Why do footballers exchange jerseys!!!

Portugal VS Turkey - Group A Euro 2008 (exchange!!)

Portugal VS Turkey - Group A Euro 2008

It’s just a sign of good sportsmanship. Most players opt to trade jerseys with their opponents after an international contest—whether it’s part of a tournament like the World Cup or just a friendly exhibition game. According to an excellent 2003 article by the Washington Post’s Steven Goff, the practice dates back to the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. The most famous swap took place in 1970 between the top players for England and Brazil—Bobby Moore and Pelé.

When a match ends, each player seeks out an opponent for the swap. In general, they trade jerseys with the guy standing closest to them, but in some cases they’ll go over to an old friend or try to position themselves near a notable rival. Quite a few players on the Italian team will have their sights on the jersey of France’s top player, Zinedine Zidane. (Goff writes about an equipment manager for the New York Cosmos who used to bring more than two dozen Pelé jerseys to each match so that all his opponents could get one.)

Players on the U.S. team get new jerseys before every international game. They can trade them on the field or give them to friends and relatives. A veteran player might collect hundreds of jerseys over the course of his career. Some shirts get tossed in the closet; others get mounted and framed.

the post-match (and sometimes halftime) tradition of players exchanging sweat-soaked shirts with members of the opposing team. According to FIFA, the first recorded instance of this ritual was in 1931 when the French team requested their English opponents’ shirts to “commemorate their historic 5-2 victory at Colombes.” Yet, the most famous swap — and the one that sparked the modern craze — was when legends of the game Pele and Bobby Moore did it after the 1970 World Cup match between Brazil and England.

But why do they do this?!

No, it’s not a perverse means of guilting an opponent into disposing of your dirty laundry, it’s actually a display of sportsmanship. After battling on the pitch for 90 minutes, the shirt exchange is a way of showing respect and camaraderie between combatants. Of course, some footballers decline to trade shirts because, well, they just don’t want some other guy’s perspiration-drench shirt. Others, meanwhile, go the opposite way and even wear the stank-moistened garment they’ve been handed as the ultimate sign of high regard. Or the desperate desire to wear any shirt, no matter how soiled.

Teams issue fresh kits for every match, so giving away shirts isn’t a big deal for players. When Pele played for the New York Cosmos, he would be provided with as many as 25 or 30 shirts to accommodate all the requests he would get — an extreme example of how the shirt of the opposing team’s best player is usually the one most desired. But aside from a legend like Pele or a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo, shirt exchanges are usually a random affair done with the nearest opponent or one who provided a particularly praise-worthy performance.

About North Korea Coach(Kim Jong Hun)

 North Korea Coach(Kim Jong Hun)

North Korea Coach(Kim Jong Hun)

Despite guiding Korea DPR to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, coach Kim Jong-Hun remains an unfamiliar figure on the international scene. Indeed, little is known about Hun’s playing career, where served as a defender for both club and country, other than the fact he featured in four FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for Germany 1974 and Mexico 1986. However, his achievement in moulding an inexperienced group into one of Asia’s most competent sides has earned him an undisputed place among the continent’s elite tacticians.
A former mainstay in the back line with local giants April 25 Sports Group, Kim opted to stick with the club after hanging up his boots, switching to the coaching staff of domestic giant. He proved an eager learner during his apprenticeship, finishing an athletic course at a local university before taking part in coaching courses.
Kim quickly established himself as a highly respected strategist on the home front and assumed the reins of the national team in 2007, charged with the task of leading the team through Asia’s qualifying campaign for the South Africa 2010. This indeed was a tall order for both Kim and his team given the nation’s 44-year absence from the FIFA World Cup. However, with a host of talented players coming through the ranks, the coach aimed to make up for their lack of international experience with a tactical approach.
In attempting to qualify for Germany 2006 a rampant Korea DPR stormed into Asia’s final qualifying round where they displayed attacking football against the continent’s best. Entertaining they may have been, but the Chollima lost five straight matches to receive the wooden spoon. Taking into account the past lessons, Kim embarked on a revolution within the national team switching their offensive game plans into more pragmatic strategies.
One of his key tactics was shoring up the rearguard by deploying a five-man defensive line, with Ri Jun-Il more withdrawn as the sweeper, a role coach Kim used to play for the national team during his playing years. His new formation proved an instant success during the 2008 East Asian Football Federation(EAFF) Championship when an unfancied Korea DPR drew both Korea Republic and Japan only to lose to hosts China in the closing game.
With Kim pulling the strategic threads, Korea DPR went on to impress in the subsequent third round of qualifying for the South Africa 2010, finishing the only team to have conceded zero goal as they marched into the concluding round, where they held off the likes of Iran and Saudi Arabia to take one of Asia’s four automatic qualifying slots.
Born in September of 1956, coach Kim was a nine-year-old during his country’s fairy-tale run-up to the last eight in their FIFA World Cup debut at England 1966. 44 years on, the man responsible for taking Korea DPR to their second appearance at the world football’s extravaganza is just keen to emulate their old feat.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter Joins Twitter For FIFA

