Video :: Frank Lampard Sits Down With Men In Blazers

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

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~~  When you sit down and listen to this, you realize pretty quickly that Frank Lampard is serious about this move to NYCFC…. Seems genuinely excited about this opportunity.

And the boys from Men In Blazers are brilliant as usual…. Some great questions and witty banter as expected.

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Nike Unveils Juventus & Inter Milan Third Kits For 2014/15

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News

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~~  Love that clubs are getting away from the same old, same old…

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Italian champions Juventus will play this season in a vibrant new third kit that features an intense burst of color to give players an even greater presence on the pitch.

For the first time, Juventus will wear an entirely green kit, which includes two tones of the color to create maximum impact. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature a lighter tone of green on the front, while a darker green cloaks the entire back.

In a nod to one of Juventus’s famous home colors, a black stripe divides the two tones along the sides of the kit. The stripe, designed to accentuate the players’ speed when they’re in motion, stretches from the collar, along both shoulders, down each side of the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks.

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This season, Internazionale will play in a new third kit that showcases their traditional colors with a bold and modern appearance.

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Inter’s famous blue gets a new twist in the third kit, which includes two tones of the hue. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature blue on the front with a darker shade of the same color on the back.

The two tones are divided by a black stripe — honoring one of Inter’s iconic home colors — that stretches along both sides of the kit from the collar, along both shoulders, down each side of the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks.

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Nike Unveils Barcelona Third Kid For 2014/15 Season

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News

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~~  I’ve been feeling the Barca color ways for awhile now….

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This season, FC Barcelona will wear a bold new third kit that captures the club’s inherent brilliance and energy.

The kit consists of two tones of Volt yellow, which first appeared in Barcelona’s away kit in 2005. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature the distinct Volt color on the front, with a darker tone of the same yellow on the back.

The two tones are divided by blue stripes — honoring one of Barcelona’s famous home colors — that stretch along both sides of the kit from the collar, along both shoulders, down the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks. The stripes are designed to accentuate the impression of speed when the players are in motion.

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Video :: Sacramento Republic FC Player Profile – Justin Braun

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Friends, Sacramento Republic FC, USL, Videos

If you have been reading this site for any length of time, there’s a good chance that you know that Justin Braun is a part of the family. These days, Justin is playing for Sacramento Republic FC. And SRFC (had to shorten that one up) are doing some serious things and making some serious noise. Success on and off the field has people in high places paying a whole lot of attention to SRFC. Who knows if they will end up getting an MLS team or not, but it’s hard to argue with the crowds and excitement that they are attracting in the California capitol.

I’m going to go ahead and say that we should all be paying close attention to what is going on up there.

Anyhoo. Justin was recently featured in a player profile for SRFC and he was sporting the Bumpy Pitch Atlanta Apollos shirt that we did a while back. I still really like this shirt. I have long been a big fan of this graphic and I think we might need to bring it back soon.

Big ups to Justin. Thanks as always for the support! And congrats to Sacramento Republic FC on building something special. We wish you all the best going forward!

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Club Soccer 101

Filed under: Art, Bayen Munich, Books, Borussia Dortmund, Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle, Design, Friends

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If memory serves me correctly, we first met Mark Yesilvskiy in Toronto at MLS Cup. There was a group of us out at a bar somewhere and Mark was there. This was also the time that Jamie Watson made a bet with Dunny that I’m not sure he has paid up on yet. But that’s another story for another day.

Anyway. So we meet Mark. You can tell he’s a soccer head. Knows a ton about the sport. He had driven up to Toronto from New York to take part in MLS Cup celebrations. We hang out a bit that week and stay in touch after.

Fast forward a bit and Mark and I end up in London at the Champions League final in 2013 (I think it was 2013). We’re at the Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich final at Wembley covering it and an adidas event for our respective sites. In the time since Toronto, Mark has gone on to write about the game of soccer as well as be able to explore his design sensibilities within the sport. Which leads me to this post.

In the past week or so, there was a new soccer book released called Club Soccer 101. According to Amazon, here is the overview of the book:

Club Soccer 101 is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players—from Pelé, Eusébio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.

With club soccer exploding in popularity, Club Soccer 101 provides everything any fan needs to know.

I’m with that. Sounds like a good read and a book I will most definitely be checking out. But the main reason I am posting about it is because of the cover art. See, that’s where this story comes full circle. The cover art was done by our dude Mark. He’s been doing these great illustrations over the last year or two. The series of illustrations has been focused on a range of kits from around the world, but he leaves all elements of the player out of them Thus focusing on the kit itself and not that of a player. Really clever and beautiful artwork that now graces the cover of a book. This book. Club Soccer 101. That’s no doubt impressive and I’m proud to see how far this cat has come in the last few years. I have no doubt the future is very bright for Mark.

