After the World Cup in 1962, major European clubs such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United tried to sign the young Brazilian, but the government of Brazil declared Pelé an “official national treasure” to prevent him from being transferred out of the country.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon staff has done it again.
The last video with Brian Williams was great, and this one might even be better. The NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor raps Snoop Dogg’s classic “Gin and Juice.”
~~ How fresh are these boardshorts?!?!?!?!
In light of this summer’s global celebration of soccer, Hurley is encouraging national pride in and out of the water with the debut of the Phantom National Team boardshorts, supported by the “Fly The Flag” campaign.
The boardshort colors are aligned with the Brasil, France and U.S. national team kit jerseys, with a “home” and “away” variant for U.S. and Brasil. The kits are supplemented with coordinating tees and hats, allowing for soccer and surf fans alike to express national pride.
Hurley team riders from each region, such as Nat Young and Filipe Toledo, will “Fly The Flag,” and show support for their respective countries in the months leading up to the ASP WCT event in Rio de Janeiro.
The Phantom Boardshort has set the industry standard with an unprecedented six consecutive SIMA Boardshort of the Year awards. The innovative, ultra lightweight Phantom short comes in Hurley’s signature Block Party silhouette with a 19” length, scalloped hem and 60-percent stretch Phantom material.
In line with Hurley’s commitment to innovation and sustainability platforms, all Phantom boardshorts are made from an average 12 recycled plastic water bottles; to-date, more than 50 million plastic water bottles have been repurposed into Hurley boardshorts.
A good look at the Sail / Black / Gum color way drop in the Nike SB Zoom Blazer Canvas (Two Up), spotted and available over at Premier.
~~ Been noticing that I’ve been reaching for the classic White’s lately in the closet… Not sure why, but these right here are definitely #NoScuffs
~~ Not surprised to see Moyes out at Manchester United… But definitely surprised to see the style in which it was handled…
The League Managers Association (LMA) has issued the following statement on behalf of David Moyes after his dismissal by Manchester United.
David Moyes said:
“To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud. Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.
The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season. We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.
However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration. In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are.
I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.
I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United”.
LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan said:
“The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club. Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition. It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.
David is one of the most talented, knowledgeable and dedicated managers in British Football. He has a wealth of experience accumulated in a management career that started when he was 35 and already spans 16 years, with over 800 games in the professional game. David is a three-time winner of the LMA Manager of the Year Award, and without a doubt, he has a significant future in front of him in football management. He is passionate about the game and I know he possesses the drive and resilience to learn from this chapter of his career and move on to a new challenge in the game.”
~~ Those all-black with red stripes…..
With 50 days until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, adidas has launched new mi adidas cleats inspired by the brand’s away federation kits.
adidas Soccer’s adizero F50, Predator Lethal Zones, Nitrocharge and 11Pro are now available in color ways celebrating Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Russia and Nigeria away jerseys.
35 years old and still doing this. Not a bad way to get the game winner in extra time.
FIFA TV’s youtube channel is doing a countdown on World Cup teams and today, they threw up their profile on the USMNT, featuring interviews with Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and coach Jurgen Klinsmann, looking at the United States’ FIFA World Cup history and what to expect from the ambitious Americans in Group G against Ghana, Portugal and Germany.
* I know that the video is a bum link where you can only watch it on youtube by clicking through and going to the FIFA Youtube page, but I think everyone should go check it out and see what it says. The interviews are good. I don’t normally put up FIFA videos for just this reason. If someone from FIFA is watching, this is a horrible move on your part. Television, social media and blogs are a HUGE part of your success and one of the reasons that you guys have so much money that you can line your pockets with.
Its ridiculously short sighted to post stuff to social media, but try and control the outlets that use it, or embed it, or whatever. You are cutting off your nose to spite your face, because we (bloggers, webmasters, etc.) will just not post your stuff. Your yt page has 65m views. Which may seem like a lot, but you’re FIFA… you should have billions of views already on your videos, but no one watches them because blogs won’t post it.
Thats just my two cents. Which probably doesn’t matter because you don’t do anything for less than a million. I get it, but you should rethink what you are doing. Anyways, whats pippin’ twitter?