Category: Football

The Benefits of Playing Football and Other Sports

footballgameFootball and pretty much every other sport in the face of the planet have more benefits to them than mere entertainment and sportsmanship and below are only a few of the many.

Heart Health – Football greatly improves cardiovascular performance because it involves a lot of exercise that’s beneficial for the nervous system. On average, a football player can run from between 7 to 9 miles per game. There’s a lot of running, jumping and jogging involved that helps burn calories, keep the heart rate up and reduce blood pressure.

Muscle Buildup – Sports help improve the development of strong and lean muscles in the body. Because these activities involve the constant switching from aerobic and anaerobic movements, the body burns more fat all while building more muscles. It’s no wonder why athletes got great physiques. Apart from developing these muscles, it further strengthens and hones them so they are more functional than merely aesthetic.

Better Coordination – This applies to one’s body and one’s ability to work with others. Being athletic allows individuals to have a better understanding of their body, how it works and what its quirks are. Although humans are generally made up of the same genetic makeup, we are still unique in some way. Football and most sports also develop one’s sense of teamwork and leadership. Like they say, there’s no “I” in team.

Critical Thinking – Engaging in these activities not only helps the body physically but it also fosters other crucial areas like mental health. Critical thinking for example and decision making is improved. One learns to effectively analyze situations even on a time crunch. This helps not only during games but can also be applied to life in general.

Reduces Anxiety – Movement is one way to release negative energy and emotion. Through sports, individuals get to channel and express their feelings through a productive channel. Plus, science has proven that the body releases feel good or the so-called happy endorphins when one sweats and moves about. Add in the sense of confidence and self-esteem that is built up in training.

Fosters Discipline – Last but not the least, football encourages and builds up an individual’s discipline. Training to learn the sport and to be great at the game requires utmost dedication, time and hard work. Discipline in various areas is a must like eating the right types of food, developing healthy routines, sleeping right and time management are part of the equation.

UK’s List of Highest Paid Athletes

Wayne+Rooney+Manchester+UnitedSports and wealth are two ingredients that often mix. We are no aliens to athletes with quite the interesting level of compensation that we could all drool about. The UK for example is no different. The country, being a huge sports aficionado, has a good number of well paid sportsmen and sportswomen.

Are you curious as to how much fortune we’re talking about? Take a look at this list of the United Kingdom’s highest paid and wealthiest athletes.

#1: Lewis Hamilton, F1 Racer ($280 million)

Thirty one year old, Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton tops our list with over $280 million in net worth. Lewis is a Formula One racing driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He became Formula One World Champion in 2008, 2014 and 2015, making him the first British driver in history to win consecutive F1 titles. He has had more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One with 44 at present. Moreover, he is the only driver in the history of the sport to have won at least one race in each season he has competed to date.

#2: Rory McIlroy, Golf – ($200 Million)

Northern Irish professional golfer and member of both the European and PGA Tours, Rory McIlroy ranks second in our list, quite surprising too as his net worth has ballooned immensely over the span of a year. The twenty seven year old athlete is reported to have a net worth of over $200 million. Quite a huge sum for a guy his age! But if you’ve ranked as the world’s number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks, this shouldn’t be surprising at all.

#3: Wayne Rooney, Football ($160 million)

English professional footballer, Wayne Mark Rooney is reported to have a net worth of $160 million. He plays for and is the captain of both the Manchester United F.C., nicknamed “The Devils” and competes in the Premiere League, and the England national team. Thirty year old Rooney has played both as forward and midfielder, with the former more prominent during the duration of his career.

#4: Jenson Button, F1 Racer ($105)

Born in Frome, Somerset and brought up in nearby Vobster, Jenson Alexander Lyons Button is the second Formula One driver in this list. The athlete who currently drives for McLaren is said to have a net worth of $105. He became a 2009 Formula One World Champion, driving for Brawn GP.

Fun and Random Facts About Football

footballukConsidered to be the most played and watched sport in the face of the planet, football sure is popular. Anyone who attempts to disagree is absolutely silly. But despite of its fame and widespread practice, there are quite a number of things that people fail to know about the sport. Care to find out what these are? If you do then take a look at the following list!

  • The sport is so popular around the world that people would flock to the World Cup from all over the globe. In fact statistics show that those who stay at home and watch on television instead reach up to over a billion.
  • The field, including the two end zones, is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide which totals for a maximum area of 57,600 square feet. This humungous dimensions makes each player run an average of 9.65 km every single game.
  • Primitive versions of the game made use of an inflated pig’s bladder as their ball. It’s durable, round and easy to acquire making it the perfect material at the time. Leather was eventually introduced as its skin up until rubber was discovered.
  • For fear of losing war to Scotland in the 1300s, King Edward II banned the game to prevent people from getting sidetracked so they can practice archery instead.
  • The most number of players to participate in any tournament is 35,000. This was during 1999 in the 2nd Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition wherein 5,098 teams participated.
  • It is not UK’s national sport. Contrary to popular belief, the United Kingdom’s national sport is cricket; however, football sure is its most popular one. The British are in fact deemed as one of the biggest aficionados of the sport.
  • The fastest goal to ever be scored was done in a matter of 2.8 seconds. This was from Ricardo Olivera of Uruguay in a game on the December of 1998.
  • The game is called football in every part of the world except two places namely the United States of America and Canada. Their term for it is soccer. This was because they invented a variant of the game together with rugby which they used the term football for.
  • It was said that Neil Armstrong originally wanted to take a football to the moon. NASA however did not agree saying that it didn’t exactly represent America.