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The Reality Behind Football Match-Fixing

The Reality Behind Football Match-Fixing

Football Match-Fixing

Match-fixing in football refers to the manipulation of the result of a match, on behalf of gamblers or team officials. It goes without saying that this is one of the most unsavory practices in sport and one of the most controversial issues facing football today. However, it seems like many people believe that match-fixing only applies to lower-tier leagues, whereas the Premier League is somehow immune to this problem.

1) Introduction

The fans can be some of football’s most passionate and fervent supporters. Whether they love or hate a team, team loyalty is paramount to many around the world. With such devotion to their favorite teams, it makes sense that many of these same fans would not want to believe that their favorite players could purposefully lose a game. Unfortunately, reality shows that it happens more often than we think; football match-fixing is not uncommon and has been on record for decades. Here we will take a look at match-fixing and how it has affected (and still affects) leagues across several continents; we will also discuss some cases where match-fixing directly affected an outcome of an event – particularly those sports outside of Europe – so you can see just how widespread corruption truly is.

2) What is match-fixing?

The fixing of sporting events is an industry that has been around for a long time. In fact, it was a major problem as far back as 1951, when eight players from London's Arsenal football club were accused of taking bribes to lose matches. Today, however, gambling in sports is much more prolific and accepted, which allows sports matches to be more easily fixed without suspicion being aroused. In recent years match-fixing has become so pervasive in some parts of Asia that people have started organizing online betting syndicates as a way to fix multiple matches at once.

3) Why do people take part in it?

There are two main reasons why players may consider match-fixing. Firstly, many players are too young to see past money and secondly, some older players who may be nearing retirement do not want to face financial struggles. Instead of risking long-term injury or an early end to their careers, they choose match-fixing as a risk-free way of securing a nest egg after they retire. There is also some evidence that suggests some players participate in match-fixing as a political move against coaches or simply as revenge for being dropped from a team.

4) The culture of fixing matches

Fixing a match is about more than just influencing a single outcome. Fixers create a system where everyone gets a cut, which attracts players from all levels to get involved. For example, players have been known to fix games for others in return for getting paid without playing themselves or receiving preferential treatment when they do play. Another reason why so many people can get involved is that fixing games can be done relatively discreetly, particularly if fixed matches are few and far between. In fact, it’s sometimes possible to fix several matches at once without anyone realizing anything is amiss. This means that even if match-fixers are identified and arrested after one fixed game, there’s a good chance other events will go ahead as planned with other corrupt players taking their place.

5) How widespread is this?

Football match-fixing is a problem that plagues a lot of different leagues, in a lot of different countries. In 2014, Europol identified 680 suspicious matches from around Europe and 10 percent of those were from Turkey alone. Also in 2014, Turkish league club Bursaspor was banned from competition after one of their players was caught trying to fix a match. In 2011, British newspaper The Guardian reported that three members of European football's governing body UEFA had been banned for life for accepting bribes related to two Champions League qualifying matches in 2006 and 2008. Recently an Icelandic player has been banned by FIFA because he was convicted for fixing a match in 2009 while playing in Denmark. So it would seem that these instances aren't just isolated incidents but instead more widespread than many think they are.

6) How are matches fixed?

The process of match-fixing in football is very simple. There are match-fixers who offer teams money to influence their game. And when clubs don’t do it, they even fix matches by themselves without being offered any money. This can be simply explained by looking at a few cases from around Europe: In England, it started with a small team Middlesbrough FC which was suspected of having worked with betting syndicates and had also signed a player who was banned from all sporting events for life for working with criminals to fix games. Then came Everton FC, then later West Ham United FC was found guilty of attempting to influence their own games.

Conclusion

The world of football match-fixing is not only a dark and depressing one, but it’s also one that we can probably never fully penetrate. After all, even in a time when there is more information and social media at our fingertips than ever before, people will always take advantage of others for their own personal gain. The only thing we can really do to combat such action is to better ourselves as individuals and be aware of what goes on around us. Although we could continue to discuss the realities of match-fixing or talk about corruption in other sectors such as politics or business, we won’t because we think you know enough already. We hope you found today’s post informative and interesting; thank you for reading!

