Real Madrid signs Colombian star James Rodríguez for a reported £63m ($107.5m USD)

Filed under: Colombia, Culture & Lifestyle, Real Madrid, World Cup

El Real Madrid C. F. y la AS Mónaco FC han llegado a un acuerdo para el traspaso del jugador James Rodríguez, que queda vinculado al club durante las próximas seis temporadas / Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with AS Mónaco FC to buy James Rodríguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons #WelcomeJames #BienvenidoJames #halamadrid #realmadrid

Today, it has been made official, Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with AS Mónaco FC to buy James Rodríguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons. Reports are that the six-year deal is for about £63m ($107.5m USD).

After an incredible World Cup and many rumours and negotiations, the Colombian and former AS Roma star had just a medical in the Spanish capital on Tuesday morning to pass before RM made it official. Later today he will be presented in the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box. Then, James Rodríguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabéu’s pitch wearing the Real Madrid jersey and will then answer questions from the media outlets in attendance in the press room.

* He’s had a good couple of weeks.

Added on July 22nd, 2014 by

Six Shakhtar Players Refuse To Return To Ukraine

Filed under: Soccer News


~~ I’m not really sure there could be any blame placed at the feet of the players (or their families for that matter) for making this decision at a time when things are incredibly unstable.

via Shakhtar

- It is true, six team players have not come - Rinat Akhmetov said. – Alex Teixeira, Fred, Dentinho, Douglas Costa, Facundo Ferreyra and Ismaily. I don’t rule out that these players will return to the team quickly, and some of them – tomorrow. Players have contracts that they have to abide by. If they do not come, I think, they will be the first to suffer. Each of them has a minimum release clause, which is tens of millions of euros. If someone wants to reduce this amount by a million, then such a decision is our right. There won’t be clearance sale!

Hopefully, the mind and heart will prevail over misunderstanding, and the players will not follow temptation and fear. Especially since there is nothing to fear. We are ready to provide security. We will not take risks and in any case we won’t bring players to dangerous places. We want to play in Donetsk very much, but, unfortunately, at the moment we cannot do it. We will play where we will be allowed to: we would like to do it in Kharkiv. The decision regarding the championship is taken by the Ukrainian Football Federation. Through our game, we will call for peace and try to bring joy to our fans.

Despite the fact that we will be weakened in the Super Cup match against Dynamo Kyiv, our players will do their best to make the game hard for our opponents. Maybe everyone thinks that it will be an easy game for Dynamo, but it will not be easy. And in the future Shakhtar won’t become weaker – we will make it stronger. We play for the fans and for peace.

Mircea Lucescu? There have not been any problems at all. We have a very good relationship. He is in his place and has done a lot for Shakhtar to take a step forward. I am sure that he will do the team a world of good.

Added on July 21st, 2014 by

Steven Gerrard Announces England Retirement On Instagram

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

~~  One of the most consistent players England has had over the last 15 years…. Huge loss going forward, but the obvious commitment to Liverpool is the right thing at this moment in his career.

I would like to announce that after a 14 year @England career with many highs and lows, I have decided to retire from International Football as of today. I have loved every minute of my time wearing the famous white shirt and have been immensely proud to do so. At this time I would like to personally thank all the@England supporters, the current players, the ex players, all the Managers and coaching team and FA staff who I have worked with from the beginning to the end of my @England career and for helping me fulfil many boyhood dreams and aspirations. It just leaves me to say the very best of luck to Roy and the boys moving forward. #proud #emotionaltime #comeonengland

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Juventus Confirms Patrice Evra Signing

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~~  Tip of the hat to Manchester United on a great piece of business… Sign Evra to another year BEFORE the World Cup and then rake in the money on the backside of Brazil.

via Juventus

Juventus Football Club can today announce that Patrice Evra has signed a two-year contract with the club after a fee of £1.2 million, to be paid in two separate installments, was agreed with Manchester United.

A further payment of £0.3 million will be made to Manchester United in the event of Juventus qualifying for the 2015/16 Champions League.

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Our New Office In DTLA

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News

We enter a new stage as a company by moving in our new office today. What started out as an idea on a napkin amongst friends has slowly grown because of the support of the #soccer community. Today we moved into out new HQ and we are excited about the next phase. If you are in the downtown LA area stop by the new office. Watch a game with us, let’s play a game of FIFA. Thank you all for your support in helping a few guys try and live out our dreams.

@theoriginalwinger &  @isps_tow

~~ And if you’re interested in an Internship, contact

Added on July 21st, 2014 by

Nike Unveils 2014/15 Galatasaray Jersey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News

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~~ Dope… Don’t sleep on #Prandelli & Co…

via NikeInc

This season Galatasaray will play in a new kit infused with their history, character and status as a modern European club.

Galatasaray are proud to be Turkey’s most powerful club, which has been achieved through their bravery, charisma and innovation.

Their new traditionally red and yellow home shirt boasts a dynamic graphic, inspired by the kit worn by Metin Oktay one of the club’s legendary players.

These graphics create a sense of speed and movement to honor the lion, one of Galatasaray’s proud symbols.

The shirt also features a constructed red v-neck collar and yellow cuffs on the sleeves. Kit is completed by the red shorts with a yellow stripe and red socks with a yellow band at the top.

Galatasaray away jersey for the new season has been inspired by the first ever white kit they wore in 2000, year of the club’s biggest successes in both Turkish league and international arena.

The new away shirt is a clean and classic white, while Galatasaray’s home colors are represented in the red double crew neck collar with a yellow trim, and high red cuffs also with a yellow trim. Away shorts and socks are white with red details.

Both home and away jerseys have an inner pennant tab in red and yellow halves with the bold statement: ‘Ilklerin Ve Enlerin Takimi’ (The club of firsts and mosts), to celebrate Galatasaray’s status as Turkey’s leading and most successful club.

Added on July 20th, 2014 by

Man Utd’s Edward Woodward To Fans – ‘Watch This Space’

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~~  van Gaal is about to do the diiiirty to the #EPL with #MonopolyMoney

via ManUtd

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told fans to “watch this space” as he works with manager Louis van Gaal on making more summer signings.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already joined the Reds and Woodward revealed funds are available for the club to bring in more new faces.

But he also admits some players could be on their way out of Old Trafford as van Gaal moulds his new squad over the coming weeks.

“We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets,” Woodward told MUTV’s Stewart Gardner in Los Angeles.

“We are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to get back to the top.

“We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available. Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.”

Asked if other players could be leaving United, Woodward added: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.

“It’s also worth commenting that we’re not in Europe this year, so there are fewer games and Louis may take the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.

Added on July 20th, 2014 by

Trailer – Ouija

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

Trailer - Ouija

~~ Oh, Hell No……

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Instead of using the planchette — the piece you push around — many suggest Ouija success by using the pendulum method, where instead you let something of meaning (to the person you are trying to contact) dangle over the board and have one person focus on particular questions. Either way, sort of spooky.

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