Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Football Club Photos - Villarreal CF, Spanish Primera División football club based in Vila-real

Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Valencian: Vila-real Club de Futbol, S.A.D.), usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or just Villarreal, is a Spanish Primera División football club based in Vila-real, a city in the province of Castellón within the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923, the team plays at the 24,890-seat El Madrigal stadium.

The club is nicknamed El Submarino Amarillo (Yellow Submarine) due to its yellow home kit, and due to being a low-profile team compared to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia who they have challenged for trophies over the last decade.

Football Club Photos - Valencia CF, Spanish football club based in Valencia, Spain

Valencia Club de Fútbol (Spanish: [baˈlenθja kluβ ðe ˈfuðβol], Valencian: València Club de Futbol, pronounced: [vaˈlensia ˈklub de fubˈbɔɫ]; also known as Valencia C.F., Valencia or Los Che) is a Spanish football club based in Valencia, Spain. They play in La Liga and are one of the most successful and biggest clubs in Spanish Football and European Football. Valencia have won six La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, two Fairs Cups which was the predecessor to the UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. They have also reached two UEFA Champions League finals in a row, losing to La Liga rivals Real Madrid in 2000 and then to German club Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1 draw in 2001. Valencia were also members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs. In total, Valencia have reached seven major European finals, winning four of them.

In the all-time La Liga table, Valencia is in 3rd position behind FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. In terms of continental titles, Valencia is again the 3rd-most successful behind the two, with these three being the only Spanish clubs to have won five or more continental trophies.

Valencia were founded in 1919 and have played their home games at the 55,000-seater Estadio Mestalla since 1923. They are due to move into the new 75,000-seater Nou Mestalla in the north-west of the city in 2013. Valencia have a long-standing rivalry with Levante, also located in Valencia, and with two others club in the Valencian Community region, Hércules and Villarreal.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Football Photos - Austria national football team

The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association.

Austria has qualified for seven World Cups, most recently in 1998. The country played in the European Championship for the first time in 2008 when it co-hosted the event with Switzerland.

Football Photos - Kazakhstan national football team

The Kazakhstan national football team represents Kazakhstan in international men's association football and is directed by Football Federation of Kazakhstan. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central and South Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a World Cup or UEFA European Championship.

Football Photos - North Korea national football team

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea national football team (recognized as Korea DPR by FIFA and known colloquially and in the media as North Korea) represents the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in international association football and is controlled by the DPR Korea Football Association, the governing body for football in North Korea.

North Korea surprised with a good showing at their World Cup debut, reaching the quarter-finals in 1966, beating Italy in the group stage. Controversy arose during the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers, when the team's supporters caused problems because of the team's failure to qualify. In 2009, the team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the second World Cup appearance in their history. North Korea have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup three times; in 1980, when they finished fourth, in 1992 and in 2011. The current team is composed of both native North Koreans and Chongryon-affiliated Koreans born in Japan.

North Korea are the reigning Unofficial Football World Champions after defeating previous title-holders Japan 1–0 at the Kim Il-Sung Stadium on November 15, 2011.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Football Photos - Singapore national football team

The Singapore national football team is the national association football team of Singapore. The team comes under the organization of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS)

To date, the most significant successes of the team have come in the regional AFF Suzuki Cup (formerly known as the 'Tiger Cup'), which Singapore has won three times in 1998, 2005 and 2007. In 1998, Singapore beat Vietnam 1–0 in the final to capture the country's first major international football title. In the 2004-5 competition, Singapore defeated Indonesia in a two-leg final 5–2 on aggregate. Singapore successfully retained the trophy in 2007, beating Thailand 3–2 on aggregate in the final.

Football Photos - Myanmar national football team

The Myanmar national football team is the national team of Myanmar and is controlled by the Myanmar Football Federation. It was known as the Burma national football team until 1989, when Burma was renamed Myanmar. It finished second in the 1968 Asian Cup. They have participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and in the Asian Games. The Myanmar team was dominant in South East Asia in 1960s and 1970s, having won the Asian Games twice, in 1966 and 1970, and the football event of the South East Asian Games on five successive occasions, in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973. Since then Myanmar's highest achievement is the silver medal in 1993. Myanmar played its first World Cup qualifiers in 2007, losing 0–7 and 0–4 to China.

Football Photos - Vietnam national football team

The Vietnam National Football Team is the national football team representing Vietnam and is managed by the Vietnam Football Federation.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Vietnam's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in September 1998, at 84th. The team is currently ranked 98th in the World, 14th in Asia and 1st in Southeast Asia by FIFA (March 2012).

While Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam, two national teams existed and both were controlled by similar Vietnam Football Associations. After the two countries unified in 1976 the VFA was renamed to Vietnam Football Federation. The team has no specific nickname. Fans and media call the team "Đội tuyển túc cầu quốc gia Việt Nam" which was often used in the past, especially in South Vietnam and the word "túc cầu" (football) is still often used today by many Vietnamese outside of Vietnam. Fans and media today normally call the national team "Football team representing Vietnam" (Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) or "Team representing Vietnam" (Đội tuyển Việt Nam) for short. The word "bóng đá" is how Vietnamese say "football" today.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Football Photos - Thailand national football team

The Thailand national football team represents Thailand in international football competition and is governed by the Football Association of Thailand. The team has a history of success in Southeast Asian competition, with three ASEAN Football Championship titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles. Thailand also finished third in the 1972 Asian Cup and have competed twice in the Summer Olympics and four times in the Asian Games.

Football Photos - Malaysia national football team

The Malaysian national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia) nicknamed Harimau Malaya, as the Malayan Tiger, is the national team of Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). Before 1963, the team represented the Federation of Malaya and was known as the Malaya national football team.

To date, the most significant successes of the team has come in the regional AFF Suzuki Cup (formerly known as the 'Tiger Cup'), which Malaysia won in 2010 for the first time in history. In 2010, Malaysia beat Indonesia 4–2 on aggregate in the final to capture the country's first major international football title.

Football Photos - Indonesia national football team

The Indonesia national football team represents Indonesia in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI). Prior to independence in 1945, the team competed as the Dutch East Indies national football team. Under this name, Indonesia was the first Asian team to participate in the World Cup when they qualified to the 1938 tournament in France. They were knocked out by Hungary in the first round and have not qualified for the World Cup since.

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