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Soccer Positions Explained

Basically midfielders are the link between the strikers and the defenders. We always listen and watch soccer and hear terms like midfielder, striker, and so on. They attack when it is needed and defend when it is necessary. They are also a significant tactical help. They are believed to have strong tactical and technical abilities and can counter attack as a result of these abilities. In the paragraphs below, you will understand the nitty-gritty of various positions in the game.

Soccer Positions. This player has the skill to steer the course of the game even though he is neither a part of the midfield nor forward. Second Striker is another name for deep lying forward. In short, they do not let the main defenders get exposed and create a constant diversion for the opposite team’s center forward. The players in these positions are also supposed to provide a move conducive to an attack, by moving along the wings and giving crosses.

Goal Keeper

As the game demands and what their capabilities are, the midfielders play various roles. Maximum number of teams have two central defenders, who are positioned in front of the goal keeper. For this position, players that come to mind are Cesc Fabregas from Spain and Kaka from Brazil.

Deep Lying Forward (SS)

This is a contemporary version of a full-back, although wingers, as they are called focus more on attack. They run downfield, almost at the touchline and deliver crosses. Man-to-man marking (covering a specific player from the opposition) and rallying their area on the pitch is also done by central defenders. They can double up as either attacking midfielders or those on the wing.

Winger (RW/LW) or Wide midfielder (LM/RM)

He is the one who has to save his team’s goal post. They are skilled in passing the ball, shooting range, and deft footwork. Check out Iker Casillas from Spain for the best goalkeeping tips.

Forwards

Attacking Midfielder (AM)

These are either called center halves or central defenders. Their main aim is to block or stop the opponents from crossing or cutting the ball back in the penalty area. As the name goes, a sweeper has the role of sweeping the ball in the situation when the opponent breaches the defensive line. Javier Mascherano from Argentina and Andrea Pirlo from Italy are a couple of the best DMs around.

You utter the word, ‘soccer’, and the first thing that comes to your mind is either David Beckham, Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They can be called the core of the defense. Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, David Silva from Spain, and Lionel Messi from Argentina are the best wingers around.

A center back who has more flexibility than the regulation central defenders is the sweeper. But, it is not without some serious work by the other team players playing in different positions, who lay the foundation of that perfect goal. Ashley Cole from England performed the wingback position to perfection.

A midfielder who is in a position just on the touchline is a wide midfielder or winger. They hog the limelight with their skillful footwork and goal scoring abilities. Henceforth, if someone asks you about the game, you can give the answer confidently.

Striker (ST)

Midfielders

Center Forward (CF)

Defensive Midfielder (DM)

A striker is mainly known for his runs for beating the defenders and tries to beat the offside trap. Typically they are positioned in a 3-5-2 formation, so they can be safely called a part of the midfield. This is a very specialized position, and only they are allowed to handle the ball with forearm and arm, but only in their penalty area. He also plays close to the goal area. Thomas Vermaelen from Belgium is a good sweeper.

Wingback (WB)

Defenders

Center Back (CB)

These are on the defensive positions on either sides of the field. These are extremely crucial players who have a major impact on the course of play.

Sweeper (SW)

Those were the soccer positions explained in the order they are on the field, starting from defenders to forward. In this position, watch John Terry from England or Nemanja Vidic from Serbia.

They score goals. Their job is to stop the opposite team’s striker or center forward from scoring a goal and to get the ball out of their penalty area. Their main job is to open up goal scoring chances for their team. Attacking midfielders are normally behind the strikers on the pitch. Some wingers can also make diagonal passes to forward or take a shot at the goal. They are the gods the football fans look up to. Fernando Torres from Spain and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Sweden are the best in the business.

Central Midfielder (CM)

Fullback (FB)

A player in this position is stationed in front of the central defenders for giving more teeth to the defense. These are also what they call the ‘offensive pivot’ of the team. They have to gulp down the passes by midfielders and ensure that the ball goes past the goal keeper.

Now, this player means business. They hold back the freedom of the opponent strikers. He has to guard the goal from the opposition

Football’s Biggest Wins and Highest Scoring Matches.

