Footie Quiz Club Profile: Real Madrid

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Real Madrid Badge

Glory Years

Home of the “Galacticos” Real Madrid are one of the richest and most popular club sides in the world and have been a dominant force in European football for the last fifty years. Based in the famous Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid are ranked as the most valuable sports club in the world. This is based on years of success on the pitch, countless silverware and a wide range of superstar players donning the famous white shirts. Success domestically includes being one of only three teams never to have been relegated from the top flight of Spanish football and have won an astounding 79 domestic titles. The club began its rise to dominance in the 1950s winning the La Liga on 4 occasions with a team comprising of footballing greats such as Di Stefano and Ferenc  Puskas led Los Blancos to 4 league titles and 5 successive European Cups.

This success continued through the 1960s when Madrid won a staggering 8 La Liga titles and a sixth European Cup, and into the 1970s, when they claimed 5 more La Liga titles.

A brief dry spell at the start of the 1980s ended in 1986 when Madrid claimed the first of five back to back championships, but despite sustained domestic success the European Cup continued to elude Madrid until 1998 under Jupp Heynckes. An eighth and ninth Champions League title followed in 2000 and 2002, as a team containing superstars such as Raul and Roberto Carlos proved irrepressible domestically and in Europe

Since their first league win in 1932, Real Madrid have won a staggering 32 League Titles and consistently find themselves in the Top 3. Coupled with 19 Copa del Rey titles Real Madrid have been a domestic force in every season in which they have played.

Without question Real Madrid are the most successful club in European competitions. Each season Madrid continue to spend big to maintain their success and with the likes of Cristinao Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale arriving in recent seasons to add strength to the team, their success looks set to continue.

Players on Footie Quiz

Zinedine Zidane

Raul

David Beckham

Michael Owen

Nicolas Anelka

Ruud van Nistlerooy

Cristiano Ronaldo

Footie Quiz Stats

At the time of writing there are currently 163 fans registered on the site making them the most popular non UK based supported club amongst our members.

There are currently 57 questions about the Los Blancos in our data bank.

Is Van Gaal the answer to Man United fans’ prayers?

He has won prizes with every team he’s managed, including league titles, national cups, a Champions League title, a UEFA cup and a World Cup for Clubs, and additionally led the Dutch national team to take the third place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Impressive indeed, and it explains why Louis Van Gaal is considered one of football’s most successful managers ever. But, is Van Gaal the right manager to lead Manchester United, who have been struggling ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as their manager, to new glory?

A guarantee for success?
Ferguson had an extremely successful run with Man United, but the generation of players he had the privilege to manage already ended their careers – at least most of them have. And the players that make up the team today do not live up to the expectations, so far. David Moyes, last year’s United manager, had a hopeless season with the team and was replaced by Van Gaal, of whom the fans had high expectations after his great performance with Holland’s national team in Brazil. However, with Van Gaal behind the wheel, Manchester United had their worst start of the season since 1986-1987, when Ron Atkinson was United’s manager. By now, the situation has improved a lot and United is in 3rd place now, but will United be a serious contender for this year’s premier league title?

Van Gaal

Cristiano Ronaldo…the ultimate man?

He’s one of the most famous footballers on the planet and quite possibly the best. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has had a career consisting almost entirely of success, it’s no wonder many consider him the ultimate footballer.

During the 2013/14 season he won a total of 16 awards for his performances on the pitch:

– BBC Overseas Sports Personality award

– Alfredo Di Stéfano award

– Best Player, Best Forward and Best Individual Goal awards for La Liga

– UEFA Best Player in Europe

– European Golden Boot (Shared with Luis Suárez)

– Fifa FIFpro World XI Award 2013

– Globe Soccer Award for Best Player of the Year

And that’s not even all of them! Yes, he probably is the ultimate football player. But is he what we’d consider the ultimate man?

Supercasino have been looking into the characteristics people think make up the perfect man, and as we enter 2015, what better time to reflect on these results!

  • 59% of men believe you should be well groomed in the workplace.
  • 78% of men take pride in their DIY Skills
  • 80% of men feel pressure to keep up appearances and stay in shape
  • 75% of fathers say being a dad is their most important job
  • 73% of dads said, “a real man knows how to express emotional support to his
  • 72% of men in the UK believe that the ultimate ‘man drink’ is whiskey

They then asked them about what moments they believe transformed them from boy-to-man and it seems the transformation from boy to the ultimate man can be signalled by All the answers have been compiled into an infographic that you can take a look at here:

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Sports Betting To Come To Pokerstars

Sports Betting To Come To Pokerstars

For a long time now, PokerStars has been the Barcelona of the poker industry. The Lionel Messi. The Cristiano Ronaldo. They’ve dealt over 120 billion hands to over 50 million members, and now they’re moving into the sportsbook and casino industry.

The brand announced the move in late November with the first casino products landing just a week later. Blackjack and roulette are already available to almost half of PokerStars’ current player base with micro stakes starting at $0.10, whilst the sportsbook is scheduled to touchdown in 2015.

