Football - Soccer
Organized soccer with rules began in Britain where it is commonly called football. Rules were first established in 1863 by the English Football Association and the game is sometimes known as 'Association Football' to distinguish it from other football games like Rugby Football, American Football and Australian Rules Football. It is more commonly known as soccer in North America. It is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players, and is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. Football is played on a rectangular grass or artificial turf field, with a goal at each of the short ends. The object of the game is to score by maneuvering the ball with any part of the body, except a hand or forearm, into the opposing goal.
Asked in Football - Soccer, Soccer History
Why is Association Football sometimes called Soccer?
The proper name of the sport is Association football (both words are part of the game's name; simply "football" is insufficient, though common). It refers to the game that is played using the IFAB's Laws of the Game, such as in the FIFA World Cup. The name is a reference to the English Football Association, which was (originally, and quite literally) an association of schools that agreed to use the same set of rules. Before the rules were codified into the first widely-accepted edition of the London Rules in 1863, each school had its own version of the rules. The term "soccer" was coined in 1871 upon the foundation of the Rugby Football Union, an offshoot rule set originating from a disagreement during the codification of the London Rules (now known as IFAB'sLaws of the Game), in order to differentiate the different versions of football. The word itself was derived from the third through the fifth letters of "Association" ("soc") and used in a diminutive manner, much like those who call it "Football" might shorten the name to "footy". Generally, the term "football" refers to a category or class of game, that is, one played with a ball and involves using the feet for a purpose other than running (or hurting people). In most parts of the world, local usage of the term refers to the most popular form of football played in the region, usually Association football. In non-English-speaking countries, the game's name often means "football", such as "fútbol" in Spanish and "voetbal" in Dutch. This is an extension of the regional aspect of the name game, as explained above. If you translate these words into American English, they will mean "soccer", but a translation to British English will yield "football". The sport is called "football" in all of South America and Asia, most of Africa and Europe, and just a few places in Australia and North America (the usage in Antarctica is unknown, as the penguins aren't very talented and don't talk much). Other forms of football include Rugby Union ("rugger"), Rugby League, American football (NFL or Gridiron football), Gaelic football (in Ireland), Australian Rules football, and numerous other lesser-known or obsolete rule sets. Even Kickball is sometimes called "football" by a very tiny population! These other football games are usually called "football" in regions and among groups where they are most popular. In the United States, Ireland, Australia, and most of Canada and South Africa (and formerly, New Zealand), for instance, the more popular local football games are called "football" (such as NFL/Gridiron football in the United States). In such places, the term "soccer" is preferred in reference to Association football, and even defined as such in their dictionaries. It is interesting to note, as mentioned above, that the term "soccer" was invented in England by the people who codified it - the same people many of whom now chide Americans for using that term! Conversely, some Americans who prefer the British term jokingly refer to Gridiron football as "throw-ball", much to the delight of their neighbors from across the pond.
Asked in Football - American, Football - Soccer
What are the football positions?
