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His complete name is Diego Armando Maradona. He was born 30 October 1960 in Lanús, Buenos Aires. Maradona is an ex- Argentine soccer player, and now manager for team of Argentine national. He is regarded as a lot of people as the greatest football player of all time. His nickname is The King Pibe de Oro Golden Boy. He was chosen the greatest FIFA soccer player of the 20th century (an honor he shares with Pelé.

He quickly raised to prominence in the Argentinian soccer leagues, and became a foremost star. Diego Maradona is an icon in Argentina, much like Evita Peron. As a football player, he took his team to new heights and became a hero to sports fans- a lot of who referred to him as “San Diego.”

In club level, Maradona joined with Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell’s Old Boys and Napoli, setting world-record contract fees. While in his international level, participating for Argentina, he made 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 World Cup where he became a captain for Argentina and caused them to their triumph over West Germany in the final. He won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player.

Maradona is a very great master of the ball who makes use of his aptitude and flair at unbelievable speed. He could surpass defenders, score, and give out the ball. His multitalented skills make him unpredictable and very hazardous. Hardly any defenders can stop Diego in his heyday with no committing fouls, a fact which has caused him greatly over the years. His famous skills are in Dribbling, flair, creativity.

If one has been a football or soccer enthusiast for the longest period then it’s about time that he considers earning some cash through soccer bets. One ought to not put to waste each and every hour that he spends watching each and every of those soccer match. One could put that to great use and earn some cash by placing soccer bets. Winning all one’s bets is not simple to do and there’s no guarantee of that but if one is well-informed and wise regarding the game then placing soccer bets with high odds of winning ought to be quite easy. Here are a few football betting tips that one could consider.

To start making soccer bets, one needs to put together some cash. The amount that one wants to utilize for his football depends upon oneself. Then again, it is always a wise decision to only use one’s extra cash. One of the effective football betting tips is to never use cash that one ought to be spending for his daily living costs with the desire of doubling-up the amount. One would be more able of making sensible decisions on his football bets if one is relaxed & free from whichever pressure to win for the reason that all of one’s cash is at stake on such bet. Bookmakers typically accept bets as low as a dollar. As a novice, one ought to only bet the amount of money that one is comfortable with.

After settling on how much cash one could spend on his soccer bets, one could start looking for a site where one could place his bets. One could either place his bet with a bookmaker/bookie or he could do this on an internet gambling site. There are a lot of sites that take for all of the soccer competitions. If one is online then he could simply create an online account and utilizes that to place his football bets. All one needs to accomplish is put the amount of one’s soccer bet and then click a button to place his bet. It is really easy and simple since one does not have to leave his house or make a phone call to place his bet. One could place his bet anytime, whether it be night or day, as long as one has an internet access and a computer that he could use to log-in to his account.

When making football bets, one could never be too sure what he would win on each single bet that he makes. This is the reason why it’s always wise to place a limit for oneself and to really stick to it. No matter how enticing it is, one ought to stick to the cash amount that one has set for himself. One ought to never bet an amount of money that he knows is well beyond his means.

You’re next step? To start utilizing these football betting tips and begin earning big while enjoying your favorite sport.

If you grew up watching television during the 1960s and 1970s you have undoubtedly heard the arranging style of Sammy Nestico.  His musical arrangements can still be heard on reruns of popular shows during the variety show era of television.   Sammy has arranged music for all types of groups, but it is the big band that he may be remembered most for more than any other type of music.

Raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Sammy Nestico got his first taste of music playing trombone in the David B Oliver high school band.  He became an avid practicer, so much so that his mother did the opposite of what most mothers tell their children – to “stop practicing and go outside and play!”

Soon after his adoption of the trombone as his musical instrument of choice, Sammy began arranging music for a small band at the high school.  These early years would help shape a unique style –  one that has become one of the most recognized styles in big band arranging circles.

