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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 About.com's 10 best strikers in the...
Best strikers - A look at 10 of the world's best strikers.
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.
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 features in About.com World Soccer's list...
Best midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best midfielders.
10 Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ten of the greatest soccer players of all time.
The Ballon d'Or Winners List
A list of Ballon d’Or winners since the inaugural award in 1956.
Messi vs. Ronaldo: Who's Better?
A comparison of the two best players in the world: Messi vs Ronaldo.
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.
Is Lionel Messi the Best Soccer Player in the...
Lionel Messi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi
David Villa Profile
David Villa Profile - A Look At The Career of Atletico Madrid Striker David Villa
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.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
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.
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 2.
Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
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.)
What Are All the Positions in Soccer and What...
A description of the various positions on a soccer field.
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.
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.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 3.
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.
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.
Pedro (Barcelona & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 8.
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 6.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 7.
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
The 1994 FIFA World Cup
A review of the 1994 FIFA World Cup which Brazil won against Italy on penalties in the US.
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.
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.
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.
How to Play the 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer
The 4-2-3-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
Jesus Navas (Manchester City & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 10.
Was Brazilian Soccer Legend Pele The Best Ever?
Pele Profile - The Career of Brazil Striker Pele, Regarded As The Best Soccer Player Ever
Top 10 Champions League Goal Scorers
The 10 Record Champions League Scorers.
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.
FIFA's 10 Best National Soccer Teams
The best soccer teams in the world according to the official Fifa ranking.
Eden Hazard - one of the game's best wingers
Eden Hazard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard
How Teams Qualify For The Champions League
A look at what European teams have to do to get through Champions League qualifying.
What is the 4-4-2 Formation in Soccer and How...
The 4-4-2 formation - A guide to the common soccer game plan
World Soccer's Top 10 Defensive Midfielders
Best defensive midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best defensive midfielders.
Soccer Essentials: What is the 4-2-3-1 Real...
A look at the Real Madrid formation employed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
FA Cup Winners List
The FA Cup winners list going back to 1872 when the competition was formed.
2013 Africa Cup of Nations Schedule - Fixtures,...
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations schedule, including fixtures, results and tables.
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.
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.
Profile: Jose Mourinho
A look at the career of manager Jose Mourinho.
The About Soccer Glossary
A soccer glossary including rules, positions and equipment.
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.
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 Free Kick Takers in World...
Ten of the best free kick takers in the world.
Best Soccer Managers
A look at the best football managers in the world and their achievements.
Understanding the Premier League
A quick guide to the Premier League, how it works, and what to watch for in the league table.
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.
Who Are the Best Full Backs in World Soccer?
Best full backs - A look at 10 of the world's best full backs.
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.
5 Fantastic Videos of Soccer Superstar Lionel...
Best Lionel Messi Videos - A Look at Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos On Youtube
Best Soccer Websites
From skysports.com to Sports Illustrated, a look at 10 of the best soccer websites on the internet.
Legends: Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Diego Maradona
How Many Goals Has Lionel Messi Scored Against...
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.
Why Ajax vs Feyenoord is the Biggest Soccer...
A look at the history of Ajax vs Feyenoord rivalry in Holland.
Passing
Learn how to master the art of passing in soccer.
Learn About Diego Maradona's "Hand of God"...
Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
10 Primo Premier League Players
A look at 10 of the Best Premier League Players.
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
The Andres Escobar Shooting
The Andres Escobar murder and how his fate was linked to drug baron Pablo Escobar.
Who made FIFA's 2014 team of the year?
The FIFA/FIFPro World team of 2014 was announced at the Ballon d'Or gala and featured a couple of surprise selections.
How Much Do You Know About Soccer's Arsenal Club?
A profile of Arsenal F.C. with history and quick facts.
Sergio Canales (Valencia)
A look at 10 of the best young players currently playing in Europe.
Why Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is So Confident
This Arsene Wenger profile looks back on his career, achievements and philosophies.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Soccer Tips: How to Take an Effective Throw
Learn how to take a throw in soccer.
