Monthly Archives: January 2019

  1. How Diego Maradona Shaped the Football Scene

    Every soccer player young and old needs an inspirational figure head to motivate them towards greatness. And Diego Maradona is exactly that, his excellent technical skill on the pitch, combined with his expertise with managing teams, he most certainly is an inspiration to all soccer enthusiasts. So whether you are a devoted player or are thinking of branching into a more managerial role in the football world, Maradona is a great example of how the transition can be made effortlessly. Therefore within this article we are going to explore the history of Maradona and how his football career evolved over the years. So continue reading if you want to find out more about this highly significant player.

    Where it all began for Maradona

    Diego Armando Maradona was born on the 30th October 1960 and was raised in a shanty town just outside of Buenos Aires called Villa Fiorito. He was the first boy born in his family and has three older sisters and two younger brothers. And although their family was on a very low budget, Diego discovered his love for soccer and practised his skills regularly.

    When he was only eight years old he was discovered by a talent scout when he was playing football at Estrella Roja which was a local club in his home town. Shortly after this he joined Los Cebollitas which was a junior soccer team for the Argentinos Juniors. And when he was 12 years old he used to amuse fans at matches by showcasing his soccer skills during half time of first division fixtures.

    Maradona’s Technique on the Pitch

    His skilful combination of dribbling, vision, close ball control, passing and creativity lead to him becoming one of the most adored players in the world. With his strong legs and short stature, Maradona’s centre of gravity was much lower than other player which allowed him to withstand physical pressure spectacularly while he was in possession of the ball. This therefore made him a fantastic strategist as he was able to hol

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  2. Everything You Need to Know About Pelé

    When it comes to listing the most influential and notable football players of all time, Pelé is most certainly up there with the greats. In Brazilian football, Pelé is one of the most renowned players to ever take to the pitch and from an early age this was noticeable. He gathered a large following globally after his magnificent technique and ability to accurately anticipate the opposition’s tactics were showcased to the world during his international career.

    Throughout this article we are going to take a look into the history of Pelé’s football career in Brazil and internationally as a professional. As well as this, we are going to review how he got fast tracked to the first team after only 10 months of playing in his senior career. We are also going to explore what he is currently up to at the moment along with noting his numerous amounts of honours and awards. Therefore, if you want to find out more about Pelé and his successes, then keep on reading.

    The Early Years of Pelé

     

    Pelé was born in Brazil on the 23rd October 1940 and was given the name Edson Arantes do Nascimento which was inspired by Thomas Edison, but his parents preferred Edson. His father was also a footballer who went by the nickname Dondinho and had two younger brothers. Edson was originally known as ‘Dico’ by his family; however he acquired the nickname ‘Pelé’ when at school. This was because of his pronunciation of his favourite football player ‘Bile’.

    Although Pelé grew up in the poverty stricken Bauru areas of Sao Paulo, he managed to earn money by working in local cafés and was also taught to play soccer by his professional footballer Dad. Unfortunately as money was tight, they practiced the art of football using a sock filled with paper and tied to hold the stuffing inside, or a grapefruit.

    After expert training from his father, in his early teenage years Pelé went on to play for a number of amateur teams such as Sete de Setembro,

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