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Soccer vs Basketball

Updated on April 28, 2008

I want to start my article by criticizing myself for calling football as soccer. Although I hate calling football as soccer I know that most of audience is Americans and what they call football isn't football. (As a sports admirer I watched American football matches and kind of like the game but I am against a game played with hands being called football:)

There are two kind of people soccer lovers and basketball lovers. What is the differences between those two games. (I can hear you saying: "One is played with foot, other with hands.":)

  • Soccer is more of a team work. A team playing in great harmony is more likely to win over a team with one super star.
  • Basketball is a game of superstars. One man can change everything. (Michael Jordan. No other word needed to say)
  • Soccer is a game of strategy spread over all 90 minutes, leaves not much room for suprises.
  • Basketball is a game of breaking points. The whole course of the game can change in last 10 seconds.
  • Soccer can be played by anyone. It doesn't matter how tall or muscled you are. Every kid can dream of being a soccer star.
  • Basketball is for big guys. If you are short you can dream of being a basketball critic.
  • Soccer can be played everywhere. I remember playing with crushed coke cans as ball and goal made of two stones.
  • Basketball needs equipment. You have to have good ball and a hoop at least.
  • Soccer is an outdoors sport.You can play soccer in green fields or under snow.
  • Basketball is an indoors sports. You have to find a good weather or a good place.
  • Soccer is a continuous sport. You go out and play for 2 halves of 45 minutes without any period other than 15 minutes half time. You can only change 3 players (5 in some countries) so at least 8 of players remains on the field for 90 minutes.
  • Basketball is played over 4 quarters and teams can take breaks and there is a circulation of players all the time.

As you can observe I am a man of soccer. If you have any more item to add to this list feel free to comment.

And yes one is played with foot other one is played with hands :)


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      John 9 years ago from Idaho

      Why are you comparing apples to oranges? Actually the stratagies and theories between the two sports are extreemly similar. I have received training and played both at pretty high levels and, as you may know, basketball player benefit greatly from playing soccer. For instance I have always said that indoor soccer is basketball played with your feet.

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      Baller,  9 years ago

      Look,basketball is a team sport.You saw what the greeks did to the americans in the mondobasket 2006.Basketball is about tea, sport,not much around talant.

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      Baller,Israel 9 years ago

      I accedently pushed some button. Anyway, I want to continue my comment. I hate soccer.You know why? because all you need is a little 1-0 to win it. In basketball,even if you lead by 20, you don't win for sure. I don't blame you for not noting it in your article.You think short guys can't ball.Really?! what about Iverson? What about Spudd Webb and Nate Robinson who won the dunk contest?Another thing, Nate Robinson blocked Yao Ming! Soccer sucks, basketball rocks.END OF STORY!

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      Nadav 9 years ago

      Basketball > Soccer.

      1. Basketball requires skill and teamwork, not just running the whole field and kicking a ball.

      2. Basketball develops strength.

      3. Basketball is interesting. You can lead by 40 points and still lose the game eventually.

      4. Basketball isn't boring. Sorry, but I can't stand to watch 90 minutes of a game where the scoring board can stay 0-0.

      5. You don't need equipment for basketball. You can play basketball with a coke can and a trashcan, owned huh?

      6. NBA > Champions league/mondeal/whatever.

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      Rave 9 years ago

      You sir are an is a team sport. And since it is a team sport as such it takes a team to win a championship not just one man. And where do you get off saying you need good weather...for an indoor sport. JACK-ASS

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      Shanty 9 years ago

      I agree with you all the way!

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      Erik 9 years ago

      Don't let these Yanks (I'm one too) throw you around. I agree with you on a lot of what you say. Basketball is also a team sport though, but you're right in saying that one player can take over a game. That's true in soccer as well, but triple teaming Kobe is a lot more effective than triple teaming, say, Leo Messi.

      Great article on why Americans have a hard time getting into soccer:

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      Gokay Deniz 8 years ago

      Guys, i see that most of you has never even played soccer, so you have no idea how enjoyable this game is. you are like soccer is boring while there is still risk of loosing even when u r up 40 at basketball. have any of you watched b munich vs. manchester united champiouns league final game? in the last minute m. united scored two goals or have any of you watched czech republic vs. turkey euro 2008 game? Turkey scored 3 goals in last 10 minutes and beat Czech Repuclib 3-2. so if you have no idea about soccer, pls don't waste your time commenting about it.

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      kirandeep kaur 8 years ago

      i like soccor the most. it is so enjoyable.i play soccor most of the time at school.

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      Tish 8 years ago

      So I was planning on commenting on a lot of points in this article. But all of you basketball lovers have already covered it for me. I was looking for information to write a paper contrasting and comparing soccer and basketball... You've all made good points and I thank you. (:

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      Anna Rollosson 8 years ago

      While I personally enjoy playing basketball more than soccer, I have still have great respect for both sports - they really are alike more than they are different. The strategies of both sports are remarkably similar. My guess is that we Americans prefer basketball to soccer 1) because of our short attention spans (90 minutes + no timeouts) and 2) because to be honest, basketball does work better on television. Plus, the fact that there are more (American) superstars in basketball makes it appeal more to us. But I can't speak for everyone since I do live in the South, where soccer is relatively new compared to elsewhere in the country.

      Bottom line: They're different, but both take an enormous amount of skill and athleticism to play. Anyway, we all have our personal preferences, but who can judge whether one sport is "better" than the other?

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      lilburnsy26 8 years ago

      soccer is the most sport out of every sport the requires the most skill

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      asdasas 8 years ago

      FCUK U...short people can also dominate...look at chris paul..hes been performing well..Come man these two games are just amazing,they cant be compared

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      dida 8 years ago

      I agree with the Articcle writer soccer is waaaaaaaaay better thank you for saying that at least someone Knows the truth and people please don't say bad words on here. Thanks!

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      clifford 8 years ago


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      Iamabasketballfan 8 years ago

      I like to play basketball, But you know what you cant choose between soccer or basketball. Though the writer, i must say is ignorant and cant understand basketball at all. Football is a sport that can be enjoyable, yes but so is basketball(if you have the guts to take challenges and workhard). Inspite of you saying soocer is a more team-oriented sport than basketball, there is actually no black and white answer to this either, both need team dedication. Both need Strategy, Me being a player and a coach for my School team, when you say strategy is evened out on all of the 90 minutes you don't seem to understand that in basketball every second counts. Also Who won Last years Nba finals? Celtics won.Against? LA Lakers. the lakers have all high flying superstars but Celtics won because of their dedicatioon and spirit. When you say Michael Jordon, I say Maradona, Pele and Such other footballers. Both games are the same if you are big and strong it gives and athletic advantage not only in basketball but soccer aswell. I am 6 Ft 2 inch but when still if a guy who is only 5 ft comes at you and tries his best and practices day and night, He will score. He will break the barrier and score, (trust me i know from expierience).

      I fell i am wonderring of the point, None of them are going to win. Cause no matter what Basketball fans will have more in depth know how of basketball and football fans will be the same. The answer will be different for everyother person. So why not rest the case and have a big Foot ball and basketball Group Hug...

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      boss 8 years ago

      i live in britain and grew up on soccr for sixteen years until i swa and nba game so trust me when i tell you soccer is a joke compared to basketball

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      Sal 8 years ago

      not to offend any basketball lover but coming from a counry in south america, most poor kids there play soccer mostly because they play with whatever is there, unlike basket ball where u need a hoop. plus the nba dream u have to be pretty tall while in soccer doesn't matter how tall u are. soccer is have to be fast, have stamina, and know how to dribble with ur feet. overall basketball is a good sport but it doesn't really surpass soccer. it is up there though

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      mirha494 8 years ago

      I simply don’t like basketball because you are barely allowed to touch the other player before the referee blows the whistle for foul. And also you are sent off after 5 fouls (I think?).

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      Football and Basketball 8 years ago

      Basketball is one of my favourite sports but I love MMA and Boxing first then Football then Basketball

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      javatips 8 years ago

      Preferred play soccer

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      Artan 8 years ago

      Well, it's very true that a basketball game can be depender on a star player like Jordan. Soccer is more of a team work cause there are many players on the field, it's a more physical game, where the fouls come only from hard tackles or hard pushing not from just touching you, making that more a lady's sport. If you are not allowed to touch me (cause it'll be a foul), with the physical that i made from soccer, i can easily hold the ball and score every time, also take a foul everytime somebody touches me,lol. And even the rule that the opponent is not allowed to touch you while you are in the air trying to dunk or something,that makes it ridicolous... then I`ll try to dunk every time and I'll not lose the ball,I'll get fouled :P lolEven that it's hard to compare these sports, for the fact that they are probably the same after all, but SOCCER demands way too much physical and mental abilities than basketball.For ex. why they say in soccer, he passed the ball to you like with a hand. Cause it's way easier to pass a ball hard enough and accurate enough to your teammate with hands than with foot.

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      NBAandFootball 8 years ago

      All sports are great in their way . Football is the most popular and basketball is great !

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      TheBosnian 8 years ago

      All you americans that say, soccer sucks, lets just say u hate the game cuz u cant handle it, in basketball has there ever been 2 minutes without the game being paused, give me a break. if u played for 90 minutes ud just give up cuz u cant handle that much running, in basketball come on 46 minutes takes them 2 n a half hours to finish, how many breaks do u get??.frm the games ive played, some of you americans would never, playing in rain on 20degrees with field full of water and mud, wearing white uniform and at the end, turns black, please dnt even say nuthing anymore, u gota have love for the game to do that, i duno wat kind of american fool would actually come out their house n play basketball,EXACTLY ;),soccer is dangerous basketball isnt, u get injured if a ball falls on ur finger n crap, while in soccer, legs can be broken, some end carriers,dreams, and for some like Cisse,leg breaking doesn't stop them frm doing what they love, 1, leg broken twice and still playing. yess soccer can be a low scoring game, thats y i dnt watch teams that i dnt enjoy watchin cuz i kno its gna be boring, same for basketball, id rather watch bulls kick celtics ass, then watch clippers lose by 40 points by heat or some $#!&

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      londoner 8 years ago

      This is the most stupid debate ever...there is no comparison between the two sports...Football is sooo much better than basketball its a joke....BASKETBALL IS SHIT....full of lanky bastards running about who are not aloud to be on the other hand tests your stamina and endurance...your mentality and of course your skill and is renowned worldwide where as basketball is only really played in usa...i dont know how people can say that basketball is better than football when football is played in nearly every country in the world at an extremely competitive level...and in Europe..the best continent on the planet shows its dominance...also there is no hype about the 'basketball world cup'..thats if there is one...point provel...BASKETBALL IS SHIT....FOOTBALL ALL THE WAY...COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

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      dawn colbey 8 years ago

      soccer is the best if you think that it is easy than try running so much after the ball and yes you do have to use strategy to win and i am the best at it.

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      Daniell 8 years ago

      you have to be so much more athletic and skilled to play basketball for a living then soccerplayers have to be. ( i live in holland so i can now that). basketball is just waaaay better then soccer.

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      fred 8 years ago

      soccer is extremely boring . you are watching a game (90 Minutes)and only a max. of 10 minutes is exciting. so that means you are really screwing up your evening. basketball is so much better. you have to have a much greater body then for playing soccer... come on .. soccer.... my god .... how lame is that?....

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      Kai  8 years ago

      I think soccer is better because it is an international game.

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      Ashwin 8 years ago

      U said to play ball u have to be tall/ muscular, but its the same with all sports and with who you play with. If you can dribble and drive and if you have good reflexes, you are a very valuable ball player. The only time height would matter is if u played a 1 on 1 game with some huge beast. If u look at soccer, to be good, u gotta be fast and u gotta keep that speed for 90 minutes. So ya soccer players need stamina, but ball players are still cooler

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      balla35 8 years ago

      wat!!!??? basketball is way better!! soccer is boring and its too hot outside, even though i play both bball is way and my friend are debating whether soccer is better than basketball and im pretty sure this site will help me. Basketball doesnt take much and in soccer u need like 22 ppl or sumthin vs. bball u only need 10. soccer takes takes heart, practice and dedication to be good at it...over all BASKETBALL is way betta...oh and my friend is like 4'7" and he can drop dimes all day no matta how tough or big the defense is!!!!


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      a-m.c. 8 years ago

      I agree with IS a much better sport but in bball you don't need special equiptment, and there is team work but soccer has more. SOCCER is WAY BETTER than basketball.

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      a-m.c. 8 years ago

      P.S. i totally agree with TheBoshian

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      urdad 8 years ago

      I agree with all of you but i still like basketball better.

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      TheDarkKnight03 8 years ago

      hey everybody...i just don't want to talk so much cuz maybe no more people see this topic...anyways BASKETBALL THE BEST..if u want to know why contact me at

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      bogartkick 8 years ago

      Both sports are totally great. Soccer has lots of fans and so as basketball. It's not really gonna matter where you wanna be, but eventually, its part of the entertainment and your interest. For me, I like both basketball and soccer.

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      MiS0 H0T!! 8 years ago

      basketball rules all!!!! no doubt about it!! my school got 3 city champs this year and we hav a wall of banners cuz we da best...anyways basketball can be played by anyone you don't really need strength or height. besides tall people are slow short people are quick and aggressive. soccer sucks...even th0 i play. you are outside u get a shorts tan its humid outside and theres no clean bathroom unlike in a gym bball da b0mb member dat!!!

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      SuperSoccerSlayer 8 years ago


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      Dont hate get a grip 8 years ago

      I was going to take the time and address everything that was used to open the dialogue, point by point but to do so would be embarrassing. Some of these comments are as baseless as the morons in the stands at soccer games burning down the place and trampling the fans. What's worse moreso then anything above and beyond, is the tolerance for racism within these games. If a basketball fan so much as throws a peanut as sign of aggression he is removed from the arena front row or not.

      Soccer on the other hand embraces this, the corporate sponsors continue to funnel in money to the racist flag waving and even Player harrassment where they throw bananas on the fields, as the entire stadium erupts in OOOOh, OOOh, OOOOh mocking monkey chants.

      This is not a sport of harmony outside of what happens on the fields. These are just countries and their racist residents excuses to come out and further their racists causes. They probably don't even like the game, could it be they just want to see their respective(tough word to use here)country win. How many fans have died at basketball games?

      Somebody, please look up how many people have died at soccer games.

      Really not an interesting sport to me especially after watching what happens at these games on tv.

      Do I really want my kid understanding that level of agression , FROM A "Fan" of the game.

