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First in Iran Pro League. It was the first division of Iranian football since 1968 which is currently at the top.
Al Hilal SFC
First in Saudi Pro League. It is a Saudi Arabian multi-sports club which takes part in SPL since 1976.
Urawa Red Diamonds
A professional association football club of Japan’s football league. Currently at 4th position in J1 league.
Johor Darul Ta’zim
The top division football team of Malaysia. Plays in the Malaysia Super League, the club was founded in 1972.
Known as ‘the whites’, Dempo FC is a Goan sports club that takes part in National leagues.
Currently at the top in Uzbekistan PFL. It was the only Uzbek club to play in top-level Soviet Football league.
18 February 2020
Beijing FC (CHN)
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Football has been known to draw fans from all age groups and across various cultures. The impediments of the topography do not seem to deter the spirits of football fans who take this sport quite religiously. They cross oceans and seas to be a part of some legendary moments that their favourite players would weave on the field, and come home to relish the memories all over again. Therefore, it is quite normal for fans to dig some information about their favourite clubs and players when they are not too involved in witnessing them play in the much-anticipated league of the year. Speaking of the leagues and the frenzy around football, we considered bringing to you a few reasons why you should check out the Japanese football league. Not many of us would know about this league. But if you are a fan who loves exploring the nuances of this sport, this article might be just the right one for you.
Check It Out For Their Competitiveness:
If there was a living embodiment of the phrase, “anyone can win,” the Japanese league would probably be the one. The zeal and enthusiasm with which the players play their game is something worth watching and admiring. There might be several other football leagues from several continents that showcase quality football, but the Japanese J-League brings to the table an entirely fresh side of football competitiveness.
The Japanese J-League is a Hotbed of Talent:
Football leagues outside the confines of Europe often go unnoticed because of the hype that the European leagues have about them. But, this is an attitude that has resulted in the world ignoring some of the very best players from other leagues. The Japanese J-League is a hotbed of talent that inundates the country every few years. Japan is known to produce amazing football players, and one such name that has created quite a stir in the domain of football is that of Takuma Asano.
Check the League Out for Their Loyal Fan Base:
No form of art or sport can ever be complete or can reach the heights of success without the support of their fans. It is the fans that make a club worth what it is, and the Japanese J-League has one of the greatest fan-base. The kind of excitement and thrill that you can find rushing through the veins of these fans might not be seen anywhere else.
It Has Several Goals to Its Credit:
The Japanese J-League is also a noteworthy league for the number of goals they have scored over time. With the kind of players that Japanese football embrace year after year, it is quite normal to have a history of goals like no other club or league. Japanese football players are an asset to the sport, and their records of goals speak volumes.
The League Has a 100-Year Plan:
The Japanese football league has a 100-Year plan that ensures that the sport grows and develops within the country. The plan attempts to not only push its clubs and players towards emerging as one of the best in the world, but also helps maintain the core value of football. Football is supposed to be a pleasurable experience, and this is what the plan attempts to uphold.
The Japanese football league is something to explore and look forward to if you have a penchant for this sport. The league strives to uphold its core values while also growing and progressing in leaps and bounds, with every passing year.
The Korean football league system functions in an elaborate chain that might pique the interest of any football enthusiast. The system connects three leagues that are not connected to each other, and this is what makes the Korean football league quite different from any other national league system. If you must know, there is no official and direct route for movement between the three unconnected leagues, which thus, makes Korean football quite an interesting topic to pursue. Speaking of the leagues that Korean football includes within its system, the best and the only professional football league that the country has is the K-League. Now that we have introduced the Korean football system, we shall delve into the intricacies of the K-league to understand Korean football in a better light.
The History of the K-League:
The K-League finds its origin in the 1983 and functioned as the only officially organized league in the country until 2003 when the National League was first created. The K3 League was then formed in the year 2007 to give the sport in the country a holistic structure. However, these are not the only three leagues that function in the entire system of Korean football. Besides these systems, the Korean football system also has several amateur and University level football teams that take part in a number of events and competitions.
