad Ali facts and you’ll see it’s no wonder he’s the best chat show guest anybody ever had.

Top 10 interesting Muhammad Ali facts:

Muhammad Ali facts No. 1: He became a boxer because his bike was stolen

It was a 1954 story. His bike was nicked from outside the Columbia Auditorium. Muhammad Ali got furious and found a policeman and told him he wanted to “whup” whoever the thief was. As a matter of fact, the Policeman, Joe Martin was a boxing trainer. He took young Cassius Clay under his wing.

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Muhammad Ali facts No.2: Muhammad Ali practiced his speed by dodging rocks

It sounds crazy enough but it’s true. He used to ask his fella to throw rocks at him. The crazy Muhammad Ali dodged every single rocks threw at him. His younger brother, Rudy, the rock thrower said,

“No matter how many I threw, I could never hit him.”

Muhammad Ali facts No. 3: Muhammad Ali punched a cop in his first bout

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It was on 29 October 1960, when Muhammad Ali won his first professional fight by defeating Tunney Hunsaker. Hunsaker was also a Chief of Police from West Virginia. It was an incredible match and Muhammad Ali won a unanimous decision after six rounds of play.

Muhammad Ali facts No. 4: Muhammad Ali was a singer and an actor and a poet, too

You know him better as a boxer, but he is a singer, an actor and a poet too. In 1963, Muhammad Ali released an album, “I AM The Greatest“, just six months before he defeated Sonny Liston to claim the World Heavyweight Title for the first time in his boxing career. His album included a cover of Ben E. King’s famous song “Stand by me” and it was sung all by himself. As an actor, Muhammad Ali also starred in titled Buck White and Broadway musical, which was closed after 5 nights.

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Muhammad Ali facts No. 5: Muhammad Ali was scared of flying

The incident took place in 1960 Rome Olympics when Muhammad Ali flew to Europe. He was so scared on the air that he insisted on wearing a parachute in the plane. The journey by air was not wasted at all- Ali boxed his way to a Light-heavyweight Gold medal.

Muhammad Ali Facts No. 6: The Olympic Gold did not transcend racism back home

Muhammad Ali entered a diner at Kentucky with the Gold medal proudly wearing around his neck. The waitress told him, “Sorry, we don’t serve Negroes“. Muhammad Ali retorted “Well that’s okay- don’t eat ’em either.” This indicated that the racism was so cruel that time in the American society.

Muhammad Ali facts No. 7: He was expected to lose his first world-title fight

It seemed to be a huge upset when Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in February, 1964. It was Sonny Liston, who had just destroyed former champion Floyd Patterson in a first-round knockout. Ali was then only 22-year-lad and a 7-1 underdog. As a matter of fact, Muhammad Ali won and the rest remains as a history.

Muhammad Ali facts No. 8: He was an Irish!

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Muhammad Ali’s great-grandfather was an Irish by name of Abe Grady. He was immigrated to Kentucky, United States in the mid-1800s. Here he married a freed slave- Odessa Lee Grandy Clay. As soon as Cassius (Mohammad Ali) defeated Sonny Liston in 1964, he publicly thrown off the slave name “clay“. Then, Cassius was allocated the name Muhammad Ali as a follower of Islam by the movement leader, Elijah Muhammad.

Mohammad Ali facts No. 9: Frank Sinatra had to work his ass off to watch Ali’s comeback

Muhammad Ali was suspended for three and a half years for refusing the draft to fight in Vietnam and the fight was against Joe Frazier in 1971. His comeback fight was dubbed ‘The Fight of the Century’. Demand of the ticket for that match was so high that Frank Sinatra could not get inside as a photographer of Life magazine. The cover photo Sinatra took for this match wasn’t bad after all.

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Muhammad Ali facts No. 10: Ali once convinced Saddam Hossein to free 15 innocent hostages:

When Iraqi dictator Saddam Hossein invaded Kuwait in 1990, he kept 2,000 foreigners as hostages. Muhammad Ali flew to Baghdad to meet the Iraqi leader with a hope that his status as the world’s most famous Muslim might help him to negotiate. It took 50 minutes to get released 15 captive Americans.