In Football soccer, a 4-3-3 formation there will be 3 central midfielders and 3 forwards. This also applies for variations such as 3-5-2 and 4-5-1 etc. In this I will be using a standard 4-4-2 layout due to it's common use. In the goal, there is a goalkeeper. This player has the responsibility of stopping the opposition from getting goals. These players can use their hands inside the 18-yard box only. Good examples are Petr Cech, Iker Casillas, Edwin Van Der Sar and Pepe Reina. In front of the goalkeeper, there are 2 center backs. These players along with the holding/defensive midfielder are responsible for most of the defensive work in the team. Good examples are John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jaime Carragher, Puyol and Nemanja Vidic. To the left and right of the centre backs, there are the right and left fullbacks. They are responsible for stopping opposition wingers and are also relied on to join the attack. Good examples are Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, Gael Clichy, Daniel Alves, Sergio Ramos, Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna. In front of the center backs are 2 central midfielders. Usually one of the players is more defensive and one more offensive, one mobile and one a bit more static and one highly creative the other more safe in their play. Good examples are Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Guti, Fernando Gago, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Claude Makelele, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Tim Cahill and Frank Lampard. To the respective left and right of the central midfielders are a left and right midfielder or winger. These players are usually the creative drive in a 4-4-2 set-up and are very fast and skilful and are mainly used to put in crosses and passes for the two strikers. These players also score roughly 5-10 goals a season along giving with 10-20 assists. Good examples include Ashley Young, Joe Cole, Quaresma, Jesus Navas, Joaquin Sanchez. There is a new position blossoming as well with wide strikers now operating in teams. These players score just as many goals as assists. Good examples of these players include Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Florent Malouda and Alessandro Del Piero. And now to the strikers. These players are typically the most famous players on the pitch because they generally score the most goals. In recent times players like Thierry Henry have revolutionized the position by playing the ball on the ground and drifting deeper in the field so they can dribble the ball, I call these players mobile strikers. More and more of these players are emerging; they are typically fast, good dribblers and excellent finishers. Some of these players are Wayne Rooney, Nicolas Anelka, Torres, Karim Benzema, Samuel Eto'o, Raul and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These players are now more prevalent then the typical "target-man" of old. Most managers using a 4-4-2 will pair a target man with a mobile striker to capitalize on both the speed of the mobile striker and the power of the target man. Target men are generally 6 foot plus and have very good heading ability, great positioning, good strength and excellent finishing. Good examples include Didier Drogba, Emile Heskey, Dimitar Berbatov, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark Viduka. Certain positions change with different tactics and formations and it is completely up to the manager to decide on what the team uses. This is just a general guide and for that reason I used only the most common formation. Sweeper (SW) The sweeper should have a good understanding of the game and be a leader on the field. He controls the defense, always staying behind the fullbacks. Stopper (ST) The stopper is responsible for marking the center forward or center midfielder of the other team. He also has an important offensive part of distributing the ball to the midfielders. Left/Right Backs (LB/RB) In the flatback formation, they mark the opponent's forwards and are the only real defenders. These players have to be dependable and willing to give up any kind of offensive play. Left/Right Defenders (LD/RD) they mark the opponent's forwards. In the flatback version, or in more advanced teams these players are used to carry the ball up the outside with the midfielders, allowing more effective crossing. Left/Right Midfielders (LM/RM) They are in charge for the crosses in the offense, and they usually carry the ball up the field, since they have more room than the center midfielders. Left/Right Center midfielders (LC/RC) distribute the ball among the offenders and try to stop or slow down opposing plays before they get to the defensive line. Good passing and ball handling skills are needed to fill this position. Forwards - In these very basic formations, the forwards do no special work. Runs to the corners need to be only occasional, and dropping back to the midfield shouldn't be the primary way of getting the ball. This position is actually self explanatory. ___________________________________________________________________ If you are talking about American football then the positions are Quarter Back: One of the most important players of the team, the ones that throw passes and also the game maker. Line-Man:Protects or tries to protect the QB Running Back: The one that runs with the ball usually towards the touchdown line. Wide Reciever: They are the catchers that catch the QB's passes. Kicker: They just kick the ball in after the touchdown or when trying to get three points. THESE ARE ONLY THE MAIN POSITIONS
Asked in Football - Soccer
What are the dimensions of a soccer field?
The FIFA Laws of the Game specify the field dimensions as Length: min 90 m (100 yds) max 120 m (130 yds) Width: min 45 m (50 yds) max 90 m (100 yds) For International Matches Length: min 100 m (110 yds) max 110 m (120 yds) Width: min 64 m (70 yds) max 75 m (80 yds) The length must always be greater than the width. Many associations have their own standards for youth matches but they vary greatly between states or countries. According to Law 1, the field must be between 100 and 130 yards long and between 50 and 100 yards wide, and the touch line (length) must be longer than the goal line (width). Local organizations may make adjustments for younger players or small-side teams.
Who invented the game called football?
