I do not know there are how many golfers are the fans of Callaway Golf Clubs , but there is no doubt that I’m really a fan of Callaway Golf Clubs ,all of my golf equipment are from Callaway.
We all know that Callaway Golf Clubs engineers set out looking for breakthrough ball speed enhancements that would set a new standard in a crowded all-titanium driver market. The innovative Hyper X Driver provides a new benchmark in performance with the introduction of Hyperbolic Face Technology, redefining the look, feel and speed at which golf balls leave the clubface.
Do you know how do the media says about the Callaway Hyper X Driver ?
“Hard-nosed, blue-collar performance…plenty of pop.”
“Effective hitting area…really hot club…stats back it up.”
“Very long…deep head and narrow face off-putting.”
Specc’d with a regular flex Fujikura Fit on shaft,the lofts available are 9, 10 and 11 degrees, with only the 10 and 11 degree models being available in left hand aswell as right.
Back to what the fine marketing folks at Callaway want you to know. Besides the fact that the Hyper X generates higher ball speeds across the entire face for significant distance gains on off-center hits, it also has what they refer to as an “optimized head shape.” The strategic internal weighting and 460cc size create a high moment of inertia (MOI) for increased forgiveness and stability on miss-hits.
460cc head shape has been optimized for a high MOI while maintaining a traditional look. The advanced Fujikura shaft adds to the driver’s incredible feel and performance.
Features of Callaway Hyper X Driver :
Hyperbolic Face Technology improves impact efficiency and produces the largest effective hitting area of any Callaway Golf Clubs all-titanium driver for higher ball speeds
Modified X-Sole design aids alignment at address so Callaway hyper driverstart on the intended target line
Optimized head shape generates a high MOI for increased forgiveness and stability on miss-hits
S2H2 of hyper driver increases discretionary weight by removing it from the hosel so it can be repositioned in the perimeter of the clubhead.
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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2013
WNBA MVP and All-Star, Candace Parker, along with her Los Angeles Sparks teammates, Farhiya Abdi and Kristi Toliver, will conduct a special basketball clinic for children with special needs and their typical siblings and peers at Special Needs Network (SNN)’s Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) on Tuesday, July 30. This will be the third year in a row that the L.A. Sparks have partnered with SNN to put on “Sparks Day” – a day that incorporates basketball training and self-empowerment to inspire young campers to work hard and reach for their dreams.
A valued community partner of Special Needs Network, the L.A. Sparks have supported the organization in various ways such as donating exclusive ticket packages with VIP seats and gift bags to yearly fundraisers and offering hundreds of complimentary game tickets to SNN children and families. Plans for an Autism Awareness Night at a Sparks game are currently in development.
“Candace and the entire L.A. Sparks organization have been long-time supporters of our organization and we are absolutely thrilled to have them join us again this year,” says Areva Martin, Esq., Special Needs Network’s president and co-founder. “On and off the court, it is such a gift to see the positive impact Candace has on our kids. She’s truly an inspiration to us all.”
Cited by Sports Illustrated as the “most talented player in the history of women’s basketball,” Parker began her career as the most sought after recruit and was drafted by the University of Tennessee where she led the team to win two NCAA titles. During her time at Tennessee, Parker received multiple MVP recognitions, as well as Rookie of the Year in 2006. The L.A. Sparks drafted Parker during the first round in 2008. That same year, while playing on the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing, China, Parker won two Olympic gold medals. In 2009, Parker was named Top Female Athlete at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
“It’s an honor to join the Special Needs Network team at Camp JPAC,” says Parker. “Each year, I come to share my skills with these children and each year I leave feeling inspired by them.”
Parker is the first WNBA play to win MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. She was also the first WNBA play to dunk in consecutive games and she made history scoring the most points in a debut game. Parker, who is also a mom, prides herself on setting a positive example for young children, especially her young friends at SNN’s Camp JPAC.
ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK
Special Needs Network (SNN) is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization. As a nonprofit organization, SNN was established to help families faced with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization focuses on raising public awareness, impacting public policy, increasing education and access to resources for families, children and adults. For more information, visit http://www.specialneedsnetwork.org or call (323) 291-7100.