The Eligibility for Cups:
All the K-Leagues and National Leagues are eligible to qualify for the Korean FA Cup tournament. In 2008, four of the top sides from the 2007 K3 League season made it into the FA Cup tournament. Plus, qualifiers from Universities and other amateur football teams can also make it to the league season if they are good at the sport and show the potential of making it big in the future.
Speaking of the National Championship, only the sides from the National League and K3 level can participate in the championship. At the same time, the Hauzen Cup competition is open only to the K-League teams. The Korean President’s Cup is open exclusively for the football teams in the amateur and University level.
Competition across Continents:
Currently, two South Korean sides can by default, qualify for the AFC Champions League. The champion of the K-League automatically gains entry to the AFC Champions League and the A3 Champions Cup.
The Korean football system, as we can infer from the discussion, has a carefully and complicated structure of leagues. The three separate leagues that come under the K-League might not be interconnected, but they do have several intricacies and subdivisions that a football fanatic must understand if he/she is to understand the sport in its more significant details.
Football is a much-loved sport that gets the entire world rejoicing, especially when their favourite teams win or when they witness their favourite player score that winning goal. We have all got our favourites in this sport which is why we tend to take the losses as well the victories a bit too personally. More often than not, a person who might not have much knowledge about football ends up picking up a player to root for. Though, this might not make sense to many football fanatics, rooting for players even with a half-baked knowledge of the sport is very much a reality. In light of this topic, we have curated a few Asian players that the world is rooting for right now. Be it their charm on the field or the style with which they manoeuvre the ball, these Asian players have a lot to contribute to this sport.
The very first name that makes it to the list is that of Keisuke Honda, who is one of the finest football players from Asia. The reason why his name comes before everyone else is because he is a humble player of his own making who keeps working on his sport to evolve and grow as a player. There are rumours that keep doing the round about his transfer to AC Milan and Everton. It requires little mention that these clubs would benefit largely from his game if the transfer is to really happen.
Son Heung-Min grabs the second spot in this list and is one of the most sought after players right now. He has several clubs running after him to rope him in and at high salaries. His skills on the field are amazing, so much so that it prompted attention from some major football clubs like Arsenal and Spurs. Son Heung-Min has effortless control on the ball, and his technique is something that must be acknowledged.
This Japanese footballer has been drawing the attention from Asian and European clubs alike because of the skills he portrays on the field. He is the glue that keeps the team together and pushes his teammates to realize their full potential. However, he is also quite underrated at what he does, and it is perhaps time that his name came to the forefront in the domain of football.
Yuto Nagatomo is that one name that cannot go amiss while discussing the best Asian footballers. His speed and his attacking skill are some features that must leave you in awe and that you must marvel at. However, it is not just his attacking skills that must be wondered at. He is a complete package who is capable of taking a team forward to some of the biggest wins.
There are several other players from Asia that you could look up to and admire if you really analyze their skills and performance over the years. However, the aforementioned ones are just the ones who cannot go unnoticed. It is time we gave them their due credit and brought them to the fore along with several other players who deserve the same recognition as European footballers.
In recent years, the football team of Malaysia has evolved and contributed significantly to the sport. It is almost as if the world has seen the rise of a new era in the domain of Malaysian football. Over the past decade, a few foreign players have joined the Malaysia Super League which has enhanced the quality of the sport in the country and contributed dramatically in widening its fan base. The motto of this article is to focus on those few players who have changed the shape of Malaysian football, so that you understand the mettle of these players in greater details.
Izwan Mahbud- Goalkeeper:
While putting together an article about the best football players of the Malaysia Super League, it is important that we start the list with Izwan Mahbud. Not many people acknowledge the efforts and talents of goalkeepers enough, but a true football fan would know that the role these players have to play in a match is indispensable. Izwan Mahbud happens to be one such goalkeeper who is nothing less than an asset for the Malaysia Super League.
