Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

“Stoppage Time” celebrates six monthly rise in figures

Posted in Uncategorized by peterbein on June 1, 2010

“Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” was officially created on November 30th, 2009 with the first blog posted one day later on December 1st, 2009. After a slow start the numbers of visitors to the blog has increased every month since its inception. From December to April there was a steady increase in the amount of monthly traffic but the month of May has seen “Stoppage Time” reach the 2,000 barrier for the first time. This has been aided by links to the blog being included on the BBC Sport (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport) and Soccer Blogs (http://soccerblogs.net/) websites, both of whom I would like to take the opportunity here to thank for their help in promoting my blog. To those people who are and have become regular visitors to “Stoppage Time” I would also like to thank you too for playing your part in the blog’s increasing popularity. Here are the figures for the first six months of the blog:

December 2009 = 339

January 2010 = 342

February 2010 = 386

March 2010 = 589

April 2010 = 850

May 2010 = 2,749

The first six months of “Stoppage Time” has covered many topics within the world of football. The draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa featured prominently at the beginning and, since then, the blog has continued to cover topics from within the club game as well as at international level. From the UEFA Champions League to the Copa Libertadores, the A-League to the J-League, Major League Soccer to the Triobet Baltic League, “Stoppage Time” will continue to promote the game from all levels and all regions of the world and to provide exposure to those levels of the Beautiful Game that, all too often, get ignored.

A popular feature of the blog is the “Away Days” section in which I travel to a random game and write a special piece about my experiences. Anyone who is familiar with the German football magazine “11 Freunde” will know of a monthly feature entitled “Auswärtsspiel” which sees many contributors venture to various games around the globe and this is a concept that I’ve shamelessly copied for my blog. So far I’ve reported from an FA Cup tie at English third-tier club Tranmere Rovers, been on the road with the Eintracht Frankfurt fan group “EFC 11-er” to Nuremberg and witnessed an exciting Polish league game on a bitterly cold afternoon in Wrocław. More recently I’ve reported on another big European night for Liverpool FC at Anfield and in a special “Cup Final Week” have been to two unlikely cup final match-ups in Scotland and Latvia. I hope to bring more such reports from places such as Madrid, Milan, Lisbon and Budapest, to name but four examples, later in the year.

From time to time the blog has also encouraged reader participation in various polls allowing people to vote on certain issues. In the first six months the blog asked who was the “Team of the Decade” in which the majority of readers decided that FC Barcelona was the best team in the 2000’s. There were also votes asking who would win the UEFA Champions and Europa League competitions and we had a novelty poll asking who was the biggest club never to be champions of Europe. At the moment we have a special poll asking who will win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa so, if you haven’t done so already, PLEASE VOTE NOW!!

As ever if you have any comments or feedback please contribute as your input is and always will be invaluable to future developments on the blog. And, once again, many thanks for your continued support of “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” and encourage you to stay with us for the best in world football action.

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