Leo Messi Neymar will win Ballon d’Or one day

Second in 2013 and 2014 in the battle for the Ballon d’Or, Leo Messi reclaimed the award in 2015 for a record fifth time. “The last two Ballon d’Or for Cristiano Ronaldo were well deserved” he says in an interview with France Football magazine. “I feel happy to come back and win it this year.”

For the Argentine individual awards are not an obsession, unlike collective prizes. “If another Ballon d’Or comes then perfect, but if not then that’s fine as well. I am not obsessed with the award. In contrast, I do have an obsession with winning team titles,” admitted the Barça number 10. ‘Proud’ to have been amongst the top three for the last nine years at the Ballon d’Or, Messi still has one overriding desire: to win trophies with Barça and Argentina.

The Messi that last won the prize back in 2012 is a very different beast to the one now. “My son has made me grow and I see football in a different way now” he says. “I love this sport, I adore it but now when

Did Rafael dos Anjos KO Himself from Conor McGregor’s Wish List?

Maybe Rafael dos Anjos never really had a chance to land a fight with Conor McGregor, but it’s a good bet Saturday night’s performance didn’t help his cause.

Dos Anjos’ first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC on Fox 17 was certainly eye-opening. It may turn out to be the defining victory of his lightweight title reign and firmly establish him as a worthy kingpin for MMA’s most competitive division.

But it also made Dos Anjos (25-7 overall, 14-5 UFC) look like perhaps the toughest fight on the board for McGregor. As the man who also offers the lowest possible return, the math probably won’t add up for him.

With McGregor’s superstar status now well entrenched, the new featherweight champion will be on the prowl for big names and big money when he selects his next fight.

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Rafael dos Anjos

A high-risk, low-reward bout against Dos Anjos? After watching him tear through Cerrone, that seems more imprudent than ever. The numbers—and the strategy—will likely dictate that McGregor

Running Shoes How to Choose

Most running shoes feel comfortable when you’re standing in a shoe store, but the true test comes several miles into your run. You’ll soon realize that the ideal shoe has more to do with your running style and the shape of your foot than it does with the logo stitched on the side.

In general, a pair of running shoes should last between 400 to 500 miles of running (3 or 4 months for regular runners). Take a look at your shoes and check if the midsoles and outsoles are compressed or worn. If they are, it may be time for a new pair.


Running Shoe Categories

Road-running shoes are designed for pavement and occasional forays onto packed surfaces with slight irregularities. Light and flexible, they’re made to cushion or stabilize feet during repetitive strides on hard, even surfaces.

Trail-running shoes are designed for off-road routes with rocks, mud, roots or other obstacles. They are enhanced with aggressive tread for solid traction and fortified to offer stability, support and underfoot protection.

Cross-training shoes are designed for gym or Crossfit workouts or any

Cardio Kick Boxing and Its Benefits

Cardio kick boxing classes have become very popular in the last couple of years. According to professional trainers it even replaces classic aerobics and indoor workouts in fitness centers. With no doubt, there are some good reasons for such a tendency, and exactly of them this article was written about. Read about the benefits of boxing instruction and cardio kick boxing classes from professionals and consider joining a group nearby!

Weight Reduction

With no doubt, as any other physical activity, Revmma cardio kick boxing is an aerobic training that increases your heart rate and can help you burn fat and calories. According to the estimate numbers of professionals, only in a one-hour boxing workout, you are able to burn from 350 to 450 calories without even trying hard.


Cardio kick boxing classes and general boxing activities are all about polishing your skills of kicking and punching air or your partner. With air

Top Selling Sports Books Of The Year

Last year, one of my most popular lists was the list of the year’s best selling sports books. It included Joe Torre’s “The Yankee Years,” written with Tom Verducci, at 320,000 copies through September ’09 and “Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” at 78,000 copies sold through September ‘09.

I called the folks back at Nielsen Bookscan, which provides the data, and asked them for this year’s list. Note that this data does not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam’s, BJ’s or libraries.

