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Soccer Player's Guide to Foot Care
Do you think the best US Men's soccer players got that title without taking care of their precious pigs? Every footballer benefits from a soccer player's guide to foot care. In this game, your feet are your most valuable assets. All the fancy footwork in the world ceases to matter if you're dealing with turf toe, cramps, sprains, or athlete's foot. It's possible to guard against all of these problems as long as you care for your feet, toes, and ankles properly. In order to keep killing it on the soccer field, be sure you're equipped with the best info for foot care.
Best Shin Guards for Indoor Soccer
We've all heard horror stories of broken fibulas during intense soccer games. That's why players, from youth age to the pros invest in quality shin guards to protect their legs. Shin guards for indoor soccer are easy to find, because shin guards used in soccer will be the same for both outdoor soccer and indoor soccer. Regardless of where you play, every soccer player needs the same protection. Soccer shin guards are used to protect soccer players not only from the soccer ball, but most importantly, from other player’s feet. While indoor soccer may be less risky because players aren’t wearing spiked cleats, you’ll still want protection on your shins from possible kicks.
Frenkie de Jong, a Future Star in the Making
The name Frenkie de Jong may not sound familiar for most people. The Eredivisie (Dutch 1st division) is not a highly televised league like the Premier League or La Liga, but it’s a league with lots of young talent. One of them is de Jong. The young Ajax midfielder has been displaying his passing and dribbling abilities for the past 2 seasons but really came to his own during the 2017-18 season. Last year, he had the best passing accuracy and dribble success rate in the Eredivisie with 91.5 percent and 90.3 percent respectively and that was while playing as a centre-back in a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3 system during a large part of the season.
Best Women's Soccer Gear in 2018
Soccer is tough. Brutal, even. But it's even more so if you're not well prepared with the best women's soccer gear you can find. It's not just a matter of comfort or appearance—in fact, those are very much secondary concerns when it comes to soccer apparel and equipment. The real concern, and the reason you should care about what gear you wear and use, is that soccer players are at a very high risk of injury. Poor gear or lack of protection can put you out of the game for a long time, whether from strain-related injuries because of low-quality or ill-fitting soccer shoes, or contact injuries like turf burns or impact bruises from not having proper protective gear.
Best Soccer Cleats for Bad Knees
Let's be honest, most new players could probably use general tips for buying soccer cleats, and it's important to remember that even the best soccer players get injured from time to time. Whether the result of a medical condition, a specific injury, or simply too many years on the field, bad ankles and knees are an all-too-common ailment for soccer players. Thankfully, today's technology has allowed some of the largest soccer cleat manufacturers to design and produce footwear specially designed to reduce the strain soccer puts on your legs. Here are some of the best soccer cleats for bad knees to ensure you remain comfortable and effective on the field.
Liverpool off to Record Start!
After wins against West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City, Liverpool are actually off to the best start they've ever had to a Premier League season, much to the shock to many football fans around the world. The 2018/2019 season got off to a flyer for Liverpool, with a 4-0 routing of West Ham, before being followed with a 2-0 away win at Selhurst Park. A 1-0 win at home against Brighton, thanks to a Mohammed Salah goal, proceeded the record-securing game, a 2-1 win against Leicester City.
"Can We Join You Guys?"
Soccer, the most beautiful sport in the world, has gained an outstanding popularity here in the US over the last decade. It's also one of the simplest, yet, most complex sports known to athletes. It only consists of a ball, a goal, and the willpower to improve. Over the past few weeks, I've been hearing the statement, "Soccer is a rich, white kid sport." Me being an African-American who enjoys playing soccer, can both, support and combat this statement.
A Complete Premier League Preview
The 2017–2018 Premier League season was, well, boring. Manchester City had the league essentially won by Halloween, sapping the world's biggest league of a climactic title fight. Hopefully, this season will be different and City will only win the league by ten points.
Future of Juventus FC
Today, Juventus are taking on Benfica in the International Champions Cup. Fans will probably neither witness the eagerly awaited debut of Cristiano Ronaldo in the white and black shirt, nor will they see the top players of the club perform, but Juventus will be a team any neutral soccer supporter must follow in the upcoming season.
Best Soccer Documentaries on Netflix
With the 2018 World Cup heating up in Russia and international fans heating up around the globe, it seems like everyone is obsessed with soccer. The beautiful game has been dominating the media for what feels like forever, but unfortunately for soccer fanatics, it will soon be over. For those of us not lucky enough to score tickets to the coveted event, there are a wide variety of amazing soccer documentaries on Netflix that bring viewers up close and personal to the action on the field. While the World Cup may only come around every four years, these documentaries keep the action going year round.
Christian Pulisic: The Next-in-Line?
When you consider the footballers that have graced the US Men’s National Team in recent years, their star players have rarely stood out anywhere other than in the US. The likes of Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Jermain Jones, etc., graced European football, and whilst all of them were seen as the best the US has to offer, none of them set the world alight.
2018 World Cup Group Stage Rundown: Group E
Group E was a stubborn group. Brazil, like many predicted, finished top of the group. Switzerland finished in second place and Serbia in third, following Serbia’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in the group finale. Costa Rica, 2014 dark horses and quarterfinalists, finished in last place and return home humiliated.