Sammy’s arranging style is a combination of simplicity and economy. Melody is of prime importance in every arrangement.  The importance of melody combined with an uncanny sense of “balance” between sections make Sammy’s big band arrangements not only fun to listen to, but to perform as well.  His sense of harmony is not overly complex, and always fits with the character of each and every big band composition or arrangement.

In 1946, Sammy auditioned for trombonist and staff arranger with the newly formed group, the United States Airmen of Note.  As the first arranger for the highly skilled ensemble, Sammy honed his writing style by churning out dozens and dozens of big band arrangements for the group. 

During the 1960s, Sammy collaborated in recordings with the Count Basie Band.  These recording sessions produced some of the most swinging and most performed big band charts of all time.  Charts such as “Basie Straight Ahead” and “The Queen Bee” continue to be played by high school and college big bands all over the world.  Sammy has even written that working with Bill “Count” Basie was the musical and personal highlight of his careeer.

Sammy Nestico continues to compose and arrange big band music to this day.  He will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the quintessential big band arrangers of the 20th century.  For more information on the musical arranging style of Sammy Nestico, refer to his own comprehensive book on arranging, The Complete Arranger

If there is one common thread interwoven through all European cultures, it must be soccer, right? Perhaps in popular theory. But the conventional wisdom now hangs in the balance as the quest for the almighty buck – that is, the supreme euro – has eroded the very fabric of soccer (no insult to Pete Rozelle, but let's call it what it really is: football). As "European integration" becomes a buzz word for the 21st century, football will likely play an integral role in either facilitating or decelerating this cultural, political and economic merger of countries.

Football club owners have offered to help the cause by composing a framework for the future European SuperLeague, which would consist of the region's most elite franchises. Europe has already made a transformation in showcasing athleticism, whether its unbridled fans are willing, as investors assemble to protect their shares in despite the most anticipated "cash cow" in sports entertainment.

However, even top football officials have their doubts. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, arguably the most powerful man in football worldwide, has stated his strong opposition to a breakaway superleague.

Regardless, sports business experts insure that any successful venture in football integration would require the solidity of ownership policies and fan participation. True, the former condition is already growing at an explosive pace. Corporate investors have estimated the economic feasibility of supporting ESL franchises in various cities across Europe. Plans have already been proposed to compete with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in forming the most marketable superleague. Media Partners International, a Milan-based consulting firm, has garnered over $ 1.2 billion investments from JP Morgan to sustain the ESL for the first three years. Judging from the success of professional sports in the United States, there is no telling of this league's untapped potential.

If any doubts of European football's growth still remain, then consider the burgeoning of players' salaries. Inter Milan recently acquired Italian striker Christian Vieri for an estimated $ 43 million, dwarfing the annual salary of most professional franchises. And the issue of whether Vieri deserved more or less than, say, Michael Jordan (excluding endorsements) is irrelevant. For now, football club owners can afford these superstars because consumers are compliant to rising ticket prices.

However, ESL owners must not discount the relationship between European fans and their revered teams. Football, for countless decades in each country, has provided a measurement of national identity. As Europeans, during the integration process, ponder the potential void of national traditions, football remains their sole source of patriotic autonomy.

If the ESL passes, then UEFA would be subject to drop one of its Cup competitions, particularly the Cup Winners Cup. More importantly, UEFA stands to sacrifice two underlining principles which have sustained the organization's existence – a commitment to divide Cup proceeds in an equitable manner for all clubs, and to televise all games free of charge to European subscribers.

The ESL would consist of Europe's top 32 (mostly large market) teams competing in a comprehensive tournament to determine the European football champion. If the league is supervised by UEFA, it will consist of little commercial influence – in which case, some officials suggest that a league without proper promotion or relegation will lose people's interest in less than three years. But the traditionalists insure that UEFA's policies, although diplomatic in nature, serve to protect the institution of football from an onslaught of manipulation by massive corporations.

