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FOOTBALL IS CHANGED

Posted in JUST SOME NEWS on September 7, 2010 by danielecleacc

A boy playing football with his friends in the courtyard just thinks of the ball, of how he can score more goals than his friends, for him, for them football is nothing more than pure fun. Of course also the most famous, highly paid professionals enjoy  playing a match, but is it the same kind of enjoyment?

They too, started playing just for fun so when did amusement turn into passion and then into something more?

A perfect example can be represented by the brilliant career of one of the greatest players of all times: Diego Armando Maradona.He grew up in the poor suburbs of Lanus with the dream of becoming a pro and play for his national team, but from the moment when he decided all he wanted in life was to be a football player to the moment when he became a pro, some years went by during which he could cultivate his passion. This was the time when he played only for himself, says one of his first team-mates/opponents Goyo Carrizo, for pure fun, completely unaware of the fact those who watched him play were the ones who got the greatest pleasure!

Years later, when he played for Napoli, his team-mate Ciro Ferrara, said that Maradona was well aware of his playing for the supporters, the great crowd who went to the stadium for him, rather than  for his own fun.Of course something had changed. Years had passed, several years, but it is definitely at Napoli that all the world realized what a single person can do for a whole population! When Napoli won the Italian championship, the “scudetto”, a thrill went through the entire city which overcame the physical limits of the city itself a perfect example of this being represented by the words written on the wall of the cemetery in neapolitan dialect : “e ch v sit pers”  (you will never know what you just missed).

In these same years, not only did Maradona leave an indeleble trace on football, but a real revolution took place which involved not only technique or game plans but most of all the managing and marketina system turning football from sport into business, into an invincible money machine. And maybe Diego must have realized this, in Napoli in fact, having the n.10 jersey was a “must” for every fan. There’s no need to say what kind of money is involved in the jersey business today…

But in 20 years or so, so many things have changed… let’s think of the President, the founder and owner of the society, leader and manager, the one who put in money… He could make his own decision, choose how much money he wanted to invest, the risks he was willing to run; he could talk the players out of difficult situations ( and here we could still feel the passion) and today? what is left today? Who is in charge of Juventus, Inter, Milan? Of course the majority shareholder!!

By now, nearly all of the top football clubs are present on the stock exchange, with shares that are worth gold or toilet paper depending on the matches results. And where has passion gone?

Who is the president? No more someone who wants to lead a team, but simply an investor who sees the team as just a different way to make money.

Surely there is still a lot passion around football, there is passion on monday morning at the bars over coffee and “cornetto” when people comment the matches of the sunday… and how many times have we heard people claiming they would buy lots of shares if the had money!!

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I WANT TO BE PELE’

Posted in BOOTS, JUST SOME NEWS on September 7, 2010 by danielecleacc

This black boot has subtle elements of style: the three stars of Pele’s World Cup title, his signature and the small ’62’ on the tongue flap, but who is this boot designed for: the professional player or the young Pele supporter?

You may think that boots signed by a great 60s champion are designed for players who like old times and tradition, but it isn’t so and you  easily realize it is offered in both fixed firm ground and traditional 6-stud soft ground sole plate options. Modern design takes over the sole plate, with a dot matrix style print pattern made up from different number “10s” – the number made so famous in Brazilian yellow by Pele.

The player who goes for this boot is different from the others: he is a player who is not impressed by  the top brands ads but who simply feels more motivated by wearing the same boots as the best football player in the worl, who feels that these boots can give him a touch of that Brazilian-style enthusiasm for the game!

WHO SELLS THE MOST?

Posted in JUST SOME NEWS on September 7, 2010 by danielecleacc

According to multi-year research by PR Marketing, Manchester United and Liverpool sell more official replica football shirts, for Nike and Adidas respectively, than any other teams in the English Premier League, and both are at or close to the top of the global merchandise sales tables.

PR Marketing, a leading German sports market research company has provided sportingintelligence with the findings of its detailed multi-year survey into the popularity of club football shirts.

The most consistent top 10 sellers, over numerous seasons, as discovered by Dr Peter Rohlmann from PR Marketing, are as depicted below.

BEHIND THE FREEKICK

Posted in JUST SOME NEWS on September 6, 2010 by danielecleacc

At 12 it’s quite normal for a boy to have an almost irresistible drive for football, all the boys  at that age have had it and I am no exception.

I grew up with a ball under my arm and my knees constantly scraped, but it didn’t matter, because the most important thing was simply playing. I thought that playing in “serie A” was not that difficult and my friends and I would watch every match on tv analysing every movement of our favourite players.But there was one movement in particular that attracted us most: the free kick.

