Top Football Websites For Fans and Writers
It goes without saying that you're somebody who knows their sports websites, otherwise you wouldn't be reading www.bleacherreport.com!
Whether you want statistics for betting, information on injuries for fantasy football competitions, news on your favourite team or are just curious to see what's happening in the world of football, sports websites can offer it all.
People have their own preferences for websites, and they tend to revert to their tried and tested sites rather than risk wasting time checking out new ones.
Whether you're a fan or a writer, and whatever your reason for surfing the World Wide Web, here are a few football websites that you might find interesting or useful for your footballing needs.
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Sky Sports News
Sky has a dedicated Sky Sports News channel 24/7
All English sports are covered by Sky Sports News, but football is their biggest carrot.
Skysports.com/football offers information on all the English leagues, including statistics, transfer information, newspaper gossip, television schedules, betting odds, expert predictions from former players, discussion forums and match score updates.
If you want information on the Premier League, then there is no better website.
As the transfer window comes to an end, their transfer clock watch page becomes particularly interesting viewing.
If you want to enlist in a great Premier League Fantasy Football game at no cost, then look no further than http://www.premierleague.com.
Pick your squad of 15 players from a £100 million budget, set up a league with your friends, then brag about who knows more than the other down at the pub.
Premierleague.com also gives fixture information, top news stories, score updates, links to Premier League club websites, statistics and podcasts.
My recent article entitled "Premier League vs. La Liga: Why the EPL Wins Every Time But I Can't Prove It" drew a divided opinion, as expected.
One thing that also became apparent to me from the comments was that people are hyping the German Bundesliga as a division that is getting stronger and stronger.
If German football is what you crave, then check out http://www.bundesliga.de/en for everything you could want to know.
Major League Soccer
Mlssoccer.com has all the up-to-date news and statistics.
Italian Serie A
Football-italia.net is a good site for all you Italian football nuts.
Their media is not always updated as rapidly as some other websites, but it's definitely one that covers the "must know" aspects of the Italian game.
If transfer gossip is what you're after, then check out http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/gossip_and_transfers/default.stm.
The BBC rounds up all the top transfer tidbits from a variety of newspapers and websites, and displays them all on one page with a summary to boot.
It's an easy way to catch up on who's being talked about.
The BBC are the largest broadcasters in the world, according to Wikipedia.
World rankings, international tournaments, media statements and the latest Sepp Blatter discussions can be found at http://www.fifa.com/index.html.
FIFA's mission is to develop the game, touch the world and build a better future, and they are the international governing body of association football.
Optasports.com claim to be the most comprehensive sports database on the planet.
I tend to agree.
If you are someone who needs access to statistics, they will tailor a package suited to your needs and deliver it with startling accuracy.
A must for any fan who likes to know the finer details.
A Few Others of Note
As a watcher of the English Premier League primarily, my website choices won't be suitable for everyone who reads this article.
For every website someone knows about, there are likely hundreds of others that are just as good, so don't be afraid to check them out and report back your findings.
There are mountains of sites I have used over the last six months, including goal.com, caughtoffside.com, footy-bible.co.uk, football365.com, football.co.uk, football-rumours.co.uk, teamtalk.com and many more.
Each offers their own style of delivery, and obviously some are more reliable than others.
One website I have yet to mention in this article is transfermarkt.co.uk, who provide a transfer price guide for current players—a potentially useful tool for a writer, if you agree with the findings, of course
Please take the time to comment below and let me know which websites you like to use, and what you use them for—keeping it football-related and clean, of course!
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