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The five most expensive football transfers of all time

cris_ronaldo_realAs another fish market-esque transfer window approaches and the big teams with big bucks are ready to make the big news, one is forced to ask the obvious question as to whether all the cash splashed actually translates into on-field success. Are these millions, mirky and mendacious or honest and lucid? We attempt to answer this question by analysing the 5 most expensive transfers in football history. The likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona spend vaults and vaults of cash to ensure that their brand name is ever glitzy and we'd like to know whether it's actually happening or are these clubs living in a fool's paradise.

Número uno

Player

Season

Selling Club

Buying Club

Transfer fee

Cristiano Ronaldo

2009/2010

Manchester United

Real Madrid

£80 million

Cristiano Ronaldo made the world headlines with his record transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 and has since worked tirelessly to needle his babbling critics who gaped at his magnificent price tag.

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History of the FIFA World Cup

No other sporting event captures the World's imagination like the FIFA World Cup does. The World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of FIFA, the sport's global governing body.

The origin of football goes back to 1872, when the first match was played between Scotland and England. Initially, the sport was popular in the United Kingdom, but towards the end of the century, the love for the game started to spread. In view of the rising popularity, football was held as a demonstration event in 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics. Football became an official event in 1908 and it was planned by the FA (England's football governing body) that the event was for amateur players only.

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The Greatest FA Cup Upsets of All Time

The enigma of the FA cup lies in its unpredictability - on any given day a club in its ashes can upset the very best of the Premier League. Be it Newcastle United, who was the casualty at the hand of the non-league division club Hereford United in 1972 or the second division Sunderland, who had already defeated Manchester United and Arsenal, overcoming Leeds in the 197 final or Barnsley knocking out both Liverpool and Chelsea in the 2008 season, overs the years, there have been many such instances when a high-flying club was brought to an abrupt landing by teams that had little recognition. It is this feature of the cup that attracts millions of viewers all around the world. Here's a look back at the upsets that the FA cup has witnessed in the recent past.

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Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United
FA Cup third round, 1984
Dean Court was the setting of this dramatic encounter in which a buoyant Bournemouth, a Third Division club, then managed by Harry Redknapp brought United's love affair with the Cup to end that year. It wasn't the most attractive tie but the home team displayed great determination as they got the better of the Red Devils. Goals by Milton Graham and Ian Thompson ensured the early exit of the top division club.

"We don't get many days like this in Bournemouth," said an ecstatic Cherries' manager Harry Redknapp after the match.

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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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