Hafiz Abu Sujad- Left Back:
Roping in the left-back for the LionsXII side has only resulted in big wins for the team with the 2013 Super League and the 2015 FA Cup to its credit. Hafiz Abu Sujad has been quite a gem for the Malaysian football team, especially that of the Super League. He also joined JDT in 2018, but has surprisingly not returned to action in Malaysia’s top tier yet. However, he still remains one of the most coveted players in the domain of Malaysian football.
Marcos Antonio- Centre Back:
Antonio is often known as the JDT legend after his retirement and has several wins to his credit. The minute he joined the Super League, Marcos Antonio changed the way people perceived Malaysian football. He has five Super League titles, a Malaysia Cup, an FA Cup and an AFC Cup to his profile and showed no signs of slowing down till his retirement.
Obinna Nwaneri- Centre Back:
Another gem of a player who found his place in the Malaysia Super League, Obinna Nwaneri has won several matches for the team during his brief stint with the team. Though, his association with the league did not last long, Nwaneri went on to lead the other teams that he was a part of to win several titles, which is why he deserves a special mention in this list.
The Malaysia Super League has several players that it can flaunt of, some of who still continue their association with the league, while some others who have secured their status as legends after their retirement. In any case, these players have changed the face of Malaysian football and shall continue to do so in the years to come.
The current Asian AFC champions League was started in 2002 but its inception goes long back to Asian Club Championship. Most prominent clubs compete in the championship among 32 others for qualification and are selected to play in the FIFA Club world cup. Al-Hilal and Pohang steelers currently dominate the championship whereas Al-Hilal, a Saudi based club, is its current champion who scored their third win last time in 20019. The thirty-two teams don’t qualify automatically for the next years and are divided into 8 groups during their matches.
The number of teams:
Asian AFC Champions League is the most popular football league based out of Asia. It comprises of 32 teams divided into 8 groups to contest each other on the field. The current league is the continuation of the Asian Club Championship that started in 1967.
The prize money:
In comparison to its counterparts like Euros, the Champions league holds a special place in the football arena of Asia. Countries like Saudi Arabia, China, and even Australia compete and can make their way towards the world cup. The prize money for the finals is $120,000 and semi-finals are USD 60000.
As of 2011, there has been a hike in the viewership of the game. Only in China, a huge number of people tuned in to their TV sets to watch China’s match with Tokyo. The AFC puts these figures at 13.5 million. The rates are anticipated to rise at a higher rate which according to the organizers of the league can be credited to the modern outreach of the game.
The league matches have their cut of multi-national sponsors. These include Fly Emirates, Molten, Nikon, Toyota, Seiko, and PES. With the popularity of the game touching new heights, an increase in the number of sponsors is expected to increase in the coming years.
Champions League has made quite a spot for itself. From being recognized as one of the important football league, it has engineered its way into electronic entertainment. The current license holder for the production of Champion league games lies with Konami.
Al-Hilal is the current champions of the league with a score of three wins and four runner-ups. The club managed to win its third game in 2009. Its followed by Pohang Steelers who have three wins in their account from 1997, 98 and 2009. The third spot is manned by an Iranian football club Esteghlal with two wins and two runner-ups.
Football is a game of records and with so many skilled players on the field, a record or two are destined to be broken. In 2006, Choi Jin-cheul was awarded the most valuable player of the game while Chinese international football player Hai Haidong has the record of being the top scorer counting 9 goals in 2002-03.
The number of teams participating in the league is to be risen by 2021. Currently, 32 teams compete in the game but this number will be increased to accommodate other clubs stretching to 40. This will help new teams to join the league
In comparison to its European competitors, Champions League has an Upper hand in the Asian Football Arena. Its reach cuts across various diversities and regions together and at the same time generating a huge crowd. Over the years, the audience influx has only hiked due to the promotions and awareness of the game.
Asian Champions League has its place in the sports world. Since the time it came to be, it’s proven itself to an institution that nurtures and contributes one of the best-skilled players to the game. Its contribution towards the game can’t be overlooked where it has brought football to rural as well as urban areas of Asia. However, in contrast to its European counterparts, its got a long way to go, but given the current position, it no doubt is uplifting itself to the newest heights.
