Fantasy Cricket – Six Controversial Umpiring Decisions

Controversial umpiring calls are nothing new in cricket with plenty of hotly debated moments during its long history. These calls not just make the real matches thrilling but also the fantasy cricket matches. 

So, let explore some of the most controversial calls and have fun playing the online fantasy cricket at 11wickets App: 

England awarded test match 

Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove awarded five penalty runs to England team after Pakistan cricket team was charged with ball-tampering during a 2006 test. Pointless to say, Pakistani skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq plead not guilty and declined to agree the charges made on his team. 

The visitors denied playing after the tea break in protest hoping the umpires would upturn their decision. At the time England were 4/298 in their second innings and still trailed Pakistan’s first innings total of 504 by 33 runs. 

Finally, the protest ended nearly an hour later but the umpires had removed the bails and declared England the winners of the test. 

Murali no-balled 

One of the controversial figures of cricket during his almost twenty-year Sri Lankan career, Muttiah Muralitharan and his bowling action was the burning topic in the 1995 Boxing Day Test. Once more it was Darrell Hair having called a no ball seven times on the confidence that Muralitharan’s action was unlawful. After much talk, the Sri Lankan bowler was forced to work from the other end where Steve Dunn was managing without further occurrence. 

Dean Jones run out 

A few call it poor sportsmanship; others call it playing within the law. Whichever side you take, you have to feel for Australian batsmen Dean Jones who was given out in a harsh twist of fate. 

Jones was bowled by Courtney Walsh but the delivery was named a no-ball, at that point sparing Jones’s blushes but the batsman was now walking back to the pavilion not realising he was actually safe. Carl Hooper, sensed a chance, ran in and hit down middle stump, Jones was given out and debate of the ‘fairness’ of the situation raged once more. 

Body before wicket 

Good judgment for a batsman facing a dam of bouncers is to duck under them. Sachin Tendulkar followed that wise advice at the Adelaide Oval in 1999 but he, like many, got a big shock when a short ball did not rise the way he anticipated. 

The ball hit Tendulkar on the shoulder on course for the stumps and the Australians appealed for an LBW, even though it wasn’t a leg. Umpire Daryll Harper gave Tendulkar out and countless were left to go and double check the Laws of Cricket to check it was a genuine dismissal. 

Chris Broad’s Double Blow 

Broad did not have the best run of luck in the span of a few months in 1987, being on the end of a couple of weird moments against Pakistan cricket team. In England during a series in July, on the second ball he faced, Broad took his hand off his bat as a ball went through to the keeper. The ball struck his loose hand and he was wrongly given out according to cricket laws. 

In November, during England’s tour, he was again given out caught behind in spite of replays showing the ball had missed his bat by inches. He declined to walk and after some heated talks with the umpire, was finally convinced to walk by Graham Gooch. 

Australia vs. India Second Test 

A test that still remains in the minds of numerous for the Harbhajan Singh racism claims made by Andrew Symonds also had its share of debatable calls. Much of the criticism encircled Steve Bucknor who was winding down an astral career and his partner for the match Mark Benson. While both sides felt hurt by some of the decisions, media reports suggested that the Indian side were on the receiving end of more strict calls. 

During the first innings, Ricky Ponting was saved after Benson missed him edging the ball to Indian keeper M.S. Dhoni before later being given out LBW in spite of edging the ball. Up next Andrew Symonds got three lucky decisions from Bucknor and third umpire Bruce Oxenford. 

During India’s first innings, Wassim Jaffer could have argued he was dismissed off a no ball but replays proved to be indecisive on Brett Lee’s foot. Lee and then Michael Clarke would later be denied what seemed to be plumb LBWs, Clarke missing a chance to claim Tendulkar who would go on to score 154* 

As the test moved towards a result with both teams in their second innings, more controversy ensued. Michael Hussey was given two lifelines on his way to an undefeated 145. As India chased a questionable victory, they were dealt two blows as Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were controversially given out. Ganguly with the most debated decision as Ponting was giving his view to the umpire. 