      By the way let's be real sports played at the highest level require skill if your paid millions, thanks for clearing that up guys but take ourselves out of the equation and really observe:

      1- Do u really need as many breaks or player changes if you are not on the move constantly...if the soccer ball is at the other end of the field is everyone participating...i don't think so. Have i seen soccer players standing around as the ball is kicked back and forth for awhile between 2 players. uh yeah.

      2-Any game can change in the last second forget 10 seconds(just another baseless point)

      3-I have seen bottomed out milk crates nailed to the wall and kids were having a blast

      4- can you really play soccer in the snow(lay off the head butts)

      5- penalty kicks, players subs a 15 minute halftime disqualifies this as a continuous sport(whatever that was supposed to prove). If the intent was to prove who is more athletically inclined...I would have to say BBall players there is just so much in the way of coordination between your feet and hands while controlling a bouncing ball and trying to fight for that lil open area to get a shot off at a goal that is probably 1/300th the size of a goalie net(i really don't know the ratio, but think of it fellas)

      all im saying stick to what matters...."Harmony" and Soccer is still in the dark ages(so to speak)

      In fact if you are a real soccer lover how do you feel about the racism displayed at the events where there is coporate sponsorship. Hope i didn't offend anyone. Are you really a fan of the game or the idea that your country gets display some sort of dominance.

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      emiliio 8 years ago

      this article is not neutral. u basically said soccer is better

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      KT 8 years ago

      I believe with all my heart that soccer is one million times better then basketball. Basketball is a game for sissies plain and simple. What kind of a sport is it if you can't push someone over to get the ball?If you ask me basketball is the sport for people who are afraid of a little pushing. Most would start argue about the fact that in soccer a little push makes them fall over and fake an injury....that would be only the men though, so I will push them aside for a bit. If you watch a girls match you will never see that. If we get pushed over we get right back up again.

      one last thing. What is the most popular sport in the world?...oh thats right ...SOCCER

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      Pinch  8 years ago

      The thing that I don't like about basketball is the first three quarters don't matter. The last 4-5 minutes is really all you need. And basketball is about superstars. The Houston rockets were a much better TEAM than the la lakers werein the playoffs but they lost because Kobe bryant is just so freakiN good

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      Christian 7 years ago

      I like both sports, they are both team sports... that depends is a player is willing to give out the ball, and I really think soccer needs more fitness, who can run a big field for 90 minutes? in basketball you jus run from one side to another and stand till someone throws the ball at you, but I really like scores in basketball, i don't like playing 90 minutes for just 1 goal, and yes there are short players in the NBA just a few if you, short guys can play ball

      but not in the NBA some of them get in, theres a 6' barrier on the NBA. No sport sucks, some may like basketball, and some may like soccer that depends in your taste. (I hate golf

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      erik 7 years ago

      Such an idiot '' at basket the whole game can change in 10 seconds'' , ehm? no? '' no teamwork''? what the hell?

      basket is for big guys? there is an nba star he is 1.50 tall and can dunk you faggot

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      grandpuma 7 years ago

      this article is bias and untruthful

      basketball can be played anywhere theres a hole...

      ok but mj himself played with a trashcan and a rock when he was little. basketball is also a team sport and gets you a lot more tired than soccer...

      soccer is more diffacult to master ...

      or at least to me it was. both are great sports,, as a whole and to the world but the real winner is basketball because of all the varieties there is of the game ..

      as far as streetball soccer gives basketball a lot of inspiration and visversa but over all bball is better bitches!

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      jay 7 years ago

      Soccer requires much more skill. Two time MVP steve nash even said that a game of soccer is much more physically draining than a game of baskeball. Hakeem olojowon only played soccer and he picked up a basktball at the age of 18 and started dominating and became one the greatest player of all time just like that. To be good at basketball is easy, you just need to be lucky and be 6'6+ and able to run with decent footwork. You can go to europe right now and pick up a bunch of tall kids that play soccer, spend just hald an hour explaining the rules of baskeball and they will probably be able to beat guy that aren't so tall but have been playing basketball their whole lives. Could that happen vise a versa? Hell no, because soccer requires much more skill, and stamina. Bball is mostly about being tall.

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      jag 7 years ago

      it doesn't mater wat anyone here says both sports are the same ghd only diff is using hands and feet... i play both sports at a division one college team.. i love soccer more though only because its been in my family

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      Erik Hall 7 years ago

      Londoner!!!!!!!!!!! You don't know what you are talking about. For the record basketball is the largest sport i both China(1,3 million people), Greece, Serbia and it's the second biggest sport in almost every other european country despite Sweden where Hockey takes place nr.2. So don't post in your comment that basketball only is played in USA.

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      Nicole 7 years ago

      As an exptreamly dedicated soccer player who could play all day never get sick of it and defend it to me grave you are very wrong about most of what you said. I play basketball and don't really like the sport becuase of the way the fouls are but i have a high respect for the game. Playing both sports at the same time i can say that basketball is very much about strategy. While they have plays in basketball there is still a lot of thinking involved. The game moves so fast that you constantly be paying attention to everything. Soccer also takes a lot of physical streangth to play and not everyone can play it. I really love soccer and would take it over basketball anyday..but your way wrong about the things you said. give it a chance!

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      Muck 7 years ago

      I can't say 1 is better than the other but which do you feel involves more phyical contact.

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      john 7 years ago

      soccer above the all


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      bball is fag tag 7 years ago

      b ball is fag tag what is the average amount of fouls in a game. soccer is a game for short and tall ya there are short b ball payer but the taller ones have the advantage take me for example i made vasity soccer and i am 4 10 and a freshman lets see a kid 4 10 make a b b ball varcity team as a freshman. get owned

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      JG 7 years ago

      I totally agree with Gokay Deniz. Soccer isn't called "The World's Greatest Game" for nothing.

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      Don't hate get a grip 7 years ago

      Moral of the story: Long, short, fat at the end of the day..."Will" shall always prevail. What makes both of these sports popular is Preference. The players who have dedicated themselves to taking their respective sports to an even higher plain(which one of us hasn't dreamed of beating mj or making an even more spectacular play then pele did back in the day)Should be respected. Its usually us the fans providing the impetus for discord. I am a bball fan do I care about soccer...yes, if it helps my bball players become more entertaining, lol. Fact of the matter is stick to what u know and figure out what it is you don't respect and why. Do that and change your life. God bless and good bballin to you all(My preference of course).

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      Nikki 7 years ago

      soccer vs. basketball

      * soccer players can play under any circumstances. pouring rain, scorching heat, humid air, mud, and in the cold, sometimes the fields are so bad that there is always a danger of wondering wether or not you'd sprain your ankle if you're not careful where you step. whereas ballers play on a court, a smooth 15" court, sometimes even under a roof. place a baller in a soccer field and make them play for 90 minutes without being sure that they would get substituted and see if they survive.

      *soccer is more of a contact sport, unlike basketball wherein you'd have to just touch someone else to get fouled

      *soccer is harder to play than basketball, i mean, you have a goalkeeper tending the net and it takes more skill to dribble a ball with your feet than bounce a ball with your hands. you ignorant bballers, you might want to actually try to dribble a ball with your opponent coming right at you and pushing you, kicking your feet, elbowing you, tackling you, doing anything they can to get the ball

      so in short, soccer rules

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      Sam 7 years ago

      I like both football and basketball and they cannot be compared on "which one is better", they are totally different, if you wanna give opinion then give opinion on the difference on every aspect like...which one need more stamina etc.

      PS: I would say basketball is played with foot, one step means a LOT in this game, hands are only one minor thing just to carry and put the ball inside the basket, we need to concentrate on our steps a lot. I said that coz I am a basketball player in a high level.

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      Sam 7 years ago

      and please those who do not know shit about basketball, please stop saying that height is a must in basketball. like other games, it can also be played with any height with changes in the play technique. If you are short then take shots after getting screen (where your team mate blocks your opponent), be a 3 point sharp shooter, a ball handler also called as "play maker" who have to control the team on what to do next.....height are required for those who plays inside "under basket" areas has so many technique. height does not matter at THAT high level.

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      dont hate get a grip 7 years ago

      Nikki nikki nikki,

      Its a shamed u actually use the word ignorant(to describe everyone else)when u have completely called urself out to be bashed but I wont take the racist soccer fan route I will let u off with but a small and meaningful message...Rules is a term of dominance sort of like the racist who occupy the stands in europe(shameful) soccer doesn't dominate in fact the ver bold move of moving what they consider a sex symbol(whatever his name is again)to an american team in order to promote the sport, set it on fire(like the stands in some games), give it a jolt, ok enough of that...the sport is dying a slow death and the game of bball is actually flourishing even in the markets abroad and some of the players overseas are better than the players here in the states(feel better). consider the game itself. Your talkin about almost 2 hours of running up and down the court and involved in every play(unlike soccer)and yeah there is someone gaurding the net but its at least 1/300th the size of a basketball rim. yu sound like another passionate soccer fan be truthful is it the idea that ur country dominates another or just a love of the game...................because its boring as hell, lol don't be mad although im sure you will be. btw do u also join in the racist monkey chants towards the black players, i hope not. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSERSSS

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      xD 7 years ago

      Ammericans are so frustared... the whole world don't care about USA opnion about soccer, you always try to convince all rest of the world how your sports are better. Soccer is so much popular than others sports that the Olympic Games stopped having soccer, because the Soccer World Cup is so or even more commended than it.

      Nobody miss you guys, but I guess you still need to polish your ego as always. I guess most of Asia, South America, Europe, Africa and the rest of the world would agree with me.

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      Dups 7 years ago

      Football(Soccer) All Day!!!

      Football has the most history and to win the World Cup, the Euros, or the Champions League is more prestigious than winning a NBA ring that is only recognized in America.

      Basketball is boring until the last 5 mins of the game.

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      Dups 7 years ago

      Plus basketball has to many rules all you have to do is touch somebody and it will be a foul and the worst injury u would get is a sprained ankle or soomething where in football is a mans game where they play wit sprained ankles while getting tackled and there is also a risk of someone tackling u so hard they break ur leg.

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      Iamnolan 7 years ago

      Soccer is the greatest sport ever. Don't tell me it's boring because it has too few goals! The goals in soccer are hard to score and actually have value unlike the horrible scoring in basketball everyone loves to see like 400 points scored a game. Now that's boring.

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      Magik 7 years ago

      nikkas please soccer is better than basketball u cnt say nun ok they play basketball only in the unuited states they play soccer all around the world think about that yea and football is a little girls sport tackling each other wow now thats gay... .

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      Rocky 7 years ago

      Football is better than Basketball!

      So wat if it is a lil win 1-0 everyone gets to enjoy the match cuz everyone can play, in basketball you can do one-man it's pretty useless.....

      Actually if u watch these two sports both of them are good to watch but for playing... I have to say football is way more fun to play...firstly you don't have so important rules and it can give you a lot of happiness...but in bball if the guy don't know what is travelling what is double then wats the use for beginners..., but in football even beginners won't be in trouble!

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      stevo 7 years ago

      ave any of ye herd of buggsy malone 5 ft 3 nba player and was height has nothin to do wit being gd at basketball but does give u a certain role on the court

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      ... 7 years ago

      your all chauvinistic

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      kkkkkkkk 7 years ago

      Don't hate get a grip u r a retard

      for those stupid reasons u gave

      #1 u said some soccer players just stand around

      the only reason they do this is to keep there structure and that is very important in soccer

      #2 u said it was another baseless point, but its true

      #3 ur just to cheap to buy ur kids a real hoop

      #4 u said u cant play in the snow but players do play when its snowing

      #5 u said that u need more skill to shoot a baketball, but wrong a 4 year old can make it in the hoop, i can make it in and i don't play basketball, but its a real challenge to control a ball with ur feet, while running, soccer requires more skill than basketball

      also the rules for basketball r stupid u cant hit a players hand that is retarded also soccer unites a nation soccer is a game of pride, and glory, its a game where people leave everything on the field so don't be saying its bad, cause soccer is everything

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      Jessemarie 7 years ago

      okay well i have played both sports & soccer is a ton more fun! i am very open to change, but im not gonna is a blast! You need sooo much teamwork. it cannot be just a one man show. Basketball for example can be. one person can change the whole game. & like the author of this article said, a basketball game can be changes in the last 30 seconds. so go soccer!

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      Jason Roatan  7 years ago

      Are you serious Jessemarie? Soccer can be changed in the last 30 seconds way easier than basketball. Just score 1 single goal. Game over.

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      anonoumuos 7 years ago

      soccer is all about aming basketball it all about getting use to the position

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      Syrymflash 7 years ago

      How about basketball is harder to play than football(Soccer) ? you can even check it on line that basketball is number 4 as the hardest sport to play whereas soccer is number 10 I guess.

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      rano0o0 7 years ago

      every one have his own opinion!!!!!! y u r fightin :|

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      soccer4ever 7 years ago

      5. Nedav=You don't need equipment for basketball. You can play basketball with a coke can and a trashcan, owned huh? u r stupid how will u bounce the can and a trashcan cost money and i wonder why soccer is the most popular game in the world lolz

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      soccer4ever 7 years ago

      and people check this video out

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      victor 7 years ago

      Both games are great. Let's NOT BASH TWO DIFFERENT GAMES and base our comparisons on where they are really different like: hands vs. feet, 48 minutes with timeouts vs. 90 minutes with stoppage time, 5v5 vs. 11v11 with goalkeepers...

      Soccer or football IS THE FATHER OF ALL FOOTBALL games around the world. From soccer, there came rugby, and from rugby, there came gridiron football which became American Football. All require playing in a huge field with many players and involves KICKING, RUNNING and SCORING at the ends of the field in earth-bound GOALS.

      Basketball is an aerial game. You jump to score. Soccer is both a ground and air game.

      I compare it on these SIMILAR points, because these are the reasons I LOVE BOTH SPORTS:

      1. B-ball and soccer need MOVEMENT ALL THE TIME. Everyone moves and play stops when there are fouls. Logical. So its very exciting to see what one player does and what the team's plays build up to. In soccer, you have all the time to create. In b-ball, 24 seconds only which forces teams to score quickly.

      2. They both require TREMENDOUS SKILL. Soccer needs body movement, angles on kicks and headers, running, dribbling and even catching (for goalies). Basketball players can SOAR, crossover, spin, and execute similarly demanding moves and OH MY GOD, HOW DID HE DO THAT moments. Soccer has its fair share especially with the dribble wizards like Messi and Ronaldinho.

