History and Recent Track Record of Real Madrid by Lance Lycett at iSnare Articles

History and Recent Track Record of Real Madrid by Lance Lycett at iSnare Articles

While Real Madrid may be feeling hard done by after losing the Spanish League and Champions League titles to FC Barcelona, but in some resects even the Catalans cannot compete. They are actually the most successful club in the history of Spanish football, and they were voted by FIFA as being the most successful club team from anywhere in the world for all of the 20th century. Certainly, those are very lofty achievements, and expectations are always high for Real Madrid to continue on with that, which is one of the reason Real Madrid tickets are in such demand.

What’s behind this single club being voted the most successful of the last century? To begin with, Real Madrid was in existence right from the start, having been founded in 1902. In their history, they have won a total of 31 La Liga titles, while never being relegated from the top level of La Liga in Spanish football. As well as those 31 titles they also won the Copa del Rey 18 times, including in 2011, as well as taking the Spanish Supercup 8 times and a record breaking 9 UEFA Championships.

Real Madrid won back to back La Liga titles in 1932 and 1933, but it was really in the 1950s and 1960s when a period of unprecedented success was enjoyed. They won four straight La Liga titles from 1955 1958, then won eight straight from 1961 through 1969! Imagine having that kind of success today.

Still, in the 1980s, Real Madrid really put on a dominant run that can equal to any single team’s run in the history of global football. That team, often known as La Quinta del Buitre, won the Spanish League title in five successive years, and as well as various other cups and trophies won two UEFA championships too.

At the turn of the 21st century, Real Madrid had one of the most star studded squads of all time. Called the “Galacticos”, Real Madrid boasted David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and Real Madrid’s leading goal scorer ever, Raul. The team was able to bring home the La Liga championship in 2003, and the UEFA trophy in 2002, but after that didn’t live up to their lofty expectations as it took several more years to win another major title.

Of course, today the club is still strong, and is one of the best not only in La Liga but also in all of Europe. Big names include Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian Kaka. And if it weren’t for FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Ronaldo would possibly be regarded as the best player in the world right now.

So there you have it Real Madrid has one of the most glorious track records in the world. FIFA’s vote for the most successful club of the 20th century says an awful lot and with stars such as Ronaldo being attracted there the club retains much of its prestige. The competition with FC Barcelona is fiercer than ever, and that fuels the team and its fans to continue playing and cheering harder than ever before too. The article is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only and should not be used in any way, implemented or applied without consultation from a professional. Please read our Terms of Service for more information.

Artificial Football Pitch Offers An Excellent Playing Surface

Artificial Football Pitch Offers An Excellent Playing Surface

Next time you go to watch your favourite football match take a closer look at the football pitch. What looks like perfectly mowed, lush green grass on the football pitch is not natural grass, but artificial grass.

Manufactured from synthetic materials like polypropylene or polyethylene, an artificial turf pitch can be used for a number of sports, including football, hockey, baseball, athletics, tennis, and many more. FIFA and UEFA have endorsed these synthetic sports surfaces due to their features of durability, slip resistance, shock absorbency, and most importantly, their need for minimal maintenance. The artificial sports surfaces comprise a solid base, which is designed to offer stability to the top layer of synthetic “grass” fibres. The base also offers an effective drainage system, making the synthetic turf ready for play in all weather conditions. The top layer, also known as the man made grass carpet, is made of artificial grass fibres tufted onto a backing cloth and in filled with sand or a mixture of sand and rubber granules. However, some varieties of artificial sports pitches may not be in filled with sand or rubber. These are known as water based sports pitches.

Yet another advantage offered by artificial sports surfaces is that their playing characteristics can be altered significantly by changing the length and density of the fibres. At the recreational level, a football pitch featuring artificial grass with sand infill and needle punch carpets is adequate. Such a football pitch also has a shock pad just beneath the top layer which protects the players from injuries.

On the other hand, elite level football is played on third generation artificial grass. These “next generation” or “third generation” artificial grass surfaces are generally regarded as being about as safe to play as natural grass. In this case, the football pitch comprises grass fibres that are made of a soft material known as polyethylene. These fibres are dressed with a mixture of rubber crumbs and sand. Such a football pitch offers the same playing qualities as that of natural grass. FIFA favours more thinly spaced longer fibres for their soccer turf.

Artificial grass is also used for making synthetic athletic surfaces. It consists of SBR granules blended with polyurethane binders in a special mixing machine which when applied to the surface creates a durable, porous, and uniform track. Such a slip resistant track offers more protection to athletes.

FIFA has set stricter sanctions to fight racism in soccer

FIFA has set stricter sanctions to fight racism in soccer

Racism has been a real problem with soccer lately. Soccer chants, verbal abuse between players, and racists officials are getting out of hand throughout many leagues in which FIFA was forced to step in and develop a discipline plan to stop the issues at hand.

It was reported on Friday that FIFA President Sepp Blatter has announced that football clubs, officials, and players who are found guilty of racism will suffer harsh consequences.

Also, officials and players can get up to a five game ban if found guilty of racist abuse. No report of applying fines were mentioned, which was the old discipline rule.

As for fans or supporters, if they are witnessed chanting racist songs or howls, their actions will reflect punishment on their own club team.

Now that the universal law has been applied, it is up to the 209 countries registered with FIFA to apply the rules respectively.

UEFA has decided to up their game ban from five to ten, when disciplining officials or players, in any European competition.