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StraightCashHomey21
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Soccer Boards Guide For Soccer Noobs
Time to make a thread to lump all questions to help educate new comers on the game. From History, rules and competition.

Hopefully this will help all the people wanting to embrace the beautiful game learn and with out any hostilities from anyone. This will be a BANTZ AND TROLL FREE ZONE. Q&A is highly encouraged

Also posters are encouraged to post and talk about their clubs history and greats.

To start it off I will do a basic break down of the leagues around the world

England - Has a four tier profesonal league system

Premier League - The top division
Championship - 2nd Tier
League One - 3rd Tier
League Two - 4th Tier

Any league below League Two is manly made of of semi-pro players who work regular jobs.

Major English Clubs

Manchester United - Most English Championships
Liverpool - Most trophies in English History
Arsenal - Biggest club in London also most FA Cups
Chelsea - Historic club that became a giant after being bought buy a Russian oil tycoon.
Tottenham Hotspur - London club back on the rise after years of mediocrity.
Manchester City - Traditional yoyo ( always changing divisions) club bought by Middle Eastern Sheikh . After lots of investment has turned them into a very good team.

There are two major cup competitions in England. The FA Cup which is the big one and the oldest cup competition in the world. It is open to any team in the country that wants to enter. Then there is the League Cup which is only open to teams in the four professional levels of English soccer.

Main Rivalries which are called Derby in soccer

Manchester United vs Liverpool - Two biggest clubs in the country and two cities that despise each other.
Arsenal vs Spurs - Both clubs based in North London and two fan bases that hate each other.
Liverpool vs Everton - The Liverpool Derby
Manchester United vs Manchester City - The Manchester Derby which has got even bigger now that City was bought by an owner with endless money.
Newcastle vs Sunderland - Two biggest clubs in the North East of the country. Pure hate.
Manchester United vs Arsenal - The two most successful teams in the Premier League Era have built a nasty rivalry the last 20 years
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StraightCashHomey21
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re: Soccer Boards Guide For Soccer Noobs
Reserved to European and other Cup competition explanation


StraightCashHomey21
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The German system has 3 tiers of professional leagues

Bundesliga
Bundesliga 2
3 Liga which has only been around a few years. This league also lets reserve teams from the first and second division compete in them.
After that its semi pro regional leagues but even then some of these clubs are real deal also have reserve and youth teams from the top two divisions playing in them.

The German Cup is called the DFB Pokal. It is open to all clubs pro and amateur. Bayern Munich holds the most cups with 17.

Major German clubs.

FC Bayern Munich - The club everyone in Germany loves or hates. They have the most league championships with 24 soon to be 25.

Borussia Dortmund - Second biggest club in Germany, with the biggest stadium. Fanatical support much like the rest of Germany.

Vfb Stuttgart - Used to be a power house club but has had some recent ups and downs.

VfL Wolfsburg - Club basically financed by Volkswagen the last few years. No real history or fan base but has exciting players and a good team.

Bayer Leverkusen - Another team financed by a major corporation. They have ok history but no fans.

Schalke 04 - Big club, good history with fanatical fans.

Main Rivalries

Dortmund vs Shackle - Rivalry b/w the two main industrial cities in western Germany.

Bayern Munich vs 1860 Munich ( Bundesliga 2) - Munich Derby

There is a huge list of heated rivalries in the western industrial area which has a good portion of first division clubs




Also need someone to do a break down of Spain - Dandy I'm looking at you

Italy - wm72 thats go you all over it

France - thats up for grabs

English Championship - S , bruv thats you.
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May help to explain ______side references to Derbys (also that they are pronounced dar-bees)for people as well. Basically just references to the river in the local area right? Do people in England really refer to it as such or is that something more pronounced in commentary during games?

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Liverpool vs Everton - The Merseyside Derby

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Newcastle vs Sunderland - The Tyneside Derby


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Liverpool vs Everton - The Merseyside Derby


I think its amazing how close these stadiums are to each other ... which makes for a really cool rivalry

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I can find one even closer



Racing Avellaneda vs Independiente
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Newcastle vs Sunderland - The Tyneside Derby


It's the Tyne-Wear Derby actually


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I can do france


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I can do france




don't make it pro PSG


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I won't I won't


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StraightCashHomey21
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Here are some good youtube soccer channels

Copa90 - Some of the best grassroots coverage you can find. I highly recommend watching their Derby Days playlist

Kick TV Very similar to Copa90 but with an American twist.

Adidas Football Great behind the scenes coverage and just awesome videos in general.

Unisport Danish soccer company that gives the latest and greatest in all things footy merchandise. If you want a pair of cleats, watch their reviews.

FilthyFellas Top Level Banter ( shite talking)


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I could do Russia if anyone's interested. I'll leave that up to particular request though and not force it on anybody. I'm trying to be a better, kinder poster.


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The Championship is tGOAT 2nd division in all of sports. 46-game marathon with the top-two teams automatically promoted to the premier league. The third promotion place is determined by a playoff involving the 3-6 place teams. The two remaining playoff teams play at Wembley to decide who wins promotion. It is a game that is called the most lucrative sporting event in the world.

Teams finishing in the bottom three are relegated to League One.

This is a brutal league that can consume even the biggest of clubs. Toiling in the championship for a number of years is the equivalent to getting lost in the system in an American prison. WHY CANT WE SIGN A frickING WINGER AND FOR frick SAKE PLAY TWO UP TOP EVANS YOU GOD DAMN GOD DAMN


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Can we get a sticky or what?


