Bobby Charlton Soccer Legend

Acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest soccer players ever and my personal soccer hero and certainly one of England’s finest players ever.

Bobby Charlton came from humble beginnings. The son of a Northumberland miner, Bobby came from a background of football, three of his uncles played for Leeds United and his mother’s cousin, was the famous Jackie Milburn super striker for Newcastle United.

But Bobby maintains that his mother was the biggest influence on his football career, it was, she who first recognized his talent but was adamant that he should also learn a trade.

It did not take him long to rise to national and world renown with Manchester United, as well as on the international soccer fields of Europe, through his repeated inclusion on the English world team.

He joined Manchester United after winning the England Schoolboy Inter- national honors award, during the time he played for the England Schoolboys he was spotted by Manchester United head talent scout Joe Armstrong, by which time Charlton at his mothers insistence had already embarked on an engineering apprenticeship. However, so great was his talent, that by the time he was just 17 in 1954 he had already turned professional.

He was a prolific goal scorer with an individualistic style of play, noted for his long runs and precision with a soccer ball. By the age of nineteen he had already played in the FA Cup Final, he was a midfield player with a powerful kick and a natural feel for soccer, a striker with great skill, accuracy and consistency.

He played as a forward for Manchester United from 1956 to 1973. After only two seasons he earned a regular place on the United first team; Charlton played 14 times for United in his first season. During his second season he was lucky to escape with his life, as he was one of only a few to walk away from the Munich air disaster of 1958. He suffered relatively minor injuries and was pulled from the planes wreckage by team-mate Harry Gregg, the crash claimed 23 lives, of which eight were Manchester United players.

In 1965 he helped United win the football league Championship. In 1966 he won a gold medal playing for the victorious English world soccer team and a second Football League title win with United the very next year. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup; he scored two goals in the final game, making his team Manchester United, the first English team to ever win the competition.

Until recently he had scored more goals for England and Manchester United than, any other player, his goal scoring records held and remained unchallenged for 35 years after the end of his professional playing career.

Only very recently on the 22nd May 2008, did Bobby Charlton’s record for most games ever played by a single player(258) for the Manchester United football club, fall at the Champions League Final in Moscow to one of Manchester United’s current players Ryan Giggs.

He retired from the England team in 1970; at which point he was England’s most capped player, having played 106 times for his nation’s first team. He left Manchester United in 1973, to become player-manager for Preston North End, taking Man United team member and personal friend Nobby Stiles with him as player-coach, after only one season he discovered he was not suited to management.

He then took on the role of director for Wigan Athletic FC. He spent a little time playing in South Africa; he started several business ventures and opened soccer schools in the UK, Canada, USA, China, and Australia. A few years later in 1984 he joined Manchester United’s board of directors and as of May 2008 still remains one.

Charlton began to go bald at the beginning of the 1960s and for a long while refused to admit the fact, he grew the hair on one side of his head long and then combed it across the balding area in order to diminish the display of bald scalp. Famed for this hair do, that would often flop around when he was running and that he would have repeatedly recapture and push back over his head as he ran. This hair style even today is still referred to as “the Bobby Charlton Comb-Over”

He was made “Sir” Bobby Charlton in 1994, for his “services as an ambassador for English football” he was the first soccer player to receive the honor in over 30 years. He was inducted to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

For the whole length of his professional career, he was not once sent off the soccer pitch. Twenty years after his last professional appearance as a player for United, “Sir Bobby” is still remembered and revered as a supreme sportsman and gentleman footballer.

Top Thing to Do in Rio When Not Watching FIFA World Cup 2014

Planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the FIFA World Cup? No doubt, you will be spending most of your time at Maracana Stadium, one of the biggest stadiums in the world where many of football legends have shown tricks and skills of the game. But there is much more to this Brazilian city than this sporting extravaganza. Rio, with its fascinatingly varied landscapes and appealing cultural heritage, is a paradise for tourists. So don’t miss the opportunity to explore some of city’s wondrous attractions and make the most of your money spent on flight tickets and other travel expenses! Here are top six things you can do in Rio while not watching a football match!

Climb up the Statue of Christ the Redeemer:
This iconic statue stands majestically at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Climbing up the sculpture by the vertical cog train will truly be an enthralling experience, worth sharing back home. Spectacular views from the top make excursion more rewarding!

