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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.
Who features in About.com World Soccer's list...
Best midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best midfielders.
Who are About.com's 10 best strikers in the...
Best strikers - A look at 10 of the world's best strikers.
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.
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 Goalkeepers in the World
Best Goalkeepers - A Look at 10 of the World's Best Goalkeepers
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.
10 Best Soccer Players of All Time
The top 10 greatest soccer players of all time, featuring greats such as Pele, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.
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
Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
How Teams Qualify For The Champions League
A look at what European teams have to do to get through Champions League qualifying.
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.
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.
What Are All the Positions in Soccer and What...
A description of the various positions on a soccer field.
How to Play the 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer
The 4-2-3-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
What is the 4-4-2 Formation in Soccer and How...
The 4-4-2 formation - A guide to the common 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.
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 2.
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.
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
FIFA's 10 Best National Soccer Teams
The best soccer teams in the world according to the official Fifa ranking.
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.
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.
World Soccer's Top 10 Defensive Midfielders
Best defensive midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best defensive midfielders.
Ten of the best central midfielders
The game is blessed with some great central midfielders and here are 10 of the very best.
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.
The Andres Escobar Shooting
The Andres Escobar murder and how his fate was linked to drug baron Pablo Escobar.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 3.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 9.
What Makes Real Madrid 1 of World Soccer’...
A club profile including Real Madrid history, with squad and quick facts.
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.
Love him or hate him? Luis Saurez is one of the...
Luis Suarez - A Look At The Career of Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez.
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.
2014 Ballon d'Or - What They Said
Quotes from the 2014 Ballon d'Or ceremony where Cristiano Ronaldo collected the award for the second year running.
Why Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is So Confident
This Arsene Wenger profile looks back on his career, achievements and philosophies.
Was Brazilian Soccer Legend Pele The Best Ever?
Pele Profile - The Career of Brazil Striker Pele, Regarded As The Best Soccer Player Ever
Jesus Navas (Manchester City & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 10.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 4.
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.
The 4-5-1 Formation
The 4-5-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
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.
Who Are the Best Full Backs in World Soccer?
Best full backs - A look at 10 of the world's best full backs.
Lionel Messi: The Player From Another Planet
Who Is Lionel Messi? The best soccer player in the world is now the highest goalscorer in Spanish league history, having broken the record in 2014
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.
Learn About Diego Maradona's "Hand of God"...
Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal
How Many Players Are There in a Soccer Match?
The Number of Players in a Soccer Match
Theo Walcott (Arsenal & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 7.
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.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United &...
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 5.
Best Soccer Websites
From skysports.com to Sports Illustrated, a look at 10 of the best soccer websites on the internet.
Understanding the Premier League
A quick guide to the Premier League, how it works, and what to watch for in the league table.
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.
Top 10 Champions League Goal Scorers
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are now out on their own on the list of record Champions League scorers.
'La Decima' - a Real Madrid Obsession
'La Decima' (meaning 10th in Spanish) is the term used for Real Madrid’s obsession with winning a 10th European Cup.
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
A Guide to Understanding Spain’s Primera...
Your guide to understanding La Liga rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
Learn how to master the art of passing in soccer.
Understanding Italy’s Serie A
Your guide to understanding Serie A rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
Who Are the 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In...
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
The About Soccer Glossary
A soccer glossary including rules, positions and equipment.
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.
Barcelona Club Profile
A profile of Barcelona, the best soccer team in the world.
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's 5-3-2 Formation
The formation ensures good strength in numbers when defending, and makes it hard for opposition teams to counterattack.
5 Fantastic Videos of Soccer Superstar Lionel...
Best Lionel Messi Videos - A Look at Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos On Youtube
What Makes Manchester United Such a Dominant...
A profile of Manchester United with history 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.
Explained: The Champions League Format
The UEFA Champions League is widely considered to be the world’s premier club competition. Here is an explanation of the format of the tournament.
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 Flawed Genius That Was George Best
A profile of Northern Ireland's greatest ever player - George Best.
How to Find the Best Soccer Boots
A guide to finding the best soccer boots to suit your needs.
A look at the career of Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal profile - a look at the career of the Holland coach.
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?
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?
Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
How Many Goals Has Lionel Messi Scored Against...
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.
Soccer Tips: How to Take an Effective Throw
Learn how to take a throw in soccer.
Legends: Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Diego Maradona
Winners of Soccer's Africa Cup of Nations Since...
A list of the previous Africa Cup of Nations winners shows that Egypt have won the tournament seven times, although there have been 13 other winners.
Why Manchester United Favors the 4-4-2 Formation
A look at the Manchester United formation employed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
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.
Taking a look at Messi’s Record Collection
A list of Lionel Messi's records, which include most goals for Barcelona, most goals in a calendar year and most goals in a European season.
Why Is Soccer Good For You?
