Old Trafford – The Magnificent Home Of Manchester United

Old Trafford, The Theater of Dreams, and the home of the most popular and successful football teams in the world – Manchester United. The Red Devils, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson have lived at Old Trafford since it was built in 1910, with the exception of an eight-year absence from 1941 to 1949, following the bombing of the stadium in the Second World War.

Old Trafford is an all-seater stadium with room for 75,957 spectators. There are also numerous VIP and season hospitality boxes, executive boxes, restaurants and hospitality areas. Surrounding the Old Trafford pitch are four covered all-seater stands known as the North, East, South and West Stands.

The dugout is in the center of the South Stand. It is raised above pitch level to give the manager and his coaches a better view of the game. The visitors' dugout is the other side of the old tunnel, The Munich Tunnel, which is the only remaining part of the original stadium.

The current players' tunnel is in the South West corner. It is also used to bring in the police and emergency services. The tunnel leads directly to the players 'dressing rooms, the players' lounge and the television interview area.

There is also a Football Museum highlighting "The Greatest Football Story Ever Told". Beginning more than one hundred years ago, it tells the story of Manchester United's total English and European football dominance. You even get to tour the stadium and see the team through the eyes of some of the greats such as Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Such is the devotion of the Manchester United fans that there is a soccer mega store totally devoted to the team's paraphernalia. At 17,000 square feet, it has 800 different items and 39 tills. Over 20,000 people visit it on a match day!

Should you have a junior Rooney or Beckham then Old Trafford also holds soccer schools for the chosen few as well as training for its second and junior teams.

Everything about Old Trafford and Manchester United is world class and this includes their hospitality. Fine food and drinks and attention to detail are evident everywhere, including the world famous Red Café. Hospitality can be booked by the season – and many large companies have their own Executive Boxes at Old Trafford, or by the match. For a truly awe inspiring time it is difficult to beat visiting The Old Trafford

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Soccer Psychology – The Difference Between Winning and Losing

In today’s game of soccer most would argue that the most important person in a team is the coach. But a new position has arisen from the depths of the grandstand and his importance has significantly increased. Can you guess who it is?

Big clubs all over the world are employing Sports psychologists for help and some have even put them on as full time staff. Sports psychology has become the next boom industry as clubs and coaches have discovered the power of soccer psychology.

The difference between winning and losing at the highest level can be separated by a thin white line. All players are extremely fit, skillful, strong and quick. But how many players are confident and mentally strong? Clubs have discovered this and have added psychology to their growing list of weapons.

Players these days have pushed their physical capabilities to the limit and the competitive edge has virtually flattened out. That’s until mental warfare stepped in with the arrival of soccer psychology.

Science has proven that psychology and the right mindset influences and improves soccer performance. Sports psychology also identifies weaknesses and offers counseling to players who might be suffering from a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. They can also monitor motivational levels within a team and assess the whole team on an individual basis.

Soccer psychologists can also identify the different personalities within the team and ensure that these personalities don’t clash and work together. Remember, a champion team will always beat a team of champions. Soccer psychologists make the transition from a team to a championship team look very simple. By correcting the mindset of the players and increasing the player’s confidence the dream of winning silverware becomes a reality.

Soccer over the years has claimed its fair share of victims. Players that have lost all confidence and cannot perform at the levels required have inevitably been shown the door at their respective clubs. How can we stop this? Most players that have lost their confidence also suffer from low self esteem. With low self esteem comes the nerves and anxiety. If you have this problem within your team, the use of a soccer psychologist will solve all your problems. They will help your players relax and also use mental imagery to build on their shattered confidence without even touching a soccer ball.

Sports psychology has been directly linked to team spirit. The greater the team spirit, the greater chance you have of winning trophies. That’s why we see the smaller clubs of Europe beating some of the heavy weights in the champion’s league. Are the players better at the smaller clubs? Or do they have team spirit? From watching the champion’s league, it’s clearly evident what the smaller clubs lack in talent they make up in spirit and confidence.

