How To Sell a Screenplay – Using The Internet to Market Your Script

Thanks to the advent of the Internet, new avenues in your attempts to sell a screenplay that were not previously available to screenwriters now exist, and, should you so choose, you could market your screenplay without ever even leaving your house – pretty impressive, right? This is a tool that is in your arsenal, and you shouldn’t be afraid to use it!

Knowing how to sell a script means being aware that there are a lot of websites that, for a fee, claim to have the ability to get your script seen by a producer – some are legitimate, some are not, and it is vitally important that you do independent research (outside of the site) before choosing to commit financial resources to one, lest you become the victim of some less than virtuous con man. That being said, there is one site that the author can safely recommend, and that is InkTip, which has a database of over 5,000 producers and is a very solid place to start for someone who is just learning to use the internet to aid in the process of selling a script.

As a general rule of thumb, the projects that seem to well at InkTip are low-budget (meaning limited locations and characters), high concept scripts. You can mix up to two genres, but anything over that becomes a little heady for most readers, and your chances of selling a screenplay aren’t as strong at that point. (By the way, that’s a good rule in general for selling a screenplay in any fashion – don’t bite off more than you can chew in terms of your plot. It’s just going to confuse the reader, who is going to assume that the audience will also be confused by the story, which means that they won’t want to make the movie in the first place.)

The place where most people seem to have trouble during this process is creating a compelling logline. Knowing how to sell a script, and this cannot be stressed enough,means not being vague. Often times, in a desire to not spoil the end of the movie, a writer will say something to the effect of «… nothing could prepare him/her/them for what happens next!» The part that happens next is, of course, the most exciting part, but you didn’t tell the reader what that was! The reader is not an audience member, but they are the first step in determining whether your movie gets in front of an audience or not, so don’t worry about spoiling it for them! If you have a great twist ending, let the reader know about it early on!

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Major Stations in London UK

The London Railway Network is one of the important elements that comprise the city’s public transport system. Find below some of the city’s key railway stations that serves millions of Londoners and tourists every year.

Victoria Station

Lodnon Victoria is the key interchange for other major coach and bus services making it the second busiest in the city. Two major travel operators, The South Eastern and Southern Railways function through this station. It is accessed by Londoners who wish to access the close by areas of shopping such as Kings Road, Sloane Street, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. Tourists flock to the station to visit the famous close by tourist spots such as Tate Britain, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

Charing Cross Station

London Charing Cross is the city’s fifth busiest railway station. It is owned and operated by Network Rail. It is located in Central London, close to the Hungerford Bridge and the Strand. It is also in close proximity to tourist attractions such as The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. It was built in the year 1864 and was named after the twelve stone monument at Eleanor Cross. It is connected to Waterloo as well as the London Bridge. Wide range of hotels and restaurants are located near the station making it an easy favorite among tourists. It has access to the major utilities such as toilets, payphones and cash machines.

Liverpool Station

Operating since 1874 is London’s third busiest station, Liverpool Street. It borders the Great Eastern Main Line and the West Anglia Main Line and is also the terminus for the Stansted Express. It is one of the 17 stations maintained and operated by the Network Rail. Some of the major destinations that the station serves are Harwich, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Norwich. Another key feature of the station is that it serves two major London airports, Stansted airport and Southend airport.

London Euston Station

Located at a short walking distance from Kings Cross station is London Euston Station. It is the major gateway linking London to Ireland. It was opened in the year 1837 and is managed and operated by the Network Rail. This station is London sixth busiest station and has a crude history with respect to architecture. But today it has been subjected to major refurbishment and serves millions of passengers every year. The station is home to the Eurostar services for Belgium and France. It is located in close proximity to the Saint Pancras International station and the East Coast mainline.

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Gordon McQueen – The Manchester United Giant

The enmity between Manchester United and Leeds United may very well originate from the War of the Roses, but in soccer terms the Roses rivalry started back in the swinging sixties 1960 when Leeds United were led by Don Revie and Manchester United by Sir Matt Busby.

Kilbirnie born Gordon McQueen began his soccer career at St. Kilbirnie. Mirren who signed him as a 18 year old. Impressed by the hard working youngster, Leeds United manager Don Revie eventually lured him to the high flying Yorkshire club for £ 30,000 in 1973. The Scottish stopper quickly managed to establish himself in the first team at Elland Road and he was a regular member of the vastly talented Leeds United side that went on to win the League Championship in 1974. However, following Revie's departure to manage the England team, Leeds were declining and hatred between the Elland Road players started to bubble over.

