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Modern Perspective on the FA Cup

chelsea_win_facup.jpgThis is part 2 of a 5 part series on the FA Cup. This article talks about the importance of the FA Cup in the modern football world. To read about part 1 which focussed on the History of the World's Oldest football tournament please click here.

The rich club footballing culture, and the fondness that the fans have developed over the years towards the clubs they support, have ensured that the reputation of the FA Cup as a premier sporting event in England stayed put. The defeat of the mighty Leeds United to a second division Sunderland in the 1973 cup final epitomizes what the FA Cup stands for - the unpredictability, and the fact that, on any given day, status and stature mean nothing.

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History of the FA Cup

The oldest professional football knockout competition in the world, The FA Cup pits the giants of the top division against the minnows of the lower leagues, as all the Association clubs from England and Wales fight it out for the top honors. The competition, with its rich history and tradition, is one of England's greatest sporting institutions. If the grand scale of the tournament in itself generates tremendous interest, facup1931.jpgthe Cup finals provide a grandeur spectacle. Since its inception 138 years ago, it has had football enthusiasts, not only from England, but from all over the world, sit back and revel season after season.
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Top 10 Goalkeepers of All Time

lev_yashin.jpgA goalkeeper invokes in us a wide spectrum of emotions, ranging from the spectacular to the abysmal. After all, which football fan doesn't like a flying goalkeeper making saves; which are surreal, at the very least? In the light of the extremes in which goalkeepers are evaluated and remembered, it is hardly a surprise that their specimens have hogged a fair bit of limelight in football folklore.

In the history of professional football, numerous goalkeepers have threatened to touch immortality, but only a handful have actually come close. The following ten great names are different from the rest of the goalkeeping gentry by the mere fact that they knocked on the door to immortality day in and day out.

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FIFA World Cup 2010 Draw

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A thrilling draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was concluded today in Cape Town throwing up hordes of exciting matches. Hosts South Africa will kick-off the World Cup against 1970 and 1986 quarterfinalists Mexico, with France and Uruguay making up the other two teams in Group A.The French will see their 'good luck' at drawing arguably the easiest of the seeds as just rewards for being 'robbed' of a seeding by a late FIFA ruling to consider Team's October rankings instead of November's. The highlight of the draw, however, is easily Group G which features Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal in one almighty Group of Death.

Group A:
South Africa (88)
Mexico (15)
Uruguay (19)
France (7)

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Charlize Theron to host FIFA World Cup Finals Draw

charlize_theron.jpgSouth Africa's Academy Award winner Charlize Theron will be the guest presenter assisting FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke during the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Friday, 4 December 2009. They will be joined on stage by a star-studded line-up of sports celebrities, including football star David Beckham (England), one of only a few players to score in at least three consecutive FIFA World Cups, Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia), two-time Olympic gold medallist and nine-time athletics world champion, Makhaya Ntini, the first black player in the South African cricket team, John Smit, the captain of rugby world champions South Africa and Bafana Bafana playe
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Champions League Goals Stats

With the Champions League kicking-off another exciting edition this week, we thought we'd take a quick step back to take a look at the clubs and players that have helped make this tournament one of the best in the world by banging in the goals.

Biggest wins
8-0: Liverpool v Besiktas JK (06.11.2007)
7-0: Arsenal v SK Slavia Praha (23.10.2007)
7-0: Juventus v Olympiacos CFP (10.12.2003)
7-1: FC Bayern Munchen v Sporting Clube de Portual (10.03.2009)
7-1: Manchester United v AS Roma (10.04.2007)

Most goals in a match
8-3: AS Monaco FC v RC Deportivo La Coruna (05.11.2003)
7-2: Paris Saint-Germain FC v Rosenborg BK (24.10.2000)
7-2: Olympique Lyonnais v Werder Bremen (08.03.2005)
6-3: Villarreal CF v Aalborg BK (21.10.2008)

As you would expect, all

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Europe's Ten Best Football Clubs

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AC MILAN:

ac_milan.jpgAssociazione Calcio Milan is an Italian football club founded in 1899. Interestingly, the club was first founded as a cricket club by British expatriates, switching to football a few years later. Milan have won the Italian first division title 17 times which leaves them 2nd in the list of highest number of title wins in Italy and they are 7 time European champions. In addition, they have also won the Coppa Italia 5 times. Milan's home ground is the San Siro, which is officially named Stadio Guiseppe Meazza.

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti is the head coach of Milan and he has been there since 2001. The Present FIFA World player of the year, Kaka also plays for AC Milan. The Milan derby which is contested between AC M

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