2
May

Series Recap: ‘Rise as One’ offers inside look at soccer’s storied history

The groundbreaking documentary series, “Rise as One,” presented by Budweiser and FOX Sports, showcased six of the most unique soccer stories from around the world.

Now is your change to re-live some of the greatest moments, seen below:

Power of Unity: The Japanese women’s national team overcame intense personal pain to inspire their country after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The story was truly uplifting and one of the best moments in sports to date:

Breaking Barriers: The United States men’s national team and Iran went head-to-head at the 1998 World Cup amid volatile politics and intense scrutiny, which helped break diplomatic tension — albeit for a short moment in time — on the world stage:

One Nation: Les Bleus’ memorable 1998 World Cup title run unified the racially diverse nation and helped inspire France to one of the most memorable victories in world soccer history:

Match for Peace: The story of how an exhibition match between World Cup champions Brazil and war torn Haiti, helped lift the spirits of the island nation during one of its darkest hours:

Forever Heroes: Nearly 20 years after a plane crash killed all but three men from Zambia’s national team, ”Forever Heroes” shows how the new survivor-led club overcame tragedy to capture the African Cup of Nations, just miles from the crash site:

 World War Truce: During a tense, frozen Christmas in World War I, German and British soldiers held a secret cease-fire to play a friendly soccer game. 

For information or video footage on “Rise as One,” visit FOXSoccer.com or Rise as One.

24
Apr

National teams have odd requirements for Brazil World Cup

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Is this how Portugal’s security will protect Ronaldo? (Image: Action)

It’s never easy to adjust to a new environment when you’re traveling the world. The importance of that adjustment is astronomical for teams at a World Cup. The pressure is on to perform, but how can players be expected to do so if they’re not comfortable?

Naturally, each team has some specific and downright weird demands ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

  • Portugal must have six private security guards, with FOUR of them dedicated to protecting Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ecuador requires a basket of Ecuadorian bananas every day in their rooms.
  • Uruguay wants silent air-conditioners in the players rooms.
  • France needs liquid soap, not bar soap, for proper bathing.
  • Honduras has to have faster WiFi.
  • Japan’s demands include a jacuzzi in every suite.

This is just a sample of the requirements released by Brazilian newspaper Lance. And we’re sure there are many more demands that we’ll never hear about (and probably don’t want to).

(H/T SB Nation)

2
Jan

This is what happens when two pros take on 55 kids

Thanks to a Japanese game show, we get to watch professional footballers Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) and Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nurnberg) take on 55 children by themselves.

Skip ahead to the 1:45 mark to see if three goalkeepers can stop Kagawa’s breakaway.image

SPOILER: It doesn’t end well for the kids.


(H/T Sports Grid)

22
Jul

Homeland hero Shinji Kagawa disgraces himself at open practice

Manchester United enjoy a massive fan following wherever they go, but perhaps no region is more enthusiastic about the Red Devils than the Far East. In Japan particularly, United draw a great deal of support after having acquired national icon Shinji Kagawa, who last year became the first Japanese player to win the Barclays Premier League.

So just imagine the disappointment fans endured while watching Kagawa embarrass himself at an open practice session in front of thousands in Yokohama.

Manager David Moyes had his team finish the practice with a simple shooting competition, with every player taking turns testing the goalkeepers from the edge of the box. Those who scored got to hit the showers, but those who failed had to keep going until one last, unlucky man remained.

That man: Kagawa of all people.

We’re not sure if Moyes planned any punishment for coming in last, but we’re thinking Kagawa got off after disgracing himself in front of his own people.

(From 101GG)

22
Jun

2013 Confederations Cup, Weekend Preview - Six Things to Watch

By Jamie Trecker, FOXSoccer.com

RECIFE, BRAZIL

The Confederations Cup group stage wraps up here this weekend with the top of the group at stake in the Group A, and all to play for in Group B. Here’s a quick look at six things you must pay attention to this weekend:

Can Nigeria upset Spain?

The African champions sent a young team to this Confederations Cup and that may prove their undoing: while they have plenty of desire and power in the likes of Brown Ideye and Ahmed Musa, their defense has shown their inexperience. Against a Spanish side that seems to be rolling from strength to strength, this seems like a tall order on Sunday for the Super Eagles. One positive is manager Stephen Keshi: he’s managed to make this at times unruly bunch gel, so if anyone can get this team ready to go, it’s him.

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