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Top 10 Best Golfers of all time

Golf is a gentleman’s game. The game is one of the most popular around the world. Historically the game originated during Roman Empire but in the modern time its first recorded mention was made in 1457 during the reign of King James II of Scotland. The game is generally a precision club and ball sport. It is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. Instead, Golf is played on a course, consisting of an arranged progression of either 9 or 18 holes. The game has earned very much popularity in Europe and America.

Today, golf has gained such popularity that has never been before. Now, it will be very unwise not to make a top 10 list involving best golfers of all time in history.

Best Golfers of all time:

So, let it be and check the list of ‘Top 10 best golfers of all time’.

10. BYRON NELSON

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Byron Nelson, one of the best golfers of all time, was born in Texas, USA. His professional golf career spanned for 11 years, from 1935-1946. Byron became a legendary golfer with 52 championship winnings. ‘The Byron Nelson Championship‘ is arranged every year in Dallas to commemorate his significance. During his career, Byron grabbed 5 major championship titles and both the PGA and Masters championship two times, each one of them.

He was nicknamed ‘Lord Byron’ after the famous British poet due to his gentlemanly reputation. In 1974, Byron became a member of World Golf Hall of Fame and awarded several times which included most notably the most distinguished sportsman by United States Golf Association. The reputed golfer died in 2006. Byron Nelson has been enlisted at No. 10 in our short table of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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9. TOM WATSON

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Another best golfer in the history, Tom Watson from Kansas City, United States practically dominated the golf world in between 70s and 80s. Tom Watson is a multi-talented golfer who won as much as eight major championships, including 5 Open Golf Championships. As a matter of fact, Tom Watson was mentored by Byron Nelson since 1974. It’s not surprising that within a year of going under Byron’s wings, Watson won his first major golf championship.

Watson at the age of 60, participated in 2009 Open Championship, though lost at the end in a four-hole playoff. During his time, the friendly professional rivalry between him and Jack Nicklaus served to increase the popularity of golf. We have considered No. 9 spot for Tom Watson in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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8. BOBBY JONES

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Bobby Jones was considered as the most successful amateur golfer ever in the history. He won all four major golf tournaments in his era, therefore winning the career Grand Slam. During his 7 years in golf, he won 4 US Opens and another 3 Open Championships. He was the winner of 1930 British Amateur. In addition, he won the US Amateur championship as much as five times. His successful golf career came to an end when he suddenly decided to get retired from competitive golf at only 28 years of age.

Bobby Jones is the founder of the world renowned Augusta National Golf Club Course. He was also the co-founder of the Masters tournament and even came out of his retirement to compete in it until 1948, when he had to stop owing to some serious health related issues. Bobby Jones is the No. 8 golfer in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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7. SAM SNEAD

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Sam Snead had a pretty impressive career with the most career PGA victories (82 wins) in the history of golf. He was nicknamed ‘Slammin’ Sammy’. After serving in World War II, Sam participated in US Open and surprisingly, he never won any, though became runner-up four times in his career. Sam was a three times winner of PGA Championship as well as Masters Championship.

Sam Snead made a mark in golf history by winning the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational [a LPGA event], against 15 other golfers’ and became the only male golfer to have won a women’s tournament ever. The great golfer, Sam Snead is at No. 7 position in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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6. GARY PLAYER

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Gary Player is the most successful non-American golf player in the history. The South African legendary golfer, Gary Player managed to achieve the career grand slam at 29 that has been bestowed upon only a few, namely Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Gary Player was famously known as “Black Knight” because of the fact that he usually wore black on the golf course. During his glorious golf career, Gary Player won nine Major tournaments, six Championship tours and three Open Championships.

Gary is also a famous golf book writer. He designed more than 325 golf courses and owns a horse breeding farm, namely the Gary Player Stud Farm. The farm is internationally acclaimed for producing top-class race horses. The No. 6 spot in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time is attributed to the Great Gary Player.

