Pep Guardiola rips his pants : Bayern Munich wins 6 – 1 over Porto

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The man known as the best dressed manager in football (maybe the world) had a situation today. This is what is known in the industry as a wardrobe malfunction.

While Bayern Munich were absolutely destroying Porto in the second leg of their Champions League match, the camera person found out that Pep had a rip in his trousers.

This isn’t a good thing.

I’m currently efforting on the internet to find out who Pep’s tailor is and a ballpark range for his suits. I’m sure he is rocking pieces that are in the $3k* starting out range. Those kinds of trousers and suits shouldn’t be ripping.

Other interesting thing, and this is something that Beans and I talk about all the time, have you ever noticed how well dress football managers are? Especially when you compare them to coaches and managers in other sports?

Rare is the soccer guy who is wearing a bad suit? Some guys are kitted up A LOT better than others, but even the worst dressed guy on the touchline looks better than the best manager in baseball. These 50 and 60 years old guys are wearing baseball uniforms for crying out loud.

Football guys look like they are taking a sweatshirt off of the dirty clothes pile. Did you know that they have a rule where the head football coach CAN’T wear a suit!!! Its true, check it out.

Basketball guys are pretty clean actually, but a lot of them are try hards.

There will be a few jokes and a ton of posts on the internet today about Peps trousers, but I’m ok with it. The man wears a good suit and every once in a while stuff like this happens.

* $3k is low. Hopefully I’m not insulting Pep and his clothier. I can imagine that there isn’t anything in his closet less than 5 grr.

* Right now I am tentatively going with Antonio Miró, a Catalan designer that Pep is good friends with.

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Theatrical Trailer :: Jurassic World

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~ ‘If’ you’re old enough, think back to 1993 and the very first time you saw Jurassic Park…. And how amazing that movie was.  Fast forward to 2015 and Chris Pratt starring…. This one could be very, very good.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

Release :: June 12th, 2015

Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard

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Added on April 21st, 2015 by

TOW Book Club :: “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy”

Filed under: Alexi Lalas, Culture & Lifestyle, Italy, TOW Book Club

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Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team–and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village.

As the riotous, edge-of-your-seat season unfolds, McGinniss develops a deepening bond with the team, their village and its people, and their country. Traveling with the miracle team, from the isolated mountain region where Castel di Sangro is located to gritty towns as well as grand cities, McGinniss introduces us to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described, and comes away with a “sad, funny, desolating, and inspiring story–everything, in fact, a story should be” – LA Times

* New book alert. Started is last week while I was on jury duty and I knocked out about 250 pages in a couple of hours.

One would think that it was because I had jury duty and was bored out of my gourd, but no, this book is great book by the way.

It’s about a book writer from Boston Worcester who lives in Italy for a season while following a small town Serie B team who’d worked their way from the lowest calcio division to the cusp of Serie A.

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I copped Miracle of Castel di Sangro on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and put it in to the want to read soon stack and it just happened to be the one I picked up on the way out the door and I’ve been on it since. The book starts with a shout out to Alexi Lalas and his stint at Padova as one of the reasons why the author chose Italy.

I won’t give away much of the book but you get an awesome feel of what its like to be in a lower division team and the community feel of how the city treats them, but you also get a first hand account of what its like to be an American learning the game of soccer in a place where soccer is king. Its an awesome story and one that you should definitely add to your soccer book collection.

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adidas Primeknit 2.0

Filed under: Adidas, Boots, Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle

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adidas has unveiled the second iteration of their Primeknit boot which they have dubbed the adidas Primeknit 2.0. The original version which was worn on field by Luis Suarez has been updated based on insights from the original version of the boot. A few key features of the 2.0 include:

* An all-new compression tongue includes Lycra yarns designed to wrap around the midfoot area and create a maximum lockdown effect.
* A new anatomical heel shape and design, following the natural shape of the back of the foot to provide optimum support.
* The forefoot contains a knit structure specifically designed to aid control.
* The outer shell is comprised of a zoned knitted upper with a lightweight vacuum coated skin to protect the yarns and retain a soft surface.

Following on from the recent release of the adizero 99g, the lightest cleat of all time available for purchase, the Primeknit 2.0 is the latest product to be launched as part of the new adidas Soccer “Limited Collection”. Footwear items to be included in the “Limited Collection” range will be those released in super-limited quantities, which also showcase the best in adidas Soccer innovation.