It’s a big move for the brand and if you know much about PokerStars, you will already know they’re no stranger to the sports industry, enrolling both Brazilian great Ronaldo and tennis ace Rafael Nadal as ambassadors.

The football betting industry alone is worth between $700billion and $1trillion, and thanks to the likes of mobile and tablets is only getting bigger.

With the power of the brand worldwide, PokerStars could get a huge slice of the action whether that be football, NFL, tennis, or Major League Baseball. Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications at the brand said, “We are taking the same principles, practices and integrity that make PokerStars such a successful and beloved brand and applying them to new verticals.”

The sportsbook will be joined by a range of casino games on both mobile and web, and so far it’s taken off successfully.

Trialled on PokerStars.ES and the Rational Group’s other platform Full Tilt, they’ve seen some impressive results with 30% of poker customers playing casino game every month, whilst 50% of Full Tilt’s casino players are claiming it’s the only online casino they play at.

Hollreiser added, “We thoroughly researched the opportunity and spent a lot of time talking to players and analysing the behaviour of our customers on PokerStars.ES and Full Tilt.

“Those launches have been successful in reactivating dormant customers and extending the value of our existing poker customers.”

The brand is conscious of keeping all players happy with their offerings however, and are fully aware that not all members of the online poker community will want the casino and sportsbook added to the site. Because of this, PokerStars has enabled features that will allow customers to disable the casino games, hiding them from view as well as allowing members to opt out of direct marketing and promotions of the games.

“We are committed to extending our leadership in poker and will continue to serve the passionate online poker player, while expanding our reach into new audiences and new gaming opportunities.”

The brand has yet to reveal an exact launch date for the sports book, but if it’s before the start of the 2015/16 season we could see PokerStars’ reputation take them to the very top of the betting Premier League.

 

Footie Quiz Club Profile: Manchester United

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Man Utd Badge

Glory Years

With 20 league titles to their name, Manchester United are one of the most successful clubs not only in England, but in World football. Success has always come naturally to United who have both attracted and produced some of the finest players in the history of the game. The tragedy of the 1958 Munich air crash was followed by years of success including a European Cup win in 1968, the first English side to achieve such a feat. United stumbled through the following decades, involving an unexpected relegation but bounced back into the top flight with immediate effect.

It was however the appointment of a young Scottish manager named Alex Ferguson that heralded the arrival of a new era of dominance at Old Trafford. Ferguson moulded United into the dominant force in British football and United won 13 Premier Leagues from its adoption in 1992. The five FA Cups won in the Ferguson era turned United into the most successful Cup team in British football history. With four league cups and 11 Community Shields to boot, the Ferguson era had its fair share of silverware. But the prize of the Champions League eluded Ferguson until one famous night in the Nou Camp in 1999, when United scored twice in stoppage time to defeat Bayern Munich and be crowned Champions of Europe. The side repeated the feat in equally dramatic fashion in 2008 defeating rivals Chelsea on a penalty shoot out on a rainy night in Moscow. When Ferguson retired it signalled the end of an era for United and after a rough spell with David Moyes in which the club missed out on Champions League qualification, Louis Van Gaal seems to be well on his way to restoring United to the glory days of old.

To see how much you know about Man U then try our free Quiz.

Players on Footie Quiz

Notably players and former players who have specific quizzes on our site include:

George Best

Bryan Robson

David Beckham

Eric Cantona

Michael Owen

Paul Scholes

Roy Keane

Ryan Giggs

Wayne Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson

and the legendary Dion Dublin

Footie Quiz Stats

At the time of writing there are currently 1803 fans registered on the site making them the most popular supported club amongst our members.

There are currently 547 questions about the Reds in our databank.

 

 

Sacking Rodgers now is not the answer

Liverpool’s season has been a huge disappointment so far and the knives are out for boss Brendan Rodgers. But getting rid of the Anfield manager now would be premature.

There is no doubt Liverpool are in a poor place. Going out of the Champions League at the group stage and then losing to arch-rivals Manchester United 3-0 means there will be plenty of criticism.

Throw in the fact they are now down in 11th in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of the coveted top four, and the picture is bleak.

Rodgers has made some mistakes this season. Team selection has been baffling at times as he has clearly struggled to find his best XI amid the dual demands of domestic and European football. 

Signing Mario Balotelli appears set to be marked down as a huge gamble that has not paid off, while the rest of his summer signings – who do at least retain plenty of potential – have been sub-standard so far.

However, getting rid of last season’s Manager of the Year in December will not sort out Liverpool’s obvious problems. Sacking the popular, former Swansea boss would likely throw the Reds into more turmoil.

by  runtodaylight  Caption: Brendan Rodgers is a man under pressure

Rodgers oversaw a superb, unexpected title challenge last season and surely has credit in the bank, even if the latest views and opinions around football and at the likes of bluesq suggest moving back into the top four will be a very tough ask.

When Daniel Sturridge returns from injury in January, Rodgers’ options are bolstered significantly and if he can ride this current crisis then he can come out the other end smiling.

Rodgers has his problems and there are plenty of issues to resolve but, like he insisted himself recently, he remains the best man for the job at Anfield and deserves more respect than being shown the door before the Christmas lights are out.