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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 is on About.com World Soccer's list of best...
Best Goalkeepers - A Look at 10 of the World's Best Goalkeepers
10 Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ten of the greatest soccer players of all time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Is Lionel Messi the Best Soccer Player in the...
Lionel Messi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 3.
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.
Soccer Essentials: What is the 4-2-3-1 Real...
A look at the Real Madrid formation employed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
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.
Soccer's Ballon d'Or Winners From 1956 to Messi...
A list of Ballon d’Or winners since the inaugural award in 1956.
How to Play the 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer
The 4-2-3-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
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
The top goalscorers at the 2014 World Cup
A list of the 2014 World Cup top scorers, including summary of goals.
How Teams Qualify For The Champions League
A look at what European teams have to do to get through Champions League qualifying.
The Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup
The Brazil 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Best Soccer Managers
A look at the best football managers in the world and their achievements.
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.
5 Fantastic Videos of Soccer Superstar Lionel...
Best Lionel Messi Videos - A Look at Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos On Youtube
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.
World Soccer's Top 10 Defensive Midfielders
Best defensive midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best defensive midfielders.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 4.
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.
Meet Portuguese Soccer Manager Jose Mourinho
A look at the career of manager Jose Mourinho.
10 Primo Premier League Players
A look at 10 of the Best Premier League Players.
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich & France)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 5.
What is the 4-4-2 Formation in Soccer and How...
The 4-4-2 formation - A guide to the common soccer game plan
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.
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid & Argentina)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 9.
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.
Nani (Manchester United & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 6.
A look at the career of Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal profile - a look at the career of the Holland coach.
FIFA's 10 Best National Soccer Teams
The best soccer teams in the world according to the official Fifa ranking.
Ashley Young (Manchester United & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 7.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 10.
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.
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.
A Guide to Formations
Five of the most common soccer formations and how they are implemented.
Learn About Diego Maradona's "Hand of God"...
Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal
Legends: Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Diego Maradona
Can Argentina win the 2014 World Cup?
The Argentina 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis and a possible starting-line up in Brazil.
How Many Players Are There in a Soccer Match?
The Number of Players in a Soccer Match
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.
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.
Best Soccer Websites
From skysports.com to Sports Illustrated, a look at 10 of the best soccer websites on the internet.
Who Are the Best Full Backs in World Soccer?
Best full backs - A look at 10 of the world's best full backs.
Soccer Facts: Learn About the Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.
Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
The story behind the Andres Escobar shooting
The Andres Escobar murder and how his fate was linked to drug baron Pablo Escobar.
Sergio Canales (Valencia)
A look at 10 of the best young players currently playing in Europe.
Why Colombia should make the World Cup second...
The Colombia 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Was Brazilian Soccer Legend Pele The Best Ever?
Pele Profile - The Career of Brazil Striker Pele, Regarded As The Best Soccer Player Ever
Copa America Winners
Every Copa America Winner between 1910 and 2011.
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 4-5-1 Formation
The 4-5-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
What Makes Real Madrid 1 of World Soccer’...
A club profile including Real Madrid history, with squad and quick facts.
How Much Do You Know About Soccer's Arsenal Club?
A profile of Arsenal F.C. with history and quick facts.
Passing
Learn how to master the art of passing in soccer.
Who Are the 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In...
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
Why Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is So Confident
This Arsene Wenger profile looks back on his career, achievements and philosophies.
The About Soccer Glossary
A soccer glossary including rules, positions and equipment.
What Makes Manchester United Such a Dominant...
A profile of Manchester United with history and quick facts.
How Many Goals Has Lionel Messi Scored Against...
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.
Who made the 2014 Germany World Cup squad?
The Germany 2014 World Cup squad profile article from About.com, also featuring analysis, fixtures and a prediction for the tournament.
Top 10 Champions League Goal Scorers
The 10 Record Champions League Scorers.
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o Profile - The Career of Chelsea Striker Samuel Eto'o
Quick Facts About the Barcelona Soccer Club
A profile of Barcelona, the best soccer team in the world.
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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.
Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.
