Feature: The Increasing Success of Football Betting

Football betting has long been popular amongst those that like to gamble, as illustrated by the ubiquitous presence of betting shops on high streets across the United Kingdom. Yet unlike many formerly popular industries, the world of football betting has thrived in the era of the internet.

Indeed, all of the major bookmakers like bwin.be have setup online versions of their physical shops, leading to not only a mass exodus from the high street to the virtual world of online gambling, but it has tempted a greater proportion of the population to gamble on sports than ever before.

Now, in terms of popularity, football betting is matched only by the wealth of similarly popular online casinos.

Reasons for the continued and increasing popularity of football betting:

1. Convenience – this is arguably the main reason for the aforementioned surge. The added convenience has been generated by giving those interested in sports betting the ability to find tips and odds information, in addition to being able to place bets securely online.

The World Wide Web has therefore made football betting into something that is very accessible in terms of the ability that the average punter now has to make an informed betting choice.


2. Audience – There has been a marked increase In the level enthusiasm for sport in general amongst the public, but it is football – and the Premier League in particular –that has seen a surge in popularity and therefore in the number of people betting on its results.


3. Advertising – The likes of Bwin are experts in marketing their brand and bringing themselves to the attention of a mass audience. Indeed, sponsorship deals with European footballing behemoths, Real Madrid and AC Milan, have obviously brought the betting site to the attention of a massive audience, thus helping to increase the popularity of sports betting on a global scale.


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Feature: How Exactly Do The Football Trials Work?

Interested in football trials?  Fancy yourself as the next Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie or even Mesut Ozil? Then you need to get yourself on the football trials as soon as you can.


How do they work?

The first thing you need to do is to register.  This is free and once you are registered you will have access to a whole world of information.  The idea is to get you focused and as prepared as you can possibly be.  They can be highly competitive things, football trials, so the more prepared and ready you are the better chance you will have.

Once you are registered we will give you £50 worth of free information.  This includes what you should be eating, drinking and what exactly the football scouts will be looking for. Inside information.

The scouts and coaches come to the trials to hunt out the best talent around.  They have the chance to pick from the cream of the crop, so the more information you have surrounding what they look for, the better.

Other information includes drills that you should be working on, skills you should be practicing and examples of success stories.  Clear and up front information is the only way you will know if the football trials are the right thing for you.

This is your opportunity to really shine.  But, if you pick up the information and feel that now is not the right time then it is best that you hold back and keep practicing until you feel ready.

There could be a coach or scout out there who sees such potential in you that your life is changed forever.  Are you ready for that?  Are you prepared?  It is your chance to shine so you need to know that you have exactly what it takes to put your football skills to the test.


10 to 14 assessment

The trial consists of an assessment.  For those aged 10 to 14 it will last around two hours.  You will have the chance to work with a coach who will really put you to the test.  You will also have a 75 minute assessment by a world class UEFA licenced coach.

There will be a grading system against a 10 point criteria and feedback will be provided so you can see the areas that you need to improve.

Finally, 45 minutes of small sided matches will take place where the pro club scouts can really see you at work.  Show ‘em what you’ve got.


15+ assessment

For those aged 15 or over you will have a longer session with the UEFA licenced coach and will also undergo a pro club session including a dynamic warm up and a visual assessment from the scouts.  Pro club testing that assesses your speed and agility will also be required.

Overall you will be provided with plenty of information, guidance and assistant on how you can improve your strength, skills, agility and core stability.

Seven days after your last trial you will receive an email to let you know whether or not you have been selected. If you have you will be assigned an agent.  Remember, your dream.  Isn’t it time you made your dream a reality?


Written by Harry Price - an avid football fan… When he’s not watching football, he’s spending time with dogs, wife, and son.

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Feature: Seven highly common sporting injuries

The last thing you remember is that you were jumping to head the ball, before the world came crashing down on you. Or maybe, it’s you who came crashing down on a twisted ankle. You don’t know exactly what happened, but you have an excruciating pain in your ankle, a pain so severe that you can barely even think of standing up. You’ve probably got a sprained ankle, one of the most common sporting injuries.

Sporting injuries can vary in nature and severity, but some parts of the body are more prone to get hurt than others. The type of injury also depends upon the type of sport that you are playing.

Here are some of the most common sports injuries in the UK, how they are caused, and how to prevent them.


1. Hamstrings Injuries

Hamstring injuries usually happen in cricket, athletics and football. They are caused when you stretch a hamstring because of excessive standing or running. Hamstring injuries are more common among older players, as their hamstrings muscles have become comparatively less flexible because of age.