The main purpose of psychology in soccer is to prevent the players feeling like failures when they lose. By eliminating this feeling, psychologists are protecting the players self esteem. Could self esteem and confidence be the secret ingredient all the big clubs share?

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Want to Go Fishing?

Below is a list of a fisherman’s or fisherwoman’s arsenal plus some tips

  • Fish Rod – Bait Casting, Spinning, Telescopic, Fly Rods and more
  • Fishing Reel – Bait Casting, Spinning, Fly Reels and more
  • Clothing for Fishermen – Male and Female
  • Fishing Equipment for Children, Boys and Girls
  • Fish Hooks – an enormous range for various types of fishing
  • Lures and Flies
  • Fishing Line, Braided and Nylon and everything in between
  • Fishing Accessories – impossible to list all that is available
  • Fishing Combos – Rod and Reel plus other needed goodies all in one

I recommend CATCH AND RELEASE and here are a few tips to use. While originally used extensively as the domain of Fly Fishermen, «catch and release» is now practiced by most fishermen. Fish stocks worldwide are under pressure, some types more that other so unless you catch for the pot release the fish. Most of us unfortunately have no idea if the fish is male or female, carrying eggs or not therefore releasing the fish safely back to its habitat is the right thing to do.

Treble Hooks are a No-No!

Use Circle Hooks. These hooks are designed so that the point is turned away from the shank to form a circular shape. The Circle Hook has been heavily researched and is a must for all catch-and-release anglers. Get rid of the Barb on the hook.Use a pair of pliers or forceps to squash the barb down. This makes for much more interesting fishing as you need to keep the line taught so that the fish does not spit out the hook. Barbless hooks are much safer, easier and quicker to remove therefore causes less stress for the fish.

Be Careful!!

Be mindful of the fact that hooking a fish is extremely stressful for it. Too much stress can let the fish die even after hours after release.

  • To combat this problem use oversize equipment to land the fish as soon as possible.
  • Wet your hands before handling a fish.
  • Use a net that will not damage the fish.
  • Use surgical forceps or special pliers plus a tool that may cut the metal of the hook if needed.
  • If your forceps/pliers will not release the hook then cut the line where it is tied to the hook. The hook will rust soon and give the fish a better chance of recovery.

Another No-No!

Never ever try to remove a hook through the fish’s gills. In fact do not touch the gills at all.

CPR

Fish may appear lethargic when released. Hold the fish into the stream or in still water hold the fish gently and move it backwards and forwards until you sense that it is ready to be released.

And now the most important issue!

  • While the catch and release issue but it is certainly at the forefront of saving our oceans for future generations.
  • You have no doubt seen on the news and other TV programs about global pollution of the oceans. It is in everyone’s interest to be responsible!
  • Leave the area better than you found it. Always take a container or bag with you to take your rubbish, used line, lures, flies, bait containers and more with you to dispose of in the correct manner.

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Safety Arsenal – The Basics of Self Defense Devices

The Basics of Self Defense Devices. Self defense devices are by their nature intimidating. For those unfamiliar with their use and operation, they can be just as foreboding by their looks alone as for their deterrent on criminals. This is actually misleading, because many of the self defense devices commonly available to the public are conceived and designed with both safety and ease and quickness of use deliberately in mind. The following five devices are by no means a complete list of the self-defense products available to the consumer, over-the-counter market. However, they are routinely the most popular and are also widely available online.

Stun Guns and Tasers

Stun guns and tasers use powerful electric shocks to disable opponents by constricting their muscles to the point of temporary disability. Many are small enough to fit inside a woman’s purse or within an inside jacket pocket. They are battery operated. A taser is a stun gun that uses two powerful pitons and flexible wires to deliver the electrical charge. A stun gun is routinely shaped much like a woman’s razor and contains powerful conducting needles that deliver the shock.

