~~ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
The frequency of head / face collisions
FIFA’s need to get concussion protocols into place
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.
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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