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There are two huge events that take place in Portrush every year – the North West 200 and the Northern Ireland International Airshow. Tens of thousands of people come from all over Ireland, the UK, and the world, for those events. Portrush is also the heart of the Causeway Coast. It is used as a base for people visiting the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Causeway Coast Coastal Route. There is more to Portrush than big annual events and the Giant’s Causeway, however. Portrush is a haven for golfers and a pligrimage for surfers. Thousands of people come to the coastal town every weekend for the great restaurants and nightlife. At the same time it is one of the most popular destinations in Northern Ireland for families. It also has many historical attractions, steeped in Irish history with generous toppings of lore. This guide will help you get the most out of your visit to Portrush.
1. The Beach and surfing
One of the main attractions of Portrush is the beaches. There are three main beaches – East Strand, West Bay and (slightly out of the town) White Rocks. They are all clean and picturesque, perfect for walks, picnics or just lolling about for a day.
Then there is the surfing. Ireland has some of the best surfing waves in the world, even though it doesn’t fit the image of a surfing mecca. Except during the best months of summer, surfing in Ireland means wearing thick wetsuits, rather than trendy shorts and a suntan.
The positive part is the waves in Ireland can be as good as anything in the US or Australia, whether you are body-boarding or surfing.
Portrush is the surfing capital of Northern Ireland and one of the best locations on the whole island. Apart from the waves, one of the best things is how close the beaches are to the amenities of the town, including hotels in Portrush, as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.
West Bay beach is within walking distance of Portrush town centre. It has European Blue Flag status so is very clean. There is a promenade for walks with views of Portrush town centre and Portrush harbour.
East Strand beach is on the other side of Portrush Harbour. It stretches from the east side of Portrush town to White Rocks beach and for part, it is backed by Royal Portrush Golf Course. It is a beautiful section of Ireland’s coastline that includes an extensive system of dunes. The views look over the Skerries (a chain of small islands just off the coast of Portrush inhabited by birds) and all the way to the Scottish islands.
White Rocks beach is rugged and beautiful. The rocks are made from limestone and contain many fossils. The views of the rocks, the Irish coastline and out over the ocean towards Scotland are stunning.
2. Play Golf
Portrush has three golf courses. One of the three is the championship course at Royal Portrush, one of the best golf courses on the island of Ireland. It hosted the 2012 Irish Open and is a favourite course of many professional players, including Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington.
The other two golf courses are Rathmore Golf Club (part of Royal Portrush) and Ballyreagh Golf Course. Before we look at these courses it is important to acknowledge the fact there are three golf courses (including one that is internationally acclaimed) in a town that has a population of just 6,300 and many other attractions vying for people’s attention, including the beaches and the stunning natural landmarks.
The home of golf in Northern Ireland is Portrush.
Northern Ireland has a high proportion of professional golfers in comparison to its population. If you are playing Royal Portrush (or are in one the nearby eating or drinking establishments) you might see one of them – Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke or Graeme McDowell.
Royal Portrush has two courses. The Dunluce Links is the championship course. It is a stunning course that has been moulded into the natural, undulating sand dunes. The rough is unforgivable and the weather can change completely within 10 minutes so, if you want to test yourself, book a tee-time on Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush.
The other course at Royal Portrush is Valley Links – Rathmore Golf Club. It lies in a natural valley between East Strand beach and the Dunluch Links at Royal Portrush. It is an hourable golfing test with similar challenges to the championship course, including tough greens, unpredicatable weather, and testing rough.
The third golf course in Portrush is the nine-hole, council-owned Ballyreagh Golf Course. It is located on the coast with beautiful views and some challenging holes.
3. Historical Attractions, including Dunluce Castle
There are many world-famous historical attractions close to Portrush, including the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. For this article, however, we want to concentrate on what is on offer in Portrush itself.
The main historical attraction in Portrush is Dunluce Castle. It is a breathtaking ruin that dominates part of the coastline just outside Portrush.
It is thought Dunluce Castle dates back to the 13th century, although it is unlikely much of the structure built then remains today. We know it was owned by the McQuillan family in 1513 – they played a significant role in the development of the Antrim Glens in the 16th century. Just over 70 years later it was seized by the MacDonnell family. Legend has it that at some point during their ownership, the kitchen fell into the sea, prompting the lady of the castle to refuse to live in it any longer.
Following the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the MacDonnell family fell on hard times and the castle was left to ruin. It is now a significant historical monument and a place we are still learning about – in 2011 a major archeological dig found a “lost town of Dunluce”.
In popular culture, Dunluce Castle has appeared in the artwork of the Led Zepplin album Houses of the Holy and in the movie The Medallion which starred Jackie Chan.
