Gatorade | FC Barcelona: Story of the Rondo

Filed under: Barcelona, Bayen Munich, Champions League, Lionel Messi, Videos

Ahead of today’s Champions League encounter between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Gatorade gives us a little insight into what makes Barca so good. And apparently it is the “rondo.”

The style of FC Barcelona is both utterly distinct and deeply embedded in the identity of the club — the heart of its game rooted in the precision clockwork brought forth by the players.

Here historian Ángel Iturriaga explains how a simple exercise called the rondo translates to some of the most beautiful and complex football the world has ever seen.

Illustrated by Golden Cosmos | Animated by Vranizan Design | Produced by Howler Magazine

That all sounds simple enough. Knock the ball around the center circle and get a better understanding of time, space and a great first touch. Create a system that is based on triangles and ensures there is always an open player. Makes complete sense. If only it was that easy…

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Rio Ferdinand Releases Statement Following Passing Of His Wife

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

~~  Devastating news trickling out over the past couple of days with former England International Rio Ferdinand losing his wife Rebecca to Breast Cancer….

via QPR
‘My soul mate slipped away last night. Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.

Myself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and my club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months.

I would also like to express my gratitude for the dedication and expertise of the staff led by Professors Johnstone and Clarke at the Royal Marsden. Their valiant efforts to prolong Rebecca’s all-too-short life will not be forgotten.

Our grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.’

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain & Kieran Gibbs Take Tyga On Emirates Tour

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

@kinggoldchains

A photo posted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (@alexoxchamberlain) on

~~  Rappers want to be athletes…..  Wonder who’s next to co-sign on ‘our game’?

Shout out to @kierangibbs @alexoxchamberlain @arsenal ??

A photo posted by Tyga / T-Raww (@kinggoldchains) on

Field Dreams

A photo posted by Tyga / T-Raww (@kinggoldchains) on

Dope picture.

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Soccer x the 36th Annual Sports Emmys

Filed under: Awards

The Sports Emmy Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American sports television programming, including sports-related series, live coverage of sporting events, and best sports announcers.

The awards went out tonight for 2015 (awards ceremony, presenting Emmys from the previous calendar year) and there were several soccer events / programs that were singled out for their excellence.

Here are the soccer related winners,

Outstanding Technical Team Studio : English Premier League Soccer – NBC/NBCSN

Outstanding Camera Work : FIFA World Cup on ESPN

Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement : FIFA World Cup on ESPN

Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish : FIFA World Cup on Univision

Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish : Futbol Central – Univision

* Side note, Ernie Johnson might be the best guy in the planet. Do your googles and enter “Ernie Johnson sports Emmy’s.” The guy is all class.

For a full list of winners of the 36th Annual Sports Emmy’s, go here:

NBC, ESPN Win Big At 36th Annual Sports Emmys – Deadline

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“Life is Great.” – Mario Balotelli

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Mario Balotelli

Life is great.

A photo posted by Mario Balotelli???????????????? (@mb459) on

Super. Mario.

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Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has Successful Hip Surgery in United States

Filed under: Injuries, Liverpool

Just over the weekend, at his pre-match press conference, Brendan Rodgers was asked about plans for Daniel Sturridge to receive treatment in the United States to which he gave an account of what was going to go down.

Rodgers said: “We have found some underlying issues that maybe relate to Dan’s issues and problems that he’s had this season, and the ongoing problems that he’s had.

“The staff and medical team here are liaising with some of the great medics in America and we’re just doing everything we possibly can to give Daniel the opportunity to remain fit and consistent and available.

“We’ll see how it goes between now and the end of the season, but it was something that we decided was going to be best for him to give him every chance to be consistently fit.

Well, about an hour or so ago, Sturridge posted this picture to the gram. Apparently surgery went swimmingly. Reportedly, the recovery time for this sort of hip surgery is about 4 to 6 weeks, so, he is out of the mix for the rest of the Premier League obvi.

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PASS THE LOVE to Alex Morgan and USWNT : #PassTheLove

Filed under: TOW Social Soccer, US National Team, US Women, Women's World Cup

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Mondelez International, the makers of RITZ, CHIPS AHOY and TRIDENT, has announced the start of #PassTheLove – a socially charged campaign to rally consumers and fans across the country to share a message of support for the U.S. Women’s National Team as the squad prepares to compete in the world’s largest women’s international soccer tournament.

RITZ, CHIPS AHOY and TRIDENT and the rest of the Official Snacks of U.S. Soccer are creating an interactive digital “Wall of Support” and giving consumers multiple ways to #PassTheLove, including:

Online at PassTheLove.com:

Fans can go to PassTheLove.com beginning May 15 to share a message of support from their social media channels directly to the Wall of Support. Posting a message allows visitors to automatically get entered to receive instant-win prizes, such as snacks, U.S. Soccer jerseys, gear and other

At U.S. Soccer Games: The Wall of Support will come alive at the three Send-Off Series Games in May.

Through a large-screen digital display, fans can share their messages near the stadium at three matches: May 10 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; May 17 at StubHub Center in Carson, California; and May 30 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

More information to come as we get closer to May 15th and the start of the Women’s World Cup, but for now, make sure you go to the digital wall and post your #PassTheLove post to Alex and all of the Women’s National Team!

* By the way, don’t know if I’ve said it to you today, but we’re winning the whole thing. I’m putting that into all of my WWC posts from here on out. US is winning, light work.

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Soccer Around The World – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer in America

Wonder if they know how lucky they are…. #Shia & #MicahClive

A photo posted by Brian Dunseth (@briandunseth) on

Truth.

Instagram :: Bumpy Pitch / The Original Winger / ISPS_TOW / BrianDunseth

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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