Column: FIFA presidency no laughing matter as would-be candidate becomes frontman for gambling

This was about making a splash. “There’s more passion, more pleasure and more pain.”

“I’m here today to talk about love” were the Frenchman’s seductive opening words at his campaign launch in London this month.

“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said in a phone interview. After Thursday’s passing of the entry deadline, “Team Ginola” should fade away.

Twaddle takes a very dim view of Ginola’s Paddy Power-backed grab for FIFA.

Asking your kids to make tea during half-time breaks won’t shield them from the bombardment, not with gambling ads flashing throughout matches on pitch-side light-boards. Villa’s shirt sponsor is dafabet, a name that works better in Chinese, where “dafa” means “big wealth.” Stoke and Burnley players are billboards for Bet365 and Fun88 (another name that plays on the Chinese word to get rich).

But that’s not the point here. 10 will pit two Asian online bookmakers against each other. What ever happened to sport for sport’s sake, for the buzz of competition, not a bet? How quaint.

“It’s eyeballs we’re after,” 12Bet executive Rory Anderson, quoted in the Daily Mail, said when the online bookmaker became the name on Hull City’s shirt for this Premier League season.

Imagine, for a moment, a Paddy Power-financed FIFA president. “It’s great for Paddy Power. But I mean you’re talking about one of the biggest, powerfulest jobs in football and all you’re getting to hear about is Paddy Power.”

One of those is Kevin Twaddle, a former player for Motherwell and other Scottish clubs who told his story in the biography, “Life On The Line: How to Lose a Million and So Much More.” He no longer gambles and has delivered talks to other players about the risks.

Sports and gambling have, of course, long gone together, feeding off each other’s success and growth. It won’t happen; FIFA’s ethics rules should see to that. So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency.

Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter. Write to him at jleicester@ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester

All this in a sport grappling with the increasing danger of gambling-related match-fixing and with ample examples of gambling-addicted players who frittered away their wealth.

“It just makes like a mockery of football.”

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That is the message that football, more than most other sports, is mainlining into our homes, helped by names like Ginola and teams lending their cachet, stadiums, jerseys and players to the industry that had cash to splash when the 2008 financial crisis hobbled other sponsors.

But gambling advertising wasn’t as in-your-face as now. Bet some more.

And how about this blurb from Sky Bet, title sponsor since 2013 of England’s three divisions below the Premier League. Bet again. Hull against Aston Villa on Feb. But the mere thought of the gambling industry even attempting to place a stooge at the very top of football makes the prospect of another Blatter term seem perhaps not quite so bad.

John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. It reads like a plug for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sport “matters more when there’s money on it,” it says. That was before online bookmakers offered odds on anything and everything, from match results and goals scored to which team will win the coin toss or take the first corner, and before their relentless advertising.

PARIS –  Don’t laugh. Tuning in for results of football betting pools, which offered big jackpots for small stakes, was a Saturday afternoon ritual for many 20th Century English families.

Whoa. In the UK, which liberalized gambling advertising in 2007, adults’ exposure to gambling commercials on television soared five-fold in eight years to 2012, regulator Ofcom found. The increase was three-fold for children aged 4-15.

But the targets were our wallets and spending habits, not our hearts. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.

And that isn’t funny at all.. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. In pocketing 250,000 pounds (335,000 euros; US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan horse in the gambling and gaming industry’s creeping and creepy embrace of football.

Bet. That much was clear from the Paddy Power branding.

We’re talking here about David Ginola

12Bet.com Online Gambling Site to be the Primary Sponsor of the World Snooker Open – National Billiards

This event will give our brand fantastic exposure not only in the UK but throughout Europe. I am sure the World Open will be a great tournament. Press Release from World Snooker - September 13th, 2010

Rory Anderson, CEO for Europe at 12bet, said: “We are delighted to add the World Open to our fast growing sponsorship portfolio. The new World Open, with a new format, new venue, and new arena, is one of the cornerstones of the new era so we’re thrilled to have a title sponsor on board.

Tickets are still on sale, for details call 0844 395 4000 or visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets

The world ranking event will feature star players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Mark Selby and World Champion Neil Robertson. We’ve made giant strides forward in the commercial success of snooker in recent months and this keeps the momentum going. It carries a total prize fund of £502,500 with the winner to receive £100,000.

