Football is a team sport played with a spherical ball on a rectangular playing field, with two doors.
It is played by two teams made up of 11 players. Ten of them can only touch the ball with their feet, body and head; only one position to defend the goal (and therefore called "goalkeeper"), can touch the ball with hands and arms, only if the ball is in the penalty area.
The goal of the game is to score more points (called goals or goals) of the opposing team, passing the ball over the line of the opponent's goal.
The duration of a game is 90 minutes, divided into two halves of 45 minutes each plus a possible recovery.
It is a physical and technical sport and, practiced on a professional level, it has a relevant tactical aspect.
It has become the most popular sport in the world (both for the number of people playing it and for the number of spectators) because it is based on simple rules, because it is played only with a ball without other particular equipment and because it can be adapted to places and situations.
Its origin is ancient, but the modern and codified version of football originated in England in the 19th century. Since then, football has spread first to Europe, then to South America and then to the rest of the world.
Football matches are played on an amateur and professional level. In professional football there are eleven players and the correctness of the game is pointed out by a match official (the referee) and his assistants (linesmen, goal judges and fourth man).
It has been part of the Olympic disciplines since the second edition.
The most important football competition is the FIFA World Cup, which is held every four years under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world's largest football organization. This is the most popular sporting event ever.
I have been playing football for many years, I was a child when I saw my cousin play and tried to imitate him, I was less than ten years old and I have not stopped for a lifetime, I have participated in many championships and tournaments with many positive results, but aside from the results, fun is guaranteed..
The essence of the number 10
In the past, shirt numbers took on a very specific function, which has disappeared in the last twenty years with the advent of names on the shirts. The numbers on the back of the athletes had the function of an identification feature, to take note of the warnings and markings. As a result, the owners wore numbers from 1 to 11 and reserves from 12 to 18, as it works among amateurs today. The custom also saw the division of numbers by role, the goalkeeper was the first, the center ahead of the ninth. Despite the fact that traditions tend to fail, modern football is in common with the past for the value attributed to the player who wears the number 10 shirt.
Almost like a religion, like a Christ or a Muhammad, each team must have its own number 10. What does it mean to wear those two figures? Responsibility. Yes, because as soon as you receive that shirt, a metamorphosis process spontaneously starts in the player. The footballer becomes the soul of the team, the leader, the one who is able to pull his teammates out of the quicksand at any time. He starts behind the tip, to provide assists or draw something extraordinary with the magic wand he wears instead of the feet, but generally the number 10 does not have a fixed position on the board, he is a queen, free to move as he likes.
Zico, Platini and Maradona are the best expressions that football has proposed in the last 20/25 years in the aforementioned role. In the 1990s the role went into crisis: coaches often sacrificed the historic figure of "number 10" because of the need to safeguard the team's balance. It is difficult to understand whether this choice (which led to a few years of speculative and muscular football) was dictated by theoretical reasons or by the lack of "talented players".
Diego Armando Maradona (Lanús, 30 October 1960) is a football coach, sports manager and former Argentine footballer, a midfielder role, Gimnasia La Plata coach. He was the captain of the Argentina national team that won the 1986 world championship.
Nicknamed El Pibe de Oro ("the golden boy"), he is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, if not the best ever.
In a professional career more than twenty years he has played in Argentinos Juniors, in Boca Juniors, in Barcelona, in Naples, in Seville and in Newell's Old Boys. With the Argentine national team he participated in four World Championships (1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994), winning the 1986 tournament as a protagonist; the 91 matches played and the 34 goals scored in the national team constituted two records, subsequently beaten. Against England in the quarterfinals of Mexico 1986 he scored a goal considered the goal of the century, three minutes after scoring a goal with his hand (known come mano de Dios), another episode for which he is often remembered.
He was never able to enter the Gold Ball rankings because until 1994 the prize was reserved for European players: for this reason in 1995 he won the Gold Ball for his career. However, he has received numerous other individual awards: he shares the official FIFA award for Best player of the 20th century with Pelé, and in 1993 he was awarded the title of best Argentine footballer of all time, awarded to him by the Argentine football federation. In 2002 he was included in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team, a selection made up of the best eleven players in the history of the World Cup, obtaining, among the eleven of the ideal team, the highest number of votes. In 2004, Pelé was included in FIFA 100, the list of the 125 best living players, drawn up on the occasion of the centenary of the federation.In 2012 he was awarded the Best Soccer Player of the Century at the Globe Soccer Awards and in 2014 he joined the Hall of Hunger for Italian football among foreign players.
Among the most controversial figures in the history of football for his eccentric personality on and off the pitch, he was suspended twice from football played for different reasons: once for cocaine use in 1991 and another time for doping test positivity, at the United States World Cup 1994 (for use of ephedrine, a non-legal substance often used to lose weight). CT of Argentina for a short period in the late 2000s, after his official retirement from football in 1997, Maradona suffered excessive weight gain (resolved with the help of a gastric bypass) and the consequences of cocaine addiction , from which he freed himself after long stays in detox centers.
the football team that I follow with passion is the Napoli Football Club, better known as Napoli ..
The Napoli Soccer Sports Club, better known as Napoli, is an Italian football club based in the city of Naples. Milita in Serie A, the top league of the Italian championship.
Founded in 1926 with the name of Associazione Calcio Napoli, it later assumed the name of SSC Napoli in 1964. Following the company's bankruptcy in 2004, the president Aurelio De Laurentiis founded Napoli Soccer which took over the sports title and was entered in the Serie C1, to then return to the previous denomination with promotion to Serie B in 2007.
The social color is blue, while the mascot is the Pacifier, originally a raised horse. Play internal matches at the San Paolo stadium, inaugurated in 1959.
With an award that includes two badges (1986-1987, 1989-1990), five Italian Cups (1961-1962, 1975-1976, 1986-1987, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014), two Italian Super Cups (1990 and 2014) and a UEFA Cup (1988-1989), in addition to an Alpine Cup (1966) and an Italian-English League Cup (1976), Napoli is the most titled team in the South at national and international level, as well as, with 76 participations, the one most present in top flight championships.
Napoli is also one of the associated members of the ECA (Association of European Clubs), an organization born to replace the suppressed G-14 and consisting of the main football clubs of the continent, united in a consortium in order to obtain a common protection of sporting rights, legal and television in front of FIFA.
The national football team of Italy is the largest men's soccer selection of the Italian Football Federation, whose official name is national A, which represents Italy in the various official or friendly competitions reserved for national teams.
It is one of the most titled national football teams in the world: the Azzurri have four world championships in their list (Italy 1934, France 1938, Spain 1982 and Germany 2006, second in the world after Brazil, on an equal footing with Germany) as well as a European championship (Italy 1968). It is also one of the five major national teams (together with those of Belgium, Sweden, Uruguay and the United Kingdom) to be able to boast the title of "Olympian", having won the five-circle tournament of 1936 (one of seven reserved for the major national teams and played from 1908 to 1948), while in the Confederations Cup, the last international trophy recognized by FIFA, it boasts as best result a third place, obtained in 2013. Finally, on the bulletin board, it also includes two International Cups, a continental competition recognized as the unofficial forerunner of the championship of Europe. At the World Cup she ranked in the top four in eight editions (six finals) and five times in the European (three finals). After Germany it is the European national team with the highest number of placings in the first four places in the two competitions. It is also the only selection, together with the Brazilian one, to have won two consecutive world titles, in 1934 and 1938.
In the FIFA ranking, in force since August 1993, he occupied 1st place several times, in November 1993 and during 2007 (February, April-June, September); the worst position was instead the 21st place of August 2018. It currently occupies the 13th place.