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Technology has certainly made its mark on the modern times. With the help of the newest technological innovations, everything has been made more convenient and accessible. One technological innovation in particular is the computer. Computers have been beneficial for research work and even for entertainment. Not only this, books can now be read and downloaded online. Looking for a job is made easier through the internet. Communication is enhanced through the help of electronic mail (popularly known as e-mail) and instant messaging as well. Plus, computer is also a source of income for some people. One popular use of the computer is gaming. There are those games played by the young ones who have nothing to do but to play. And there are also those played online. Plus, the internet offers different websites for people to visit and take part of. People who are into gambling, particularly those who are sports betting, usually visit different online sports betting sites which they think would be best for their bets.

Sports betting is simply a form of gambling wherein a person would bet on a team in any kind of sport and put money on that team. If the team of choice is victorious, he would get his money back plus profits. But if he loses, he would lose his money to the one who placed a bet on the winning team. This is very simple and has no complications. Usually, people betting on sports go to a betting house where all bets are placed. Fortunately, with the help of the computer, there are now those considered to be the “best” and most reputable online sports betting sites available to you. These sites can be found everywhere in the World Wide Web. With these sites, you can place bets without having to waste energy and effort. How do you know if these online sports betting sites are the best and can be trusted with your money? You can always ask other betters what site they prefer and if this site is credible. Also, they should have a good reputation. There are lots of online sports betting sites which have gained the trust of those sports betting enthusiasts and are now counted as one of the best.

There are numerous online sites which can help you bet on your sports team. One example is the VIP sports. VIP Sports is known to give the quality online betting all over the world. They give the finest selections of sports betting lines, ranging from the NBA, Formula 1, NFL, NASCAR, horse racing and of course the MLB or Major League Baseball, America’s #1 sport. Other sites like BetGameDay, BetCom and MyBookie are one of the best online sports betting sites in the whole world.

These sites are helpful for making betting easier for you, but they would not help you win. To win constantly on your bets on any sport of your choice, you would need to endow on a proven system that makes use of angles, trends and experiences to produce consistent wins and gives you profit.

His full name is Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, but generally well-known as Dunga. He who was born October 31, 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul is a Brazilian ex- soccer players who has position as midfielder in the field, beside Italian and German descent, and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 World Cup as well.

Currently Dunga is national coach of the Brazilian national squad. His nickname is Portuguese for “Dopey,” one of the Seven Dwarfs. The nickname provided by his uncle because he supposed that Dunga would never grow to a tall stature.

Dunga played on the club level for Internacional (1980-1984, 1999-2000), Corinthians (1984-1985), Santos (1986-1987), Vasco da Gama (1987), Pisa (1987-1988), Fiorentina (1988-1992), Pescara (1992-1993), VfB Stuttgart (1993-1995), and Jubilo Iwata (1994-1998). While in level of international, Dunga played 91 times for Brazil, scoring six goals. Other than the 1994 feat, he played in the 1990 and 1998 World Cup editions as well, and became captain of the ream in the 1998.

Dunga never had triumph taking part for his clubs in Europe, but he enjoyed his greatest moments participating for his countryside. He shined and won the World Cup of 1994 and 2 Copa Americas along with the likes of Ronaldo, Romario, Bebeto, Jorginho, Branco and also his fierce defensive midfield partner Mauro Silva.

Dunga was regarded as the least Brazillian of all. His tackling was physically powerful and frequently won every one on one competition. He decided splendidly in the defensive situations and served as the outlet pass man that set up the attack.

He let his convincing personality demonstrate in the 1998 world cup where he lashed out at his partner Bebeto on the playing field, as long as the match Brazil vs. Morrocco. There, Brazil beat the game 3-0, and went on to become the final runners up to the hosts France.

His nickname was “Swartzenegger” following the bodybuilder actor because of his stocky build and flat-top spikey hairstyle.

Michael Rabasca soccer is all about Michael’s soccer career, he is one of the good coaches in the sport soccer. He served as the head coach of the Desert Vista High School Boys team who has joined several soccer competitions. Michael Rabasca has always been committed in inspiring young soccer players to learn the sport and demonstrate excellence in the field.

Michael also holds a USSF A License, a coach license issued by the United States Soccer Federation. The USSF is the official leading body of soccer in the United States.