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter launches Twitter page

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter launches Twitter page

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will launch his personal Twitter page today, Thursday 10 June. Fans from all over the world will be able to follow the FIFA President’s views and opinions on the account “@seppblatter” throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, commented:

“We are approaching the first FIFA World Cup in which social media websites will play an important role in connecting everyone who cares about the game of football. I’m very excited to be sharing my own personal experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with football fans from all over the world.”

FIFA.com, the world’s official football website, will launch two further accounts, to go live later in June. They are: @FIFAcom covering interviews, site developments, Fantasy Team progress and updates on key news from tournament matches, and @FIFAcomLive, providing continuous and real-time updates from all 64 games at South Africa 2010.


FIFA Alerts Across The World by iDubba

iDubba is India’s TV show/movie recommendation platform. We analyze user profile and alert them of shows of their interest via- facebook, twitter, web and Mobile (via SMS). We also actively follow all the live events and make user aware about the same. One of the problem with every LIVE event is that viewers need to keep a track of all the schedules, which is frustrating. As a result they keep on missing our favorite shows/movies/live events on TV/web/other media.


Make it really simple for users to keep a track of their favorite programs on TV, Movies on TV and LIVE events on TV. We always go a step ahead and see the real pain points before providing a service. For e.g. the pain point while watching Tennis on TV is not in knowing the full schedule of the tournament, people watch Tennis based on who their favorite player is. If we can get that data from users and provide them all the info on Mobile whenever their favorite player plays, that’s all what they need.

And now Idubba is all set for providing FIFA Alerts through http://fifa.idubba.com/

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  • Set SMS alerts for their favorite team and can get alerts whenever their favorite teams play live.
  • Set SMS alerts for their favorite Players and can get alerts whenever their favorite players score a goal or get a Yellow/Red card.
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FIFA World Cup 2010 Posters

A very impressive collection of posters for World Cup 2010 football.The world knows that the 19th tournament of the World Cup happens for the first time in South Africa and that mr mandela, it will be a celebration! And to celebrate, the agency Wieden + Kennedy has created a poster for a country that can represent the emblems (stereotype?) in each country. …

iDubba Recommends- ‘Movie Plex’!


1.Catch me if you can:  IMDb Rating 7.8/10, Genre: Biography|Crime|Drama

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 18 nominations.

Personal Recommendation:An FBI agent tracks down and catches a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and history professor, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries

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Quantum Of Solace:  IMDb Rating 6.8/10, Genre: Action|Adventure|Thriller

Awards:Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations

Personal Recommendation:Seeking revenge for the death of his love,

secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country’s valuable resource.

Watch it on, Saturday, June 5th @9:00 PM

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A Few Good Men:  IMDb Rating 7.6/10, Genre: Crime|Drama| Mystery |Thriller

Awards:Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations

Personal Recommendation:

In the heart of the nation’s capital, in
a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth.


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Paa:  IMDb Rating 7.2/10, Genre: Drama

Personal Recommendation:Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) is an intelligent and witty 13-year-old boy with an extremely rare genetic defect that causes accelerated aging. He suffers from a progeria-like syndrome. Mentally he is 13, very normal, but physically he looks five times older. In spite of his condition, Auro is a very happy boy. He lives with his mother Vidya (Vidya Balan) who is a gynecologist. Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) is young, progressive and a full-of-ideals politician. He is out to prove to the world that ‘politics’ is not a bad word. He is a man with a mission. Auro is Amol’s son

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A Few Good Men:  IMDb Rating 6.8/10, Genre: Action|Drama| Mystery |Romance|Thriller

Awards: 3 wins & 10 nominations.

