How to Choose the Best Spinning Reel on the Market

Spinning reels are a helpful tool that every avid fisher should have in their arsenal. These are so popular among fishers of all skill levels because they are very lightweight, intuitive, and easy to use. However, not all spinning reels are created equal. Since this type of reel is such a crucial part of the fishing process, it's important to find the best spinning reel on the market. Here are some tips and tricks to help you find the best one for your needs.

Material and Construction

The construction of spinning reel is very important to your fishing success. It's important to choose a reel that is durably constructed so you'll be able to get years of use out of it. To test the construction of the reel, look at how the parts are assembled. Everything should feel solid, with no flimsy parts, and the materials should feel heavy duty. When the reel is in motion, the action should feel smooth and comfortable.

It's also important to consider the material your reel is made of. Generally, spinning reels are made from either graphite or aluminum. There are pros and cons to both materials. Aluminum reels are very strong, but they can also be very heavy, which can be a challenge for some fishers. However, their construction tends to be more solid. Graphite reels are lighter and easier to handle, which make them a good choice for beginner fishers. They're also essential for anyone who fishes in saltwater, because graphite does not corrode in the same way other materials do.

Speed ​​and Gear Ratio

The speed at which your wheel rotates will affect the level of control you have over the reel. To determine what speed you need for your reel, you'll need to look at the gear ratio of your reel. The gear ratio indicates how many times the reel rotates with the rotation of the handle. A higher gear rotation means the gear will rotate faster. For new fishers, a slow to mid-range gear rotation is going to be the most effective for control.

Size

Since spinning reels can be very heavy, the overall size is very important to consider. The weight should also be directly correlated with the weight of the line you intend to use. For bigger fish, you will need to use a heavier line. If you are using a heavier line, it's important that your reel can handle the extra weight. However, it's also important to consider how the reel handles overall. If you don't have much upper body strength, it's best to start with a light reel and work your way up to heavier fishing.

Spool Quality

Another factor that is very important to consider is the overall quality of the spool on the spinning reel. The way the spool is constructed will affect the smoothness and overall handling while you're casting. There are two types of spools – internal and skirted. Skirted spools are generally the preferred style of spool in modern fishing because they help prevent tangling of the line. For those who prefer a longer casting distance, it may also be helpful to look for a long cast spool that will reach much further. The cast and feel of the spool is something that's important to test before making a purchase.

Pricing

Fishing materials can be very expensive, so it's important to find a reel that will give you the best value for money. You may have to spend more to get the quality you need, but it's important to make sure the price directly corresponds to the value of the reel. A good reel is an investment piece, so don't hesitate to take your time shopping around to find the best spinning reel on the market.

There are many factors to consider when shopping for a spinning reel. The overall construction and handling of the product is essential to the way the reel handles. When in doubt, try to go to a local fishing shop and test the reels in person with the help of an expert. This will help you find the reel that is the best fit for you.

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Was Football’s Deacon Jones an Ethical Defensive End?

Though Deacon Jones thrived on intimidation, he was an ethical NFL defensive end. Deacon sought to strike fear in the quarterback’s eyes, but he was ethical in his approach to doing this.

Deacon Jones coined the football word ‘sack’, which is tackling the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. He played left defensive end in an era when every NFL quarterback was right-handed. He didn’t sneak up behind quarterbacks and blindside them, for that was below what his ethics would allow. Deacon wanted the quarterbacks to know he was coming, that number 75 was approaching, and approaching fast. He wanted to intimidate the other team and especially the quarterback, but he wasn’t the type of man to jump you from behind. Deacon wanted to be up-front about it and look that quarterback in the eyes.

Why was the right offensive tackle position manned by each teams’ best offensive linemen during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s? The reason was because the best defensive ends during those eras played on the left side of the defensive line. Why didn’t teams in the 50s, 60s, and 70s play their best defensive end on the right side like they do nowadays? Theories vary, but an interesting theory is that ethics were stronger during those times – you looked your sport’s opposition in the face and eyes, instead of sneaking up behind him.