Their manager, Ratismandresy Ratsarazaka, in a bizzare protest against decisions that had cost his team the league, had ordered his players to repeatedly fire shots into their own net from the kickoff. Public Domain.” data-credit-link=”http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Arbroath/Arbroath.htm” src=”https://static.suite.io/article_images/orig/3a6fa65e-e842-42bc-a04a-b2c285dc148d.jpg” title=”Arbroath 1885″/>Every now and again football throws up some terribly one-sided matches. As Adema 149-0 SOE Antananarivo

If you were under the impression that it would be impossible to score 149 goals in a 90 minute match you would be correct. Results like these are horrible for fans of the losing team, but are peversely enjoyable for the neutral. For some reason, the referee didn’t abandon the game, and the players kept this up relentlessly for the entire match. They were ranked 203rd best out of 203 nations. Unterhaching’s David Zdrilic got 8 goals. The manger was subsequently suspended by the Madagascar football federation for three years, while SOE players Mamisoa Razafindrakoto, Manitranirinana Andrianiaina, Nicolas Rakotoarimanana, and Dominique Rakotonandrasana were suspended until the end of the 2002 season.

Telegraph, The, April 14, 2001 by Mark Jeffreys

Sources. Archie Thompson equalled John Petrie’s world record with 13 (he would have broken it but for a disallowed goal). Australia, who had just beaten Tonga 22-0. The match between AS Adema and SOE, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the extraordinary result only came about as a result of a strange protest.

12th September 1885. 18-year-old John Petrie scored 13 of those 36 (still a record for a single match) while Jim Milne Jr, Bon Accord’s goalkeeper, spent most of the match trying to avoid the rain underneath an umbrella. Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers. Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord.

36-0 is a cricket score, which is appropriate considering Bon Accord were a cricket team who had been entered into the Scottish Football Cup by mistake. They effectively had to play with a third choice eleven, which had an average age of 18 and included two 15 year olds. As Samoa’s coach Lui noted, ‘We don’t know what Australia were trying to prove scoring all those goals.’ In the end, Australia’s massive win didn’t do them any good. The referee had originally counted 37 goals, but Dundee insisted they had only scored 35, an act of honesty they were to regret upon hearing the result of Arbroath’s match.

11th April 2001. Incredibly, on the exact same day and only 18 miles away, Dundee Harp defeated Aberdeen Rovers 35-0. It is harder to support such practice in cup matches, as was the case in three of the games below. This was always going to be an absolute mauling and Australia refused to show them any mercy. ‘I’ve got to tell you they are woeful’, said David Smith, their Australian liason officer, ‘the reserves of a seventh division amateur side would beat them.’ And their opponents were Australia. Sunday Herald, The, Jan 19, 2003 by Natasha Woods

Guardian, The, November 29, 2002

Arbroath 1885Chelsea put 7 past Stoke, Aston Villa, and Sunderland, and 8 past Wigan (who also lost 9-1 to Tottenham Hotspur). But it wasn't a victory to be proud of. Australia, who were ranked 128 places above them. Their invitation was meant to go to Orion FC, who wouldn't have beaten Arbroath (in fact Orion faced Bon Accord's opponents two years later and lost 18-0) but at least they played the same sport as them. Part of you wants them to stop, while another part wants them to continue to tear them apart. The majority of their national team had just been declared ineligible by FIFA over passport issues, and they were unable to call up their under 20 players to replace them, as most of them were sitting highschool exams. That came against the mighty Wallis and Futuna in 1983. Australia 31-0 American Samoa.

In American Samoa’s entire history as an international football team they had managed only one victory. It is not as impossible, however, to score 149 own goals which Malagsy club SOE proved during a match against AS Adema in the TBH Champions League in 2002. In fact, the victory could have been by a much greater margin had the referee, Dave Storment, not chalked off 7 goals for offside. Is it unsporting behavior to run up the score against inferior opposition? In Chelsea’s case, it was easy to justify, as goal difference could have been the difference between them winning and not winning the league. The following is a list of the highest winning margins of all time. In a pre-season friendly in 2009, Spanish side Villareal beat third division Navata 27-0. Despite scoring 73 goals in the qualifiers, they were defeated 3-1 in a playoff against Uruguay, missing out on an a place at the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea.

31st October 2002

Capital Radio London: The Early Days

The low powered broadcasts continued into 1974, until the new masts were finally built at Saffron Green (North London). As Capital 95.8 FM, it not only broadcasts to London, but its modern day owners are currently planning to launch it nationally, presumably as competition to BBC Radio 1.

Once gaining power, the new Conservative governments Sound Broadcasting Act (1972) brought about the introduction of the Independent Radio Authority, whose remit was to advertise the 19 broadcasting radio licences available to 18 areas of the UK. At that time the stations frequency changed to 194 meters (1546 kHz).

