Friday, 26 August 2011

Barclays English Premier League - The Most Popular Football League in World

EPL - The English Premier League - Most Popular Football Event in Europe
The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs. It is widely regarded as the elite club competition in world football. It is the world's most lucrative football league, with combined club revenues of more than £2 billion in 2008–09. It is also ranked first in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League. The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 games each. It is sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League.

The English Premier League formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League, which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. A total of 43 clubs have competed in the Premier League since 1992, but only four have won the title: Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, and Chelsea. The current champions are Manchester United, who won their eleventh Premier League title in the 2008–09 season, the most of any Premier League team.

The English Premier trophy

The current Premier League trophy was created by Royal Jewellers Asprey of London. It weighs 25 kg; 56 lb, and is 76 cm tall, 43 cm wide and 25 cm deep. Its main body is solid sterling silver and silver gilt, while its plinth is made of malachite, a semi-precious stone. The plinth has a silver band around its circumference, upon which the names of the title-winning clubs are listed. Malachite's green colour is also representative of the green field of play. The design of the trophy is based on the heraldry of Three Lions that is associated with English football. Two of the lions are found above the handles on either side of the trophy – the third is symbolised by the captain of the title winning team as he raises the trophy, and its gold crown, above his head at the end of the season. The trophy has borne several names on its face since it was first created, when it read "The F.A. Premier League". The one Manchester United lifted in 2006–07 read "The Barclays Premiership". From the 2007–08 season onwards, the trophy has read "Premier League" on one side and "Barclays Premier League" on the other side.

Match Format of Premier League

There are 20 clubs in the Premier League. During the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Football League Championship and the top two teams from the Championship, together with the winner of play-offs involving the third to sixth placed Championship clubs, are promoted in their place.

Barclays English Premier League inaugural members
The 22 inaugural members of the new Premier League were Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wimbledon.

English Premier League champions Table by year

Season Premier League champions
1992–93 Manchester United
1993–94 Manchester United
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers
1995–96 Manchester United
1996–97 Manchester United
1997–98 Arsenal
1998–99 Manchester United
1999–2000 Manchester United
2000–01 Manchester United
2001–02 Arsenal
2002–03 Manchester United
2003–04 Arsenal
2004–05 Chelsea
2005–06 Chelsea
2006–07 Manchester United
2007–08 Manchester United
2008–09 Manchester United

Barclays Premier League History
As of the end of the 2008–09 season, there had been 17 completed seasons of the Premier League. The league held its first season in 1992–93 and was originally composed of 22 clubs. The first ever Premier League goal was scored by Brian Deane of Sheffield United in a 2–1 win against Manchester United. Due to insistence by FIFA, the international governing body of football, that domestic leagues reduce the number of games clubs played, the number of clubs was reduced to 20 in 1995 when four teams were relegated from the league and only two teams promoted. On 8 June 2006, FIFA requested that all major European leagues, including Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga be reduced to 18 teams by the start of the 2007–08 season. The Premier League responded by announcing their intention to resist such a reduction. Ultimately, the 2007–08 season kicked off again with 20 teams. The league changed its name from the FA Premier League to simply the Premier League in 2007.

English Premier League structure
The Premier League is operated as a corporation and is owned by the 20 member clubs. Each club is a shareholder, with one vote each on issues such as rule changes and contracts. The clubs elect a chairman, chief executive, and board of directors to oversee the daily operations of the league. The Football Association is not directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the Premier League, but has veto power as a special shareholder during the election of the chairman and chief executive and when new rules are adopted by the league. The Premier League sends representatives to UEFA's European Club Forum, the number of clubs and the clubs themselves chosen according to UEFA coefficients. The European Club Forum is responsible for electing three members to UEFA's Club Competitions Committee, which is involved in the operations of UEFA competitions such as the Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

New Qualification for UEFA Champions League
As of the 2009–10 season qualification for the UEFA Champions League changes. The top four teams in the Premier League qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the top three teams directly entering the group stage. Previously only the top two teams qualified automatically. The fourth-placed team enters the Champions League at the play-off round for non-champions and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group stage. The fifth team automatically qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, and the sixth and seventh-placed teams can also qualify, depending on the winners of the two domestic cup competitions. If one of the cup winners qualifies for Europe through their league position, the sixth-placed team in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League. If both of the cup winners qualify for Europe through their league position, the sixth and seventh-placed teams in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League. A further place in the UEFA Europa League is available via the Fair Play initiative. If the Premier League has one of the three highest Fair Play rankings in Europe, the highest ranked team in the Premier League Fair Play standings which has not already qualified for Europe will automatically qualify for the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.