“With over 50 hours coverage on BBC and a combined global audience reaching over 100 million, the tournament will give vast exposure to 12bet.com’s brand so it’s easy to see their motivation behind getting involved with snooker. We are glad to be on board and are excited about the new best of five format.”

The nine-day tournament will feature quick-fire best-of-five frame matches and a random draw for each round.

Masters champion Selby added: “It’s always exciting to have a new sponsor and it seems a long time now since we had a ranking event without one. We’ll all be trying to win it and play our best snooker.”

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This is a fantastic piece of news for our sport at just the right time. All the players are looking forward to it, myself included. We hope they enjoy what should be a great tournament and look forward to building a strong relationship with them.”

The one-year deal will see the tournament, which runs from September 18 to 26 at the SECC in Glasgow, named the 12bet.com World Open.

World Snooker is delighted to announce online betting firm 12bet.com as the new title sponsor of the World Open.

Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race against Blatter

Football deserves better,” the 42-year-old Figo said in the statement. Van Praag also says he has five nominees but, like Figo, has not identified them.

Scala is expected to publish the candidate list before mid-February.

“I look at the reputation of FIFA right now and I don’t like it. “It is good for FIFA, and it is good for football to have valid candidates with extensive experience in the sport, and from different parts of the world.”

Beside the scandals during his leadership, the Swiss official has overseen FIFA use spectacular commercial success from the World Cup to build cash reserves of $1.5 billion and distribute increasing bonuses to its national members who have shown little desire for change.

UEFA president Michel Platini opted last August not to stand against Blatter, though said he encouraged rivals for his 78-year-old former mentor.

The deadline for would-be candidates to file nominations from five of FIFA’s 209 member federations is 2300 GMT Thursday.

Figo was UEFA’s ambassador for the Champions League final in Lisbon last year, and Van Praag is an elected member of UEFA’s ruling board which met on Monday.

Blatter has led FIFA since 1998, and has worked for football’s governing body for 40 years.

Their rival campaigns suggest splits within UEFA, which is the only one of the six FIFA confederations officially opposing Blatter.. “Football has given me so much during my life, and I want to give something back to the game.”

The FIFA code of ethics covers officials who are “forbidden from taking part in, either directly or indirectly, or otherwise being associated with, betting, gambling, lotteries and similar events or transactions connected with football matches.”

Figo, the 2001 world player of the year, launched his campaign one hour before Netherlands federation president Michael van Praag held a news conference in Amsterdam to explain his bid.

Van Praag, an outspoken critic of Blatter last year, said late Monday he was running because no other “credible challenger” had emerged.

On Wednesday, Platini’s spokesman, Pedro Pinto, welcomed Figo’s entry.

FIFA president Blatter is the strong favorite to get a fifth presidential term in the May 29 ballot despite bribery and financial scandals which have implicated several of his executive committee colleagues.

Other potential contenders seeking nominations include former FIFA official Jerome Champagne — a longtime Blatter ally and the only contender to publish a detailed manifesto — and former France player David Ginola, who is being paid by a betting operator to run.

FIFA has set up an election oversight panel, chaired by its audit and compliance panel chairman Domenico Scala, to assess the integrity checks and nomination papers before declaring which are the official candidates.

“I have seen the image of FIFA deteriorate, and as I speak to many people in football — to players, managers and association presidents — so many of those people have told me that something has to be done,” Figo said.

Platini has also supported the candidacy of his fellow FIFA vice president, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

GENEVA (AP) — Luis Figo wants to be FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed for official challenge against Sepp Blatter.

Blatter needs two-thirds of the votes for victory in a first round of secret balloting of the 209 members in Zurich, or a simple majority in subsequent rounds.

The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement on Wednesday timed for release with an interview with CNN.

Figo is also paid to do promotional work for a betting firm, Asian operator Dafabet, and was an ambassador for its 2014 World Cup promotions.

It is unclear if Figo and Ginola will pass mandatory integrity checks on potential candidates by FIFA’s ethics committee.