All forms of football including American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, Association football (soccer), Rugby Union and Rugby League football can be traced back hundreds of years to a ball game known as "Shrovetide football". The word "football" is from the English language and from early medieval times the term "fote-ball" (first recorded c.1400) was used to describe a 'ball game played on foot' not necessarily with the foot. Early football games were not only played by the English but also by other European peoples groups under different names with localised innovations. Other forms include Irish "Caid" meaning 'Ball' the ancestor of Gaelic football, Cornish Hurling "HyrlÃ�Â®an", Welsh Hurling "Cnapan", "Knattleikr" a Viking ball game. A game called "La Soule" meaning 'The Ball' was played in France, "Ba" pronounced baw meaning 'Ball' played in Scotland and "Ball play" or "Playing at ball" or significantly "fote-ball" games played in England. These medieval ball games are the ones from which all modern football codes evolved and the Shrovetide ball game referred to as "fote-ball" is the version from which all modern football games take their name. These games may have evolved from a game played by the Romans called "Harpastum" which itself was an adaptation of an Ancient Greek game called "Episkyros" or "Phaininda" which, dating back to at least the 4th century BC, is the Worlds oldest known ball game that matches the medieval definition of football. It is worth noting that Harpastum was later recreated in 16th centaury Italy as "Calcio". Although there is a strong possibility the Roman and Greek ball games evolved into Shrovetide football and other similar ball games played in Europe as yet there are no verifiable connections. The Ancient Chinese also played a game called "Cuju" that dates back to the late 3rd centaury BC which has similarities to Association football. However, despite attempts by FIFA to infer an historical link between Cuju and Association Football there are no connections between Cuju and early ball games played in medieval Europe. Throughout history, people have played sports which involved using a ball and hands, feet, or sticks. Each area had its own rules. so there was no global definition of any sport. In the 1300s, the king of England, Edward III, banned football, hockey, and handball. This shows a difference between sports using the feet, hands and sticks. So comes the argument that football was traditionally played using the feet and not the hands. However FIFA acknowledges Association Football (soccer)'s earliest drafts demonstrate 'handling' (possibly similar to Gaelic/Australian Rules) was acceptable, and hands appear to be involved in the earliest lithographic sketches of 'mob football' games such as Shrove-tide. None of the modern codes of 'football' seem to have diverged formally from the various 'mob-footballs' until the 1800s. In 1863,at Cambridge University, a group of Englishmen formed the Football Association and invented the modern game of soccer. Many other "codes" of football were invented around this time. Rugby and Australian rules (earliest known draft, Melbourne 1858) were among the first to establish clear drafted rules. In North America, rugby and soccer were both played, and a hybrid, American football, was invented. All sports using the term football have words placed in front such as Association (der.- Soccer), Rugby, American or Aussie Rules (Australian) or Gaelic (Irish) to differentiate them from each other. Typically they are individually and simply referred to as 'football' within the context in which they are the dominant code. Answer Willie Tidwell invented American football. He was a really good player in the day. Willie and Walter Camp both made up the rules for Gridiron. They got it from rugby and football. They took the hitting and other activities from rugby. Soccer uses the foot, and Tidwell and Camp both thought it would be good to have goal post for kicking field goals worth three points. Answer There are many possible places and times when American football might have been created. However, the most commonly accepted answer is in 1869, when Rutgers and Princeton had the "first" game. Of course, there had been others played before then, but this game was the first time that the game had a name. As for who created it, American football is derived almost directly from rugby, though there are many people who could be credited with the creation of many of the rules that are used today. The word 'football' is from the English language and was originally spelt as 'foot ball'. When the term 'foot ball' was first used in medieval England it described 'a ball game played on foot' known as mob football or Shrovetide football in which more running with the ball was required than kicking the ball. These ball games had earlier descriptions such as 'playing at ball' and there were similar if not identical ball games being played in other countries at the same time. These games include 'Hurling' played in Wales & Cornwall and 'La Soule' or 'Choule' played in the