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When Was Wayne Rooney Born? posted by Football

Born October 24, 1985, Wayne Rooney is a footballer from England, who captains the national football team of England and Manchester United. He mainly plays at the forward position. In 2002, when he was sixteen years old, Rooney made his debut in professional football, playing for the Everton youth team. After that, two seasons were spent playing for Merseyside club, and eventually a transfer window moved him to Manchester United in 2004, and he has been playing for this team since then. In 2003, when Rooney was only 17, he played his first international game, making him the youngest player representing England and the youngest ever to score a goal. In 2004, playing UEFA Euro, Rooney scored four goals, which made him the youngest goal scorer in the European Championship as well.

While Rooney played for Manchester United, the team has won the League Cup two times, the FIFA Club World Cup once, the UEFA Champions League once, and the Premier League five times. Rooney scored the 200th goal of his career in September 2013, while playing for his team. Presently his score stands at 219 goals, which makes him the third highest goal scorer in the Manchester United team ever. 

At the International level, Rooney is considered the best player in England's team and he has featured in the World Cup games of 2006, 2010, and 2014. In 2008 and 2009, he won the England Player of the Year award. In his football career, Rooney has accumulated 99 international caps and made 43 goals, as of October 2014, making him the fourth-highest goal scorer in England's football history. However, he has been sent off the field twice, making him the player most red carded along with David Beckham. Rooney has won the Player of the Month of Premier League five times, and he has been awarded FWA Footballer of the Year, and PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2009-2010.

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Euro 2012 will bring development to the large Ukrainian cities posted by UkraineEURO2012

After the European football championship in 2012, Ukraine plans to focus on the development of megacities.

This assured the Deputy Prime Minister - Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov during his working trip to Dnipropetrovsk, the press service of the government.

He stressed that after the finals and the President of the Government will pay maximum attention to such cities. This will be done through the construction of roads, the organization of high-speed rail link between them, etc.

"For maximum convenience, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk and Kiev after the Euro 2012 will run high-speed train Kiev-Dnipropetrovsk-Donetsk", - said Boris Kolesnikov.Continue reading "Euro 2012 will bring development ..."


New road signs are developen in Kiev with the view of the EURO 2012 posted by UkraineEURO2012

Kiev completed designing road signs leading to the main objects of the future Euro 2012.

The State Automobile Inspectorate has agreed the layout of about 40 traffic signs, which are covered by the Rules of traffic of Ukraine, the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration.

At the moment the city is also preparing a concept of orientation on the basis of temporary signs, developed by the European Football Union. Manufacture of temporary signs deals with UEFA, but their installation and dismantling is provided by the city. The establishment of signs for traffic orientation will be performed in April 2012, transmits information center "Ukraine 2012".

In addition, at the time of the finals of the central part of the city planned to install 100 tourist information booths with information about travel routes in Ukrainian and English languages.

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More than ten thousand people from 80 countries want to be volunteers for EURO 2012 posted by UkraineEURO2012

As of July 26, 2011 The European football union has received almost 10 000 applications for volunteer work during Euro 2012, with the necessary requirements in 6000.

Applicants for euro 2012 volonteering represent 80 countries. Age of volunteers - from 18 to 78 years, according to local organizing committee of Euro-2012 Ukraine.

According to the Director of Euro 2012 in Ukraine Markiyan Lubkivsky, the number of applications during the first week of registration, which began on June 14 at the site UEFA, exceeded the monthly rate of Euro 2008.

"Competition in some cities today is 2.5 per place, - said Head of the Ukrainian IOC. - There are 20 areas of work of volunteers, but the most interesting, and those that require more volunteers, is the safety and order (not to be afraid of this trend - a translation and help the stewards at the stadium) and event-transport (elite volunteers). "

Everyone can now register on the official site of UEFA, and to join the organization one of the most powerful sport in the world.

It is planned that a person volunteer program UEFA Euro 2012 Vitali Klitschko will personally interview candidates applying for positions in areas of security and order, as well as event-transport.Continue reading "More than ten thousand people from ..."

