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50 weight loss facts that will surprise you

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Excess weight is an actual problem, and people engage in sports exercises and follow various diets. Some facts about losing weight will surprise you. A lack of calcium in the body can lead to weight gain, the danger of loving low-fat foods, and 50 more facts about weight loss.

 

How to lose wight - interesting facts

 

Admit that you must have Googled "How to lose weight in three days" or "Keto diet." Many people have done this - come up with extra pounds and try to achieve perfection, eat nothing all day but an apple and a piece of cheese, and at two in the morning run to the refrigerator and eat three sandwiches, drinking cola. However, nutritionists believe that express diets before some important event are not rational: after all, no matter how much you throw off, during the holidays, you will probably “eat” too much, and later those extra pounds will return in double volume.

 

The amount eaten at dinner depends on the lighting

The brighter the light, the less you eat - German scientists came to this conclusion. The lack of light distorts the portion size (it seems smaller), and the amount consumed is more challenging to control.

 

15 minutes of jumping rope is equivalent to 60 minutes of running

According to biomechanics, running is a series of jumps with a relaxed phase of flight after a push. When working with a rope, the muscles of the lower leg of both legs are simultaneously contracted, and circular movements are made in the shoulder joints. This almost quadruples the load.

 

Everything is possible

The main rule of a good figure: is maintaining a balance of KBJU (calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates). The balance looks like this: 50% protein, 30% fat, 20% carbohydrates for losing weight. The number of calories depends on the level of physical activity. Nutrition should be balanced and varied. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to health problems.

 

Fat-free foods can help you gain weight

Dairy products contain vitamins A, D, E, and K, but they are not absorbed without fat. Lipids signal the brain to be complete. If they are not in the dish, we eat much more.

 

Sugar is added to fat-free foods to add flavor, and these are fast carbohydrates from which you can get better.

 

Weight depends on the condition of the teeth

It has been proven that people with severe chewing surface wear, teeth diseases, and oral cavity gain weight twice as fast—reason: indigestion and metabolism due to insufficient chewing of food.

 

Short-term diets don't work

First of all, the body breaks up with water and only then - with fat cells. Slow weight loss involves a comfortable diet without starvation and stress, due to which the diet is easier to tolerate. Rapid weight loss negatively affects the work of the digestive tract and is fraught with food breakdowns and a set of extra kilos.

 

Overweight people have a normal metabolism

Overweight people use more energy. Each move and turn costs them a few more calories. Studies have shown that the metabolism of fat people is about the same as that of thin people.

 

Weight gain is a long process

Gaining weight is a long process, just like losing weight. If, after a piece of cake, the scales showed +300 grams, this is water, not fat. In the morning, the weight will return to normal. To gain, it is necessary to disturb the balance of KBJU and overeat systematically.

 

Aromatherapy helps you lose weight

Some aromas send satiety signals to the brain—for example, the smell of peppermint, apples, and bananas. Keep a bottle of essential oil on your desk and occasionally bring it to your nose when you get hungry. When choosing an apple or banana as a snack, try to chew it as slowly as possible to prolong the flavor.

 

The perfect snack - pine nuts

British scientists have found that pine nuts contribute to the production of cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends a signal of satiety. They are superior to vegetables, fruits, bread, and meat in terms of nutritional value. Bonus: pine nuts contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E, tannins, fiber, and carbohydrates.

 

Dog owners gain weight more slowly

Scientists at the University of Michigan have calculated that pet owners move 34% more every day! Walking the dog is a great cardio workout that triples your energy expenditure.

 

Sweets are allowed on a diet

For most, sweets are rewards. For this reason, they "seize" the slightest stress with sweets. Moderate consumption of sweets will not affect the figure. Opt for dark chocolate and fruits. Remember, PP pastries and naturally dried fruit sweets are no less caloric than traditional desserts. Don't get carried away!

 

Calcium deficiency increases appetite

Specialists from the Laval Faculty of Medicine conducted a study: they divided overweight women into two groups and offered a different diet. The basis of the menu of the first group was products with a high content of calcium, the second - with a low range. Result: a menu enriched with calcium helps lose weight several times faster.

 

Late dinner does not affect the figure

The rule of thumb for weight loss is that you spend more energy than you take in calories. The time of the last meal should be no later than 3 hours before bedtime. If you are a night owl, a late dinner is acceptable and indicated (people with different circadian rhythms have different metabolic patterns).

 

Long-term diets are ineffective

Scientists in California have proven that prolonged dieting reduces its effectiveness. To continue to lose weight, you need to diversify the menu and practice regular physical activity.

 

There are no harmful calorie foods

A common myth is that certain foods (celery, for example) take more calories to digest than they provide. Some vegetables and fruits help speed up the metabolism: radishes, broccoli, grapefruit, asparagus, carrots, and others. Their calorie content tends to zero. By eating fatty foods, you will not be able to lose weight!

 

"Liquid calories" in the account

Dieters scrupulously count every calorie, forgetting to add tea, coffee, juices. A cup of standard latte 500 ml - 256 kcal, fresh - 180! If your goal is to lose weight, drink water with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

 

Dessert time – 17.00

French nutritionist Alain Delabaud is sure that the cause of excess weight is the inability to “listen” to the body. Hormones are produced according to the daily "schedule." The peak of cortisol synthesis, which is involved in digestion, is in the morning. Therefore, Alain advises eating more fat for breakfast.

 

Fast carbohydrates are better absorbed by the evening - with them, the amino acid tryptophan is delivered to the brain and promotes the production of serotonin - the hormone of happiness. This protects against food breakdowns before bed. Delabeau says: "The best time for dessert: 16.00 - 17.00."

 

It's easier to lose weight in winter

In winter, many get better. The reason: a decrease in motor activity, not a slowdown in metabolism (another common myth!). In sub-zero temperatures, the metabolic rate increases (to generate heat), and calories are burned faster.

 

Men lose weight faster

Scientists have found that men lose weight twice as fast. The reason: hormones that prepare the body for pregnancy take part in regulating female metabolism. When he receives fewer calories, any incoming product is stored as a reserve, transforming into subcutaneous fatty tissue.

 

Sleep deprivation leads to weight gain

During sleep, the body produces leptin, a hormone that stimulates metabolism and the mechanism of hunger/satiety. Constant lack of sleep leads to its absence. Outcome: metabolic disorder.

 

10-minute exercise against extra kilos

Daily exercise for 10 minutes by 11% reduces cancer risk, normalizes blood pressure, and helps burn up to 300 kcal. Charging can be replaced by walking - oxygen promotes the breakdown of fat.

 

Legumes make the diet easier

Legumes allow you to avoid food breakdowns. The effect is achieved due to the low rate of digestion. John Sievenpiper (St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto) proved that those who eat one serving of legumes a day do not experience acute bouts of hunger during the day.