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5. BEN HOGAN

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Ben Hogan won five of the six tournaments he participated in 1953, including three major championships. The year is a notable one in the history of PGA, which later came to be known as the ‘Hogan Slam’. Ben Hogan was considered as the most perfect golf swinger in the history. He was a very hard working player who was known to work over his swing mechanics and technique relentlessly.

Hogan is credited as the greatest striker of a golf ball in the history for the amazing swing he mastered. After winning nine major championship titles, Ben Hogan got retired from golf. He is at No. 5 in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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4. ARNOLD PALMER

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Arnold Palmer was an unchallengeable golfer who was known to his fans as “The king”. Palmer made huge in sports served to change the perception of golf being an elite class game. Like another golf legend Jack Nicklaus, he has helped a lot in popularizing and commercializing golf worldwide.

Arnold Palmer won seven major championships in golf which includes four Masters Titles. He was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, although he never won a single PGA championship in his career. He also marked his name in World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He is at No. 4 spot in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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3. WALTER HAGEN

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Walter Hagen is a native New Yorker and one of the most influential golfers in the world. He won 11 major championships during his glorious golf career and was hailed as a national hero by becoming the first American golfer ever to win a British Open. Hagen didn’t stop there and went on to win three more Open titles in his golf career.

Walter Hagen came from a working class family and started out as a caddy before entering the golf course as a pro-golfer. At the time, pro-golfers were looked down upon him. He was refused entry to the clubhouse at the Open Championship in 1920. Water Hagen eventually contributed to overcome the class division in golf. We have considered him to be at No. 3 in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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2. TIGER WOODS

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It seems quite unbelievable for sport like golf (hardly popular in Asia) to bring in a lot of money in the bank, but the perception is changed if we see Tiger Woods who has been one of the highest paid athlete in the world for several years.

Tiger Woods is a legendary golfer who broke a number of golf records. He held the No. 1 ranking longer than any other golfer in the history. Tiger Woods was awarded the ‘PGA Player of the Year’ for a record 11 times and also honored with the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring that averages a record 8 times.

Woods has won a total of 14 professional major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events in his splendid golf career. He has won more career PGA Tours and more career majors than any other active golfer in recent days. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam title which he attained a record three times. He is the only golfer to win both the Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at the Open Championship of golf. Many may disagree, but Tiger Woods is at No. 2 in our list of top 10 best golfers of all time.

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1. JACK NICKLAUS

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Here it is, the No. 1 in our best golfers of all-time list is Jack Nicklaus. He was nicknamed as ‘The Golden Bear’. Jack is indeed the best golfers of all time in golf history. Let’s take a look at his incredible records.

In his career, he has a record 73 victories which include 18 major championships and 6 Masters. His glorious career spanned over 23 years and he made himself as the most accomplished golfer ever. Nick has completed the career Grand Slam a record 4 times. How incredible it is!

Off-the-course Nicklaus is also known for his charitable work. He also authored several books based on golf. Finally, he is man we are look for, the best of all, the greatest golfer in the history.

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Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World

Football is a game of beauty. The spirit and magic of football transcends age and time. Unforgettable stories are passed down through the generations of the eminent football players along with the most wonderful atmospheres of most memorable matches. It would be unwise without mentioning the role of great players and their respective teams as well as fans, but if there is no stadium to host the game and encapsulate all that sticks in our mind, the mere memories would be gone forever.

Keeping that in mind, Sporty Ghost will rank the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. In our consideration, the size of the stadiums, the overall atmosphere and visual appeal play important role. All these largest football stadiums have their own legacies and impact both on the football and their individual countries.

Biggest Football Stadiums in the World:

The best part of all these largest soccer stadiums is the opportunity to tie the football and travel together. So, take a short break from your regular monotonous 9 to 5 working schedule, hop on a plane and visit some of these beautiful countries and most importantly, enjoy the football.

10. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 : Algiers, Algeria

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Stade 5 Juillet 1962
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This football stadium is located in Algiers, Algeria and has a massive capacity of 95,000. After inaugurated in 1972, the stadium has arranged several sporting events including 1975 Mediterranean Games, 1978 All-Africa Games, 2004 Pan Arab Games and 2007 All-Africa Games. The stadium also hosted 9 matches of 1990 African Nations Cup. The final match of that tournament was watched by a huge 105,302 spectators, where the home team Algeria defeated Nigeria by 1-0 to win the Cup.

The stadium had a record attendance of 110,000 in a friendly match between Algeria and Serbia in 2010. But following a new phase of renovation, the capacity of the stadium is reduced with the current seating capacity of 64,000. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algeria is at no. 10 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

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9. Borg El Arab Stadium: Alexandria, Egypt

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Borg El Arab Stadium
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With a capacity of 86,000, Borg El Arab is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest football stadium in Africa. In our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world, it stays at no. 9 spot. There is a running track around the pitch with four massive floodlights. There is a roof covering one side of the stand of the stadium. The main cabin of Borg El Arab stadium is covered by an umbrella, which covers a total 35% of the stadium area. It is considered as the biggest umbrella in the Middle East. The fence surrounding the ground is 3 km long and the internal road networks run for 6 km.

The stadium is also composed of a huge parking lot, where 5000 cars and 200 buses and an airplane could easily fit. The stadium is also facilitated by 300 press conference rooms, a hotel for 200 guests, 32 cafeterias, 8 elevators for the broadcasters and 2 sub play grounds and many more.

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8. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium: Central Jakarta, Indonesia

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
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This multi-purpose stadium is named after Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The stadium is mostly used for football with the seating capacity over 88,083. There are other stadiums in this huge complex such as the Swimming stadium and the Tennis stadium.

The Stadium complex is renamed “Gelora Senavan Complex” under the ‘de-Sukarno-ization’ policy by the former Indonesian president Suharto. We’ve consider to put the stadium at no. 8 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. The stadium is the home of Indonesia National Football team.

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7. Wembley Stadium: London, England

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The stadium was opened in 2007 replacing the original Wembley Stadium at this site, which was demolished in 2003. The stadium is a designated UEFA category four stadium with the capacity of 90,000 spectators. Wembley is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom and also second largest football stadium in the Europe. The Wembley stadium is famous for hosting major football matches including the FA Cup Final and the home matches of England National Football team.

The Wembley stadium is designed by HOK Sports, Fosters and Partners. The Wembley arch is heighted over 440 feet, including a partial retractable roof. The overall cost to build Wembley was estimated about £798 million. With its huge capacity, the Wembley remains at 7th place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

The Wembley stadium is also renowned for hosting the UEFA Champions League final in 2011 and 2013, FA Community Shield, and the Gold medal match of 2012 Olympics games football tournament.

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6. The Rose Bowl Stadium: California, USA

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The Rose Bowl Stadium
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It is the home of UCLA Bruins Football team and it is the main site of the Rose Bowl Game, which is traditionally held on New Year’s Day. Various major sports events were hosted by The Rose Bowl Stadium, including the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, 1994 FIFA World Cup final, and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals. The stadium also hosted five Super Bowl games so far in the Bowl Championship Series.

With the attendance capacity of 92,542, The Rose Bowl is at no. 6 in our selection for the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. It is also the 17th largest stadium in the world and 11th largest stadium in USA. The stadium is a true landmark in the historical point of view.

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 5.The FNB Soccer City Stadium: Johannesburg, South Africa

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The FNB Soccer City Stadium
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The stadium is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters in Johannesburg. The First National Bank Soccer City Stadium is the largest football stadium in Africa with its huge seating capacity for 94,736 spectators . The Soccer City was mainly designed as the association football stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During the football world cup, the maximum seating capacity was ensured for 84,490 viewers leaving the reserve seating for the press and other VIPs. The FNB Soccer City stadium is the home of South African National Football team. The Soccer City stadium is also known by its nickname “The Calabash” due to the resembling design to the African pot.

The stadium hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and Netherlands. The FIFA world cup closing ceremony on that day saw the final public appearance of Nelson Mandela. The stadium is also famous for Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from the prison in 1990. The FNB Soccer City is the 5th biggest football stadium in our list.

