Hang ten! Hurley unveils 2014 Phantom National Team boardshorts


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:


La Verde-Amarela’s verison:


And France’s iconic Gallic rooster:


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.


“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.


FOX Soccer Daily’s “Goals of Summer”

We’re almost a week into September, so it’s time to come to grips with reality and face the music: summer is over, you guys.

However! Before we fly through autumn and descend into the darkness of winter (for states that have those seasons), let’s take a look back at the greatest goals of the summer. Who says there’s an off-season?!


Real Madrid offer Gareth Bale kit, break online team store


(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 Questions: Jozy Altidore talks Premier League, Di Canio and more


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.”

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Man City hopes to keep Aguero away from Real Madrid

imageDespite Manchester City’s dreadful defense of its Premier League crown this season, Sergio Aguero’s stock has continued to rise. The Argentina international remains one of the league’s most lethal strikers and has attracted interest from Real Madrid.

Also, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has put a number of clubs on high alert after he announced that he could be looking to join a new club this transfer window.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s paper gossip, click here.


After winning the Copa Del Rey in dramatic fashion against arch-rivals Real, Atletico Madrid are in Singapore ahead of a charity exhibition match in the country.

So, how would you expect them to train and warm-up for the event? Well, by facing 128 kids in a preparation match, of course!

In the hilarious video, you’ll see Atleti taken to task by over a hundred youngsters. The sight of one of the best strikers in the world, Radamel Falcao, blazing over the bar with a ton of kids surrounding him will certainly stay in the memory!

Image taken from our colleagues at 101 Great Goals


Neymar’s father alerts Europe’s elite


Radamel Falcao, Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani have been dominating the headlines lately, but one player that has been quiet on the transfer rumor front is back with a bang. The father and agent of Neymar has said Santos’ Brazil star will be joining a European team next year. But where is he going. Click here for this story and more of the best gossip from the UK press.