Spanish League- Barcelona Tied With Real Madrid in Points After Beating Zaragoza 4-2

FC Barcelona took another win this past Sunday, beating Real Zaragoza 4-2. The victory ties BarA- – a with Real Madrid in points for the top spot; however, with goal differences, the Meringues are still in first place. Lionel Messi was, yet again, the star of the game. The Argentine scored 3 goals and led the 4th with a penalty aE” in short, he gave even more proof that he is the best player on the planet. Messi has scored 11 of Barcelona’s last 13 goals and now has 25 goals for the season, making him the best scorer in La Liga. Barcelona entered the game determined to control the ball and attack; Zaragoza focused on counterattacks and managing the movement of BarA- – a’s strikers. But Zaragoza’s game plan couldn’t have been worse. At minute 5, Messi scored the first goal, sending a header to open the score in favor of Barcelona, 1-0. From then on, Barcelona took control of the game, trying to maintain possession of the ball as long as possible against a rival that consistently ran behind the sphere.

And, already ahead in the score, Barcelona players were able to proceed calmly. For both teams, the only other approaches in the first half occurred on personal fouls and corner, but none afforded a clear shot. Zaragoza’s best aE” and only aE” opportunity to tie the game came at minute 17, when the Portuguese aEoeEliseuaE- – Pereira stepped into the area and finished off with a great shot. However, the ball was narrowly thwarted by Daniel Alves. In the last minutes of the first half, Zaragoza managed to gain control of the ball, but possession didn’t translate into any opportunities for the team. The half ended 1-0, in favor of the Azulgranas. In the second half, Zaragoza brought speed to the game, creating a greater sense of danger in Barcelona’s area with several corners. At the same time, however, the team left space open in the back, and BarA- – a, led by the spectacular Messi, took advantage.

At minute 66, the Argentine superstar was able to score a second time with an impressive play that beat the local goalkeeper and put the scoreboard to 2-0. Just twelve minutes later, Messi created yet another ingenious play, adding his third goal in the game, also the third goal for his team. At 3-0, victory was nearly guaranteed for the Azulgranas. But then appeared the figure of recent substitute Adrian Colunga to score two goals in just four minutes for Zaragoza; with only two minutes left, the score was at 3-2. But Messi then gained a penalty for BarA- – a after he was fouled in the area. The penalty was executed by the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who closed the scoring and ended Zaragoza’s illusions by ending the game at 4-2. At the end of the match, Barcelona’s coach, Pep Guardiola, stated that Messi’s performance has surged recently, defined by remarkable passing and brilliant timing. BarA- – a has been struggling in the last few games, but Messi brought the skill needed to win the last few games, scoring impressive goals. aEoeWith the team spirit we have got, maybe we would not be so brilliant without Messi, but we would respond as a squad. The secret is in him. He is happy and comfortable here and that is the success,aE- – said Guardiola.

The Price of Being The Best For Barcelona

All the success that the team has experienced in the last three seasons, where ten titles have been won, has supposed a strong financial effort from the club’s arcs, as they have spent E 277.5 millions just in transfers.

Football is a team sport, and as a team sport everyone involved in it needs to work as hard to make things happen. If the players, along with their coach and assistants, as well as the administrative staff don’t move at the same pace, it is very unlikely to see success happen. This formula is one that in Barcelona they don’t just fully understand, but practice as well. In the last three seasons they have been living their golden years, but not much is said about what lies behind that success: a multimillionaire investment that easily surpasses the E 300-million fee in concept of transfers and incentives.

Since Coach Joseph Guardiola began his cycle in the summer of 2008 ten titles have been won, representing an investment of E 277.5 millions to the club, just in matter of transfers. If we split that amount into ten we will get the sum of money that Barcelona had to invest to win each title is of: E 27.8 millions, which for the fans have been worth every single cent.

If to that investment we add the money invested in terms of incentives, for this season aloneE 45 millions more came out from the arcs of the club: E 20 millions for wining La Liga and E 25 millions approximately for the UEFA Champions League.

With a debt that rises to E 483 millions, the economic situation is not the best for Barcelona, becoming the antithesis of their present on the pitch, where they are writing the golden pages of their history with three la Liga championships in a row and two UEFA Champions League titles as their most prestigious feats.

Aware of this issue before even taking charge of the club the last summer, now President Sandro Rossell and his men began to work in a plan to heal the economy of the club, a plan that has been able to reduce E 49 millions from a debt that prior to their mandate was of E 532 millions.

To do so the club has decided to adopt new policy in terms of the budget assigned to each sport, for besides football Barcelona also participates professionally in basketball, handball, hockey, indoor soccer, and the other eight amateur sections. Since the recent contract renewals of the football team represented an increase of E 28 millions in the bills of the club, it was decided to reduce the budget assigned to every sport, but football, in order to afford the investment.

In the only aspect that the football team is going to be limited is in the budget for transfers, for which the club has reserved only E 45 millions, five less than last summer. Of course that these amount could be increased if the team trades some of their players, for their income would be then be reinvested to sign reinforcements.

Admired by millions for its classy and flashy game that has become a role model in the 21st century, Barcelona is now focused in becoming a financial role model, and seems to be in the right track.