      3. Both are exciting. Soccer is exciting because for 90 minutes, ANYTHING can happen. 1-0 scores or 0-0 or 1-1 draws? Sometimes, THE MOST EXCITING AND THRILLING GAMES ARE 1-0...when one team scores and the other TRIES AND TRIES to tie it up...waves of attacks vs. walls of defense. It's almost like a war. A 5-0 game can be more boring than an end to end 1-1 draw. Its very very open and can be played in differing speeds.

      Basketball is can be decided in the last seconds, and for 24 seconds, we watch athletic players shake n bake.


      1. Basketball has timeouts to rest players. Logical because stamina is used for 24 seconds. Bursts of power need rests. Soccer has no such timeouts...because the action is always where the ball IS and where it WILL GO. The bursts of speed and power come in increments, build up,die down...very free-flowing.

      2. B-ball has instant replay. Soccer is a HUMAN game... the refs are the last judges, not a camera.

      3. B-ball fans are patient, but can be loud and passionate. Soccer fans are REACTIVE. they can jeer, whistle, chant, sing and stadiums explode when goals are scored. Soccer fans tend to be noisier.

      you know, b-ball players can benefit from soccer because of the footwork and coordination. soccer players can benefit from b-ball because of the jumping, athleticism and strength.

      IT'S ALL GOOD I'm TELLIN YOU! peace!

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      HaHaHaHa 7 years ago

      This Is To All The Faggot American Ppl Around The World! These Is No Word That Can Describe The Beauty Of The "Real Football". That's All I Need To Say. No One Can Describe Football. The Most Watched Sport In The World. There Is No Comparison In The Two Sports. Football Is The Father Of Them All.

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      syrymflash 7 years ago

      This comparison is mostly about NBA and Soccer, not basketball and soccer.

      And why you don't compare other aspects in which basketball is better. You show us just about 10 aspects in which soccer owns. That's it? I can surely say basketball is better than soccer in much more aspects. So overall answer is soccer sucks.

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      ALI 7 years ago

      Soccer goals are counted by one goal each goal that the team scored. Also there is not three point shot. if the player get two yellow card in the same game he is out of the field and the supose to played man down, but if the player had yellow card last game if he got another card this he can still finish that game. but he is going to messing next match thank for this Apportunity

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      american 7 years ago

      basketball requires skill and you need to have good eye hand coordiantion. Soccer on other hand is played by a bunch of europeopn fags.

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      Mark Bickham 7 years ago

      Wow, some good answers, however all WRONG....Please look at all team sports and ask yourself what choices the athletes have when in possession of the ball/puck/frisbee or whatever object used to score with.

      EVERY team sport from basketball,soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, water polo, ultimate frisbee, rugby all have the same principles of play, the same 3 choices when in possession and the same objective. You play offense when in possession your choices are dribble, pass or shoot, you play defense when you don't have the object, you transition when going from attack to defense or defense to attack.All the sports either have man to man defense, zonal defense or a combination of both. Nothing more nothing less

      The only true difference from soccer and all the other sports is the fact that soccer players have to use 7 consistent surfaces of their bodies to do the 3 choices, the forehead, chest, thigh, and four parts of their feet. For all other sports the athletes use the palms of the hands and fingers to manipulate the object and to perform the same 3 choices...I could go on forever however I believe if you use your common sense you will have no choice but to agree with my philosophy...I would be more than welcome to debate anyone on this subject....regards

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      Taina Wolf 7 years ago

      Im a girl of soccer, its a awesome sport. So what I don't like is when basketball players say that basketball is better just because they never played soccer, or their afraid to. So i don't think you BASKETBALL people should judge something that you know nothing about or to scared to get hurt by. But anyone can play, and thats the good thing about soccer its a game for anyone. And to set the record straight, soccer, is the most loved sport in the world. And the most WATCHED sport in the world.

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      soccer 102 7 years ago

      i don't now why people even like basketball soccer is more of a team sport and basketball should be just for fun only americans and the greek play basketball ive played soccer for 5 years and every country has a soccer team it is also the most watched sport in the world i just hate it how everyone in my school love basketball.

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      Lola :P  7 years ago

      Basketball is a GREAT SPORT!!! WAT R U TALKING ABOUT!!! I like Basketball and Soccer but I will say I do favor Basketball by like 2 percentage points. Yes soccer 102 ur rite, soccer is more of a team sport but just by a little. Basketball requires talking with your teammates and connecting with them as well, just like in Soccer. In basketball there usually is a star :) and they are usually a starter but not always. Without its team mates there is no star everyone benefits from each other. Soccer also has stars and just supporting roles aswell. There really shouldn't be a fight over which is better!!! Everyone has there own opinions!!! NJ!!! U guys should really give the other sport a chance!!! Once u have then ill actually listen to ur argument! Because u honestly don't know anything about BASKETBALL soccer 102!!! Ooo abd BTW bloggerdollar, Basketball isn't just for tall players!!! Im short and Im a starter for a travel team and I was for my school team, and im going to play for my highschool!!! (but im also going to play soccer:P

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      Lola 7 years ago

      BTW I train with some of the best coaches and players for basketball, soccer and all of my other sports such as ice skating. For soccer I have trained with the a PROFESSIONAL TEAM!!! In BASKETBALl ive trained with someone who coached the lakers and the suns. I have also been trained by one of the BEST COLLEGE BALL PLAYERS!!! that person was almost going to be an NBA player and that is my travel teams main coach. I also train with Olympic coaches for skating and I have skated with some olympic gold medelists. So if u don't think I know wat im talking about, think again!!! BTW Tania, BASKETBALL IS WAY MORE POPULAR TO WATCH!!! I find soccer to be boring to watch (BUT I LUV TO PLAY IT!

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      Jason b 7 years ago

      dude your full of shit about basketball i don't no much about soccer but if you think that basketball is for big tall guys then watch this (video

      if this video does not show type in Amazing 11 year old athlete in the youtube search box. another thing please don't pretend your an expert on nothing you know nothing about, basketball is a team sport really you cant have 1 player take on a whole team in NBA. thanks for listening

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      jared dudley 7 years ago

      soccer is pretty nice but ,why is the field too big why don't they shorten it and less players,so it will be much nicer to watch then 90 mins of running,shorten the field lessen the time,in basket ball i like killer crossovers,dunks,and ankle breakers,taunting,,trashtalk,and the jerseys hahaha

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      sam 7 years ago

      i personally like soccer more but that's my opinion really no sport is better. the whole point of a sport is to have fun in your way not some other guys opinion everybody has different opinion on it so there is no real better sport because everyone likes one sport and doesn't like another

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      Dustin  7 years ago

      I think soccer is so popular around the world because it is still very competitive on a national level so many countries play soccer and play it well and as for basketball usa spain argentina are the elite and everyone else is just raceing for fourth place.

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      josi 7 years ago

      its more dangoures and when you fall in basketball you will hurt soccer is more of a team sport it is a nice way to get exercise and i think that soccer is better than basketball because basketball is more frustrating and you play in indoor condition but soccer indoor play is better soccer is a better sport and in basketball people scream and soccer it is a nice way to get excesice so there socder is better than basketball

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      Harrison 7 years ago

      Stop hating on Soccer. Soccer is art, teamwork, skill. Basketball all you do is run back and forth with the ball. In soccer you actually have to get passed several players without getting the ball getting taken away, you can use your moves to trick them, run by them, or use teamwork and pass. Soccer is the number one sport in the whole world. And you cant say anything about that.

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      freya  7 years ago

      i am 14 and playing in the u15s league for girls in britain i am 1m and 48cm the shortest in my team (ipswich bobcats) by a long way. i play for my county and i find that theair are lotts of plays and stratergies to learn so it is game of the mind as well as brawn. we use an incredible amount of team work on fast breaks and defence. there is no single star. no single shooter. no single driver or rebounder. we mesh perfectly as a team which is what is needed to play and win a game of basketball.

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      mm 7 years ago

      soccer "footbol" which it call in mexico. well soccer it boring to watch i remembering watching with my dad and i used to fall asleep and wake up and that game was still on. sorry to say soccer its boring.

      i like watching basketball more its more tense and also have multicultre players..

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      Rory G 7 years ago

      I agree with mirha494. Because in soccer you are all over people but in basketball u barely touch someone and FOUL! What the heck! To prove that, I just got a gash above my eyebrow in september fom colliding with another girl going up to head the ball! U never seethat on basketball. And so you know, I play basketball, i hate it but I'm like forced to play it and it makes me hate it even more. I looooovvvveeee volleyball and soccer. And also I'm not a newby to soccer, Ive been playing since I was in preschool! So for 10 years! That's 20 seasons! And I'm quite good. I'm verrry athletic I'm awesome at soccer and vb and I guess basketball, but I haaaattteee that sport! My sister likes it! She loved it in hs ! What was she on?oy vey! I'm sorry but I just would not have a care in the world bball fell off the face of the earth I would however cry and die if soccer did! This ladies and gentelman was my opinion , so make that noted.

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      victor 7 years ago

      futbol(soccer)= best sport in the world

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      Charles 7 years ago

      Basketball is not simply a game of superstars. I disagree with this whole heartedly. First of all, if this was true, basketball wouldn't be a team game. Michael Jordan is a great player like you suggested, but in order for him to maximize his potential, he has to rely on his other teammates on the court. It is the same with other superstars in soccer. He can only do so much without any help. At the highest level of basketball, teamwork is essential. All basketball coaches can agree with me on this.

      I agree with you on height and size differences of soccer and basketball. It does matter more in basketball than soccer. There are anomalies in basketball where short players can fare well against taller players, but this is rare in professional levels. Soccer, on the other hand, has more diverse body structures. The only positions I think height makes a significant difference is in the positions GK, CB, and CF. And like basketball, there will be anomalies.

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      The Truth 7 years ago

      I am currently living in Sweden where Soccer is shown all year round. The sport is quite boring to me and the action seems to be more focused on the fans. Soccer for the most part looks athlectic, but I don't find a sport that everbody can do i.e golf, bowling, etc interesting.

      Basketball is better because it requires superior human abilities as well as physiques. Soccer on the other hand does not. That's why soccer is so popular in so many European countries.

      Basketball also has the Black man as the center of the action, particularily the African Black man from the USA.

      This is very off putting to Europeans who buy into their own propaganda. Indeed, Sweden wont show highlights of the NBA Finals since their is obviously very few Europeans that play the game and those who do are in subordinate roles.

      Healthy, Strong, agile, leaders Black men are not to be shown working in a group, especially tall, muscular, fast and dark one at that.

      To be sure Basketball is the better and more challenging sport. However, racism is the main reason people hate it. Since Basketball by far is more entertaining than any other sport.


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      theman 7 years ago

      basketaball and soccer are the same.

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      bball fan 7 years ago

      i don't get why people are saying basketball players are wimps because guys get hit really hard but in soccer, guys fall and must break a nail or something because they sit there and roll around for about a minute until the ref gives him the call and then bounces up and runs like nothing happened.

      also, in basketball, there is some excitement while in soccer it is just kick the ball back and forth with the occasional rush.

      overall, basketball is way better than soccer

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      footygyal 7 years ago

      Football is the best! Now, It's FIFA 2010 and most of the People crazy for it, look every stadium it has thousands of People. Football is something to do with cultural fusion and international relations. Basketball, I don't like it, even in my contry philippines love baskeball than football because of the American influence, I see basketball is just a game and not represent a culture...Football is associated with many international organizations such as United Nations, European Union and also Most of the Multinational Companies investing in sooccer, basketball is very Americam. I'm not saying i hate American. I just simply look basketball like that. Yes in soccer, scoring is so hard sometimes its 0-0 but, the feeling of 1 score is a great feeling and victory than scoring points in basketball.

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      Taina Wolf 7 years ago

      My family loves soccer, when the reff in the fifa game one day ago made that call against the U.S. that should have been a goal, and wasn't made me mad, and that call was sooooo wrong.

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      Toobeast4soccer 7 years ago

      Look search up best sport in the world or the most popular which ones the best soccer is. I think u guys r all on drugs saying that bball is better. Look at all the fans and joy they get when a team scores. P. S try watching it on Spanish it's alot more better than English there is ten times more emotion. Oh cmon who doesn't like soccer???

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      Soccer?! 7 years ago

      You forgot to mention that both sports have a similar amount of cry babies!! Get bumped or touched, cry wolf and get a foul call!! I'll pass on watching anything that entails grown men rolling around on the floor crying like girls.

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      Soccerboy23 7 years ago



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      LOLSMILEYFACE10 7 years ago

      soccerboy23 is ryt the worldcup is the biggest event in the world so anyone that says bball is better than soccer is dumb, getting slide tackled to the ground is far worst then getting slapped on the arm so stfu

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      bbalsuxdick 7 years ago

      Basketball is for ppl who can not play soccer :P soccer is a harder sport to play cause anyone can dribble a ball my 2 year old can do it but how many ppl can juggle a soccer ball?

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      seriously 6 years ago

      i really can't believe it

      basketball is cool but soccer is more fun '''for me'''

      you say that nothing happens in soccer but that;z because you watch it on cheap tv and can't see how the players play and since ur already full of basketball you don't concentrate. in once soccer game even if there is no goals 0-0 actlly there's a shooting once a 5min.

      and you don't play alone in basketball the defence can be the best scorer but in soccer you cant! because it's more of a team play you skilless loosers can only follow the ball but we juggle the ball and controll it you ppl only know the grade school soccer doyou? foot is more hard to use but example , look at beckham in one attemt he can goal a soccer ball into a bkball hoop from very far that's why he costs millions to play for only one season and what are the people who stop those players? and lione messi, when he dribles in his top speed running, the ball doesn't go further than 3foot away from his foot in every game

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      seriously 6 years ago

      Just pretend that you're being fooled by me and enter in 'roberto carlos super goal'

      and there much and much more skills in soccer

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      Runethief 6 years ago

      From a neutral standpoint, neither game is better or worse, and should not be compared towards each other. They both require skill, dedication, and even some talent and luck. Both games can be played in many different settings, be it snow or a clear day. They both can be played indoors and outdoors. I understand that the author of this article was biased, and that most of the people, if not all, who wrote these comments are too. I personally think that soccer is neither better nor worse than basketball, or any other sport for that matter. It all depends on how you enjoy playing sports, and what sports you can do well at. EG: I am better at soccer, so I think that it is better. I am not as good at basketball, therefore I do not like it as much. Also, different skills can be utilized for each game. A strategic player, such as myself, could play either game. In soccer, at least from my experiences, you have more time, as a defender, to think through your moves, while in basketball and as a forward in soccer, you must think on your toes the entire time and look for a weakness in the opponents forces, and take advantage of that. Someone who is bigger could be an intimidating force in either game, thus wavering the other teams resolve. I believe that both games are equals, but again, this depends on your personal preference. Comparing the games would be like comparing a fly and a human. They are both alive, just as soccer and basketball are both sports, but they are inherently different. And on that note, I leave you with much to think about.

