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Best World Football Player Award – History, Facts and Figures

Best World Football Player Award – History, Facts and Figures

The award for best football player of the World started being attributed in 1956 by the renowned magazine “France Football”. The Trophy was (and still somehow is) named Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball). The first footballer to be elected World’s Number 1 was Englishman Stanley Mathews and the last one under this exclusive France Football format was Lionel

FIFA’s Club World Cup 2012 – Schedule, Format and History

The 2012 FIFA’s Club World Cup will start next December 6th and have its final match in December 16th. Goal-line technology will be used for the first time in this competition after its approval by the International Football Association Board back in July this year. The FIFA’s Club World Cup , that replaced the former Intercontinental Cup in

UEFA’s Financial Fair-Play Rules

The UEFA Executive Committee approved in September 2009, unanimously, a concept of “fair-play” for the financial well-being of the sport. The concept has also received the support of the entire football family, being its main goals as follows: • introduce more discipline and rationality in club football finances; • cut the pressure on wages and transfer

FIFA – Football Associaton or a Cash Cow Bank ?

FIFA is the international body that regulates football all over the world, namely by organizing world cups of both men and women (competitions of all different ages) and also Indoor and Beach Football. FIFA also supersedes alterations to the Laws of the game which are managed in a very conservative way, although it recently approved Goal’s line technology as

Soccer – Brazil 2014 World Cup Already had a Mascot, Now the Mascot has a Name!

The next Football World Cup will be held in Brazil in 2014 between June 12th and July 13th. As in every World Cup, the competition mascot is an icon normally associated with local nature and/or culture. The Brazil 2014 Mascot was already chosen last September 16th and now its name was yesterday known through public

Soccer Pitch Lines and Marks – The Penalty Area

The penalty area  is formed by the goal-line and lines extending from it. Its lines start 16.5 metres from the goalposts and extend a further 16.5 metres into the pitch (therefore forming a box). The penalty area serves for several purposes. The most relevant are to mark the pitch range where the Goalkeeper may handle the ball

Soccer Goal’s Line Technology – What is it and how will it work?

Fifa just announced today that has signed license agreements with two companies that will test the use of Goal’s line technology, which will be used for the first time in the next World Clubs Competition in Japan that will be held between next December 6th and 16th. The two technology providers – Hawk eye (similar

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