1. “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis, 315,000 copies sold
2. “Born To Run” by Christopher McDougall, 121,000 copies sold
3. “Open” by Andre Agassi, 103,000 copies sold
4. “Coming Back Stronger” by Drew Brees, 69,000 copies sold
5. “Willie Mays” by James S. Hirsch, 64,000 copies sold
T6. “Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life” by Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic, 45,000 copies sold
T6. “Steinbrenner” by Bill Madden, 45,000 copies sold
7. “Soccernomics” by Simon Kuper, 34,000 copies sold
T8. “The Bullpen Gospels” by Dirk Hayhurst, 29,000 copies sold
T8. “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis, 29,000 copies sold
9. “Home Team”

Reasons Why Play Bingo

Bingo has quickly become the game’s most popular online casino. Normally, when people of the online casinos that the word “game” comes to mind. However, not everyone has bingo as such.

Bingo game after all a game of chance. Players are usually (but not always) to pay to play. Some people become addicted while others only play casually. Some people play for fun, others play to win.

However, bingo is different from other casino games online in some respects. For example, many online casinos free bonuses to their players to play including free tickets. This means that online bingo players can sometimes play for free! Even if the cards are not free, they are still pretty cheap. It does not take much money.

How to play bingo phone?

If you are new to the world of mobile gaming, can be useful to understand how things work. Basically, you need a mobile device (which is WAP / GPRS phone today more). Having Internet access this allows access to a reliable website to help you, the game application, in this case, the mobile bingo, you can download bingo directly to your device. You also have some details like name, address and phone

Cam Newton Defends Postgame Behavior at Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not apologizing for acting like a “sore loser” after the Super Bowl.

Newton has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute news conference after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He answered questions with mostly one- and two-word responses while sulking in his chair wearing a Panthers hoodie over his head.

“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser,” Newton said Tuesday as players cleaned out their lockers at the team’s downtown stadium.

Newton said he believed the situation was being overblown by the news media, and added that he did not plan to change how he reacted to losing just to appease his critics.

“If I offended anybody, that’s cool, but I know who I am and I’m not about to conform nor bend for anybody’s expectations, because yours or anybody’s expectations would never exceed mine,” Newton said.

At one point during Newton’s nearly seven-minute interview, his teammates walked behind the reporters gathered three-deep around his

The Sports You Will Not See At Sochi Or Any Other Winter Olympics

This year’s Winter Olympics is the longest in the 90-year history of the games. That’s because the International Olympics Committee decided to add a record, twelve new events across eight disciplines – ranging from ski half-pipe to snowboard parallel slalom and even, a Luge – team rally competition. Does that mean that future Winter Olympics will be as long? Not necessarily. Here are a few sports that made a grand debut and even lasted a few games, before being scrapped in favor of more exciting and popular sports!

Ski Ballet

As the name indicates, Ski ballet involves gracefully performing jumps, flips and spins while skiing down a small hill. The sport that later became known as Acroski, was first accepted as a competitive freestyle skiing event by the International Ski Federation in the 1960’s. But it was not till 1988, that the International Olympic Committee considered adding it to the official roster and then too, only as a demonstration sport.This meant that participants did not get medals.

Unfortunately, even that did not seem to excite the viewers, and after trying it for one more time in 1992, it was permanently axed. By 2000,

11 Things Hardly Anyone Knows About Nike

Nike turned 50 this year. To celebrate, UK gym My Fitness Boutique has created this infographic to celebrate its five decades in business.

We’ve picked out some of the more interesting factlets from the infographic and a few snippets from around the web many people may never have known about the world’s most famous sports brand.

1. Nike was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports and was founded in 1964 and initially operated as a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger (now known as ASICS). It officially become Nike Inc. in 1971.

2. The company was founded with just $1,200 in the bank. It was created by Bill Bowerman – a track and field coach – and Phil Knight, a middle distance runner from Portland who was enrolled in the University of Oregon.

3. Knight had originally wanted to call the company ” Dimension 6.” The Nike name comes from the Greek goddess of victory, and it’s pronounced “ny’-kee.” Nike’s first employee, Jeff Johnson, came up with the name.

