Ok I live in America and have little soccer/football/futbol understanding.
After I watched the world cup I started playing the XBox game PES2010 and managed a 2nd division team in the English league. I have no real life basis to tell what is real and what isn’t.
A few questions:
-How long is a soccer player’s career supposed to last? Do they really still perform at nearly full capacity even after 30? When are players (especially midfielders and strikers, I think defenders and goalkeepers are less intensive positions) over the hill?
-How big is the difference in talent between say the top six premier league teams and the bottom six?
-In the FA cup, do the second division teams ever have a realistic chance of beating a 1st division team? Or winning it?
-What is more important, winning the division or the FA cup? Who is the best if two teams split those titles?
-Is the English premier league really the overall best in terms of talent, compared to the French, German, Italian, and Spanish ones? (The game announces that England’s champions are hinted at being the ‘best in the world’)
-Do players really become great through years of training, and not straight out? For example, most younger players have bad ratings (relatively slow, mediocre dribbling) but become better and when they hit about 24-26 they can hit their peak and become incredibly good.
-Do English fans actually care about UEFA championship? The game has fans willing to pay more to see your team playing the UEFA games, although to me it seems like English cocknys / holigans wouldn’t care about a UEFA title as much
-Do they ever call the goalkeeper a ‘goalie’ or is that North American hockey usage?
-Also, why does professional Futbol only allow for three substitutions? It seems stingy, for 90 minutes of brutal running, like they disfavor substitutions, this seems different than American sports with no limit on subs. Is there a reason besides wanting to make it more about endurance rather than subbing in a bunch of players constantly? (Still why not four or five?)
-How often do they give out red cards (straight up) and yellow cards?
-How important is height for a goalkeeper? For a center back? (The best center backs sometimes are not that tall, in the low 180cm’s; I would have that height would be more important) Why are the players not taller considering that headers are important? Compared to American football and esp. Basketball height in Soccer seems not that important
(If speed is so great, more than height, then why aren’t there more Muggsy Boggs type players in the NBA?)