Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Guide to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011

The AFC Asian Cup 2011 is the first major soccer tournament of the new year. Following the tournament's qualification process, sixteen finalists will compete for the much-respected title of AFC Asian Champion in Qatar from January 7th to January 29th.

The AFC Asian Cup 2011 winner will qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. With a host of European-based stars such  as Tim Cahill (Australia and Everton), Shinji Kagawa (Japan and Borussia Dortmund) and Park Ji Sung (South Korea and Manchester United) on show, the 2011 Asian Cup is definitely one to watch for soccer fans around the world.

Here's the World Soccer Shop Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask Guide to the AFC Asian Cup 2011.



A PDF version of the AFC Asian Cup 2011 schedule is available at the AFC website at this link.

Team to Watch

Now an Asian powerhouse since moving from the Oceania Football Confederation in search of more challenging opposition, the Aussies are loaded with European-based talent. Following a disappointing run in the 2007 Asian Cup, the Socceroos are among the tournament favorites and will be looking to advance beyond the quarter-final round for the first time.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. South Korea on Janaury on January 14th. This match should determine top spot in a group also featuring Bahrain and India.

Key Players: Tim Cahill (Everton), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham FC), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers)

Now rebuilding after surprisingly missing out on the final AFC qualification round for the 2011 FIFA World Cup, China has shown good form off late with friendly victories of Latvia and Estonia. China will have to maintain this form to advance from a tough group featuring hosts Qatar, Uzbekistan and Kuwait.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. Uzbekistan on January 16th. This could be a do or die match for the Chinese.

Key Players: Hao Junmin (Schalke 04), Qu Bo (Shaanxi Zhongjian)

With the most of the team that came within a penalty kick of the quater-finals of last summer's World Cup called up to represent Japan at the Asian Cup, anything less than a semi-final appearance will come as a shock to Blue Samurai fans. The team has shown fine form since the World Cup with recent friendly wins over Argentina and Paraguay.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. Saudi Arabia on January 17th. This match is expected to determine first place in Group B.

Key Players: Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Makoto Hasebe( VfL Wolfsburg)

They're not expected to advance beyond the first round in their first appearance in the Asian Cup since 1984. Nevertheless, India's national soccer program has been the beneficiary of significant investment from parties seeking to raise the profile of the sport to a market of over one billion Indian citizens. Good performances could do wonders for the sport in the cricket-mad economic power.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. Australia on January 10th. A good showing by the Indians will spur interest in the world's most second most populous country.

Key Players: Suni Chheteri (Sporting Kansas City), Bhaichung Bhutia (East Bengal)

The three-time champions and seemingly perpetual semi-finalists will be seeking a return to the final four of the Asian after a disappointing quarter-final exit in 2007 and an equally disappointing 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. neighbors and long-time rivals Iraq on January 11th.

Key Players: Javad Nekounam (Osasuna), Masoud Shojaei (Osasuna)

Shock champions in 2007, Iraq will be looking to repeat in 2011 under manager former Werder Bremen boss Wolfgang Sidka. Though they are defending champions and gave a good showing in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup (with two draws and one loss), the turmoil in Iraq has left soccer in the country in a state of disarray and Iraq remains somewhat of an unknown quantity. A recent 1-0 loss to Syria followed by a 1-0 win at Saudi Arabia is indicative of this.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. neighbors  and long-time rivals Iran on January 11th.

Key Players: Younis Mahmoud (Al-Gharafa), Nashat Akram (Al-Wakrah)

Saudi Arabia
Either champions or second place finishers in an astounding six of the last seven AFC Asian Cups, Saudi Arabia knows how to find success in the tournament. The team is also looking to re-establish itself as an Asian power after missing out on its first FIFA World Cup since its debut on the world stage at USA 1994.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. Japan on January 17th. The winner should take first place in Group B.

