Mes: agosto 2018

Can astrology be used to predict sports? Can it be used to predict who the winner of the Euro 2012 will be? The idea of predicting sports events has drawn astrologers and betting enthusiasts since the days of the Roman chariot races.

Sometimes astrology is used not only to predict sporting events but even to influence the decisions of the coaches when training and choosing their squad. The most famous example that springs to mind is French coach Raymond Domenech, who has admitted that a passion for astrology has impacted his squad selection. The coach, who himself is an Aquarius with Virgo rising, cut some Scorpio and Leo players from his team based on their star signs.

Things did not really go Domenech’s way during the 2010 World cup in South Africa, but he isn’t the only public figure to rely on readings of the stars, But does it work? How would you go about doing it?

Obviously all sports differ and the astrological consideration will be different for individual sports and team sports as well the skills and conditions necessary for victory in different team sports; soccer and baseball are markedly different games and therefore the astrological signs to look for should be different.

The most simplified approach usually taken is the modified exercise in horary astrology. Horary astrology is an ancient branch of horoscopic astrology by which an astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received. Different aspects of the chart are chosen to represent the two sides, whether home team vs. away team, favorite vs. underdog, or whatever is appropriate to that particular contest. The planetary rulers of the signs on those teams are evaluated and the side with the strongest astrological indications is generally declared the winner.

Another approach astrologers use to predict sports focuses on the birth charts of the competing parties. This will include the date of birth of the players and manager, the time of the game, the position of the moon during the game, etc… Using these variables they will attempt to determine who is best supported or worst affected by the astrological conditions during the match.

We cannot go into detail as to all the different signs and astrological figures used by some astrologers, but we can take a standard astrological approach for soccer/football and in particular, who will win the Euro 2012 Championship which will be held in Poland and the Ukraine from June 11 until July 1st.. One such simplified approach would be to use colors as being astrological significant.

Lists of colors to indicate clothing and objects signified in horary charts are given by most medieval astrologers. Some lists vary and there are some overlaps but generally the choice depends on shade and texture. For example: rich shades of purple are associated with Jupiter and the Sun, pale ones with Venus and the Moon.

Using these lists we can see which team colors will be the “strongest” during the time when the matches are played. The group stages will be played from June 8, 2012 until June 19,2012, with the knockout stages being held on June 21-june 28. The final will be played on July 1st, 2012.

During the group stages from June 8 to June 11 Jupiter will be in Taurus. The strong colors for this time are: green, yellow, white and light blue. Teams wearing these shirt colors are: England, Germany, Greece, Poland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Ukraine. On June 11 Jupiter will enter Gemini. The strong colors are: yellow, green and orange. Teams wearing these shirt colors are: Holland, Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine. From June 25 until the final on July 1st Jupiter will be in the sign of Cancer. The strongest colors at this time are green and white.

Using these simplified color charts and the dates the matches are played we can see that Ireland, which play in both green (home jersey) and white (away jersey) will have the strongest astrological benefits in regards to their jersey colors for this championship, but will they win the Euro 2012??? That remains to be seen…

Road to London 2012!

Aquatics

Did you know– Bolivia’s swimmer Katherine Moreno came in 38th place in the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the Seoul 1988 the Olympic Games, between Angela Birch (Fiji) and Elsa Freire (Angola). However, Antonieta Arizaga is the most successful swimmer in Bolivian history. Why? At the 1977 Bolivarian Games, surprisingly, Miss Arizaga won the gold medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke. No other Bolivian swimmer -male or female– had ever won an international title in the history of Latin American sport. Unfortunately, she lost the chance to compete in the Olympic Swimming Tournament when the Bolivian government boycotted the Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union in 1980.

Basketball

Did you know- Chile’s athlete Onésima Reyes was one of the world’s best basketball players in the early 1950s. Under her leadership, Chile finished second in the Women’s Basketball World Cup, behind America.

Olympics

Did you know- By 1984, Costa Rica -once dubbed the “Switzerland of Latin America”– sent one sportswoman to the Summer Olympic Games in the American city of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, María del Milagro París, who was one of Latin America’s top swimmers, did not compete at the 1984 Summer Games. At the previous Olympics in the Soviet Union in 1980, she had been one of the eight finalists in the women’s 100m butterfly. At the FINA World Championships in the Colombian city of Cali in July 1975, she came in fifth place in the 100m butterfly, after Kornelia Ender and Rosemary Kother (both from East Germany) and Camille Wright and Jill Symons (both ).