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4. Camp Nou: Barcelona, Spain

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Camp Nou is the home for the Barcelona FC since 1957. With its massive seating capacity of about 99,354, it is at no. 4 place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Camp Nou is also the biggest football stadium in Europe. Many famous sports events took place in this stadium, such as two UEFA Champions League Finals, and the football matches of 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona.

The construction started on 28 March 1954 as the previous one, Camp de Les Corts had no room for expansion. The total construction took three years with a cost of total 288 million pesetas. At the opening ceremony of the Camp Nou, Handel’s Messiah was performed and Barcelona FC defeated Legia Warsaw by 4-2 in an opening friendly match.

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3. Bukit Jalil National Stadium: Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

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Bukit Jalil National stadium is a multi-purpose sports complex with a 100,200 all-seater capacities. The stadium was opened by the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 1 January 1998 and staged the 1998 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Bukit Jalil is the home of Malaysian National Football team. In addition to 1998 Commonwealth games, the stadium also served as a host of Southeast Asian Games in 2001, FESPIC Games in 2006 and ASEAN University games in 2008 . By the capacity, till date, it is the 11th largest sports stadium in the world and the stadium stands at 3rd spot in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. This large sports complex was designed and built by the United Engineers Malaysia and finished three months ahead of schedule. The expanding 1.2 km² Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex is the most prominent sports venue in the Southeast Asia.

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2. Salt Lake Stadium: Kolkata, India

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Salt Lake Stadium is the 2nd largest soccer stadium in the world by capacity. This multi-purpose stadium has an arrangement for the 120,000 spectators to watch the game. The record attendance of 131,000 was documented in 1997 in a match between Mohon Bagan AC and East Bengal FC.

The roof of Salt Lake Stadium is made of metal tubes and aluminum sheets and concrete. It is situated about 10 km East of Kolkata covering the area of 309,200 m2 . The stadium was inaugurated in 1984. Several important international matches were held in this stadium such as the Pre-World cup tournament in 1985, super-soccer cup in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994, Charminar Challenger Trophy in 1992 and 1995 Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup. On 12 October 2014, the first match of Indian Super League was also held in the Salt Lake Stadium.

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1. The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium: Pyongyang, North Korea

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This multi-purpose stadium is regarded as the largest stadium in the world. With the capacity of about 150,000 and over 207,000 m² of occupying area, Rungrado is at no. 1 in the list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Currently, the stadium is only used for football matches along with few other athletic events. It’s scalloped roof featuring 16 arches arranged in a ring like manner and is said to resemble a Magnolia blossom. It has a total floor space of over 2.2 million ft² across eight stories and the roof peak is more the 197 ft from the ground.

The stadium is also famous as the site of massive performances. In 2002, it hosted the colossal and meticulously choreographed ‘Arirang’ artistic and gymnastic performance, involving some 100,000+ participants. The game was also opened for the foreigners that time.

There are many more beautiful and larger soccer stadiums across the world. We only picked up the top 10 based on the attendance capacity. The game of football is truly glorified by all these massive stadiums.’ Top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world’ will inspire the football lovers across the world for sure.

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Barcelona’s Previous Four Champions League Titles

In a very short time, Barcelona will face Juventus at the final of Champions League 2015 in Berlin. All the FCB fans all around the world will definitely hope for a fifth time triumph for their supported club. Of course the opposition is also pretty much talented. So, the Catalans need to be at their very best for prestigious treble along with the fifth UCL trophy.

Barcelona have already achieved four Champions Leagues in history. Twice in London and once both in Paris and Rome. Here we are going to look back those previous four Champions league Titles for Barcelona.

Previous Four Champions League Titles:

4. Wembley (992)

Barcelona’s Previous Four Champions League Titles, Wembley (992)
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This was Barcelona’s first time European Cup victory at Wembley in 1992. And the night must be remembered Ronald Koeman’s wonder strike, which brought them the glory of winning Champions League title.