Relax on the white sand of Copacabana:
A beach-bummer’s dream comes true, Copacabana is one of the most vibrant beaches in Brazil and a must visit place for all those who spend on flights and holiday deals for Rio. Take a stroll along the white beach, sip delectable cocktails at sea-view bars, enjoy surfing or take a dip in the sea – you’ll surely have whale of time at this fabulous hang-out place.

Hike to the Pico da Tijuca:
A must-do activity for nature-lovers and adventure freaks, hiking to Rio’s highest peak takes one through captivating vistas of nature. From the top, views of Guanabara Bay will be a mesmeric treat for eyes and senses, well worth the cost of flight tickets for the destination. Bird-watching and camping are some other exciting activities you can enjoy.

Walk down the Memory Lane at Santa Teresa Neighbourhood:
If history is your thing, come explore this unique side of Rio. The ancient, cobbled streets don an intriguing look. Glorious mansions and a bohemian vibe will surely leave you thrilled and gloating over the decision of blocking seats on flights landing in Rio.

Shop at the Ipanema Hippie Fair:
Since 1968, this vibrant fair has been a big hit with shopaholics in Rio. From the authentic Brazilian arts and crafts to trendy clothes and jewellery; it offers everything to satiate the appetite of even the most discerning shopaholic. So come indulge in the gratifying retail therapy at the Ipanema Hippie Fair and get the maximum bang for the money invested on flights and holiday deals.

Dance your night away at Lapa Neighbourhood:
Bustling with samba and choro bars, the area is a night hunter’s dream comes true. Merrymaking here is limitless and stretches from sophisticated nightclubs to adulterous bars. Don’t forget to sip on Caipirinha, a signature Brazilian cocktail and sample some local cuisines.

Maradona As a Coach in World Cup 2010

Maradona, as a coach in World Cup 2010. Many people never believed they would actually see that happen, but Argentina’s new coach is here to show everyone that he still has the hand of God, and is able to straighten his team during the World Cup, despite the negative forecasts and the instability of some of his players.

Maradona is certainly the greatest legend of Argentina, who has got into a mess in 2008 when he decided to accept the challenge of dealing with the frustration and excitement of the country fans. Argentina has been longing for a title in the World Cup ever since Maradona led them to victory in Mexico 1986.

Maradona as a coach managed to beat Germany in March at a friendly match in Munich, but that was not enough to disguise the fact that Argentina entering the World Cup 2010 rather aimlessly. The team can definitely count on its status that derives from the two titles in previous World Cups and its series of good soccer players. But the team has not been playing well lately and Maradona as a coach in the World Cup 2010 has even more to prove.

Argentina managed to qualify for the World Cup at the last minute, which added to the fear and the anxiety accompanying the team and its fate. The team has been moody and erratic since then and never reached its peak performance so far. Maradona is trying to bring the identity of the team to surface all this time. But we should not forget that Maradona himself has been quite similar throughout his career and his life.

At the age of 49, Maradona probably faces his greatest challenge as a coach in World Cup 2010. There has never been so much at stake in the Cups that he played as a player, and it is known that this type of tournaments has a fifty-fifty chance of destroying the legend of the coach or increasing his glory even further.

Maradona has said that he hopes that his men will decide to play like their predecessors, with the philosophy of the team led by other coaches in earlier years. But so far, there has been no sign of either; the attitude and the desire is still there but the team has not managed to click so far. What is most important is that Argentina has some great players indeed; Lionel Messi is already considered the star of the World Cup 2010, because of his amazing games the last few years with Barcelona.

Wearing the blue and white shirt himself Maradona managed to perform many miracles, but now as a coach in World Cup 2010 he has to find the remedy for a team that doesn’t lack talent, but also doesn’t have what it takes to go as high as the Title. Or it seems like that so far.

Maradona as a coach in the World cup 2010 has a lot to prove, and it seems that he is ready to do so. Among the pending tasks, he will have to devise a way of supporting his key players such as Lionel Messi with a structure that will make the most out of them. He will also need to find a few alternatives to the veteran players such as Veron, and refine his choices from a rich roster that will manage to perform as well as it gets.