Soccer

Did you know- The United States hosted the Women’s Football World Cup in the late 1990s. The host nation’s team won the gold medal, followed by the People’s Republic of China (silver), and Brazil (bronze). On July 10, 1999, in the final, the States defeated China 5-4 (penalty kicks). At the previous World Cup in Sweden in 1995, the team of America came in third place. By 1996, they, the local squad, won the gold medal in the Women’s Olympic Games Soccer Tournament, followed by the People’s Republic of China (silver), Norway (bronze), Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Japan, and Denmark, in that order. The Olympic winners were Tiffeny Milbrett, Tisha Venturini, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Carin Gabarra, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Staci Wilson, Brandi Chastain, Tiffany Roberts, Carla Overbeck, Cindy Parlow, Mary Harvey, Briana Scurry.

Table Tennis

Did you know- In August 1973, Chile sent two sportswomen – Erika Medina Sutherland and Hilda Raquel Ortiz– to the People’s Republic of China, home to the African-Asian Tournament.

European football commands a huge fan following. These leagues are also some of the most lucrative football associations in the world. Naturally, football leagues in Europe have also some of the richest athletes in the history of sports. Here are some of those footballers that made it to the recent Forbes’ list of the wealthiest active stars in the European leagues:

1.) Ronaldino of Serie A Milan. This great Brazilian footballer is currently making at least £6 million a year with Milan. Upon coming over to Europe, he was initially offered by Barcelona a €32,250,000 transfer contract which he eventually accepted. He stayed with the Catalan club for 5 years before joining the Italian Serie A Milan.

2.) David Beckham of Los Angeles Galaxy. Known throughout the world as the husband of the former member of the famous Spice Girls Victoria Adam, David Beckam has also solidly built his own reputation as one of the top grossing football stars in Europe and America. Although he is currently playing for Los Angeles Galaxy in the US, Beckam was a key player of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Milan before coming over of the US. As such, he is considered to be one of the richest football stars to date due to team contracts, endorsements, and other revenue sources. His value is worth over US $300,000 million.

3.) Ronaldo of the Corinthians. Like Ronaldino, Ronaldo also hails from Brazil and is considered to be one of the richest athletes in the world. He played for Milan and Real Madrid in his lengthy career, excluding his time spent on his country teams. His offer for Read Madrid was recorded to have reached €39 million. Due to injuries, he grew out of favor with Real Madrid’s manager and decided to transfer to Milan. He was acquired by Milan after an agreement of €7.5 million transfer contract.

4.) Wayne Rooney of Manchester United. Many fans and media analysts like him for his demeanor in the field, and most especially for his strong performance as a role player in the team. He formerly played for the youth team Everton but was offered by Manchester a £25.6 million transfer contract in 2004. he played well together with his other famous co-stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes which endeared him greatly to the fans of the club, and hence, adding to his value as a great footballer in the league. He is said to command just well below £100 million mark on his next contract.

5.) Michael Ballack of Bundesliga. This outstanding German footballer is also one of the top grossing players in Bayer Leverkusen league in Germany. He was offered a €4.1 million contract in 1999 for a transfer to his current team. Bayern Munich offered another €12.9 million. He then moves to the Premier League by joining the Chelsea in mid-2006 where he won his first English honors. He again moved back to his former team, Bayer by signing a two-year contract for an undisclosed amount.

These players are undisputed league leaders in their own right as they have the stats to prove it. Each of them has played, at one time in their career, in the Premier League. Together, they are the epitome of the best of the European football has to offer.

After a long and arduous wait for FIFA 12 to arrive I have compiled and review the greatest football (or soccer if you prefer) games of all time. The games chosen have been selected for various reasons, you may agree with my choices, you may not, but chances are that every ones list will be different in some way shape or form.

1. FIFA series

Way back in 1993 when the first FIFA game was released the graphics and player animation was a million miles away from the slick player movements and facial details we now expect. You simply moved a blob around a green blocky pitch. Looking back and comparing to our games we have now, you say to yourself what were we thinking. But knowing we had hours on hours of fun that’s what made FIFA for me! Over the years what’s got better? Off the pitch, the face and the appearance of the menu gets better every year, and much faster than its sluggish old self. FIFA introduced a manager mode and ultimate team mode lately and that seems to be having a great impact on FIFA.On the pitch, graphics and the game engine has improved a massive amount. What’s got worse? My opinion nothing has got worse just needs tweaking and updating, for example wind control and ball control is not that realistic yet but I’m sure they will soon. Over the years you can tell they have jumped a big gap, you can actually tell who you’re playing as and it seems you’re watching TV.