Improper stretching and not warming up are common causes for hamstring injuries. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) usually cure hamstring injuries.


2. Achilles tendinitis

Named after the Spartan warrior who conquered Troy, Achilles tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendon at the back of your heel. It is more common among athletes engaging in track events or jumping. Achilles tendinitis is painful and can often make it impossible to run.

The injury is treated by RICE and pain-killers. If not treated, Achilles tendinitis can become chronic.


3. Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments 

Most common in football, this is a knee injury that happens when a player loses balance and the knee is twisted in an awkward position. The injury is painful and can take some time to heal. RICE and knee-bands are often used to speed up the healing of the torn knee ligaments.


4. Golf Elbow or Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow usually hits the outside of the elbow, and is caused by tendon degeneration due to repeated backhand strokes. Golf elbow more commonly causes the inflammation of the inside of the elbow because of injury to the epicondyle, the place where forearm-flexing muscles are attached to the upper arm.

The remedy is to exercise the forearms for strength and to use the correct playing technique.


5. Shin Splints

Most common among cyclists and runners, shin splints refer to the pain on the inside of the shin bone. It often troubles people who are not used to exercising, do not do stretching, or build the intensity of the workout a bit too rapidly.

Shin splints can also be caused if you’re wearing improper shoes or by running on hard ground. Rest, ice, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medicine usually cure shin splints without a problem.


6. Lower Back Pain

Although sportsmen rarely develop back pain, it can sometimes affect cyclists, runners, golfers, and tennis players. Improper stretching and not warming up are the most predominant causes of back pain in athletes. A discrepancy in leg length can trigger back pain even with a little running.

While sporting back pain is usually caused by pulled back-muscles, you should consult the physician to make sure it’s not a severer condition, such as a slipped-disk or sciatica, that’s making your back hurt.


7. Ankle Sprain

Coming back to the injury that we imagined in the opening of this post, a sprained ankle is most common in football, volleyball, basketball, and hockey. It can tear the ligaments and even a tendon in the ankle joint. Sever pain is accompanied by swelling of the ankle, and an X-Ray is required to rule out the possibility of a fracture.

A sprained ankle can take some time to heal fully. Avoid this injury by strengthening your ankles through exercises such as ankle lifts, and by wearing a bandage around the ankle.


Dr Garry J McCLean writes for The Workplace Depot on Health and Safety issues.

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The World’s Newest, Most Breathtaking Football Stadiums

If there was ever any doubt that football was the most popular sport in the world, the number of new football stadiums and the many proposed stadiums would erase it.

Let’s review a handful of the most recent sparkling new professional football fields that are sure to impress fans.


Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic games, Rio de Janeiro needed a plan for a new football complex. The decision was made to renovate the existing Maracana Stadium to the tune of $440 million.

Crews worked 24/7 to complete the stadium within FIFA regulations. Officially named Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, the stadium was first built to host the 1950 World Cup.

The stadium’s first event was held in April 2013, but the first official match was a friendly on June 2 between Brazil and England. Before renovations, the stadium was touted as the largest football stadium in the world. The new version reduced seating capacity from 100,000 to 78,000

New luxury suites and facilities for the media and a sports medicine outreach highlight the new stadium. Other ostentatious amenities include 292 toilets that receive water from the roof, eight new television studios, four new locker rooms, and brand new Bermuda Celebration grass that will allow the ball to scoot more quickly.


Al-Wakrah Stadium, Al-Wakrah City, Doha, Qatar

Qatar won the FIFA bid for the 2022 World Cup, and the country is projecting to build nine new stadiums while refurbishing three old ones. The cost for all of the stadiums is initially estimated to be $4 billion, a small sum compared to the overall infrastructure being planned.

Standing on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Al-Wakrah is a classical Arab desert city, containing a mere 30,000 Arab citizens but with a burgeoning expat population that is building the city and its stadiums with Qatari oil wealth.

It’s also worth noting that Stockholm, Sweden, has built two new stadiums in 2013 for local football clubs.


New Soccer Specific Stadiums in the United States

The Portland Timbers' Jeld-Wen Field

The Portland Timbers’ Jeld-Wen Field

So-called soccer specific stadiums (SSS) have been all the rage for MLS franchises in recent years. The newest SSS was built for the Houston Dynamo in Houston, Texas, in 2012. BBVA Compass Stadium is the first SSS built in an American downtown.

