Missed Goal Scoring Opportunities From Being A One-Footed Soccer Player

As a youth soccer coach and trainer, I have seen the disadvantages of not being two-footed. Because of this handicap many goal scoring opportunities are lost. Sometimes in soccer matches, a ball is played across the penalty area, and all the recipient of the pass has to do is just tap the ball in with the weaker foot, but because of this lack of confidence in that weaker foot, the player reluctantly choose to use his/her stronger foot. You know the rest! The ball is mishandled since the player was not positioned correctly to use the stronger foot, and what should have been an easy goal if the weaker foot was used turns out to be a missed opportunity. These missed opportunities happen a lot in soccer.

I witnessed this during the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament. On June 9th 2012, the Netherlands played Denmark in group play of the tournament. It was almost the end of the first half and Denmark was already leading 1-0. The Netherlands were attacking. Then a pass from the left side of the pitch was played through to the Netherland’s top striker Robin Van Persie in the penalty area. Everyone familiar with International soccer knows Van Persie is left footed and relies heavily on that foot. The ball should have been handled with the inside of the right foot, but instead Van Persie received the ball with the outside of his left foot and made a bad first touch. His final shot due to the poor first touch was no test for the Germany goalkeeper. In short, Van Persie missed a golden opportunity to equalize for his team.

A finer touch with the appropriate foot may have created a better goal scoring opportunity. However, to his credit, four days later in the Netherlands second group play against rivals Germany, Van Persie scored the only goal for his team in the 2-1 loss to Germany. He received and controlled a pass nicely with his right foot, played it quickly to his left foot. He advanced with the ball with pace, got about four touches with his left foot and scored with an excellent shot outside the penalty area with his right foot (his weak foot). I’m sure he was criticized for not having faith in his right foot four days earlier, but being the top goal scorer that he is; Van Persie made the correct decision in the Germany game by striking the ball with his weak foot which allowed him to earn his first goal of the tournament.

Being two footed is a good attribute for a soccer player to have and coaches at high level look for those qualities in a soccer player. A player that can play with both feet may be in a sense twice as valuable as a player who is one footed. Further, a two-footed striker or forward will be able to score twice as much soccer goals when given the opportunity. Therefore, those soccer players who have the ability to use their weaker foot with competence can be valuable asset to any team.

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Smart Marketing – Use Less Effort and Get More Traffic With Sophisticated Marketing Tools

What is smart marketing?

Smart marketing stands for a more long-term traffic generation effect with less efforts, or expressed from the acronym about smart marketing

S – Sophisticated

M – Marketing

A – Attractive

R – Rewarding

T – Traffic

Typical marketing is marketing the domain directly by submitting the domain address with description to directories like Yahoo directory and Open Directory Project. By printing your web address on everything from your business like on business cards, letterheads, and your products you are spreading the word of your website off line. By using different signature files when you post in each relevant forum and adding a signature in your emails, all with your link to your website included, are also good traditional ways of doing marketing. But they are not really smart marketing.

In smart marketing you need a mechanism that works like a servo powered steering of your car. You do the little necessary efforts and the servo mechanism does the heavy duty part of the work.

An essential part of online marketing is to get links back to your site and not only get links to your index page, your home page. You need to get links to all your main pages of your website to make sure that the search engines like Google are crawling your whole website and index all the pages to make sure that people can find all your webpages when they search in Google.

– A proven marketing strategy is to use article marketing. You write focussed articles and upload them to different article directories. You get exposure and links back to your site.

– You use different marketing tools to get links back to your site, see the resource box.

And now to the gold nuggets – actually what makes smart marketing ‘sophisticated’.

Don’t use too many efforts to market your domain directly but market some of the web addresses / urls that link to your site.

When you have articles on EzineArticles.com you should promote the url of where your articles are, and include your main keywords in the link text. That will generate higher ranking in Google of your articles and they will be found by more visitors and more webmasters and ezine publishers will pick up your articles and bring them in circulation. – You get the servo power mechanism to work with you.

And there are more sophisticated marketing tools – be aware that this approach is knitting your domain more and more into the whole cyberspace and you become less vulnerable from Google updates etc.

Find more tools for sophisticated marketing and link building below:

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Kensington and Chelsea on a Budget

Those not that familiar with London are still aware that Kensington and Chelsea are two of the more expensive and glamorous areas of the big city. So, when you are looking for something different and you’re on a fairly tight budget, where do you start?

Of course when staying in the West End, visiting one of the many museums are excellent options for an enjoyable day out. The Science Museum, Natural History Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum are all located here and you can visit them for free almost any day of the year.

Head a little further out of the city to Chelsea and you will come across the oldest botanical garden in London – the Chelsea Physic Garden. At only £9 for adults and £6 for students and children it offers a little tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Golborne Road market, although connected to Portobello Road offers something a bit different, with a mix of stalls offering a variety of international foods and goods. The area is often referred to as Little Morocco due to the many Moroccan restaurants and shops, so there is definitely a bit of an international feel to the area. Markets are held here every day except Sunday.

Kensington Gardens and Palace are an excellent way to spend some time exploring. The Palace is now home to Wills, Kate and little Prince George so you’ll feel a sense of royalty wandering around, and perhaps you’ll even catch a glimpse of the Royal family. The area is beautiful, any time of year, go and soak up some horticulture!