north of France. However, mob football or Shrovetide football was the first ball game to be specifically referred to as 'foot ball'. I have created the link 'Shrovetide football' from the BBC which provides an insight into how the game is played showing photos of the Up'ards and Down'ards 'mob' playing the game. These Shrovetide games evolved into other forms of football notably Rugby football which was said to have been started by a pupil at Rugby school called William Webb Ellis in 1823. The Rugby Union Football world cup is called the "Webb Ellis Trophy" after him. The rules of early Rugby contributed too many other codes of football in England and other English speaking countries during the 19th century. American football is one of these games. It could be argued that American football is a purer form of football than say Association football (soccer) or Australian Rules football because like Rugby is retains more of the original medieval characteristics. Another Alternate Answer Soccer was invented by the Chinese over a thousand years ago, it was re-invented and codified by Britain, who is known as "the home of football." Goal posts with nets were introduced in the very late 1800s. Football started as a form of Rugby. Walter Camp is credited with being " The father of American Football" by implementing various rule changes. American football is created from Rugby (English sport) and soccer is actually the real football(or as it is known around the world) Football was created by the English. Simple Alternate Answer The Chinese invented playing with a soccer ball and goals but in a very different style. The ball was made from blubber from the inner intestate of frogs and other animals. They would have a certain number of small goals or holes used as goals to score in. Later as dynasties changed they would use the soccer ball to play volleyball style soccer, and technique and juggling became a fashion as opposed to playing and scoring. Britain later adapted but more over invented the official game of football. They changed the style and rules up with 1 goal and 2 post thus inventing the game of football, futbol, or known in US as soccer. The first Major league was started by the Scottish called the Scottish Premier League Historically correct Answer The word "football" is an English term which in early medieval times was spelt "fote-ball" (first recorded c.1400) to describe a 'ball game played on foot'. Early football games were not only played by the English but also by other European peoples under different names with localized innovations. Other forms include Irish "Caid" meaning 'Ball' the ancestor of Gaelic football, Cornish Hurling "HyrlÃ�Â®an", Welsh Hurling "Cnapan". A game called "La Soule" meaning 'The Ball' was played in France, "Ba" pronounced baw meaning 'Ball' played in Scotland and "Ball play" or "Playing at ball" or significantly "fote-ball" games played in England. These medieval ball games are the ones from which all modern football codes evolved and the Shrovetide ball game referred to as "fote-ball" is the version from which all modern football games take their name. These games may have evolved from a game played by the Romans called "Harpastum" which itself was an adaptation of an Ancient Greek game called "Episkyros" or "Phaininda" which, dating back to at least the 4th century BC, is the Worlds oldest known ball game that matches the medieval definition of football. It is worth noting that Harpastum was later recreated in 16th centaury Italy as "Calcio". Although there is a strong possibility the Roman and Greek ball games evolved into Shrovetide football and other similar ball games played in Europe as yet there are no verifiable connections. Dispite the lack of evidence it should be noted it is recorded that in Florence 59BC a game of Harpastum was played between Eipiphany and Lent the last day "Shrove Tuesday" the exact day on which Shrovetide football is still played in Derbyshire England. It should also be noted that Harpastum was taken to the Roman province of Britannia (modern day Britain) where it is recorded in 217AD that a game took place between the Romans and the native Britons. The Ancient Chinese also played a game called "Cuju" that dates back to the late 3rd centaury BC which has similarities to Association football. However, despite attempts by FIFA to infer an historical link between Cuju and Association Football there are no connections between Cuju and early ball games played in medieval Europe. When discussing football it is a common mistake that football is the same subject as Soccer. This is incorrect. There are many forms of football of which "Soccer" or "Association Football" is just one code. Other popular codes include American football (Gridiron), Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, Rugby Union football and Rugby league football. Some of these codes took ideas from previous codes. American football is a mix of Soccer, Rugby and ideas created in the USA in particular the forward pass. Canadian football is based on Rugby whilst Australian rules football and Gaelic