So congratulations my dude and all the best going forward. Check out more of Mark’s work at Mark Yesilvskiy.

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Bumpy Pitch 3/4 Sleeve Raglan

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle

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I remember this team I played for as a kid. And I’m talking a legit kid. I was like 7 or 8 years old. Super young. I played for this youth team and we had a coach named Emilio John. The dude could ball. I looked up to this guy like he was on some sort of pedestal. He was a great coach to a group of rag tag kids. I owe a part of my love for the game to Emilio and I thank him for that.

My memories of this team and that time of my life are hazy. It was a while ago. But I do remember we had this ill yellow and navy 3/4 sleeve raglan as our jersey. It looked fresh. Only problem was it was basically 100% wool (at least it felt like it), it was terribly scratchy and it was so damn hot. That part I do remember. But I loved that jersey. I still think back on it with great fondness, even though it was quite possibly the most uncomfortable item I have ever worn.

Fast forward from being 7 years old to current times. And we find ourselves getting to reimagine that old jersey from my childhood. We kept the 3/4 sleeves and the raglan silhouette. But the feel, fabric and weight of this is are light years ahead of my old jersey. This BPFC Laurel Crest 3/4 sleeve raglan features in a crazy soft and super light cotton/poly blend.

We have been getting a ton of requests for new color ways in the BPFC Laurel Crest. And to get to re-imagine one of my childhood jerseys as a Bumpy Pitch item is pretty cool. Emilio John, if you are out there, or if anyone out there reading this knows EJ, have him get at me so I can send him one of these.

The 3/4 sleeve BPFC Laurel Crest is now available in the Bumpy Pitch online store.

 

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adidas Launches Messi’s Champions League Cleat

Filed under: Adidas, Barcelona, Boots, Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle, Legends

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I was having a conversation with my pops today about programming and sports. Sports used to have a whole lot less coverage on TV and therefore they were more programmed. But these days with TV deals and so many channels and hours of programming to fill, there are sports and games on all the time. In time slots that aren’t traditional. It’s a sign of the times and for most sports fans a really good thing.

We end up having a conversation about the Champions League and how it’s basically programmed the same exact way all the time. Tuesday and Wednesdays every couple of weeks. Same damn time each and every time. When it’s Champions League week, I will do my absolute best to schedule things around games. At this point it’s programmed in me.

What does this have to do with this boot? I don’t know exactly. But the Champions League is officially back this week and I had this conversation tonight, so it seemed somewhat relevant to this post.

Now on to this boot…

adidas today unveiled Lionel Messi’s latest signature adizero F50 cleat built exclusively for UEFA Champions League.

Inspired by the architecture of Barcelona, Messi’s updated F50 represents every goal he has scored and the 21 cities he has scored in. The cleat celebrates the four times Messi has claimed the Golden Boot award, his four UEFA Champions League hat tricks and the three times he has lifted the famous trophy.

Messi’s signature adizero F50 combines revolutionary technology with the precision engineering of the reigning 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner. At only 5.3 ounces the adizero F50 Messi is one of the lightest cleats in the game.

Messi’s new cleat launches this week via www.adidas.comwww.soccer.com and the world’s best player will debut it on field Wednesday.

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Watch :: Episode 1 of “Gamedayplus” from adidas Football

Filed under: Adidas, Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle

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In this first edition of Adidas Gameday Plus, Roman Kemp and Layla Anna-Lee spoke to Xabi Alonso following his move to FC Bayern München, trained at Chelsea FC with newcomers Diego Costa and Filipe Luis and watched the UEFA Champions League draw live with Jasper Cillessen and Daley Blind of Ajax.

* They had me at Layla Anna-Lee / Chelsea. I can listen to her say “Chelsea” and “Adidas” all day long.

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If you are wondering what Gameday Plus from Adidas is, its a new series that they are starting where: every Monday, when it’s a UEFA Champions League week, they will drop new video at 20:45 CET for unrestricted access to Europe’s top clubs, interviews with football’s greatest stars competing on the ultimate stage, and chances to win signed merchandise every show.

Some of the Adidas clubs and players: Chelsea FC, Bayern Munchen, AC Milan, Real Madrid CF, AFC Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Basel 1893, FC Kobenhaven, FC Schalke 04 and Olympique de Marseille, Swansea FC, with players that include: Leo Messi, Xavi, Alves, De Rossi, Bale, Robben, Van Persie, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Alonso, Gerrard, Lampard, Kagawa, Lucas, Torres, Kaka

You are going to want to check in with this on Champions League weeks. Head over to adidas.com/gamedayplus for more info.

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