Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Most Unforgettable Moments In Soccer History

Nothing in all of sports is worth celebrating more than a goal in soccer. Especially if it a game-winning goal made during the final seconds of the match. Below are some of these moments worth reliving.

Liverpool’s comeback to secure Champions League Victory

Liverpool was trailing Milan 3-0 at half-time in the 2005 Champions League final. At the second half, the Liverpool made a rally headed by Steven Gerrard and Vladimir Smicer. They secured the victory during overtime drama.

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Sergio Aguero’s heroics gave Manchester City its first Premier League title

Aguero’s last-minute game-winner in the finals of the 2011-12 season was among the finest in history. United almost took home the trophy when Sergio smashed the ball into the QPR net.

Diego Maradona’s 'Hand of God'

The 1986 World Cup was witness to the greatest individual performance in soccer history when Maradona scored the goal of the century four minutes after poking with his little pinky beyond Peter Shilton.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In Wartime: Famous Sports During WW2

In the darkest days of the war, when the world was in commotion, fuel and food were scarce, and people took to sports to lift their morale. The role of sports played a huge role to keep the world’s civility intact. Below are the sports the thrived during World War 2.


Boxing was hugely popular. Joe Louis won a rematch against heavyweight champion German Max Schmeling in 1938. Joe Louis was drafted and spent the war giving boxing exhibitions in bases around the country.

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During the war, American sports took a huge hit. Months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, automobile sports like racing were suspended to save on gas and rubber rationing.

Major League Baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw asked President Roosevelt if the sport will be cancelled as well. To maintain good public morale, Roosevelt decided to continue funding the sport. There were many top talented players that lost their lives during the war, but many more stepped up.

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During this time, college football was more popular than the professional game. Thousands of college players, though, got drafted to serve the whole country instead of just their alma mater.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Striker’s Striker: Jurgen Klinsmann

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Jurgen Klinsmann was the head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team. That was his last gig. He has also been a football manager in Germany. But for a host of German fans, he will always be the quintessential football striker.

Klinsmann’s athletic prowess combined with his keen sense of the goal and his killer instinct make for the perfect striker. Just like the perfect predator or assassin, Klinsmann utilized all these abilities and struck into the hearts of opponents’ defenses time and time again. The first time he suited up for the West German team was in 1987. Upon his retirement, Klinsmann had 108 caps, which was 4th overall. He also scored 47 goals in the highest levels of competition for the national team, which was good enough to put him in 4th place alongside Rudi Voller.

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He won the 1990 FIFA World Cup with the West German team besting the Diego Maradona-led Argentina, and six years later, led the German team to the UEFA European Championship. He scored in all the major international tourneys that he played in, and in 1995, was third overall for the FIFA World Player of the Year.

In 2004, Klinsmann received yet another honor, when FIFA recognized him as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers. That in itself is a testament to the legendary striker that is Jurgen Klinsmann.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What It Takes To Be a Great Footballer

Several factors are involved when attempting to achieve success in football, as with any other sport. Preparing oneself mentally and physically are staples. For this blog, we’ll tackle the physical aspects of preparation, mainly what the body needs to become a strong footballer.


A football match is 90 minutes of walking, jogging, jumping, sprinting, and kicking. You sometimes use your head or chest. Cardio work is very much a must, and the fact that it leads to muscular endurance is what football players need.


The common misconception is that footballers have little need for strength. A closer look at a professional player’s training routine would prove this theory wrong. Strength is needed when developing quickness and speed for those burst movements that are very common on the pitch. Also keep in mind that there is a lot of contact in football, especially when jostling for control.

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Footballers need to get to the ball before the opponents do. They need to be quick enough to be off-side traps or chase down opposing forwards coming in for the kill. This is where speed comes in, which is almost as important as endurance and strength, and which the greatest footballers possess in abundance.


Flexibility affects a person’s range of motion. The more flexible a footballer is, the more moves he can perform. This adds to versatility. But more importantly, being more flexible generally means the person is safer or has a lower risk of injury.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Who Was General Douglas Macarthur?

