The Bayern Munich YouTube page has the description for this video as the following:
Es schüttete wie aus Kübeln. Das Abschlusstraining der Bayern vor dem Erstrundenspiel im DFB-Pokal bei Preußen Münster wurde zur Rutschpartie. Die Mannschaft aber ließ sich vom Wetter nicht beeindrucken…
Yeah. I have no idea what that means. But I don’t need to. This is just awesome. I want to get some of the crew together. Divide us into two teams and have a battle at whatever you call this game.
September 12th will see the US launch of a film called Believe. The premise of the movie is this:
Believe is set in Manchester in the early 80’s. Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby is still restless in the twilight of his life. An act of petty crime by a working class kid, 11 year old Georgie, becomes a collision of fate as Matt tracks him down, only to discover that far from being just another young thief, the boy is an extraordinarily gifted soccer player and captain of a team of misfits. Matt, intrigued, decides to embark on his own method of teaching the tear-a-way a lesson. Having lived with football all his life and survived the tragic 1958 Munich plane disaster in which 8 of his promising young players were killed, Matt is still committed to continue his work of ‘training lads for life’.
But the movie also reveals the important roles that players and coaches play in each other’s lives. We have all had a certain coach that played a significant role in our development as players, but also as people. Someone who not only taught us how to play the game, but life lessons. That idea is evident in this movie as the relationship between Matt and Georgie develops.
We’ll be exploring the idea of the role that coaches play in players lives over the next few weeks. We have sat down with a number of MLS players and had them tell us their own stories of the coaches who have influenced them. They share some of the things that they learned from these coaches both on and off the field. It’s evident the influence that these coaches have had in these players’ lives. As soon as they start talking about them you can immediately sense the respect and gratitude that these professional athletes have for their coaches.
Speaking of which, tonight I will be catching up with the coach who was most influential in my life. I haven’t seen the dude in like 15 years because he moved to Italy. But he’s back in LA for a few days, so a former teammate of mine and I are going to see him tonight to catch up. And I have no doubt that he will still be teaching us something new about life all these years later. That’s what good coaches do. They never stop coaching. It’s in their DNA.
“Mirrors” features the Brasilian forward in a creative interpretation of the attacking skill that makes him one of the world’s great players.
The combination of his agility and deadly instinct in front of goal enhanced by his Hypervenom boots deceives defenders like a House of Mirrors. At times its seems to defenders like they are playing against multiple Neymars, unable to tell which is the real one until he breaks through to score.
Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of €20m, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan. Marcos joins on a five-year contract.
Rojo, 24, joined Sporting from Spartak Moscow, having started his career at his home town team of Estudiantes de la Plata. Marcos has played 28 times for Argentina since making his debut three years ago and played six games, including the final, in his country’s run to the recent FIFA World Cup final, scoring in the last group game against Nigeria. He was named as one of the defenders in the Castrol Index All Star Team of the tournament.
Marcos Rojo said: “It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me. I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.”
Louis van Gaal said: “Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back. He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team.”
I was searching the Interwebs today looking through some vintage soccer images. I’m not sure how vintage he is, but there were some images of Jorge Campos that showed up. This got me thinking about how dope this dude was. Few soccer players, especially goalies, have ever stood out quite like Jorge Campos did.
His bright jerseys and goalkeeper outfits seemed to mimic his personality. Bright and outgoing with a tendency for flair. He was not shy about much and this stood out in both how he played and how he dressed on the field. I remember watching this cat on TV and you never really knew what he might do next. He was unpredictable and definitely seemed to be in his own lane, but that was fresh. That gave him personality and dammit if he didn’t stand out. The game needs people like this. Life needs people like this. I salute him for that.
A couple of years ago I went on a trip with el Jimador to Guadalajara. I get off the plane, make my way through security and am met by a driver who takes me out to a van. I open the door to get in, and Jorge Campos is sitting there. The first thing he does is give me a hard time about why it took me so long to get through security and that I have kept him waiting for too long. I say something like “sorry dude,” or some other eloquent phrase. He immediately starts laughing, puts his arm around my shoulder, says he is joking and welcomes me to Mexico.
For the rest of that trip, whenever we would hang out, he was as good of a guy as you could hope. He would order specialty items for me to try at restaurants that weren’t on the menu. He told me where his favorite tacos were at in Los Angeles and he made me promise him that I would go there when I got back to LA. He told me some great stories about when he played for Mexico and some lessons about Mexican culture in general. And he did all of these things with a smile on his face. The jerseys he wore were only half as bright as his personality.
How fresh is this playing card?
I’m not sure who in the current game would be comparable to Jorge Campos. Not sure that there will ever be another quite like him. Respeto my dude!
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