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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 Highest Paid Baseball Players 2015

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in United States and also regarded as the most played sports all over the world. Major League Baseball (MLB) is a top tier baseball championship organized in the United States which has produced many of the amazing baseball legends. The baseball players participating in the MLB are counted among the highest paid athletes as they get an enormous salary from their teams besides their personal earnings from endorsements. Many great baseball players such as Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez are also counted among the highest paid baseball players in the world for their huge career earnings.

Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez earned a total of $466,963,699 as his career earnings, which makes him the highest paid baseball player, in fact the richest athlete of all genres. Many novices of baseball have also became quite wealthy as they get a huge amount of money as their contract fee with many famous MLB teams, and are likely to make it to the rich list sooner.

Highest paid baseball players 2015:

Sporty Ghost has taken an initiative to enlist the highest paid baseball players in 2015. The question everyone frequently ask about is that who is the highest paid baseball player? Let’s check it out.

Highest paid baseball player No. 10: Robinson Cano

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Robinson Cano is a Dominican-American professional baseball player and currently plays for the Seattle Mariners in the MLB. Cano made his debut in MLB on 3 May, 2005 for the New York Yankees. In 2009, he was named the World Series Champion and in 2011, he became the Home Run Derby Champion. He is at No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015.

Robinson Cano also won the MLB All-Star six times till now. He signed a 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners and will be a free agent in 2024. His contract with Seattle Mariners is worth a total of $240 million. He will earn an annual salary of $24 million until his contract ends in 2024. In 2015, he is earning a salary of $24 million that includes a base salary of $24 million this year.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 9: Prince Fielder

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Prince Fielder is an American professional baseball first baseman and plays in MLB for Texas Rangers. He was debuted in MLB on 13 June, 2005 while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. Fielder was named the NL Home Run leader in 2007 and from 2007-2012, he became the Silver Slugger award winner three times. He also won the MLB All-Star a total five times till now. Prince Fielder is currently in a 9-year contract with his team, Texas Rangers and will be a free agent in 2021.

Prince Fielder is currently taking the 9th place in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015. His contract with Texas Rangers is worth of $214 million while his yearly salary being of $23 million till his contract ends in 2021. In 2015, Prince Fielder is earning a salary of $24 million which includes a basic annual salary with Texas Rangers.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 8: Albert Pujols

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Like Robinson Cano, Pujols is also a Dominican-American professional baseball player who currently plays for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the Major League Baseball. The famous first baseman made his debut in MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals on 2 April, 2001. From 2006-2011, Pujols was named the World Series Champion two times and became the NL MVP Award winner three times in his baseball career. He also won the MLB All-Star nine times till now. His 10-year contract with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be valid till 2022. His contract with the club is worth of $240 million and this huge money is his guaranteed income.

According to the contract signing, he will earn an annual salary of $24 million until 2022. In 2015, Pujols is earning a base salary of $24 million and the rest of his incomes comes from the endorsements. We’ve consider Albert Pujols for the No. 8 position in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 7: Felix Hernandez

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Felix Hernandez is a Venezuelan professional baseball player who plays as a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners in the MLB. Felix made his debut in professional baseball in MLB on 4 August, 2005 for the Seattle Mariners. From 2009-2014, it was Felix Hernandez who was named as the All-Star five times and also became the Al ERA Leader in 2014. In 2009, he won the AL Win co-leader too. Felix Hernandez remains at No. 7 spot in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015.

Presently, he is in a contract of 7-years with the Seattle Mariners and will be a free agent in 2020. The contract with the Mariners is worth of a total $175 million. Felix’s annual income as a club salary will be approximately $25 million till 2020. In 2015, he is earning a total salary of $24,857,142 as a basic club salary.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 6: Zack Greinke

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Zack Greinke started his career as an American professional baseball pitch starter and currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB. His MLB debut was made on 22 May, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals. Greinke was named the All-Star two times from 2009 to 2014 and in 2009, he became the MLB ERA Leader and also winning the NL CY Young Award. He is the 6th highest paid baseball player in our list.

Zack Greinke made a 6-year contract with his current club Los Angeles Dodgers. The contract will be exceeded until 2019, making him a free agent. His contract is worth of around $147 million, being his guaranteed income until 2019. As the contract signs, his annual earning is of $24.5 million which will end in 2019. In 2015, Zack is earning around $25 million as a basic club salary.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 5: Ryan Howard

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Ryan Howard is an American professional MLB baseball first baseman and presently plays for Philadelphia Phillies. We have selected him for the 5th position in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015. Howard made his MLB debut on 2 September, 2004 as a Philadelphia Phillies skipper.

From 2006 to 2010, he was named five times as the All-Star and in 2005, he became the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2008, he was the winner of World Series Champion. He is presently in a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies which will end in 2018. The contract is worth of a total $125 million, while his yearly salary is estimated around $25 million until 2018. In 2015, Ryan Howard is pocketing an annual $25 million cash as a basic.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 4: Cliff Lee

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This American professional started his career as a baseball starting pitcher and currently plays for Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB. His debut was made in MLB on September 15, 2002 for the Cleveland Indians. His name was inducted as the All-Star four times from 2008 to 2013 and became the AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2008. He won the NL CY Young award in the same year. Cliff Lee is presently tied with the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-year contract and will be a free agent in 2017.

The contract ensured him a huge sum of money, a total worth of $120 million, till his contract ends in 2017. He is currently earning a total yearly salary of $25 million as per the contract he signed. Cliff Lee makes himself comfortable at No. 4 in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 3: Josh Hamilton

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Josh Hamilton is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently playing for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the MLB. His league debut was made on April 2, 2007 as a Cincinnati Reds skipper. In 2012, he was named the AL Batting Champion and AL MVP simultaneously. He also won the ALCS MVP in the same year.

Josh Hamilton takes No. 3 place in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015. He is currently holding a 5-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which will expire in 2019, making him a free agent. The contract guarantees him a $125 million worth income till his contract ends in 2019. In 2015, Josh Hamilton is earning approximately $25 million as his annual salary that includes a base salary of $23 million.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 2: Justin Verlander

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Justin Verlander, the starting pitcher in MLB, is an American professional baseball player. He currently plays for the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball. Verlander made his MLB debut on 4 July, 2005 for Detroit Tigers. He has inducted in the All-Star for six times, from 2007-2013 and in 2011, he became the AL MVP and winner of NL CY Young award. Current he is in a 7-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, which will be valid till 2021, leaving him as a free agent.

The contract is worth a total of $180 million, making it a guaranteed income for him. His average yearly salary remains $25,714,286 according to the signing. In 2015, he is earning a total estimated salary of $28 million as a basic annual income. Justin Verlander stays at No. 2 in our list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015.

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Highest paid baseball player No. 1: Clayton Kershaw

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Here he comes, the highest paid baseball player, Clayton Kershaw. He is an American professional baseball player and as a starting pitcher, he is currently playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB. Clayton played his MLB debut match on 25 May, 2008 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. From 2011-2014, his name was included in All-Star list for four times and became the NL MVP in 2014. Clayton grabbed the NL CY Young Award three times. With his current club, Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton signed a 7-year contract which will be valid till 2021.

The contract guaranteed him an income of $215 million with an average annual salary of approximately $30 million, till his contract ends in 2021. In 2015, he cashed an income of around $32 million including a base salary of $30 million. Clayton Kershaw is indeed the man we are looking for. He is the highest paid baseball player ever in the history. The No. 1 spot is quite appropriate for him in our list.

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There are many other baseball players who participate in the MLB, such as Mark Teixeira and Cole Hamels also deserve their place in the list of top 10 highest paid baseball players 2015. Mark Teixeira signed an 8-year contract with New York Yankees which worth $180 million while Cole Hamels made a $144 million contract with Philadelphia Phillies for 6 years.

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World Baseball Hall of Fame 2015 Members

There are so many skillful and prolific baseball players who performed extremely well in the last season of Major League Baseball. The world of baseball has already seen some extraordinary talented players who achieved the peak of their success which they deserve. The Sporty Ghost team has made a thorough research of each baseball match and statistics of all the famous baseball players and has made the inductees of Baseball Hall of Fame 2015. Elias ratings and ESPN ratings along with the average MLB rating also played a key role while choosing the baseball players for the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

Starting from the outfielders to the hitters along with positional player of each MLB team, fans of MLB all used to enjoy the performance of the great baseball players who made a special place at the sports lovers’ heart around the world. The Baseball Hall of Fame will certainly be a list the whole sports world will be waiting for.

History of Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1939 by Stephen Carlton Clark. He was the owner of a local hotel and sought to bring tourists to the city hurt by the Great Depression, which devastated the local hops industry. The Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated on 12 June, 1939. The current chairman of Baseball Hall of Fame is Clark’s granddaughter, Jane Forbes Clark.

The inventor of American Baseball was the US civil war hero Abner Doubleday, a claim made by former National League president Abraham G. Mills and his 1905 Mills Commission, was instrumental in the early marketing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2002, the Baseball Hall of Fame launched baseball as America, a renowned traveling exhibit that toured 10 American museums over six years. The baseball Hall of Fame also sponsors educational programs on internet to bring Baseball Hall of Fame to the schoolchildren who might not visit. In 2005, the Hall and the Museum completed a series of renovations. The Baseball Hall of Fame also presents an annual exhibition at FanFest at the MLB All-Star Game.

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Baseball Hall Of Fame 2015

Let’s have a look at the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015. As our tradition, we will start the list from the No 10. So just scroll down the page and enjoy. And most importantly, don’t forget to give us your most valuable comments.

10. Robinson Cano

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He is a Dominican-American baseball second baseman who plays for the Seattle Mariners in MLB. From 2005-2013, Robinson Cano played for the New York Yankees. In 2014 season of Major League Baseball, he was 595 at bats and scored 77 runs in 187 hits with a batting average of 0.314. Robinson Cano also made 82 runs batted in and gained 14 home runs in the recent season of MLB till date. Cano achieved 61 walks and 270 total bases with an on-base percentage of 0.382. Robinson Cano is the 10th name in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

In addition, Cano also reached 10 stolen bases and caught stealing three times. His current year’s MLB performance was so remarkable that Robinson scored 76.6 in Elias rating, 58.8 in ESPN rating and made an average overall ranking of 52.5. In the ESPN baseball rating, Robinson Cano reached the 10 th place while he stood 48th in Elias rating and 28th in MLB Average Player Rating table.

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9. Jose Altuve

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He is a Venezuelan baseball second baseman and is considered as the shortest active MLB player with 5 feet 5 inch height. Currently, he is playing for the Houston Astros of MLB. In 2014 season of Major League Baseball, he was 660 at bats, scoring 85 runs in 225 hits with a. 341 batting average. Jose Altuve has made 59 runs batted in and also achieved 7 home runs in the recent season of MLB till date. He also achieved 299 total bases and a total walk of 36 with an on-base percentage of. 377. Jose Altuve stands at No. 9 in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

In addition, completing 56 stolen bases, Altuve was caught stealing nine times. He scored 59.9 points in ESPN rating system as a current year’s best MLB performance. In the Elias rating system, he also scored 83.0 making an average overall ranking of 31.0. ESPN put Jose Altuve at 9th place in their rating table. He also reached at 27th in Elias rating table and 16th in the MLB Average Player Rating table.

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8. Giancarlo Stanton

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Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton is an American baseball player who plays as an outfielder for the Miami Marlins in MLB. He first appeared for the Miami Marlins in the 2010 season. In 2014 MLB season, Mike scored 89 runs in 155 hits with a batting average of .288, while he was 539 at bats. Stanton made a total 105 runs batted in and in recent season of MLB, he reached 37 home runs too. With 299 total bases and an on-base percentage of. 395, he achieved 94 walks in the Major League.

Stanton reached 13 stolen bases and caught stealing only once. His current year’s MLB performance was so remarkable that Stanton scored 69.7 in ESPN rating system. He also scored 95.0 in Elias rating system with an average overall ranking of 6.0. He reached the 2nd place in Elias rating table, 8th in the ESPN rating table and 3rd in MLB Average Player Rating table. Giancarlo Stanton is the 8th baseball player in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

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7. Jose Bautista

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Jose Bautista is a Dominican baseball right fielder who is currently playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB. He has been named the Player of the Month on five different occasions. With a batting average of .286, he scored 101 runs in 158 hits and in 2014 MLB season he was 553 at bats. In recent season of MLB, Bautista made 103 runs in batting and also reached 35 home runs. Currently, Jose Bautista is at No. 7 in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

Bautista achieved total bases of 290 and 104 walks with an on-base percentage of .403. He completed six stolen bases for his team and caught stealing twice. With his current year’s outstanding performance, he scored 88.4 in Elias rating, 71.5 in ESPN rating and was able to make an average overall rating of 17.5 in his career. Jose Bautista achieved the 7th place in ESPN rating table, 15th place in Elias rating table and 10th place in MLB Average Player Rating table.

