2010 World Cup Tickets – Is it Only a Dream For True Football Fans?

Witness the Biggest Football Tournament in the World!

2010 World Cup tickets are the talk of the town right now. Everyone wants them, few can afford them, and finding them can prove to be a daunting task for just about anyone. Getting your hands on a pair of tickets for the World Cup final could be your opportunity of a lifetime. Just imagine being able to see the best of the best compete in the biggest football match in the world! Are you prepared for that kind of excitement? Football fans all love a good match, but they will tell you that the pinnacle is the tournament final, where two teams get to show off their skills and prove why they’re able to be a part of the biggest match on the planet. To get to the finals in South Africa, you will need to make sure that you buy tickets well in advance, because they definitely don’t last long.

2010 World Cup Tickets – An investment in pleasure!

2010 World Cup tickets aren’t going to be cheap, but they will be an investment that is well worth it. When you are sitting in the stands watching the best teams compete for the title, you’ll definitely thank yourself for spending the money in the first place. This is the game of all games, and anyone that is lucky enough to get tickets and go to the game is going to have a good time, no matter which team they’re rooting for. Even those who aren’t so fond of football matches will likely enjoy themselves just because of the atmosphere and the ambiance that can be found in the stadiums of these spectacular games.

World Cup 2010 Tickets – Hurry! You can be there too!

If you’re looking for tickets for this huge international event, you want to make sure that you plan ahead and expect to pay for them. You will need to take the time to see which games you want to attend, which teams will be playing (which won’t be known until December 2009), and where the matches will be located. If you’re travelling from out of the country, you’ll also need to consider accommodations and travel expenses, which is something that many people don’t put much thought into because they are so consumed by the prospect of going to the 2010 World Cup finals! World Cup 2010 tickets can be yours if you really want them, so long as you know where to look. Don’t wait until the last minute or you might miss out.

Catch the World Cup in Espanol on Satellite TV

As any football, or rather soccer, fan knows, some of the most avid soccer fans and watchers in the world are Spanish speakers. Whether talking about those living at home in locations around Latin America or those living abroad or in the United States, during the months of June and July of 2010 many will be rallying around certain bars, restaurants, apartments, houses, and more importantly television sets to watch World Cup matches and cheer on their home countries. This year, all of the matches will be available to watch in the US, not only in Spanish, but in high definition on ESPN and Univision. With 64 matches to watch that adds up to a whole lot of football, or soccer, action!

When it comes to the World Cup, a person who wants to see every last bit of every match, practice and news coverage can be glued to the television for somewhere around 10 hours a day. Luckily, satellite TV is covering every one of these 10 hours on a daily basis and airing World Cup matches in countries like Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. From the matches themselves to information on the World Cup venues, cities, practices and stadiums, the coverage is more than complete, and completely bilingual just by making a channel change.

Known for its complete sports coverage, ESPN was not about to sell itself short during this World Cup. In addition to television coverage, Latin American and Spanish speaking fans are able to go online for a full world of multi-channel statistics and interactive applications that all focus in on the 2010 World Cup events. In addition to being able to catch the matches online, viewers can access real-time information, news coverage and statistics.

If watching on regular satellite TV, any soccer fan will have probably noticed how greatly improved the picture is over a match shown on cable or online. With matches not only in high definition but 3D, it’s impossible to miss a detail as long as you’re watching ESPN! With 3D coverage soccer fans are able to catch much more of the World Cup than ever before, without having to buy a plane ticket to South Africa, or an insanely expensive entrance ticket to a World Cup match. Now, between the television, internet, and ESPN radio, fans also have their choice of a whole host of languages, and full hi-def coverage in Spanish. Keep in mind, however, that viewers must have the special 3D glasses and television set to view programming, and should inquire with their television provider for more information on obtaining either or, or both. In addition to Spanish, many television broadcast games will be available in Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.

The world of 3D seems to be growing increasingly. Due to an improvement in the technology (that doesn’t strain eyes or make heads ache quite as much as the old blue and red cellophane glasses) and the new availability of the technology, more viewers than ever are enjoying live action matches that make them feel like they’re right in the heart of the action. It will, however, be many years until such technology becomes the prevalent form of television viewing. For now, many are content to enjoy soccer in their own language with the great picture quality they are getting through their own, home theater systems.

