FootieQuiz Re-skin latest

From 1st November the worlds number one football quiz website will be having a brand spanking new look!

Au revoir 2005 bienvenida 2013.

As part of our reskin we are introducing a new Players Quiz section. This part of the site will be broken down into the following headings:

Legends

EPL Legends

Superstars

C-Listers

So far we have the following player quizzes:

Football Legends Quizzes:

  • Bryan Robson
  • Diego Maradona
  • Gary Lineker
  • George Best
  • Ian Rush
  • Johan Cruyff
  • Kenny Dalglish
  • Marco Van Basten
  • Pele
  • Zinedine Zidane

English Premier League Legends

  • Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Alan Shearer
  • David Beckham
  • David Ginola
  • Dennis Bergkamp
  • Didier Drogba
  • Eric Cantona
  • Frank Lampard
  • Gianfranco Zola
  • Matthew Le Tissier
  • Michael Owen
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Paul Scholes
  • Peter Schmeichel
  • Robbie Fowler
  • Roy Keane
  • Ruud Van Nistelrooy
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Thierry Henry
  • Tony Adams

Global Football Superstars

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Luis Suarez
  • Gareth Bale
  • Raul

Footballs ‘C-Listers’

  • Dion Dublin

Please get in contact to tell us what player quizzes you would like to see included in the new FootiQuiz site. We are currently undecided about our C-Listers section. Give us some names of people you would like to see covered by our football quizzes. Please take the time to vote in the poll below or leave comments with your suggestions.

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Nash’s Premier League Review: Week 8

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The Premier League is back this weekend, get your favourite Premier League club shirt on. It promises to be another weekend full of exhilarating match-ups and surprises. Arsenal are sitting top on the table, equal on points with Liverpool, thanks to their superior goal difference But who’s going to win the Premier League? Sunderland and Crystal Palace already are drifting from the others at the foot of the Premier League. So are we ready for some mouth-watering action?

Here is the low down on this week’s action.

NEWCASTLE UTD V LIVERPOOL @ St. James Park

Brendan Rodgers will have a full strength squad at his disposal on Saturday, one of the rare luxuries he hasn’t enjoyed since the start of the campaign. Suarez and Sturidge would be a constant threat to the Newcastle defence. Newcastle on the other hand, have been inconsistent. Loic Remy seems the only saving grace for Newcastle. I would go for Liverpool winning it.

PREDICTION: 0-3

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Luis Suarez: 3 goals in 2 matches, seems like he never left. The ban could have only made him a better player. He looks totally in control with himself.

Daniel Sturridge: He is not fully fit, and still manages to score somehow. He can only get better. At the end of the week, should see him as the leading goal-scorer.

Loic Remy: He has been in stupendous form, if only Newcastle’s defence could abide by the same, he is currently tied with Daniel Sturridge as the leading goal scorer in the Premier League.

ARSENAL V NORWICH CITY @ the Emirates

The table toppers have been in scintillating form, since the arrival of Mesut Ozil. For Norwich the story remains the same, they just don’t know what kind of football style to adapt, and that portrays in their league position. But against Arsenal, a defensive approach would be on the cards. Arsenal should win this quiet easily.

PREDICTION: 4-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Mesut Ozil: If Norwich are going to come out with a defensive outset, Ozil would be the go to guy. He will be the lock-picker. Could see him scoring as well.

CHELSEA V CARDIFF CITY @ Cardiff City Stadium

Another rotational squad is on the cards for Chelsea, Cardiff have shown a lot of resistance and character this season, but there is way too much going on in Cardiff, and thinking about winning at Stamford Bridge seems preposterous. Chelsea would see this one out quiet easily, ahead of their crucial champions league encounter against Schalke.

PREDICTION: 2-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

JUAN MATA: Have always said playing Mata is the logical thing to do. You just have to get used to it Jose. He will outperform against Cardiff as well.

