Funny & Weird News

So I know it’s been almost two weeks since I said I’d be back, but still nothing new’s gone up.  I’m sorry!!  But seriously, it’s hard to write new stuff while working a full-time job, searching for a different full-time job, doing online classes, commuting for 3 hours a day, researching for two blogs, reading as much as possible, and having crazy friends who plan a million things.

So while I am working on a few good posts, I’ll just put this one up for now.  It’s all the funny and interesting stories I’ve come across in the last week or so. Enjoy!

12 Sports That Would Be Wildly Popular If People Knew They Existed (The Huffington Post)

Fan brings loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter to stadium to make sandwiches during Man City-CSKA match (The Dirty Tackle)

10 Weirdest Sports You’ve Probably Never Heard of (Huffington Post)

Russian futsal player punches referee in the face after being shown a red card – video (Metro UK)

Irish Premier League star live tweeted botched burglary and it’s hilarious (Independant)

Here’s Wayne Rooney and Ed Sheeran singing Robbie William’s “Angels”:

And the most hilarious corner kick I’ve seen in a while:

I’m back!!

Hello all!!

It’s been so long since I’ve all you pretties, and I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I was.  I don’t really have a good reason or excuse, so I won’t make one. Life got busy, I got lazy, and then I just…didn’t update.

But I’m back now, and while I can’t promise multiple updates per day, I can definitely say that I plan to update at least a few times a week for now. I would try for more, but I’m attempting to regularly update two blogs (I’m also updating Since You Asked, my pop culture blog), as well as work full-time, commute two cities over (by bus!!), go to the gym, actually cook my dinner and prepare my lunch, read as much as possible, and still see people.

So yeah, a few a week is hopefully what you’ll get for now.

What will I be updating about, you ask? Well, I never did finish my brief overview of all the tournaments, so I’ll probably continue that. I’ll probably write some updates and explanations and team summaries or something for the Euro Cup, since it’s next year.  Maybe I’ll write a little to explain the FIFA recent scandal and the World Cup location controversy.  And of course, I’ll be sure to let you know which good-looking guys are also doing well and you should keep an eye on!!

Anyways, keep checking, and I should hopefully have something new up here in the next day or two!!

 

Let the tournaments continue!!

While regular leagues stick to one country, there are multi-national tournaments, that focus on teams in one region (or continent) and include teams from more than one country.  This usually makes things a little more confusing, since sometimes it’s the same teams, and sometime it’s country teams.

So I figured I’d do a short intro to the main multi-national competitions you’ll come across.  Or, to be more honest, the popular ones in Europe and the Americas.  Since I don’t want (or care) about any others, and no one’s asked me about them, I’ll leave them out.  But in case you’re curious, there are many more than I’ve listed below.  The ones I have listed are held every year.

1. UEFA Champions League. With 58 member countries eligible for the 32 spots, the Champions League spans the entirety of the European continent. The winner qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.  The biggest sporting event in the world, the Champions League draws approximately 178 million viewers.  The reigning champions are the Spanish club Barcelona.

2. UEFA Europa league. To be totally honest, I’m not clear on this one.  It seems that qualification depends on the country’s UEFA ranking.  I believe the top three countries/leagues get 4 spots each, the next five get three each, thirteen get two, and the last eleven get one each.  But then there is a whole lot of ‘ifs’ and qualifications and seeding…and then more teams are added…so yeah.  If anyone can clear this one up and make it simple, I’d really appreciate it!!  You can check out the official format here.

3. UEFA Super Cup. Annual football game between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League. It is a single match, which is held in a neutral stadium, the Stade Louis II in Monaco.  Starting in 2013, it will be held in different locations. A.C. Milan have the most wins, with five.  The current champions are Barcelona.

4. CONCACAF Champions League. This one is from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  It is 24 teams competing for the win, along with a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup.  Until 2011, when the MLS team Real Salt Lake raeched the finals, all finals had been fought between two Mexican teams.

5. The Copa Satander Libertadores de América: Commonly referred to as the Copa Libertadores, is an internation competition between countries in South America and Mexico.  There are approximately 38 teams that firght for the cup, with Argentina and Brazil entering five clubs, while the others enter at least three.  The winner is eligible for the FIFA Club World Cup and the Recopa Sudamericana.  The current champion is the Brazilian club Santos.

6. Copa Bridgestone Sudamerica de Clubes: Commonly known as the Copa Sudamerica.  It began in 2002, when Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur combined.  Currently, there are 47 teams that play for the title, with 8 coming from Brazil, 6 from Argentina, 4 from each of the other countries, plus the defending champion.  The winner also qualifies to play in the Recopa Sudamerica.  The current champion is the Chilean club Universidad de Chile.

7. Recopa Sudamericana: This is the Spanish world’s version of the Super Cup.  The winners of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamerica.  It is two games, with one played at each team’s home field.  The current champion is Brazilian club Internacional.

There are also a bunch of FIFA tournaments and cups, as well as a few others, that are held every four years ro so, and I’ll do my best to put up a list of those tomorrow.  Honestly, I knew there were a lot, but this is crazy!!  No wonder men are always watching sports.  They clearly never end!!

 

Soccer leagues: a short introduction

So one of the things most people ask me about are the different leagues.  There’s a lot of them, and if you’re a sometime observer and not an actual full-time follower, it can be hard to keep track of them.  Even more so if you’re not in Europe.

So I’ve decided to clarify some.

The easiest way to differentiate them is to know that basically, each league is from a separate country.  UEFA, which I get asked about a lot, isn’t a league.  It’s a competition held that includes the top teams from all European leagues.