Serie A is the football tournament of Italy operating since 1929. For the last 90 years, the football league has attracted topmost clubs of the country to compete in the league. During its creation, it was regulated by Directorio Divisioni Superiori and Lega Calcio organizes the Serie A since its establishment in 2010. It is ranked 4th in the list of European leagues and second-best national leagues of the world.
Before the creation of the league, the regional football in Italy remained in chaos until Football Federation took the matters in their hands. It was founded in 1929, but due to the political pressure by the Fascist government few of its internal settings were changed, though it soon recovered from its traditional approach and went on to becomes the most prominent football league in the country.
There was a varying change in the number of clubs the league allowed. In 1929, the league allowed 18 clubs to participate but decreased the number to 16 in 34. The league kept increasing and decreases the number of clubs finally settling at 20 clubs in 2004. As of now, the standards of 2004 continue to be maintained.
Serie A season starts in August and lasts till May. At this time, every team plays 38 matches in the event. In the first half of the season, named the andata, each team plays against each rival of the league once, for a total of 19 matches. The teams are playing in precisely the sa that ho
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Serie A logo has been derived from the logo of its sponsor Telecom Italia. However, the Logo was changed because of the change in the sponsor’s logo. As of now, there have been announcements of a new logo.
The league holds Television rights in multiple countries that include India, Israel, USA, and The UK. Instead of having to sell the individual rights, league ponders upon a different approach are about more than 54 countries where the games are telecasted.
The sports league attracts a huge crowd and if we were to exclude the TV viewership, the average capacity in a league match crosses over 40,000 for a stadium. Given that the game is broadcasted in more than 50 countries, the TV viewership has quite increased over the years and with the internet, football fans can easily watch games without having to put up with any hassle.
The Italian league has its stallion. Silvio Piola has scored 274 in his career that lasted from 1929-52. Francesco Totti has stolen the second position with 250 goals in his career from 1992-2017.
During World War 2, the matches were canceled due to the inability to hold the event. But soon the Serie A was restored in 1945.
Serie A is the top division of football in Italy. Likewise, a Serie B was founded in 1929 and Serie C was also formed. Matches that are played in Serie C are mostly unprofessional, amateur and are on a regional basis whereas, Serie A is the destination the top-level football in the country.
Serie A players are worthy as neither their skills nor their experience can be compared to anyone. Juventus pays the highest salary to its club players as of now and as far as the team is concerned, AC Milan has a brand value of $315 million according to the statistics of 2018.
Serie A is the highest level of the football league in Italy. Its reputation in European football is hidden to known. Not just it shows an exemplary representation of interesting games but it also contributes to the world of football by producing the finest of the footballers. Among other divisions of football in Italy, Serie A is the topmost level of the game, whereas other division Serie B and C can be termed as preparatory to reach up to Serie A
Twenty clubs participate in the Spanish La Liga football. La Liga was the first Spanish football club in 1929 and the session started in February and ended till June. Earlier it allowed only ten clubs to participate but eventually, it was developed to accommodate 20 clubs. Barcelona and Real Madrid happen to be the two clubs that currently dominate the Spanish La Liga. However, the number of participants was extended to 22 teams in 1995 but it was later reduced to 20 clubs.
The Spanish La Liga has in its account the credit of allowing the oldest football player. Harry Lowe was an English man of 48 years of age played his first and only match for Basque side Real Sociedad. In those teams couldn’t make replacements and when one of the players fell ill, Howe took his place and played against Valencia. The match gave Howe a different mark in the football industry.
Recreativo de Huelva is the oldest club in the span. Founded in 1889 by Englishman William Alexander Mackay, who gathered workers in his mining company Andulasia and persuaded them to form a football team. They played their first match in 1890. At that time, all of the players were British but with time, the team’s skills and its diversity can speak for itself.