Brought to Manchester Utd by new manager Dave Sexton for £ 495,000 in February 1978, the Scotland international became one of the first well known Leeds United players to sign for the Lancashire club. At Old Trafford, Gordon McQueen linked up with former Elland Road team mate Joe Jordan who had made the switch from Leeds United to Manchester United only a few weeks before. Evidently, Leeds United selling two of their biggest stars to old rivals Manchester United did not go down well with the Elland Road faithful. Incurring the wrath of the Leeds supporters, the two players were targeted with booing every time they were appearing against their old club.

While at Old Trafford, Gordon McQueen helped Manchester Utd win the FA Cup final in 1983 after a replay against Brighton and Hove Albion. A rough and rugged player, McQueen went on to make a total of 184 first class appearances for the Reds. The blond giant stayed at United until 1985 when he finally announced his retirement from the game because of persistent injuries.

Eventually going into soccer management, he took over the helm at Scottish club Airdrieoninans in 1987. Known for his brilliance in the air, Gordon McQueen won 30 full caps for his native country after making his first appearance for Scotland against Belgium in 1974.

"But Manchester United are Manchester United. They are the bigger of the two clubs, and always will be. Even going from a place like Leeds, with all their household names, you noticed a huge difference. Manchester United weren't the best, but they were the biggest. " Gordon McQueen quote.

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What Are the Benefits of Liver Detox Diets and Who Should Not Do It?

There is a wide variety of detox diet plans publicized in magazines, on the Internet, and on television. Some take up to four weeks, and are ruled out as too extreme by many nutritionists. There are also milder, 24- to 72-hour detox diets combining fasting and drinking nothing but purified water for the first 24 hours.

The detoxification diet that targets the liver is the most effective of all the detox plans out there. Among the body’s most important instruments, your liver is an intricate and complicated organ with more than nine hundred functions. The liver filters toxins from your bloodstream. In our everyday lives, exposure to pollutants, combined with our own less-than-healthy diets, cause the liver to clog, something like a vacuum cleaner filter.

Once it becomes clogged, the liver can’t function properly, leaving toxins to accumulate in body tissue. This can cause an array of health problems including allergies, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, elevated cholesterol levels, constipation, and irregular levels of blood glucose. To avoid such health issues, many nutritionists recommend partaking in a liver detoxification periodically.

What Should You Eat?

The liver detox diet is not difficult to follow when contrasted with most detox diet plans. The crux of this detox diet is to hydrate with lots of water in addition to eating only whole organic foods like whole grains, lean meats, fish, fruit, and vegetables. During your liver detox diet beets, artichokes, seaweed, radishes, turmeric, cabbage and broccoli are all particularly liver-healthy foods.

What to Avoid

Avoid processed foods during your liver detox, as well as all drinks that are seeped in fat or sugar. Toxins like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and illegal drugs must be shunned during a liver detox diet. Remember, you’re trying to filter and cleanse your liver, help it to free itself from the toxic substances that overwhelm it so that it can perform at its maximum effectiveness. If you prefer to stay with your habits don’t do it – it might harm you.

Flushing and Supplements

Certain people cleanse their liver for 24-hour periods during their liver detox diet. Flushing your liver is accomplished by consuming nothing but purified water, plus a drink that is a blend of lemon and orange juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, ginger and a pinch of cayenne pepper. It may not taste great, but this combination is excellent for detoxing the liver.

If you decide that you want to give the liver detoxification a try, be sure to have a good multivitamin on hand, to make sure your body is receiving all its vitamins and minerals. A bit of milk thistle and dandelion, both liver-friendly supplements are good to have on hand during your liver detox as well.

One of the best liver detox regimen which can be done over the weekend can be found in the works of Dr. Hulda Clark. Although controversial this woman has written down a well functioning and cheap method to cleanse the liver and get rid of toxins preventing the liver to work in the best possible way.

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Starcraft 2 Vs Starcraft 1 – What’s Different?

Starcraft 1.5, or Starcraft 2?

There’s been a lot of weary forum users making the claim that Starcraft 2 is really just Starcraft 1.5. This will be the topic of this article. I’ll start out by listing all the new changes for Starcraft 2 and Battle.net 2.0.

Changes:

Terran:

Units Removed

Removed Vulture

Removed Firebat

Removed Goliath

Removed Wraith

Removed Medic

Removed Science Vessel

Removed Valkyrie

That’s a pretty hefty chunk of units from the Terran arsenal that have been removed. Mind you this is still beta so this is all subject to change.