In the 50s, 60s and 70s, great football players like Forest Gregg, Bob Brown, Ron Yary, Dan Dierdorf and Rayfield Wright played right tackle and had to block footballs’ best defensive ends in men like Deacon Jones, Bubba Smith, Willie Davis, Gerry Philbin, Carl Eller, Jack Youngblood and L.C. Greenwood.

Were ethics stronger in society and football 30-50 years ago than they are now? Every current NFL team plays their best defensive end on the right side to attack right-handed quarterbacks’ blindsides. Today’s ethics state that blindsiding is the right thing to do because winning is everything, even if it means that you jump someone (the quarterback) from behind.

But there are exceptions to this theory. Reggie White is considered the greatest defensive end of all time and he played the left side during the 1980s and 1990s. White was a deeply religious man. Did his strong ethics only allow him to play where the leagues’ majority of right-handed quarterbacks could see him approaching? From his wonderful interviews and the many good virtues said about Reggie White, it would seem that he didn’t want to blindside quarterbacks. In polls regarding the greatest defensive ends in NFL history, Reggie White is number one with Deacon Jones second.

Flip-flopping your stronger defensive linemen back and forth between the right and left sides of the defensive line is now a common strategy in football as coaches attempt to find match-ups that will give their defenses an advantage. But Deacon stayed on the left side his entire career.

A counter to the theory that Deacon was ethical is that his massive ego had to be fed by seeing the fear in quarterbacks’ eyes, something that wouldn’t have happened if he’d played on the right side. Lefthanded quarterbacks were rare in the NFL during Deacon’s career – Chicago Bears’ southpaw Bobby Douglas’ rookie year was 1969.

Deacon Jones died June 3rd/2013. The NFL honored his passing with the Deacon Jones Award for the NFL player with the most quarterback sacks each season. This award should have long ago been named after the man who coined the word ‘sack’, but it took Deacon’s death to finally liberate this dignity to his honor.

If society’s and sports’ ethics have suffered in the last 40 years since Deacon Jones played football, it would not have changed how Deacon played. For if he was playing today he’d still insist on playing left defensive end so that he could continue to strike fear in those quarterbacks’ eyes.

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Making a Guaranteed Sure Bet Profit From Soccer

If we want to find guaranteed profitable sports bets then soccer is a great sports to start with.

Soccer matches are priced up by all the big bookmakers and some nice guaranteed profitable bets are available if you know when and where to look. Sports bookmakers never miss a trick when thinking up new ways to extract your money from you and there are many inventive bets on offer.

Soccer can in many ways be about timing. The earlier the price appears the more likely there will be a sure-bet or arbitrage opportunity (arb).

Bookmakers clearly do a lot of research as soccer has now become a big earner for them. They need to do this as they are only too aware that the serious punters are becoming much shrewder in this market and will exploit any snippets of news that could give them an edge. They advertise heavily in the tabloids.

Whereas in some minor sports there may be only one odds compiler working for the bookmaker soccer is too lucrative for this any many odds compilers will work feverishly setting prices for the big bookmakers. Any European bookmaker worth its salt will offer odds on soccer, its a high revenue turnover sport.

Such is their turnover on the ever increasing soccer betting market that Ladbrokes and other such big bookmakers are willing to take a ‘big’ bet on the outcome of a match. This is clearly great news for the arb maker. This means that the maximum bets they will accept on a bet are a lot higher.

There are many types of soccer bets. Firstly there is the match winner. This is split into 3 results, win, lose or draw. Then there are the first goal scorer and the precise match score. The less obvious bets are half-time, full-time results, total corners, total throw-ins, total numbers of yellow and red cards and so on. In fact anything where odds can be set to will offer a betting opportunity.

