Month: January 2018

Football and Gears That You Need To Know

Brief Intro to Football

Football and Gears. Football itself has been one of the longest played game possible of all times. It may be a bit difficult to find out about the exact time and date of the invention of this game because people around the world during the ancient period have been playing it under different name and rules. But it is still basically the game of kicking balls. The Chinese is said to have been playing it since the period of 300 BC. While the Aztecs which resides in the America also claimed have been playing similar game during that period as well. Until finally on the modern day the legal rules of the football have been agreed on and is used as the rules of football which we nowadays are using when we are playing football. Football and Gears That You Need to Know

Why Need Football Gears?

In the past, during the period of Middle Ages when the father of the family would join the army and heads off to war, the children would usually participate in the “Football War” in their neighborhood as well. At the time, a lot of children often got injured due to the lack of legal rules in the football game. Some injuries are quite serious until the game at the time was called the “the mob soccer”. However, since the legal rules of football have been set, the gears for playing football are starting to make their appearances on the market as well. As this sport is known for its harshness and quite a bit physical. Injuries has become quite common in playing this sport because of its high “Physical” contact among each football players. Therefore, the demand on the football gear has been improving through the passage of time as well in order to provide protection and flexibility in preventing injuries when playing this exciting yet dangerous game. The football gear is not only made for the purpose of protection but also for the purpose of representing the unity of a football team. Variation of Football Gears

Variation of Football Gears 

As the time goes by, the variation of football gears are also getting more and more complex. There are also many variation of football gears are available for choosing in the market. And due to the many variations of the gears, it not only provides us with more option of choosing it but also provides us with more headache of choosing it as well. So what are the variation of football gears we can find nowadays? Here are the following football gear you can find on the nearest sport store:

  • Football Footwear

Regardless of the field position you are playing as, you would need a proper football footwear. The reason is because without the proper football footwear, you would not be able to have your foot planted thus it is not possible for you to improve in a football game. There are two types of football footwear available for choosing nowadays. They are indoor and outdoor football footwear. The indoor football footwear or football shoes are made of a material which is more firm than a regular standard sneaker and they are also flat bottomed. For the outdoor version of football wear, Outdoor football wear comes with a firm, hard, and wet fields. The outdoor type sometimes also have the removable cleats which allow you to change it into a new one when few studs may wore off early. (Want to see the new “hitter” from England Premier League? Click here)

  • Football Shin Guards

Soccer Shin guards are used to prevent the injury of shin area of the body. This equipment is highly recommended when you are about to play football as most of the actions involved when playing the sport is in this area. Without proper protection and skill, there is a high risk chance of injury in this body area.

  • Football Socks

The socks are used to placing the shin guard in the right place and they are part of the complete soccer uniform. In the current modern era, the football socks come with many options for colors.

  • Football Shorts

The fashionable baggy shorts is not the real solution for football shorts. The good football shorts are flexible and not restrictive in the movement of the lower body. The football shorts also must have the durability which could endure the extreme treatment of the sport. The sport always comes with the sliding, falling down, and diving. Therefore it is not recommended to use shorts made of thin and soft materials.

  • Football Jersey

The football jersey is the uniform which u usually used when you play football or watch a football game. This is usually just the uniform which represent the unity of your team.

  • Football Goalkeeper Gear

The gear of a goalkeeper position is a little bit different compared to the other position in the football game. A goalkeeper need to wear special goalkeeper gloves which would allow them a better grip on the ball. Goalkeeper also usually wear either long or short pants with padding. The purpose of the padding is to prevent the goalkeeper to suffer from injuries caused by their numerous amount of diving when guarding the goal. The jersey of a goalkeeper is also different than a normal jersey. The goalkeeper jersey has padding on the elbow which is capable of reducing the falling impact when they land with their body first.

Choosing the Right Football Gear

Choosing the Right Football Gear

When you are trying to find a right football gear to play football, you need to remember that you are aiming for the equipment which would improve your performance and enhance your prowess in the game. It is recommended for you not to choose style over the durability of the equipment. The football is a “Harsh” sport which equipment with low quality would not be able to survive in this sport for long. Thus it is highly recommended for you to choose better standard quality in choosing a football gear even though the higher quality goods might come with a bit of an expensive price. Hopefully by reading this short article, you would be able to have a better understanding about football and football gear.

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The New Hitters from England, Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur FC is one of the big six in English Premier League. In previous years, especially in 2000’s, they always finished in mid-table. Starting from early 2011 up until now, they always finish in the top tier of the league, managed to enter UEFA Europa League and Champions League. This is what made them the new hitters from England alongside Manchester City so the English Premier League (EPL) might have the fiercest competition across European soccer.