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6. Jose Abreu

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Jose Abreu is a Cuban professional baseball player who plays as a first baseman. He was elected twice for the AL Player of the month. Currently, Jose Abreu plays for the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball. Jose Abreu settled in No. 6 spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015. Previously he played for Cienfuegos in the Cuban National Baseball Series. In the 2014 MLB season, Abreu was 556 at bats and scored 80 runs in 176 hits with a batting average of. 317.

In the recent MLB season, he made 107 runs in bat and reached 36 home runs too. He attained 323 total bases and 51 walks with an on-base percentage of. 383. In addition, he completed 3 stolen bases and caught stolen only once in his career. His current baseball performance is so remarkable that he scored 71.9 in ESPN rating system, 89.8 in Elias rating system while his average overall ranking is of 13.5. In the Elias rating table, Abreu stood 10th place, 6th place in ESPN rating table and 7th in MLB Average Player Rating table.

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5. Andrew McCutchen

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Andrew “Cutch” McCutchen is a famous American baseball center fielder and currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates of MLB. He is the winner of the 2013 National League Most Valuable Baseball Player award. In the last season of MLB, he was 548 at bats scoring 89 runs in 172 hits at an average of. 314. McCutchen scored 83 runs while batted in and ultimately reached 25 home runs in the recent season of MLB till now. McCutchen is the No. 5 baseball player spotted in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

His achievement list includes 297 total bases and 84 walks with an on-base percentage of. 410. He also completed a total 18 stolen bases and caught stealing three times in his baseball career. With his splendid MLB performance this year in MLB, McCutchen scored 72.7 in ESPN rating system, 93.3 in Elias rating system making an average overall ranking of 6.0. He attained the No. 5 spot in ESPN rating table, stood 3rd in Elias rating table and 4th in MLB Average Player Rating table.

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4. Michael Brantley

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Michael Brantley nicknamed as “Dr. Smooth” is an American professional baseball outfielder. He is the son of former MLB player and Coach Mickey Brantley. Currently, Michael Brantley plays baseball for the MLB team, the Cleveland Indians. In 2014 season of MLB, he was 611 at bats scoring 94 runs in 200 hits at an average batting of. 327. Making 97 runs while batted in, Brantley reached 20 home runs in the recent MLB season. He also achieved 309 total bases and 52 walks with a 385 on-base percentage. Michael Brantley marked his spot at No. 4 in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

In his baseball career, he completed 23 stolen bases and caught stealing only once. He scored 74.8 in ESPN rating system with his current year’s MLB performance. He also scored 90.6 in Elias rating system and made an average ranking of 9.0. He placed 4th in ESPN rating table, 8th in Elias rating table and also stood 6th place in MLB Average Player Rating table this year.

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3. Miguel Cabrera

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This Venezuelan professional baseball first baseman, nicknamed “Miggy” Cabrera currently plays for the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball. Previously, from 2003 to 2007, he played for the MLB club, Florida Marlins. In the last MLB season, he was 611 at bats and scored a stunning 101 runs in 191 hits at an average of . 313. In the recent season of MLB, Cabrera has made 109 runs while batted in reaching 25 home runs in his MLB career.

Miguel Cabrera is the No. 3 selection in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015. He attained a total 320 bases and 60 walks with an on-base baseball percentage of . 371. With an additional 1 stolen base, he had a remarkable year in MLB. Cabrera scored 91.9 in Elias rating, 76.0 in ESPN rating and made an average overall ranking of 7.0. He grabbed the 3rd place in ESPN rating table, 6th in Elias rating table as well as fifth in MLB Average Player Rating table.

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2. Mike Trout

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Mike Trout was nicknamed as “The Millville Meteor” for his amazing baseball performances. Currently, he is playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Major League Baseball. Previously, he started his career playing college baseball for the East Carolina University. In the last season of MLB, he was 602 at bats scoring 115 runs in 173 hits at an amazing batting average of . 287. He has made himself comfortable at No. 2 spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame 2015.

In the recent season of MLB, Trout has made 111 runs with 36 home runs till date. He completed 338 total bases this season. Additionally, he also had a total 83 walks with an on-base percentage of . 377. not only that, he also finished 16 stolen bases and caught stealing twice. With his current MLB performance, he made an average overall ranking of 1.5 while in ESPN rating system he scored 79.4 and in Elias rating system, he scored 97.7. Mike Trout is the player who stood 2nd both in the ESPN rating table and Elias rating table and achieved the top place in MLB Average Player Rating table.

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1. Victor Martinez

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The Venezuelan professional baseball player was designated hitter known as “V-Mart”. Victor Martinez is currently playing for the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball. Previously, he also marked his step into the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. Victor Martinez is the baseball player who is currently topped the list of Baseball Hall of Fame 2015. In 2014 season of MLB, he was 561 at batting scoring 87 runs in 188 hits with a batting average of . 335. In recent time, he made a total 103 runs in batting and reached 32 home runs.

Martinez has achieved 317 total bases and 70 walks with an on-base percentage of . 409. His achievement list lengthens with another 3 stolen bases among which he was only caught twice. Scoring 79.5 in ESPN rating and 92.2 in Elias rating, Martinez had an incredible MLB season this year. He also made an average overall ranking of 5.5. He achieved No. 1 spot in ESPN rating table, 5th in Elias rating table and 2nd in the MLB Average Player Rating table.

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World Tennis Hall of Fame 2015 Members

There are many talented tennis players who have shown their extreme skills and outstanding performance with the tennis racket last season. Starting from the legends like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, till the novices who officially turned pro a couple of years ago, all the tennis players tried their best to achieve the success through their performance. The Sporty Ghost team mainly focused on all the basic statistics like total aces, 1st serve return points, break points opportunities and percentage of total points won in selecting the inductees of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

The performances of these tennis players at major tennis tournaments like US Open, Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Masters, Roland Garros and Australian Open also played important role at making the list of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

Tennis Hall of Fame 2015:

The recent ATP World rankings were also kept in mind while selecting the players. So, let’s check out Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

10. Marin Cilic

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Marin Cilic, the Croatian professional tennis player is the reigning US Open champion. Cilic has won a total 13 ATP singles titles so far and on 13 October 2014, he achieved his career-high singles ranking No. 8. Marin Cilic first came into focus by defeating then World No. 2 Andy Murray in the fourth round of US Open 2009. Following this, he reached the 2010 Australian Open semifinals. He also made the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinal.

From his early young age, Cilic developed his career in tennis. His career started in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the young potential was discovered by local hometown coaches. They encouraged him to move to Zagreb for further training. Eventually, he found Bob Brett and made himself established in the professional tennis in 2005. After thorough research, we have selected him for the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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9. Tomas Berdych

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Tomas Berdych is a Czech by nationality, playing professional tennis. He was the finalist of 2010 Wimbledon Championships and caused consecutive upsets by defeating the top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic, the then world No. 3 at the semifinals. However, at the final, he was defeated to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. His biggest career win came at the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final of the tournament.

Tomas Berdych is one of the few active players in the modern times to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slams. In the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015, Berdych is a potential tennis player with an amazing stamina. He is one of the two players to defeat all the big four in the major events of tennis.

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8. Stan Wawrinka

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Stan Wawrinka is currently the Swiss no. 2 and the World no. 7 in ATP tennis ranking. The Swiss climbed to his highest ranking so far, no. 3 on 27 January, 2014 because of his first grand slam win, the Australian Open in 2014. He reached the semifinals of 2013 US Open and 2015 Australian Open semifinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. He also won the Monte Carlo Masters in 2014 and made it to the finals in 2013 Madrid Masters.

Wawrinka is also a gold medalist in the men’s double event at 2008 summer Olympics, partnering with another Swiss Roger Federer. Federer and Wawrinka also were awarded with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year award. Wawrinka has been playing Davis Cup for the Switzerland since 2004. He was the part of Swiss team in their 2014 Davis Cup win.

Wawrinka is considered as one of the best clay court tennis players while his backhand and serve being his best shots. He is one of the inductees in the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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7. David Ferrer

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The three-time Davis Cup winner David Ferrer is a Spanish professional tennis player who has won tournaments at all levels except at a Grand Slam. He stepped into the professional tennis in 2000 and from the very beginning of his career he was known as a clay court specialist, having won half of his titles on the surface. David Ferrer is at no. 7 in the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015 list.

Moreover, he attained a significant success on all kinds of surfaces, having reached the finals of 2013 French Open without losing a set, the semifinals of US Opens and Australian Open twice each and Wimbledon quarterfinal twice. In 2006, he first achieved a top-10 ranking and his career-high world ranking 3 was achieved in 2013.

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6. Milos Raonic

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Milos Raonic started his tennis career as a Canadian professional tennis player. Although, he was born in Yugoslavia, his family moved to Canada at the age of three. Now, he is Canada’s highest ATP-ranked male single tennis player since 1973, with a career-high ranking of world No. 6. Raonic qualified for his first Grand Slam event at the US Open in 2010. The following year, he ascended from 102 to 37 in a month, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. He won his first ATP title in 2011 SAP Open.

He is specially a hard-court player. He is one of the strongest server in recent tennis. Novak Djokovic commented about Raonic that he “has one of the best serves in the world. Very precise and very powerful”.

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5. Kei Nishikori

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Current World No. 4 Kei Nishikori is a Japanese professional tennis player. Nishikori is the only Japanese male tennis player ever to be ranked in the ATP top 10 ranking as well as the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015. He started playing tennis at the age of five and at 17, he qualified for his first ATP main draw event in Los Angeles. In 2008, Kei Nishikori was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year.

So far, Nishikori has won a total of eight singles titles and became runner-up at the 2014 US Open. It makes him the first ever male tennis player from Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final. In addition, Nishikori is the first tennis player from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and also reached ATP semifinals in 2014. He was also the runner-up in 2014 Madrid Masters.

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4. Andy Murray

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Andy Murray, the Scottish born tennis player, started playing with tennis racket at the age of three. Surprisingly, Murray entered his first competitive tennis tournament at 5 and was playing league tennis at the age of eight. At 15, he moved to Barcelona, Spain to train at Sánchez-Casal Academy. Andy Murray won the junior US Open in 2004 and the following year, he turned himself professional.

Murray has many famous victories in his counts. Among them, 2012 Olympic games were notable where he defeated the world no. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets and won the gold medal, becoming the first British singles champion in over 100 years. The following year, Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon finals and became the first British tennis player to do so since Fred Perry. He is the only player in the history to win both the Olympic gold and US Open in the same year. Andy Murray will undoubtedly the 4th choice of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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3. Rafael Nadal

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The current world No. 3 Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as the finest clay court master in the tennis history. Nadal has been nicknamed as “The King of Clay”. His all rounding performance in tennis made him to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slams till now, which include the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, 15 ATP World Tour 500, and a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000. He led the Spanish team to win Davis Cup four times, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

He became the 7th player in the tennis history to achieve the Career Grand Slam in 2010.The tennis Hall of Fame 2015 will be truly incompleted without Rafael Nadal. He was also selected as the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2011. After Andre Agassi, Nadal is the second male player to complete the singles career Golden Slam.

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2. Roger Federer

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Roger Federer is considered as the greatest tennis player of all-time in the tennis history. Currently, No. 2, Roger Federer is a Swiss professional and he has been ranked the top 10 since October 2002. Federer held the world No. 1 ranking for a record 302 weeks, which also includes a consecutive 237 weeks. He is the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles so far, reaching each Grand Slam finals at least five times. He is the finalist of Wimbledon a record nine times.

Federer is also among the seven players, to capture a career Grand Slam. He currently shares an Open Era record for most Wimbledon titles (7) with Pete Sampras and US Open titles (5) with Sampras and Jimmy Connors. Federer is a true legend in tennis. He stepped into the 2nd spot in the tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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1. Novak Djokovic

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Here he is, the Serbian star Novak Djokovic, the table topper of tennis Hall of Fame 2015. He is currently ranking as the World No. 1 by ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). Undoubtedly, Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the world. Novak Djokovic has won 8 Grand Slam singles titles and has been holding the No. 1 spot for a total of 139 weeks so far. He won the ATP World Tour Finals in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was a part of Serbian team which won the Davis Cup in 2010.

In 2008 summer Olympics, Djokovic was the Bronze medal winner in men’s singles. He is the first and only to win the Australian Open title three times consecutively. This great tennis magician is currently reigning the tennis world with honor and pride.

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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

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Wembley Stadium
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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

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Camp Nou
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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

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Bukit Jalil National Stadium
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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

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Salt Lake Stadium
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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

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
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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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Top 10 Best Looking Female Soccer Players 2015

Soccer is the most popular game in the world of sport. It has around 3.5 billion fans worldwide and soccer is one of the main sources of entertainment to the mass people. Although the game is mostly dominated by the sensational male players, female soccer players are also gaining great popularity. All these best female soccer players are not just good looking but they all have a significant contribution to their respective teams.