“Credible candidates with new ideas will hopefully add to an open debate in the campaign,” Pinto said in a statement

Famous Soccer Players

He was part of the Italian National squad in the Euro 2000 qualifiers. Put on a display of his sublime talent in the 2010 World Cup.

A true specimen of the present day footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro has everlasting stamina that leaves his opponents worried. He played at a time when Germany was not unified, which is why he represented West Germany in 103 games, from 1965 to 1977. 2007 – 2008 season rejoiced in his 42 goals in 49 games, the Premier League and Champions League titles that he won for the Manchester United and FIFA World Player of the Year award. During his career, Stoichkov earned global acclaim four times in a row. Besides coaching various countries and clubs, he also played for Flamengo, Udinese, and Kashima Antlers, for whom he scored 192 goals. He was chosen twice, for the FIFA World Player of the Year Award.

Sir Robert ‘Bobby’ Charlton was arguably the best midfielder and English player of all time. He scored 27 goals, in all, for his national team. He was a member of the French team that won the 1984 European Championship, and his nine goals in that tournament is still a record that has not been broken. He is famous for his natural play and terrific control over the ball. He was named as the Italy’s Player of the Year in 2000 and in 2003. Their skills, timing and desire to shoot the ball in the net are still admired all over the world even when, they are no more on the field.

Amazing: In the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, which was played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there was a record attendance of 199,854 spectators.

Christian Vieri

Diego Maradona

A teammate of the legendary Pelé, Garrincha was part of the Brazilian team that won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. This pre-Pelé era player was known as the Rubberman because of his elastic body. Ronaldo played for Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil lost to the French side in the final match. Known for the talent not easily found in the so many of the footballers, he is their hope for the glory. He was the first player to score 4 goals in World Cup soccer bout.

Zico, whose real name is Arthur Antunes Coimbra, played for Brazil from 1976 to 1988. Nine of these goals were scored in three World Cups. He started playing for his country in August, 2005, and participated in 2006 World Cup. Currently, he is the coach of the national team of Iraq.

Famous soccer players, such as Pelé and Maradona are not only worshiped in their native places, but they are also idolized throughout the world. He was a part of the Brazilian team, for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was jointly hosted by Korea and Japan. In the year 1957, at the age of 15, Pelé was included in the Brazil national team for the World Cup. It took him 18 domestic yellow cards, earned during 2003 – 05, to realize that not every provocation needs to be taken seriously. He bade good-bye to the field of soccer in 2003.

Born on October 24, 1985 in Liverpool, England, this footballer has done wonders on the field. Well-known for his fitness and stamina levels, he was a part of the English team that won the World Cup, whom he represented from 1958 to 1970. In June 2005, Ronaldinho captained the Brazilian side to their second FIFA Confederations Cup title by beating Argentina in final match 4 – 1. He grew up in Brazil and honed his skills in its slums. His full name is Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. His skills included decisive and accurate passes and he was well-known for his powerful free kicks. He shares the honor of representing the England in 3 World Cups with the 5 others, including Sol Campbell and Michael Owen.

Hristo Stoichkov is thought of as the most successful Bulgarian soccer player. Although, France beat Italy in the final match, they couldn’t stop Totti from lifting the Man of the Match title.

Lionel Messi

Zinedine Zidane. He played an influential role in club’s winning the Spanish Primera División. He represented Italy in the World Cup 1994 and scored 5 goals for his team. Kahn also represented clubs like Karlsruher SC II, Karlsruher SC, and Bayern Munich.

Pelé is the best footballer ever to play on the field. The Time magazine, in the same year, included Pelé in the list of 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. Although his full name is Manuel Francisco dos Santos, he earned the nickname of Garrincha, a term meaning ‘little bird’, for his playful behavior on the field. Winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, Messi has won five league titles, and in the 2008 – 09 forming a triad with Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, scored 38 goals only to better the record, in next two seasons, to glorious 45 and 50. However, in the year 2002, as a member of Brazil squad for the FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored eight goals in only seven games. He also played for clubs such as Nancy, Saint-Étienne, and Juventus. Christiano participated in the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup in which, team Portugal exited in the quarter finals and the second round, respectively.

