3 Reasons Why England Won The 2015 Ashes

Even if this Ashes series did not have the good for being a classic, it definitely had its unpredictable moments.

After being mauled 5-0 in Australia and in the World Cup as well as the West India, very few England supporters envisaged such a result.

The momentum swung from one side to the other, thanks to the enormous margins of victory that one found it difficult to predict which side would win it.

Here are 3 reasons why England did manage to win:

1: English pitches

After losing to Australia on a slow, lifeless pitch at Lord’s, the Tests at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge were true to English conditions. These juicy pitches played to England’s strength and led to Australia’s demise. Of course, after James Anderson bowled them out in Birmingham, the Aussies never really recovered.

2: Australian selection blunders

The loss of Ryan Harris was a blow to the Aussies. The reason for this is he was one of the most reliable bowlers in England for Australia during the 2013 series. The only (and obvious) replacement for Harris was Peter Siddle who proved so in the final Test. The other blunders was dropping Mitchell Marsh for the Trent Bridge Test and finding themselves a bowler short. It definitely helped England win.

3: Stuart Broad’s bowling spells

Stuart Broad has bowled his best in this series. Not only did he bowl a perfect line and length, he also bowled a memorable spell at Trent Bridge to keep the urn. Apart from this, his batting has also improved memorably. It shows that he has worked at it and enjoys batting at the crease too. Without a doubt, there will be more run from Broad in the future for England.

Do’s and Don’ts When Buying Soccer Shoes

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Selecting the right soccer cleats can be daunting. There is a large variety of soccer shoes in the market. Make a few wrong assumptions and you might end up with the wrong pair for you. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts:

Do’s:

Buy shoes according to the surface you play on. Find out the surfaces you will be playing on throughout the season and then buy accordingly. Sometimes you might need multiple pairs for multiple conditions.

Make your selection according to the position you play. Strikers will always need different shoes. This will also vary according to your pay style.

Always buy shoes that fit perfectly, not slightly loose nor slightly tight. Go during the time of day you will end up playing when buying your shoes.

Try to find shoes appropriate to the shape of your feet. This can be tricky because if you have a slightly different foot shape you might need to find custom shoes.

Don’ts:

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Never buy a pair of soccer shoes, just because your favorite player just bought them. Always stick to what is best for you. The same applies to your soccer uniform.

Do not limit yourself to buying from a physical store, try a search online and find the best deal. Sometimes you can try on a shoe in a physical store and get it cheaper online.

Do not prefer economy over quality. A lot of the time cheaper does not mean better. This is one of those instances. Stick to brands like Adidas soccer shoes.

Soccer Garage is an online retailer of high-quality gear and apparel for soccer, baseball, volleyball, and other popular sports. Find soccer warm up gear or top of the line Adidas predator cleats on their website.

Neymar talks about Ballon D’Or Chances, Playing against Messi in World Cup Qualifier

Brazilian star Neymar is not trying to outdo Messi when it comes to football’s top prize – the Ballon D’Or.

In speaking with Marca, Neymar was quoted, saying “Messi is a star. Playing against him is not good; it’s bad. It’s going to be a tough game.”

But what is clear is that the former Santos star was able to make an excellent impression last season as FC Barcelona won their second treble. It’s been such good going that his name might be included in the 2015 Ballon D’Or list.

However, beating Lionel Messi might be a tall order since he has been in sublime form. Yet the youngster is only interested in playing his own game rather than competing with the world’s best.

Only after a successful season, Neymar and Brazil are set to meet Argentina and his Barca teammate for a World Cup qualifier.

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He admits that it will take a lot to keep Messi down, in saying, “Messi is a star. Playing against him is not good; it’s bad. It’s going to be a tough game.”

As for his contribution to Barca’s campaign last season, he netted 22 goals and which is the most that he managed to do so in his career as a football player.

Of course, his goal against Paris Saint Germain in the Champion League has been nominated as a contender for the UEFA Goal of the Season prize.

People are expecting his name to feature with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi for the top honor in football even his chances to win the Ballon D’Or are admittedly slim.