 

All diets are the same

This statement was made by a group of researchers led by Bradley Johnston (Canada). The researchers analyzed 48 studies in which participants followed different dietary patterns. Regardless of the diet chosen, the average weight loss was 8-9 kilograms in 6 months.

 

Salt and diet are incompatible

One gram of salt retains 100 grams of water. The daily dose is 10 g (corresponds to a quarter of a teaspoon). Sodium chloride (salt) is found in foods: meat, vegetables, cottage cheese, and cereals. Half of the norm enters the body with them, and no more than 5 g is left for salting dishes.

 

Mono-diets are dangerous

Monidiets - the use of one product (buckwheat, rice, kefir) for a certain period. Such a change in the diet gives a quick result. In a stressful situation, the body blocks all sources of fat removal, and after the end of the diet, the weight will begin to grow. On mono-diets, they lose weight due to the withdrawal of fluid and the burning of muscle mass!

 

Herbal teas for weight loss do not work

Most of them act as potent diuretics. You lose weight by getting rid of fluids. Constantly using herbal teas, you risk getting dysfunction of the excretory system.

 

Fewer calories - healthier food?

In the case of olive, linseed, and other vegetable oils, this rule does not work. Their energy value exceeds 600 kcal per 100 grams! At the same time, nutritionists recommend not giving up oils during the diet - they improve metabolism and lower cholesterol levels.

 

Anti-cellulite creams do not help you lose weight

All creams, ointments, and gels - fat burners give an effect in combination with the proper diet and regular physical activity. They contain essential oils that improve blood circulation but not burn fat deposits.

 

Fasting days are useless when losing weight

It takes the body at least 72 hours to switch to fat-burning mode. Daily fasting allows you to get rid of excess fluid. After fasting days, the weight returns with the first meal! Nutritionists say: “It is impossible to maintain a normal weight by fasting one day a week and violating the rules of PP the other 6.”

 

You don't have to exercise every day

Physical exercise is a must. But the body needs time to restore the muscles - take breaks. Optimal schedule: 4 times a week for 30 minutes with alternating intense, moderate, strength, and aerobic exercises. This will help burn 50 to 100 grams of fat per week.

 

Exercising regularly, you need to adhere to proper nutrition

Constantly visiting the gym but violating the diet, you will not lose weight. It takes 60 minutes of exercise to burn off the calories of one sandwich of white bread, butter, and cheese, while a pork patty with mashed potatoes equals 20 kilometers of running.

 

One-time fasting does not “switch” the body into calorie-burning mode

On fasting days, when you limit yourself to a few liters of water per day, your metabolic rate slows down. This does not happen immediately - after 60-70 hours of lack of food. When you start eating again, your metabolism slows down, and all the excess is deposited in the form of subcutaneous fat.

 

It is impossible to determine the fat content of food "by eye."

Vegetable and butter, margarine - "species fats," which are very high in calories. Some foods contain "hidden" lipids. For example, in a vegetable salad - 20 kcal; if you fill it with a teaspoon of olive oil, the energy value will increase to 65 kcal per 100 g. The result: a dish with 70% fat in the composition. Control it!

 

Weight formula: height minus 110 does not work!

The ideal weight formula was invented 100 years ago by the French anthropologist Paul Brock. Modern nutritionists are skeptical about it: it does not consider the body's individual characteristics (for example, the presence/absence of muscle mass). The BMI formula is more relevant today: weight divided by height squared. For women, the optimal figure varies from 19 to 24.

 

Cellulite and excess weight are not the same

Cellulite is a consequence of hormonal imbalance or water-salt metabolism. There are more reasons for excess weight: sedentary work, overeating, not maintaining the balance of KBJU, and others.

 

Being overweight is not related to heredity

It has been proven that being overweight is a complex phenomenon. Genetic predisposition is one of the reasons, along with hormonal changes, neurological and psychological factors. In 50% of cases, excess weight results from overeating and an unbalanced diet.

 

Strength training for weight loss equals cardio

Common myth: High-intensity cardio is effective for burning fat. Aerobic exercise should not be more than 20 minutes so as not to "burn" the muscles along with extra calories. Strength training is essential! The more muscles in the body, the more calories are burned at rest.

 

Bath and sauna do not relieve excess weight

High temperatures stimulate blood circulation but do not get rid of fat. Lipids are broken down during specific chemical reactions, and it is impossible to “evaporate” them. In the bath and sauna, weight loss is due to fluid removal. Steam rooms work in conjunction with physical activity and proper nutrition.

 

"Local" weight loss is a myth

You can not lose weight only in the buttocks or abdomen! Adipose tissue has nothing to do with nearby muscles. Doing exercises in one area strengthens the muscle corset, and lipids are burned everywhere.

 

Cutting out carbs won't help you lose weight

Weakness, irritability, lethargy, memory impairment, and insomnia result from carbohydrate-free diets. Without carbohydrates, the body goes into the saving mode, storing fat with each meal. In combination with an excess of protein, this leads to cholesterol plaques.

 

Mechanical impact on body fat - impossible

Slimming procedures (massage, lymphatic drainage, electrical stimulation, etc.) stimulate blood circulation and metabolism but not break down lipids. For maximum effectiveness, all types of massage should be combined with proper nutrition and cardio training.

 

You can eat at night

If you are a "night owl" and are not going to bed until 3 am, eat at 12! The body will have time to digest food without consequences. Sleeping on an empty stomach is the cause of insomnia and food breakdowns during the day.

 

Eating disorders are acceptable

Cake with fat cream will not affect the weight in any way. Nutritionists recommend pampering the body once a week to control appetite. "Reliefs" should be planned - include them in the weekly meal plan.

 

A weight loss plan may not work

The nutrition plan is developed individually, taking into account the organism's characteristics and physiological indicators. The diet that your friend lost weight on may not work for you due to different metabolic rates, hormonal levels, and other things.

 

Plant foods don't help you lose weight

Myth: A vegan diet will help you lose weight. Weight gain depends on the presence or absence of meat and animal products. Refusing the latter, the body begins to demand more carbohydrates. Result: extra weight.

 

Exercise doesn't make you hungry

You are feeling a little hungry after a workout is regular! This indicates an intensive work of metabolism. After the gym, you need to eat no later than 40 minutes to restore energy. Choose protein and fiber if you're looking to lose weight and slow carbs if you're gaining muscle mass.

 

You don't have to cut out sugar completely

In Edinburgh, scientists conducted studies that proved that a small amount of sugar in the diet contributes to weight loss. The experiment involved 60 women; they were divided into two groups. Sugar was eliminated first. The second - left, picking up an individual "dose." Weighed in two months later, the sugar group lost more pounds.