He has devoted so much of his time helping to organize, coach and train soccer teams. Another accomplishment of Michael is the establishment of the Arizona Futbol Club. Together with a group of local coaches and Greg Valley had envisioned organizing a club for the development of soccer players among the youth of Arizona.

The Arizona Futbol club has been officially incorporated on May 2000. Michael retains his position as one of the full time coaches and helped other full time staff in developing a progressive educational program which will help develop players in terms of tactical and physical aspects of the sport soccer.

Michael and other team coaches aim to promote and share their expertise in search for the best youth players and expose them to the knowledge and challenges of the game and prepare them to achieve the necessary skills and compete in the international level.

A truly dedicated coach and a role model like Michael Rabasca is an asset to the community of the soccer family.

Cricket’s media-led popularity has taken it into new territories. From Afghanistan to China, countries which knew nothing of cricket’s appeal twenty years ago have become members of the ACC and ICC. Cricket has become globalised to the extent that membership of the ICC has doubled in ten years.

The potential number of people exposed to cricket within Asia alone has gone from 750 million to almost 2.5 billion. Much of this increased figure is due to the emergence of China and truly, cricket could not be called a global game without the participation of the world’s most populous country. China’s tremendous resources could well see them make huge developmental strides in a relatively short period of time. Our Chief Executive and Development Officers have been tireless in their efforts to create the vital basics of a playing culture and infrastructure in the fledgling cricketing countries.It has been an eventful 12 months for cricket in Asia.

It began with the historic series between Pakistan and India in Pakistan and concluded with the return matches between these sides in India. Our sport should take immense pride in the way that it has brought these two nations closer together. Both countries welcomed their visitors with open arms and the matches provided a feast of entertainment for tens of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers around the world.

The low point of the year was the Tsunami of 26 December. The tragic impact that this had in the region will never be forgotten. News of the young cricketers lost to the Tsunami in Chennai and the utter devastation of Galle in Sri Lanka united the cricket world like never before. The Asian Cricket Council reacted rapidly in drawing together a side containing the continent’s best players to take on an ICC XI in the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal Match in Melbourne.

The memory of Sri Lanka’s year will undoubtedly dwell on the devastation of the Tsunami and the relief efforts that followed. Sri Lanka still recorded a positive record for the year, losing only two of eight Test matches and five of twenty-three ODIs and its players showed dignity in taking a lead role in helping the survivors.Oman announced itself on the international stage in qualifying for the ICC Trophy ahead of more experienced rivals and Malaysia acted as an impressive host of the ICC World Cup Qualifying Series, an event for which Kuwait and Qatar were both surprise qualifiers.

This will also go down in history as the year that China joined the international cricket family

No neighbourhood portrait of Toronto’s Beach community could ever be complete without one of the true institutions in the area: the Balmy Beach Club, a private social and athletics club founded in 1905, has been a real anchor of the local sports and recreational scene, and continues to thrive today as a favourite gathering place for many of its members. During a recent interview with Glenn Cochrane, he took me briefly into the Balmy Beach Club and stated that “this is the best patio on Toronto’s waterfront – bar none”. When I headed out on the patio and saw the sweeping 180 degree panorama of Lake Ontario with a view towards Toronto’s skyline, I simply had to agree. Combined with a beautiful setting inside a historic neighbourhood, surrounded by gorgeous mature trees, one would be hard-pressed to find a more perfect urban oasis in Toronto than the Balmy Beach Club.

To find out more about this revered institution I set up an interview with Ken Bingham, long-time member of the Balmy Beach Club, and the official historian of this institution. The Balmy Beach Club, a non-profit organization, is a social and athletic club that came into existence in 1905. It has about 1400 members in two membership categories: the social membership provides access to upstairs facilities, including the bar, lounge, patio and banquet hall. Social members are able to attend a wide variety of functions, for example the Superbowl Party, a Glen Miller Dance, Rock Star Karaoke, a Martini Night and many more. Members in the social category also participate at no extra cost in lawn bowling, volleyball and most social functions run through the club. In addition, members are eligible to rent the banquet facility for private functions such as birthday parties, anniversaries and weddings. Many local community organizations also use the club to hold special events or fundraisers.

