How the 2010-2011 Premiership Season Will Affect Online Football Shirt Sales

The recent South African World Cup misery is not too far behind us but it couldn’t be soon enough for the hordes of England followers that suffered the pain of watching their beloved team get knocked out of the competition with a shameful defeat at the hands of the German side. But with the 2010/2011 Premier League season already underway this year’s campaign could be one of the finest in recent history and could be more than enough to lift the spirits of English football fans at home and throughout the globe. Chelsea and Man united are still this seasons teams and it looks like there are more teams capable of doing so. 

Arsenal and Liverpool have had a consistent history of finishing in the top four but now it looks it seems that Tottenham and now Manchester City are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Around 130 million quid was spent by City throughout the off season and so the manager Roberto Mancini strongly recons his team are able to overcome the competition and become Premier League winners. These favourable Premier League squads will certainly have massive shirt sales throughout the 2010/2011 Premier League period with their developing reputation.  

Premiership football shirts sales will certainly be affected over the course of this season’s competition due to the amount of changes. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres Liverpool football kits were the best selling Premier League shirts last season followed by Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United football shirts and Cesc Fabregas’ Arsenal shirt in that order. Football shirt retailer’s sales will also be see changes due to some of the prominent teams’ kits being altered. 

Manchester United and Liverpool kits have both altered now they have brand new sponsors. The familiar Carlsberg logo on the Liverpool kit has now been changed for Standard Chartered and the main sponsor for Manchester United shirts which used to be AIG has been replaced with a new sponsor AON. Manchester United’s home football kit hasn’t changed and still displays their original red colours but when their playing away from Old Trafford the team will be wearing white coloured shirts with black and red detail on the sleeves. Chelsea’s black away kit is now sporting some orange stripes and Arsenal will carry on wearing their famous white and red kit this time when playing at their home ground the Emirates stadium but will be sporting the canary yellow strip when they play away from home. 

Cesc Fabregas forthcoming exit to Barcelona has frequently made the news headlines and his football top is expected to be the best selling shirt of the 2010/2011 season. And bearing in mind his pop popularity at his London club, Cesc Fabregas Arsenal shirt could also be the best selling shirt for the end of this season. But one thing is for sure, with all these changes in place this year looks to be one of the most successful years up to now for online football shirts sales for old and new football kits.

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Arsenal FC – A Club and Its Trophies

Arsenal football club founded in 1886 is one of the most successful football club in the entire united kingdom. Starting from 1930-31 football season when the club won its first trophy, the team have won all the domestic titles in English football.

FIRST DIVISION LEAGUE

It recorded a total of 10 trophies in the formal English first division league (1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48 1952-53, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91).

Arsenal was also runners-up on 3 football seasons during the period of first division league (1925-26, 1931-32, 1972-73).

PREMIER LEAGUE

Since 1992 when the present money spinning Barclays premier league started as F.A premier league Arsenal has won the competition for 3 seasons (1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04).Which placed them second to Man United who has won the competition on 10 occasion with Chelsea 2 times and Blackburn Rovers once. The club has been runners -up for a record 5 times (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05}

THE F.A CUP.

Arsenal success story also extends to the prestigious F.A CUP where it has won the title on 10 occasions (1929-30, 1935-36, 1949-50, 1970-71, 1978-79, 1992-93, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05). Runners-up 7times (1926-27, 1931-32, 1951-52, 1971-72, 1977-78, 1979-80, 2000-01).

LEAGUE CUP.

The league is now called the Carling cup based on sponsorship is not left out on the silver ware stable of Arsenal were there 2 of the trophy.(1986-87, 1992-93). Runners-up 4 times (1967-68, 1968-69, 1987-88, 2006-07).

COMMUNITY SHIELD.

This is another competition in which Arsenal has made tremendous impact by winning the trophy on 12 occasions (1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004). Runners-up 7 times (1935, 1936, 1979, 1989, 1993,2003, 2005)

In Europe arsenal has not fare so well, appearing once in the Uefa champion league final in 2005-06 and finishing as runners-up to Barcelona f.c of spain who won by 2-1 in Monaco. Arsenal was the winner of Uefa cup winners cup champions (1993-94) and 2 times runner-up (1979-80, 1994-95) football seasons. Uefa cup runners-up in 1999-2000, runners-up Uefa super cup 1994.

Arsenal hold some significant records which includes

The club was the second club to win double in the twentieth century(1970-71) which they have repeated on two different seasons (2003-04, 2005-06).Arsenal is also the first london based club to reach the Uefa champions league final.

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Famous People From Southampton

There have been a number of famous and accomplished people who were either born in Southampton or who have lived there at some point in their lives.