The first independent local radio station, the news oriented London Broadcasting (LBC), went on air at 6am on October 8th 1973, Capital Radio, followed a week later.

Launch and Early Broadcasts

At 5am on the 16th October 1973, the station went on air, firstly playing the National Anthem, followed by a message from the chairman. Specialist music programmes (such as Jazz and classical music), radio plays, arts magazines and news documentaries were also broadcast in the early days, as Capital lived up to their licence providing a general entertainment station.. The first days playlist is available by clicking here

Richard Attenborough After the outlawing of offshore pirate radio stations in 1967 and the re-branding of the existing BBC radio stations, the Conservative party, in their 1970 election manifesto, promised the introduction of local commercial radio to the UK.

The 1990 Broadcasting Act put an end to independent stations simulcasting the same content on both FM and medium wave, in an attempt to give more listening choice. This happened because of the low power that the station was being broadcast at initially and continued until the new masts were built and the frequency changed.

Innovative Broadcasting

Many features that have become commonplace on British radio stations in recent years were first heard on Capital:

The Flying Eye was an aeroplane giving up to date travel news in the rush hours.A flat share list was produced twice a week, for listeners looking for accommodation within the city and beyond.Daily shopping tips and price changes were broadcast on the mid-morning show.A jobmate scheme was introduced trying to pair unemployed younger people with older volunteers for help and advice in looking for work.The station purchased the Duke of Yorks Theatre in 1978 where they staged plays, concerts and debates.A charity, Help a London Child, was set up, culminating in a radio appeal lasting over the Easter period every year.A phone in show was broadcast on weekday evenings, featuring personal, emotional and sexual problems with Anna Raeburn and the Capital Doctor each Wednesday.The Sunday Soapbox was broadcast weekly, giving anyone the opportunity to talk for 5 minutes about anything that made them angry.Capital Radio Today

Capital Radio continues to this day, albeit now only to be found on the FM band (it is available on other platforms such as DAB radio, satellite, cable and the internet however). Then came a specially written jingle performed by Blue Mink and then the first record was played which was Simon and Garfunkels Bridge Over Trouble Water. It is still to be found on the medium wave at 194 meters (1546 kHz).

Related ArticlesSources and Suggested Further ReadingTony Stoller (2010) Sounds of Your Life: A History of Independent Radio in the UK (John Libbey Publishing Ltd). The first commercial to be heard on Capital Radio was for Birds Eye Fish Fingers which co-incidentally was also the 1st commercial on LBC.

There were 50 applications for the general entertainment licence, including a high profile bid by a consortium led by Hughie Green (of Opportunity Knocks fame), who had previously worked at Radio Luxembourg. The successful group were led by dentist Barclay Barclay-White and chaired by film director/star Richard Attenborough. Capital Gold came into being at that time with a golden oldies format and has now merged with Classic Gold to form Gold Radio. The one area which was to be granted 2 licences was London (and the Home Counties), where one station would concentrate on a news and talk format and the other a general entertainment output.

In order that the station could start its broadcasts on time, the IBA hastily installed transmitters and a T aerial between two chimneys at the Lots Road power station in Chelsea. MDS 975 (Mike Smiths excellent site, categorising the history of UK radio)

Immediately after going on air, Capital Radio suffered cross channel interference from Dutch offshore pirate station Radio Veronica. Capital Radio was born and the test broadcasts began.

A selection of Capital Radio sound clips are available by clicking here

Transmitter and Frequency Difficulties

Capital started its broadcasts on FM at 95.8 MHz VHF stereo (where it remains to this day) and on the medium wave at 539 meters (557 kHz). The IBA however had not been able to obtain planning permission in time to erect the masts for the medium wave transmitters.

DJs to be heard in the early days of the station included Kenny Everett, Dave Cash, Dave Symonds, Tommy Vance, Roger Scott and Nicky Horne, but the station did not just play music

Dortmund, Bayern still charging ahead in Bundesliga

No two teams have ever before started the Bundesliga with five wins at the same time.

The sixth round see midweek games taking place, with defending champion Bayern hosting runner-up Wolfsburg on Tuesday, before Dortmund – which leads Bayern on goal difference – visits Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

Borussia Moenchengladbach and Stuttgart are still looking for their first points after dismal starts to the season. VICE-CHAMPION

Wolfsburg defeated Bayern 4-1 when the sides last met in January but the team hasn’t fully clicked yet this season following the departure of Kevin de Bruyne and the arrivals of Julian Draxler and Brazilian defender Dante.