football both draw ideas from Rugby, Soccer and in particular the medieval Shrovetide game Caid played in Ireland. Association football or Soccer was a product of English Public schools who had played football by various rules for centuries. Then in 1848 Cambridge University attempted to create a standard set of rules for Public schools. Two former students of Shrewsbury School Mr. H. de Winton and Mr. J.C. Thring organized a meeting at Trinity College, Cambridge with 12 representatives from other schools namely Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester and Shrewsbury. In the eight hour meeting these men created what became the 'blue print' for Soccer. These rules became known as the "Cambridge Rules" which unlike "Rugby School Rules" (1823) favours a game in which the ball would be kicked more than carried. In 1863 a solicitor from Hull called Ebenezer Cobb Morley wrote an article for Bell's Life newspaper promoting the idea of a new regulatory body for football. This led to the formation of the "Football Association" whose main aim was to standardise the rules of football nationally. This new code was to be based on the Cambridge Rules. The 'Laws of the game' for Soccer or Association football were drafted by E. C. Morley along with other founder members of the Football Association. They agreed the rules at a public house called the Freemasons Tavern in London on 26th October 1863. Morley became the Football Associations first secretary. He also founded the Barnes Football Club in 1862 which he captained against Richmond football club in the first ever soccer match. The game ended 0-0 but in a return game he scored the first ever goal. He died in 1924 and is buried at a Cemetery on Barnes Common not far from where he drafted the Laws of the game at 26 The Terrace, Barnes, London. A blue plaque commemorating his life's work was placed on the wall of this address by English Heritage in 2009. Entomology of the word soccer: The word soccer is a phonetic abbreviation of the word 'Association' coined by English public school students who took the 'soc' from 'Association' and put an 'er' on the end. That is why prior to 1863 the word soccer did not exist. It is probably worth noting the same students called Rugby football 'Rugger' but this word fell out of use. Research Observations When I first heard FIFA's claim soccer originated in China I was intrigued by the idea. Like many others I believed what FIFA said must be true. As a football fan I was keen to read the evidence they hand uncovered. I already knew that Association Football, American Football, Rugby Union Football, Rugby League Football, Australian Rules football and Gaelic football all evolved from medieval ball games played Europe, but prior to this I had no idea where football came from. I decided to read up on this new FIFA discovery. One problem I encountered straight away was that when looking for this proof FIFA claimed to have uncovered I could not find any! I then discovered FIFA had only put together a hypothesis that the British community who lived in China during the 19th centaury had taken Cuju back to England where it was used as a basis for Association Football. FIFA found no evidence to back up this colonialist idea and the more they looked the more they discovered their idea had no basis in fact, yet they still clamed "scientific evidence". I decided to take a look at this so called 'scientific evidence'. What I found was a cleverly worded opinion by a self appointed FIFA authority who implied there was a scientific connection between Cuju and Soccer and who wrote in a way that any casual reader would be seduced into thinking they were reading proof when in fact they were reading theory. Around the same time it became clear FIFA were aggressively pushing the sale of their football product in China. That is when the alarm bells started to ring and I realised there might be an ulterior motive to why FIFA were going to so much trouble. It should be noted that the Football Association in England who are promoting their Premiership product in China were happy to capitulate with FIFA accepting as a gift a Chinese picture of a Cuju player whilst smiling for the cameras. Meanwhile back in the real world, despite anything FIFA have said the rules of Association Football remain a reworked version of Cambridge Rules Football which themselves were a hybrid of many games which had been played in English and some Irish public schools for hundreds of years. That is a verifiable and unchanged. Later on I read an article where the FIFA President clamed Cuju spread from China to the Roman Empire. Clearly being unable to connect Cuju directly to Soccer through British colonialist FIFA had changed their story. I looked for the evidence to support this new claim. The Roman ball in question is called Harpastum. What I discovered is that Harpastum was the Romanised version of an Ancient Greek football game called Phaininda or Episkyros played as early as 2000 BC some 1300 - 1700 years before Cuju is appeared in China. Incredibly it would seem FIFA were trying to change