Many of Southampton’s illustrious sons hail from the world of music. There’s Will Champion, the drummer of Coldplay, who was born in Southampton in 1978. Champion’s father, Timothy, is currently an archaeology professor at the University of Southampton, where his mother was also a professor. Champion went to the Cantell secondary school in Basset Southampton, before moving to the University College London to study anthropology. That’s where he would get together with his future band mates in Coldplay. Champion played the guitar growing up and names Tom Waits and traditional Irish folk music as among his early influences in music.

R&B singing sensation and songwriter Craig David is another Southampton product. He was born as Craig Ashley David in 1981 in the Holy Rood estate at the city centre. His father is Grenadian while his mother is Jewish-English. David, who has sold over 13million albums worldwide (2007), attended Bellemoor School. David is proud to be a Southampton FC fan and is happy to correct those who thinks he roots for Leeds United (as portrayed by Leigh Francis in the popular comedy T.V. show “Bo’ Selecta.” And how big has Craig David become. Singer Songwriter Elton John was quoted as saying, “If there is a better singer in England than Craig David, then I am Margaret Thatcher.”

BBC Radio One DJ Scott Mills also hails from Southampton, where he was born in 1974. He has made a name for himself in UK culture through his ‘drive time’ show on BBC Radio 1, dubbed as The Scott Mills Show. At the risk of losing his listener base, Mills admitted his homosexuality to the press in 2001. In 2007,the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List named Mills as the 41st most influential gay person in Britain

During the 17th century, Southampton was the birthplace of the “Father of English Hymnody,” Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674 – November 25, 1748). One of his best known works, O God Our Help In Ages Past, is the school hymn of the King Edward VI school in Southampton. It is also the peal of the Civic Centre clock tower. Watts is recognized as the first prolific and popular English hymn writer, with over 750 hymns to his name. Many of them are still being used today and have been translated into many languages. Watts attended the King Edward VI School, where one of the houses is now named in his honour. Moreover, he was also an accomplished theologian and logician, and a writer of many books and essays on these topics. A memorial of Isaac Watts stands at Westminster Abbey, the earliest surviving memorial built in his honour. On November 25, 2006, he was commemorated as a hymn writer in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church.

In the 19th century, Southampton produced another great artist, the British painter and illustrator, Sir John Everett Millais (June 8, 1829 – August 13, 1896), recognized as among the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The son of a leading Jersey-based family, Millais distinguished himself by winning, at age 11, a spot at the Royal Academy, an unprecedented feat at the time for someone so young. In 1948, together with his academy contemporaries William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Millais put together the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Millais own home.

The popular international comedian Benny Hill is also a product of Southampton, born as Alfred Hawthorn Hill in 1924. He attended the Tauntons School and, during World War II, was among the scholars who were moved to the Bournemouth School in East Way, Bournemouth. Upon graduation he was back at Southampton, in Eastleigh, where he worked as a milkman, driver, drummer and bridge operator, but could only break into the entertainment by working as an assistant stage manager. He would soon follow the steps of the great British music hall comedians, changing his name to Benny (in honour of his idol, Jack Benny) in the process,. Despite his thriving comedy career, Hill spent a large part of his life living with his mother in Westrow Gardens in Southampton.

Two famous radio and television personalities also trace their roots to Southampton — international radio presenter Andy Collins and naturalist TV presenter Chris Packham.

From the ranks of the armed forces, Southampton boasts of Admiral John Jellicoe (December 5, 1859-November 20, 1935), former commander of the British fleet and British Royal Navy admiral.

The exile, Juan Manuel de Rosas (1793-1877), a former dictator of Argentina, spent his last years in Southampton. Rosas was the head of Argentina from 1829 to 1852. He is remembered as one of Latin America’s first famous caudillos (powerful political-military leader).

In the realm of sports, Southampton counts among its sons the former England and Southampton F.C. football player Matthew Le Tissier, who has lived in the city since the 1980s. Other popular residents are Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas and former tennis player Wally Masur.

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10 Reasons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Are Not the Greatest of All Time [GOAT] in Football

For the best part of the last decade, two names have dominated world football (soccer) more than any others; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These great rivals have broken countless football records, scored insane number of goals and pushed each other all the way to greatness despite the fact that they are two very different football players, playing two very different styles in two very different roles for two different clubs. The only thing that really connects the two is the ocean of ability that separates them from the rest of the players in the world. There can be no question as to whether the duo belongs in the pantheon of football all-time greats anymore. Although any effort to determine the greatest footballer of all time is subject to generational bias, it should be noted that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not individually or collectively the greatest football player[s] of all time due to the following reasons;