Dante will be keen to impress against his former colleagues after being found surplus to requirements at Bayern.

BERLIN (AP) Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are leading the charge in the German league. `Gladbach will have to find a new coach after Lucien Favre resigned Sunday night.

Here are some things to know about the round:

DORTMUND ON SONG

Dortmund’s fans are already singing about the title following the club’s best ever start to the season. The side is reinvigorated under new coach Thomas Tuchel, with 11 straight wins from 11 games across all competitions so far, the latest an impressive 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

No team has ever made such a good start in the Bundesliga, where Dortmund has scored 18 goals and conceded three in its five straight wins.

Hoffenheim has often proved a thorn in Dortmund’s side and there remains an element of bad feeling between the clubs.

This season, however, has not gone according to plan. Hoffenheim has just one point after four defeats in its opening five games.

CHAMPION VS. Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Cologne in the Rhine derby proved the final straw.

There was no immediate indication of who would be in charge for the visit of Augsburg on Wednesday. Sporting director Rudi Voeller said the side was like a ”sleeping beauty” after the loss in Dortmund.

Roger Schmidt’s side hasn’t scored in three games and its defense looks suspect ahead of the visit of Mainz on Wednesday.

Mainz was third, albeit for one night only, after beating Hoffenheim 3-1 on Friday with Yunus Malli scoring a hat trick.

”We didn’t extend his contract (to 2018) to sell him again two days later,” Mainz general manager Christian Heidel said.

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. The club had called a press conference for Monday afternoon.

STUTTGART SIGNS

Despite starting with five straight defeats, Stuttgart has been showing signs of life under new coach Alexander Zorniger.

His side dominated against Schalke on Sunday and created a host of chances to score, only to find Ralf Faehrmann in inspired form in the visiting goal.

Zorniger and the team still have the Stuttgart fans’ support, even if they have no points to show for their efforts.

”Everything can’t be that bad if we’re still being applauded after five losses,” captain Christian Gentner said after the latest one.

On Sunday, Stuttgart visits Hannover, another side desperate for points after four defeats and a draw.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Bayer Leverkusen is also wondering what has gone wrong after three consecutive defeats in the league. Favre saved the club from relegation after taking over in 2011 and led it to the Champions League last season.

But the 57-year-old felt he was no longer the ”perfect coach” for `Gladbach despite strong attempts from sporting director Max Eberl to convince him otherwise. Wolfsburg hasn’t conceded in three games.

But Wolfsburg’s 2-0 home win over Hertha Berlin was somewhat fortunate on Saturday, and Bayern will present a far greater challenge on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola was able to rotate his side in the 3-0 win at Darmstadt, with Thomas Mueller, Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara all starting on the bench, while Robert Lewandowski was left out to recover from a knock.

FROM `GLADBACH TO WORSE

Moenchengladbach’s dismal start to the season took an unexpected turn for the worse Sunday when Lucien Favre decided he’d had enough

World Cup: Will Messi or Robben win battle of wizards?

Europe

Argentina has won the World Cup twice (1978 & 1986).

The teams have met three times in the knockout stages of the World Cup — Netherlands lead 2-1.

For all the attacking flair on the pitch, the result, in the end, may hinge on the tactical nous of the men in suits standing on the touchline.

Since taking over in 2011, Sabella has overseen just four losses in 39 matches.

Van Gaal, meanwhile, has seen his side lose just twice in 26 matches during his second stint as the national coach.

The 62-year-old, who will take over as manager at English Premier League side Manchester United after the World Cup finishes, has won plaudits for some cunning substitutions during the finals.

The introduction of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar late in the game against Mexico helped turn the tide in the European side’s favor.

The Schalke striker, who came on for Robin van Persie in the 76th minute, laid off the ball for Wesley Sneijder’s sumptuous 88th-minute strike before scoring a penalty in injury time as the Oranje snatched a 2-1 victory.

Against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, Van Gaal sent on goalkeeper Tim Krul in the dying seconds of extra time.

The bold move worked as the Newcastle United keeper pulled off two saves in the shootout to send the Dutch into the semis and a step closer to a first World Cup title.

“Maybe Louis does have a golden willy,” Robben cheekily said following the last-gasp win over Mexico in the last 16.

On Wednesday we may be one step closer to finding out.

The Netherlands has reached the final three times (1974, 1978, 2010) but never won.

Semifinal showdown on Sao Paulo. He was carrying the injury for the whole tournament and was never really 100%. And quite frankly, I think the better player is Arjen,” van Marwijk told Dutch broadcaster NOS TV.