known European history by substituting the Greek game of Episkyros with the Chinese game of Cuju. I conclude FIFA's claim that football originated in China literally does not add up in time frame or otherwise. I believe this theory has now been abandoned by FIFA, although the importance of the Greek and Roman contribution to all forms of modern football is still played down by them. I have looked at Cuju and there in no doubt the game agrees with the definition of a foot ball game. However, short of FIFA providing evidence there is a connection with Cuju and the foot ball games played in medieval Europe, the only possible conclusion is that Cuju developed in south east Asia free of outside influence and as such has to be viewed as a sport in it's own right which from first principles developed independently. After this I decided to start researching the origins of medieval ball games played in Europe which are known to have collectively contributed to the evolution of football. I wanted to find out if medieval foot ball games could be connected to the Roman game Harpastum. The games I researched were the ball game played in Northern French known as La Soule "The Ball", Mob football played in England, Cornish Hurling, Welsh Hurling, Gaelic football, Irish Hurling and Shrovetide football which was played in many European countries in medieval times. All these games have similar rules (if any rules) two teams, two goals (such as they were) and were played within a defined area. All these games have similarities to Harpastum but the one that stands our above the rest is Cornish Hurling. It is now my belief that the Roman games Harpastum and Cornish Hurling (HyrlÃ�Â®an in Cornish Celtic) are one and the same game. The game of Hurling is of Celtic origin and the Cornish are descendants of the Romano-Britons who are known to have played Harpastum. The rules of Harpastum are ambiguous but what we do know from the concepts used include a small hard ball, two goals (such as they were), two teams. Cornish Hurling also uses small hard ball, two goals, two teams and virtually no rules which might account for the reason detailed rules of Harpastum have not survived. Harpastum and Cornish Hurling were/are also played on public holidays notably days of Christian importance such as Shrovetide. And it was of course the Romans who converted the Romano-Britons to Christianity which also ties in. I accept that this theory does not provide absolute proof of a connection between Harpastum and Cornish Hurling. Due to very few first millennium AD documents surviving it is unlikely definitive proof exist. However, when you take an overall view on this I have identified decedents of Romano-Britons who live in the right place, who Cary on traditions from generation to generation, playing a similar ball game to the Romans, using a similar small hard ball as the Romans, with the same disregard for safety as the Romans and who are celebrating Christian festivals in a way the Romans did. I would liken this to what Douglas Adams once said "If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands". At the very least there is a tangible theory here which connects Harpastum with modern day forms of football which is more than can be for Cuju. I will leave it there for you to decide for yourself. We know Cornish Hurling was one of the similar medieval ball games which contributed to the creation of early Rugby games. Some of the codes and concepts introduced by Rugby and other public schools in England would later be used to create Cambridge Rules football, American Football, Association Football (soccer) and Australian Rules football. Gaelic Football is much older that the aforementioned games and is one of the family of medieval ball game which evolved independently of Rugby although is should be noted is connected from medieval times and contributed to the rules of Australian Rules Football which also draw upon the rules of Association Football. So when UEFA placed an image of a Greek Episkyros player taken on the European Cup there were right to do so because all the evidence points to football originating in Ancient Greece 4000 years ago. Gridiron football, not futbol or soccer, first documented football game was played at the University of Toronto on the present site of University College 400 yards west of Queen's Park on November 9, 1861. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was Sir William Mulock, later it's Chancellor. It has been modernized ever since. The man that is credited with inventing football is Walter Camp.
When was association football invented?
Top 10 world richest footballers?
Todays list out on 7/10/2010 are as follows.1) David Beckham 100. Million Pounds 2) Michael Owen 40 million pounds, 3)Rio Ferdinand 34 Million pounds, 4) Sol Campbell31 Million pounds, Ryan Giggs 27 Million pounds, 6) Wayne Rooney25 Million pounds, 7) Steven Gerrard 22 Million pounds., Frank Lampard 22 Million pounds, John Terry 19 Million pounds, and Patrick Vieira 18 Million pounds.
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How fast is Arjen Robben?