Another area to enjoy the outdoors is Brompton Cemetery. It might sound a little odd to spend time in graveyard, but this is one of the finest and oldest Victorian graveyards in all of Britain. There are over 200,000 stones and it is considered to be one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries.

Lastly, the London Olympia Exhibition Centre is home to a variety of music shows, food fairs, business events and so much more. Every week there is something different to visit and a lot of the events are free or very cheap.

So, if you are looking for a bit of class on your London city break, but can’t quite afford to dine on the Kensington Roof Gardens, there is still plenty to see and do without burning a hole or three in your pocket.

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Improve Your Fastball by Throwing Slower

If you have a good fast ball, by that I mean you can throw it consistently for strikes with some velocity; it's time to add another pitch. The Change Up is the pitch. The Change Up, once mastered, will make your fastball seem faster, give you an edge that every pitcher is looking for, and give you two pitches that are the only two pitches a young pitcher needs on the mound.

The change up is a fairly simple pitch to learn but must be thrown regularly by most pitchers in order to learn how to control it. The thought behind a Change-up is that it is just that, a change of pace. After you have established your fast ball, you throw the batter a pitch that looks like it's a fastball but travels much slower. A batter looking for a fastball starts his swing earlier and will generally miss or be out in front and pull a well thrown Change Up. Your give the batter something else to worry about by adding this pitch to your arsenal. The more pitches you have command of the more of an edge you have on the mound. When a pitcher throws a change-up he does so with the same motion as he throws the fastball with.

The following pitches offer a good place to start for pitchers whether rookies or they have some innings over their belt.

Circle Change

A Circle Change is called that due to the grip a pitcher uses to hold the ball. The thumb and index finger come together and form a circle. The ball is gripped with the reaming three fingers and held slightly further back off the fingers than with the fast ball.

When throwing the circle change a pitcher uses the same arm motion and speed that they do when throwing the fastball. The grip is different and since it sits back in the hand a pitcher cannot get the same velocity on the ball. A well thrown Circle Change will come down and into right handed batters.

The Palm Ball

The Palm Ball is a pitch that as the name indicated is thrown with the palm of the hand. The pitch can be a more difficult pitch to throw for some pitchers. All four fingers rest on top of the ball across as with the four seam fast ball grip. The thumb is placed on the ball like a fast ball. The ball is held deep in the palm the hand. When delivering the Palm Ball a pitcher again uses the same motion as he does on the fast ball.

Another variation that is hard to master and can be called by different names calls for a pitcher to balance the ball between the thumb and pinkie, both digits are on opposing sides of the ball. The remaining middle three rest on top of the ball. It is best thrown with a stiffer wrist. Again it is hard to throw. One who masters this adds a nice pitch to their arsenal.

The Three Finger

A simple change up to learn. The first three fingers rest across the top of the ball, the thumb to the side. Again the pitcher throws the ball as he would a fast ball. Sometimes simple is best and this pitch is easier to throw for pitchers that have smaller hands.

There are many ways to throw a change-up. The trick is to try different grips until you find one that works for you. Try experimenting with the way you grip the ball across the seams. When thrown correctly you change the way the ball comes across the plate. Remember the following when practicing your Change up:

  • Know that you are throwing the pitch to catch the batter off balance.
  • Throw the ball with the same arm motion as your fastball
  • Experiment with grips until you find the one that is right for you.
  • Practice throwing it regularly.
  • A good Change Up improves your fast ball.

The Change Up is thrown to keep the batter off balance. A well thrown change up can be more devastating than a great fastball. I have seen pitchers throw their change up and mess up the swings of some of the best batters. You have to throw regularly to improve. Master the Change Up and you just improved your fastball by learning a slower pitch.

Coach Rogers has been coaching, playing, watching and umpiring baseball for more than thirty years.

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Daily Supplement Arsenal – Supplements for Mass and Strength

There are indeed a ton of supplements on the market and new ones are coming out every day. It’s hard to know what to take, what works, and what doesn’t work. Sure, the pro bodybuilders post their supplement regimens in magazines but most of them are endorsed by supplement companies, so these serve more as advertisements. How do we know what they really take? And are professionals of any sport really going to throw their secrets out there for their competition to see; probably not. So, though I’m nowhere near a professional bodybuilder I’m going give you a supplement plan that I’ve found that works for me. Remember, I said this works for me; it may not work for you, or you may get better results than I do. Either way, here it is.

First of all I’m going to give you a list of supplements I take regularly then I’ll map out the actual plan (times, amounts, and so forth). In my opinion, there are only a hand-full of tried and true supplements that have been proven to work.

Here’s my list (in no particular order):

Dymatize Elite Gourmet Protein (Chocolate)

VPX NO Shotgun

VPX NO Synthesize

Scivation Xtend

Gaspari Nutrition Novedex

Primaforce Creaform

Primaforce Glutaform

Here’s the basic layout of how I take the above supplements (each is 1 serving unless otherwise specified):

Pre workout: VPX NO Shotgun

During Workout: Scivation Xtend

Post Workout 1 (between weights and cardio): VPX NO Synthesize

Post Workout 2: 2 scoops of Dymatize Elite Gourmet Protein (with milk, a banana, and honey) + Primaforce Creaform and Primaforce Glutaform with grape juice

Between Meals: 2 scoops of Dymatize Elite Gourmet Protein

Before Bed: 2 servings of Primaforce Glutaform and Novedex (2 capsules. 1 serving)

To sum this up, my main arsenal is whey protein and straight forms of creatine and glutamine. In my opinion, the old school creatine monohydrate with grape juice is the most effective forms of creatine. Glutamine is important for recovery. Branched chained amino acids help aide sustainable energy during a workout (Xtend). Personally, I feel I need some sort of pre workout and I only take the post workout Synthesize because I like to have something immediately after the weights before I do my 30 minutes of cardio. The Novedex is a natural testosterone booster and helps reduce estrogen levels. Skeptical at first, I’ve found this to be very effective and have noticed strength gains and muscle hardness from it.