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      Jim 6 years ago

      Basketball ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So Shut up

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      yo 6 years ago


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      Tom 6 years ago

      I have played both, and I have to say that the sports are much more similar than other people may want to think.

      Both sports involve three key factors: spacing, passing, and timing.

      Pointing out Michael Jordan as an example of how a superstar can take over basketball is somewhat of a flawed argument. He could not win a championship until Phil Jackson brought the inherently team-based triangle system, which is based on and takes full advantage of those three things: spacing, passing, and timing.

      I also find the current debate over Lebron or Kobe interesting, since Lebron played American football in high school, and Kobe grew up in Italy and is a soccer fan. I think that distinction has manifested in their respective games.

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      Brian 6 years ago

      What is amazing here is that both fans who have only watched soccer or basketball believe the other sport does not allow physical contact. This hardly the truth. There is pushing in the middle of a soccer field and pushing in the middle of the court in basketball. Both are very much so based on passing angles and player movement. Many people on the comment are correct in asserting that the author knows little about basketball.

      Where the author does have a point is that basketball is biased, favoring taller players over shorter players.

      I have played both sports (I am American)on a very disorganized level. I am by no means a star athlete, but as a guy who simply likes to play sports I have to say there is an incredible difference in the mental effect of the size of the playing surfaces. In basketball I actually get tired sooner because I am sharply changing direction, battling for post position, and trying to move both horizontally and vertically far more often.

      When I played soccer I found the simple vastly bigger playing field left me feeling much freer when I ran. I tired far less easily. Now this was a very friendly game between we far less skilled American players and a group of Hispanic players who moved the ball with their feet with grace (the same kind of grace with which I can see a good basketball player dribbling in a typical street game) , so there was very little pushing to establish position. I imagine if I grew up in a soccer playing nation then there would have been much more physical contact (and I would be to control the ball with much more ease).

      Just an observation, but perhaps one that only I have experienced.

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      Julian 6 years ago

      a sports that requires more than 1 player is a team sport and all team sport requires teamwork. There's no such thing as only 1 player runs the whole team. If the sports require more than a player, this means the sports need more than a player to win. Basketball and soccer both need a lot of teamwork! And i agree with short people do not play basketball well. there's no NBA player below 180cm while soccer player can be short.

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      yea rite 6 years ago

      Basketball and Football are great sport,but think basketball has a higher level of competition,simple because of the fact that everyone is involve at every moment in the game.Football on the other hand, you get time to rest when the ball is not play to you are the person your marking.I think basketball needs to be more fun so it can get more fan base and football need to to raise the fitness level and competition.

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      Hmmm.... 6 years ago

      Soccer vs Basketball

      I have played both basketball and soccer and both sports require stamina, agility and a strong mind. Both sports require a high level of competition and needs a high standard of fitness in order to compete. For basketball and soccer, players need to make even the slightest of touch amount to forcible rape!!!! Instead of comparing the two sports in whole why not break the two games into different parts:

      -Free throws vs free kicks

      -Jump balls vs kick offs

      -United States vs United Kingdoms

      -Michael Jordan vs Maradonna

      Like I have mentioned, I have been playing both sports and to me both are equally good. Although there are a lot of scuffles, I leave it up to you, dear readers, to decide as both basketball lovers and soccer lovers have raised up strong points. Most of these comments have been biased from each person's point of view and there is no clear winning yet! However, in my opinion, soccer and basketball both rock!!!!!!

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      hassan 6 years ago

      soccer all the way

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      killa 6 years ago

      I like soccer better and i have played basketball and its a good game but n it has a lot of rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Carlo 6 years ago

      I feel this article is very inspiring. Listen guys he's not trying to express how terrible basketball is just the more benefits of Soccer! I mean personally soccer is the best. But that's my opinion. So soccer is actualy more excercising than basketball. Here see soccer fields are definitely bigger than basketball courts! Your at least gonna run for 10 miles the entire time! And also the surface of the field is smoother than basketball courts. Have you heard of how many surgerys have happened to basketball players? The court is not good for the body for it's hard surface. And the whole points I mean the suspense is what makes it so exciting just to see that amazing goal! On the other hand of course your gonna see them make a shot every 15 seconds, there's no excitement and 40 points ahead? I think I know who's gonna win obviously means there better. And soccer players get WAY MORE TIME to play I mean basketball players get subed out almost every 30 seconds . And kids your both wrong for the can and a trash can or 2 rocks I mean it's not the same feel of the game the can especially and the hoop in the air. Soccer games I mean ya almost 20 minutes of total halftime and soccer only 5 mins and barely any commercials to bother you. And there's been many times were basketball players have been so close to the crowd and have actualy fallen on them injuring the badly! I mean there needs to be some space cause there all sitting there right at the sidelines with no room when soccer most of the time it barely gets hit to the crowd and there's big space and not as much get hurt and I know you may think " what if they kick it right at the crowd at someone thattl hurt!" well actually really they only lose the ball in the air so the crowd has a HEADS UP. And the comments about not as much competition and exercise you at least run 10 miles a game and you have to follow the ball every were it goes when it's passed 100 ft somewhere else and compitition? The world cup is every four years!!! People kill to go to those games! Soccer is the 1# sport in America. So for those smart mouthes who say OWNED, well here's my definition of owned. :)

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      egg 6 years ago

      basketball is way better than soccer!

      here are the reasons

      1. basketball is more exciting to watch than football.

      you don't want to waste 90 minutes of your life watching a game with the final score of 0-0.

      2. in basketball everybody has to play defense all the time or else your team will lose because one player does not play defense, in soccer, lets face it, not everyone has to play defense.

      3. Basketball can't be played by anyone? because it's a game only for big and tall guys? try watching iverson, chris paul, earl boykins, spud webb? and there's a lot more of them. both basketball and soccer can be played by anyone, short, tall, thin, fat, muscled and even those who has handicaps, both sports can be dominated by anyone whether you are tall or not.

      athletism, skills, discipline, hardwork is what you need to be very good in a sport.

      4. both sports needs teamwork, individual performance can win a game, but teamwork can win championships!

      Jordan won 6 championships because they have a good team and jordan is a great leader because he has good followers. without the help of his teamates he will never be that great.

      5. because you are stupid, both games can be played anywhere, in anyway you want it, you can crumpled a paper a shoot in the trashcan, or if you want you can kick it. being resourceful is just the solution you don't need equipments.

      6. both games needs a good strategy in order to win a game. in basketball, timeouts are not for resting, it is more a strategic purpose, whether you want to stop the momentum of the opposing team, to score in a crucial play, defensive and offensive changes. in basketball you have to always adjust on what's happening inside the court. you have to read the minds and the strategy of the opposing teams. because in basketball anything can happen. unlike in soccer, sometimes 90 minutes is not enough to score a goal, why? because everybody is just kicking the ball back and forth like nothing is happening and most of the goals are just like lucky shots. like sometimes you are thinking, is that what you soccer players are practicing for??

      7. basketball and soccer are both physical contact games. basketball are just more controlled because it will help the player getting injured or hurt badly, you don't want to get broken bones, torn cartilages ligaments etc etc because someone just intentionally hurt you?? right? that is not the purpose of the sport.

      well, football is the most popular sport. but basketball is the most entertaining sports to watch and play because you get will more result, and there are no dunks buzzer beaters in your face dunks, powerful blocks beautiful precise accurate jumpshots and well executed plays.

      anyway, both sports are played differently,

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      Gfitz 6 years ago

      I feel that Basketball is simply more athletic. But both sports take a lot of skill. I love both, but i have gravitated more to Basketball lately due to the fact that there are so many more aspects to the game than soccer.

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      Rebushard 6 years ago

      Basketball is cooler and better than soccer, in movies about prisons, do you see guys playing soccer?, no you see them playing basketball, and another things, space jam or goal?

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      boooom! 6 years ago

      One of the complaints is that it takes a long time to make a goal. It seem like it takes 40 years to make a goal. It’s boring, to sum it up. Or, is it just because we have a short-attention span? It is like the American way of living—fast-paced, showing-off, hasty.

      Even though we say that basketball is a team sport, what we actually watch is not the incredible ball passing or the hard defense, but the Jordan-like moves—jaw-dropping, awe-striking, high flying dunks, agile and dexterous moves. Everyone wants to be like Jordan, Bryant or LeBron, and no one wants to be Grant Hill or John Paxton. Everyone wants to hold the ball, in-your-face style, and takes all the scoring.

      It is unlike football where unity is a virtue. It is a game where hard defense and incredible ball passing and handling greatly matters. It is a sport where patience is a virtue. It is a sport where a good strategy is a dogma. It is a sport where every member counts and not left out. It is a sport where one falls, everyone falls. It is a sport quite different than basketball.

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      boooom! 6 years ago

      One of the complaints is that it takes a long time to make a goal. It seem like it takes 40 years to make a goal. It’s boring, to sum it up. Or, is it just because we have a short-attention span? It is like the American way of living—fast-paced, showing-off, hasty.

      Even though we say that basketball is a team sport, what we actually watch is not the incredible ball passing or the hard defense, but the Jordan-like moves—jaw-dropping, awe-striking, high flying dunks, agile and dexterous moves. Everyone wants to be like Jordan, Bryant or LeBron, and no one wants to be Grant Hill or John Paxton. Everyone wants to hold the ball, in-your-face style, and takes all the scoring.

      It is unlike football where unity is a virtue. It is a game where hard defense and incredible ball passing and handling greatly matters. It is a sport where patience is a virtue. It is a sport where a good strategy is a dogma. It is a sport where every member counts and not left out. It is a sport where one falls, everyone falls. It is a sport quite different than basketball.

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      js 6 years ago

      I'm a Filipino where in our country basketball rules. There are more basketball courts than football fields. It got famous because of the Americans. Basketball is coordination of both hands and feet. It is also the sport where height matters. In Football you need skill. Only crazy people can catch a very small ball flying very fast through you. You will need very good teamwork and a very long patience and also a very good stamina. Football was played even from the ancient times. Basketball is cooler to watch but football as well. For me football is a better sport. For patient people soccer is the sport for you.

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      ILL P 6 years ago

      Soccer can also be played indoors as well. Indoor Professional soccer is in North America and slowly building in other countries as well as futsal. Strong and accurate points though.

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      KK Shad 6 years ago

      Basketball does require a good amount of arm strength combined with stamina and running skills, but ultimately, soccer is more challenging in the sense that you are running the length of a football field over and over again. Your team acts as one while you play and it demands a ridiculous amount of running. As an American teenager, I love watching both sports, but soccer is the game to play.

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      Michael 6 years ago

      I like both sports

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      Soccer professionalSTAR 6 years ago

      Well, soccer is an international sport and basketball No! only in UsA! IN my opinion Im A soccer pro! Im in France and italy. There like 10000000000000000000000000000000000 soccer players pro! american football Is better called Handball not football! Soccer is football!

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      GHoSt! 6 years ago

      It means that stupid people does not understand about Basketball piece of shit And Handball{American football} Why handball pro went to china to teach!!!!! Cause soccer is beating handball and basketball! guys admited soccer is the most international and played most. OnlY in Usa called soccer Only! Run more 90 minutes guys not like handballl and basketball 10 and there are sweeting? SOCCER IS BETTER FIFA""! Fifa Kills NBA AND NFL !! THANKS GUYS

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      FutBal FTW! :) 6 years ago

      OMG, bball compared 2 futbal, no way!

      football kicks ass hands down.

      futbal is all about teamwork. if a keeper plays extremely well, dosent mean his team wins. only if his team plays together as a unit can they score goals that enables them 2 win d match.

      nd in bball, if u have 1 gud player they're full team is good! wtf?

      i can dribble a ball 50 times, but i bet u cant do 50 kickups! :P

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      Insert Your Name :P 6 years ago

      As you said:

      •Basketball is a game of superstars. One man can change everything. (Michael Jordan. No other word needed to say)

      Well this is not true. Pippen and Rodman did a lot for Jordan.

      Rodman - The Ultimate Rebounder

      Pippen - Ultimate defence + Dunk & Shooting Skills.

      Without Rodman and Pippen, Jordan WILL NOT win that easily.

      Also basketball also need teamwork A LOT.

      As you can see the Trio - Lebron, Wade & Bosh.

      Even there's 3 of them, if they don't have a nice strategy, they will not win.

      Lebron is a superstar right?

      But the truth is he (one man) didn'n win any rings when he's in Cav. Basketball isn't one-man game. I mean almost not, unless you're like Chamberlain.

      Then why did Kobe got his ring?

      A: Cause he got Gasol, Artest, Fisher & Bynum.

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      Regine  6 years ago

      Yes u r an ass.....for 1 there is a lot of short players in the NBA and also u don't need to be like Martha Stewart and go shopping for equipment to play basketball, because all u need is a good bouncy ball and anything that is round, a harper, trash can, if u have no idea about basketball I advise u to put down your laptop and go try the game maybe you might actually be able to type common sens

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      fioqsdf 6 years ago

      dude, way to be neutral...

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      knock belai 6 years ago


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      HoopsAllTheWay 6 years ago

      Basketball is way more exciting. There are so many turnovers in soccer, that makes soccer boring to watch.

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      Whoever 6 years ago

      For real you think chris paul is short compared to football players he is tall maradona is an Argentine football player he was 1.58 meters.

      By the way football is much tiring than basketball, also we are primates so hands are easier to use than legs.

      football can be boring but watching big teams is fun, and don't ever call football soccer.

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      victor  6 years ago

      Look soccer fans, that's a loser game!!!! i am pro at both sports and ic an tell it sucks compared to bb :P all soccer fans suck

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      bob 6 years ago

      hello what is this

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      toosoon 6 years ago

      victor or whatever ur name is....from ur comment i can tell u r the loser not soccer game so zip it

      ....and also i don't think u ever played soccer in ur life so don't lie.

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      gunkiller 6 years ago

      Victor you and your stupid basketball team sucks did you know why basketball is a stupid sport. soccer is international , basketball is national only usa plays . so shut your mouth.

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      Micheal 6 years ago

      well i think basketballs better way better like soccer its really easy to foul people and it is more dangerous because of the tackles and the kicks and you see more anime or cartoons about soccer getting injured like shaolin soccer and when you kickit might hit some ones face or your face and its!! your team mate on the very last minute and you lose so vote for B A S K E T B A L L ! ! ! ! !

