Monthly Archives: January 2019

Rise of apps: changes in how we view football

Year on year we see technology creep into major sports, including tennis, golf, horse racing and boxing. Football certainly hasn’t escaped the rise of the machines with an ever-increasing number of decisions being put in the hands of computers. VAR was made famous during the 2018 World Cup in Russia and it proved such a hit with fans, players and referees there are talks to install the system in major football grounds across the UK, including English Premier League. An…
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Russia 2018: over 3.5 billion viewers and €11 billion invested on the World Cup

No wonder Pelé referred to it as “The Beautiful Game.” A total of 3.572 billion watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup - that’s more than half of the global population, according to figures published by FIFA. Out of this total, 3.262 billion watched the competition at home, while 309.7 million enjoyed the World Cup through streaming, or in public places, such as bars and restaurants. It is estimated that the amount of money spent on placing bets at the top…
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AFC Asian Cup – the last eight

From the humble beginnings of four teams in 1956, the AFC Asian Cup tournament has expanded from 16 nations in its last edition in 2015 to 24 for the first time in the current event taking in place in United Arab Emirates. Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Yemen proved to be worthy debutants in the group stages but now it’s down to the nitty-gritty as the remaining teams have been decided for the quarter finals.  So can Australia defend their crown or…
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The rise of super human footballers

Modern-day football has changed rapidly since the start of this century, with developments in sports science making the game a very different place than was previously the case. There are four main strands to sports science - physiology, psychology, motor control/learning and biomechanics – with each playing an important part in enhancing player performance. First utilised by the former Eastern Bloc nations back in the 1950s, there was a big boom in the study of sports towards the end of…
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