Even if the ESL and its large market teams are successful in growing the sport of football to unpreceded financial and social levels, there will obviously be significant ramifications to the remaining franchises. Once again, the argument of revenue disparity between small and large market teams will assert center stage. Instead of George Steinbrenner clashing with Bud Selig, it will be two others bickering – without regard to the fans, any sport's key ingredient.

The decision of what ownership structure to emulate remains undetermined. The real challenge, at this point, is securing the support of the regional community. It is clear that the combined prowess of European cultures, not the individual national interests, will absolutely ensure the success of supranational football. Owners can not and will not force an unnatural medium of sports entertainment to their consumers. Most business leaders in the European Union have recognized that integration comes at a cost – a lesson that football club owners are about to discover.

After the European Commission's diplomatic efforts to balance competition with equal protection, the fussbudgets will continue to question the motives of not only owners but also everyone else involved.

The fruition of ESL may or may not advance European integration, but the fight to protect one of Europe's most treasured assets – football – will certainly accomplish the task.

[Originally Printed: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, 7/24/99]

© 2007 LineDrives.com , Michael Wissot ,

The 2000 African Women Championship was hosted by South Africa and it was a tournament that produced a lot of surprise results and drama. The Super Falcons of Nigeria qualified for the tournament as reigning Champions and began the defence of their title with a 2-2 draw against perennial rival the Black Queens of Ghana. Nigeria’s all-time highest goal scorer-Mercy Akide scored both goals in the 50th and 52nd minutes of the second half, before the Ghanaian rallied back to salvage a point.

In the second group match, Nigeria thrashed Morocco 6-0 to send warning signals to all other competing countries. The routing was initiated by Mercy Akide who scored a brace in the 44th and 73rd minutes of the one-sided encounter. Kikelemo Ajayi also helped herself to a brace in the 49th and 70th minutes of play, before Maureen Mmadu and Rita Nwadike completed the goal-harvest.

The Super Falcons third and final group match was against the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon and they continued with their amazing performance with a convincing 3-0 crushing of the Cameroonians. Mercy Akide once again started the goal harvest, with her fifth goal of the tournament scored in the 14th minutes of the first half. Olaitan Yusuf added a second in the 35th minutes before Maureen Mmadu completed the rout at the dot of 90 minutes with a clinical finish. With the win, Nigeria thus qualified for the Semi-finals where they were paired with Zimbabwe.

The Semi-Final clash with Zimbabwe proved to be an anti-climax, as the Super Falcons completed rolled over the hapless Zimbabweans in a 6-0 bashing. Olaitan Yusuf, Maureen Mmadu, Mercy Akide, Kikelemo Ajayi and Rita Nwadike all registered their names on the scorers chart. The victory over Zimbabwe paved the way for the final clash between Nigeria and tournament host-South Africa.

The final ended in controversial circumstances, as Nigeria took the lead in the through striker Olaitan Yusuf in the 30th minutes of the first half. The game took a different dimension in the 72nd minutes of play when diminutive Stella Mbachu scored Nigeria’s second goal. The South African fans could not swallow the bitter pill of what had hit them and they started throwing objects into the field of play. Some players on the Nigeria bench were injured in the confusion that followed and the referee from Cameroon-Ondo Akono after consulting with the Match Commissioner, called off the match in the 73rd minutes and the trophy was subsequently awarded to Nigeria.

Suffering from reactive hypoglycemia can be a true pain in the butt. This is especially true if you have recently been diagnosed with the disorder. This is when you probably have lots of questions. You have to know what to eat, when to eat and all sorts of other things. Below are a few tips that may help you combat this frustrating problem.

Always Eat Breakfast

So many people these days are in a hurry. – Busy, busy, busy! There’s work, kids, church, baseball, soccer, grocery shopping. – People stay busy. However, you can’t skip breakfast. So don’t do it! This meal sets the stage for the rest of the day. Every morning, I always have a protein shake that includes raw oatmeal, protein powder, almond milk and almond butter. This type of shake in the morning gives you the nutrients you need to have sustained energy and not crash. Do not eat sugary cereals for breakfast or things like donuts and coffee. This will not work in your favor. Most likely it will ruin your day. So always remember to eat a healthy breakfast. (More on types of foods on down.)