They are frequently making sports headlines for their tremendous effort to the teams. Women’s football is slowly gaining world recognition and the best looking female soccer players are becoming popular day by day. Nowadays, there is a number of attractive female soccer players around the world, making football a game of beauty.

10 Best Looking Female Soccer Players 2015:

Today Sporty Ghost will present you the list of Top 10 best looking Female Soccer Players 2015. Guess, who is the best looking female soccer player? You just have to wait for a while and scroll down to see it.

All of them are highly talented footballers as well and are also known to be the hottest both on and off the pitch.

10. Amy Rodriguez, USA

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Amy Rodriguez
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Amy Rodriguez, the beautiful blonde is an American by nationality and currently plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) of United States. She is also a part of United States women’s national soccer team. She is better known for her speedy movements as her teammates nicknamed her ‘A Rod’.

In 2012 Olympic qualifying match between USA and Dominican Republic, Amy Rodriguez scored five goals, while the final score of the game being 14-0. Her outstanding performance set a record for goals scored in a single match by one player in Olympic qualifying history. She is also a gold medalist for the US team both in the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

9. Jonelle Filigno, Canada

25 years old Jonelle Filigno is a Canadian soccer player who also plays for Sky Blue FC in the National women’s soccer league. She won the Olympic bronze medal at London 2012 as a part of Canadian national soccer team.

She made her debut for the Canadian national team at the age of 17. Filigno played as a part of Canadian soccer team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup. The 2012 London Olympics was a memorable one for her as she scored the winning goal against England with a stunning volley from a corner kick. She is smart with her playing style and she is too good looking. We placed her at 9 in our list of top 10 best looking female soccer players 2015.

8. Ali Krieger, USA

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Ali Krieger
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Ali Krieger is primarily a defender who plays for United States Women’s national soccer team. She also plays football in NWSL for the Washington Spirit. She played an important part for her team in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ali played every minute of all six matches for United States in that world tournament.

Ali Krieger recovered from a serious knee injury in 2012 Olympic qualifying, but missed the chance to be selected for the 2012 London Olympic competition. She spent five years in German league playing for FFC Frankfurt from 2007 to 2012. Here she won the title of UEFA women’s champions’ league. She is well capable of making the game as beautiful as she is. She is a true beauty in soccer.

7. Nayeli Rangel, Mexico

She is a Mexican soccer beauty and plays as a midfielder in the Mexican National Team. In 2013, she joined the Sky Blue FC to play in the National Women’s Soccer League. She is considered to be one of the sharpest and talented midfielders in the women’s soccer world. She represents the Mexico team at the national level with dignity and pride. She is the sign of true Mexican beauty in the world football pitch.

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6. Selina Wagner, Germany

Selina Wagner, the German best has proved that soccer is no different than ballet dancing due to her convoluted dancing style in the floor of football. With the elegance and grace, she is the fairest flower in the football. Her photo-shoot with famous Playboy magazine inspired other best looking female soccer players to follow her way. Selina is currently playing for the German national women’s team and at club level she plays for Vfl Wolfsburg. She is a true symbol of beauty and elegance in world football.

5. Sydney Leroux, USA

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Sydney Leroux
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Sydney Leroux is a Canadian-born soccer player, who is currently playing for the United States National Women’s football team. She won the 2012 Olympic gold medal as a part of American national team. She plays at the forward position for her team. She is also fluent at her club side the New York Flash in NWSL. Sydney represented Canada at various youth level. Then, in 2008 she made her mind to play for the United States women’s national side under-20 soccer team. Gradually, she developed her skill and placed in the US senior national team in 2012. She was an integral part of the US winning squad at 2012 London Olympics.

With her incredible appeal and hot figure, she is at no. 5 in our list of Top 10 best looking female soccer players 2015. She is playing soccer for US at the age of fifteen. In 2013 season, she also made her professional debut for the Boston Breakers in NWSL. The young beauty has enriched the game enough so far.

4. Lauren Sesselmann, Canada

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Lauren Sesselmann
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Lauren Sesselmann is an American-born soccer player, who is currently playing for Canadian National team. She plays as a defender for Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League. The former forward and Olympic medalist is also a football trainer and producer of the Fitness DVD program ‘Fit as a Pro with Lauren Sesselmann‘. She acquired Canadian citizenship through her father in 2010 and soon called up to the Canadian National team for training camp.

She wore her first cap in 2011 as a starter against USA. She was also named to the 18-player list in the Canadian squad for 2011 Pan American Games. She helped the team to win the Gold medal in that tournament. In 2012 London Olympics, her splendid performance earned Canada a major gold medal. With such fame and beauty, she is indeed one of the beautiful athletes in the world.

3. Hope Solo, USA

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Hope Solo
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Hope Solo is a professional goalkeeper for the United States National Women Soccer team. She has been guarding the post since 2000. The two-time Olympic gold medalist started her professional football career playing for the Philadelphia Charge in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). Hope Solo also traveled Europe in order to play the top division football leagues in Sweden and France.

Hope Solo is regarded as one of the best female soccer goalkeepers in the world. She is the record holder for the most career shutouts for the United States team. This multi-talented soccer beauty appears to be a TV star too, acting in a TV series named ‘Dancing with the stars’. Besides, this American beauty is an efficient writer too.

2. Kaylyn Kyle, Canada

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Kaylyn Kyle
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The 27-year old, Kaylyn is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a midfielder. Currently, she is playing for the Portland Thorns FC in NWSL. She has also represented Canada on U-17 and U-20 football tournaments. Kyle appeared in the U-20 FIFA women’s world cup twice in her football career, in 2006 and 2008.

In 2011 Pan American Games, she was an integral part of the gold winning Canadian team which defeated Brazil. She won the bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics, playing a prominent role in the midfield all through the tournament. She is the golden girl for the Canadian team. The Canadian beauty may not be as popular as the Americans are, but she has gathered a lot in her. She has the potential to be the best in her dominating nature.

1. Alex Morgan, USA

Top 10 Best looking Female Soccer Players 2015, Alex Morgan
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Alex Morgan is an American gold medalist and a very popular female athlete in the world. The forward is currently playing for the Portland Throns FC in National Women’s Soccer League in USA. She was first drafted in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. She made the professional debut for them and ultimately won the league championship. In 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup, Alex Morgan appeared to be the youngest player playing at the age of 22.

The 2012 London Olympic would be quite a memorable one for her as she scored the winning goal in the 123rd minutes of the game against Canada. She is the youngest American player to score 20 goals in a single year, notably in 2012. Morgan was awarded the US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

She plays football with beauty and glamor. Alex Morgan always makes her appearance appealing. That’s why we chose her for the no. 1 spot in our list of top 10 best female soccer players, in fact the highest paid female soccer player in the world 2015.

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National Football League is one of the most popular sports leagues in United States. American football is originated from rugby, but the game is quite different from rugby. NFL is consisted of 32 teams which have a huge fan circles all over United States as well as Canada. The NFL lovers use to watch the young and talented football players, representing different cities with their best performance. The adrenaline-pumping game is always made the audiences glued to the tv screen 24 hours a day.

Every NFL team brings their top players to ensure that the fans don’t get disappointed. Literally, as NFL is one of the richest sports league in the world, the teams gather a huge amount of revenue into their account and their players earn big bucks.

10 Richest Football Teams in NFL:

It is Sporty Ghost, who have enlisted the top 10 Richest Football Teams in NFL. Let’s check out your NFL teams with most money and most valuable players.

10. Baltimore Ravens: $1.5 billion

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Baltimore Ravens is an American football team, playing in NFL, with the team value of $1.50 billion. The team has generated an amazing revenue of around $304 million in the last NFL season. As of in 2013-14 NFL season, Ravens had an operating income near $57 million. Baltimore Ravens have recently signed a 10-year contract with M&T Bank for their stadium naming rights sponsorship in May, last season. The extension contract will run through the 2027 NFL season.

OWNER: Stephen Bisciotti
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2
PRICE PAID: $600 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 2004
REVENUE: $304 million
OPERATING INCOME: $56.7 million
DEBT/VALUE: 18%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $156 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $67 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 88
REVENUE PER FAN: $50
METRO AREA POPULATION: 2.7 million
VENUE: M&T Bank Stadium

9. San Francisco 49ers: $1.60 billion

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With the total income of $1.60 billion, San Francisco 49ers is the 9th team in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. The football team was founded in 1946 and started to play in NFL since 1949. They have won five Super Bowl Championship in just 14 years, in between 1981-1994. In the last season of NFL, San Francisco 49ers have gathered an amazing revenue of around $270 million. With an operative income of nearly $25 million in 2013-14 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers are one of the richest teams in NFL. They have recently inaugurated a new 68,500-seater privately funded Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The 50th Super Bowl will be hosted in this stadium in February 2016.

OWNER: Denise DeBartolo York, John York
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5
PRICE PAID: $13 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1977
REVENUE: $270 million
OPERATING INCOME: $24.8 million
DEBT/VALUE: 53%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $157 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $52 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 174
REVENUE PER FAN: $45
METRO AREA POPULATION: 4.5 million
VENUE : Levi’s Stadium

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8. Chicago Bears: $1.70 billion

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Chicago Bears are a NFL professional football team situated in Chicago, Illinois. They have won a total nine NFL championships. In 2015 season of NFL, the Chicago Bears have made a value over $1.7 billion and they are inducted at no. 8 in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. The Bears have generated a revenue around $309 million in the last NFL season. They also had an operating income of nearly $57 million as of 2013-14 season of National Football League. The Chicago bears finished at 8-8 in 2013 NFL season and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Recently, they missed it under the new head coach Marc Trestman who replaced Lovie Smith.

OWNER: McCaskey Family
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 9
PRICE PAID: $100
YEAR PURCHASED: 1920
REVENUE: $309 million
OPERATING INCOME: $57.1 million
DEBT/VALUE: 6%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $160 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $65 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 86
REVENUE PER FAN: $15
METRO AREA POPULATION: 9.5 million
VENUE : Soldier Field

7. Philadelphia Eagles: $1.75 billion

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Philadelphia Eagles are the members of the East Division of the National Football Conference in NFL. Their current team value is worth of $1.75 billion, which put them at 7th place in the list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. So far, the Eagles have won three NFL titles and made two appearances in Super Bowl competitions. Philadelphia Eagles has generated nearly $330 million of revenue in the last season of NFL. They also had an operative income of $73 million in the 2013-2014 NFL season. The Eagles recently appointed Chip Kelly as their head coach replacing their long-time coach Andy Reid for 2013 NFL season. Kelly led the team to achieve the top spot in the NFC East.

OWNER: Jeffrey Lurie
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3
PRICE PAID: $185 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1994
REVENUE: $330 million
OPERATING INCOME: $73.2 million
DEBT/VALUE: 11%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $150 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $63 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 114
REVENUE PER FAN: $27
METRO AREA POPULATION: 6 million
VENUE: Lincoln Financial Field

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6. New York Jets: $1.80 billion

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New York Jets are a professional NFL team located in New York City, Metropolitan area. They share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants. The team currently values $1.80 billion in 2015 season of NFL. They are inducted at no. 6 in the list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. They have generated an amazing revenue of nearly $333 million in the last NFL season. They also made an operative income of $80 million last year. Recently, a $255 million has been assigned by Moody’s Investment service in stadiums project revenue.

OWNER: Robert Wood Johnson IV
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1
PRICE PAID: $635 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 2000
REVENUE: $333 million
OPERATING INCOME: $79.5 million
DEBT/VALUE: 33%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $134 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $77 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 103
REVENUE PER FAN: $16
METRO AREA POPULATION: 20 million
VENUE : MetLife Stadium

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5. Houston Texans: $1.85 billion

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The Houston Texans joined the NFL in 2002 and since then they are one of the prolific teams in American professional football. Majority of the team are owned by Bob McNair. The current value of Houston Texans is nearly $1.85 billion and they stay at no. 5 in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. They have generated a revenue of $339 million in the last NFL season with an operating income of $103 million. Houston Texans’ new home was re-branded as NRG Stadium in 2015 after the owner company Reliant Energy had its own name on the Texans’ building.

OWNER: Robert McNair
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0
PRICE PAID: $600 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1999
REVENUE: $339 million
OPERATING INCOME: $102.8 million
DEBT/VALUE: 11%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $134 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $64 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 25
REVENUE PER FAN: $27
METRO AREA POPULATION: 6.3 million
VENUE : NRG Stadium

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4. New York Giants: $2.1 billion

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The professional American football team, New York Giants is the no. 4 richest football team in NFL. They were one of the five teams that joined NFL in 1925. The Giants have won eight NFL titles so far, along with more championship appearances than any other NFL team. New York Giants is valued over $2.1 billion as of 2015 NFL season. They also produced a marvelous revenue of $353 million in the last season of NFL. They had an operative income of $87 million in 2013-14 season of NFL. Although the team pays an annual stadium debt of $40 million, they still manage to maintain their huge earnings every year.

