TOP 10 GOALS

1. Diego Maradona (ARG)
Argentina vs England (2-0) 1986
Unquestionably the greatest goal ever scored in a World Cup. It came just minutes after the infamous “Hand of God” goal. Maradona ran from his own half, beating every English player who stood in his way and finished it off past a helpless Peter Shilton.

2. Saeed Owairan (SAU)
Saudi Arabia vs Belgium (1-0) in 1994
Known as the Maradona of the Arabs, Saeed Owairan received unexpected attention world wide for this phenomenal goal. Just as Maradona in 86, he ran from his own half past Belgians who looked unbalanced in defence and with a little luck Owairan managed to get past them all and score.

3. Arie Haan (HOL)
Holland vs Italy (2-1) in 1978
This must be the most impressive goal from long range in World Cup history. Arie Haan had scored from 30 yards in the match against West Germany earlier in the tournament, but with this magnificent strike from 40 yards, he sent Holland to the final against Argentina.

4. Pelé (BRA)
Brazil vs Sweden (3-1) in 1958
A wonderful display by Pelé when juggling the ball past a Swedish defender and then volleying it home from close range. And the boy was only 17!

5. Roberto Baggio (ITA)
Italy vs Czechoslovakia (2-0) in 1990
A marvellous run by a young Roberto Baggio after receiving the ball on the half way line, nothing could stop him from scoring.

6. Dennis Bergkamp (HOL)
Holland vs Argentina (2-1) in 1998
Arguably the greatest goal of the last World Cup. Bergkamp controlled de Boer’s 50 yard pass with ease before finishing off in style.

7. Diego Maradona (ARG)
Argentina vs Belgium (2-0) in 1986
Another display of dribbling brilliance by Maradona. Four Belgians were left for dead before Diego slotted the ball home past goalkeeper Pfaff.

8. Archie Gemmill (SCO)
Scotland vs Holland (3-1) in 1978
A goal to remember from the little Scotsman. Dribbling his way into the penalty area from the side, before lifting the ball like a master over the goalkeeper.

9. Carlos Alberto (BRA)
Brazil vs Italy (4-1) in 1970
A cracking shot after fine work by Pelé and Jairzinho settled the scoreline at 4-1 in the final. This goal was the icing on the cake for the Brazilian champions of 1970.

10. Manuel Negrete (MEX)
Mexico vs Bulgaria (1-0) in 1986
This was truly a magnificent goal. An acrobatic and well executed volley from outside the penalty area which would have made it into any “Greatest Goals” ranking.

source from:planetworldcup

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Confederations Cup 2017 (Youthful)

CONFEDERATIONS CUP 2017

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Germany will take on Chile in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final feeling like they have already won the tournament after a fine run with a second-string team has yielded several top prospects for next year’s World Cup defence.

Coach Joachim Loew is not a huge fan of the eight-team event that acts as a dress rehearsal for the subsequent year’s World Cup and he opted to rest many of his first-choice players for the Russia tournament rather than shorten their off-season.
Loew got more than he bargained for, however, and will be spoilt for choice on Sunday with several players, such as joint top-scorers Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner, and Lars Stindl, showing great promise at the Russian event.

While a title against the South American champions, which would be Germany’s first in this competition, would be more than welcome, Loew is more interested in preserving team spirit ahead of the showdown in St Petersburg.

“The boys are having fun, they are hungry for success,” Loew told reporters. “You can really feel that. I think what we are seeing is the creation of a team here.”

It is this team spirit that has carried the Germans through the tournament after Loew’s squad selection initially raised eyebrows with the team having never played together before.

“Chile are the strongest opponents in this tournament, we know them pretty well and we expect them to go for it in the final,” added Loew, whose team drew 1-1 with the South Americans in a group stage encounter.

“They will be trying flat out to pull it off, as they are coming to the end of their season, and we will have to try and counter that.

“We know the Chileans are flexible in their game. They have been pursuing their own style for many years now, a very good and positive development.”

Hard-working Chile will again seek to challenge Germany for possession using a high-octane pressing game orchestrated by Alexis Sanchez but a better conversion rate of any chances that come their way is crucial to their hopes of success.

They wasted a number of good opportunities in the semi-final against Portugal before edging out the European champions on penalties to reach their third final in three years after Copa America successes in 2015 and 2016.

“We are from a country that might not be used to these kind of situations,” captain Claudio Bravo said of Sunday’s final.