So here’s a quick look:

1. Spain: La Liga. Although commonly known as La Liga, the full title is the Primera División (First Division) of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP).  Twenty teams play for the title.  Every season, the three lowest teams are sent down to the Second Division, while the three best teams from there are brought up to the First.  There are many well-known teams in this league, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Sevilla, Villa Real, and Atlético Madrid.  According to Wikipedia, La Liga has four of the most successful teams in European competition history: Valencia, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.  Barcelona, commonly known as Barça, also has the most UEFA Champions League wins.

2. England: Premier League. The Premiere league runs similar to La Liga: twenty teams compete for the title, and the three lowest teams are sent down to the Football League Championship, while the two top teams, along with the winner of a play-off held between the teams placed 3rd to 6th, are moved into the Premier League.  Games are broadcast to over 600 million people in 200 countries.  Well-known clubs include: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Aston villa.

3. Germany: Fußball-Bundesliga. Similar to the other leagues, the bundesliga is divided into two divisions: 1. Bundesliga (also known as First Bundesliga) and 2. Bundesliga (Second Bundesliga).  This league also works on promotion and relegation: the top two teams of the Second League are promoted to the First, while the lowest two teams of the first are relegated to the Second.  The most well-known German clubs include Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart.

4. Italy: Serie A. Italy’s football league, Serie A, has been around since 1898, and began the round-robin format in 1929.  Currently, twenty teams play for the title, with teams promoted and relegated to Serie B.  It’s host to three of the world’s most famous clubs: Juventus, A.C. Milan, and Inernazionale (known as Inter or Inter Milan).

5. North America: MLS (Major League Soccer). Composed of 19 teams, MLS is both in the US (16 teams) and Canada (3 teams).  Unlike most other leagues, there is no second tier for teams to be relegated into – all teams, including the lower-ranked ones, compete the following season.  Although originally the rules deviated some from the standard, they were all reverted back after the 1999 season, to international soccer standards.  Unlike all other leagues (again!!), the season runs spring-to-fall, and conflicts with events such as the CONCACAF Wold Cup and FIFA World Cup, which causes many players to abandon their teams to play in the tournaments.

So yes, those are the ones I get asked about the most.  Of course, there are many, many more, as most countries have a league of some sort.  Hopefully that was at least a little helpful!!  With the hundreds of teams around, keeping track of them may be confusing. Once you add in all the international and cross-league tournaments, it makes it even more complicated.  I’ll try and do a post on all those tournaments tomorrow.

I know it’s been a while…

Hello all!!

So it’s been a while since I updated this site, and I wanted to let you all know that I’m back!!  And hopefully I’ll be sticking around for a while.  I can’t promise hundreds of postings, but I’m aiming for maybe one a day or so.  More if I can, less if I can’t.

For all of you who are still checking out the site, thinks for sticking around!!  For all of you who just found me, thanks for taking a look!!

Let m you want to know more about.  I already have a few posts planned, since you guys let me know in the comments (or emails) what you’d like to see.

Check back in sometime today for a new post!!

🙂

Iker Casillas

Next up is Spain captain and goalkeeper, Iker Casillas.

He was born May 20, 1981, in Móstoles, Madrid.  He started early with Real Madrid, joining their junior squad for the 90-91 season.  It wasn’t until 98-99 that he was called up to the senior squad.

During the 01-02 season, he lost his spot as starting goalie to backup César Sánchez, but managed to regain it when Sánchez was injured in the final game.

He won the La Liga title in 07-08, and won the Zamora trophy.

In 2008, he and captain Rául were awarded new contracts.  Casilla’s contract will keep him with Real until 2017, with an automatic extension if he plays 30 league games in his last season.  There is also a buy-out clause of £113 million.

He has stated that he has no intention of leaving his boyhood club.

Internationally, he debuted at the U-17 games at the 1007 FIFA U-17 World Championship, and was later made captain.  Two years later, he went on to win the FIFA World Youth Championship and the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup.

He made his senior debut in a match against Sweden when he was 19.  He was an unused sub in Euro 2000.  For the World Cup 2002, he was on the roster as a back-up, but was moved ahead when starting goalie Santiago Cañizares had to withdraw due to injury.

He was the first choice goalie in 2006. When captain Rául was excluded from Euro 2008, Casillas was made captain.  He became the first goalie-captain to lift the world cup trophy as a winner when they won the 2008 UEFA European Championship.

Fabio Cannavaro

Second on the list is Italian Captain and centre back defender, Fabio Cannavaro. He currently has no home club team.

He was born September 13, 1973, in Naples, Italy.  His mother was a maid, and his father was a bank clerk.

He started his career as a ball boy for Napoli, where he watched his idols Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara play.  He eventually progressed enough as a player to play alongside some of them.

In 1995, a cash-strapped Napoli traded him to Parma. In his six years there, he won the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.  He also continued to get national team call-ups.

In 2001, he was traded for €23 million to Inter Milan. He spent two years with them, and then did two years at Juventus.  With Juventus, he won two consecutive Scudetti in 2005 and 2006. He also won l’Oscar del Calcio: Migliore difensore, the Football Oscar.

After the Calciopoli trials, when Juventus was moved down from Serie A to Serie B, he chose to leave.  He did three years at Real Madrid, and won La Liga title.

After three years at Real Madrid, he returned to Juventus.  After a disappointing season, he claims to not be returning next year.

Cannavaro has played in three world cups: 98, 02, and 06, where Italy was crowned winners. He has also been in two Euro Cups: 00 and 04.

He has a charity with Ciro Ferrara, called Fondazione Cannavaro Ferrara, that specializes in the procurement of cancer research equipment and surgery for special cancers at a hospital in Naples.

He is married and has three kids, aged 11, 9, and 6.

UPDATE: According to The Spoiler, “Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has turned down a one-year extension at Juventus to join UAE club Al-Ahli, revealing the move “realises my dream of living in Dubai and finishing my career playing for one of its clubs”.”