Current performance and position of Tottenham Hotspur

About the club

Tottenham Hotspur FC was first found in 1882 with the name of Hotspur Football Club. The club is originated from North East London, so they are the biggest rival of other EPL top tier club Arsenal FC that also comes from the same region. The club often times called as Spurs and has nickname which is The Lily Whites. The club’s logo is a cockerel standing above a ball with navy color. Spurs famous phrase or motto is Audere est Facere or To Dare is To Do. They were called new hitters because previously, they only won 1 trophy in 2008 and always considered as mid-table clubs. They first enjoy first tier of England football in 1920 and continue to fight in the top league up until now. The home base of Spurs is The White Hart Lane, which is undergoing a construction for a new stadium starting from 2017. So they play in Wembley for the rest of 2017-2018 season. The jersey used in 2017-18 season is coming from Nike after using Under Armour in three previous season. The main sponsor of the club is AIA, an insurance company which has been the Spurs’ main sponsor from 2014 until 2017-18 season. The club is owned by Daniel Levy, who is a genius man because he can manage to build new stadium and bring new player so Spurs can be at their current position and strength.

The player and gaffer of Hotspur

The player and gaffer

Focusing on 2017-18 player, Tottenham has top notch player comparable to those bigger clubs in the same league. The current manager of the club is Mauricio Pochettino who managed the club since 2014. His revolutionary way to promote youngster from Spurs’ U21 squad is quite successful and he became a manager that famous for utilizing young and academy players.  The signing of new player managed by him are also involve young players. New signing like Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, and Juan Foyth are all belo 25 year old. In goalkeepers, Spurs has the France National Team captain, Hugo Lloris who is also the current Spurs captain, Paulo Gazzaniga, and Michel Vorm. In central defense, they have Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, and Davinson Sanchez. In side or wing backs, they have Serge Aurier, Dany Rose, Kierran Trippier, Kyle Walker-Pieters and Ben Davies. In holding and central midfielders, Spurs has Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, and Harry Winks. In attacking midfielder, they have the fan favorite Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Heung Min Son, and Delle Alli. The forwards of Spurs are the prolific Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente. This squad performed exceptionally well in the last 3 years and their fans are hoping them to continue play in their current form so Spurs can always enter the UEFA Champions League.

The Tactics

Under Pochettino’s managerial career, Spurs mainly used two types of formation. The Main formation is 4-2-3-1 and the second is 3-4-2-1 which is quite new and used in late 2016-17 season up until now. When in 4-2-3-1 formation, the 4 defenders composed of 2 central defenders and 2 wing backs as supporting/defensive role. The 2 holding midfielders are needed to give support and defensive needs with the support as the bias. The 3 attacking midfielder usually composed of two wingers on the side that can penetrate enemy’s defensive line and one attacking creator which can distribute killer pass and dictates the tempo of the game. Then, the one forward is needed to finish off the supply given by the midfields. As for the 3-4-2-1 formation, the 3 back lines are all central defenders. The wing backs are pushed forward alongside with the two holding/central midfielders to prove depth and support. Then the two attacking midfielders behind lone striker are there to pose attacking threat. With high defensive line, Spurs plays quite boring soccer if seen by common people because Pochettino apply possession-style and slow build-up soccer. So, spurs will pass around the ball safely between the players starting from the back up to the forwards.

 

Current performance and position

Currently in 2017-2018 season, Spurs is now in 5th position behind Manchester City, Manchestere United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Managed to beat Arsenal in 6th place, Spurs is currently ranking points and it is all thanks to the performance of Harry Kane. He is the top scorer up until January 2018 with 20 goals. The performance from Heung Min Son with his incisiveness, goals and assists are also a key part to Spurs’ performance. Complimented with the supply and key passes from Christian Eriksen and Delle Alli, and also strong defensive line managed by the holding midfielders and the central backs Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, Spurs will aiming to finish at least 4th of the league so they can enter UEFA Champions League for three times in a row. The competition is also quite tough up until January 2018 because the points difference between 2nd until 5th places are only 6 points. Already passed the halfway mark of the league, the fans and the clubs are still optimistic to fight their way up to reach their goals.

As the new powerhouse from EPL, Spurs is often times considered as the weaker team amongst them. This is because they are lacking the financial capability and previous glories compared to other big hitters like Manchester duo, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. But, in the next years we could see that Tottenham Hotspur FC will grow into bigger club and hold their status as one of the biggest soccer club in Europe.