Two SSS venues were established in 2011: Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon, home to the Portland Timbers, and Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, built for Sporting Kansas City.

Kansas City's Sporting Park

Kansas City’s Sporting Park

A total of thirteen SSS have been built in cities in North America since 1999, including stadiums in Columbus, Ohio; Commerce City, Colorado (Denver); Frisco, Texas (outside Dallas); Carson, California (Los Angeles); Chester, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia); Harrison, New Jersey (outside New York City); Sandy, Utah (near Salt Lake); Bridgeview, Illinois (outside Chicago); Toronto; and Montreal.


Proposed New Stadiums

Russia's 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Kazan.

Russia’s 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Kazan.

Dozens of proposed stadiums worldwide are in various stages of planning, including a series of stadiums in Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, and France and England. MLS franchises in Washington, D.C. and New York City also have stadiums in the works.

Russia's 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Rostov-na-Donu.

Russia’s 2018 World Cup proposed stadium in Rostov-na-Donu.

Several new soccer stadiums have been proposed in recent months within the United States for cities vying for MLS status: Orlando, Florida; Tampa Bay, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan.


Byline: Jackson Willis blogs about topics as varied as football in his native Seattle, WA, to the field services needed for the world’s greatest construction projects. 

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Feature: Most Common Sports Injuries

We all love to do a bit of exercise now and again, whether it’s a quick jog or a long walk, playing football with friends or in a competitive match.  However, sometimes we do just a small bit too much which leads to an injury and requiring a sports injury massage.  This will get you back up to fitness as it helps to heal your injury quickly.

Unfortunately picking up a knock or straining a muscle is all part of exercising, and here are some of the most common sports injuries and how to prevent them.


Achilles Tendinitis

Excessive exercising, mainly running, can cause your Achilles tendon – at the back of your heel –  to become inflamed, leaving you in a lot of discomfort and unable to exercise.  If this injury is not tended to it can become very painful and a long-term problem when wanting to exercise further.

If your Achilles begins to play up, be sure to get an icepack on it as soon as possible and avoid any further exercise until it is cleared up.

To avoid damaging your Achilles altogether, it is a good idea to strengthen your calf muscles and stretch properly before exercising.


Shin Splints

This is often quite a problem with people who aren’t used to exercise a lot.  The pain occurs around the shins, hence the name, and is caused by the muscles around the bone becoming inflamed.

Good ways to avoid shin splints are to gradually increase workout intensity (rather than suddenly), wear well supported shoes and stretching before your workout.

If you still suffer from shin splints, try getting a sports injury massage to help your muscles heal before working out again.


Lower Back Pain

This injury can be very frustrating, as it can begin to play up as soon as you start running.  Although not very common among athletes and fit people, it can be caused by even the smallest differences in length between your two legs.

If this is the case, and it’s not just that you are slightly unfit, the only way to get this corrected is by paying a visit to a sports injury clinic or a chiropractor.


Pulled Muscle

How many times have we seen sports stars being stretchered off because a pulled muscle?  The most common pulled muscle amongst sports stars are the hamstrings, which are constantly being contracted while running.

If the hamstring is weak, running can cause it to tear or pull which brings about searing pain and quite a lengthy recovery period.  Proper stretching and regular exercise will decrease your chances of pulling your hamstring, but if you do, be sure to get a sports injury massage to speed up the healing process.


Runner’s Knee

A very common sort of injury, this is caused by consistent irritation of the tendon below your kneecap.  Although called runner’s knee, it is not limited to runners as it can happen to any variety of athletes.

If your knee begins to play up and irritate you, rest it for at least two days and apply ice regularly.  Having proper footwear is also great at preventing this injury.


This article was written by Alex Girardi, who recommends www.fitzwilliamhealth.ie when you need a sports injury massage to recover from an injury.

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Heineken’s Voyage: A Campaign Designed for the Brave and Adventurous

Legend. What does it mean? Who does it remind you of? For a football fan, players in the caliber of Paolo Maldini, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, David Beckham among many, many others spring to mind. It’s a term that emphasizes one’s glory, successes, attitude, respect, perseverance, and dedication to the sport or his or her particular passion, voyage, and aspiration.

And to assist in fulfilling a long time desire or adventure, Heineken – a popular brewing company – has launched a new campaign titled ‘Voyage’. It is a campaign – non-football affiliated – designed and created for the spontaneous adventurer or maybe the wildlife enthusiast. We don’t know. The purpose of this intriguing campaign is to take different men from across the globe and drop them in remote locations with nothing, but the most basic of supplies and directions – peculiarly reminiscent of the widely known show,  The Amazing Race.