Units Added

Banshee

Hellion

Marauder

Reaper

Medivac

Raven

Thor

Viking

Units Kept

SCV

Marine

Siege Tank

Ghost

Battlecruiser

That means that 62% of the the Terran units are brand new.

Terran Macro Mechanics

The Terran has a unique macro mechanic that is used after upgrading the Command Center to an Orbital Command center. What it does is collect 30 minerals every load, but takes about 3 times longer than an SCV per load. Basically that would mean it independently collects about twice as fast as an SCV does.

The downside to using the MULE however is that a player must sacrifice the usage of a scanner sweep; both abilities take your Orbital Command’s Energy. This has been the cause of some lost games. Terran players must be careful not to get greedy.

Now we’ll take a look at the Protoss.

Changes:

Protoss:

Units Removed

Removed Dragoon

Removed Arbiter (debatable)

Removed Corsair

Removed Dark Archon

Removed Reaver

Removed Shuttle

There weren’t as many units removed from the Protoss arsenal, let’s take a look at the units added though.

Units Added

Colossus

Immortal

Mothership

Phoenix

Void Ray

Warp Prism

Sentry

Not bad, only one less unit than the Terran side.

Units Kept

Probe

Zealot

Dark Templar

High Templar

Carrier

Observer

Archon

54% of the Protoss units are brand new. The Mothership is almost exactly like the Arbiter however so there is room for debate there.

Protoss Macro Mechanics

The Protoss have an ability called Chronos that is available directly from the Nexus. It costs 25 energy, and speed up any building production by 30% for a period of time. This is an extremely powerful macro mechanic because it can be used to build fast probes in the early game, it can be used to get a Zealot harassing very early game, or it can be used to get some very fast upgrades.

The only downside to the Protoss macro mechanic is what you don’t use it on. If you decide to pump out a heavy amount of units, your economy will most likely fall behind your competition’s economy. It could put you in a position to make a push but if the push fails you’ll probably be in trouble.

Now my personal favorite: the Zerg.

Changes:

Zerg:

Units Removed

Removed Guardian

Removed Lurker (This has been causing some controversy)

Removed Scourge

Removed Defiler

Removed Queen

Removed Devourer

Not bad… not bad. I may catch some flak for adding the Queen to this list, but I think it’s pretty apparent that Starcraft 2’s Queen isn’t even close to the original.

Units Added

Roach (woot!)

Queen

Baneling

Changeling

Infestor

Corrupter

Overseer

Brood Lord

Infested Terran

Zerg got the most new units. The Infestor is kind of like the Defiler, and is certainly meant to be it’s replacement. Right now I question the viability of it however.

Units Kept

Drone

Zergling

Hydralisk

Overlord* – No longer has detection capabilities. This was replaced by the Overseer.

Ultralisk

Broodling

56% of the Zerg units are brand new.

Zerg Macro Mechanics

If you compared the new Zerg macro mechanic to the other Macro mechanics, I think you’d find that there’s less room for debate on which Queen option is the most effective. The Queen has three macro abilities: Spawn Creep Tumor, which extends creep radius in a spiral outward from the tumor. This can be used to connect bases or perhaps for scouting. One of the most important upsides to this is creep allows vision, and faster movement for your units.

The other ability is to restore a units health or a building’s health. This can be used on defensive structures. I think the downside to this though is that any mediocre skilled player will attack the Queen relatively quickly. And to save the best for last, the Queen also has spawn larvae. For 25 energy (like her other abilities), the Queen injects larva into your hatcheries and after a period of time, the hatchery will spit out 4 extra larva. This can be quite devastating early game, and the only reason I can see players using the other options is if the game gets past early game. This is by far the most effective option for your war camp. More units = more power, more economy, or whatever you want.

Updated Mechanics

Some of the largest changes in Starcraft 2 do not come with the new units. They come in the form of new mechanics. Starcraft 2 is now an actual 3-dimensional game. What this means is the Terrain levels are for more than just looks now. Units like the Reaper and Colossus can actually go over higher level terrain.

Now this might not seem like much, but this changes entirely the effect of ramps in the game. In Starcraft 1, you absolutely had to go through static defenses to assault a base barring drops and Nydus canals. This made the ramp an extremely powerful (and sometimes irritating) map feature. Economy harass can now be accomplished much earlier in the game should your opponent decide to mass photon cannons outside his ramp.