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Fantasy Cricket – Curious Cases of Ball Tampering


When we participate in the fantasy cricket games, we tend to win. Likewise, during cricket games, the cricketers jump to the field with a positive urge to win matches for their teams. 

Although, sometimes this urge to win daily fantasy cricket games becomes much dominating. And the cricketers do something which is against the rules of the game. Cricket is the Gentleman’s Game. However, there have been some such incidents in the history of the game. This is the time when the players who have played this game have done something. Due to these incidents, they have been embarrassed.  

Today we are going to tell you about some such players, who have been accused of the ball-tampering antics. Read on and join online fantasy cricket games at 11Wickets App for Android/iOS. 

Steve Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft – South Africa v Australia, 2018 

Australia’s team in 2018 Was on a tour of Africa. The third Test match of the Test series was played in Newlands, Cape Town. In this test match, the Australian players carried out the ball-tampering incident. Australian players were severely criticized all over the world for this action. Former Australia captain Steve Smith immediately held a press conference and during this he admitted that the Australian team had planned to cheat South Africa in the third and deciding Test match of the series. Following this incident, Steve has been banned for a match with a 100 percent match fine, while Bancroft will have to pay 75 percent of the match fee. 

Faf du Plessis – South Africa v Australia, 2016 

During the matches played between Australia and South Africa, there have been incidents of ball tempering 3 times in the last 5 years. Which also includes Captain Faf du Plessis. During this test, in a video by Faf du Plessis, it was known that Du Plessis had something sweet in his mouth and he was putting his saliva on the ball. After this incident, ICC fined him 100% of the match fee, blaming him for ball tempering. 

Shahid Afridi – Australia v Pakistan, 2010 

Shahid Afridi was caught flirting with the ball during an ODI series match played between Australia and Pakistan in the year 2010. Shahid Afridi, known for his dhansu game, was found guilty of the offense of 2.2.9 of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Code of Conduct. In this match, Afridi was leading the Pakistan team in the absence of Mohammad Yusuf. In TV cameras, Shahid Afridi was seen cutting the ball from the mouth. After this, the TV umpire informed the on-field umpires about this incident and then later the on-field umpires replaced the ball. Shahid Afridi had also apologized while regretting his actions, but the ICC had banned Afridi for 2 T20 matches. Shortly after this incident, Shahid Afridi also admitted that he had tampered with the ball. 

Waqar Younis – Pakistan v South Africa, 2000 

Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis was the first player to be punished due to ball tempering. Waqar Younis was found guilty of tampering with the seam of the ball in 2000 when the Pakistan team was playing a one-day match against South Africa. After this, he was banned for one match by the ICC. 

Ball Tempering in the 70s! 

In the case of ball tempering, Waqar Younis may have been the first player to be punished, but the first charge of ball tampering was on England fast bowler John Lever in the seventies. At that time, the captain of the Indian team was Bishan Singh Bedi. He accused John Lever of applying Vaseline to the ball. Former England captain Michael Atherton also tampered with the ball from the soil kept in the pocket. However, this controversy has been engulfing cricket. 

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Fantasy Cricket – Top 5 Batsmen with Most Sixes

In daily fantasy cricket matches, the batsmen from your created playing XI team hit a six and you get 3 points on your scoreboard. Isn’t it fascinating?  

That is the beauty and fun of playing online fantasy cricket matches. 

Moreover, there is nothing more entertaining for the fantasy cricket loving crowd of the newest App of 11Wickets in the stadium other than witnessing some big sixes being hit all around the stadium. Let’s explore the some of the top international players who have hit big sixes till date. 

Shahid Afridi 

The Pakistan cricketer, Shahid Afridi, tops this chart. He began his career as a bowler. Afridi has played 27 Tests matches, 398 One Day Internationals, and 99 Twenty20 cricket matches for the Pakistani national team between 1996 and 2012. He records the greatest number of ODI sixes to his name with 351 sixes in 369 innings. 

