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Who Are the 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.
10 Best Goalkeepers in the World
Best Goalkeepers - A Look at 10 of the World's Best Goalkeepers
Who are 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.
Who are About.com's 10 best strikers in the...
Best strikers - A look at 10 of the world's best strikers.
Who features in About.com World Soccer's list...
Best midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best midfielders.
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.
10 Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ten of the greatest soccer players of all time.
Messi vs. Ronaldo: Who's Better?
A comparison of the two best players in the world: Messi vs Ronaldo.
Is Lionel Messi the Best Soccer Player in the...
Lionel Messi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi
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.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
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.
Who are the Best Arsenal Players in History?
A look at 10 of the best Arsenal players to have donned the famous red and white shirt.
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 2.
The Ballon d'Or Winners List
A list of Ballon d’Or winners since the inaugural award in 1956.
Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
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.
The 1994 FIFA World Cup
A review of the 1994 FIFA World Cup which Brazil won against Italy on penalties in the US.
What Are All the Positions in Soccer and What...
A description of the various positions on a soccer field.
Meet Portuguese Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo
A look at the career of Portuguese-born midfielder for the Real Madrid club, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
Who Are The Top 10 Barcelona Players of All Time?
A look at 10 of the best Barcelona players to have donned the famous blaugrana shirt.
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.
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 6.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 3.
How Teams Qualify For The Champions League
A look at what European teams have to do to get through Champions League qualifying.
Pedro (Barcelona & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 8.
Understanding the Premier League
A quick guide to the Premier League, how it works, and what to watch for in the league table.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 9.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United &...
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 5.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 4.
Top 10 Champions League Goal Scorers
The 10 Record Champions League Scorers.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 7.
What All 4 Officials Do on The Soccer Field
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.
What You Need to Know about Free Kicks and...
An explanation of why referees award direct free kicks, indirect free kicks, and penalty kicks and what constitutes a foul in soccer.
How Many Players Are There in a Soccer Match?
The Number of Players in a Soccer Match
Best Soccer Managers
A look at the best football managers in the world and their achievements.
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
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.
Soccer Essentials: What is the 4-2-3-1 Real...
A look at the Real Madrid formation employed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The World's 10 Best Soccer Playmakers
A playmaker operates in midfield or advanced midfield and dictates the tempo of a match with his passing and dribbling skills. Here's 10 of the best.
Was Brazilian Soccer Legend Pele The Best Ever?
Pele Profile - The Career of Brazil Striker Pele, Regarded As The Best Soccer Player Ever
FIFA's 10 Best National Soccer Teams
The best soccer teams in the world according to the official Fifa ranking.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 10.
Profile: Jose Mourinho
A look at the career of manager Jose Mourinho.
World Soccer's Top 10 Defensive Midfielders
Best defensive midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best defensive midfielders.
How to Play the 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer
The 4-2-3-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
The 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.
2013 Africa Cup of Nations Schedule - Fixtures,...
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations schedule, including fixtures, results and tables.
What is the 4-4-2 Formation in Soccer and How...
The 4-4-2 formation - A guide to the common soccer game plan
Best Bundesliga Players
German soccer is going from strength-to-strength and is the picture of health. The stadiums are full and the soccer is exciting. Here is a list of 10 of the best Bundesliga players.
5 Fantastic Videos of Soccer Superstar Lionel...
Best Lionel Messi Videos - A Look at Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos On Youtube
Love him or hate him? Luis Saurez is one of the...
Luis Suarez - A Look At The Career of Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez.
Who Are the Best Full Backs in World Soccer?
Best full backs - A look at 10 of the world's best full backs.
10 All-Time Best Soccer Players For Real Madrid
A look at 10 of the best Real Madrid players to have donned the famous white shirt.
Did Lionel Messi deserve the 2014 Golden Ball...
Lionel Messi won the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball after guiding Argentina to the final, but did he deserve the accolade?
The Flawed Genius That Was George Best
A profile of Northern Ireland's greatest ever player - George Best.
Who Are the Best Free Kick Takers in World...
Ten of the best free kick takers in the world.
Sergio Canales (Valencia)
A look at 10 of the best young players currently playing in Europe.
Who made the About.com 2014 World Cup team of...
The About.com 2014 World Cup team of the tournament. The team lines up in a 4-3-3 formation, but who made the grade?
Who Are the Best African Players in European...
A subjective look at 10 of the best football (soccer) players from Africa, along with their home country and the teams they play for.
Why Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is So Confident
This Arsene Wenger profile looks back on his career, achievements and philosophies.
10 Primo Premier League Players
A look at 10 of the Best Premier League Players.
Best Soccer Websites
From skysports.com to Sports Illustrated, a look at 10 of the best soccer websites on the internet.
How Much Do You Know About Soccer's Arsenal Club?
A profile of Arsenal F.C. with history and quick facts.
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Legends: Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Diego Maradona
Soccer 101: Throws Ins, Goal Kicks, and Corner...
The different ways the ball is put back into play after it has left the soccer field.
The 10 most expensive signings in 2014
The ten most expensive soccer players in 2014 feature two huge signings from Spanish clubs and a host of transfers to the English Premier League.
The About Soccer Glossary
A soccer glossary including rules, positions and equipment.
What is Futsal?
The game of futsal has existed for centuries and this article explains all about the history, rules and equipment needed to play the sport.
What Makes Real Madrid 1 of World Soccer’...
A club profile including Real Madrid history, with squad and quick facts.
What is An Offside Penalty in Soccer?
