Video :: Hart, Navas, Milner and Jovetic Launch New Manchester City Away kit in NEW YORK CITY Surprise for Fans

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Manchester City, New York, Nike

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Manchester City and Nike had an interesting way to show out the Away Kit for 2014/15 as unveiled in New York City. A whole bunch of unsuspecting fans are surprised when they are walked in to a venue and the new away kit is revealed by Joe Hart, Jesus Navas, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic IN PERSON standing there.

This is my favorite part of the video. Everyone turning around and taking selfies.

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Here is the crest

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Hit the jump for more high res pics of the new kit.

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David Beckham, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook visit REAL MADRID Training at UCLA

Filed under: Celebs, Los Angeles, Real Madrid

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Becks came to see some of his old mates while they were training at UCLA ahead of their Guinness International Champions Cup match against Inter Milan.

Interestingly enough, the UCLA campus is just a stones throw away from where Becks and the missus live in Beverly Hills.

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Real Madrid dot com has Russy on their front page. Russell Westbrook plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA and in my mind is one of the top 7 or 8 players in the league right now. He actually played ball at UCLA and is a local dude who keeps a house here so it makes sense that he dropped by.

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For the uninitiated, if I was to compare him to a soccer player, and I think I said this a couple of weeks ago on here, is that he is DeAndre Yedlin on the basketball court. Actually, its better the other way around, DeAndre Yedlin is Russell Westbrook on the soccer field.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Carmelo Anthony, NBA superstar & madridista ?

Carmelo is one of the best players in the NBA as well. No real ties to Los Angeles other than that he lives here in the off-season. He is the recently re-upped New York Knick, signing a 5 year $124m contract.

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New Kit Alert :: 2014-15 Season Away Kit from NIKE AND INTER

Filed under: Guinness International Cup, Inter Milan, Nike

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For the 2014-15 season, Inter will play in a new away kit boldly proclaiming their status as the true team of Milan.

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The new away shirt has a ribbed crewneck collar and is white with a tonal light gray graphic on the front that forms a St. George’s cross from the city of Milan’s coat of arms.

Inside the back of the neck is a pennant tab featuring the proud message “Milano E’ Solo Inter” (Milan is only Inter). It is a specially designed font that has been used by the Nerrazzurri’s most commited fans on flags and banners inside the San Siro since the 1970s. On the back of the neck is another St. George’s cross to once again proudly represent the city of Milan’s coat of arms.

The new away kit is completed by white shorts and socks.

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Earthquakes Stadium is coming along nicely.

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, San Jose, Stadiums

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Here are some of the latest still and moving images from the San Jose Earthquakes Stadium build. I’ve always been a fan of architecture, but never been a huge building guy. I enjoy them, but my interest has been about houses. Never really big houses usually just one story, but incredibly well built and clean designs. Over the last few years, I’ve started to get into stadiums.

Soccer specific stadiums are different. They are special. Anyways, the more and more I see these MLS soccer specific stadiums, there more I am liking what they are all about. I’ve seen my share of barns and the way this one is looking as its coming along, it will be one of the best. Considering that the 49ers did just a few miles up the road, I actually made the comment the other day that the gauntlet had been laid down and it was time for MLS to kick the NFL’s ass in something and you know, I have a feeling that this stadium will be a better experience than the other guys.

Check out some of the features of the new stadium to come.

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Given that its closer to Silicon Valley to San Jose than it is San Francisco, and how the Earthquakes prez is known as the most tech-savvy president in MLS, you have to guess that this stadium will have all of the geeklike perks that we dream that a stadium would have. I’m excited for it. And the fact that he rolls around wearing google glass tells me that he is one of those guys.

If he is one of those guys, and he owns a team and is calling the shots, the barn is going to have everything that he wants and will make him feel comfortable there, and not just really good wifi.

Images and VINE’s from the official twitter account of Earthquakes President Dave Kaval @QuakesPrez Follow along on his social media accounts and you can see it all unfold. I kind of wish I live up north so I could cop season tickets here.

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Michael Bradley Rocking Bumpy Pitch w/ Luke Wileman

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Michael Bradley, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

~~  Tip of the hat to our man Luke Wileman for giving us here at Bumpy Pitch the  heads up that Toronto FC / USMNT’s Michael Bradley was rocking one of our Seventeen Seventy-Six shirts during their sit-down interview ahead of the weekend on TSN.