Chris Gayle 

The West Indies allrounder, Chris Gayle, is the second in this chart.  He is known as one of the most barbarous hitters of the cricket ball everHe is well known for hitting sixes. Gayle has played 103 Tests matches, 284 One Day Internationals, and 56 Twenty20 cricket matches for the West Indies national team. He records hitting 275 sixes in 279 innings of ODI sixes to his name. 

Sanath Jayasuriya 

The Sri Lankan allrounder, Sanath Jayasuriya, is the third in this chart. He began his career as a fairly non-descript utility player who had an ability to smack the ball hard.  He had given ordinary performances in his early career and then blasted to tremendous success from 1996. Jayasuriya has played 110 Tests matches, 445 One Day Internationals, and 31 Twenty20 cricket matches for the Sri Lankan national team. He records hitting 270 sixes in 443 innings of ODI sixes to his name. 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni 

The former most successful Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, is the fourth in this list. He was also the wicket keeper of team India. Dhoni has played 90 Tests matches, 325 One Day Internationals, and 93 Twenty20 cricket matches for the Sri Lankan national team. He records hitting 217 sixes in 276 innings of ODI sixes to his name. 

AB de Villiers 

The South African wicket keeper batsman, AB de Villiers, has found fifth place in the list. He is one of the finest batsmen, most versatile batsmen, across all formatsAB de Villiers has played 114 Tests matches, 228 One Day Internationals, and 78 Twenty20 cricket matches for the Sri Lankan national team. He records hitting 204 sixes in 218 innings of ODI sixes to his name. 

*Records have been compiled as on April 02, 2020 

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Fantasy Cricket – Top 5 Cricket Stadiums of England

Since many decades the nation has been the host to iconic cricket matches for the entertainment of fantasy cricket lovers. The 12th edition of cricket world cup 2019 has recently been completed in England.

With the upcoming Ashes series, it is evident that the cricket stadiums in England will again brim with the excited audience shouting at the top of their voice. And not just the audience, the daily fantasy cricket fans of 11wickets App for Android/iOS will get the scope to earn well playing the online game.

Thus to ignite that sporting spirit inside online fantasy cricket lovers, here is a list of 5 best England stadiums. Just have a glance on:

Edgbaston

An abode for the Warwickshire County Cricket Club, the Edgbaston stadium also called the County ground is the second largest cricket ground in United Kingdom after the Lord’s. One of the oldest stadiums in England, this place is known to be a common host of cricket matches for all formats. Dating back to the time of 1886, the first match of Warwickshire took place with MCC which was witnessed by around 3,000 spectators for two days. Since then this cricket ground has been an eye-witness of numerous iconic milestones. This classic cricket ground has seen adequate development with time, which includes the installation of extra seating and disrupted downpour among all the test-grounds in England which will let you enjoy your match without worrying about the untimely rainfall.

Capacity: 25,000 people

Fact about the stadium: Edgbaston was the host of the epic clash battle between Australia and England in the 2005 Ashes.

Ageas Bowl

Another legendary cricket ground of England, the Ageas Bowl was initially called the Rose Bowl. Located at the countryside of Southampton, this picturesque ground is the perfect place to relax and watch a match under the sun. Though the stadium is just a decade old, but despite that it shines in the listing of the best stadiums in England. Home to the Hampshire country club, this stadium outshined in the league after being the regular fixture on England’s white ball schedule. This newbie in the cricket arena is also known for its stylish circular pitch which is complemented by the classic pavilions and stands. So if you’re a cricket buff and looking for a relaxing day out, then this stadium settled at the outskirts will be your final resort.

Capacity: 15,000 (25,000 with temporary seating)

Fact about the stadium: A 171-bedroom Hilton hotel has just opened at the ground which also offers spa and restaurant, which gives the chance to stay close to the ground.