A free kick is quite easy to describe: faul, ball on the ground, kick . I don’t know why we were so attracted by the free kick but we did try harder harder to improve our techinque. Now that I think over it I can’t find the reason it was so important for us to score a goal on a free kick, maybe it was the thrill of it, or we just wanted to prove that we were better, or we simply wished to emulate the players we watched on tv. But there was some logic in our chase for the perfect kick. After thinking over it for years and after studying thoroughly the matter, I have come to a conclusion: the perfect free kick is not due to talent, but to science. If you are a talented player you can shoot a free kick just out of instict, but realizing and aknowledging that there are dynamics and physics law that rule the movement of the ball can help less talented players to get the same results. The great majority of football players, about 90%, do not take into account physics while playing, would their way of playing change if they knew about it?

This is the question that Discovery Channel has tried to find an answer to!!

THE AFRICAN SKIN

Posted in EQUIPMENT, JUST SOME NEWS on August 21, 2010 by danielecleacc

Hi guys, here are the new Puma v1.10 African Nations Kit.

Puma has recently unveiled the 2010 Football Kits for the eleven African teams it sponsors: Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Egypt, Tunisia, Namibia, Morocco, Angola, Senegal and Togo.

Puma reprieves its role as one of the most innovative football kit suppliers, delivering home and away kits for its 11 African teams, which push the boundaries of technology and design. Making a bold statement, the jerseys are contoured to deliver a snug body fit that accentuates the players’ musculature.

Constructed from moisture-wicking Power Mesh, the jerseys feature a proprietary engineered mesh panel across the back, which allows for maximum movement and breathability. A Kinte pattern, inspired by traditional African fabrics, was applied to this back panel. Additionally, a unique brush-stroke effect, mimicking fans’ body paint, creates the decorative stripes on most of the away jerseys and the players’ names and numbers on the back.

Official team crests are positioned on the upper right quadrant of the shirt, while select teams showcase the iconic symbol that represents their team country on the left hand side close to the heart.

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WATCH THE FOOTBALL

Posted in FOOTFASHION, JUST SOME NEWS on August 21, 2010 by danielecleacc

The partnership between the Panini group and Grimoldi Milano, the renowned fashion watch company and jewelers based in Milan, has produced an exclusive watch inspired by the famous “rovesciata” (bicycle kick) icon which is a characteristic feature of all the  Panini Italian football sticker collections since the very first collection published in 1961.

The watch, crafted with the flair and skill of Grimoldi Milano, is a limited edition of only fifty pieces. The red outline of the bicycle kick on the watch face represents and embodies the Panini universe:  looking for the stickers,  collecting and playing with them,  as well as all the  emotions aroused by the Panini  football stickers which  have excited and entertained  at  least three generations  of football fans of all ages. The watch uses state-of-the-art technology: thanks to a special procedure which is exclusive to a few selected players in the watch industry, the steel case is coated  with a layer of  a special completely hypoallergenic  rubber,  while  an antiglare varnish has been applied to the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The movement is mechanical, with a device for automatic recharging and the  sporty design has a  strong masculine feel: besides the oval shape, particular attention has been paid to the curvature so as to  make the watch as ergonomic as possible. The many fine details, such as the 8 screws on the bezel, the large size used for  the numbers 12 and 6, which stand out on the dial, make the watch really  unique and modern.

The result of this connubium between  Panini and Grimoldi, is a “must-have” timepiece, a valuable “goal” for collectors and enthusiasts of objects that mark the passing of time, but remain timeless.

NEW JUVENTUS STADIUM

Posted in JUST SOME NEWS on August 20, 2010 by danielecleacc

Thursday 20th November 2008 is a date which will become a milestone in Juventus history. By means of a presentation held at the Gianni Agnelli Auditorium at the Lingotto, the club launched the project for the new stadium which is to be constructed instead of the Delle Alpi and which shall become the new home of the bianconeri as from the 2011/2012 season.

The stadium will be entirely dedicated to football to allow the best conditions possible prior to the matches. Spectacle will be a main attraction thanks to the great visibility from all 40,200 places and top-notch safety and security. The building will be open seven days a week thanks to a commercial area.

The new stadium is born thanks to the work of a great team. Architects Hernando Suarez (Studio Shesa) and Gino Zavanella (Studio Gau) designed the stadium; engineers Francesco Ossola and Massimo Majowiecki were responsible for the structural planning, operations planning and directing the structural works.

A fundamental contribution was made available by two great Italian design firms : Giugiaro Design and Pininfarina Extra. Juventus in fact turned to Fabrizio Giugiaro and Paolo Pininfarina to add a stylish design to the project as a witness to Turin’s excellence in the sector.