Basketball and Soccer
In modern life, most people enjoy amazing sports. Two of most exciting and common sports to participate and appreciate are basketball and soccer. People can not only watch both of them on television, but they can also play them for recreation and health. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the differences and similarities between these two sports. There are three aspects of these two sports: athletes, popularity, and equipment. The most noticeable difference between these two kinds of sports is their requirement of players. Both these two sports require different physical qualities of athletes or players. Basketball is one kind of sport that uses the upper body; in contrast, soccer uses legs to control the ball and to win scores. Basketball players should be taller than normal people, because basketball players need to get the rebounds and block(McDowell, Fryar, Ogden & Flegal, 2008). The average height of the NBA sportsmen is 7'15.93" ("2006-07 player survey:," 2007). On the other hand, soccer players do not have to be very tall. Soccer have great players of all heights, such as Maradona 1.65 m, Peter Crouch 2.01 m. Albeit physical differences, both of these sportsmen are strong and powerful because both kinds of sportsmen occur numerous physical confrontation during games. The second difference is popularity from different areas. While basketball and soccer are both popular, they differ in the degree from areas of the world. The ten most popular countries for soccer are Spain, Germany, Uruguay, Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, England, Croatia, Denmark, Argentina("Fifa/coca-cola world ranking," 2012). However, American people do not crazy for soccer like other countries'. "soccer has been less popular in the United States than most other parts of the world"(Waddington & LastRoderick, 1996). In comparison, soccer is more popular in European, Asian, African and South American countries. Similarly, basketball is also a...
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