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Soccer 102 by FR Penn
Welcome to Soccer 102. In Soccer 101, we learned a bit of history surrounding soccer, the rules of the game and some important things about the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup. This time around we'll focus on a little more of the history involving the epic tournament and we'll get a how to" lesson on wagering on soccer, on teams, on pool (group) formations, on predictions and on odds. The World Cup is the largest sporting event on the planet. More people in the USA are getting up to speed on the World Cup. One of the reasons for this could be that many Americans haven't been educated about this thrilling and time-tested sport.
By the twelfth century, the game of soccer had become an extremely violent sport resembling a sort of riot. The free-for-all version was subsequently banned by the governing royalty of the age. Despite the illegal status, soccer in this form continued to grow in popularity. The current, formal rules of today's game have evolved throughout the years, and they continue to be tweaked annually by the Fdration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Formed in 1904, the FIFA originated from seven separate European soccer associations. Destined to be the world's governing soccer body, the annual FIFA Congress originally focused on international competition and a possible international tournament. However, with the start of World War I, all plans for an immense tournament were put on hold until 1930 when the first FIFA sponsored global tournament was held in Uruguay. The host nation won the contest by defeating Argentina in the finals. However, global travel was extremely time-consuming and slow at that time and many European nations declined to play due to the thirty-day float across the big pond.
Up until this point, the Olympic Games represented the highest level of competition in soccer, even though at that time Olympic participation was restricted to amateur athletes. The World Cup offered a new professional level of international competition. It immediately became popular in many countries; however it took some time for the European soccer faction to get completely on board.
The second World Cup was held in Italy, and the location of the event went a long way to bolstering European support. Benito Mussollini was at the helm of the Italian government, and his fascist regime used the tournament to gain popularity for their agenda. Once again the host nation was the champion in 1934.
Many European soccer enthusiasts had succumbed to the governing FIFA, although there were still some strong holdouts. The British Isles - England, Scotland and Wales - still refused to participate partly due to political differences with Italy and partly due to just plain stubbornness. In 1938 for the third world Cup, 36 nations entered the competition, and for the first time preliminary games were played to reduce the field to 16 teams. The British Isles were still a no-show, despite the fact that the tournament was held in France, where diplomatic relations with Great Britain laid in a somewhat benign stasis. Italy repeated as World Champions.
The twelve years that followed saw the world in a horrendous World War and consequently, the World Cup was put on hold. When it resumed, the FIFA World Cup was undisputedly the highest level of international tournament competition in soccer.
Since 1958, the tournament locations have alternated between Europe and the Americas. That is, until 2002, when Korea and Japan were selected to co-host the event. In 2006, the event is being held in Germany. Even though the tournament is in Europe, the odds-on-favorite is Brazil at ~3/1.
If you are thinking of laying down a bet or two on the World Cup, there are some things you might want to consider. First of all, consider that the make-up of the pools or groups is extremely relevant.
Group A; Germany, Costa Rica, Poland and Ecuador.
Group B; England, Paraguay, Trinidad-Tobago and Sweden.
Group C; Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia-Montenegro and the Netherlands.
Group D; Mexico, Iran, Angola and Portugal.
Group E; Italy, Ghana, United States and the Czech Republic.
Group F; Brazil, Croatia, Australia and Japan.
Group G; France, Switzerland, South Korea and Togo.
Group H; Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
Typical wagers on soccer usually involve picking the winner. Remember that the odds are set for a reason. The experts have supreme confidence in their ability to loosely predict the outcomes. Currently, the favorites in the FIFA World Cup are Brazil (odds to win it all ~ 3/1), Germany (~ 7/1), England, Italy and Argentina (~ 8/1), France (~12/1), and Spain and Holland (Netherlands) (~ 14/1). Odds change frequently and vary depending on the sportsbook you use.