So which are the best soccer bets to look for? Firstly forget about predicting the match score, there are too many outcomes. The first goal scorer is a waste of time too. Both these types of bets are heavily advertised but are for mug punters only, the odds consistently being offered are poor, the bookmakers regularly taking over 15% profit on the book. These bets have far too many possible outcomes. We are looking for bets with ideally 2 or 3 possible outcomes.

Other types of bet can throw up the odd arb but the main source of arbs is on the match result over 90 minutes. This is where we should concentrate most of our efforts. Clearly this falls into 3 results, win, lose or draw.

Here is an example:

Team A versus Team B.

Team A Draw Team B

Bet365 3/1

SpotingOdds 9/4

Victor Chandler 11/10

The way to play the soccer market is to open accounts with European bookmakers as the difference in opinion between UK and European bookmakers is a good source of sure bets. They both have strong opinions on this sport. They will price up the sport in their own country and the matches in foreign countries. Anything to make a profit.

Italy, for example is even more soccer crazy than the UK, with newspapers dedicated to the sport. Everyone thinks they know best on this subject and egos get in the way of sensible pricing. This is great news for us. The European bookmakers can be opinionated and where as they may well have greater detailed knowledge of the comings and goings in their own countries they are relying on third parties to collate information on their foreign counterparts.

One good starting point is in midweek games between teams of different nationalities. There is a tendency in punters to get patriotic when it comes to events where the opposition are ‘foreign’. The chances of the home team get talked up and the odds could get skewed in their favour as the weight of money is overly wagered in their direction.

Having said that the big bookmakers offer an early price, they will often advertise it in the national papers and by and large stick to it. This means that a bench mark has been set and subsequent bookmakers may take a different opinion or try to tempt money in their direction by offering different odds. If this were to happen the arb may be available for a considerable amount of time.

There are always discrepancies in odds but clearly bookmakers tend to stick around the same price. They figure there is safety in numbers. But remember they are ‘guessing’ what the odds should be just like you and me. They are basing their opinion on past experience and they might utilise statistical formulae but they still need to form an opinion on the likely outcome.

They can get it wrong and other firms can take a totally different view of the outcome of a game. A totally different view will only result in a slight variation in the odds but this can be enough to offer a sure bet profit.

Another approach is to start with the more obscure games in eg. the Spanish, Italian or Norweigen lower divisions. They can have quite lucrative discrepancies. They will be covered by a number of different bookmakers all over Europe. This does however add a complication. Although quite easy for finding arbs, the mere fact that you concentrate on these obscure matches will throw up the possibility that you are going to get spotted by the bookmakers if you concentrate your action here.

Also they are going to be reluctant to accept high maximum bets on matches where they have done little research. On the other hand it is a training ground for arb spotting and may gain you valuable experience. You need to weigh up the pros and cons of this strategy.

This is a fairly obscure area of betting and if someone was to check your account over a number of months and found solely these obscure foreign matches on your account it could ring alarm bells. The motto here is to dilute the bets by betting on as many different type of sport and events as possible so that your accounts have varied bets on them. This shouldn’t be a problem as many different sports are great for sure bets.

The more prominent European ties will also produce arbs and they are less likely to attract attention to you and the maximum bets will be higher.

As before you cannot control whether the individual bets win or lose but soccer is a 3 way result and so 2 losing bets to one winning one can be useful on your account. The point here is that not many people are interested in the lower European divisions and it may become clear that the betting pattern is a little unusual. This is especially true if your bets towards the maximum permitted.

Injury news can be a lucrative area in soccer. Think about it. If a player fails a late fitness test on a Saturday and he is the teams star striker then this will greatly affect their chances. Recently Alan Shearer turned up to play a premiership game for Newcastle but was declared unfit to play at the last minute. Newcastle were soundly beaten. I am not saying this wouldn’t have happened, I don’t know. But the odds on the game clearly changed the minute this news broke.