Barcelona’s Leo Messi’s game speaks for his contribution and dedication to the game. The highest number of goals scored by a player is 251 by Telmo Zarra in 277 games but Leo Messi has already scored 245 goals in 278 games. It wouldn’t be far when Argentinian Messi finally replaces the Legend and makes another mark for himself
La Liga has no dearth of world-class football players and where there is a skill, records break and come. Pichichi was the nickname of Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, a striker who died at the age of 29. The cause of his death being Typhus. His nickname was decided to be the name of the trophy meant for the top scorer of the game. So, if you concentrate on the game or perhaps when Ronaldo scores a point, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear the word “Pichichi”. It often pops up during the commentary especially when Ronaldo or Messi score a goal.
When it comes to Spain, none can contest their contribution to the field of football. Barcelona’s Nou Camp can fit in 99,000 people in its stadium making it one of the largest gaming stadiums in the world.
When it comes to revenue, two Spanish clubs steal the spot: Barca and Real Madrid. Real Madrid is the richest club in the world with an average revenue of $680 Million followed by Barca at €483 million. These two clubs manage the summit of the Spanish club and dominate its gaming arena.
Real Madrid is the only team that’s recorded to play the matches in All-white. The team didn’t wear colored batches to identify.
Soo after La Liga was expanded to 12 clubs in 1934, it was suspended in 1936 due to the Spanish war. However the suspension continued till 37, the league was finally restored in 1939.
The league has convenient rules for the participation of the players. If players that don’t have European ancestry, are entitled to application of the Spanish citizenship after playing for five years in Spain. This does not cover ACP countries.
Spanish La Liga is one of the most popular sports events in the world. Contested by twenty teams, the league features one of the best teams of the world fighting to reach the top spot. Since its inception, the league has extended its number of teams to 20. The matches start from May and last until August next year. It attracts a wide audience of 6 million and much more from TV viewership.
Bundesliga is a professional football league in Germany. The league not only lives up to the standards of professionalism but also has one of the highest stadium audiences. Established in 1963, the league is based on 18 teams. The games are attended by more than forty thousand people on any average giving it a particular place among other European football leagues. The seasons are held from August to May and Germany’s primary football competition.
Bundesliga was formed in 1963. Before its founding, the German football went through transitions and with loosely formed clubs, but Bundesliga revolutionized the football clubs and sports in such a way that it became synonymous with the game. After the national football team of Germany lost against Yugoslavia, the need to form a football league arose. A year later the league was formed.
On 24 August 1963, the first games were played. Only 16 teams were selected out of the 47 that applied. The performance of these teams was taken into account and further assessed for the upcoming matches. These teams were the first that played in the league.
When the German democratic republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany, the teams of both sides were merged. The clubs were sorted out and categorized into low tiers and top-tiers. This was the first time that teams from both sides were able to unite and form a single league.
The number of teams:
The league earlier allowed only 16 teams to be part of the even in 1964 but with time the number of teams was extended and following the unification of Germany, it was extended to 18.
Four of the Bundesliga clubs are included in the “most valuable” clubs according to Forbes. The name of which is: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, and Hamburg SV.
Bundesliga attracts a huge amount of football crowd. In 2005-06, the audience of the league consumed 700,000 sausages and 3,000,000 liters of beer at Allianz Arena in Bayern, Munich.
In contrast to the earlier matches of the league, it’s expected to gain more popularity in the US in the next coming years. With more and more, sponsors coming to the game, the overall goodwill of the game is hiking to its new heights.
As compared to other leagues, Bundesliga assists the requirements of its players. With the game climbing to its new heights, the player’s salaries vary. On average, they’re played $2.5 million but players like Borussia Dortmund get paid more than that. The figures vary depending upon the position of the player.
The arguments are that compared to La Liga and Premier League, Bundesliga is not hard, but given the professionalism and display of utmost skills, the league has its share of talent and games that can be compared to none. Though still not able to get its cut of the popularity, the league plays an important role in the sports industry. Not just the players but also fans get to enjoy their share of a beautiful game.
The matches continue from May to August, usually played in the afternoons, and necessarily does not have a winter break. Bundesliga logo is produced by Robert Lewandowski, a Polish striker who was inspired by the movements of his football.
