Free Live Football and Soccer – Even At 3PM on a Saturday Happy Days

Free Live Football and Soccer – Even At 3PM on a Saturday Happy Days

Free Live Football and Soccer – Even At 3PM on a Saturday Happy Days

I am a football / soccer fan, always have been always will be. I love my football / soccer and I know there are thousands and thousands of people out there just like me.

Two weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend of mine. He text me and said, you have got to log into your e-mail now and check out what I have sent you. I did as I was told and about 3 minutes later, I was the happiest football fan on the planet, at the point in time. I had discovered live football / soccer on the net for absolutely NO COST what so ever.

Now, we all know that live football / soccer on the box has been the cause of many, many family arguments. It clashes with Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emerdale, you know what I mean. Well, now there was a way to end those rows. Football / Soccer on the PC / Laptop and the soaps on the box. Happy Days !!

I was so excited about this. I had to share it with my Dad. The only problem with this, was that my Dad is very new to computers and the internet. He has been on-line for about a year now and only recently upgraded to Broadband. I couldn't visit it him, because of other commitments, but I wanted to get him up and running with my new discovery, for two reasons.

1. My mum could watch her soaps and give her control of the remote. That maybe a step to far though!

2. My Dad could cut costs without missing his Live football. Yes I got the football / soccer bug from my Dad, bless him. He is a pensioner now, so every saved penny is a bonus.

The only way I would be able to give him access, to this great online offer, would be to write an installation, easy to follow "idiot guide," with screenshots taking him through every step and every click. It took me longer than I thought, but the end justified the means.

I was so excited. I had to get a second opinion before I e-mailed it off to my Dad. So, I popped next door with a printed copy of my lovely, colorful guide. I sat in the kitchen with my neighbor's wife having a cup of tea, while her hubby logged on to his PC and followed my instructions. It took him about 5 minutes, but "SUCCESS" was achieved and he was as happy as I was.

I wasted no time in patting myself on the back, but the big test was still to come. I e-mailed a copy off to my Dad. I called him and explained, what I had just sent him. He printed of his copy. I sat on the other end of the phone, with a copy of the guide on the screen in front of me.

I was really pleased. In about 15 minutes he was done. The date was Feb 17th and we were both now watching Chelsea v Norwich FA cup 5th round match, Live on our PC's, FOR FREE and even better than that; It was 3:20 PM on a Saturday. Sorry, but to coin a phrase, he was "over the moon". I was a very, happy chappy too !!

To make this work you need the following, but there is no EXTRA cost involved.

1. Broadband Connection (You are already paying for this)

2. Windows Media Player at least version 9 (free download link is given for version 11) or real player

3. 10 minutes of your time and then you will be up and running

4. A Good Supply of "cold ones." Okay, you will have to pay for these

The choice is yours. Premier League, Coca Cola Championship & League. The FA Cup, Carling Cup, Champions League & UEFA Cup. The Italian Seria A, The Spanish La Liga, The French Le Championship, The German Bundesliga and much more.

You can even watch from a selection of movies. In February I watched the latest James Bond Movie "Casino Royale".

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A Few Interesting FC Bayern Munich Facts

A Few Interesting FC Bayern Munich Facts

A Few Interesting FC Bayern Munich Facts

German Premier League or Bundesliga has many high-profile football clubs competing in it for the title. There is no doubt that Bayern Munich has been enjoying its monopoly in Bundesliga for quite a few seasons. It is one of the most popular international football clubs. Needless to say, Bayern’s growing popularity has led the fans all over the globe to gather several important pieces of information and facts about the club. Here are a few Bayern Munich facts that the fans are less likely to like giving a miss to.

· The club’s full name is FC Bayern Munchen AG. It was established in 1900. That means the club is a 100-year old entity. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Europe.

· Franz Beckenbauer, one of the best footballers in the world, was once the chairman of the club. The football legend later went on to become an advisor to this club. His contribution helped the club a lot to gain an envious position that it is still enjoying.

· FC Bayern Munich is, by far, the most dominating team in Bundesliga and has won the title more than 20 times till date. Not only has the club been most popular in the German League but has also made an impressive name for itself internationally.

· Allianz Arena is the home ground of the club and can host about 70,000 football lovers. Needless to say, the club receives the warmest reception on their home turf and has won a number of memorable matches there.

· The first ever title won by this club was in 1909 in the Bavarian Championship and since then, they have never looked back.

· Bayern Munich was initially started by the Munich Gymnastic club.

· The club lifted their first ever European Championship cup by defeating Atletico Madrid with a 4-0 score and managed to defend their title for three years in a row. The team has similar credits of defending their «Champion» status in other leagues as well.

· The club is run much like a standard company, with 90% of its shares being owned by the club and remaining 10% by Adidas. BM is one of the most profitable international football clubs.

· It is one of the very few clubs to have won the European cup, the UEFA Cup and the Cup Winners Cup.

