NEWS

Small people / Great players

There is no doubt that football is in a constant state of evolution. Though the basic rules have changed little since the sport was first played, advances in physical fitness, training methods and a greater knowledge of the human body have all combined to change the pace of the beautiful game.As such, it would be natural to expect top-level football to be...

Transfers and (strange) problems

Love it or hate it, deadline day is enthralling because transfers matter. The stories of clubs the world over have been shaped by fateful, occasionally fantastic, deals, be they big-money additions or bargain buys. But although the pursuit of players can be satisfying, it occasionally leaves supporters lamenting what might have been. After all, as FIFA.com...

Football & Genetics

“I would pick my parents very carefully,” observed the Swedish exercise scientist Bengt Saltin, when asked what steps should be taken to become an Olympic sprinter.That quote, if slightly tongue in cheek, carries an unavoidable truth, according to one of Europe’s leading sports scientists, Professor Tom Reilly. Asked by FIFA.com to what degree success...

Footballers and the importance of tattoos

Now considered an art form in its own right, the popularity of the tattoo knows no bounds among today’s footballers. Though its origins are the subject of debate, it has become a valued fashion accessory, with more and more ornate examples of this eye-catching form of body art appearing with every passing season.Taking a closer look an increasingly...

Clubs & special pre-season ideas

With each passing year, sports science and knowledge increases, allowing clubs around the world to create ideal pre-season training regimes to maximise their players' skills and conditioning before the action on the field kicks off.The smallest edge can make all the difference, however, which has led some teams to try something different in an effort to...