2. Championship manager

Championship Manager is a series of international football management Games and was first released in 1992. The release of the first version of the game was not an outstanding success due to people’s ignorance of this sort of game, and sales were steady rather than astronomical. However, this soon changed and today the renamed Football Manager franchise now boasts an army of dedicated fans, myself included, whom literally live, breathe and sleep Championship Manager (much to the chagrin of close family members, friends and generally anyone who knows you!). For me, it was Championship Manager 99/00 which really kick-started my passion. The simplicity of managing your favourite team was a breath of fresh air; being able to bring in those star players that you wish your manager would sign whilst nurturing your favourite academy players was a big part of my growing up. Nowadays the series has reached an incredible depth of detail, with the in-game scouting network being that detailed and accurate it’s used by professional clubs with lower budgets to scout potential transfer targets as well as opposition players and staff. With the game of football constantly evolving, and the Championship Manager series evolving with it, I can see only a golden era for this type of football strategy game- And I love it!

3. PES Series

Pro Evolution soccer is a brilliant game but has always been behind FIFA, except for one year, Pro Evolution Soccer 3, i was blown away with the improvements and you could see the creators put all their effort in to this game to make it bigger and better. Pro Ev 3 made full use of everything the PlayStation had to offer with graphics and player movements that we realistic and smooth. You no longer felt like you were in an arcade playing on a joystick, you had more enjoyment you got from FIFA, I had so much enjoyment from this game i spent my life on it when it was released. But in my own opinion this was the highest point in the series and declined from PES5 onwards.

4. Sensible Soccer

Sensible Soccer was one of the first football games to really hit the mark. Whilst the graphics don’t look to have come on that far since pong when compared against the likes of FIFA 12, back in the early nineties those small blobs were cutting edge. The main attraction of Sensible Soccer however was not in the graphics; it was the outstanding game play. The fact that anyone could pick up a controller and play the game to a reasonable standard, but the game still left room for serious gamers to develop and become masters. But best of all, you even had the proper player names. No need to cheer for Bryan Goggs on Sensible Soccer.

Summary

In the opinion of this writer, despite the outstanding qualities of all the games, FIFA stand head and shoulders above the rest. First released in 1993, it has continually evolved and whilst Pro Evolution may have overtaken it in some gamers hearts for a couple of years in the late 2000’s, it is now firmly back on top. The new FIFA 12 game is set to smash all records and leave its rivals desperately trying to mimic.

The tournament is not complete but the two week journey of my 13 year old son and I has come to a close. Having attended other world cup finals (1994 USA, 2002 Japan Korea and 2006 Germany) we were looking forward to an amazing time in Africa and we were not disappointed – except for the final goal in Rustenburg.

Starting with some of the best of the tournament which in my mind is the rebranding of South Africa from Apartheid to the Rainbow Nation and no longer being seen as a third world country; the message of Mandela and the power of reconciliation is a lesson for all mankind.

It is pure joy enjoying the father – son experience of traveling together and the highlight of all of the soccer games we attend (domestic or international) is kicking together at halftime. The World Cup makes that even more spectacular as it involves children and people from all over the world united by the touch of the

Other highlights included:
* The early goal by Shabalala and the quality performances by the Bafana Bafana despite being the first host nation not to advance to the knockout stages.

* The contrite English fans who claimed they beat USA except for the goalkeeper error. Hello soccer gods. About 95% of all soccer goals are due to defensive mistakes in one form or another – including the one you got on USA.

* The Minnow surprises made early matches exciting:
-New Zealand Italy 1-1 a country that has played in 4 world cup final matches vs. a country that has won 4 world cups.
-North Korea surprisingly competitive against against Brasil; the 2-1 result was not televised in North Korea as the little little 'Little Kim' felt as though the expected one-sided match would be too much for his nation to handle. Instead, they missed out on a great fight by their team and aired the following match where they were dismantled 7-0 by Portugal. I'd hate to be the senior advisor who recommended that to Little Kim.
-Suwaiting upsetting Spain 1-0
-Greece with their first world cup finals victory courtesy of Nigeria 2-1.

* Speaking of fish, it was interesting to visit the KwaZulu Natal Shark Boards and learn about their work with great whites. Durban has a long history with sharks and the implementation of shark nets off the coast has apparently proven successful in avoiding human tragedy.

* Weather was wonderful with many days in the 80's.

* Durbin. A world cup on the beach. I know that in southern California we like to say you can surf and swim in the same day but in Durbin they advertised 'take a dip at halftime'; despite the warm Indian Ocean felt as cold as the Pacific.