 

Have breakfast

A hearty breakfast helps control weight - this is the conclusion of a group of scientists in Cambridge. By eating 50% of your daily calorie intake for breakfast, you give your body time to process them. Without “feeding” him after waking up, you risk switching your metabolism to the “fat reserve” mode.

 

 

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The New York Knicks are one of the oldest teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Along with the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors (then the Philadelphia Warriors), it competed in the very first BAA championship in 1946/47. Let us remind you that in 1949, the BAA merged with the NBL to form the NBA, which is familiar to us to this day. The Knicks are not as titled as, for example, Boston, they have only 2 championship titles won in 1970 and 1973. Over the years, 516 basketball players have donned New York Knicks jerseys, nine of which have been retired by the club in recognition of their service to the team. 


The New York Knickerbockers, better known as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City area of ​​Manhattan. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). It is one of only two NBA teams based in New York; the other team is the Brooklyn Nets. Along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still in their original city.


Created by Ned Irish in 1946, the team was one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association (BAA), which became the NBA when it merged with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949. The Knicks enjoyed success in their early years and were consistent playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach, Joe Lapczyk. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks have made three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, all of which have lost. Lapczyk retired in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.


It wasn't until the late 1960s, with Red Holtzman taking over as head coach, that the Knicks began to reclaim their former dominance. Holtzman successfully led the Knicks to two NBA championships: 1970 and 1973. The Knicks of the 80s had mixed success, including six playoff appearances; However, they were unable to take part in the NBA Finals.


The 90s Knicks were led by future Hall of Famer center Patrick Ewing at the playoff level; this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time they were known for their tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, playing in the NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999. However, they failed to win an NBA championship at the time.


Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, but won their first division title in 19 years in the 2012–13 season, led by a core of forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. They were eventually eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and have since failed to make the playoffs.



1. The Jamaican native made his New York debut in the 1985/86 season and played until the 1999/00 season. Ewing spent 2 more years at the end of his career in Seattle and Orlando. The stretch from 1985 to 2000 is called the Ewing era in New York. 


2. During this time, he accounted for 1039 matches for the Knicks. The New York Knicks selected Ewing with the 1st overall pick in the 1985 draft and Patrick took his team to the NBA Finals twice but failed to win both times. 


3. Walt Frazier, who played for the team for 10 years, from 1967/68 to 1976/77 seasons, became the second in the number of appearances. 


4. It was under Frazier, in 1970, that the Knicks became champions for the first time, and the playing numbers of the entire starting five (Walt Frazier, Willis Reed (No. 8 on our list), Dave Debuchet (No. 23 in matches played), Bill Bradley (3rd) and Dick Barnett (10th)) were retired by the club. 



5. In 1973, this team again became the champion. Ewing's partners Charles Oakley, John Starks and Allan Huston are also veterans of the club. 


6. 10 seasons ran for the team and the future legendary coach Phil Jackson. He played just in the championship era, but came off the bench. He has 732 Knicks appearances and is #5 on our list. 


7. On the 26th line with 412 matches is Carmelo Anthony. Now the Knicks have a new, rebuilding team, and its leaders Julius Randle and RJ Barrett are not even included in the top 100 list yet. Patrick Ewing on the offensive Who scored the most points in the history of the New York Knicks. 


8. As you might guess, the highest scorer in the history of the New York Knicks is also Patrick Ewing. Over 1039 matches, he scored an average of 22.8 points per match, which gave a total of 23665 points. The second again was Walt Fraser. He played shooting guard and finished with the Knicks with 14,617 points. Willis Reed was third and Allan Houston was fourth.


9. In terms of average performance, Carmelo Anthony surpassed everyone, gaining an average of 24.7 points per match. After the end of the Ewing era, from the beginning of the 00s, leapfrog and the era of timelessness began in New York. 



10. Players have come and gone. With the exception of Carmelo, over the years a number of good players have passed, such as Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, David Lee, but none of them stayed in New York for a long time and did not advance to the leaders of the performance rating. 


11. The current leader of the team, Julius Randle, is still in the 50th place. Given his current 22 points per game, he will be close to the top 30 by the end of the 2021/22 season. 


12. Walt Frazier in the Aisle. Who scored the most rebounds in the history of the New York Knicks, Ewing also predictably became the best rebounder in history. During his career, he has amassed 10,759 rebounds, averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. 


13. The second was the captain of the gold team of the 70s, Willis Reed, and the third was Ewing's partner in the team of the 90s, power forward Charles Oakley. 


14. Reed and Walt Bellamy, who played for the Knicks for 4 seasons from 1965 to 1969, were the best in rebounding average. But where Ewing did not become a champion is in offensive rebounds. 


15. If under his own ring all the rebounds a priori went to Patrick, then under someone else's ring the rebounds had to be snatched with resistance, and here Charles Oakley bypassed him. 


16. He has 2,580 career offensive rebounds, while Ewing has 12 fewer rebounds at 2,568. Carmelo Anthony is modestly ranked 19th. Current roster players Julius Randle in 45th, Mitchell Robinson in 62nd Charles Oakley Who has made the most assists in New York Knicks history Patrick Ewing averaged 2 assists per game and finished a modest 12th in this category. The leader here was the already mentioned Walt Fraser. 



17. He has 4,791 assists in 759 games played for New York. Averaged 6.3 per game. Mark Jackson, Michael Ray Richardson and Stephon Marbury are leading in assists per game. Frazier is only 6th here. 


18. Let's move on from passes to interceptions. Here, too, Ewing is in the lead, and Oakley is in second place. The most effective interception was Michael Ray Richardson, nicknamed "Sugar", which means "sugar". Richardson played for the Knicks for 4 seasons from 1978/79 to 1981/82. He made 2.57 interceptions per game. 


19. Richardson was a strong player and could have been much higher in the rankings in many categories, but after 4 seasons with the Knicks, he went first to the Golden State, then to New Jersey, and then was completely banned for life for using (sucking through the nose ) prohibited substances. 


20. Let me remind you that the statistics of block shots appeared in the NBA only in 1973/74. Block shots are usually the lot of tall centers and tall power forwards, who operate mainly under their basket. 


21. A good pace keeps the current team center Mitchell Robinson. In 168 games for New York, he already has 341 blocked shots, averaging just over 2 per game. Barring injuries or a sudden move to another team, Robinson will be in second place in a couple of years. Who made the most three-point shots in New York Knicks history?



22. A large number of three-point shots is a trend of recent years. Therefore, it is not surprising that records have been actively rewritten in this category in recent years. The New York Knicks record holder for the number of abandoned "three" is Ewing's teammate from the 90s.


