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World Soccer: Most Popular Articles

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Best Soccer Players in the World
This list of the best soccer players in the world contains a heavy Barcelona and Real Madrid contingent, together with the crème de la crème of the English and French leagues.
Ten of the Best Midfielders in the World
Best midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best midfielders.
Ten of the Best Strikers in the World
Best strikers - A look at 10 of the world's best strikers.
Greatest Soccer Players of all Time
Ten of the greatest soccer players of all time.
Ten of the Best Goalkeepers in the World
Best Goalkeepers - A Look at 10 of the World's Best Goalkeepers
The Ancient Origins of Soccer
The question of who invented soccer is a complicated one and there are a number of conflicting beliefs about how the beautiful game started out.
Ten of the Best Defenders in the World
There are some excellent defenders in soccer, players capable of repelling the opposition in the air and on the ground. Here is a look at 10 of the best defenders in the world.
Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
Understanding the Premier League
A quick guide to the Premier League, how it works, and what to watch for in the league table.
Messi vs. Ronaldo: Who's Better?
A comparison of the two best players in the world: Messi vs Ronaldo.
What Are All the Positions in Soccer and What...
A description of the various positions on a soccer field.
How Teams Qualify For The Champions League
A look at what European teams have to do to get through Champions League qualifying.
Soccer's Ballon d'Or Winners From 1956 to Messi...
A list of Ballon d’Or winners since the inaugural award in 1956.
Most Expensive Soccer Players
The ten most expensive soccer players in history, a list topped by Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale who moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for €100 million in September 2013.
FIFA's 17 Laws of the Game of Soccer
The rules of soccer come in the form of 17 laws from world governing body FIFA.
This Is What A Soccer Player's Diet Should Look...
A soccer player's diet plays a big part in what they achieve out on the field. Here is a guide to what to eat and drink.
Soccer's Top 10 Defensive Midfielders in the...
Best defensive midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best defensive midfielders.
10 Primo Premier League Players
A look at 10 of the Best Premier League Players.
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 3.
Understanding Spain’s Primera Division
Your guide to understanding La Liga rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
What Are the Dimensions of a Regulation Soccer...
There are very few fixed dimensions for soccer fields, even at the highest level. The sport’s world governing body, FIFA, only stipulates that for professional 11-versus-11 competition, they must be between 100 yards and 130 yards and the width between 50 and 100 yards. Still, some elements remain constant on full-size fields throughout the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
Best Free Kick Takers
Ten of the best free kick takers in the world.
How to Attack in Soccer Using the 4-3-3 Formation
The Attacking 4-3-3 Formation - A Guide to the Offensive Soccer Game Plan
Meet Portuguese Soccer Manager Jose Mourinho
A look at the career of manager Jose Mourinho.
Real Madrid Versus Barcelona: The History of El...
A look at the history of El Clásico between Spain's great rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Ghana 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Ghana 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Meet Lionel Messi: The Best Soccer Player in...
Lionel Messi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi
Confused by Soccer Rules? What You Need to Know...
An explanation of why referees award direct free kicks, indirect free kicks, and penalty kicks and what constitutes a foul in soccer.
Top 10 Champions League Goal Scorers
The 10 Record Champions League Scorers.
How to Play the 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer
The 4-2-3-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
FIFA's 10 Best National Soccer Teams
The best soccer teams in the world according to the official Fifa ranking.
Julian Draxler
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe.
Are These the World's 10 Best Soccer Playmakers?
Best playmakers - A look at 10 of the world's best playmakers.
The Real Madrid Formation
A look at the Real Madrid formation employed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 4.
Why Pele is Widely Regarded as the Best Soccer...
Pele Profile - The Career of Brazil Striker Pele, Regarded As The Best Soccer Player Ever
Ten of the Best Full Backs in the World
Best full backs - A look at 10 of the world's best full backs.
The 4-4-2 Formation
The 4-4-2 formation - A guide to the common soccer game plan
Learn All About Soccer With This Comprehensive...
A soccer glossary including rules, positions and equipment.
Arsenal Club Profile
A profile of Arsenal F.C. with history and quick facts.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”: A...
Youll Never Walk Alone - A Guide to a Liverpool Tradition
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ten of the Best Barcelona Players
A look at 10 of the best Barcelona players to have donned the famous blaugrana shirt.