German Bundesliga is one of the reputed football leagues of the world. Though it’s not had its share of its promotion as far as its quality and standard is concerned, it’s second to none. With huge numbers of the audience that keep piling up, the figures and popularity are expected to rise in the coming years.
In 1992, teams of a football league resigned and formed what would become Premier league one day. None can contest the popularity of the Football and when it comes to UK Premier League, the event speaks for itself. The Premier league not just draws millions of football fans from across the world but also maintains the highest sports standard. Contested by 20 clubs playing 38 matches each, the seasons have featured 49 different teams from 1992. The event draws huge crowds from within and outside the country generating a hefty amount of revenue. It makes the country a mecca of football.
Inception and number of teams:
The EPL (English Premier League) or the Premier League was formed in May of 1992 when First Division clubs resigned from the Football League and formed the Premier League. The League hosts 20 clubs playing 38 matches. Most of the games are played on Saturday and Sunday Afternoon from August to May. Apart from that, the participating clubs get a huge sum in shares in the Corporation gain of €2.2 Billion.
The Premier league sets itself on par with other football leagues of the world. Its position in UEFA coefficients of leagues ranks second. The categorization is based upon the performance of the league against its other European counterparts. The sports event has an overwhelming TV audience of 4.7Billion and its average match attendance in 2018-19 was 38, 181. The event cuts across borders and brings the football fans together to cheer and support their favorite club.
Victory and Participation:
Out of the clubs that have participated in the league since its establishment, 47 of them happen to be English and two Welsh clubs. Only six clubs have managed to win the Premier League i.e Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Blackburn, and Leicester. Manchester United have pulled off the title more than others numbering its win to 13 times. Apart from this, various other clubs participate in the league which develops a tough game for other clubs.
Rules and laws that govern casinos differ from country to country. Among the total number of teams, five of them are sponsored by gambling and casino houses. They feature advertisements on their jerseys. Bolton, Sunderland, Swansea City, Wolverhampton, and Aston Villa all are sponsored by various Casino houses or gambling sites.
Players are an important element of the team and as long as their requirements are taken into account, their performance on the field can be appreciative. On an average team spend on their players a whopping amount of $115 million for one year and among all others, Chelsea offers much more than New York Yankees. $ 286 ought to give it a different place among the preference of players. Chelsea is currently the highest paying club as of now.
The premier league hasn’t been Premier all the time. It’s gone through quite a transition since the time it came to be. Barclaycard Premiership became its name in 2001 and the name had its transformation in 2004 as Barclays Premiership, but before the name could get stuck, it was again changed to Barclays Premier League in 2007. Over the years, the name has found its way and it’s now called as UK Premier League or English Premier league outside of UK.
The league acts like a corporation and every club out of the 20 clubs is a shareholder. The decision to alter rules and introduce new measures in the league are not initiated until every member club gets to put forward their vote.
UK premier league draws millions of football fans to the event and glues billions to their TV sets. It is currently the most popular sports event in the world. It features 20 clubs contesting each other to win the ultimate prize and head home with a smile. Though many of the teams are based out of London, other teams are not naive either. Highly-skilled players and world-class athletes compete with each other and represent their respective clubs that not just elevate their position in the audience but also entails the football fans to have immemorable gaming experience. So if you see people glued to their Television sets during the league, its that they can’t help.
Football is a rare sport at the Olympics. Frankly, Olympics are not known for football events but with the time and popularity of the sport, narratives have shifted and its gained quite a place at least in the corridors of the decision committee. Football was introduced as an exhibition sport in the Olympics in 1904 and since then its been held at every Olympic game. Except for the Olympics of 1932, Football has held its space in the games. The last football game of the Olympics was won by Brazil in 2016.
When the Olympics were first introduced in 1896, football didn’t make it on the list. The game was introduced in1904 as an exhibition sport. Though there certain attempts to include the game much earlier but the attempts triumphed on after four years and made it into an exhibition sports only in 1904.
Women’s football team:
The male teams dominated scenes of Olympics football until 1996 when the first women football team was introduced. The first cup was won by the United States and had no age bar on the players.