23. The top performer among those who made at least 1000 attempts is Trent Tucker (40.9%). This guard played for the Knicks from 1982 to 1991. This player is also known for the fact that in 1990 in a match against Chicago, with 0.1 seconds left in the match, he received a pass and threw a 3-pointer, bringing the Knicks a 109-106 victory. 


24. Chicago subsequently protested this throw, after which the league developed the so-called "Trent Tucker" rule that a player needs a minimum of 0.3 seconds to handle the ball and shoot, if there is less time left in the game / quarter / possession when the player receives the ball, then it is considered that the player did not have time to throw and the hit does not count. Later, operational video replays appeared and the need for such a rule disappeared. 


25. Julius Randle is already in 20th place. Who has the best free throw percentage in New York Knicks history? And the last category is for real shooters. Allan Houston is leading here with a GM score of 87.2%. 



26. New York is one of the most famous teams in the NBA, and therefore it is not mind-blowing that when selecting the substance for the provided article, an extremely large number of players surfaced, one or the other played prominent roles in the league at a close time and left a noticeable mark in its history. But the more famous and bigger ones were played in the 1970s, which is why I propose to recall a little about them.


27. The main defender in history Nyx, who deserved to be included in the list of the best. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 1954 draft at the eighth number, yet he made the team barely two years later due to a job in the Marine Corps (he ended up serving 9 years).


28. Guerin's main season did not come out clearly, but still was not bad (9.6 points on average). Who would have thought that for the next 6 seasons he would be one of the most coveted shooters in the league. And here send matches of stars, symbolic fives, etc.


29. An intriguing fact is that during his time with the Knicks, he only made the playoffs once. He is also, for example, the main player of the Knicks, one or another scored for the 2000 season and most points. So here it is. In the joint, its area among the best is beyond doubt.



30. Famed New York left-hander Barnett, along with then-rookie Willis Reed, skipped the foundation monolith of the big Knicks team of the dot-60s and early-70s. Then there were two championships and Dick had a hand in both. But playing perfectly different roles.


31. If in 1970 he was one of the team's favorites, spending an average of 33 minutes on the floor and gaining almost 15 points per match, then in 1973 he was that necessary veteran, so necessary for the championship team. Well, plus brought a rest to the general defenders of the team (look at them thicker). This contribution was also appreciated by the management of Nix, having strengthened the number 12 behind it.


32. By the way, what is interesting, Barnett possessed an extremely unusual throw, one or another, of course, is valiant of individual interest, and about one or another I would say this: “It is more excellent to look once, than to think, how to describe.” So I advise you to look.


33. Fraser possessed an unusual talent, one or another could simply be embodied in the second appearance of sports (he played football and baseball, and not without success), but he preferred basketball. Chosen by the Knickerbockers in 1967 as the top pick in the draft, he had 10 great seasons there, becoming a two-time favorite in one or the other and cementing his NBA star status for life.



34. Without looking at it, he constantly calculated the 2nd star of the team, then Willis Reed. But sometimes when Willis got injured or something else happened to him, Frazier built it so that no one would remember about it. 


35. He was also extremely good in defense, which did not go unnoticed by the league, one or another preferred him 7 times in order to the main defensive five. Well, the pinnacle of recognition was found in 1987, sometimes Walt was included in the Hall of Fame, and in 1996 Mr. "Clyde" was included in the list of the 50 best NBA players. And, of course, a T-shirt with his number hangs in Madison Square Garden.


36. If you thought that the league's only "Magic" was Irving Johnson, then you are extremely mistaken. Earl's main "Magic" association, true "Black Magic", but not the essence of ``fundamentally. Still, if the most famous magician became so thanks to mystical passes, then this one scored some impossible shots, owned perfectly crazy dribbling.


37. He came to the Knicks in 1971 and, together with Frazier, began to compose one of the best (if not the top) pair of intercessors of that time. 


38. Of the newest wave of players in New York, there are an extremely large number of those who had brevity as a sister, but it’s impossible to say at least about someone that he embodied his own talent to the fullest. Here, both injuries and temper, and fans, one or the other constantly called for victories from relatives, and, of course, an ideally mediocre selection. The most colorful of the unrealized was Allan Houston. Let's remember him.



39. That's who could, really, freeze as a super cool basketball player, so it's him. And he ended up being a pretty good player. Yes, there were a couple of matches of whole stars, the NBA finals, but, again, my opinion, it could easily freeze with the largest player. Again, by the way, hello to the management of New York. Well, okay, from my own feelings, let's move on to Allan himself.


40. 1999 and 2000 were the most successful years for Houston. Then he was easily unrealistically cool. Especially in 1999, sometimes in the absence of general players (Sprewell and Ewing just deserved it), he pulled the team into the playoffs and dragged him to the end of the NBA. 

41. It is worth mentioning that he participated in a project called Barack Obama, as a result, one or another scold became what he is currently doing (he raised funds for the company). Allan is currently assistant general manager of the Knicks.


42. It so happened that if you scribble about the 1970s, then there is not a word of criticism addressed to the team, but as the 2000s came, it was immediately vulgar and kindred. Sad as it may seem, but at the moment the Knicks are the height of unprofessionalism, one or another ruins the players and their championship prospects. What will happen next? Yes, in my opinion, nothing good is expected. It remains only to assume that Melo and Amara are not affected by this, and they will continue to anneal.


43. In 2000 he became Sydney's Olympic favorite and on this his successes froze to fall, at a speed comparable to the speed of a plane in distress. Injuries, injuries and more injuries ... and New York. By signing the contract, as a result, one or another became the second richest man in the league, Houston and stopped playing. It's a pity…



44. The most excellent game of a career, specifically in this category for us, back in 1970, in the seventh game of the end of the NBA against the Lakers. 36 points, 19 assists - it's phenomenal!!!


45. Trent Tucker, who scored well from behind the three-point arc, was lost on the free throw line and made only 75% of free attempts. Excellent results and Jamal Crawford with Carmelo Anthony. Patrick Ewing shot 74.2% of his shots from the line. Walt Fraser 78.3%, Charles Oakley 78.2%. 


46. John Starks. He scored 982 long shots in 602 Knicks games. Second was his teammate Allan Houston, who scored 61 three-pointers less in the same number of games. Curiously, Houston's sales percentage is much better. 


47. Not surprisingly, Patrick Ewing leads this category as well. He has blocked an average of 2.65 shots per game and has amassed 2,758 blocks in his career with the Knicks. Also on the podium are Bill Cartwright and Marvin Webster. 


48. The championship did not take long to wait, and in 1973 everything happened. In 1990, Monroe was included in the Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he was included in the list of the 50 greatest players. "Jesus" (another nickname), what else to add.