EVERTON V HULL CITY @ Goodison Park

Both teams have had an impressive start to their season, especially with many pundits predicting Hull to be relegated this season, which they still could, but they look a promising. Everton have slowly and steadily caught hold of Roberto Martinez’s playing style and look reasonably stable. This one could be an exciting game, could go either side, an entertaining draw is what I predict.

PREDICTION: 2-2

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Romelu Lukaku: He has been on a scoring streak for country and club, and certainly looks like the player to watch out for, all season. If you want to bet your money on, Lukaku would be the go to player.

Robbie Brady: He is the top scorer for Hull, having already scored four times. He is all set to return to action.

MANCHESTER UTD V SOUTHAMPTON @ Old Trafford

Let’s ignore history and accept the fact that Man Utd are going to struggle this season, and I think a quarter of Manchester has already accepted that. Southampton are in splendid form, lying fourth in the table. They bring a kind of charisma and sparkle to their play, which is soothing. Last week Adnan Januzaj took all the limelight, this week it’s all going to fade away, predicting an upset here.

PREDICTION: 1-2

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

SOUTHAMPTON DEFENSE: They have been just fantabulous, conceding only 2 goals so far this season. Persie and Co. going to find it difficult to penetrate them. Old Trafford or not.

RVP: Seems like if he shines, the team shines. Last season is a good example of, how much united rely on RVP. They are going to need his services. BIG TIME.

STOKE CITY V WEST BROM @ Britannia Stadium

West Brom have not lost a game since the start of September, they are in fantastic form, while Stoke City have forgone a completely opposite path. Having lost all their last three games, Mark Hughes side are finding it very difficult to score, having scored only four times this season. I would predict West Brom to carry on their scintillating run and win.

PREDICTION: 0-2

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Berahinho: one of the U21’s to watch out for this season, he is shining and shining bright.

Begovic: He has been making fabulous saves, though the results are not reflecting. He has been rock solid. Expecting some crucial saves, might save the game.

SWANSEA V SUNDERLAND @ Liberty Stadium

It would be Gus Poyets first game at the helm of Sunderland FC, will fortunes turn? Swansea are without a home win for the last 8 matches, they have been performing well in the Europa league and that is affecting their domestic form. There might be a glimmer of a chance for Gus Poyet to salvage any points, from Swansea’s lacklustre domestic form.

PREDICTION: 1-1

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Steven Fletcher: He has recovered from his shoulder injury, and if he plays he would be a serious threat for the, weak Swansea defence (without Ashley Williams).

Michu:  The Spain call-up might have enthused some confidence. He would want to perform well consistently.

WEST HAM V MANCHESTER CITY @ Upton Park

West ham would be sky high, after upsetting Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in week 7, they usually don’t score too many goals, but Sam Allardyce found a way to do so. Manchester City on the other hand are high scorers in the Premier League themselves, scoring 17 times already, but they are allowing more goals as well. It could go either way. A draw would be a satisfying result for West ham.

PREDICTION: 1-1

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Ravel Morrison: He took Tottenham by storm, he would have a few more defenders keeping an eye on him, but he should flourish.

Sergio Aguero: He will get chances, it will be difficult for the West Ham defence to keep him off. Expect him to score.

ASTON VILLA V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR @ Villa Park

The defeat against West ham would have been a wakeup call for AVB, Aston villa are proving to be a tough team to face at Villa park, it would certainly be an entertaining encounter. Tottenham haven’t won in their last 2 games and them being a top 4 team is certainly under the scanner. Villa’s new signings are bearing fruit now, everyone is performing exceptionally.

PREDICTION: 1-1

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Benteke: one of the members of the Belgian brigade, on his day he can be world class. Most likely to score a goal from the villa team.

Christian Eriksen: He seemed a bit off against West Ham, but he certainly is a playmaker and would do wonders in the coming matches.

CYRSTAL PALACE V FULHAM @ Selhurst Park

Both teams are in desperate need of victory, Fulham will be looking to have back to back wins for the first time this season. It should be a dull match, don’t expect anything entertaining.