The Truth Behind Real Madrid

Whether you are new to the sport of football, or you have been a fan for years, odds are you have heard some mention of the team Real Madrid. Now known as one of the most successful professional football clubs they, like other teams of its time, started from humble beginnings.

Things were rough when they started out in the first decade of the 20th century. While much effort went into finding a permanent plot of land for the team to play on, success was made with the rental of a plot of land on Bullring Avenue. Not long after that, Real Madrid was formed. Once considered part of Espanol de Madrid, Real Madrid was officially founded back in 1902, with club regulations being approved not long after the team’s creation date.

While the team had some success, its first official title was not achieved until 1905 with the first international event taking place later that same year. Real Madrid began to make their name known with the accomplishment of winning the Cup of Spain for three consecutive years, from 1905 to 1907 to be exact. When 1909 rolled around, it proved to be quite a successful year for Real Madrid. After a meeting with delegates from other Spanish football clubs, the Spanish FA was created with Real Madrid’s president being named as the secretary of the organization.

As time passed and the team’s popularity grew, Madrid obtained their first league title in the 1931 to 32 season. This proved to be the start of the team’s power with this title being the start of the 29 League titles that they would accomplish over the years. Due to the start of the war in 1936 Real Madrid’s popularity started to decrease. Attempts were made by Pablo Hernandez to keep the team in the public eye, but multiple attempts failed miserably. While all hope appeared to be lost, 1939 brought the first full house at Chamartin Stadium for Real Madrid. While it was perceived that interest in football decreased with the war, support held and grew as the war rolled on with its popularity becoming well known when the war was over.

1943 brought their first historical win. In a semi-final game against the Catalans, Madrid defeated them with a score of 11-1. As the years passed, the team proved itself to be a power to be reckoned with. The 1950’s brought the team’s third league title after 23 years.

When it comes to league titles, Real Madrid is one of the only teams in the league to win five consecutive times in the 76 year history of the competition. They accomplished this feat in the 1960-61, 1964-65, 1985-86 and 1989-90 seasons. No other team in the history of the competition has been able to meet or even break the record that has been created by the successful Real Madrid team.

The present and the future show great promise for the team. With the team having just celebrated their 106 birthday in March of 2008, the team continues to achieve success. With a mixed history, their past has proven them to be a force to be reckoned with and they may just be one of the most powerful teams for years to come.

The Best of Barcelona, Catalonian Capital of Spain

Located on the northeastern coast of Spain is the intoxicating city of Barcelona. Set against the Mediterranean Sea, this multifaceted jewel rewards visitors and locals alike with mesmerizing architecture, impressive museums, outstanding cuisine and more.

Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia, buzzes with a hip, modern vibe, yet retains its rich and diverse history. There is no end in sight when it comes to interesting things to see and do in this sunny, vivacious city. In that respect, a highlight of the best that Barcelona has to offer can be helpful.

The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

The Gothic Quarter, once the center of the city during Roman times, is surprisingly well preserved within this modern-day community. Narrow streets lined with Gothic buildings dating from the 14th and 15th century wind about in a maze-like fashion. Of special interest is the huge Cathedral, one of the greatest Gothic buildings in all of Spain. In addition, a number of pretty squares offer a relaxing place to soak it all in while you note how old and new architecture seem to thrive in each others company.

There is no lack of choice when it comes to bars and restaurants in the Gothic Quarter. Take time to enjoy authentic tapas and a glass of sangria to renew your strength. For the more energetic, the Quarter offers up some tempting night-life. The Placa Reial and Calle Ferran are excellent spots to find a variety of cafes and bars where the action never stops.

Ramble through Las Ramblas

Only a few blocks southeast of the Gothic Quarter is an area known as Las Ramblas, or La Rambla. The lovely tree-lined streets, five in all, are brimming with busy bodies and afford plenty of people watching. Street shows are plentiful and include such exotic offerings as sword swallowing while eager vendors pay no mind as they busily push their wares.

