Sports Boardgames - Which are worth getting and which are missing?
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I have recently discovered my interest in sports boardgames. Watching the World Cup I wanted to play a soccer boardgame and purchased Regista and Schaumermal. Both are good games in their own way.

Browsing through BGG I found many other soccer and sports boardgames that seem promising. I would appreciate any comment on the quality of the games below. You might also add any game that you can recommend.

I am thankful for any recommendations for soccer-, tennis- and cycling-games. I am interested in race-driving as well. I'm not into American sports (i.e. football, baseball etc.) but if you think there are some gems that I should know of go ahead and tell me.

I like games that are medium to light strategy. Luck can play a role but should not be the decisive element.

Thank you all in advance for your comments and additions to this list!
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1. Board Game: World Cup Tournament Football [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:5641]
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A game that simulates the complete World Cup. Isn't this too ambitious? I am a little worried because the description says: " This is really a card game disguised in a rather large box." Don't get me wrong, I like card games but is there more to this game than simple card play? Another disturbing comment is in the 'Tao Of Gaming'-review: "I'll assume that those who like this game see deep psychology where I don't." Hmmm? Anyway, the components look great and somehow I am a 'components whore' when it comes to boardgames. Is this worth getting?
 
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2. Board Game: Total Attack!! Soccer [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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What about this one? I am always irritated when games come with basic and advanced rules. Often the advanced rules add unnecessary chrome. The board looks as if there's quite a bit of math to do during the turns. And: Is this a dice-fest?
 
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3. Board Game: Super Soccer [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Without doubt the coolest looking soccer boardgame I have ever seen. But what about playability? Availability could be another problem. I'd buy this one for the stadium alone!
 
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4. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1157]
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The Tour De France! Another passion of mine. Sadly drugs play a big part in the real life event. In 'Um Reifenbreite' you can cheat as well, but it seems to be limited to holding onto a car to go faster. This one is available for small prizes here in Germany and it is getting good reviews from almost everyone. I have to admit I don't like the (comical) graphics, but the original 'Homas Tour' is very hard to find. I am especially interested in the playability with two players as I often only have one person to play with. Is this any good with two?
 
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5. Board Game: Breakaway Rider [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3774]
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Another cycling game. Although a simple card game it seems to offer deeper gameplay than at first sight seems evident. Again the graphics turn me off, but in the late 80s and early 90s German boardgames could not do without comic characters. One of the lighter games I'm interested in.
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6. Board Game: Tennis Masters [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:11383]
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Aaaahhh, Tennis! I play it in real life and love the sport. This one is a pure dexterity game. I have no problem with that but what about the components? I am afraid that my little daughter (6 years old) might break the player's arm. Looking at the picture on the left I think this one is good for great laughs! A definitive plus! Easily available here in good old Europe!
 
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7. Board Game: Breaking Away [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2071]
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Cycling once again. This one has an average rating of 7.6 so there seems to be something to it. It frightens me a little that people often refer to 'math-making' when describing the game mechanics. There seems to be a new edition in print. Does it look as mediocre as the first edition?
 
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8. Board Game: En Garde [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1965]
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Fencing. This one appeals to me due to its simplicity in the artwork. I know there is a new version called 'Duell', but the reprint's setting turns me off. Hard to find though - and expensive when found. About € 30,00 for a card game? Is that fair?
 
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9. Board Game: Sumo! [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:7739]
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I love those playing pieces! Just how simple is this game? Is there any strategy to be found or is it better to play it after having had some beer? Will I understand real Sumo-wrestling after playing this game? Questions, questions! Enlighten me!
 
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10. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:690]
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The entertainment for the rich and famous: Horse Racing! Once I almost purchased this when on vacation in Austria, but then I decided to get 'Wyatt Earp' instead. I didn't regret my choice, but I wonder if I should regret not having bought both games. Are there horse-racing-alternatives that you can recommend? Maybe with a slightly stronger emphasis on strategy?
 
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11. Board Game: Das Motorsportspiel [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2232]
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Small racing cars? I'm sold! The race-tracks look great and there seem to be at least three. Very positive comments here on BGG. Strangely here in Germany the game seems not to have too great a fanbase. Does this get repetitive? And how about luck being a decisive factor?
 
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12. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:327]
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Not exactly a sports game, but as a racing-game it might fit this list. Availability and high prizes turn me off, but imagining myself and some friends or family members running around a table and shouting at each other while 'snipping' the 'cars' over the track makes me want to obtain this dexterity game right away. Make me hotter than I already am! Tell me why this is worth a purchase no matter what the price.
 
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13. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1775]
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If the words soccer and boardgame are used in the same sentence, one simply must mention this one.
A great little gem, which can be played online at

http://www.littlegolem.net/
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http://yourturnmyturn.com/
 
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14. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1354]
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If dexterity games aren't a problem I would highly recommend Subbuteo.

Although stay clear of the new Hasbro edition, as it is close to unplayable!

But there are used sets widely available, and some shops that sell new stuff too...
 
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15. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1659]
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I see that you like wargames, so what better than to combine racing AND combat? It might be a little hard to find, especially in Europe, but if you enjoy trying to run over your friends (all in good fun, of course), it's worth tracking down.
 
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16. Board Game: Golf the Perfect Game [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:11970]
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We had a "season" during the Christmas holidays a few years ago. We played about 12 games with 4 players per game, and a total of 7 players.

We kept track of our season long winnings, great fun.

The ability to use the dice for putts or to take out a putter and actually putt (distances on the floor based on performance on the board) made it quite fun.

 
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17. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:208]
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Wot yoo oomies call "Rugby", we callz "Et the Oomie!" Har!

The real-time nature of the turns, and the turnover rules truly do make this a dynamic simulation of rugby. If the fantasy setting turns you off, you can use the team templates for real world teams easily. Has years of playtest polish, and a great league system for developing and improving indivdual players.
 
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18. Board Game: QUICKSingle Card Cricket [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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In my view the best cricket game available. Unlike some other cricket games this one has a lot of tactical play: the bowler can set his field to take advantage of his bowling style and hopefully force the batsman into making an error; the batsman has to decide whether to go for runs or play safe, and if he's in a tight spot he can risk a quick single to put the other batsman into bat. QuickSingle's simple rules make it a game anyone can pick up and play at a moment's notice.
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