Highest Transfer Fees in Soccer History

Highest transfer fees in soccer historyTransfers in football are one of the craziest aspects of the modern global behemoth the sport has become. Before the days of the two transfer windows, transfers could be made any time during a season. With the advent of the transfer window, the rumor-mongering, speculation, and activity has been concentrated into 16 weeks of absolute madness.

From the days of Giuseppe Savoldi becoming the first player to cost more than a million pounds in 1975, we have now come to a time when transfer records are dangerously close to the 100 million pound mark, having crossed the USD 100 million barrier a long time ago! This incredible rise has occurred due to the constant inflation and the influx of TV money into domestic leagues in the late 20th century.

Transfers are also shrouded in the uncertainty regarding the amounts paid to external agencies, such as the player’s agents, third-party ownerships, etc. This makes calculating the exact cost of a player quite difficult.

According to a Forbes compilation, three transfers have exceeded the 100 million dollar mark when adjusted for inflation. Two of them were made in the same transfer window! Here are the costliest transfers in soccer history.

The transfers have been listed according to their non-inflation-adjusted value in Euro, with non-inflation-adjusted values in USD provided in brackets.

Most Expensive Transfers in Soccer History

Gareth Bale

Nationality: Welsh
From: Tottenham Hotspur
To: Real Madrid
Transfer Fee: Euro 100 million (USD 132 million) in 2013

The 2013 summer transfer window saw quite a few club records, 1 league record, and the world record smashed. The top trump among the already overflowing pack of aces was the Welsh wing wizard, Gareth Bale.

Almost unbelievably, Gareth Bale started his professional career as a defender, utilizing his pace at left back. When

Famous Soccer Players

Famous soccer players

In any sport, trying to name one player as the greatest ever can be a bit unfair, because there will be many who excelled in different eras, did well in their own rights, and had to contend with different opposition. As far as soccer is concerned, there are numerous players who have left their mark on the game and its history.


Pelé is the best footballer ever to play on the field. He grew up in Brazil and honed his skills in its slums. In the year 1957, at the age of 15, Pelé was included in the Brazil national team for the World Cup. In his debut match, Pelé scored two goals. For his skills with the ball and the goal scoring capacity he is known as the King of Soccer. In his long career, spanning 25 years, he scored 1,000 goals. In 1999, Pelé was chosen as The Athlete of The Century, by the international Olympic committee. The Time magazine, in the same year, included Pelé in the list of 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. Can you recollect his real name in full? His real name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento.

Diego Maradona

Maradona is the most celebrated Argentine football player. Throughout his career, Maradona enthralled his fans and the opponents with his extraordinary footwork and balance. His career lasted for 26 years from 1975 to 2001. Diego Armando Maradona is an icon and hero for many footballers. Even though he was involved in many controversies, on and off the field, he is still regarded as one of the greatest footballer of all time.

Franz Beckenbauer

Born in Munich, Germany, Franz Beckenbauer was also known as Der Kaiser or The Emperor, simply because he was extremely elegant in his style of play.

Greatest Soccer Managers of All Time

Vittorio Pozzo double World Cup winThe job of a manager is virtually limitless. He decides the starting XI, the strategies and tactics to be used in each match, who has to be left out, and who has to be promoted. He has to do all of this while juggling an owner focused on maintaining the budget, and fans intent on seeing their team succeed to no end. Excelling in this multifaceted job is no child’s play. When things go wrong, the manager is often the one who has to bear the brunt, even though it may not be his fault. On the other hand, when he succeeds, critics are often ready with arguments such as the owner’s financial strength, or the quality of the players themselves being responsible for the success.

Emerging from this maze of obstacles and being counted as one of the game’s legends takes an indomitable will, a knack of spotting talent, sound tactical acumen, and most importantly, the ability to motivate the players to perform to the best of their capabilities. The managers who have gone on to become legends in the game are the ones who have been able to balance all of these aspects in one successful, dynamic structure.

The following list is the personal opinion of the writer, and in no particular order.