Some bookmakers were alert to this and altered prices as the money poured in for the opposition. Some were slow to react or would not have reacted at all. Either way arbs were available. This type of last minute frantic activity is particularly keen on the betting exchanges like Betfair where you can act as the punter or the bookmaker (lay bets).

You can find injury news through one of the many soccer web sites. Alternatively satellite television channels always have comprehensive news coverage of all the games and are quick to offer any ‘off the press’ news. Slowly the bookmakers’ prices will all change, but not all at the same time, only one by one so creating sure bets.

In this scenario where prices are changing bet on the old price first. The new price is the one that wont change the old price is the one that is about to and so may be lost if you are not quick.

To re-emphasise, arb hunting can be all about timing. When the odds are first produced or have reason to change then the arbs are much more likely to appear.

Recently the English referees have become more lenient in the issuing of yellow cards. This had an effect on the prices for the total number of bookings in a game. Some of the bookmakers adjusted their prices accordingly and others did not. This will affect the bet ranges applied for total bookings.

Let’s look at the red and yellow card market. If you didn’t know the yellow and red cards bet is calculated as 10 points for a yellow card and 25 points for a red. A player can get a maximum of 35 points in a match (10 + 25).

The betting here is normally split into 3 ranges. Under 11 points at say odds of 100/30, 11 to 30 points, at 6/4 and over 30 points, the most likely outcome, at about 11/10. This doesn’t vary much unless there is a history of animosity between the teams in which case the odds are adjusted accordingly.

Here is an example:

Team A versus Team B – Total points for red and yellow cards during the match.

Less than 11 points 11 to 30 points Over 30 points

Ladbrokes 100/30

William Hill 6/4

Victor Chandler 11/10

Usually this type of bet will not figure strongly in your plans. Also it is unusual to find information being issued that will affect the total bookings bet. But a simple piece of news like the policy for issuing cards has just changed can affect prices and lead to one or more arb. The conclusion is not to expect too much sure betting activity from the issuing of red and yellow cards but it simple enough to check the odds.

Soccer and the English football league is the basis of a lot of arb opportunities. A Saturday morning is a very hectic time in the soccer season and if you only allocate 3 hours on each Saturday morning, up to half a dozen arbs could appear every week. Equally spending the same time researching prices when they are first issued earlier in the week can equally be rewarding. Have a game plan and concentrate on how you are going to organise your trading activity.

The obscure British matches are more likely to offer an arb than one of the premiership games. This is because there is less information available on team selection and injuries. Bookmakers will spend a lot of time gathering information on the likely result of the premiership games because they are high profile but are less likely to research the more minor games. They tend to try the ‘safety in numbers’ approach and all give a similar price for the games where they have little or no current information on the outcome.

This can lead to some more informed bookmakers, who have a stronger opinion, seeking out the money by offering differing prices. This inevitably leads to arbs appearing. Injury news is clearly a news event that will change a team’s chances, so keep informed of the injury news by looking at one of the many soccer websites that are running.

As mentioned previously foreign games produce arbs on a regular basis. Whether it’s the fundamental difference of opinion between the British and continental bookmakers or just the fact that the foreign ones are going to be better informed about their own matches matters not. Variations in prices occur regularly.

Here are some recent UEFA cup examples:

Celtic versus FK Teplice (Note the odds are in the decimal format).

Celtic Win(1) Draw(X) FK Teplice Lose(2)

Sportwetten 1.45

Canbet 5.50

Canbet 13.00

Here are the odds translated to percentages:

Celtic Win(1) Draw(X) FK Teplice Lose(2)

Sportwetten 68.97

Canbet 18.18

Canbet 7.69

This resulted in an arb of about 5%. If our total stake was £1,000 we would have bet about £690 on Celtic, £182 on the draw and £77 on FK Teplice.

