World Cup Mascherano’s 144th appearance sees him overtake Zanetti as Argentina’s most-capped player Chris Burton 20:20 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Iceland Having made his debut back in 2003, the versatile 34-year-old has set a new record for the Albiceleste in a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland Javier Mascherano has passed Javier Zanetti to become Argentina’s most-capped player, with a 144th appearance taken in during a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland.The 34-year-old made his senior debut back in July 2003 as the Albiceleste faced Uruguay in a friendly encounter.That proved to be his only outing of that calendar year, but he has been a regular part of the fold since 2004. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A long list of coaches have called upon a man who has been a model of consistency throughout his career, with his versatility making him a useful option to those at the Argentina helm.Mascherano was on the books at River Plate when making his bow, with further caps picked up during spells at Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona and Hebei China Fortune.He won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, before suffering penalty shoot-out heartache in the final of that year’s Copa America.A first World Cup was taken in at Germany 2006, before further Copa America and Olympic Games appearances followed.Diego Maradona then made Mascherano captain in November 2008, with the armband inherited from Zanetti in the build up to the 2010 World Cup.Having skippered Argentina at that event at the 2011 Copa America on home soil, Lionel Messi took over leadership duties with Mascherano as his deputy.A 100th cap was earned at the 2014 World Cup, with further final agony suffered on Brazilian soil.He matched Zanetti’s haul of 143 caps in a friendly clash with Haiti in May, but has now moved to the top of that list outright.Of those still playing, Messi is the only man likely to get close to matching or overhauling Mascherano’s remarkable tally.The Barcelona icon has 125 caps to his name and, at 30 years of age, still has plenty of years left at the top.Mascherano has already aired his ambition to help a talismanic figure get his hands on the grandest of prizes this summer, with Argentina determined to deliver World Cup glory for their mercurial No. 10.“One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version,” Mascherano told Asharq Al-Awsat ahead of an opening Group D clash with Iceland.“It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.”
Powerade VIDEO: From Tiny Shorts to Loose-Fitting Shirts: The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Kits Goal 23:04 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Powerade World Cup Videos The World Cup has overseen a smorgasbord of kit trends, patterns and fads over the years, and Russia will be no different At the World Cup, nothing stands still, not least the kits worn by those competing in the biggest show on earth.The 1970’s saw football’s superstars wearing tiny shorts and cotton shirts, with Germany, Brazil and Argentina achieving glory in heavier kits than the ones sported in the modern age.It didn’t take long for designers to develop kits that would enhance players’ ability to flourish on the sport’s grandest stage. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move In the 1980’s and 1990’s, manufacturers started to make kits that were more comfortable for players to wear, with artificial polyester fabric replacing cotton as the material of choice for the likes of Mexico, Poland and Nigeria.The 2000’s saw loose-fitting shirts emerge as the new trend, with Argentina and France sporting more liberating, breathable jerseys.But a more shrunken look has reigned supreme in the 2010’s, with recyclable materials used in the making of recent kits.World Cup kits have evolved throughout the years. Which ones will be remembered from the extravaganza in Russia?
Touch Football Australia has received a massive publicity boost with a feature story on Australia’s 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup campaign being featured in the November Issue of Inside Sport, Australia’s most respected Sporting magazine.For more than 14 Years, the Inside Sport team has combined thoughtful, hard-hitting and in-depth feature writing with lighter, more irreverent and bite-sized sporting tidbits for every sporting palate. With a Circulation of 52,529 and a Readership of 155,000, the magazine has mass popularity and reach all over Australia, and this is a major coup for Touch Football.Aaron Scott, a journalist for “Inside Sport” magazine tracked the progress of the Australian World Cup Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Open Teams for the first two days of the 22-24 September Training Camp held in Sydney at Cronulla’s Toyota Park.Aaron interviewed various players, coaches, and officials over Friday and Saturday and was amazed at the speed of the game and the talent and dexterity players possessed across a range of fitness and game play disciplines.Touch aficionados will appreciate the article’s portrayal of Touch Football as a viable sport in its’ own right in Australia and around the World.The essence of our game and the athleticism, skill level, and professionalism of our National Open players was encapsulated well.The article is featured on pages 30–31 of the November issue of Inside Sport – so go and get yourself a copy of Inside Sport and see our sport in all its’ glory!