49. In the second ten of the ranking are such stars as Letrell Sprewell, Allan Huston, Carmelo Anthony and Stephon Marbury. Of the current Knicks, Mitchell Robinson is in the seventh ten, Randle and Barrett are even lower. Who made the most block shots in New York Knicks history?


50. Julius Randle is currently in 50th place with 686 assists and is averaging 4.7 assists per game. With this speed, in 3 years, if you avoid injuries, you can get into the top 20. Who made the most steals in New York Knicks history?


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The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final will take place on 28 May 2022. This will be the 67th season of UEFA's premier European football club competition and the 30th season since the European Cup was renamed the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the final will qualify to play the 2021/2022 UEFA Europa League winner for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup title and qualify for the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League group stage

 

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League is in the play-off stage.

 

 

When will the final take place?

The decisive match will take place on Saturday 28 May and will start at 21:00 CET.

 

If there is a draw in regular time, extra time will follow: two extra-times of 15 minutes each. If after their expiration the score is equal again, the winner will be determined in the 11-meter series.

 

Where will the final take place?

The final will take place at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, which was built before the 2018 World Cup. It is located a few hundred meters from the Gulf of Finland on the site of the former Kirov Stadium, where the matches of the football tournament of the 1980 Olympic Games were held.

 

The author of the project is Japanese architect Kise Kurokawa. The stadium is equipped with a retractable roof and can accommodate more than 60,000 spectators. In 2018, an ice hockey match between the national teams of Russia and Finland was held here in the presence of more than 80,000 fans.

 

This will be the third European Cup final in Russia. In 1999, Parma defeated Olimpik at the Luzhniki stadium in the UEFA Cup final, and in 2008, Manchester United defeated Chelsea in the Champions League final at the same arena.

 

 

What will the winner receive?

The Champions Cup weighs 7.5 kilograms and rises 73.5 centimeters. "It may not be a masterpiece, but everyone in football wants to touch it," said trophy creator Jürg Stadelmann.

 

Also prepared are 40 gold medals for the winners and 40 silver medals for the losers. Additional medals are not allowed.

 

The winner of the Champions League will also receive a place in the group stage of the next edition. Unless, of course, it does not guarantee it through the national championship.

 

Which team will be the host?

The nominal host of the final will be determined by a draw, which will be held on March 18 for administrative purposes. The finalists may enter the field in their primary colors, but if they overlap, the guest nominees must use a spare kit.

 

The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final will take place on 28 May 2022. This will be the 67th season of UEFA's premier European football club competition and the 30th season since the European Cup was renamed the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the final will qualify to play the 2021/2022 UEFA Europa League winner for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup title and qualify for the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League group stage

 

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League is in the play-off stage. UEFA.com tells how it will end.

 

 

Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts.

 

1. For the third year in a row, a team has played in a Cup/Champions League final for the first time (Tottenham in 2019, PSG in 2020, Manchester City in 2021). The last time this happened was between 1986 and 1988 (Steaua, Porto, PSV).

 

2. The Champions League final will be the eighth in a row in which two clubs from the same country will play. This will be the third time this will be a match between English clubs (after the Champions League finals Chelsea - Manchester United in 2008 and Liverpool - Tottenham in 2019).

 

3. This season's final will take place at the Dragau Stadium in Portugal. This is the first time that a Cup/Champions League decisive match has been played in the same country for several years (Da Luz Stadium hosted the final in 2020). For the first time, the Cup/Champions League final in Portugal will be played outside the capital - the previous three matches were played in Lisbon.

 

4. Chelsea under Tuchel won both matches with Manchester City - in the semi-finals of the FA Cup (1-0) and in the championship (2-1).

 

5. Chelsea will play their second final in two weeks and their 22nd final in 18 years under Roman Abramovich.

 

 

6. Chelsea reached the final of the European Cup for the seventh time. The Blues suffered their only defeat in 2008 against Manchester United on penalties.

 

7. This is Chelsea's third Champions League final since the 2007/2008 season. Only Real Madrid (4) and Bayern Munich (4) have played in more Champions League finals during this period.

 

8. Chelsea reach the final of a major tournament for the first time in history for five consecutive seasons (2017 and 2018 FA Cup, 2019 League Cup and Europa League, 2020 FA Cup, 2021 FA Cup and League champions).

 

9. Manchester City are the ninth English side to reach the Cup/Champions League final. This is three more than the closest pursuers - Germany and Italy (six each). But only one of the last 10 teams to compete in their first final ever won it. It was Borussia Dortmund that beat Juventus 3-1 in 1997. Aston Villa were the last English team to win their first final in 1982 when they beat Bayern.

 

10. Chelsea and Manchester City met in the Premier League in early May (the Blues won 2-1). For the first time since 2013, the two teams will face off in a European Cup final in the same month they played in a league game. The last time it was Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. They then drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga and then won 2-1 at Wembley in the Champions League final.

 

 

11. Chelsea have won their last two matches against Manchester City in all competitions. The last time the Blues defeated the Citizens in three or more games in a row was between 2005 and 2009. Then the Londoners beat Manchester City eight times in a row.

 

12. In European competition, Chelsea and Manchester City have met only once before - in the semi-finals of the 1970/1971 Cup Winners' Cup. Chelsea won both matches 1-0 and reached the final, where they beat Real Madrid after a replay.

 

13. Both Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded just four goals in the Champions League this season. For the first time since the 2005/2006 season, both teams participating in the final have four or fewer goals conceded in the entire tournament. Then Arsenal conceded two goals to the final, and Barcelona four.

 

14. Manchester City have won 11 Champions League matches this season. In the event of a victory over Chelsea, the "citizens" will equal the record of "Real" - 12 matches in the 2001/2002 season.

 

15. It has been 51 years since Manchester City last played in a European Cup final. In the final of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970, the "citizens" defeated "Gornik" from Zabrze with a score of 2: 1. Manchester City broke the record for the longest gap between finals for one team. Prior to this, Sporting owned the record: the Portuguese had a pause of 41 years between the Cup Winners' Cup final (1964) and the UEFA Cup final (2005).

 

 

16. Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola could win his third Champions League trophy. He previously won in 2009 and 2011 with Barcelona. Pep will become only the third manager to win the Champions League three times, after Carlo Ancelotti (2003, 2007, 2014) and Zinedine Zidane (2016, 2017, 2018).

 

17. During his coaching career, Guardiola suffered the most defeats in all competitions against Chelsea (7).

 

18. Tuchel became the first manager to reach the Cup/Champions League final in two consecutive seasons with different clubs. A year ago, the German specialist headed PSG and lost to Bayern.

 

19. Tuchel became the third manager to lose the final in two consecutive seasons, after Marcello Lippi (1997 and 1998, Juventus) and Hector Cooper (2000 and 2001, Valencia).