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      Bruce Fagan 6 years ago

      It is obvious that you guys don't know shit about bball.

      1) The bulls didn't become champions just cuz of micheal jordan... there was another hall of famer called SCOTTIE PIPPEN

      2) bball is much more of a team sport because in football if the striker does not run in defence it is not sure that the team will get a goal, as in basketball when its a 5 vs 4 on one side the points are 95%sure

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      Chanan 6 years ago

      You are totally right soccer is way better than basketball. You get much more tired from basketball abd usually you touch the ball only 2 times in a game (unless you are the superstar), now seriously is that woth it? Go Soccer!!! Football, Soccer was the first football and then americans made a game with HANDS and called it FOOTball. Sereously?

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      bunbury 6 years ago

      both are great sports (to prove it- they are simply the # 1 & # 2 sports of the world), both require a lot of skill, both require a lot of stamina, both are teamwork oriented (although i agree that one basketball player can impact the game more than one soccer player). it's pointless to discuss that. I played both sports and i loved them both. both have their pros and cons (basketball cons- too many free throws, the last minute lasts half an hour, too many time outs; soccer- players act (extremely)way too much when contact is made, when a team takes a lead in the second half, the players on the winning side will basically throw themselves in the field and fake injury to let time expired, sometimes the game gets clogged in the middle of the field (generally happens when both teams play "not to lose"). but there are three advantages that i give to basketball from a players perpective. 1-there is more action, 2- there are more things that you can do with your hands than with your feet. 3- stats (points, rebs, ast, stls, blks, etc etc etc). the best thing about soccer from a spectator perspective---no timeouts. they should try that in basketball. allow players substitution during free throws.

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      football rocks 6 years ago

      Basketball is for people who cannot play football. It’s how they started … wait why not we use our hands, much easier that way …120 by 70 yard oh man that is a lot of running … 90 min with only 3 subs? Enough with 40min and we’ll take a rest as much as we want and come back when we feel running again oh wait and with all that Gatorade, gotta hit the RR at least 4 times … then 6 of them left the field saying this game sucks.. lol

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      Ddj 6 years ago

      If only Americans could understand.......

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      Jole 6 years ago

      I like football(soccer),but basketball is way better.Why?


      1.It's fun and exciting to watch,everything can change in a couple of seconds.

      2.Football match lasts 90 mins and sometimes in that 90 mins there are no goals.

      3.Amazing plays: comebacks- dunks- crossovers- you make plays like these in football?

      4.Basketball players play both offense and defense,so you can't rest while being on the court.

      5.Football is for weak people without heart who are fast and talented.Not allot of football players have heart.Basketball players have heart.Even point guards will fight with centers.

      6.Michael Jordan(greatest athlete of all time).

      I'm from Croatia.

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      bebop 6 years ago

      soccer doesn't reallly suck but basketball OWNS it one of a million reasons CONVINIENT

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      Who cares about my name 6 years ago

      F*ck u basketball plp, u dnt understand shit about soccer, soccer takes moré skills then the sport 1st n you'll see how it is, just keep talkin shit plp

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      AnonyomousSportLover 6 years ago

      Nobody is ever going to stop this? I like soccer/football but I LOVE basketball! But I don't see what's wrong here because BOTH ARE GREAT SPORTS, people just have DIFFERENT TASTES!

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      Felipe Da Next Ronaldo 6 years ago

      Whoa Whoa whoa....! Basketball isn't as easy as it seems i play both sports and it took me awhile to be really good at basketball because not every1 can dunk, or jump really high like yu see on tv yu have to workout nd b extremely athletic and skilled to shoot the ball well and dribble. Trust me both sports are hard to pick up. And most people who only play basketball for fun think its easy because they don't play against tough/good competition which is like saying soccer is easy if yu shoot penalty kicks with no goalie! so before yu say basketball is not a tough sport or its easy, go play against people who r good and know how to play cuz i knoe for a fact it wud change yur opinion. basketball is as hard as the competition yu play against becuz wat makes yu a better basketball player is how much pressure yu get acustomed to playing under and of coarse yu have to do alott of training on yur own and be well cordinated and extremely athletic. And soccer is easier to train becuz yu can get used to the feeling of having a ball on yur feet over time. bt its still a very hard sport. bottomline i think basketball is harder depending on the level of competition yu play against bt soccer is harder in general bcuz it takes time to get used to doing things with yur feet. And just to point out basketball is played worldwide( not only in the US) in fact it is just as popular as soccer. They have basketball leagues in europe, china, japan, brazil, and just about every country. BOTTOMLINE: NBA>Soccer pro

      its harder to go pro in basketball then it is to go pro in soccer becuz soccer has more leagues and not every1 is tall,extremely athletic and well skilled( nt saying short people cant play bball bt its harder if yur short, Im 5'9" and I'm relly gudd at basketball bt i cant dunk nd its hard to drive and layup against tall defenders so im better at soccer

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      Taina Wolf 6 years ago

      Soccer is Beast... no question there. people just don't appreciate soccer cause they don't get it. Soccer is a avery complicated game that involves a lot of thinking. People just don't get that, so it makes me mad when people diss soccer. Who are they to judge?!?! they haven't even played the game!

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      Bball lover 5 years ago

      Okay this is ridiculous. BOTH sports have their challenges. I personally think basketball more fun to play, but that's just my opinion. But to say its a pansy sport is crap. Both sports involve a bunch of running. However soccer has a defense and an offense. In basketball you play both. So while your complaining about your 90 minute game without timeouts; remember that while you were just on defense you're taking a nice break while your teammate is on offense. So don't give crap about constantly running because be honest here, you aren't running up the field, you have to stay back.. People also think that in basketball you just throw the shot up. Half of the shot is using your LEGS to get the shot off. When you're tired that's when your shot is short. As for fouls, well you try putting a ball through a hole when someone is literally holding your arm down. We may get fouls easier, but at least we don't flop every play... If your team is ahead in soccer and you want to run the clock down you just roll around on the ground for a while and get up. And for timeouts, it's to put subs in. You guys have 11 players, while we have 5. Each player has different strengths, so they might be more useful against an opponent in a mismatch. And you damn well can be short and play ball. Tall people (and not all) tend to be sometimes sluggish and not as quick. That's how the little guys use their dribbling skills to outsmart their opponent and get it into the hole, because it's very possible. And last but not least injuries... It's very likely in both sports you will see injuries. I took a sports med class and learned that soccer has a higher concussion rate. It happens when you go up to head the ball.. But keep in mind in soccer you're playing on some nice soft grass. Sure you collide and break bones but at least you're not falling on to some nice hardwood floor or concrete. In basketball I collide with people all the time. Both sports are equally brutal. Although in soccer the whole point is to Put a body into your opponent and gain position. Who's to say that doesn't happen in basketball when the ref isn't looking? :) anyways I do enjoy watching soccer and basketball, I would just say don't necessarily dis on someone's sport without the facts. Like I said, both are challenging! And p.s. For all you ignorant brits out there who make fun of Americans calling football soccer: the term soccer originated from none other than... Drum roll please... ENGLAND. Don't believe me? Look it up. You guys started it, we caught on and kept it as soccer. End if story.

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      sasda 5 years ago

      It just depends on your natural ability. Soccer is a very demanding sport but doesn't require that you be a great athlete. If you are well conditioned they can find a place for you on the soccer field remember not ever player on the field attacks and defends and most players have a singular job. You do run a lot but you are not always running hard, you are not jumping every few seconds you are not in a squat position trying to slide and stay if front of a guy you can't touch. Soccer has a lot of stoppages in play as well, not as long but many more. Also since there is not shot clock teams are not in aggressive attack mode once they have possession of the ball so a lot of time what you get is the equal to a basketball team running a 4 corner spread with a cutter all game on offense and a 2-3 zone on defense. You do take contact here and there, but I'd rather take a slide tackle from a 140 pound guy while I'm on my feet then a body check, shoulder to the chest, hip check, knee to the thigh, etc from a 250 or 300 pound guy when I'm in the air or running full speed across the lane.

      At a high level since all players must attack and defend ever player on the court takes contact every play, not so in soccer, attacker take contact when they are attacking, defenders take contact when they are defending.

      You have to be bigger stronger and more athletic to play basketball at a high level. A well skilled basketball player will have a much easier time learning to play soccer at a high level then a skilled soccer player would learning to play basketball at a high level.

      This is why generally coaches and trainer consider basketball players the most athletic and well balanced team sport athletes on the planet

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      qazwx 5 years ago

      Sasda, I have never heard anyone consider basketball players to be the "most athletic" athletes. As someone who has played both sports extensively, I have to say it's patently false, and I doubt you have played much soccer at all. The fact is, anyone so much as touching a basketball player while they have the ball is considered a foul. While there is limited contact in the paint, it pales in comparison to the constant jostling, pushing, and tackling soccer players face. It's not just a slide tackle, but it's a slide tackle, running at full speed, hitting one of the weakest parts of your body (Ankles). That is far, far more dangerous than anything in basketball.

      You saying soccer is much easier to learn than basketball is laughable, and anyone who has actually ever tried to learn both will know that soccer is much, much more difficult. It's not even a fair comparison. Some players are good enough to go pro in basketball after just a few years of playing the sport. In soccer? I doubt anyone could compete without at LEAST 10 years of competitive play.

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      F H 5 years ago

      Agreed with qazwx. I've played both extensively, and soccer is much tougher. There is way more contact in soccer than basketball, more running, and more skill involved. In basketball, the greatest advnatage you can have is just being tall. Guys like Ben Wallace, Shaq, and Dwight Howard don't have a whole lot of skill but because they're tall they are great at basketball.

      I doubt most of the basketball lovers here have played a lick of soccer, and if they did, they'd get slaughtered.

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      FU13 5 years ago

      BASKETBALL can be played by anyone. it just matters what positions they like to play, even if you're short. for example, what about nate robinson? hes short but REALLY a basketball star. if you're short, you're just more likely to play point guard or shooting guard. and there is NOT more contact in soccer than basketball. are you kidding me? basketball is ALL about contact!!!! soccer can be played by weak people too.

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      F H 5 years ago

      Uh, Nate Robinson isn't short. He's 5'9", which is normal height. The fact that anyone 6'3" or under is considered short in basketball is very telling. Average height of basketball players? 6'5" or 6'6". Just because the occasional freakish athlete like Nate Robinson can make it doesn't mean anyone can.

      As someone who has played basketball and soccer, soccer definitely has more contact. In basketball, if you so much as touch the player with ball (unless their back is turned), it's a foul. In soccer, tackles, pushes, etc. is all fair game. I actually play both, I doubt you've ever played soccer.

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      Extra idiot 5 years ago

      beach volleyball all the way

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      Me :) ;) :D :P :B :'( 5 years ago

      Soccer vs Basketball

      Soccer and basketball are both similar in terms of popularity and skill level.

      The objective of soccer is to get the ball past the goal line in your opponent's goal. Once the ball passes this line, you score a point. It is also similar to rugby and football where the ball has to be brought past a line in order to score a touchdowwn. However, soccer is a less rowdier and more organised way of the game. Although it may not look interesting to some, it is how you perceive the game that is important. If you think of it as 22 men kicking a soccer ball around a pitch, of course it'll look boring. For some who haven't watched football (or think it is boring), they probably might think, "What's so interesting about a few men running past some lines to get to the other side while trying to avoid being taken down? I do that everyday to catch the bus, minus the ball, of course!", it's boring. Soccer is interesting because you get to see the flow of the passes, the build up before that one moment the ball goes past that line. You get to see the fouls and feel what the players are feeling. You get to say, "I bet he's going to pass it to the left wing and cross it over before heading it into the top corner," you get to predict and see how the game unfolds. You get to see the flight path of the ball and see it land back into that net.

      Basketball is also an interesting sport. 1 ball, two baskets and 10 men. 5 in a team and they will do anyting and everything to get that ball slammed into that basketball. Basketball, unlike soccer, is always fast paced (players in soccer pass to ope team mates in their half before tearing down the defense and forwarding it to the strikers). The ball goes to the left side, flys to the basket, before being caught and dunked. The excitement is in the ball. The way and how it moves is always an exciting thing to look out for in a game. The audience gets to see the ball fly in an almost perfect arc before swishing it into the net, most of the times, almost too miraculously.

      Soccer and basketball are almost too alike if you ask me. However, the differences do level up with the similarities. Obviously, the scoring system is different. A goal in soccer is one point be it outside or inside the penalty box. A basket is worth either two or three points depending on the position of where the shot was made and a free throw equals one point. Secondly, the playing area is different. A soccer player has to run up and down a pitch and can stop whenever he walk if the ball is in the other half near the penalty box, he just has to make sure his man is being guarded. For basketball, the court is smaller. But the outbursts of energy are more frequent. Lastly, the criteria different, especially the height. A soccer player can be short but a basketball player has to be tall but there are a few exceptions. The basic requirements for both sports: a player has to be agile, strong, have bags of stamina and have great court/pitch vision.

      In conclusion, the choice is up to you (but please keep in mind that you must enjoy the sport and not let others influence your choice) , whether we like soccer or basketball or maybe an entirely different sport?

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      George 5 years ago

      I'm sorry but i'm against about what you've stated:

      "Soccer is an outdoors sport.You can play soccer in green fields or under snow.

      Basketball is an indoors sports. You have to find a good weather or a good place."

      actually sir the advantage of an indoor sports is that what ever the weather outside you can still play.

      you can't play soccer in snowy fields if there is a hailstorm right? while you can play basketball indoors even there is a hailstorm outside.

      so to make things short..indoors sports like basketball have no problems when it comes to weather...

      and about the good place you are saying...a stadium is always a good can't play soccer in a small street.

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      Egidijus 5 years ago

      Saying that some sports has less tactics shows about low knowledge of the one who says that. People who see football(soccer) rarely says: "oh, that's sport where 22 idiots are running after a ball", and then thoose who see basketball rarely says that it is "just run and shoot". Its big bullshit. Basketball has tactics, combinations in attack and in defense as well, after time out it may be changed totally. So way You see sports is very primitive if You don't see "team work", etc.

      Can't believe some says basketball is ladies sports. Tell it to face of Shaq. This "girl" will hit You that You will not wake up for long. THere are lot of contact in basketball, sometimes its unseen as You pay most of attention to the guy who has the ball.

