adidas’ World Cup adverts involving cow hearts upsets animal rights activists


A new World Cup ad campaign by sports giants adidas is stirring up a little bit of controversy. The adverts feature several of the world’s best players holding up bloody cow hearts while pledging to give up theirs in Brazil:

Arjen Robben, Diego Costa, Nani, Dani Alves and Lukas Podolski star in the series of adverts, which has at least one animal rights group up in arms:

"If this was supposed to be some sort of PR stunt, then it misses the point. It’s bad enough that animals are slaughtered for food but to parade a heart, dripping blood and gore, is hardly a good way to advertise a sporting goods firm," a spokesman for the German group "Four Paws" said.

"[Podolski] says he’d give his heart but it wasn’t his heart was it. It was the heart of an innocent animal,’ the spokesman said.

That’s a good point, but then again holding up his own heart would be a little counterproductive to his World Cup ambitions:

Podolski defended his decision to take part in the advert. “I don’t find it disgusting,” the Arsenal winger said, “It just shows my promise to give my heart in our bid to win the World Cup. I and the rest of the team will give it all for Germany.’

H/T Daily Mail


Arsenal closing on double deal for Draxler and Vucinic

Arsenal have been pulling out all the stops to sign Julian Draxler, a deal described as an “illusion” by Arsene Wenger only last week. But the Gunners’ transfer interest doesn’t stop there. Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, whose move to Inter Milan collapsed last week, also looks as though he will be joining Schalke midfielder Draxler at the Emirates.

We’ve got a heap of other rumors too. One of the best involves a club interested in signing Manchester United winger Nani. Click here to find out which one. 


Juventus look to Manchester United’s Nani

With the January transfer window nearing questions again are starting to emerge about Nani’s future at Manchester United. This time it’s Juventus who are linked with the tricky United winger, however under David Moyes, he has enjoyed a run of games in the side and might command a higher transfer fee. To follow this rumor and many more, click here.


Moyes planning swap deal in bid to land Sneijder

Manchester United are still seeking the missing link in midfield and that man could be Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder. So keen is David Moyes to sign the Holland international that he is prepared to allow a swap deal involving Nani AND Antonio Valencia. Sounds like a good deal - for Gala! We’ve also got the latest news on Barcelona winger Pedro and Liverpool’s search for a striker to act as cover for the injured Daniel Sturridge. Just click here for more.


Turkish giants eye move for United’s Nani


Nani is back in the news…or as they say in the press “unsettled Manchester United winger”. Even though Sir Alex Ferguson said the Portugal international would be staying at Old Trafford that hasn’t stopped the rumors saying that his time is up. Ambitious Galatasaray are the latest club to be linked with Nani. You can read about this and more about the futures of Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea and Real Madrid - all just one click away.


A step too far…

It was the game that the world watched, and the moment that the world had an opinion on when referee Cuneyt Cakir sent off Nani during Manchester United’s tie against Real Madrid.

One fan took the outrage a little too far though, calling the police to report what he thought was a literally criminal sending off!

The call was made just moments after the sending off by an incensed 18-year-old from Nottingham, England in response to the incident.

Nottinghamshire Police say, in an article seen below, that, “he later apologized for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.”

Must have been an awkward conversation!