Personal Recommendation: Mumbai-based wealthy Sanjay Singhania is the Chair of Air Voice, lives now as a semi-crazed recluse in Odyssey Apartments in Hiranandani Complex. He was loved by Kalpana Shetty, a spunky and compassionate ad model, who rescued 25 young girls from the clutches of a gangster named Ghajini Dharmatma, but ended up getting killed by him. Sanjay has put together his past life piece by piece through tattoos, notes on his wall, Polaroid photographs, etc.. not knowing that soon he will be investigated by Inspector Arjun Yadav; betrayed by a ‘friend’ named Sunita; while Ghajini and his goons are out to erase every bit of evidence he has gathered in his apartment and thus ensure that he ends up remembering nothing

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FIFA Ticketing blunder

FIFA is now ready to get maximum revenue from the World Cup , mainly through billions of dollars in commercial and television rights.But that doesn’t hide the fact that soccer’s governing body has made basic errors in the ticketing structure for the first African edition of the world’s most watched sporting event.

FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter has supported holding the soccer spectacle in Africa despite negative response from Europe,that said the tournament would be a disaster and that nothing would be ready in time.But Sepp’s belief pays off as 10 stadiums, half of them stunning new venues are ready way ahead of kickoff on June 11.
But still Sepp is being criticised for for his inability to make fundamental calculations.
FIFA’s system of selling most tickets until last week over the internet showed a basic misunderstanding of South Africans fans, who make up the bulk of football supporters in this country. They are poor, they don’t have bank accounts and they do not have access to the internet. Though this was pointed out to FIFA last year, when ticketing started, it only took notice in the last month or so.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke even apologised for the error.
But that was not the only error that ignored African realities. This World Cup has been marketed as not just for South Africa but for the soccer-mad continent as a whole. Yet only a trickle of fans are expected, even from the five other qualifying African teams. Once again the reasons are simple and economic.

Even for the minority of Africans with decent incomes, travelling to South Africa is prohibitively expensive because scheduled flights go mostly via Europe and accommodation costs will be high. Again FIFA only woke up to this recently. It promised to organise direct charters but there is little evidence that this is either happening yet or likely to make a difference.

These miscalculations increased the chances that World Cup crowds would be mostly Europeans or well-heeled local whites with none of the incredible atmosphere that comes from African black fans, dressed in the most exotic of outfits, singing, vibing and playing trumpets in the stands.

The miscalculation became even more damaging when it emerged that high South African prices, a global economic crisis and alarmist foreign reporting about violent crime would cut foreign attendance by half. Chief local organiser Danny Jordaan said last week the likely total was more like 200,000 foreigners than the 450,000 originally estimated.

Valcke has tried to explain this with the argument that Europeans get too much football already and are too blase to attend the World Cup. He and Jordaan have also repeatedly denounced European and particularly British reporters for suggesting fans would be lucky to escape South Africa with their lives–which seems to have been particularly influential in Germany.

Whatever the reason, FIFA was left with 500,000 tickets on its hands two months before the tournament, including many returned from abroad or unsold corporate hospitality packages badly hit by the economic crisis. At which point, organisers launched an appeal to South Africans to buy up the tickets and fill the stadiums.

Fortunately for FIFA they have responded and World Cup fever seems finally to have hit South Africa. But this seems primarily as a result of tickets finally becoming available for over-the counter cash for the first time last week. So many South Africans turned up that computers crashed and fights broke out in the queues, where fans waited for up to 15 hours to get a ticket. More than 100,000 tickets were sold in less than two days and many matches are sold out.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke apologized over the system crash, which mirrored similar problems in earlier over-the-counter sales and followed FIFA promises that it wouldn’t happen again.

“Today I would like to sincerely apologize to all the fans that have been affected by the problems in the ticketing sales system,” Valcke said.

FIFA earlier made thousands of tickets available to South African residents for $20 or complimentary to provide an opportunity for more people from the host country to watch games.

Vlassis, who was in line for what he called a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, applied for tickets in an online lottery system at the start of the year. But thousands missed out on those tickets.

Bheki Sibanyoni, 50, who runs a small employment agency, went to Soweto at midnight to line up to buy. But there were already nearly 800 people waiting, so he drove to Sandton, arriving about 1 a.m. to find a few dozen people ahead of him. Earlier, he had tried repeatedly to get tickets online.

“We South Africans, we are not used to buying tickets online. I don’t know what happened. It’s a bit confusing. You only get acknowledgement of your application, but you don’t get any response. You don’t know who to contact. I felt bad about FIFA after that.”