      If someone wants to discuss write me:

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      Ram 5 years ago

      go figur..yall yucks that post them ther basketball stuff don't even know how to spell ur stuff to complaing...I think that sez a lot bout how much u know...intellergents just doesn't go wif ur basketball comments..If you did had a little of what it takes to comment, you sure would have made a clear point with better english. I sure hope the students that I have spent many years and time with don't sound as ridiculous as those of you who can't spell, type or obviously share an intelligent thought. It is so sad to see that our education system has gone so far by the way side, that ignorance is what we are stuck with reading on posts like this.

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      gman snips 5 years ago

      soccer and basketball are both fun to play, but soccer is more fun because of the physical contacts. basketball is game for bitches. no physical contacts, what kinda bull shit is that? winning a game by 20 or 50 points is not really that interesting for bball because it happens, where as in soccer a team have to fight and fight just to score one goal is mor fun to watch and play.

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      unanimous 5 years ago

      I used to live in il before i moved to fl we used to call soccer soccer now we call it futball or football weird

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      soccer 5 years ago

      soccer is internationally ranked #1 in sports

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      Someguy 5 years ago

      Football(its not called soccer)is WAY better than basketball.





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      theo_shelton(all-round.balla) 5 years ago

      Okay im not gonna write some long as shit for this, cuz rlly nd truly its a waste of my time. Someguy rlly shut the fuck up...seriously..its wat u like, get tht dumb ass. Im srry, its tru. FOOTBALL is ranked number 1 in the world but what if we never had a #2 or a #3 or #4 or #5, the guys that play these sports possibly cnt play football or dnt like the sport, but found something else that they liked and could use as a way to stay in shape. u kno rlly FOOLISH ppl come on this thing acting like they know everything, not sayin tht i do, but apparently, i know a whole lot more than 3/4 the ppl tht commented. Gman snips :/ is a contact sport dumbass... :/..ahmm yes it is tht interesting for a team 2 win by 20 or 40 points..if u watched basketball or knew shit abt it, tht doesn't happen a lot. so what the team just magically went up by tht much points rite? u know because the players never had to fight and play their hearts out to be leading by 40 points..WOW..tell me more abt magical way of winning games by huge margins.. dumbass...btw basketball much harder than football. u need a lot more practice as an athlete to be great at basketball. While you do need practice for football, not as much. Almost, every Jamaican guy is good at football..those same guyz would suck at basketball. Now the basketball players are at least good at football. Let's say tht there is an open goal in soccer and a real seriously amateur guy tries to kick the ball into the goal - Pretty Easy once he takes his time (it would eventually go in if he kicks it rlly slow). Compare that to if a rlly rlly amateur guy wants to take a shot from the free-throw line. Which do u think would probably score more times?

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      the game 5 years ago

      look soccer is the best. You can play soccer if you are big or small. Soccer is a strategy game. unlike basket ball where you shoot the ball in a hoop.Those of you who say soccer is boring well you can go get a life

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      SSjKidGoten 5 years ago

      You don't know much about basketball...I like soccer and basketball a lot but I think basketball is better. Basketball DOES include teamwork and you use all parts of your body. You have a risk of losing even if your 40 ahead. And not ONLY tall people can play. Small people can play to...And wow in soccer you play for 90 minutes and no breaks? Basketball has 4 quarters you get more breaks. One man can't change everything in basketball.If someone could then someone could in soccer! Basketball includes a lot of teamwork. And you could play with a can and a normal basket or trash can if you like. And it doesn't depend on the ball. No balls suck unless their made from a bad company. All of the balls are good except they all look different. So how about you learn more about basketball. Ok?

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      FIFA 5 years ago

      I watched a basketball game for 6 minutes. There were 4 commercial breaks. Which for the players are...breaks. I participated in a basketball practice and wasn't fazed while other people half-passed out from 'sprinting'.

      Tell you what. I will say basketball is a manly sport when u can make any physical contact without it being a foul. Seriously you hit someone in the arm it's an instant foul! Soccer rules. Cry about it.

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      Teleute 5 years ago

      I love how culturally threatened Americans feel by soccer, and hence their obsession with bashing it.

      Soccer is by FAR the greatest game in the world. It's the most watched, most played, most loved, most money making, most wealthy, most discussed, most followed and most respected sport.

      Its superiority is proven by the fact that it towers over all other sports in popularity.

      Trying to bash and insult soccer is like trying to insult heterosexual sex. 95% of the people on this planet like soccer and heterosexual sex. You are never going to convince them that they are boring, so why even try? You just make yourself look incredibly out of step with the majority

      How more simple could it get? Try to be objective for once. You are saying that soccer isn't a good sport or inferior to basketball. But if it wasn't it wouldn't be watched by billions of people around the world, now would it?. If there was a more entertaining sport to watch, people would certainly watch that sport instead. The MAJORITY chooses to watch soccer instead of Basketball or Baseball or American NFL or Sumo Wrestling or Cricket because that majority believes that soccer is the greatest. These stupid Americans think that rest of the world doesn't know a thing about their sports or other sports and go with soccer just because it is popular but that's not true at all. People actually do know of other sports, and they WILLINGLY CHOOSE to watch and follow soccer. No matter how culturally threatened you feel by this as an American, it won't change. Soccer will always be more watched that any American sport because it is inherently more entertaining than any other sport, thus people watch it rather than other sports. The only reason you think your American sports are better is because they are AMERICAN, its blind pride and patriotism that prevents you from admitting to what almost the entire planet agrees on. In my humble opinion, to say these billions of people are wrong to find soccer entertaining is not only INCREDIBLY ignorant, its downright arrogant too, prototypical "ugly Americanism". Period.

      I don't know how I could say it any simpler.

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      Soccer 5 years ago

      I luv soccer I've played for 8 years and im stil playin!! And it isn't jst bout runnin and kicking a ball its bout having fun teamwork and it gives u a tough skin!! Unlike b-ball wich makes u be wimpy cuz u cant push other players without gettin in trouble so I have to agree with this page thanx for ur time and effort!!!

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      Scott 5 years ago

      Can't agree with you more Teleute. Soccer remains unpopular in America because the majority of the population suffers with a mental illness that prevents them from accepting any sport not created within the last 2 hours that they are not good at. Hence the reason why they invented and call football 'soccer'...'SOCK-KER'.

      One more thing, Formula 1 racing is clear and convincing evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that "European culture and sport" is vastly superior. I mean, NASCAR, c'mon - why do they even bother with steering wheels!? XD

      Football all the way!!!!

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      Monta Rondo 5 years ago

      you remember playing soccer with a crushed can, what did you do when you where done with the game, you most likely shot it like a basketball into a rubbish bin. soccer is for bitches and basketball is boss

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      David 5 years ago

      I am a soccer fun. but i am going to admit that some of you are righ. Watching guys run behind a ball for 90 minutes for the game to end 0-0 is a waste of life. That's one of the reasons i quit watching soccer matches. i figure that i can do more usefull and exiting stuff in those 90 minutes. and yes baketball is more exiting, even though i cant play it, now i at least enjoy watching it

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      Michael 5 years ago

      In response to "Artan", avoid sexist remarks calling basketball a "Lady's sport". If it is a lady's sport, would you possibly be able to explain to me why most of the players are massive in both height and muscle mass in basketball whereas in football, you can easily go professional being 5"3 for example and weighing 120 pounds???

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      CJ 5 years ago

      In response to "TheBosnian", a basketball game is 48 minutes not 46. Please do us all a favour and shut up and check your facts. In a basketball game, ray allen had his eye poked and needed surgery. In a game a while back, a player actually had his eye gouged out due to a defender trying to swipe the ball from him. In basketball, you are just as likely to be injured than in football with the same injuries. Every game, somebody has a broken leg or sprained wrist due to them landing awkwardly on a jump for a shot or block etc. Also, nobody cares if a uniform turns black, have you heard of a washing machine??? It is "Careers" not "Carriers". A few spelling lessons wouldn't go amiss. In response to your invalid cisse argument, basketball players play with injuries aswell. Ama're Stoudemire played with back spasms, Rajon Rondo dislocated his elbow mid-game, went off to the paramedics but loved the game so much that he came back and played the game going on to score points with one hand. In basketball, you have to have achieved reasonably good drades to play. Although i think Wayne Rooney is a fantastic player, his grades weren't all that good neither is his behaviour on and off the pitch. Now in basketball, you have to take a few exams to pass and most players get recognised by playing college games. That says that you must be in college to be recognised. Not having appropriate grades would automatically blow your chances of entering into the NBA. Any inexcusable behaviour on the court results in a technical foul or supsension if it is off the court.

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      027 5 years ago

      the summary of all this is:

      basketball is interesting when watching

      but football is better and interesting when playing

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      Djvxt ut cztfx zs g 5 years ago

      Honestly, being a soccer player all the way, I feel that basketball is a waste of my patience

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      soccerfourlifeboi 5 years ago

      all u don't know that basket ball suck all u like doing is handling them balls Soccer is way better!

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      RouenJP 5 years ago

      naah... basketball has only few similar tricks, dunking and shooting on a 3 point angle.. but soccer has a curving ball, a fast ball, a heading goal and an own goal...

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      jordan from oz 5 years ago

      i grew up in Australia a place were nether soccer nor basketball reigns supreme my dad loves the NBA so i grew up on the stuff i was born in 94 back then MJ23 was the best that's how i get my name i played b'ball from the moment i could walk for 14 years about a 2 years ago at school an Irish mate asked me to play goal keeper at school cause i was tall and could jump i instantly feel in love with the game i found myself watching epl playing indoor soccer and loved it i all these people saying soccer is boring play the game then talk its great i still love b'ball but soccer is right there to just like basketball when you're playing time is just to short

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      Oscar 5 years ago

      Anyone can shoot a basketball from a 3-pointer line, but shooting a soccer ball from 30 feet, that takes a lot of talent.

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      Thanh 5 years ago

      I have a problem with your essay about basketball, this part : Soccer can be played by anyone. It doesn't matter how tall or muscled you are. Every kid can dream of being a soccer star.

      Basketball is for big guys. If you are short you can dream of being a basketball critic.

      I am a short guy, for my age and still I play great in basketball, I made it to my school's team 3 years in a row and we win lot of game so you don't need to be tall to play basketball. Basketball is also a cooperate game, watch NBA if you want, sometime you can solo up on your own. Basketball will practice you stamina because you will need to run back and forth to score, soccer you have 11 player in a field so you don't quite need run that much. I am a basketball guy :D (this is my opinion, ppl have different ideas)

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      christian1300 5 years ago

      who Votes for soccer? Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee(etc.) for basketball? ...........................

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      from china 5 years ago

      football(soccer) matches are much more exciting,when FIFA world cup begins?nbas final is going.At that time if you are a basketball fan you should find news about NBA with a microscope

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      From china 5 years ago

      Soccer fans around me are willing to stay up very late to watch a match,however basketball fans would not like to do so

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      hello guy 5 years ago

      I've been in Canada for 8 years and England for 5. And when I was 6 I turned TV on to watch cartoons but the first channel I turned on was basketball I watched the whole game and missed my favorite show and now play it even though I played soccer since I was 3 but basketball is the best

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      Americans are ignorant when it comes to soccer. They do not want to even consider how hard of a sport it is. Please be free to go run 3-4 miles in 90 minutes a long with the quick thinking having to be done before the bal gets to you and after the ball gets to you.

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      Jenny 5 years ago

      I was forced to played basketball in highschool because of my hight and both my parents are all time NBA fans. Although I like football better I must agree that basketball is fun to play and very exerting too, but then again, why people find it interesting than football is beyond me. Unfortunately my parents didn't allow me to play football is because I might get a deadly injury. According to them football is one sport they wouldn't allow their children to play because it's way too dangerous. Please excuse my english by the way :)

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      Davis 5 years ago

      This might sound awkward plus very irrelevant to the article but I just need to know why someone would consider me gay if I say that I don't like the cheerleading shown on every American sport? :S I'm perfectly straight and it's not as though I don't like hot cheerleaders. In fact I love them. But just because I don't like the art of cheerleading doesn't mean I should be labelled as gay, righ?

      Oh and Football over Basketball any day! :)

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      Christiano Messi 5 years ago

      Football (soccer) Vs basketball?

      Why compare them?

      Football Vs Religion or is God real? more like it...

      Basketball vs baseball etc...

      And to most comments on if in football you'r winning 1-0 doesn't prove you've won...Italy vs Germany world cup 2006, last 2 minutes= 2 goals...

      Football, is the most played most famous and most intresting and wealthies game ever, and shall be forever. No sport can link it, simply because it's great.

      I live in U.K, and i know U18 from Brazil who are top footballers, but i know noone except Micheal Jordan from basketball...that's true in most cases.

      Basketball is like only a thenth of what football is, firstly because a fat long man, who can't run fast and has no stamina can play it. You can literrally walk basketball through to score.

      Plus, football or soccer and some people call it, is the GAME. The true meaning os sport is Play watch and live soccer...

      Neymar future star of footbal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Lionel Ronaldo 5 years ago

      Add this to the above comment:

      Soccer requires more skill, endurance and litterally everything you need in sports.

      More many basketball? give a little nudge-FOUL! omg...

      You freaking slide someone with metal foul carry on..or sometimes...GREAT TACKLE!..You can barge someone and it doesn't matter where they end up and least you took the ball.

      Sport is about being free, not billions of rules..i've played basketball at school once for like 10 mins and it was boring! It stopped like every 3 mins because something happened...wrong dribble or somestuff like that wtf?

      Basketball player also have no stamina and endurance and there's proof, a commercial break like evry sometime, lol they pnly play for like how long 46mins? One football half is usually that long, WITH NO BREAK, and you run much longer, and play much harder, get hurt more...

      round it off, FOOTBALL is better than BASKETBALL

      And nah Gotze future star!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Kak√° 5 years ago

      To all the american fools who think "omg i watch a football match for 90mins and all you see a match ending up in like 2-1"

      Common sense...idiots..because theres atleast 1.5billion people who want to play pro football. And most of the best get picked, so obviously its going to be more tensed not like basketball, where only like 50million people who want to be in pro b-ball..

      Football is much much more fun to watch...not bloody watch someone bouncing a ball while jogging to the other side and throw it srsly? i could do that in my mum's womb!

      and my last point "what's so himiluating about getting past someone with the ball in soccer and what's sp fun bout it"

      A lot

      MAINLY ITS WITH YOUR FEET NOT HANDS........fools.....

      You havn't reached the world's "sport" like...when you do you'll notice..

      Soccer is the sport of all sports

      And its freaking called football not soccer.......fools

      Btw nah messi will remain top-in a few years time wen i hit 16...then yup obv me...wait im 29? im Kaká!