The fitness membership includes the privileges of the social membership and additionally provides access to the fitness room, the squash courts, sauna and change rooms on the lower level of the building. With this level of membership it is feasible to join the canoe, hockey or rugby sections of the club. Sports such as curling, tennis, football and lawnbowling are offered as well through the club.

For more than a century the Balmy Beach Club has been noted for its athletic teams which started out with canoeing and lawn bowling, and were later expanded to add other activities such as curling, hockey, squash and volleyball. Ken explained that the land for the Club was donated by Sir Adam Wilson, an Ontario Chief Justice in the second half of the 19th century. The land for the Balmy Beach Park was incorporated in 1903.

The first club house, a beautiful two level structure with large wooden verandas, opened in 1905, but it unfortunately burnt to the ground in 1936. Another club house was built, but again fire struck in 1963. The current club house dates back to 1965.

While Ken was grabbing me some extra papers with historic information I took the opportunity to talk with Chris Buckley, the current president of the club, now serving his second term. Chris works full time in sales, and in his spare time he oversees the club and chairs the board. He informed me that this is a volunteer position, and that a Board of Directors is responsible for the main athletic sections (canoeing, lawn bowling, volleyball, hockey, rugby and squash). Chris further explained that membership is actually rather reasonable for a private club: the social membership is $260 a year while the fitness or athletic membership costs $420 per year. An initiation fee of $300 applies to first-time members, but that fee is sometimes waived during special promotions.

Chris Buckley indicated that he is very interested in increasing the membership of the Club since a larger roster of members also helps to defray the costs of running the club. Sometimes the Balmy Beach Club holds open houses and invites the community at large to get to know the club, its facilities and recreational opportunities. He indicated that the club is very open and welcoming, and has members from as far away as Brampton and Mississauga, but there are also a number of international members who reside in the United Kingdom, in the United States, in Australia and New Zealand.

The sports teams themselves run various fundraising events to cover the costs of insurance and other necessary funds for their sports activities. A very popular fundraising event is a volleyball tournament, and participants often show up outfitted in funny costumes. One time a team was dressed up as gladiators, another time they were pretending to be waiters with bowties from the “Goof” , the affectionately nicknamed historic Garden Foods Chinese restaurant just up the street.

The club itself also gets involved in charitable activities on behalf of the Beach community. The club sponsors local high school baseball, lacrosse and hockey teams, and club members also provide a scholarship to one male and one female student at Malvern Collegiate. During the summer the club runs a canoe/kayak day camp for about 300 children. The linkages to the community are strong.

I inquired into general information about the club, and Chris informed me that the opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 1 am. He chuckled and said “the bar closes when the president goes home”. New developments are also in the works: the city wants to build additional volleyball courts on the sandy beach right in front of the club. Toronto has actually become known as the beach volleyball Mecca in Canada with a variety of leagues and tournaments encompassing hundreds of teams that are run out of Ashbridges Bay. The Balmy Beach Club was actually were it all started, and Canadian beach volleyball celebrities Mark Heese and John Child both used to play at the Balmy Beach Club. Heese and Child participated in three Olympic Games: the team won the bronze medal in Atlanta (1996), came in 5th in Sydney (2000) and 5th again in Athens (2004).

World caliber athletes have been coming out of the Balmy Beach Club for a long time. International rugby players have been developed at the Balmy Beach Club, and Chris adds that there are eight senior players that played on the Canadian national rugby team, while six Balmy Beach junior players are currently playing for Canada. Several paddlers from the Balmy Beach Club have won Olympic medals in kayaking and canoeing as well.

What Chris really enjoys about being a member at the Balmy Beach Club is that the club is very inclusive and includes members of all backgrounds and age groups. He enjoys being friends with 18-year old youngsters while he also appreciates the older members, many of whom have been part of this club for several decades. He said it is very sad when some of the older members pass away, and the entire club mourns the departure of long-term club members. He adds that he has football pictures from high school that depict three generations of Balmy Beach Club members.

Chris had to go and handed me back to Ken, and we set off on a tour of the building. Ken first took me into a large multi-purpose room on the Western side of the building which houses a variety of plaques and sports jerseys. This is where most of the social functions are held, and occasionally the room is also used for indoor lawn bowling. Ken indicated that the Balmy Beach Football team won the Grey Cup twice in 1927 and 1930. Several wooden plaques highlight the Canadian champions in canoeing / kayaking, lawn bowling and football/rugby that came out of the Balmy Beach Club. The long lists are impressive.

