19
Jul

Artist has Gotze what it takes sketching Germany’s World Cup hero

His extra-time goal against Argentina in the World Cup final sent the German nation into a state of hysteria, and now artist Heather Rooney has immortalized the face of Mario Gotze in a sketch.

Similar to Germany’s performance in the final, it starts slowly, but comes good at the end.

What a work of art — not unlike Gotze’s goal to win the World Cup.

Heather has drawn several other famous footballers, and you can see more of her brilliant work here.

18
Jul

Nike Soccer launches new app, route into the professional arena

As the football world directs its attention to the domestic season after a successful 2014 World Cup, fans of all walks of life can now chat with friends, create matches and access exclusive Nike products all through the power of Nike Football’s new app.

Nike Football’s app allows users to create micro-communities with the “Crew” option, giving them the chance to play pick-up games with friends and teammates to improve their skills. In turn, users can also set up a time and location for their rendezvous with the “Play” section thanks to its geo-tracking technology that allows members to set up matches around the world.

Per Nike’s official press release:

“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,” said Davide Grasso, Chief Marketing Officer for Nike said in a statement. “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.”

And the fun doesn’t stop there.

The new app will also be the only way to earn a place at the Nike Academy — the U.K. based academy for young players, based at St. George’s Park National Football Center — like previous academy players such as Tom Rogic (Australia), Abdul Waris and David Accam (both Ghana).

The Nike Football app is available now on iOS and Android.

(H/T Nike)

15
Jul

Per Mertesacker leads Germany’s World Cup stars in funky dance routine

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We already knew Per Mertesacker has moves like Jagger, so it’s no surprise that the Arsenal dance machine made a triumphant return at Germany’s World Cup victory parade.

The Gunners defender kicked off the celebrations in style by strutting his stuff down the green carpet, with the rest of his boy band backing him up with grace:

It should only be a matter of time before Mertesacker lands a spot on “Let’s Dance,” Germany’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Thomas Muller on the other hand….

(Image: Reuters/ GIF: BVB Turkiye)

13
Jul

World Cup 2014 Final: Reactions to Germany’s fourth title

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Germany won a thrilling World Cup final against Argentina with a late goal in extra time, becoming the first European country to win it in the Americas. It was a fitting end to a wonderful tournament, with more late drama giving way to one final moment of individual brilliance, this time coming off the boot of Mario Goetze.

Relive this great match in our very last World Cup social recap:

A shock just minutes before the game: Germany’s Sami Khedira couldn’t go after suffering a calf injury in warmups. On came Christoph Kramer for only his second international start. In a World Cup final. No big deal.

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Gonzalo Higuain wasted the first huge chance of the game. Wide open with only Manuel Neuer to beat, Higuain woefully sent his effort wide of the post. He’ll come to rue that one.

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13
Jul

Wait a second, North Korea is in the World Cup final?

What better way to raise a country’s morale than making it to the World Cup final?

And if you believe this newscast, North Korea has done just that.

According to the report, the North Korean team had a pretty impressive run in Brazil, beating Japan 7-0, USA 4-0 and China 2-0 — and now they’re facing off against Portugal in the final.

Of course, it’s a joke: the clip is cleverly spliced together with archival footage of the North Korean team on the field and fans in Rio watching leader Kim Jung-un on the big screen.

Although a few news organizations fell for the spoof early on, North Koreans know what is going on. Most of the games of the World Cup have been broadcast in North Korea, although sometimes on lengthy delay.

North Korea also did not qualify for this year’s tournament — but they did play in South Africa in 2010. Back then, they lost to Portugal 7-0.

H/T Metro