PREDICTION: 0-1

KEY PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Berbatov: for Fulham to shine, Berbatov needs to be scoring, this might be the match where he’ll outperform.

 

 

The Miracle of Istanbul, United’s Late Show and Gunners hit Reading for 7

Matthew Glazier of www.bettingpro.com looks at some of the best football comebacks of the past few years

Two English teams have produced a stirring comeback to win the Champions League in recent memory; while there have also been some fantastic performances in the Premier League which have seen losing teams rally to get a draw or better.

1) The Miracle of Istanbul

Liverpool were staring down the barrel in the 2005 Champions League final as Milan ran rings around Rafael Benitez’s team and stormed into a 3-0 lead, with Paolo Maldini scoring in the first minute before a late first-half brace from Hernan Crespo looked as though the cup had been won for the Rossoneri.

However, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had other ideas and his 54th minute goal set the Reds on the path to recovery. Amazingly, they were level on the hour mark thanks to goals from Smicer and Alonso, with Jerzy Dudek producing an amazing save to deny Andriy Shevchenko and the final went to penalties. Converted spot kicks from Hamann, Cisse and Smicer were enough to claim victory.

2) Sheringham and Solskjaer party like its 1999

Liverpool’s success came six years after another famous Champions League win for an English club, with Manchester United spending 84 minutes trailing to a Mario Basler effort until the most dramatic of finishes which saw the Red Devils score two injury-time goals.

In fairness, it was a poor performance from Sir Alex Ferguson’s team at the Camp Nou and Bayern could have been out of sight before Teddy Sheringham looked as though he had sent the game into extra-time, although Solskjaer’s goal in the third minute of injury-time meant that UEFA quickly changed the ribbons on the trophy before it was held aloft by Peter Schmeichel.

3) Arsenal come from 4-0 down to win 7-5 at Reading

During the 2012/13 season, the Gunners and the Royals exchanged 24 goals in three matches although it was the League Cup clash at the Madejski Stadium which was the most dramatic by far, with Arsene Wenger’s team going 4-0 down after 37 minutes as Reading ran riot.

Just as Wenger was about to read the riot act at half-time, Theo Walcott’s 45th minute strike threw the visitors a lifeline and Olivier Giroud’s goal just after an hour created lots of tension among the home side. However, Laurent Koscielny’s 89th goal looked like being a mere consolation before Walcott poached a fourth a minute later to take the game to extra-time.

The momentum was with Arsenal and Chamakh put the visitors ahead for the first time although Pogrebnyak looked to be taking the tie to penalties when scoring for 5-5 before Walcott and Chamakh scored at the death.

Matthew Glazier is the Managing Editor of an award-winning sports, news and betting website.

How to Train Hard and Become the Next Gareth Bale

In 2007 Gareth Bale was a highly regarded young prospect. He was soon bought by Tottenham Hotspurs for a tasty fee of around £7m, but failed to live up to his hype for the next few years. Through the right training, nutrition plan and equipment he has improved beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Your training equipment holds the key to your improvement and at http://www.thesoccerstore.co.uk/football-training-equipment you can find the gear to make you a star. 

So, training doesn’t make a difference you say? In August 2013 Gareth Bale made the world record signing of £85.3m, with Real Madrid being the lucky team to secure his services. Bale, 24, had a few mediocre seasons followed by two sensational, record-breaking seasons in England. Now he is considered one of the best talents the game has to offer, and he can proudly say he is the “most expensive” talent in the game. So with the right plan, effort and dedication you too can become the best footballer you possibly can. 

Nutrition is an important part of your pursuit to be the best. There are certain super-football-foods that are labeled as the perfect choice to improve your fitness and ability. Firstly, drinking water is important. Secondly, it’s important to eat a good amount of protein such as chicken or fish. It’s recommended that you eat a balanced meal, meaning putting foods like jacket potatoes and vegetables alongside the others- this will only help to increase your abilities. 