One plaque in particular honours the Olympians that emerged from this club. One person that appears four times on this plaque is a gentleman by the name of Jim Mossmann, who, as Ken explained, was the Canadian Olympic Canoe Coach in four different Olympic games. In addition to paddling sports, curling is another sport offered by the Balmy Beach Club. The club fields twelve teams that all play in their own league at the East York Curling Club.

Lifetime club members also get honoured here, and some active members have been with the club for 60 or more years. The Balmy Beach Club truly provides social and recreational opportunities for an entire lifetime, and its members have a deeply felt loyalty to this institution. Many a courtship was started at the Balmy Beach Club, and I bet that scores of Beachers were born as a result of a romantic connection that started at the Balmy Beach Club.

Just outside the multi-purpose room is an area full of plaques, the Balmy Beach Club Hall of Fame, honouring some of the distinguished athletes from the club. In a hallway just to the left of the entrance hall there are a number of certificates, including original certificates from the 1920 Olympic Games in Paris, the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the 1952 Games in Helsinki as well as the 1960 Olympic Games in London, all donated by Balmy Beach Club members who were actual participants in these historic competitions.

Ken pointed out a picture on the opposite side of the wall showing a group of lawn bowlers on opening day in 1905. A picture of hockey players dating back to 1913 also illustrates the long history of this institution. Ken explains that the original sports at the Balmy Beach Club were lawn bowling and canoeing, and all the other sports were added gradually over the years. We then headed downstairs where Ken showed me two squash courts as well as the well-equipped fitness room that is available to the fitness members. Wherever you look, walls are adorned with historical pictures, certificates, medals and plaques; there simply is not enough wall space at the Balmy Beach Club to display all the significant mementos that have accumulated over the years.

Our official tour had concluded and Ken took me back upstairs. In addition to the club’s history I was also interested in some of the individuals that make this club run. I had already talked to the president, Chris Buckley, and I thought I’d find out a bit more about the historian himself. Ken Bingham was born right in the area and spent 25 years of his life living on Fernwood Park. He joined the Balmy Beach Club in 1950 and is also one of the lifetime members. Prior to his retirement he used to work at Inco’s head office, a company that also generously sponsored some of the trophy cases, a big TV screen and several filing cabinets for the club.

Ken introduced me to two long-term Balmy Beach Club members and handed me over to his colleagues as he had to go. The famous Jim Mossmann, four-time Canadian Olympic coach, has been a member for an unbelievable 72 years. Naturally he was also inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for his athletic achievements. Today he says he lives in a condo close by and mainly comes down here to socialize.

Another long-term member, John McCullough, was just inducted as a lifetime member last night. He has been a member since 1943. His friends were joking and referred to him as a walking encyclopedia. John says that today he spends much of his time golfing, lawn-bowling and curling. He has been retired for 23 years, and the Balmy Beach Club has become an important anchor for his social life.

The friendly face behind the bar is Jamie Reynolds, also a Balmy Beach Club member and the maintenance manager. Jamie is also responsible for ordering the supplies, the drinks and snacks for the bar. The Balmy Beach Club is a licensed establishment and serves quick snacks and pre-made sandwiches. Jamie has been a member since 1964, started off paddling, then played rugby from 1967 to 1987. Today Jamie is a talented lawn bowler. He explains that the natural sequence of sports at the Balmy Beach Club starts with paddling, then moves on to rugby and hockey, and finally ends with lawn bowling in people’s later years. An entire lifetime of sports and social activities is available at the Balmy Beach Club.

Another true fixture at the Balmy Beach Club is Barb Kelly, who works part-time in the club’s administration since she retired from her long-term job with a paper mill. Barb Kelly is also a life-time member and joined the club in the mid 1970s. She has been on the Board of Directors for the last 12 years and was the first female on the board. Originally the Balmy Beach Club was closed to women as there were no lockers or showers for females, and finally opened its doors to females in the 1970s.

