AFC Bournemouth – An Improbable Story

Filed under: Bournemouth, England, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Promotion / Relegation

Promotion and relegation is a hotly debated topic with American soccer fans, There are staunch advocates on both sides of the fence that strongly defend their views. I’m not here to take sides on this topic, but I am here to share a pretty cool story that can only be achieved via promotion and relegation. And that we typically only ever see in soccer.

AFC Bournemouth is a professional football club in England that has been around since the late 1800′s. Nicknamed “the Cherries” because of the cherry-red striped shirts that the team played in and, perhaps more plausible, because Dean Court was built adjacent to the Cooper-Dean estate, which encompassed numerous cherry orchards.

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In the club’s history, they have never been in the top flight of English football. In fact, things got so bad recently, that in 2008 that due to debts, they almost went out of business. Relegation to League 2 followed as did the threat of being kicked out of League 2 due to continuing financial problems and ownership issues. Things were looking very bleak for AFC Bournemouth.

A change in ownership followed and in the final home game of 2008-09, AFC Bournemouth guaranteed their Football League place by beating Grismby Town 2-1. The game winner came just 10 minutes from the final whistle. Ten minutes away from things potentially being very, very different than they are right now.

Cut to April 2015. With their 3-0 win against Bolton today, AFC Bournemouth is practically guaranteed promotion to the Premier League. They currently sit in second place in the Championship. Three points clear of Middlesbrough with one game to play. But they have a massive gulf in goal differential that would mean they would have to lose like 20-0 in their final match to not be guaranteed promotion. So let’s just go ahead and say that AFC Bournemouth will be in the Premier League next season.

This means that in six years time, Bournemouth went from being on the verge of extinction, to moving up the rungs of English football and now find themselves about to join the top flight for the first time in their history. That is an amazing story that is actually hard to fully grasp. Mark my words – this story will be told countless times in the coming days, weeks, months and most likely years.

So while I am not here to take sides in the pro/rel debate – this is a story that is supremely unique to soccer where pro/rel does exist. These stories don’t happen often and they are a great reminder of what makes this sport so special. Also a reminder that pretty much anything is possible. And another example of why this sport is so f&*%$n amazing.

Is this the greatest story in soccer anywhere in the world at the moment? I don’t know for sure. But it is my favorite story by far. And if I could be anywhere in the world on the final day of the current season, it would be in Bournemouth.

And lastly (for now),  keep an eye out on their manager, Eddie Howe. He’s young and he might just be the best up and coming manager in England.

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Video :: Eden Hazard. Rabona. Crossbar Challenge.

Filed under: Eden Hazard, Skills

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Spectacular Crossbar Shots ft. PFA Player of the Year 2015 Winner – Eden Hazard! Eden Hazard stars as our special guest in this Spectacular Crossbar Special Edition! Congratulations Eden! – F2Freestylers – Ultimate Soccer Skills Channel

You heard him call that, right?

I don’t know what else to type right now.

* How many takes do we believe this took?

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Soccer In America – Bumpy Pitch Offices In Los Angeles

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Soccer in America, Soccer News

Los Angeles :: Bumpy Pitch x The Origina Winger x Ninety Plus

Instagram :: Bumpy Pitch / The Original Winger / ISPS_TOW

To be included in our Soccer In America – A Photographic Series, send your Pictures to dunny@bumpypitch.com OR tag us and include your Twitter & Instagram handles

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Trailer :: The Visit from M. Night Shyamalan

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~  There’s been some damn good ones and some really, really terrible ones from M. Night Shyamalan… And this one is utilizing the technology angle.

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures? The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents? remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

Shyamalan produces The Visit through his Blinding Edge Pictures, while Blum produces through his Blumhouse Productions alongside Mark Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal). Steven Schneider (Insidious) and Ashwin Rajan (Devil) executive produce the thriller.

Release :: September 11, 2015

Trailer - The Visit

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Mourinho :: ‘Boring? Boring Is 10 Years Without A Title’

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

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~~  Jose, I love you…. You are a beautiful, villanous genius and we’re so damn lucky to have you.  And I love when you drop the hammer on Arsene Wenger.

‘Boring is not winning the title for 10 years’ and ‘Boring is when you want to win a game at home and you take off your number nine.’

‘I ask myself if in the future, when I am a grandad and I am at home with my grandsons, and maybe the future of football is a beautiful green grass carpet without goals.

‘And in that beautiful grass pitch the team with more ball possession wins the game. Because everybody says ‘oh, my team plays fantastically well, we had great ball possession’. Good. ‘Oh, we build very well’. Good.

‘It looks like the goals are not there. Sometimes you speak about “boring” and you consider boring a team that scores as many goals as we do, but you don’t consider boring a team that has 70 per cent of the ball possession and cannot win the game. It’s quite a big contradiction.

‘Football started a few centuries ago and the objective was one, but now it looks like the objective is another one.

‘For me, I am very simple in my analysis. Football is about putting the ball in the net of your opponent and stopping your opponent.’ 

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Eden Hazard wins the PFA Player of the Year

Filed under: Awards, Chelsea, Eden Hazard

Congratulations @hazardeden_10 – the PFA Players' Player of the Year! #CFC

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been named the PFA Men’s Players’ Player of the Year 2015. – PFA

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Harry Kane wins the PFA Young Player of the Year

Filed under: Awards, Harry Kane, Tottenham

Harry Kane: PFA Young Player of the Year. @harrykane #COYS #THFC #PFAawards

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been named the PFA Men’s Young Player of the Year 2015. – PFA

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Video :: Zourab Tsiskaridze 60 Yard Free Kick Goal

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News, Videos

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~~  WHOA.  This dude just dropped a dime on the Minnesota United keeper….. From 60 out.  By the way, watch the replay again and keep your eye on Tsiskaridze.  Dude knew he caught him off his line IMMEDIATELY.

San Antonio Scorpions midfielder Zourab Tsiskaridze scored an incredible goal from over 60 yards out against Minnesota United FC on Saturday, April 25.

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