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The Benefits Of Indoor Soccer

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If you are a fan of North American soccer, you probably hate it when October rolls around and the Major League Soccer season is finished. However, at this point the NFL and NBA seasons are firing up, which tends to take your mind off the problem. However, if you actually play the game, winter is a pretty desolate time, since there is little or no outdoor soccer activity – especially in northern states, where there is snow on the ground. You can feel all your training slipping away from you, and just know it is going to be a tough job to get back in form next year. Therefore, this comes as one of the biggest benefits of indoor soccer. It’s a perfect place to keep your ball skills honed to perfection – or as close to perfection as they ever are. No longer do you have to relearn half of what you know in the spring – instead, you can be pretty close to match shape after a couple of weeks. Of course, indoor soccer isn’t the same as playing outdoors , but in the absence of the r

Euro Cup-2012: World Champions Spain Creates History! Italy Demolished!

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World Champions Spain dominated the Euro Cup-2012 football Final right from the start of the match and produced a result that beat the most one-sided Final in the history of Euro Cup football when Germany beat the Soviet Union 3-0 in 1972. On Sunday the 1 st of July, 2012 Spain trounced Italy 4-0 perfectly dividing the match scoring two goals each half. Spain created history by winning the Euro Cup consecutively in 2008 and in 2012 and equaled Germany’s record of three Euro Cup wins. Spain also maintained its record of not conceding a single goal in a knockout match since 2006.  Much was expected of Italy after their terrific 2-1 victory over Germany in the second Semi Final with Mario Balotelli emerging as the new Italian hero. But yesterday Italy failed to cope with Spain’s perfectly coordinated passes, pace and persistent attack from the very first minute. In the first half David Silva and Jordi Alba scored in the 14 th and the 41 st minute while in the second half Fernand

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As I hoped Spain indeed won! Then why the break? Well, celebrations took place before the match began! Spain deserved to win, they won! But... It was not worth the World Cup final! It was real pain! Each team was so desperate not to lose that they forgot to play soccer! Foul...most foul! It was a competition for committing the largest number of fouls! Meantime Team India lost the first test against Sri Lanka very convincingly. Everybody worried about Indian bowling, but the it was the star batsmen who let the team down. And of course, Murlaitharan got exactly what he wanted to retire with. 800 wickets! A feat very tough to beat. Congratulations to Murali and his team!

FIFA 2010: A New World Champion!

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             Vs.        All set for a New World Football Champion to emerge tonight! Netherlands, two time runners up in 1974 and 1978, never became the Champion. Spain never made it to the final before. I am going to support Spain all the way, not because Octopus Paul made the prediction for a Spain win; but because Spain has been playing tremendous attacking soccer after the starting loss to Switzerland. Their passes and coordination are beauty to watch. Netherlands too have their highs in terms of marauding moves. Some rate it to be the best ever final of all World Cups! But I am for Spain to be the New Champions! See you later!

Football 2010: World Cup of Upsets?

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France and Italy never made it to the last sixteen. England and Portugal failed to qualify for the quarter finals. Brazil crashed out at the quarter final stage. Argentina suffered a crushing defeat to bade adieu to FIFA World Cup 2010. They were all strong contenders for the title. And yet! For many the biggest upset would be Brazil losing to Netherlands. While credit must be given to the winning team, one cannot stop wondering about Brazil's inability  even to equalize. In fact, Brazil never played the kind of football they are known for in this World Cup. Yes, they kept winning till the quarter final stage, but those wins were against mostly weaker sides and not convincing by any means. North Korea, a rank outsider, nearly cornered them. Then, that hand ball goal for Brazil with the referee joining in the circus still stinks. Demanding Dunga's head would hardly be a solution. Brazil must find an answer for their football.

FIFA Technology Averse? Why?

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Football is very physical, very tough, involves lots of tearing, pushing and legging and a part and parcel of the human body. Is this the reason for FIFA's puzzling unwillingness to welcome technology in? They want it to remain a dangerous primeval sport that it was? They say human errors add charms to the game! But human errors at whose cost? That Super Sunday Soccer was mouth watering and incredible. England and Germany racing full swing up and down the field promised what was expected. But, that goal that wasn't given in spite of clear replays robbed the jest out of England. Well, you only say this game is totally body oriented and so your horrible decisions would definitely affect the bodies. Of course, England could have bounded back and altered the course of the game, but that goal that wasn't given still stank. Mexico matched Argentina in pace and fury. It was a game to relish. But, your decisions again marred it. Bravo, Mexico still fought like lions even after