Barb has been paddling since she was a child, and on May 4, 2007 she will be inducted in the Balmy Beach Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete (she is an outstanding lawn bowler) and a major contributor of the club. Barb explained that eight times a year she runs a “Euchre Meat Roll” which is basically a fundraiser for her lawn-bowling team that involves a vacuum-packed piece of meat as a prize giveaway. Barb has participated in many dances and social events at the Balmy Beach Club since she was a young girl.

Last but not least I got a chance to meet the person who really runs the Balmy Beach Club: Charlene Provan is the General Manager of the club and is in charge of all operational matters which include staffing issues, facility rentals, administration, maintenance, volunteer coordination, security and well as set-ups and tear-downs for special events. Charlene mentioned that insurance costs in particular have risen incredibly over the last few years. Insurance now adds up to about $130.00 per player on the competitive rugby team. Canoeing/kayaking, on the other hand, requires expensive marine insurance. Charlene has worked here for eight years, and since she started insurance costs have actually tripled.

Charlene adds that the club is financially self-sufficient and has never asked for any funds from the city, who officially owns the land that the club is built on. She adds that the Balmy Beach Club is an important focal point for the community, a beautiful place to get away from it all, right here in the city. Charlene herself grew up in the Beach, attended local schools such as Williamson Road, Glen Ames and Malvern Collegiate Institute. She has raised her daughters here and for a number of years she worked at “Lido’s in the Beach”, a restaurant formerly owned by Lido Chilelli, founder of the Beaches Jazz Festival.

One of the things that Charlene has instituted at the club is a more inclusive policy. More than 30 years ago, the club was open to men only. After shower and locker facilities were installed for women, the club opened its doors to both genders. Things have changed substantially, and since Charlene arrived on the scene, she has introduced many family-friendly events such as Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts and Halloween events. Charlene has actively been working on broadening the appeal of the Balmy Beach Club and on making it accessible to a wider range of people. She has even added a wireless Internet connection to the club so members can come in and use their laptops from the comfort of their social club.

Considering all this history and the people behind it, the club is definitely the ‘Legend by the Lake”, and in Charlene’s words it is the “best kept secret in Toronto”.

So, you’ve decided to start the game of futsal.

The main thing you are going to require is a decent pair of indoor soccer shoes.

Follow the suggestions below to help you pick the best pair.

Length

Futsal shoes are sized like ordinary shoes. That being said, with a futsal shoe a tighter fit is normally (suggested) so standard shoe sizes may not transfer directly. These shoes are most often created of soft and supple, thin leathers. To ensure proper ball feel, a tighter fit is better. Indoor soccer shoes are designed with a more narrow upper, this makes for better feel and control on the ball. Your indoor soccer shoe should probably fit as close to the end of your foot as possible without actually touching your toes. This will make sure the highest comfort and performance. A 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap is optimal. As a general rule of thumb, every 1/2 size will give you about 4mm (3/16 inch) of length.

Width

The width of your futsal shoes can also be important. Your cleats should fit the foot snugly and your foot should not slide around inside the shoe during the game. You also don’t want the shoe to be too tight. Most indoor soccer shoes are only available in one width. You may have to experiment with several different shoes until you find one that fits the best.

Should you have wider feet, then search into acquiring cleats fabricated from kangaroo leather as these will stretch the most to match your feet.

Material

What your shoe comes from can also determine the fit. The top-of-the line leathers (especially kangaroo leather) will generally stretch after 1 or 2 uses. High-quality shoes will actually mold towards the shape of your foot therefore you will want these to fit snugly in width when they are fresh out the box.

Proper Fit

When you have your unique futsal shoes, try them on indoors to test for correct fit. Your shoes should fit snugly without discomfort or pressure points. Your toes should reach as far as the front of your shoe, but should not touch the tip. Again, Look for a gap of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. If a player continues to be growing, we suggest purchasing shoes a touch large and filling in the excess space by putting on an extra set of two socks.

Price

The nice thing about futsal shoes is that they are cheaper in price than normal soccer cleats or boots. Intend to pay $40 to $100 USD to get a high-quality pair of indoor soccer shoes. There are plenty of places for you to purchase futsal shoes both online and offline.

Further and further soccer and sports shops are starting to stock these shoes and you’ll also discover a volume of online merchants with a fantastic selection of shoes.

