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How Twitter Plays a Part in Football

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Social media has redefined everything popular and unpopular in our times. Football, the most popular sport in the world, was not going to be exempted. Very few issues galvanize social media users as sports and politics, of course music and movies come next. The fun hash tags and viral posts aside, Twitter plays a multipronged role in football. It is no longer just a medium for celebrity footballers to connect with their fans or professional clubs to engage with their dedicated spectators. Twitter has had a significant off field influence that often crosses the line.

 

Where it all started

It all started with footballers sharing tidbits of their lives with the fans. With Twitter and Instagram in particular, fans did not need the paparazzi and the expensive sports magazine subscription. They could get officially shared images and videos offering a peek into the lives of their role models. Many footballers have been routinely sharing their training updates with videos covering more than just them, at times entire teams. Then there are some who share more personal moments, from breaking news of weddings and engagements to glimpses of where they holiday or have fun. There have been interesting exchanges as well, such as exposure to special medical devices and fans correcting what footballers, their managers and club owners are doing wrong. Be it advice on how to decorate a Christmas tree or which players the managers should be trading to improve the team, there are opinions galore.

A Manchester United Training Video

Rivalry, not just among players but among fans, is perhaps best displayed on Twitter. Fans don’t get into fistfights and pub fights anymore, barring a few exceptions. They get on a spree of abuse on Twitter. The abusive fans don’t confine themselves to rival fans but drag in the handles of the footballers, official team profiles and managers. There are dedicated fan clubs that bring in their armies when the fights get heated up.

 

What starts a football trend on Twitter

Twitter trends are a guarantee when the top teams clash at crucial junctures. It is not just the derby or el classico, it is about the teams at the top of the table or at the bottom, humiliating exits for celebrated teams, underdogs pulling a surprise or just a solid match with poor refereeing, everything leaves a footprint on Twitter. Football fans have always been among the most vibrant, vocal and also mercurial. They have brought all of it on Twitter and that finds a place in marketing and promotional strategies of the clubs, associated brands and public relations agencies. While ambassadors of football may want the Twitter space to be desirably sanitized, it is far from so.

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Best Football Goal Videos on YouTube

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Football is the most popular sport in the world. As the players and fans say, it is the most beautiful game. Every sport has the right to make such a claim but it is perhaps football that epitomizes the saying. Indeed, no other sport is played across as many nations and by as many people as football. Needless to say, everything associated with the game becomes important. The game has provided us millions of moments of ecstasy and disappointment. The sheer joy and the sheer sadness are both inexplicable. Then there are thrills, that don’t necessarily have to be confined to fandom. There are feats throughout the history of football that don’t need you to be a fan of a particular team or a player to appreciate. Most of these feats have been about amazing goals. Here are the best football goal videos on YouTube. (Note – The list is concise and hence excludes many memorable goals)

 

A great compilation video of the best goals from YouTube

This amazing video currently has 5.1 million views on YouTube, but don’t take the views into consideration as this video would still be amazing even if it only had 1 view! and on the other hand some people have been known to pay for YouTube views which is a method used to increase views on a YouTube video.

 

Other fantastic goals

  • Dennis Bergkamp played for his national team, the Netherlands (aka Holland), and he mesmerized the Arsenal fans. Many people around the world who followed football became fans of Arsenal because of this man. Bergkamp is counted as one of the greats of all time, regardless of the type of list you are making. The millennial generation may not know why Bergkamp is so popular. One only needs to check out a few samples.

 

  • Pelé, the legend and the wizard from Brazil, was honored as the athlete of the twentieth century. He has dozens of amazing goals and many of them are actually not on YouTube. He played in an era when every house did not have a television. While YouTube has many videos of Pele and quite a few of his amazing goals, one goal in particular, against Juventus when he played for Santos, is what he considers to be his absolute best. There is a CGI recreation of this goal on YouTube.

 

  • Brazil has churned out one great footballer after another. It was actually a machine once upon a time that produced football legends, from Pele and Socrates to Garincha and Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos to the phenomenal Ronaldinho. Roberto Carlos played for Brazil and Real Madrid. He was one of the finest strikers of the ball. A classic left back, he could fly along the wings of the pitch and launch a ball that only the cameras could catch, in slow motion during replays. This Roberto Carlos free kick is one of the greatest of all time. It doesn’t just defy physics. It actually makes us go bonkers and questions our understanding of the game.

 

  • Diego Maradona of Argentina was in a league of his own. This goal remains one of the best, not just of Maradona but in the history of football. The successor of his pedigree, Lionel Messi, also has some similar goals. His and Christiano Ronaldo’s goals are obviously among the best football goal videos on YouTube. You should also check out Zindane’s goal against Deportivo and this Roberto Carlos stunner.
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Learn About the Best Football Teams in the World

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Footballer taking a shot for the goal

The best football teams in the world (for European football) for 2017 are Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Four players from each of these teams were listed in the Premier League Team of the Year standings for this year. In addition, both of the teams are strong contenders for the 2017 title. A few notable omissions from the Premier League Team of the Year standings for 2017 were Arsenal’s forward, Alexis Sanchez, and Man U striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Chelsea team members added to this prestigious list were midfield and defense players. Tottenham high scorer, Harry Kane, also made in onto the list. Information about the Premier League Team of the Year was shared with the general public via PFA’s Twitter profile.

Now that we know which Premier League squads are excelling this year, let’s take a closer look at each one…

 

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Facts

This football club is usually referred to as Spurs or Tottenham. It’s an English team and its home, as the team name suggests, is Tottenham, Haringey, London. This Premier League team’s home stadium is Wembley, which is known for its massive size and scale. The team is managed by Mauricio Pochettino.

This team was created in 1882, when a group of players from the Hotspur Cricket Club decided to create a new team, Hotspur FC, in order to be able to enjoy some sporting activity during the cold-weather months. In 1984, the team’s name became Tottenham Hotspur. The name change happened because, with this old name, the team was sometimes mistaken for another football club called London Hotspur.

 

Get the Inside Scoop on Chelsea FC

This football club is a pro football team which comes from Fulham, London. This English squad tests its mettle in the same Premier League that Tottenham Hotspur competes in. Chelsea FC was founded way back in 1905 and its home ground is Stamford Bridge arena. Managed by Antonio Conte, this team really pulls in the fans. It’s known for having one of the highest attendance levels for Premier League football teams.

 

Watch European Football Today

If you want to watch the best football teams in the world, be sure to tune into some Premier League games on TV, or try to attend a few games in person this season. The only months where you’ll find it difficult to access football action from Premier League teams are June and July. These hard-working players take some time off during the summer months!