The recent South African World Cup misery is not too far behind us but it couldn’t be soon enough for the hordes of England followers that suffered the pain of watching their beloved team get knocked out of the competition with a shameful defeat at the hands of the German side. But with the 2010/2011 Premier League season already underway this year’s campaign could be one of the finest in recent history and could be more than enough to lift the spirits of English football fans at home and throughout the globe. Chelsea and Man united are still this seasons teams and it looks like there are more teams capable of doing so.
Arsenal and Liverpool have had a consistent history of finishing in the top four but now it looks it seems that Tottenham and now Manchester City are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Around 130 million quid was spent by City throughout the off season and so the manager Roberto Mancini strongly recons his team are able to overcome the competition and become Premier League winners. These favourable Premier League squads will certainly have massive shirt sales throughout the 2010/2011 Premier League period with their developing reputation.
Premiership football shirts sales will certainly be affected over the course of this season’s competition due to the amount of changes. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres Liverpool football kits were the best selling Premier League shirts last season followed by Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United football shirts and Cesc Fabregas’ Arsenal shirt in that order. Football shirt retailer’s sales will also be see changes due to some of the prominent teams’ kits being altered.
Manchester United and Liverpool kits have both altered now they have brand new sponsors. The familiar Carlsberg logo on the Liverpool kit has now been changed for Standard Chartered and the main sponsor for Manchester United shirts which used to be AIG has been replaced with a new sponsor AON. Manchester United’s home football kit hasn’t changed and still displays their original red colours but when their playing away from Old Trafford the team will be wearing white coloured shirts with black and red detail on the sleeves. Chelsea’s black away kit is now sporting some orange stripes and Arsenal will carry on wearing their famous white and red kit this time when playing at their home ground the Emirates stadium but will be sporting the canary yellow strip when they play away from home.
Cesc Fabregas forthcoming exit to Barcelona has frequently made the news headlines and his football top is expected to be the best selling shirt of the 2010/2011 season. And bearing in mind his pop popularity at his London club, Cesc Fabregas Arsenal shirt could also be the best selling shirt for the end of this season. But one thing is for sure, with all these changes in place this year looks to be one of the most successful years up to now for online football shirts sales for old and new football kits.
There is one thing you can be certain of at every World Cup; the players will complain about the effect of the new technology used in producing the latest type of footballs being used.
In an era now consigned to history, the ball was made of leather which got heavier when it was wet and was even held together by thick laces, something that is almost ข่าวบอล impossible to believe when inspecting the modern, light synthetic ball.
The loudest complaints are often heard from goalkeepers, that rather odd breed who suffer from the most erratic of behaviour. They are prone to throwing their toys around at anything they don’t like and their understanding, sympathetic coaches are often seen wrapping a consoling arm around the poor dears’ shoulders while whispering the words “there, there” in an attempt to calm down their last line of defence.
However, we mustn’t disregard totally the thoughts and opinions of our goalkeepers. After all, they could win you the tournament with a stunning penalty save when the rest of the team has failed to break open the opposing defence. So why have such highly regarded keepers including Germany’s Lehman, and Italy’s Buffon labelled the official FIFA World Cup 2010 ball a “plastic beach ball”? FIFA proudly launched the Adidas Jabulani amongst great fanfare.
Apparently one of its major selling points was that it was easier to control. Well if a player can’t control a football, what is he doing at the World Cup anyway? The South African word Jabulani comes from the Zulu word for ‘celebrate’, well that’s nice but not many people have celebrated its arrival yet. Manufacturers Adidas claim it is rounder than any ball has ever been before (ah that explains why the square ball never really proved popular) and it is also lighter – and here is the problem which has been pounced on by all those poor, much maligned goalkeepers. You see, it is so light that its flight is unpredictable, maybe it should have been sponsored by British Airways this year then?
Talking of Britain, the England team have been using the ball in training for the first time, and the poor lads don’t like the way it goes off target which of course has nothing to do with their inability to hit a barn door from two paces. Meanwhile those crafty Germans have been using a similar ball in their own league all season – oh no, why didn’t other countries think of that? Well it’s all to do with who your sponsorship deals are tied up with, the Germans are in bed with Adidas, and the English FA can only use Nike balls, so there.
Let’s not be too hard on our keepers. No, the outfield players have also claimed a foul with the new ball as well. Brazil are, as usual, highly fancied to do well in this year’s tournament, but their striker Luis Fabiano said that he thought the ball was “weird and suddenly changes trajectory”. His Italian counterpart Giampaolo Pazzini advised that the ball was a “disaster”. Really? He continues: “It moves so much and is difficult to control. You jump to head a cross and suddenly the ball moves and you miss it”. Yes well sorry to say Giampaolo but that is football for you, keep your eyes on the ball next time!
French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris maybe lets us in on something though, and this may make this a very exciting world cup simply because of this new ball. He stated that “This ball is a catastrophe. With this kind of ball you can score from anywhere.” Excellent news! This is what all football fans round the world want – players scoring from anywhere. We don’t want goalkeepers getting in the way, in fact why not get rid of them then there will be more goals and less complaining!