“Four years ago, Arjen was injured just before the start of the tournament in a friendly against Hungary. Semifinal showdown on Sao Paulo

Lionel Messi has scored four goals — half of Argentina’s total during the 2014 World Cup

Semifinal showdown on Sao Paulo

Arjen Robben has scored three goals in the tournament so far.

Semifinal showdown on Sao Paulo

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Argentina and the Netherlands contest World Cup semifinal in Sao Paulo Dutch winger Arjen Robben has been the Netherlands standout performer in BrazilArgentina relying on Lionel Messi to inspire the two-time winners to final at Maracana Dutch looking to reach back-to-back finals; Argentina seek final spot for first time in 24 years

(CNN) — All eyes will be on Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben when Argentina face the Netherlands in the World Cup semifinal in Sao Paulo to discover who will meet Germany in the final.

The Dutch will be looking to their mercurial winger to steer them to a second successive World Cup final while Argentina will likely need some Messi magic if they are to reach a first final in 24 years.

Both men have been central to the success of their sides so far in the competition earning glowing tributes from team managers past and present.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said his midfield maestro was like “water in the desert” following his side’s 1-0 victory over Belgium in the quarterfinals.

“Each time he gets the ball, it represents hope for all of us and a threatening situation for our opponents,” Sabella told reporters after the game.

“Regardless of whether he scores goals or not, his influence is decisive. A game has many aspects, apart from goals.

“When you have a player such as Messi, who never, or almost never, loses the ball, it’s water in the desert and not just when he scores.”

Dutch praise for Robben has been equally fulsome.

Former Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk, who steered the Oranje to the final in 2010, believes Robben may be a better player than the Barcelona midfielder.

“Argentina have got Messi, we’ve got Robben. But this year he’s been unstoppable.”

Current teammate Dirk Kuyt has also lauded the Bayern Munich star’s contribution in Brazil.

“I wouldn’t swap Robben for any player in the world,” Kuyt told FIFA.com earlier in the tournament.

“He is having an amazing World Cup. He’s scored goals and created goals, he’s so fast and he is a very important player for us.”

Three goals and one assist at the finals attest to Robben’s value, though he’s also attracted plenty of criticism for his theatrical habit of going down in the penalty area during the tournament.

Coach Louis van Gaal will need the 30-year-old to put in a flawless performance if the Dutch are to progress.

As Sabella has hinted, two-time champions Argentina are perhaps even more reliant on Messi.

The 27-year-old has scored half of Argentina’s eight goals in the competition so far.

With Angel di Maria ruled out with a thigh injury, strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero (if passed fit) will be relying on Messi more than ever to set them free in front of goal.

With three Ballon d’Or awards, three Champions League winners medals and six La Liga titles to his name, Messi would seal his place in football’s pantheon if he became the first Argentine since Diego Maradona to lift the trophy.

But he’s not getting carried away just yet.

“To play a World Cup final with the great atmosphere of the Maracana is something what every player dreams of, but first we have to make sure we get there,” Messi said, FIFA.com reported.

Previous matches between the two sides have produced moments of individual brilliance — Dennis Bergkamp’s exquisite 90th-minute winner in the quarterfinal in 1998 was one of the greatest goals ever seen at a World Cup finals.

Twenty-four years earlier it was Johan Cruyff who was strutting his stuff, scoring two goals for the Dutch in a 4-0 win at the 1974 finals hosted and won by Germany.

Argentina’s only victory against the Netherlands at a World Cup came in the 1978 final — legendary striker Mario Kempes scoring twice in a 3-1 extra time win at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.

South America vs

Kelsi Reich: Cowboys Cheerleader in for Surprise If Bills’ David Nelson Scores

He has put together a decent year as the No. I want to do something that hasn’t been done before, but the situation has to be right. More importantly it will involve his girlfriend.

Nelson has 402 receiving yards and three touchdowns this season.

“Been there and done that. 2 receiver across from Steve Johnson.

I’m not one of those people. I don’t care that Hank Baskett is married to Kendra Wilkinson.

In case you aren’t aware, this weekend the Bills are traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

Kelsi Reich: Cowboys Cheerleader in for Surprise If Bills' David Nelson Scores

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I have no idea what it could be at this point. What was it that Nelson was going to do.

David Nelson is currently in his second season with the Bills. Nelson has said that if he scores a touchdown this weekend he will do something to celebrate. That began talks that he may propose to Reich on the field.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson is currently dating Kelsi Reich, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

Nelson has since declined the rumor, saying that he wants to do something unique that has never been done before.