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      hi 5 years ago

      u do know soccer originated from England, right? oh the irony

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      Tony 5 years ago

      In soccer, football you are doing everything with your feet, chest or head. the smartest thing someone has is his hands. We are born to use our hands, to throw things is easier than to kick things to a target. Controlling the ball is way easier in basketball

      In basketball, a shot that went in isn't much of a difference. It's not that exciting when you see people go back and forth scoring all the time. A goal matters way more in soccer. You can just tell by the size of the crowd or the player celebrates.

      The united states is and was always the best as basketball, there is no comparison. However in football soccer, the rankings keep changing and it is very competitive. It is also the worlds most famous/favorite sport.

      in stamina wise, it's bullshit saying soccer players can be wimpy and basketball players become stronger and stronger. Soccer requires way more stamina than basketball. It takes about 20 steps to get to the other side of the bball field. Soccer players have to save their energy, always look behind, and change tactices and improvise the tactics.

      There are 11 players playing in soccer and 5 in basketball. and they both have one ball only. soccer is a bigger sport and players are paid more.

      In soccer, a bump, a tug, a slam or slap is not a foul. No time to stop for bullshit when the player can endure it. In basketball, you swap for the ball and he moves his arms and you slap him, it's a foul. all that muscle and can't take a slap? In soccer, you can lean on the opposing person, bump or slam into him, slap him tho that never happens, or sway him off. A hard tackle leads to a yellow or a red card, and 2 yellows lead to a red which leads the person out of the game making his team 10 vs 11. In basketball, after all these small fouls, ur out and a sub replaces you.

      In soccer you need 2 equipments, shin guards and cleats. cleats aren't comfortable at all. but the ground is slippery and you often change directions and turn around and do step overs. In basketball, it is indoor and the ground is so sticky it makes a squeaky noise when your running across it. You don't need shin guards in bball because you don't need to kick the ball. Even with shin guards, players break their legs. that's how intense soccer is.


      Playing: Soccer is greater than Basketball more fun

      Watching: Soccer is greater than Basketball more fun

      Difficulty: Soccer is greater than Basketball

      soccer is much harder.

      Stamina: Soccer is greater than Basketball more tiring

      Intensity: Soccer is greater than Basketball

      soccer is much more intense. the whole world is watching

      Portability: Soccer is greater than Basketball

      soccer is more portable. can be played anywhere.

      Popularity: Soccer is greater than Basketball

      Soccer is the most popular sport

      Availability: Soccer is greater than Basketball anyone can play. tall short etc

      OVERALL: Soccer is greater and better than Basketball

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      my opinion.. 5 years ago

      Its funny how people say its easier to control the ball in basketball, but when they try bouncing the ball themselves, they suck big time.

      Yes,soccer fields are much bigger, but players have time to rest when the ball is on the other side of the field.Don't tell me that EVERY player on the field are on the other side on offense.

      In basketball you constantly have to guard your man on defense and you have to move with the team on offense too. And even though the court is small, there is more bursts of energi when they run, and players always moves, after every pass or cut.

      And there is actually a lot of physical contact in basketball, but it depends on how well you defend. There is for example a lot of contact when players post up, or box out for the rebound.

      And yes, soccer is more popular, but i see it as the sport of bandwagoners.

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      Kean 5 years ago

      This is to the above comment.

      Bandwagon? Pfffff don't make me laugh!. You must be freaking mental if you really think that. In Basketball you get a time out every 3 minutes and they play for like 48 minutes...What the fuck? Even though it's just your opinion the information is kinda misleading so shut the fuck up, you clearly knows nothing about Football you (probably) American idiot.

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      The Rest OF The World 5 years ago

      And this is for the one who commented above Kean.

      Reasoning with monkeys are better than reasoning with Americans about their culture and sports. I once read this article on a news website which said American sports and culture were far more superior than that of Europeans and as if that doesn't sound bad enough, they were actually comparing Basketball, American Football and Baseball to world Football. Can you fucking believe that? o.o I gotta tell ya, I'm actually kinda impressed with their guts. They just never give up. Also this one time I came across an American on a site who went out of his way to convince the other ones commenting on the article that American Football is the most exciting sport in the world and that Football is boring cause they don't score a lot. He said "Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, yet anyone who thinks it is the best in the world is sadly ignorant of better sports. The reason some are compelled to "bash" people who like soccer is that we're genuinely searching for a reason why soccer is popular, when other plainly better sports exist." I was like "WOW" and it left me wondering "How retarded and egotistic can an American get when it comes to defending or convincing that their sports are better?". It's like he was really glad to fight a losing battle. And it was kinda amusing too since his argument was completely invalid cause he's American, not to mention that the rest of the world doesn't really give a fuck about Americans opinion on WORLD football. I repeat world football, cause some of these Americans believe it's a European sport while it's not. But I gotta admit he's a real fighter, I mean you have got to give credit where it's due, right. What an asshole!

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      (my opinion guy) 5 years ago

      to kean

      Hey, i don't hate soccer at all. Im european and was raised playing soccer. Like the sport, but the fans are the onese who usally annoy me. they tend to think soccer is the only good sport on this planet.

      btw, the timeouts doesn't acutally serve as restin pauses as u may think. its more for setting up plays and tactics or to stop the opposing teams momentum.

      The timeouts serve a distinct purpose in the communication between the team and the coach. If you were ever a parent or had a pet, you know that you get the best results when you correct something the minute you see it, not after the game or before the next game.

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      Kean 5 years ago

      Hah! as if I didn't know that. My point is, no matter how you look at it, it's still counted as resting since you're not moving, the discussion is not irrelevant in this case, dumb-ass. It's true that in Football they are practically on their own without having the coach intervene the match every once in a while to tell you what to do, but then again that is also one reason why we love it: no interruption. In my viewpoint, it's takes a lot more mental exertion to score in Football than in Basketball. And don't associate sports with parenting. Actually the fact that you are equating sports to parenting does not speak highly of your intelligence. Neither does your ignorant praising of Basketball. And I don't hate Basketball at all too but I don't particularly like it because I find it boring and it doesn't necessarily means you should find it boring too.

      I'm Asian and unlike you I was raised playing both sports. As a matter of fact, I played Basketball in a more competitive level than football, in other words I played Basketball way more than I played Football. It's just about what your opinions on Football which made me think you were an asshole. Even though you said you like "Soccer", your disdain for the sport was kinda obvious. Just because you hate the crazy football fans doesn't mean you should bash about the sport stating out utterly one-sided opinions.

      You were right about one thing, nevertheless. Contrary to popular belief, Football is not "always" a better than another sport. Like you already said, there are fans who tend to think Football is the only good sport on this planet (just owing to it's popularity or for a similarly dumb reason), which is absolutely wrong. To be frank, they annoys the hell out of me too. If you ask me it's a complete disgrace to Football that we have them but then again every sport has fans like that. As for me there are sports that I love aside from Football, and one of them are Hockey. However, I personally prefer Football to other sports.

      Oh and I profusely apologies about the asshole part and calling you an American idiot, I now feel like the asshole. Your peaceful comment was exemplary and that made me feel like the stupid fuck around here. And you deserve my respect. To be honest, I am ashamed of myself. Your approach on reasoning with me did not turn out how I expected and it's admirable. I leaned my lesson, if you are going to argue with someone at least try to be temperament and prove your point in a dignified way. Don't get me wrong though, I still don't agree to what you said.

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      Hi kean 5 years ago

      yeah i hear u,i copied the part about parenting from yahoo btw, so please don't be too hard on me. and did i really bash on soccer itself so much? just tried to point out some differences.

      But back to main point. the part about time being to rest, yes tis true, but as someone wrote above me:

      "Basketball has timeouts to rest players. Logical because stamina is used for 24 seconds. Bursts of power need rests. Soccer has no such timeouts...because the action is always where the ball IS and where it WILL GO. The bursts of speed and power come in increments, build up,die down...very free-flowing."

      just wanted to point that out^-^''.

      But again we see how different these sports really are, and there is really no great way to compare these two sports. lets just say people have different likes and dislikes regarding sports and leave it at that.

      u filipino btw?

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      Anna 5 years ago

      I want to see a soccer player get up on a basketball court and shoot at least a free throw. Or left-hand layup.

      I want to also see a basketball player get up on a soccer field and shoot a goal.

      You need teamwork & good coordination for both, so stfu : Don't judge the sport until you've actually played it.

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      Kean 5 years ago

      No, you didn't bash it, sorry about that too. But like I said in my last comment I can almost feel the vibe that you don't really like Football although you claimed otherwise. You can hate the sport, that's not a problem in the slightest. You can like or hate whatever you want and others will just have to accept and live with that. After all, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. However, if you intend to argue with someone in order to defend what you like, try to be a bit more rational.

      And once again you are right, somehow it's really silly of us comparing the two sports, seeing that both has huge differences. One played with hands, in stark contrast to the other that is played with feet. Like you said, it's also somewhat about personal preference, therefore no matter how long we debate on the pros and cons to both the sports, we just won't be able to come to a conclusion. I mean let's face it, there is no easy way of measuring which is better.

      No, I'm Japanese-Maldivian. Why do you ask?

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      to kean 5 years ago

      nevermind, filipno was the first thing that popped in my head when u said asian ^^ hehe

      But thanks for ur peaceful reply, and ill try to be a little more rational in my future comments.

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      Kean 5 years ago

      Yeah, thanks to you too. Peace out mate =)

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      Tugba 5 years ago

      1 thing i luv abt soccer is that a match can end 4-nil that wil make the team that didn't score at al looks lik total losers n makin it a very ignominious defeat cause they didn't score. n we cn talk abt hw chastened they'd b 4 nt scorin. can the same thing happen in basket? lol no. Althou there can be a great differnc in points..both teams always scores!.

      I luv soccer becuz its a sisyphus sport n al da borin americans can suck on that xD

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      thami swagg navigator 5 years ago

      come on people we all know that most of people play b.ball. football its too slow in tha making anthert side b.ball is takeing it in this 1........

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      kyle 5 years ago

      This is to he above comment....

      Go suck a non-American dick thami swagg navigator, maybe then you'll find out what sport is played most around the world.

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      bob 5 years ago

      hi, how r u? i have no idea how 2 play any sports at all. :)

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      sgl 5 years ago

      soccer is a game of smarts, basketball is a game for meat heads, i can say this because i have the privelige of being able to play each sport.

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      Borat & Asmarat 5 years ago

      Soccer rocks because it is the best and you run llots

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      Mr.Bean 5 years ago

      Soccer is awesome and Basketball I hate

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      To the guys above me or anyone else for that matter 5 years ago

      Care to explain exactly why soccer is better??

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      aklsdjfl; 5 years ago

      Michael Jordan did not win 6 championships by himself. Ever heard of Scottie Pippen? Dennis Rodman? Or guys that went under the radar like Kerr, Kukoc, Paxson, Armstrong, Grant, Cartwright, Myers. And the biggest reason of all: The biggest reason the Bulls won was because of their defense. Michael Jordan cannot guard 5 guys by himself. It takes a team effort.

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      Joao silva soccer 5 years ago

      soccer IS BETTER THAN basketball

      basket is excitement ya but some many Americans said football soccer is not excitement fu man is not just 48 min its 90 and we don't have time outs and of course the players get tired.

      cr7 and Messi ARE BETTER THAN mj and Larry bird

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      McNugget 5 years ago

      What is kind of funny to me is that everybdy keeps saying basketball snt physical. people trow so many elbows and stuff in basketball. At any time you could EASILY get a broken nose or a twisted ankle. in soccer all that happens is you get kicked in the legs, but you have pads. No pads in basketball. Soccer players: prepare for some scratches on the back of your leg.

      Basketball players: prepare for a broken nose.

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      olol 5 years ago

      "Basketball is for big guys. If you are short you can dream of being a basketball critic."

      Uhmm let see,

      Spud Webb

      Nate Robinson

      Earl Boykins.

      and they're all under 6 ft.

      So basketball is not just for big guys.

      I personally like Basketball better the Soccer.

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      Neymar 5 years ago

      OMG You idiots!

      Basketball: tiny indoor-cooled court maximum capacity:20,000

      Football: Huge outdoor field maximum capacity: 100,000

      Basketball: A push is a foul.

      Football: Franz Beckenbauer was playing in the world cup with a broken arm!

      Basketball is for women who need a break every 15 minutes and football is for men who can last 90 minutes.

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      EdenHazard 5 years ago

      And in response to CJ,

      You're talking about 'serious injuries'? How about deaths? People have died on a football pitch but very few have died on a basketball court?

      And who cares that a player needs to get good grades to enter the NBA? Most footballers get scouted to their respective teams even before the enter middle school! Petr Cech got scouted at age 7, Mario Gotze got scouted aged 8, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen got scouted aged 4! Almost every player got scouted in their early teens.

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      MarioGotze8 5 years ago

      And face it, even you watched the World Cup 2010. The world cup broke a record for being the most widely watched sport around the globe. And is there even a World Cup in basketball?

      South America, Europe, Africa & Asia play football and only 1 country plays basketball.

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      to MarioGotze8 5 years ago

      daamn, you're as biased as one can getXD and srsly, only one country plays basketball? get your facts straight bro

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      Sky 5 years ago

      i love both sports but 4 me the easyest sport is soccer because in basketball you need to do so much and it is very intence (not to mention all the hard d-fence that there is and that is involved in the game, plus in soccer..... well it is just easyer)

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      James 5 years ago

      For all the idiots that keep mentioning "short people" dominating in basketball you might wanna rethink your wording on that one. They're both team sports but the biggest difference is that everyone mentioned here is not short. Chris Paul is 6'0", Allen Iverson is also 6'0", Nate Robinson is 5'9" all these guys (except maybe for Nate Robinson) are NOT SHORT. In fact, they're above average size. The thing is players in the NBA are so huge that a six footer looks short. The normal height looking players like Kobe Bryant are ranging from 6'4" to about 6'7" and then the big guys all the way up to Yao Ming fill the category. You show me a 5'3" player in the NBA that dominates the floor and hits shots over a 6'2" point guard or better yet a 6'6" shooting guard and I will agree with you.

      Meanwhile the greatest soccer player on earth by a LANDSLIDE is Lionel Messi he's 5'7". Diego Maradona is widely considered to be the greatest soccer player ever is 5'5" and he dominated the 1980s and almost single-handedly won the 1986 world cup for argentina.