* We were somehow able to move ourselves into the front row for four of the five matches we attended:
ARG MEX 3-1, POR BRA 0-0, NED SLK 2-1, USA GHA 1-2 and KPR NIG 2-2.

* We were able to sell off all of our extra tickets (the wife and daughter barely make it to a LA Galaxy game every season, let alone South Africa), except the rural Rustenburg match which basically was equivalent to having a Super Bowl in San Luis Obispo – the roads were only two lane which made 34,000 (capacity was 44,000) fans and their cars drive hours to a match. It was like driving the grocery store parking lot for 5 hours on the way home from the game. The extra tickets for that match were dispensed to the local kids courtesy of an impromptu juggling contest.

* President Bill Clinton attended several matches as he continues to lead the USA charge toward hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

* The vuvuzelas were loud and fun and a hallmark of the 2010 world cup finals.

"Howz it" is the standard greeting of the people and the rainbow nation and all of it's people were very friendly.

Some lowlights of the tournament included:

* Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter tragically being run down and killed by an identical drunk driver the night of the opening ceremonies.

* The ball. Jabulani is the 11th world cup finals ball provided by Adidas and looks fantastic with it's unique design and 11 colors – the same number of official languages ​​spoken in South Africa; but it really does sail away like the ones you would buy at a grocery store. Just take a look at the many restarts delivered into the upper seats by some of the best finishers in the game.

* The lack of Ireland due to the cheat of France in qualifying matches. France's participation in the finals was riddled with unrest within their camp, horrible performances, mutiny amongst the squad and capped off by the French bozo coach refusing the shake the hand of the class South African coach following their final group match.

* The USA Ghana match was a tough loss to handle; especially after the fact knowing that American viewers would have been grateful to a real delight of a match the following Friday in Soccer City. It was reported that a record 19 million American viewers watched the loss and the numbers for the next game might have been doubled.

* The USA's slow start in every single match including the overtime start against Ghana.

* The referee performances included low rank mistakes of no goal in England Germany (which I dubbed the "Mind The Gap" match referencing the gap in the subway entries so widely noted across the tubes in England), the Mexico Argentina no-off call and the disallowed (game-winning) goal for USA in the closing minutes against Slovenia.

* Edson Buddle should have come on for Altidore in the USA Ghana overtime instead of Hercules Gomez – it is an African side and Buddle has the size and speed to perform in that tough scenario.

* FIFA ticket processing was poor. Many matches were not sold out dispute many, many fans waiting in line for hours only to be turned away. How so many could wait in lines for over 10 hours and seats be empty is beyond me.

* The most anticipated match for us was Portugal Brasil Friday night in Durban but the 0-0 result made it less appealing than most of the other matches we attended.

* The private security firm of Fidelity was arrested in the USA Ghana match, almost ejecting my son and I from the stadium for (get this) "standing" in the American section where ALL fans stand the ENTIRE match. The fat, bald headed, idiotic leader was a man calling himself Warren. Warren has no right to be around anyone playing soccer anywhere. He simply does not understand The Beautiful Game.

* The final pool play matches were scheduled at the same time for each group to ensure no advantage of knowing your competitions score line but somehow that stopped the television broadcasts and stadium updates from the other matches – a little ridiculous in this age of instant communications.

Away from the soccer pitch, Table Mountain in Cape Town is an amazing experience – it's as if the Grand Canyon was beach front property. Many roads in Durban incorporated Roundabouts instead of four-way signal intersections and America would do well to consider adopting these to keep traffic moving freely. The Gateway Mall in Durban was spectacular and touted as the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere.

Prostitution was supposedly to be huge during the event, as was crime. We did not see much of either actually despite a news story about the working girls being ignored due to soccer fans focusing on the games did include a comment that the German and Australian fans were an exception and appeared to be their only customers. The other thing we did not see was wildlife and safaris (other than a few monkeys crossing the street near a suburban land reserve); our world cup travels are focused on football so no time for safaris and countryside pursuits; the upside being we did not have to deal with the malaria pills.

The starting eleven have not been announced yet but Landon Donovan should have been on the list – well done LD and well done Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jay Demerit, Benny Feilhaber, Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Bornstein and the rest of the USA squad.

Zakumi (ZA means South Africa and Kumi means ten) was a legitimate mascot.

