Soccer Fixture: Chelsea Versus Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal met in the First Division of the Football League at Stamford Bridge for the first time on the 9th November, 1907 – 30 years after the stadium had first been opened for use by the London Athletic Club. Chelsea won 2.1 with both goals scored by George Hilsdon. Arsenal’s reply came from Charlie Satterthwaite.

George Hilsdon was the first player to score 100 goals for Chelsea and a weather vane modelled on him can still be seen at Stamford Bridge. Legend has it that Chelsea will suffer ‘great misfortune’ if it is ever removed, as it was during ground works in the late 1970’s when Chelsea were in financial and football decline. Hilsdon was the victim of a gas attack on the Western Front in WWI and never played professional football again, dying in 1941. His grave is unmarked.

This first match was watched by a then record crowd for England’s top division: 65,000. Arsenal were still known as and based at Woolwich Arsenal at the time but they had a huge away following for this match due to it also being the 66th birthday of King Edward VII. The munitions factory – where many of the workers who followed the club were based – was closed for the day, hence they were free to travel to West London.

In fact, Arsenal could have been more local rivals of Chelsea than Tottenham Hotspur. A local businessman – Henry Norris – had a significant role in the development of both clubs. Amassing a fortune from property Norris became a Director and then Chairman of Fulham. Another Edwardian businessman called Henry – Henry Augustus Mears – had acquired Stamford Bridge with a view to it becoming one of the finest venues for association football in the capital if not the whole country. He offered Norris the chance to move Fulham FC to the ground but Norris refused to pay the annual rent of some £1500 and so Mears created his own team – Chelsea FC – in 1905. Had Norris not been so careful with his money, there might not have been a Chelsea football club at all.

Five years later Norris, still Chairman of Fulham became a majority shareholder of Woolwich Arsenal which had gone into voluntary liquidation. Becoming Chairman of that London club too, Norris proposed merging them with Fulham to form a super-club. The move was blocked by the Football League and so Chelsea and Fulham remained local rivals rather than Chelsea and Arsenal.

This match between the two teams in 1907 was the first ever to be played by two London clubs in the First Division and so the first major ‘London derby.’ All subsequent league meetings between the two sides to date have been in the top tier of English football (the old First Division and now the Premier League).

Woolwich Arsenal got their revenge the following season with a 2.1 win on 28th November, 1908 – Chelsea’s goal coming from George Hilsdon again. The Gunners won on Chelsea turf in the season after that as well, before the first draw – 1.1 – in this league fixture on 15th February, 1913. This was the last time the two sides met before Woolwich Arsenal moved to Highbury and changed their name to Arsenal.

Indeed, after that win in their first meeting, Chelsea did not win the fixture again until 13th December, 1919 when they won 3.1 with goals from Robert McNeil, John Cock and Henry Ford in front of a huge post-war crowd of 60,000.

The fixture on 12th October, 1935 was played in front of another enormous crowd: 82,905, which was the second highest recorded attendance for an English league match. It finished in a 1.1 draw. Joseph Bambrick scored for Chelsea and Jack Crayston for Arsenal.

Arsenal’s record league win at Stamford Bridge came in front of 74,667 football fans on 29th November, 1930 – a 5.1 victory, with David Jack scoring a hat-trick as Arsenal moved closer to their first League Championship win and domination of English football in the 1930s. They scored five times again on 24th November, 1934 – in a 5.2 victory this time – with legendary Arsenal centre-forward Ted Drake scoring four of Arsenal’s goals. Drake would go on to manage Chelsea in 1952 and was largely responsible for changing their nickname from The Pensioners to The Blues.

The Gunners also scored five goals in a 5.3 win on 29th October, 2011 with Robin Van Persie scoring a hat-trick for the victors.

Chelsea’s largest win in the fixture came in a 6.0 win in the Premier League on 22nd March, 2014 which was also Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger’s 1000th game in charge. This is the highest number of goals Chelsea have scored against Arsenal in a league fixture at Stamford Bridge and also represented the biggest margin of victory by The Blues. Oscar scored two goals that day alongside one each from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah in front of an attendance of 41,614.

The sides are neck and neck in terms of wins in this fixture. In the years when Chelsea have gone on to win the League Title they have never lost at home to their rivals from North London, drawing the matches in the 1954/55 and 2004/05 seasons and winning each of them in 2005/06, 2009/10 and 2014/15.