Oliver Kahn

Diego Maradona

Francesco Totti

Pelé

Maradona is the most celebrated Argentine football player. He started his professional career with CSKA Sofia and later moved on to the FC Barcelona soccer club. Garrincha ranks second, after Pelé, in the list of best Brazilian soccer players.

Ronaldinho

Zinedine Zidane played as an attacking midfielder for France, and was a part of the team that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. But in the same event, in the finals, he was involved in a controversial incident, in which he headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi. In all, he scored 23 goals for Italy and 194 goals for all the clubs that he played for.

Oliver Kahn

There is no doubt that Ronaldo is one of the most celebrated players from Brazil, after Pelé. In the 2006 World Cup, he was the best player of the tournament, and won the ‘Golden Ball’ award. Roma, to win the first league title, since 1983. Platini was a free kick specialist, and scored 41 international goals and 224 goals for the clubs that he played for.

Wayne Rooney

David Beckham

Leônidas da Silva

David Beckham

? Pelé

? Diego Maradona

? Franz Beckenbauer

? Hristo Stoichkov

? Michel Platini

? Zico

? David Beckham

? Oliver Kahn

? Zinedine Zidane

? Ronaldo

? Ronaldinho

? Garrincha

? Leônidas da Silva

? Roberto Baggio

? Francesco Totti

? Christian Vieri

? Bobby Charlton

? Lionel Messi

? Wayne Rooney

? Cristiano Ronaldo

Pele

Michel Platini

Cristiano Ronaldo

Roberto Baggio

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo

Garrincha

One of the most well-known German footballers, Oliver Kahn was a goalkeeper who represented his country from 1994 to 2006. Throughout his career, Maradona enthralled his fans and the opponents with his extraordinary footwork and balance. At the age of 9, he joined the Everton club’s academy and in 2002, found himself as a FA Youth Cup finalist. He is also known as the Phenomenon, because of his speed, dribbling and passion for scoring again and again. In 1992, his scintillating play was responsible for his club’s Championships League victory. He won the title of ‘European Footballer of the Year’ twice, He is only the second footballer to win the World Cup as a player and coach, and the only one to win it as a captain and coach. Through Leônidas da Silva, in 1938 World Cup, soccer world came to know about the natural talent, techniques and the spirit of Brazilian football. Many believed that Germany reached the 2002 World Cup finals not because the team was a great one, but because Oliver Kahn’s goalkeeping skills managed to keep Germany alive in the tournament. With his 7 goals in qualifiers, he took his team to 2006 World Cup, but couldn’t take it past the semi-finals. He joined the Portugal national team in August 2003, and scored 2 times for his country in Euro 2004. At the age of 17, while playing for England against Australia, he scored and became the youngest Englishman to do so for his country. In 2009 and 2010, Rooney won Premier League for the United but, lost to Barcelona in the finals of Champions League. In 1999, Pelé was chosen as The Athlete of The Century, by the international Olympic committee. Can you recollect his real name in full? His real name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento.

Francesco Totti

Hristo Stoichkov

Zico

A terrific presence on the field, Lionel Messi, according to some, has reserved a spot for himself in the ranks of all time great players like, Pelé and Maradona. He is often compared to Pelé, and hence was fondly know as ‘White Pelé’. He scored 49 international goals during his international career, and 208 club level goals for Manchester United, Preston North End, and Waterford.

Christian Vieri was an Italian center-forward, who was named by the great Pelé as one of the greatest living footballers ever. In the FIFA World Cup (2006), David Beckham led the English football team. He retired from football in 2004.

In 2000 – 01, Totti, another celebrated Italian football player, scored 13 goals and helped his favorite club, A.S. Born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Portugal, Cristiano was signed by Sporting Lisbon at the age of 10 years. In 2003, he transferred to the United Manchester and scored 10 times in the first season. He represented France from 1994 to 2006, and in his 108 appearances, he scored 31 goals and was the play maker for hundred others. He scored against Romania and Belgium and got the team in the Finals. He also played for Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, and Hamburger SV, besides being the manager for West Germany, Marseille, and Bayern Munich.