Finally, the travel: 40+ hours door-to-door can be brutal – especially in economy seats. The departure flight out of South Africa included a surprise courtesy of the World Health Organization (WHO): apparently the flight attendants have to spray insecticides all through the cabin just prior to lift off – good thing I can hold my breath for over a minute at a time.

Thank you South Africa for a wonderful experience!

If you have not yet signed the petition for USA to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022, please do so immediately. Word is that both host countries will be decided this coming December.

Go USA!

There is different charm altogether of cricket world cup, after all this event happens after every four years. Being part of cricket world cup is most flourished desire of a cricket fan. What a wonderful thing it would be to a fan if this comes true. Fantasy cricket world cup is such a fantastic medium to fulfill dream of playing cricket by own will. For playing fantasy cricket world cup, you don’t need to go to any ground. You just require an internet-enabled computer and the desire to participate and play. Fantasy cricket world cup fills fans with the enthusiasm, action and emotion of a real world cup.

The websites providing fantasy cricket world cup are innumerable. You need to hunt those websites giving chance to play fantasy cricket world cup. After searching that website, you get yourself registered to become a member to play the game. Each websites has its own rules for fantasy cricket world cup. That attracts even non-cricket lover to play the game as the rules are easy and simple to follow.

There are certain rules followed for selection of players to take part and play fantasy cricket world cup. Points are allotted to players depending on their performances on the field. The points allocated to a player are determined by the contribution of performances in team. The points in the game are scored from actual performance of player in world cup. Fantasy cricket world cup is based on similar format on which the world cup takes place.

There are as many countries in fantasy cricket world cup as those participating in world cup. Each team will have 11 members comprising 5 batsman, 4 bowlers, one all rounder and a wicket keeper. The selection of players must be with the aim of balancing and maintaining the whole team. You have to select 11 cricketers from international cricket squads taking part in the world cup. Fantasy points are scored according to how the players in your team perform in real life.

The team, which accumulates the highest points, will be declared winner. The actual performance on the field will determine the fate of fantasy cricket world cup. There are good chances of wining massive prizes in game. You need to be cautious to select players. You should not be swayed by big names of cricketing world. That can prove a burden in your victory. You must concentrate choosing players of current form.

It can be a good experience for those fans who dream of selecting their own players to play on the field. They have full authority of selecting players from all the teams of the world. They can view it with full enthusiasm and see how their favorite stars are performing on the field. Fantasy cricket world cup takes fans on a ride of thrills and excitement. Being a part of fantasy cricket world cup will be a unique experience for fans. So fans must makes sure that they play the game at least one to get a feel of the real thing.

The Racecourse Ground: Wrexham

The Racecourse ground situated in Wrexham, North East Wales is the oldest International Football Stadium in the World and has been the venue for some of British Football’s most historic memories. The following article details the fascinating history of the stadium.

The Racecourse Ground (“Y Cae Ras” in Welsh language) is the long term home of Wrexham Football Club who currently ply their trade in the Blue Square Premier league, the Racecourse is the largest stadium in this league with a capacity of 15,000, however this is currently reduced to 10,500 due to the kop stand being closed awaiting renovation to take the ground to being an all seater venue. In early 2010 Super League (Rugby League) side The Crusaders relocated to Wrexham and now use The Racecourse Ground as their home base.

In the 1800’s the Ground was owned by Wrexham Cricket Club and was a venue for Cricket and Horse Racing (hence the grounds name). In 1872 Wrexham Football Club was born and thus the ground became a football stadium. In those days however it was less of a “stadium” due to the lack of facilities. The first stand to be built was the kop terracing in the 1950’s whch is the oldest remaining part of the gound. The current away supporters stand (Eric Roberts Builders Stand) was built in 1978 following Wrexham’s most successful period on the pitch. By this time floodlights had already long been installed. In 1999 the ground was brought to it’s current standards with the completion of a 3500 capacity, modern designed stand including restaurant and bar facilities. The current capacity of 15000 is dwarfed by the record recorded attendance of amlost 35,000 people to witness an FA Cup tie against Manchester United in the 1950’s

The Racecourse Ground’s most distinguishing fact is that it is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest International Football Stadium in current use. Over the years it has hosted many Wales International matches meaning the roll call of world greats to have graced the Racecourse changing rooms is long and distinguished. The Raceourse ground was the venue when Wales beat England 4-1 in the then Home Nations Tournament, a game still oft referred to and featured on television programmes. Similarly the Racecourse ground is featured annually on the weekend of the FA Cup third round having been the venue for the greatest FA Cup giant killing of all time when Wrexham beat current league champions Arsenal 2-1 in 1990.