The Asia-Pacific region was not better off during the World War II. But during these trying times, the region saw the rise of a military leader—one with a corncob pipe. His name was Douglas MacArthur.

General MacArthur was born on 26 January 1880 in Arkansas. His father was an army officer, and he and his brothers were exposed to military activities while they were young. In 1893, he studied at the West Texas Military Academy. He finished the course with flying colors, being the top student in a 93-person class.

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MacArthur was the most-decorated soldier of the First World War. He returned to West Point after the war, and became the youngest superintendent of the institution. After his appointment in his alma mater, West Point doubled in size, and its curriculum improved. He returned to the Philippines to help his long-time friend, Manuel Quezon, who eventually became the country’s president years after.

MacArthur retired in 1937, a year after his appointment as Field Marshal in the Philippines. A few years after, he was recalled to serve the U.S. army as it prepared to enter the Second World War.

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Nations in the Pacific looked up to MacArthur, as his role was vital in the liberation of the region from Japanese forces—especially in the Philippines. Because of his contributions, he was promoted to five-star general in 1944. MacArthur also played a big role during the Korean War in the 1950’s, but was eventually sent back to the U.S. after having a rift with President Truman. General MacArthur spent the rest of his years in New York, and wrote a lot about his battles until his death in 14 April 1964.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Raoul Wallenberg’s Death Declared More Than Seven Decades After WWII Ended

Swedish diplomat and World War II hero, Raoul Wallenberg, was declared dead on Oct. 31, 2016, more than seven decades after the end of the war. The cause and time of death remain a mystery to everyone.
Wallenberg is one of World War II’s greatest heroes. He was credited with helping approximately 20,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. He helped thousands of Jews escape death by providing them with Swedish passports and passages to underground safe houses. Wallenberg was awarded “Righteous Among Nations,” an honor given to non-Jews who helped their brothers and sisters survive during the Holocaust. Modern-day historians believe that Wallenberg died under the Soviets.

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He vanished after being arrested in Budapest in 1945. Sweden remained neutral and passive after Wallenberg’s disappearance, and it was later found out that he had a connection with non-Communist resistance movement of Hungary. While the Soviets initially denied he was with them, they refuted their claims, saying Wallenberg had died of heart attack in prison two years after he was arrested on July 17, 1947.

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As if the earlier reports were not confusing enough, some suggested he was alive six days after his death in prison. There were also accounts from people who saw him even decades after his supposed death.
The Swedish Tax Authority, the country’s arm for registering births and deaths, has set Wallenberg’s date of death to July 31, 1952. This is following a rule that says a missing person presumed to have died should be pronounced dead after disappearing for five years.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Who were the Gestapo? Hidden roles of the Nazi secret police

Any discussion regarding World War II would not be complete without a basic introduction to the Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei). This was a highly elite group of police officers, feared for their secrecy and diligence. They were directly under the supervision of Heinrich Himmler who led all police squads within Nazi Germany.

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The group was created to protect the country from influences that were deemed dangerous. These threats were handled in the fastest and most efficient manner possible. At the height of their existence, there were many factions and potential threats that were listed. This became a challenge, as the Gestapo – despite its growing number – was stretched to its limit. In the end, the police force was tasked to only two things. The first was to manage threats to the Nazi party and second, to quell any resistance movements and maintain order. This was to ensure the safety of all the citizens of Germany. 

Historians say that one of the things that made the Gestapo powerful was the perceived amount of influence they had. Records show that even when the police force was limited and undertrained, the fear they created was profound. It can be likened to George Orwell’s 1984 novel. There was a perception that the Gestapo had eyes and ears everywhere, which was not the case. Still, this perception was spread and strengthened until there were rumors of their "hidden roles". 

Data shows that the actions of the Gestapo were pretty straight forward. All accounts state that they were highly efficient in what they did. However, at the Nuremberg Trials, the force was labeled a criminal organization. 

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