This is my supplement arsenal during the week; I workout five days a week and take weekends off. With that being said, if I do anything at all on the weekends I may hit cardio once. I usually take a break from supplements on the weekends though with the exception of protein and if I’m taking something like Novedex I’ll stay on that as it requires you take it every day to be the most effective. But I lay off the pre workout, post workout, and creatine supplements on the weekends. I will still take glutamine before going to bed.

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Short Biography of Famous Soccer Player – Hernan Crespo

His full name is Hernán Jorge Crespo. He was born 5 July 1975. Crespo is an Argentine soccer player who now plays for Genoa in Italian Serie A. He was given the nickname of «El Polaco» for the reason that his Grandma was from Poland. But Fans accustomed to call Crespo «Valdanito» for the reason that his looks, build and running style recall 1986 World Cup winning forward Jorge Valdano.

Before playing for the club he joined now, Crespo experienced joining with some big clubs such as River Plate (Argentina), AC Parma (Italy), SS Lazio (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), Chelsea (England), and AC Milan (Italy).

Hernan Crespo began his career as a footballer in River Plate as long as 1993/1994 season and making contribution with 13 goals in 25 league appearances. After that in 1996 he moved to Parma and at 1999 in this club he won both the Italian Cup and UEFA Cup. In 2000 he left to Lazio and be the top scorer with 26 goals in 2000/2001 Serie A season. In 2002 he moved to Inter Milan and 2003 sign to Chelsea but he moved again in 2004 loaned out to Milan.

With national team of Argentina Crespo has 64 caps and 35 goals. In February 1995 he won his first cap in a friendly match in opposition to Bulgaria. Crespo was called up to the final roster for the 1998, 2002, and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

He scored twice in Argentina’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over archrivals Brazil in Buenos Aires in June 2005, which made him Argentina’s career scoring leader in World Cup qualifiers. He ended the 2006 tournament as the Silver Shoe Award winner.

Some of honors that he ever got are:

1996 Copa Libertadores winner (River Plate)

1999 UEFA Cup winner (Parme AC)

1995 Argentina League Champions (River Plate)

1999 Italian Cup winner (Parme AC)

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Canon Inc

Canon Inc is a Japanese founded company that operates worldwide in specialising the manufacture of imaging products such as Digital Cameras, Photocopiers and Computer Printers. Canon was originally founded under the name Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in 1937 Tokyo Japan by four optical technology pioneers known as Takeshi Mitarai, Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida and Takeo Maeda. The name Canon conversely dates further back than the company formation date. In 1934 Canon was a prototype for a 35 millimeter camera, Japan’s first, with a focal plane shutter. In Japanese it was known as «Kwanon». Canon now has headquarter functions as wide as America, Europe (split between London and the Netherlands), Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Central Asia and Australia.

Today, Canon manufactures for the business and for the consumer with products such as printers, scanners, binoculars, digital cameras, film cameras, SLR cameras and lenses. Less famous products attributable to the Canon brand include medical equipment, optical equipment, broadcast lenses and x ray devices.

Canon Inc is a pioneer in laser printing technology and solutions. Canon were the principle makers of industry accepted laser print units. The engine from the Canon LBP-CX model was adopted by models created by Apple and HP to good effect. Later Canon engines such as LBP-SX, LBP-LX, LBP-EX, LBP-PX were also used more widely than by Canon inc themselves.

Canon as a company is respected as being at the forefront of business environmental activities. ‘Clean Air Cool Planet’ conducted a survey of companies based no their effects on climate change and listed Canon at the top of that list. Canon is proud of it’s Corporate Socail Responsibility policy that emphasise their being a part of the bigger issue on green policies. Canon also prioritise ethics, attitudes, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, education, science and social welfare.

Canon Inc is widely recognised due to their extensive sponsorship activities, particularly in Europe.In the mid 1980’s Canon was the sponsor of the English Football League and has since been a sponsor or European wide competitions such as the Champions League and the UEFA cup. The Organisation was consistently a contributory sponsor the World Cup at tournaments between 1978 and 1998. Spanning not just Europe but worldwide, Canon are a sponsor of Formula One car racing until 2012 having previously been involved with the Brawn Racing team in 2009 and F1 Williams. Outside of Sport Canon sponsors Fashion weeks and Paris, London and Milan with regularity.

The position of Canon Inc in the market place is as a reliable supplier of up to date technology in the world of printing and optical software. It has considerable market share of the consumer market for home printers and digital cameras as well as the the medium to large office for industry size printers and photocopiers. The global marketing of Canon coupled with their reputation for being «green» in an ever demanding environmentally friendly world means they are likely to maintain a position at the forefront of the market for mnay years to come.