Not to long ago black footballers in the United Kingdom were frequently faced with monkey chants from the terraces and racial abuse from their opponents. Now the problem seems to have been mostly eradicated from the British game and it is not unusual to have a back player in the football league (approximately 25% of professional players are of black origin). The problem might have crept out of the British game but a series of incidents over the past decade throughout Europe suggests the problem is still rife in mainland Europe.

During the 1970s and 1980s in the British Isles footballers from different ethnic backgrounds were abused regularly from members of the crowd making monkey chants, singing racist or anti-semitic songs and also chants closely linked to patriotism. It is believed that this was all linked to far-right groups who seemed to be using football matches to recruit new members and to hand out literature.

Far-right groups like the National Front (NF) used their magazine ‘Bulldog’ to promote competitions amongst fans like for the title of ‘most racist ground in Britain’. Copies of ‘Bulldog’ were openly sold at grounds across the country and clubs like Chelsea, Leeds United, Milwall, Newcastle United, Arsenal and West Ham were seen to have strong fascist elements. After the Heysel stadium disaster in the 1980s, British National Party leaflets were found on the terraces!

During the 1990s the British government introduced measures to combat racism in football alongside footballs governing bodies as well as at club level, supporter level and organisations like Kick Racism out of Football. The 1990s saw a massive decline in racism in the British game and now football fans will hardly ever hear racist abuse at football stadiums in Britain.

The British authorities and various other parties seem to have grasped hold of the problem and helped to eradicate the minority who use football as a tool to vent racism, but the same can not be said for other European nations. The problem of racism in mainland Europe is being described by some as ‘endemic’. It seems as though some football federations are in denial of the problem even though players, fans and ethnic minorities are abused regularly.

Just like the National Front used to target football grounds in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, neo-nazi and neo-fascist groups are now targeting football grounds around Europe for recruitment. The worst affected clubs are Lazio and Verona in Italy, PSG in France and Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid in Spain. A series of incidents in Southern Europe has highlighted this over the past few years.

In November, 2004, Spain entertained England in a friendly match at the Bernabeu in Madrid. The fact that England were outclassed by Spain and lost the match 1-0 seems to have been forgotten for different reasons. Thousands of Spanish fans in the stadium appeared to be neanderthal in their racist chanting as they were making monkey noises every time second half substitute Shaun Wright-Philips touched the ball. The chanting was clearly heard by millions of English fans sat watching the match on the BBC and the commentators condemned the chanting and stated there was no need of it in the modern game.

In response to this incident the British Sports Minister (Richard Carbon) wrote to his Spanish counterpart insisting that some action be taken. The English FA were already preparing to write to FIFA and UEFA in the aftermath of the under-21 encounter between the two nations when Glenn Johnson, Darren Bent and Carlton Cole were the targets of racist chanting.

The British media blamed Spanish coach Luis Aragones for the incident as prior to the match a Spanish TV crew filmed him trying to motivate Jose Antonio Reyes by making racist references to his team-mate, Thierry Henry. He used the phrase “Demeustra que eres major que ese negro de mierda”, which translates in English “Show that you’re better than that shitty black guy”.

The Spanish FA declined to take any action, but after an investigation UEFA fined the federation $87,000 and warned that any future incidents would be punished more severely (like suspension from major international tournaments or playing behind closed doors).

A few years later football in Spain was in the media again for the wrong reasons. In February 2006, Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o suffered from racially-driven verbal abuse by fans of Real Zaragoza. During the match fans began making monkey-like chants whenever he had possession of the ball and peanuts were hurled onto the pitch. Eto’o threatened to leave the pitch in protest but his team mates calmed him down. Barcelona won the match 4-1 and Eto’o danced like a monkey when he scored stating he did it as rival fans were treating him like a monkey. Surprisingly referee Fernando Carmona Mendez did not mention the incidents in his match report.

Real Zaragoza were only fined a measly 600 Euros by the Spanish FA and several other clubs were also fined during the course of the season for similar incidents. Atheltico Madrid were fined 6000 Euros for racial abuse of Espanyol’s Cameroon goalkeeper Carlo Kameni and Deportivo La Coruna, Albacete and Getafe received fines for similar incidents

A similar incident to the Eto’o one happened in Italy with Ivorian defender Marc Zoro. The Messina defender threatened to halt a Serie A game after suffering racial abuse from the visiting Inter Milan supporters. It is also well know that fans of Italy’s capital club, Lazio, have supporters who have strong fascist views. Ex Lazio player Paolo Di Canio landed himself in trouble for making the fascist salute to the Lazio fans after scoring in the Rome derby.

