Aurelio De Laurentiis Confirms Jonathan de Guzman Signing

Filed under: Soccer News

~~  Love this guy…. An owner with personality and an unapologetic twitter handle…

Added on August 20th, 2014 by

Video :: Nike Hypervenom – Mirrors Featuring Neymar

Filed under: Neymar, Nike, Soccer News, Videos

Neymar Mirrors

~~  Dope idea…. Executed.

“Mirrors” features the Brasilian forward in a creative interpretation of the attacking skill that makes him one of the world’s great players.

The combination of his agility and deadly instinct in front of goal enhanced by his Hypervenom boots deceives defenders like a House of Mirrors. At times its seems to defenders like they are playing against multiple Neymars, unable to tell which is the real one until he breaks through to score.

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Marcos Rojo Joins Manchester United From Sporting Lisbon For €20m

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

Marcos Rojo

~~  All the drama on Social Media is officially over…. Now the attention turns to when United face City or Rojo vs Aguero….

via ManUtd

Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of €20m, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan. Marcos joins on a five-year contract.

Rojo, 24, joined Sporting from Spartak Moscow, having started his career at his home town team of Estudiantes de la Plata. Marcos has played 28 times for Argentina since making his debut three years ago and played six games, including the final, in his country’s run to the recent FIFA World Cup final, scoring in the last group game against Nigeria. He was named as one of the defenders in the Castrol Index All Star Team of the tournament.

Marcos Rojo said: “It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United. The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me. I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.”

Louis van Gaal said: “Marcos is a very gifted defender. He has played at the highest level in world football and can play either as a central defender or left-back. He has ability, physical strength and a willingness to learn that means he has a very bright future ahead of him. He had a very strong World Cup and has been playing in Europe for a couple of years now. He is a very good addition to the team.”

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Soccer in America – A Photographic Journey

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

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Play soccer. Anywhere. Anytime. Tennis courts included.

Portland, OR

May 2014

~beans

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

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Cult of Personality – Jorge Campos

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Legends, Mexico

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I was searching the Interwebs today looking through some vintage soccer images. I’m not sure how vintage he is, but there were some images of Jorge Campos that showed up. This got me thinking about how dope this dude was. Few soccer players, especially goalies, have ever stood out quite like Jorge Campos did.

His bright jerseys and goalkeeper outfits seemed to mimic his personality. Bright and outgoing with a tendency for flair. He was not shy about much and this stood out in both how he played and how he dressed on the field. I remember watching this cat on TV and you never really knew what he might do next. He was unpredictable and definitely seemed to be in his own lane, but that was fresh. That gave him personality and dammit if he didn’t stand out. The game needs people like this. Life needs people like this. I salute him for that.

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A couple of years ago I went on a trip with el Jimador to Guadalajara. I get off the plane, make my way through security and am met by a driver who takes me out to a van. I open the door to get in, and Jorge Campos is sitting there. The first thing he does is give me a hard time about why it took me so long to get through security and that I have kept him waiting for too long. I say something like “sorry dude,” or some other eloquent phrase. He immediately starts laughing, puts his arm around my shoulder, says he is joking and welcomes me to Mexico.

For the rest of that trip, whenever we would hang out, he was as good of a guy as you could hope. He would order specialty items for me to try at restaurants that weren’t on the menu. He told me where his favorite tacos were at in Los Angeles and he made me promise him that I would go there when I got back to LA. He told me some great stories about when he played for Mexico and some lessons about Mexican culture in general. And he did all of these things with a smile on his face. The jerseys he wore were only half as bright as his personality.

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How fresh is this playing card?

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I’m not sure who in the current game would be comparable to Jorge Campos. Not sure that there will ever be another quite like him. Respeto my dude!

Added on August 19th, 2014 by

Soccer in America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Photography, Soccer in America

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ISPS representing that pin life.

Stub Hub Center

Summer 2014

~beans

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

Added on August 19th, 2014 by

Nike “Genealogy of Innovation” Video

Filed under: Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Nike, Sneakers, Videos

Nike Genealogy of Innovation from Golden Wolf on Vimeo.

An entire lifetime of Nike sneakers and soccer boots has basically been compressed into a two minute video. How many sneakers or soccer boots in this video have you owned at one time or another?

Added on August 19th, 2014 by

Sporting KC Takes Trunks Of School Supplies To Nicaragua – CCL

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

~~  Awesome.

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