· Oliver Kahn set a record of keeping clean sheets for maximum number of times in 2001-2002. However, BM goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer has smashed the record by maintaining 20 clean sheets. Players from this club have been nominated for the Ballon D’Or 15 times till date and won it 5 times.

· The 2014-2015 Bundesliga season saw Bayern win the Championship title for the fourth year in a row.

· Seven Bayern players played for Germany in the FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil. Germany had an impressive run throughout the campaign and won the World Cup for the fifth time.

· FC Bayern Munich has made it to the DFB Cup semifinals for eight times straight.

Golden goals intend to scoop out details about the most celebrity clubs in Europe to keep adding to knowledge of their fans. Keep reading the website and its blog to stay updated on football news.

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The Top Marksmen at Euro 2008

The Top Marksmen at Euro 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

The precocious winger burst onto the international scene when, at just 19, he scored two goals at Euro 2004 and was named in the team of the tournament. Ronaldo is now widely acknowledged as the world's best player, a title supported by the 36 goals he has scored so far this season for Manchester United. This includes 10 goals in his last 11 Champions League games and 26 Premier League goals with six matches remaining.

During Euro 2008 qualification, he scored 8 goals; His pace, trickery and ability to score from anywhere will put fear into defenders across Europe. Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in 54 international games.

Fernando Torres – Spain

The 23-year-old Liverpool striker has blossomed this season, scoring 21 Premier League goals so far, as well as four in his last four Champions League appearance. Torres made his international debut at just 19 and has won 46 international caps, scoring 15 goals, including 3 goals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Spain will be hoping that the talismanic striker can transfer his sparkling club form to the international stage at Euro 2008.

Thierry Henry – France

FC Barcelona's Henry has enjoyed an exceptional international career spanning over a decade. He arrived at the 1998 World Cup as a relative unknown, but ended the tournament as France's top scorer with 3 goals. Henry scored 3 times at Euro 2000 and twice at Euro 2004, and at the 2006 World Cup he was one of 10 nominees for Player of the Tournament.

Henry has scored a record 44 goals for France and needs just two more caps to reach 100.

Miroslav Klose

Bayern Munich's Klose thrives on big occasions: he has scored 10 World Cup goals for Germany – 5 apiece in 2002 and 2006 – winning the Golden Boot as top scorer in 2006. He is the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups. Klose is well-known for his aerial ability and goalscoring instincts. He has earned 74 international caps to date, scoring an impressive 38 goals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovi

Inter Milan's Ibrahimovi is recognized as one of the top strikers currently playing in Europe, despite failing to score a goal for Sweden in the 2006 World Cup or any of their 12 Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Since his international debut in 2001, the large, skillful attacker has scored 18 goals in 49 games for Sweden.

Luca Toni

Toni, who now plays for Bayern Munich in Germany, was a late bloomer, only debuting for Italy in 2004 at the age of 27. In the 2005/06 season, Toni scored 31 Serie A goals for Fiorentina – the first player to score over 30 goals in a season for almost 50 years.

Toni scored two goals at the 2006 World Cup, which Italy won, and has netted a total of 16 goals from 33 caps.

* All Stats correct as at April 01, 2008.

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Analytics in Football – A Double Edged Sword

Analytics in Football – A Double Edged Sword

Sports as we know it today has come a long way. There were times when watching sports on television was considered a massive step forward in terms of technology. Fast forward 60 years, watching sports on television has become the most basic thing. Today we watch sports on the go on our mobile phones or any device with a screen and internet connectivity. Proud of how far we've come, are not we? Hopefully I can change your opinion on that by the end of this article.

What is sports all about? Sports is a bunch of people getting together to play a game with pre defined rules and a referee to ensure that these rules are adhered to during the passage of play. I am a sport lover and play sports all time. My love for tennis and soccer in particular can not be defined. My issue when it came to technology and advanced analytics was with the game of soccer in particular. Soccer is such a beautiful game. The strategies that the coaching staff come up with and the way it is executed on field by the players, it actually is a thing of beauty. I was a soccer player myself (just an average one at that) and have been part of various teams. I know firsthand how strategies are built, how much thought goes into one single run of play.

Enter -> Advanced Analytics

Most of you would've seen the movie Moneyball. The movie was based on the book Michael Lewis wrote in 2003. It talks about how a jock turned luminary uses advanced statistics to gain a competitive edge over his better funded opponents. This book brought about a revolution is sports. Fans and boards of soccer clubs did not want to set for subpar statistics or analytics anymore. What Moneyball did is, it took an old cliché – "sports are businesses" and made us move on to the next logical question – "how do we do things smarter?"

Now let's talk about advanced analytics. Advanced analytics in today's world plays a massive role in every business sector. Advanced analytics has been a boon for us. Moving from descriptive analytics to prescriptive analytics, we actually have come a long way. In various businesses, where the requirement is demanding, advanced analytics are of utmost importance.

