Spanish League – Real Madrid Beats Atletico Madrid in Derby And Maintains Its Leadership

This past Sunday Real Madrid regained its status of co-leader of the Spanish League next to Barcelona after beating Atletico Madrid 3-2 in the Madrid Derby at the Santiago Bernabeu. The team led by Manuel Pellegrini recovered in time to an initial disadvantage and remained undefeated in the Spanish classic, keeping their record of over a decade. Real Madrid is now tied with Barcelona at the top of the league with 74 points, but has the goal difference advantage. Starting the match both teams were motivated and concentrated on performing their game plan. However, Atletico surprised in the first half, when Jose Antonio Reyes opened the scoring at minute 10 with a shot after a pass of Sergio Aguero and gave a 1-0 advantage to the Colchoneros. Each visitor’s attack was a warning. Reyes, Aguero, Simao and Forlan put on alert the white side in several occasions. On the other hand, Real Madrid played with impulse in the sidelines looking for individual actions while the team coached by Quique Sanchez Flores played with caution and calm, which gave them the first goal with the ease and speed its rival lacked of. Madrid had some great options to tie the game in the final minutes of the first half. The first one happened after a corner in which David De Gea showed his class by deflecting a shot from Marcelo.

Then, Tiago avoided Gonzalo Higuain’s attempt on the goal line. And just at the edge of halftime, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity with a header that went out of the De Gea’s goal. Real Madrid returned from halftime as a completely different team. Their determination was demonstrated in the first action of the second half in a corner, in which the Whites tied the scoring. The ball fell near the back post and there was Xabi Alonso, who beat De Gea to put the scoreboard 1-1. After this goal, Real Madrid set the pace of the match. And in ten minutes they turned the scoring on their favor when Xabi Alonso performed a spectacular pass to Alvaro Arbeloa, which surprised the Rojiblancos. Arbeloa did the rest as he beat the defense quickly and set the second goal for the Meringues. With the 2-1 advantage, Real Madrid controlled the game even more and third goal for the Meringues came at minute 63. This third goal was triggered by an error of Atletico as the Portuguese Tiago and the Brazilian Asuncao didn’t understood each other in a play, and the Argentine Higuain took advantage to score his 23rd goal of the season.

However just five minutes later, the Uruguayan Diego Forlan cut the lead by converting a penalty kick at minute 68, after a hand of Alonso in the goal area. Forlan’s goal put emotion to the game in the final minutes. However, Atletico Madrid couldn’t score for a tie as the Meringues did a great job in defense controlling the ball when they had to. At the end, the game finished 3-2 in favor of Real Madrid. With this triumph, the Meringues added 74 points and returned to the top of the standings with Barcelona, who beat Mallorca 1-0 on Saturday. At the end of the match, Cristiano Ronaldo stated that he was happy with the result and the way his team played in the second half. “We played well today. The team was in good shape. We had plenty of chances and all that counts is that we scored three goals in the second half. It says a lot. I am very happy,” Ronaldo said.

High-technology War-from Nike Soccer Shoes to Adidas Football Shoes

It is not a secret that Adidas and Nike become competitors several years, from general shoes to soccer shoes, from appearance to high-technology, from child to oldor, from package to service. It is hard to say which one is better, it seems that both of them are high quality, stylish appearance, perfect service. In football field, the number of people wearing football shoes are almost equal. People are wondered which one is best in high-technology time, however, Nike and Adidas are developing their own characteristics football shoes-we can see it clearly from analyzing inside technology of shoes.

Nike is a producing shoes power, every year Nike has introduced many new stylish shoes to attractive customers. In World Cup 2010, Nike also introduced several football shoes to increase their sales. Mercurial Vapor and Mercurial Talaria both are recommend products. But we can’t ignore Nike T90 football shoes, which are the products of high-technology.

The design team behind this Nike T90 Laser shos wanted to create a series of shoes that deliver a shot or a strike like a missile. This means that the shoe will help you strike the ball at a much harder rate, look at the kind of players like Rooney that wear them. Apparently Rooney was actually taken to the Nike headquarters to try and help develop the Nike T90 Laser and for them to do extensive trailling and testing on him as they thought he really fitted the profile as the kind of player who should be wearing these football shoes. The Nike T90’s eVent membrane and newly engineered outsole have been designed to help in the cold wet weather. Even when sheets of rain are lashing down, the feet inside a pair of Laser II’s are able to breathe whilst staying dry. Bladed studs offer traction and comfort even when you are sprinting on a hard surface or a soft muddy surface. The Laser II’s reinforced outsole helps support and stabilise the standing leg, making sure that planting your feet at extreme angles and speeds doesn’t mean a loss of accuracy and reduces chance of injury. Basically, this Nike T90 football shoe range delivers support and power to those of you who hit the ball hard.