Scoring Opportunity
An explanation of the soccer term scoring opportunity.
A Guide to Understanding Spain’s Primera...
Your guide to understanding La Liga rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
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.
Who Are the 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In...
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
What Makes Real Madrid 1 of World Soccer’...
A club profile including Real Madrid history, with squad and quick facts.
Why Manchester United Favors the 4-4-2 Formation
A look at the Manchester United formation employed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
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.
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?
A Guide to Formations
Five of the most common soccer formations and how they are implemented.
What Makes Manchester United Such a Dominant...
A profile of Manchester United with history and quick facts.
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.
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.
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
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.
Soccer Facts: Learn About the Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.
Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.
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.
Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona Midfielder Xavi
Barcelona Club Profile
A profile of Barcelona, the best soccer team in the world.
10 of the Best Players in Soccer's Serie A
Best Serie A Players - A look at 10 of the best Serie A Players.
Celery Throwing: A Chelsea Tradition
Celery Throwing - A Guide to a Chelsea Tradition
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o Profile - The Career of Chelsea Striker Samuel Eto'o
A look at the career of Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal profile - a look at the career of the Holland coach.
Copa America Winners
Every Copa America Winner between 1910 and 2011.
Legends: Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane Profile - The Career of France Playmaker Zinedine Zidane
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.
Free Kicks in Soccer
Free Kicks in Soccer. World Soccer.
The Flawed Genius That Was George Best
A profile of Northern Ireland's greatest ever player - George Best.
From British record signing to Chelsea flop
Fernando Torres Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres
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.
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.
Wayne Rooney: Mercenary or Magician?
Wayne Rooney Profile - A Look At The Career of Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney
Who Is Lionel Messi?
Who Is Lionel Messi? Learn All About Messi, The Best Soccer Player In The World.
Wall
An explanation of the soccer term wall.
Player Comparison: Messi and Neymar
They may play for the same club, but with two such exquisite talents as Lionel Messi and Neymar it is too much of a temptation not to compare them.
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.
The Soccer Ball
The Soccer Ball. World Soccer.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.
Africa Cup of Nations Format
The Africa Cup of Nations format
First League Goal
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
The top goalscorers at the 2014 World Cup
A list of the 2014 World Cup top scorers, including summary of goals.
Kaka
Kaka Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Midfielder Kaka
Profile of Manchester United's Dutch goal-machine
Robin van Persie Profile - The Career of Manchester United Striker Robin van Persie
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.
Can the Elephants get out of the group stage?
The Ivory Coast 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Any chance for Algeria at the 2014 World Cup?
The Algeria 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
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.
Understanding Italy’s Serie A
Your guide to understanding Serie A rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
Neymar (Santos)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world. Page 2.
Erick Torres (Guadalajara)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world. Page 4.
How to Strike a Soccer Shot
A step-by-step guide on how to take a soccer shot.
Luc Castaignos (Inter Milan)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world. Page 3.
First Major Tournament
Cristiano Ronaldo Photos - A Look at the Career of Cristiano Ronaldo in Photos
Marc-Vivien Foe's Death
In 2003, Marc-Vivien Foe tragically collapsed and died while playing for Cameroon against Colombia.
Defensive Heading
A guide to good technique in defensive football heading.
Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
What have Chelsea won?
Chelsea roster, with club profile, history and quick facts.
Manchester City's goalscorer supreme
Sergio Aguero Profile - A Look At The Career of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero
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
Neymar
Neymar Profile - A Look At The Career of Santos Striker Neymar
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.
Portugal International Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Photos - A Look at the Career of Cristiano Ronaldo in Photos
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.
Anders Lindegaard
Anders Lindegaard profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.
What did Materazzi say to Zidane?
The 2006 World Cup final will always be remembered for the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
Soccer Hooliganism Movies
A review of five of the best known football hooligan films.
Gianluigi Buffon Profile
Gianluigi Buffon Profile - A Look At The Career of Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
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