Club Soccer 101

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


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


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

adidas adizero F50 Messi_UCL copy

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 and the world’s best player will debut it on field Wednesday.

Added on September 15th, 2014 by

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.

layla anna-lee chelsea adidas

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 for more info.

Added on September 15th, 2014 by

Nike Free Flyknit Chukka – Purple

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

Nike Fly Purp

~~  I just picked up a pair of these about a month ago and if I’m looking to throw on my most comfortable #Kicks, I’m reaching for these… And I’d scoop these too, even though they are the colors of the most hated team in LA… I’m looking at you ISPS….

A good look at the Purple / Yellow color way drop in the Nike Free Flyknit Chukka, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.

Nike Fly Purp0

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Watch this is you’ve ever wondered what an $85 Million House Looks Like

Filed under: Architecture, Culture & Lifestyle, Design, Los Angeles

This, obviously, has nothing to do with soccer – but its incredible nonetheless…

This barn, is the epitome of the ridiculousness that is Los Angeles and entertainment and wealth and all of those sorts of thing. I love it. I love everything about it. But, even I’m just sitting here right now in awe after seeing this. This house, is about 15 minutes from my apartment, my one bedroom apartment by the way.

1181 n hillcrest rd 1

Little background on how I got here… I watch a show that you might be familiar with called “Ray Donovan”, and one of the story lines in the show is about his wife wanting to and needing to move from Calabasas (which is waaaay the eff outside of the City) to the Trousdale Estates, which is one of the more exclusive areas of Los Angeles. Its where some really rich people live, but not the ultra rich.*

This house, I don’t think will sell for anything near that price but its what they have it listed at… Seems very steep given that the house around it are nice, but don’t go for anything even remotely close to that.

Taking what I know about LA real estate, which is not a lot by the way, and thinking about the house that they are trying to buy on Ray Donovan for $4m seemed a little bit light to me. So, as I normally do, what I did was start looking on the internets for Trousdale Estate homes (this is one way that I entertain myself… anyways) and I came to this house, the “Breathe California…” house, aka the house at the top of Trousdale Estates.

It’s 22,300 Sq. Ft. 8 bedrooms. 15 bathrooms. All for the low low price of 85 million smackeroos.

For some hi-res pics and all of the information you need if you place to make an offer, head over to

* If you want to know where more of the ridiculously wealthy Angeleno’s live, google Holmbly Hills, or East Gate Bel Air or Beverly Park.

* I live in a one-bedroom apartment.

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Nike Unveils PSG Third Kit For 2014/15

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News

PSG Third0

~~  Digging this two tone red drop from Nike….. Doesn’t it seem like the smart companies are starting to streamline color ways for fans to rock their game jerseys in public and feel comfortable with the multiple choices that their given nowadays?

via NikeInc

The French champions Paris Saint-Germain will play in an all-red, two-tone third kit during the 2014-15 season. Each of the team’s kits honors the club’s core values: a blue home kit for grandeur, a white away kit for respect, and to complete the set, a red third kit to reflect their passion and modern spirit.

The new third kit is entirely red, with two tones of the color to make a maximum impact on the pitch. The shirt, shorts and socks feature a lighter tone of red on the front, while a darker red covers the entire back.

The two tones are divided by blue stripes — honoring another one of Paris Saint-Germain’s home colors — which stretch along both sides of the kit from the collar, along both shoulders, down the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks.

When the players are in motion, the stripes accentuate the contours of the players’ bodies to provide a true sense of speed.

PSG Third

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Nike Unveils Manchester City ‘Cup Kit’ For 2014/15

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


~~ Nike not wasting any time in getting a couple of new looks on Manchester City after getting their kit deal done…. These are pretty fresh.

via NikeInc

The Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City will wear a bold new away kit featuring two tones of purple in cups this season. The new kit is inspired by designs City wore in the early ’90s and as recently as the 2007-08 season, and also features a lime green tone that City fans will recognize from kits of the past.

The shirt, shorts and socks are all in a lighter tone of purple on the front, while the entire back is a darker purple. These two tones are divided by a lime green stripe on both sides of the kit.

These stripes stretch from the collar, along both shoulders, down each side of the shirt, the shorts, and right down to the socks. The stripe will accentuate a sense of speed when players are in motion.


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