Watch World Cup Online Wherever You Are

Are you amongst the millions of people who want to watch this years FIFA soccer world? Then start celebrating! You no longer have to juggle schedules or cancel appointments to be in front of your cable TV to watch any of the matches of the one-month long soccer fiesta. You can watch the world cup live online wherever you are. Whether you are at work, on the road or at home, you can join the millions of people who will be watching South Africa 2010 live on their desktop or laptop computers. Watching the world cup live online as been made possible by the latest in mobile digital streaming technology that gives you direct satellite signals to your pc. The process is very simple. All you have you to do is to pay for the software, download it, follow the simple installation steps and within minutes you are watching twenty-four hour satellite quality images on your pc. This year’s world cup promises to be great. Being the first to be hosted in Africa, the seeded teams Brazil, Argentina, Germany etc are already struggling to see who will be the first country to lift the cup in Africa. Now you don’t have to miss your favorite team or star as the actions unfold. Every one of the 64 matches is going to be available live online. Watch the world cup online gives you HD quality video to your pc and is very cheap. At less than $50, cable TV has lost the competition. You only pay once for the service and there are no hidden charges or access fees. There are over three thousand five hundred channels that you can choose from and several radio stations. Once you have paid and set it up, you have unlimited access. Subscribing to this service might be the end of your monthly cable TV payments. The ease of use, mobility and cheap one time payment cannot be rivaled. And what more, after the world cup you can be watching other sporting events without any hitch.

The Top 5 Most Successful Rugby Nations

Throughout the history of rugby, two nations have consistently stood head and shoulders above the rest – New Zealand and South Africa.

Number one spot should probably go to New Zealand. New Zealand’s national side, the All Blacks, is the most revered side in the world of rugby. Any New Zealander, who pulls on the famous black rugby jersey, will take the field with the backing and expectations of the whole country. Failure is not an option.

The All Blacks consistently field world-class players, who achieve results that other nations can only envy. Since their first test match in 1903, the All Blacks have played 487 tests, winning a staggering 75%, winning two Rugby World Cups and are the current World Champions.

The All Blacks have a long rivalry with the South African Springboks. Rugby in South Africa almost has the status of a religion and the supporters are fanatical. The country has a reputation for producing big, uncompromising players with immense skill and, before the introduction of professional rugby and neutral referees, the South Africans were almost impossible to defeat in a test series on home soil.

The Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup twice, in 1995 and 2007. Since their first international against a British Isles side in 1891, the Springboks have played 407 tests with a win ratio of 63%.

Although they are currently listed just above the Springboks, at second in the IRB rankings, the Australian Wallabies fall behind them if history is taken into account. As rugby is not Australia’s most popular game, support there is less fanatical than in New Zealand and South Africa. Expectations, however, are just as high and the Wallabies usually deliver.

The Wallabies have played the majority of their rugby against the All Blacks and Springboks, which has greatly affected their win-loss ratio. However, this still stands at 52% from 507 matches. They have won the Rugby World Cup twice, 1991 and 1999, and are a force to be reckoned with whenever they play.

Currently ranked fourth in the world by the IRB are England. This is probably a fair reflection of their rugby history. England played their first, and incidentally the world’s first ever international, against Scotland in 1871 – and lost. Since then, however, they have been the most successful of the European sides.

Overall, England has played 654 internationals with a win rate of 57%. Although this is better than Australia’s, it must be remembered that the Wallabies have played the top two sides far more often. England’s record is affected by the side’s inconsistent performances on tour, some of which have been very poor, in the modern era mainly due to the unavailability of first choice players. At present, England remains the only northern hemisphere side to have won the Rugby World Cup (2003).

Rounding out the best five rugby nations is the rugby-mad Welsh. Although ranked at 6 on the IRB rankings list, one place below France, Wales’ proud rugby history gives them fifth spot on this most successful nations list. The Welsh are passionate about their rugby but the national side has seen periods of greatness and gloom. The brightest period of Welsh rugby was probably the period from 1969 to 1979, when the Welsh side was considered to be one of the finest sides of all time. Almost impossible to beat at home, the team provided the majority of players for the successful British Lions tours of New Zealand (1971) and South Africa (1974).

Welsh rugby then fell into the doldrums until around 2006, when the national side won the six nations Grand slam. Although Wales have never won the Rugby World Cup, the future is looking brighter.

Free Soccer Drills:A Guide To Dribbling

I don’t know a thing about you, but I’ll bet that there are many coaches out there struggling to find effective and free soccer drills for their players. What it means is that they are looking for drills which the kids can practice by themselves.

The best way to kick-start the training sessions are to use soccer drills that do not require any equipment. It is so because these soccer exercises are designed to suit the player’s age, learning potential, and the skills specific to his role in the team.

One must teach this drill to the players: To dribble the ball and at the same time, be conscious of what is going on around them. This drill is used by many coaches and it is far better than asking your players to dribble through cones.

This drill may demand more from players but it assures the player’s conscious participation in soccer practice.

Let me tell you how to organize this drill.

Start with marking out a square of about 20 yards by 20 yards. The number of players and their age decides the size of this square.

The same number of players should be positioned evenly alongside the square. All the players should face inwards and every player should have a ball of their own.

When the whistle is blown, each player should dribble the ball to the opposite side and stop on it. Of all the free soccer drills, this drill coaches the players to dribble across the square with their heads up and and do not interfere in each others’ path and thats why this is effective.

When this is repeated to make the players to turn 180 degrees, it definitely adds more fun. The number of times the players have to dribble the ball need not be constant and that can be varying. Let them compete where the final player is eliminated until there is only one player left.

Its good not to ask the players to dribble the ball but to run with the ball , when the players are only a few.

It is possible to have good fun teaching the vital techniques of ball dribbling to the kids. To make the players like the training, one can mix tough and light drills in the training. Nevertheless, some drills are added just for fun.

In soccer coaching, it is also important to realize that kids should not do too much of anything.

Believe me! Once you start to apply these free soccer drills in your training programs, you will be amazed to see how quickly the kids learn the essential elements of the game.

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