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re: Soccer Boards Guide For Soccer Noobs
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Derby

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(also that they are pronounced dar-bees)


Was going to post the same thing. I've never understood the pronunciation & spelling inconsistencies with that word. It's also one of those English words that just doesn't sound right coming out of an American mouth. It's right up there with "gaffer" as one of the more cringe-worthy things you might hear a soccer fig say. Excuse my blasphemy here, but Stu Holden used to say it all the time in interviews when he was still playing in England and it bugged the shite out of me.


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France

Formed in 1930, the French first division is known as Ligue 1 (pronounced Lee-g Uh) and is generally accepted as the 5th best league in the world behind England, Spain, Italy, and Germany. In the United States, most Ligue 1 matches are televised by BeIn Sport and broadcast over the internet via Bein Sport Connect. major matches are aired on the network proper.

Major Clubs

Olympique Marseille- The most decorated French club, OM have won Ligue 1 on 10 occasions, the Coupe De France on 10 occasions, and were the inaugural European Champions League winners in 1993. With their first French title coming in 1929, and their most recent coming in 2010, OM has won at a high level across all eras. Their stadium, the Velodrome, has a unique shape similar to the old Sombrero in Tampa.

Olympique Lyon- France's team of the 2000's, Lyon won Ligue 1 7 straight years between 2002 and 2008. They did so by pioneering soccer's version of "Moneyball" now widely used across Europe. While they have fallen back to the pack a bit recently, they are still always in the mix to qualify for the Champions league and often do so.

Paris St. Germain Formed in 1970, PSG are the youngest major club in Europe and are the only club in France to win the domestic treble (Ligue 1, Coupe De France, and Coupe de la Ligue) in the same season. PSG are also the only major club in France never to have been relegated, remaining in Ligue 1 since their inaugural season in the top division back in 1974. Historically underachievers, PSG were bought by the Qatari Investment Authority in 2008 and are the current French Dynasty, closing in on their 4th straight Ligue 1 title this season while trying to break through to the later stages of the Champions League.

AS Monaco- Anomalous by their location, Monaco are allowed to play in the French system despite being an independent country. They have won 7 Ligue 1 titles in their history and recently have attempted a serious challenge to PSG's recent dominance which has been cut short by their owner's ugly divorce proceedings.

Saint-Etienne- A major force in French football in the 60's and 70's, Saint-Etienne has won more French titles than any other club and were European Cub Runners-up in 1976. While not what they used to be, they are still very completive domestically

Major Rivalries

Le Classique: PSG vs Marseille The French classico. Paris and Marseille are respectively the 1st and 2nd most populated cities in France and the rivalry between both cities originally had nothing to do with football, but because PSG and OM usually have the two biggest budgets in French football the game between the two takes on extra meaning both on and off the pitch.

Olympico: Olympique Lyon vs Olympique de Marseille Unlike Le Classique, the rivalry has no bad blood within it and, instead, stems from the competitiveness of the each club's players, managers, supporters, and presidential hierarchy. The rivalry is often cited as being particularly important as both clubs are of high standard in French football and the championship has been decided between the two on many occassions.
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StraightCashHomey21
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Thanks bruv


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Chelsea


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Historic


But we ain't got no history, though.


ETA: Good job on this, SCH.
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Thanks for the downvotes but now ill start

So time for a little background on Manchester Untied Football Club.

Nickname - Red Devils

2nd most overall trophies for an English club

20 English champions - most ever
3 times champions of Europe
11 FA Cups
4 League Cups


Stadium or Ground( what its called in soccer) Old Trafford. Biggest pro stadium in the country. Nice little fact about the stadium. It was bombed by the Germans in WWII, so we had to play at Man City's ground while ours was being rebuilt.

Main Rivals - Liverpool and Manchester City. Also a big rivalry with Leeds United ( Championship club) and Arsenal.

The club has been traditional know for playing very attacking soccer while using players from its youth system since the 50's. From the Busby Babes to the class of 92. Our top tier academy has produced lots of players for our club and lots of of clubs around the world.

Most well known managers.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Image: http://ecky39.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/sir-alex-ferguson-hd-wallpapers.jpg


Sir Matthew Busby

Image: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02108/Matt-Busby_2108909c.jpg


Great players

Ryan Giggs - Most decorated player in English history.

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Sir Bobby Charlton - One of the best English players ever 1966 England WC win

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And our iconic #7 shirt

Mad famous by the one and only Georgie Best

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The first soccer playboy who was playing like Ronaldo well before Ronaldo.

David Beckham - Enough said

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Eric Cantona - One of the people who changed how the game was played in England.

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Cristiano Ronaldo - Todays modern day mega star, got his break through playing for Manchester United.

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Our fans are known as the Red Army. When we got relagated to the 2nd division back in the 70's our fans over ran opposition stadiums ever week. Often times out numbering the home fans.

Munich Air disaster -

The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists.[1] 20 of the 44 on the aircraft died. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.

The football team was returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) against Red Star Belgrade. The flight stopped to refuel in Munich because a non-stop flight from Belgrade to Manchester was out of the "Elizabethan"-class Airspeed Ambassador aircraft's range. After refuelling, pilots James Thain and Kenneth Rayment twice abandoned take-off because of boost surging in the left engine. Fearing they would get too far behind schedule, Captain Thain rejected an overnight stay in Munich in favour of a third take-off attempt. By then, snow was falling, causing a layer of slush at the end of the runway. After the aircraft hit the slush, it ploughed through a fence beyond the end of the runway and the left wing was torn off after hitting a house. Fearing the aircraft might explode, Thain began evacuating passengers while Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg helped pull survivors from the wreckage.
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JohnZeroQ
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Mr. P has good knowledge for France IMO

I know some of you guys dont like him but he has knowledge.


Also, well done with the history an all. Good work all around
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