Football and the Name Game

England is where the game of football began and the practice of naming teams after factories, since many prestigious clubs started out as in-house factory squads. Arsenal had a humble birth in an arms factory at Woolwich that went by the name Royal Arsenal. That’s why the pet name Gunners and the cannon on their crest! Likewise, four time African champions, the Ghanian Black Stars, get their name from the stars on the national flag, which is a reminder of the Black Star Line shipping corporation that brought Africans back home.

Tint Hint
When it comes to the Whites of Leeds and the Reds of Liverpool, the colors of the football jerseys were the defining factor behind the sobriquets. Real Madrid has always been linked with the color white. The ‘Merengues’ boast of football giants like Ronaldo, Zidane, Raul, Ronaldinho, Figo and Beckham who have proudly worn the club’s white soccer shirt. The national team of Brazil is sometimes referred to as the Auriverdes or the Green and Gold, after the national flag and the soccer gear colors. Legends such as Pele, Zico, Eder, Didi, Garrincha, Tostão, Cafu, Socrates, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho have worn the green and yellow Brazilian soccer shirts with national pride. After all, they’re not called ‘the selected ones’ or Seleçao for nothing! And then, of course, vibrant colors hold a prominent place in Latin American football. There are the El Tricolor of Mexico and the Rojas or Reds of Chile.

True Blue
If red is sprinkled all over the soccer landscape, blue dominates in all its hues! You’ve got the famous sky blue and whites, the Albicelestes of Argentina, the Blue Samurais of Japan, the Celeste from Uruguay, Les Bleus of France and the Italian Azzurri. Though the first Azzurri team played in white soccer shirts, they later adopted a blue strip representing the royal House of Savoy in 1911. The Dutch team, nicknamed the Oranje, also took up the color orange in honor of the noble House of Orange. In the 1970s when the team became known for its ‘precision passing’, it earned the name Clockwork Orange. It is also referred to as the Dutch Eleven by some.

Straight jacketed!
German’s, known for their straightforward approach, have assimilated it in their name – die Nationalmannschaft or the national team. It really doesn’t get more specific than this! But fans prefer to cheer them on as Deutschland or Germany. England’s national team are the Three Lions, named after their crest. Not very creative these names, but let’s move on to the cool, whacky and goofy!

It’s Different!
Greece’s team, the Pirate Ship, is by far the most creative name! Referring to the floating ship used during the Euro 2004 Championship’s opening ceremony, sportscasters started calling them by that name during their opening match against Portugal. Australia’s national team, the Socceroos, couldn’t be more representative of the country – marrying soccer with kangaroos! But when it comes to sheer sweetness, fans of the local Everton club win hands down. They call their players ‘the Toffees’ after two toffee shops that were once there!

So, that’s the weird and colored, literal and creative, local and national, world of football team names!

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Lionel Messi 2013: Barcelona star answers critics with winners against AC Milan (Photos)

Lionel Messi delivered one of the most magisterial displays of his career to lift Barcelona to a sensational Champions League comeback against AC Milan. The 25-year-old star produced two goals in a thrilling 4-0 home victory on Tuesday (March 12, 2013) to help the Spaniards reach the quarter-finals. After a surprise 2-0 reverse at San Siro stadium in last month’s first leg, Barca was in a supposed crisis, its crown as Europe’s dominant force precariously balanced. If the Catalan giants failed to move past AC Milan in Champions League, there would be far-reaching consequences for both the team and Lionel Messi. The soccer fans looked to Messi to spark a fightback and the four-times World Player of the Year did not disappoint them. That was all it took as the Argentinian forward scored twice in the first 40 minutes of 16 second-leg match. The one-way traffic continued after the break as David Villa and Jordi Alba completed the remarkable result, pushing the team to a dramatic 4-0 win over Rossoneri at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi has occasionally struggled but his efforts for his club side have been virtually flawless.

Lionel Messi produced one of the most dazzling displays of his career to lead Barcelona to a stirring Champions League comeback against AC Milan on Tuesday (March 12, 2013), keeping alive the club’s dream of adding to its modern dynasty of three European titles in the past six years.

Lionel Messi was illuminated by a laser during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 2, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

The soccer star spoke at adidas press conference to mark the launch of the Messi Gallery by Adidas and the new adizero f50 Messi boot on March 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Argentinian forward celebrated after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on February 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Aged just 25, Lionel Messi is the first player ever to scoop the Ballon d’Or award on four occasions, beating his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona teammate Andrés Iniesta.

See more Lionel Messi 2013 photos:

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Baseball Handicapping Formula – How To Become Great at Baseball Handicapping


Just what is a baseball handicapper? According to Wikipedia: Baseball Handicapping is the practice of assigning advantage through scoring compensation or other advantage given to different contestants to equalize the chances of winning. Let’s make it simple and say that a baseball handicapper is a person that analyzes two baseball teams and attempt to picks the winner.

The fact is anyone can claim to be good at baseball handicapping. There is no license or certification required. You just start analyzing ball games and select your winners. There is no government rating nor is there any real tracking system. Part of being a good handicapper is promoting yourself as one. That is the easy part just about all handicappers claim to be the best.

Now you are probably reading this article because you want to know who is best. My feelings on this are not one individual can be giving that title. Baseball handicapping is not all based on skill. It is better to be lucky than be good, right. Luck has a lot to do with it. Don’t confuse being lucky for being good.

I would define the best baseball handicapper a one who is truly knowledgeable on the sports. They must be up to date with all trades, injuries, trends and current statistics. Then there are the side variable such as weather conditions, disputes among the players sand mental state of the players. A good handicapper will take all this information and plug into their handicapping formula.

Now a proven winning formula is mandatory. For effective baseball handicapping you need to follow a formula. This formula must be battle tested. Anyone can create a formula and start using it, but it has to be tested. The only way to test a formula is to use through an entire baseball season. Baseball season is very long and there are many ups and downs for every team. You might have a nice run for a week, start thinking you have the best system in the world then lose the next 10 games. The only way to fully grade a handicappers picks is over the entire season.

The best baseball handicappers in one who thoroughly follows the game, uses a proven system along with all those miscellaneous variables to determine their selections. A handicapper that just picks games without close examination is one that I would avoid. Remember to distinguish the difference between just lucky and picking the right side. Many get lucky but luck only happens occasional. I am a true believe that anyone can be the best baseball handicapper if they so desire. Follow the game, use a proven baseball betting formula, there are many available. Be consistent with your bets and use proper money management and you will the best baseball handicapper.



Troy Powers is a 20 year resident of Las Vegas an avid sports better. He does use and fully recommends following a baseball betting system.