World’s Greatest Soccer Managers of All Time

Sir Alex Ferguson

Born: December 31, 1941
Nationality: Scottish
Career: 1974 – 2013
Teams Managed: East Stirlingshire, St. Mirren, Aberdeen, Scotland, Manchester United


Scottish First Division (2nd tier): St. Mirren 1976-77
Scottish Premier Division (1st tier): Aberdeen 1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85
Scottish Cup: Aberdeen 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84. 1985-86
Scottish League Cup: Aberdeen 1985-86
English Premier League: Manchester United 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13
FA Cup: Manchester

How to Play Basketball

Playing basketballThe game of basketball was invented over a hundred and twenty years ago by Dr. James Naismith, who was a physical trainer at a YMCA center in the United States. It was raining outside, and he did not want his gym class to sit idle. So after a few thoughts and ideas, he came up with the game of basketball.
To start playing the game, we need to first gather the equipment. This should be very easy as the game only requires a ball and two hoops perched at a height of ten feet at the opposite ends of a court. It is also a good idea to wear proper basketball shoes, and not any jogging pair while playing. A nice team jersey can be worn when you get better at playing and are part of your school or college team.
Basketball can be played outdoors too, but the norm is to play on an indoor court on a maple-wooded highly polished floor. The size of the court varies according to the level of competition.
For school games, the court size is usually 74′ × 42′. High school games are mostly played on a court size of 84′ × 50′. Games played according to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules are played on a court that measures 91′ 10.4″ × 49′ 2.6″. As far as the NBA is concerned, the court size is 94′ × 50′. The height of the rim of the basket is 10′.
There are two teams with 5 players per team. The object of the game, very obviously, is to score baskets. As for the length of the game, the famous National Basketball Association (NBA) teams play a 48-minute game with four 12-minute sessions. The length can vary based on the type

Famous Basketball Players

Famous basketball playersBasketball is one of the most popular games played around the world. Speak of action, passion and enthusiasm, and the game has it all. The thrill, the excitement and the entertainment that’s associated with the game is sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Undoubtedly then, the players are looked up to with respect, reverence and love, not just in the US but the world over.

Thinking of tall sound bodies and young men competing with one another to score a basket or two can make one go weak in the knees. These players are sure to be not just a heartthrob but also an inspiration for youngsters. The energy, the passion, the zeal along with unmatched talent and skills to score a basket is enough to get you hooked to the game. Which is another reason why these players are as famous as they are not just in a nation that loves basketball but have found favor all over the world.

Starting from the best we shall take a look at some of the most famous basketball players in the world.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Career: 1969-1989 | Points: 38,387 | MVP: 6 (1971, ’72, ’74, ’76, ’77, ’80)

The leading scorer in the history of NBA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player. Best known for his signature jump, skyhook, Abdul-Jabbar propelled the Los Angeles Lakers to dominance. Born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., Abdul Jabbar started his professional career with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969. He remained a dominant force for Milwaukee till 1974, after which he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. At the time of his retirement in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar held the record for most games played by a single player in the NBA.

Michael Jordan

Career: 1984-2003 | Points: 32,292 | MVP: 5

10 Most Famous Basketball Coaches of All Time

Most famous basketball coaches of all timeFirst Ever Basketball Coach!
James Naismith, a Canadian-born American, invented the sport of basketball in 1891, and was the first ever basketball coach.

A National Guard chaplain with the First Kansas Infantry Regiment, he taught basketball to his soldiers so that they could get a hold over their excess energy. This strategy not only boosted the morale of the soldiers, it also lowered the instances of indiscipline among them.
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are. ― Ara Parasheghian

The ethics, strategies, and practice that go into basketball coaching are no different than those related to any other sport. An ideal coach is one who understands the strengths and weaknesses of individual players on a team, and uses each one of them, even the weaknesses, to the team’s benefit―the ultimate goal of victory.

Phil Jackson

“I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you’re doing.”

Teams Coached

Chicago Bulls ◆ Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Coach of the Year Award (1996)
11 x NBA Champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998, 2000-2002, 2009-2010)
6 x Eastern Conference Champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
7 x Western Conference Champion (2000-2002, 2004, 2008-2010)
4 x NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (1992, 1996, 2000, 2009)
One of the most successful coaches in the NBA, Phil Jackson (b. September 17, 1945) has the best win-loss record (1155 – 485) in the NBA. He coached the Bulls for 9 years, from 1989 to 1998, and led them to six NBA titles. He left the Bulls in 1998 to coach the LA Lakers, where he was the head coach from 1998 to 2010. The Los Angeles Lakers won 5 NBA titles under his guidance.