He runs a 3.89 Forty: I'm not so much improving what I think is an honest and correct answer, but I thought any track fan would be interested to know that in Usain Bolt's Record 100M dash of 9.58, his split time at the forty yard mark was 3.85. The only thing is, track experts have researched enough to be sure you can subtract .2 seconds from a 100M split because of the strategy used in both sprints. In the 100 the runner remains low out of the blocks for nearly 20 yards/meters before slowly rising to a near erect stance around 30 to 40 yards into the race. In the forty yard dash he/she would rise much faster in order to reach their top speed asap obviously because of the shorter distance. So, if we were to apply the experts findings to Bolt's split time in his unbelievable 9.58 100M record, it means Bolt is capable of running a 3.65 forty yard dash (I once placed a bet that I could run 5 yards pass first base in under 4.0, 35 yards, I made about $375., not one of about 20 guys bet on me, after running a 3.85, but to think Bolt would have been 15 ft. ahead at that point is mind blowing), and his coaches think he's capable of reaching the 9.4's. Considering how slowly the 100M record has been bettered, sometimes as little as a few one-hundreds in of a second in a year or two over the past century, one can only conclude that Usain "Lightening" Bolt, who was the first to break the 9.7 barrier, and a year later the 9.6 barrier, already could easily be called the greatest athlete of the century, and not worry one bit that someone else will come along in the next 88 years and set times more mind-bending, in such a short amount of time, or hit 100 HR's in a MLB season, average a 100 points a game in the NBA, or score 50 TD's in an NFL season. It doesn't seem that long ago when the juiced Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson shocked the world with a then unheard of, 9.79 in 1988. After finding he cheated, it took Maurice Greene of the US. 11 years to tie that time. Green is also the last American to hold the 100M world record. Gatlin and Montgomery have broken his time, but not without finding they too had used drugs. Since then the two greatest Jamaican sprinters, Asafa Powell and Bolt have taken turns holding the title of "Fastest Man Alive." The unluckiest sprinter in history has to be Tyson Gay of the US. He's the US. 100M record holder with a very respectable 9.69, but to think he'd have to better his best by .11 seconds just to tie Bolt must give him chest pains. While researching this subject, I discovered that my personal times in a few races are still competitive even though I was a 1972 high school graduate. I would have finished second (my best of 6.39 would have been embarrassed by the new record holder) in the National High School Championships in the indoor 60M, and I'm sure my 4.23 forty (eventually called unofficial because I was only wearing gym shorts, great, new track shoes, and run on a great cork track) is still very competitive from viewing the college football combines. But I saw one high school record that astonished me. The national record is down to 10.00 in the 100M. When I was a senior in south suburban Chicago's (sorry.LOL) High, the 100M winner that year won with a 10.6. That's why I'm just amazed at todays times and accomplishments. One last prediction: the two longest running track records (both now broken) was Lee Evans 43.5 400M record at the '68 Olympics, and Pietro Miena's highly controversial 19.74 or .76 200M record (whatever it was. It was held in Italy with quite a wind, so you assume anything you want, but LOL, Bolt ran an official 19.31) both stood for over two decades. If Bolt breaks his 9.58 again, I'll bet it could stand for 30 years or more. Thanks for your time. You may all take a nap now.
Asked in Football - Soccer
Who is Team Broken Man?
If you check them out on shmacalalccabbooommboom you will get an idea of the kind of things the dogs get up to. The original concept for The unBroken Man comes from an idea which involved having a car called "The Broken Man", stuffed with chips and run by broken men, i.e those that had been through the mill with a woman and had come out the end with a baby. A No women and No children policy would be in force along with a limited choice joke box of The Pogues and Neil Diamond. Indeed, however to elaborate on the above reply, Team "Broken Man" was initially a break away faction of the umbrella group "The (Lunch time / Curry Neet) B'stards club", who, in order to fulfil a wanton need for a never ending stream of self gratification, decided drunkenly one day in February of 2006 to drive 1800 miles from the North east of England to Munich, in a raggy old boiler of a car the following September. The My Space page, in particular the "Whole sorry Saga" blog contained with in chart the exploits of the Team, from buying the car to the eventual shenanigans, Horse play and Monkey Business which took place in Germany. N.B. The Juke box mentioned above would also play "Rocket man" by Elton John and "The Gambler" By Kenny Rogers AND NOTHING ELSE!! patrons of the Broken Man pub would NOT, be allowed access to the Juke Box and therefore any song selection would be decided by the owners of said establishment. Whilst that may seem harse and not particularly customer friendly, the whole idea of the Broken Man is to be devoid of customers and be totally reliant on the pensions, lottery winnings, coins found down the back of the sofa by said Broken Men to fund the bar.
Asked in Sports, Football - Soccer
What is the most played sport in the world?
Association football (called soccer in a few countries, simply football in most) is by far the most popular and most played sport in the world. This is verified by almost every independent study ever conducted in the past few decades. Various other sports have a claim to being the next-ranked sports in the world; most are likely to be in the top ten or so. They include, not in any particular order: cricket; field hockey; ice hockey; volleyball; swimming (when considered as a whole, not individual pursuits); basketball; baseball; motor vehicle racing/motorsport; golf; cycling; rugby tennis
What are the differences between soccer cleats and baseball cleats?
