Throughout its history, Copa America has served up high doses of drama, with each competition fueling the mythology of the world’s oldest international soccer championship – be it final matches featuring four periods of extra-time or a hat-trick of penalty-kick misses .
This year’s special-edition contest promises to uphold the theatrical tradition, with the tournament (kicking off this June in the United States) augmenting its standard 12-team line up to 16. Comprising North and South American Football federations, plus a host of invited teams, the cup’s player roster includes Neymar Jr., Giovanni Dos Santos, Alexis Sanchez, Edison Cavani, Clint Dempsey and more.
“We’re excited to create the official ball of the Copa America Centenario and to be able to bring Nike innovation to what promises to be an incredible spectacle,” said Andrea Perez, General Manager of Nike Soccer North America.
At the center the entire spectacle sits the tournament’s official match ball: the Nike Ordem Ciento. Exclusively created to honor the competition’s legacy, the ball blends leading technologies with a bold, graphic aesthetic.
Adidas took to the streets of LA to host a tournament focused around the Adidas Ace 16+ PureControl . Adidas invited local players to come and participate in the graffiti covered event. Artists Monorex, Nina Palomba and Upend were the creative hands behind the art work that surrounded the tournament walls.
The PureControl looked stunning against the jet black turf laid down for the event. Players were handed a pair of boots to wear during the event and man are we jealous!
The Adidas Finale Milano was the ball of the tournament, and OMG how it looked amazing. We are happy and excited with how the ball looks and cant wait to see it out on the pitch for Champions League that starts back up tomorrow!
Photography by Hana Asano
Nike got some of their top athletes who gear the Tiempo 6 to take part in this ‘secretive drop off’ style video. Jerome Boateng, Sergio Ramos, Hugo Lloris, Ramires, Laurent Koscielny, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane and Gerard Pique all find themselves traveling though the city at night, getting notification of their packages being ready and dropped off. Nike ‘Wow’ us with how creative they get with their play on words. The Nike Tiempo 6 dogma is ‘Dominating Touch Starts from Within’. We then see towards the end of the video, the internal cage of the Tiempo 6 appear, along with a skeletal wire frame of Jerome Boateng; connecting the slogan ‘Dominating Touch Starts from Within’ with a visual twist .
The young Afghan boy who captured the internet’s heart, for wearing this plastic bag, as a jersey, is set to meet his idol! Murtaza Ahmadi was pictured wearing a light blue and white striped, Argentina-esque shopping bag with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi’s name and No 10 on the back, written in black marker pen.Оляпки
The young man became a viral sensation after his images surfaced on social media, wearing the plastic bag.
Neymar Jr.’s new “Ousadia Alegria” boots embody an expression the athlete lives by and has tattooed on his calves. Translating to “daring” and “joy,” respectively, these words define both Neymar Jr.’s playing style and his personal mantra.http://abisgroup.ru
Bruno Carneiro Mosciaro, a renowned Brasilian artist and designer best known as Bruno Big, is responsible for the boot’s vibrant graphics.
“I created two different images, one for ‘Ousadia’ and one for ‘Alegria,’” he says. “There is a heart and there is a hand, so the idea is intended to be more graphic than a direct message. That is the interesting point of it.”
Pep Guardiola will finally become a Premier League manager as Manchester City surprisingly announced Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement on Monday.http://ceoec.ru/
Already being the highest paid manager in the world, Pep put pen to paper to lock him in for a 3 year deal worth more then $21 million.
Manchester’s current manager Pellegrini dropped the big news of his departure in a press conference prior to the game against Sunderland this past week. “Before I finish, I want to tell you I have talked with the club and I will finish my contract on the original date .” he said.
Pep was also linked with being in the eye of competitors Manchester United and Chelsea. Although sources at both clubs deny any interest as they claim they knew of his new destination months ago. Either way, I think the majority of us are excited to see what Guardiola will bring to the EPL now that he is confirmed to arrive.