April 11, 2018

Female Soccer: Girls are not Left Behind

WAF is the heart of women’s football around this world. Mostly this sports organization called Women’s Association Football (WAF) is supporting and organizing matches nationally and internationally across the globe. It has never easy to play soccer and be a professional sports person for women. Long ago in 1920 UK found amazing empowerment of women which included playing soccer too. But unfortunately, FA had immediately banned the action in the next year. These barriers proved them to stop there where they were initially. Can you believe it, in that time over 50k spectators came to see matches played by women? It happened in the UK in 20’s. Anyway, we will discuss the breakthrough and success of their spirit further in this article.

Professionalizing Women’s Soccer:

The numbers always prove the right of the deserving objects in this world. Imagine in the present day there are 176 nations are representing their women by their national women teams. It was Italy which country first made a move and professionalize a national women team in the 70’s. Though that was made for the part-time purpose, we could never underestimate the spirit and support. Next in 85’ and 89’ the nations the US and Japan respectively made the platform bigger and represented their women teams to the world. Time being a witness to all, generations which came next have experienced the expansion of this. The moment came in 1999. Around 1.2 million tickets were sold for the World Cup and that was of women. Wow!

Legends Who are Inspiring Women and Men:

The deliberate approach of a sports person never fails. Maybe she could be underestimated for a long time, but the ignition cannot be surpassed. We will talk about top 5 legends who not only made women proud, but they proved also how co-operative a society could be. The names and few descriptions are followed.
  1. Marta (position: forward; nation: Brazil)
Brazil has given us both the men and women players of soccer who can be unbeatable in many formats of this                sport. Already Pele has shown the world his legacy, we still amazed watching him play. Now Marta Silva is                    proving herself to be the best soccer player on the earth right now.
  1. Mia Hamm (position: forward; nation: USA)
This star footballer has reached to 158 goals at the end of 2004. This player from the USA has proved how to                 achieve the top being women in this world.
  1. Michelle Akers (position: forward & midfield; nation: USA)
She is a game winner and also a living legacy. A forward and attacking midfielder from the USA has been the                reason behind World Cup winning. Also, she got a gold medal in Olympics of 91’.
  1. Birgit Prinz (position: Forward & midfield; Nation: Germany)
She used to be a tricky player in Germany, nobody could judge when she was going to shoot. Amazingly she has registered a special hat-trick award in Olympics. She has 282 club goals in her account. She took retirement at a certain age of 34, last eight years of her career were very strong comparing others.
  1. Sun Wen (position: forward; nation: China)
An awesome player from China who played international matches about 152 times. In the World Cup of 99’ she individually earned the awards of Golden Ball and Boot. She struggled winning big trophies in her career, still, she played very well and inspired others. A knee injury made her leave this sport. Our heart will be full of joy when we will see women are not only taking care us in our homes, they are showing equal potential in other fields also. The moment this became challenging for the women in 1921 when authority banned their right to play, they started bringing more power into their hearts and finally, the world platform was dedicated to them.
April 11, 2018

SOCCER IN INDIA- ACHIEVING SUCCESS AT A SNAILS PACE

India is not more a left behind place for soccer. Already the nation had players like Abdul Rahim. In the era between 50’s to 60’s the national team was unstoppable. This team did qualify for the World Cup 1395 for once. Unfortunately, then the team withdrew themselves from the competition. The nation had not stopped showing the enthusiasm yet, they proved themselves several times that they are the best team in the Asian competition. Later the nation found another profound leader Sunil Chhetri who lead the team to the winning place of AFC Asian Cup in 2011 after around 27 years later. However, this country in-between broke the barrier of everything and introduced many clubs to start domestic matches.

I-League Once Renowned as National League:

The nation already tried their first attempt to bring in the clubs to show the affection for the game football in 96’. The very poor condition of infrastructures and low-grade professionalism, these things did not let the nation hold the opportunity. To reform the sensation of the game the authority came up with a new idea of re-creating the base and set the top league here and I-League was introduced as a big hope in 2007. The 10 clubs which are holding the pride of this league and the country. The names are given below who are going to take part in the up-coming 2018 league fixtures. Champion title years are given aside.
    1. Aizawl FC (2016-17)
    2. Bengaluru FC (2013-14 & 2015-16)
    3. Chennai City FC
    4. Churchill Brothers Sports Club (2008-09 & 2012-13)
    5. DSK Shivajians FC
    6. East Bengal
    7. Minerva Punjab FC (2017-18)
    8. Mohun Bagan (2014-15)
    9. Mumbai FC
    10. Shillong Lajong FC
Here also a title of ‘golden boot’ is awarded to those players who scores most goals in a whole season. Among the Indian players, Sunil Chhetri is the only player who got the title for a couple of times.

