21
Jun

Mexico’s stars relax by playing beach soccer with Brazilian locals

Fresh from Tuesday’s valiant 0-0 draw with Brazil, the Mexico squad decided to show off their beach soccer skills. Instead of preparing for the crucial clash with Group A rivals Croatia on Monday, the players stripped down to their Speedos and invited some lucky locals to join in the fun:

El Tri forward Marco Fabian looked most at home on the shore — his silky flicks and delicate touches wowed spectators. Mexican teammate Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was given a stint between the sticks. On this showing, the Little Pea should stick to what he does best — goal poaching:

When the sandy spectacle reached its climax, the players mingled with other locals, signing autographs and posing for photos. All the players came away from the beach unscathed, to the delight of Mexican supporters everywhere.

(H/T: NESN)

24
Apr

Hang ten! Hurley unveils 2014 Phantom National Team boardshorts

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Just in time for this summer’s extravaganza in Brazil, Hurley unveiled their highly anticipated 2014 Phantom National Team boardshorts. And we must admit, they’re spectacular.

In conjunction with their “Fly the Flag” campaign, the ultra lightweight Phantom collection are aligned with the Brazil, France and United States’ national team kits which Nike released earlier this year. The colorways are so similar that you have to seem them for yourself.

USA’s red, white and blue:

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La Verde-Amarela’s verison:

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And France’s iconic Gallic rooster:

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And the fun doesn’t stop there. Aside from their hip design, the Phantom boardshorts are made from an average 12 recycled plastic water bottles, demonstrating Hurley’s support for environmental protection. To date, more than 50 million plastic water bottles repurposed into Hurley’s signature boardshorts.

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“We try to bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world,” said Hurley Creative Director Ryan Hurley in a released statement. “Connecting the competitive passion for sport and country, through Phantom Innovation, is what this project is all about. I feel very fortunate to be a small part of such an inspirational moment for the world’s best.

Starting on May 1, you can go straight from the beach to the stadium in these beauties.

Images provided by Hurley.

22
Jun

Trecker’s Brazilian Travels: Unknown Utopia

Photo: Jamie Trecker/FOX Soccer

By Jamie Trecker, FOXSoccer.com

OLINDA, BRAZIL

The gunship flew low over the beach, heading north to Recife’s Derby Square. The protests would soon start, blocking the bridges in this city and snarling traffic to and from the set of interconnected islands.

Recife is a strange city. For two blocks along the coastline, you could be in Miami or Santa Monica, albeit with far fewer strip malls. But walk a block further inland, and you are in the favelas. Crossing the Avenue Domingos Ferreira puts you into a different city altogether. Here, the streets are unpaved, there are no windows on the cinderblock shanties, and laundry flaps from the telephone lines. There is sewage in the street, and the residents collect rainwater to wash in.

The city makes its money on tourism and textiles, and lately, it hasn’t been doing much of either. The beaches here, from Pina to Boa Viagem and beyond, have been virtually empty. The vendors who patrol up and down the sands have found few takers for the buckets of shrimp on their shoulders. The umbrella chairs were empty, and there was but one set of players on the vast tennis courts that stretch up and down the boardwalk. The beach soccer field was flooded, a product of the prior week’s rains.

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