This was another Italian Club named Sampdoria. They brought their best defense against the Catalans, but not enough for Fausto Pari in Barca. Many refers that as the dream team for Barcelona. But we should never forget to mention the master class side of Vujadin Boskov.

The Dutchman Koeman found just about the only place that keeper Gianluca Pagliuca couldn’t reach at the late moments put the end of that memorable story.

3. Paris (2006)

Barcelona’s Previous Four Champions League Titles, Paris (2006)
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The second of Barcelona’s four Champions League Titles took a little longer to come. After exactly fourteen years in Paris they got to another title, which was against Arsenal. Though the scenario was quite different than the past experience for the Catalans.

Arsenal were taking for much of the final. Robert Pires sacrificed for the substitute goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Barcelona struggled for any sort of consistency in the first 45 minutes. And then Sol Campbell headed surprise for the Gunners.

They also replaced Edmilson with Andres Iniesta and Henrik Larsson with Mark van Bommel. Both the substitutes brought enough effort to bring the Catalans their second Champions League victory.

2. Rome (2009)

Barcelona’s Previous Four Champions League Titles, Rome (2009)
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This was the first time Barcelona felt the glory of winning a treble in their club history. They arrived in Rome in such quest which was in fact the first time for any Spanish side. But you can feel the difficulty especially against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. The English giants were also seeking for a history of making back-to-back Champions League titles.

Manchester United would provide tough opposition with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes in their side. The Catalans simply didn’t get going until a stroke of luck saw Samuel Eto’o beating Nemanja Vidic. The goal seemed to lift Barca. In fact after that Lionel Messi also sent his looping header goalwards to end the game.

Even Iniesta and Thierry Henry had to play their parts with injury doubts. Carles Puyol too defended like his life depended on it and the Catalans ran out worthy Champions League winners.

1. Wembley (2011)

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I think, many of you readers have not yet forgotten this specific event in great Wembley stadium 2011. As Manchester United just got the chance to avenge only after two more seasons. In fact it was their home soil. Barcelona of course had fond memories of victory with the venue.

This time Barcelona side was even better than they had been in 2009. They grew stronger with so many talented footballers with them. It was one of the great final performances in many a year. Alex Ferguson had to say –

“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced”

Per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian.

Truly it was a great moment for the Catalans. Probably they deserved the fourth title of Champions League. People would definitely acknowledge that those Barcelona boys may have played the game right way.

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Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer

Mostly, if we try to find out some of the expensive transfer fees in soccer, we will always end up with great attacking players. The top transfer fees have always been featuring strikers or attacking midfielders. Probably one need to find further down the list to discover the first defender in this list of most expensive transfer fees. The transfer market had never valued defenders as much as attacking players. But no doubt, the league tables in Europe will reveal a different story for defenders.

Each of the leading teams in Europe has conceded the fewest goals. AS Roma and Juventus from Italy, Chelsea from EPL, PSG from France, Barcelona and real Madrid from Spain all are in the list. Some of these great legendary football clubs are to be found to have expensive defenders with them.

Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders:

We will actually search the whole history of soccer and put the top three names here in this list of top three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. All the transfer fee figures have been converted to US dollars.

Let’s find who is the most expensive defender in soccer history?

3. Rio Ferdinand – $50.04 Million

From Leeds United to Manchester United

Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer, Rio Ferdinand
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Manchester United broke the EPL transfer record in summer 2002. They brought Rio Ferdinand from rivals Leeds United for $50.04 million. Ferdinand had won the Premier League title six times, the League Cup twice, the FIFA World Cup once and the Champions League once in United. He was suspended from January 2004 for missing drug test in 2003.

He had to miss half the premier League along with the European Champions season. He was also the captain for Manchester before various injury problems. The 35 year old Ferdinand is still part of the Manchester United squad. In fact it was for the last season for to play with the red devils in 2013/2014 season.

2. Marquinhos – $50.21 Million

From Roma to Paris Saint Germain

Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer, Marquinhos
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He is probably the youngest member in this list of three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. Marquinhos at the age of 19, was signed by French champions Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for $50.21 million in 2013. He is a highly rated youngster and was named as one of the ten most promising young defenders.