OWNER: John Mara, Steven Tisch
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 8
PRICE PAID: $500, $150 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1925, 1991
REVENUE: $353 million
OPERATING INCOME: $87.3 million
DEBT/VALUE: 25%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $146 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $91 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 82
REVENUE PER FAN: $18
METRO AREA POPULATION: 20 million
VENUE: MetLife Stadium

3. Washington Redskins: $2.4 billion

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They are a professional NFL team located in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The Redskins’ home is FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Since 1932, the Washington Redskins have played more than 1,000 matches. They have managed to win five NFL Championship which include three Super Bowl Championships. The team currently values over $2.4 billion in the latest season of NFL. They also generated a revenue of $395 million in the 2013-14 NFL season with an operative income of nearly $143 million. Washington Redskins are at no. 3 in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL.

OWNER: Daniel Snyder
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5
PRICE PAID: $750 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1999
REVENUE: $395 million
OPERATING INCOME: $143.4 million
DEBT/VALUE: 10%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $118 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $82 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 44
REVENUE PER FAN: $38
METRO AREA POPULATION: 5.9 million
VENUE: FedEx Field

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2. New England Patriots: 2.6 billion

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New England Patriots are one of the most successful teams in NFL. They play their home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots joined the NFL competition in 1970. With the net value of $2.6 billion, New England Patriots at 2nd place in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. Last season, they had made a remarkable revenue of nearly $428 million with an operating income of $147 million. The team has a property named ‘Patriot Place’ adjacent to the Gillette Stadium, which featured over 1.3 million square feet of dining, shopping, and entertainment.

OWNER: Robert Kraft
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3
PRICE PAID: $172 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1994
REVENUE: $428 million
OPERATING INCOME: $147.2 million
DEBT/VALUE: 9%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $156 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $95 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 154
REVENUE PER FAN: $56
METRO AREA POPULATION: 4.6 million
VENUE : Gillette Stadium

1. Dallas Cowboys: $3.2 billion

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Dallas Cowboys are the richest football team in NFL with an incredible net worth of $3.2 billion. They have a record for most Super Bowl appearances (8) which they share with Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas Cowboys are the only team in NFL to record 20 straight winning season from 1966-1985. They are the most valuable team in National Football League. Cowboys are tied with Spanish club FC Barcelona for 2nd richest sports team in the world while the richest team is Real Madrid with $3.4 billion. The Cowboys have produced a revenue of $560 million along with an operative income of $246 million in 2013-14 NFL season. They have recently signed multiple global sponsorship contracts with watchmaker Hublot and Carnival Cruise Lines. All these sponsorship endorsements ensure them several millions of dollars in revenue over the next five years in NFL.

OWNER: Jerry Jones
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5
PRICE PAID: $150 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1989
REVENUE: $560 million
OPERATING INCOME: $245.7 million
DEBT/VALUE: 6%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $164 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $90 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 83
REVENUE PER FAN: $57
METRO AREA POPULATION: 6.8 million
VENUE : AT&T Stadium

While the American football teams are busy in making money from sponsorships and tickets, the fans care about only one thing- the performances of the players. The fans always like to see the talented players making history under tough situations in the game. All these football players try their best to make their teams proud as well as rich and valuable.

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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.

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Top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup Records of All-time

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest stage of football. It is not only applicable for men, but also applicable in the women’s version of football. The event is equally exciting in FIFA Women’s World Cup. Some of the greatest records in women’s soccer have been created in FIFA Women’s World Cup’s history. The female soccer players from different countries try their best to go down in the history. Holding a record in a world cup, is very much significant for a player, whether the player is a man or woman.

With the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is progressing, many new records will be built, breaking the older ones. The world cup records thus carry a significant importance to both players and the soccer fans.

10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time:

Sporty Ghost have taken an initiative to enlist top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. Let’s have a look at it, but do not forget to give us your valuable comments.

10. Highest attendance in a match: 90,185 (1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final)

The final match of 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup took place on 10 July, 1999, at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States where United States met China for the title. The final is widely considered as one of the most important events in the American soccer history. A whooping number, which is estimated 90,185, of soccer fans gathered that day in one place to see the final showdown. The 1999 final set a record of highest attendance in the history of a Women’s World Cup match.

We have selected the record as no. 10 in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The match became a breath taking, heart-throbbing phenomenon while the score remained a 0-0 draw and finally United States won the final with a 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the end of the extra-time.

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9. Biggest victory: Germany (11)-(0) Argentina

The German women’s national soccer team holds the record of the biggest margin of victory in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup. The World Cup match took place on 10 September, 2007 at Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China. The invincible German team demolished Argentina women’s side by scoring 11 goals with a clean sheet. The German forward Birgit Prinz scored a magnificent hat trick, while Lingor and Behringer also scored two goals each. Smisek is another player, who made another hat trick in that match.

It became the only world cup match where two players of same side scored a hat trick. Argentina, on the other hand failed to net a single goal and also faced their biggest loss by 11-0 in the world cup. The record is placed at no. 9 in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time.

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8. Most consecutive losses: Argentina (6 world cup matches)

The Argentine women’s national team is consisted of amateur players, because there is no professional soccer league for the women in Argentina. Women’s football in Argentina still remains in shadow in compared of men’s soccer. The team’s last major achievement came when they defeated Brazil in the finals of 2006 Sudamericano Femenino on November 26, 2006. The inexperienced Argentine women’s team lost 6 times in a row in the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 2003 till 2007.

The record of most consecutive losses goes for the Argentine national women’s team and it is the no. 8 record in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The poor team started the streak with a 6-0 loss against Japan on 20 September, 2003 Women’s World Cup and the streak ended after the 1-6 loss against England on 17 September in 2007 Women’s World Cup.

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7. Most consecutive matches without a loss-Germany (15 World Cup matches)

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The German women’s national football team is one of the most successful teams in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are the winners of 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cup. Germany remain the sole nation to have won both the men’s and women’s world cup. The German women’s team is holding the record of most consecutive matches without a loss with 15-match streak without facing a loss in the world cup, which has given the 7th spot in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time.

Their winning streak started when they won by 4-1 against Canada in 2003 Women’s world cup at Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus and won the final match of the streak by 4-2 against France in 2011 Women’s world cup at Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach. German women’s team is one of the hardest contenders in 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup, Canada.

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6. Most consecutive wins: Norway (10 World Cup matches)

The Norway national women’s team is widely regarded as the most successful teams in women soccer. They are the former European, world and Olympic champions. The Norway team won consecutive 10 world cup matches from 1995-1999. They started the winning streak with a massive 8-0 victory against Nigeria at 1995 FIFA Women’s world cup.

The Norwegians accomplished their 10th win in world cup consecutively on 30 June, 1999, while they defeated Sweden by 3-1. This unbelievable women’s world cup record stays at no. 6 in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The Norway national team is still showing.

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5. Players with most goals in a single world cup: Michelle Akers (10 goals, 1991)

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Former American soccer player, Michelle Akers was an integral part of US team in 1991 and 1999 women’s world cup victories. The 1991 women’s world cup held in China, was very significant in Akers’ football career, as she managed to score a record 10 goals in total. She scored two match winning goals in the final and was awarded the golden Boot as she was the top goal scorer of that tournament.

In the 1991 season of soccer, Michelle Akers scored a stunning 39 goals in 26 matches, which settled the all-time team record for most goals in a single season of football. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Century for her outstanding goal scoring ability. Her name is also inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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4. Youngest goal scorer in World Cup: Elena Danilova (16 years 3 months 15 days)

The Russian soccer team forward, Elena Danilova became the youngest goal scorer in the world cup history at 2003 FIFA Women’s world cup, held in United States. She scored Russia’s last goal in that world cup campaign in a quarterfinal clash against Germany, who were the eventual champion. After scoring the goal, Elena made a history by being the youngest goal scorer in a world cup match with just 16 years 3 months and 15 days of age.

Her amazing record remains at no. 4 spot in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time. She is a remarkable player for Russia as in 2005, she alone scored 9 goals in U-19 Euro and led her team to win their first international title. She is currently playing football for Ryazan VDV, besides Russian national team.

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3. Player with most world cup appearances: Kristine Lilly (5 world cups)

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Kristine Lilly was the captain of United States women’s team and she appeared in a total five Women’s world cup during her soccer career. Her final appearance came at the 2007 World cup in China. It is an amazing record which made her the first woman and also one of the three footballers in the soccer history to appear in five world cups.

This unique record has been placed at no. 3 spot in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. She played the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup, scoring 8 goals in total. The record of appearing in five world cup also later achieved by Brazilian Formiga, Norwegian Bente Nordby , Japanese Homare Sawa and Birgit Prinz for Germany.

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2. Top goal scorer: Marta, Brazil (15 world cup goals)

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Brazilian football forward, Marta da Silva is one of the soccer legends in Brazil’s football history. She has made some important contributions to the Brazil all through her career. Marta was the key player in Brazil’s silver winning performance at 2004 and 2008 summer Olympics. She has participated in four Women’s world cups, including 2015 from the 2003 version of Women’s world cup and has played some extraordinary knocks for her team.

All through her world cup career, Marta scored a total 15 goals. In her first world cup appearance in 2003 FIFA Women’s world cup in United States, she scored 3 goals, and then 7 in 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup in China, 4 more goals in 2011 world cup in Germany, and 1 goal so far in 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The record is placed at no. 2 in top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time.

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1. Best national side: United States (30 wins in 40 world cup matches)

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The United States Women’s national team, nicknamed as “The USWNT” is the most successful team in Women’s world cup history. The team has won 30 matches in their 40 appearances, while winning the world title twice, in 1991 and 1999. So far, the team have scored 104 goals in world cups, while consuming just 33 goals. The USWNT have achieved Olympic gold medal four times in history, which have taken the team to another level. Most recently, they have beaten Colombia in 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup, round of 16 by 2-0. The team, with its all firepower, is comfortably advancing towards their third world cup title.

The records are always built to be broken some day for sure. Nothing stays forever in this world. Hope, in the coming year, we will be writing another story of building new records in FIFA Women’s world cup. The players will be always in the history and they will be remembered for many years. The top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time is just a temporary issue from our desk. So, let’s wait for the next year to see some more new records.

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Top 10 Most Successful English Football Clubs

Football is the national sports in United Kingdom. Popularity of football was flourished from here throughout the globe and the modern set of rules for football was established here, back in 1863. England has more football clubs, smaller to larger, than any other countries of the world. Over 40,000 football clubs are playing in England over many years. Historically, world’s first football club, Sheffield FC was established in English soil in 1857. The FA Cup (Football Association Challenge Cup), the oldest association football competition in the world was first held in 1871-72. England is a football loving country, where the game is played throughout the year and all over the country. And English people are crazy about their teams.

English Premier League is the most prestigious football tournament in England. We have made a list of English football teams, who attained most success in EPL. Just scroll down to find the most successful club in England. So, here is the list of Top 10 most successful English football clubs.

10 Most Successful English Football Clubs:

10. Nottingham Forest FC

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Nottingham Forest is currently playing in the Football League championship. The City Ground has been their home since 1898. After founding in 1865, the English club have won FA Cup in 1898 and 1959. The club’s most successful period came under Brain Clough between 1975-1993, when the won the UEFA Champions League titles, back to back in 1978 and 1979. They also won the Football League Cup 4 times and European Super cup in 1979.

The club is passing through some hard times as they have been outside the English Premier league since 1999. The two-time Champions League winner, Nottingham Forest FC remain at No. 10 spot in top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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9. Newcastle United

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Newcastle United is one of the best English Football clubs, which is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle United was founded in 1892, being one of the oldest English clubs. The club is owned by Mike Ashley since 2007. With four League Championships titles, six FA Cups, one FA Community shield cup, two FA Youth Cups, Newcastle United have become one of the most successful English football clubs. They had too a golden period between 1904-1910, when they won an FA Cup and three First Division titles.

Though the club have passed some successful time in the premier league in the 1990s and early 2000s, they have been struggling in EPL since 2006/07 season. Newcastle United have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the fans still go crazy when the one meet another. Newcastle United is the no. 9 best English club in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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8. Manchester City

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Manchester City is a Premier League football club, which is located in Manchester, England. The City of Manchester Stadium has been their home since 2003. The most successful period for Manchester City is considered to be in the late 1960s and the early 70s, when they won FA Cup, League Cup , League Championship and European Cup winners’ Cup. After purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, Manchester United have become one of the richest clubs in English Premier League.