Headingley

Located just close to the Headingley Rugby stadium, this iconic stadium has been the home for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club since the past 120 years. An epi-center for sports in Leeds, this ground has witnessed the loudest cheers and lifetime moments in the history of cricket. Though the stadium is proudly known for being a host of numerous iconic cricket matches, yet it’s not the prettiest places to watch a game. But to keep its enthusiastic visitors joyous, the club has unveiled its “Headingley Master Plan” which will involve a grand renovation project including the installation of permanent floodlight pylons and reconstruction of North-South stand which will increase the seating capacity to 20,000 and more in the coming 20 years.

Capacity: 17,500

Fact about the stadium: The stadium hosted its first concert in 2015, where Ska band Madness performed in front of 7,500 people

Lords

The list of best cricket stadiums in England cannot start without the mention of Lord’s in London. Commonly known as the home of cricket, this iconic ground has captured the first spot since many decades in the cricket league. The stadium is named after Lord Thomas who was the owner of the Marylebone Cricket Club and the European Cricket Council. This legendary cricket ground has witnessed more than 100 test matches in the past 201 years. The stadium is not just known for being the host of the iconic matches, but it’s architectural beauty will also leave you awestruck. From the magnificent Victorian pavilion to the Honours board and the Old Father Time weathervane, every corner of the stadium asks for a Instagram action.

Capacity: 28,000

Fact about the stadium: The stadium has a tradition of having a lunch at the Lord’s Tavern and enjoy a meal of their famous British beef burgers on the first Test match of summer.

The Oval

Another striker in the cricket league, this historic stadium is located at the south-east of England. An abode for the Surrey County Cricket Club, this stadium was the first place to host the International Test cricket in 1880. Apart from this, the ground is known for hosting the first representative football match between England and Scotland in 1870. The stadium is the birthplace of Ashes just after the game played by Australia in 1882 and won by seven runs in just a timespan of two days. It has seen immense developments which also includes the OCS stand in 2005.

Capacity: 23,500

Fact about the stadium: The Oval stadium was the first sports arena to have the original gas lamps in 1889.

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Fantasy Cricket – Forgotten History of Cricket in USA

We have given our heart to the cricket sport and daily fantasy cricket games. The new 11Wickets app proves our love for the cricket. This ancient sport, cricket shouts out loud its fascinating history from different corners of the planet. United States of America is one of them.

It is widely believed that England has popularized cricket as a sport and has taken over to other nations. It is normally believed that United States of America does not take active part in this sport or play fantasy cricket. However, United States of America has a cricket team which is an associate of ICC.

Since United States of America was also a colony of British Empire, Cricket was played by British colonists in North America by the start of the 18th century. It is often called the first arranged team sport and the 1st major team game in America.

Cricket in America

Cricket in America operates by the United States of America Cricket Association, whose performance is lessened by modest funds due to cricket’s insufficient popularity compared to other American sports. Cricket in America is not as popular as baseball and is the least popular in all commonwealth nations. A few reasons for this are –

Baseball is a bit very much like cricket as it is likewise played with bat and ball. However it is brief and from 20th century it has eclipsed cricket and its recognition is increasing. An additional reason was that in 1909 when the ICC was actually organized as the Imperial Cricket Conference it had been open only to Commonwealth nations and therefore ruled out the US from taking part in the sport at the greatest level.

The U.S. presented its international tournament debut at the 1979 World Cup qualifier in England.

Lately in April 2018, the ICC granted complete Twenty20 International (T20I) status to every one of its members. For that reason, all Twenty20 games played between the United States of America and another international side after 1 January 2019 would have been a full T20I.

Therefore, from January 2019, the last year, US cricket team are even arranging international T20 games and hope we can see it and play fantasy cricket at 11wickets App with its best performing players.

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Fantasy Football – Bayern Munich Football Club

When you are conversing with your fantasy football friends of 11wickets App, Bayern Munich firmly belongs in it about the greatest football club in the world. It is one of the three clubs to win all three major European trophies.