Bobby Charlton

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Michel Platini represented France from 1976 to 1987, and was also the coach of the team from 1988 to 1992. Italy lost to Brazil in the final match in penalty shoot out. In his club’s history, he became the first footballer to scale the ladder of Under (16, 17, 18), B-team, and first team in a single season. Olympic Games 2008 held in China saw him win the gold medal for his country. In the past, he has played for the Gremio, Paris SG, FC Barcelona soccer clubs. After a span of 5 years, Beckham was finally selected for the Manchester United team. In 1991, Manchester United, signed this 16-year-old teenager for its youth squad. Most unfortunately, Baggio missed his penalty kick. He was well-known for his free kicks, passing skills, and finishing, and scored 52 goals for his country. His career lasted for 26 years from 1975 to 2001. He is the current president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He was one of the best forwards in all of Europe, and besides playing for his country, represented as many as 12 clubs throughout his career. At the club level, he played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid. Diego Armando Maradona is an icon and hero for many footballers. You can find him in the right wing of the Barcelona attack, trying to concoct a blend of speed and trickery to frustrate and get past multiple defenders. The lethal combination of speed, strength and skills, and the irresistible urge to score made him the most expensive player of the 2009. In 2008, he partnered with the teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and won the Premier League and Champions league for his club, the Manchester United. Francesco Totti is also known as the Prince and Er Pupone. For these clubs, he managed to score 95 goals in total.

Weird: In 1998, Second Division club Jiul Petro?ani Ion sold Radu, a midfielder from Romania, to Valcea for 500kg of pork.

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer

This most beloved Italian footballer was included in the greatest living footballers list that was prepared by none other than the famous Pelé. Brazil went on to win the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The highlight of this prestigious tournament was the goal, a 35 meter free kick, scored by the Ronaldinho against England. After the season of 1997 – 1998 season, Beckham was selected for England’s World Cup team. For Real Madrid, in 2010 – 11, he won the Copa del Rey and in La Liga, netted 40 times to create a record. Astonishing: In 1973, Marcello Donadini, a referee from Italy had to be hospitalized, after a player who didn’t quite like his decision bit him on his back.

His full name is David Robert Joseph Beckham. The most famous footballer of his time, Leônidas da Silva is also believed to the father of the Bicycle kick. For his skills with the ball and the goal scoring capacity he is known as the King of Soccer. He received the ‘Golden Ball’ award after being chosen as the best player in the tournament. He participated in Euro 2004 and World Cup held in 2006 and 2010.

Statistic: Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, France, England, Italy, Germany and Spain are the only eight countries who have managed to win the biggest prize ever in soccer – the World Cup.

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. Born on June 24, 1987, this Argentinian footballer has joined the Barcelona when he was 13 years old. Top scorer of the tournament, Ronaldo helped the Brazilian team to win their 5th FIFA World Cup title.

He is the man who shouldered the responsibility of giving the Brazilian football the solidity, it deserved. Zico was a part of the ’80s Brazilian squad that was widely considered to be the best team Brazil ever produced. Born in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was influenced by another legend of the footballer, Zico. His conversion rate was so good that he managed to score an average of one goal per game in his world cup matches. This skillful footballer has won many awards and acclaims. 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.

Wayne Rooney

Ronaldinho is another jewel from Brazil. His goal, in the Premier League, scored against Arsenal, 5 days before he turned 17, made him the youngest scorer in the history of the league. In his debut match, Pelé scored two goals. In his long career, spanning 25 years, he scored 1,000 goals. Records at the end of the 2006 – 07 season showed 23 goals against his name in 53 appearances for the United and the first title in four seasons for his club

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Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola wins Coach of the Year award ahead of Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho

Club president Sandro Rosell had offered Guardiola a seven-year contract when he took over from previous chief Joan Laporta, but says he respects his coach’s decision to sign year-long deals, claiming the new contract has already been prepared and that Guardiola can sign it whenever he likes.

Homage to Catalunya

Guardiola has been ultra-successful since taking over from Frank Rijkaard in the summer of 2008 and leading the Catalan club to six titles out of six in his first 18 months in charge.

Guardiola’s current contract at Barca expires this summer, with the coach preferring to sign one-year deals, but a new agreement has yet to be penned for the popular trainer to extend his spell at Camp Nou.

