Listen :: “My Greatest Game – Paul Ince” – Italy vs England 1997

Filed under: England, English National Team, History of the Game, Italy

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In the first of a new series from SkyTV, Paul Ince describes his greatest game – England’s draw with Italy in 1997, which guaranteed a place at the 1998 World Cup.

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As you all may know, I am relatively new to this, and games like this were outside of what has influenced me to get in to the game. I’ve never seen this video, never heard this story, or even seem some of the images of this kid getting his head split open, leaking, and still comes back in to the game.

Found this throwback piece on the game. Incredible.

Italy v England, 1997 – When Paul Ince led Three Lions to their finest hour – Telegraph

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U.S. Soccer Fan HQ for USMNT v. Mexico in San Antonio

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Fans, Mexico, Rivalries, US National Team

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U.S. Soccer’s Fan Headquarters in San Antonio is the official pregame party for fans attending the USA vs. Mexico match. FanHQ San Antonio will kick off on April 14, the night before the game, at Sunset Station to celebrate one of the biggest matchups of the year and continue to the next day outside the Alamodome in the North Plaza ahead of kickoff of the sold-out game.

Space is Limited and Tickets are Required so go and RSVP at ussoccer.com and read up on what’s in store at Fan HQ.

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Watch :: Brek Shea’s Goal against Switzerland

Filed under: Brek Shea, Highlights, Switzerland, US National Team

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Break Shea scored from a free kick to give the U.S. a lead just before halftime.

Incredible free kick goal from Brek to put the US up one – nil over Switzerland.

The good guys played pretty well in the first half and at least gained a result after giving up another late goal.

That late goal was in many ways because they were playing with 10-men after Jozy was sent off from a double yellow from a double f-bomb to the referee.

Some would say being sent off was a bit harsh, but you also can’t be out here cursing out and f-bombing refs.

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Trailer Alert :: “MASTERMINDS” ft. Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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You don’t need to be a criminal mastermind to pull off one of the largest cash heists on American soil.

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

In theaters this summer, “Masterminds” starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in Charlotte North Carolina, a $17.3 million cash robbery at the regional office vault of Loomis Fargo & Company by an armored car driver and vault supervisor.

* Don’t quite see the comedy in that event, but I definitely see the comedy in this flick (braces on adults is always hilarious) and this has the potential to be an incredible effing movie. Zach hasn’t had a movie thats a starring vehicle just for him since he’s been Zach Galifianakis, but this movie looks like it will be that one signature movie. Random side note, Zach is from North Carolina so this is something that has probably been in his head for a minute. Good stuff.

masterminds trailer

Kristin Wiig is a bonafide smoke by the way. Always has been.

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Watch :: Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach on The B.S. Report

Filed under: Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Bill Simmons

ESPN’s Bill Simmons visits Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan as they train for the World Cup to discuss the evolution of women’s soccer, how playing many sports at a young age helped them excel in soccer, and what you can do to help them bring the World Cup home. – GRANTLAND

This is a great podcast and discussion. They cover so many topics that I wont bother to type them all out but just let you know that you should carve out an hour to listen / watch this one.

* If you are on a mobile device, the video might not load. Here is the audio link to the podcast.

Early on in the conversation they start talking about the cross and header against Brazil. Nevvvvvvvver a bad time to talk about that or show the highlights. Still get goosebumps from watching it:

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After going over some of the more famous moments in the last few years they get in to talking about the growth of the womens game, the Mia Hamm impact worldwide (including the birth of NIKE Soccer), the dangers of headers and the skill required in pulling them off, they talk about youth academies, playing different sports as a kid and not just soccer growing up* and how that has helped them become the athletes that they are today….. and that’s all in the first 20 or so minutes.

Take some time to check this one out today. Well done Simmons. Glad to see that he is all in these days with the game. Tons of content on Grantland and he’s spreading the word. Awesome.

If you dont have forty minutes to spare, do us this favor, jump to the 37th minute of the pod because Simmons asks an excellent question, “What do you guys need us to do?” and by that he means America and the soccer supporters of this country and the answer may surprise you.

* More on the, “just soccer” or specializing in one sport thing later. This is something that I am 100% in agreement on and would like to do some studying and discussion series with Beans and Dunny about where we all come out on this. I think this has a TON to do with the “what if the LeBrons and Kobes and Mike Trouts of the world chose soccer” conversation.

Also, I’ve always been a huge fan of Abby and Alex, and a ton of the other players, but a look like this – a long form conversation makes me an even bigger fan of theirs. Obviously, we do long form stuff with people in the game, and we plan to do more. Really cool to see more of people in the game doing great things.

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Video :: USA v Switzerland – Flashback

Filed under: Soccer News, Switzerland, US National Team, us soccer, Videos

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Almost 21 years ago the US played Switzerland in the 1994 World Cup. This was the first time the US had played a World Cup match on US soil. It was a a massive game for the US for a variety of reasons. The US ends up going down 1-0 to a Swiss free kick. But then, moments before halftime, Eric Wynalda steps up to take a free kick not far outside the Swiss penalty area. And he hits an absolute gem of a free kick. Like, you can’t hit a better free kick than he did. Literally it was inch perfect. And that was that. The game ended 1-1 and helped be a catalyst for the US to get out of their group.

Two decades later we play Switzerland again. The circumstances are very, very different for this game. It’s a friendly. It’s taking place in Switzerland. Player experimentation. Plenty of factors to ensure that this is a very different type of game. But still curious to see how we fare against them all these years later.

 

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Video Alert :: “Eres Especial” by Pinto “Wahin” FT Dani Alves & Mario Baro (You’re Special) #VeAPorTusSueños

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Dani Alves, Music

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“View Of Your Dreams”

Colabora con FEACAB (www.feacab.org) adquiriendo el single “Eres Especial” en www.veaportussuenos.com

Collaboration with FEACAB (www.feacab.org) acquiring the single “You’re Special” in www.veaportussuenos.com

Former Barcelona keeper Pinto started working as a musician and producer way back in the early 2000′s when he started his own label, Wahin Makinaciones, and now he is making heaters!!

Dani Alves sings. Wahin sings and raps. Dani Alves raps with autotune.

I gotta say, we need more of this in our lives. We don’t get a lot of this other than a couple of NBA players thinking that they have what it takes to be a rapper (spoiler alert: they don’t), but I like happy fun music from dudes who are super rich and just want to make music. That’s what athletes should be doing. Remember, Shaw wanted to be a rapper, and he sold millions of records, but it was because he was just out there having a good time.

The best part of this collaboration, is that it’s not just a song, but its also a collaboration with charity.

It has been confirmed that all of the proceeds from this song are being donated to FEACAB, a charity that supports people suffering with eating disorders.

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Video :: Gareth Bale takes the NBA UK #HalfCourt challenge

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Gareth Bale

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Have a look at my NBA UK #?HalfCourt challenge!! Luka Modri? and Lewis Hamilton you’re up!

* Not bad actually… not bad at all for a great footballer. I think Gareth is a pretty big hoops fan by the way – or at least he is a fan of the half court shot. He seems to have gotten pretty good at it and he does it for NBA UK all the time.

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