Soccer Cleats Maintenance Tips

It really feels great to have clean, shining soccer cleats while entering into the arena- it boosts our confidence in some discreet manner. But when you’re required to master the sport with lots of practice, on obviously dusty and marshy fields, their cleanliness is hard to perceive. So, you’ll have to be a good boy and start caring for your equipments. Regular cleaning of soccer cleats is very important if you want to ‘keep them happy’ and not degrade sooner.

Now, before you get overly enthusiastic and overwhelmed and go for slamming them straight into a washing machine or a dishwasher or tortures of any sort, read what I have to say for a few minutes. Here, we’ll be discussing tips to clean soccer cleats when they get very dirty. You may clean them in two ways- manually or by using a washing machine.

1. Cleaning Manually

For this method, you’ll require

* A piece of cloth (towel-like texture preferred)

* A boot brush for rubbing flat ends

* A toothbrush for thin crevices

* A vessel full of lukewarm water.

* Washing Powder or Liquid

1. To begin cleaning, first stuff the hollow of the shoes with a newspaper ball to prevent any water seepage into the inner shoe and to make cleaning easier.

2. Unlace the shoes and keep the laces separate for later cleaning.

3. Begin by scrubbing the ‘upper’ and the heel. They are the easiest to clean and form the most of the exposed surface of these soccer cleats. Dip the cloth into the water and simply remove the excess dirt on them.

4. For cleaning the flynet, take some washing powder on the cloth, drench the cloth again and start scrubbing. Little specks of dirt must be removed.

5. There’s naturally a lot of mud accumulated around studs at the outsole. You may use a boot brush to clean this area. If some dirt still remains at little corners, don’t hesitate in using a toothbrush for cleaning that.

6. The region where the outsole meets the upper and heel must be cleaned with a toothbrush.

7. To clean the sock liner, take it out from the inside and the using washing powder, scrub the area. For the laces, dip them into the vessel and rub them therein. The little specks of dirt they may contain must be effaced off.

You are not required to be very gentle, but that doesn’t give you the freedom to treat your soccer cleats savagely.

2. Cleaning in a washing machine

Alright! You may use the washing machine and save yourself from the labor. But for that, you’ll have to keep certain things in mind. First of all, separate the laces and the sock liner from the soccer cleats. Make sure that you’ve placed enough towels or some heavy cloth around them so they do not mess with the walls of the washing machine. Set the temperature to around 30 degree centigrade and go for extra rinse. With all this ensured, you are good to go.

Camiseta del Tottenham 2018-2019 Local – Niño Camiseta del Tottenham 2018-2019 Local – Niño

2011 Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be the 10th World Cup. Prior to the 2011 Cup, 9 tournaments have been organized by ICC. This time matches will be played between Feb 19, 2011 – April 2, 2011 in India, Bangladesh & Srilanka.

Australia have emerged winner on the most occasions – 4. Closely following is West Indies, who won the inaugural and the very next title. All the Indian Subcontinent teams – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won only once.

Australia won in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. West Indies won on 1975 (the first WC) and 1979. India won in 1983, Pakistan won in 1992 and Sri Lanka won in 1996.

Cricket World Cup 2011 Venues includes: Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mohali, Chennai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Colombo, Dhaka, Chittagong. And new venues like Pallekelle and Hambantota – both being in Sri Lanka.

World Cup 2011 teams: This Time 14 Teams are participating, divided in two Groups as follows:

Group A – Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya.

Group B – India, South Africa, England, Bangladesh, West Indies, Netherlands and Ireland.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Schedule: Sat Feb 19 – 08:30 GMT – 14:00 IST – India v Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sun Feb 20 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Kenya v New Zealand at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk, Chennai

Sun Feb 20 – 09:00 GMT – 14:30 IST – Sri Lanka v Canada at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Mon Feb 21 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Australia v Zimbabwe at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Tue Feb 22 – 09:00 GMT – 14:30 IST – England v Netherlands at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Wed Feb 23 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Kenya v Pakistan at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Thu Feb 24 – 09:00 – 14:30 – South Africa v West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Fri Feb 25 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Australia v New Zealand at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Fri Feb 25 – 08:30 – 14:00 – Bangladesh v Ireland at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sat Feb 26 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Sun Feb 27 – 09:00 – 14:30 – India v England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Mon

