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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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?

 

Gareth Bale: Footballer, Superstar or Both?

Unless you were holidaying on the moon during this summer’s football transfer window, you’re sure to have heard about the world record transfer of Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The transfer saga of the year finally ended on the second-to-last day of the transfer window with a move reportedly worth over £85m. The twenty-four year-old Welshman’s career over the last year has been impressive, netting 21 goals in the Premier League alone for the North London club in the 2012/13 season, double what he produced the season before. However, does one terrific season justify Madrid’s interest and considerable price tag? Will Gareth Bale be a success at Real Madrid?

Pre-Madrid

Originally a left-back, Bale began his career in the Championship at Southampton and scored his first goal at the age of 17 with a net-rattling free-kick against Derby to bring the club level against their rivals. However, he went on to score just four more goals in 40 appearances for his club before the Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur swooped in and signed the teenager, who was later moved to a more attacking role on the wing in 2009, for £7m on a four-year contact.

Expected to flourish at his new club after a promising start where he scored goals against Fulham and North London rivals Arsenal, Bale unfortunately picked up an injury on his right foot against Birmingham City, which restricted him to just 12 appearances in the 2007/08 season. Then, after an unremarkable campaign in 2008/09, he had to have knee surgery after an MRI scan detected a meniscal tear in his left knee. This common injury among athletes happens when the meniscus, the cartilage between the shin and thigh bones, is moved or twisted in a certain way and doesn’t always require surgery, except in cases where the surgeon is positive the patient will benefit. With Bale under the guidance of expert physicians and reaping the benefits of the latest in medical advances, his recovery has been impressive. Repairing the tear also reduces the chances of the injury happening again, a crucial aspect for any athlete, especially in a contact sport such as football. Bale was out for two months, finally returning on 26th September in Tottenham’s 5-0 win against Burnley.

Despite these set-backs, the rest of Bale’s 2009/10 campaign was promising and in 2010/11 he hit the ground running, catching the eye of pundits and players worldwide, scoring 7 goals and assisting once in the Premier League and picking up the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award. However, most notably was his performance against European Champions Inter Milan where he scored a hat-trick at the San Siro. His goal tally proceeded to climb higher and higher in the following seasons, collecting both the PFA Young Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year for a second time, before completing his ‘dream move’ to nine time European Cup winners Real Madrid.

The Story so Far

Bale has appeared twice for his new club, scoring a tap-in, masterfully assisted by right-back Daniel Carvajal against Villareal, and assisting the second most expensive signing of all time, £80m Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in Madrid’s 6-1 victory over Galatasaray in the UEFA Champion’s League group stage. The reception of the pacey wide-man from Real Madrid fans has been mixed; although the majority seem delighted with the club’s new signing, many are confused and frustrated at the colossal price tag, resulting in the sale of their midfield and assist machine, Mesut Ozil, to Tottenham’s main rivals, Arsenal, to fund the transfer.

The Question of Bale’s Predicted Success

It’s entirely possible that Gareth Bale could become one of the greats. For his national team, he has a moderate 39 caps and 11 goals, but in his club career he has scored 49 in 187 games. He can create goal-scoring chances out of nothing, was Spur’s best player in the 2012/13 Campaign, and can make scoring from a free-kick look easy.

However, if you compare Bale’s statistics with other players of his age, he doesn’t seem quite so impressive. For example, Theo Walcott of Arsenal started at Southampton at the same time and age as Bale; transferring to the Gunners in 2006 for a fee of reportedly around £5m. Since he joined the North London team, he’s scored 40 goals in 185 appearances (compared to Bale’s 44 in 147 for Spurs). Last season, the Englishman’s assist rate was almost twice that of the ex-Tottenham player, despite scoring 7 less goals, making Walcott statistically around the same mark as his competitor – a fact largely overlooked by the press – and is in fact valued at around £25m, a staggering £60m less than Bale.

Robin Van Persie, involved in the transfer saga of last summer’s transfer window after scoring 30 goals for Arsenal in the 2011/12 season, was famously bought from Arsene Wenger’s club by Manchester United for £24m. Even taking age into account, as Van Persie was 29 with one year left on his contract at Arsenal, is Gareth Bale worth £61m more than one of the best strikers in the world?

The answer is: probably not. Will Bale live up to this monumental hype that surrounds him and become a Real Madrid superstar? Perhaps. Or perhaps he’ll just be what he has been for his career so far: really good.