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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

With the last match of FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers played and the 32 teams headed to Russia confirmed, FIFA has also concluded that the first ever anti-discrimination monitoring system for the qualifie [read]

FIFA.com speaks to former Panama player and coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes on his country's remarkable achievement in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and the road that has led them [read]

While all 32 berths at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ have now been filled, qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ has only recently begun. FIFA.com takes a look at some of the ear [read]

Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of this year’s AFC Champions League final, despite the Saudi Arabian club dominating Saturday’s contest in Riyadh. [read]

FIFA.com caught up with Spain's captain Marta Torrejon, with the Barcelona defender hoping to lead her country to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019. [read]

This week we feature reaction from around the globe following the final batch of FIFA World Cup qualifiers as the final 32 teams to participate at Russia 2018 were confirmed. [read]

After over five years in charge of the Wales national team, 47-year-old manager Chris Coleman has announced his resignation, according to a statement published by the Football Association of Wales. [read]

Jefferson Farfan, who spent 17 months out of the Peru squad before returning to become the team's play-off hero, reflects on the achievement and explains why "the future’s even brighter [read]

The high point of the launch of the official emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 came when players from the host national team gathered on the stage with legendary striker Diego For [read]