As well as Dunluce Castle there are other historical buildings in Portrush including many churches and the railway station, which dates back to 1855.
4. Family entertainment
Portrush is a popular holiday destination for people all over Ireland so it will not be surprising that there are lots of things to do.
At the Dunluce Centre there is a special effects theatre, laser games, a viewing tower (with spectacular views over Portrush), and an indoor play are.
Waterworld is an indoor water attraction with pools and water slides. There is also ten pin bowling for those who do not want to get wet.
Then there is Barry’s Amusements, one of the largest amusement parks in Ireland. It is located right in the centre of Portrush and features both indoor and outdoor rides plus other games and amusements.
Each year there are big annual events that are popular with all ages. The North West 200, for example, is the largest spectator sporting event in Ireland. That is understandable as the action is fast and very exciting. For thrills in the air, there is the Northern Ireland International Air Show. It takes place in September each year with the coast of Portrush providing a natural amphitheatre for this spectacular two-day event. Finally, for something a bit more silly, there is the RNLI raft race where contestants build rafts and race from West Strand beach to Portrush Harbour.
Due to the weather on the north coast of Ireland, many of the attractions listed above are only open during the summer months. Please make sure you check before making travel plans.
The nightlife in Portrush is famous all over Northern Ireland, with restaurants, bars and clubs to suit all tastes.
There is a variety of restaurants. Try the Best Western Magherbouy House Hotel for traditional Irish food made from local ingredients. For something more contemporary try the Harbour Bistro, or for light lunch go for Morelli’s.
There are a range of bars to choose from, many of which have live entertainment at weekends. The Anchor Bar is a local tip, as it is frequented by many who live in Portrush.
If clubbing is your thing, you cannot go past Lush, one of the biggest clubs in Northern Ireland. It regularly attracts big-name DJs from the UK and is popular throughout the week given its close proximity to the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster.
S J McGinley is a travel blogger and journalist from Northern Ireland. He edits Hotels in Portrush, the best resource for finding hotels, B&Bs and guest houses on Ireland’s north coast.
Who doesn’t love a great bargain?
Smart shoppers love the thrill of the hunt, seeking super deals on everything from apparel to household goods, tools and even personal electronics. Particularly in trying economic climates, resale and thrift stores abound, along with garage and yard sales.
However, sometimes a bargain is not really a bargain at all. What sorts of items are best bought new – even if the cost may be considerably higher for the unused items?
Generally speaking, delicate electronics, personal hygiene and safety protection items may be no great deal, unless they are purchased brand-new. Simply put, the primary features of these sorts of products may no longer be present or effective.
60 Things You Should Never Buy Used
Here’s a bargain hunter’s guide to 60 specific product items that you should never buy used (or, at least, without a product warranty). These items are listed alphabetically, for quick and easy reference.
Ammunition – For safety reasons, avoid buying used (or opened) boxed of BBs, bullets, gun cartridges and other ammunition.
Athletic supporters – Steer clear of this one, for sure.
Audio speakers – Hi-fi, stereo and personal audio device speakers can go bad easily, so buying these used is not advisable.
Baby bath toys – Even the most waterproof baby bath toys can contain mold and soapy build-up.
Baby bottles – Proper hygiene is best maintained by purchasing baby feeding bottles brand-new.
Baby cribs – Child safety requirements change frequently, so buying a used baby crib can be a risky endeavor.
Batteries – Buyers, beware of used batteries, which may not work at all and may corrode quickly.
Bike helmets – A used bike safety helmet may not offer sufficient protection, if the inner shell is cracked. Also, current safety requirements may have changed, making a new helmet a better option. Used hats and headgear may pose a threat of head lice and other infections as well.
Breast pumps – Who would want to touch this one?
Camera lenses – It is difficult to find used camera lenses that don’t bear scratches.
Carbon monoxide alarms – Optimum home safety dictates the use of new, properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms.
Carpeting – Used carpeting may contain germs, mold, stains or even pests.
CD players – Second-hand CD players are risky purchases, unless the sellers offer buyer protection plans.
CDs and DVDs – Previously used CDs and DVDs may bear scratches, making them unusable. Instead of buying these used, why not borrow the desired titles from a local library for free?
Cellular phones – Used cell phones are often no bargain, unless a reputable seller has refurbished them properly. Also, many cell phone service providers refuse to interface with phones purchased elsewhere.