Eat on a Schedule

The most important thing when dealing with reactive hypoglycemia is that you eat on a schedule. Always know when your next meal or snack will be. And watch the clock. Do not go more than 3 hours without eating a healthy snack. I often use alarms on my smartphone to remind me that it is time to eat a meal or a snack. This can come in very handy for people that are very busy and/or on the go. So again, do not miss a meal!

Eat the Right Thing

Of course, if you are eating on a schedule, but eating the wrong thing, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. If you suffer from this disorder, you’ll want to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index. This means foods that do not spike your blood sugar. Examples of these foods are oatmeal, berries, nuts, eggs, most vegetables, brown rice, sweet potatoes etc. Also you will want to limit alcohol coffee and cut out all sugars if you can. If you must cheat and eat some sugar, do it after a healthy meal of protein, fiber and healthy carbs. That’s what works for me anyway.

And again, always check with your doctor before starting any new diet. Especially if you are on medications or currently have any other health conditions.

Wet soccer cleats can be challenging to play in and they can also be pretty uncomfortable for your feet. It is also very important to remember that moisture can be damaging to shoes and you therefore need to ensure that your cleats dry properly after every wash or after wet play. But what do you do when you have very little time to allow the shoes to dry properly?

1. Let the laces loose. Loosening laces opens up your cleats getting more air in them, hence hastening the drying process. When you let the cleats dry with the laces on, you also expose the seams to tension because they contract as they dry. Loosening the laces is therefore also helpful in eliminating this kind of stress.

2. Remove the shoe insole. Most cleats come with removable insoles. Such insoles are convenient because they give players the chance to change into more comfortable and supportive ones as the situation demands. They also come in handy when looking for a quick way of drying the cleats. Removing the insole does not only help the shoe interiors to dry faster, but the insole will also dry faster by itself. You can wrap it up with paper towels or hang it upright using clothe pins or pegs to hasten the process.

3. Wipe off grass, dirt and mud. If the cleats are wet from a rainy game or wet grounds, you should make a point of wiping off the grass, dirt and mud off the shoes using a damp towel. It could add to the wetness, but the drying process will be simpler without these elements. This is also a simple way of ensuring that you have an easier time the next time you wash the boots; dried mud can be harder to remove when washing.

4. Use dry cloth to pat your cleats. It helps in removing most of the surface moisture this kick starting the drying process. You can do this both on the outside and the inside of your boots to reduce dry time.

5. Fill the boots with balled newspaper. The newspaper ball will help in absorbing a good percent of the moisture. You can let it sit for a considerable length of time before removing and replacing with a dry ball before later allowing the boots to air dry. This action can also be helpful in keeping the cleats from shrinking when drying, but you should ensure that the newspaper does not leave them too bulgy either. You can also slide a newspaper piece on the laces and the tongue to enjoy similar drying results.

6. Place cleats in breezy areas. The truth is that even cleats will dry much faster under moving air. The breeze wicks off the moisture speeding the drying process. It is however important that you ensure the area is not humid or damp; drier air is much better in hastening the drying process. Avoid using heat as it can permanently damage your shoes.

I made the splash over the pond last year, moving from my beloved New York City to London. I have always had a special place for London in my heart and when the opportunity came to work in London I could not turn it down.

There are many things that I looked forward to exploring in London, and of course all the museums and famous landmarks were high up on the list but finding a good sports bar in London was definitely the main priority. I am a huge sports fan, I love my American sports, including American Football and Baseball, and so a sport bar in London that showed American sports was essential. I was also keen to embrace the British sports on offer, I was determined to give Cricket a go, and have always followed the English premier league.