If a player is in an offside position when the ball is played to him or touched by a teammate, he may not become actively involved in the play.
What Makes Manchester United Such a Dominant...
A profile of Manchester United with history and quick facts.
A Guide to Understanding Spain’s Primera...
Your guide to understanding La Liga rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
How Many Goals Has Lionel Messi Scored Against...
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.
Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
Passing
Learn how to master the art of passing in soccer.
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.
Learn About Diego Maradona's "Hand of God"...
Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal
Wall
An explanation of the soccer term wall.
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.
Why Manchester United Favors the 4-4-2 Formation
A look at the Manchester United formation employed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Andres Escobar Shooting
The Andres Escobar murder and how his fate was linked to drug baron Pablo Escobar.
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.
Get the Facts on Soccer's 5-3-2 Formation
The formation ensures good strength in numbers when defending, and makes it hard for opposition teams to counterattack.
Boxing Day Soccer Tradition In England
Boxing day is one of the most eagerly anticipated days in the English soccer calendar.
Clean Sheet
An explanation of the soccer term clean sheet.
A look at the career of Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal profile - a look at the career of the Holland coach.
Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Learn About Soccer's...
A look at the history of El Clásico between Spain's great rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Holding Midfielder
An explanation of the soccer term holding midfielder.
A Guide to Formations
Five of the most common soccer formations and how they are implemented.
Who Are the 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In...
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
Legends: Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane Profile - The Career of France Playmaker Zinedine Zidane
Barcelona Club Profile
A profile of Barcelona, the best soccer team in the world.
Where To Buy Premier League Tickets
There are soccer fans all around the world dreaming of experiencing a live English match and this article will tell you where to buy premier league tickets.
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.
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.
7 Stories About Controversial Soccer Player...
A selection of the best Mario Balotelli stories.
From British record signing to Chelsea flop
Fernando Torres Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres
Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona Midfielder Xavi
Meet French Soccer Striker Thierry Henry
With lightning pace and one of the deftest touches in the game, Thierry Henry has established himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the world.
The Soccer Ball
The Soccer Ball. World Soccer.
Why Ghana will struggle at the 2014 World Cup
The Ghana 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Soccer Tips: How to Take an Effective Throw
Learn how to take a throw in soccer.
David Villa Profile
David Villa Profile - A Look At The Career of Atletico Madrid Striker David Villa
Cap
An explanation of the soccer term cap.
Derby
An explanation of the soccer term Derby.
The 4-5-1 Formation
The 4-5-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
Romelu Lukaku Profile
Romelu Lukaku Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Striker Romelu Lukaku
Eden Hazard - one of the game's best wingers
Eden Hazard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard
Soccer Facts: Learn About the Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.
FA Cup Winners List
The FA Cup winners list going back to 1872 when the competition was formed.
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.
Understanding Italy’s Serie A
Your guide to understanding Serie A rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
10 of the Best Players in Soccer's Serie A
Best Serie A Players - A look at 10 of the best Serie A Players.
Profile of Manchester United's Dutch goal-machine
Robin van Persie Profile - The Career of Manchester United Striker Robin van Persie
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.
Winners of Soccer's Africa Cup of Nations Since...
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.)
Argentina International Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
Manchester City's goalscorer supreme
Sergio Aguero Profile - A Look At The Career of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero
Who are the World Cup record scorers?
Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose, Pele, the list of World Cup top scorers contains some of the best strikers the game has ever seen.
How Teams Qualify for Soccer's 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.
The Best Young Midfielders in World Soccer
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.
Wayne Rooney: Mercenary or Magician?
Wayne Rooney Profile - A Look At The Career of Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney
Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Free Kicks in Soccer
Free Kicks in Soccer. World Soccer.
First League Goal
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
What have Chelsea won?
Chelsea roster, with club profile, history and quick facts.
Sir Alex Ferguson
This Sir Alex Ferguson profile includes teams managed, trophies won and the story of his career
Trap
An explanation of the soccer term trap.
Ten of the Best Young Players in Europe
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe.
First Major Tournament
Cristiano Ronaldo Photos - A Look at the Career of Cristiano Ronaldo in Photos
What did Materazzi say to Zidane?
The 2006 World Cup final will always be remembered for the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
The best quotes from the 2014 World Cup final
A selection of the best quotes from the 2014 World Cup final, including Joachim Low's thoughts on Mario Gotze, and a dejected Lionel Messi.
The top goalscorers at the 2014 World Cup
A list of the 2014 World Cup top scorers, including summary of goals.
Defensive Heading
A guide to good technique in defensive football heading.
Arsenal's record signing
Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal in September 2013 took many by surprise, bot least the player himself, who had declared a week earlier that he was staying at Real Madrid.
Yellow Card
An explanation of the soccer term yellow card.
FIFA World Cup
An explanation of the soccer term FIFA World Cup.
Relegation
An explanation of the soccer term relegation.
Assist
An explanation of the soccer term assist.
The Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is widely considered to be the world’s premier club competition. It pits 32 of the most successful clubs in Europe, as determined by their standing in their domestic leagues the previous season, to crown the champions of the continent. Played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights scattered throughout the season, the Champions League runs from late September to late May with a hiatus in December and January.
How Can I Buy 2014 World Cup Tickets?
A guide to how you can buy tickets for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Midfielder
An explanation of the soccer term midfielder.
Neymar (Santos)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world. Page 2.
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.
Gianluigi Buffon Profile
Gianluigi Buffon Profile - A Look At The Career of Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Fourth Official
An explanation of the soccer term fourth official
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