However, this weekend I am paying a little extra attention to one particular situation.

For some reason, people in general are fascinated with the personal lives of athletes and others encompassed by fame.

Immediately the rumors started. You will never catch me watching a show with Kim Kardashian. I’m intrigued enough to tune in and see what happens.. I’m not a big celebration guy when I score, but this is a special situation and if something happens I’ll be looking to enjoy the situation.”

He reportedly will have 80 fans in the stands on Sunday

Beckham’s PSG arrival gives me peace, says Ibrahimovic

Story highlightsZlatan Ibrahimovic says less people chase him now that David Beckham is around Ibrahimovic joined PSG in the summer and Beckham arrived in January Ibrahimovic says Beckham’s experience will help PSG for the rest of the season PSG visits Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday A-list celebrities and big pay packets are overflowing in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room, but you won’t find Zlatan Ibrahimovic complaining.

Was it because of Beckham’s ability to hit pinpoint crosses and corner kicks? That helps. “The club has been changing from a normal club to a top club and Beckham gives you some kind of confidence.

Another boost for PSG would come if Messi doesn’t play Wednesday, and he is a doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury in the first leg. He has a touch that I haven’t seen many players have. But mostly Beckham’s arrival in the French capital has meant the paparazzi are leaving Ibrahimovic in peace.

The 31-year-old Swede was sold to PSG from AC Milan as part of a summer clear-out by the Italian club while Beckham, one of the most recognized people in the world, signed with the French club on a free transfer in January.

In fact he is absolutely delighted that David Beckham has joined him at PSG.

Experience

However Ibrahimovic believes that the former England captain’s experience will help PSG as it seeks to upset Barcelona and also claim the French league title for the first time since 1994. That’s good because he takes care of that and I can play football and focus on football.”

When PSG signed Beckham, many said the move was simply an exercise in public relations meant to bolster the profile of the team, which is backed by wealthy Qatari owners — the Qatar Investment Authority.

Read: Beckham’s PSG sacrifice

But Beckham has been frequently used by PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti, though the Englishman was criticized by the French press for his performance against Barcelona — one of Ibrahimovic’s former teams — in the Champions League quarterfinals last week when the sides played to a 2-2 first-leg tie in Paris.

A surprise starter, Beckham was substituted with 20 minutes remaining.

“He has a quality, big quality. I don’t even walk in the streets.

After the first leg, Barcelona lodged an official complaint to UEFA, angered about the standard of refereeing.

“But since the day I came here it’s been totally stressful.

“So when David came he got more of the media (attention).

Besides Ibrahimovic’s offside goal, the Catalans were upset that German referee Wolfgang Stark allowed play to continue when Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba collided in the second half, leaving both Barcelona defenders prone on the ground.

. Everybody is chasing me with their scooters. And he is very elegant when he plays.”

Despite the criticism leveled at Beckham, Ancelotti has said he would once again start the midfielder in Wednesday’s second leg.

Bayern Munich will be favored to advance against Juventus in Wednesday’s other quarterfinal second leg, holding a 2-0 advantage.

“I think it’s good for me that Beckham came so he gets more attention than me, so they leave me a little bit alone,” Ibrahimovic told CNN.

“Since I came here, everybody said don’t worry, as a football player you can walk in the city and nobody will disturb you because as a football player it is not like it is in Italy. Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund progressed Tuesday to reach the semifinals.

But instead of the visitor walking away with a 2-1 victory, Blaise Matuidi boosted PSG’s second-leg prospects with a deflected effort four minutes into injury time.

“I think he has been very important for us,” Ibrahimovic said.

If the game at the Camp Nou is as dramatic as the first leg at the Parc des Princest, fans should expect a memorable evening.

After Lionel Messi gave Barca a first-half lead, Ibrahimovic drew PSG level from an offside position in the 79th minute before Xavi restored the visitors’ one-goal advantage with an 89th minute penalty

Chelsea pursuing China defender Zhang

Zhang and the clubs were working through the terms of his transfer, Titan said.

Even if were to go ahead, Zhang said he did not expect to get straight into Premier League football.

Players from non-European Union countries are subject to tighter work permit requirements in Britain, and Chelsea might elect to loan the defender to a European side for a period of time to pave his way into the league.

“Although I’m unable to play Premier League directly, I believe (Chelsea) will have the most professional arrangements regarding my permit,” Zhang added.