When playing the fantasy premier league games, the users know Bayern Munich as the most successful club of Germany. Football in Germany has always been dominated by one super power. Bayern Munich is the trend setter and the leader of the pack from Bundesliga, somewhat followed closely by arch rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Let’s take a look at its journey throughout. Install and play fantasy football leagues at 11wickets.com to win exciting prizes:

The club has always been a strong side well run by the boards of members and former players given specials places in the club in order to make sure that the smooth functioning of the club is in full flow and that the organization is in the safe hands. The former players, who know the philosophy and working of the club, are chosen for the board selection committee.

Bayern Munich has always been a European powerhouse. It is a club, having the likes of superstars from all across Europe. They have gone from strength to strength with every passing day to attain the stature what it is now. The club has won the greatest number of Bundesliga titles in the history of Germany and the most successful club in the nation.

History of Bayern

The club was founded in the year of 1900 by a team of eleven football players who came together and assembled a team in the Bavarian district of Germany. The club came to be known as Bayern Munich. They initially played matches among the localities and continued to build on the reputation of being the best side of Germany. Then they started playing with teams from other countries as their reputation grew along with their popularity. The team took a set back during the world war years and the functioning of the club had to be stopped as Germany was involved in a massive war which saw their resources getting depleted and the country suffering huge monetary losses as well.

The club grew back to its previous stature post the world war. It immediately started building on its lost reputation and with the passing days, began to come back to the thick of things. The Bavarians continued to dominate other teams across Europe and Germany as they became the most successful club in their country.

Monopoly of Bayern

The club had its best years during the time when Beckenbauer donned the jersey of the team and the club won all the competitions possible for them to win in the continent. The team grew in reputation and stature as it built itself. Bayern Munich most recently won the treble in the year of 2013. In that year, they won the Champions League along with the Bundesliga and the domestic cup of the country. Boasting of the likes of Lewandowski and others, the team has gone become a superpower in club football and won the Bundesliga title for a record number of times, with their best record being winning the trophy for a record eight times in the last twelve years of the competition.

With the money power that they have and the likes of the players present in the team, Bayern Munich continue to be a world-beater even in the present day as well.

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Fantasy Cricket – All-time Dream Fantasy Cricket Team

Of course, different people will have different opinions on this one as world cricket has a huge legacy/. However, we will all agree that the era of cricket between 1990 and 2010 has been glorious. Most of the players in this fantasy cricket dream team are from this era.

Glance at the list and consider. If you have to make such an online fantasy cricket team at 11wickets App, will you include the following players?

Test fantasy cricket dream team:

  1. Matthew Hayden – One of the world’s most consistent openers, scored runs all across the cricket globe.
  2. Virender Sehwag – The most ruthless & destructive player. Scoring a triple century with a six when you are on 295 speaks volumes of the mind-set this man has.
  3. Sachin Tendulkar – He is the God of Cricket. Delivers consistently when it’s the toughest & when it matters the most
  4. Rahul Dravid – True definition of a team player. Does whatever is best for the team. The wallwill always be a pick in Dream Test XI.
  5. Andrew Flintoff (VC) – A true aggressive, genuine sportsman who is passionate & he brings the game to the level, what no one else does.
  6. Brian Lara (C) – Both equally aggressive & consistent, a pretty rare combination for a player to have.
  7. Shane Warne – If you have watched cricket during mid-1990s to 2007 you would know he was considered the best. Everyone used to talk about contests like Warne vs. Tendulkar,Warne vs. Lara,Warne vs. Dravid .
  8. Adam Gilchrist (WK) – Impact player, brilliance & morality embedded with dominance & aggression.
  9. Glenn McGrath – A perfect bowler, consistent, reliable & aggressive.
  10. Wasim Akram – A genuine lethal pace bowlerplus he’s left arm fast bowler which is always an extra aid.
  11. Courtney Walsh – One of the most lethal fast bowlers of all time, he is nightmare for anybatsmen.