The outcome of such a campaign, is dropped – a series of intermittent voyages and adventures following the chosen ones on their once in a lifetime journey and experience. As previously mentioned, the destination of these brave souls is unknown. They might land in the rain forest along the mighty Amazon river, or the freezing wilderness of Alaska, or the barren desert of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter, or perhaps a challenge against some of the world’s top football players amidst the treacherous and unsavory conditions of Quito – a place located high above sea level.

We – or, in this case, the chosen adventurers – don’t know what to expect. This is the beauty of this campaign. The excitement and anxiousness in anticipation of the voyage at hand, embodies the essence of what the campaign is all about.


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Tips: Preparing Your Football Team For The New Season

There are some areas of interest that manage to capture the attention and have an effect on the lives of people all over the world. Football is one of the best examples there is and although it is true that not everyone loves it, the number of those who live and breathe it is well into the millions. Due to this, there is a shared excitement felt by lovers of the game when the new season begins to approach.

No matter what level of competition the team is in it is absolutely fundamental that they have a good standard of kit to play in and this is just one of the preparations that have to be made before the schedule for the upcoming campaign gets underway.

Football operates at so many different levels, from those who earn the most handsome of salaries at the top level, to those who sacrifice their spare time just to play it on a park field on a weekend morning.

Amateur and junior teams can be found almost anywhere and if you are in charge of one of these clubs then there are some arrangements to take care of before the next season begins.


Secure a pitch and training facilities

In any league season, you have to be able to host half of the games so you need a home pitch to be able to play on. At amateur level, there is likely to be at least one if not plenty more pitches in the local area. It is up to you to get in touch with the people who are responsible for allowing permission for matches to take place at these venues.

It is a sensible idea to go to every effort to hire a place that each member of your team will be able to reach easily and the same rule applies for the sports hall or floodlit facility you will choose for your training sessions.


Make sure you can afford the costs

Football clubs below the professional level survive due to the commitment of those who are involved, whether it is the players, the managers, coaches, or parents of those in a junior team. Funds are needed to cover the cost of hiring out pitches and providing the equipment such as training cones, nets, corner flags, team kit and footballs for example.

Fundraisers are a big part of an amateur club and this is when a lot of the money to cover the costs of the season comes in.


Put in some pre-season training

The physical pain that comes with the first training session after the summer break is not something that is strictly limited to those who are professional. It is important to get your team together a good few weeks before the league season begins and this will allow you to cast your eye over the players that you will have available.

Friendlies are a necessity during the summer for fitness and practice reasons and they also allow everyone to look forward to the competitive games starting.


Tom Mason has had an involvement in grass-roots football coaching for many years and he buys his team football kits from Toga Sports.

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Special Feature: Demand For Engineers Escalates In Lead Up To World Cup 2014

Within the space of two years, Brazil will host the world’s two biggest sporting events: the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is an opportunity for the nation to give the world a taste of its famously vibrant and open culture, and its historic passion for football. But, aside from that, preparations for the world cup have spurred a nationwide investment in infrastructure that many feel to be long overdue.

Brazil is viewed as an inspiration for developing nations due to the progress it has made over the last two decades. During this time it has overtaken the UK to become the world’s sixth largest economy. In the next few years, billions will be spent to ensure that it has the infrastructure to reflect its burgeoning economic power.


World Cup fever is coming

Brazil has won the Soccer World Cup more times than any of the eight nations that have lifted the trophy since the inaugural event in 1930. Yet, until Spain’s victory in 2010, it was the only World Cup-winning nation to have never won the tournament on home soil. The last time Brazil hosted the event, which was in 1950, the country was left in stunned dismay as Uruguay beat the team in the final and took the trophy it thought was in the bag.

Fans hope they will take this opportunity to set the record straight. First and foremost, however, Brazil intends to succeed as hosts, for this is every bit as essential to their sense of national identity as success on the football pitch.

Work on 12 stadiums is underway throughout the country, including one in the city of Manaus, which lies deep in the Amazon rainforest and is difficult to reach by road. This underlines the fact that the transport networks that connect the host cities are every bit as essential as the stadiums themselves, especially considering the geographic size of Brazil.


Investing in infrastructure

In 2007, it was announced that Brazil would host the 2014 World Cup, and the size of the task was soon made clear when the 2009/2010 World Economic Forum in Geneva rated the quality of Brazilian infrastructure to be amongst the worst in the world (giving it a score of 3.4, which is below the world average of 4.1).