It is also produced after Nike’s new ads “Write The Future”, the shoe company’s division in Spain has set up digital pinball machines promoting its Elite Series of cleats/football boots in its Madrid and Barcelona locations, unveiling the interactive installations during the ongoing World Cup. Not just perfect in ads, Nike company wants to establish an image that Nike shoes are high-nechnology, wear them can be the best in football field. So indeed in NIke’s Mercurial Superfly Vapor II soccer shoes, which C Lo wear in World Cup.

It is the unique innovation in Nike’s history, Nike unveiled its splashiest innovation, in advance of the 2010 World Cup: The Mercurial Superfly Vapor II Soccer Shoes. Aside from the hotrod looks, the most intriguing innovation was the “adaptive traction technology,” which allows the pegs of the cleats to actively adjust to turf conditions.

Designers spent three years, the Vapor II has studs that extend up to 3mm in soft ground, but act like a normal stud on firm ground. For the Superfly II, there are three basic components that allow the pegs to adapt. The structural support for the shoe comes from a carbon-fiber “plate” in the sole. Meanwhile, the bright orange pegs on the front of the shoe have a moving column inside. Caine the design of Supperfly II said “In design, the simpler the mechanism, the better something works.” It means that When a player steps into soft ground, the carbon sole flexes, pushing those columns down. The clear coating on the outside of the sole stretches in response, thus allowing the pegs to literally extend–while also keeping the entire mechanism sealed off from water and mud. The colors, meanwhile, are meant to be a performance enhancer for the entire team. The orange swoosh is meant to be a bold contrast with the green soccer pitch, thus making teammates easier to spot in a player’s peripheral vision while he’s on the run. And that’s the same reason the outside is purple and the inside is dark: “The contrast creates a visual flicker that engages the peripheral vision,” says Caine.

As the biggest compain for Nike, just one month after Nike’s Mercurial Superfly II was publicly released Adidas has swiftly responded with the newest and slickest F50 Adizero. With the World Cup right around the corner these two sporting juggernauts are going to fight for footwear dominance.

Adidas has really done their homework; the Adizero looks beautiful and sports unfathomable control and the market should buy it in droves. Still the new model is surprising, Adidas generally goes for sturdy and practical leather boots while Nike tends to market stressing ultra-light and flashy aspects.

People will confuse both of them are best, how to choose them? If you want high-technology to improve your skill, Nike Football Shoes can satisfied your demand. But if you want shoes light to match physical conservation, Adidas is your best choice.

Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Who is The Greatest?

Last night saw yet another epic El Classico where Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo continued their ongoing battle for World supremacy. Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a spectacular 2-2 draw with Ronaldo and his arch nemesis Messi scoring all of the goals. These two players are taking the art of a footballer to whole new levels, but whilst there is no denying that they are the stand-out talents of their generation, and perhaps of all-time, the ongoing question is ‘who of the two is the greatest?’ Whilst there is no definitive correct answer to this, the widely held view over recent years has been that Messi is the King and Ronaldo the very talented Prince. However, the gap between the magical Argentinean and the Portuguese adonis appears to be closing, with some feeling that Ronaldo now deserves the crown of ‘World’s Best Player’.

Despite often playing just behind the main striker, Messi seems to be able to score from anywhere and everywhere. Last season, at the age of only 24, he became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. In addition to that he also broke the 39 year old record which was set my German super striker Gerd Muller for most goals in a single European season. Amazingly, Ronaldo has managed a similar record to Messi and their overall ‘goals to games’ ratio since 2009 is almost identical. Despite starting his career as a winger, Ronaldo’s ‘eye for goal’ became apparent under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. His trademark ‘dipping’ free-kicks and solo goals prompted Real Madrid to break the World transfer record to bring the Old Trafford hero to the Bernabeu. Just as Messi can often be found collecting the ball in his own half, Ronaldo often drifts back in search of possession, and is also found in wide positions tormenting the opposing left and right backs. Given the fact that neither player is what is referred to as a ‘goal poacher’ makes their records even more unbelievable.

With regard to awards, both team based and personal, Messi is the clear winner at present. He has won the Ballon d’Or three years running (much to the obvious dismay of Ronaldo!), and his La Liga and Champions League silverware outweigh Ronaldo’s.

In conclusion it is evident that both Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo are head and shoulders above any other current players in World football and there are no signs of this changing any time soon. Given their relatively young ages there is every possibility that they will go down as the two greatest players in the history of the sport. For all the achievements of Pele, Maradona, Eusebio etc, there is already a case to be made that Messi and Ronaldo have matched and surpassed them all. The fact that two such players are present in the same era, playing in the same league and at almost the same ages makes the comparison slightly easier, so here goes.