Another new gameplay mechanic that Starcraft 2 has added is in the form of destructible rocks. These are generally back-doors into your opponents base, and if they aren’t watchful you could have a 1-way ticket straight to their main. Or they to yours. These new mechanics have seriously hindered the effect of turtling, which means you wall up in your base (generally a Terran favorite with siege tanks). I consider this a very good thing, because turtling is a very bad strategy in the fact that it allows your opponents free reign over the entire map. You may be able to hold them off for a few minutes, but they’ll eventually get enough minerals, gas, and units to pummel any sort of defenses you may be able to build on one base.

Maynarding

The economy in Starcraft 1 is generally very confusing. It’s an almost organic system that scales un-proportionally to how many workers you have gathering. While the law of diminishing returns was very much in effect (each worker past a certain point was less effective than the previous) [especially due to the bad pathing in Starcraft 1], it did allow a viable strategy called Maynarding. Maynarding is credited to a certain player of the same name, where while building an expansion, you could make all the extra workers you needed for the expansion, effectively saturating the minerals as soon as the expansion was built.

In Starcraft 2, worker pathing and pathing in general is very much improved. Workers don’t fly around trying to find an available mineral patch. In fact, they’ll patiently wait the few milliseconds it takes for another worker to finish mining. What this means though, is there is nearly a cap on how many workers per base is effective. It’s generally thought to be 2 workers per patch in Starcraft 2. This is a great thing, but it does severely hinder the benefits of Maynarding. While those workers you were making in Starcraft 1 would still help your economy while you waited for your expansion, the benefit is severely reduced in Starcraft 2. What this effectively means is that every expansion takes much longer to actually saturate to be efficient. This also means that losing an expansion early on is devastating because you won’t earn back the cost quickly.

Unit selection cap, and multiple building select

Another widely debated topic amongst hardcore fans is the new unit selection cap. Starcraft had a cap of 12 units that could be selected at once due to old user-interface problems. The new game though, Starcraft 2, allows for up to 255 units to be selected at once. This changes gameplay so much! Instead of 1a2a3a (Hotkey, attack, etc.) it’s click and drag mouse, a. I actually really like this new mechanic, as it doesn’t take 150 APM to simply assault a base. I think it allows for more strategy as a newer player, and welcome it.

Pro players may find a distaste for it, because they may assume it lowers the skill cap between pro players and mediocre players. I somewhat disagree, because just sending all your units into an attack can be a very bad thing as well; it can cause you to lose your entire army if you don’t pay attention. Pros will still use hotkey groups and try to attack from multiple places at once.

Multiple building select is another thing that may be seen as lowering the overall skill ceiling of the game. It’s yet another thing I disagree with. MBS lets you select multiple gateways, hatcheries, or any other production buildings at once. What I think this really means is less hotkeys to worry about. Macro certainly has been made easier (especially with the new rally attack), but it isn’t something I find has lowered the skill ceiling. If a player makes 400 Zerglings, but your opponent has a good mix of colossus, zealots, or carriers, the player with the Zergling army will be destroyed barring a Nydus canal (at a similar unit cap). And the fact still remains that you should never let your opponent make 200 of anything!

You can produce units in a more efficient manner, but all the strategy is still there. If a player forgets to use the previously mentioned macro mechanics, he/she will also be at a very strong disadvantage.

Conclusion

I think the game is deserving of the title Starcraft 2. Many of the originals bad interface chokepoints have been fixed, thus making it a bit easier for players new to the series to jump in. Blizzard however also kept E-sports a very important priority, and has maintained a level of multi-tasking that certainly is not easy to master. I think we’ll be seeing plenty of exciting games from lots of Starcraft pros like Jaedong, Flash, Bisu, etc. should they choose to switch over. This game is new, gorgeous, has excellent music, and certainly has a competitive edge to it. There are more -hard- counters than the original, so the way the strategies need to be implemented are different.

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Top Three Football Teams in London

Football in London is a tradition. It is the most popular sport when it comes to participants and spectators in London. London is home to several leading England football clubs and 14 professional teams and over 80 amateur leagues under the regulation of the London Football Association.

England's national football stadium, Wembley Stadium is in London. It is the home venue of the national football team and is host for the FA Cup Final since 1923.

Although there are 14 professional teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the most successful London football teams in domestic and European competitions.

Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club nicknamed 'The Gunners' is one of the leading football clubs founded in 1886. It was formed by workers at the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory and the team was moved to the Arsenal Stadium in Highbury in 1913. The team is currently based in the Emirates Stadium and includes players from different countries including Spain, Netherlands, France and Switzerland.