For Arsenal, in the 13 seasons where they have finished as League Champions, they have only lost at Chelsea on two occasions (Chelsea were in the Second Division in the 1988/89 season so there was no fixture) – on 29th August, 1970 when Paddy Mulligan and John Hollins scored for Chelsea and Eddie Kelly got one back for Arsenal – and on 2nd February, 1991. Kerry Dixon and Graham Stuart scored for Chelsea that day with Alan Smith replying for Arsenal in front of a crowd of 29,094. This was the only league defeat of the season for George Graham’s Arsenal team and their first in 27 First Division matches, stretching back to a 2.0 loss at Luton Town on 21st April, 1990.

Top 3 Esports International Tournament: WCG, ESWC and WEG

With the development of Esports, investors try to share this big cake and players pay much attention to raise their skills and reputations. In this way, large number of professional competitions have sprout out. Among all these, the most famous are WCG, ESWC and WEG. To be the champion of any of these tournaments have become a dream to all players. But what are WCG, ESWC and WEG?

First, WCG is an abbreviation of World Cyber Games, which has been canceled since 2014. This competition hosted by Internation Cyber Marketing, ICM, and sponsored by Samsung and Microsoft from 2006. The official song for WCG is Beyond the Game, which is also the name of a official slogan and a documentary of WCG.

WCG created in 2000 and hosted in 2001 for the first time. Under the impact of Olympic Games, WCG also built a players village and changed the host city every year just like Olympic Games. It is the biggest electronic competition held annually and attracted million audiences. Top players gathered together, competed and communicated with each other. Preliminaries conducted independently in every countries or regions. All selected excellent competitors attended this big party finally.

Second, ESWC is a short form of Electronic Sport World Cup. It was created by Mattieu Dallon in 2003, who was a CEO of the companies Ligarena SA and subsequently Games- Services until 2009. The first two events were held at Futuroscope in France. The unique and innovative showcasing of gaming matches, played out on stage in front of a live audience, with live commentated broadcasts in several languages, quickly made the ESWC a pioneering competition and a leader in Esports communities.

2009 is a turning point to ESWC’s development. Due to the worldwide economic crisis and the fragility of the Esports economic models, which were almost entirely based on private sponsoring, ESWC have confronted a big dilemma this year. In 2010, ESWC was taken over by Jean- Marie Coutant, with a relaunch at Disneyland Paris. In 2011, ESWC was co-produced by Oxent, then from 2012 on by Oxent alone, following the acquisition of all the rights to the event.

Third, WEG, World E-sports Games, is another top-rank international Esports competition organized by Korea after WCG. It was founded in 2004 by Paul Chong with its headquarter in Seoul. The first three games were conducted in South Korea in 2005. A year later, the event was held in Hangzhou where its name was changed into the World e-Sports Games Masters. In 2007, WEG again returned to seoul, hosting the World e-Sports Games e-Stars, but moved back to China for the 2008 season of what is now the World- eSports Masters. Since then, it has been held every year and OnGameNet is the current rights holder to the World e-Sports Masters franchise.

The three international competitions witnessed the developments and changes of Esports. With their existences, players have a broad platform to broad their horizons and achieve higher goals!

Car Hire in Qatar Eases Family Travel Woes

With Saudi Arabia to its south and the rest of it washed over by the Persian Gulf, Qatar is a picturesque destination. It is the perfect holiday destination as it has steadily established itself as an urban capital over the years, amidst its cultural significance. There are many art centers and museums established here. This is in part due to Qatar’s aristocracy and their interest in the collection of contemporary as well as Islamic art. Museums like the Museum of Islamic Art find themselves on the lists of the greatest museums in the world. With the 2022 World Cup set to take place in Qatar, it continues to contribute to sports.

The Aqua Park in Qatar is an ideal water park you can drive down to with your family. Touted as Qatar’s first premier Water Park, it can be reached on the scenic Salwa Road. If you are driving down in your rented car, it should be easy to reach and will be within sight right opposite the Abu Nakhla Petrol Station. Open on all days, it has a special day just for families, which takes place every Friday. Some of the attractive features here include a lazy river, giant wave pools and other activity pools.

Another spot to definitely visit is Katara. This is the cultural village located in Doha, Qatar. It has been constructed for the principal purpose of commemorating Qatar’s heritage culture. The main Katara area has been built to reflect the traditional ‘Al Fareej’ i.e. Qatar’s iconic alleyways. With souqs, coffee shops, book markets, educational facilities and even beach access, Katara is wildly popular among tourists. Car rental services in Qatar aid you in getting to destinations like this without hassle, especially with families.