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UEFA Champions League, a Place Where Giants Fights

Just like the title said, UEFA Champions League is a competition where all big clubs of football across the Europe compete each other to gain the ultimate supremacy over the continent. The clubs that compete in this competition are all high-end clubs from top league across the Europe. Currently, this is the most anticipated soccer competition due to the contestant that fights for the UEFA Champions League trophy. Here are the things you should know about the competition.

UEFA Champions League, a Place Where Giants Fights

Entering the Competition

Because it is the highest competition in Europe, the competition demands a qualification so only the top tier clubs can compete in UEFA Champions League. Almost all soccer league in Europe can enter this competition. The first thing that happens when a new season begins is qualification. Minor soccer league will send their champions to qualify in the first stage. Then the qualifier will be narrowed down and until the big hitters shown up. In Europe’s top league, a soccer club must stay in a specified ranking at the end of their local league, so the club can go through the league without having to go through qualification. For example, in Spanish, German, and English league, the clubs that finish between 1st until 3rd place will go straight into the competition, while the 4th place need to do one home and away match qualification with other European club that has passed the previous qualifying phase. Also, the previous winner of UEFA Champions League can enter the competition regardless of their ranking in their local league. After the qualifying round ends, there will be 32 teams from all of the Europe ready to fight for the ultimate soccer supremacy. agen sbobet terpercaya

Form of Competition

The competition usually started a couple weeks after the local league started. The 32 teams that have been selected will be divided into 8 groups. When putting the clubs into a group, the UEFA will hold a draw where there are 4 tier that represents the financial power and performance of the club in previous season. Tier 1 and 2 is where the big clubs from Europe’s top league gather, where tier 3 and 4 is usually filled with champions from minor league in European competition. But there are also big clubs that performed poorly in the previous season so they are categorized in tier 3 or 4. After that the club will compete every two weeks, where there will be 6 match day where each team in the group will meet twice. So it takes 12 weeks to complete the group stage. After that, the competition will take a break usually in December and then started the next phase, which is the knockout phase, usually in February. The winner and runner-up from each group will be drawn once again to decide the match-ups. While the third ranked club of the group will be sent to the lower competition, which is the UEFA Europa League. The knockout phase will use home and away system. This will continue until the competition reaches the final where there will be only 1 match played. The winner of UEFA Champions League will have a match with the winner of UEFA Europa League in the next season to win UEFA Super Cup.

Favorite clubs

Because it is the most prestigious soccer competition in Europe, probably in the world, there are clubs that always reach a certain phase of the competition. Europe’s top league performers are usually have the biggest chance to win the league. From English Premier League, you can expect clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea to be fan favorite. The, from Italia Juventus is still the number 1 club because in 2017, they reached the final and always dominate the local league. It goes the same for PSG or Paris Saint Germain from Ligue 1, France. From Germany, you can expect Bayern Munchen to win this prestigious trophy like they did before in 2013. From Spain there are 2 clubs that probably have bigger chance to win the competition because of their player and performance. Real Madrid has won three recent UEFA Champions League trophy which are the 2014, 2016, and 2017. The other team is Barcelona who has won the 2011 and 2015 trophy. Of course there are other big clubs that have big fan base and perform exceptionally well in their local league, but somehow they can’t compete well in higher competition like in UEFA Champions League so they usually end up in Semi-Final or lower phase.

The black horses In Champions League

The black horses

Aside from the competition favorites, of course there are other big clubs that almost participate in the competition in the last ten years but never win the title. These big clubs usually play high performance soccer in the local league but somehow can’t compete against bigger club from other league. From English Premier League, clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and recently Tottenham Hotspur are always anticipated by soccer fans to compete in the competition. From Germany, they have Borussia Dortmund who reaches the final in 2013. From Spain, they have Atletico Madrid that play very well in local league and once reach final in 2014.  From Italia, they have Inter Milan, Napoli, and AS Roma. There are also other big clubs from lower tier league that almost enter the competition in every year. SL Benfica, Shaktar Donetsk, and Ajax Amsterdam are from Portugal, Ukraine, and Netherlands respectively. All of them usually won the local league. Monaco that won Ligue 1 in 2017 and reach semi-final of UEFA Champions League in the same year. From Spain, they have Sevilla that always play well in the UEFA Europa League after finished third in UEFA Champions League.

In general, this competition is the greatest soccer competition since European giants, which are arguably the best clubs around the world, will compete with each other. The match in this competition is always good because big clubs often times play attractive football. So, you shouldn’t miss a match of UEFA Champions League if you want to feel the ultimate thrill where big clubs of soccer fights and compete in one competition.

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