4. The first Nike shoes were made inside a waffle iron. Bowerman’s first eureka moment for footwear innovation came in 1971

Could futsal be the key to unlocking talent in England’s next generation

The passing was crisp and incisive, the movement restlessly purposeful; the relentless pace of the game and ambitious dribbling on show were yielding goalscoring opportunities continuously. It was, by common consent, a feast of technical excellence, gladdening the heart of anyone keen to witness controlled creativity on a pitch.

This was last weekend – but the venue was not the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where Andrés Iniesta and the tiki-taka brigade were pulversing Andrea Pirlo’s Italy in the Euro 2012 final. It was 1,600 miles away in the Birmingham Futsal Arena, where a bunch of 10-year-olds from East Hull Saints were up against Whiteknights Toffees from Reading in the national youth futsal finals.

They were among the 80 junior futsal teams – boys and girls aged 10 to 16 – who had qualified for the finals of the sixth annual tournament of the booming football offshoot.

Born in Uruguay in 1930, futsal is the indoor version of five-a-side football officially sanctioned by Fifa and Uefa and has become synonymous with Brazilian flair – from Pelé to Ronaldinho’s dancing toe-poke goal against Chelsea in 2005. More recently, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish rondo matadors

Nike’s Knight quits as CEO IST

NIKE co-founder Philip Knight, who helped transform a small start-up into the world’s biggest athletic shoe company, will step down as chief executive officer, the company said on Thursday.

William Perez, 57, who ran the privately-held consumer products company SC Johnson & Son, replaces Knight as CEO and president effective December 28 after more than a year-long search. Knight, 66, who also will give up his title of president, plans to remain chairman of the board.

“In the near term, I will focus my efforts on ensuring an effective transition and on evolving into my role as an active chairman,” Knight said in a statement.

Analysts said the decision to name an executive with experience managing different brands made sense because the mature US athletic shoe market has forced the company to look beyond its core US shoe business to boost sales.

Perez worked at SC Johnson for 34 years and had served as chief executive officer since 1996. The company products include Pledge furniture polish, Edge shaving gel and Ziploc plastic bags. SC Johnson currently generates $6bn in annual sales.

John Shanley of Susquehanna Financial Group said Nike’s recent

How Nike Turned Running Shoes Into Fashion

The first Nike shoes were made in a waffle iron. The running field near the Oregon home of the runner and trainer Bill Bowerman was making a transition from cinder to an artificial surface, and he wanted a sole without spikes that would give him, and his trainees, needed traction as they ran on it. The three-dimensional lattice of the iron offered an answer, at least as far as the shoes’ soles went. As for the rest of the design, at least at first? It was utilitarian: made by runners, for runners, and concerned mostly with making their wearers lighter, and thus faster, on their feet.

That Nike is now one of the biggest and most recognizable brands in the world is largely the doing of Bowerman’s partner, the man who recently announced his retirement from the company: Phil Knight. Knight transformed Nike, not overnight but close to it, into a global powerhouse, known both for its successes and its controversies. In the process, however, he did something else: He turned athletic footwear into fashion.

It’s because of Knight that, for example, Kanye West has a signature

Nike, Puma, Reebok & Adidas hire sportsmen to push top-end products

Nike is not alone. All the big four of sports brands — Nike, Puma, Reebok and Adidas — are now hiring athletes in their sales team to involve with customers as they push pricier, high-performance and functional shoes, after thriving on basic and multipurpose shoes for years.

“We even give badges to our athlete sales staff which says ‘I am a 10k runner, are you?’,” said Jerome Rouch, retail director of Puma India where half the sales staff are athletes, inter college to state level players.

Sports marketers say that having a salesfocused team isn’t enough to push highperformance products as awareness of new products and technologies has increased. “This heightened awareness has made it imperative for us to scale up the levels of knowledge of the sales staff in Adidas and Reebok stores,” said Dhruv Bogra, senior director of retail at Adidas Group India.

