Thursday, March 29, 2012

Estadio Benito Villamarín

Estadio Benito Villamarín: Home to Real Betis

Real Betis Balompié play their home games at the over 50,000 capacity Estadio Benito Villamarín. The stadium has gradually been developed since 1929.

From 2000-2010 the stadium was called Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera after the President of the football club at the time. However, after a popular vote, the ground reverted to its previous name.

Estadio Benito Villamarín staged two games during the 1982 World Cup, Brazil's 4-1 win over Scotland and Brazil's 4-0 win over New Zealand.

The Estadio Benito Villamarín lies on Avenida la Palmera south of the historic city center of Sevilla and not far from Plaza de Espana. Access to the stadium is fairly straight forward by either bus or taxi. Walking would take about 45 minutes from the cathedral area.

Except for the really big games against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and the local derby, tickets can be bought on the day of the match up to 15 minutes before kick off.

Cross-town rivals Sevilla play their home games to the north east at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.


Friday, March 9, 2012

George's Premiership Predictions March 10 2012

George's Premiership Predictions March 10 2012

Last time out George got 4 results right and 2 perfect scores.

George's Premiership Predictions March 10 2012

Saturday 10 March 2012

Aston Villa 1 v Fulham 1
Bolton 2 QPR 1
Chelsea 3 Stoke City 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Blackburn Rovers 2
Sunderland 1 Liverpool 1
Everton 1 Tottenham 1

Sunday 11 March 2012

Swansea City 1 Manchester City 2
Manchester United 3 West Bromwich Albion 1
Norwich 2 Wigan 0

Monday 12th March 2012

Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0

Tuesday 13th March 2012

Liverpool 1 Everton 0

Last week's Premier League predictions

World Cup Posters


Ready to rock: J. League 2012 set for kick-off

Football in Japan: J. League 2012

The 2012 J. League first division kicks off on March 10.

The fixture list has conjured a number of notable clashes, as Gamba Osaka welcome big-spending neighbours Vissel Kobe to Banpaku, Nagoya Grampus host Tokai rivals Shimizu S-Pulse at Toyota Stadium and Omiya Ardija entertain local rivals FC Tokyo at Omiya Park.

Defending champions Kashiwa Reysol start their campaign at home to Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday, with a capacity crowd expected to descend upon Hitachi Stadium for the clash.

Big crowds will once again pack into J. League grounds in 2012
Round 1 fixtures

March 10

Consadole Sapporo vs Jubilo Iwata (Sapporo Dome)
Vegalta Sendai vs Kashima Antlers (Yurtec Stadium)
Nagoya Grampus vs Shimizu S-Pulse (Toyota Stadium)
Gamba Osaka vs Vissel Kobe (Expo '70 Stadium)
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Urawa Reds (Big Arch Stadium)
Sagan Tosu vs Cerezo Osaka (Best Amenity Stadium)
Kawasaki Frontale vs Albirex Niigata (Todoroki Stadium)
Omiya Ardija vs FC Tokyo (Omiya Park)

March 11

Kashiwa Reysol vs Yokohama F. Marinos


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fifa World Rankings For March 2012

Fifa World Rankings For March 2012.
Fifa World Rankings March 2012

Fifa's World Rankings for March 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Copa America champions Uruguay. England are in 6th and Ireland remain in the top 20 teams ahead of Euro 2012.

Ranking Team
Ranking Team
1 Spain
2 Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Uruguay
5 Brazil
6 England
7 Portugal
8 Argentina
9 Italy
10 Croatia
11 Denmark
12 Russia
13 Greece
14 Chile
15 Côte d'Ivoire
16 France
17 Sweden
18 Switzerland
19 Republic of Ireland
20 Australia

Full world rankings

Previous Fifa World Rankings


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

K-League Gets Temperatures Rising Already


The winter was not a fierce one by Korean standards, except for one week in early February that saw Seoul temperatures plummet to minus 20, and the 2012 K-League certainly did not take long to warm up.

The excitement and controversy were getting going even before the big kick-off. 24 hours ahead of the opening game, Daejeon Citizen were in the headlines for letting veteran, and we are talking Dino Zoff style, goalkeeper Choi Eun-sung go.

It wasn’t that fans thought the 40 year-old who had been with the club since it came into existence in 1997 and was the third-choice ‘keeper at the 2002 World Cup, deserves an automatic starting place but the manner in which the club handled it angered almost all. The 40 year-old went on a pre-season tour of Mexico but learned that he wasn’t getting a contract on the week of season start.

Citizen fans planned a silent protest. They would go down to Gyeongnam FC for the opening game of the season but would not make a sound. In the end, it wasn’t that difficult. Amid driving rain and biting winds, the fans had little to shout about anyway as they lost 3-0 to the early table toppers.

The day earlier however, there was a little English Premier League style controversy as Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma defender Sasa Ognenovski refused to shake the hand of Jeonbuk Motors’ Brazilian playmaker Eninho before the game.

Sasa refuses to do the shake

The two don’t get on. Basically The South American thinks the Australian plays too rough while the feeling coming the other way is that Eninho dives. The Brazilian had the last laugh however as he scored a late winner as the champions kicked off their defence with a 3-2 win.

Lee Dong-gook got the other two and in the process the Lion King, who had scored three goals in two games for the national team in the previous seven days including the opener in a vital 2-0 World Cup qualification win over Kuwait in midweek, set a new K-League goalscoring record with an 117th strike to move ahead of Woo Sung-yong.