Feb 28 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Canada v Zimbabwe at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Mon Feb 28 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Netherlands v West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Tue Mar 1 – 09:00 – 14:30 – Sri Lanka v Kenya at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Wed Mar 2 – 09:00 – 14:30 – England v Ireland at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Thu Mar 3 – 04:00 – 09:30 – Netherlands v South Africa at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Wed Mar 30 09:00 – 14:30 – Semi Final – TBC v TBC at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Sat Apr 2 09:00 GMT – 14:30 IST – Final – TBC v TBC at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

India to Boost Security for the ICC Women’s World Cup

It is common knowledge that things are not as great as they can be with Pakistan and India. Though we haven’t exactly buried the hatchet on issues that have transpired over the years, the relation between the sporting teams of the respective countries have always managed to keep it civil to date. As a matter of fact, the player in the name of good sportsmanship, have always handled things with bonhomie and characteristic respect towards each other; a commendable feat by both the sides.

But while everything might seem to be in its proper place from the outside, it goes without saying, that there is a long standing docile rivalry between the two nation’s cricketing teams, which becomes fully animated as the two battle it out at the cricket field. The ban imposed on the Pakistani players, following the Mumbai blasts in 2008, was recently lifted and the India was just warming up to the idea of the inclusion of the players in the Indian Premier League Cricket tournament, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and Hockey Indian League when the recent unsavory incident at the border, have the BCCI in a catch-22 situation.

The tension at the border has ebbed over to the Hockey fields where Shiv Sena activists protested the presence of the players in the Indian hockey league. Indian Premier League’s decision to welcome back the Pakistani players is also met with protests by the same group which has made it clear that they will not allow the participation of a Pakistani in any sport or game held in Mumbai.

According to ICC Women’s World Cup news, this tournament will also be held in Mumbai, which is a land mine waiting to explode. Fearing the safety of their female athletes, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking the association to ensure better security measures and a change of venue for the matches involving the Pakistani team if the step is considered necessary with accordance to ensured security.

There is also the potential threat of calling back the players akin to what happened to the nine hockey players who were sent back to their country. But a World Cup without the Pakistan team is incomplete and bordering on unimaginable. The trouble started again this year following the killing of two Indian army personnel by Pakistani soldiers. The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup schedule is from January 31 to February 17.

Predicting the World Cup 2010 Winner

What does predicting the economy got to do with predicting the World Cup winner? A lot if you listen to Swiss Bank UBS.

In the World Cup 2006, the economists and analysts at the Wealth Management Research at UBS used the statistical model that enabled them to predict market trends and investment decisions and applied it to predict the World Cup winner.

They correctly predicted that Italy would be the champion. They also succeeded in getting six of the eight quarter-finalists correct. Their track record also included correctly forecasting three of the four semi-finalists.

UBS’s model is a purely quantitative analysis and the criteria used are past performance, home advantage and teams’ strength. Now let’s discuss the model:

For past performance, so far seven nations have won the championship. (Brazil five times, Italy four times, Germany three times, Argentina and Uruguay two times, France and England one time each). So according to UBS, if you pick one of these seven teams, it appears to be a safe bet.

As for the home advantage, a third of the past world cups was won by the host country. Now:

# The weather is mild winter in South Africa and it appears that the host nation may not have the climate advantage. This applies similarly to the African nations in the finals.

# Some matches will be played at venues at high altitude. This is a clear advantage to the host and the South American teams like Brazil.

# In every tournament, there is speculation of referees favoring the Home team. Will there be many controversial calls helping the host?

# This being Africa’s World Cup, there are many who wonder if an African nation will advance past the group stage into the quarter-finals for the first time. In every tournament, there will always be a team which will be the surprise package. Will this team come from Africa?

# And lastly, there is this «outside-of-Europe» syndrome. So far every World Cup had been won by either an European team or a South American side. No European team has won outside the comfort of their own continent. Now in South Africa, many pundits believe that the South American teams will have so-called ground advantage.