Adidas-Reebok combined has hired over 200 runners as footwear specialists and plans to take the tally to 500 by next year. It said there has been a 20 per cent spike in sales after starting this hiring initiative six months ago.

Sanjay Gangopadhyay, managing director and general manager at

World Cup 2014 Futsal – the game behind Brazil’s superstars

There is a saying in Brazil that a great footballer is born here every day.

A stroll along Rio’s breathtaking beaches is enough to show you why they believe that. As far as the eye can see, footballs dance in the evening air, propelled by one deft touch after another.

Alongside the sun-worshippers, towel hawkers, muscle-men and bar-crawlers are boys and girls, men and women, repeating skills and drills, honing their feel for the football, hour after hour.

Tempting as it is to conclude that Brazil’s success stems from this carefree childhood practice on the sand, the real reason may lie elsewhere.

In these parts, they believe Futebol de Salao – or futsal – is the game that made Brazil great.

Pele, Zico, Socrates, Romario, Ronaldo, Neymar are just some of the Brazilian national icons who spent their youth playing with the smaller, heavier futsal ball – a ball that could not be lofted into the air, but demanded speed of mind, fleetness of foot, flair and flamboyance.

“Futsal makes you think fast and play fast,” Pele said. “You try things, it makes you dribble. It makes you a better

Under Armour, US’ No. 2 sportswear brand, to enter India

NEW DELHI: In what may accelerate competition for Adidas and Nike, Under Armour, the second largest sportswear brand in America, is planning to enter India. A relatively new entrant in the category, Baltimore-based Under Armour created a major upset when it overtook German sporting goods maker Adidas in the US, the world’s largest sportswear market in 2014.

Under Armour, which boasts sales of around $3 billion, has been talking to several big e-tailers in the country. “The e-tailers want exclusive rights. However, they don’t want to give exclusive rights to anybody. Along with online plans, they are also testing waters to take the brick-and-mortar route,” said people familiar with the matter.

When asked about the company’s retail plans for India, an Under Armour spokesperson told TOI, “Under Armour is a global company and we are always exploring opportunities to bring our technology and innovations to new markets, in order to make all athletes better, around the world. Our international business is a key growth driver for the company and will help propel the brand to $7.5 billion by 2018.”

Under Armour is led by founder and

Goal-scoring machine

WHILE her brother “chased butterflies around the backyard”, three-year-old Keea Parrish was more interested in sharpening her fledgling soccer skills.

Now, 11 years on, the 14-year-old Trinity Catholic College student has been selected to represent the under-16 and under-18 Australian futsal teams in Brazil and America.

It’s certainly well-deserved – at the National School Futsal Championships, held in September, Keea racked up an impressive 26 goals over seven games.

And this was less than a year after she started playing the indoor variant of traditional soccer.

Keea said she was over the moon to hear of her selection.

“I’ve always wanted to do it – it’s my dream,” she said.

“I can’t wait to travel and compete. It’s going to be so amazing.”

When asked what other sport she has competed in, Keea said “mostly everything”.

“I used to play 9am netball, then 10am soccer right after,” she said.

“I love soccer and Futsal has just come into it.

“Since I started my footwork has gotten so much better. I’m so glad I started playing.”

Keea said futsal is “better for your footwork because the

How Nike’s ‘Back To The Future’ Sneakers Work

“Power laces. Alright!” So says Marty McFly after sliding his foot into Nike’s self-lacing shoe in Back to the Future Part II. The sneakers predicted by science-fiction are now a reality.

The ’2015 Nike Mag’ use a system that automatically tightens the laces in the lower part of the shoe, around the foot, and also constricts a strap in the upper part, around the ankle.

How it works

The mechanism behind Nike’s ‘power laces’ was described in US patent 8769844, published 8 July 2014. Basically, each shoe contains a motorized system where the laces and straps are tightened by winding them around spools. The automatic lacing system consists of two separate parts around the foot and ankle.