In 1891, the club changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal and in 1893 joined the Football League. Thirty years after their formation, the club won major trophies including League Championship titles and FA cups for the first time. Arsenal made a record in the UEFA Champions League 2005-2006 by going ten matches without conceding a goal. Red and White are the club colors and a Canon symbolizes the club depicting a symbol of Armament factory. Arsenal has media coverage and appears in sports news, television and also millions of online viewers.

Chelsea

Chelsea Football Club nicknamed 'The Pensioners' or 'the Blues' was formed in 1905. It is based in Stamford Bridge football stadium in Fulham, West London and includes players from different countries including England, Brazil, France, Nigeria, Spain and Portugal.

Chelsea have been champions in the national games, winners of the FA Cup six times and have won League Cups for times. In 1955, the club had its major success for the first time in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup twice. After 1970 till 1997, the club faced only defeats and did have a winning record. But, the club won the Premier League titles in 2005, 2006 and 2010, the latter being the first League and FA Cup Double. Royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks have been the colors of the Chelsea since the 1960s. The crest keeps changing and the current crest features a ceremonial lion holding a staff.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club nicknamed 'Spurs', 'Lilywhites' was founded in 1882. The team is currently based in White Hart Lane stadium in Tottenham, North London. The team includes players from different countries including Brazil, England, Spain, Nigeria, Netherlands, France and Switzerland.

In 1901, Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time. It was the first team to win the League and FA Cup Double in the 20th century. Tottenham is the first British club to win the prestigious European Trophy whilst defending the FA Cup in 1962. The team won the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1972 and placed record as the first club to win two different European trophies. In the eighties, the team won the FA Cup twice, FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup and won the FA Cup in the 90's. In 2008, the club won the League cup again matching the records of Manchester united. Since 1901, a cockerel and ball have been the identity of the club.

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Must-Know Bayern Munich Facts for Readers

FC Bayern Munich is one of the most celebrity football clubs in the world. The club, which is popularly known as FC Bayern or even called FCB, competes in the top-tier of German football system, commonly known as Bundesliga. Without any shade of doubt, Bayern Munich has been the most consistent performer in Bundesliga. They are the most successful entity in Bundesliga. The article is intended to share some amazing Bayern Munich facts with the readers.

Bayern Munich – Story of Success

The club has climbed to the crest of success since its establishment back in 1900. Franz John along with eleven players took the leading role to set up the club. It was in 1932 when the Bavarian side claimed their first national champions title. The club kissed their greatest success in the 1970s. Bayern won the European title in 1974 and successfully defended the same in the next two seasons under great captaincy of Franz Beckenbauer who is considered one of the greatest players football has ever produced.

Among the Bundesliga clubs, Bayern has marched their way to the finals of the UEFA Champions League for the maximum number of times. The club has been the most dominant one in Bundesliga. Though the club was not a part of Bundesliga during its inception, it has won the Bundesliga title for the highest number of time. The club has wrapped up UEFA Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, European Cup Winners Cup and also International Cups.

In a word, the club has earned respect and popularity on strength of its success both on national and international level. They have produced several football legends. Several Bayern Munich players were in the World Cup winning German team in 2014.

Bayern Munich – Rich in Resources

Bayern Munich is rich in resources both in terms of money and talent. As per the latest reports, the club is one of the wealthiest entities in the world of football. The club attracts both fresh and experienced footballers from all over the globe. They also nourish the young prospects at their own academy. The club has been managed by a number of brilliant coaches and is currently under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti.

Rivalry & Jersey

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have become arch rivals since mid of 1990s. Their rivalry has become more infamous as Bayern has been alleged of attracting the star players from Borussia Dortmund in order to maintain their monopoly in Bundesliga. The club's boys play in 'red and white' jersey. A 'white and blue' flag is the crest of Bayern.

Stadium & Members

The club has its home ground at the Allianz Arena. Olympiastadion used to be their home ground for 33 long years. Being popular internationally, the club has fans and followers all over the world.

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Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, the monk-like fantasista – heir to Platini's throne as France's greatest ever player, is also widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Maybe slightly overrated in some quarters when labelled with the 'Greatest Ever' tag, his achievements and trophy haul are certainly second to very few. For a time he was also the most expensive player in the world, costing Real Madrid a huge £ 46m. During his playing days Zidane became one of world football's true superstars, and much loved players – his global fan base was (and still is) exceptional. From Europe, to North Africa (the origin of his roots) and the Middle East, to Japan – Zidane, was the man.