The ground is no stranger to club level European football either, Wrexham enjoyed many ventures in the European Cup Winners cup and in recent years Welsh sides Bangor City and Total Network Solutions have used the venue for their European ties.

The Racecourse ground is also a favourite rugby venture. Currently the home of Rugby league team “The Crusaders” it has also been used by Rugby Union region “The Scarlets” as well as playing host to World Cup Rugby League and International Rugby Union matches.

The future of the Racecourse ground is that Wrexham Football Clubs owners plan to redevelop land behind the top end of the ground into student accommodation whilst rebuilding the kop stand into a multi purpose stand. The future may be different from the past but it is certain that the history and memories of the ground will live forever.

Although I can’t consider myself a football fan, it seems virtually impossible to escape World Cup fever. Especially after the ‘head-butting’ incident involving Zinedine Zidane, which dominated the sports pages. Even someone like me, who isn’t really that interested in football, was drawn into the storyline that played out following the finals.

The dominant question on many people’s minds seemed to be this: Why would an illustrious, talented footballer ruin his curtain call and retirement from the world stage at the most prestigious event in football history, with an ignominious red card for a head-butt? Never mind what was said to Zidane – the Question many sports journalists, fans and non-fans alike were wondering about was: What on earth made him do it?

So, let’s take a look at the BaZi AKA Destiny Code of the talismanic Zinedine Zidane, to see if we can understand why he saw red on the Finals Day.

What a person is reluctant to reveal about himself, can always be deciphered from his Destiny Code. A person’s BaZi tells us not just who we perceive him to be, but who he really is. The Heavenly Stems, which form the top half of a person’s Destiny Code, represent the immediate, the obvious, the surface personality, that which we perceive of the person, when we first meet him. But to truly know what a person is like, we must delve beyond the surface. So, let’s take a look at Zidane’s Destiny Code.

Zidane’s BaZi reveals a formation known as Shang Guan Qi Sha or Hurting Officer controls Seven Killings Formation. This is a formation that is typically found in outstanding martial artists (Bruce Lee’s chart for example has a similar formation) and also individuals with unique physical abilities. Since there are not that many martial artists today, this formation is usually applied in the context of sports, since sports is a physical art form. It is this structure that gives Zidane his magic touch with the football. The chart shows two types of Fire formations, indicating that he can strike the ball equally well with both his right and left legs. As his Day Master is seated on a Seven Killing star, this indicates quick reflexes, charisma, as well as the presence of a good ‘killer instinct’ – hence, his cool and calm demeanour when taking penalties! It also shows that he has strong leadership qualities.

The strong Hurting Officer, which is represented by the element of Bing or Yang Fire, usually marks the individual as one who does not like to be controlled and is impulsive. Hence, it indicates challenges when it comes to playing in a team-based sport like football and problems for coaches in controlling him. Persons with strong Hurting Officers are also highly individualistic, and have strong showmanship skills. In the study of BaZi, Bing Fire is the fire of the sun, and carries with it qualities such as beauty, passion, intensity, brilliance and magnanimity, all which are hallmarks of Zidane’s style of play – the little touches, the acrobatic dazzling he-makes-it-look-easy ball-acrobatics he pulls off, and his ability to not only score goals, but assist in goals being scored.

When one has Bing Fire as the Hurting Officer star, the person is typically short-tempered and impulsive. Furthermore, Zidane’s Hurting Officer star sits on Yang Ren or Goat Blade, which means it is a very intense, hot and explosive Hurting Officer star. Hence he has been sent off 14 times in his career, including once for stamping on a player during a World Cup match, and on another occasion for head-butting, while playing for his club, Juventus. He also holds the dubious record of being one of the four players to have been sent off in a World Cup Final in the history of the World Cup.

So what made Zidane see red at this World Cup, when he knew that it would be his last international match? This year being the year of Bing Xu or Fire Dog, the Fire is extremely hot. So, his Hurting Officer, which is already extremely strong, becomes excessively strong. When an element is overwhelmingly strong, its negative qualities usually come out or feature prominently. When a Hurting Officer star becomes negative, the person becomes petulant, rebellious and has too much fighting spirit.

Also, the interaction between his current 10 year luck pillar of Geng Xu and the annual pillar of Bing Xu reveals a formation known as Hurting Officer sees Officer (Shang Guan Jian Guan), which denotes chaos, irrational and excessively emotional behaviour, problems with authority, and going against the accepted order of things. In addition, there is also a Harm formation between the Xu (Dog) of the year, the Xu (Dog) in his 10 year luck pillar, and the You (Rooster) in his BaZi. This Harm formation denotes a lack of peace or an inner anger.

