Nike has unveiled Manchester City’s home kit for the upcoming 2016-16 Barlacys Premier League campaign. The kit features in the classic sky blue that we are all accustomed to seeing, but this version is patired with a slim white polo collar. This particular detail is inspired by the fashion and music scenes of Manchester.
“This season, the home kit was launched with the help of those who truly make the club what it is – the City fans (Cityzens) themselves. Through the Nike Football App, an exclusive selection of blues were given the opportunity to attend the City Football Academy, be the first to see the new design and hear about the insights that went into the creation of the kit.
Getting exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and time with the players at the shoot, fans took photos with their team, and became part of the launch, as the club shared the resulting images directly with those very fans via social media.”
I dig this aspect. Getting fans in on the action. Letting them be a bigger part of the club and getting to rub elbows with the dudes that they watch week in week out. I think getting fans more engaged and allowing them to be a bigger part of the process, in whatever manner that may be, is important and should be done more often. Good stuff from the Citizens and Nike.
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Chelsea Football Club has announce that they have agreed terms with Monaco for the season-long loan of Radamel Falcao, reuniting the former Atletico team-mates Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa. He is also joined on the squad with international colleague Juan Cuadrado.
That is according to fivethirtyeight.com and the model that they used to predict the result for Sundays game.
If you are not familiar with fivethirtyeight.com, it was the brainchild of Nate Silver, best known for election forecasts, and the one that made him uber famous, the 2012 presidential election in which FiveThirtyEight correctly predicted the vote winner of all 50 states.
For the WWC, their forecasting model uses our Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI) — a system that combines game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level — to calculate each country’s chances during the two stages of the World Cup. The probabilities, which are based on 20,000 simulations, will be updated at the end of each match.
Right now, as you can see above the US has the best chance to win.
With 20 for 15, we sit down with young MLS players that have very bright futures. In addition to being extrembly talented on the field, they all have unique perspectives and interesting stories that we want to share.
In Part One with the LA Galaxy’s Jose Villareal, he talked about what it means to play professionally for his hometown club and the influence that guys like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan have had on him. In Part Two, Jose talks about his roots in Inglewood and how that has helped to shape him as a player and influenced his desire to win.
As soccer continues to evolve, the brands that we see in the marketplace edbb and flow with the sport. Some brands that were highly present in the sport only a number of years ago seem to be fading away. New brands are popping up and trying to compete in a very competitive market. And then there are the few that control the overwhelming majority of the sport. The big brands that invest heavily across all aspects of the sport and really drive it forward.
We wanted to take a look back at some brands that were popular in the sport but have since faded out somewhat. We’re starting with the brand at times have presence in the sport.
Mitre has a history in soccer and sports in general, unlike any other. First of all, it is the oldest sports brand in the world having been founded in 1817. It also happens to be the world’s oldest supplier of soccer balls. It was founded almost 200 years ago in England, and it remains a British brand to this day.
Benjamin Crook was the founder of the company and it was named after him until it changed to Mitre in 1949. In 1964 Mitre signed Manchester United legend Denis Law as the first official spokesperson for the brand. A couple years later Mitre started supplying the English Football Association with balls. The FA Cup Final match ball was supplied by Mitre for the next 40 years. That’s a long run at the top flight of the game.
Mitre was heavy in the sport. Supplying balls to the FA, sponsoring players like Denis Law and being in the footwear as well as football business.
Even Muhammad Ali wore Mitre in his fight against Leon Spinks.
In 1992 Mitre became the official ball supplier for the newly formed Premier League and the brand was booming.
They were even in on MLS business early on by being the official ball of the league. They supplied the official MLS match ball from 1996-2000. I remember this ball pretty well.
Dunny ~~ These balls were (and maybe still are) the BEST balls that I have ever played with…. You felt like you could hit the *ish out of these things, whether lacing one on goal or hitting the big 50 yard switch to break out on the counter. One of my biggest regrets (and there are many) was that I didn’t grab more of these before they stopped making them. I took a couple of them back to California one off-season and the crew grabbed them and wouldn’t let me take them home after training…. ‘Get more for us when you go back’ seemed to be the constant theme.
They have done so much for the sport over the years. It’s difficult to think about how much this 200 year old company has actually given to the sport. It’s rich in history and tradition and has helped drive the sport, especially the soccer ball side of the sport, for longer than most of us can imagine.
But Mitre has certainly feel off the map compared to the previous visibility they had in the sport. These days their profile is much lower, as are the areas of the game they are involved with. They are still around and playing their trade, but their profile in the sport is not what it used to be. With the history and heritage that the brand has in the sport, it would be cool to see them tap into that and have a bigger presence in the sport.
This video is a reminder of what Mitre has meant to the sport. It touches on its history and the advancements it has ushered into the sport in its long and illustrious history.
* This video is outstanding. I could go on a big rant about it, but I will leave these words that were given by a friend on the BP_TOW fam when he watch it and gave us the heads up:
“Maybe it’s because I have two daughters, maybe it’s because it’s about the sport that touches so many but I challenge anybody to watch this short segment on #FOXSPORTS and not tear up…a true look into how so many young girls are not afforded opportunities they should be. Need more stories like this!!”
If there is one thing you do today, make sure you set aside 10 minutes and watch this.
Then, make sure you set aside another 5 minutes to think about what you just watched.
There has been a ton of great content this World Cup cycle, but this is hands down the best piece.
* Side note *
Nazanin Boniadi, the person who narrates this is the great actress on Homeland, just in case you were wondering.
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