With just 10,000 pairs available globally, the cleats will be the hottest property on the field of play when a selection of the world’s best players debut the cleats during UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg matches later this week.

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Look for these to drop April 22nd via adidas.com.

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Former #USMNT Defender Steve Cherundolo Named Hannover Assistant Coach

Filed under: Soccer News

~~  You’ll never find a former teammate that would have a bad thing to say about Stevie Cherundolo… Dude ALWAYS had a smile on his face, came to train every single session and was a guy you wanted to go to battle with.

Not surprised to see him very, very quickly navigate his way through retirement to youth team coach to fi

Stoked to see him finding his way in the next stage of his life / career.

Added on April 20th, 2015 by

UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour : Los Angeles, Apr. 22 #CHAMPIONTHETROPHY

Filed under: Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles

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Heineken brings one of the most prestigious trophies in European club football to the U.S. Take a look inside the unforgettable UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour experience and find out what city it’s headed to next!

The trophy has seen New York, Dallas, and this Wednesday it will be here in Los Angeles…. I’m looking forward to this one because if I’m being honest, since I’m new to this soccer thing, I didn’t really fall in love with the game until recently.

I was slowly becoming a fan, but it wasn’t until 2012 until I fell in love. Didier Drogba and my guys from Chelsea won the Champions League and I’ve been down ever since. Can’t wait to see trophy up close and throw down a few Heinys while checking out some of the uniforms and memorabilia presented up.

The trophy and experience will be at the SIREN STUDIOS, The Cube in Hollywood.

SIREN STUDIOS
6063 W Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Come out and hang!

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Trailer :: “WHO ARE THE CHAMPIONS?” – An Interactive Web Documentary

Filed under: FIFA, Social Issues, Stadiums, World Cup

Above is the trailer for a recently launched interactive web documentary called ‘WHO ARE THE CHAMPIONS?”

“Who Are The Champions?” is an interactive web documentary about the economic, social and cultural impact of the FIFA World Cup on people who live and work in the immediate vicinity of World Cup stadiums.

With the FIFA choosing a new President soon and the World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 causing some controversies here and there, the folks behind this project thought it was a good moment to reflect and zoom in on stories that happened just outside of the stadiums during three major FIFA World Cups.

In Brazil (Rio), Germany (Leipzig) and South-Afrika (Johannesburg) they collected twelve very personal stories in each city.

By combining and creatively mixing audio stories, text stories, street photography, Google Street View, Google Maps and news stories from several archives, they give the viewer an intriguing insight into the effects of a major sports event like the FIFA World Cup on people’s lives.

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These stories paint a unique picture of what happened around three major stadiums in the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup (Rio de Janeiro) and how people are looking back at the event several years after the Cup, in Leipzig and Johannesburg.

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* I really love this project and want to give kudos to the folks who put it together. At first, its a bit daunting, because there is just so much content….. but after you get the hang of navigating their site, you get caught in that beautiful space that only the internet provides – click throughs lead to clicks throughs leads to 2 hours time lost – but its not lost on nothing. Its worth your time.

We constantly are bombarded with FIFA things and headlines and drama, but we rarely get a deep dive into the people that are affected. We just see the tremendous amounts of monies that are taken in. Or, we see a headline or two about tragic events happening to construction workers, or a few people being dispossessed of their property and land, but it dies after we read the headline or a few lines of an article.

This does more than that. This holds you and you get to be involved, even if just on a click through basis, I think it gives you are real feel about being involved in this and really knowing what is going on. Share these stories and these links and these efforts because the worlds greatest event shouldn’t have these kinds of things happening. This is a celebration of sport.

* Its not all bad by the way. There are a million great things that come out of the World Cup that we are well aware of. But, I think just like the Olympics, many times it turns out that these impoverished countries that are awarded these events, which have “won” it by any means necessary, only tend to benefit the wealthy and not the people which is the antithesis of what sport, in its purest form, is really about.

The interactive documentary can be found on www.whoarethechampions.com.

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- Who are the Champions is a Submarine Channel production in co-production with Dutch newspaper NRC and Miriquidifilm. Submarine Channel is an international distribution and production platform for creative and innovative digital media productions.

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Teaser Trailer – Batman v Superman : Dawn Of Justice

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~  I’m not even going to pretend what’s going on here…. BUT.  This is one SERIOUS undertaking financially and this coud get sideways from a fan perspective REALLY fast……

Writer / Director :: Zach Snyder

Release :: March 25th, 2016

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot

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