His Yi Wood Day Master needs Gui Water to help it grow, and wet Ji Earth, found in the Chou or Ox, to pacify the heat, and enable the Earth to grow. Gui Water is the Resource Star, and also represents the Mother whilst Ji Earth is the Wealth Star, which also represents the wife. Both these elements are important to this Yi Wood Day Master. What exactly was said to him that provoked him remains the subject of debate but from Zidane’s BaZi, certainly any insult about his mother or his wife, would probably have triggered his temper, based on his BaZi!

This raises an important point about BaZi that often gets overlooked. In the past, BaZi was designed to reveal fate and destiny. It was unchanged. The path that was laid out was essentially the path that would be walked. Today, we do not perceive BaZi in this way. Destiny is but one of the possible paths a person can walk. Destiny can, to some degree be changed. In the old days, a heart attack was a death sentence. Today, if you know about it early enough, it can be prevented and treated. The power of free will, the advantage of informed choice, and the ability to make an informed decision, means that how a person lives their life, remains in their hands.

What does this mean in the case of Zinedine Zidane? Admittedly, Zidane’s BaZi indicates how he would react to a provocation and that his reaction would bring about negative outcomes. But, at that moment, at the 110th minute on that pitch in Berlin, ultimately, Zidane held his destiny, in his own hands – or rather, head.

The Power of the Officer

Despite being sent-off, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball Award and so far, there seems to be no vilification of him in his home country for what he did. Why? His current 10 year luck pillar shows strong Officer Luck as a result of the combination between his Yi Wood Day Master, and Geng Metal, so he will still continue to command respect and honour as the Officer represents good status and reputation. This head-butt will not tarnish his reputation substantially, nor detract from his skills and talents. Xu (Dog) is the graveyard for Xin Metal, which is the Seven Killings Star. Seven Killings represents critics, petty people and detractors. These will eventually go away as the year goes on so they will not prove to be a long-term problem. The indications of his chart are that he’ll probably get to keep the Golden Ball award as well.

According to Wikipedia, Zidane earned a 6.4 million euros salary at Real Madrid, and in 2005-2006, he earned 8.6 million euros from sponsorship and endorsement deals. This is also in tune with his 10 year luck pillar of Geng Xu, which he entered in 2005. Geng Metal and Yi Wood, which is his day Master, are combining with the Officer. This typically represents strong sponsorship and endorsement opportunities for a sportsman, whilst the Xu (Dog) brings strong Wealth Luck. In this luck pillar, an ambassadorial role for Zidane is ideal and he should also have no problems with endorsements. All he has to do is say yes, and his wealth should be secure until 2015. He will be wise to stay away from coaching or management opportunities as his BaZi indicates he lacks the patience to coach or manage a football team.

Charisma has a Face

It is not uncommon for BaZi practitioners and even Feng Shui practitioners, to rely on face reading or Mian Xiang, as a back-up discipline. There have been times when I have used face-reading for quick or on the spot evaluations of a client’s luck, when a BaZi chart was not available. The face, almost always, confirms what we already know from the Destiny Code. So what story does Zidane’s face tell? If you look closely at his face, you will notice that his eyebrows pierce upwards, at the ‘head’ (the end closer to the centre of the face). In Mian Xiang, these are known as Spear-headed eyebrows and denote individuals who are highly opinionated and quick off the mark. Usually, individuals with Spear-headed eyebrows also have prominent or strong Hurting Officer (Shang Guan) nature.

Zidane has strong, high and outward growing cheekbones – these denote strong leadership and a charismatic nature. He has sharp, pointed eyes which indicate impatience, but an eye for detail, hence his ability to create possibilities on the football field, out of seemingly nothing at all.

In Mian Xiang, each year of a person’s life is represented by a single point on the face. The ages of 27-30 are represented by the temples, the life palace or Yin Tang, which is located between the eyebrows, and the Forest, which is the area above the ear. On Zidane’s face, all these areas are sunken or the hairline crosses these areas, denoting that these years are less favourable. However, once Zidane entered eyebrow luck, at 31 years old (30 by Western age calculations), his luck clearly took a turn for the better. His eyebrows are clear and charismatic, not too thick and upward growing. Indeed, in 2002, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League Most Valuable Player award, and transferred from Juventus to Real Madrid for a record 66 million euros. At 35, he has just finished eyebrow luck and entered eye luck – which means that whilst his luck will still be good, the best is probably behind him, so his decision to retire is a wise one indeed.