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Lionel Messi: A Biography – A Genius of Soccer

From Carlos Gardel and Eva Peron to Maradona and Lionel Messi

«He (Lionel Messi) is the best player in the world by some distance», Arsne Wenger, the coach of the F.C. Arsenal, has proclaimed of the five-foot-eight-inch tall, Argentine-born football star, «He’s (like) a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make».

As elsewhere in Latin America, much of Argentina’s sporting history has been dominated by football — known simply as soccer in the States– since the 1920s. After Argentina’s military strongman Jorge Rafael Videla Redondo, a hated tyrant, declared top priority to win the FIFA Global Cup in the late 1970s, the nation’s footballers invaded the world with a host of global awards and trophies. On June 25, 1978, Mario Kempes and his fellow players lifted the winner’s Cup on home soil upon scoring an overwhelming win against a Peruvian team led by an Argentine-born goalkeeper (6-0) in the semis. Within a year, in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo, the South American contingent,spearheaded by Diego Armando Maradona, was regarded as the best junior team on the Planet at the expense of the former Soviet Union/USSR. Shortly thereafter, Argentina was one of the «huge favorites» in the men’s football tournament prior to joining the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games. Three years on, its national side came close to winning the IV Junior Global Championship.

On June 29, 1986, Los Celestes, as the national squad is known around the globe, placed first in the FIFA Cup in the United Mexican States; One of the most memorable matches ever seen in World Cup history was played there as Argentina beat England–Maradona and his team-mates tried to win on the field what their countrymen had lost in the 1982 Anglo-Argentine Falklands War. Already, in 1990, once again Maradona put Argentina in the final of the FIFA Cup on Italian soil. In the space of six years, from 1995 through 2005, the national contingent was four-time winner of the Under-20 World tournament. It was around this time that name Messi appeared on the scene.

Argentine-born Messi,who is dubbed » the Flea», is a strong and powerful forward who plays both in FC Barcelona (since 2003) and Argentina’s national squad (2006).Curiously, he has spent his entire career in Spanish club (nearly 10 years), working in a variety of teams (Under-15, U-17, U-19, as well as other squads). Messi has become almost indispensable to his club (known popularly as «Barca»)-he is the backbone of Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation. Nevertheless, he loves to play football with the Argentine side, having refused to be a member of the Spanish national team despite his strong links to European nation. As well as being an Argentine-born person, Messi, of Italian background, is a Spaniard citizen since the mid-2000s. From 2005 through 2011, Messi collected over seventy individual awards. Indeed, his success as a sportsman is largely due to his persistence and hard discipline. According to Paris-based magazine France Football, Messi is the world’s top paid footballer. Besides all that, the center forward —a soccer gold medalist in the 2008 Olympics– has gained international stature as a champion for the rights of children.

Although Lionel Andres Messi, known occasionally as «the ghost center forward»,is considered one of the greatest soccer players to have never won a FIFA World Cup (together with Ferenc Puskas from Hungary and Liberia’s George Weah), he is already one of the male athletes most famous on the global sporting map. In the Western Hemisphere, Messi, who is often compared to Maradona, has inspired thousands of young would-be footballers to follow their dreams,especially in poverty-stricken regions. But not only that, because of him more people know about Argentina –which has a long-standing history of man-made disasters— than ever before. On his home soil, his status is only comparable to three national celebrities: Argentina’s postwar First Lady Eva Perón -made famous by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita— Maradona, and Carlos Gardel, nicknamed the «songbird of Buenos Aires» and who helped popularize tango around the world.

Lionel Messi: A Rough Diamond

Lionel Messi’s life changed forever when he was plucked out of the Spanish-speaking republic of Argentina by a talent scout to play for Barca, which is often referred to as one of the top clubs around the globe- it holds hundreds of millions of soccer fans outside its own borders, from Bangladesh and Guinea-Bissau to San Marino and the Feroe islands.

You cannot become a top sportsman (woman) if you don’t achieve notable results, if you are not a hard worker, and before all, if you are not able to overcome the obstacles in your life. In fact, Lionel Messi knows firsthand about this. Like his fellow Argentine Maradona, Messi is small who stands 5 feet 8 inches tallfor the position of forward, but he overcame this with a prodigious ability and exceptional intelligence on the filed, earning the nickname «Flea». Over his athletic career, he also has defeated other hurdles: numerous injuries, especially during Rikjaard’s direction. Throughout his years as a boy, his country underwent one of the deepest recessions in the Americas. But this wasn’t all. Because of an illness, he almost gave up the sport. By 2008, there were troubles to send Messi to the Summer Games due to his dual citizenship and status as a professional footballer in Barcelona. Against club wishes, however, Messi,the greatest professional footballer of all time, arrived at Beijing with the Argentine squad (as a defending champion). In the Olympic arena, soon afterwards, he and his colleagues were champions, making history in the People’s Republic of China. Currently, Barcelona won’t sell Messi for anything in the world.

Messi bases his success on being able to offer a play based on passion, determination, hard discipline, and an exceptional ability. No player can ever be categorized as invincible in football world, but Messi is probably the most talented man ever to carry a ball. In all his matches, Messi plays as if were a game for the FIFA World Championship.

Rosario: The Birth Of A Footballer

Born in the Argentinian city of Rosario (Santa Fe Province), on June 24 1987 – a year after his country captured the FIFA World Tournament in the Mexican metropolis— Messi is one of the fourth children born to Jorge Horacio Messi and his wife, the former Celia Mara Cucittini. Curiously, he is one of the four most prominent individuals from Rosario, alongside Libertad Lamarque (performer), Valeria Mazza (supermodel),and César Luis Menotti (football coach).

