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Football Rankings and Awards

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We live in a world obsessed with superlatives, constantly being sold by marketing ploys promoting their individual items. Football is sadly no different, how...

Official FIFA World Rankings

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FIFA's official ranking system for nations was officially introduced in 1992. Initially it was a rather simplistic system, in which a win gave a...

Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi has won the 2009 Ballon d'Or, awarded to the European footballer of the year, after inspiring Barcelona to the treble last season....

FIFA World Player of the Year Award

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In 1991, some 30 years after the Ballon d'Or was first awarded to Sir Stanley Matthews, FIFA commenced the awarding of their own award....

FIFPro Player of the Year Award

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Whilst the FIFPro player of the year award itself has a relativily short history (having only been awarded since 2005), the origins of the...

UEFA Coefficients System

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Think for a moment about the organisation of tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League or the European Championships. How do you decide how...

The Odd Couple: Will it work out for Manchester United and Michael Owen?

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Four weeks ago, I was playing Football Manager. I was managing Manchester United and was faced with the dilemma of how to replace Tevez...

Top Ten Free Kick Specialists Of All Time

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Cast your mind back to Saturday August 15th 1998. Manchester United were kicking off their season with a home game against Leicester City and...

Major Club Football Rivalries

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They are the first games you look for when the fixtures are drawn pre-season. The games you crowd into the local pub with your...

South America’s Biggest Football Rivalries

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All the major football rivalries from South America: Argentina Featured Derby: Superclasico, Buenos Aires, Argentina River Plate vs Boca Juniors The Superclasico is arguably the world's biggest derby game....

Asia’s Biggest Football Rivalries

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All of Asia's major club football rivalries: Featured Derby: The Tehran Derby, Tehran, Iran Esteghlal FC vs Persepolis FC  World Soccer Magazine declared the Tehran derby as...

Europe’s Biggest Football Rivalries

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All the major football rivalries from Europe: United Kingdom Featured Derby: The Old Firm Derby, Glasgow, Scotland Celtic FC vs Rangers FC Celtic and Rangers have been...