When speaking to Four-Four-Two magazine Gareth Bale was asked about the importance of his nutrition and he repliedMassively important. If you get your diet and hydration right you’re going to be a step ahead of everybody else on the pitch. If you’re hydrated properly you reduce your risk of injury and if you’re committed to your fitness programme you’ll be able to last longer, running just as hard in the last minute as you were in the first.

Who are we to argue with the world’s most expensive player?

As many champions have said before- champions aren’t made on the football pitch- they are made through hard work and dedication in every aspect that influences your abilities. One fundamental aspect of being the best is the ability to train hard and improve yourself at every chance possible. There’s many key attributes such as pace, strength and football skills in general that all require work, but Gareth Bale when asked about the importance of training hard to improve his acceleration replied It’s massively important to my game, especially the way I play, running at defenders. If you’ve got that explosive acceleration you’re able to get away from defenders and either shoot and score or pass or cross. It gives you an extra advantage over your opponent.

So what kind of training will help you to improve? 

Ball control

There are many traffic cones, superdomes and poles that you can use to run around and use as a marker for sprints. More importantly these pieces of equipment will be perfect for enhancing your ball control. Warm yourself up by having a light jog around these and then increase the pace, but use a football from there on. By performing different drills with this equipment you will notice your ball control will improve, so much that it will seem you have built a connection between your feet and the ball.

Speed and agility

Having the best speed and agility possible is an important aspect in becoming the best. Speed and agility ladders and hurdles will enhance these attributes, if used correctly. By using these training tools you will be able to see what you’re achieving and set realistic goals to help you on to your way to improvement.

Passing and shooting drills

It’s great to have a structured plan to help you become the best player you possibly can. Doing football only drills will see you lack natural fitness, and if you do the opposite you will be a fit athlete with no football ability. So taking care of the basic skills like passing and shooting will help you become the best player possible. Football goals and various targets will help your shooting, and passing arcs will help you develop a better passing range.

All of these types of training equipment will help you further your game, but it’s important to find what plan suits your own personal targets, rather than following the normal routine of others. For example there is no need to concentrate on your tackling ability day in and day out if you’re an attacking player.

All of these tips are vital fundamentals to follow if you are to become the best player you possibly can. It will require dedication, time and effort, but if you want to be worth £85.3m then that’s what it takes. Gareth finished by saying “Rest, sleep and getting food and drink on board are all key elements. Recovery is essential if you want to get ready for the next training session and match.” So what are you waiting for?

 

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English Football: The Ugly Duckling

The eighties. Ex-Aberdeen and Scotland manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a shaky start to a 27 year-long rein at Manchester United, which, despite taking him to just 11th in the league in his first and third seasons, would go on to net the club 49 trophies, both domestically and in Europe; the back-pass and Bosman rules hadn’t been invented yet; the Premier League was still known as the Football League First Division and Liverpool were a dominating force at home and abroad, winning the European Cup in ‘81 and ‘84. The league table would look somewhat alien to the under-twenties, with the likes of Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest, now both in the Championship, both featuring highly in the rankings. Spain weren’t quite as unstoppable as they have been in recent years. On the other hand – or foot – the other national teams were much the same with Italy and Argentina winning the ’82 and ’86 Fifa World Cups, with Germany being runners up in both tournaments and England yet to win since ’66.

However, this wasn’t the only aspect of ‘80s football that would seem unusual to the younger football fan. Crunching tackles were no longer a yellow or red card offence, the best offense was a good defence and the concept of ‘total football’ began to spread across Europe.

The Best Offense was a Good Defence

Rather than the attractive, attacking way of football, which many teams have adopted over recent years, the object of English ‘80s football wasn’t to score more goals against the opposing team, but to stop them scoring against you. An infamous example of this is George Graham’s ‘boring, boring’ Arsenal and their back four in the mid-to-late ‘80s, before the Wenger era of slick passing and attacking at speed. The impenetrable wall of defenders consisting of Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould, who’s now assistant manager at the club, became famous for the ‘offside trap’ where the defenders would stand in alignment with the opposing team’s attacker, only for the last defender, often Adams, to step forward just before the attacking pass was made, rendering the move offside and frustrating the opposition.