When we look at soccer, its a game that does not require too much machine intelligence, it is a game that needs the human element. When you bring in analytics and technology and try to reduce the human element in the sports, it simply just crushes the spirit of the game.

Relying on analytics heavily killed the Premier Leagues long ball game and thought in the pressing, continuing passing tiki-taka. Each league for that matter had its own style of play. The Premier League had the brash and brazen style of football that was termed "The way real men play football". There were beautiful long balls, harsh tackles but all the players just sucked it up, walked it off and it was all up to the referee on the pitch to penalize the offender or not. There were arguments and fights, the passion from the fans was crazy, that was the football that screamed of passion, when players got in the face of other players not fearing punishment. The Eric Cantona's, the Ivan Genaro Gattuso's, the Jaap Stam's of the football world was missing soon enough and the diving and the biting began. Then there was the tiki-taka style of football that was played in the Spanish La Liga, the silky style of play that everyone everyone off guard. The legendary Pep Guardiola and his army at Barcelona were the masters of the tiki-taka. There was Real Madrid who were always a star studded line-up with excessive parts of their play relying on lightning quick counters which most often than not left the opponents stunned. There was Manchester United who had their own brand of football being managed by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. That United team was a team of sheer grit and character. Each of these leagues had their own beauty and the teams had their own style of play.

When you bring in excessive technology and analytics, there emerge sorry technologies like VAR (Video Assistant Referees).

There are 3 stages as to how the VAR works:

Step 1

Incident occurs

The referee informs the VAR, or the VAR recommended to the referee that a decision / incident should be reviewed.

Step 2

Review and advice by the VAR

The video footage is reviewed by the VAR, who advises the referee via headset what the video shows.

Step 3

Decision or action is taken

The referee decides to review the video footage on the side of the field of play before taking the appropriate action / decision, or the decision takes the information from the VAR and takes the appropriate action / decision.

Now the referee can consult with VAR for basically any doubts he wants clarified. What does this do?

• Removes the human element from the game.

• Takes up excess time and brings too many stoppages within the game, a game that was previously free flowing and continuous.

This makes it similar to Formula 1 racing. The analytics which thought about the fuel weight management systems and the numerous pit stops took the continuity out of the race and viewership reduced with the increase in technology. A pretty similar trend may occur in football if this implementation becomes mandatory.

The Positive Side of Advanced Analytics in Soccer:

Analytics are not all that bad in football. Let's take the case of when Simon Wilson joined Manchester City in 2006. Simon Wilson was a consultant for an analytics startup called Prozone initially. He joined City to start a department of analytics and hired the best data analysts under him. He wanted to change the way how data was used by football teams. He saw that, after a defeat there was no introspection as to why they had lost and what needed to be done next time. City were a mid table club at that time. In September 2008, when the club was acquitted by the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, a private-equity outfit owned by a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, the team suddenly found itself with the resources necessary to mount a challenge for the Premier League. Today, Wilson is Manchester City's manager of strategic performance analysis. He has five departments under him, including the team of performance analysis, which is now led by a sports scientist named Ed Sulley.

After each match, the team's performance data would be examined. The list is intensive. Line breaks (a rugby term), ball possession, pass success rates, ball win / loss time ratio were what used to be analyzed. "Instead of looking at a list of 50 variables we want to find five, say, that really matters for our style of play," says Pedro Marques, a match analyst at Manchester City.

"With the right data-feeds, the algorithms will output the statistics that have a strong relationship with winning and losing." Wilson recalls one particular period when Manchester City had not scored from corners in over 22 games, so his team decided to analyze over 400 goals that were scored from corners. It was noticed that about 75 percent rejected from in-swinging corners, the type where the ball curves towards the goal. The next 12 games of the next season saw City score nine goals from corner.

Teams are investing heavily in analytics today and it is working in their favor. Look at where Manchester City are today, sitting atop the Premier League table and not being threatened at all. Look at Manchester United this season, their game has been such that their possession percentages are low but their goal conversions are high. The Manchester Derby on 7th April 2018 saw United have only 35% of the possession but they managed to trump City 3-2. Each team has their set of analysts who provide inputs as per the strength of the team.

Advanced analytics is like the coin Two Face in Batman has, "Heads you die, Tails you survive!"

It can reap crazy rewards from a team's point of view but at the same time can disrupt the lovely game by bringing in unnecessary stoppages, replays and by taking the human element out of it. The numerous replays and the different angles, show the fans if the referee has made an error or not. Let the error happen, after all to err is human. Refereeing in soccer is not an exact science and it's all real time. Let there be arguments about a decision, let the passion in the argument come through. Do you want to watch a football match like the El Classico or the Manchester Derby and sit with your bunch of friends and say "It was a very clean game, the best team won!" Hell NO! Do not drive the passion out of soccer with technology and analytics. Let soccer be soccer and let technology stay away!

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