In 2011 they qualified for the UEFA Champions League and won the FA Cup for the fifth time. In 2011-12 season of Premier League, they won the title for the 3rd time, which was their first major English title for 44 years. The following year, The Citizens again won the Premier League title for the 4th time and also won the league cup. Manchester City only managed to win the UEFA Champions League trophy one in the 1969-70 season. Considering all these achievements, Manchester City is at no. 8 in the list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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7. Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur, commonly known as Spurs, is one of the most successful premier league teams in England. Their home is White Hart Lane and training ground is in Bulls Cross. Hotspurs are at no. 7 in the list of top 10 most successful English football clubs. They have won the first FA Cup title in 1901. Since then, Tottenham Hotspur have won a total 8 FA Cups, last one in 1990-91 season. In 1960-61 of English league, they achieved the League and FA Cup Double.

The following year, after successfully defending the FA Cup title, Spurs became the first English club to win a UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. The English club also won premier league twice, football league 2nd division twice, and League Cup four times, and the prestigious UEFA Cup twice. The team have a long-standing rivalry with Arsenal and their head-to-head fixture is known as ‘North London Derby’.

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6. Aston Villa

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Aston Villa is an English Premier League club, which is based in Witton, Birmingham. After the foundation in 1874, Aston Villa have become one of the most successful English football clubs in the history of EPL. Their biggest achievement came in 1981-82, when they won the European Cup and became one of the five English Clubs to win what is now the UEFA Champions league.

The Villa are holding the no. 6 position in our list of top 10 most successful English football clubs as they won the First Division Championship 7 times, the FA Cup 7 times, the Football League cup 5 times, and the UEFA Super Cup once in 1982. Aston Villa is a very reputed English club, having producing a record 73 players for the England National Team. Aston villa have a local rivalry with the Birmingham City and their famous Derby has been played since 1879.

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5. Everton

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Everton FC, the Liverpool based football club is one of the best English football clubs in the Premier League. The Toffeemen topped the English Division for a record 112 seasons and won the League Championship title nine times. Everton won the FA Cup 5 times, while became runners-up 8 times. Their most recent period of sustained success came in the mid-80s, while they won two League Championships, an FA Cup, and the major European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985.

They are also the 1995 FA Cup and FA Charity Shield winners. The Everton supporters are known as Evertonians. Everton have a local neighboring rivalry with Liverpool FC and the two sides meeting is known as ‘Merseyside derby’. Everton is the no. 5 selection in the list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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4. Chelsea

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Chelsea FC is one of the strongest side in the English Premier League. The club is based in Fulham, London. They have a long glorious history to spend most of their time in the top tier of English football. The Stamford Bridge stadium has been the home for Chelsea since their establishment in 1905. Chelsea, one of the best English football club, had their first major success in 1955, winning the League Championship. They have passed a very successful period during 1965-1990 and their greatest successes came in last two decades as they won a total of 17 trophies since 1997.

The Blues have won five league titles, five league cups, seven FA Cups and four FA Community Shields. They also proved to be very successful in the continental competitions, winning one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Super Cup and two UEFA Cup winners’ cup. Chelsea is now one of the richest clubs in the world which worth of $1.37 billion. In our list of top 10 most successful English football clubs, Chelsea stands at no. 4.

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3. Arsenal

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Arsenal are a professional English professional football club, based in Holloway, London, who are the most decorated club in English premier league. Arsenal FC are one of the most lucrative and valuable English football clubs in the world. After established in 1886, Arsenal have won 40 domestic and 2 European trophies, which include 13 First Division Premier League titles and a record 12 FA Cups. Arsenal hold the record of longest unbeaten streak of 49 matches in the EPL.

Under the management of George Graham and Arsène Wenger, the Gunners have won 5 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 2 Doubles, a UEFA Champions League and an unbeaten season. Arsenal have a fierce rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur and their meeting is popularly known as ‘North London Derby’. Arsenal FC is the 3rd most successful club in England.

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2. Liverpool

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Liverpool FC have won more European trophies than any other English Premier League clubs. They stand at no. 2 in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs. The Reds have won a total of 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, and 3 UEFA Super Cups. They are also very successful at English soil, winning 18 League titles, a record 8 League Cups and 7 FA Cups. But, Liverpool is yet to win the Premier League title since its inception in 1992. The club was founded in 1892 and the Anfield has been their home since then.

The most successful period of Liverpool is considered was the 1970s and ‘80s. Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly led Liverpool to win 11 League titles and 7 European trophies during that period. They have a long-standing rivalry with Everton and Manchester United. “You’ll never walk alone”-the anthem of Liverpool inspires the supporters in tough time.

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1. Manchester United

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Manchester United, the most successful club in England is based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The club is one of the best teams at English Premier League. Manchester United was established in 1878 and Old Trafford has been their home since 1910. Manchester United are at no. 1 in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs. So far, they have won 20 league titles, which is more than any other English teams, 4 League cups, 11 FA Cups, and a record 20 FA Community Shields.

In the continental competition, Manchester United won three European Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Cup winners’ cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. The football season of 1998-99 was a memorable one for them, as they won a Treble of FA Cup, the Premier League and UEFA Champions League title. Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football teams in the world.

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The legacy of football has been carried down for several decades in England. There is a huge difference always between English Premier League and the football leagues in other countries. The contest is a true competition here, with no minors and majors. Every single English club have their own legacy and have potential to win the premier league title. England is truly the Home of Football.

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Top 10 Best Female Athletes in America

Sports are dominated by the males for centuries. It was considered a mere source of entertainment for men. On the contrary, women were busy with raising child and taking care of their husbands. Then, the changes came, where men and women equally work in the development of civilization. The American society adopted the changes faster than any other countries of the world. Now, American female society is participated in almost all kinds of sports along with the men. Their bold entry in the men’s field didn’t go in vain. Sometimes, they surpassed men, likewise in soccer and many other sports. They’ve gifted some best female athletes in American sports over time and still they are proving to be the best over men.

Sporty Ghost stepped forward to make a list of top 10 best female athletes in America. American female athletes are become popular not only in United States, but also all over the world. The female athletes we have enlisted here, are best in their own performance in different sports. So, let’s take a look-

Top 10 Best Female Athletes in America:

From NASCAR racing to UFC fighting competitions, American women have made their marks everywhere and became famous worldwide. Here are some popular American female athletes, who are renowned for their outstanding sporting nature.

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10. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

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Gabby Douglas took the place of Jordyn Weiber to be the top all-around gymnast in the world. She won two gold medals for United States in 2012 London Summer Olympics. Douglas won both the all-around championship and the team championship in that world competition. Thus, she became the first American ever to win the Olympic gold medals in both area of gymnastics. She was also an integral part of the gold winning United States team in 2011 World Championships.

The 4’11” gymnast, Gabby Douglas was nicknamed as “The Flying Squirrel” by the USA Gymnastics’ National Team Coordinator, Márta Károlyi, seeing her outstanding aerial performance on uneven bars. She was awarded the “Female Athlete of the Year” by Associated Press in 2013. She also received two BET Awards for her incredible achievements in the Olympics. She is at no. 10 position in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America.

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9. Allyson Felix, track and Field

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Allyson Felix in Osaka, Japan————-image credit: Wikipedia/Eckhard Pecher

Allyson Felix is one of the most popular American track and field sprint athletes, who represents United States in international competitions. So far, she has bagged 2012 Olympic gold medal, two Olympic silver medals, and three world championship gold medals, in 200 meters sprint. She finished second at Athens and Beijing Olympics, and in London Olympics, she had determined to deliver the best performance. She ran a blazing race in 200 meters in just 21.88 seconds, defeating the 2nd place finisher Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser, who completed the race in 22.09 seconds. Allyson’s three golds at 2012 Summer Olympics are the most gold medals a female track and field athlete has won since 1988.

As an active participator of “Project Believe”, organized by US Anti- Doping Agency, she regularly tests to ensure that she is drug free. She is also considered as one of the top female athletes of the world. Obviously, she is truly a pride of American Olympic legacy.

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 8. Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

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Lindsey Vonn is one of the greatest female skiers in the history of America. Vonn is the one of two female skiers to ever win four overall World Cup championships, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll. She has achieved that landmark in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. She also secured a record seven World Cup seasons titles in the downhill discipline, five titles in super-G and three consecutive titles in combined. In 2010 Winter Olympic, she placed herself to be the first female ever in the history of America after winning the gold medal in downhill category. She is placed at no. 8 in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.

Lindsey Vonn got off to a slow start in earlier 2013 due to her illness. But, soon she recovered and got things going at Lake Louise by sweeping all three races. Her career total reached to a 56 and Vonn became the second best of all-time among female skiers.

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7. Danica Patrick, NASCAR

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Danica Patrick is an American Auto racing driver. She has become the most successful female racer in the history of American open-wheel racing, winning the 2008 Indy Japan 300 and became the only woman in an IndyCar series race. She also finished 3rd in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, which is the highest finish there ever by a female racer. Patrick participated in the NASCAR Nationwide series in 2012. She has driven the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series since the 2013 season. She has been remarkably consistent in the American Auto-racing, as she is doing something that none of the other athletes on this list by competing against male athletes. She became the first female NASCAR driver in 2013 to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole, after qualifying for the Daytona 500.

She is an inspirational model in female auto racing in United states. Danica Patrick currently holds the no. 7 spot in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America. She is a record holder for the most consecutive races running at the finish (50 races).

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 6. Serena Williams, Tennis

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Serena Williams has been among the most dominating female athletes in the world in recent time. she is currently ranking No.1 in women’s singles tennis. She has ranked No.1 in singles on six separate occasions, which make her one of the best female tennis players in the world. Serena Williams has won 30 Grand Slams titles in her glorious career, in which 15 in women’s singles, 13 in doubles and two titles in the mixed doubles. Serena is currently the reigning champion of French Open, Australian Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championship. She is also the Olympic Gold medalist in women’s singles. According to many, Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all-time. she is the 6th top American female athlete in our list.

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 5. Alex Morgan, Soccer

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Alex Morgan is an American National Soccer team player and the former Olympic gold medalist. At just 22, Alex joined the USWNT in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World cup, becoming the youngest member in the squad. She spent a remarkable season in 2012, scoring 28 goals and making 21 assists, which made her the sixth and youngest female soccer player in the United States to score more than 20 goals in a single calendar year. At 2012 London Olympics, her game winning goal at 123rd minute in the semi-final match against Canada is the most remarkable memory in American Female soccer. She ranks at No. 5 in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.

She was awarded the “US Female Athlete of the Year” in 2012 for her mesmerizing performance in soccer. She is now at 25 and has a huge potentials to give more to the American soccer team. Alex Morgan is also one of the best looking female soccer player in the world.

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4. Missy Franklin, Swimming

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Melissa Jeanette Franklin is an American competition swimmer, who has won four Olympic gold medals so far in her career. Perhaps, Missy is the brightest among all the young stars in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America. She is currently the world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke and American record holder in both 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. At just 17, in her debut summer Olympics in 2012, Missy Franklin bagged a total five medals, four of which were gold medals. She has earned the award of “World Swimmer of the Year” in 2011 and 2012 for her incredible swimming performance.

Franklin has won a total of 22 medals in different international swimming competitions. Although she holds the dual citizenship of America and Canada, she chose to compete for the United States. She holds her spot at No. 4 in top 10 best female athletes in America.

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3. Allison Schmitt, Swimming

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Like her teammate Melissa Franklin, Allison Schmitt is another young star in American swimming. She enormously helped United States to be glorious at the Olympic games and World Swimming Championships. Schmitt managed to win a bronze in her debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Four years later, after preparing herself more preciously, she rose, winning a total five medals in 2012 London Olympics, in which there were three gold medals she won in the 200-meter freestyle swimming, in 4×100-meter medley relay, and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Allison has won 14 medals in major international swimming competitions for America. She is a real performer at the international stage. She is a glittering star at American Swimming team. Allison has also earned the status to be one of the most popular female athletes in America.

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2. Ronda Rousey, Mixed Martial Arts

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Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and a judoka. In 2008, she became the first American female Judo practitioner to ever win a medal at the summer Olympic games. Later in 2013, Rousey blew the lid off another sport, martial arts, and became the first ever woman to win a fight inside the UFC Octagon by defeating Liz Carmouche. Her dominance can be easily identified by looking at a 7-0 winning record. She has never allowed an opponent to make it out of the first round and won every single match with her horrifying effective armbar, which has broken the arms of numerous opponents.

Ronda Rousey is the No.1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. Fight Matrix enlisted her name as the No. 1 Current Women’s MMA Bantamweight Fighter and No. 1 Women’s MMA Fighter of all-time. she is also featured in the Hollywood film “The Expendables 3” in 2014. She is the 2nd choice in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.

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1. Kayla Harrison, Judo

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Following in the footsteps of Ronda Rousey, Kayla Harrison might just be the best ever Judoka in the history of United States. In 2008, Kayla won the Junior World Championship in Judo and became runner-up in the following year. In 2010, Kayla Harrison won the prestigious title of World Judo Championships.

