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Kaka’s take on his imminent move to Man City

I received a chain email about probably one of the most dynamic footballers on this planet. Now I do not like chain emails (that’s putting it mildly) but thought this is a very powerful testimony about a person who’s a role model for young people. Enjoy the read…

JUST LIKE A PRAYER … Kaka looks to the heavens after winning the Champions League with Milan

KAKA may be the man to fire Manchester City to glory but it will be nothing compared to the impact he has already had on millions of people.

The AC Milan star has given the green light to a staggering £243million switch to Eastlands.

But the Brazilian says football plays second fiddle in a life which has been devoted to Christianity.

Just weeks ago he became involved with the Billy Graham organisation in a TV campaign which had an astonishing effect in his homeland. It was nationally reported that:

Hundreds of people were freed from demonic possession.
Hardened criminals turned to Christianity in their thousands. Many more were cured of booze and drug addictions. A former voodoo princess turned to Christ.

As the campaign launched, Kaka told millions: “I truly cannot imagine my life without Christ.

“Everything I have accomplished, everything I have done in my life was because God has a plan and purpose for my life.

“The Bible says He will do more than we ever thought or imagined, and this is truly how it has been.

“If God wasn’t in my life, then my life certainly would not be like this.”

The Brazilian’s faith in God has been broadcast across the world via an iconic picture of him on his knees celebrating a goal and showing a T-shirt which proclaims, ‘I belong to Jesus.’

Kaka, 26, has won a World Cup and the Champions League as well as been named FIFA World Player of the Year.

But he told 10 million fellow Brazilians that nothing compared with the peace of knowing and serving Christ.

He said: “I have been named best soccer player in the world. This for me was a great honour. But the greatest honour is serving Jesus Christ, because he gives me hope.”

Such is the depth of the star’s faith he refused to have sex before his marriage to Caroline.

He said: “I am a great example. The majority of people say after marriage, they don’t like jumping into bed with their partner because there is no desire.

“However, this is not true, my wife is the person I love and it was worth waiting.

“A lot of people were surprised and shocked with me but I think it’s the best decision. I am an evangelist and I believe in those values.

“I think people need to prevent themselves from making love before marriage. Everyone has their opinion but I think it was worth the wait.”

The Brazilian’s faith in the Almighty was strengthened immensely in 2000 when he fractured his neck after cracking his head on the bottom of a swimming pool. Kaka said: “That helped shape me, principally as a person, but as a player too.

“It was a time in which I learned you have to give your best every single day because the next day you might not be able.

“The doctors said I was very lucky, that I could have been paralysed. But I think it was God — He saved me from something worse.

“I had gone to visit my grandparents in Caldas Novas in Brazil and I slipped on a swimming pool slide.

“When I fell into the water I hit my head on the bottom of the pool and twisted my neck, which caused a fracture of a vertebra.

“All I knew was that anyone with a broken neck would be disabled for life. The doctor told me I would not be able to play for at least three months, then they would be able to tell if I was going to fully recover.

“But after two months the injury had healed and I was able to resume my football career. That was when I knew God was looking after me and that He was on my side.”

Kaka says one of the chief influences on his footballing life has been Chelsea boss Phil Scolari.

He said: “When I was just 20 he took me to the World Cup in 2002 and gave me the opportunity to be a champion which was very important.”

And Kaka believes if he is to move to City, it will be thanks to a higher power.

He said: “If things happen it’s because God has prepared me. God has great things for us. If it’s God’s will that I be there, there I will be.”



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Do or Die: Penalty Shoot-Out stats

Its ‘Do or Die’ time for teams who made it through to the last 16 in World Cup 2010. In past world cups we’ve seen some history making moments from goalkeepers and penalty kickers alike.
Castrol’s team of performance analysts have studied every penalty taken in Europe’s top five leagues and the UEFA Champions League over the last four years plus a number of international matches to create the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis System thats been endorsed by Peter Schmeichel.

The Great Dane believes the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis system can give goalkeepers an edge ahead of any expected shoot outs. Below are some interesting stats sourced from goal.com (June 26, 2010)
  • Just 58% of midfielders manage to convert spot-kicks in shoot-outs
  • The older a player is, the less likely he will score – with only a 71% success rate in the over 28’s
  • Left footed players only convert 50% compared to 69% for right footed players
  • Goalkeepers wearing red jerseys have never saved a penalty at a World Cup whereas those wearing green save the most!
  • Strikers convert 74% of penalties, defenders convert 69% and midfielders convert 58% in FIFA World Cup™penalty shoot-outs
  • 85% of players under 23 score their penalty, 78% of 23 to 28 year olds convert their kicks and 71% of over 28’s score their penalty  in a FIFA World Cup™
  • Save percentage by colour: green 38%, black 35%, blue 31%, grey 28%, yellow 24%, purple 18%, orange 14%, red 0% in a FIFA World Cup™

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What the critics of Jabulani Ball are saying

The Jabulani Ball has been a hot topic at the World Cup 2010 soccer show piece currently being played on South Africa soil. The new ‘Jabulani’ ball has been widely criticised mainly because of its irregular flight.

England coach Fabio Capello says, “It is good when you play short passes, but when you try to switch the ball with long passes, it is very difficult to understand the trajectory.”

“The ball is dreadful. It’s horrible, but it’s horrible for everyone,” stated James, an English goalkeeper. He was concerned that goalkeepers would end up  “looking daft” when the ball curls round their hands.

Former England Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson now Ivory Coast boss said that goalkeepers should be consulted when new footballs are being designed, especially for international tournaments.

Sven says, “It’s too late to do something about it in this World Cup.”

Wayne Rooney, who is hoping to score his first goal in the World Cup finals, has denied the ball is a problem.

Green also refused to blame the ball for his mistake, but admitted that it had moved unexpectedly after Dempsey hit his shot.

Adidas have said that the reason for the movement of the ball is altitude. They have also blamed the teams for not practising enough with the ball before the tournament and The world football governing body. FIFA have defended the ball, saying it was fully “tested.”

The way ‘Jabulani Ball’ was designed affects all facets of the game, whether switching the ball with a long pass or a player taking a shot at goal. ‘Jabulani’ could suddenly swerve away and leave a goalkeeper stranded or the ball can be heading for the goal but then deviate off course. Could all this mean that more goals may or may not be scored at the World Cup finals? Leave me our thoughts.

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Jabulani Soccer Ball Review

The Adidas Jabulani is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ball was unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 4, 2009.

The name ”JABULANI” originates from the indigenous language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. Literally translated, “JABULANI” means “to celebrate”.

What did the players have to say prior to the World Cup:

Michael Ballack: “Fantastic, the ball does exactly what I want it to.”

Petr Cech: “You can feel the energy coming towards you, like a shot.”

Frank Lampard: “A very strong ball, true to hit.”

Kaká: “For me, contact with the ball is all-important, and that’s just great with this ball.”

The beautiful game of football is always evolving and so the balls used in the game have evolved. Fifa wants “fair play” but he way balls are being designed suits the goalscorer. What about the goalkeepers? What are your thoughts?


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