Zidane was born to Algerian immigrants who firstly moved to Paris, but eventually settled in La Castellane – a suburb with a huge North African community in France's southern town of Marseille. It was here that Yazid Zidane was born in 1972. Yazid, his birth name, is what he was known by to his friends and family. The young Yazid looked to replicate his idol; Olympic Marseille's very own fantasista, Uruguayan Enzo Franchescoli, by teaching himself tricks and repetitively juggling a football until he was better than most of the boys in the area. In a neighborhood high in crime rate Zidane had to become tough, though this was mostly focused through Judo – something else he showed an early talent for. But it was football that won the youngsters heart. After school he would gather with the other boys from his tower block, in 'Place Tartane' – an 80 x 12 yard clearing in the middle of the housing complex, which served as a makeshift football pitch. By 13 years old his talent was such that he was spotted by a scout for Cannes who proclaimed: 'I've found a boy who has hands where his feet should be'. After initial scepticism he was allowed to join the club's 'center de formation', leaving home and his family in the process to lodge with a club director's family.

By 16 years old he was making his league debut versus Nantes. Then, playing the same opponents two years on, he scored his first senior league goal in a 2-1 win. Remembering the promise he made the young Zidane upon scoring his debut goal, the president rewarded him with a brand new Renault Clio. Unfortunately for the 20 year old Zizou, the Va Va Voom factor wore off pretty quick as Cannes were relegated the very next season. His skills didn't go unnoticed however and with an offer coming in from Bordeaux, Zidane moved South for approximately £ 300k, where he would be reunited with his junior international team mate and close friend Christophe Dugarry. They formed part of an exciting new team that made waves in Europe as well as at home, winning the Intertoto Cup in 1995 and finishing runners-up in the UEFA Cup. It was during this period he also made his national team debut in 1994, coming off the bench whilst France were 2-0 down against the Czech Republic, and scoring twice. The press went wild – the new Platini had arrived. People outside of France were now beginning to take notice of Zidane's attributes. The then Premiership Champions Blackburn Rovers coach Ray Harford expressed an interest in the midfielder, only for Blackburn's owner Jack Walker to refuse, famously stating: 'Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?'

Zizou was a relative late bloomer on the world stage. He was already aged 24 when gaining his first major move – Juventus paying a modest £ 3.2m in 1996 to take him from the Bordeaux side that had starred (particularly against AC Milan) in the previous seasons UEFA Cup. Juve had chosen to snap him up before the summer's Euro'96 competition in case of any value increase. But after his poor, lackluster performances during the tournament, they probably saw their new commodity depreciate in value – leading Juventus president Gianni Agnelli to cuttingly remark: 'is the real Zidane the one I've heard so much about, or the one I' ve been watching? ' To be fair to Zidane, he had just completed a mammoth 65-match season. Then on the eve of the Euros, he suffered a car crash. His arrival in Turin signalled more 'new Platini' comparisons. But after a difficult period of adjustment to the new league, murmurs of disappointment could be heard throughout the Juve faithful, leading Zidane to announce: 'I'm Zinedine Zidane and it's important that the fans understand that I can never be Platini, on or off the pitch. ' He was right. Zidane was a totally different character to the former Juventus number 10, and what's more that shirt at Juve now belonged to Del Piero. Zidane's squad number at La Vecchia Signora was 21 – an alien number to a fantasista, however after the frosty start in Turin his performances started to resemble a true fantasista. With winning goals against championship rivals Inter, and by helping Juve secure their second Intercontinental Cup in November versus River Plate, Zidane silenced his doubters. The win was made even sweeter for Zidane as he faced his teenage idol, Enzo Francescoli. The Uruguayan fantasista was ending his career back at the club where he had shot to fame. For Zidane, life couldn't get any better.

Only it could.

That trophy was the first major of his senior career and sparked a remarkable winning period which would see him collect nearly every major trophy the sport had to offer during an incredible career. His stay at the Turin giants saw him win the Scudetto twice, a UEFA Supercup and another Intertoto Cup. During the same period with France he collected the 1998 World Cup and then followed it up with the European Championship in 2000. The only major trophy which evaded him was the Champions League. He had finished runner-up twice with Juve and now it seemed like his Holy Grail. It was probably a major factor in his decision to leave Juventus in the summer of 2001, when Real Madrid came calling and splashed out a whopping £ 47m for his services. The Real president Florentino Perez was embarking on his first galactico project, signing the best players in the world. And at this time, nobody was better than Zidane, having also picked up the greatest accolades any individual player could win – the Ballon d'Or in 1998, and World Player of the Year in that same year, whilst also collecting it in 2000. In 1996 when he arrived at Juventus he may have been labeled as an inferior model to the great Platini, but in 2001 he was leaving having certainly surpassed him.