That tally means Guardiola has now claimed 13 from a possible 16 trophies since succeeding Rijkaard and the 40-year-old becomes the second coach to win this new Fifa award, claimed by Mourinho in 2010.

Pep Guardiola of FC Barcelona has beaten Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho to claim the Coach of the Year award at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Switzerland.

Guardiola led Barca to five titles in 2001, with the Catalans claiming La Liga and the Champions League in 2010-11, followed by the Spanish Supercopa, the UEFA Supercup and the Club World Cup in the last few months.

The 40-year-old led the Catalans to five more trophies in 2011 and was the unanimous choice for the prestigious prize at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday

And after retaining La Liga in 2009-10, the former Barca captain has enjoyed a fantastic 2011, leading his side to a third straight Primera Division title, a second Champions League success in three seasons, a Spanish Supercopa, a Uefa Super Cup and another Club World Cup.

The 40-year-old former Spain star succeeds inaugural winner Mourinho, who claimed the 2010 prize on the back of his treble success with Inter.

Guardiola, who will be 41 later this month, made 479 official appearances for the Barca first team in an illustrious career as a player for the Catalan club, winning 16 trophies for the Camp Nou outfit and also turning out for Spain on 47 occasions.

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As a matter of fact, this is the man who lead Argentina to two World Cups, and the team of Barcelona for three champion titles of the Spanish La Liga.

Virtually, the best footballers in the Spanish championship were from South America, because now I am on my way to represent you two players of Brazil, Ronald and Ronaldinio.

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If you are interested in some of the Premier League highlights, you can click here. As a matter of fact he became coach of Barcelona in which period he met another great footballer of the Spanish football Hristo Stoichkov. Part of them has been players from abroad, others from their soil. Crucial moment for the Bulgarian athlete was the series of these two matches between the teams. Indeed, may be the biggest number of footballers was with international origin. The two Brazilians have significant number of goals during their residence in Barcelona.

Another big name in the Spanish football was Johan Croif. They knew each other long before that, because they played together when Stoichkov was still a player of CSKA, Bulgarian, and Johan Croif was a player of Barcelona. In the period of his residence in Barcelona he won seven Spanish cups and one Champion League title.

Lastly, we have to get familiar with the current footballer of Barcelona, Lionel Messi. Again this is one player from South America, Argentina, who for his five years has 154 scored goals, four titles in Premiera Division and two more in Champion League. After that he was attracted and bought to participate in La Liga, where he became one of the favorite players of the lovers of Barcelona. His performance during his residence in Spain was inspiration and entertainment for lovers, spectators and even for his team players. This Holland genius again was a player of Barca. Like, Maradona, Stoichkov and Croif, they also played for Barcelona. So in this sense, I want to represent you the foreigners, who were participants in the Spanish championship.

One of the significant footballers of all times was the Argentinean who was playing in Barcelona, Diego Armando Maradona. His and Maradona’s times were overlapped in one period. These two remarkable athletes also had big merit for the developing of the Spanish club football.

The history of the Spanish club football knows many and different football statures. In 1985 “Kamata”, which was his nickname scored three goals over Subisareta, one of the best goalkeepers for those times. If you are having problems with buying tickets, click on this link.

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com. What is the most interesting is his age, only 24 years old. He managed to do lot for the Spanish teams, especially when he was pronounced for the best World player of the decade between 1980 and 1990

Trick Questions and Answers

So, this makes the amount (4X – 40 – 5), which is (4X – 45).

#17. Despite cops being present in the vicinity of the lane, he slithers away uncaught! How?

Peter chose to walk that day for some reason. After having done this, he will come back from side B, take the tiger from side A along with him and put it on side B. Evey single passenger on the ship drowned but only four survived. Now, when he finally returns, he will carry the goat from side A to side B. There are sixty cups on a table. So, the amount which you have now becomes, (2X – 10 – 5), which is (2X – 15)

Again, you enter the casino through gate C and spend $5. Just stop imagining!

#16. What is the name of the guide?

Aren’t you the guide? So, what’s your name?

Let’s see if you can get the rest of the questions right. Name all the numbers from 1 – 100, which have the letter ‘A’ in their spellings?

None!