The interesting thing here was that Canbet make up two sides of this arb. Their thoughts were that Celtic were overwhelming favourites to win this tie and priced the match accordingly. Sportwetten, along with other bookmakers, had the Celtic win at 1.45, favourites yes, but not as much as Canbet had thought. Maybe Canbet were trying to attract a lot of money. They were certainly offering what appeared to be generous prices on FK Treplice.

Another example: Benfica versus Rosenborg:

Benfica Win(1) Draw(X) Benfica Lose(2)

Canbet 1.95

SportOdds 3.50

SportOdds 5.50

Here are the odds translated to percentages:

Benfica Win(1) Draw(X) Benfica Lose(2)

Canbet 51.28

SportOdds 28.57

SportOdds 18.18

This resulted in an arb of 2.0%. If our total stake was £1,000 we would have bet about £513 on Benfica, £288 on the draw and £182 on Rosenborg.

Not as lucrative as the previous arb but again one bookmaker, SportOdds, making all the running in terms of two generous prices and Canbet being the make weight in the bet.

These days, the major clubs have big squads and participate in at least three different competitions. Tactical switches of personnel are more common and unpredictable than injury news which is normally known a day or two in advance of a match and will focus on only one player. Be wary of personnel changes, weaker teams being fielded to save the best players for the big games.

As always, the rule is the earlier you can get a price, hopefully by phoning up before the prices are on-line, the more likely a price differential will appear. Also the period before a match results in frantic trading and can lead to price movements. With so many bookmakers offering prices they will not all move as one.

There are so many bookmakers catering for soccer that you are spoilt for choice. Terrestrial and satellite TV. This is fast becoming the best place to pick up to the minute news on injuries and team selections. Satellite TV stations literally show wall to wall coverage of soccer on Saturdays and this can be invaluable when looking for sure bets.

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5 Reasons Financial Planning Is Different For Women Than Men

Financial planning saves a lot of stress and anxiety over money. Both men and women – single or married – should take part in planning for their future. But women face a different set of challenges.

This article is not intended to express how difficult it is to be a woman. Women have tremendous opportunities and have already come a long way in the working world.

That being said, their financial planning needs can be altered in many ways by factors that may be out of their control.

The 5 reasons women need to plan differently are outlined below. They may not be applicable in every case, but women are more likely to experience these factors than men. With clarity, a well thought out and evolving financial plan, women can achieve financial confidence, independence and peace of mind.

Increased Longevity

Women are estimated to live 5 to 6 years longer than men. This increased longevity means that their retirement savings needs to last longer. During those extra years, they may incur even more expenses. Health concerns may surface or the need for skilled care may arise. All of this amounts to increased expenditures during your later years of life.

Longevity that isn’t planned for can put a strain on retirement savings. Women should not plan on receiving or inheriting money from their spouse. With the declining availability of defined benefit pensions, people remaining unmarried or marriages ending in divorce, a monthly check from a spouse’s pension, may not be an option. Women need to plan for personal longevity because of this.

Break In Employment

It is not uncommon for a female to take a break from employment when children are being born and raised. Some women decide to quit their corporate gig and become a stay at home mom. Or… they trade in their higher paying job for one that offers more flexibility and better hours. This puts them in a position where less personal income is coming in. This has a significant impact on their ability to save for retirement.

Also, getting back into the labor market right where they left off can be difficult. After years away, technology, younger workers, more experienced workers, and industry changes can make this harder to do. Women taking a break in employment to raise a family may face these obstacles when trying to re-enter the workforce.

Life as a Woman Costs More

It doesn’t come as a surprise that females generally spend more in certain areas than men. The entire beauty and cosmetic industries are largely focused on women. Generally, women spend more on makeup, hair and skin care products. They generally spend more on clothing, shoes and accessories as well. The above expenses tend to occur on a much more frequent and recurring basis. Men don’t spend nearly as much on these.

Additional financial planning and budgeting can help reign in any excessive spending in this category. In most cases, even tightening the belt on some of these items may not solve the problem. Life as a woman… still costs more.