Child car safety seats – Infant car seats and toddler booster seats for vehicles must be replaced after accidents, so buying these used is a daunting proposition.
Child sippy cups – Plastic cups are difficult to sterilized and better bought new.
Computer keyboards – A used computer keyboard may sound like a steal, but an astounding amount of crumbs, dust, germs and other nasties may lurk inside such equipment.
Computer software – Often, it is illegal to sell or purchase used computer software. Although some software may offer a certain number of pass-along uses within one household, resale is generally outlawed.
Cosmetics – Sharing cosmetics is a personal hygiene no-no.
Digital cameras – Anyone who has ever dropped a digital camera on the ground can explain why purchasing used digital camera equipment is unwise.
DVD players – New DVD players have come down plenty in price. Affordable DVD players are readily available, including warranties and often service plans. Why buy used?
Equestrian safety helmets – Like bicycle helmets, equestrian safety helmets should only be purchased new. Once crashed, such protective headgear may no longer be effective. In addition, used hats and headgear may pose a threat of head lice and other infections.
Eyeglasses – Prescription or not, used eyeglasses are not a bargain. Why not suggest sellers donate their pre-worn specs to a vision charity?
Face paints – Although clowns and face painters may use open tubs of face paints to adorn multiple folks at carnivals and special events, prudent painters clean their brushed and sponges frequently and toss remaining used products at the end of each occasion. Resealing used face paints can encourage the proliferation of nasty germs. Purchasing opened containers of face paints is unwise.
Fireworks – Opened packages of fireworks should be properly and safely discarded, rather than stored or resold. Buyers, beware of unsealed packages of fireworks.
Flat-screen TVs and computer monitors – These high-technology items are easily marred, so used purchases are not recommended.
Guns – Previously used hunting or recreational firearms may be dangerous, unless inspected properly. In addition, firearms bought from unlicensed dealers may lead to criminal convictions.
Hats – Used hats and headgear may pose a threat of head lice and other infections.
Hearing aids – Audio assistance devices, such as hearing aids, are best purchased under the assistance of medical professionals.
iPods and mp3 players – Used personal audio devices are risky purchases. They simply may not work.
Keys – Except for crafting purposes, used keys are useless.
Laptop computers – Previously operated laptop computers may contain all sorts of ills – from hardware problems to viruses, malware and other nasties.
Light bulbs – Used light bulbs (even holiday lights) are not prudent purchases. Better to buy these items new and keep store receipts, in case they don’t work.
Lighters – Butane or other lighters may be bought new, at minimal cost. Used fancy collectible lighters may be intriguing purchases, but not for actual use.
Mattresses – It is easy to imagine the many reasons why a used mattress is not a hygienic purchase.
Medications (prescription or over-the-counter) – Used or opened medications are ill advised.
Microphones – Used microphones are difficult to evaluate and make risky purchases, except from reputable electronics dealers offering product guarantees.
Motorcycle helmets – Safety regulations change regularly for motorcycle helmets, so prudent bikers choose new, updated versions. Also, used hats and headgear may pose a threat of head lice and other infections.
Perfumes – Body splashes, colognes, perfumes and other personal scent products can expire in time, making used purchases poor choices.
Pet beds – Who wants to invite potential pests (such as fleas and ticks) into the home by buying a used pet bed?
Pet collars – Pet collars tend to be quite affordable new, so pet owners do well to spring for these clean and unused choices.
Pet food dishes – A caring pet owner will likely prefer a fresh, clean dish for a dear pet, rather than a used bowl that may contain germs.
Pillows – Used pillows are virtually impossible to clean thoroughly. Why risk it?
Puzzles – A used jigsaw puzzle contains no guarantee that all of its pieces are present. True puzzle fans only select puzzles in sealed, intact boxes.
Recalled items – It is illegal to sell recalled products, unless the required product updates or improvements have been made. Buyers need to do some research before making offers on such items.
Scuba equipment – Underwater breathing equipment (and scuba diving suits) may lose their effectiveness after significant use, so buyers of used scuba gear may not realize true bargains or personal safety.
Shoes – Many folks do purchase used shoes and boots, despite the risk of poor fit or foot germs.
Sleeping bags – Unless sleeping bags can be thoroughly cleaned, these are best bought new.
Smoke alarms – A previously used smoke alarm may carry no guarantee of proper function. Is the deep discount worth risking home and family?
Socks – Brand-new socks are fairly inexpensive, making used socks a mediocre bargain at best.
