Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Don’t Mess With The Messi: Reasons Leo’s Still The Best In The Game

Lionel Messi is undeniably one of the best players on the pitch. At his young age, he has celebrated milestones that make his opponents quiver in fear. Here are reasons Leo deserves the world’s respect and recognition.

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Impressive track record

Leo is a top goal scorer in El Clasico and La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League. He also won the most Ballon d’Or awards, scoring the most goals in a single season. There’s so much more we haven’t seen, and yet, his benchmark is already unreachable.

Scoring and assisting prowess

Messi is gifted in scoring goals, but he makes great assists as well. His ability to assist well shows his great leadership skills and unselfishness on the pitch. After all, soccer is a team sport.

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 Mental strength

Messi’s mental strength is at par with his unbelievable physical intelligence. He is able to stay calm even under pressure, and has not shown unwanted behavior in the game. Some seasons ago, Atletico Madrid planned a strategy to get physical with Messi. Messi remained composed and focused in helping Neymar score a win instead of putting up a fist fight.

Messi’s only turning 29 this year, and hopefully, he’ll have more years ahead of him for his career. A lot of people say he’s already in his prime, but I believe he’ll do more wonders in the coming seasons.

Hi, I’m Naman Wakil, and I’m a huge soccer fan. Learn more about the game when you follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Five Interesting Facts about Soccer

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Every sport has its own gems. By this I mean relatively unknown facts that even hardcore fans don’t know. It takes time to get to learn all these things and I am always pleasantly surprised to discover new information every day. I’ve compiled five facts about soccer that I am pretty sure most fans remain unaware of.

The origin of soccer: Do you know that soccer originally began as a prison game? Officials have said that the game first began in the early 1800s in Newgate Prison in London. Supposedly prisoners made a game that only used the feet because most of them had their hands cut off for theft. The game became popular and spread from the prison to all over England.

Its original name: Americans call the sport soccer, but it’s known as football everywhere else (American football is an entirely different game). Still, soccer was originally called basketball because the first goals were shot into wicker baskets.

A Queen used to play: Most fans don’t know that Queen Elizabeth II used to play in soccer matches when she was still a teenager. These soccer games were played near Buckingham Palace and were during the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Two trophies have been stolen: The World Cup was originally made out of pure gold and was stolen in 1966. It was only found a couple of days later by a dog. The last time the World Cup was stolen was in 1983 and has never been recovered. That particular trophy was awarded to Brazil in 1970.

Soccer players run – a lot: It has been studied that soccer players run around 10 kilometers every game, on average. Surprisingly, most of that is done without the ball since the average player is only in possession of the ball for around two percent of the entire distance they run.

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To be sure, there are no particular advantages to knowing these facts other than they make the game more fun. For my part, I just love collecting them and sharing them with my fellow soccer fans.

Naman Wakil is a walking, living, breathing soccer fanatic. Every single detail of the sport is my passion. Follow this Twitter account to learn more new soccer trivia!