Considering his 2 NBA

History of Super Bowl

Although it may seem as if the Super Bowl has existed forever, actually the first Super Bowl took place quite recently. Super Bowl 1 made its first appearance merely 39 years back, in the early part of 1967.

That year, the National Football League, or NFL, and the American Football League, the AFL, played against each other with the world championship up for grabs. In 1970, the two leagues merged, with the Super Bowl becoming the championship game of the NFL. The name ‘Super Bowl’ itself can be traced back to Lamar Hunt who suggested it because of the super ball toy his daughter had and on the basis of the fact that a variety of bowl-shaped stadiums were the venues where college football games were played. Although the press and football fans had already begun using the shorter term for the championship, it was only in 1969 that the original name ‘AFL-NFL World Championship Game’ was officially replaced by ‘Super Bowl’.

The NFL’s Green Bay Packers won the first two championships, which caused quite a bit of concern amongst the AFL teams’ owners. But a huge upset in the history of this sport was created in the third game, which was won by the New York Jets when they defeated the Baltimore Colts. And, in Super Bowl 4 the Minnesota Vikings were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs of AFL, which was the final championship game before the two leagues merged. The AFL teams were joined by three NFL teams, making a total of thirteen teams, creating the American Football Conference, or AFC, while the rest of the thirteen teams were formed into the National Football Conference, or NFC. Ever since, the champions of the NFC and the AFC have been playing the Super Bowl.

List of Super Bowl Winners

Without doubt, the most important event in the sporting calendar in the United States is the Super Bowl. The championship game between the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) champions is one of the most important games in the entire year, and something that the entire nation looks forward to. This year, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28 – 24 to lift the title.

Super Bowl Winners List

If you take a look at the winners, you will observe that till date, the National Football Conference (NFC) has won 26 championship games, and the American Football Conference (AFC) has won 23. The winners of the Super Bowl receive the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The list of winners in the table below gives you the order in which the different teams have won the championship game over the years.

List of Winners of Super Bowl
Game Winning Team Winning Year
I Green Bay Packer 1967
II Green Bay Packer 1968
III New York Jets 1969
IV Kansas City Chiefs 1970
V Baltimore Colts 1971
VI Dallas Cowboys 1972
VII Miami Dolphins 1973
VIII Miami Dolphins 1974
IX Pittsburgh Steelers 1975
X Pittsburgh Steelers 1976
XI Oakland Raiders 1977
XII Dallas Cowboys 1978
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 1979
XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 1980
XV Oakland Raiders 1981
XVI San Francisco 49ers 1982
XVII Washington Redskins 1983
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 1984
XIX San Francisco 49ers 1985
XX Chicago Bears 1986
XXI New York Giants 1987
XXII Washington Redskins 1988
XXIII San Francisco 49ers 1989
XXIV San Francisco 49ers 1990
XXV New York Giants 1991
XXVI Washington Redskins 1992
XXVII Dallas Cowboys 1993
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 1994
XXIX San Francisco 49ers 1995
XXX Dallas Cowboys 1996
XXXI Green Bay Packers 1997
XXXII Denver Broncos 1998

Super Bowl Facts

While talking about American football, what can be more interesting than the Super Bowl; the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). Even if you are a football fan, you can still enjoy the festivities that revolve around the game. Super Bowl Sunday is a de facto national holiday and the second-largest food consumption day, next to Thanksgiving, in the United States. Many famous singers and musicians perform prior and in the halftime of the game.

Interesting Facts about the Super Bowl

This is the most-watched one day sports event worldwide. It is estimated that about 1 billion people watch the game, every year.
In the United States, the game is covered by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Many companies spend millions of dollars to air their commercials during the game.
The history of Super Bowl is quite recent; it was played for the first time on January 15, 1967, between the champions of the NFL and American Football League (AFL). During that time, the game was known as AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
In 1970, NFL and AFL merged and since then, the game is known as Super Bowl. The name was proposed by Lamar Hunt, the founder of American Football Conference (AFC), after seeing his daughter playing with a toy called ‘Super Ball’ and on the fact that college football games were played in bowl-shaped stadiums.
The game is played on the first Sunday of February, every year.
Since the NFL season of a particular year extends over the next year, Roman numerals are assigned to identify each game rather than the year it is held. For example, Super Bowl game for 2008 session was played in February 2009 and is referred to as Super Bowl XLIII. However, Roman numbering