The US Soccer Men’s National Team won the “Best Moment ESPY Award” for 2014. Great moment for the guys, great moment for all of us, and kind of a goosebumps moment when the whole house started chanting “U-S-A!! U-S-A!!! U-S-A!!!”
I see you Clint with those Jordan’s by the way…. The Wolf Grey 3′s that arent even out yet….
Lots of soccer representation at the ESPYs though, check out some ig action.
Hector is an eccentric, yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis — his patients are just not getting any happier! He’s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.
Massimiliano Allegri has outlined his determination to maintain the Bianconeri’s winning tradition during his first press conference as Juventus manager.
The 46-year-old, officially appointed this afternoon, says it is an “honour” to step into the prestigious hotseat and has vowed to build on the giant strides made by the club over the past three years.
Speaking to the media, the Tuscan tactician began: “It was a bolt from the blue when I was asked as to my availability for the position. I’m happy, honoured and I know how big a job this is. From tomorrow I’ll start working alongside the club and team to build for an important and winning season.”
Allegri appreciates that following in the footsteps of Antonio Conte will be no easy task, but remains convinced he has the required credentials to win any doubters over.
“He represented a great deal as a player and manager, he dominated and achieved great things in Italy and I understand the fans’ scepticism, because in the space of just one day Juventus have a new coach.
“Winning them over will require victories, hard work, respect and professionalism. I spent four years at Milan and consider myself ready to continue the run of success enjoyed by the team over the last three seasons.”
We live in a digital world. You don’t need me to tell you that. We all know that. Soccer is becoming a part of this digital landscape more and more everyday. And when you think of soccer and digital, few things come to mind like Nike. What they have done over the years with their digital campaigns, the online videos they release, the technology in their products. They have technology at the forefront of so much of what they do.
Now they are bringing that digital mindset and putting it squarely in the hands of the consumer. With the release of the Nike Football app, they are putting technology and Nike soccer related goodness directly into the hands of players and fans around the world. So what exactly is this app all about?
According to Nike:
The Nike Football app allows players to create matches, banter with friends and teammates, and be the first to access exclusive Nike product. Vitally, the app will also be a gateway to the professional game through the Nike Academy – the U.K.-based academy for young players, based at St. George’s Park National Football Centre — which gives its players a route to the pro game through fixtures against leading clubs.
“This is Nike Football in your pocket. The app will allow members of the Nike Football community to be the first to access the latest product, stories and event experiences. It’ll be the only way to earn a spot in the Nike Academy and earn your way to the highest level of the game, something we’ve seen from players such as Tom Rogic (Australia), Abdul Waris and David Accam (both Ghana),” said Davide Grasso, Chief Marketing Officer for Nike.
From its launch, the Nike Football app will be the only way to earn a place at the Nike Academy via registration for all Nike Academy-related trial events.
The Nike Football app features custom football emojis within its chat feature to extend the dressing room camaraderie, and uses geo-tracking technology to allow members to set up matches around the world.
The app allows players to create their own micro-communities with the “Crew” feature, staying connected to their friends and teammates and making sure they never miss a chance to play. Using the “Play” section, members can set up a time and location for a game or kick-about and track who is in.
“A player’s community will increase in size as they connect with players in their area. This enables them to find more games, more often, against new opponents. It’s the ultimate way to play more and play better, added Grasso. ”The Nike Football app puts players behind-the-scenes with Nike and their heroes. The app will deliver premium content, access to limited product and events before any of our other channels.”
Let’s look at what some of this means. I’ll start with stands out to me at the most, and that is the community aspect. We have talked at lengths on here about the community aspect of the sport. About the soccer community that builds the sport. That connects with friends to get out and play. Or meet up to watch a game at a bar, a pub or someone’s house. This community is so important to the sport, especially in the US as we continue to build the sport here. Nike is harnessing that with this app.
One of my absolute favorite things about this app is the ability to find pickup games. I play pickup fairly regularly, and it’s not always easy to find a game. If you don’t have your local spots, if you don’t know when the pickup games kickoff, it’s not always easy to find that game. I was just at a park last week with one of my boys, just kicking the ball around. This dude walks over and asks if we know about any pickup games going on at the park. It was our first time there, so unfortunately we had no idea. He had no idea. We all wanted to get a pickup game in, but we were completely out of luck.
If you’re in LA and up for a game, find me on the app, username – bumpypitch
The new Nike Football app will help with this. The community of users will help with this. And anything that gets people out playing more pickup games, is something we wholeheartedly endorse.
For young players with hopes and dreams of making it to the professional level, this app will be a gateway (Nike’s word) to their Nike Academy. For some, this could be the stepping stone to a professional career. If you want the chance to register for any Nike Academy based events or opportunities, the Nike Football app is the epicenter for that. You need the app for access.
There will also be exclusive content, behind the scenes footage of global superstars and one of my favorite things, access to limited product. I don’t know if you have ever tried to get yourself a pair of limited edition Nike boots? They typically sell out before I even have a chance to login to the Nike site, so if I get an alert, via the app, before people that have the app, about some limited edition boots that are set to be released. That right there is a huge incentive for the app.
And the app is free. You probably use about 10% of the apps that you have downloaded on your phone right now. Why not get one that is all soccer all the time. That helps you find pickup games. Connect with other soccer heads. See what’s up with some of your favorite players. Have access to limited edition Nike soccer products. There is only upside to this app.
The Nike Football app is available on iOS and Android.
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