In Spain, Zidane won the watching Bernabeau faithful over instantly. They adored his velvet touch and instant control. His mastery over the ball reminded their older followers of their glorious players from the past – not least their greatest ever player, Alfredo Di Stefano, who's number 5 shirt Zidane now wore (the number 10 shirt was taken by Real's first galactico, Luis Figo) . The similarity would be greatly enhanced by the end of that season, when Zidane inspired Madrid to reach the European Cup final in Glasgow – scene of their infamous 7-3 victory in 1960 versus Eintracht Frankfurt from Germany. During that match the great Di Stefano was at the peak of his powers, scoring a hat-trick. Real's modern day number 5 couldn't quite emulate three goals, but scored what is considered the greatest goal in European Cup final history – a tremendous volley with his left foot (his wrong foot) from the edge of the penalty box, to lead Real to a 2-1 win over Bayer Laverkusen … from Germany. He had completed his Holy Grail.

Zidane won further trophy's whilst in Spain, adding a La Liga championship, a UEFA Supercup and another Intercontinental Cup to his now bursting trophy cabinet. He also claimed a third World Player of the Year award in 2003, making him the joint highest ever recipient (alongside Ronaldo).

Zizou was more than a collection of awards though. To watch him play during his peak was like watching the top ballet star perform, albeit in football boots, such was his elegance and technique when controlling and gliding with the ball. His signature move, the roulette, looked like a graceful pirouette performed in the middle of a clumsy mob, leaving his midfield markers dumfounded and kicking fresh air. His attributes led Michel Platini to observe: 'Technically, I think he is the king of what's fundamental in the game – control and passing. I don't think anyone can match him when it comes to controlling or receiving the ball. ' Brazilian coaching legend Carlos Alberto Parreira put it rather more bluntly, though non-the less complimentary, simply labeling him: 'a monster!'

Unlike many of the other legendary fantasisti, Zidane wasn't a great goalscorer, never reaching double figures in Italy or Spain. However, he was most definitely a scorer of great goals. More importantly he was a scorer of decisive goals in big games, especially on the international stage. He scored twice (two identical headers) in the 1998 World Cup final, when France beat Brazil 3-1 to win their first ever (and only) World Cup. During Euro 2000 he scored a sublime free-kick in the quarter-finals versus Spain, then, followed it up scoring a Golden Goal in the semi-final win versus Portugal. Euro 2004 saw a poor French performance but Zidane provided one of the highlights of the competition when scoring twice (a free-kick and a penalty) in injury time, turning a 1-0 defeat into a 2-1 victory versus England during the opening group game. Cementing his place as a legendary World Cup performer in 2006 Zidane scored the winner, another penalty versus Portugal in the semi-final. He then scored (another penalty) again in another World Cup final, giving France an early lead against Italy in what was his final match as a professional footballer (he had announced his retirement from the game before the tournament). Sadly for him, France lost that game. Even sadder was the fact that Zidane wasn't able to stay on the pitch until the final whistle – having received a red card. Unfortunately for Zizou, red cards also form part of his legend.

As a playmaker Zidane's expression was all in his creative flair and artistry. However, during his career he was no stranger to some unsavory incidents on the football pitch. Zidane was sent-off a massive 12 times during his career (including five times at Juventus and twice whilst at Real Madrid) – mostly for retaliation. These violent flashpoints were in direct contrast to his perceived cool persona as he glided around the field, though his brooding, often moody stare also served as a warning; he was a player who would not be bullied. His response to provocation was first noted during his younger days at Cannes. Whilst he never started any trouble, he knew how to take care of himself. As Richard Williams deftly puts it in his excellent book 'The Perfect 10', he would respond: 'in a way that might be expected from a boy formed in a tough quarter of a hard-nosed city, where an injury might be repaid with a headbutt '. Fast forward 18 years and Marco Materazzi was living testament that age had not mellowed Zidane's own sense of personal justice – a flying headbutt to the Italian's chest in response to alleged provocation during the 2006 World Cup final. His last act as a professional footballer.