When football was first introduced in the Olympics it acted as an exhibition like boxing but with time, it eventually made its space and in 1984, Olympics Federation allowed the countries to pick up professional players to represent the country. This transformed the sport in the Olympics and changed it from its amateur position to more professional.
The game was temporarily dropped from the 1932 Olympics. The games were held in Los Angeles and with exception to all football, all other games were allowed.
The selection of the players varied from their country of origin. Countries from Asia, Africa, and Oceania were free to choose players but the rule didn’t apply to the countries from Europe and South-America who were allowed to only choose players who had never been to the world cup.
No Olympic team ahs managed to win on their home turf. Ever since the American team pulled off its win in 1996, no other team has scored a win on their home field.
The country is synonymous with football but shockingly it has never won gold in Olympic football. It only managed to get a silver in 1996.
Great Britain and the USA:
Football was first launched in 1900. Though in its infancy and as an exhibition, Great Britain scored the first gold. The USA holds the record of a maximum number of medals, winning thrice, runner-ups twice and bagged a single third place.
The last European country:
Among the European countries, Spain was the last European country to win the Olympic football in 1992 when they beat Poland in a final match at Nou Camp.
The organizers of the Olympic games make sure that Olympic football doesn’t overshadow the mainstream football. The age requirements for the participation in the game are all players being under the age of 23 except 3 players who are allowed to be above the prescribed age.
Among the Asian teams, Japan happens to be on the top. The team managed a feat when they ended up in third place in 1968 games. Furthermore, the Olympic games were not held in the year of 1916.
Olympics are known for their hype. From Javelin throw to football, the games are loaded with fun where players from all around the world compete with each other. A UK gold medallist is provided an amount of USD 36,000 to train. Likewise, a Silver stands at $22,000 and Bronze with USD 15000. Above all, the honor that is attached to the victory not just elevates the player’s image but also brings glory for the nation he plays for.
2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Japan. The event will start on 24 July and end on 9 August. Japan has held the games three times before, in 1964, 72 and 98. The new Olympic games might see the introduction of five new sports i.e baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.
UEFA European Football Championship was founded in 1958 and hold events every four years in Europe. Earlier known as the European nations cup, the championship changed its name to UEFA in 1968. The event attracts the attention of millions of football fans across the globe and has a reputation of its own in comparison to other sports events of its like. Excluding the host team, all the teams are required to compete in a qualifying match. Earlier expanded to only 8 teams, UEFA became the first to have 24 teams in its finals.
In the summer of 2020, the championship will complete its 60th year of inception. Stretching across 12 cities of 12 host nations, about 51 matches will be played in a matter of 31 days. These cities include Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, and Saint Petersburg.
All teams except the host are needed to qualify for the Euros. 55 of the UEFA members compete for the 24 spots in the tournament. The qualification matches started in March 2019 and end by March 2020. The qualification process gives Euro its needed and final competing teams.
Wembley Stadium in London will host seven matches in Euros attracting ten of thousands of football fans. These matches include three group stage matches, one last-16 match, both semi-finals and the showpiece final from 12 June to 12 July. The stadium is expected to host a huge influx of football crowd of 600,000.
The Euro cup attracts millions of viewers across the world. In 2012 alone its final was watched by an audience of 300 million making it second to FIFA world cup. The recent championship was hosted by France in 2016. It was won by Portugal managing a score of 1-0 against the host team. Only ten teams hold the championship titles, Germany and Spain each have won three titles, France has two titles, and Soviet Union, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, and Portugal
Apart from all the ten teams that have a single title to their name from the 15 championships, Spain is the only team that has two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2012. Spain can become one of the successful teams in Euro 2020.
Every winning team is awarded a trophy. This trophy has a history of its own. Before the first trophy could be held in 1960, Henri Delaunay, first General Secretary of UEFA who proposed the idea of a European championship died in 1955. The trophy is that’s awarded to the winning team is named after Henri Delaunay and is called Henri Delaunay trophy. However, the trophy has gone through remodeling and the new trophy weighs around 8 kilograms.
