4
Apr

Jon Stewart gushes after Pele gives him a 1970 World Cup jersey

Even heroes have heroes of their own. Brazilian superstar Pelé opened up about his idol — Dondinho, his father — on The Daily Show last night.

Pelé reflected on the first time he saw his father cry, back in 1950.

"[I saw my father crying], and I asked him, ‘Why are you crying?’

'Brazil lost the World Cup.'

'I'm going to win one World Cup for you, don't worry.'”

Yeah, he fulfilled that promise (and then some).

And from Jon Stewart’s reaction to the extraordinary gift the Brazilian legend gave him, it’s safe to say Pelé is one of his idols:

We feel you, Jon.

4
Apr

Chelsea players have favorite moments immortalized in sculptures

Last season’s tease and reveal of Chelsea’s new kits was one that adidas would have a hard time topping, but it looks like they’ve done it.

In a video voiced by Jose Mourinho, Chelsea stars recreate their favorite moments as a Blue and have that moment immortalized by incredible sculptures. The process and end result are both rather stunning.

And the new kits aren’t bad, either.

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Images via Chelsea FC

6
Mar

Wolves apologize to fan with clever letter

League One clubs seem to be having a lot of fun with their supporters this year.

Earlier this year, a Leyton Orient fan jokingly made a Twitter promise to clean seats if his favorite player was brought back. Then it happened, and he kept his word.

Yesterday, Wolves fan Richard Jon Gough tweeted his club about a misprinted jersey. Oops:

It wasn’t long before Wolves replied, apologizing to Richard for the mistake, and offering him a new kit, free ticket and player meet-and-greet. What they gave him wasn’t all that special. It was how they did it.

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50 Internet points for you, Wolves.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

25
Nov

Nike releases Brazil’s World Cup kit

The moment every Brazilian has been waiting for is finally here: the release of the Selecao’s World Cup kit.

You’re not going to believe this, but it’s yellow and green, with blue shorts and white socks:

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The only notable difference from past shirts is the subtle V-neck look, though techies can nerd out over Nike’s use of 3D body-scanning. The torsos of every member of the Brazilian squad were measured to produce custom-fit shirts. Obviously regular folk won’t receive that benefit, but Nike’s best-selling international jersey is still set to make a killing, especially within the World Cup host country.

Brazil’s manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said, “The shirt looks great, the only thing missing is a sixth star. We aim to have that on there after the World Cup.”

…and then everyone will need to buy the updated kit.

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Images: Nike

3
Sep

Arsenal fan saves some money on Ozil jersey

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Image: @mrjohnfriend

Mesut Ozil’s move to the Emirates has Arsenal fans equally ecstatic and perplexed over Arsene Wenger’s sudden willingness to splash the cash. Ozil became the most expensive Gunner of all-time after Wenger & Co forked over $66 million to Real Madrid for the German, more than twice as much as Arsenal paid to get Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004 ($27 million).

However, some Arsenal fans clearly still value Wenger’s tendency to go the cheap route. One Gooner fan found an easy way to turn his old Arsenal kit into a brand-spanking new Ozil jersey, “on a free.” And he didn’t even forget the umlaut!

Brilliant stuff, mate.

22
Aug

Real Madrid offer Gareth Bale kit, break online team store

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(H/T to @TheTotalLFC)

Talk about jumping the gun.

Gareth Bale might not have a Real Madrid shirt yet, but a few lucky fans may have been quick enough to order theirs through Real Madrid’s official online store Thursday.

In a gaffe that Real quickly remedied (the online store’s website was quickly “down for maintenance”), the Spanish giants — or their kit sponsors adidas — appear to have tipped their hand that the deal everyone was expecting to get done is finally inching toward the finish line.

The only question left to answer is: Will Bale’s shirt sales counterbalance the rumored world record fee Real Madrid are expected to pay for the Welshman?

10
Jul

Drew Carey buys misspelled jersey off Wondolowski

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(Picture courtesy: USSoccer.com)

Welp, looks like we won’t continue to see “Wondowlowski” in the Gold Cup after all.
Just one day after Chris Wondolowski scored a hat trick while wearing a misspelled jersey — and claiming that he would “rock that the whole tournament” — uber-fan Drew Carey bought the rare item from the US striker for $5,000. The money will go to two charities of Wondolowski’s choice.
Carey said of his purchase:
I was as amused as anyone to see Chris What’s-his-name name spelled incorrectly on the back of his jersey while he scored a hat trick for the National Team against Belize in the Gold Cup. Thought it would make a great souvenir.
"Wondo," ever the good sport, was a little sad to see his good-luck charm go, but happy to see the exchange with Carey benefit a good cause. He pledged to give $2,500 each to the Nike N7 and Soccer Streets USA foundations.
“I’m grateful to Drew for the generous donation,” said Wondolowski.” It was a very special night for me and the team. I really wanted to keep the jersey, but in the end it turns out the price is right.”
Aaaand scene.
(H/T USSoccer.com)
9
Jul

Hat-trick hero Chris Wondolowski’s jersey misspelled

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Does the extra “W” stand for “win”?

Chris Wondolowski’s three first-half goals in the US’ 6-1 win over Belize were overshadowed by an unfortunate wardrobe mistake: his jersey read “Wondowlowski.”

The San Jose Earthquakes forward did receive a corrected jersey at halftime, but strangely, the goals stopped coming for him. Maybe his wife, Lindsey Wondolowski, was on to something:

After the match, Wondolowski admitted that he is very superstitious, saying “I’m rocking [the jersey] the whole tournament.”

It’s safe to say that all US fans are hoping he does, too.

6
Jul

Dortmund Unveils New Kit Using More Than 80,000 Flowers

imageKit releases are typically pretty straight-forward: A club will take a few photos of the jersey, release a small glimpse every few weeks, then has an official unveiling, revealing the new, shiny piece of fabric.

But Borussia Dortmund is not your typical club. They decided to mix things up, and pulled a jersey PR-stunt unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

In a park near Dortmund’s home stadium, the club used 80,483 flowers to form a massive version of the kit, only visible from high above ground. 

Check out the photo below to get a sense of the scale.

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(H/T to 101GreatGoals