Author Archives: FMF

FIFA’s National Soccer Teams Ranking: How does it work?

The FIFA’s men’s world ranking aims at creating a dynamic hierarchy of each country’s national team with the purpose of knowing in a rollover period (in general, the ranking is recalculated on a monthly basis) which teams are stronger. Contrary to UEFA’s, this ranking does not bind FIFA to seed clubs in a World Cup draw

Super Athletes – Luc Alphand: From super speed ski star to Dakar Rally Winner

Luc Alphand  is a former french alpine skier and race car driver. Alphand made his World Cup skiing debut in 1984 at the age of 19. In 1997 he managed to win the World Cup by collecting points only in the two-speed disciplines – downhill and Super-G – a unique achievement in World Cup history. In 1996 he

Super Athletes – Nasser Al-Attiyah: Dakar Winner and Olympic Medalist in Skeet Shooting

Nasser Al-Attiyah is a Qatari Prince that recorded outstanding results at two types of sports: Motorsports and Olympic skeet shooting. In motorsports the most notable results achieved by Nasser Al-Attiyah were two stage wins in 2009 Dakar Rally and the 2011 overall victory in the same competition. In Skeet shooting – a recreational and competitive activity

Soccer’s Pitch Lines and Marks – The Centre Circle

In a previous post we have started depicting the characteristics of soccer’s pitch lines and marks and provided information about the Penalty Arc’s purpose. Today we focus our attention on the Centre Circle. As you may all know this circumference has the legal purpose of keeping all the players within a reasonable distance (outside the circle) from the

Triathlon – Portuguese ‘Sporting Clube de Portugal’ João Silva Wins World Cup Race in Yokohama

Portugal’s Joao Silva reigned under the Yokohama sun today, beating Spain’s Javier Gomez on the final lap of the run to take his second consecutive ITU World Triathlon Yokohama win. Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy followed close behind for bronze just one week after winning the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup. A breakaway on the last lap of

World Series by Renault Race 1 – Fantastic win by Portuguese António Félix da Costa

After his last and first win in World Series by Renault’s Hungary race, Portuguese António Félix da Costa won again this weekend, now the first race in the French Paul Ricard circuit. Under very hard and wet track conditions, Félix da Costa started 3rd on the grid and made a poor departure finishing first lap only

Australian Football 2012 AFL Final – Post match analysis and facts

With 99,683 people watching, the 2012 AFL final came to an end just a few minutes ago with Sydney Swans (also known as ‘Bloods’) winning the game by 91-81 against Hawthorn Hawks. The Hawks were beaten at their home town at the Melbourne Cricket Field. After a demolishing first quarter in which the Hawks led

Formula 1 2013 Drivers Line-up Changes – Perez replaces Hamilton that signed for Mercedes

With still 6 races to go for the 2012 season to be completed and yet with the World Championship within its reach (currently 4 at a 52 point distance from the leader), Mclaren’s Driver Lewis Hamilton was today announced by Mercedes has signing a 3 three-year contract starting already in 2013. Hamilton is the best Formula

Super Athletes – Alex Zanardi: From Motorsports Champion to Paralympic Gold

We start a new posts’ category dedicated to athletes that achieved outstanding performances in two or more completely different sports with Alex Zanardi. Alex Zanardi won two CART championship  titles in North America (kind of equivalent to Formula 1 in Europe) in 1997 and 1998. Before that he was a Formula 1 driver between 1991 and 1994. In 1999

UCI’s World Road Cycling Championships 2012 – High average speeds and Portuguese Rui Costa standing out again

The world cycling championships took place between September 16th and 23rd in Limburg, Netherlands. Following our last post on bikes evolution and races average speed increase, it  was astonishing to see that the Elite Men’s race – that ended this event – was won by Philippe Gilbert with an amazing speed average of 43.541 Km/h for