Pepper Sprays

Pepper spray, sometimes referred to as OC spray, capsicum spray, or OC gas, uses powerful irritants to inflame the eyes and sinus passages. Pepper sprays commonly use some form of capsaicin, an irritant found within chili peppers of Central America. Very common in riot control among police agencies worldwide, the effects of pepper spray are both nonlethal, but also very painful and discomforting. Pepper spray routinely causes coughing, watering of the eyes, spastic sneezing fits, and other allergy-like effects. Capsaicin is not soluble in water, and removing it from the face and sinus passages usually requires considerable effort. Nasty stuff to say the least!

 Mace

 Mace, like pepper spray, is a form of tear gas or lachrymatory (tear-inducing) agent. It’s typically delivered via aerosol spray can. Its volatile nature has made it illegal in many countries, and pepper spray has largely replaced it for civilian use. MACE is also a brand name of pepper sprays that include gel and foam solutions. The term «mace» is often used interchangeably with «pepper spray,» though the two have important chemical differences.

Personal Alarms

Similar to a car alarm for the body, personal alarms include handheld sirens, whistles, and other accessory-ready items that are easily carried on the person to alert of danger. Many personal alarms are electronic, while some whistles retain the timeless mechanisms of such items of yesteryear. Some electric models also include strobe lights, flashlights, and other distracting effects that improve visibility even while working to disorient an attacker. Still other classes serve as dog repellents and early-warning home safety alarms.

Diversion Safes

Remember the spy TV show where every routine item housed a secret compartment or gadget? Diversion safes work on the same principle, allowing security items such as spare keys, money, or valuable information to be stored «hidden in plain sight» with a replica façade. Some diversion safes take the appearance of weathered car fluid containers, making them perfect for camouflage use in the garage. Others are designed to resemble light plugs, book, flowerpots or wall sockets.

With the array of self defense products, and new self defense product options available to combat crime and deter theft, many Americans can now protect themselves and loved ones effectively.

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Staycation Guide: 5 Places In The UK That Will Make You Feel You Are Abroad

Staycations are again on the rise more, and more Brits are deciding to stay home for their holidays. But where in the UK should you go if you have never had a staycation before or fancy trying something new? Here is my staycation guide is here to help.

The UK is a dynamic place full of history, natural beauty, dramatic coastlines and historical cities. Every corner has such an individual identity that no two places are alike. Some UK destinations might even give you a little taste of Europe! Here is how:

Love The Algarve? Try Devon

Branded "the English Riviera", Devon is fantastic for families and beach holidays. It is also home to five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, UNESCO Sites and Natural Parks.

For a cultural city break, try Plymouth or Exeter, both rich in Roman history. It it's the relaxed coastal life you want, try South Devon. For surfing, go for North Devon and Exmoor. And for the true Riviera experience, try Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham. There are also many smaller towns and villages worth exploring if you fancy going for a drive.

Love Tuscany? Try Lancashire, Yorkshire And Cumbria

North West England and the region of Tuscany in Italy share two things in common: beautiful green panoramic views and maxing food.

Famous for its artisan food, locally sourced produce and niche eateries, the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria, will entice any foodie traveler with their food festivals and farm shops galore. To work up an appetite, you can visit the castles, museums, theaters or seafront towns or you can go hiking and take in scenery so beautiful that Queen Elizabeth is reported to have said she would like to retire here.

For more active travelers, highlights are the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines and the Lake District, where you can try all sorts of sports from golfing to sailing and paragliding. For those wanting a peaceful hideaway, try smaller market towns such as Kirby Lansdale, Hebden Bridge or Clitheroe. And if it's a sea you seek, try Whitby, Scarborough or Lytham St Annes.

Love Switzerland? Try Scotland

If you a partial to mountain ranges, lakes and a pair of skis, then Scotland is the perfect staycation for you. With beautiful scenery, imposing castles and interesting cities thrown in for good measure, both Switzerland and Scotland will give you jaw-dropping views. Switzerland has some of the most famous ski resorts in the world, Scotland has the best ski resorts in the UK. The Swiss have the alphorn and Schnapps; the Scots have the bagpipe and their world-famous Scotch whiskey. Hell, the Scottish accent might even make you feel you're abroad!

