World football fans around the globe received great news last week when FIFA announced it had approved the use of goal-line technology for future tournaments. This means that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be the first-ever World Cup tournament with goal-line technology. Besides that UEFA has to take a decision so the Champions League and European Championship competitions to use this wonderful technology. Also Premier League Clubs requested IFAB the permission to use this technology next season, the installation cost would be around £150,000 per stadium.
Over the last few years we could see many times teams who have been negatively affected by referees making the wrong decisions when there was the question whether the ball crossed the goal line or not. Fifa’s president Sepp Blatter is now a firm supporter of goal-line technology, having changed his mind after Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup. The clamor increased last month after Ukraine’s disallowed goal against England.
Many other sports use this instant replay technology, so now the time has come for football to use the Hawk-Eye system – developed by a British company now owned by Sony – which uses six cameras on each goal to track the ball and can send a signal to the referee’s watch within one second of an incident. The other technology that will be used is GoalRef, developed in Germany, this one uses a microchip implanted in the ball and the use of low magnetic waves around the goal to also provide a signal to the referee within one second.
I’m back after a long while of being off the field. I didn’t get too much action lately, except for maybe a little bit in the last games of the European leagues. And some international friendlies as well. But other than that, I didn’t bet that often. Played some poker every now and then on Bwin, but I’ve yet to go positive on my bankroll there.
Summer is close and all leagues are already finished. Some great football especially in Holland and Spain this year, and I’m looking forward to the other international friendlies for the summer. And to the beach, of course! And maybe to be writing some more on here.
I’ve decided to dedicate this post to my partners, whom I follow from time to time and sometimes comment on their posts too. Here are some recent posts that I found interesting and I’d definitely recommend:
Elisa from ForzaFutbol describes in this post about her trip to see the USA – Spain friendly. Though the match was close to a disaster for the US team, she met a lot of sports bloggers and fans, and took a lot of pictures! Great to see so much enthusiasm for a national friendly game!
Sameer from Let’s Kick Off gives a short intro on the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, which turned out to be a very exciting race, for F1 fans or haters alike! Good post, now waiting for his opinion on the final race.
SoccerWrapUp posted an image of the new Real Madrid outfit for the following season, featuring Kaka. I’m more surprised that Kaka is in that picture, maybe more than the actual new outfit. You should really see the pic, the black lines have been replaced by gold, and overall it’s worse, though the collar looks like an old-school polo shirt’s.
I got into the exciting world of sports betting years ago when information on the subject was much more difficult to find. Of course I made a lot of rookie mistakes and bad bets but over time I learned from those experiences. Nowadays, those who want to start out placing sports bets have the opposite problem. There’s so much information available that it’s so hard to sort through it all and to know who to listen to. With this blog I’ll be doing that work for you and I’ll strive to bring you nothing but the best betting tips and information the internet has to offer.
I invite you, my readers, to actively participate and share your feelings and experiences by commenting on my blog entries!