Technically proficient and solidly built, Zhang has been a key player in Guangzhou’s success in China and their run to the 2013 Asian Champions League title.

He carries the nickname ‘Zhangmos’ in China in a nod to Real Madrid’s stalwart defender Sergio Ramos.

“I’ve worked hard and waited these five-six years for my dream of playing overseas, and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.”

The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window closes on Sept. 1, Titan said.

“I’m very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,” the newspaper quoted Zhang as saying.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Patrick Johnston/John O’Brien)

Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou were not contactable to verify the report.

“I have no worries at all about the negotiations.”

Chelsea have endured a sketchy start to their English title defence, shipping an unusually high seven goals in their first three matches.

Chelsea have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported on Friday.

The Town of Dortmund Review (catappr)

Nowadays there are almost six hundred thousand citizens in this place, placing it no 7 in the country in terms of population, and number 34 in Europe.

In 1220 the city was proclaimed “imperial free”, which implied no more tribute collecting and no more civilian enrolling for the military forces of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Also raised in the 13th century, Hous Delwig, the most visited of the three, presenting more original parts, like the entire front side, the towers and two beautiful buildings. He and his entire court lived in that town for no less than two years.

The medieval edifices, the Romanesque churches and the bicentennial town hall structure are in contrast with the new city center, suspended transportation systems and other sci-fi designs you can find in Dortmund. There are numerous things to see in Dortmund, and it would seem to me that the most important is the marvelous Westphalian Industrial Museum Zollern Colliery, which promises to accompany visitors on an unforgettable journey in the evolution of our technology. This name was given simply because it underlined the religious characteristic of the Empire and its ruler.

From that moment on, the town (which had begun to be called in scholars’ notes as ”Dorpmunde”) begun to be very important for the trading organizations of the Hanseatic League, which was an alliance of traders who had a trade monopoly on a large area of Germany, and a number of districts in the Netherlands.

Obviously, this museum is for technology fans, however Dortmund has other features, for other types of tourists. But this term, the Holy Roman Empire, should not misguide you into thinking that the Romans were still in Germany in those times. First, there is Haus Bodelschwingh, originally constructed in the 13th century, and reconditioned in the 19th century. It was first mentioned in the 12th century, during the rule of the famous Emperor Barbarossa (his real name being Frederick). The parks are peaceful and calm, the cafes are loud and energetic. Before, the settlement was nothing more than a insignificant community, with nothing exciting happening. It was not known if the fire was natural or intentional, but the thing we know is that Emperor Barbarossa decided to reconstruct it and declare it his official home. They have everything inside, including a full-sized steam locomotive that was cut in the middle to show all the parts that made it work.

Closer to our days, during the industrial revolution, Dortmund became a mining city, due to the large coal and metal deposits in the surrounding area. For example, you’ll find three, fully reconditioned, moated castles to tour in this town. This is why this town is worth visiting, apart from its rich historical and industrial legacy.

In ClosingOne of the best hotels in this city is the Mark Hotel Commerz Dortmund

. The last one is Haus Rodenberg, a splendid moated castle.

ProsGet there by plane, car, train or bus.

ConsSometimes the city center gets crowded and too noisy because of the fans of the Borussia Dortmund soccer team.

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Dortmund is a wonderful urban area with rich history and an important industrial legacy. They produced large amounts of coal and steel ever since, and this determined a steady growth of the town. In 1150 it was burned down to the ground in a big fire

Best Players in Football Manager 2010

Football Manager 2010 (or Football Manager 10 or FM10) is a football simulation video game that allows you to take on the role of a football manager, and manage your team and players.

The game was released in October 2009, and can be played on Microsoft Windows, the Mac OS X, and the Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable). They will certainly add value to your team if you go ahead and purchase any of them.

Best Young Players

A point to keep in mind is that you should always buy the young ones too. As the manager of your favorite team, you have to arrange your team the way you want, by buying and selling players, setting out the line-ups for the next game, and managing all the things that come under the daily jurisdiction of a real-life football manager. With all the players mentioned here though, you can never go wrong.

To devise a list of the best players, one needs to analyze the various attributes of each player, and compare it with their age, and then see how much potential of growth they have. For some people, this is the closest they can come to living out their fantasy of being a real football manager.. Here, you will find some of the best players to buy in the game, and some of the best young players to look out for as well.