ODI fantasy cricket dream team:

  1. Sachin Tendulkar – This God of Cricket will be there in every dream XI for both ODI & Tests you pick. He is the biggest threat for the opposition.
  2. Virender Sehwag – Impact player. Takes the attack back to the opposition. Unsettles the bowler’s mind-set very quickly.
  3. Sir Vivian Richards – Rated as Best ODI Batsman of all time by Wisden. Brought a new dimension & redefined batsman-ship in International cricket.
  4. Virat Kohli – He is the master of chases. Consistency is on a different level with him altogether.
  5. MS Dhoni (Wk & C) – Great finisher as well as a fantastic wicket-keeper. There is a doubt if ODI cricket has seen a better captain than MSD.
  6. AB De Villiers (VC) – Changed the way in which players used to approach their batting in ODIs.
  7. Shane Warne – Greatest Spin bowler of all time
  8. Andrew Flintoff – His character and impact as a player on the cricket field is beyond explanation.
  9. Wasim Akram – Brilliant, world class fast bowler with lethal combination of swing and pace.
  10. Glenn Mcgrath – A bowling machine. No other fast bowler in world cricket can match his persistence & his consistency. Lands the deliveries on a perfect line & length consistently.
  11. Waqar Younis – He is the King of Reverse Swing.

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Fantasy Cricket – Colourful History of Pink Test Match

Pretty much every January, the Sydney Cricket Ground turns into an ocean of Pink for the fantasy cricket fans. It is due to the annual New Year Test supports a noble cause. The cause is in honour of former Australian pacer and New South Wales’ own Glenn McGrath’s late wife Jane McGrath.

And the money raised during the Test goes to Glenn McGrath Foundation. This is also a noble cause test match for the 11wickets App online fantasy cricket users. These users can contribute to this cause through their wins, if they wish to.

The McGrath Foundation is a breast cancer education and support charity in Australia. It usually raises money to put McGrath Breast Care Nurses in organizations across the nation. And this adds to the awareness about the illness not only to the fantasy cricket game fans but to world as well. As of this moment, reports are that about 120 Breast Care Nurses have been launched across Australia. It also has supported over 67000 families who may have experienced the ailment.

The start of the foundation:

The start of Glenn McGrath Foundation was out by the former Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath and his wife Jane in 2005 soon after her recovery from breast cancer. 36 months later, Jane died and the Pink Test turned out to be a reality from the next year.

The day 3 of the Sydney Test known as “Jane McGrath Day” and the money raised directly goes to the Glenn McGrath Foundation. The cricket fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground wears pink colour clothes to show their support. There are times when, the players themselves show their help and support to the cause by having a pink grip and pink stickers on their bats.

The stumps uprooted for the match also are pink in colour. Leading to this, the Ladies Stand at the historical Sydney Cricket Ground is also briefly renamed The Jane McGrath Stand for that day. Before the start of day three, the cricketers from both the sides present McGrath their Pink Test cap.

It is just a really good initiative from Glenn McGrath foundation and it is fantastic to see Australian Cricket and people encouraging this cause with open arms.

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Fantasy Football – Facts about Football Gears

The fantasy football ball is spherical (round) and made of leather. For big football matches, the ball must have a circumference of 27 to 28 inches and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces. However, there are other sizes that are used for competition.

In our today’s post, we will mention about the football gears or equipment for the fantasy premier league fans of 11Wickets App.

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Uniforms and Kit

The uniforms for soccer players consist of a jersey and shorts. Players on the same team wear the same colored uniforms generally with a number and name on the back of the jersey. The goalkeepers wear a uniquely colored jersey so they will stand out to referees during play.

Arsenal Football Jersey

When you take everything that soccer players wear together, it’s called the “kit”. The kit includes the jersey, shorts, socks, cleats and shoes, and shin guards. Goalkeepers often wear gloves as well.