Many forget however, that this was not Zizou's first red card during a World Cup tournament. Indeed during France's triumphant World Cup victory in 1998 it is very easy to forget, in all the hysteria of his two headed goals in the final, that he was briefly a French villain. During the second group game versus Saudi Arabia, the balding fantasista inexplicably lost his cool and stamped on the back of the Saudi captain whilst he was lay on the ground after a challenge. It left the watching world mystified, as this time Zidane's brand of personal justice seemed to come without any direct provocation. The French poster-boy was given a two match suspension, putting 'Les Bleus' campaign in jeopardy – the then captain Didier Deschamps summing up the nervous feeling of the nation: 'I know he's impulsive, but he's put us all at risk'. Indeed without Zidane, the French struggled (eventually winning) in their last-16 tie versus Paraguay – which is testament to the effect Zizou had on the national team. This would become a worrying noticeable feature of all the French teams for the next decade; such was Zidane's stature and ability. With him, they were world beaters, without him they looked also rans. During qualification for the 2006 finals, the French (without Zidane who had announced his international retirement in 2004) almost failed to qualify. Zidane (along with Thuram and Makelele) answered the call to help out his country and was immediately reinstated as captain. In doing so he instantly rejuvenated the French who went on to reach the (ill-fated) final of the tournament – along the way knocking out previous and future champions Brazil and Spain, with Zidane in imperious form and winning the competition's Most Valuable Player award .

So with this fantasista, we had the beauty and the beast. The grace and the violence. Taking the rough with the smooth, he was one hell of a player – maybe Parreira had described him best after all … he was a monster!

Bio

Born: 23rd June 1972 in Marseille (France)

Height: 1.85m / 6ft 1 ''

Career

1988-1992: Cannes – 61 apps / 6 goals

1992-1996: Bordeaux – 139 apps / 28 goals

1996-2001: Juventus – 151 apps / 24 goals

2001-2006: Real Madrid – 155 apps / 37 goals

Totals: 506 app / 95 goals

1994-2006: France – 108 caps / 31 goals

Honors

World Player of the Year: 1998, 2000, 2003

Ballon D'Or: 1998

FIFA World Cup: 1998

UEFA European Championship: 2000

UEFA Champions League: 2002

UEFA Supercup: 1996, 2002

Intercontinental Cup: 1996, 2002

Serie A Champions: 1997, 1998

La Liga Champions: 2003

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The Rivalry Between Liverpool and Manchester United

One of the fiercest rivalries in English football, and even in World football, is the rivalry between Liverpool football club and Manchester United football club.

There is no love lost between the fans, players or managers of the two giants of club football.

A Tale of Two Cities

The origins of this rivalry point towards the rivalries of the two cities since industrial times. Liverpool and Manchester were challenging for supremacy of the north west of England. Manchester was renowned for it’s excellent manufacturing capabilities, whilst Liverpool had long been a major city due to it’s port.

However, once the Manchester Ship Canal was built, ships were able to bypass Liverpool to carry goods directly to Manchester. The loss in jobs in Liverpool no doubt strengthened the hostilities between the two cities.

On the Pitch

The first match between the clubs was on 12 October 1895 which Liverpool won 7-1. There have been 152 league matches. Manchester United have won 58, Liverpool 51 and there have been 43 draws.

If anything the off field rivalries between the cities have been deepened by the great successes of the two clubs. Both clubs have had periods of dominance of English soccer and each of these periods has increased the rivalry between the clubs.

During the 1970’s and 80’s, Liverpool dominated English Football and to some extent European Football, winning 11 league titles and 4 European Cups.

The 1990’s onwards have belonged to Manchester United who also won 11 league titles as well as 2 European Cups.

Significantly in 2009, Manchester United equalled Liverpool’s long standing record of having won 18 League titles overall. The team that came second was…Liverpool. The competition between the two teams reached fever pitch during this season. No more proof of this was required than the ‘War of Words’ between the two club managers, Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez. The pair traded verbal blows as the season was heading to a thrilling climax.

Is this rivalry good or bad?

Well, in one sense the intensity of the rivalry spills over into deep hatred and irrational loathing not only from the fans, but from the players and managers too. Sometimes the personal insults that are thrown at each other seem to be going too far.

In another sense, however, you get the sense that it is this rivalry that really creates the massive amount of motivation to succeed. Both clubs are determined to be more successful than the other and this seeps through from the fans to the players to the manager to every person connected with the clubs. It could be argued that neither club would have been as successful as they have been without this fierce rivalry.

What of the future?

With both clubs on 18 league titles, the 2009/10 league season promises to be the most bitterly contested ever as neither team will want to live with the stigma of falling behind in the reckoning.

You can have your say on who is the greatest and also see what others think at the Football Duel.

As another season beckons, hold on to your seats and watch the next chapter of this fascinating rivalry unfold!

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