Waiting for the Brazuca
Waiting for the Brazuca
Sounds like official World Cup supplier Adidas will be a big hit at baby showers this week. According to the Associated Press, all babies born in the World Cup host nation this coming Tuesday will receive a free soccer ball!
Tuesday, of course, is the day Adidas unveils the new official World Cup ball, and the company says that the special giveaway is part of a marketing campaign based on the notion that every Brazilian is born with a soccer ball “by its feet.”
Next year’s World Cup ball is called the Brazuca, an informal word that represents national pride.
Adidas said Friday that parents of every baby born on the designated day will be entitled to redeem a Brazuca on Dec. 6 and 7 at sites in all 12 host cities, provided they present the child’s birth certificate.
Crew Stadium functions as a venue of reckoning for Mexico. It isn’t necessary right now. At this tender point in El Tri’s existence, a dash of reality isn’t required. Every player understands the increasingly complicated and dire situation in the wake of a 2-1 home defeat to Honduras on Friday and José Manuel de la Torre’s departure.
Rejuvenation and revival are required now to push aside the events of the past and start planning for Brazil next summer. The first step toward recovery involves procuring a result in Columbus, the capital of Ohio and the center of Mexico’s American nightmares during the past three journeys through the Hexagonal.
Another two-goal setback isn’t inevitable, though. Mexico can break its duck in Columbus. As Honduras can attest in the aftermath of its triumph at Estadio Azteca, the past does not dictate the present. It won’t be easy for El Tri to contradict its prolonged run of poor form to collect a famous victory, but it could dispel the mysticism surrounding this hostile road venue forever if it adheres and upholds a few selected principles on Tuesday night.
After Bob Bradley was sacked as head coach of the United States Men’s National Team in late 2011, no one was quite sure where he would end up. Some suggested Mexico, others saw England as a likely destination, while still others made outlandish claims that he would find work in the Caribbean. But even as rumors grew more and more unbelievable, not a single person mentioned Egypt.
Two years and a nearly-finished World Cup Qualification cycle later, Bradley has Egypt on the verge of qualification for Brazil. We’ve previously discussed Bradley’s experiences in Egypt, but it’s entirely another thing to hear about them from the man himself.
Bradley recently sat down with The Daily Show’s John Oliver to discuss the Port Said Massacre, the reality of coaching in a foreign country, and Jon Stewart’s soccer skills.
Check out the interview below:
By Leander Schaerlaeckens, FOXSoccer.com
On July 5, Jozy Altidore sealed his transfer from AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands to Sunderland of the Barclays Premier League. The Black Cats will be the 23-year-old’s seventh club. His reported transfer fee of $13 million broke his own American record of the $10 million Villarreal paid the New York Red Bulls in 2008. On Friday, FOX Soccer caught up with Altidore to chat about his transfer and the reasoning behind the move:
FOX Soccer: During your last spell in the Premier League with Hull City in the 2009-10 season, you faced a steep learning curve. Do you think you’re better prepared this time around?
Jozy Altidore: “I don’t think it’s about being better prepared. Looking back on it, I think I was the number one striker on that team, not the greatest team in the world, I was always going to be up against it. It wasn’t easy. Now I’ve played in Europe more, I think I’m a little bit of a different type of player now than I was when I was 19 years old.”
FS: You matured rapidly with AZ. How did that help shape your career?
JA: “Just being there and training every single player day was good, you learned every single day. It was a really good two years for me, in every aspect. Just becoming a target man became a bit more natural for me.”
By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com
Every sentence out of José Manuel de la Torre carries the potential to infuriate at the moment, but the Mexico manager’s current stance on the prospect of including nationalized players in his squad will likely provoke genuine anger in some quarters.
The idea of allowing naturalized citizens – usually defined in this case as imports with no familial ties to the country – to play for El Tri sparks vociferous debate every time the topic emerges. It did when Guillermo Franco, Antonio Naelson Sinha and Vicente Matías Vuoso earned a place in the team. It does now when the possibility of including Christian Giménez (a player who has already declared his willingness to turn out for Mexico), Lucas Lobos and Lucas Silva in a future squad rises to the fore.
It’s a good thing Anderson Silva chose to pursue mixed martial arts as a kid, and not a soccer career like 99% of Brazilians.
The defending UFC middleweight champion’s brute strength and temper (we’re just assuming here, please don’t hurt us) just wouldn’t translate well to the soccer pitch, as this funny Brazilian TV spot points out.
In a “what if” montage, Silva is seen botching kicks into the stands, revenge-tackling opponents left and right, even refusing to get subbed off the field. In the process, he dooms the Selecao’s World Cup hopes, becomes a national scape goat and, best of all, gets smacked upside the head by the great Pele.
Yup, good thing you stuck to fighting, Anderson!
1 Year from today!
Colombian fans are outraged at the unusually harsh security measures that were enforced at Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Argentina. Hundreds of Colombian national team jerseys were confiscated, and some people even denied entry into the stadium as police attempted to keep hostility between the two fan bases to a minimum.
The video is in Spanish, but it’s quite clear what’s going on. At the 3 minute mark, police turn away one lady whose jersey is hidden under a couple ofm jackets.
For the Peru national team, Pizarro has been indispensable for over a decade, and he proved so once again in Friday’s World Cup qualifier, scoring the only goal of the game in fantastic fashion.