Nike Unveils Barcelona Away Jersey For 2014 / 15

Filed under: Barcelona, Culture & Lifestyle, La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga, Soccer News

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~~  So, so fresh…. Love that some of the biggest clubs in the world are recognizing the importance of introducing new color ways for their supporters, while at the same time respecting the history of the individual clubs.

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This season, FC Barcelona will play in a bright new away kit capturing the youthful spirit of La Masia. La Masia is FC Barcelona’s revered youth academy responsible for producing so many of the club’s leading players today. The bright crimson kit is fresh and unexpected, reflecting young players’ desire to stand out from the crowd.

The shirt sports a crewneck collar and is entirely bright crimson except for the deep cuffs, which represent the Blaugrana with dark red on the front and blue on the back. On the back of the collar inside the neck is he Senyera, the Catalan flag, tbetween FC Barcelona’s dark red and blue home colors. This  detail is repeated on the back of the collar, but with “Barça” in blue and the club’s signature club font below. Inside the back of the neck is a blue pennant tab with the club motto: “Mes que un club” (More than a club), and their foundation year of 1899.

The new away shorts are bright crimson with a thin blue stripe along each side, while the new away socks are bright crimson with a wide tonal stripe on the back.

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adidas Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Predator With New Collection

Filed under: Adidas, Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, David Beckham

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Twenty years ago one of the most iconic boot sod all time was released, the adidas Predator. I’m pretty sure the first player I ever saw wear the Predators was John Harkes. And I thought they were the coolest boots i had seen. They were edgy. Different. They had those fins on them. Over the next few years we saw the linked of Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham in them. Then somewhere around ’99, I show up for a US Olympic Team camp and Dunny had a couple pairs. With his name and number on them! That was so crazy to me. A couple of kids growing up never thinking these types of things were possible, and now we’re at an Olympic team camp and this kid has customized Predators!

Anyway, let me get back to the point of this. The new adidas Predator. This one is called the Predator Instinct and it is all about control. The cleat is made of new hybridtouch material, which combines the comfort and performance benefits of leather and synthetic. A new TPU outsole gives the cleat greater flexibility, and the 5 engineered SL rubber zones that Predator is known for are now merged with the outsole for improved control in passing. Predator Instinct’s all-new control frame maximizes grip on the ball, improving touch and control.

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It’s great to see that this anniversary pair is being released in the OG color way of red, black and white. That’s what we think of when we think of the Predator range over the years, so to see adidas stick with that, I think that was definitely the right move.

adidas will release 14 new versions of Predator Instinct in 2014, including Revenge Instinct, a heritage set of three Predators based on the original designs of the 1994 Predator, the 1998 Accelerator and the 2002 Mania.

Predator Instinct will be available for purchase on 7/17 at adidas.com and soccer retailers. Retail price is $220.

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NBCSN to show Liverpool v. AC Milan and Manchester United v. Inter Milan US Tour Matches

Filed under: AC Milan, Guinness International Cup, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester United, Soccer in America

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NBCSN will televise two International Champions Cup matches beginning later this month, featuring Manchester United v. Inter Milan on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. ET from FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. and Liverpool v. AC Milan on Saturday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

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This is what I’m talking about! We love this kind of stuff. With the incredible viewership numbers that the World Cup recieved and some of the biggest teams and names in the world coming to play some summer games stateside, it makes a ton of sense to air some of these games. The last few summers if you were in person, you were seeing these games. You’d have to check out twitter and ig and find some of your favorite soccer personalities that you knew were at the game.

These games are always pretty good and aesthetically they are pretty awesome too. I remember the series at Dodger Stadium last year that was awesome. I’m sure this summer will provide much of the same.

If you are in an area where some of the other games are going to be, you should go… and you should definitely set your dvr’s for these matches. Eyes on the game!

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Random Thoughts Post World Cup

Filed under: Alexi Lalas, Andrea Pirlo, Argentina, Brazil, Clint Dempsey, England, Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann, Luis Suarez, Mexico, Neymar, Random, Roberto Martinez, Soccer News, World Cup

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There has been plenty of talk already about the World Cup and some of the major talking points. How good Germany is and how great they are going to become. Neymar. Brazil being embarrassed. Luis Suarez. The US run. All kinds of topics that have made major headlines around the world. So we figured we would mention a few that we noticed that might not be getting as much publicity. Or just some overall random thoughts that we have had now that the tournament has wrapped up.