A lively bird market one street over is worth a peek as is the Modernist Boqueria Market. The market is found next to the famous 19th century opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu. The area does end on a seedy note and becomes seedier at night with peep shows and the like as you make way towards the monument of Christopher Columbus and the outlying harbor.

In regards to eating and shopping, prices tend to be elevated in Las Ramblas due to its high volume of tourists. Better choices and prices can be found outside of the area, although there is something to be said for sipping a glass of sangria while watching the live theater play out on the street before you.

Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi is beloved to all in Barcelona and his unfinished cathedral, the truly magnificent Sagrada Familia, is said to be the number one visited attraction in the city. If time allows for nothing else, be sure to see this most famous building. The breathtaking spires are intertwined with sculptures and make a bold statement against the backdrop of blue sky. The museum is housed inside and requires a fee to enter. If short on time, simply gazing at Sagrada Familia from the outside is rewarding enough.

Gaudi’s home can be found in the wildly intriguing Park Guell along with amazing sculptures, buildings and tile work designed by the man himself. Gaudi’s style has been admired by architects around the world and his work can be found all over the city. If Gaudi’s architecture is your thing, it might be worth investing in one of the many tours offered.

More to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has an impressive aquarium, L’Aquarium de Barcelona, located in the Port area. It boasts an underwater tunnel measuring at 80 meters long with six million liters of water and an immense Oceanarium, the only one found in Europe.

The Spanish Village, or Espanyol de Montjuic, is another famous attraction that depicts different types of architecture from all over Spain. There are a number of craft shops that highlight traditionally made Spanish goods found throughout the village. It is also the venue for the famous Flamenco show Tableo de Carmen, a traditional Spanish music and dance experience.

There are over 50 museums in Barcelona, but a few of the most popular are the Picasso Museum, the History of Catalunya Museum, the Maritime Museum and the FC Barcelona Football Club Museum. It is always best to check in advance for museum operating hours and fees.

Travel is always an adventure and unique Barcelona is a big city deserving of exploration. With so many options, a must-see-and-do list can be helpful. Pick your favorites, make your list and get ready to enjoy Barcelona, a prime European destination.

La Liga Season Review 2010-2011

Similar to the current season, the last season was also a case of the total domination of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two teams are considered as the only real competitors for the league title in the La Liga which may be a tad bit too harsh as Valencia, Levante, and Villarreal are all excellent sides and can give a tough time to the two Spanish giants on any day. However, their performances are and have been largely overshadowed by the two giants of La Liga.

It is amusing to see that the more competitive battle in the La Liga is at the other end of the table. The majority of the teams in the league fight hard each season to avoid relegation and this is perhaps the reason that La Liga has gained the reputation of being a duopoly. You can take an idea of this from the fact that Osasuna – the team which finished at the 9th place last season – was not safe from relegation which means that the last 11 teams of the league were contesting to avoid relegation. It can be said that this has gone worse in the current season with the last 13 team currently being apart with only a difference of 9 points.

The last season started off with a lot of hype as Jose Mourinho had become the coach of Real Madrid who had been without a league title for two years. There were many speculations about the great one to lead his side to the league title and put a stop to the ever growing dominance of Barcelona. Jose Mourinho had earlier defeated Barcelona in the Champions League with Inter Milan and the fans of Real Madrid were hopeful that he will humiliate Barcelona again in all the contests against Barcelona.

Both teams prepared well for the highly anticipated contest for the title. Barcelona loaned out Ibrahimovic and signed the top scorer of the 2010 world cup, David Villa where as Real Madrid made two big signings – Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil. It wasn’t a surprise that the first Clasico was highly anticipated affair with the Barcelona Tickets and Real Madrid Tickets in extreme demand. It can be safely said that the rivalry of Real Madrid and Barcelona can never be underestimated as the game turned out to be an absolute shocker. Barcelona came out with all guns blazing and humiliated Real Madrid to a 5-0 defeat and in the process, Guardiola took his revenge from Jose Mourinho from the earlier defeat in the Champions League.

