Tattoos are a big deal in sports and it has been a staple in football culture among players and fans. Its rise in popularity can be credited to footballers showing off some skin on the pitch and displaying numerous body ink markings. It is indeed rare to find athletes without tattoos. It can be painful but it displays a statement of machismo or of something significant for the player. Clubs have allowed players to have tattoos. As long as it does not harm them, they can have as many as they desire.

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A Champions League winner and a history that shows he’s played for nine clubs. Stefan Kelly explains the career of Carlos Alberto

Playing at Fluminense, Porto, Corinthians (Where he was loaned to Fluminense again), Werder Bremen, Sao Paulo, Botafogo, Vasco da Gama, Gremio and now Bahia, Carlos Alberto de Jesus has the CV of a player close to retiring in his late thirties. Actually, Carlos Alberto is only 26 and has led a career of over-riding controversy. Since the age of 18, his talent and ability has co-incided with many problems with attitude that have forced move after move for the Brazilian.

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Another new writer makes his debut for gibfootballshow – Saurabh Ananth or better known as @TheHoffside looks at the teams that just didn’t cut it this season in the Bundesliga.

2010/11 brought out one of the best Bundesliga seasons ever, with a lot of stories throughout the season. Dortmund winning the league while stamping their brand of football on the league was one, Hannover and Mainz’ brave and eventually successful battle for European football was another big one. We could go down to the lower end of the table with Eintracht Frankfurt’s relegation after being 7th in December or Gladbach’s miracle comeback after being firm favourites for relegation. While all those were very interesting, the underachievement of perennial contenders Werder Bremen, Stuttgart and Schalke were surprising and it’s what this will focus on. And as they prepared for their seasons in the summer of 2010 none of these teams thought they would be where they were.

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