 

20. Phil Foden of Manchester City will be 21 years and one day old at the time of the final. He could become the third youngest Englishman to reach a Champions League final after Bayern's Owen Hargreaves (20 years, 123 days) in 2001 and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold who played in 2018 and 2019.

 

 

21. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has kept eight clean sheets out of 11 Champions League matches this season. Only two goalkeepers could not miss in nine meetings of one season - Santiago Canizares (Valencia, in the 2000/2001 season) and Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, in the 2015/2016 season).

 

22. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of this season's Champions League. The last time two players scored for the same team was in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of a single Cup/Champions League competition in the 1959/1960 season - Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas of Real Madrid.

 

23. In September 2018, Bernardo Silva from Manchester City lost to Lyon - 1:2. After that, the Portuguese was unbeaten with his team in 26 Champions League matches (23 wins, three draws). This is the longest unbeaten streak in tournament history. Foden is second in the longest streak, having gone unbeaten in 21 consecutive matches (18 wins, three draws) since losing to Basel in March 2018.

 

24. Chelsea defender Thiago Silva was in the Champions League final last season with PSG. The Brazilian could become the fifth player to play in the final twice in a row with different teams after Marcel Desailly (1993 Marseille, 1994 AC Milan), Paulo Souza (1996 Juventus, 1997 Borussia Dortmund), Samuel Eto'o ( 2009 Barcelona, ​​2010 Inter) and Alvaro Morata (2014 Real Madrid, 2015 Juventus).

 

 

25. If Sergio Aguero plays in the final, it will be his last match for Manchester City. The Argentine has scored 13 goals against Chelsea for the Citizens. But he has not scored in any of his last four matches against the Blues since a hat-trick in February 2019.

 

26. Ilkay Gundogan is the only current Manchester City player who has already participated in the Champions League final (his Borussia Dortmund lost to Bayern in 2013).

 

27. Madrid is the venue for the second English UEFA Champions League final. Tottenham Hotspur will take part in the final for the first time in their history at this stage, while Liverpool will try to forget the pain of losing to Real Madrid in the 2018 season.

 

28. Both teams were able to make impressive semi-final comebacks to reach the Estadio Metropolitano, home of Atlético Madrid. Each of the finalists managed to go further and rehabilitate after three missed goals. While Liverpool won 4-0 in their second match against Barcelona at Anfield to go 4-3 on aggregate, Lucas Moura's hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena gave Spurs the opportunity to beat Ajax from score 3:2 in Amsterdam.

 

29. Liverpool are aiming to claim their sixth European title - and celebrate their second UEFA Champions League triumph since their memorable comeback in Istanbul against AC Milan in 2005, while Tottenham have never made it to the final before. In fact, Spurs' only semi-final before this season came in 1961/62, and their best previous UEFA Champions League campaign, in 2010/11, ended in the round of 16.

 

 

30. There have been six UEFA Champions League finals between clubs from the same country, all since 2000. Real Madrid have won all Spanish finals: in 2000 (Valencia), 2014 and 2016 (both Atlético), while Milan beat the Italian opponent Juventus on penalties. Also in 2003, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 all-German final.

 

31. The only previous English final was at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium in 2008, when Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after regular and extra time ended 1-1.

 

32. Tottenham will be the eighth English club to appear in a European Cup final, more than any other country; Italy and Germany are next on the list with six finalists.

 

33. Real Madrid have scored the most goals - 439

 

34. And conceded the most with 231 goals

 

35. Porto has suffered the most defeats - 51

 

 

36. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nicolas Anelka, Javier Saviola each played for 6 different teams

 

37. Ryan Giggs is the player with the most Champions League appearances (19 draws)

 

38. Iker Casillas played the most minutes (13,450)

 

39. Raul is the fielder with the most game minutes (11,999)

 

40. Thierry Henry misses most penalties (5)

 

41. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Luiz retired the most - 4 times

 

42. Marco Balotta - the oldest goalkeeper (43 years and 253 days)

 

43. Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with the most wins in a row (14)

 

 

44. Peter Ofori-Kvaie is the youngest scorer (17 years and 195 days)

 

45. Arsene Wenger is the coach with the most appearances (19 draws)

 

46. Carlo Ancelotti has coached the most teams (6)

 

47. Alex Ferguson is the manager with the most Champions League appearances (190)

 

48. Arsene Wenger is the manager with the most defeats (49 matches)

 

49. Real Madrid (winner of the 2013/2014 season) with the most goals per match (3.15)

 

50. Total played 2533 matches in the Champions League

 

 

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A resident of the Indian city of Chikhli, Gujarat, lost 18 kilograms in ten months and revealed the secret of success. This is reported by the Times of India.


Denial Patel, 24, gained weight while in college. At its peak, he weighed 88.4 kilograms. Because of the extra pounds, the man was often ridiculed by his peers. For many years, the Indian tried to start working out in the gym, but to no avail.


In the end, he decided to resort to intermittent fasting to lose weight. As a result, Patel managed to get rid of 18 kilograms in ten months. The Indian refused breakfast: in the morning he only drinks water. At about 11 a.m., he drinks a cup of milk, and after a while he eats two flatbreads with vegetable stew and raita - a dish of yogurt and cucumbers. For dinner, Patel makes himself two more tortillas with vegetable or bean dishes and salad. If an Indian is hungry, he drinks a cup of milk.


A man rarely allows himself junk food. At first, he completely eliminated sugar and fast food from the diet, but later began to go to a fast food restaurant once a week. In addition, Patel gave up soft drinks altogether.


Since the Indian could not work out in gyms, he began to practice home cardio workouts.


Patel believes that his new diet contributed the most to his weight loss. “I believe that there are no special secrets of losing weight: good old diligence and consistency give results,” he stressed. After losing weight, the Indian gained self-confidence, his self-esteem increased. He stressed that the experience of losing weight taught him that nothing is impossible.


Earlier it was reported that a resident of the Indian city of Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, weighing 89 kilograms, lost 20 kilograms in five months. The Indian recommends giving up junk food, playing sports every day and eating right.

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In the National Basketball Association, the Chicago Bulls , Illinois play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. The team started in 1966.


It gained popularity due to the fact that it had one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA. This dynasty was formed during the 1990s. Thanks to it, the team was able to win six championships in eight years. The Bulls also became famous for setting an NBA record of 72 games during the 1995-96 season. They are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games in the same season.


Throughout their stellar career, the team has been constantly involved in NBA propaganda and advertising around the world. It is also important to note the NBA Finals in 1998, when the Bulls won it, and it became the most popular and the most attended and watched championship in the history of NBA games. The names of the team's players are well known - Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen and their coach Phil Jackson.