This had a huge impact on Jose Mourinho as he radically changed the tactics of his team for the rest of the season. Barcelona went on to the win the league comfortably with a margin of three games and Real Madrid managed to regain their glory when they defeated Barcelona to win the Copa Del Ray.

The rest of the battle was amongst Valencia, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao Sevilla, Atletico de Madrid & Espanyol in the quest of the acquiring a place in the Champions League. Valencia and Villarreal turned out to be the ultimate victors with the former qualifying directly and the latter to the playoff round.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – On the Sunny Side of the Street

Never in Manchester United history was so much owed by so many to so few as when substitutes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham in tandem together wrote soccer poetry with their feet in the Champions League final versus Bayern Munich in 1999. Indeed, the match against the German club was to become the pinnacle of Solskjaer’s long and illustrious footballing career.

Born in the small town of Kristiansund on February 26th 1973, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his playing career with local club Clausenengen. Even though the Manchester United faithful hardly raised an eyebrow when he arrived in Manchester in 1996, it did not take long for the supporters to realise the club had unearthed a real find. A no-nonsense performer with a powerful work ethic, his drive and determination inspired his Old Trafford team-mates and put fear into opponents. Scoring several crucial goals for Manchester United during the 1996/97 campaign, Solskjaer finished as the club’s top scorer with 18 League goals in his very first season at The Theatre of Dreams.

Although the Norwegian striker had his soccer career cut short by injuries in 2007, he stayed with the Old Trafford club and eventually took over the reigns of the Manchester United Reserves the following year. As for the international stage, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his first appearance for Norway in a friendly against Jamaica in Kingston on 26 November 1995, and went on to collect a total of 67 senior caps for his native country. In honour of the loyal Manchester United stalwart, a fully deserved testimonial game was staged against Espanyol in front of an incredible 68,000 crowd at Old Trafford in August 2008.

After finding the back of the net on his Manchester United debut at home to Blackburn Rovers in August 1996, the Norway international proceeded to make a total of 366 outings for the Manchester Reds, scoring 126 goals. Indisputably, the highlight of Solskjaer’s footballing life came in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when he netted the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the last minute of the match, winning the coveted Treble for Manchester United.

In retrospect, the prodigious Norseman was no doubt one of the most significant footballing servants ever to pull on the famous red shirt in Manchester United history. Sir Alex Ferguson has without doubt had some notable success in the transfer market in the past, and the £1.5 million he paid Norwegian outfit Molde to sign Solskjaer seems like a complete bargain by today’s prices.

«We had to score some goals after the pressure we had. It’s unbelievable and it’s very difficult to describe how I feel just now. But if people still wonder why I stay at Manchester United they can see why. The team spirit, it is unbelievable.» – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer quote.

Tribute to Raul

Raul scored a penalty goal against Espanyol making it 200 La Liga goals joining an elite group of players that have scored 200 and more including ex Real stars, Hugo Sanchez and Alfredo Di Stefano.

The «king of Spain» as I like to call him is the 5th highest goal scorer ever in La Liga and he needs 52 more goals to be all time leading goalscorer.

It is debatable if he would ever achieve this honour as he is 30 years of age now and he is not getting any better. Some would say he is back to his best as he is having a good season but if the truth be told he has peaked and at this point in time he is just the best that he can be not back to his very best.

He has had 3 wasted years where I feel that he would have easily been the league’s highest ever goalscorer by now if not for that period. His problems seem to start from the obsession of Real Madrid presidents had with the so called galaticos. A term used to describe football players of immense popularity and marketing ability.

This was fine with the acquisitions of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane as they always played the ball on the ground and depended more on skill than pace which was fine with Raul.

By the time, Ronaldo and then David Beckham were bought then Real’s style of play changed with Beckham always looking for the long accurate punts that suited the more athletic and quick Ronaldo than it did Raul. Raul found himself being part of a cog to feed Ronaldo rather than in a system that suited his style of play. It was alleged that he fell out of love with the game and his damaging knee ligaments did not help his mood either. All in all it was a bad time at Madrid with there been reports of 2 camps. Raul, Guti, Michel Salgado and others said to be in 1 and Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Robinho and others said to be in the other although Carlos was more friendly towards the Raul camp than Ronaldo was.