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The Growth of American Football posted by Chris Johnson

Football is no longer just an American sport anymore. With American servicemen playing football on their off time, the game received notice from the people of the countries these servicemen were stationed. American football, or "gridiron football," has been going strong for some time now. Football is being played in several countries around the world.

Here's a list of countries playing (American) football:

American Samoa, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Costa Rica, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chili, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States (of course), Uruguay, Thailand, Australia, and Venezuela.

In the not to distant future, the United States will be introduced to just one of the players from Germany who was selected in the second round (58th overall), of the 2009 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. Sebastian Vollmer, who is an offensive lineman, has become the first European-trained player to be drafted. He began his career with the Dusseldorf Panthers (Dusseldorf, Germany). Vollmer played for the University of  Houston, and was noticed by the scouts of several NFL teams.

The National Football League has made the claim that they introduced football to the world. When the real trans-Atlantic carriers of the game, was actually our servicemen. However, the NFL failed to keep it's NFL Europe going. NFL Europe was originally thought to expand the game to Europe, gathering it's players from the host countries.

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Centsports Is Sweet posted by Chad

So, rumor has it online sports betting used to be really sweet; I heard pinnaclesports was an excellent, reputable site until the US cracked down on this alleged integrity issue.  An article I read points to a 1999 study that over $380 billion is illegally wagered on betting.  Now, I am not an advocate of; well, if society does it.. then it must be right.  Because usually, I think people are pretty stupid, especially society.  However, this seems harmless to me because the money can be used in so many ways.  Think of all the tax money and money, in general, the state and the US can collect, insane.  Anyway, it appears sports betting is only allowed in several states where it was legal before a certain law was passed.
BUT WAIT!  There is still a way for you to bet! and it is sweet.  There aren't props or a ton of other options.. but it is free betting.  It's a simple concept; advertisers pay your profit.  You view some ads maybe click on a few of them and then you can make and win some bets.  You start at .10 and have to work your way up from there.  It can be a real challenge, and you can do up to 5 game parlays; there are some early bonus options to boost your account size.  You'd have to read more of the rules to see how they try to limit you a little bit, which makes sense.. I'm sure they don't want to be making $550,000 payouts on a daily basis. 
There are a lot of betting options, soccer leagues galore, the WNBA (I giggle everytime), NFL, MLB, college sports, NHL, MMA, tennis, Nascar are all available for wagers.  Thankfully, I have no clue about MMA, tennis, or soccer yet I routinely throw wagers down on them and lose, draining my bank account.  I believe they would call me a degenerate in Vegas.  This is part of the reason I'm sure I have never made it passed the magnificent account total of.... $5.50!  TA DA!  Sweet.  I know.  Guess where I am at after 1 year of this.  .10!  The starting point.  Thanks to the Marlins loss last night or I would have hit a 5 team parlay.  Back to the drawing board.

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With Xabi Alonso Gone to Real Madrid, Can Liverpool Remain in the Premier League's Top Two? posted by Michael Orr


Finally it's over. After a seemingly endless courtship and game of one-ups-manship, Liverpool have sold midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid for a cool £30m. Whether Alonso will have any kind of an impact at Real is unclear as their newly constructed club features other star midfielders like Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo. But what is almost certain is the major downgrade on Merseyside.

It's true, Liverpool is still a very strong club and capable of having a better season than three-quarters of the English Premier League. But with their second-place finish last season, high hopes have been pinned on the Reds to compete again for the title. Losing Alonso, regardless of how the £30m in return is spent, is a serious loss. His passing and decision-making skills are nearly unmatched and his camaraderie with Fernando Torres gave Liverpool a potent, yet calculated attack.

Manchester United are certainly going to have a harder time this season and now Liverpool have been hit hard as well. But it's possible they're still the best two clubs in England. Can Chelsea adopt the style of Carlo Ancelotti in time to compete for this year's title, especially when his focus is on the Champions League? What about Arsenal, do they have enough to keep up with the top three? And Manchester City, how do their outrageous acquisitions affect the balance at the top? These questions won't be answered until the matches start on August 15, but one thing is certain, Xabi Alonso's move away from the Premier League is a serious change.