In the second installment of our behind the scenes look at the life and times of the Nation’s Game Development Officers, the Northern Territory’s Rebecca Houston delivers her “Postcard from the Edge” from Australia’s Top End.Last month Queensland’s North Queensland GDO Glenn ‘Richo’ Richardson was featured, this month, Rebecca ‘Chewbeckker’ Houston gives us a sneak peak of her life as a GDO in “The Territory”.Rebecca Houston is promoting Touch Football in some of Australia’s most remote communities, and loving it. The 27-year-old has been in the Game Development Officer role for a little over a year, having moved to Darwin from South-East Queensland when her boyfriend Luke joined the Northern Territory Police Force. Even though she is still relatively new to her job, Houston has an accomplished background in Touch Football.Houston played with Crushers in the Women’s Open SEQTL from 1999-2005, and the Gold Coast Sharks in the National Touch League from 1998-2005. She won an NTL Open Mixed title with ‘Sharkies’ in 2001, and in 2004 she represented the Queensland State of Origin Mixed Open team. Renowned as one of the best ‘finishers’ in the business, the speedster has played a pivotal role in the Barbarians Women’s Open Team’s surge into the semi-finals at the National Touch League for the last two years and continues to prove her mettle under the pressure at the Elite level.The bubbly and dedicated Redlands girl has adjusted well to life as a GDO.Initially moving away from her close knit family and the bright lights of Brisbane was a big adjustment, but the positive and enthusiastic extrovert jumped at the chance to make a career out of the game she has played since she was a teenager in the local Redlands competition.Rebecca has made friends easily and impressed all those around her with her eagerness to work, and willingness to embrace the people and lifestyle in the Territory.Northern Territory Branch Manager Isobel Appo is one person who has keenly observed Rebecca’s progress and is full of praise for the GDO.“Rebecca has done very well. Her AusTouch programs and Junior initiatives have gone over well in the Territory. She has a great rapport with the kids, and her hard work, sense of humour, and genuine desire to help people shines through. She has earned a lot of respect and acceptance in the communities in which she works,” Mrs. Appo said.Rebecca is doing a great job passing on the skills she has honed over her years at the top level to kids in communities that have often never even heard of any kind of football other than AFL. Rebecca recently visited Kalkarindji, Yarralin and Timber Creek in the Katherine Region to run Austouch clinics for 60 children over three days. “By visiting the communities, you get a lot of satisfaction from going out there and teaching them a sport that they’ve never really seen before. Most of the time out in the communities they’ve only seen AFL, so they play AFL. They’ve seen a little bit of Rugby League on the television and that’s about it. So your biggest battle is getting them to pass the ball backwards. Once you get them passing the ball backwards they start to understand what they’re doing and they start to get really excited, it’s a good feeling,” Houston said. Rebecca enjoys the travelling that is part of her Game Development Officer duties. She said she is always welcomed into any community that she visits and appreciates the laid back lifestyle on offer in the Territory. “Everyone loves playing sport, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, people get into it. The kids are always smiling and make you feel so welcome. There is so much natural athleticism and skill as well in the Indigenous communities, and of course it’s very rewarding to give people opportunities that they might not otherwise get in the remote localities,” Houston said.Having covered several communities across the Top End, Houston said she has noticed something about the kids from rural communities compared to the Darwin-based children. “They’re a lot less cheeky!” Houston said with a smile. In June Houston will be travelling to isolated communities in remote Arnhem Land. “I’ve been up to Gove before, but I haven’t been to see their community sport teams so that’ll be good.” Houston said.Houston is dedicated to getting more children involved in Touch Football. Without her work developing Touch Football at the grassroots level the game in the Northern Territory would be struggling for a base. A junior competition that has been established in Darwin is evidence of her work.“We originally had four teams and this year we’ve got eight teams, from under-13s to under-16s. Next year we hope to grow it again so it’s definitely getting bigger. The main thing I want to do is just keep growing it for the children and getting them involved. If we don’t get the kids involved then our sport doesn’t grow and we cease to exist.” Rebecca said.By the end of this year Houston is planning to have a junior competition established in the Katherine region. Her Austouch clinics will hopefully have planted the Touch Football seed in some of tomorrow’s stars. But Houston knows that the kids can only develop their Touch Football skills if competitions are set up for them.“I’m going down to Katherine in August. They are starting a school competition, so hopefully they can get a little bit more interest there for their club so that they can start a junior competition themselves. It would be very rewarding. It is good to say that you’ve started something outside of Darwin, it means that you’re not just focusing on one area and that’s a good outcome for the sport.” Houston said.The Northern Territory is going ahead in leaps and bounds, with the formation of several junior competitions, AusTouch programs, and next month’s NT Junior Development Camp set to further consolidate the Top End’s position as a leading light for junior development in Touch Football in this Country.With the rapid growth of the sport in junior ranks in the Territory, Rebecca Houston is sure to have her hands full for some time to come.