The arrival of Fabio Capello and the subsequent leaving of Ronaldo helped to alleviate the tension at Real Madrid as far as raul was concerened and he appeared to get back his appetite for the game.

It is no coincidence that this season with Raul playing where he likes and mainly just supporting Ruud Van Nistlerooy that his goal output has improved again because last season under Fabio Capello, even though his fitness improved he was played far from the opposition’s goal as it was either in midfield or in the wings.

It has been said in the past and even Guillem Ballague, sky sports’ Spanish football expert stated that Raul is a player that is not a perfect 10 in any capacity as he felt Raul could not dribble, did not possess great pace or could use his right foot.

I have heard all this before labelled against Raul that he did not excel with any particular attribute but I disagree strongly. At his best and that was before Alex Ferguson put the kibosh on his career by labelling him the best player in the world after he tore apart Manchester United; he was the most intelligent striker in the world as he seemed to have a computer for a brain.

He knew instinctively when to lob a goalkeeper or when to round him and he really should have won the European footballer of the year on countless occasions. After all if Michael Owen can be awarded such an award then so should Raul.

He may not have been blessed with blistering pace and frankly I do not understand some people’s obsession with pacy players but he was a great player when he was at his very best. He could dribble past opponents on a 1 on 1 basis as much as any striker out there and his 1st touch was better than any striker out there save for Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus.

Perhaps he could not go past 3 or 4 opponents and unlike players like Thierry Henry, he could not exploit space afforded him because of his lack of blistering pace but unlike Henry he could exploit a modicum of room afforded him as he could turn on a sixpence and make something happen out of nothing.

He is the highest ever goalscorer in the Champions’ league with 61 goals and his country’s highest goalscorer with 44 goals in 102 matches. He is widely respected in Spain and I guess by the whole football community as 1 of the greatest if not the greatest Spanish player of all time.

FC Barcelona Players – Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o, although he seems to have been playing at the top level for such a long time, was, in fact, born in March 1981 in Nkon, Cameroon. Seemingly followed by controversy, Eto’o signed for Real Madrid as a 16 year old and had, to put it mildly, a strange relationship with the club from then on.

Firstly, upon his arrival at Madrid airport, young Samuel was famously forgotten about – a young black African with no Spanish hanging around an airport; an inauspicious beginning. After uneventful loan spells at Leganés and Espanyol, the coltish-looking Eto’o found himself loaned out to Mallorca, where he really began to show off his credentials.

Scoring 54 goals, Eto’o became the islanders’ highest league goal scorer and developed a real affinity with the supporters there – and he famously scored a spectacular individual goal against Madrid in the Bernabeu! Eto’o enjoyed his relationship with Mallorca so much that, when they reached the Copa del Rey final in 2003, he paid out EUR30,000 on a meal for them!

At the end of his loan spell, the Real Madrid supporters were almost unanimous in their desire for Samuel to return to the capital and compete for the forward positions with Raul and Ronaldo. What followed was a summer of continuous speculation and argument and eventually, for EUR24 million, the player signed for Barcelona – something that still annoys many Real Madrid fans.

Since then, Eto’o has scored goals galore for the Catalan giants. In his first, championship-winning season, Eto’o scored 25 league goals, including the title-clinching strike at Levante. He reached 50 goals in just 67 matches – a club record.

In addition to wining African Footballer of the year a record three times in succession from 2003, Samuel was part of the Cameroon side that won the African Cup in 2000 and 2002 and was runner-up in 2008. Previously, he had been the youngest player, at 17 years and 3 months, in the 1998 World Cup. He was the pichichi, top goal scorer, in La Liga in 2005/06, when, of course, he scored an equalising goal in the Champions’ League final against Arsenal.