Shin Guards

Shin guards, or shin pads, are required. They help protect the front of the leg, or shin, from getting injured and bruised. Shin guards must fit under the socks. Goalies and forwards generally have the lightest weight shin guards while midfielders and, especially, defensemen wear heavier, more sturdy shin guards.

Soccer shin guards

Try to get shin guards that are comfortable and don’t hinder your running too much, but at the same time offer good protection. Even if they seem really uncomfortable at first, you will get used to them after a while, and when you get kicked in the shin really hard, you will be glad you have them!

Other Equipment Rules

Players are responsible for wearing equipment that will not endanger themselves or other players. This includes wearing jewelry or sharp spikes on the shoes.

Fun Facts

  1. Adidas has supplied the World Cup ball since 1970. Each ball has a unique design and name. The 2010 World Cup ball was the Jabulani.
  2. Shin guards were invented in 1874 by Samuel Widdowson, a player for Nottingham Forest.
  3. Professional soccer jerseys often have the logo of team sponsors right on the jersey. This advertising makes lots of money for the team.

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Fantasy Football – 4 Facts About Atlético Madrid

Playing fantasy football games at 11Wickets App for Atlético Madrid is a dream come true for the football fans. La Liga giants Atlético Madrid will be taking the pitch at Orlando City Stadium to battle the best of Major League Soccer.

Atlético Madrid have a storied tale over the pages of fantasy premier league history. The club was founded in 1903 as Athletic Club Sucursal de Madrid. Today, the official club name is Club Atlético de Madrid but they are commonly referred to as Atlético Madrid or Atléti.

Nicknames for the 2019 MLS All-Star opponents include Los Colchoneros (“The Mattress-makers,” an old reference to their red-and-white striped kits) or Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites based off of their famous vertical red and white striped look).

Here are some quick facts on the Spanish side. Read about them and play fantasy football league games.

European Heavy Weights

Atléti are no strangers to the biggest stages in Europe. Los Rojiblancos have won the UEFA Europa League in 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2017-18 and finished Runners-up in the UEFA Champions League in 2013-14 and 2015-16. Domestically, Atléti famously claimed the La Liga title in 2013-14 (after an almost 20-year drought) and finished Runners-up in 2017-18.

​2018-19 La Liga Runners-Up

Atlético Madrid currently sit second in La Liga behind Barcelona who have already claimed the La Liga Championship and look like a sure bet to be Runners-Up with three games left to play. They have ensured qualification for the 2019-20 Champions League.

Heavy 2018 FIFA World Cup Presence

Atlético had heavy representation in Russia last summer for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Spanish side had nine players represent five different countries, seven of those players are still with the Madrid side. Diego Godín and José Giménez headlined Uruguay’s back line. Koke, Diego Costa and Saúl Níguez all made the Spanish roster while Filipe Luis joined Brazil. And of course, Antoine Griezmann helped lead France to claiming the World Cup.

The Stars

Atléti is a team full of stars but there are several that shine brighter than the others. You can’t talk Atlético Madrid without mentioning the man in charge, Diego Simeone. Simeone (nicknamed El Cholo) has been at the helm of Atléti since 2011 and is famous for his clean suited look and fiery personality when he patrols the technical box. His passion and love for the club is easily explained by the fact he appeared in over 100 appearances for the club when he was a player and over 400 games in charge as Manager.

Moving onto the pitch, Atléti have one of the world’s best keepers in Jan Oblak. Between La Liga and Champions League play in 2018-19 the Atléti keeper has 24 clean sheets in 43 appearances. Farther up the pitch, Atléti are known for fielding some of the best forwards the world has had to offer over the last decade. Names like Diego Forlan, Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao, Sergio Aguero, David Villa and Mario Mandzukic have all worn the red and white striped kit of Atlético Madrid. Now, Atléti boast a front line headlined by Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata. Not bad, not bad at all.

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