Cristiano is not the best ‘Ronaldo’ to play the game: Despite his unparalleled achievement in and off the field of play, Cristiano Ronaldo is still not considered the best Ronaldo to have played the game. Ronaldo de Assisi (also known as Ronaldinho) and Ronaldo de Lima (the phenomenon) are the other ‘Ronaldos’ whose legendary attacking prowess is often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Ronaldo de Lima was a more explosive and complete striker who would have probably been the ‘World’s Best Striker Ever’ if he had stayed injury-free in his footballing career, while Ronaldinho was the entertainer who, at his peak, constantly wowed the footballing world. Cristiano Ronaldo is better than other ‘Ronaldos’ in terms of constituency over the years, phenomenal goal-scoring rates, overall fitness and prolonged career (due to low rate of injuries) but for sheer skill, explosiveness, superior technical ability, and the ‘wow’ factor, the two ‘Ronaldos’ are better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi is not the best ever Argentine player: It is a well-known fact that for a footballer to be the best ever in the world, he has to be the best ever footballer in his country and sadly, Lionel Messi isn’t both. Lionel Messi is not the best football player Argentina has produced. That honor goes to Diego Armando Maradona. Maradona (widely regarded as one of the best football players ever) is a footballing legend that inspired Argentina to a world cup victory and S.S.C. Napoli (in the Italian Football League) to its first and second League title [Scudetti] in its history. He is the scorer of the world’s most dubious goal (the ‘Hand of God’ goal) and the FIFA Goal of the Century. There is virtually a cult around the player in Argentina. Diego Maradona (and Pele) is the benchmark for the illustrious South American nation when a new star comes on to the block. So, while Messi has dazzled on the European stage, passing milestone after milestone and picking up loads of awards, his countrymen regard him as the country’s second best football player ever.

Both players have never won the World Cup: Although the latter rounds of the modern-day UEFA Champions League would rival the FIFA World Cup in terms of quality, with talents from around the globe increasingly concentrated in the hands of an elite few, the World Cup still retains substantial symbolic value as a quadrennial competition which pit the best of one nation against the best of another. It is no secret Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have never won (or inspired their respective countries to win) the FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo has won an European Cup (The Euros) with his home country, Portugal but has never been to the semi-finals or the finals of the World Cup while Lionel Messi was underwhelming in the 2014 world cup semi-final and final with his home country Argentina eventually losing to Germany. The World (and Messi) was shocked when he was named the best player and awarded the Golden Ball of the tournament. Lionel Messi is also a three-time runner-up in the Copa America competition with Argentina. Most football players such as Zinedine Zidane, Pele, Diego Maradonna, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo de Lima etc. often touted as the world’s best ever football player all played dominant roles in the World Cup tournament they eventually won. The same cannot be said presently of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They are not Football’s best Goal-scorers ever: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are efficient, effective and phenomenal goal scorers boasting amazing goal per match ratio but they aren’t among the five best goal scorers in football history. Neither of them have scored up more than 700 goals in their respective careers so they cannot be in the company of great players such as Pele, Romario, Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas (he has a FIFA goal-scoring award named after him), Gerd Muller. The rate of scoring of these legendary players is more impressive than that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo given they ended their footballing careers with goal tallies well into the 800s. So if scoring goals are what makes footballers great, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, having better players boasting better goal tallies ahead of them, cannot be the greatest footballers of all time.

Both players have been accused of being criminals: They both have tax payment issues with the Spanish authorities (the country they reside and play in) and so have been accused of being criminals. After a lengthy trial that attracted so much publicity due to his status as a supremely gifted sportsman, Lionel Messi (and his father) was found guilty of not paying his taxes to the Spanish government, fined heavily and sentenced to two years in prison (he has since agreed to pay an increased fine rather than have a 21-month suspended prison sentence). His trial, guilty verdict, fine and (suspended) sentence damaged his credibility as a morally upright athlete who could do no wrong and that of his football club (FC Barcelona). Cristiano Ronaldo is also being investigated for tax evasion by the Spanish authorities, might be tried (or not), heavily fined and get a suspended prison sentence.

Their overall goal tallies are padded with too many penalties: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the greatest goal scorers of their generation. They score obscene number of goals in a football season but almost half of the total goals scored both players have come from the penalty spot. In football, penalties are the easiest way to score because it involves only the designated penalty-taker and a goal keeper to beat. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, being the designated penalty-takers of their respective club sides, always take every penalty kick awarded them or their teammates thereby increasing their goal tallies. In 2013/2014 Football season in England, Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC (before he moved to FC Barcelona to become a teammate of Lionel Messi) won the highest goal scorer award in the English Premier League and shared the European Golden Shoe award with Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring 32 goals in 33 games in open play without taking a single penalty. That is a record Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo do not yet hold.

