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Basketball and Football, two similar yet entirely different games. Same basic rules which are to score as many as you can before the end of the game, but the difference is so big you sometimes forget that they are so similar. With the obvious fact of Basketball is a ball being dribbled with hands and Football is a ball being dribbled with feet, there are other rules which make the sports almost opposites in a way. Basketball could improve the future of English football.
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After the recent announcement concerning this years Ballon d’Or. Surely it’s pretty obvious which man is in main contention to be crowned world player of the year. A certain extraordinary Portuguese superstar is leading the chase by quite a distance. Not many would disagree that this candidate for the 2014 crown is well deserved.
A dominant campaign by Real Madrid winning last seasons Champions League there 10th ‘La Decima’, they  have a strong showing of 5 players, which include Angel Di Maria of Manchester United now. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid …

The third in a series of six articles looking at the best 60 players in the world at the moment, we are now onto full-back having done golkeepers and centre-backs. Please enjoy, comment, discuss and read the next article; the top 10 central midfielders.
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Fabio Coentrao – A frustrating year for the 26 year old former Benfica man, playing second fiddle to Marcelo for club and having a disappointing World Cup for country. However, he is still an intelligent player, who is technically skilful and tactically versatile. Young enough to still …

When Group G was drawn out of the hat, the immediate reaction was that Germany and Portugal would cake walk the group for obvious reasons. However is there any chance of Ghana posing an apparent upset? Let’s not forget this is the joint most successful African country to content in the World Cup. What exactly are the strengths and weaknesses of this Ghanaian squad?
Half of 2010’s quarter final starting 11 remain in the first team. This experience will surely come to bear especially considering anyone who watched that quarter final …

Football can sometimes be so cruel. For Atletico Madrid to be so close to their greatest footballing night and to have it all taken away at the last minute must be heart-breaking for the supporters. The Ramos goal delivered what proved to be the knock-out blow for Atletico Madrid. It was only a matter of time before Real won as all the Atletico players were out on their feet. The final score line suggests that this was an emphatic victory for Real Madrid but it was anything close to being …

He bagged 46 strikes in La Liga, including the famous winner at Camp Nou in April 2012, en route to Real Madrid wrestling the La Liga title away from Barcelona in 2011-12. He dragged Portugal on his back to the semi finals of Euro 2012. Everyone thought this was the Portuguese winger’s year, he would be crowned FIFA Ballon D’Or winner 2012. However, fast forward to January 2012, Lionel Messi won the prestigious individual award and Cristiano was left to look on and applaud the out of this world Argentine. …

I’ve been inspired to start this blog regarding coaches purely for my love of the beautiful game!
The Premiership has been brought back to life with the arrival of a certain Mr Mourinho with his unique personality and quick answers but is there really anybody to rival him?
Tactically, the answer is yes. With his not so little protégé AVB having a great first season with Spurs, the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City, Arsene Wenger’s legendary late season come-backs and of course David Moyes having to fill the boots left by Sir Alex …

Nike have released Portugal’s Away Shirt for 2013. The pictures were confirmed to be leaked last month and the shirt was inspired a ‘volcanic rock’ design which is associated with Portugal.

The shirt features a black colouration with a charcoal cross in the centre to reflect the club’s crest. The shorts and socks are black with a charcoal number on the sides. Nike’s exclusive Dri-Fit technology is incorporated into the shirt which significantly reudces water and the punch holes on the under-arm help to regulate player temperatures.

In line with Nike’s commitment …

 

Euro 2012 has come to an end for Portugal so let’s take time to reflect on what an eventful tournament it has been for the Selecção.
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Before the tournament everyone was certain that Portugal wouldn’t even make it out of their group so making it all the way to the semi-finals is no mean feat. The Selecção made a slow start to the tournament but once they got going they were easily one of the most dangerous sides in the competition. Obviously fans will be disappointed thatPortugalfailed to take their …

Portugal were left to rue their missed chances as they were cruelly knocked out of Euro 2012 on penalties in a match that they dominated from the start.
The game was fast, the Portuguese were faster but despite being to be able to do something no other team had managed – playing Spain at their own game – the Selecção will be left to rue the way they threw away what was an opportunity handed to them on a plate by the Spanish.
Portugal did far more than contain their neighbours, who …