      The greatest NBA players ever are

      Michael Jordan 6'6"

      Kobe Bryant 6'6"

      Earvin Johnson 6'9"

      Jerry West 6'2"

      Larry Bird 6'9"

      Wilt Chamberlain 7'1"

      Shaquille O'Neal 7'1"

      Bill Walton 6'11"

      Oscar Robertson 6'5"

      Bill Russell 6'9"-6'10"

      Isiah Thomas 6'1"

      Nobody is under 6 feet here.

      The 3 most dominant players in the NBA right now are

      Kobe Bryant 6'6"

      LeBron James 6'8"

      Kevin Durant 6'10"

      Soccer's most dominant players are

      Lionel Messi 5'7"

      Xavi Hernandez 5'7"

      Cristiano Ronaldo 6'1"

      Andres Iniesta 5'7"

      Johan Cruyff was one of the greatest players of all time and probably the best soccer player of the 70s and he was 5'10"

      I am trying to stress that basketball is a big man's game

      Soccer usually favors smaller guys from the 5'5" Maradona all the way to the 6'1" Cristiano Ronaldo.

      Bigger guys in soccer are usually goalkeepers.

      Petr Cech 6'5"

      Joe Hart 6'5"

      Costel Pantilimon (Man City's backup keeper) is 6'8".

      I personally like both equally and I am an American.

      As for Sky's comment. Dude soccer is not the easiest sport, you have to stay on the field for 90 minutes, 120 if the game goes into extra time. In basketball you play stretches of 5 maybe 8 minutes and sit on the bench. The luxury for basketball coaches is they have unlimited substitutions and when a player leaves the court he can take a breather and check back in. In soccer if a player is subbed out he can no longer return to the field for the remainder of the match. Why is defence in soccer way easier? If you note that in basketball you cannot reach in, if you make any kind of a contact with the ball possessor's hands or arms with your hands it is a foul. You run into a player it is a charge or a blocking foul. You shove a player it is a loose ball foul, you move into another player's way it is a moving screen. In soccer players shove each other, pull each other's shirts, and contact with another players legs no matter how hard it is, is most definitely not a foul as long as you are able to secure a touch on the ball before hitting the man. In soccer you take harder knocks (except for the occasional brutal fall from a failed layup) than in basketball. Soccer's defending is harder because you cannot use your hands. Rarely in the NBA do you see a 1-on-1 situation where the defender is made to look like a fool or is just absolutely blown away by the attacker (except for a fastbreak layup/dunk). In soccer you see the greatest player take on 2,3,4,5,6 defenders in one run. You never see a player in the NBA dribble in juke out all 5 players on the opposing team on the way to the basket. Because having a halfcourt setup in basketball helps ease the containment of the great players. Often the measure of a great player in basketball such as Kobe or Michael is their ability to shoot over people and make seemingly impossible shots. Body control and to some extent passing ability are also measured. In soccer to label a player as an all-time great especially in midfielders and strikers is their dribbling ability, speed, pace, ball control, shooting ability from far, finishing, ability to time runs and be able to beat offside traps, passing ability especially through balls and long passing. The criteria for being a legendary player in soccer is a lot more scrutinizing.

      I also disagree with the point that soccer is not a talent game. If you take a superstar and put him on a mediocre team that team will almost always beat the good team that is good as a team but has no superstars. Often times you see a boring match with the ball being disputed entirely in midfield and rarely any shots on goal. Then the manager makes a sub and this player provides the spark the team needed and suddenly that team is completely on top of the other team attacking and attacking relentlessly.

      I like both sports but I hate hearing how soccer sucks because you don't score 100 per game. I honestly will say that sometimes when I tune in to watch the NBA I will change the channel for a few minutes because all the possessions begin looking the same. Especially when no one can get a stop or when nobody can get a field goal.

      Soccer is awesome and so is basketball. I just wish that Americans can see that one day.

      By the way Soccer is a lot more competitive in terms of teams that can win an international tournament than basketball.

      When the olympic games come around and you see

      Kevin Durant

      LeBron James

      Dwight Howard

      Kobe Bryant

      Chris Paul

      as the USA men's basketball team starting 5 against another team who has 2 NBA players and the other 3 play in international leagues how is that USA not going to win that? There is no way this other team can beat the USA.

      I believe a central problem of soccer in the USA is that we Americans are egomaniacs.

      The NBA is the gold standard for Basketball

      The MLB is the gold standard for Baseball

      The NHL is the gold standard for Hockey

      The NFL is the gold (and probably only) standard for American Football

      The MLS is a shitty league, it probably isn't even top 20 in the world.

      The U.S. national soccer team is like 30th or something in FIFA's world ranking.

      We didn't even make it to the 2012 London Olympic games.

      We as Americans are too used to being #1 in everything. We are the winning-est nation in Olympic History. We have the best leagues in the world in 4 individual sports. Almost every olympic record is held by American Olympians.

      We suck at soccer and so we shun it as well. I'm not saying that's the only reason but it is a BIG reason.

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      Marco 5 years ago

      I have played both sport at a very high level and I was also a varsity at both sport. For starters I am a fan of both sport but I think that basketball is so much harder. I was a striker at my football team and it's not really hard, all you need is footwork,coordination,skill,and extreme cardio. Also in football the field is very big so you don't have a problem with spacing. While in basketball there are 5 players in a 94 feet by 50 ft (28.65m by 15.24m) court, that is not even half of the football field so surely you'll be having a hard time in protecting the ball and rotation. In basketball you run back to back for about 200 times while in football 50 times. So it's much more harder.

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      Nomena 5 years ago


      I grew up playing both football, basketball and other sports from 6 to 16. But more basketball untill my 20 age. The two sports are fun to play but i have more fun plaiyng football than anything else.

      Basketball is repetitive like rap music but football is more like jazz. Coming to america, i watched basketball of Michael Jordan all the week. Then when i feel like i see everything, i'm back to my love: football

      But all i can say is that kicking the ball is more fun for me than throwing it.


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      Gary 5 years ago

      A good look at all sports in the major arena shows the differences. If you are a hardcore fan of each then baseball is going to win. Nothing like a George Brett versus top reliever in the Bronx in the fall. Football has pauses and the sudden death rules are cruel. Football has a lot of pauses. Time the plays and the time in between sometime and it will blow your mind how little action there is. Basketball is way to long in the end and each basket is two or three points. You only need about 30 to 50 to win so why get excited over one? Hockey is men on ice skating all over the place at mach speed and is the fastest but the scoring in painful and a defense has to break down most times for a score to happen. Soccer well there is constant action but I have never yet seen anyone score from their own end. A last second full court basketball shot of hockey shot(minus empty goal situations) is in the same arena. In football you can score all the way across the field but the chances are not real good. Baseball, well it depends on the hitter but a lot of guys can go yard on any pitch. The best can go yard on any pitch. As far as playing, well that is personal preference but until you can skate and hit a puck or turn on a curveball or do some of the crazy things that soccer players can do(those headshots are unreal) you gotta say those are the manufactured skills that make real money worth it.

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      Darth Vader 5 years ago

      This is the most retarded and pointless disagreement I have ever seen in my life........

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      brian 5 years ago

      hey, basketball is for big guys thats true, for those people who says short guys can can play basketball, FUCK! Chris Paul is 175cm do you know how tall that is,, can i compete against Chris Paul if my height is 5'7.. your stupid if you said YES!!! Soccer is the Best,,,

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      dan 4 years ago

      basketball requires much more physical toughness than football (soccer). ive played both sports on high levels and am from germany. there are many small players who play really well all across the world and even in the nba youll find more players between 1,75 and 1,83m that play really well as stars or role players. if you touch the arm of somebody with a ball thats a fould but you guys have no idea how many uncalled hits you take as a basketball player to your face, head, ribs, legs, etc... in a game. thats also why the height/weight index of an average pro basketball player is higher than of a football player. put lebron james and rio ferdinand into a ring, james (or any other starting five player against any football player) would multilate him even if ferdinand had the same size. the only physical aspect in which a football player tops a basketball player is normally stamina. plus: the philosophy in football is i cry yell shout flop and dive to make the ref call a foul while you try not to show pain in bball to demonstrate to your opponent "you aint got shit on me" and to your coach and teammates that you are tough and deserve to be out there. even though there are SOME examples like munich vs man U 1:2 there are way more boring draws or zero games in football than youll find in basketball. bball is more intensive and much faster. football is just traditionally dominant in europe and i cant see this changing, that hasnt anything to do with the quality of the sport tho. @brian: 175 is NOT tall. u too short or what? lol but i have to say that i still think football is a nice sport, it can also be a joy to watch and i got respect for the stamina that is required for this sport. pluss its a social event here in europe, some cultural thing. even tho its a bit inferior / obsolete in many training / athletic / tactical / strategical aspects compared to basketball, ice hockey, american football, rugby (inmo). the only thing about football (soccer) which is more exciting than basketball is fan culture. but i want to watch a game, not the people on the sideline. so id take bball over football 10 times out of 10 even though im a bit small for the game i love which just means that i have to work a little more than others to be good. but that suits my character anyway. choosing football as my no.1 sport wouldve just been the easier, softer way.

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      Basketball 4 years ago

      I can critique just about every comment you made. Basketball is definitely more of a team sport than soccer, but you just don't realize it. You have guys setting screens for there teammates, cutting to the basket always trying to get open, and guys who get rebounds are getting more possessions for their team. Plus in basketball everyone is always talking to each other so you can help your teammates without touching the ball. Michael Jordan is a great b-ball player, but he got help from guys like Scottie Pippen and Bill Cartwright and all his other teammates. Also, if your with yours friends and you have to choose between a professional soccer stadium and someones hoop in the backyard, most people would choose the hoop cause you always hear "Wanna shoot some hoops" and never hear "Wanna shoot some goals". Also anyone can play basketball if they put their heart into it. One kid on the high school team who is probably one of the shortest kids in the grade is the starting point guard. He is able to make threes from Jimmer range easy and can get by anyone. Basketball is a game of skill, not height. Last thing that I'm going to say (although I have so much more) is that soccer can be decided in the last seconds of the game, and basketball not so much. The score is so low in soccer that one goal usually either will put you in the lead, or tie the game up. In basketball even if it's a close, but high scoring game, like 100-96, and there is 20 seconds left on the clock, and the winning team has the ball, then the game is just about over. And even when the score is decided in the last ten seconds of the game, at least it's exciting. Soccer is wait 30 min, cheer for 2 min, wait 30 min, cheer for 2 min. While in basketball it's wait 30 seconds tops, cheer for 10 seconds which proves that basketball is a lot better than soccer.

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      Basketball 4 years ago

      Also to add to that in my comment above I gave some of many examples of how basketball requires teamwork, and I don't see any soccer fans giving any examples. There must not be any than, and passing the ball to each other does not count, there is just as much of that in basketball.

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      loythegreat 4 years ago

      I've been a long-time basketball fan... until I discovered football (soccer for Americans LOL). Since then, I'm addicted to football. People saying that football is boring and that nothing happens most of the time, don't know how beautiful a sport it is. There's a reason why it's called "the beautiful game." You have to be a football fan to appreciate the sport. You just don't look at the scoring aspect, but the intricate passing and movement that leads to scoring chances. Also, it's amazing to watch football players control and dribble the ball like artists to trick their opponents into making defensive mistakes. Basketball is action-packed and exciting, but no other sport compares to the beauty of football.

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      loythegreat 4 years ago

      Basketball is a sport...

      But football/soccer is a religion!

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      Sammy 4 years ago

      Listen I don't want to be mean...BUT YOU SIR ARE A DUMB ASS. Basketball requires a lot of teamwork. Kobe doesn't do it all alone. His whole team helps him. Oh and short people CAN play basketball what about Mugsy Bogues? Or Chris Paul? They are short and they are SUPER GOOD!!! I understand you like soccer a lot but it doesn't mean you have to say shitty things about basketball when you PROBABLY DON'T EVEN WATCH IT!! Oh and you CAN play basketball without equipment you dumbass. Get a water bottle or a soda can and use a trash can you son of a bitch!!! I just wanna punch you in the face so hard and I'm sure Kobe Bryant does to. And I do not want to offend any of the soccer lovers. I am a fan of soccer to! I just like basketball more.

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      RizeCrispy 4 years ago

      It's not just about scoring goals it's about the game.Watching the players control the ball,passing,and shooting opportunities.

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      BALLisLife 4 years ago

      Basketball needs more teamwork. You can't set up a good play without having all your guys around, unless if it's a fastbreak, which is exciting.

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      SOCCERISAWESOME 4 years ago

      soccer is AWESOME!!!

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      iamnotbias 3 years ago

      First off, the author of this article is obviously bias towards soccer, I understand both of the sports,and to be completely honest I love bball, the thing about bball is you don't need to play it indoor, it's possible to play outdoor (park), I even played bball in the rain and it didn't seem to matter much to me, the strategies of both sports are pretty similar, except for the physical demands, soccer players resembles more of a middle distance runner (lean, muscular legs), while some basketball players are lean, they have 30-40+ inch vertical which is amazing and as we all know vertical leap comes from fast twitch muscles, the more fast twitch muscles, the faster and more explosive you are. In conclusion, soccer and basketball are both enjoyable depending on what you like better, both are physically demanding while basketball requires you to reach full speed in few seconds and then stop and leap up and then turn around to get back on defense, and also not to mention moving sideways when defending can be pretty tiring as there aren't any breaks other the end of quarter, timeouts and subs. soccer is a continuous sport that requires less explosiveness compared to basketball but requires endurance to run for a long period of time and also speed. So pleaseee don't criticize basketball if you dont know anything bout basketball :) thank you.

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      You are wrong 2 years ago

      1. You can play basketball outside

      2. Basketball is a team sport people can be ball hogs but same with soccer

      3. It doesn't matter what size you are I've seen a kid 4 years younger about 3 feet shorter that just crushed them obviously you don't know about basketball

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      Ert 21 months ago

      First of all, basketball is by majority for tall people very few short players make it to the top. Soccer players on average are all those short players wanting to make it big keep dreaming...get yourself out of that Napolean Complex the way go Lakers

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      AI3 17 months ago

      You are saying about its a game of stars and saying Michael Jordan as your example you need to do you research, Jordan had two player Scottie pippen and Dennis Roman who helped him gain his 6 championships throughout his career. When you were commenting on you have to be tall to be good at basketball once again not true, muggsey bouges was 5'3 and played many illustrious seasons in the NBA, Nate Robinson stands at 5'9 and has won the slam dunk contest 3 times, Isaiah Thomas stands at 5'9 and attended this years all star game, spud Webb is only 5'7 and won the slam dunk contest and he was up against players that were 6'6 and even 7'. And believe it or not I'm rooting for basketball and I'm from the uk

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