In Paris the Mayor is worried about the cities image due to recent events at Paris SG’s stadium, the Parc de Princes, as racism has become increasingly common with insults and monkey chants directed at black players. Far-right gangs have also looked to fight black and Arab members of rival gangs at the stadium during games. When Israeli side Hapoel Tel Avis visited for a UEFA Cup match in November 2006, a plains clothes police officer shot into a crowd of skirmishing football fans as he tired to protect a Hapoel Tel Aviv supporter, killing one person in the process. This incident is thought to have resulted from Paris SG fans chanting anti-semitism songs during their sides 4-2 defeat

In Central and Eastern Europe problems of racism and anti-semitism still exist. During England’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Slovakia their black players suffered racist abuse from the crowd which highlighted the countries problem to the international media. However, the problem existed long before England’s visit. Players from black ethnic backgrounds playing their trade in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania are subject to monkey chanting and being pelted with bananas every week.

In October, 2006, when Blackburn Rovers visited Krakow in Poland for a UEFA Cup tie, Benni McCarthy claimed he was abused by Wisla Krakow defender Nikola Mijailovic. The English FA wrote a letter to UEFA to ask them to investigate the allegations of racism whilst Wisla claimed they had already investigated the incident and found nothing to substantiate the claim. The referee also failed to mention the incident in his report but UEFA took action against the player and banned him for five games.

One nation in Central Europe you will be surprised to hear is suffering from racism is Germany. A series of events of the past year have highlighted the problem to the world’s media. When striker Patrick Owomoyela was being considered for the German 2006 World Cup squad, he was branded as ‘non-German’ by an extreme right party and another German player, Gerald Asamoah, was subject to abuse in a Cup tie in Rostock. During Germany’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia, in Bratislava, German fans sang discriminatory songs. German fans were again in the sport light when fans of Alemannia Aachen chanted racist abuse directed against asylum seekers. The German FA fined the club a measly 50,000 Euros.

It seems as though racism is still rife in European football and the problem looks as though it is not going to go away overnight or be brushed under the carpet easily. European footballs governing body needs to take firmer action against fans of clubs who are guilty and the clubs respective national football federation need to back their ruling up. Perhaps certain European countries should look at how the British have managed to reduce racism in their grounds as an example on how to tackle racism.

His complete name is Zinedine Yazid Zidane. He was born on 23 June 1972 in Marseille, France. He has nickname of Zizou. He got his start in soccer at an early age, when Zidane played for the club of US Saint-Henri. Zidane is an ex-French World Cup-winning soccer player. His playing position in the field is as attacking midfielder. Even if regarded as a brilliant player even from the time when he was a youngster, nobody imagined of Zidane as a considerable contender to Platini’s place as the best player in the history of France.

Zinedine Yazid Zidane experienced playing for some senior clubs, and they are Cannes (1987-1992) and Girondins (1992-1996) in France, Juventus in Italy (1996-2001), and Real Madrid in Spain (2001-2006), winning main championships and cups with every team.

He was regarded as one of the finest contemporary footballers. The achievements of his career contain assisting his national team of France gain the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, as well as with Real Madrid winning the 2002 UEFA Champions League. In 1998 he was entitled the European Footballer of the Year. And also a four-time was named world footballer of the year 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006. In soccer history Zidane became the most costly player while Real Madrid got him for 46 million pounds (approximately $66 million US Dollars). His colleagues on Real Madrid included big names Luis Figo, David Beckham, and also Ronaldo, amongst others by 2003.

In 2001, Pelé include Zidane in the list of the 125 greatest living soccer players. A flamboyant midfielder, in the World Cups of 1998 and 2006 Zidane gained the Golden Ball as the most worthwhile player. After leading France to the finals of the 2006 World Cup, Zinedine Yazid Zidane got retirement from professional soccer.

Is there anyone in this country who does not like football, very unlikely. Football has worn the fancy of the entire nation. This is one platform that brings its millions of citizens all together converging at one point which is the ground where action packed matches are played and the various emotions of the citizens are displayed. Football season is such that everyone talks, dreams and thinks only of football leagues and teams and nothing else.