During the infancy of the Championship in the 1980’s, only four teams qualified but in 1996 it expanded to 16 teams making it easier for the European nations to qualify for the cup. After the expansion of countries and the establishment of various clubs, the need to increase the participating teams arose and finally in 2016, it was extended to 24. The qualifying teams, as well as host teams, have to qualify for their position, unlike the older times when the selection was automatic in various cases.
The finals of the tournament will be held in London. Wembley Stadium will host the final match of UEFA and it also happens to be the home place of the English team.
When it comes to football, the craze takes on a new level. It’s a whole new world. We can establish that none other sport has emotional hype as compared to football. Euros 2020 is going to be hosted across 12 cities in 12 countries making it one of the most happening events of the sports industry. Billions of people glued to their screens and millions cheering are what makes football not just a sport but a faith itself. Apart from that, the winner of the tournament will earn a hefty sum of €34 million. The event will be full of athletic skills, adrenaline shots and a whole lot of entertainment, and if you’re guessing who might win, you never know.
The first cup took place in 1955. It’s the yearly football competition organized Union of European Football Associations which hosts 32 teams in the group stage. Considered to be one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the sports industry, the event attracts an overwhelming crowd across Europe as well as football fans across the globe. The final event of 2012-13 had the highest Tv ratings with 300 million viewers. The championship begins in late June with three qualifying rounds and a play-off round, all played over two legs.
Real Madrid has managed to pull of the title 13 times and since its inception in 1955, only 22 clubs have won the tournament. Alone in the 1950s, the club won five consecutive championships elevating the goodwill of the club among the football audience. Madrid happens to be the richest football club in the world and was awarded the FIFA Order of merit in 2004 for its contribution to the sports field.
Football is a game that brings people together, whether it’s the players or the audience. It has the caliber to create an atmosphere of coherence. Champions League has its anthem that’s played before the matches are started. Written by Tony Britten, the chorus of the official anthem is in French, German and English.
The championship has limited spots. 79 teams from 54 members of UEFA will be competing with each other to qualify for the 32 final teams. Countries like Spain, Germany, Italy, and France happen to be the top-ranking teams of the tournament, but also other teams will train to replace the champions from their spot.
Ban on English clubs:
The grim incident happened in 1985. On May 29 a group of English fans charged at the Italian fans resulting in complete chaos and a stampede like situation. Before a match between an English club (Liverpool) and an Italian club (Juventus) could start, the English fans broke down the fence between the two fan flocks. The result of this caused the Juventus fans to fall back onto a terrace and the wall collapsed which caused the death of 39 people and around 500 injuries. It’s uncertain as to what caused the start but those responsible were prosecuted and English clubs were banned for a period of five years.
The tournament has the credit of having the fastest goal to its account. A Dutch player, Roy Makkay scored the fastest goal ever recorded in the tournament in 10.12 seconds for Bayern Munich.
Badge of honor:
Any club that manages to win five championship titles or 3 in a row is entitled to the UEFA badge of honor. Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern, Liverpool, and Ajax include the recipients of the badge of honor. The badge is simply stitched on their uniforms and shows the number of times they have won the trophy.
The event is the most-watched sports event in the field. The finals in 2012-13 were aired across 200 countries with a TV audience of around 360 million. This makes the event a marvel of its own where it cuts across the different boundaries and unites the world by spirit.
The UEFA keeps the original trophy to itself and the teams who won are entitled to a full-sized replica. This replica can be held by any team that musters up the skill to manage a win three or five times in a row. The trophy weighs around 7.5kgs.
The championship begins in late June where 79 teams from 54 UEFA members contest for the final spot of 32 teams. Countries like France, Italy, and Germany sit on the top spots, but given the unprecedented nature of the game, small clubs can, however, replace the spot. The UEFA is held every year that draws crowds from diverse backgrounds and glues them together by football. Not only that, the matches are packed with people where the show of sportsmanship and skillful players take the lead of the match. From the chanting of fans to the shots of adrenaline that pumps in the bodies of athletes, the UEFA 2020 is destined to make and break new records this year.