Key Players:  Yasser Al-Qahtani (Al Hilal), Mohammad Al-Shalhoub (Al Hilal)

South Korea
Like rivals Japan, South Korea will send most of the team that came within a whisk of a 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final spot to Qatar. Featuring several players currently plying their trade in the English Premier League, Scottish Premier League and German Bundesliga, South Korea are among the favorites to take the cup home.

Big Group Stage Match: vs. South Korea on Janaury on January 14th. Expected to see who tops the Group C.

Key Players: Park Ji Sung (Manchester United), Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers), Cha Du-Ri (Celtic FC)

Where to Watch
Free highlights will be available at the AFC Asian Cup YouTube Channel. ESPN STAR Sports has acquired the television rights to the tournament in Asia. For the U.S., One World Sports acquired the rights through World Sport Group, the AFC’s exclusive marketing and media partner.
One World Sports has licensed the full event to iN DEMAND, which will distribute the football tournament to Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Mediacom and a host of other U.S. affiliates; DISH Network; and Avail/TVN, which includes AT&T and Verizon FiOS among its affiliates. Matches can be purchased on a per-game basis through Pay-Per-View. Broadband coverage will be available live via One World Sports Broadband. Mobile coverage is on Verizon Wireless V CAST Video.

Photo Credits: Getty Images 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II FG Elite Cleats (Black/Circuit Orange/Black)

Back in October, Nike released the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II  Safari Edition of the Cristiano Ronaldo's signature shoe. Now the sportwear giant has released a new colorway of the popular, high-end soccer boot in a Black/Circuit Orange/Black  scheme. Expect to see them on  the feet of professional-level soccer players over the next few weeks in the world's foremost leagues and at 2011's Asian Cup and Copa America.

Here is more information on the Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Elite FG Men'sSoccer Cleat from Nike:

  • Flywire for ultra-lightweight support and comfort
  • Revolutionary traction for extra grip
  • Traction pattern for cutting and instant acceleration
  • Includes exclusive shoe bag and box
  • Firm-ground (FG) bladed and conical cleats for use on short-grass fields
The Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Elite Cleat has firm-ground (FG) molded cleatsfor use on short-grass fields that may be slightly wet, but rarely muddy. It  also features Adaptive Traction, a pressure-activated cleat in the forefoot that extends when needed for the relentless grip and acceleration the game demands.  Injected studs and a vapor traction pattern allow for effortless cutting and  instant acceleration. And, for instant bursts of speed, this cleat features toe-off traction.

For ultra-lightweight support, the Vapor Superfly II Elite features innovative Flywire in a streamlined upper. Made up of super-strong, thin nylon  fibers that help hold the foot in place, Flywire reduces the cleat's weight, adjusts to the foot, provides support and increases ball feel. Also contributing to this boot's unprecedented light weight is the carbon-fiber chassis, which strips weight to the absolute minimum while maximizing strength. The contoured  design mirrors the shape of the foot for enhanced fit and feel, and the lightweight,  perforated sockliner provides low-profile cushioning and support while reducing  cleat pressure.

Nike Elite Series
The Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Elite is part of the Nike Elite Series, which optimized four of Nike's key soccer cleats with premium materials, decreasing  weight for competition on sports' biggest stage last summer. Available to players  of all levels, these super-light and incredibly strong silhouettes have been worn by the world's best.
Nike Soccer+
  • Each pair of Mercurial Vapor Superfly II cleats comes with a unique code. Go to and enter your code for exclusive access to:
  • Insider coach and player interviews
  • Exclusive invitations to Nike Soccer+ events and meet-and-greets
  • Specialized training programs, drills and practice techniques, both online and in-person
  • Top players' signature moves, with step-by-step demonstrations to help you master them
  • Track your progress and share it on Facebook, Twitter and more
Nike's design team worked closely with athletes including Cristiano Ronaldo,Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato throughout the design process to create  a cleat that enables toe-off acceleration and minimizes slippage in game-changing  situations. Players emphasized that acceleration around a defender is just as  important as beating him in a straight line. Through additional research, Nike  found there were 845 slipping events over 63 games, or roughly 14 per game—a  costly price that designers were determined to minimize with the creation of  the Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Elite.