Marquinhos also made his international debut for the Brazilian National Team in 2013. He in fact joined his Brazilian compatriots Alex and Thiago Silva at the Parisian giant club. Undoubtedly he had shown impressive performance so that to start as central defender alongside Silva.

1. Thiago Silva – $58.88 Million

From A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain

Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer, Thiago Silva
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Thiago Silva is the number one player in this list. He is the most expensive defender in soccer history. Of course the man is thought to be one of the best defenders in the current soccer world. Football fans would definitely acknowledge his large transfer fee as fair reflection. Thiago Silva was transferred from A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for a fee of $58.88 million in 2012.

Silva captained the team to their first League Championship since 1994 in 2012/2013 season. Silva being arguably the best defender, also captained Brazil to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil. Previously he had the glory of being a silver medalist for Brazil during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Top 10 Greatest Matches in Copa America History

Copa America is a South American football competition where the teams play for their greatness. The tournament is famous for producing all-action games with goals, drama and close competitions. The tournament was started way back in 1916. There are some 43 editions of Copa America have already taken place. Along the way of about 100 years, there have been some unforgettable encounters between the South American nations.

Here we will provide you with the top 10 greatest matches in Copa America. From unexpected shock to enormous goal fests, we revisit some of the closest as well as greatest encounters in the history of Copa America.

10 Greatest Matches in Copa America:

10. Chile 4-0 Brazil, 1987

Chile were heading into their group decider in a match against Brazil. For the Chileans, there was nothing less than victory would suffice if they were to advance to the semi-finals of Copa America. That was followed by the most historic performance ever produced by the Chile national team. The Brazil team, featuring Rai, Muller and Careca had dominated the first-half of the game. It was none but the Chile goal-keeper Roberto Rojas, who resisted the mighty Brazilians. Just before the break, Ivo Basay scored which nodded the underdogs ahead of the game.

Then the minors did not look back. Juan Carlos Letelier doubled the lead and then Basay headed to score from a corner in his second. After that, again Letelier put a real gloss on the score line with a delightful forth in Brazil’s net. The historic match is considered in the top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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9. Argentina (2) 2-2 (4) Brazil, 1995

Brazil had a breathless opening when Edmundo and Abel Balbo scored two early goals in the match. Just before the half-time, Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta edged Argentina back in front after smashing the ball in from a tight angle. There was a controversial twist to come when, Tulio clipped home an equalizer goal following a blatant hand ball, with nine minutes remaining of the game. Brazil went on to prevail the match, when captain Dunga converting the winning penalty-kick.

8. Brazil 3-2 Mexico, 1997

With both teams having won their first game in 1997 Copa, the match was a battle for Group C supremacy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Mexico striker Luis Hernandez had put El tri two goals ahead by a thumping header and a close range finish. The Brazilian center-back Aldair inspired his side’s fight back with a header of his own just two minutes within the second half of the game. Very soon, the equalizer came when Mexican defender, Camilo Romero diverted Romario’s goal bound effort into the roof of his own net.

The hapless Mexican defender was again proved wrong for the Brazil’s third goal, when Leonardo robbed the ball from him on the touchline and could only watch on as the left-footer surged into the box before unleashing a wonderful winning goal.

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7. Colombia 2-3 Chile, 1999

It was a quarter-final showdown match in Paraguay. The fate of that crucial match was swinging back and forth before it was finally decided by one of Chile’s great footballers of all-time. Jorge Bolano of Colombia crashed with an opener from the edge of the box early on. Pedro Reyes immediately leveled the score with an unchallenged header from a sharp corner. By the interval, the Colombians were back in the game as Victor Bonilla took advantage of some sloppy Mexican defense.

