Wayne Rooney Named England Captain

Filed under: England, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News

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~~  The only choice.

via TheFA

Wayne Rooney is the new England captain, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

The Manchester United skipper inherits the Three Lions armband from Steven Gerrard, who retired from England duty after the World Cup.

Rooney said: “To be named as England captain is a dream come true for me personally and of course my family.

“It is something that I will take massive pride in doing. As a kid I always loved watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams.

“I would obviously like to thank Roy and the coaching staff for having the belief and confidence in me to do the job.”

Rooney has scored 40 international goals in 95 games after making his debut in 2003, against Australia.

His first assignment as the new skipper is a match against Norway at Wembley on Wednesday 3 September, followed by the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland on Monday 8 September.

Rooney continued: “I have played under some fantastic captains at both Manchester United and England and would hope that I have picked up some of their strongest qualities.

“I intend to speak with Steven about different aspects of the role. We had a great relationship from the moment we played together for our country and right up to our final game in Brazil. I am sure if ever I need to seek his advice he will be there to help.

“I would hope that I have the full backing of the fans, I am their type of player. My only thought is to win and give everything I have got, and that desire will be the way I want to captain the team.

“I have always had a special feeling playing for England. I have always felt it is a huge honour and responsibility. I hope to pass that knowledge on with the help of the other senior players to any of the young or new caps that join us. I understand the honour and responsibility that comes with being the England captain. It is a privilege that mustn’t be taken lightly.”

Added on August 28th, 2014 by

I need some good Soccer Movies in my life – ISPS

Filed under: Movies

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I’m sure you are all aware that we are peripherally involved in some of the marketing for this new movie coming to the US called Believe. While we’ve had scrums and meetings thinking about some of the things that we can do to help promo the movie, when I would drive back home, I would think to myself, where are all of the soccer movies? That is where this post is coming from.

I remember the early to mid 90s in a funny way. As you know, and as I have shared on these pages many times before, I come from a basketball background. I think the reason that I got so in to the game of soccer is that I see a lot of similarities between the basketball culture and the soccer culture, with the two of them being very closely related in more ways than one.

The swag of the players, the vibe of the athletes while they are playing, the larger than life appeal of their games. How the games are so wide open. The world-wide acceptance of both games. Blah. Blah. Blah. The two sports are a lot a like.

On the field they are for sure but off the field they are pretty close as well. Folks are similarly attracted to soccer the way they are attracted to basketball, but soccer has an added feel to it, because if you are a supporter, soccer is ingrained in who and what you are as a person.

One of the things that I remember a lot about in the 90s when I was shorty, that really solidified my love for basketball, were all of the mad dope movies that came out. I remember movies like “Above the Rim,” or “Blue Chips” or “Sunset Park” or “The Basketball Diaries” which by the way, when you saw that movie, you knew that Leonardo DiCaprio was going to be a massive star, waaaaay before Titanic.

Great movies like “White Men Can’t Jump” and a random movie like “Space Jam” the movie that basically solidified Mike Jordan as the worldwide icon that he became. Here was the biggest athlete in the planet starring in an animated flick. The movie made like a gagillion dollars too. Movies like “Heaven is a Playground.”

…but there were also mad corny joints like “Eddie,” or “My Giant” or “Celtic Pride” and “The Air Up there.” And for what its worth, these movies weren’t that bad, but they could have been a lot better.

So, that got me to thinking, do these kinds of movies exist in soccer? I think they do, right? Some of them do for sure.

I know that I’ve done a few posts of the “Best soccer movies streaming on Netflix / Amazon right now.” So, the movies are out there. If you google a little bit, you’ll find a couple of lists out there.

But where is the iconic movie? Where is the movie that you will be quoting and re-watching over and over again? What are those top three soccer flicks that you immediately start to rattle off when people start talking about soccer movies? Is it just VICTORY and everything else? *

As I started thinking about this, the 90’s were effing raining basketball movies. Why was that? Why haven’t we seen the same thing with soccer? What was going on in the mid 90s that the studios were green-lighting anything that had to do with the basketball? Maybe it, basketball, was the hot thing at the time. Maybe the first couple of flicks were really good and they were trying to catch the wave. Maybe (ahem) they were all great scripts but the execution on a few of the movies weren’t up to par.

Shouldn’t the same thing happen (or have happened) in soccer? There have been successful movies such as Bend It Like Beckham. But he was a worldwide icon and just on the cusp of becoming “Becks.” Maybe that success was deemed not able to be duplicated. There was the Goal! series. There were a couple of other flicks like That Damn United, which we all loved and United. Interesting theme there.

Both about Manchester United.

One thing that I do know is that there were a lot of basketball movies they kept coming out and people kept going to see them. So, they kept making more. And they got progressively better. That’s how it works. You make something that you people will enjoy and then you put it out there. It finds an audience and then you build on that audience. But, at the beginning of all this, you need good movies. Support is important, but a good flick is important too. Believe is a good flick.

* Docs don’t really count. I’m talking super scripted story movies.

Added on August 27th, 2014 by

The Slip N Fly

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Videos

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This looks incredible. A giant slip n slide perched on the side of a hill propelling riders into a giant pool?

Hell. Yes.

Here is the basic info so much as I can find. The Slip N Fly is at the Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp. It’s a camp for kids with BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding, etc. And they also happen to have this amazing slip n slide. Now the camp itself is apparently for kids 7-17 years old. But, on weekend days during the month of September, this childhood dream of mine, can be rented for $5k. And up to 100 people can come through for 10 hours. Not a bad deal really. Entertain you and 99 of your closest friends for 12 hours with slip n slide goodness? Seems like an excellent idea.

I don’t think it will happen this year, but we might be renting this out next September.

Added on August 27th, 2014 by

New Childish Gambino Drop :: Candler Road

Filed under: Childish Gambino, Culture & Lifestyle

~~  Highly suggest you take a few minutes and listen to this a few times….. Still one of the best concerts I’ve been to in the last couple of years.  Dude handles his business and truly connects with the crowd in ways that few can.

“Hoping I’ll diss you back so I can make you famous.”

ChildishGambino.com

Added on August 27th, 2014 by

Soccer in America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Friends, Photography, Pickup Soccer, Soccer in America

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Pickup soccer on a loading dock in the Rose City. Play Soccer. Anytime. Anywhere.

Portland, OR

May 2014

~beans

To submit your photos to be included in this series, email them to dunny [at] bumpypitch.com.

Added on August 27th, 2014 by

Trailer :: The Pyramid

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Training, Videos

Trailer - The Pyramid

The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped; they are being hunted.

Release :: December 5th

Added on August 27th, 2014 by

Nike SB Dunk High Premium – Cali

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

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~~  Pretty sure Steve, Ben and I need these in our closet….. Seems only fitting.

A good look at the white tumbled leather / suede pecan mid / green & red sole, spotted and available over at Premier.

Added on August 27th, 2014 by

Roma Signs Kostas Manolas From Olympiacos For £10.35m

Filed under: Serie A, Soccer News

~~  When I did the Manchester City vs Olympiacos game in Minneapolis, this move was one of the big talking points from the Greek club… They knew that to have the continued success on the Champions League stage, they’d have to sell a couple of their big Greece Internationals.

This is a HUGE pickup for Roma’s backline, especially after they agreed a fee for selling centerback Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich just yesterday for an ‘undisclosed fee’.

Interesting that Roma would announce the amount of money they paid for Manolas, yet Bayern Munich would be secretive about the amount they paid for Benatia.

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