World Cup Top Scorers
Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose, Pele, the list of World Cup top scorers contains some of the best strikers the game has ever seen.
Understanding Italy’s Serie A
Your guide to understanding Serie A rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich & France)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 5.
Soccer 101: Basic Equipment
Soccer requires much less equipment than most sports, with correct footwear being the only absolute necessity. The idea is to keep your gear light in order to allow for the widest possible range of movement and comfort over the whole 90 minutes. Here is a quick guide to what you will need to wear from head to toe.
Arsene Wenger
This Arsene Wenger profile looks back on his career, achievements and philosophies.
A Guide to Formations
Five of the most common soccer formations and how they are implemented.
Best Paid Players
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 2.
Pedro (Barcelona & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 8.
Five Classic Lionel Messi Videos
Best Lionel Messi Videos - A Look at Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos On Youtube
Nani (Manchester United & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 6.
Ten of the Best Real Madrid Players
A look at 10 of the best Real Madrid players to have donned the famous white shirt.
Offside
An explanation of the offside rule in soccer.
Ashley Young (Manchester United & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 7.
Real Madrid Club Profile
A club profile including Real Madrid history, with squad and quick facts.
Mateo Kovačić (Inter Milan)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 2.
Best Soccer Managers
A look at the best football managers in the world and their achievements.
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid & Argentina)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 9.
Why Diego Maradona's ‘Hand of God’...
Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal
Jesus Navas (Manchester City & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 10.
Best African Players
A subjective look at 10 of the best football (soccer) players from Africa, along with their home country and the teams they play for.
Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
Legends: Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Diego Maradona
Brazil World Cup 2014 Squad Profile
The predicted Brazil 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
The Officials
A description of each of the four officials' functions during the course of a soccer match, from the referee, to the linesman, and the fourth official.
The Andres Escobar Murder
The Andres Escobar murder and how his fate was linked to drug baron Pablo Escobar.
Throw Ins, Goal Kicks, and Corner Kicks
The different ways the ball is put back into play after it has left the soccer field.
Passing
Learn how to master the art of passing in soccer.
Manchester United Club Profile
A profile of Manchester United with history and quick facts.
The 4-5-1 Formation
The 4-5-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
Barcelona Club Profile
A profile of Barcelona, the best soccer team in the world.
How Can I Buy 2014 World Cup Tickets?
A guide to how you can buy tickets for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Defensive Gameplan: The Offside Trap
Properly executed, the offside trap allows defenders to win the ball back without having to make so much as a tackle.
Holding Midfielder
An explanation of the soccer term holding midfielder.
Ivory Coast 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Ivory Coast 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Sergio Canales (Valencia)
A look at 10 of the best young players currently playing in Europe.
What Makes French Soccer Player Zinedine Zidane...
Zinedine Zidane Profile - The Career of France Playmaker Zinedine Zidane
Ten of the Best Young Players in Europe
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe.
Was This Headbut the Dirtiest Play in World...
The 2006 World Cup final will always be remembered for the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
The Best Young Midfielders
These players were all born in the 1990s and look to have outstanding careers ahead of them. Here is a look at five of the best young midfielders in world soccer.
How to Take a Throw In
Learn how to take a throw in soccer.
Marquinhos (AS Roma)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 3.
The Number of Players in a Soccer Match
The Number of Players in a Soccer Match
Chile 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Chile 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Top 5 Soccer Magazines
It’s unhealthy to be sitting in front of a computer screen 24-7, so here is a list of the best soccer magazines available.
Croatia 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Croatia 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Ten of the Best Arsenal Players
A look at 10 of the best Arsenal players to have donned the famous red and white shirt.
Chelsea Club Profile
Chelsea roster, with club profile, history and quick facts.
Algeria 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Algeria 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
The Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.
Australia 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Australia 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, predictions and a player to watch for the tournament.
Josep Guardiola
A look at the career of manager Pep Guardiola.
Japan 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Japan 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, predictions and a player to watch for the tournament.
Ross Barkley
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 10.
How Teams Qualify for the Soccer World Cup
The road to the most popular sporting event on the planet is a long one. The World Cup is not just a 32-team soccer extravaganza, which takes place over the course of roughly four weeks every four years. It is the end product of nearly two years’ worth of qualifying tournaments, preliminary matches, and eliminations.