But, it was Pedro Reyes who restored the parity five minutes in the second part with another amazing header. The Chilean captain Ivan Zamorano eventually settled the contest, latching on to a long-ball expertly to take his team into the semi-finals of 1999 Copa America. The match is ranked at no 7 in our list of top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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6. Peru (2) 3-3 (4) Mexico, 1999

It was another thrilling quarter-final clash from the 1999 Copa America, where Mexico eventually squeezed past Peru on penalty shoot-out. The first half of the game was unrelenting as both teams shared a total five goals. Peru made a dream start with José Pereda and Roberto Palacios who put them two up inside a quarter mark of an hour. The Mexican striker Luis Hernandez hauled his side back on terms with a well taken double to level the score.

However, Peru got the lead as Nolberto Solano curled the ball from just outside the box. Just three minutes remaining at the clock, Gererdo Torrado’s long-ranger flew into the Peru’s net for an equalizer. Then when the penalty shoot-out took place, the Mexicans held their nerve from spot, scoring four out of four as Peru crashed out in a 2-4 defeat.

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5. Brazil 0-2 Honduras, 2001

Arguably, the match was the biggest upset in the history of Copa America. The mighty Brazil stumped by the minnow Honduras in a shameful way. Although Brazil team were devoid of some star players, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Romario, there was hardly anyone who could foresee such a result as Honduras defeated Brazil in a giant-killer show that night. After finishing a goal-less first half, Honduras bounced the Brazilian net when Juliano Belletti deflected a Saul Martinez header into his own net on 57th minutes.

Brazil found their miserable end when Martinez coolly slotted home at death to seal a 0-2 victory. Brazil’s unexpected defeat sent a shock wave throughout South American football. Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazil coach, commented afterwards,

“I, Big Phil, will go down in history of football as the Brazil coach who lost to Honduras. It’s a horrible night for me but Honduras played better than our boys and they deserved the victory”

4. Argentina (2) 2-2 (4) Brazil, 2004

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The 2004 Copa America in Peru saw a classic climax as the rivals Argentina and Brazil squared up for the first time in a one-off final showdown in the history of Copa America. The game took the breath away in every seconds until the final whistle of the match. Argentina led the score when Kily Gonzalez scored from a penalty after a foul by Luisão. The big Brazilian defender immediately revenged with a header on the stroke of half-time.

Argentina’s Cesar Delgado looked to have won it when he fired past Julio Cesar with just three minutes remaining of the game. The fate was yet to be decided when the top scorer Adriano rifled home with a level in the injury-time of the match. At the penalty shoot-out Argentina broke their nerves in a 2-4 defeat to Brazil. The closest encounter of that match put it on the list of top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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3. Chile 1-6 Brazil, 2007

After losing to Brazil by 3-0 in the group stage, Chile were out for revenge in the quarter-final clash. The strategy went wrong for the Chileans as the Brazilians turned in their best performance on the way to grab their fourth titles in last five tournaments. Brazil led the score by 3-0 within the first half as Juan, Julio Baptista and Robinho scored one by another. Just after the break, Robinho striked again while Josue and Wagner Love added two more. Humberto Suazo scored from a delicate chip as a consolation when it was way too late.

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2. Uruguay (4) 2-2 (5) Brazil, 2007

The match is regarded as an unforgettable semi-final match in the history of Copa America. The match was heart throbbing in every point of view. Brazilian full-back Maicon stabbed a rebound to put Brazil ahead, but the lead was wiped out when Diego Forlan fired the ball into the net. On 40th minutes of the game, Julio Baptista bundled home an awesome free-kick.

Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu scored an equalizer to take the game to penalties. Brazil seized the moment in the close penalty shoot-out as Gilberto coolly netted the ball between the Uruguayan posts.

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1. Argentina (4) 1-1 (5) Uruguay, 2011

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This time, Uruguay didn’t disappoint their fans in shoot-out. There may have been only two goals, but the match contained almost everything else. Uruguay’s Diego Perez opened the scoring on five minutes from a close range and then collecting himself two yellow cards before sending off the pitch. Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain had responded promptly by glancing in a Lionel Messi cross.

And then numerous chances were created from both sides with great goalkeeping performances. Ultimately, the match went down on penalty shoot-out where Carlos Tevez proved the fall guy for the Argentines, missing his side’s only effort, which allowed Martin Caceres to score the final goal in deciding the fate of that breathtaking match.