Also on Saturday, Ulsan Horangi snatched a hard-fought 1-0 win at Pohang Steelers courtesy of giant striker Kim Shin-wook. If the Tigers can integrate their signings of fine attacking players – Lee Keun-ho and Kim Sung-yung from Gamba Osaka and Akihiro Ienega from Real Mallorca - and keep their usual defensive solidity then they will finish higher in the league than sixth.

If the handshake affair in Jeonju reminded of the Evra-Suarez incident in the English Premier League then in Daegu there was, a more tenuous link it has to be admitted, a kind of Carlos Tevez episode. OK, FC Seoul striker and 2011 top goalscorer Dejan Damjanovic did not refuse to come off the bench but the star striker did, according to coach Choi Yong-soo, refuse to play to his best and was subbed out after 22 minutes as Seoul drew 1-1 at Daegu.

The problem is that Seoul turned down a reported $5 million bid from Guangzhou R&F for the Montenegrin international. As you would expect, there would also be money to double Damjanovic’s salary and as you would expect the player was interested.

“His condition was OK ahead of the match. However, Dejan was not the player I am familiar with at all, so I took him off. Although he has conflicting interests with the club, he promised me (to play hard), but broke his word,” Choi told reporters. “I cannot forgive this. Despite the promise to me, he betrayed my and his teammates’ trust in him. I will not field him in future games if he does not change his attitude,” he said. “If we continue to show a solid performance like today, we will be able to achieve good results in the future despite the absence of Dejan.”

Seoul’s bitter rivals Suwon Bluewings fared better with a 1-0 win over Busan I’Park – a team that had a good season last year but were unable to stop bigger clubs taking their stars. It wasn’t a great performance from either team but Suwon’s new Australian defender Eddy Bosnar impressed as did Brazilian new boy Everton Cardosa Da Silva who scored the game’s only goal.

There are hopes that Incheon United can this season shed their usual mid-table status. 2002 World Cup heroes Kim Nam-il and Seol Ki-hyeon joined in the winter as did Australian international Nathan Burns. He was injured as United, led by Korea’s 2010 World Cup coach Huh Jung-moo, crashed to a 3-1 loss at Jeju United.

There weren’t many goals elsewhere. Last year’s bottom club Gangwon FC were delighted with a goalless draw at Chunnam Dragons while Gwangju FC got off to a good start with a 1-0 win at military club Sangju Sangmu.

This will be Sangju’s last season in the top tier. In the K-League’s 30th season, it has finally adopted relegation. Two teams will go down this season and as a non-professional entity, the army boys will be one of them. That is not all. Affter 30 games this season, the 16 teams will split, Scottish style, into two groups of eight that will play each other twice for the title and for the right to finish bottom.

That is a long way off. There are still 43 games to go.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Football Coach World Ranking

Football Coach World Ranking

Josep Guardiola is the very first coach ranked No 1.

An informed answer to the everlasting question 'who’s the best football coach in the world?' is now made available thanks to the newly launched Football Coach World Ranking® to be found at

It’s the world's first ranking of football coaches based on actual performance. The ranking is calculated weekly by the Institute of Football Coaching Statistics; based on the results of 12,000 football matches of the immediate past 52 weeks.

Football Coach World Ranking

How does it work?

Coaches earn ranking points in the premier leagues and cup tournaments of the world’s top 40 football countries. Additional points can be earned in the 10 most prestigious international cup tournaments, such as UEFA's Champions League or CONMEBOL’s Copa Libertadores.

As not every match is equally important and not every country competition or confederation is equally strong, results are weighed when converted to World Ranking points.

Top 10 coaches on Monday, February 27, 2012

1. Josep Guardiola [ESP] FC Barcelona 18.993 pts.
2. José Mourinho [POR] Real Madrid C.F. 15.874 pts
3. Sir Alex Ferguson [SCO] Manchester United 13.699 pts
4. Roberto Mancini [ITA] Manchester City 12.525 pts
5. André Villas Boas [POR] Chelsea FC (FC Porto) 11.214 pts
6. Jupp Heynckes [GER] FC Bayern M.(Bayer L.) 9.512 pts
7. Unai Emery [ESP] Valencia C.F. 9.127 pts
8. Ricardo Gareca [ARG] Vélez Sarsfield 9.061 pts
9. M.Allegri [ITA] AC Milan 8.547 pts
10. Jorge Jesus [POR] Benfica 8.429 pts



Spam From Kerala Take me off this email chain ASAP

Spam From Kerala

Spammers are always up to new tricks. A recent spam mail doing the rounds is a mail written in English and Malayalam, the language of Kerala in India. India is now the spam capital of the world, by the way, due to lax laws and policing and the enticing market of millions of mobile phone users.

The email is cc'd to a number of recipients and seems to show people unsubscribing from a mailing list with text like this.

"Take me off this email chain ASAP

Sent from my iPhone"

"Me too please. Neither of these are my email addresses so do no understand why I would be receiving these.



"Not interest anymore? Please send a mail to | Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser"

Example of spam mail

If you receive an email like this above in your inbox, do not reply asking to be taken off the mailing list, just delete it. If you reply, you are merely confirming your address to the spammers and sending an email to a legitimate company as the spammers are spoofing the return path of several legitimate companies including us. Like this where xxxx is the address of a legitimate company.

Example of spam email

If you receive this email, just delete it and ignore it. If you block the sender, you will be blocking the legitimate companies the spammers are spoofing.

Whatever you do, don't reply to the email asking to be taken off the list.