All styles of cleats are different depending on brand and preference. The main difference between soccer cleats and cleats for baseball is a "toe spike". Baseball cleats have a spike at the front of the foot, where the toes are to provide traction when taking off running in dirt, whereas, soccer cleats do not have this toe spike, because it would be hard to kick a ball off the ground properly without it getting stuck in the ground. Also soccer cleats are usually more "form fitting" or will have a more sleek and tighter feel to them since you play soccer with your feet, this allows for maximum feeling of control
In what country was footballl invented?
The first mention of anything like football comes from China in the 2nd and 3rd century BC. A military training exercise involved kicking a ball through a target, whilst being attacked by opponents. Something similar also existed in Japan. The first game of this type was played in ancient Greece and Rome, but this was really more like violent dodgeball. The game closest to the modern game developed in Britain over the last 1500 years or so. Its origins are unclear (some say it's Anglo-Saxon, some say it is Celtic), however by the time of Norman conquest in 1066 it was well established. There were hundreds of different variations of the game depending on where in the country you went to. They all had the same basis though; get a ball to the opposition 'goal'. An example of this was played between neighbouring villages. The two villages would meet half way between to start the contest. The objective was to get the ball to the oppositions church by whatever means necessary (except murder, etc.). As the contests tended to be very violent, successive laws and decrees were passed over the centuries, to try and limit playing. Fortunately they were unsuccessful. By the 1800's the games were getting a lot more organised, especially at the universities and big schools. Rules and scoring were beginning to be developed and the 'field' reduced to an appropriate size (i.e. an actual field). This is when the splits started to happen and differences over what the rules should be emerged. In 1863 a meeting was held between the big London clubs and schools to once and for decide upon the rules. Unfortunately, they couldn't. Some schools, such as Rugby and Cheltenham, preferred the more physical game in which handling the ball was allowed (a feat introduced by a student by the name of Web Ellis in 1823), others such as Eton and Harrow, rejected this prefering the more skillful game involving dribbling the ball with the feet. The split was irrevokable. It was decided that handling of the ball could not be allowed (neither could wrestling an opponent, shin kicking, etc). And so the English Football Association was founded and the rules for association football laid down. Eight years later the worlds first competition, the FA cup was started and shortly afterwards the first international between England and Scotland. In Paris in 1904 FIFA was founded - the Federation Internationale de Football Association - association football (or soccer's) World governing body. Football (soccer) is now the worlds biggest sport (bigger than most of the others combined)
Why do soccer players kiss their wrists after scoring a goal?
When was soccer first invented?
What are some famous soccer players jersey numbers?
1 - Goalkeepers usually wear this number 5 - Franz Beckenbaur's number for Germany when they won the 1974 World Cup 6 - The Number Franco Baresi wore at AC Milan and Bobby Moore wore for England when they won the 1966 World 7 - Pele's Number for Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo's current shirt number for Real Madrid (Raul also wore this number) 9 - Many Clubs give this to their star striker 10 - Geoff Hurst's 1966 World Cup Number for England and Lionel Messi's current number for Barcelona 13 - This may be an unlucky number but Gerd Muller who scored a record 68 Goals in just 63 Appearances for Germany wore this number for the 1974 World Cup. 21 - Consider it the best number ever if you are a forward, because it is the combined number of all legends- Pele (7), Suarez (7), Neymar Jr (7).
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What are all the Mexican association football teams in alphabetical order?
The Mexcian Association Football teams are as follows: Club Atletico Morelia Cruz Azul Futbol Mexicano Las Chivas Rayadas Las Jaibas Los Tiburones Rojos Potros de Hierro del Atlante Pumas de la U.N.A.M. Rayados del Monterrrey Tecos de la U.A.G. They can be translated as: Format: Institution/City - Mascot America - Eagle Atlante F.C. - Iron Steed Atlas - Fox Chiapas - Jaguar Cruz Azul - Rabbit/The Machine Guadalajara - Goat Monterrey - "Rayado" Morelia - King Necaxa - Lightning Bolt Pachuca - "Tuzo" Puebla F.C. - "Camotero" Santos Laguna - Warrior Sinaloa - Dorado Toluca - Red Devil U.A.G. - Owl U.A.N.L. - Tiger U.N.A.M. - Puma Veracruz - Red Shark