If you want to improve your health, take up soccer. A University of Copenhagen study found the physical and social benefits outweigh those of running.
Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona Midfielder Xavi
Dearth Of World Class Strikers Means Little...
World soccer is failing to produce the great goalscorers it used to, meaning little movement in the transfer market and sky high prices for those who are available.
Best Soccer Managers
A look at the best football managers in the world and their achievements.
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.
Soccer Facts: Learn About the Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.
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.
Profile of Manchester United's Dutch goal-machine
Robin van Persie Profile - The Career of Manchester United Striker Robin van Persie
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.
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.
Ten of the Best Young Players in Europe
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe.
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Who Are the Best Free Kick Takers in World...
Ten of the best free kick takers in the world.
Champions League Yellow Card Rule
The Champions League yellow rule was changed in 2014 to help ensure that fewer players miss the final through suspension.
Who are the Real Madrid galácticos?
A look at Florentino Perez's Los galacticos policy at Real Madrid where star players have been signed at great expense.
Eden Hazard - one of the game's best wingers
Eden Hazard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard
Messi and Ronaldo: Enemies or Just Fierce Rivals?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are involved in one of soccer's biggest on-field rivalries but what is the pair's relationship like off the field?
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.
Tips on Beating the Goalkeeper
Tips For Strikers in a One-On-One Soccer Situation.
A Guide to Formations
Five of the most common soccer formations and how they are implemented.
Defensive Heading
A guide to good technique in defensive football heading.
Kaka Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Midfielder Kaka
The FA Cup Winners List
The FA Cup winners list going back to 1872 when the competition was formed.
Why is Soccer Played On Boxing Day In England?
Soccer on Boxing Day is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the English calendar and a popular day for the whole family to go and watch a game.
Soccer Essentials: What is the 4-2-3-1 Real...
A look at the Real Madrid formation employed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
An explanation of the soccer term wall.
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.
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.
I Am Zlatan: One Of The Most Entertaining...
A review of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the autobiography of the famous Swedish soccer player who has played in Holland, Italy, Spain and France.
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o Profile - The Career of Chelsea Striker Samuel Eto'o
Celery Throwing: A Chelsea Tradition
Celery Throwing - A Guide to a Chelsea Tradition
Who are the most expensive players in Premier...
In 2014, Angel Di Maria became the most expensive Premier League player in history when he moved from Real Madrid to Manchester United for £59.7 million.
Who Has The Most Assists in Europe?
This table reveals who has provided the most assists in Europe's top five leagues since August 2008, with a familiar name at the top.
What have Chelsea won?
Chelsea roster, with club profile, history and quick facts.
First League Goal
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
Profile: Jose Mourinho
A look at the career of manager Jose Mourinho who has won the league title in four different countries and boasts an impressive Champions League record.
What did Materazzi say to Zidane?
The 2006 World Cup final will always be remembered for the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
The Legend That Is Alfredo Di Stefano
A profile of Alfredo Di Stefano, the Real Madrid great who scored in five consecutive European Cup finals.
How to Play Fantasy Soccer
A guide on how to play fantasy football, including details on selecting a team, formation and points scoring.
10 Primo Premier League Players
A look at 10 of the Best Premier League Players.
Marc-Vivien Foe's Tragic Death
Marc-Vivien Foe tragically died while playing for Cameroon in 2003.
Serie A Winners List
A list of the winners and runners-up in the Italian Serie A, dating back to its inception in 1898.
How to Strike a Soccer Shot
A step-by-step guide on how to take a soccer shot.
Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.
Legends: Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Johan Cruyff
Profile of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar
Profile of Neymar, already among Brazil's record goalscorers and destined to achieve great things with club and country.
Best Goal Ever
Maradona's effort against England for Argentina at the 1986 World Cup is regarded as the best goal ever.
David Villa Profile
David Villa Profile - A Look At The Career of Atletico Madrid Striker David Villa
10 Players to Watch at the World Cup
10 World Cup players to watch ahead of the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The list features a Brazilian, a Frenchman and a South Korean among others.
Most Memorable Quotes by Arsenal Manager Arsene...
French manager Arsene Wenger will always give his opinion on a subject. Here is a selection of some of the best Wenger quotes
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.
Ten of the best soccer writers
The media has never been more influential than it is now, and with that in mind, here is a list of ten of the best football writers to grace the print media and internet.
Josep Guardiola
A look at the career of manager Pep Guardiola.
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.
Manchester United's Best Players Of All Time
Choosing the best Manchester United players of all time is an unenviable task considering this was the club of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Gianluigi Buffon Profile
Gianluigi Buffon Profile - A Look At The Career of Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
2013 Africa Cup of Nations Schedule - Fixtures,...
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations schedule, including fixtures, results and tables.
Sir Alex Ferguson: One of a Kind
Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in English soccer history, having won 13 Premier League titles before retiring in 2013.

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