Only 12% of Brazil’s roads were paved at the time, and it had a smaller railway network than France, despite France being one-thirteenth its size. It was clear that significant investment was needed if Brazil was to host the world’s two biggest sporting events in quick succession.

In 2010, the outgoing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched an initiative to invest $900 billion in infrastructure, with a focus on improving transportation, electrical supply, and the nation’s ports.

It’s estimated that the Brazilian government will have spent $25.3 billion on its rail network alone by the time it hosts the World Cup in 2014.


Addressing skills shortages

Over the years, Brazil’s economic growth has drawn attention to its skills shortages, particularly in areas such as engineering. Now, with the investment in infrastructure and a Soccer World Cup on the horizon, addressing those skills shortages has become a matter of urgency.

Social inequality and a school curriculum imposed by the federal government have contributed to the lack of preparedness amongst many Brazilian students who undertake university courses. For example, of the 130,000 students that start an engineering course every year, only 35,000 will graduate. This is due to the price of tuition fees and a lack of adequate training in mathematics, physics, and chemistry in public schools. As a result, Confea, Brazil’s Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy, has reported an annual deficit of over 20,000 Brazilian engineers.

Government and industry have recognized the need to promote education in scientific, engineering and IT fields, and federal programs such as the National Engineering Plan, Science Without Borders and Pronatec (National Program of Access to Technical Learning and Employment) aim to do just that, by establishing technical schools in poorer regions of Brazil, and by offering scholarships and exchange opportunities so students can receive their training overseas.

As for short-term solutions, the government has cut down on the regulations and procedures required to obtain work visas in the hopes of encouraging an influx of foreign workers.

It’s clear that hosting a successful Soccer World Cup and Summer Olympics are not the end goal, but rather the first stage in a much longer journey, as Brazil looks to establish an infrastructure that can meet the needs of its growing economy, and provide an educational system that can produce the skills required to do so.


Matthew Flax writes about the preparations underway for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, because, like any true football fan, he knows the Brazilian way is the best way.

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A Guide to Football Memorabilia

Football has been played, in one form or another, since at least the 3rd Century BC. It has evolved over the centuries – with many and frequent modifications to style, rules and regulations – to become the game we know today. You may know it as soccer, depending on where you’re from, but no matter what you call it – the beautiful game remains the most popular sport on the planet.

The significance of football, and its impact on cultures around the world, can hardly be quantified. A testament to the game’s popularity is the fact that its governing body, FIFA, has more members at 208 nations than does the United Nations itself.

Football permeates nearly every aspect of our lives today, from a child’s dreams to follow in the footsteps of legends to Israeli-Palestinian matches, conducted to ease political tensions between the two countries.

The beautiful game serves as a bridge – connecting people all over the world and bringing them together. Some might follow only the weekend game, others are more enthusiastic about their favorite teams and players, and yet others are so fanatic about the game that it borders on religious fervor.

Regardless of which category one might fall under though, footballs fans around the globe are all united in their love for the sport and everything associated with it, such as signed football memorabilia.


The Significance of Memorabilia

Football is no ordinary sport. Football is passion – indeed, for many, it is a complete lifestyle. It gets passed down from generation to generation, with son following father into the fandom of a particular team. The players on these teams are idolized and hero-worshipped globally, and the gear they use becomes treasure to the fans.

Autographed football memorabilia, such as signed football shirts and various other accessories with football signatures, are valued particularly because of their rarity. They become objects of desire, to be treasured and to be displayed proudly, declaring the love for a particular player or team.


The Purposes of Memorabilia

Signed football memorabilia, especially authentic ones, are rare indeed and thus can be incredibly expensive. The reasons people would part with huge amounts of money to purchase such autographed football memorabilia are many and varied.

Sentiment: Most fans purchase items such as signed football shirts or other accessories with football signatures purely out of sentiment. These memorabilia serve as an expression of their love and devotion for a particular team or player. They are then put up on walls or encased in glass cabinets to be displayed to friends, family and guests.

Collection: Accessories with football signatures and other football merchandise are collected by passionate fans, just like books, stamps and coins are. These collections serve either as personal treasure troves or proud monuments for their favorite teams and players.

Significance: There are particular pieces of memorabilia which are extremely limited in number, or are related to one significant event. They could have particular historic significance attached to them or might be part of a special edition release. As such, they are even rarer and more valuable compared to other football memorabilia, and are highly coveted by the more zealous of fans.