They play for football’s most valuable clubs: Messi and Ronaldo play for super-clubs in Spain where the top sides score goals by the hatful. The second millennium’s new financial order unfortunately gave birth to the modern super team essentially creating a certain form of predictability in both domestic and continental leagues. Lionel Messi plays for FC Barcelona in Spain while Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid CF also in Spain. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF are extremely rich and dominant football clubs that can afford to buy and stockpile the best and most expensive football talent anywhere in the world and so Messi and Ronaldo are always surrounded and assisted by world-class players to aid in dominating continental club football thus raising their international profiles. Both clubs always have a slew of world-class players at their disposal which leads to utter domination in domestic (Spanish La Liga) and continental (UEFA Champions League) football competitions.

The benefit of playing in the Modern Era: It is almost impossible to compare players of different era in a game that has changed so much over the years. Great footballers like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo di Stefano played in an era when the game was played at a tempo unrecognizably slower than in the modern era. That does not make them less great than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The game played presently has changed because of changes in rules governing the game and the quality of footballs produced and used. Players in the modern era are also fitter, faster, and stronger than they have ever been, but players (especially defenders) are technically weaker than they have ever been. The Champions League’s expansions of the nineties is also an advantage to the modern player: having a group stage allows a margin of error that simply did not exist in the knock out style pre-1995 tournament. It has never been easier for attackers – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo probably would never score 40-60 goals a season in the 1980s when the rules governing the game and footballs used didn’t benefits attackers (strikers), and defenders/defenses were littered with world-class talents.

They are a part of football’s rich history: We view the history of the game through our own national experiences, or at least we did until the modern era, where we can watch the Spanish league, Messi and Ronaldo every weekend. It is worth remembering that in the 1970s and even into the 1980s, most of Europe just watched the European Cup and UEFA Cup games of their own national teams. So, here is a little suggestion; the next time Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo score a breath-taking goal and someone on Twitter suggests the debate (on the greatest football player) is over, head to YouTube and spend ten minutes watching goals from Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele, Ferenc Puskas, Roberto Baggio, Eusebio, Alfredo di Stefano and so on. There have been plenty of geniuses in the game, and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are part of that rich football history.

Generational and positional bias in football: The hunt for the greatest football player in history is like that of the Holy Grail. All footballers (sportsmen) are products of their time. Due to football’s developmental stagnation relative to other sport and because there are so many different positions, and so many roles within those positions, it is hard to have a worthwhile conversation about who the best football player of all time is. Since the main objective of the game is to score a goal, the best goal scorers such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will always be near the top of any list about the game’s best players.

Conclusion; Don’t kid yourself that there won’t be another player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, no-one thought they would see another player like Diego Maradona.

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FC Barcelona Facts at a Glance

FC Barcelona is a well-known name for the football fans scattered all over the world. The club has some of the start and most promising players in football world. However, there is more to the club than just the fine skills displayed by its players. Here are some interesting and amusing FC Barcelona facts that are sure to surprise its supporters.

Facts on History of Barcelona: The club was founded by Hans Gamper, a Swiss nationalist with the help of a newspaper advertisement and is now owned and operated solely by the club members. It was never a mere football club but a political symbol as well. The club stood as a symbol against Rivera’s and Franco’s dictatorships and has always had a strong tie with the Catalan nationalism. It was during Franco’s dictatorship, the club was forced to change the name to Club De Football De Barcelona. However, the club changed its name back to this club in the year 1974 because of its Catalan roots. The club was forbidden from using the Catalan Language during the Franco dictatorship. However, over the years, it has become a rule that the players of FC Barcelona will have to know the Catalan language, with some exceptions like Lionel Messi.

Facts on Club’s Achievements: The club has been ranked by Forbes as the second most valuable club in the world and has proved itself to be one of the most popular clubs across Europe. It is also the club with highest number of players winning the Ballon d’Or, with 11 Barcelona players having won it. Lionel Messi, one of the most popular Barca players, has won the Ballon d’Or five times. The club had also defeated its arch rival Real Madrid FC on their first official match with a score of 6-1.

Fun FC Barcelona Facts:

· This club doesn’t run short of fun and amusing facts either. Very few people know that FC Barcelona fans are known as “ass” in the Catalan language.

· Though it is commonly thought that unlike other Barça players, Lionel Messi does not know Catalan language, he was heard addressing the public in this language when he was drunk after a Barça win!

· The Camp Nou stadium is one of the largest stadiums in Europe but the matches there are seldom attended by the local people. This is probably because of the high ticket prices due to its international fame.

· FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have had a long history of political rivalry as well, with the latter being supported by the political power of Franco and the former being against his dictatorship.

· This club has invented its own style of playing which is known as tiki-taka or The Total Football Philosophy. Johan Cruyff is the man behind this famous football playing style and the strategy has brought the club many victories.

· For a long time, FC Barcelona was against corporate advertising but the policy was finally taken down and they collaborated with UNICEF for the first time in 2006.

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