You elongate the life of your car by opting for car hire services as it saves you from the trouble of transporting your own car to another country. You can hire a better car for harsher terrains that a normal car would not work well on. With the kind of options available while looking at car rental in Qatar, it is easy to find the perfect fit for your family. Time and convenience are the best benefits for a family though. Kids get unruly and uncomfortable at times and you can keep their comfort under check in a hired car.

Lastly, The Pearl-Qatar artificial island, expected to stretch over 32 kilometers when completed, is a must-see destination. Named ‘The Pearl’ as construction was done over existing pearl diving sites; it is designed to resemble a pearl string. Both a residential as well as a commercial region, it has many attractions like restaurants and five-star hotels for a pristine experience.

World Cup Tickets Are Within Reach!

It’s never too early to start planning your trip to see a 2010 World Cup Soccer match! In fact, the earlier you get started, the better. The pre-sold tickets are usually gone in a heartbeat, so the sooner you get the ball rolling the better your chances of getting to a game.

It’s also notoriously tough to get a seat once you’re at the game. Just think of how many people want that seat! You’ve got all the soccer fans of an entire COUNTRY vying for a spot to watch the game for real, so there’s some very stiff competition.

The first step is to take a look at the schedule and decide which match you want to see. Naturally, they’ve already set tentative dates for most of the games. Check your team’s website and see when they’re scheduled to play. These dates are subject to change, of course, but at least you can get your ticket. You can always adjust your own schedule when the time gets closer!

One thing to keep in mind is that World Cup Soccer tickets are usually non-transferable, and they’re pretty strict about seeing IDs. This means that you probably won’t be able to get rid of the seats if it turns out you can’t go.

Once you’ve decided where and when to go, you’re ready to buy. Buying directly from teams or the soccer governing organization is a bit of a challenge. You’re much better off reserving your seats online at one of the many sites that offer World Cup Tickets.

Buying tickets online can be a little sketchy, so here are some tips to make sure you’re getting the real thing and not getting ripped off.

  • Look at customer comments and ratings. You can always check forums and other online communities related to World Cup Soccer and other sporting events. These sites will give you some idea of whether people have been happy with the company’s service or not.
  • If they have a Better Business Bureau seal on their site, you can usually click it and get information about the company from the BBB. The BBB is your best source of information about a company, and you can always check up on them before you buy.
  • Only buy from companies that offer contact information on their websites. A phone number is always best, because this way you know that you can reach them if you need to. You might even call them beforehand and ask them a few questions about the ordering process. This will verify that they aren’t just an order taking facility, but the actual company itself.
  • It’s generally safest to buy tickets online using a major credit card. Credit card companies are buyer friendly, and if there is a problem, you can always reach someone and dispute the charges. With online only payment providers, the dispute process might not be so user friendly.
  • A bigger company isn’t always better. Often, bigger ticket outlets run out faster than their smaller competitors. It’s always a good idea to do lots of shopping around before you buy your ticket. You’ll also find lots of variations in price.

It’s time to start getting those 2010 World Cup Soccer tickets today! If you play your cards right, you’ll be sitting right in the crowd watching your favorite team in 2010!

World Cup 2010 and the Year 2012

As we know that in 2010 there will be a great football event, which is FIFA World Cup that will be held in South Africa next June and July. Then what will happen in 2012? Maybe our first mind when hearing 2012 is the movie entitled 2012. As we know that this movie is about the forecast of the end of the world that will happen in 2012. Maybe it will become true or not, but it's a really great public opinion .

In the movie, we may show that there will be great catastrophes in the world that will kill the majority of the people. Although it is just a movie, but some believes it as becoming reality since the Mayan Forecast says about this. Some people believe about this thing since the some of Mayan forecasts are relevant. But I do not think that will be great matter to discuss whether this will become true or not. Just take it calmly since it's just a movie. But it's OK if you believe this.

Back to world cup 2010, the event is attracting great attentions from the football lovers in all over the world. The greatest football event in the world becomes the event to show which team is the best. Some known big teams with good football traditions like Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and Italy will show their best performance to become the king of the world's football.

In my analysis, the two big teams from Latin America, Brazil and Argentina will easily step forward to the next phase. It's very realistic since both teams have great talent players. Some of them are young talented players like Lionel Messi from Argentina as the best player of 2009, and Richardo Kaka from Brazil that also has good performance. Meanwhile, in Europe, I see that Italy, Spain, Germany, and Portugal have the same opportunity as Brazil and Argentina. It's reasonable since they have also great players on the team. The big event of world cup will be great football show that will attract the world's attention. Finally, my conclusion is that in both years, there will be great events (or just imagination in the case of year 2012) that will make the world affected.