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FIFA World Cup Free Kicks & Own Goals

Following on my last Post here , I got to thinking why are free kicks given and what is the relationship between a free kick and a yellow card?  I found good answers at the website below.  The page below also links to FIFA’s “Laws of the Game” in PDF, if you are interested in such.

https://www.thoughtco.com/soccer-fouls-3557670

Basically, a direct free kick is awarded to the opponent if a player –

  • kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
  • trips or attempts to trip an opponent
  • jumps at an opponent
  • charges an opponent
  • strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
  • pushes an opponent
  • tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
  • holds an opponent
  • spits at an opponent
  • handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.   Just to make things confusing for some of us, as you know, each team in soccer is trying to get more goals by getting the ball into a net which is at one end of the playing field.  Well, the net that one team is aiming for is NOT called their own goal (as in a net which they are aiming to score a goal with) BUT rather the GOAL THEY ARE DEFENDING or the opposite net into which the opposition is trying to get the ball in, to score a goal, is called their “own goal” ( specifically a net into which they are trying to get goals ).

So when a player accidentally or desperately hits the ball into the opposition’s net, for a goal, it is called an  OWN  GOAL  and that means the player sadly hit the ball into their own goal !!   In other words an OWN GOAL is a ball hit into the player’s “own goal” or own net, which is actually the Net which the player’s team is defending – thus it’s called their own goal in terms of “keep away from this goal” !!

For a penalty kick, a player from the opposing team takes a free shot at goal (defended only by the goalkeeper standing on the goal line) from the penalty spot, located 12 yards away from the goal line.

After awarding a free kick or penalty kick, a referee may take further disciplinary action against a player by showing him a yellow or red card.  So a foul that gives a free kick or a penalty kick does NOT automatically incur a yellow or red card.  For more information on why a yellow card or a red card may be given along with a free kick, click on the link below.  Sometimes viewers / fans are hard pressed to understand why a Yellow Card or a free kick is given or not given.

https://www.thoughtco.com/soccer-fouls-3557670

The “unsporting behaviour” cause of a Yellow Card seems to me to include the offences for a free kick, but those offences listed above do not automatically incur a caution or warning, which is what a Yellow Card gives.  It makes me think that to incur a Yellow Card the offending must be rather serious or consistent or persistent, and of course to incur a Red Card the offence would be blatantly serious (like biting someone).

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Uruguayan player Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, and although the Referee did not acknowledge this on-field and DID NOT give him a Red Card, Suarez’s actions were later reviewed and resulted in a four-month suspension from all soccer-related activities.

In the 1994 FIFA Word Cup,  Andres Escobar’s own goal in the 35th minute gave the underdog United States a 1-0 advantage, on which it would add a second goal before prevailing 2-1.  A once-promising World Cup ended in pain for Colombia, which bowed out after three games. Just days after elimination, Escobar was murdered in his native Medellin, a horrific and disturbing incident that should never have happened, and that casts a sad hue over this otherwise “Beautiful Game”.   Rest in peace, Andres Escobar.

 


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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

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NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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Perth Royal Show 2015

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It’s on again!  The Perth Royal Show, this year, runs from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Just one week of games, rides, showbags, animals, exhibitions and purchases you wouldn’t normally make!

My sister and I bought our tickets earlier from our local IGA store with a saving of $4, making our Adult priced tickets $25 each rather than $29 each.  Any saving is a saving, we thought.  Having perused the parking suggestions on the official website, we decided to park at Rowe Park, the closest parking to the show at the Claremont Showgrounds.

I’m used to getting up around 6.15 am to go to work, so my sister stayed the night at my house on Friday 25th, then on Saturday 26th, we got up early, had a light breakfast & got ready.  Off we went, with my sister driving, loaded with camera, coffee in a thermos flask, hats, and a bottle of Powerade drink each.  We arrived at the little concrete car park for the actual Park, about 7.50 am, yes, at ten to 8.   We planned to get there an hour before the Show started, because we heard there was very limited parking.   We also though that one had to pay $20 for official parking.

However, because we had got there so very early, luckily, we were able to park in the official car park, rather than have to drive onto the lawn, which I think is what you have to pay for.  Rowe Park was a pleasant grassy area with swings and amenities, a great place for kids to play in or adults to sun themselves to have a sleep, or to do some pleasant reading.  In the car, I sipped my coffee eagerly, while noting a Sign reading “Surveillance Cameras” in use.

If you are driving, I recommend you turn into Langsford Street, Vaucluse Avenue or Reserve Road, off Stirling Highway, as shown below, to get to Stevens Road.   The small Car Park is off Stevens Road.  You then simply get out off your car, and bear right-ish or cross the road carefully ( two lanes ) and walk to the right under the bridge then around to the left and there is Gate One. 

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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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