What you need to know about the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup

What you need to know about the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup

upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It will be held in Qatar, which was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010, beating the bids of Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

1) The Host Country

The host country for FIFA World Cup in 2022 is Qatar. This year’s finals are being held in Russia, and it will be the 21st edition of what has become one of soccer’s most important events. For reasons that have nothing to do with sports, it’s an event worth paying attention to—and considering attending if your work or personal obligations permit it. Here’s a quick rundown of some key things to know before you book a trip.

2) Qualification Criteria

The qualifiers for FIFA’s world cup will be changing in 2022 with a new format being introduced. Teams will be drawn into eight different groups of five teams, and each team will play a total of seven games. The top two teams from each group qualify automatically, but from then on it gets complicated. Two spots at 2026’s final tournament go to both African and Asian confederations’ best third-placed teams, while a play-off between Oceania’s fourth-best team and aside from either Northern or Southern Europe is played off for an additional spot at football’s showpiece event.

3) Group Stage Draw Rules

The FIFA Council, which is made up of 41 members—one representing each member federation—held its first meeting in 2016. Since then, FIFA has worked on implementing changes based on what it learned from that initial meeting. During an event in Moscow last year, Gianni Infantino said that five new permanent council members would be elected by member federations before July 2017; two of them would also serve as observers during FIFA events like the group stage draw for future World Cups. The election will happen at May's presidential election congress; one slot will be reserved for a woman. There's no word yet on when these elections will take place or how they'll work exactly, but we do know that there are currently 23 people vying for one of those spots.

4) Team Previews

Who is going? Who do we want? Who should we root for?! The 2014 FIFA World Cup has come and gone, and now we’re just a year and a half away from watching some of the world’s best soccer stars compete in Qatar for their share of $400 million dollars. Of course, there are plenty of reasons not to get too excited. For one thing, there was substantial controversy surrounding Qatar’s selection as host of such an important tournament (including allegations that they bribed FIFA members). Then there’s also plenty of talk about how playing soccer during the summer months in Qatar will be nearly impossible due to ridiculous heat levels. But these are all problems for another day.

Conclusion

The FIFA Football World Cup is a glorious event that has been taking place for almost a century. Since its first edition, in 1930, it has evolved and grown into one of the international sport’s biggest events – and it shows no signs of slowing down. Now we’re just under six years away from yet another installment in Russia – but there are many things you might not yet know about world football’s greatest stage. To find out more, read on!

What Is the NFL Going to Do Now That Ratings are Decreasing?

What Is the NFL Going to Do Now That Ratings are Decreasing?

NFL Going to Do Now That Ratings are Decreasing

The National Football League (NFL) has been steadily losing viewers and fans for years now, and it isn’t looking like the trend will reverse anytime soon. The league has announced that this year’s Super Bowl was the lowest-rated ever, with 98 million people tuning in to watch the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, February 4th, 2018. Why are viewers tuning out? Are football fans finally over it and looking to something else? Are there just too many games these days?

1) Numbers Are Down Across the Board

The audience for NFL games has been steadily decreasing, and that’s likely to be a trend we see continue. Last year, one of football’s largest audiences—the Sunday night game between Atlanta and New Orleans—drew an audience of just 11.8 million viewers. Compare that with 2015, when there were two games with over 20 million viewers: San Francisco versus Green Bay on Thursday Night Football and Dallas against Washington on Monday Night Football. This season, so far there has only been one game with more than 20 million viewers: 12.5 million tuned in for Oakland versus Washington in Week 3.