Begining of FA Premier League
Despite significant European success during the 1970s and early 1980s, the late 80s had marked a low point for English football. Stadia were crumbling, supporters endured poor facilities, hooliganism was rife, and English clubs were banned from European competition for five years following the events at Heysel in 1985. The Football League First Division, which had been the top level of English football since 1888, was well behind leagues such as Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga in attendances and revenues, and several top English players had moved abroad. However, by the turn of the 1990s the downward trend was starting to reverse; England had been successful in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, reaching the semi-finals. UEFA, European football's governing body, lifted the five-year ban on English clubs playing in European competitions in 1990 (resulting in Manchester United lifting the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991) and the Taylor Report on stadium safety standards, which proposed expensive upgrades to create all-seater stadia in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, was published in January of that year.

Television money had also become much more important; the Football League received £6.3 million for a two-year agreement in 1986, but when that deal was renewed in 1988, the price rose to £44m over four years. The 1988 negotiations were the first signs of a breakaway league; ten clubs threatened to leave and form a "super league", but were eventually persuaded to stay. As stadia improved and match attendance and revenues rose, the country's top teams again considered leaving the Football League in order to capitalise on the growing influx of money being pumped into the sport.

Base of the New English Premier League
At the close of the 1991 season, a proposal for the establishment of a new league was tabled that would bring more money into the game overall. The Founder Members Agreement, signed on 17 July 1991 by the game's top-flight clubs, established the basic principles for setting up the FA Premier League. The newly formed top division would have commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, giving the FA Premier League license to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements. The argument given at the time was that the extra income would allow English clubs to compete with teams across Europe.

In 1992 the First Division clubs resigned from the Football League en masse and on 27 May 1992 the FA Premier League was formed as a limited company working out of an office at the Football Association's then headquarters in Lancaster Gate. This meant a break-up of the 104-year-old Football League that had operated until then with four divisions; the Premier League would operate with a single division and the Football League with three. There was no change in competition format; the same number of teams competed in the top flight, and promotion and relegation between the Premier League and the new First Division remained on the same terms as between the old First and Second Divisions.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup in India Stadium, matches, Schedule, Teams, Tickets, Timings, Venue, Price

10th ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Format, Schedule, Tickets, Stadium, Mascot
In modern days sport cricket is one of the most popular sports. The ICC Cricket World Cup is most prestigious tournament of the Cricket. It's the premier international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket played in every four years. The ICC Cricket World Cup tournament is third largest and most viewed sporting event in this earth. This most popular event is organized by the International Cricket Council known as ICC. The first Cricket ever ICC Cricket World Cup was organized in the year of 1975 in the country of England. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup also known as the 10th Cricket World Cup will be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This 10th ICC Cricket World cup will schedule to start in the Feb 19 of 2011. The opening match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be played on 19 February 2011 at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium between former World champion and favorite team India and growing power of cricket Bangladesh. The opening ceremony of this 10th Cricket World Cup will be held on 17 February 2011 in Dhaka. The Final of the most popular tournament will be played on 2 April 2011 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Soon after this mega event of Cricket game IPL 4 will be schedule to start in India in the month of April. The 2015 ICC Cricket World cup will be co hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Venue of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in the three South Asian countries India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Date and Timings of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup matches
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played from 19th Feb to 2nd Apr, 2011 from 2 pm local time for day night matches and 9 am local time for day matches.

Stadium for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup matches will be played at the 13 stadium. The 8 stadium are from India, 3 stadium from Sri Lanka and 2 from Bangladesh.

Tickets for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup tickets will be available in the stadium gate and in the official site of 2011 ICC Cricket World cup.

Tickets cost for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup tickets cost range is between approx. Rs200 to Rs50000.

New Format of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

Teams for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup below given 14 teams should be played -
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland and Netherlands.

Schedule for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
2011 ICC Cricket World Cup schedule is given below -
17Th Feb - Opening Ceremony
19Th Feb - Events start
2nd Apr - Closing Ceremony

Logo of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

The logo of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is -

Host nation of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be the host nation for 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Official Song of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
The official song of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is 'De Ghuma Ke' which is composed and performed by musician trio of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy.

Total no. of Teams participating in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup 14 nations will be participated.

Total no. of matches in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
In 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup 49 matches will be played.

Opening ceremony of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
The Opening ceremony of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will held in Feb 17, 2011.

Closing ceremony of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
The closing ceremony of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will held in 2nd Apr, 2011.

Motto of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
The motto of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is

Official site of ICC World Cup Cricket 2011
The official site of this 10th Cricket World cup is ICC World Cup Cricket 2011.

Mascot of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Mascot is Stumpy the 10 year old elephant.

Prize money of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
In 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup the total prize money is $10m.

Ambassador of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar is the official ambassador of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Official Broadcaster and Media partner of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket is the official broadcaster and Media partner of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup in all over the world.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

2010 Asian games in China

The XVI Asiad will be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12, 2010 to November 27, 2010. Guangzhou will be the second city in China to host the games after Beijing in 1990. 41 events are scheduled to be contested, making the most events to be ever competed in history of the Asian Games.