The  Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II FG Elite soccer cleats in Black/Circuit Orange/Black are now available at this World Soccer Shop link.

Friday, December 17, 2010

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Draw

Following several exciting qualification rounds and a group stage that saw the emergence of clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, FC København and FC Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe's foremost club soccer competition, the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League is now set for its knockout stages.

The draw for the tournament's Round of 16 took place took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday. As always seems to be the case with UEFA Champions League draws, soccer fans are left with several mouth-watering matchups. The foremost of these include:
  • Inter Milan and Bayern Munich clashing in a rematch of last season's very entertaining final.
  • FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC meeting in another rematch. This time it is of the 2006 final that saw Barca triumph.
  • Impressive UEFA Champions League debutants Tottenham Hotspur returning to the San Siro to face seven-time champions AC Milan. Spurs topped a group featuring fellow San Siro residents Inter Milan in the last round of the competition.
  • A repeat of last season's Round of 16 series between Real Madrid and Olympique Lyon that resulted in Madrid's elimination from the Champions League.
Group stage runners-up will play the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 at home on either the 15th/16th or 22nd/23nd of February, with the second legs taking place on either the 8th/9th or 15th/16th of March 2011.

Here are all of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchups:

AS Roma (ITA) v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
AC Milan (ITA) v Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
Valencia CF (ESP) v FC Schalke 04 (GER)
Inter Milan FC (ITA) v FC Bayern München (GER)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
FC København (DEN) v Chelsea FC (ENG)

All matches will be shown in the USA on Fox Soccer Channel. Selected matches are usually shown on regional Fox Sports networks on tape delay on the days that they are played.

Photo Credits: Getty Images

Monday, December 13, 2010

FC Barcelona Signs Shirt Sponsorship Deal with Qatar Sports Investments

Defending Spanish La Liga champions and current table-toppers FC Barcelona have signed the biggest shirt sponsorship deal in history with Qatar Sports Investments. The deal will run for 5 ½ years until 2016 and is worth €166 million ($222 USD). It was finalized on Monday at the Barca's iconic Camp Nou stadium between representatives of both entities.

The Catalan giants were the last major European club to have a jersey without a shirt sponsor until they started carrying the logo of international children's welfare body Unicef in 2006 as part of a partnership to raise awareness and funds to benefit children affected by HIV and AIDS.

According to a press release from Qatar Sports Investments:

The partnership will see Qatar Foundation, a private, non-profit organisation chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, as the club's new shirt sponsor from next season.

Qatar Foundation supports Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential through programs in education, scientific research and community development. The announcement follows the historic decision by FIFA to award Qatar the hosting rights for the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East in 2022...

FC Barcelona and Qatar Foundation also remain committed to the club's existing relationship with Unicef. Unicef will continue to have a presence on the FCB shirt and receive significant contributions from the club over the next five years.

Photo Credits: Getty Images

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys

The Portland Timbers will move from the United Soccer Leagues (USL) to Major League Soccer (MLS) as a 2011 expansion franchise. In preparation for the new season, the club has hired former Scotland international John Spencer as its manager and is in the process of building its roster. Earlier this week, the club announced the signings of MLS-experienced players Eric Brunner, Peter Lowry, Adam Moffat, and Rodney Wallace.

Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys

On Thursday, the Portland Timbers officially unveiled their adidas 2011 home and away kits, apparel and training wear during a “Runway on the Runway” fashion show at the Horizon Air maintenance hangar at Portland International Airport.

According to the Portland Timbers website:

The team’s primary jersey, produced by adidas, the official athletic sponsor and product supplier of MLS since the league’s inception in 1996, features a Ponderosa green that pays tribute to the Timbers’ rich history and exciting future in MLS. The body fabric, which prominently displays the Alaska Airlines logo and Timbers primary logo, is specially engineered with the Timbers signature chevron repeating down the middle, tying together the two shades of green that make up the body of the shirt. The classic look reflects the diversity of color one would see in a lush Oregon forest.

Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys

The primary jersey also pays homage to the team’s passionate supporter’s group, the Timbers Army, and further celebrates the team’s unique history with an axe prominently featured on the back of the neck and a subtle, lower-back emboss of a rising sun.

The white sleeves of the primary jersey provide a modern twist to the split-jersey design, while the jersey features adidas’ FORMOTION technology that allows maximum athletic movement as well as CLIMACOOL technology that combines moisture-wicking fabric and mesh construction in the player’s highest heat zones to improve body ventilation and keep the athlete at optimum temperature. Piping around the shoulders and engineered rib give the jersey further definition.

Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys

Portland’s primary jersey can be worn with either white or dark green shorts, and the on-field look becomes complete with dark green socks that feature the Timbers axe.

The secondary jersey was inspired by the unrivaled passion and pride in Portland – the Rose City. Also featuring a similar split-jersey design and the familiar Alaska Airlines script, the secondary jersey features two shades of red, with the body fabric specially engineered by adidas with Rose City thorns repeating down the middle and a new Rose City logo badge prominently displayed opposite the team’s primary crest on the front of the jersey.

Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys

White sleeves again provide a modern element to the secondary jersey, while the “Rose City” verbiage on the back of the neck and printed thorn back-neck taping further call to its inspiration.

The secondary uniform is rounded out by white shorts with Rose City red adidas stripes and red socks that feature the “Rose City” verbiage.

The Portland Timbers adidas 2011 home jersey is now available at this World Soccer Shop link.

Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys
Portland Timbers adidas 2011 Home and Away Jerseys

Photo Credits: and the Portland Timbers Facebook page

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nike CTR360 II Maestri Elite Soccer Shoes

We have the boots that Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas wears.

Introducing the

Nike CTR360 II Maestri Elite FG Soccer Shoes in Challenge Red, White and Black

This boot promises to increase control and passing pace.

It weighs 8.8 ounces and is composed of Kanga-Lite synthetic leather upper which mirrors the properties of natural Kangaroo leather, while offering durability in an easy to care for upper material. Innovative built-in features like dampening pods and asymmetrical lacing deliver maximum ball control and optimal passing-pace. High performance, molded sock-liner with Poron low profile cushioning delivers great under the foot comfort. The sole is made of Carbon fiber with direct-injected bladed studs for traction. The Carbon reinforced chassis is engineered for exceptional energy return and strength.

See the entire line of Nike CTR360 II Soccer Shoes

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spain 2011 Home WC Champions Soccer Jersey

The World Cup 2010 winners have a brand new jersey, one that pays tribute to the great football the Spanish national team played from their Euro 2008 all the way to July 11th in South Africa - winning their first World Championship!

We are pleased to give you

The Official adidas Spain National Team Home World Cup Champions Soccer Jersey

After winning the European Championship, Spain rode a wave of momentum heading into the 2010 World Cup. Spain's roster was loaded with talented midfielders and forwards, and it paid off in South Africa. Spain bounced back from an opening game loss to win every match en route to the hard-fought final against Netherlands and ultimately, the World Cup trophy!

This jersey honors Spain's 1st world championship

The new Official Spain National Team World Cup Champions Home Short Sleeve Soccer Jersey by adidas - includes stylish yellow panels down the sides and over sleeves. The Spain crest over the heart features the championship star; and the FIFA patch is on the right chest.

addias ForMotion: The innovative technology that offers maximum comfort and perfect fit, with features like three-dimensional design, different combination of fabrics for greater flexibility and special stitching to eliminate friction during intense action. It also features adidas ClimaCool® - the advanced material engineered to reduce heat and moisture build-up, allowing increased comfort and performance – to keep you feeling fresh no matter how long you play, train and cheer on your Furia Rija!