If you want to get some high odds on possible history making and non-traditional winners, bet on Trinidad-Tobago (~1000/1) or Saudi Arabia (~750/1). Iran, Costa Rica and Togo are also long-shots at about 500/1. If you feel uneasy about wagering on underdogs, you may want to stay with the teams near the middle of the field - Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, Ukraine and the USA. There are countless other ways to lay bets on this titanic tournament. Wagering on a team to place or show, group winner, group qualifying, head-to-head match, final pair, and most goals are just a few of the opportunities for bettors.
Wagering is a mix of luck, art and statistics. There are a number of ways to parlay", or combine your bets, within one sport or through a combination of various sports. These types of bets are a great way to increase your possible payoff, but they are often difficult to hit because of the way the combinations are often presented. If you know what you are doing, or you just have a gut feeling about two or more match-ups, parlaying your wagers into one can offer a bigger payday than just a straight bet.
In World Cup wagering, you can also get campaign wagering on particular nations. The Australian and the England campaign are two of the most popular. A bettor predicts at what phase of the tournament either of these clubs will exit, or even if they will go on to win it all. Wagering within the groups is another popular form of betting in the early rounds. Any big upsets at this stage can produce an adequate return on your investment and these are generally much easier to predict than which teams will win, place or show in the tournament.
I like Germany to win it all. They are playing as the host country and the home team has won six of 17 tournaments. Plus, they are loaded with talent, making them an authentic threat to beat any team on any given day. I also like England's chances. They are in the same group as Sweden, which has traditionally been a problem for them, but I know the English want to put an end to that long losing streak. Thirty-seven years is a long time to go without a win against a team like Sweden. The English appear to be on a mission to put this controversy to rest. Brazil probably has the best and most talented team in the entire field. Just like any other tournament, it isn't necessarily the best team that will emerge victorious; it is the team that builds the most momentum through confidence and emotion to perform at their peak potential.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup is an event unlike any other. With all its adversity, triumph and tragedy, it is the defining international event for the soccer world. It is on a scale like no other; pitting nation against nation and culture versus culture as the pride of an entire continent hangs in the balance. From the 9th of June to the 9th of July 2006, this epic contest will be fought on German soil and just about the entire world will be watching.
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World Cup Betting - Will Portugal win the World Cup? by rham evangelista
The FIFA World Cup celebration has kicked off and soccer fans are out in full force, screaming themselves hoarse as they cheer their favorite team. Well, don't expect the Portuguese fans to be lagging behind! They've thrown all their support behind their home team and are expecting great things from them this year. But is the Portuguese soccer team capable of winning the coveted trophy this year - all World Cup betting fans want to know - or are fans' expectations bound to meet disappointment%u2026again? Let's spend a little time analyzing the team to find out what its chances really are, forWorld Cup betting sakes!
Though Portugal has been participating in the FIFA World cups since 1966, they are unfortunately yet to take the much desired cup home. Their best position was achieved in the same year as their premier appearance when they made it to the semifinal stage and lost 2-1 to England who went on to claim the cup that year.Portugal thus secured the third position.
In the subsequent years, it only made it to the FIFA World Cup three times - in 1986, 2002 and 2006. They only managed a poor 17th and 24th position in 1986 and 2002 though they did climb up to the 4th spot in 2006.
Portugal's attempt to qualify for this year's World Cup got off to a poor start earning coach Queiroz more than his share of criticism. Portugal's defeat to Denmark on home ground was bad enough without the three draws that followed in their qualifying path. But, the team rallied to notch up three consecutive wins in Albania followed by a victory over Bosnia (2-0) to book their spot in the much anticipated event. They've ended up with a spot in Group G with Brazil, Ivory Coast and South Korea.
The Portuguese World Cup 2010 team under coach Carlos Queiroz consists of goal keepers, Beto, Daniel Fernandes and Eduardo; defenders Bruno Alves, Duda, Fabio Coentrao, Miguel, Paulo Ferreira, Pepe and Ricardo Carvalho, Ricardo Costa, and Rolando; Deco, Miguel Veloso, Pedro Mendes, Raul Meireles and Tiago as midfielders; Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Hugo Almeida, Nani, Liedson and Simao Sabrosa as strikers.