Jokes aside, Scotland is indeed a beautiful country, with intriguing and grand history, beautiful landscape and stunning natural reserves. Even Her Majesty has a residence here, Balmoral Castle. For a city break, both Glasgow and Edinburgh are famous for their nightlife and culture. And if you like to drive, we would highly recommend the drive from Glasgow to Dundee. The views are to die for.

Love Rome? Try York

The Italian city of Rome is one of the most famous destinations in Europe, known worldwide for its rich history and vibrant culture. In the UK we have our little version thanks to the Romans themselves.

Although York existed as a settlement before the Roman invasion, it was during that period that it was declared a city of importance. Constantine the Great was proclaimed a Roman Emperor here. Even going out for a pint will yield a history lesson in pubs that used to be churches or monasteries. In recent years, York has become famous for its retail and nightlife as well as its history, and although it's much smaller than Rome, you will have plenty to do and see.

Love Berlin? Try Liverpool

Berlin and Liverpool share many commonalities. Both have witnessed their fair share of political and social change, but are today UNESCO Heritage Sites and European Capitals of Culture.

In the UK, Liverpool is the city with the most galleries and national museums outside of London. The birthplace of the Beatles, it also boasts a very strong art scene. On a more outrageous note, it has been said that the Liverpudlian velvet tracksuit is as infamous as the German beach thong! Liverpool is a vibrant and dynamic city, ideal for any art, fashion or music lover.

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Time to Do It – Now!

There can be many frustrations in business and more especially in management.

Lots of us, in these roles, get irritated by the smallest things – often these things seem to be about others and, in truth, are just about ourselves.

Getting honest about this is one of the biggest challenges we have.

Sometimes, it’s vital to cast all our doubts and fears to one side and get on with it.

The more polite shortening of this is ‘JDI’ – otherwise known as ‘Just Do It’.

In this little article, we’ll explore more about JDI and how this weekend, it made a magnificent difference to a small town on the Scottish/English borders.

Manager Rowan Alexander says he never wants to leave Gretna.

In four years, this little Scottish football team have moved from the incredibly unknown non-professional league called the Unibond League, to the Scottish First Division (next season) and as of this weekend, their 3-0 win over Dundee led them to the Scottish Cup Final.

Never before has a team from the Scottish Second Division got there. And they are not expecting to stop progressing till they achieve Premier League status, hopefully sometime in 2007.

Already, due to their win and that of Hearts in the second semi-final on Sunday, Gretna are assured of European football next season (as long as Hearts stay 2nd in the Scottish Premier League!)

When asked how they had achieved this, Alexander, manager since those heady days back in the Unibond, says,

«We don’t talk about things here, we do it. Nothing negative, everything is positive.»

If ever there was a time when a state of expectations, meeting with application and wonderfully supportive, encouraging and developmental management came to fruition, then surely Gretna is it.

Sometimes the seemingly ‘unachievable’ is so very achievable. We just get in our own way, prevaricating with reason after reason why we shouldn’t, can’t or mustn’t.

We fear possible outcomes which might not achieve our goals – blindly forgetting that if we don’t try, we are certain of failure.

I once worked with a client who told me that he prevaricated because at least if he didn’t try, he wouldn’t fail and the hope and dream he had would still be there.

It had taken years of practice to reach this state of inertia – it took but a few coaching sessions to encourage him that using a JDI approach would not be life-threatening.

This week you have the opportunity to move on those things you have been putting off, for whatever reason.

Let’s call it an amnesty.

Give yourself permission for slipping out of your comfort zone and into action. It might not be as chilling an experience as you may think.

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Football Websites – What Makes Them So Popular?

Football is not a new game. The sport can be traced back several centuries ago, The sport has been very popular since its inception. However, it has earned more popularity over the past few decades. It is now played in most of the countries throughout the globe and that shows its rising popularity.

There are lots of football crazy fans throughout the world. They have their own favorite players and teams. The elite clubs enjoy support from all over the globe. For example, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain are popular worldwide. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa, Luis Suarez and other star players have their followers in every football-playing country. Given the popularity of the sport, you must not wonder why football websites are so much favorite with the crazy fans.