Regarding the strength of the teams, UBS took into consideration the FIFA ranking and the bookmakers’ odds.

So which team has UBS picked to be WC 2010 champion? Brazil.

Well, your guess is as good as mine on which team will win. My trusted crystal ball tells me it is Spain.

In every World Cup, betting wise, it is a true challenge. The tournament is held every four years and qualification ends months before the ball is kicked in the first game of the finals. During this time, a lot can change in the football world.

World Cup means patriotic fervor comes into play. We all have passionate feelings for a certain team or a certain player which will determine our decision.

There are 32 teams in the finals so technically there are 32 potential winners. It is interesting to note some characteristics of these teams:

* Some teams have a good striking department with tons of firepower, but lacking everywhere else.

* Some teams have great talented players but have insane coaches.

* Some are perceived as perennial underachievers like Spain and England who seem to choke on the big stage.

* Some are tournament teams like Germany and Italy who may be underrated before the finals, but know how to grind out the results. Well this is according to past performances.

* Experts have expected Spain to win the last two World Cups – but they never have.

* England are going to win it every time according to the English – but they never do.

And there are some interesting statistics:

# No team has successfully defended the WC for a long while. Would the 2006 winner Italy be the exception? But Italy has an aging squad and may not be expected to last all the way. It is easier to reach the top, but much harder to stay there!

# Only once in the last 21 group games has the WC host lost, so would South Africa be the surprise package?

Why Spain will Win

With one loss in their last 46 matches, Spain arrived at South Africa as one of the best teams. They are the favorites to lift the World Cup on July 11. They are ahead of Brazil in the eyes of the bookmakers and pundits.

Spain (Rank 1) play in Group H against Chile (Rank 17), Switzerland (Rank 18) and Honduras (Rank 38).

They have been dubbed by the media in the past as «perennial underachiever». But the faith of their fans may be justified this time as they have completely turned the corner after winning Euro 2008. They had built on this success and thereafter had won all of their qualifying games for WC 2010, the first team to achieve such a record.

The Talents

Spain is a team with polished gems. They boast the talents of Fernando Torres and David Villa up front, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas in the middle, Carles Puyol and Gerrard Pique at the back, and Iker Casillas in goal. The reigning European champion look a formidable bunch.

They are stacked with players from the elite leagues in Europe like Barcelona and Real Madrid. The squad has so much depth that even the impressive Arsenal captain Fabregas, whom many consider as one of the best midfielders around, has to warm the bench as a substitute.

A well balanced team is needed to have the consistency to get through such a high level tournament. Look at Argentina. The hope of the entire nation rests on the shoulders of young Messi. But Messi does not perform for his country like he does for Barcelona because he does not have the midfield marshals like Xavi and Iniesta behind him to pull the strings. And I shall leave the Argentina manager alone.

The Spanish squad has been largely unchanged from the team that won Euro 2008. Playing together for years can only foster better understanding on the pitch. The Spain of today exude calm and confidence. Wearing the European crown does such things to you.

Injury

Of course injury is a concern but this is the same for every team. Torres and Fabregas missed playing the tail end of the league due to injuries. To look on the bright side, this could actually be a blessing in disguise as they are totally rested for the World Cup.

Spain has a deep squad with comparatively able replacements. They are not a one or two men team like Ivory Coast relying on Drogba.

If injuries are inflicted on play-makers, any team will suffer like Rooney for England, Lucio and Kaka for Brazil, Messi for Argentina, Sneijder for Holland, etc. Serious injuries are a disaster for every team.

Pressure

Being ranked No. 1 and as hot favorites, expectations are high. Will Spain crack under the pressure?

Much was made out of their 2-0 defeat in the Confederations Cup semi-final to USA last June. This ended their 35 match streak without a loss. Some said Spain buckled under the pressure in that match because they wanted so much to break Brazil’s 35 match streak of not suffering a loss. To many this is considered a great weakness to cave in to pressure.

A lot of teams lose matches that they should win. Most important is to learn a lesson from the loss. I believe the Spanish had indeed learned a valuable lesson. From then on, they had not lost again.