His father had been a factory steel worker. In fact, Messi inherited his football genes from his father, who was coach during a brief period. Meanwhile, Messi’s mother is an admirer of notable people and wanted his children to have famous names. Celia Mara named his son Lionel after her favorite idol Lionel Richie, a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter whose pop chart-topping hits in the 1980s included «Truly», «You Are», and «All Night Long».

Like most of Argentina’s sportsmen as Octavio Dazzan (cycling), David Nalbandian (tennis), and Manu Ginibili (basketball), Lionel reflects the Italian roots of his motherland. His father’s family is from Italy’s city of Ancona who came to the Latin American place during a large-scale European immigration at the turn of the 19th century. This Spanish-trained professional footballer, the high-scoring forward of Barcelona, has two brothers, Rodrigo and Matas, and a sister, Maria Sol. On the other hand, his cousins Maximiliano and Emmanuel Biancucchi are also soccer players.

His sporting life goes back to times when Messi grew up playing football in Rosario, a land famous for their athletic passion and hosted the World Championships for both professional and amateurs, including the Men’s Football World Cup (1978) and Men’s Volleyball Global Tournament (1982);Messi can take credit for that because he has been named official Ambassador for Rosario’s 2019 Pan American bid. Under this Olympic atmosphere, Jorge Horacio Messi made no secret of his ambitions for his son.

Like several Latino champs –among them Edwin Vásquez Cam (shooting) and Nancy López (golf) — Messi was introduced to sport by his father. Before joining the Newell’s Old Boy’s youth side, Lionel -when he was only 5 years old— played in the local team of Grandioli, where his father was coach. On that occasion, the smaller Lionel was a goalie on the football team. At the time, he had a lot of athletic skills, but not the technical skills. Shortly after, while Lionel demonstrated his talent in the under-10 competitions in his homeland and abroad in the middle of the 1990s, the Argentine boy, at the age of 11, was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Since then, prior to begin an athletic career as a junior player in the following years, he had to beat back an illness, whose treatment cost $ 900 a month. But in spite of this problem, his enthusiasm for football was unbelievable.

A Golden Opportunity

Recognizing Messi’s precocious talent, Carles Rexach, a sports administrator, promised him that FC Barcelona would pay his treatment if he decideto play for the famous club.The answer was «yes», of course. As a consequence of this, Messi and his parents moved permanently to Barcelonese soil, a football-mad place. On that occasion, the youngster was sad to leave his home city. However, the Spaniard place had a special significance to Messi: There, on May 3, 1980, his fellow Argentine Maradona signed a six-year contract with the traditional side.

The travel proved to be a turning point in his life. In the capital and largest city of Spain’s Catalan region — one of Europe’s first class cities— Messi received a scholarship to play football in Barca’s athletic academy, alongside Xabi Alonso, Gerard Piqu, Andrs Iniesta and other boys. The Club’s Youth Academy (one of Western Europe’s major sports academies), was set up with one primary goal in mind: Scans up to 300 young talents and transform some of them into champions. The youth squads have always preoccupied Barcelona’s sports leaders. In recent decades, the Spaniard club sent scouts to Latin America looking for promising youth athletes.

As well as being the nation’s second largest city behind Madrid, Barcelona is a place that is tied closely to the Olympic Movement, physical activity and all of the values that sport represent in the 21st Century. This corner of the planet, host to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, is an international grandstand with recreational spaces, sports academies, and state-of-the-art Olympian facilities on a par with other sporting cities such as London (UK), Singapore City, Doha (Qatar), Montreal (Canada), Dubai ( United Arab Emirates), and Los Angeles (CA). Additionally, it was home of Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, former Chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and among the world’s most gifted and influential sports administrators.

During a breakout year, after overcoming his illness, Messi, who was about four-foot-seven-inch tall, become one of Barca’s top male players in the Boys’ Division of the Spanish Football Championships. There, he had been outstanding throughout the event, scoring over 35 goals and setting numerous records for his age group. A couple of years later, under the aegis of Spain’s Club, Messi improved rapidly his play and was promoted to the junior team’s starting lineup, competing in the under-19 tournaments.

Encouraged by Frank Rijkaard

As a young teen, he got the first opportunity to used his talent as a member of Barca’s official contingent when he made his first appearance in the friendly against Porto on November 16, 2003. Following his initial impact, scoring 22 goals in the junior competitions, the up-and-coming Messi, by late 2003, was moved up to the reserves of the club: The squad «C», prior to winning the right to play for Barcelona B side, a second division club. Messi, as a young athlete, acquired enough expertise to participate in senior soccer events, face-to-face with finest professional players from Europe and abroad. It was an excellent school for him, of course.

After watching his athletic performance in the traditional junior contests on Spaniard soil, Frank Rijkaard, Barca’s major coach at the time, put his eyes on Messi –perhaps his most famous pupil–and did not doubt that he would be the next greatest footballer on the Planet —Perhaps a Maradona. Nonetheless,the high-flying coach was not the first to be excited by the potential of Messi. On the other hand, Rijkaard backed up a number of young players, including Carles Puyol and Vctor Valds.