Occasionally, the people who buy such items might not even be real fans, but may only be attracted to the purchase so that they can show them off proudly.

Investment: As expensive as such authentic, signed football memorabilia can be, they only increase in value over the years. Football memorabilia dealers specialize in locating such items that can serve as long-term investments.

Say a football player passed away, leaving behind only a limited number of signed football shirts. These shirts would become incredibly valuable in the future, as new generations of fans search for an item to own from a legend of the past.

Family Heirlooms: Authentic and rare pieces of football memorabilia, such as ‘I Was There …’ shirts and autographed items become proud and precious possessions for fans across the globe. Merchandise from a favorite team, a signed shirt from a favorite player, or a souvenir from a historic game – they are all owned and taken care of with pride, devotion, and even jealousy.

Over time, they might become extremely valuable financially as well. And just as passion for a football team is passed from father to son, these memorabilia are handed over as family heirlooms too.


The Source of Memorabilia

There are thousands of football memorabilia dealers around, yet it might not necessarily be a good thing. Firstly, such variety of dealers may become confusing and make it harder to choose a particular one.

Secondly, it becomes extremely difficult and frustrating to separate the reliable dealers from the bogus ones. It is essential to opt for a reliable football memorabilia dealer though, as autographed football memorabilia can easily be faked and sold as part of a scam.

The demand for football memorabilia is high, and the prices that some of these items sell for are even higher. As such, there is massive potential for fraudulent business in the market. Fans can often be gullible due to their passion for the sport, and end up losing huge amounts of their money on worthless pieces of junk.

It becomes even more important then, to find a trustworthy dealer, someone like Up North Memorabilia.


Up North Memorabilia

Up North Memorabilia was born out of a passion to collect authentic autographs. What had started as a personal collection grew so huge that its owner started trading, and then selling, parts of it until he founded a company upon it.

Since its establishment in 2003, the company has gone from strength to strength, eventually to become one of the most trusted sources of autographed memorabilia, football or otherwise, for collectors around the world.

So, whether it is out of pure passion and devotion, or part of a long-term financial plan, one can find all kinds of rare and valuable memorabilia here.

The items on sale might include a signed goalkeeper glove or a hand-signed football boot, one can rest assured that whatever they purchase from Up North Memorabilia is guaranteed to be authentic, and to provide value for every cent and dollar spent on it!


Written by Katherine G.

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Helpful Tips: Coping with the end of the football season

As the international football season wraps up, it is a very tough time for a lot of fans. If a season was terrible, the end can seem a welcome relief. And if your team was outstanding, it can be great to see a wonderful run end well. In either case, you’re left counting the days until the new season begins, and the months in between can leave one with a “now what” sensation.

Rather than sitting and doing nothing, there are some proactive ways to handle the end of the association football season.


Get Out Of The House

A regular trip to the pub where you watch games doesn’t count. No, now is the time to stretch legs or fire up the 2007 mustang. Go out and breath the free air, and remember that there are things that are great in the world that have nothing whatsoever to do with “the beautiful game”.

The less time you spend in places associated with the game, the more likely you can find constructive ways of biding your time until the next season begins.


Develop Post Season Hobbies

If you make sure that you are busy, you won’t have time to sit around moping. Plan ahead and make sure that your weekends are filled. Visit friends. Take a vacation. Learn how to surf. Just be sure that you have your off season time loaded with activities. You can develop yearly traditions that take your mind off of the stress associated with being a football fan and enjoy time away from the game.


Find Other Sports Leagues To Follow

Probably one of the best ways to distract yourself from the end of association football is to look around for other sports that are going on during the break. If you’re the type of person that can follow multiple sports and leagues, it may be a good idea.

There are international events such as the World Cup that also occur during the off-season. These may offer you the opportunity to continue to enjoy the sport, or introduce friends and family to the sport.


Use It As A Time To De-Stress

Instead of looking to other sports, it may be an even better idea to go in the complete opposite direction: Tune out of all sports news for a time. It’s a documented fact that dedicated soccer fans can develop a heart condition related to their involvement in the sport. The ups and downs can take a very negative toll on the mind and body. This may explain why fans feel so drained and empty when the season is over.

Instead of seeing the end of the season in a negative light, think of it as a blessing in disguise. This can be a valuable time to recuperate, take a deep breath, and re-energize. Using this time wisely can allow you to be charged up and ready to go when the games start back up again.


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