Controversy has never been far away, however. After winning the league in 2005, Eto’o made the mistake of singing an abusive song about Madrid during the on-pitch celebrations. He has also been famously outspoken in his denouncements of racial abuse chanted in grounds – even threatening to walk off during one league game at Zaragova. Furthermore, there were times during 2007/08 season when Samuel Eto’o seemed a very forlorn figure, when his relationship with some of the other players was not at its best. At the end of the season, it seemed that the club were determined to transfer Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto’o, the perceived bad influences at the club. Eto’o, though, with typical determination, was adamant that his future was still with Barcelona – and he has proved to be absolutely correct.

Samuel Eto’o is fast, two-footed, brave and a totally committed team player and arguably the best centre forward in modern football.

A Profile of Samuel Eto’o

One of the ironies of Samuel Eto’o playing for FC Barcelona is that he originally joined arch-rivals Real Madrid, who immediately put him out on loan; first to second division CD Leganes; then to first division Espanyol after playing just one league match for Madrid; and finally to Mallorca. He did so well at the latter club that they signed him for a club record and became the highest scorer in the history of the club with a total of 54 goals between 2000 and 2004.

The Cameroon striker signed to FC Barcelona after a series of negotiations between Barcelona, Mallorca and Real Madrid who had retained an option on him. On one hand Madrid didn’t require him in the team as they already had two strikers in the form of Ronaldo and Raul; on the other hand they didn’t want him to play for Barcelona, a club that was looking for a quality striker to cement the attack after they were unable to come to an agreement with midfielder Edgar Davids, who had spent the second half of the 2003-2004 season on loan to the Catalan club.

With Eto’o in place as striker and Ronaldinho as attacking mid-fielder, Samuel Eto’o quickly proved to be good value for money and scored a total of 24 league goals in the 2004-2005 season. Although he helped FC Barcelona to take the league title, he narrowly missed the title of top goal scorer in La Liga.

However, at the celebrations that followed at the Nou Camp he gave speech in which he openly criticised Real Madrid, apparently venting the bitterness he felt for being passed over by the club in favour of being put on loan. He later had to retract his statement and issue an apology.

The following year Samuel Eto’o was able to improve of his league score and with a total of 26 goals he narrowly took the «Pichichi» crown, just one goal ahead of David Villa from Valencia. His strong performance on the pitch saw him also score six Champions League goals, helping to propel Barcelona all the way to the final against Arsenal. He was strongly implicated in the result as first the Arsenal goalkeeper was sent off for a foul against Eto’o in the first 20 minutes; failing to capitalise on the one man advantage, Eto’o equalised in the 76th minute from a pass from Larsson and Belletti scored the winning goal a few minutes after.

On the basis of a strong season Samuel Eto’o was awarded the title of UEFA Champion’s League Best Forward as well as Best African Player for the third year running.

Juande Ramos – Secrets Of Tottenham’s Comeback Kid

OK the guy is not quite a kid but he seems to have transformed Tottenham from being perennial underachievers to winners once again. In this article, I delve into this pro manager’s past to see where he gets it from.

Like most managers, Ramos used to play for several top sides but his career was cut short by injury.

He coached a number of teams since 1993, the most famous being Betis and Espanyol, however his achievements with Sevilla are what brought him to the attention of the international football scene.

First of all, Ramos took Sevilla to two consecutive UEFA cup wins and a third place in La Liga, the Spanish domestic league. This propelled him to the top of the second tier of world club managers today.

Despite Sevilla playing in the Champions League in this current season, Ramos was flattered by an incredible 6 million Euros per year offer from Tottenham that he simply could not refuse.

Incredibly, Ramos has transformed a team that have always had talent but underachieved into successful winners as seen by their recent Carling Cup win. Along the way he has claimed scalps such as a 5-1 thumping of their greatest North London rivals, Arsenal.

It seems that Ramos is a great manager and able to extract the best from his players. Just look at this quote from an interview during his time as Sevilla manager: «Sevilla don’t have any stars but we win the games on the basis of humility and a level of physical exertion that is very, very high.»

This typifies Ramos’s style and it is said that his approach to fitness and diet since joining Tottenham have played a very large part in their recent turn of form.