Football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport in the world with over 4 billion follower. Its widespread popularity is illustrated by the large global audience it attracts, the number of professional leagues around the world, average professional athlete salary, tv viewership statistics, endorsement and sponsorship deals, social media presence, prominence in sports headlines on media outlets.
Football overwhelms sports headlines in some of the major countries in the world including almost many European nations such as Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, France, etc. Football is one of the most accessible sports in the world and there is hardly anyone who has not tried out soccer at some point in their life. In South America football is more than just a game is ingrained in the culture and patriotic spirit of each country. It represent dreams and joy for kids in Brazil, Argentina and other latin countries.
Football Soccer History
When talking about this incredible sport we can’t leave aside history. It remains important today to recognize the improvements that have been made and the possibilities for new strategies in order to avoid mistakes made in the past.
In the 1800’s Great Britain’s football league was credited with recording the first rules for the sport, including penalizing those who tripped opponents and touching the ball with their hands. But historical records trace soccer back more than 2,000 years ago to ancient China. After that it spread to Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America which also claim to have started the sport; but it was the English who actually made the transition to modern soccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call “football,” into the game we know today.
It wasn't until early twentieth century when you could see women playing the game seriously in different parts of Great Britain, France and Canada.
World’s Best Male Players
Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide played by men with “265 million players actively involved, roughly about 4 percent of the world's population,” according to FIFA. Some sources claim the portuguese player Christiano Ronaldo is them best XXI century football soccer player, others say he’s the best of all time. The truth is he’s not the only one, the Argentinian Lionel Messi is often discussed as one of the best players in modern history. However, in less recent history the list of the greatest players from last century includes Brazilian player Pelé, Argentinian Armando Maradona, Dutchman Johan Cruyff, Spanish Alfredo Di Stefano, German Franz Beckenbauer, Hungarian Ferenc Puskas and French Zinedine Zidane.
Greatest Football Soccer Players
World’s Best Female Players
It is well known sports were mostly played by men until the late twenty-first century but women’s effort to compete on the same fields were consistent up until that point.
|Martha Viera is a Brazilian who is considered the best female football player in the world. She won the FIFA World Player award five consecutive times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Also, she is an olympic medallist with two silver medals from the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games among other awards on different professional football leagues.|
|Mia Hamm is one of the most important players on the U.S. national soccer team. She played for 17 years professionally before deciding to retire. She is considered one of the best female players of all time having won two FIFA’s Best Player Awards. She played as forward and midfielder.|
|Birgit Prinz is a German football player also known for being a 16 years old debutant with her national team. She was the five time champion of the European League (1995,1997,2001,2005 and 2009) and won two world championships in 2003 and 2007.|
|Nadine Angerer started her career as a midfielder until she discovered her talent as goalkeeper, after which she became Germany’s national team goalie. She also played for the ASV Hofstetten, FC Nümber, Wacker Münich, Bayern and received FIFA’s Golden Ball in 2014.|
|Sissi is a retired Brazilian football player who currently coaches. Her biggest achievement was on her debutant year when at the age of sixteen she won the 1999 European Golden Shoe for scoring seven goals on the World Cup.|
|Michelle Akers is a former American player who won the Golden Shoe in 1991, a Golden medal in Atlanta’s 1996 olympic games, and then the Female World Cup in 1999. Finally in 2002 she was named Best Female Player of the Century by FIFA.|
|As captain of Germany’s national team, Doris Fitschen got her first of three european titles in 1989. Also, she was awarded a bronze medal in the 2000 olympic games. She was considered very important and key for the development of the female football program of her country.|
|Sun Wen is the best chinese football player ever recorded. She began playing at the age of eight when her parents decided to take her to a sports school in her city. She went on to win the Best Female Player of the Century (XX) award by FIFA in 2000, European Golden Boot (shoe) and the Golden Ball (Ballon d’Or) for her performance on 1999 World Cup. She is now retired.|
|Kelly Smith is the top scorer in the history of England’s national team. This former football player used to play in the English and American leagues. In 2007 she won the European Cup with Arsenal F.C. and played her first World Cup. In 2009 she won the European Cup again with England.|
If you are a football player don´t forget to focus on the game…
As it is in life, the power of the mind and positive thinking will determine where you are going and what are you capable of achieving. The process we use to learn sports requires not just physical effort but mental concentration too. Remember that every time to train for sports or desire to learn something new. Where you apply your energy and discipline, you will eventually see results!
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