In Chicago history, the Chicago Bulls are the third team to enter the NBA. The first was the Peckers-Zefirs, who currently represent the Washington Wizards, and the second was the Stegs. Today, the Bulls sometimes wear red and blue Stegs jerseys to the game. Starting playing in 1966, the team managed to show character and became the best debut team in NBA history.


Before playing their home games at Chicago Stadium, the team initially played at the International Amphitheater for two seasons. Over the following years, the team of coaches managed to create a fairly strong team that did not want to give in to anyone on the playing field. It was a tough team whose main play patterns were built around forwards Chet Walker and Bob Love, and defenseman Jerry Sloan. But then the team did not acquire great achievements, they were able to win only one division title and never made it to the Final. Only over time the team has grown and become a worthy member of the NBA.


1.Wall and sad moment


2.Keep calm


3.Crab and robot


The Bulls' 72 wins and 10 losses in a season is a record that seemed to last forever. Only 20 years later, last season, this achievement was surpassed by the Golden State Warriors. Having won 73 matches out of 82 in the regular season, the California club even received public congratulations from the President of the United States.


But Stephen Curry and his team forgot to do the main thing - to become champions after that. In the title battle with Cleveland and LeBron James, Golden State did what no one had done before - lost the final series, leading it 3-1.


The 1995/96 Chicago was the greatest team in NBA history. By the way, the Bulls starting five earned $14.7 million that season, less than Timofei Mozgov alone in the 2016-17 Lakers.


There is no need to explain who Michael Jordan is - anyone who has heard the word "basketball" at least once in their life knows this name. But he was not always the greatest player of all time, and the 1996 title was the turning point.


On June 23, 1993, three days after Chicago became the NBA champion for the third time in a row, Michael's father was killed. The killers were quickly found - they turned out to be two teenagers, but the true motives were never found out. Only many years later, an unofficial version surfaced: James Jordan gave his life for his son's gambling debts.


A couple of months after the tragedy, Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA - and suddenly left for baseball. But after two years of torment in the minor leagues, he nevertheless returned to what he knew how to do best in the world. Chicago won three more league titles (1996, 1997, 1998), and Michael finally became an icon. And the debate about whether it's time to give the title of the best player of all time to LeBron James remains a debate.


Only two players from the legendary Bulls lineup saw their name and number under the arches of the club's home arena. Jordan is by far the greatest, but he's been waiting seven years for his first championship with Chicago. The Bulls became a serious force only after Pippen played at their core. In any other team, he would have been the main superstar, but he accepted a supporting role and was always in the shadows - his greatness is also in this. Michael and Scotty have never been friends, but the two are the perfect ingredients for a championship cocktail.


4.Welcome


5.This does


6.Best center


7.Before D-Rose


After the end of his career, Scotty Pippen came to Russia several times and even managed to fall in love with the Russian bath.


Kukoc did not catch the first three Chicago championships, but in 1996 he became the first European star to win the NBA championship. It was he who paved the way for Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki and Timofey Mozgov.


In the 1994/95 season, the Croat was already an established player in the Bulls' starting five, but in the next championship he mostly left the bench. And that was the added strength of the NBA's greatest team: when the leaders usually went to rest, Chicago had Kukoch on the court. That year, he easily won the title of the NBA's best backup, and then helped the Bulls go all the way to the top.


You don't have to know basketball to remember Rodman from Men in Black. The hero of Will Smith learns that the center of the “Chicago” is an alien, and says the phrase: “And this one doesn’t even disguise himself!”


Rodman was part of the legendary Bad Boys, a gang that won two championships with Detroit in 1989 and 1990. Despite the appearance of a bully and a rebel, Dennis was also a talented basketball player. For seven years in a row, he became the best rebounder in the NBA - and this is with a height of 201 cm! As soon as he came to Chicago in 1995, the team immediately won three championships in a row. And Jordan isn't the only one to blame.


Of all the Bulls' legendary roster, Rodman stood out the most. Not only bright hairstyles and piercings, but also behavior. He owes his popularity to five championship rings, and an affair with Madonna, and an addiction to alcohol. The reputation remained with him after the end of his career. In recent years, Dennis has actively trolled the US authorities when he became friends with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.


8.Having fun


9.We got next


10.Lebron


11.Rondo


12.Next chapter


13.Awkward moment


14.Dead


15.Good guys


16.Splash brothers


17.Joke about us


18.Nice guy


19.Before..


20.Since 2003


21.Jordan


22.No matter what team


23.Break it


24.So bad


25.Chicago bulls


26.How many documentaries


27.Expectations


28.Bulls fans


29.Tony Snell


30.Cry baby


31.Fans be like


32.Can’t eat


33.Can’t unsee it


34.Good moment


35.Missed game


36.Trade MJ


37.Drunk


38.Get out


39.A change


40.Coincidence


41.Lost


42.Nigga


43.Holy Spirit


44.Golden state


45.After game


46.Go as expected


47.So old


48.Can’t we


49.Pretty boy


50.Preseason




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Horse polo is considered the most ancient team game in the world, which appeared more than two thousand years ago and was widespread in Persia and India. In India, the English army officers got acquainted with this game, and polo spread throughout Europe thanks to them. The word "polo" also came from India and is translated as "wood." The sticks for this game are made of wood. Interestingly, in India, polo is played not only on horses but also on elephants.

 

Facts about horse polo

 

Thanks to the British, polo has become not just a popular folk pastime but a sport with rules that allow competitions, including international ones. The first documented polo game in England took place in 1869. By the way, the British originally called this sport "hockey on horseback." From England, polo spread not only throughout Europe but the world. For example, in 1875, polo began to be played even in distant Argentina.

 

Polo in the Olympics

Polo was included in the program of the Olympic Games 5 times: in 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, and 1936. Interestingly, the traditional Olympic equestrian disciplines appeared at the Olympics only in 1912. Horse polo was considered more of a team sport (like, for example, football) than equestrian. An interesting fact at the Olympics in Berlin, the polo tournament at the Maifeld arena gathered a record number of spectators in the stands, about 70 thousand - more than any other sport.

 

It is worth considering that since the early 1930s, polio was considered a disgraced sport in Nazi Germany, against which active propaganda was carried out in the press. And shortly after the end of the Games, Adolf Hitler altogether banned polo as a "Jewish" and "Anglo-American" sport. However, this species was excluded from the Olympic program for another reason. The fact is that the class of the Argentina national team, which won both in 1924 and 1936, was so superior to all other groups that it became apparent: that it was useless to play with it; the Argentines would still win. This trend continues to the present. The king of polo "- the Argentinean Adolfo Cambiaso.