Player Name Currnet Club Position Country Julio Cesar Inter Milan GoalKeeper Brazil Hugo Lloris Lyon GoalKeeper France Iker Casillas Real Madrid GoalKeeper Spain Sergio Asenjo Atletico Madrid GoalKeeper Spain Rene Adler Bayer Leverkusen GoalKeeper Germany Igor Akinfeev CSKA Moscow GoalKeeper Russia Sebastian Frey Fiorentina GoalKeeper France Manuel Neuer Schalke 04 GoalKeeper Germnay Oscar Ustari Getafe GoalKeeper Argentina Joe Hart Manchester City GoalKeeper England Patrice Evra Manchester United Left Back France Gareth Bale Tottenham Left Back Wales Fabio Manchester United Left Back Brazil Ashley Cole Chelsea Left Back England Gael Clichy Arsenal Left Back France Rafael Manchester United Right Back Brazil Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Right Back Spain Maicon Inter Milan Right Back Brazil Dani Alves Barcelona Right Back Brazil Davide Santon Inter Milan Right Back Italy Gerard Pique Barcelona Center Back Spain Thiago Silva AC Milan Center Back Brazil Simon Kjaer Palermo Center Back Denmark Sidnei Benfica Center Back Brazil Jack Rodwell Everton Center Back England Micah Richards Manchester City Center Back England Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund Center Back Germany Mamadou Sakho PSG Center Back France Nicolas Otamendi Velez Center Back Argentina Marc Muniesa Barcelona Center Back Spain Mesut Ozil Werder Bremen Left Midfielder Germany Angel di Maria Benfica Left Midfielder Argentina Luka Modric Tottenham Left Midfielder Croatia Franck Ribery Bayern Munich Left Midfielder France Antonio Cassano Sampdoria Left Midfielder Italy Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Right Midfielder Holland Theo Walcott Arsenal Right Midfielder England Nani Manchester United Right Midfielder Portugal Jesus Navas Sevilla Right Midfielder Spain Marko Marin Werder Bremen Right Midfielder Germany Javier Mascherano Liverpool Defensive Midfielder Argentina Sami Khedira Schalke 04 Defensive Midfielder Germany Ever Banega Valencia Defensive Midfielder Argentina Moussa Sissoko Toulouse Defensive Midfielder France Felipe Melo Juventus Defensive Midfielder Brazil Marek Hamsik Napoli Attacking Midfielder Slovakia Jack Wilshere Arsenal Attacking Midfielder England Eden Hazard Lille Attacking Midfielder Belgium Diego Juventus Attacking Midfielder Brazil Stefan Defour Standard Liege Attacking Midfielder Belgium Wayne Rooney Manchester United Striker England Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Striker Portugal Lionel Messi Barcelona Striker Argentina David Villa Valencia Striker Spain Fernando Torres Liverpool Striker Spain Didier Drogba Chelsea Striker Ivory Coast Zlatan Ibrahimovic Barcelona Striker Sweden Carlos Tevez Manchester City Striker Argentina Diego Forlan Atletico Madrid Striker Uruguay Alexandre Pato AC Milan Striker Brazil

These are some of the best players in Football Manager 2010, amongst many others. It is very easy to spot most of these gems due to their young age and high price, but some players go under the radar sometimes. Best Players List for FM10

There are many players in the game itself, but the best players will always shine through after a season or two. Here are some of the best buys for this purpose.

Player Name Age Current Club Position Country Romelu Lukaku 16 Anderlecht Striker Belgium Neymar 17 Santos Attacking Midfielder Brazil Jose Baxter 17 Everton Right Midfielder England Aaron Ramsey 18 Arsenal Attacking Midfielder England Mario Balotelli 18 Inter Milan Striker Italy Nathan Delfouneso 18 Aston Villa Striker England Miralem Pjanic 19 Lyon Attacking Midfielder Bosnia Breno 19 Bayern Munich Center Back Brazil Cesar Azpilicueta 19 Osasuna Right Back Spain Stevan Jovetic 19 Fiorentina Left Midfielder Montenegro Toni Kroos 19 Bayern Munich Attacking Midfielder Germany Dan Gosling 19 Everton Right Back England Nevan Subotic 20 Borussia Dortmund Center Back Serbia David N’Gog 20 Liverpool Striker France Marcelo 21 Real Madrid Left Back Brazil

You will be able to buy all these players for a relatively low price, and within a season or two, they will develop into the best in their position. As they grow season after season, you will see their attributes and skills grow proportionately. It’s always advisable to opt for these players as they give a great return on investment.

Assembling a team of the very best players would be a very expensive task, so you should manage your budget wisely. It is by far the most popular and realistic football simulation game around