After digging around around the internet it became clear that there were plenty of options for sports bars in London. The most famous and prominent one I came across appeared to be The Sports Cafe in Haymarket. I spoke to a few Londoner's and it definitely came recommended so I thought I would try it out first for American Football. The New England Patriots were playing the New York Jets, quite a fiercely rivalry, so this was a perfect game to watch in a bar for the atmosphere. Sure enough the Sports Cafe was showing this on the big screen and boy was I impressed with this sports bar. There are TV screens dotted all over the bar, the decor is dedicated to sports, even with a model F1 car, so you walk in knowing that if there is a big sports event on then this London bar sure will have it showing.

There were lots of American Football fans there watching the game and it was great to have table service where we could sit down, enjoy the game and order plenty of beer and a bit of food. The menu is classic American, so lots of Burgers, sandwiches and Chicken wings! After talking to the staff here I also determined that this was really a 24/7 sports bar as they show live sports all through the night if there is a big game on. For example Cricket fans flock here for the Ashes games between England and Australia so if you are out partying on want to finish the night off in London with sports then this is the place to go.

After the sports bar I was after something a bit more local and authentic as it was definitely more than an American style sports bar. I spoke to a few work collections and discovered there were plenty of traditional London pubs showing sports.

The best by far that I came across was The Three Kings in Kensington. This is another dedicated sports bar in London but its set in a huge pub with dedicated zones depending on what game is on, so you might have a bunch of rugby fans crammed in the front room cheering on their team, and then a load of football fans in another area watching the multiple screens. The atmosphere is electric in here with plenty of singing and has fast become one of my favorite bars in London to watch sport.

A few great sports bars in London include the Jetlag bar in central London which has comfy sofas and a nice relaxed atmosphere for watching the games. I also really like The Roxy in London Bridge which doubles up as a cinema in the evenings so this is pretty cool place to watch the Rugby in particular. If you want live atmosphere then The Clapham Grand is a fantastic setting as it's an old theater so you can sit back with over 1,200 people and watch on one of the biggest sports screens I have ever seen!

As you can see there are plenty of options for sports bars in London so I hope you enjoy some of these.

The UEFA Champions League tournament is considered by some as being the largest and best tournament in the world from any sport. Providing major assassination it might be more entertaining than the World Cup. The Champions League has almost ran its course for the '08 / '09 year and is about to crown its champion.

For those of us that have played Fantasy Champions League this season or plan on playing next season, here are a few tips and player recaps to keep in mind as we move ahead.

Keys to Success
Depending on where you play or what format you are in these tips may vary or be void alike, however their core ideas remain the same.

– More successful the team the more successful the player –
A few places make you pick one specific roster and use it through the duration of the tournament. From a pure numbers standpoint, using this format greatly rewards those who make it deeper and end up playing the most games. If this is the situation you find yourself in, it may be more important to draft who is on the team you think will win rather than the best player on a lackluster team.

– Pay attention to ALL stats –
One fantasy killer in the soccer world is fouls. Fouls, yellow cards and the devious red cards can destroy your total points for a tournament. Some of the best offensive players are also the largest committers of fouls which nullifies their positive stats. Drafting a weaker offensive player that commits fewer fouls may work out in your advantage when all is said and done. For example, Daniel Alves of Barcelona is a major threat from defense but take him with a grain of alt for he was second in fouls committed in the Champions League tournament with 26. That is a lot of negative points.

– The hidden star –
Fantasy tournaments can be won and lost by finding the gem that goes overlooked by most. Odds are, mostly everyone had Lionel Messi this tournament which nullified the 8 goals he has scored that far. However, the managers that picked Miroslav Klose who netted 7 and Lisandro of Porto who scored 6 probably are among the leaders of their leagues. Find out who excels in tournament games and take a risk or two.

The Champions League is near an end but here is what has happened to some of the larger names so far.

– Lionel Messi (Barcelona) –
As mentioned before, he has scored 8 and had an extremely productive Champions League tournament. Barca has marched through their opponents and Messi has been a big factor as to why. He is a constant fantasy contributor and is worth the large price tag. No disappointments here.

– Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) –
Coming into the year Ronaldo was widely considered the best player in the world, however this view likely will switch to Messi following the results of the Champions League tournament. Ronaldo has not lived up to his intense expectations and has only scored 2 with the tournament near an end. He leads all the competition with 26 shots on target, which has been a big fantasy contribution, yet the rarely heard of Lisandro of Porto has a second best 23 shots on target but also 6 goal tallies by his name. Ronaldo has not been his best and his numbers reflect it.

Looking Ahead
This season's fantasy winner will likely have a roster of Barca players with a few of the hidden gems tossed in. Looking ahead to next year, the transfer of players will once again be an integral point to where a fantasy player's value is at the start of the next tournament. One thing should be certain: Lionel Messi and Ronaldo will be the most watched players and rightfully so. However, it is the players like this season's Klose and Lisandro that win it for fantasy managers.

Fantasy football has gripped Australia in the last 3 years although it has been around for more than a decade in one shape or form. I have been doing fantasy football since the early-mid 1990s when Melbourne newspaper The Age had a fantasy football competition. I remember competing with my two brothers and Dad with each of us putting money in per team we had. We did not join the actual Age newspaper competition but just competed amongst ourselves. I used to sit at the Apple IIE for hours filling out the scores. I remember Shaun Rehn and Chris McDermott used to be high scorers along with Jason Dunstall and a few others. Well, things have slowly changed these days with the advancement of the internet and now there are two main AFL fantasy football competitions – Dreamteam and Supercoach.

Dreamteam is run by the AFL and Supercoach is run by the Herald Sun which is another Melbourne newspaper although Supercoach is run entirely through their website. Both competitions are run on the virtual sports platform and are managed in almost the exact same way. The difference is in how players' values ​​are priced and also how players score points. Dreamteam has a simpler scoring system than Supercoach which uses accuracy in kicking and handballing and whether a possession or mark is contested or not. Supercoach uses some of Champion Data's statistics to form a player's score. It is arguably stated that Champion Data's player ranking system is the best method to determine how well a player has performed using over 50 variables to work it out.

Dreamteam Scoring
6 points – goal
4 points – tackle
3 points – mark, kick
2 points – handball
1 point – free kick for, behind
-3 points – free kick against

Supercoach Scoring (standardized to 3300 per game total for both teams)
8 points – goal, Mark contested (from opposition)
6 points – Mark contested (maintaining possession)
4 points – Free kick for, tackles, mark uncontested (from opposition), loose-ball get, hardball get, Effective kick
3 points – Hitout to Advantage
2 points – Effective Handball
1 point – Handball receive, behind, Mark uncontested (maintaining possession),
0 points – Ineffective kick, Ineffective handball,
-6 points – Free kick against, Handball clanger
-8 points – Clanger kick

There is no doubt that Supercoach is a more complicated scoring system and it is hard to accurately determine a players score during a match whereas dreamteam is able to give running totals during a match. Champion Data is the company with the stats which The Herald Sun uses to tally up the points of a player and they are very protective of their data and data feeds. Dreamteam has a larger base of supporters for a few reasons such as; it has been around for longer, easier to manage, player values ​​move less and a players score can be calculated during a game and this data is used and kept live on a few websites in Australia. I think that for Supercoach to become a more used system then its scoring system needs to be made available (or at least the feeds) to more websites than just the Herald Sun.

If you are new to the game of Australian Rules Football (AFL) then the AFL Dreamteam fantasy football competition is probably more up your alley but if you are a hard core fan then you might want to try Supercoach. I personally do both. In fact, an Englishman won one of the AFL fantasy competitions in recent years (which really got up the Australian nose as England and Oz have an intense sporting rivalry, I suppose it was lucky an Aussie took out the Premier League footy as a comeback ) so anyone can be successful and have a crack. Both competitions are free and have thousands of dollars worth of prizes. So if you want to get involved in Australian Rules Football, join either Supercoach or Dreamteam and start building your team.