I have just heard about some promotional products I have just come across on radio 5 live. The interview that took place was about 19:10 GMT. The South African gentleman on the radio was talking about protective helmets and horns printed in the colours of all the competing teams.

I was compelled to do a Google search for the fabulous names I had just heard on the radio. I came up with Vuvuzela (pronounced booboozayla), Sockzela, Zazu & Makoya football fan helmet.

The gentleman went on to demonstrate six different horns, with wonderfully colourful names, with six different mini tunes. He started off with the long horns and proceeded to blow mini tunes from the largest down to one he called Mini Vuvuzela.

Like other promotional products they can be branded in many different ways. Some have an all over print, some can be printed in one position, some all over, some have flag attachments with a large print area to really maximize the opportunity and some can even be decorated with beads. A truly fantastic array of print methods that will be suitable for any logos of any required size.

They look fabulous when you see them individually but we may even see teams in unison and on television that could look and sound fantastic and really create the South African World Cup vibe.

By the end I was excited about these promotional products and want to introduce them on to my website. Then I started thinking and is it really a product that the UK and Europe would buy in to?

The other promotional products he spoke about were football fan helmets. What why would you need a helmet at a football match? Apparently it is as bad as it sounds. Most workers had a helmet for work and they would go straight from work to the football. Once there the helmets would be worn to protect themselves from objects being thrown.

Over time protection turned in to fashion statement and someone was able to seize the marketing opportunity and people now have tremendous pride in there helmets.

In summations I think I will wait and see how the pundits refer to the world cup horns, Vuvuzelas, over the next couple of months during the World Cup in South Africa. As far as the helmets, I think not. However, I do see what a brilliant idea it was for South Africa, and may be elsewhere to market and sell them.

Anyone interested in football and up and coming talent will know that one of the main teams to keep an eye on are Germany. Both the National team and German club sides are full some of the most promising footballers in the world.

German football has always been known for strong attacking teams and faithful fans however in recent years they have become known for their wealth of new talent. Many players under 20 are breaking records and catching both the fans’ and media’s attention. Burussia Dortmand are testament to how strong Germany’s new talent is – the club won the title a couple of seasons back with the youngest squad in the league history.

There are a number of players that are touted for future stardom. Schalke 04 have some fresh talent in the form of 20 year old Julian Draxler. His agility and technique have both been likened to established players and his ability to set up goals is unique. Marc-Oliver Kempf is a promising defensive player and made his league debut at just 17. Winger Amin Younes has caught the attention of football fans with his dribbling skills, Mathias Ginter is well known for his versatility and Moritz Leitner is a strong attacking midfielder who is now playing regularly in the Bundesliga on loan at Stuttgart.

Maximilian Meyer is another up and coming talent and you only have to look at Max Meyer football stats to see why. The 18 year old attacking midfielder was part of the Germany under 17 squad and helped the team progress to the final of the 2012 UEFA European Under 17 Football Championship by scoring three goals. The youngster now has a market value of 12 million Euros.

It seems the youth talent in Germany is catching the attention of teams across the globe too. There have already been suggestions that Manchester United may be scouting for talent from Germany during the upcoming transfer window. Reports suggest that Manchester United is set to bid on Hummels, Kroos and Reus however fans will not know until the transfer window begins at the end of the season.

So why is Germany responsible for such young talent? Firstly huge investment is made into the youth football talent pool every year so that new stars can be found in every age group. It is estimated that 100 million Euros is spent every year in Germany on finding football talent.

Training and coaching has no doubt a major part to play in the talent conveyor belt. More and more time and money is being spent on training both a player’s ability on the pitch and their mindset and motivation.

Drastic changes have also been made to Germany’s academy system, which have undoubtedly started to yield results. The changes, back in 2002 when the country was struggling for world class players, saw all 36 clubs in two Bundesliga divisions operate through centrally regulated academies. The biggest change was that during each new intake at least 12 players in each group had to be eligible to play for Germany – something that is not common in other football leagues. In England for example, there are more foreign players in the league and hence less that can contribute to the national team. This change in Germany meant more time was devoted to home grown talent. The German Football Association’s talent development programme, which was developed in 2003, also meant that players were spotted at an earlier age and their technical skills were trained at a much younger age too.

It seems all of this hard work has paid off. Now, just a decade after their poor performance in the Euro 2000, Germany look like they have the most promising fresh football talent in Europe and the production line doesn’t seem to be slowing down – the talent just keeps on coming.