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Hands clasped around a ball emulating the FIFA World Cup Trophy

Top 10 Memorable Moments at FIFA World Cup Finals

For countless numbers of fans around the world, the FIFA World Cup is more than an international football tournament – it is an event that holds the world spellbound for a whole month every four years. The World Cup, like the quadrennial...
Attractive brunette with sunglasses fanning herself with a wad of bank notes / Attraktive Brünette mit Sonnenbrille fächelt mit einem Banknotenbündel

Weird and Funny Novelty Bets offered by William Hill and Notable Payouts

Image: Poznyakov (Shutterstock) In 1998, William Hill were the first bookmaker to accept wagers via the Internet, and their online betting platform is one of the most sophisticated in the market. (For sports betting alternatives check out this...
Sexy female sitting on a large football with red and yellow cards / Sexy Frau sitzt auf einem großen Fußball mit roten und gelben Karten

Why Football is Better than Sex !

In 2008, a survey carried out by Canon in six European countries(1) came up with the remarkable result that 72 per cent of those asked said they would prefer 90 minutes watching their favourite team rather than an intimate evening with their...
Young woman opening empty coin purse / Junge Frau, die eine leere Geldbörse öffnet

Get Permission to Use Images Displayed on Soccerwidow

Copyright Law & Licencing The images we use for illustration purposes throughout this website are often stock photos, purchased from outstanding libraries such as Shutterstock. Image: alexkatkov (Shutterstock) We sometimes modify these...
African child playing football at the cattle post / Afrikanisches Kind spielt Fußball im Rindergehege

Observations of EPL Football Mania in Uganda

The Start of it All: In early January 2011, this article was one of the first ever written in the Soccerwidow blog. I remember it clearly; another hot, sunny day on the verandah of our residence in Lugala, towards the end of our 2-year stay...
G-cramp squeezing oil from coins

Betfair Premium Charge Part 1

The Naked Truth: I had always believed that if I found one good strategy (or hopefully more), I could sit back and earn an easy, tax-free living from betting, whilst at the same time having fun operating this blog and explaining to other people...
Champions League Finale 2008 Manchester United v Chelsea FC: Ryan Giggs and Ashley Cole compete for a ball / Champions League Finale 2008 Manchester United gegen Chelsea FC: Ryan Giggs und Ashley Cole konkurrieren um einen Ball

Manchester United’s Magical Powers of Recovery

On Sunday, 5.2.2012, millions of football fans around the world witnessed Chelsea leading 3:0 at home after 57 minutes. They subsequently went on to gain nothing more than a draw from a position which had looked completely lost for their bitterest...
Sexy Asian Female: Soccer Fan / Sexy Asiatische Frau: Fußballfan

Fenerbahce match sees all men banned

More than 46,000 women and children filled Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to watch Fenerbahce play against Manisapor in a Turkish Super League match in Istanbul on Tuesday night, 21st September, 2011. The Turkish authorities came up with this radical...
Dollar notes and gun, mafia inspiration / Dollar-Banknoten und Pistole, Mafia Inspiration

Football Betting Scandal: Match Fixing

Match-fixing on the rise, 24 countries affected say experts Reuters, Berlin, 9.2.2011 Some 24 European countries have been affected by match-fixing and up to 100 games have been manipulated in the past five months alone, said a betting watchdog...
Male Vervet monkey with blue testicles clinging to a branch

The Blue Balls of Vervet Monkeys

This is one of our first articles, published in January 2011, whilst we were still living in sunny Kampala, Uganda… Today was a quiet day and no “important” games to be watched and followed by my husband. This meant that we...