The History Behind the Names of the World Cup of Soccer Trophy

In the world of sports, no legend is more interesting than the history behind the World Cup of soccer. This vessel of victory has been around for almost a hundred years and it has an intriguing past. The World Cup of soccer has lasted through generations of soccer fans and will continue to be a symbol of the utmost challenge and triumph in sportsmanship for generations to come. Here’s a little of the history behind the World Cup of soccer and how it got its various names.

Starting in 1930, the World Cup of Soccer was known as the “Jules Rimet Trophy” so-named for the man who was the first president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It was a beautiful one of a kind trophy designed by the French Sculptor, Abel Lafleur, who gave it a gold-plated sterling silver finish on a lapis lazuli (blue natural stone) base. The design included a representation of the ancient Greek goddess of victory “Nike”, thus it was originally named “Victory”. Over time, the award was engraved with the names of the nine winners of the World Cup championship soccer games. In 1946, the trophy was re-named “Jules Rimet Trophy”, but had also been called the “Coupe du Monde”.

But that’s not where the history of the World Cup ends. During World War II, for fear of it being stolen by German Nazi troops that had occupied the region where it was stored, the then Italian-born president of FIFA, Dr. Barassi, hid “Victory” under his bed in a shoebox for several years. Despite his heroic efforts to preserve the trophy, in 1966, the trophy disappeared while on display in England in a public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall. It was found seven days later, buried under a tree in a suburban garden in South Norwood, a good distance away, dug up by a little dog named “Pickles”. To this day, no one knows why it was stolen or who was the culprit behind the heist.

In 1970, the trophy was won a third time by Brazil’s soccer team and was stored in the nation’s capital, Rio De Janeiro. However, once again it was subject to a theft in 1973 when it came up missing and was never again to be seen by anyone, including soccer fans. Rumor has it; the trophy was melted down for its precious metals. However, we will never know for sure how Victory met her untimely escape from the world of sports.

That is not the end of the World Cup’s venture to the hallowed halls of soccer fame. In 1974, a new World Cup trophy was created to replace the former and was presented to the captain of the winning West Germany team, Franz Beckenbauer. The design of the newer trophy was picked from over fifty designs that were submitted to the FIFA by experts from the seven continents. The winning design is a solid 18 carat gold swirling statue with a double-row malachite base. It was designed by Italian sculptor, Silvio Gazzaniga, who has gone on to design several other famous sports world trophies for soccer and baseball.

Today, the World Cup is known simply as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, but soccer fans sometimes still refer to it as “Victory” in honor of the previous trophy. Only five countries have won it so far, the most recent being Italy, but there are enough spaces for the winning teams names to be engraved onto its base until the year 2038.

2010 World Cup in South Africa

As the world awaits the Fifa World Cup 2010 with bated breath, none could be more excited than the host nation, South Africa. With this being the first FIFA World Cup that would be held in an African nation, it’s actually the whole continent which hopes for a stupendous performance from the South Africans. In what had been an all African bidding process, South Africa had won the rights for the most coveted international tournament in the world from Morocco and Egypt. The tournament as has been expected has been generating a lot of hype and people from all over the world are pouring into the African nation to get a glimpse of the present day legends of football.

On its part, South Africa, too has left no stone unturned in making this Cup an event to remember for times to come. There has been the construction of five new stadiums especially for the purpose of the competition. Apart from this, there are five other existing venues which would be upgraded and the cost for all the ten stadiums stands at a staggering figure of 48 billion Rouble. In addition to the stadiums, the country has been trying to improve its notorious public transport system as well which has been known to be conspicuous. Some of the steps in this direction include the Gautrain and the Bus Rapid Transit System.

Although the Copa de Mundo is going to showcase some of the best in the world of football, there would be some of the biggies who would be missing the show due to injuries. Some of the names that are expected to brighten up the tournament with their presence and eclectic and blazing performances include Brazil’s Kaka, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and the latest sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.

The world cup too has started seeing commercialisation to the full extent with there being dedicated space for the world cup video game on their official site. From an official song to specific balls, the event has been made as exclusive as possible by the concerned authorities. The FIFA federation too has been quite happy with the performance and preparations of South Africa and their contention can be seen from the fact that they have rated their preparations up to date as 8 on a scale of 10. They expect that whatever is left, would be completed before the world cup commences. And that is what everyone else is waiting for too, the commencement.