Those who want to play football all the time can now create their own game in the virtual world, for we have the fantasy football which is now available for you to play. You will find the same passion, same thrill and action as you find on the real field. Read through these guidelines wherein we tell you how to get started with fantasy football.

You have a choice of either locating a public league or starting with your own private league too. When you need guidance and help with the rules and scoring to be managed, you will find that you can make use of the services of many websites that offer this service and charge you a small fee of course.

Now it is time for you to research on players and check out the projected performance of the players. This will help you select the best players for your team. There are several websites as well as magazines that are focusing on fantasy football leagues and you will get several tips from them on choosing some of the best players.

Your next action item would be to draft out your team as per the rule laid down by the league. Each league would have its own rules so it is important for you to ensure you understand them and follow them one hundred percent. Along with the list of best players that you would like to choose, it is advisable to also prepare a backup list ready. If your chosen player is not available or has already been picked up then you can opt for the next best from your backup list. You will be allowed to trade or pick up other players once your team has been drafted.

Every week work out your player's line up after taking into consideration the opponent teams player line up.

You can tally your team's points at the end of the week as per the league's rules. Normally you get points with your players scoring touch downs, tackling or even by running yards.

No guesses as to who is the winner, it is the team that scores the highest number of points by the end of the season.

The First Football League

It is generally accepted that the first officially organized league competition in the world was the (English) Football League formed in 1888. Then, it considered of 12 clubs all of which were based in the North and the Midlands of England. The very first winners of the Football League Championship were Preston North End.

In 1992 with the influx of megabucks from BSkyB (now called Sky TV), the top teams broke away to form their own league called the FA Premier League.

Today, the original Football League has 3 divisions called; the Championship, Division 1 and Division 2.

So that England today has a total of 4 professional football leagues, with teams moving up (promotion) or down (relegation) through the leagues depending on their points tally at the end of each season.

The First Football Association Cup (FA Cup)

The first FA Cup final was played in England in 1872 between Royal Engineers and Wanderers in front of 2,000 spectators. Wanderers ran out 1-0 winners partly because Royal Engineers – who were the favorites – lost a player through injury, early in the match, and had to play on with only 10 men since substitutes were not allowed then. The "Challenge Cup", as it was originally known, was the brainchild of Mr. CW Alcock of Sunderland who proposed only the year before that " A challenge cup should be established in connection with the Association "; the "Association" being the Football Association, hence the FA Cup.

The Oldest Football Club in the World

There are always been many arguments over the oldest football club in the world. Here are some facts to consider though …

The oldest, continuously documented, "football" club in the world is Dublin University Football Club, in the Republic of Ireland, which was founded in 1854. However, the club now plays Rugby Union, not Association Football. For this reason it is not officially recognized as the oldest football club in the world.

Sheffield Football Club – Sheffield FC – founded in England in 1857, is recognized by both the English FA and FIFA as being the oldest, continuously documented football club in the world still playing Association Football . They play in the Northern Premier League Division 1 South in England. So they are generally now recognized as being the oldest football club in the world.

But, there is documentation of a "football club" in Edinburgh, Scotland between 1824 and 1841. Several documents still exist today which refer to the "Foot Ball Club" and it's rules. It worked rather like a golf club where members selected teams from their membership to play one another. The club has been now been reconstituted and plays under the name of "The Foot Ball Club of Edinburgh" in an amateur capacity.

The First International Football Match

The first international football match was played between Scotland and England in Glasgow, Scotland on 30th November 1872, in front of 4,000 spectators. The result was a hard-fought 0-0 draw. And of the 110 games played between 1872 and 1999 when the fixture was disbanded, Scotland had won 41, England 45, and 24 games had ended in a draw.

The First Trainer's Dugout

The first ever recorded use of a sunken covered enclosure at the side of the pitch (the dugout) was in the early 1920s at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland. The trainer at the time, Donald Coleman, had it built to protect himself while he took detailed notes of his players during matches, as was his practice, and, was partially sunken into the ground so as not to block spectators' views of the game . Visiting teams were so impressed that the idea soon spread through the UK and then the rest of the world.