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Fifa World Cup Ukraine Team

Fifa World Cup Ukraine Team

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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Republic of Ireland World Cup Qualifying Preview 2010 by

The Irish will have to contend with the world champions, Italy in their group when they embark on their World Cup qualification adventure starting on September 6th, 2008.

As with all of the other Celtic home nations, the Republic of Ireland find themselves placed in a very difficult group 8 of this European section of World Cup qualification to South Africa 2010. The other teams in the group are Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Montenegro and Georgia.

Ireland have a new a coach, Giovanni Trapattoni and the 68 year old is confident that the challenge of qualification can be met by his young players and also he is very appreciative of the Irish support which makes such a big difference, especially when playing at home, Croke Park.

Italy will of course be favourites to win the group outright. Despite being dumped out of the recent Euro 2008 competition by Spain in an uneventful quarter final the Italians are always well organised, have a ruthless defence and contain some highly influential players such as AC Milans Andrea Pirlo who has been performing at the top level for a number of years.

The Bulgarians are always a team full of technically accomplished players that seem to struggle to qualify for major tournaments, but when they do, always seem to impress the neutral sports fan. Dimitar Berbatov, the Tottenham Hotspur striker will be the player to watch and the Republic of Ireland will have to man mark him closely if they are to overcome the Bulgarians, both home and away.

That leaves Cyprus, Georgia and Montenegro. The weakest being Cyprus who will do well if they can pick up the odd point at home and away. Georgia have been slowly improving over the last few years and will take confidence out of their recent win over Scotland and an excellent draw away at the Ukraine in recent Euro 2008 matches.

Montenegro is a young football nation. They recently joined UEFA and FIFA (2007) having previously been half of the former Yugoslavia national team. The challenge for this team is to develop players of international class and to gain more victories on a consistent basis.

The winner of this group will qualify automatically for the World Cup 2010. The runner up will have to endure a play-off match against another second placed team from another group. Many football experts are predicting a close group 8 and it will be interesting to see what players emerge and perform well.

Irish fans will be wondering if they can string decent performances together at home and then pick up away draws. This would give them a tremendous chance of qualification. Players to watch out for this season for Ireland are Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle who are forming a good partnership up front.

It will be up to coach Giovanni Trapattoni to decide on the teams formation and in particular the option of playing just one lone striker or go for a more attacking option of two forwards and four midfield players.

Martin is a sports writer and football fan who watches Ireland on Setanta tv and subscribes to his favourite satellite tv sports broadcaster, Setanta.

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The England national football team is one of the oldest team of the world, managed by the football association a governing body in England for football. This organization has organized a representative match between England and Scotland on 5 March 1870. England is the home national team of the United Kingdom, which represents the country in all major professional tournaments except Olympic Games. Team’s home ground is Wembley Stadium situated in London. In 1966 team hosted the finals and won the FIFA World Cup. In the final they defeated West Germany 4-2 and became one of prominent teams of the world who has the title. The UK Prize is giving you a chance to win free England team signed shirt.

Team’s traditional rival is Scotland however matches against Argentina and Germany have produced particularly exciting encounters. The England national football team got the fourth position in the FIFA World Cup which was held in 1990 and they also reached in the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championship in 1968 and 1996. Team were the most successful of the Home Nations in the British Home Championship with 54 wins including 20 shared wins before the competition was suspended in 1984.For the international matches, the traditional colour of the England national team’s kit was white shirts, navy blue shorts and white socks however for home matches the team has worn white shorts also. Later on in 28 March 2009, designer Umbro designed a new white home kit that replaces the traditional navy blue shorts with white shirts.

The traditional navy blue shorts were used during the team's 1â€0 loss against Ukraine on 10 October 2009. During 1945 to 1952 team wore a blue away kit but it was changed to grey shirts, shorts and socks in 1996. This kit was used against Bulgaria, Germany and Georgia but the deviation from the traditional red was unpopular among supporters. After a long tease campaign, England's recent home kit was unveiled at Wembley on 28 March 2009 in the friendly against Slovakia. If you want to get England team signed shirt visit UK Prize and avail the chance of winning free England signed shirt. A must have for fans the framed England team shirt is signed by the legend himself and is exclusively available at UK Prize competitions. Do not miss this golden chance to win your free signed shirt.

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