“So, by playing football, we have the chance to make our people happy so they can forget about their problems. That’s the most beautiful thing of all,” the goalkeeper added

Premier League of Honor

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A total of 47 clubs have played in the Premier League since its inception, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd, and Spurs participating in every campaign to date. Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town will make that figure 49 when the 2017/18 campaign gets under way in August.

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At the end of each season, the bottom three clubs are relegated, with three promoted clubs from the Football League’s Championship replacing them. The only exception to this was in the 1994/95 season when the League decided to reduce the number of clubs to 20. As a result, Crystal Palace joined Norwich, Leicester City and Ipswich in being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1994/95 season, with only two clubs replacing them from Division One, as the Championship was known then.

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Apart from the opening campaign in 1992/93, every season of the Premier League has had a title sponsor. From the 1993/94 season, England’s top flight was known as the FA Carling Premiership, before the sponsorship changed in 2001 to Barclaycard until 2004.

The title of the competition then changed to the FA Barclays Premiership, with this being amended to Barclays Premier League ahead of the 2007/08 campaign.

Season 2015/16 marked the final campaign of a title sponsor arrangement, with the competition name becoming Premier League from 2016/17.

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Manchester United were the first winners of the competition, finishing 10 points clear of Aston Villa, and have been PL champions on 13 occasions in total. Blackburn won the title once, in 1994/95, while Arsenal triumphed in 1997/98, 2001/02 and 2003/04.

Chelsea became the fourth club to win the PL, in 2004/05, and have since gone on to claim the title four more times, 2005/06, 2009/10, 2014/15 and the most recent in 2016/17. Man City have won the title twice, securing the trophy in dramatic fashion in 2011/12 with a goal in stoppage time of the final day, and again in 2013/14.

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Leicester are the latest and sixth club to win the Premier League, completing a remarkable title triumph a year after a successful battle against relegation.

The most successful manager in the competition is Sir Alex Ferguson who has guided Manchester United to all their Premier League successes. He also holds the record for being the longest serving manager in the Premier League, spending 21 years at Old Trafford since its inception in 1992 before retiring at the end of the 2012/13 season.Ryan Giggs participated in every title-winning year for Manchester United and the Welshman has also played the most matches in the Premier League, amassing 632 appearances.

Former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and Southampton forward Alan Shearer is the Premier League top scorer with 260 goals and is the only player to surpass the 200 mark.

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From the 2001/02 season, clubs who finish in the top four places qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while the team ending the campaign in fifth get to play in the UEFA Europa League. Further places can become available to teams in sixth and seventh depending on whether teams in the top five win the League Cup or FA Cup.

There has been an increase in English representation in Europe since the start of the Premier League, when, in the opening season, only the champions qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with the second and third-placed clubs entering the UEFA Cup, as the UEFA Europa League was then known.

source from:premierleague

 

Maradona The Legend

Diego Armando Maradona

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is one of the greatest players in the history of the game – many even regard him as the greatest. He was a brave and natural born leader on the field, a streetwise character who could pull a rabbit out of the hat at any stage of the game. Short, stocky and left-footed with awe-inspiring ball control, dribbling, passing and playmaking skills, made him almost impossible to contain at his best. And the world got to see him at his peak in the 1986 World Cup. His tournament contribution to Argentina’s triumph has been generally accepted as the best in history by a single player of any World Cup.

He was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in the shantytown of Villa Fiorito in a large family as one of eight kids. Playing for Los Cebollitas (The little onions), Maradona quickly made a name for himself as a wonderboy with unbelievable ball skills. He received national recognition as a 10 year-old entertaining crowds with ball juggling at half-time breaks. A television crew once interviewed him during those years and he said: “I have two dreams: To play in the World Cup and to win it.”

Maradona was still only fifteen when he made his debut in top flight club football for struggling Argentinos Juniors, and only sixteen when he won his first cap for Argentina against Hungary in 1977. The career sky rocketed at Argentinos and Maradona was top scorer five times in the Argentinian league, twice in the Nacional tournament and three times in the Metropolitano. He was voted South American Player of the Year in 1979 and 1980.

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His first major disappointment was to be dropped from Argentina’s World Cup squad for the tournament on home soil in 1978. Coach Cesar Luis Menotti felt Maradona was too young at 17 to cope with the pressure of this occasion. Reputedly, he was the last player to be cut from the 22 man roster which originally had a bunch of other names. The following year Maradona lead Argentina to the World Youth Cup title in Japan instead.

A £1 million transfer to Boca Juniors in 1981 helped Maradona win his only Argentinian league championship, and soon Europe beckoned. FC Barcelona broke the world transfer record fee when they paid £5 million for his services from the start of 1982/83.