#23. You somehow reach the 15th floor but you get too tired to continue. One day, he takes a one-way lane but goes in the wrong direction. Guess what would be the name of the fifth?

Fifty? Well no! It’s Larry! (Larry is the fifth son).

#5. deep, 12 ft. Clark Kent does 5 sets of pushup, 6 sets of sit-up, 7 sets of squat, and 8 sets of bench dip in a day. There will be more coming up in future and those will be trickier and more interesting; enough to shock, amaze, and amuse you! Till then, keep ‘cooking’ your own set of trick questions and answers and amuse others!

#12. The other day, Helena bought a new set of China from the nearby store. Finally, winter falls when the man starts getting older and as you know, most elderly people need the aid of a stick to walk, and hence they walk on ‘three’ legs!

#14. It is 6 ft. So, if one falls down, then 5 tea cups will remain!

#7. tall, and eats all the time. Good for him!

‘B’ (bee).

#4. The monks say that they would like to rest for a while. Now, while coming back again from side B, he will again carry the goat with him. The ailing woman is dying and requires immediate medical help. Due to negligence, 1 big fish and 2 small fish died. wide. Larry’s father has five sons, viz. You call the elevator and get inside. For example if you carry $5, it will become $10. All are safe and the job is done!

#24. Who killed Tommy?

The widow! She does not have a husband.

#22. So, what would you do in order to help the woman to reach the hospital? Remember that, your car can carry ‘ONLY TWO’ people (the driver and one passenger).

Seems quite tricky right? Here is the answer… One day, you get to serve 35 tourists. You learn that the people include your best friend, an ailing old woman, and your dream girl. Let’s say you are working as a tourist guide for a reputed organization. Imagine you are in a flight that is going to crash any moment. If there were any, it wouldn’t be a hole.

#2. If one falls down, then how many remain?

Seems quite easy and obvious, right? On being verbally asked, you will think that the answer is 59! But is it? Read or ‘hear’ the question once more and carefully! There are ‘sixty cups’ (six-tea-cups) on the table. Roger was reading, Bella was painting, little Johny was trying to walk, the widow (next door neighbor) was over the phone with her husband, Susie was in the kitchen, and Tommy, the pet dog, was barking frantically. He is 45 years old, 7 ft. In Madagascar, you cannot take a picture of a lemur with gray hair. What is the amount of dirt that lies in this crevice?. Last year, a cruise ship sank in the middle of the Pacific. This one is my favorite among all trick questions and answers. This one seems hard, but it’s simple! There is a casino and it has 4 gates (let’s name them as gate A, B, C and D). What is the smartest and quickest way to lift a giant grizzly bear with one hand?

Well, first you would have to find a giant grizzly bear with one hand, before pondering on this question.

#25. The man has to transport each of them to the other side (say side B) of the river on a boat. There is a river. Guess what does he weigh?

Iron

So, when 4X – 45 = 0; 4X = 45; X = 45 ÷ 4; X = 11.25

? Spring denotes the early childhood of a man. No matter how tricky and hard the questions are, people try their best to get to the end of the maze.

Before I give you the trick questions, let me give you the answers to the first two which were asked at the beginning. The first was, “What walks on four in spring, two in summer and three in winter?” Here’s the answer.

The second question was, “What is it which is yours and you do not use, but others always do?”

#3. Now, the boat can carry one item at a time along with the man. So, according to this, the remaining amount of money which you have now, i.e, (4X – 45 ) should be equal to 0.

? The answer is your ‘name’!

#15. During that time, he is a baby and crawls – meaning he walks on four legs! Adulthood is analogous to summer, and so the baby becomes a man and walks on two. This is because, if it is left alone on side B with the tiger, it will be killed. You have a cup placed on a table. This makes the amount (2X – 15) to become (2X – 15 – 5), which is (2X – 20)

Once when you are inside, the amount (2X – 20) again gets doubled, i.e. Why?

Don’t you think you need a camera instead of gray hair to take pictures?

#13. How will he do it? Remember that, the tiger can kill the goat if not attended by the man, and the goat can eat the grass, when left alone.