At the age of 17, Messi had a chance to show his athletic potential. Fortunately,he did not disappoint to Barca’s sports officials and soccer fans when he entered the highest level in Spanish championship, by passing many senior footballers and becoming the youngest player in the domestic soccer league. It was one of the greatest moments of Messi’s life on the soccer field.

Encouraged by his coach, Frank Rijkaard, Messi, months later, made his mark with the club by scoring his first senior goal against Albacete Balompi, becoming the youngest footballer from Barcelona to ever score in the domestic football league, among the world’s most competitive sports tournaments. By any standards it is a phenomenal achievement. In fact, Rijkaard made him the focus of the team’s new offfensive scheme. Later on, Messi spoke with gratitude about Rijkaard, «I will never forget the fact that he launched my career, that he had confidence in me while I was only sixteen or seventeen». Without a doubt, he was considered one of the great prospects of the world football.

A Champion In the Netherlands

By the mid-2000s,Messi brought home his country’s fifth junior global title, considered a huge success in the South American republic; It was a history-making day for the Argentinean Football Association (AFA). Messi began his work with his homeland when Argentina’s sports officials called on him to join the 2005 junior World Cup team. Always a heavy favorite with the Dutch fans, the national side, sparked by Messi, came first in the global contest in front of the Amsterdam (Netherlands’ capital) crowd, an international sporting platform to numerous unknown footballers. Thereupon, Messi collected two special awards in Holland: The Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe.

Futbol Club Barcelona: 2005- 2006 Season

The breakthrough season for the team and Messi came in 2005-06. Three of Barcelona’s Spanish titles can be attributed to Messi: Domestic League, Cataluña Cup, and Spanish Supercup— beginning a new period of success for Spain’s most popular club and topping the TV sports rankings in the European nation. On that occasion, Messi also amassed three individual trophies.

On September 27, 2005,before a crowd of several fans and spectators at Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium (among the world’s major football stadia), star youngster Messi made his debut as a local player in the European League Championship (against Italy’s Udinese). He competed with Barca until his injury, six months later. In spite of playing without Messi, however, the club earned the famous Champions League, one of the four big international events on Earth, along with the Olympic Games (Winter and Summer), and the FIFA World Cup.

In the same year, the prolific scorer Messi was named as Europe’s best young player by Tuttosport (a magazine from Italy), gaining the Golden Boy Trophy, by passing several sportsmen such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Curiously, Spain is home of one of the world’s largest populations of foreign-born athletes(along with France, Canada and the oil-rich Kingdom of Qatar) such as Eulogio Martínez (Paraguay, football), Nina Zhivanevskaya (Russia, swimming), Juan Domingo de la Cruz (Argentina, basketball), Glory Alozie (athletics, Nigeria), and Juan Pérez (Cuba, waterpolo). By the end of 2005, Messi was one of the last athletes to become a Spanish citizen (dual citizenship), making him eligible to play as a Spanish player in the National League.

FIFA 2006 World Cup

Historically, Argentina has the honor of being the third Third World country to capture the global contest after Uruguay (1930 & 1950) and Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002). Due to this tradition and thanks to its world-beating players on European soil, the Argentine football squad had become one of the top favorites to gain the 2006 FIFA Cup, but they finished sixth overall (ahead of three Europeans squads: England, Ukraine and Spain), after losing to host Germany in the quarterfinals. Immediately, Argentina’s soccer fans blamed José Pekerman, national coach, for the defeat against Germany. Why? Incredibly, Messi was excluded to play that game.

Certainly, Messi had dissapointed 2006. Although, he made his long-awaited debut in the World Cup as he led Argentina -two-time winner of the men’s football World Cup (1978 & 1986)– to win its first points following a triumph over Serbia-Montenegro (former Yugoslavia). In Germany, he played three of Argentina’s five football matches.

During the 2006 World Cup, Messi became Argentina’s most youngest footballer to attend the FIFA Cup. The following year,Messi and his fellow Argentine players finished as runner-ups to Brazil in the 2007 America’s Cup on Venezuelan soil.

Spain’s ‘Football War’

Throghout his 2006-07 season, Messi had become a regular player in his European squad, competing on equal terms with senior players and attracting huge numbers of interested fans. It was truly an inspiring moment. However, he withdrew from the Spaniard Football League due to an injury (a game against Real Zaragosa).

With better health and upon spending three months on South American soil, Messi went back to Spain, playing in the match between Barcelona and Racing de Santander. Soon after, he made a hat-trick when his club drawn 3-3 with Real Madrid, a match between the two most popular teams in Spain (better known as «The Clasico»). Since decades ago, these matches have been labelled the «Spain’s Football War», attracting the largest average audience in the European country and numerous regions around the world, especially in soccer nations. In fact, it is a battle which is being won by Barca’s team in recent years.

Messi’s Hand of God Goal

As he entered his 20s, by 2007, he picked up a total of 14 individual trophies inside and outside Spain, a new personal record over his professional career. But this wasn’t all. Evoking the style of Argentina’s former star Maradona, Messi, was dubbed «Messidona» in the course of an impressive career as a sportsman.

During a never-to-be-forgotten game, on April 18, 2007, the Barcelonese club got two goals from Messi to defeat Getafe CF in the semis of the Copa del Rey; one goal inspired comparisons to Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God ‘goal against England’s squad at the 1986 Mexico City World Tournament — it appeared that Messi may have knocked the ball into the net with his fist. In fact, this was great news both for Barcelona and the whole country. Nobody could imagine this feat. His fellow player Deco said, «It was the best goal I have ever seen in my life».