The extreme slim fit of the Uruguayan jerseys

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The frequency of head / face collisions

FIFA’s need to get concussion protocols into place

How much Brazil fouled

The lack of diving from countries like Germany

Diego Costa ‘s terrible performances

Japanese fans cleaning the stadium at the end of games

The amount of selfies from Brazil in my Instagram feed

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African players almost boycotting playing due to bonuses

The amazing hair of Fellaini and Alex Witsel

When the England physio broke his ankle celebrating a goal

Miroslav Klose breaking the World Cup scoring record

Thomas Muller letting him hold that record for just a little while longer

How much I will miss Pirlo

The Palacio rat tail

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How few players from the EPL really performed well

How Asian teams performed so poorly. But how awesome their fans were

Messi might be the captain and the best player on Argentina, but Mascherano is the heart and soul of that team. Without him they don’t make the final

Neymar seems like a good dude

Luis Suarez still seems like a dick

Mexico’s coach Miguel Herrera was as entertaining as anyone during the tournament and I want to have a beer with him

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The Men in Blazers might be the biggest winners during the World Cup

Alexi Lalas’ loafers

Roberto Martinez is every bit as good in the studio as he is on the sideline

Conradinho had a pretty good couple of weeks.

Michael Ballack was so much better this year than he was in 2010

A future with Deandre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson playing on the right side for the USMNT sounds really interesting

If Eden Hazard is widely considered one of the best young players in the world, then I think Deandre Yedlin should also be considered one of the best young players in the world : Video proof

Ian Darke continues to reign supreme

The World Cup takeover on Twitter

James Rodriguez is the truth

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The Brazuca was a huge improvement over the Jabulani

Germany has a huge opportunity in the foreseeable future to win a lot of trophies

How is Jo the second best forward in Brazil? And how is Fred the first?

US soccer stepped up their social media game in a big way and can throw one hell of a party

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1N1T was is a beautiful thing and Sydney Leroux’s ig was greatness!

The letter from Juergen Klinsmann to get people out of work was genius

The third place game is antiquated and needs to be abandoned

A World Cup in the jungle and Amazon is tough enough, one played in the desert when it’s 120+ outside is just a terrible idea

Belgium is going to be very, very good

The incredible goalkeeping of the Concacaf goalies (Howard, Navas and Ochoa)

How little work I got done during the group stages

How much I cant wait until 2018

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How Mario Gotzes Goal Sounded Inside The German Commentary Box

Filed under: Argentina, Culture & Lifestyle, Germany, Goals, World Cup

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I don’t understand German, but that is absolutely not necessary with this. This is the call from the German commentators when Mario Gotze scored the late game winner in the World Cup final. I love this. If I was a commentator doing a game like this, and my country scored a late goal to win the World Cup, I would go equally HAM on the mic. How could you not? Professionalism and all that has to go out the window at some point, and this would be that time. I would actually be disappointed in this announcer if he didn’t go bat shit cray on this goal. Good stuff.

This is an absolutely epic call. I would love to hear a translation of what is being said.

Shouts to our boy C. Craig for the find.

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Bumpy Pitch in Brazil

Filed under: Brazil, Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, World Cup

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Thanks to @kidweil for sending this photo of Bumpy Pitch in Brazil to us via Twitter. Much respect for representing for us down in Brazil!

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Conan O’Brien and Omar Gonzalez Talk About American Soccer’s Future

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer in America, TV

Conan thinks that soccer is really going to take off in popularity, thanks in part to Omar Gonzalez & the rest of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

* The conversation that we always have and the conversation that everyone is having right now.

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Beats By Dre x Naomi Campbell Limited Edition Headphones For Germany

Filed under: Beats Bt Dre, Beautiful Women, Culture & Lifestyle, Germany, Limited Edition, Videos, World Cup

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To commemorate Germany’s win, Beats have commissioned fashion photographer Rankin to create a celebratory salute to the victory starring the Gold Beats Pro headphones and Naomi Campbell, titled ‘Golden’. The new work see’s Naomi as the World Cup trophy adorned in gold high fashion and sporting the Gold Beats Pros. This behind the look includes an interview and a special message from Naomi for the winners.

To celebrate the sound of winning and to congratulate Germany, Beats by Dr. Dre have created the ultimate prize to go with the ultimate sporting victory a set of 24 (for the 23 man squad and manager), 24 carat gold dipped Beats Pro’s, which will be gifted to the German team.

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