England Manager Capello Drops Legend Beckham in TV Fumble

In a dark moment for English football, one of the sports greatest icons was dismissed and humiliated in a passing comment by his national manager. In a TV interview before a friendly match against Hungary, the Italian was asked about David Beckham’s future in the squad.

The Italian market an end to sporting hero’s international career with a single offhand comment; “Thank you for helping me during the World Cup, but probably (Beckham is) a little bit old,” He said.

David Beckham’s career took an upsetting turn earlier in the year when an untimely ankle injury caused him to miss out on what was widely considered his last shot at world cup glory. He got involved as a ‘special advisor’ to the manager and took an active inspirational role in the coaching of the team.

The most upsetting part for Beckham was that Capello did not even have the courtesy to notify him before making his decision public. One of the countries most respected players woke up to newspapers announcing the end of his career, a fate not undeserved of someone who has given so much to the sport.

A spokesperson for David Beckham confirmed that there had been no discussion of retirement and that “he will always be available for his country, when fit, and if needed he will be there.”

Capello did claim he had tried to contact Beckham but failed and further commented “I think, I hope, that when David is OK he can play here in a friendly at Wembley to say ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Thank you very much’,” he said said. “I won’t pick him for any more competitive games.”

Since scraping through the qualifying stages of the world cup by the skin of his teeth, the England manager took the squad through their least successful World Cup campaign ever.

England captain Steven Gerrard has backed Beckham in his fight to not be left behind in the halls of fame “I’m sure that if he hears that news, it’ll drive him on and he’ll try to prove people wrong and try to get back in the set-up because I know he loves playing for England.” Gerrard said.

Wayne Rooney Can Dominate The Football World

Wayne Mark Rooney is the brilliant young striker of Manchester United. He is also the regular starting Centre forward for England Soccer national team. At this age of 22 he has won the hearts of millions of football lovers from all over the world. He has scored some Fantastic goals for England. Still his threatening goals for Manchester United cannot be taken lightly. He has single handedly won many matches for Manchester United and Everton his former club.

This English premier league star was born on 24th October 1985 in Liverpool. He played 2 wonderful seasons for Everton FC before being transferred to Manchester United. Sir Alex Fergusun bought him for a whooping ¤ 31 from Everton. He had a dream debut for the Red Devils scoring hat-trick in his very first Champions league appearance against Fenerbahçe.

At first he played just behind the main striker Ruud van Nisterlroy. He still managed to score some excellent goals. Now he is the United’s spearhead when it comes to attacking and scoring goals. He is now assisted by Carloz Tevez and Lois Saha. He had a poor start to this season when he broke his ankle in the first premiership match of this season. He got injured against Portsmouth. He was sidelined for 3 months. But he made his return well within expected time.

He also got some hope for England in the Euro 2008 Qualifiers when they were struggling for form. He then marked his come Manchester United come back with a flurry of goals. He has scored 7 goals in the last 6 premiership appearance. He also scored in the Champions League matches he played for Manchester united this season. When he nearing his top form, he got injured in the training session and was taken out. Now he is out for another month or so.

He has struggled injuries throughout the career. But he always marked his comeback with a bang. He is expected to the same this time too when he recovers. He is expected to play against their Arch rivals Liverpool this December. That’s an important match for both Wayne Rooney and Manchester united as it will decide who will win the EPL. It’s no doubt that Wayne Rooney will cross all limits and go far beyond than anyone has done before.

He is still the most feared striker in the premier league. Fergusun considers him as the best striker England has ever produced in some time now. He is compared to the French legend Eric Cantonna. The chip shot used Wayne Rooney is his best weapon that has never failed him from scoring. He scored the best goal of FA Cup history last year against Portsmouth with a beautiful lob which was watch by James.

According to many soccer experts he is expected to be the uncrowned king of strikers in the coming years. He never had a great tournament for his country. He was sent in the Euro -2002 finals. He was once again sent off against Portugal in FIFA World Cup-2007 for a silly reason. But he is expected to control his emotions and win honors for his country .Wayne Rooney will dominate the football world in the coming years for sure.