2007-2008 Campaign

Over the course of the season,Messi was in the spotlight as he was regarded as the world’s top footballer by experts, sportswriters, coaches, players, and sports administrators. Meanwhile, Messi was elected as one of the 14th Best Male Athletes in 2007 by a total of 422 AIPS (International Sports Press Association) members from 94 countries–ahead of South Africa’s rugby star Bryan Habana and Rafael Nadal, a tennis player from Spain.

After making a record in soccer world —scored five goals over a span of seven days– Messi helped Barcelona to become one of the four leaders in the first class Spaniard championship. He was the answer to their lack of versatility in attacking positions. In fact, he sees Barcelona through the eyes of a lover. Additionally, he scored also two goals in the UEFA Champions League. In beginning 2008, Messi celebrated his 100th match.

In March, the star athlete was forced to drop out of the Champions League because of an injury. Following over a month, he returned to the line-up, competing with Cristiano Ronaldo, considered among the globe’s finest footballers. Under Messi’s guidance, however, the Barcelonese club was eliminated from the European championship, showing the effects of his injury. Certainly, Messi had not a strong performance in this season, winning only two unofficial events (Beckenbauer Cup in Germany and Joan Gamper Trophy). In July of that year, on the other hand, Messi was appointed as the captain for the first time in a friendly match against Scotland’s Dundee United.

Subsequently, the Barcelonese soccer club paid tribute to Messi’s perseverance: Wearing the shirt number ten for the first time (historically given to the leading scorer), the number worn by former stars such as Romario Souza of Brazil, Hugo Sotil of Peru and Maradona, Messi began a new period in Barca, few weeks prior to 2008 the Summer Games.

Messi At the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Argentina earned its first soccer medal in the 1928 Amsterdam Games, after falling to Uruguay’s side in the gold-medal match. Then, the national contingent was asked to replace Uruguay in the 1976 Montreal Games, but it did not accept.

During the Centennial Games in the States, on August 3, 1996, the Argentine team was runner-up to Nigeria (sub-Saharan Africa)-matched its performance in the 1920s. In the 26th Olympiad, the silver medalists were Roberto Ayala, José Chamot, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Sensini and Diego Pablo Simeone, Ariel Ortega, Hernan Crespo, and Claudio López, among others footballers. Over the next years, by 2004, the Spanish-speaking republic placed first in the Athens XXVIII Summer Games upon their victory over Paraguay, a feat never before accomplished by a male squad from Argentina in the men’s soccer Olympic Cup.

Messi was Latin America’s top hope for a medal in the 2008 Olympiad. Nonetheless, there were troubles to send Messi to Beijing: his club did not approve his Olympic participation. After a long-running conflict between the Spaniard club and AFA (Argentinean Football Association), Messi was eligible to represent his nation in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won his second major global event following a convincing triumph over Nigeria, one of the most extraordinary results in the history of the Olympic Championship. It was interesting to note that Messi was a great Olympian champ in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Unlike Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) -a long-standing senior player from Brazil– and Maradona, Messi has won an Olympic gold medal after Argentina defeated six countries in the men’s Olympian football championship in the Games of 29th Olympiad in mainland China, becoming the first world-class soccer player to win a trophy in the Modern Olympics since the early 1950s when Ferenc Puskas took the Hungarian team to its first Olympian title in the Finland Summer Games.

The Soccer Tournment included some strong names such as Brazil, Belgium, Holland,and Cote d’Ivoire.There, this Spanish-trained professional player also helped Argentina to win their second straight Olympic title; the nation’s fourth Olympian medal in men’s football. As well as earning the gold in the People’s Republic, Messi was regarded as one of Latin America’s foremost Olympic athletes. Nonetheless, his trophy was overshadowed by the wins of Michael Phelps, Usain Powell of Jamaica ( 3-time Olympic gold medalist ) and other champions.

2008-2009 Season

After being part of the Olympic gold-winning squad in 2008, Messi won the world’s best footballer by FIFA ( the world’s governing body of soccer ).

In beginning 2009, Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Racing de Santander was one of Messi’s most notable matches, scoring both goals in the last 45 minutes. Messi entered the match when its club was defeated (0-1), but he confirmed his international status when he was able to break down a Santander defense. During the game, Spain’s team made its 5,000 goal with Messi.

After making worldwide headlines on Spaniard soil, he was a key player when his club had a convincing 6-2 win over Real Madrid at Santiago de Bernabu Stadium in Spain’s capital city— Without a doubt, one of the greatest games of Messi’s athletic career. As has traditionally been the case, this a match attracted several neutral fans across the globe. Messi’s other important achievement was when Barcelona’s side finished first in the unofficial event Joan Gamper Trophy for the third time in a row. In 2008, he came away with 10 individual awards.

His Play Speaks For Itself

By the time the 2009-10 season, Messi brought about a sporting revolution at Barcelona. Astonishingly, his side won all the championships. For these wins, some experts and sportswriters believe he is better than Maradona and Pele.

Upon claiming five prestigious competitions —the Champions League, the UEFA Supercup, the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey), the National League, and the Spanish Supercup— Messi was able to lead Barcelona side to victory in the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the turn of the 2009, becoming Spain’s most popular person and making Barcelona one of the world’s most successful clubs in football history. Apart from winning these events, he collected over 15 individual awards in the Americas, Persian Gulf, and Western Europe: World Football of the Year, Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy, World Selection, Best Player in the Club World Cup, and Champions Trophy, among other trophies.