Women Are More Likely To Experience Independence

Whether it is due to outliving their spouse, being single, widowed or divorced, women are more likely to be the sole financial decision maker at some point in their life. This is another reason why it is important to have a financial plan that prepares for the future. In previous generations, women were accustomed to taking a back seat with finances. This is no longer the case. Today a proactive approach to future financial needs is always advisable.

Women May Earn Less Than Men

This is a long standing concern. Women statistically earn less than men. Women may take a break in employment which may hinder their salary growth, or they are less likely to ask for a raise which causes them to be treated differently compared to their male counterparts.

This may have a significant effect on their future financial situation. The good news is that both men and women have the same opportunity to prepare for retirement. The sooner you are able to start investing and planning for your retirement, the better prepared you will be. The longer you allow your money to grow and compound, the more stable your financial future will be.

In Summary:

All of these reasons need to be factored in when determining your financial plan. Woman tend to be challenged by these 5 concerns more often than men. Regardless of salary or marital status, the sooner and more focused women are to take control of their finances… the better off they will be.

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Why Brazil Can’t Win FIFA World Cup 2006

Before it even arrived on German soil Brazilian team of 2006 is touted as one of the best ever. It has the world best player in it, world cup most prolific scorer, two of the most promising and improved midfield players in Kaka and Robinho. Someone like Juninuo sitting out on bench and couldn’t make a place for himself in starting 11 though he is the most prolific dead ball player in the game now.

Three matches into the tournament the shine is going off. Ronaldinho has huffed and puffed in most of the games so far without any real intent or threat to opposition goal. His only major contribution is the pass to Gilberto to score the third goal against Japan.

Ronaldo is the shadow of the man he once was, though he has scored two goals against Japan I don’t think in the coming matches he will be allowed such luxurious time and space to find the back of the net.

Kaka started brilliantly against Croatia with that peach of strike from outside the 18 yard box but the in the next two matches against Australia and Japan he has to satisfy with half chances strike from outside the box rather than being on the end of a flowing move.

Adriano has scored one but I’m not sure he fits well into this Brazilian system of play, he is more of a European striker than a Brazilian.

Midfield

In the 4-2-2-2 system the two defensive midfielders are stars of the show for Brazil so far in this world cup. Emerson and ZeRoberto has played magnificently breaking down opponents attack, doing the donkey work, winning tackles and allowing the star forward line to operate.

Defense line

The defense line is old with Cafu and Roberto Carlos well into their 30’s and far beyond their glory days. The center back partnership also seems fragile as we have seen over years that Lucio is susceptible of making mistakes.

What is in store for Brazilian team for future?

As we have already seen that Australia and Croatia created a lot of clear cut chances and Japan time and time again able to slip behind the Center backs and Full backs to create opening. The future of Brazilian team seems bleak in this world cup.

If we have a look at the draw, Brazil will face Ghana in the round of 16 and most probably Spain in Quarter finals. Beyond Quarterfinal for this team on present form seem improbable even though I’m not a great fan of Spanish team.

Round of 16 encounter against Ghana

I believe Ghana will be a stern test for the Brazilian team as the Ghanaian team plays at some real tempo and very hard in their tackles. The only thing which counts against them is their experience at the biggest stage and absence of Essien, who is suspended for the match. According to me it will be nail bitter but I guess in the end Brazil will reach into the Quarter finals due to their technical supremacy over the African team.

Quarter Final

This is the year I believe Spain will reach in last four since Brazil 1950. This Spanish team seems a good unit, a mix of youth and experience. Spain will provide massive test to Brazil and to my mind it will mighty hard for Brazil to go beyond Quarter finals.

First and foremost Spain has the players to counter Brazilian treats. Defense lineup headed by Pujol from Barcelona plays day in day out with Ronaldinho and company. Secondly as Brazil till now has only scored goals through some exclusive shots from distance this window will be shutdown by the Spanish as they have the best shot stopper goal keeper in Cassillas. Plus he knows Ronaldo inside out with his time in Real Madrid.

