The simplicity of the sport combined with the ease of play makes this the most popular sport in the world to play, as well as to watch. Versions of a game involving the kicking of a ball towards a target have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that a proper code of rules was developed in England. The popularity of the game has created an incredibly rabid fan base, as all towns have clubs to call their own and pledge allegiance to. There is no particularly powerful clubs, as dozens are in contention for international and top-league titles every year.
Most footballers tend to evolve during their playing days. As their bodies slow down, forwards generally drop deeper and midfielders sometimes slot into defence. However, Gary Lineker’s playing career was carved out in a pretty similar and consistent pattern throughout. His ability to sniff out a chance in the opposition penalty area was honed, perfected and maintained to such a standard that the man who claimed the adidas Golden Boot at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was still snatching poacher's goals up until his retirement almost a decade later.
Portland, Maine: The World Pro Ski Tour will host three events in the 2018 winter season at Waterville Valley, NH, Sunday River, ME, and a to be announced resort. These events will be one of the only opportunities to witness a field of Olympians, national champions and NCAA champions in the US as they face off side-by-side in dual slalom action. The White Mountain Dual Challenge at Waterville Valley will be held February 8-10 and the Visit Maine Pro Ski Championships at Sunday River will conclude the World Pro Ski Tour schedule March 29-31.