Swimwear – Customers shopping for brand-new swimwear are required to wear undergarments to try swimsuits on. Thinking along such lines, who really wants to wear a used swimsuit?
Tires – Used tires (for bicycles, cars, motorcycles, trailers or trucks) can be a risky prospect.
Toothbrushes – Except for household or craft purchases, a used toothbrush is a germ feast waiting to happen.
Undergarments – Just like swimsuits, used underwear is a sure no-no.
Upholstered furniture – What sorts of germs and pests (even microscopic intruders) might lurk in used furniture? If it can’t be sponged, disinfected or professionally cleaned, it’s no bargain.
Vacuum cleaners – A used vacuum cleaner may sound like a deal. The appliance may even operate properly. However, unless hoses, filters and collection units can be changed, this purchase may bring unwanted ingredients or inhabitants into the buyer’s home.
Video games – Except from licensed video game resellers, used video games are no bargain. In fact, many video game producers do not allow reselling of their products.
Video recorders – A used video recorder may not work properly, and it usually carries no product warranty.
Wigs – Discount hunters may pull their hair out, quite literally, after purchasing used wigs for personal appearance or costuming. Is bargain beauty worth the risk of head lice?
What cardinal rules apply to bargain boosters seeking used items?
Basically, hygiene and safety are the primary concerns, as shoppers dig through used items for possible purchase. Product performance, expiration dates and potential warranties are also important issues.
Although many items may be purchased used, offering super value, several others are best bought new.
Linda Ann Nickerson brings decades of reporting and a globally minded Midwestern perspective to a host of topics, balancing human interest with history, hard facts and often humor. View profile
In the fourth he just did it! He returned Ferrer to the player of the second set, unable to find his way or make the most of the opportunities Andy gave him, what little there were. Andy closed it out in his mind. He did everything in his power and brought the game to himself, on an outer court, without the challenge system and Hawkeye, with a handful of fans. He proved that was all he needed. His elation at winning and his appreciation of his fans was wonderful to see. I hadn’t seen Roddick be this spontaneous for a long time. The grind of the tournament schedule, the cruelty of the media and some fans, the scratchiness of his own ego pounding against himself and others were all suspended for these glorious moments on Court 13. Somehow, Andy returned himself to himself, and returned himself to his fans. Maybe the rain wasn’t so bad after all. Andy Roddick had made it to Round Four of the 2011 US Open. And it was worth it!
Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D. is a published writer, novelist and poet. She authors three blogs: 1) http://www.thefatandtheskinnyonwellness.com/ 2) http://www.achristianapologistssonnets.com/ 3) http://caroleditosti.com/ …
Let’s face it: no other American sport can touch the sport of football. Whether it’s professional football, collegiate football, or even high school football, each one is seeing a rise in popularity. American Football dominates the sports realm on most levels.
Does anyone know why this is?
Professional American football isn’t a perfect sport. Fans complain about the constant rule changes all the time. Each year, in fact, rules and procedures are slightly modified to “improve” the game (depending on who you ask). One could argue that among the four major American sports, football has had the most changes to the game. Most of these changes upset the fans. Yes, football is the most popular sport, but it is also the most criticized. Despite all these changes, football remains the dominant sport.
Let’s take a look at the other major sports and why they can’t touch professional football:
Professional baseball: This sport just has too many games. The season is way too long; fans’ attention spans can’t keep up with the 162 plus games each season. Currently, there is too much corruption; the game has cherished records and numbers for decades, but allowed PED users to infiltrate the record books (The Rules of Baseball). There is too much uncertainty in how this drug era will be perceived. Also, baseball’s stubbornness to grow with technology prevented it from growing its fan base.
Professional basketball: Way to many teams are allowed to make the playoffs. More than half of the teams make the postseason (The NBA). Things only start to get interesting in late winter.
Professional hockey: The bottom line here is that this isn’t America’s game. It was founded in another country and implanted here in the states (History of the NHL). American interest is shown in the three other sports (not to mention golf, tennis and NASCAR).
In conclusion, American football has never been more popular, and this isn’t just by chance:
It’s the biggest sport because professional football has the perfect amount of regular season games, a good amount of untainted history, and different enough year-to-year superpowers. In any given year, anyone could win the championship, not just the same teams each year. Also, on Sundays (and the occasional Thursday or Saturday), anyone with a TV in America can watch the NFL; it’s the only sport that doesn’t require a cable subscription. This adds members to the blue-collar fan base. If you don’t have cable or satellite, good luck keeping up with the three other sports.
