Barcelona FC

Being one of the most prominent Spanish football clubs in the world is not an easy task. You either have to get star players from other countries or lookout for the young talent emerging in the country. One thing is for sure Barcelona have done nothing but make their countrymen proud. The club was founded in 1889 by Joan Camper. The football enthusiast had decided to start a club and sent out an advert in the paper for like-minded fellows. Once he got 11 more men of his caliber the club was founded. The team did don’t start off at a slow pace as they were runners up on the 1902 Copa del Rey. Barcelona went on to win the title 8 times towards the end of 1928. The team experienced severe decline after this due to the political changes in the country. Some of the managers would soon leave the country due to political lines and others were assassinated for their left wing politics during the reign of Franco.

Between the years 1942- 1957 there was much success at Barcelona FC. The club managed to snag 5 La Liga titles and 5 Copa del Rey. After such a good decade despite the political circumstances, the club owners decided it was time to hire a top shelf manger in the form of Helenio Herrera. Under his guidance the club flourished more in the Spanish titles. The home grounds we’re also changed to the prestigious Camp Nou. This is where the team resides up to date with no mention of moving. Some of the team’s best players arrived in 1973. One in particular Johan Cruyff was a star player who left the team to win the Last Liga title the next year. This was a great achievement seeing as they had won none for 10 years.

In the year 1979 Cruyff came up with the idea to start a Football academy that would function on the same formalities and principles as the Ajax academy. Soon the academy grew to be one of the best internationally. The top-notch down organization La Masia produced some if the world’s greatest stars in football such as Pep Guardiola, Fabregas and Lionel Messi.

Cryuff returned to the club in 1988 as manager and come up with a dream team with former la Masia stars. He incorporated a lot of Dutch born footballers and so the team rise to fame.

Barcelona FC is one if the biggest Spanish football clubs and also one of the richest. Some of its star players include Lionel Messi, Xavi, Diego Maradona, and Gerard Pique amongst others. The club has won over the years since its inception a myriad of trophies and titles. To ne just a few 25 La Liga titles, 29 Copa del Rey trophies, 5 Champions league and many more.

Arsenal FC

The Arsenal Football Club, founded in 1886 (as the Dial Square), this club has been riddled with struggles, but is now starting to pick up. Based in Islington, London, England, this club has won 13 League titles, and a record of 13 FA Cups, amongst several other cups. But compared to other football clubs, their successes are a bit underwhelming.

Things are looking hopeful though for Arsenal FC. Last year, they reported revenue of $597.1 million, a new club record. They won their third FA Cup in four seasons this year, however they failed to qualify for the seasons’ Champions League. Even with all of this struggle, there is still a lot of hope for this group in various ways. Particularly in their choice of coach.

The Huge Switch

In 1986, George Graham returned as manager of the team, after all he was one of Bertie Mee’s double winners. From there Graham brought the team a victory in their first League Cup the very next year, followed by a victory in 1988’s Football League Centenary Trophy and a title in 1988-89 Football League. Things were starting to look up for the team from these victories, however things looked grim by 1994, after their victory of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Graham’s reputation was utterly tarnished when he was found out to have taken kickbacks from their team agent, Rune Hauge. These kickbacks stemmed from the signing of certain players. From there there was a lot of turmoil. Graham was dismissed by 1995 and was replaced by Bruce Rioch. Rioch was only in there for one season before leaving due to disagreements with the club’s board of directors.

The huge switch happened when the club brought on manager Arsène Wenger. He was appointed in 1996 but was now coaching the team and leading them to this day. With Wegner, came massive change to the team: a new attacking football, a shift in diet and fitness practices, and money efficiency. These characteristics have defined Wegner’s reign.

The Results Of The Switch

Even though the club never won another major trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, Arsenal managed to grasp the 2014 FA Cup Final. A year later from that victory, they appeared in the finals again and achieved another victory against Aston Villa 4-0. Because of this shift and decisions that Wegner brought the team, Arsenal now had 12 titles, making them the most successful club in this tournament’s history. This was matched in 2016 by Machester United.

In the end Arsenal has become a team that has been dominating the FA Cup, winning a 13th time in 2017. This victory also saw Wenger being the first manager ever in English football to have won seven FA Cups too.

Despite the fact that their 2017 victory placed them in the fifth position in the league (the first time this has happened since Wenger stepped in), the team shows a lot of promise. With victory after victory in the FA Cup, these victory streaks are bound to last.

Interesting World Cup Facts

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and it is also the worlds most watched sporting event every four years. Here are some interesting facts about the World Cup.

