Diego Simeone Re-Ups With Atletico Madrid Through 2020

Filed under: La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga, Soccer News

~~ Diego Simeone is changing the way the media, fans and players look at the perrenial powerhouses when it comes to the structure of the game.  He’s not just getting the most out of his players, he’s identifying the individuals that can become the core of what his philosophy is while taking the game to the ‘superior’ opponents Atleti faces.

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Michel Platini Re-Elected UEFA President For Third Term

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

~~  This is the time for Michel Platini to step up and make not only bold statements, but bold decisions when it comes to the transparancy of the game and Sepp Blatter.

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Martin Skrtel Handed Three Match Ban – Posts This Clown Picture

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~~  First Martin Skrtel gets charged yesterday by the FA over his last second ‘Stamp’ on Manchester United goalkeeper Davd De Gea…. Today he gets handed a THREE GAME ban for ‘Violent Conduct’……

And then he immiediately posts the picture of ‘Clowns’ on his Instagram account…. Now it’s about to get interesting to see what the FA does about it.

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Fans Pledge $1.7 Million To Super Troopers 2 Crowdfunding

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Videos

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~~  If you know me, you know how important this is… #Meow

Howdy.

We’re Broken Lizard.

Several moons ago, we made a little indie movie called Super Troopers, which we debuted at Sundance in 2001. We’re proud of how it turned out and apparently it struck a chord with many of you out there because almost daily we get asked “Who wants a mustache ride?” (“Who doesn’t?”) or “Did you chug real maple syrup?” (“Yes, and we will never, ever, ever do it again.”) or “How is the view from sugar heaven?” (“Sweet.”)

We’ve been waiting for years to do this, and meow the time has come. Our mustaches are thick, furry, and authoritative. The script is written and we’re getting all antsy in our pantsy to start shooting. There’s just one problem:

While the studio has given us permission to make the sequel, and agreed to distribute it (at least in the USA and Canada), we need to fund the movie ourselves.

So this is how it works: if we’re able to raise at least $2,000,000 in the next month, we’ll be able to get to work on a barebones version of Super Troopers 2 this summer. But $2,000,000 is the bare minimum we’ll need to get into production.

We’ve got some big stuff in the script, and if we’re able to raise enough money, you’ll get to see all of it. The more we raise, the more amazing stuff we can put in the movie. More action, more cameos, more shenanigans, and fine, more Farva.

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NASL Issue Statement on Minnesota FC

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

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Ahead of today’s announcement regarding Minnesota FC and MLS – the NASL comes out with the following statement:

The North American Soccer League was created to provide fans, players, and partners with a professional structure that best aligns with the international game and a model that integrates into the global soccer economy.  While Major League Soccer will make an announcement on Wednesday concerning Minnesota United FC possibly becoming an MLS expansion franchise, the NASL will continue on its path to build a league that is in line with the rest of the world and offers North American soccer fans a highly competitive alternative.  

Our soccer landscape has been evolving at an unprecedented pace since the relaunch of the NASL in 2011. As the sport continues to grow, we anticipate making further announcements during the year concerning our own expansion and new partners. The developments in Minneapolis only serve to affirm once again, that the NASL is building high-caliber clubs, both on and off the field, and playing a leadership role in the evolution of professional soccer in North America. The announcement will not affect how we approach our plans for the future. We are as committed as ever to continuing the growth in our existing markets and expanding into new markets where we see great opportunities for our players and fans – the groups our league is built around. 

As we get closer to kicking off our fifth season on April 4, we look forward to another great year on and off the field.

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Klinsmann :: Building The U.S. Men’s National Team Pyramid

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~~  Been on record for a long, long, long time that this right here is the exact approach that has needed to be implemented within the U-20 / U-23 / USMNT structure…. One of the reasons that the 2000 US Olympic Team was so successfull (Bronze Medal match against Chile in Sydney) was the fact that Clive Charles paired up as many camps as possible with the full #USMNT team and then set aside a monthly get together to make sure the theories and the spine of the team was in place starting just five months after the last U-20 World Cup game was played.  Not only did it allow us to understand what the approach was for our group of players in environments outside the United States, but it made us extremely thirsty to get that call up to the big boys.  And while it may be a little late (less than a year out when one could argue that it should have happened directly after the failure to qualify the last time around), it’s a damn good start to lay the foundation of expectations for the future.

March 2015 is the curtain raiser on a busy cycle for the men’s side of the U.S. National Team program.

And USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use the March friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland as prep for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, while also wearing his other hat as Technical Director as he helps oversee a busy time for the U.S. U-20 and U-23 MNT sides that will hold simultaneous European camps at the end of the month.

Beginning preparations for CONCACAF Olympic qualification in October, USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog convenes his first camp in charge of the U-23 side ahead of games at Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 27) and Denmark (March 31). Meanwhile, having recently qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos will bring his team to England for a pair of matches against the England U-21s and Tottenham Hotspur U-21s.

“For the youngsters to look towards the U-20 World Cup is huge,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “For the U-23s, we have to get them going in order to prepare for the qualifiers later this year towards the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Andi Herzog has his hands full with that group. For me and the Senior Team perspective, I’m looking at all these youngsters and thinking who can come through these periods and develop the fastest possible in order to make himself a strong competitor for the senior group. So this is a great time now, and we can’t wait to get these games going at the end of the month.”

Check out the rest of this article over at USSoccer.com

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New Balance Football

Filed under: Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, New Balance, Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany

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New Balance is coming in hot with their lineup as they launch their first ever football campaign. Their lineup of global stars includes Aaron Ramsey, Adnan Januzaj, Marouane Fellaini, Samir Nasri, Fernando Reges, Vincent Kompany and Jesus Navas. Not a bad group of players to launch the campaign and New Balance football with. The first collection of boots from New Balance will be dropping in July 2015.

The New Balance film highlights the commitment it takes to become a better athlete and the never-ending drive to improve. It’s not about one victory, one run or one goal. It’s about every victory, every run and every goal. It emphasises how football is more than 90 minutes, more than 11 versus 11 and more than just winning – it’s the commitment to carry on, to not rest or ever take it easy.

Director Marie Schuller – who previously filmed campaigns for a number of high profile fashion brands and retailers – gives the film its unique, highly graphic and stylized look. She says: “This film is all about striving to be better. The New Balance players each have immense talent but that alone is not enough, becoming a better athlete is the motivation that drives them on. Each scene aims to capture the relentless pursuit of excellence, the fact they never stop pushing to improve. Stylistically we set out to create a cool and contemporary film which was different to anything the category would do.”

Kenny McCallum, Global Brand Manager for Football at New Balance says about the brand’s first football ad: “We want to communicate the essence and attitude of New Balance Football. The heart of the concept is how we – and our athletes – are relentlessly driven to be better. We are highly competitive, innovative and fearless and we place the player at the centre of everything we do. We want to show the stories and reality behind what we see on the pitch – the constant hard work our brand and players put in to be better.”

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USMNT Prepare For Denmark International Friendly

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~~  A very good test on the cards for Jurgen & the USMNT crew on the road in Denmark….  And the first chance in a long, long time to see a Starting XI without the names Dempesy and Donovan…. Who steps up and takes their opportunity well?

The U.S. MNT gathered in Zurich for a few days of training before traveling to Aarhus to face Denmark. Aron Johannsson and Danny Williams, who return to the squad after long absences, look to restore their spot in the squad and mainstays Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley look forward to facing tough European opposition.

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