2) People Watching on Mobile Are Dropping Off

The NFL is just one of many major brands that have been seeing a drop in ratings lately. According to Edison Research, there has been a 12% drop-off in viewers watching games on their mobile devices. This is important for advertisers who pay a lot of money for airtime during football games. They’re likely going to want some answers from ESPN and its affiliates about what they could be doing better so they can adjust their media buys accordingly. At stake here is $4 billion dollars worth of advertising money, which will go somewhere else if people don’t start watching again soon.

3) Sunday Night Football Has Seen Its Lowest Rating Since 2006

The 2017 season has been nothing but bad news for Sunday Night Football. The NBC show, which is airing games for only 17 weeks, hasn’t even managed to average a rating of 6.0 in any week so far. According to Sports Business Daily, not one single game managed a rating over 6.0 through seven weeks, making it just shy of 200 episodes without an episode rating above 6.0. The last time that happened was 2006 when ABC had Monday Night Football rights.

4) Advertisers Are Getting Frustrated by Lack of Reach

The second problem for broadcasters is that viewers aren’t sticking around to watch advertisements. If people can click away or change channels before ads start, advertisers don’t get what they want: market penetration. If you could run ads right when people were actually interested in them, you might get more out of them—especially if you could track what products they ended up buying, so there wouldn’t be any wasted marketing dollars. Well, guess what? You can do exactly that online—and even on television through over-the-top (OTT) streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. These platforms offer an ad-supported service with much better viewer metrics than traditional broadcast TV offers since there are no DVRs or second screens to distract attention away from an ad campaign.

Conclusion

The National Football League will have a decision to make. Will they change their current broadcast format? Is there any way they can get viewers back from technology and other forms of entertainment, such as Netflix and Facebook, which both saw an increase in ratings during Sunday Night Football’s last game? This has been a big issue for years now, but it’s only going to get worse for them if they don’t do something soon. Technology continues changing at a fast pace. Will we ever see streaming options or even virtual reality available in our homes and in high-quality 4K in the future? We may be stuck with hundreds of channels in our cable subscriptions, but there is no doubt that our viewing habits will change within decades unless people start watching TV again.

What Are the Most Exciting Matches in the Cricket World Cup?

What Are the Most Exciting Matches in the Cricket World Cup?

Exciting Matches in the Cricket World Cup

The Cricket World Cup is one of the world’s largest sporting events, with matches played across 14 different countries over an eight-week period each year. When it’s time to kick-off, everyone has their favorite teams and players, but what are the most exciting matches to look forward to? Here are five of the most anticipated matches in this year’s Cricket World Cup.

India vs Pakistan

If you’re a cricket fan, you know these two teams are big rivals. This is India and Pakistan’s first time playing each other since 2007, so it should be an exciting match—especially if their test series earlier that year (also known as The War of 2007) is any indication. Fans of both countries will travel to Australia for these matches and fans from around the world will tune in on TV. Regardless of which team you support, don’t miss out on watching some great cricket! There are several other exciting games as well (namely those with Australia, Sri Lanka, and England), but be sure to watch India vs Pakistan!

India vs South Africa

The world cup is finally here! Every four years, cricket fans around the globe gather around their televisions to watch their favorite teams compete against each other. With so many star players on each team, it can be hard to choose who to root for. But, don’t worry! We’ve created a bracket that lets you vote on who you think will win between each pair of countries. Just be sure to check back after every game because we’ll update our brackets accordingly. Of course, there are several other exciting matches that you should keep an eye out for. Below, we’ll take a look at these matches and determine which one stands out as most likely to excite viewers during world cup 2018. Each of these groups has its own set of thrilling matches; however, one matchup stands out from all others: India vs South Africa (16 June). These two top-ranked teams have consistently placed highly in past tournaments. Last year's finalist England plays Australia (17 June) while Pakistan plays Ireland (17 June). Defending champions Australia face Afghanistan while New Zealand plays Sri Lanka.