• Brazil is the king – Brazil has won the most World Cups hoisting the trophy five times. They have qualified for all 20 of the tournaments held. A couple of other interesting facts is their biggest defeat was when they hosted the World Cup in 2014 losing to Germany 7-1 in the semifinals giving up five goals in the first 29 minutes, which was also a record. On top of that the biggest attendance for a match in the tournament was in 1950, also held in Brazil, where at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro 199,984 spectators watched Brazil take on Uruguay.

• US peaks early – The best finish by the United States came in the first World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay where the Yanks lost to Argentina in the semifinals.

• Guns aplenty – in the inaugural World Cup in 1930 in a match with 60,000 fans a referee in the match ordered a search of the crowd and in excess of 1,600 guns were confiscated.

• Steal the bus – In the 1974 World Cup in Germany the Zaire team attempted to steal a bus they were given for the tournament and drove it back to Africa, but they were caught before leaving German soil.

• Qualifying match sparks war – In 1969 in a World Cup qualifying match between El Salvador and Honduras the aftermath was a war between the two nations where in the span of only four days 2,000 people were killed, and 100,000 were displaced.

• Hide the hardware – During World War II FIFA’s Italian Vice-President Ottorino Barassi, smuggled the World Cup trophy out of q bank in Rome and hid it under his bed. It remained there for most of the 1940’s, as there was a major concern at the time that the Nazis would steal it.

• Qatar spending big – The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, and while there has been much controversy surrounding their bid, there is no doubt they spent big in order to be the host. It is estimated that they spent more than 60 times what South Africa spent to host in 2010 and more than 15 times what Brazil spent in 2014. Much of the costs will be going to the outdoor air-conditioned stadiums in the country, where the temperatures can get sweltering in June when the tournament is held.

• Nice prize for a goal – The United Arab Emirates (UAB), surprisingly, qualified for the 1990 World Cup and prominent statesman Sheik Mohamed promised that every player for the team that scored a goal in the tournament would receive a brand-new Rolls Royce. Ismail Mubarak and Thani Jumaa were the two players that earned the new luxury cars netting the only two goals for the country.

• One and done – For every World Cup, but one the knock-out-final stage is used to crown the champion. However, in the 1950 tournament FIFA tinkered with the format and used a round-robin one, which was not popular and scrapped right away.

AC Milan Football Club

AC Milan stands for Associazione Calcio Milan and it is one of the most professional football clubs in Italy. It was founded in 1899, which was founded by Silvio Betlusconi and ever seen then they have been top notch. This football team is what characterizes Italy and makes it so unique among other countries. AC Milan is very well known to be the professional football players they can be and display a variety of techniques that only they would use. Among other things, they are very responsible and care mostly about the game. They care how the game brings joy to them, winning or losing is merely a title for them. This helped pushed them to the top of the football league in Italy, also known as Serie A.  AC Milan keeps surprising fans with different playing techniques as well as knowledge on how to beat their opponent. They are definitely considered the best in Italy and one of the best in the world; they are actually considered the fourth best football club in the world! As well as participating in worldwide football games those players play in to win. This football club is currently one of the wealthiest clubs in Italy and the world.

Success

One of the many football challenges the team participates in it the UEFA and FIFA games. In these two games, the players have possibilities to learn titles that will stay and live with them forever. AC Milan managed to gain 18 titles from these games and became the fourth successful football team in the world. They also ended up winning the “FIFA Club World Cup”, which is a major deal for any team! Here are other games they played in:

  • Intercontinental Cups – they won
  • Seven European Cup/Champions League– seven titles
  • UEFA Super Cupa – five titles
  • Cups Winners Cup – won twice
  • Coppa Italia – second most team in this game.

Uniform

As we may have or have not seen, the AC Milan uniform consists of red and black colors. And this is the way it was ever sense they started, because it sends of a “fierce” and “dark” features to opponents. As well as having the nickname “Rossoneri” since there uniform is black and red. This is a total advantage for them throughout the game since it makes other opponents fear them.

They were also nicknamed the “Devils” since their outstanding red colors and stand in the way of their award. This made Milan implement the red devil as a logo in their Sport Excellence and there were stars above it which implied the 10 league title winnings they have received by 1979! This is a huge deal since at the time there were no a lot of football clubs that take place in challenges, only the best of the best. With time AC Milan noticed that when they were white shorts and black socks they have luck on their side with each winning.  Other than that it is a 50/50 chance of winning and losing.