By then, Maradona’s reputation had been marred by his actions in the 1982 World Cup in Spain, which saw him get sent off in frustration for a vicious foul on Brazil’s Batista. Against Italy in the previous match, Claudio Gentile was allowed to foul Maradona time and again and get away with it. Argentina bowed out in the second phase.

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His spell in Barcelona lasted only two seasons and both were hampered by illness, injuries and other scandals. First he was sidelined for months with hepatitis, and then more months out the next season after a broken ankle caused by Andoni Goikoetxea, “The Butcher from Bilbao”. There was also the ongoing disputes with Barcelona’s president Nuñez. However, inbetween the problems Maradona also had some memorable performances for Barca, including one away to Real Madrid where he received a standing ovation from the Bernabeu crowd, but his period in Spain ended on a sour note with the mass brawl in the Copa del Rey-final against Athletic Bilbao where Maradona played his part in what reminded more of kung-fu fighting than football.

SSC Napoli, who barely avoided relegation each of the two previous seasons, decided to splash out a world record £6.9 million for Maradona in the summer of 1984. On the day of his presentation, there were 75 000 people packed at San Paolo. In the years that followed, Maradona was the cornerstone as the club transformed itself from a bottom team to a powerhouse in the world’s strongest league at the time – Serie A.

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Right in the middle of those build-up years at Napoli, there was the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The crowning moment of Maradona’s career. Against England in the quarterfinal he showed both sides of himself within few minutes; the clever cheater and the genius talent. A cheeky handball goal which he later said was the Hand of God, and then his amazing dribbling run of 60 yards regarded as the greatest World Cup goal in history. Two more goals by Maradona against Belgium in the semifinal was followed up by a 3-2 win against West Germany in the final, including an assist to Jorge Burruchaga’s deciding goal. Maradona was voted Golden Ball winner as best player and even World Athlete of the Year 1986 by United Press International.

Success followed at club level in Italy as Napoli captured their historic first league championship in 1986/87 knocking Michel Platini’s Juventus off the throne and adding Coppa Italia at the same time. Celebrations in the chaotic southern city reached new heights. In 1989, the UEFA Cup was won and another league championship in 1990 before the World Cup in Italy.

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Maradona carried an injury going into Italia ’90 and was not on the same level as four years earlier, neither was his team. His most memorable moment in the World Cup was the assist to Claudio Caniggia’s match-winning goal against Brazil in the second round. Argentina beat hosts Italy on penalties in a very hyped semifinal match played in Naples, but couldn’t prevent West Germany winning the World Cup. Maradona was still voted the tournament’s third best player.

After failing a drug test for cocaine in March 1991, the career went on a downward spiral. He was suspended for 15 months, made comebacks for Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys later and looked to have things sorted out after promising performances at the 1994 World Cup in USA, only to be tested positive again, this time for ephedrine.

Diego Maradona finished his rollercoaster career with Boca Juniors.

source from:planetworldcup

FIFA Calendar July until December 2017

FIFA Calendar 2017

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FIFA Calendar
JULY 2017
17 June – 02 JulyFIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 (Russia)
04 July Member Associations Committee (Zurich)
05 July Development Committee (Zurich)
07 – 26 JulyCONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 (USA)
07 July Official Draw – FIFA U-17 World Cup (Mumbai)
16 July – 06 AugustUEFA European Women’s Championship Netherlands 2017 (Netherlands)

AUGUST 2017
16 July – 06 August UEFA European Women’s Championship Netherlands 2017 (Netherlands)
28 August – 05 September Official or Friendly Matches

SEPTEMBER 2017
23 June – 03 September Euro Beach Soccer League 2017 (Portugal)
23 June – 03 September Euro Beach Soccer League 2017 (Serbia)
28 August – 05 September Official or Friendly Matches
14 SeptemberPlayers’ Status Committee (Zurich)
19 September Audit and Compliance Committee (Miami)
20 September Extraordinary UEFA Congress (Geneva)
25 September Medical Committee (Zurich)
27 September Finance Committee (Zurich)

OCTOBER 2017
02 – 10 October Official or Friendly Matches
06 – 28 October FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (India)
09 October Official Draw – FIFA Club World Cup (Abu Dhabi)
19 October Football Stakeholders Committee (Zurich)
22 – 23 October The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 (London)
27 October FIFA Council meeting

NOVEMBER 2017
06 – 14 November Official or Friendly Matches

DECEMBER 2017
01 December Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (Moscow)
06 – 16 December FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 (United Arab Emirates)
12 December Audit and Compliance Committee (Zurich)
13 December Finance Committee

 

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