What You Need for Your First Soccer Match

By Soccer Garage

There are countless ways to get in shape these days. Many people don’t succeed at their fitness goals because they neglect to consider all their options and pick the one that will work best for them. It shouldn’t be about what will cut the most calories in the least amount of time; it’s about what you’ll stick to year after year.

soccergarage2For this reason, you may have found soccer. A lot of adults begin playing soccer as a way to stay in great shape because it’s so much fun to play. Of course, it’s also a great way to lose weight, keep it off and build muscle.

If you’re new to the sport, you may not know much about the soccer apparel you’ll need to play your first game. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy. All you need is a shirt and shorts, plus a good pair of cleats. Then, invest in a solid pair of shin guards and you’re done.

A lot of people go the extra mile and get a soccer warm up. If you play in cooler weather, this investment may pay off on days when the temp is a bit low. Plus, there’s no denying that they usually look really cool too.

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Whether you’re in the market for soccer clothes or just about anything else for the pitch, Soccer Garage has you covered. Even if your playing days are behind you and you just want to cheer, this website has you covered.

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Liverpool signs Roberto Firmino, Also Interested in Sevilla Striker Carlos Bacca

Liverpool have signed Roberto Firmino for an estimated 29 million pounds from Hoffenheim. He will undergo a medical once his commitment with Brazil finishes this month.

The 23-year old Brazilian international has agreed to a full-time contract. During his four-and-a-half year tenure at Hoffenheim, Firmino scored 47 goals in 151 appearances. Also, he scored four goals with nine international caps. This includes the winning goal against Venezuela at the Copa America.

This is Liverpool’s second-largest transfer after they signed Andy Carroll for 35 million pounds. The club has paid an initial 25 million pounds and 4 million pounds in extra fees.

Also, the club has also taken steps to smooth over the third-party ownership issues. This will ensure that Firmino will move to England without any issues. This signing proves just how serious the Fenway Sports Group is about their campaign. That said, Raheem Sterling’s future at the club remains uncertain.

Firmino will operate as a striker up front. But he has the ability to both score and create opportunities. This makes him an ideal No. 10 for Liverpool. Besides, he has shown willingness to track back and defend too. This will please Brendan Rodgers. Mario Balotelli, signed for 16 million pounds, failed to do last season.

Finally, this is Liverpool’s fifth signing during this transfer window. This list includes Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, James Milner and Adam Bogdan.

The Merseyside club is also one of the two clubs wanting to sign Carlos Bacca. He plays as a striker with Europa League winners, Sevilla.

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Messi wins AS’ La Liga Player of the Season award, Ronaldo finishes second with 48 goals

Barca forward Messi has beaten Madrid winger Ronaldo to win the AS’ La Liga Player of the Season award.

The results of the poll showed that Messi stood at 55.87 percent while Ronaldo finished second at 35.37 percent.

Not only was the Argentinian instrumental in helping Barca win the La Liga title but topped the list of assists – 18 in all – for the 2014-15 season. Ronaldo, on the other hand, created 16 goal scoring opportunities for Real Madrid leaving him just two short of Messi when it comes to assists.

That said, having scored 43 La Liga goals wasn’t enough to beat Ronaldo who finished the season with a personal best of 61 goals in all competitions out of which 48 of them were against La Liga clubs.

James Rodriguez, who scored 13 goals and made 13 assists for Real Madrid this season, finished in third spot by receiving 5.89 percent of the votes.

While Ronaldo finished the season with a hat trick over Getafe, beating Messi tally by 5 goals, they were not able to challenge Barca for the title, who were already 4 points ahead in the title race with two games in hand. As for the Champions League, both Ronaldo and Messi are joint top scorers with the latter now having the chance of surging ahead in the finals against Juventus.

Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, belonging to Atletico Madrid and Barca respectively, finished fourth and fifth place in the poll by winning 1.7 and 1.17 percent of the votes.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - July 5, 2013: The US Men's National team defeated the National team of Guatemala 6-0 during an International friendly match prior to the 2013 Gold Cup at Qualcomm stadium.

Yanks to Face Guatemala Ahead of 2015 Gold Cup

The last time that the U.S national men’s team had challenged Guatemala was during the final prep match right before the 2013 Gold Cup. The Yanks had led the contest by a score of 6-0 and had continued on their streak by winning the tournament.