Just before the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she endured a severe injury during the training session, having torn a medial collateral ligament. It was an immense struggle for her to recover and join the Olympic. Eventually, on 2 August, 2012 she won the Olympic gold medal in the 78-kg category, defeating Gemma Gibbons by two yukos and made the history by becoming the first American to ever win an Olympic gold medal in judo. Kayla Harrison is a priceless asset for American sports. After many research and analysis, she becomes our 1st choice to be at No. 1 in the top 10 best female athletes in America.

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Top 10 Best MLS Soccer Teams in the World

Major League Soccer or MLS is one of the best football tournaments of the world. The soccer league represents the highest level of soccer both in United States and Canada. Major league soccer is comprised of 20 football teams, among which 17 in the United States and 3 in Canada. The MLS season starts from March to October in every year, where each MLS team play a total 34 games. The best MLS soccer teams are awarded the “Supporters’ Shield”. The best MLS teams also participate in the championship competitions against teams from other divisions as well as countries. Such soccer competitions are the Canadian Championships, the US Open and the CONCACAF Champions League.

As a part of a successful bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup in United States, Major League Soccer was founded in 1993. The MLS first season started in 1996 with 10 teams. Since then, soccer has earned much popularity in United States. The league is now one of the most profitable sports in America. We have enlisted the top 10 best MLS Soccer teams based on their successes in Major League Soccer. Just scroll down to find which is the best MLS team in United States.

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Top 10 Best MLS Soccer Teams in the world

Each MLS teams have flourished to the utmost level over the years. The teams may not be as strong as the European Football teams are, they are progressing faster than any other teams. Here are the best MLS Soccer teams with their most successes:

10. San Jose Earthquakes

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Bobby Convey of San Jose Earthquakes——–image credit: Wikipedia/Ryan Knapp

San Jose Earthquakes are one of the 10 charter members of Major League Soccer, which competed in the league’s inaugural season in 1996. So far, they have participated in 17 seasons of MLS and is the No. 10 in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. San Jose have played a total 532 matches in MLS, winning 209 among them. They were defeated in 207 matches, while managed to draw 116. The team netted a total 751 goals in Major league soccer till date, achieving 705 points with an average of 1.325 points per MLS match as of the current 2014-15 season.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 2 (2001, 2003)

● Supporters’ Shield: 2 (2005, 2012)

● MLS Western Conference: 3 ( 2003, 2005, 2012)

● Carolina Challenge Cup: 2 (2005, 2008)

● California Clásico: 5 (1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 2010

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9. New England Revolution

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Joe Franchino of New England Revolution——image credit: Wikipedia/Jarrett Campbell from Cary, North Carolina, USA

New England Revolution is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the NFL team New England Patriots. They are currently playing their home matches at Gillette Stadium. New England Revolution were one of the ten original MLS franchises to compete in the MLS opening season in 1996. However, it took 12 years to win their first major trophy. They have competed in MLS a total 19 season since 1996. The soccer club have played a total 595 matches in MLS, winning 225 among them so far. Like any other teams, New England Revolution tasted the bitterness of defeat 255 times in MLS and draw matches 115 times till date. They team have scored a total of 829 goals in the major league soccer, while they engulfed 899. They stand at No. 9 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up 5 times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 20154)

● Supporters’ Shield: Runners-up once (2005)

● MLS Eastern Conference (Regular Season): 2 (2002,2005)

● Lamar Hunt US Open cup: 1 (2007)

● North American SuperLiga: 1 (2008)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 3 (2003, 2008, 2012)

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8. Colorado Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids are one of the best MLS teams in American professional soccer. The team is based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado. They are also one of the 10 founding MLS teams. Colorado Rapids rank at 8th place in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. Since 1996, they have participated in 19 seasons in MLS. The team have played a total 594 MLS matches including the 2014-15 season. They have managed to win 224 games in MLS, while defeated in 255 matches. The Colorado Rapids soccer players have scored a total 796 goals till date. On the contrary, 883 goals were scored by the opponents so far. They have achieved a total of 761 points with an average of 1.281 point per MLS match.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (2010)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 1 (playoff) : 2010

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (playoff) : 1997

● Rocky Mountain Cup: 3 (2005, 2006, 2013)

● MLS Reserve Division: 2 (2006, 2007)

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7. Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire, March 2013—-image credit: Wikimedia/Ryan Byrne

Chicago Fire is the No. 7 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. the club is based in Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. They play their home matches at Toyota park, which can capacitate 20,000 spectators. Chicago Fire have participated in 17 MLS seasons since their first appearance in 1996. They have played a total 531 MLS matches and won 222 among them till date. Chicago Fire tasted the defeat 180 times, while drew matches 129 times in their Major league soccer portfolio. The players have scored a total of 785 goals, earning the point of 785 with an average 1.478 points per MLS match as of current season.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (1998)

● Supports’ Shield: 1 (2003)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 4 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)

● MLS Central Division: 2 (2000, 2001)

● Brimstone Cup: 6 (1998, 2000, 2001, 2012,2013, 2014)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 1 (2009)

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6. New York Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls are one of the best MLS soccer teams, which is based in Harrison, New Jersey. The team compete in the Eastern Conference of MLS since 1996. They have made their glorious participation in 19 MLS seasons till date. The New York Red Bulls is at No. 6 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. the Red Bulls have played a total of 594 MLS matches and won 232 of them. They were defeated in 243 matches, while making 119 draw matches. The Red Bulls players have netted a total of 872 goals in the major league soccer and a total 894 goals were scored by their opponents. The club have achieved 793 points in MLS with an average of 1.335 points per MLS match as of the 2014-15 season of MLS. The Red Bulls Arena remains their home ground since 2010.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up (2008)

● Supporters’ Shield: 1 (2013)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 3 (2000, 2010, 2013)

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (Playoff) : 2008

●Atlantic Cup: 4 (2003, 2010, 2011, 2013)

● New York Cup: 1 (2014)

● Emirates Cup: 1 (2011)

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5. FC Dallas

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FC Dallas, formerly known as Dallas Burn, is an American professional MLS soccer team, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas is also one of the ten charter clubs in major league soccer, competing in the league since its inception. FC Dallas play their home matches in soccer-specific Toyota Stadium. They have participated in 19 MLS seasons since 1996 and have proven themselves as one of the best MLS soccer teams in the world. The club have played a total 594 matches in Major League Soccer and won 243 matches among them. Moreover, FC Dallas team were defeated 238 times in MLS, while they were able to draw matches 113 times. The Dallas boys have scored a total 878 goals in MLS till date, while a total of 875 goals were scored by their opponents. They have earned a total 812 points so far with an average of 1.367 points per MLS match as of the 2014-15 MLS season. FC Dallas rank at No. 5 in the list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: Runners-up (2010)

● MLS Western Conference: 1 (Playoff): 2010

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 1 (1997)

Texas Derby: 4 (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014)

● Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup: 2 (2010, 2011)

● Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic: 1 (2011)

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4. Sporting Kansas City

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Aurélien Collin of Sporting Kansas City—-image credit: Wikipedia/Ryan Knapp

Sporting Kansas City is a Major League Soccer team, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri. Their home ground is named Sporting Park. Sporting Kansas City is enlisted at No. 4 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. The team have participated in 19 seasons of MLS since it first appearance in 1996. They have played a total 595 matches in MLS and have won 243 among them till date. In Major League Soccer, they were also defeated 229 matches, while drew 123 games. The Sporting Kansas City have scored a stunning 832 goals in MLS and 806 goals were scored against them. The team have achieved a total 820 points with an average of 1.378 points per MLS match as recorded.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 2 (2000, 2013)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 1 (2004)

● MLS Western Conference: 3 (1997, 2000, 2004)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 2 (2004, 2012)

● Desert Diamond Cup: 1 (2011)

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3. D.C. United

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D.C. United defender, Bryan Namoff—image credit: Wikipedia/Ben Stanfield

DC United is one of the most popular MLS Soccer teams in United States. The Club is based in Washington, DC and is playing MLS since 1996. The club is the most decorated club in Major League soccer, which have won a total 13 international and domestic titles over the years. Under the head coach Bruce Arena, DC United holds the joint MLS record for winning 4 MLS Cups, 3 US Open Championships and 4 MLS Supporters’ Shields. We rank the club at No. 3 in our list of top 10 best MLS soccer teams in the world. So far, they have participated in 19 MLS seasons and played over 594 matches. During this period, they have grabbed 249 wins, while defeated in 236 matches. The players have scored a stunning 918 goals in the major league soccer for their team till date and also engulfed 873 goals into their net. DC United have earned a point of 820 with an average of 1.380 points per MLS match as of the current 2014-15 MLS season.

Achievements:

International:

● CONCACAF Champions League: 1 (1998)

Domestic:

● MLS Cup: 4 (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 4 (1997, 1999, 2006, 2007)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 6 (1997, 98, 99, 06, 07, 14)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 3 (1996, 2008, 2013)

Intercontinental:

● Copa Interamericana: 1 (1998)

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DC United Trophy collection—image via: Wikipedia/Lietmotiv

2. Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew player taking free kick—image via: Flickr/Matt Boulton

Columbus Crew SC is one of the ten franchises of MLS, who have competed in the league since its inception in 1996. Their current home ground is Mapfre Stadium, which is facilitated with 19,968 seats. The Columbus Crew are standing at No. 2 spot in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. The team have participated in 19 MLS seasons so far. They have played a total 594 matches in MLS, while winning 247 of them. They were defeated in 232 matches and were managed to draw 115 matches till date. The Columbus Crew have scored a total 856 goals in MLS, while a total 817 goals were scored by their opponents. They have managed to earn 830 points in MLS with an average of 1.397 per MLS match.

Achievements:

● MLS Cup: 1 (2008)

● MLS Supporters’ Shield: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)

● MLS Eastern Conference: 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 1 (2002)

● MLS Fair Play Award: 4 (1997, 1999, 2004, 2007)

● Trillium Cup: 5 (2008, 09, 10, 12, 13)

● Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic: 2014

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1. Los Angeles Galaxy

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LA Galaxy team celebration—-image via: Wikimedia/Paul Bailey

The Los Angeles Galaxy, also known as LA Galaxy is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best MLS Soccer teams in the world. Their HQ is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California. From the very beginning of MLS, they have proven to be most decorated and most successful MLS team in the United States soccer history. The LA Galaxy are playing their home matches in StubHub Center, which is facilitated with 27,000 seating capacities. They have played 19 MLS seasons so far to become one of the best MLS teams. The LA Galaxy have participated in 594 matches in MLS, while winning 281 of them. The no. 1 MLS club also tasted the defeat 199 times and were capable of drawing matches 114 times. The LA Galaxy footballers netted the ball 951 times till date and their net was also crashed by the opponents 746 times. The LA Galaxy has achieved a total points of 935 with an amazing average of 1.574. Very recently, the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has joined the club. The another former English legendary footballer David Beckham was also a key player for LA Galaxy.

Achievements:

Continental:

● CONCACAF Champions League: 1 (2000)

Domestic:

● MLS Cup: 5 (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)

●MLS Supporters’ Shield: 4 (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011)

● Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: 2 (2001, 2005)

● MLS Western Conference: Regular season (8): 1996, 98, 99, 01, 02, 09, 10, 11

● Super Clasico: 9

● California Clasico: 12

● Desert Diamond Cup: 1 (2012)

●Central California Cup: 1 (2014)

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Top 10 Best NBA Coaches of All-time

In every sport, the players are the ones, who have all the credits of winning the game. But, there is always one person behind each team to make the plan and inspire the victory. That person is the coach, who should deserve all the appreciation as much as the players. In fact, coaches are the mastermind behind every game and he is literally the Godfather. If any team in the sports progresses to the utmost level, the coaches are the man to be treated with respect and regard. The coaches endure similar pressure during a game like the players. Over the years, many coaches have served in NBA (National Basketball Association) and led their teams to victory. They are almost big celebrities as the basketball players are.

Today, We’ll be respecting all those genius bosses in NBA history by making a list of top 10 best NBA Coaches of All-time. Hope, you’ll enjoy.

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Top 10 Best NBA Coaches of All-time:

10. Don Nelson

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Don Nelson—–image credit: Wikipedia/Sean P. Anderson

Don Nelson is a former basketball player and a head coach in NBA. He is one of the best basketball coaches during his time from 1976 to 2010. Nelson is an innovator and the pioneer of the point forward concept in basketball. This tactic is frequently employed the the basketball teams now a days. He built a record in winning 1,333 games, which is most than any other coaches in NBA.

Don Nelson served as a head coach of different NBA teams. He coached Milwaukee Bucks from 1976-1987. After that, he coached the Golden State Warriors from 1988-1995 and again from 2006 to 2010. He also coached New York Knicks from 1995 to 1996, while in the following year, he took the coaching hand for Dallas Mavericks till 2005. For his outstanding coaching performance, Nelson was awarded “The NBA Coach of the Year” thrice in his career, notably in 1983, 1985 and 1992. He is at No. 10 in the list of top 10 best NBA coaches of all-time.