Who Are the Best Free Kick Takers in World...
Ten of the best free kick takers in the world.
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 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.
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.
Holding Midfielder
An explanation of the soccer term holding midfielder.
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.
Why Manchester United Favors the 4-4-2 Formation
A look at the Manchester United formation employed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
7 Stories About Controversial Soccer Player...
A selection of the best Mario Balotelli stories.
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.
Understanding the Premier League
A quick guide to the Premier League, how it works, and what to watch for in the league table.
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.
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.
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.
Ten of the Best Arsenal Players
A look at 10 of the best Arsenal players to have donned the famous red and white shirt.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Lampard
A look at the career of Chelsea Midfielder Frank Lampard.
Defender
An explanation of the soccer term defender.
Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona Midfielder Xavi
Legends: Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane Profile - The Career of France Playmaker Zinedine Zidane
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.
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.
Mateo Kovačić (Inter Milan)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 2.
Stopper
An explanation of the soccer term stopper.
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.
Julian Draxler
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe.
What are Chile's chances at the 2014 World Cup?
The Chile 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis and a possible line-up for the tournament.
Love him or hate him? Luis Saurez is one of the...
Luis Suarez - A Look At The Career of Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez.
When are the games taking place in Brazil?
The 2014 World Cup schedule, with kick-off times listed as local.
Marc-Vivien Foe's Death
In 2003, Marc-Vivien Foe tragically collapsed and died while playing for Cameroon against Colombia.
Argentina International Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
FIFA World Cup
An explanation of the soccer term FIFA World Cup.
Cap
An explanation of the soccer term cap.
Anchorman
An explanation of the soccer term anchorman.
First Major Tournament
Cristiano Ronaldo Photos - A Look at the Career of Cristiano Ronaldo in Photos
Kaka
Kaka Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Midfielder Kaka
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
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.
Soccer Tips: How to Take an Effective Throw
Learn how to take a throw in soccer.
Ivory Coast striker still menacing defenses
Didier Drogba Profile - The Career of Galatasaray Striker Didier Drogba
Profile of Manchester United's Dutch goal-machine
Robin van Persie Profile - The Career of Manchester United Striker Robin van Persie
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.
10 of the Best Players in Soccer's Serie A
Best Serie A Players - A look at 10 of the best Serie A Players.
One-On-One Striker Tips
Tips For Strikers in a One-On-One Soccer Situation.
Best Young Strikers in the World
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world.
Center Back
An explanation of the soccer term center back.
A Guide to Understanding Spain’s Primera...
Your guide to understanding La Liga rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
How to Strike a Soccer Shot
A step-by-step guide on how to take a soccer shot.
Clean Sheet
An explanation of the soccer term clean sheet.
A second World Cup for Spain?
The Spain World Cup squad for the 2014 tournament in Brazil, together with analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
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.
Marquinhos (AS Roma)
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 3.
Book Review: I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Review of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the autobiography of the famous Swedish soccer player.
How far can Belgium go at the World Cup?
The 2014 Belgium World Cup squad, also featuring analysis, possible starting line-up and a match schedule for the tournament.
Plenty to fear for Holland at 2014 World Cup
The Holland 2014 World Cup squad, also containing the possible Oranjes starting line-up, team schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Can Croatia emerge from tough World Cup group?
The Croatia 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
Five Classic Ronaldinho Videos
Best Ronaldinho videos - A Look at five of the best Ronaldinho videos on you tube
Neymar
Neymar Profile - A Look At The Career of Santos Striker Neymar
What did Materazzi say to Zidane?
The 2006 World Cup final will always be remembered for the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
Free Kicks in Soccer
Free Kicks in Soccer. World Soccer.
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria profile, including cuurent club, previous clubs and honors.
Libero
An explanation of the soccer term Libero.
How to Play Fantasy Soccer
A guide on how to play fantasy football, including details on selecting a team, formation and points scoring.
Neymar (Santos)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world. Page 2.
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.)
Ross Barkley
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe. Page 10.
Luc Castaignos (Inter Milan)
A look at five of the best young strikers in the world. Page 3.
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