Appreciate the support my man!

Added on July 25th, 2014 by

Video :: Vintage Football Manufacturing

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, Videos

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One of the questions that we get from time to time with Bumpy Pitch is, why is there a volleyball in our logo. The answer is always the same. It’s a vintage soccer ball. We dig the look and feel of these vintage soccer balls. The question and answer pretty much remain the same in this situation.

Late last year we did a collaboration with Port Long Beach, and one of the items that we did, which to this day is one of my favorite Bumpy pitch items, is this vintage ball.

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It’s basically the exact same ball that inspired our logo. It’s vintage. And black with a silver embossed logo. I love this ball.

Anyway, we got hit up on Twitter by ScandiNavy alerting us to this video. Which I think is a pretty rad video. I’m a sucker for behind the scenes videos, and especially old behind the scenes videos of anything soccer related.  This video shows the same type of ball being made back in the day and a manufacturer that had been making soccer balls for a very, very long time. And now, I feel like I can point people to this post when they ask if the ball in t he Bumpy Pitch logo is a volleyball.

Added on July 25th, 2014 by

Didier Drogba Returns To Chelsea – Signs 1 Year Deal

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

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~~ The Prodigal Son returns and reunites with The Special One….

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Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the return of Didier Drogba. The striker has signed a one-year contract.

Drogba of course needs no introduction.

When he came to the end of his previous contract in 2012 it was only weeks after he had stroked the ball from the penalty spot into the Bayern Munich net to place Chelsea on top of the European summit for the first time.

His earlier equalising header in that Champions League final was his 157th goal in 341 appearances, a total placing him fourth in the club’s all-time highest-scorer list.

On signing his contract, Drogba said: ‘It was an easy decision – I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

‘My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.’

Jose Mourinho said: ‘He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.’

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly to be the First Client of Lil Wayne’s New Sports Management Co. … Wait, whaaa?

Filed under: Cristiano Ronaldo, Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer in America

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I don’t know what to make of this. On one hand it doesn’t make any sense at all. On the other hand, I guess it makes some sense. And on the third, other, hand, it makes all the sense in the world. TMZ is reporting that Tenuchi will be starting an agency that works with PolarisSports, a company with CAA and GestiFute – through which Ronaldo’s current agent Jorge Mendes operates that will handle Ronaldo’s sports management affairs in the United States. *

From branding to marketing and endorsement deals to modeling.

The picture above from Ronaldo twitter feed has the PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN and all of his people there throwing up the Young Money hand sign (@YMCMB) and he is shouting out people in the YMCMB camp, S Rod and Euro…. on SRod’s tw he says that he dared CR to get the Prime Minister to do it. He definitely is big in Japan right now if he can get the high cat to do that.

By the way, if you haven’t seen the video below yet, stop everything and just press play. Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe this tv appearance. Jimmy Fallon wonders how they made it so awkward.

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I love Japan by the way.

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* Just greasing the skids by the way. I don’t know when its going to happen, but I have said this for the last 3 years, one day – and sooner than people believe – Cristiano will be playing in the United States and its going to be incredible. His English has gotten a million times better and he is opening up so much more than he used to.

Obviously, there is no way that financially it makes any sense because the kid makes like 75 mil a year right now, but all in due time the money will begin to make sense over here (on AND off the field).

Here is the other thing…. and obviously we are especially sensitive to things like this because on some level we are seeing a lot of people getting in to our lane and coming around our corner of this popular culture meets soccer moment because now its popular, even though we’ve been here doing this thing for almost a decade. People like Lil Wayne and his team, people like Jay Z, people like LeBron James, seeing soccer stars get big deals and features on ESPN and on Late Night talk shows and all of those sorts of ancillary things from being huge in a big moment like the world cup only tells us that the time is coming.

They don’t get in to businesses for sport. They get in to businesses for the potential. They see potential in soccer now, that wasnt there before. It will be interesting to see how it all works out for people that are getting in on the early stages of the gold rush and juxtaposing that against the people that you and I know that were here from the beginning of this modern wave of soccer in America and have been instrumental in building it to what it is right now and what it will be going forward.

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