Lack of aerial threat also solves the problem Spanish defense as they themselves are not the greatest in that area.

Spain is a good passing side and possession of the ball with Brazilian players will be less compared to what they had against lesser opponents like Croatia, Australia and Japan. So the opportunities created will be far lesser and greater the pressure on strikers to score goals. Trust you me Ronaldo is not scoring against this Spanish defense and Carlos Perreira is not keeping him on bench either so it will be hard a grind in the park for the Brazilians.

In Torres and David Villa Spain has two hitman who can exploit the space behind aging Cafu and Roberto Carlos. With Febregac and Alonso in the middle ZeRoberto and Emerson will have their handful as we already saw in Arsenal’s match against Juventus in the Champions League earlier this year.

Last but not the least, I don’t discount these things as we saw in Euro 2004, it was a Greece’s year with Athens Olympics. So far it seems like a Spanish year, we have Montoya dominating Formula One, Nadal dominating the tennis circuit and above all Barcelona and Seville are the current holders of Champions League and UEFA Cup.

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Footballer Profile – Robinho

Robson de Souza – known throughout the footballing world as Robinho – was perhaps the biggest surprise addition to Manchester City’s squad in their much publicised quest to enter British football’s elite. When the Brazilian signed from Real Madrid on the last day of the transfer window in the summer of 2008, it made everyone aware of the seriousness of the new club owners’ intentions. This was a genuine superstar coming to the City of Manchester Stadium.

Robinho has always been earmarked for great things – even the incomparable Pelé eulogised about him as a fifteen year old. Playing for the famous Santos club which the legendary Pelé had represented for so long, ‘Robi’, who had been born in Sao Paulo in 1984, quickly became their goalscoring talisman. The kidnapping from her home of his mother in the 2004/05 season, though, had a real impact on his life – even though she was released unharmed it then seemed inevitable that he would leave the country and join other prominent Brazilian players in Europe. At the end of the 2004/05 season, the player was named as the World Soccer Young Player of the Year.

The move came in July, 2005, when Robinho signed for Real, going on to score 10 goals in his first season. Although his undoubted skill was always evident at this time, it was also clear the player was having difficulties adapting to life, and the different style of football, at his new club. With Fabio Capello and, later, Bernd Schuster, Robinho was never really a regular starter for the Spanish team, even though he continued to be in the Brazil team.

The player’s time in Spain came to a distasteful conclusion. Madrid tried to include Robinho as a ‘makeweight’ in the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, against the player’s wishes. When the deal fell through and the Madrid hierarchy decided to offer him a new contract, Robinho refused it.

Despite looking as if he was about to sign for Chelsea, Robinho ended up at Eastlands and Manchester City, seemingly encouraged to join the club because they already had two other Brazilians on the books, Elano and Jo.

Since signing for Manchester City, Robinho has become very popular with the supporters – a popularity helped when he was seen with his wife going into the city on a bus! Many critics felt, during his first season, that his performances were very much better in games at Eastlands than in matches played away from home. Despite this, he scored 15 goals in 41games. This season, however, with the squad having been greatly boosted with the acquisition of more high class players, Robinho has been the victim of a bad ankle injury picked up playing for Brazil and so has missed most of the fixtures.

With Brazil, Robinho remains an important member of the team, scoring 19 goals so far in his 71 internationals, and he is almost certain to be integral in Brazil’s attempts to win the World Cup in South Africa in the summer.

For whom Robinho will be playing then is really anybody’s guess! Ever since his arrival, it seems he has been linked with moves away. Manchester City continually deny that he is on his way to Barcelona, Chelsea or any other number of clubs. City fans, certainly, will be hoping to see the skilful little striker linking up with Adebayor and Tevez to help the club realise their ambitions and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Who Knows? If they do succeed, then perhaps Robinho might be there again next season.

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