Lucas Digne (Lille)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 4.
Step By Step: The First Touch
The first touch is arguably the most important skill in soccer. Without a good one, you won’t ever have the opportunities to use your other skills because a defender will have already closed in.

Unfortunately, the first touch is also one of the most difficult skills to learn — it makes the difference between good players and great ones. While these tips won’t necessarily turn you into Cristiano Ronaldo, they will tell you what you should be looking to do every time the ball comes to you.

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o Profile - The Career of Anzhi Makhachkala Striker Samuel Eto'o
What Are Team USA's Realistic Chances in the...
The predicted USA 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Viktor Fischer (Ajax)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 5.
La Masia
The Barcelona academy La Masia is regarded as the best in the world and was the cornerstone of Spain's 2010 World Cup victory.
Five Classic Cristiano Ronaldo Videos
Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Manchester United as a teenager. These five videos showcase his devastating skills and deadly finishing.
Do the Cristiano Ronaldo Step Over
The Cristiano Ronaldo step over skill is one reason he is such a great player - learn how to do it with this step by step guide.
The 5-3-2 Formation
The formation ensures good strength in numbers when defending, and makes it hard for opposition teams to counterattack.
Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.
Best Soccer Websites
From skysports.com to Sports Illustrated, a look at 10 of the best soccer websites on the internet.
Kaka
Kaka Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Midfielder Kaka
Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 6.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.
Portugal 2014 World Cup Squad Profile
The predicted Portugal 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Paulo Dybala (Palermo)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 7.
Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona Midfielder Xavi
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 9.
Lionel Messi vs Real Madrid
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.
Ten of the Best Players in Serie A
Best Serie A Players - A look at 10 of the best Serie A Players.
Cameroon World Cup 2014 Squad Profile
The predicted Cameroon 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
M’Baye Niang
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 8.
Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Louis van Gaal
A look at the career of manager Louis van Gaal.
Why Manchester United Favors the 4-4-2 Formation
A look at the Manchester United formation employed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Best Young Strikers in the World
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.
Argentina International Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
Nani
Nani Profile - A Look At The Career of Manchester United Winger Nani
In Italy, Three Cities' Fans Divided by Three...
The wonderful thing about Serie A is that there is never any shortage of bitter local rivalries. Every week, it seems, two halves of a city are at each other’s throats, ready to duke it out for three points and — more importantly — local bragging rights. The three most important splits are in the cities of Turin, Milan, and the capital, Rome.
What You Need to Know About Liverpool F.C. of...
A profile of Liverpool with history and quick facts.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Profile - A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Belgium World Cup 2014 Squad Profile
The predicted Belgium 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
How to Strike a Soccer Shot
A step-by-step guide on how to take a soccer shot.
Box-to-Box Midfielder
A box-to-box midfielder is a player capable of defending at one end but also playing a role in his team’s attacking moves at the other end of the field.
How to Take a Direct Curling Free Kick
Free kicks are a valuable route to goal. Learn how to curl a free kick with this step by step guide.
First League Goal
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres
Brian Clough Quotes
Brian Clough was a manager who always said exactly what was on his mind. Here is a selection of some of the best Clough quotes
Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)
A look at 10 of the best young players currently playing in Europe. Page 2.
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Midfielder Frank Lampard
Africa Cup of Nations Winners
A list of previous Africa Cup of Nations winners, from the first Cup in 1957 to the most recent in 2013 (the next Cup will be held in 2015.)
Central Defender
An explanation of the soccer term central defender.
Back-Pass Rule
An explanation of the soccer term back-pass rule.
Five Classic Ronaldinho Videos
Best Ronaldinho videos - A Look at five of the best Ronaldinho videos on you tube
2013 MLS Wages
The top 20 highest earners in Major League Soccer in 2013.
Jose Pinto
Jose Pinto profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.
The Video Replay Debate
A look into the debate about the need for video replays in soccer, giving arguments for and against the introduction of technology.
Jose Mourinho Quotes
Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho is not a man to keep his opinions to himself. Here is a selection of some of the best Mourinho quotes
Portugal International Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Photos - A Look at the Career of Cristiano Ronaldo in Photos
FA Cup Winners List
The FA Cup winners list going back to 1872 when the competition was formed.

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