England vs Sri Lanka

This match will be held on June 19, 2015. The teams have a long history of rivalry and England has beaten Sri Lanka 8 times out of 10 games. It will be very interesting to see whether Sri Lanka can break its losing streak against England or not. England has an awesome batting lineup, so I expect it to win again. On their recent tour in Sri Lanka, they won 2 matches by just one run and 1 match with 5 wickets remaining.

South Africa vs West Indies

The two giants of world cricket have an intense rivalry with each other; both teams possess some of the most exciting cricketers. This match is guaranteed to be a feast for cricketing enthusiasts who want to see some fiery fast bowling and good batting. The match could also see South Africa bringing back their star batsman AB de Villiers after he recovered from an elbow injury. West Indies are still without Chris Gayle due to his shoulder injury, but they should still give South Africa a tough time. Even though this game will be held at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, it is very likely that it will sell out because of its potential as a thriller.

England vs Bangladesh

These two teams have not met since 2006 and there is a lot of pent-up rivalry between them. Bangladesh beat England to qualify for their first world cup back in 1999 and they followed it up with wins over Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Scotland before getting blown out by Australia. A fourth-place finish resulted, but England has never forgiven Bangladesh for keeping them out of India four years ago. Both teams can use a win here as neither team has performed particularly well so far. England got crushed by New Zealand and Ireland while Bangladesh made it through after getting blasted by Australia and New Zealand (but holding on against Afghanistan). The winner of these two will be among those that fight for a top 4 spot and both will consider themselves more than capable if they can get on a roll.

Conclusion

Overall, cricket is a great sport to watch—it’s fast-paced and exciting. The teams are competitive, but most importantly, it’s fun! If you want to learn more about world cup events in 2018. Thanks for reading!

The Sweet Side of Sports Featuring The Hottest Female Twins

The Sweet Side of Sports Featuring The Hottest Female Twins

The Hottest Female Twins

Sports has always been known as one of the best sources of entertainment, bringing people together by pitting them against each other through various games and competitions. As the world becomes more advanced with technology, social media has begun to play an even bigger role in how we entertain ourselves, but sports will always hold its own spot on the list of things to do when looking for something to do with friends or family members. It is this love of sports that brings us today’s hottest topic, The Sweet Side of Sports Featuring The Hottest Female Twins.

1) Vanessa Peretti

Being a twin sister to a famous celebrity, Vanessa was always in front of a camera or being mentioned by paparazzi. For years she was used to being photographed and talked about behind her back. She had always been obsessed with fitness and staying fit but it wasn't until her older sister started modeling that her obsession took over even more. As for now, Vanessa is happy where she is at and enjoys being an inspiration for other people. She hopes that one day soon after getting retired from modeling she will have enough funding to open up a charity/foundation to help other twins who don't feel good about themselves due to their looks or profession as a model.

2) Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is a professional tennis player and former world no. 1, who was born in Poland to a Danish father and Polish mother. She has won 10 WTA singles titles as well as 16 doubles titles. She also holds two major championship titles: at the 2014 US Open, where she defeated her compatriot Caroline Garcia, and 2016 Australian Open; both times defeating Venus Williams en route to victory. She has been ranked as high as no. 2 in singles (and no. 1 in doubles).

3) Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova is an internationally known professional tennis player. Since her professional debut in 1996, she has won many singles and doubles titles on both grass and clay courts. Not only is she currently ranked as one of the top 10 female tennis players in the world, but has held a number one ranking for a total of 32 weeks. Although Anna isn’t considered very good at her job by most fans, her looks have made her a star with media attention from all over. Unlike fellow tennis player Serena Williams, Anna relies on her looks to keep fans interested as she continues to train for major tournaments such as Wimbledon where she’s earned multiple trophies throughout her career.

4) Katie Ledecky & Allison Schmitt

Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt are both Olympic Gold Medalists that dominated their respective events in Rio. Schmitt won gold in three individual events (200m freestyle, 400m freestyle relay, 800m freestyle relay) and two relay events (400m freestyle relay, 800m freestyle relay). Meanwhile, Ledecky pulled off what is without a doubt one of the most impressive achievements by an athlete ever when she came away from Rio with four gold medals (800M Freestyle, 200M Freestyle Relay, 4x200M Freestyle Relay, 4x100M Medley Relay). Not to mention she set world records in three out of her four events. These ladies have already cemented themselves as icons in sports history.

