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best football skills – June 24th, 2005

I recently read up a bit on the history of YouTube and learned, that the first ever YouTube video (”Me at the Zoo“) was uploaded by founder Jawed Karimi on April 23rd, 2005. The public beta test started only a week later in May and the official launch of the site was in November 2005. I started to wonder what the first – or rather oldest still available – football related videos on YouTube are. I started with the basic search term “football/soccer” and both words yield the same result. A… Continue reading

So with the World Cup coming up, many of you will be looking for a team to follow either as a second team when your team inevitably gets knocked out in the Quarter Finals on Penalties (perhaps that one is just me) or because your team didn’t make it to South Africa. Either way, at some point you are going to need someone to follow. Often this is irrational and you just like a team. Sometimes you need a reason, sometimes you just inexplicably hate someone, or maybe they have a player you like from the club you follow.

Either… Continue reading

It’s Friday, so it must be World Cup preview podcast time again. This week we look at Group F, which features Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia. Your four co-hosts debate the merits of each team in various categories (some serious: Best Coach, some not so much: Best Celebrity Spokesperson) and then add up the points to see which two teams go through.

This sixth episode of the Total Football Soccer Show’s World Cup previews was originally broadcast Thursday, April 22nd on WRIR 97.3, and is now available as a podcast. Questions raised include: Does Ricki Herbert sleep? Did… Continue reading

As the World Cup comes closer, there’s a palpable excitement which can be felt across all the seas, all the world. It’s called the vuvuzela, and its palpability is that feeling in the ass of your chair as the buzz rocks the globe off its axis.

But really, good times are a-comin’ for many, and there’s little which can detract from the swell of excitement which is due as the world’s greatest tournament inches closer.

Unfortunately for some, that “little” has come: injuries, and they’re rocking some national teams off their axis like a planetary vuvuzela.This is the point… Continue reading

We might be able to toss Slovenia in the “happy to be here” category. For firsts, they have a very humble, and short, World Cup history which consists of three losses and nothing else. Of course making World Cup 2002 was a miracle in itself and brings their record of World Cup qualifying to 2 in 4, a damn fine record for country of their size (2m) and birth date (1992).

For seconds, and for bigger, they pulled off perhaps the upset of qualifying by beating Russia, or Guus Hiddink, or Guus Hiddink’s Russia, over two-legs in the second-placed playoffs.… Continue reading

For better or worse (probably worse) the one thing most people know about Zinedine Zidane is that he headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. But when we asked for your favourite World Cup moments it was Zidane’s other World Cup final appearance that got the most mentions, and what Zizou did with his head in 1998.

As we all know, France beat Brazil 3-0 in that game to win their first ever World Cup. Emannuel Petit got himself on the scoresheet (which seems slightly bizarre in hindsight) but the game was effectively over at that point thanks… Continue reading

FIFA News

The first step on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was taken on Tuesday when the Local Organising Committee unveiled the tournament’s Official Emblem and Slogan in Paris. [read]

There are just three days left until we reveal the final nominees for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards, with a vast number of players and coaches eagerly awaiting the trimming of the initial sh [read]

When Cristian Ramirez signed for Russian side FC Krasnodar towards the end of 2016, he already had the 2018 FIFA World Cup on his mind. [read]

Germany and Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer will be sidelined until January after undergoing surgery on a foot injury. [read]

Jonathan Joubert, the Luxembourg goalkeeper who shut out France in the recent 0-0 draw in World Cup qualifying, speaks to FIFA.com about that historic result and the Roud Léiwen's rise on the FIF [read]

FIFA.com hears from Australia's first-ever The Best nominee Sam Kerr about her stellar rise, learning from Carli Lloyd and sharing the red carpet with Cristiano Ronaldo. [read]

The Official Emblem and Slogan of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was launched in Paris on Tuesday, the next step in the countdown to the tournament. [read]

Ahead of the reveal of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 emblem and slogan, USA's Carli Lloyd looks at the past, present and future of women's football with FIFA.com. [read]

We look back at the Final of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 when Carli Lloyd's wonder goal from the halfway line secured a third title for USA. [read]