The key stars in this lineup, without a doubt, include Ronaldo, Liedson and Pepe. Much is expected of Ronaldo who failed to make it to the last three team matches on account of injury. It might be recalled though, that Ronaldo wasn't successful at scoring in any of the qualifying matches that he did play. Having said that, Ronaldo isn't the world's most expensive player for nothing! If he does what he's known for (read stunning free-kicks and mesmerizing goalscoring, coupled with skillful runs), there's much for their opponents to fear.
Liedson, now officially Portuguese, can be best remembered for the essential goal he scored in the match against Denmark during the qualifying run-up. Liedson, who plays in the forward position, is looked upon as a scorer thatPortugal can depend upon to deliver.
Pepe, fellow team-mate of Ronaldo on the Real Madrid team, will be in the midfielder's position. His importance can't be underestimated in terms of safe-guarding the back four, as he so brilliantly showed in the team's qualifying match against Bosnia.
While experts can't ignore the fact that Portugal has managed to qualify for all the World Cups since 2002 as well as the Euro Cup events in 2000, 2004 and 2008, - France, Germany, Italy and Spain being the other countries - however, their less than convincing path to theWorld Cup has given them enough reason to allow doubts to creep in. What almost all experts seem to agree upon - World Cup betting fans take heed - is the fact that Portugal is an underdog. In keeping with that and despite the fact that Portugal is ranked third, the odds of their winning the World Cup are set at 25/1.
Portuguese soccer fans can take heart however, from past experiences which show that underdogs have just as much of a chance to strike the right note and scale the pinnacles of fame and glory as any other team.
Where do you do your World Cup betting ? Head over to www.sportsbook.com the home of World Cup betting.
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FIFA World Cup 2010 Live Updates by Rita Jain
FIFA World Cup 2010 Live Updates
Football fever is back with FIFA world cup 2010 on the cards. Countdown has begun for the grand celebration of world's most popular game. A month long mega showdown pf soccer is about to kick off from 11 June 2010. 32 nations from across the globe will compete in the battle for glory and pride in 64 matches leading to the final frontier on 11 July 2010. The beautiful country of South Africa is the honored host of this football extravaganza.
The mania of FIFA world cup 2010 has driven soccer fans crazy all over the world and the air of South Africa is loaded with fumes of world's best football skills and talent. The splendid African country seems to be a prime destination for a unique world safari at one place. With thousands of fans from different nations and millions of expected visitors, travel industry in South Africa is on acme.
Besides this, the overwhelming splendors of football and pinches of excitement make football world cup 2010, a journey to remember.
Ten glittering stadiums in nine cities of South Africa will host 64 World Cup Matches. All these astounding football stadiums provide an extended experience of live football. The qualified teams have been divided into eight groups of four teams each, which will compete in two stages of this event. The first stage is the group stage where every team will have play offs amongst its own group. Second stage consists of Round of 16, Quarter Finals , Semi Finals and the Finals. Top two teams from each group after the group stage will make it to Round of 16 level, after which top 8 will play the quarter finals. From then on starts the mega stage of Semi finals and Finals. All the matches in second stage will have penalty shootouts in case of draw results. All in all, the FIFA world cup 2010 will facilitate all the fans with an exuberant display of passion for football.
13 teams have qualified for this edition which were not able to make it in 2006 edition of football world cup. This has prepared the stage for a fierce battle between the old and new. The defending champions Italy will surely face a stream of destructive shots on their title. Geared up football teams of Korea DPR, Algeria, Chile, Honduras, Nigeria, Slovakia etc. are all set to clash with football heavy weights like Brazil, France, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands, England and others.
Witness some spectacular goals, eminent saves, skilled tackles and prominent attacks in 90 minutes of non stop football action at FIF world cup 2010.
The month long extravaganza is driving fans crazy all over the world. will be the battlefield for 32 teams, from different nations of the world, combating in the ultimate battle for pride and glory. Stay tuned for latest updates and result highlights of Football world cup 2010.
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