Lionel Messi is currently the ‘World Greatest Footballer’ with Cristano Ronaldo an extremely close second. The fact that Lionel Messi has been officially awarded this title three years running with the Ballon d’Or adds weight to the argument. That along with minor points such as his superior assists record, the fact that he has consistently made more appearances than Ronaldo and that his all-round team-play is slightly better just edges it for the Argentinean genius at present. In Ronaldo’s defence he is the faster / stronger physical specimen, has better heading ability and does not have a Xavi or Iniesta to link up with, but this just doesn’t quite level it – for now!!!

Nike Football Kits

Why Choose Nike Football Kits?

There are many different makes of sports kit and football kits on the market but few stand the test of time and remain one of the biggest selling and most popular. Nike football kits are very popular with kids and adults because they offer strong wearing functionality as well as attractive good looks and a huge variation in sizes, designs, and styles. Choosing the right football kit is important. Get the right design, the right materials, and the right colours to help ensure the best results for your team.

Feeling Good

Psychologically, players that feel they look good and are wearing a good looking kit are likely to perform better. While the colour of a kit may not make you run quicker or kick the ball more accurately, it can play a major part in confidence. It may be psychological but it certainly matters to your team’s performance.


Colour also plays another important part when choosing football kit. During one professional match, Manchester United changed their kit at half time because they believed it was too difficult to pick out team mates wearing a grey kit. The change worked as they went on to win the match. Choose a colour or colours that are easy to spot and will stand out when being worn. Nike football kits come in a huge selection of colours and designs.


New technological advances are being introduced to football kits all the time. The fabric that is used, the addition of air holes and breathable mesh, and even the length of the shirts and shorts can make an impact on performance. You should at least ensure that the kit you choose will not restrict movement because running around a pitch for 60 or 90 minutes at a time is challenging enough without adding to the difficulty with restrictive shorts and shirts.

Nike Football Kits

Nike football kits are not only great looking but offer great performance to the footballer. They are designed to be worn for an entire match and the durable material ensures that they won’t need replacing every couple of matches. Choose a design that stands out and ensure that you choose Nike football kits that do not restrict your movement in any way.

Utilising Football Equipment And Training Aids in Drill Techniques

OverviewHave you got good quality football equipment and training aids? Buying cheap doesn’t always mean losing out on quality. It really depends where you shop. Try the internet and look out for those specialist websites that feature second hand football equipment or training aids that have had a little use and then been sold on. Websites like this usually manage to keep the quality up and the price down to affordable levels. Football equipment and training aids that you know are good quality really do make the difference between good and bad games, not to mention preventing or limiting injuries from occurring.

Kind of EquipmentSafety equipment such as helmets, boots and mouth pieces are essential but playing football isn’t all about playing the game. There is also practice and this involves the availability of training aids to assist with training the team and the individual. Shopping online is probably the best way of getting football equipment and training aids that are particularly suitable for the wide range of ages often found in little league players. The division you play in might feature diminutive 5-year old players but that doesn’t mean that you should forego quality products. Online stores are able to stock such a wide range of football equipment and training aids that you could even find yourself with a choice of manufacturers – something that is probably lacking in a high street sports’ store.

Football CoachingCoaching youngsters in game sports such as football teaches the kids much more than simply how to play football. They learn discipline and sharing as well as how to mesh together and get along with different characters. Making use of a range of football equipment and training aids, even if the kids have to share, certainly teaches kids how to fit into their spot in society. This is why parents should encourage their kids to become involved and find a good team where they can get quality coaching.

Training Aids are AssetsUtilising training aids alongside their coaching, kids can be taught more than mere goal keeping. They learn how to attack and how to shoot, not to mention how to defend their own little patch of ground and their own position. Coaching, with or without training aids allow kids to focus on another person as opposed to focusing on themselves. This can prevent kids growing up into introspective adults without the ability to find the niche that society has carved out for them.

Teaching Drill Techniques Incorporating evermore demanding drill techniques, utilising training equipment and aids, takes skill and patience on the part of the coach. However, when the coach gets it right by preventing kids from practising drill techniques beyond their capabilities, the young player shows discipline that reveals itself on the football field. Furthermore, a young player who has mastered techniques being taught by the coach seems to avoid situations in which injury could occur. It is self-awareness such as this that coaches should be aiming for when teaching youngsters how to play football. Making use of football equipment and training aids that are available make this task easier, often enabling the coach to drill a number of youngsters in the same techniques at the