Football is the biggest sport because it grows with the times; whether it’s a little yellow line on your TV screen that represents the first-down line or the instant replay challenge flags: When a new technology becomes available, professional football implements it. As mentioned earlier, professional football makes the most rule changes; however, not all of these changes are looked at negatively. Instant replay is a perfect example of this. Instant replay has helped the game thrive, attracting a new generation of tech-savvy youth (The NFL).
Bottom line: football isn’t going anywhere. As long as the game’s talent and technology continue to grow, it will continue to reign as the “king of American sports.”
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(PRWEB) July 22, 2006
Golf Freaks has New Inventory. It has changed to meet its customers needs. Golf Freaks now use FedEx for shipping. It also has Layaway options and competitive prices. All products are far superior than what we had before.
Golf Freaks carries golf bags from Bang and OGIO. It has components from Accuflex, Alpha, SMT, UST, BANG and a new companies called Aggressive and Geek Golf. Our accessorie line has grown to include Speed Stik, Momentus Swing Trainers and everything else you need for the course. Golf tips are available. Monthly specials for Golf Freak Members. It also have Junior sets from Dunlop ages 3-5 and 5-8. Check out components if you are Right or Left Handed, we have something for everyone. Faster shipping, better products.
Check out The Country Club. It is a new Online Golf game where customers can meet their friends for a game of golf anytime. Enter tournaments to win great prizes.
3. Spread the Word: Social Media Marketing
5. Make It Enjoyable: Taking pictures, selling t-shirts, 50/50 are all good ways to get people involved. We had six volunteers welcoming everyone as they walked in, handing out programs, selling shirts, and checking in the hockey players. People are giving their time and money so it’s important they enjoy their time at the event. We were lucky to have a good game (7-6) but regardless of the score, get everyone involved to make it an enjoyable time.
Everyone loves to give to a cause they support. Whether they can donate money or time, don’t be afraid to ask and do your best to make sure everyone enjoys the event. Ultimately, that’s what will keep people coming back and allow your fund to grow.
Mike Wolfe is the founder of WAM Enterprises LLC, a company aimed at helping small business grow using the internet. He is the President of WAM Marketing Solutions and owns WAMGolf.com & TheStumblingGrape.com.
Sports is perceived as one of the ways, if not the only one, to build bridges between nations and cultures. But the World Cup history goes hand in hand with ugly incidents between fans and players, to say the least. Since the very first Football World Cup championship in 1930, there were numerous reports of violent situations from spontaneous and low level disorders during the match to organized gang fights between football clubs, sometimes a long way before a match.
It is often claimed that the peak of football and soccer hooliganism came about 1970′s and 1980′s, with more reported wide-scale violence at matches. However, it is difficult to know whether the amount of disorder increased or whether the growing media coverage of crowd disorder has meant it is reported far more regularly.
In 2005 in Istanbul, the match between Turkey and Sweden ended with the players clawing and kicking one another and objects being thrown from the crowd. The outcome of a supposedly sporting contest was Turkey’s elimination from the 2006 World Cup.
In June 1998, during the FIFA World Cup finals, police fired tear gas to control fights involving English and Tunisian fans. There are 49 arrests, including 27 English fans, with 30 people injured.
In Sydney, during the World Cup 2010 qualifying game where Australia beat Uruguay, the winning penalty was converted in a shootout and throat-slitting followed by opposing players’ grabbing one another by the throat.
But the most famous incident occurred in 1969. It is known as the “Football War” or “Soccer War”, that was caused by political conflicts between Hondurans and Salvadorans and exploded during the second North American qualifying round for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. The first game took place in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras; the second game took place in San Salvador, both times home teams won. Later on, both nations exploited existing tensions, reporting beatings, the burning of cars and attacks in their countries by the soccer fans of the other team. On July 14, 1969, the Salvadoran army launched an attack against Honduras, which was resolved on July 20 after the interference of the Organization of American States.
However, disorder in and around English stadia has reduced spectacularly since the 1970s and 80s, and English football grounds are now certainly safer than the average. Furthermore, disorder abroad can be reduced by appropriate methods of policing: It is possible to police a crowd of drunken football supporters in a way that prevents serious disorder, as was demonstrated at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and will hopefully drum into this year football World Cup in South Africa.