Symbol of 2010 Asian games

World Cup Football 2010 in South Africa
Five sporty goats, dubbed "Le Yangyang," will serve as the mascots of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. The five goats, A Xiang, A He, A Ru, A Yi and Le Yangyang, are a play on Guangzhou's nickname, "City of Goats,". This is a stylized form of a ram/goat which in Chinese traditions is a blessed animal which can bring good luck to the people. It's also a representation of the host city – Guangzhou is called the "City of the Rams" or "City of the Five-rams".
The mascot design came from a legend about five immortals who took five goats to Guangzhou, each holding an ear of corn in its mouth. There, the immortals prayed for an end to famine, then flew into the sky as the five goats turned into fossils.

Sports of 2010 Asian Games

Officially there are 42 sports, among them 28 are featured in Olympic Games while the rest added as unique to the Asian Games. Cricket, DanceSport, Dragon Boat, and Weiqi will debut in this games,while Bodybuilding dropped because of the judging controversy during 2006 Asian Games.

Cricket in 16th Asian games

The 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China will feature cricket for the first time. The proposal to include cricket was approved at the Olympic Council of Asia's General Assembly in Kuwait recently. The four Asian Test nations have committed to sending their best available teams, though as all but Bangladesh have home series scheduled at the time the event takes place, the strength of those teams may not be full strength. Cricket has featured in multi-sports events before. The South Pacific games has had cricket as a discipline for a number of years, and will do so again this year, but this is the highest profile such event since the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

That tournament, in Kuala Lumpur was a disappointment, with England not sending a team, the West Indies being broken up into individual islands and most other Test nations sending weakened sides. The gold medal then was won by South Africa, with Australia taking the silver and Sri Lanka the bronze. It provided an upset moment as well, when a Northern Ireland side featuring recent World Cup squad members Kyle McCallan and Peter Gillespie beat Bangladesh in the group stage.

Bidding cities for Asian Games
Four cities were bidding for this event at the early days of March 2004. They were Amman, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. However, Seoul withdrew after considering the short span of time between the 2002 (in Busan, South Korea) and the 2010 event. With the withdrawal of Amman, soon after Seoul, Kuala Lumpur also quit the bid after the country's Sports Minister boycotted for the high cost of hosting the games.With Guangzhou left, the Olympic Council of Asia announced the city won the bid to host the Asian Games on July 1, 2004.

Venues of 2010 Asian Games

As the preparations, the organiser will build eleven new stadiums and gymnasiums and rebuild the existing 32. The cost is estimated to be 6 billion Yuan while Athletes Village to set to costing around 2 billion Yuan.

Slogan of 2010 Asian Games
Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia

Thursday, 1 April 2010

David Beckham - The most popular sport personality of the world

David Beckham - The most iconic athletes of the world
David Beckham is the one of the most popular sport personality of the world. He is the one of the elite advertising brand and a top fashion icon. He is one of World's most iconic athletes in on field and off field. In the consecutive year 2003 and 2004 David Beckham was voted Google’s most searched topic of all sports topics. In the year of 2000-2006 He was remain captain of the English national team. David Beckham full name is David Robert Joseph Beckham.

Childhood of David Beckham
David Beckham was born on May 2, 1975, in Leytonstone, East London, England. He is son of Ted Beckham, a kitchen fitter, and Sandra West, a hairdresser. David's maternal grandfather is Jewish. He regularly played football in Ridgeway Park, Chingford, as a child, and attended Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford Foundation School. He attended Bobby Charlton's football school in Manchester, and won a seat in a training session at FC Barcelona as a child. David's first club was Tottenham Hotspur.

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Monday, 1 March 2010

Amit Mishra - India's answer of Anil Kumble

Amit Mishra - India's Top Leg Break bowler
Amit Mishra is the India's answer of legendary leg break bowler Anil Kumble for the entire cricket nations. Amit Mishra is considered to be the replacement of world class bowler Anil Kumble. He is a right arm leg break bowler and right-handed lower order batsman. Amit Mishra has born in 24th Nov, 1982 in Delhi. Mishra is an attacking leg spinner who bowls a praised leg break and googly. He represents Haryana state in Indian first class cricket (Ranji Trophy), North Zone in Dilip Trophy and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

Test Debut of Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra Test debut match was against Australia at Mohali in Oct 17, 2008.

One Day Debut of Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra Test debut match was against South Africa at Dhaka in Apr 13, 2003.

T20 Debut of Amit Mishra
Not played for T20 match yet.

IPL team of Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra represent the Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL league.

State team of Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra represent the Haryana state team in the Ranji Trophy.

Bowling Style of Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra is a leg break wrist spinner.

Batting Style of Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra batted with right hand.

Test career of Amit Mishra
Amit made his Test cricket debut against Australia in the Second Test at Mohali (PCA ground)in the season of 2008-09. He took 5 wickets for 71 runs in the 1st innings of Australia and then 2/35 in the second innings, making him the leading wicket-taker as India proceeded to a decisive victory. Due to Anil Kumble injury and retirement during the Test series against Aus, leave Amit Mishra as India's first-choice Test leg break bowler.