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Juve and Madrid Triumph in Peace Cup posted by Dewa Nugraha


 It looks like the two giants of European football are finally getting their shape on their pre-season matches as both teams managed to beat their opponents at the Peace cup tournament. The Italian giants trashed their Asian opponents Seongnam 3-0, with their new star Diego scores one of the goals. Meanwhile, after being held by Al-Itihad in the previous game, Madrid finally takes off in a winning way by defeating LDU Quito 4-2, and just like Juve, the Los Blancos' superstar Cristiano Ronaldo also puts his name on the score sheet.

Juve's Win

Playing with 4-3-1-2 formation, Juve looked ready to take on their opponent on the field by playing their new star Diego just behind Iaquinta and Trezeguet. The former Werder Bremen player didn't seem to take his time in trying to impress the Bianconeri fans' as he was playing impressive on the day bagging a goal and constantly instrumental in Juve's playing.

Already grabbing a victory in their first game, Juve looked determined to grab another 3 poin and ensure their place to the next stage. Proving it, I'll Bianconeri created lots of chances with Iaquinta shots and Diego's free kicks, however it took t38th minute before the Old Lady finally managed to slot the ball into Seongnam's net, thanks to a rather fluke goal by Iaquinta.

In the second half, Juve hasn't stop their impressive form as they manage to add two more goals notably from Diego himself, who dribbled his way int to the penalty area before unleashing a wicked left foot drive in the 53th minute. The 3-0 scoreline was completed on the 69th minute by Nicola Legrotaglie's header nodding in Sebastian Giovinco lovely cross from the right side.

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Etoo Agreed Terms With Inter posted by Dewa Nugraha

It looks like the mega swap deal involving two notable strikers Samuel Etoo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is set to take it's ending as latest reports from Italy stated that Eto'o has finally agreed his contract terms with Inter. It is also said that the cameroon striker will be flying to Italy on Monday to complete sign the papers and do his medical in Milan.

Confirming about the agreement Samu's agent, Jose Maria Mesalles, quoted as saying, "It's done. An agreement between Inter and ourselves has been reached. Yesterday Samuel spoke with Mourinho and he is very happy." Moreover Mesalles added, "The only problem is with Barcelona. The player may arrive on Monday or Tuesday to work with Inter. It's not official, but the agreement with Inter has been made. It's a five year deal."

Now all eyes will be waiting on the latest confirmation from Barcelona, who is negotating all the terms with Ibra, however earliers this week, Barcelona's chief Joan Laporta, stated that the deal with Ibra will be completed as soon as possible.  Despite there are no official confirmation yet, local media in Spain have claimed that the deal is done, and Ibra will be flying to Spain soon.

The deal, happened in somewhat of a schocking situation as it seemed to be off for a while, however in their desperate measure to land David Villa, Barcelona has finally opted what they consider as a win-win solution by getting a great striker and giving out their contract troubled one. Despite there are some controversy regarding the amount of transfer fee, the deal seems to be a good options for both clubs and players.

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Club America Shocked Milan posted by Dewa Nugraha

A surprise result occurred at the pre-season friendly tournament the World Club Football Challenge held at Atlanta Dome last night as Italian giants Ac Milan was beaten by Mexican side CF America 2-1. The rossoneri looked to be disappointed with the result as they fail to secure their first win in the tournament, as Club America, with this win they are now leading the table with 8 points, followed by Chelsea.

The match:

The first half started with a good pace and nice atmosphere as both team looked to impress the fans, however it was the Mexican side who arguably did most of the attacking intentions in the early part of the half, with Milan seems trying to get in to their stripes. Despite looking more dangerous, Club America didn't really trouble Milan except from one shot by Cabanas which was taken easily by the Italian team keeper Marco Storari. Meanwhile, the 7 time Champions League winner, who is still adapting with their new coach's system, despite not making lots of attempts in the first half, actually have the better chances. The first notable opportunities spurn by the Italian giants comes from their RB Luca Antonini, latching on Ronaldinho's pass, Luca sprung pass the offside trap but saw his shoot ballooned over the crossbar. Another clear cut chances for Milan came from Ronaldinho's free kick which just hit the top corner of the bar. Failing to convert anything, both teams gets back in to the dressing room with a stalemate result.

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