Now in 2015, the Yanks would be facing Los Chapines on the 3rd of July in Nashville at the LP Field. This news was announced by U.S Soccer this afternoon. The grand favorite for the Group A are the Americans. Other teams featured during the contest would be Honduras, Panama and Haiti. Group C teams present would be Cuba, Mexico and Trinidad.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. national head coach had stated that he is absolutely thrilled that his side would be having the opportunity to have Guatemala as opponent before the Gold Cup. He also added that the team is quite similar to the club’s regular opponents in the Group A and as such would constitute of a good preparation. The objective of the Yanks would be to win the tournament as the first step. The coach further added that the Nashville team had always yielded great national teams and they are looking forward to a huge crowd at the LP Field.

Four days following the match against Guatemala, the U.S. team would be opening the Gold Cup by playing against Honduras at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The final of the Gold Cup would be held on the 26th of July in Philadelphia.

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Tiger Woods Out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1996

For the very first time since the year 1996, Tiger Woods would not be featuring on the top 100 list of golfers in the world ranking. Woods is indeed placed at the 104th position this past week.

Woods had not played ever since he withdrew himself from the Farmers Insurance Open on the 6th of February. The last time that Woods was out of the top 100 golf players was on the 29th of September 1996, almost two decades ago when he was positioned at the 225th place. A week following his 225th ranking, Woods had brilliantly won the Las Vegas Invitational. He was 20 years old at that time and was the first of his PGA Tour victories. He went on to win 78 more PGA victories, bringing the total to 79 victories.

Until date speculations are rife regarding Woods’ return. In February the player had stated that his scores were not up to his set standards and he would not want to return to professional play until he brought back him game to a tournament-worthy shape. Woods would not be required to make any formal announcement as to whether he would be playing Masters until the tournament would start on the forthcoming 9th of April.

Woods have had quite some impressive statistics throughout his career. From the British Open in 1999 to the US Open in 2008, he has played 40 majors. This period was the prime one in his career in which he had won 13 out of the 40.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Sebastian Vettel Wins the Malaysian Grand Prix

The news proved to be quite sensational as Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysia Grand Prix for Ferrari, defeating Lewis Hamilton in the process. Vettel had joined the Ferrari this year as a replacement for Fernando Alonso. His GP win this year was a strategic one while Mercedes could not compete due to struggles with their types in the tropical heat of Malaysia.

Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes Nico Rosberg came out third from Kimi Raikkonen from Ferrari who kept the fight going despite a puncture experienced earlier during the day.

This incredible performance by Vettel and Ferrari acted as a wake-up call for Formula 1 in general and Mercedes. The German manufacturer had indeed been dominating the sport from the start of last season. This win raises some questions about Mercedes chances of winning the world champion this year. Vettel proved that Mercedes would have to fight and unexpected competition with Ferrari picking up on their stance.

Vettel initially started second during the Grand Prix. He then took the lead when while Mercedes decided to call in Hamilton for a stop for a safety car period early in the game. Mercedes opted to go on with the majority of the race on the slower hard type as they believe in provided greater resilience on their car. However, Vettel opted for the faster medium tyre for most of the race and this proved that Hamilton was not able to get on terms.

This race marked an unbelievable turnaround by Ferrari considering that for the past year they have experienced their worst season for 21 years.

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Choosing the Best Soccer Shoes For Your Field Position

Each soccer player has a unique style of playing. You might either have developed a unique game approach while playing for a particular field position. As such, your particular style along with your position has a huge impact on the choice of soccer cleats. Most players would be seeking comfort. Along with that, they would also be looking for performance. The tips below might come handy if you are seeking to buy your next soccer cleats.

Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers would generally be seeking good ground traction. This is due to the requirement of lateral motion in their job. They have to move to either sides of their goal post. Shoes chosen by goalkeepers need to provide enough power for strong kick-outs. They also need to make efficient back-passes.

Defense players

Defense players would be requiring accrued protection from their shoes in order to be able to perform clean passes for the other team members.

Midfielders

Comfort and control are some of the main factors that the midfielder would be looking for in his perfect soccer cleat. Some brands would be making cleats specifically designed for celebrity midfielder. You might want to check these out to determine whether they would be suiting your needs as well. These type of shoes promote efficiency during the whole game.

Wingers

Wing players require light cleats in order to perform as efficiently as possible. They need to accelerate fast and change directions as swiftly as possible.

Forward players

These types of players require shoes that provide an optimum strike close to the strike zone. Perfect forward shoes should be light to help them to perform explosive movements quickly.