In the lower part, the self-lacing system (annotated ’122′ in figure 13 of the patent application) has a strap moving mechanism (1202) located in a cavity (1287) within the sole of the shoe. It’s powered by a small motor (1230) that rotates a driveshaft (1232) with two gears (1240 and 1242). The gears transfer power to two belts (1250 and 1252) attached to the laces (111 to 114).

The ankle cinching (belt) system in the shoe’s

Futsal stars shine at Goonellabah for inaugural tournament

SOCCER talent from across Australia and the Soloman Islands was on show over the weekend at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic centre in the Northern Rivers inaugural Futsal Tournament.

Organiser and former professional Brazillian player Vinny Leite said eight teams from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the Soloman Islands battled it out over three days in 24 intense and exciting games of Futsal.

Mr Leite said the inaugural tournament was held at GSAC to coincide with a training camp at Lismore involving the Soloman Islands players.

“The Soloman Islands are touring Australia in preparation for the FIFA World Cup,” he said.

“The team came to Lismore for a training camp and as they were here I decided to organise a tournament.

“Organising teams and sponsors took two months but fortunately we were able to make this happen.”

The tournament was sponsored by Alstonville Osteopathy, YSATO Marine and Bond Management Alstonville, Mr Leite said.

“The eight teams were very competitive and having teams from the Soloman Islands only lifted the calibre of the tournament,” he said.

“Its a good introduction for a lot of people on the Northern Rivers who

Why it’s Important to Invest in Good Running Shoes

The best running shoes are shoes that will be kind and gentle on your feet throughout any running exercise. This benefit will reflect itself in its most striking way immediately after a workout, when the way your feet feel then is a good indication of whether you have the right pair of running shoes or not. A good number of people even today still do not realize–or underestimate–the importance of investing in a good pair of running shoes. These are the kinds of people who awkwardly show up for track and field events or even light running exercises in the bulkiest pair of basketball shoes that they can find. These kinds of people are also the ones who will have massive amounts of pain in their feet right after the running exercise.

Avoid Blisters and Other Pains

If you use any kind of shoes–even ones for other types of athletic purposes–when you run, you will end up with the most sore feet ever. A further taboo is picking the incorrect kind of socks to make matters even that much worse. In example, cotton socks are a big no-no when

Finding the Perfect Running Shoe For You

In 1975 I opened my Phidippides running store in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 30 years, running shoes have generally improved. But because of conflicting advice and too much technical information, the best advice?.is to get the best advice. I do. I ask my staff to find me a shoe that is similar to my most successful shoes.

Ask several experienced runners about the running stores in your area. You want one that has a reputation for spending time with each customer to find a shoe that will best match the shape and function of the foot. Be prepared to spend at least 45 minutes in the store. Quality stores are often busy, and quality fitting takes time. Getting good advice can save your feet. An experienced running shoe staff can direct you toward shoes that give you a better fit, work better on your feet. I hear from runners about every week, who purchased a “great deal” but had to use it for mowing the lawn because it didn’t work on their feet.

Bring with you the most worn pair of shoes you own—walking or running.
The pattern of wear on a well-used walking shoe offers dozens of clues

Selecting A Running Shoe

Running shoes should be selected carefully. Factors to weigh when looking for a new shoe include:

  • Past experience with shoes
  • Current Problems
  • Biomechanical Needs
  • Environmental Factors
  • Running and Racing Requirements

If you have been having no problems in running or racing, it would be hard to recommend a change of shoe. It is difficult, if not impossible to improve upon a situation in which all is going great. I would advise getting a few pairs of what seem to be your favorite shoes before the manufacturer changes the shoe. Historically unannounced changes are often made by manufacturers. This can vary from a subtle change in the cushioning around the heel to a major structural midsole change. Manufacturers have discontinued a model of shoe, only to resume production a few years later with a line of shoes boasting the same name, but with completely different characteristics.

One of the best means of finding out information about running shoes is to locate a good running shoe store, that maintains an excellent reputation among your local running community. They can help you not only with fit but also review desired shoe characteristics with you. They can also alert you to