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9. Jack Ramsay

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Jack Ramsay——–image credit: Wikimedia/Sporting News

Jack Ramsay was one of the best NBA coaches in America. He was best known as “Dr. Jack” among his fans. Ramsay earned the fame for coaching the Portland Trail Blazers, who won the 1977 NBA title. He also served as a broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat, ESPN TV and the ESPN radio. He was among the most respected coaches in the history of NBA in United States. The No. 9 place in the list of NBA coaches has been honored by his presence.

Ramsay started his coaching career with the NBA franchise Philadelphia 76ers from 1968 to 1972. Then he moved to Buffalo Braves and coached them between 1972-1976. He also coached Portland Trail Blazers from 1976 to 1986, Indiana Pacers from 1986 to 1988. Jack Ramsay won the award of “Chuck Day Lifetime Achievement” in the 2009/10 season in NBA. His name is inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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8. Lenny Wilkens

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Lenny Wilkens as a player——–image credit: Wikipedia/Malcolm Emmons

Lenny Wilkens is a former basketball player and now one of the best NBA coaches. He was the assistant coach of the 1992 United States Olympic “Dream Team”. After retiring as a player, Lenny served as a head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1969 to 1972 and again from 1977 to 1985. He served in different NBA teams at different time, such as Portland Trail Blazers from 1974 to 1976, Cleveland Cavaliers from 1986 to 1993, Atlanta Hawks from 1993 to 2000, Toronto Raptors from 2000 to 2003 and lastly New York Knicks from 2004 to 2005.

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His name is inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player as well as a head coach in 1998. Lenny Wilkens was the most successful coach in NBA as he is holding the record of 1,332 wins in NBA, which put him at 2nd place behind Don Nelson. Lenny is also the winner of the Chuck Day Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible coaching performance in 2010/11 NBA season. He also achieved the “United States Sports Academy’s” Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award in 1994.

7. Bill Fitch

Bill Fitch is an American former NBA coach and he is one of the best basketball coaches in the history of United States. He has been quite successful in making the NBA teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. He served as a head coach in NBA from 1970 to 1998. Bill Fitch is the No. 7 in our list of top 10 best NBA coaches of all-time. his glorious coaching career started with the NBA franchise Cleveland Cavaliers from 1970 to 1979. Then he coached Boston Celtics from1979 to 1983. He also coached Houston Rockets from 1983 to 1988, New Jersey Nets from 1989 to 1992, Los Angeles Clippers from 1994 to 1998.

Bill achieved the prestigious Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2012-13 NBA season. He also earned the “NBA’s Coach of the Year” award twice. Bill was there when Boston Celtics won their NBA Championship in 1981, defeating Houston Rockets. Bill Fitch is one of the greatest NBA coaches in the history of American basketball.

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6. Red Holzman

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Red Holzman——image credit: Wikimedia/artiphax

Red Holzman is best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Red led the Knicks to victory in two NBA Championships, in 1970 and 1973. His name is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. He is the No. 6 in our list of top 10 best NBA coaches of all-time.

Before joining to the Knicks, he was the head coach of St. Louis Hawks from 1954 to 1956. He holds an incredible NBA coaching record of 696 wins–604 losses with an average of .535 in his career. Red Holzman was awarded the NBA Coach of the Year in 1970. He was one of the few basketball legends, who won the NBA Championship, both as a player and as a head coach. The New York Knicks have retired the number 613, the number of his victory as their head coach, to honor this great basketball coach.

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5. Chuck Daly

Chuck Daly, one of the best NBA coaches, who had created a legacy leading the Detroit Pistons to victory in two consecutive NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. He also helped the United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team (the Dream Team), to win the gold medal at 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

His coaching career at NBA started with Cleveland Cavaliers in 1982 season. Following that, he coached Detroit Pistons from 1983 to 1992, New Jersey Nets from 1992 to 1994, Orlando Magic from 1997 to 1999. Daly holds the coaching record of a total 564 wins with 379 losses in his career. His name was inducted twice in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The prestigious Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award is named after this great NBA coach. Chuck Daly is at No. 5 in our list of top 10 best NBA coaches of all-time.

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4. John Kundla

John Albert Kundla is No. 4 inductee in our list of top 10 best NBA coaches of all-time for his glorious coaching career. Kundla is an American former college and professional NBA coach since 1948. He served as the first head coach of the Minneapolis Lakers in NBA and he stayed there for a record 11 NBA seasons, from 1948 to 1959. Kundla led his team five League championships, four in the NBA and one in the BAA (Basketball Association of America).

Top 10 Best NBA Coaches of All-time
The 1950 Minneapolis Lakers basketball team—image credit: Wikipedia/ 1950-51 Minneapolis Lakers program

He has a NBA coaching record of 423-302 with an average of 0.583 during his career as a head coach. In 1995, John Kundla was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It was sad but truth that, John Kundla never achieved the NBA coach of the Year award.

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3. Pat Riley

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Pat Riley trying to get his players’ attention——-image via: Wikipedia/Keith Allison

Pat Riley is a former basketball player and coach in NBA, who is now serving as the American professional Basketball executive. Riley has been the team president of the NBA team Miami Heat since 1995. He is regarded as one of the best NBA coaches in American history. His NBA coaching career spanned 27 years, from 1981 to 2008. Pat Riley coached los Angeles Lakers from 1981 to 1990, New York Knicks from 1991 to 1995, Miami Heat from 1995 to 2003 and again in another session from 2005 to 2008. He had an incredible coaching record of a total 798 wins in NBA, while he averaged 0.702 in his career as a head coach. Riley led the teams he coached a total 5 NBA Championship titles in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 2006.

He has achieved the NBA Coach of the Year three times, in 1990,1993 and 1997. He is also the nine –time winner of the award of NBA All-Star game head coach. In 2012, Pat Riley achieved the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from NBA. His name is inducted at No. 3 in our list of top 10 best NBA coaches of all-time.

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2. Red Auerbach

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Red Auerbach—image via: Wikipedia/ Jack O’Connell

The former American basketball coach, Red Auerbach is remembered as the pioneer of modern basketball. He redefined the basketball as a game dominated by team play and defense. Many famous basketball players were groomed by Red Auerbach, who later inductd their names in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1950, he made a history by drafting the first African-American NBA player, Chuck Cooper. He also introduced the first African American starting five in his team later in 1964.

He served as the NBA head coach from 1946 to 1966. He started coaching the Washington Capitols in 1946 and ended there in 1949. Then he moved to Tri-cities BlackHawks and coached them from 1949 to 1950. He also coached Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1965. Red Auerbach won a total 938 games in NBA, which was a record at the time of his retirement. He also won nine NBA Championships in just 10 years. Auerbach won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 1965 and his name was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969. He was also voted one of the NBA 10 Greatest Coaches in the history America.

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1. Phil Jackson

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Phil Jackson—-image credit: Wikipedia/Steve Lipofsky www.Basketballphoto.com

Phil Jackson is a former basketball player and a former head coach in NBA. Currently, he is serving as the President of the New York Knicks. He is widely considered as the best coach in NBA. Phil Jackson has a very glorious coaching career and he was a true boss in basketball over many years. He is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best NBA Coaches of all-time.

His legendary career began with the NBA franchise Chicago Bulls, where he stayed from 1989 to 1998. During that period Chicago Bulls won six NBA Championship titles. He also coached Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011. He never deprived the Lakers too, helping them to win five NBA Championships during his reign. Phil Jackson is currently the record holder of most combined championships (13) both as a player and as a head coach. For his outstanding coaching performance, Phil was awarded NBA Coach of the Year award in 1996. His name was also inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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The basketball coaches have been the real hero, creating the best basketball players over the years. The NBA teams compete each other to grab the best coaches, who would lead them to win titles. In United States, Basketball coaches are treated with similar honor and respect as the players. The coaches are the true assets for this nation, who love basketball, more than any other countries in the world.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs

English Premier League is a professional soccer league for men in the United Kingdom. The football competition is played by 20 English football clubs. The pre-season transfer window is opened from 1st July to 1st September in every season in EPL. We have selected the topic of top 10 most expensive transfers between EPL clubs. In this article, we’ll present you some lucrative transfers in the history of English Premier League. All these EPL summer transfers, the players were traded only in between the English clubs.

Barclays English Premier League is considered as the most watched football league in the world. The popular soccer league will be commenced on 8th August. Before that, let’s have a glimpse at the top 10 Top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs

10. Marouane Fellaini

Everton to Manchester United

Transfer fee: £27.5 Million

September 2013

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Marouane Fellaini before an international friendly against the United States.—-image via: Wikimedia/Erik Drost

Marouane Fellaini, the Belgian midfielder arrived at Goodison Park in 2008. He was transferred for a record fee of over £12 million for the English club, Everton. Very soon, Fellaini became a popular figure in Everton and enjoyed a successful five-year spell there. In September 2013, the Manchester United manager David Moyes promptly sign him into his squad. The transfer fee cost over £27.6 million, which put him at the 10th place in our list of top 10 most expensive transfers between EPL Clubs.

His first season with Manchester United was riddled with injuries and poor form. Fellaini was desperate to regain his form and soon became an important player for Louis Van Gaal. But, still there is plenty of challenges ahead of him.

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9. Wilfried Bony

Swansea and Manchester City

Transfer fees: £28 Million

January 2015

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Wilfried Bony—-image via: Wikimedia/Richard Mulder

Wilfried Bony had a successful spell at Sparta Prague and Vitesse Arnhem. Then, he decided to move on to England and joined Swansea in 2013 for a club record fee of £12 million. Bony wasn’t an instant success for the English club, but soon after finding his feet, the Ivory Coast striker went on a prolific run. He marked his name as the most premier league goal scorer in the 2014 season of EPL. He netted 34 goals in 70 matches for Swansea before being signed by Manchester City in January 2015. The transfer fee was estimated £28 million, which made him the 9th most expensive transfer in EPL.

He will be playing as a second fiddle to Sergio Aguero in Manchester City. Let’s hope he will definitely brings something special for his current club.

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8. Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea to Everton

Transfer fees: £28 Million

July 2014

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Romelu Lukaku——-image via: Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 with a transfer fee of : £18 million. In the 2012-13 season, he was loaned out first to play for the West Brom and then to Everton in the next season. It worked out very well for the Belgian striker as he scored a combined 33 goals in 71 appearances. But, the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was still not convinced with Lukaku. On July 2014, Chelsea sold out him to Everton. The transfer fee was a record £28 million for Everton and is regarded as the 8th in the list of Top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs.

Lukaku is still young and showing good prospects in the Goodison Park.

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7. Luke Shaw

Southampton to Manchester United

Transfer fees: £30 Million

June 2014

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Luke Shaw——-image via: Wikimedia/Matt Janzer

The teenage left-back, Luke Shaw has proven himself in an excellent manner for a couple of seasons in Southampton before his move to Manchester United last summer. The transfer fee cost over £30 million, which placed him at 7 in our list of top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs.

The young defender was so impressive that he was selected by Roy Hodgson for the England squad in 2014 Brazil World Cup. However, his performance was disturbed by injuries in Manchester United for couple of months. The young lad has just turned 20 and it’s too early to judge his ability.

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6. Rio Ferdinand

Leeds to Manchester United

Transfer fees: £30 Million

July 2002

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Rio Ferdinand in Manchester United—image via: Wikimedia/ Gordon Flood

Rio Ferdinand became the most expensive transfer in the British Football history, when he moved to Manchester United in the summer 2002. With the total transfer fee of £30 million, it stands at No. 6 in our list of top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs. Ferdinand passed a hugely successful period at old Trafford. Although, his career was spotted by an eight-month ban in 2004 for a missed drugs test, the other side of his career is much brighter.

He made a total of 453 appearances for the Manchester United before joining QPR in the summer of 2014. Ferdinand had passed a spectacular spell with Manchester United that include six premier league titles, one Champions league title and three league cups.

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5. Dimitar Berbatov

Tottenham to Manchester United

Transfer Fees: £30.75 Million

September 2008

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Dimitar Berbatov—–image via: Wikimedia/Biso

The Bulgarian striker had built up a formidable reputation while at Tottenham Hotspurs. He scored a total 46 goals in 102 appearances. He joined the Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 at £10.9 transfer fee. His incredible performance at Tottenham was well enough to convince Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United spent £30.75 million for him despite Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez in their squad.

Dimitar Berbatov spent four years at Old Trafford and achieved the Premier League Golden Boot award in 2010-11 season scoring 21 goals. But, actually he never fully established himself at Old Trafford.

