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The Rise and Fall of Football Franchises

The Paddy Power games site allows gaming enthusiasts to gamble on popular casino games, such as roulette or slot machines. However, the more ‘hardcore’ gamers tend to play all sorts of games on gaming consoles. In the past 30 years there have been thousands of games and franchises which have been released, but very few have managed to ‘survive’ for more than a few years.

One of the longest videogame franchises that is still going strong is FIFA. Since the release of the first game in 1993, FIFA has grown into the most iconic videogame series of all time and also one of the most successful.

Although FIFA is currently the biggest football videogame franchise, there have been a few others over the past 30 years that are strong contenders for the top spot.

Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic football videogame franchises of all time – not just FIFA!

Kick Off

Kick Off is one of the earliest football simulation game franchises, with their first game ‘Kick Off’ being published in 1989. For the first time, players were able to play the match from a top-down view of a football pitch. [Read more…]

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Pick your secondary team in the WC

There’s no denying the big teams at the World Cup this year. Out of the whopping 79 teams that have made it to the World Cup over its long history, only 8 teams have ever won it! However this year’s exciting yet controversial event in Russia is set to break some new ground, with underdog nations Panama and Iceland making their debut at the World Cup. Iceland themselves are setting a new record as the smallest nation to ever play at the tournament! To help you make the most of this year’s event, this quiz put together by Betfair World Cup odds gives you your second team to pick, just in case your guarantee isn’t such a sure bet! Let us know what team you landed on, and most importantly, if they won!

Good luck!

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Manchester United vs Arsenal

Although neither Manchester United nor Arsenal have much left to play for in the Premier League, expect not a single inch to be given in what is the last act of one of the greatest managerial rivalries of the modern day.

In the large scheme of things, this game is perhaps nothing but a dead rubber. Manchester City have already won the league title, so Manchester United have nothing but a 2nd-place finish over bitter rivals Liverpool to contend for. On the other hand, Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top 4 are all but over – they will have their eyes on the Europa League as their route to the Champions League. However, when Man Utd take on Arsenal, the stakes are always high – and if this fixture needed a fresh lease of life, it has been accorded just that, in light of Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down at the end of this season.

Man Utd will go into this game as heavy favourites – 8/17 on Betfair Premier League odds. They are certainly the side that can afford to take this fixture more seriously. Man Utd’s potential FA Cup final is after the end of the league season. For Arsenal, this fixture is sandwiched between two crucial Europa League semi-final ties against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Arsenal would need nothing short of a miracle to finish in the top 4, according to Betfair Premier League Predictions, With that in mind, Wenger could opt to rest key players for this clash, but don’t expect Jose Mourinho to show similar nicety towards his arch-nemesis as they clash for the final time. [Read more…]

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Test your general knowledge of football

There is no doubt that football is the most popular sport on the planet. Millions of people across the planet are involved in football one way or another, whether that is by playing the game or placing bets on online football betting sites. Considering that there are fans being involved in different ways, it should come as no surprise that there are also fans with different levels of knowledge. The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world and as a result, has the biggest ‘fan-base’. This means that there are a lot of casual football fans following the league, but also some fanatic football fans as well.

With the ‘invention’ of the sport dating back to the 19th century, the difficulty of football questions can vary depending on how invested in the sport they are. Some of the more casual questions such as guessing the name of England’s top division should be an easy question for any fan. However questions such as naming the 1930 World Cup champions will probably suitable for some of the more knowledge football fans.

This quiz will test your general knowledge of football. Are you a football fanatic, or are you a casual football fan?

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Guide to Betting on Football

There are many reasons why betting on football is more popular now than it`s ever been in the past but much of its success is tied in with the growth of the internet and the subsequent increase in online gambling. It`s taken some of the stigma out of betting which in turn has shed, what was viewed as a somewhat `seedy image` and it has underlined the fact that betting in moderation is fun.

If you`ve never placed a bet online before then the first task is to open an account. Maybe you`ve used a bookmaker`s shop in the past and if you`re familiar with a particular brand then you can of course continue to use them.

However, it`s worth looking at the many incentives that all outlets offer when you open an account. These will tend to fall into two categories and they will either be in the shape of free bets or matched deposits. You can rest assured that there really is no catch with these because each bookmaker just wants to entice you in and secure you as a long term client so take your time in finding the best deal around. [Read more…]

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3 rules that could shake up world football

In the FIFA headquarters, we would like to image a bunch of passionate football experts conjuring up  ideas for the next technological innovation or footballing law that could improve the game and take it to the next level. However, as we know, FIFA is basically just a bunch of corrupt dogs who do nothing but take money from large corporations. So, what could happen if the people were in charge? What if it was up to us to think of some new ideas to challenge the current game? Here are a few ideas to think about – what do you think?

Bonus points for goal margin

The idea of awarding teams extra point for outscoring their opponents has often been discussed amongst fans. There are many games where a team would rather sit back, park the bus and take the draw and this can make football interesting, however it’s very frustrating and often boring. In terms of entertainment purposes this would increase the number of teams willing to go towards goal and grab as many as they can and will encourage lesser teams to pick up points this way. However, the ruling would be a very drastic introduction into football that a lot of people would oppose. [Read more…]

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3 reasons for Liverpool’s mid-season meltdown

Despite the rocking start to this season under Jürgen Klopp during the Christmas and January period they have suffered from an embarrassing run of form which must be rendering Liverpool fans insane. How can Klopp’s players go from brushing team to team aside with a bundle of goals to struggling to hit the barn door? Their recent loss against Hull has further highlights the problems Liverpool have. But what are the real reasons behind their demise? Let’s take a look.

Pressure Overload

It’s no secret that Klopp loves to play high intensity football from the top of the field. We saw this at Dortmund and we have seen him successfully implement this tactic at Liverpool up until recently. The only weakness to this tactic is player fatigue. Arguably Liverpool do not have the same squad depth that Dortmund did when Klopp was in charge which means the key players are becoming tired much quicker than they should. The busy Christmas period means this has taken its toll on the squad. Up until recently Liverpool were both domestic competitions. They had two legs in the league cup semi-final against Southampton which almost all clubs don’t have to deal with as well as the FA Cup and a replay which saw another extra game added to their already congested fixture list. It’s only possible to play high intensity football for a certain amount of time and that time has certainly ended. Klopp must resort to other ways of playing football or rotate the team more efficiently to let key players rest. [Read more…]