 

Lefties can play polo

Left-handers play polo but must hold the stick with their “uncomfortable” hands. Horse polo rules state that only the right hand can have the bar. In this case, you can hit the ball on the left. In total, four main types of blows are accepted: offside forehand (strong backhand blow forward or sideways), near side backhand (back blow), near side neck shot (hit from the left side under the horse’s neck), and offside tail shot (hit from under horse's tail). Striking from above or below the opponent's horse is prohibited.

 

Animals other than horses used for polo

In India, polo on elephants is quite popular; in Arab countries - on camels. An exciting fact In 2000, a polo match on yaks took place in Mongolia for the first time. This action initially pursued the goal of drawing public attention to the preservation of these animals from extermination. However, since 2006, yak polo, or sarlagan polo, has become so popular that it has also begun to be played in Pakistan. In Mongolia itself, the Mongolian Sarlagan Polo Association was even formed.

 

Among the exotic varieties, polo canoes, segways, golf carts, bicycles, and motorcycles should also be noted. Polo on yaks has taken root in Mongolia. Perhaps the most famous polo player Winston Churchill said: "Polo handicap is your passport to the world." Of course, this aristocratic game is far from accessible to everyone.

 

Polo field

Spectators watching the match immediately notice that the polo field is much larger than the football field. Its length is 275 meters, and its width is about 180. Each team consists of four riders whose goal is to hit the opponent's goal, which is 7 meters 30 centimeters wide. The players are "armed" with special sticks, and the diameter of the ball is about 8 centimeters. Most often, the game consists of six periods (chukkers), and the duration of each of them is seven minutes.

 

Even in a short period, the horses manage to pretty much knock out the turf on the field; therefore, during the breaks, you can see a curious sight - the spectators go out onto the lawn and help the workers drive in pieces of turf into their place. For the game, they use a special breed of horses - polo ponies. The leader in their breeding is Argentina. The cost of each horse is about $50,000. At the same time, each athlete has several; you can change them even during the game.

 

Importance of Argentina in Polo

Horse polo was even included in the program of five Olympics: 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, and 1936. In the post-war years, polo was excluded from the Olympic sports list. Moreover, this was done with a fascinating wording: in 1924 and 1936. The advantage of athletes from Argentina was so evident that the IOC decided why to hold equestrian polo competitions if the winner was known in advance. Since 1987, the World Polo Championships have been saved.

 

It is in Argentina that the world's most titled polo player lives. His name is Adolfo Cambiaso. For fans of this sport, Cambiaso is an absolute legend. But horse polo is far from the most popular game in the world. Therefore, the stars of Argentine football are known in the sports world much more than Adolfo Cambiaso.

 

During the match, the teams change goals after each goal is scored. This is explained by the fact that one of the teams has to play against the sun, which blinds the eyes. An exchange of goals is necessary to equalize rivals' chances. In principle, the sun also affects players in other sports, but nowhere else do the plans change so often.

 

Horse polo sticks

Horse polo sticks are most often made from bamboo. Sometimes willow and combined materials are used. According to the rules of this sport, the bar is only allowed to be held in the right hand. Can lefties play polo? Of course, they can. But no exceptions are made for them either; the stick must be held in an uncomfortable right hand.

 

Even though horse polo was not included in the program of the Olympic Games for many years, the federation of this sport does not lose hope of returning to the Olympic family. Currently, equestrian polo is cultivated in more than 70 countries worldwide. The leaders are Argentina, England, Australia, the USA, India, and Pakistan.

 

Homeland of horse polo - Persia

Modern horse polo is a team sport. It is played on horseback, and the ball must be moved across the field by hitting it with clubs. The main goal set for the players is to get into the opponent's goal.

 

The country where horse polo first appeared in Persia, which happened in the 6th century AD. After that, the game spread to other Asian territories. And all over the world, this sport became known thanks to the British colonialists, who spread it first on their native island - in Great Britain and then in Europe.

 

The word "polo" comes from the Indian "pulu," which translates as "wood." India still has various versions of polo: on elephants or camels.

 

The oldest team game

To date, it is horse polo considered the oldest team sport. In the 19th-20th century, it was trendy in India, and in 1869, thanks to the British, it became the way we can see it now.

 

It is noteworthy that the stiff British liked this unusual sport so much that it became part of the mandatory training of cavalry officers of the British army, so it was introduced into the program of cavalry military schools.

 

Today, polo is considered a noble sport. Therefore, it is not surprising that all the men of the British royal family should be able to play it well.

 

The largest horse polo field in team sports

Equestrian polo boasts the largest field of all currently existing team sports. Its dimensions are 275 meters long and 180 meters wide. For example, according to UEFA standards, the size of a football field should be 105 by 68 meters.

 

At the same time, the player’s virtuosity largely depends not on the characteristics of the field but on the person’s ability to stay in the saddle, since during the match, you need to keep in the saddle with one hand and with the other, using a stick, accurately hit a small ball, trying to score it into the opponent’s goal. In this case, you need to be able to lead the horse at high speed.

 

Spectators help polo players trample the lawn.

Modern polo is a game in which two teams of four players participate. Players spend 42 minutes on the field (7 chukkers (rounds) of 6 minutes each).

 

One of the most exciting features of the equestrian floor is the trampling of the earth between chukkers. This is done not only by employees but also by spectators. They go out into the field and press the pieces of turf uprooted by the horses' hooves back to the ground. Given that this sport is secular, such a spectacle looks very interesting.

 

Horse polo requires special horses.

Not all breeds of horses can be used in polo, but only special ones - polo ponies. Even though they are similar in height to ordinary horses, since the 147 cm height limit for ponies was abolished in 1919, polo ponies have a stable psyche and a bold character. Moreover, such horses can easily pick up speed over a short distance and simultaneously change their speed dramatically.

 

The leader in breeding horses for equestrian sex in Argentina. And if the polo pony was not raised in this country, its roots are probably from here.

 

Polo is not a sport for amateurs

Even though this sport is one of the favorite pastimes of aristocrats, not everyone will be able to achieve significant success in it since the rider and horse must act as a single whole. The ability to play horse polo has been honed over the years because it is difficult to imagine a person who knows exactly how to jump to the ball on the field to correctly hit the ball without many years of practice.

 

In addition, horse polo is one of the most traumatic sports because you need to be able to stay in the saddle so as not to fall off.

 

Horse polo is an expensive sport

Today, horse polo is not only noble but also very expensive, so it is not available to everyone. You will need to spend about 50 thousand dollars to purchase one polo pony. Moreover, there should be several such horses in the stall since, during the match, the rider changes them (a rare horse can withstand more than two halves because it feels significant stress during the game). But the rules state that a polo player can change no more than six horses per match.

 

In addition, it is worth considering the funds for the maintenance of stables, veterinary services, and ammunition.

 

 

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