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4. Andy Carroll

Newcastle to Liverpool

Transfer Fees: £35 Million

January 2011

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Andy Carroll in Liverpool FC—image via: Wikimedia/Danny Molyneux

The Powerful Geordie striker Andy Carroll moved to Liverpool replacing Fernando Torres in 2011 and Liverpool splurged £35 million on him. He started badly at Anfield. At the time of his arrival, he suffered multiple injuries, which hindered his smoothness. He was struggling to prove himself at Liverpool, but he was not to Brendon Rodgers’ liking.

Andy Carroll was thrown out to West Ham in the summer 2012 after registering only 11 goals in 58 matches. Andy was proved to be the most ill-suited striker in Liverpool. Still his high profile transfer is considered for no. 4 in top 10 Most Expensive Transfers between EPL Clubs.

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3. Juan Mata

Chelsea to Manchester United

Transfer fees: £37.1 Million

January 2014

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Juan Mata in Chelsea—-image via: Wikimedia/Warrenfish

Juan Mata was so impressive after joining Chelsea from Valencia in 2011 for £23.5 million. The Spanish midfielder went on to win the champions league in his first season at Stamford Bridge and also named as Chelsea’s Player of the Year in his first two campaigns in Chelsea. But, in 2013, when Jose Mourinho made a return at Stamford Bridge, Mata found himself on the periphery of the team. Subsequently, he was sold to Manchester United for a transfer fee of £37.1 million in January 2014.

Since his arrival at Old Trafford, he has managed to score 11 goals in 34 matches for the club. He was one of the best players for United in the last season of EPL.

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2. Raheem Sterling

Liverpool to Manchester City

Transfer Fees: £49 Million

July 2015

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Raheem Sterling practicing for Liverpool—-image via: Wikipedia/Kamran Hussain

Raheem Sterling is considered as one of the best young prospects in Europe. But, the striker seldom showed that in the last season of EPL with Liverpool. He made 95 appearances for Liverpool and only only managed to score 18 goals. Raheem Sterling was appeared to be very distracted by the ongoing saga of a potential move.

Sterling is undoubtedly a talented player. His high profile transfer to Manchester City drew the massive media attention as the transfer became the 2nd most expensive transfers between EPL clubs.

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1. Fernando Torres

Liverpool to Chelsea

Transfer Fees: : £50 Million

January 2011

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Fernando Torres in action —–image via: Wikimedia/Christopher Johnson

For Liverpool, he was a gem, kind of goal-machine, who scored 81 goals in 142 games. Torres had passed three-and-a-half successful years at Anfield before stepping at Chelsea. He was so unfortunate to recapture his form in the Stamford Bridge and only managed to score 20 goals in 110 games. But, still his record breaking transfer fees of £50 million put him at no. 1 in our list of top 10 most expensive transfers between EPL clubs. Fernando Torres found his way back in Atletico Madrid in January 2015.

The Chelsea fans wouldn’t forget one thing from Torres. It was 2012 Champions League semi-final vs Barcelona at Nou camp while Fernando Torres’s historic goal decided the fate of the match. Hope, he’ll find his form at his old place once again. The list of top 10 most expensive transfers between EPL clubs ends with the table topper Fernando Torres with £50 million transfer fee.

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Top 10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time

The UEFA Champions League is one of the top football competitions in the world. The tournament is simply known as the Champions League. It is largely organized by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) since 1955 and is regarded as the most prestigious football competition in Europe. The competition was officially known as European Champion Clubs’ Cup prior to 1992, when it was initially a straight knock out competition, which was opened only to the champion club of each European country. Afterwards the Champions League began to be expanded including a round-robin group stage and more teams.

The UEFA Champions League has able to draw huge popularity throughout the world. Most notably, the 2012-13 Champions League final achieved the status of most watched annual sporting event in the world, which drew over 360 million television viewers in 2013.

10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time:

The Sporty Ghost desk, hereby took an initiative to enlist the top 10 goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time. Footballers all over the world in their respective clubs always try their utmost level in this ultimate stage of European club football. It is a dream for any footballer to score in a champions league match. Great players compete each other to be the top scorer of champions league. Here is the list of champions league top scorers of all time.

10. Filippo Inzaghi, Italy

Top 10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time, Filippo Inzaghi
Filippo Inzaghi : photo credit: Wikimedia/Delfort

Goals: 46
UCL matches: 81
Years active: 1997-2012
Clubs: Juventus, Milan

The Italian striker spent most of his life time in Juventus and Milan. Inzaghi won two Champions League titles (2003, 2007) and three Serie A titles (1998, 2004, and 2011). He scored a total 46 goals including a penalty in the UEFA Champions League. Most notably, in the final of 2007 champions league, Inzaghi was voted as the Man of the match for his overwhelming performance. In the European club competitions, he made his place at 4th highest goal scorer with 70 goals, behind only Raul, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Inzaghi also holds the record of scoring most hat-tricks (10) in the history of Serie A.

For the Italian National team, he earned a total 57 caps and scored 25 goals. He represented his country in three occasions of FIFA World Cup, and winning the 2006 edition. Now, he stands at no. 10 in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions League of All time.

9. Karim Benzema, France

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Karim Benzema : photo credit: Wikimedia/Addesolen

Goals: 46
UCL matches: 77
Years active: 2006- present
Clubs: Lyon, Real Madrid

Karim Benzema is a French professional footballer who also plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He has been regarded as one of the most talented footballers and a potent finisher from inside the box. In the champions league, Karim Benzema has crowned with 46 goals in his 77 UCL appearances. His contribution is remarkable in Real Madrid when they won Copa del Rey in 2011, scoring stunning 32 goals for his club. The three times French Player of the Year winner, Karim Benzema is truly an asset for Real Madrid in their Champions League campaign.

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He appeared in 81 games for France and scored a total 27 goals. He represented his country two times in UEFA European Football Championship and once in FIFA World Cup in 2014. His astonishing hat-trick against Malmo in the Champions League this season was one of his amazing displays.

8. Eusebio, Portugal

Eusebio, top goalscorers
Eusebio: photo credit: Wikimedia/Sylvia Joy

Goals: 46
UCL matches: 65
Years active: 1961-1974
Club: Benfica

Eusebio, commonly nicknamed as “The Black Panther”, is one of the greatest footballers of all time in the history. The Portuguese striker scored a stunning total 749 goals in 745 matches at the club level. He also scored 41 goals for his national side in his 64 appearances.

Eusebio is a prolific goal scorer, who has a very ferocious right foot. Besides, his speed, technique and passion for football made him a world class player. In the season of 1961-62, Eusebio won the European Cup for his club Benfica by scoring two goals in the final against Real Madrid. Benfica won the final by 5-3. He was awarded the 2nd place in 1962 FIFA Ballon d’Or for his remarkable performance. He is truly a gem in the Champions League history. His place has been untouched for many years in the champions league top goal scorers list.

7. Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine

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Andriy Shevchenko : photo credit: Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

Goals: 48
UCL matches: 100
Years active: 1994-2012
Clubs: Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko is now a retired Ukrainian national team striker. He also played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan and Chelsea. He is at no 7 position in our list of Top 10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time. His football career has been highlighted by many awards. The most prestigious was that he won the 2004 FIFA Ballon d’Or. He also won the Champions League title in 2003 with Italian club Milan and became runner-up in 2005 and 2008 Champions league.

He scored an amazing 48 goals in his 100 champions league matches. He is one of the most eminent players for Milan, where he scored a tally of 175 goals. In addition with his bright club career, he also led Ukraine in the quarter-finals of 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is well known for his powerful and accurate shots and his unparallel skills with the ball.

6. Alfredo Di Stefano, Spain

Alfredo Di Stefano, best spanish footballer
Alfredo Di Stefano: photo credit: Flickr/Ver en vivo En Directo

Goals: 49
UCL matches: 58
Years active: 1955-1964
Club: Real Madrid

Alfredo Di Stefano is regarded as one of the most complete and influential footballer of all time in the football history. He was best during his time, winning numerous trophies for his team. The Real Madrid legend won the champions league trophies for the five consecutive season, from 1956. Di Stefano made history by scoring goals in each of the champions league finals for Real Madrid.

This powerful, quick and prolific forward scored a total 49 goals in his 58 champions league appearances. Not only as a forward, he could play anywhere in the pitch. During his period in Real Madrid, he marked his name as the highest goal scorer for them with 216 goals in just 282 matches. The 1957 and 1959 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, Alfredo Di Stefano remains at no 6 in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA Champions league of all time.

5. Thierry Henry, France

Thierry Henry, great french footballer
Thierry Henry: photo credit: Flickr/Drew Dies

Goals: 50
UCL matches: 112
Years active: 1997-2010
Clubs: Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona

The French striker, Thierry Henry spent most of his career in Arsenal FC and became the club’s all-time top goal scorer. Henry contributed to win two premier league titles and three FA cups for the Gunners. He played as Arsenal captain when he led them to 2006 champions league finals. This world class player spent eight years in Arsenal before moving to Barcelona in 2007.

Thierry Henry scored 50 goals in his 112 UCL appearances. He played an integral part in Barcelona FC in their historic treble in 2009, La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. His name was included in the UEFA Team of the Year five times. As a France national team player he also won the prestigious FIFA world cup in 1998 and UEFA European Championship in 2000. Thierry Henry is ranked at no 5 in our list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions league of all time.

4. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Netherlands

Ruud van Nistelrooy, champions league top scorers
Ruud van Nistelrooy : photo credit: Wikimedia/Aloba

Goals: 56
UCL matches: 73
Years active: 1998-2009
Clubs: PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid

With 56 goals in 73 champions league appearances, Ruud van Nistelrooy stands at no 4 spot in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions league of all time. The former Dutch international is a three-time champions league top scorer and also became top goal scorer in three different European domestic leagues.

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Nistelrooy scored a total 150 goals in 219 matches for the Manchester United before securing his position at Real Madrid in 2006. The most successful period was at United, achieving Premier league, FA Cup, Football league cup and FA Community Shield. His playing style and his aggressiveness in the box made him one of the lethal strikers in the football world.

3. Raul Gonzales, Spain

Raul Gonzales, real madrid legends
Raul Gonzales : photo credit: Wikimedia/Tsutomu Takasu

Goals: 71
UCL matches: 142
Years active: 1995-2011
Clubs: Real Madrid, Schalke 04

The retired Spanish footballer and former Real Madrid striker, Raul Gonzales is one of the most valuable players in the history of Real Madrid. During his 16 years in Real, he scored a total of 323 goals, which made him the 2nd all-time top goal scorer, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo. With Real Madrid, Raul won six La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions league titles, one UEFA Super Cup, and two Intercontinental Cup. He stands at no. 3 in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions league of all time.

Raul became the first player to score in two champions league finals, in 2000 and 2002. His football career was flourished with many awards. He received the Best striker award by IFFHS in 1999, became the only player to be included in UEFA Club forward of the year three times, placed 2nd in 2001 FIFA Ballon d’Or, award for champions league top goal scorer, five Don Balon awards and so many.

2. Lionel Messi, Argentina

Lionel Messi, barcelona legend
Lionel Messi : photo credit: Wikimedia/Lluís

Goals: 80
UCL matches: 102 (Till date)
Years active: 2005-present
Club: Barcelona

Lionel Messi, the magician of football is truly a goal machine for both the Argentina national team and the Spanish club Barcelona. The Barcelona forward is a four time Ballon d’Or winner. Messi is considered as the best player of the world by many. As a Barcelona forward, he won seven La Liga titles, four champions league titles and three Copa del Rey titles so far. Messi has scored 292 goals for Barcelona in his 326 matches and still counting.

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Last year in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, Messi scored twice and made an assist in their 3-0 win. His 2nd goal which came as a chip over the Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after he dribbled past Jerome Boateng, was named the best goal of the season by UEFA. There are many more mesmerizing goals that came through his feet. After the end of this season of Champions league, you could see more that you expect from the mighty Leo.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo, top UCL goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo : photo credit: Wikimedia/Jan S0L0

Goals: 88
UCL matches: 121 (Till date)
Years active: 2003-present
Clubs: Manchester United, Real Madrid

The Real Madrid star and Portuguese national team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo is the champions league top goalscorer with 88 goals in 121 matches. Cristiano won Ballon d’Or three times and FIFA World player of the year in 2008. He is often regarded as the best Portuguese footballer of all time. His career has been enlightened with many achievements. He attained three Premier league titles, one FA Cup and two football league cups with Manchester United. With Real Madrid, he won one La Liga, two Copa del Rey, two UEFA Champions league, one UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club world cups.

He holds the record for the most goal scorer in a single UEFA champions league season, which is 17 in 2013-14 season. He is now the top goal scorer for Real Madrid with 239 goals in his 217 matches. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage match of 2015-16 Champions league, to be the all time top goal scorer in UEFA Champions League, making the tally 80, ahead of Lionel Messi (77).

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He is fast, he is aggressive and he is a prolific goal scorer. There is always a hidden rivalry between Cristiano and Leo in regard of breaking records after records. May be we are luckiest to see the beautiful game of football becoming more astonishing.