The man would have to carry the goat first and keep it on the other side (side B) of the river, as the tiger will ‘definitely’ not eat the grass, even if left alone on side A. Imagine yourself driving on a highway on a windy day. Trick questions and answers are always fun and exciting. You ask your best friend to drive the woman to a hospital, and you spend the day with your dream girl! How’s that?

#18. Tom had 3 big fish and 3 small fish in an aquarium. It was a sunny Sunday morning. Every time you enter the casino, you have to pay $5 and every time you leave the casino, you again have to pay $5. Now, how much money should you carry inside the casino so that when you finally come out of the gate D, you should be left with no money?

Instead of guessing the amount of money, why don’t we try solving this problem using algebra.

Let’s say that the amount which you are carrying inside the casino is ‘X’

When you enter the casino through gate A, you spend $5, so the amount becomes (X – 5)

This amount gets doubled inside the casino and becomes 2 (X – 5), i.e., 2X – 10

Now, you make an exit through gate B and again pay $5. 9 = 4, 21 = 9, 22 = 9, 24 = 10, 8 = 5, 7 = 5, 99 = 10, 100 = 7, 16 = ?, 17 = ?

16 = 7 and 17 = 9 [The number of letters in the spelling of 16 (sixteen) is 7 and that of 17 (seventeen) is 9]

#20. Then there was a loud bang, and everybody found Tommy dead in his kennel. The entire group comprises 5 businessmen, 2 monks, 4 photographers, 5 high school students, 7 doctors, 4 nuns, 3 small kids, 3 scholars, and 2 married couples. In a year, some months have 30 days, while some have 31. Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty… Out of these, 2 nuns leave halfway, 3 photographers decide to stay behind, and the students begin to disappear one by one. Which letter of the English alphabet flies, sings, and stings?

#27. So, how will you survive the crash?

Don’t sweat about it. Peter is known for his rash driving in the neighborhood. You are pointing towards the North and the cup is facing towards the South. My neighbor Bob is a blacksmith. Complete the series. You want to go to the 15th floor and the 40th floor, for the view from there is magnificent. So, which organ in his body would be the largest?

His skin!

There couldn’t be any dirt. All you have with you is a self-help book named How to save yourself from a plane crash. Penguins don’t fly.

#9. Here they are…

#1. On one side (say side A) a man is standing with a Bengal tiger, a goat, and a bunch of grass. It took 20,000 workers to build the Taj Mahal in 20 years. 2 (2X – 20) which is (4X – 40)

This time, you will make your final exit through gate D and pay $5. Which one is correct? “Penguins flies” or “A Penguin flies”

Neither. So, he will bring it back to side A, keep it and carry the grass to side B. How’s that possible?

The four were married and not single.

#19. There is a hole in your backyard. On which side is the cup’s handle?

No matter in which position the cup is, its handle will always be on the outside!

#10. While she was serving the dinner, she got clumsy and dropped one China bowl on the concrete floor, without cracking it? How did Helena did it?

You see, concrete floor does not crack easily, at least not with a China bowl!

#8. The office on the 15th floor deals in jazz and rock music videos. One day you decide to enter a sixty-storied skyscraper. Now, you have only one chance to spend a day with your dream girl, and of course you can’t leave your best friend behind. What goes up and down, but still remains in the same place?

Stairs!

#11. How many workers would be required to build it in 10 years?

Sorry, the Taj Mahal cannot be built again.

#21. You have to go inside the casino through gate A, come out of B, again go inside the casino through gate C and finally come out of gate D. Why is it a felony to bury a giant bear who lives in a rainforest, in a desert?

You cannot bury an alive bear anywhere you like!

Now, the condition was that after you have completed the task, you should be left with zero money at the end. Also know that, whatever amount of money you carry with you inside the casino, it doubles. Suddenly, you notice some people standing by the side of the road, and you slow down. The power is out in the building due to some maintenance work. long, and 8 ft. Guess which month has 28 days?

All months have 28 days!

That would be all for some trick questions and answers which I could think of, as of now. Guess what type of music is playing inside the elevator?

The lift won’t work, the power is out.

#6. How many remain in the water?

2 big fish and 1 small fish would remain in the water, and the other three would float on the surface of the water.

Hence, you should carry an amount of $11.25 inside the casino, so that you are left with no money at the end.

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