Conclusion

You don’t have to look far into history to find powerful examples of women being recognized for their athletic achievements. But, today, these female athletes are not just recognized for what they do on a field or in a ring. Instead, sports fans around North America are fawning over their looks too. Some may even say it’s weird, while others might say it’s an unnecessary addition to sports coverage—but no matter what your opinion is on glamorizing professional female athletes, there are quite a few good reasons why it happens. The amount of money that fans spend on tickets, merchandise, and sponsorships has proven that professional women’s sports have immense value—and shows no signs of slowing down.

5 Benefits of Taking Your Child to Ballet Classes

5 Benefits of Taking Your Child to Ballet Classes

Benefits of Taking Your Child to Ballet Classes

If you’re considering taking your child to ballet classes, there are several benefits that can help you make this decision. Ballet can help your child develop grace and coordination, physical strength and flexibility, poise and grace, musicality and rhythm, memory skills, discipline and focus, confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, and self-control. You can take advantage of these benefits by enrolling your child in ballet classes at their local dance studio! Here are 5 great reasons why you should do so.

1) Building Confidence

At a young age, children become self-conscious about many things. They watch what others do and they often want to emulate their friends, which can cause them to have a skewed view of themselves. When your child is involved in ballet classes, however, there are many opportunities for him or her to develop confidence. 

This dance form is popular with children because it’s all about imagination and enjoyment. In addition, practicing ballet teaches your child how to express himself or herself through movement while also learning some social skills. As a result, you can be sure that your child will feel better about taking risks and approaching new situations if he has had previous experience in ballet classes.

2) Developing Strength & Coordination

Ballet is a great activity for kids, helping them develop coordination and overall strength. By working on ballet’s fundamental movements, including pliés and tendus, your child will get stronger over time, building up stamina and core strength. 

These are great benefits for any child, but children with health issues like asthma or leg weakness often experience particularly significant benefits from ballet classes. Research has even shown that kids who take dance regularly learn better than their peers in other disciplines! If you’re trying to choose which arts activities you should enroll your child in—ballet is an excellent option!

3) Learning Discipline

It is a parent’s responsibility to prepare their child for adulthood. One way to do that is by enrolling them in ballet classes. Not only does it help with posture, balance, and flexibility, but it teaches your children to discipline from an early age. It’s all about putting in hard work and knowing when they need a break. By following a daily routine at a young age, you’re teaching them what life is going to be like later on in their adult lives.

4) Discovering Artistic Talents

While there is no doubt that dance classes are a great way for kids to be introduced to art and music, they can also provide additional benefits. When children take ballet lessons, it helps them develop concentration, discipline, and balance—all-important skills that will help prepare them for school. 

Studies have also shown that taking dance lessons might even help improve your child’s social skills—and if you’ve ever had trouble wrangling your class into an orderly group, you’ll know just how big a benefit that is! Of course, having fun with friends makes lessons more enjoyable too. So whether your little one wants to explore their artistic side or you want them to gain some valuable life skills—or both!—ballet classes are sure to please.

5) Team Work

Learning ballet is about more than just learning how to walk across a stage. It's an activity that can help your child build his or her social skills, boost self-confidence and cultivate discipline, patience, and determination. And it gives you a chance to bond with your child over something other than screen time! Here are some other benefits you may not have considered.

Conclusion

Kids who take ballet can be more grounded and stronger, all while getting better posture. Ballet is an amazing art form that helps bring out the strength in kids while keeping them active and focused. If you’re planning on taking your child to ballet classes soon, consider these five benefits that they will gain from their experience. With these benefits, plus many more that come with dance, you might just find yourself wanting to enroll in a class too!