Mental Strength

Psychologists often stress that half of the battle is won in the head. Unfortunately, Spain have the unwanted tag of perennial choker on the big stage. In the past when the going gets tough, they have gone missing.

But now all the players pledged that they know their biggest enemy is themselves and they have developed greater self belief.

Complacency

There is a great threat of complacency when facing the likes of Honduras, Chile and Switzerland. I am confident that with an experienced coach in del Bosque, the players will know in no uncertain terms that a place in the second round is not a formality.

Assurance and over-confidence is divided by a very fine line. The last thing they will think is they have already won the match even before the ball is kicked.

How To Beat Spain

Some said the way to beat Spain is to follow the tactics of Jose Mourinho whose Inter Milan succeeded where virtually everybody failed by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League. The tactic is to have the players defend deep in their own half, soaking up the pressure thrown at them and rely on swift counter-attack to score. Well, I am not sure whether there could be another «Special One’ around.

Conclusion

If Spain keep their heads they will win World Cup 2010. If they don’t, they are simply beaten by themselves.

Compra online tu Camisetas de Futbol Barata a precios muy rebajados en futbolmania.com | Las mejores ofertas en camisetas oficiales | Devoluciones gratis.

Liverpool FC – The History Of The Badge And The Meaning Of The Crest

Liverpool Football Club are one of the most successful teams in English and European football history, and the club not only has massive support in England but also around the world, the club probably has many millions of fans. Liverpool were founded in 1892 and have won 18 League titles, seven FA Cups and famously, they are five times winners of the European Cup and Champions League, combined.

The club badge or crest, is the epitome of this famous club, and the badge on their shirt is often kissed by the players when celebrating a goal or a victory, as a sign of loyalty and love for the club. The badge has changed considerably since the formation of the club well over a hundred years ago, but today’s crest has much significance about the history and tradition of this famous football club.

The club badge is predominantly based on the city’s famous Liver Bird, which has represented the city for many centuries. The mythical bird, which many believe to have been derived from a cormorant, can be seen on the top of the clock towers on the Royal Liver Building, where two famous Liver birds sculptures dominate the building and overlook the River Mersey, and they date back to 1911. Many modern myths have evolved regarding the origin of the Liver bird, but it is widely accepted that they watch over and protect the people of Liverpool and myth dictates that should they ever leave, the river Mersey would burst its banks and flood the city.

The Liver bird dominates the centre of the Liverpool badge, which is placed inside a shield. The image of the Liver bird on the badge has a short head and curved beak, which is more usually associated with a bird of prey rather than a cormorant, but it retains the sprig of laver, a type of seaweed, in its mouth.

In 2008, Liverpool FC attempted to claim copyright for the Liver bird image, but they failed in their attempt as it was deemed that the Liver bird belonged to all the people of Liverpool and not one company or organisation. The Liver bird image is also used by several other organisations.

Above the shield is a representation of the famous Shankly Gates, which were erected outside the Anfield Stadium in 1982, as a tribute to Liverpool’s former and most famous manager Bill Shankly, who had led Liverpool from Second Division mediocrity, to win three League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Bill Shankly is regarded by most fans as the greatest Liverpool manager, by the way he transformed the club.

Across the top of the Shankly Gates, and portrayed in the badge, are the words You’ll Never Walk Alone, which is the title of the song by Gerry and the Pacemakers that has been adopted by Liverpool fans as the club’s anthem, this again stems during Shankly’s time as manager, and is still sung reverently by Liverpool fans today.

The twin flames either side of the shield are symbolic of the Hillsborough memorial outside Anfield, where an eternal flame burns in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans who tragically died in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, when the fans were crushed due to overcrowding during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi final against Nottingham Forest, 766 fans were also injured in the disaster.

The date of the formation of the club is clearly displayed below the shield, and while the club crest has changed a number of times over the years, it symbolises some of the most important events in the history of the club, the badge is worn with honour and pride by both players and fans alike.

Compra online tu Camisetas de Futbol Barata a precios muy rebajados en futbolmania.com | Las mejores ofertas en camisetas oficiales | Devoluciones gratis.