ISL: The Most Awaited League

Indian Super League has been a classic newcomer to this country. People were becoming centralized to the only sports Cricket in this country. Then this league got introduced and successfully running since October 2013. All India Football Federation with the co-operation of Reliance and Star Sports Network founded this project. Bollywood stars and other celebrities started biding their own clubs in the league. Teams which got introduced here-
  1. ATK
  2. Goa FC
  3. Northeast United
  4. Bengaluru FC
  5. Jamshedpur FC
  6. Pune City
  7. Chennaiyin FC
  8. Kerala Blasters
  9. Delhi Dynamos
  10. Mumbai City
Athletico De Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC are jointly holding the 2 times title holding teams in this super league. It got recognized in other places of the world. Firstly, the AFC approved it to get international Franchises to help it get more popularity. This time the seasons are to be put in the months from November to the mighty March. Before that, we saw it was placed in October and December. However, a spirit of sports is a very important thing here. A nation is lagging behind for a long time, although they had sportsmen who could keep the flow up to the mark. The initial atmosphere never supported soccer games in this nation. Now, this situation is slightly dealt for a moment, people are supporting this behavior. A lot of stadiums are prepared to represent the own clubs. From Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata to Fatorda Stadium in Goa and from Mumbai Patil Stadium to Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Assam; all are expanding the boundary of support for the game Soccer.
April 11, 2018

Surprising Win of Leicester City F.C…!!! Best Fairy-tale of Soccer World

English football clubs and among them whoever participate in the Premier League, these two bounds a strong area of football craze around the world. A club was formed long back in 1884 named Leicester Fosses and till date, the club is showing its potential to the football fans. A little change in their name took place, Fosses turned in City. This club was not getting to the top award of PL Championships. Besides they have won FA Cup for 4 different times, those were in 48’, 60’, 62’ and 1968. The present manager of the club and the coach as well, Claude Puel took over all the responsibilities after a fairy tale winning this club in 2016-17’s Premier League.

Journey to the Top!

The home stadium of this club is ‘King Power Stadium’, this often witnessed a sacrifice and sportsmanship of the players of the club. When the club moved in this stadium after the last stadium at Filbert Street, the fans and home club supporters experienced more thrill than before. At least 20 thousand people came in their stadium after they came to King Power in 2002.
  • An incredible tale went on and we saw the team standing against all the odds. The club almost drowned at the bottom of the list that year. Around hundred and forty days they were constantly at the bottom of the PL Standings.
  • We heard many were mocking Ranieri for coming to action very late in the place of Pearson. He already felt he was going to be sacked so early by the PL managers. All of these together could not make him crawl down from his aim.
    • What he did is like splendid, first of all, he made new targets for the team.
    • Feel the extinction of emergency, only 4 matches were left to close the season. yet they proved.
    • He made sure that the team acquires 40 points to reach the group stages fixtures of Champions’ League.
    • Lastly, he told us he never imagined his boys would finish it like this. His expectation never went out of possibility. But Leicester Boys never settled until they had secured the league to be entitled to them.

Celebration and Post Win Responses:

That Monday came in their lives like a super-thrill show of their entire life. That day Tottenham were taking on Chelsea. The London’s favorite Chelsea awaited their winning since they knew the 3 wins in next 3 games scenario of club Tottenham. Well, the standings were telling the truth, Leicester City for the very first time saw a hope. Chelsea couldn’t beat Tottenham that night, but it was a 2-2 draw. Hurray! Leicester boys went crazy, they never felt it would come like this, the whole football world experienced this tale with dignity.
  • Gary Lineker, a former player of City said he is the happiest person on the earth. The players of City were proving themselves to be on an edge of immortal sporting nature, he said it. One of the impeccable history of sports which is so underivable.
  • The president of FIFA’s world’s governing body, Gianni Infantino was mesmerized by the result of the show. He preferred this to call a fairy tale itself.
  • Data analyst of sports teams had also an opinion that this team was deservingly going to get a boost of 150 million euros for the title they had won.
  • Robbie Savage is a player of the team (midfielder), he said that the winning of Premier League title was possibly the greatest achievement among the domestic clubs and that was never going to be surpassed by anything.
A hurricane went passed through the history of football. The person Claudio Ranieri became the man for whom a team dedicated their victory. Only 6 clubs of UK managed to achieve this title since 92’ when this was declared as the topmost title of English soccer leagues. The invincible approach of the counter-attacks made this team a pure pot of bearing pains. Blue shirts have done the impossible possible on the verge of highest club competition.