What these websites do?

Footballers are now style icons. They are as famous as the silver screen heroes and that reality has added to popularity of the football websites. The sports lovers now want to stay updated on news about their favorite teams and players. Due to quick accessibility to internet, increasing number of people are now showing their interest in browsing through the websites that will provide them with the current details of the game and its star players. These websites can be easily accessed by individuals from different demographics.

Do you want to know about the results of recently played matches? Are you curious to know if your favorite player is to stay put with his current club or going elsewhere? Is your club changing hands in immediate future? Do you have any idea about sponsors the big clubs are dealing with? I do hope you also take interest in tidbits. All these are revealed by the websites. Match report and incisive analysis are widely considered as the Holy Grail for the sport lovers. These websites are equally popular among the fans and players.

According to studies, the celebrity players also read the most reputed websites in order to learn about valuable tips as to how they can improve their game.

Financial Attractions

In addition to the latest news, there are other attractions for those visiting the websites. Many popular football websites offer attractive gifts and financial prices for the visitors. Such offers attract more visitors and in-turn, benefit the site owners via commercial advertisements..

There are some important aspects that make a certain football site a stand-out from others. Let us now take a look at those aspects:

Quick Updates: Readers don’t appreciate stale news. In order to stay ahead of electronic media, a football website needs to deliver the latest and authentic updates to the readers. No reader likes to go through an injury report that actually surfaced a couple of days ago. Hourly update is most important and liked by the supporters.

Tracking Tools: A football website, in order to be favorite with the readers, needs to be way different from its competitors. It must include a wider variety of information pertaining to different aspects of football news.

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New Designs For Football Shirts Make the Preseason Exciting

Every season there is an almost audible buzz about what the new designs for football shirts will look like. Which team will look better? Which team will look worse? Will teams go with old fashioned shirts, or will they try new cutting edge designs? The speculation adds excitement to the preseason and keeps people guessing until the very last minute.

This year the most talked about new design is for Manchester United’s away shirt. Photos of their new shirts have been passed around the internet and they are not getting favorable reviews. The shirts are white with a large V pattern in red across the chest. With a lace-up top and the logo shoved off to the side of the V, these throwback shirts are being hailed as a design nightmare. Football fans are even joking that Manchester United players will all request transfers because of the hideous new shirt design.

There is also a psychological aspect to new designs for football shirts. For example, there are rumors that Arsenal plan to change their shirt colors from yellow to green this season. That change makes fans a little squeamish because the last time the Arsenal used green shirts they finished in a dismal 10th place. Unfortunately the Arsenal away shirts look more like something an official would wear with light pinstripes and a small ribbed collar.

Some of the new designs for football shirts this year show a strange robotech type of effect. The illusion of body armor is stitched into the shoulders and midriff of the new Chelsea shirts. The blue and white design is nice, but the addition of a zipper at the neckline seems unusual for a football shirt. This year’s Blackburn Rovers home shirt and Chelsea third shirt are brilliant examples of traditional football shirts. The Blackburn Rovers will wear a large blue and white checkerboard pattern trimmed with red, which is interesting while conservative. Chelsea’s third shirt is classic football with alternating light and dark blue stripes on the torso and dark blue sleeves. The bright yellow accents finish the design nicely.

The many different uniforms that football teams wear throughout the season can be a challenge when creating new designs for football shirts. The teams need home shirts, away shirts, and some have third shirts as well. The home and away shirts are strikingly different from one another, and no team would be satisfied to have just the same shirt in a different color. Each team strives for individuality, and sometimes creativity wins out over good taste.

Fans, however, will support their teams whatever design they wear. Even when a team’s new shirt design is horrid, you will find bleachers filled with rabid football fans that are proud to wear the same tasteless shirt their heroes wear on the field. New designs for football shirts add variety and interest to the game, and give fans something to look forward to every year as the season approaches. While the design of the uniform is not as important as the players who wear the uniforms, sometimes it can be just as interesting.

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