Going to Ground

The eighties was renowned for its no-nonsense approach to tackling; defenders wouldn’t think twice about going to ground and sliding in for a tackle that would leave most referees these days reaching for their back pocket. Left-back Stuart Pearce, ex-manager of England’s under-21 team, made over 400 appearances for Nottingham Forest in the First Division in the mid-to-late ‘80s and was affectionately nicknamed ‘Psycho’ due to his somewhat overly ‘enthusiastic ‘challenges.

Similarly, Ipswich Town centre-back, Terry Butcher, featured in one of the most iconic, English footballing images of all time. The courageous defender leapt into an aerial duel in England’s ‘89 World Cup Qualifier against Sweden, only to completely split his head open in a clash of heads. Butcher had his head bandaged but carried on playing, agitating the wound and leaving him and his white England kit covered in claret.

Total Football

The tactical style of passing and moving, interchanging positions and attacking, wing play was first developed in Holland, at Rinus Michel’s Dutch side Ajax in the late ‘60s and was honed during the 1970s, where they experienced one of their most successful periods, winning 5 titles in 1972. Johan Cruyff refined the technique during his time as manager from ’85 to ’88, after playing at the side for the early portion of his career, and later in the early ‘80s. Cruyff’s appointment as Barcelona manager in 1988 saw his adopted theory of ‘total football’ transported to Spain, which has given birth to what modern fans know as ‘ticka tacka’ football, still played by the likes of Barcelona, and a different type of pass-and-move football, orchestrated worldwide from the British ‘David’, Swansea, to Germany and European ‘Goliath’, the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich.

Heroes of the 1980s

An aspect of modern football that hasn’t changed is the hero factor. Just as we have Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale today, the ‘80s laid way for men such as Ajax striker Marco Van Basten; England legends Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne; and Argentinian superstar Diego Maradona.

Van Basten played for Ajax during the ‘total football’ era, known for his stunning goals and ability, who converted 128 goals in just 133 appearances for the Dutch team between 1981 and ’87, was named World Player of the Year three times. He later returned to coach the club after an injury ended his career early, as well as the Netherlands national team.

Lineker, who started his career at Leicester in 1978, went on to net 243 goals for clubs such as Everton and Barcelona during his career as a striker. He also scored a whopping 48 goals in 80 appearances for the England national side, almost becoming England’s top goalscorer, second only to Sir Bobby Charlton. Tottenham Hotspur teammate, midfielder Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne, also had an impressive goal tally and was renowned for his finesse and passion, both on and off the ball. Unfortunately, through the passion, problems started to emerge in the tabloids, and Gazza’s apparent mental illness and alcoholism hampered his true potential and although he’s sought help in the form of rehab many times, he still battles with addiction to this day. Napoli international Maradona, who scored 81 goals for the club and later became manager to his national team, Argentina, also fought with addiction; famously using cocaine during his time at Barcelona in the early ‘80s before checking into rehab and getting clean.

How did it all change?

Football in 1980s Europe may not seem that different to what it currently is now; free flowing, fluid, silky passing and attractive goals were being slotted home at the likes of Ajax for a long time before the style hit English soil. The English football style during ‘80s was slow, stagnant and defensive and more about clean sheets than impressive score lines. The back-pass rule was brought into play in 1992 to discourage time-wasting, which had become commonplace in our game, and to force our defensive technique to speed up and become more exciting after the ‘exceedingly dull’ performances in the 1990 World Cup. The abolition of allowing the goalkeeper to handle the ball passed back to them by one of their teammates made the game slicker and more exciting. The introduction of the Bosman rule in 1990, let European players run down their contracts and allowed them to move anywhere within the E.U. for free. This broadened English football’s horizons significantly, bringing a higher quality of football to the Premier League and turning it into what it is today: the best league in the world.