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3 Best European Football Games for Android Phones 2018

Have you ever wondered how it felt like being a player in one of the world’s most popular sports? As a loyal follower, I’ve often wondered about this myself.

Good thing that there game developers have created video games for android phones that everyday people, like you and me, can download and have fun without breaking a sweat. Here are my top 3 picks in no particular order.

Final Kick 2018

You get an arcade feel with this simple European football game. You can play shootout a number of times to attempt and score a goal. The game has a pretty decent graphic interface with offline tournaments, weekly tournaments, and simple controls.

If you love multiplayer games, Final Kick 2018 also has an online multiplayer game where you can compete with other online gamers. The game is as simple as it gets plus it’s free to download. Just perfect if you want to while away some time instead of getting bored.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

A mobile game with great graphics interface. You also get to experience the thrill of an actual football game from managing the team to controlling the players. Online multiplayer is also available, so you get to compete with other online gamers as well.

You have the option to choose between the standard button-based controls or the mobile specific gesture-based controls depending on your playing preference. It is also free to download onto your android phone.

Football Manager Mobile 2018

A simulation game that has been created by SEGA. As the name implies, you manage a football team by choosing the players, trying to win game matches, and the ultimate goal is trying to win a championship match.

The only downside to this simulation game, would be that it does require you to purchase the game before you can download it onto your android phone.

How about you? Ever had the chance to try out any European football games? What’s your top 3 picks for 2018?

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Facts and Figures You Should Know About Championship League Penalties

If you ever watched the UEFA Championship League, you’ll know how fast paced every game goes. You’ll also know that every game has had its fair share of penalties awarded to almost every team. But have you ever wondered just how many penalties have been awarded over the years?

You’re in luck! Here are the fact and figures for you.

Total Penalties

Overall, a total of 631 penalties have been awarded during the UEFA Champions League with 488 scored, 39 missed, and 103 saved.

Most Converted Penalties in One Night

A total of 8 penalties were converted in one night on matchday three for 5 games on 21/10/2014.

Most Converted Penalties in One Matchday

A total of 10 penalties were converted in one night on matchday three for 7 games on 29/10/2010.

Most Penalties in One Game Season

A total of 34 penalties during 2000/01 game season is the highest ever recorded score followed by 33 penalties during game seasons 1999/2000 and 2016/17.

Take note that in game season-es 1999/2000 and 2000/01, there was a second group stage with an overall of 157 game matches. In 2003/04, the current format of 125 games per game season was introduced.

Clubs with Most Penalties Awarded

Barcelona and Real Madrid top the list with 42 awarded penalties each followed by Bayern (38), Manchester United (27), and Arsenal (26).

Clubs with Best Conversion Rate Percentage with Minimum of 10 Penalties

Juventus and Valencia top the list with 91% conversion rate each followed by AC Milan (89%), Real Madrid (83%), and Chelsea (81%).

Clubs with Most Conceded Penalties

Real Madrid and Arsenal are tied at 23 each. The other clubs with most conceded penalties are Bayern (22), Olympiacos (18), and Barcelona (17).

Clubs with Most Shoot-Out Wins for Penalties

Bayern München, Liverpool, and Atlético Madrid are tied at 2 each.

Clubs with Most Shoot-Out Defeats for Penalties

Chelsea and Lyon are tied at 2 each.

It’s nice to know about these facts and figures that are generally overlooked by some football fans, right? Now that you are aware, you can wow your friends with the information the next time you gather together to watch your favorite team play.

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A Beginner’s Basic Guide to European Football

Unless you lived all your life in Europe, chances are pretty high that you would mistake European football for the most commonly known American football. However, you are farthest from the truth since European football is actually the equivalent of American soccer.

To avoid confusion and to set your mind to calling the game its proper name, I’ll simply refer to European football as “football”. Ready? Let’s go!

Backgrounder

Football is the most popular sport in Europe with England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain leading the top competition with a team of top players.

Football season runs from August to May every year with more than a hundred teams competing in a multitude of competitions. The most popular of which are the League season, and the Domestic Cup and European competitions.

League Season

The size of the country’s national league can vary from 18 to 20 teams depending on the country’s size. Basically, the league’s pyramid will depend on the relegation and promotion system that has been set in place. By the end of the season, almost no team is left untouched.

Domestic Cup Competition

Depending on the country, the participation rules for the Domestic Cup can vary. For instance, only the top two levels are allowed to compete in Germany while only the top four levels are allowed to compete in both Italy and Spain.

The England Domestic Cup is more open to allowing the top ten levels to compete while France gives total freedom where every team can compete. Winners of the yearly Domestic Cup gets a position in the Union od European Football Association (UEFA) Europa League for the following year.

European Cup Competition

This is divided into the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League. The number of teams from each league that can enter these competitions are determined by a UEFA ranking system.

The overall premise here is that the better the team performs, the better their chance at getting qualified for the bigger competitions.

And there you have it, the most basic guide for a beginner to understand football. Interested in learning more? Become a subscriber to get email updates for any new posts.