Soccer has been proven to provide fitness with benefit that is used to decrease diseases related to lifestyle. Running is more stressful to men than playing soccer and women’s soccer is a great team sport to keep active and a wealthy source of discussion topics.

This was found by a research project that focused their study on the game of soccer and more than seven countries was involved. The research team was combined to extensively research the sociological aspects, physiological and psychological aspects of the sport and to then compare it to running. The study was led by Jens Bansbo and Peter Krustrup, both professors at the Sports Sciences and Exercise department of University Copenhagen. The project stretched over a period of 3 years and involved several studies on women, men and children. The study divided the groups into soccer and running. With remarkable results the Scandinavian Medicine and Science Journal in Sports decided to publish a special edition and titled it Football for Health, the publication offered 14 articles related to the soccer project.

Health Benefits of Soccer

The studies included training for age groups 9 to 77 on untrained subjects. A clear conclusion was reached, that soccer indeed provides fitness and health that are equivalent to running. Krustrup’s conclusions included that soccer contains positive social and motivational factors that greatly contributes to a physical lifestyle. The benefits from training for 2 to 3 hours per week includes cardiovascular and musculoskeletal as well as metabolic welfare.

Professor Bangsbo found that the effects is maintainable for extended periods, even when the training frequency is reduced to 1 or 2 hours per week. Soccer appears to provide effective training and improved performance with health benefits and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Some of the aspects suggests that soccer training could be a superior training form when compared to other forms of training such as running. Benefits from soccer includes treatment of hypertension with clear superior benefits to the standardize treatments. Both researchers agreed that soccer could successfully be used to promote an active healthy lifestyle. Studies showed convincingly training effect results to enhance a healthy profile and enhance fitness of the general population. More studies are required to understand the beneficial effects and how it can be used to improve heart health in patient groups such as diabetes and cancer.

Benefits of active soccer for Women

The benefits that soccer provides to women on levels of social and health from running and soccer proofed that although both the sports involves group training, the benefits was significantly different. Runners more focuses on themselves while soccer develops group interaction and socialized discussions. Women felt that running would be easier to maintain after the program was completed, but that was not the case. The important finding was that soccer provided a more social interaction level, which greatly impacts on the possibility of a long term activity. With follow up on activity one year after the experiment, many of the soccer players were still active, while not many of the running group was still active in training. Reasons could include that the runners was focused on getting into shape while the soccer players were more focused to the activity itself and the social benefits. While this is most people main focus, those who enjoy soccer, many also are drawn to variations of the sport when looking for other recreational activities such as playing slots. One worthy of visiting for such information is Luckyfreespins.com. They include a nice article about the types of soccer themed slots available titled The Love of Soccer in Slots, which will showcase a number of games under this category.

Ronaldo Luís Nazário dе Lima wаѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt celebrated football players оf thе late 1990s аnd early 2000s. Born іn Brazil 1976, Ronaldo received hіѕ fіrѕt Ballon d’Or аt thе tender age оf 21. Fіvе years later hе wаѕ awarded wіth аnоthеr оnе, аnd Ronaldo hаѕ аlѕо bееn given thе FIFA Player оf thе Year award thrее tіmеѕ.

During his football career, Ronaldo played 97 international matches for the Brazilian national team and scored 62 goals. He help his team to victory in the FIFA World Cup of 1994 and 2002, and during the 2006 FIFA World Cup he scored his 15th goal, becoming the tournaments most prolific scorer ever. 

Career

At the age of 12, Ronaldo was active in the Tennis Club Valqueire where he didn’t play tennis but futebol de salão, a type of football (soccer) played with a very small ball. Playing with such as small ball is believed to have improved Ronaldo’s ball skills.

In 1993, Ronaldo started playing for Cruzeiro di Belo Horizonte, a football club on the rise. During Ronaldo’s year with Cruzeiro di Belo Horizonte, the team won Copa do Brasil for the first time. Ronaldo played 14 games and scored 12 goals.

In 1994, Ronaldo joined PSV Eindhoven and moved to the Netherlands. He scored 30 goals during his first season, but suffered a knee injury during his second season which forced him to sit out a lot of matches. During the 13 matches he did play he scored a total of 12 goals. In 1996, Ronaldo helped his team to a victory in the Dutch Cup.

After receiving $17 million, PSV Eindhoven released Ronaldo to FC Barcelona. During his first season in Spain, Ronaldo played 49 games and scored 47 goals. FC Barcelona won EUFA Cup Winner’s Cup, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. In 1997, Ronaldo became the best scorer in La Liga by scoring 34 goals over 37 matches.

Ronaldo transferred to Inter Milan in 1997. He quickly adapted to life in Italy and became the second highest goal scorer during his initial season with Inter Milan. Ronaldo was appointed the role of team captain and stayed with Inter until 2002. In match against Lecce in 1999, Ronaldo suffered a knee injury and was forced to undergo surgery. He returned to the football field the following year, but only played for seven minutes before damaging his knee again. He could not return to football until the fall of 2002, and by then he had already transferred to Real Madrid.

Despite the knee injury Real Madrid was willing to pay €46 million for Ronaldo and he commenced play in October 2002, scoring two goals during his first match and receiving standing ovations from the crowd. During his first season with Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 23 goals in league matches. Real Madrid won the Intercontinental Cup in 2002, and was victorious in both the La Liga Championships and the Spanish Super Cup in 2003. By the end of the 2003/2004 season Ronaldo suffered another injury, but remained the top scorer of the league and was awarded the Pichichi Trophy.

In 2007 Ronaldo transferred to AC Milan where he played 14 matches and scored seven goals during his first season. All in all, Ronaldo played 20 matches for AC Milan before suffering another severe knee injury and during this time he scored a total of nine goals. The knee injury benched Ronaldo for the remainder of the season and his contract was not renewed.

While trying to rehabilitate his injured knee after yet another surgery, Ronaldo played for Flamengo in Brazil. He then signed with their arch rival Corinthians and scored ten goals for them over the course of 14 matches, helping Corinthians to victories in both Campeonato Paulista and Brazil Cup. In Brazilian Serie A, Ronaldo scored 12 goals over 20 matches.

When Ronaldo’s contract with Corinthians was renewed in February 2010 he announced that he would retire from football at the end of 2011. However, injuries and his struggle with hypothyroidism forced him into retirement in February 2011.

Private life

  • Ronaldo was born in 1976 as the third child of  Nélio Nazário de Lima and Sônia dos Santos Barata.
  • Ronaldo grew up in a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Ronaldo married Brazilian football player  Milene Domingues in 1999 and the couple divorced four years later. They have a son named Ronaldo born in 2000.
  • Ronaldo married Brazilian model and TV-host Daniel Cicarelli in 2005. The marriage was dissolved after three months.
  • In 2005, a Brazilian waitress named Michele Umezu gave birth to Ronaldo’s son Alexander.
  • Ronaldo has two daughters with his fiancee Maria Beatriz Antony;  Maria Sophia born in 2010 and Maria Alice born in 2010. The family resides in São Paulo.