In April 2010, one of the most interesting statistics came from Messi when he became Barcelona’s first footballer to score four goals in the Champions League-all against Arsenal F.C. Likewise, he made a name for himself in soccer world as he was Barcelona’s top scorer in the Champions League ( twenty-five goals). Later on, Messi helped the club to capture the Spanish league, as well as winning two special trophies as the Best Player.

Spain: The Best Domestic Football

Not all of Messi’s play was acclaimed in 2010. Despite the optimism following Messi’s strong performance in Western Europe, Argentine side was eliminated by Germany (0-4), allowing it to secure a top five position in the FIFA Global Tournament;one of Messi’s most disapponting results in this period.

The men’s football team of Argentina departed for Africa in the quest of their third Global Cup. From the beginning, Los Celestes entered the 2010 South Africa World Cup as a front-runner to win the title. Prior to being eliminated in the quaterfinals, the South American nation had four wins: Nigeria (1-0), South Korea (4-1), Greece (2-0), and Mexico (3-1). Ironically, the Spanish national team won the Global Cup for the first time.

Although one of the most prominent sportsmen in this Century, Messi has not won a World Cup (2006 & 2010). In sub-Saharan Africa, his production was poor: He did not score a single goal. Up to now, his results pale in comparison with Maradona and Pele.

2010-2011 Season

In September 2010, Messi’s play captivated the audience, from experts and sportswriters to fans, setting new Spanish and European records. For the third consecutive time,the star player became top scorer in the Champions League. It was unbelievable. In the whole event, the sport’s greatest footballer was a «perfect machinery». Spearheaded by its idol Messi, the Barcelonese club amassed two tournaments – The national tournament and then Champions League for the second successive year, sparking off celebrations in the Spaniard city of Barcelona. In the meantime, he gained the FIFA Ballon d’ Or. These wins have helped construct an excellent relationship between Messi and his fans inside and outside Spain. In his native country, however, there is another atmosphere.

America’s Cup

Argentina’s side was upset by Brazil in the finals of the 2007 South American Cup (there Messi appeared in all six of his nation’s games). Four years later, the traditional event was held in Argentina. There, the host nation entered the regional contest, but it did not even make the semis. On the eve of that event, Argentina was a gold-medal contender well ahead of Brazil and Uruguay.

Unfortunately, Messi could not do anything. In spite of his extraordinary achievements in Western Europe, the amazing Latino player was unable to lead the Argentine side to win the Copa America for the second time, being strongly criticized by Argentina’s football fans.

The local squad had two draws with Bolivia (1-1) and Colombia (0-0) before defeating Costa Rica (3-0) and falling to eventual champion Uruguay (4-5) in the quarter-finals. In his own land,Messi did not score a single goal (except on a penalty) over the course of the Latin American championship. Undeterred, he departed for Spain.

Undoubtedly, some soccer fans don’t understand why Argentina’s national team can not win international tournaments with the world’s most prominent soccer player.

2011-2012 Season

Spearheaded by Messi, the Barcelonese club captured the Spanish Supercup on in August 2011. With 8 goals, Messi was the top scorer in the national contest, ahead of Raúl González Blanco. Within a few weeks, they also won the European Supercup. On December 18, 2011, Barcelona won the Club World Cup by beating Brazil’s Santos (4-0). There, Messi was the tournament’s most valuable athlete. Astonishingly, Messi became the top scorer (236 goals) in Barca’s history on March 31, 2012.

An Advocate for the Rights of Children

Latin America’s remarkable football player Messi is regarded as Argentina’s long-standing advocate for the rights of poor children. By 2007, he created a self-named foundation,whose principal aim is to improve education and health care of the future generation of Argentina’s boys and girls. Recently named UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Messi works closely with the international organization, increasing global awareness and providing financial aid to programs for children and mothers on Earth.

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Betfair Football Trading Strategies

Football, or Soccer, is the most popular sport on the planet and there are many people making money from it on Betfair every weekend.

Trading on this market is a lot different from what some might call traditional trading. You can’t just watch weight of money or trends to know when to get in and out of the market. Odds on football matches react to events on the pitch and can react massively. A goal or a red card will cause massive swings, so it’s important to make sure you are on the right side of this.

One such strategy to ensure you are on the right side of such swings is to Lay the Draw result. In a match between two even teams the draw odds will rise massively once a goal goes in. For example, in a recent match between Arsenal and Manchester United, the lay odds for a draw were 3.5. Manchester United took the lead in the 30th minute and these odds were now available to be backed at 5.1! A truly massive swing that would have made a lot of people a lot of money. Of course, you need to make sure you do get a goal so only look to use this strategy on games where goals look likely.

A common strategy to use on games where goals aren’t expected is to trade the under/over 2.5 market. If you back Under 2.5 pre-match you can very often trade out after the first ten minutes of the game as the odds will drop extremely quick just in the first ten minutes. For example, in the same match between Arsenal and Manchester United, the Under 2.5 odds were at 2.04 to be backed before kick off, by the 11th minute these odds were at 1.85. Some very quick and easy money to be made there!

With all football trading strategies match selection is crucial and its important you do your own research before entering the market. Also, like any true trader you must have an exit strategy or stop loss in mind!

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