Monday, October 4, 2010

NY Cosmos 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

On August 30th, 2010, Pelé - former Cosmos star - announced the New York Cosmos are making a return. The newly-reformed New York Cosmos soccer club, made famous in the 1970s as much for their star-studded fans off the pitch as the players on the pitch, most notably Franz Beckenbauer and Pelé - will be hitting the pitch soon ... and

we are so happy about it that we procured the

Official Umbro NY Cosmos Soccer Jersey!

As part of the club’s rebirth, Umbro has applied its celebrated football-tailoring ethos to a new on-field performance and off-field lifestyle line for The New York Cosmos club. The white home shirt, with the unique green and yellow collar, is inspired by the one worn by its star players in 1977, but with the performance benefits of a modern football shirt.


The New York Cosmos is committed to helping improve the future
of football with significant investment in grassroots and youth football, and providing elite coaching philosophies and training opportunities. The New York Cosmos has already launched two elite youth academies, Cosmos Academy
East (in New York) and Cosmos Academy West (in Los Angeles) with former Major League
Soccer stars Giovanni Savarese and Teddy Chronopoulos appointed as Academy Directors,
respectively. Both academies participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Furthermore, The New York Cosmos has acquired the Copa NYC tournament, and beyond
running it every year in New York, they will be looking to expand it both domestically and internationally in order to engage more local communities to participate in the ‘global game’ at a grassroots level.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lyon 10/11 Third Soccer Jersey

The team of the 2000's in the French Ligue 1 - winners of 7 titles in this decade - has a special shirt which Les Gones will wear mostly for Champions League competitions.

We give you the

Official adidas Lyon 10/11 Third Soccer Jersey

The shirt has red, navy, and turquoise swirling in mighty fun psychedelic ways sure to draw much attention from fans throughout Europe.

It features the Lyon badge embroidered over your heart with the BetClic logo screened on the front.

Made with adidas ClimaCool® - advanced material engineered to reduce heat and moisture build-up, allowing increased comfort and performance – to keep you feeling fresh no matter how long you play, train and cheer on your favorite soccer team!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bayern Munich 10/11 Third Soccer Jersey

Last season's German champs, and UEFA Champions League runners up, are celebrating 110 years of history, most of it stellar. With home & away shirts already out

it's time to unveil the

Bayern Munich 10/11 Third Soccer Jersey

The shirt Klose, Schweinsteiger & Müller will wear mostly in Champions League includes diagonal anthracite pin-stripes down the front, plus the woven initials ‘FCB’ on the back collar - commemorating the club’s 110th anniversary this year, and derived from Bayern’s founding charter from the year 1900. The design is a new take on the classic Bayern Munich striped jersey that dates back to the team's origins.

Unlike the shirt from 1900, this one is made of adidas ClimaCool® - advanced material engineered to reduce heat and moisture build-up, allowing increased comfort and performance – to keep you feeling fresh no matter how long you play, train and cheer on your FCB!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tottenham 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

In the dream season of 09/10 Spurs did the unthinkable: they broke the top 4 hegemony while knocking Liverpool off the Champions League for the first time in five seasons. Consequently, August 26, Spurs reached the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time ever with their defeat of Swiss club, Young Boys.

We're therefore quite happy to bring you the

Official PUMA Tottenham Hotspur 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey!

The new retro style shirt features a unique navy shoulder strip, with subtle gold stitch on the back collar, and sublimated diagonal stripes on the front.

This jersey also includes the logo of Spurs Premier League shirt sponsor, Autonomy - global leader and the UK's largest, pure software company with offices worldwide.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

England 11/13 Home Soccer Jersey

The Three Lions kick off their Euro 2012 Qualifying campaign Friday, September 3rd at Wembley versus Bulgaria. When they hit the pitch, Gerrard, Rooney & the rest of Capello's men will be wearing a new shirt.

We're glad to introduce the

Official Umbro England 11/13 Home Soccer Jersey

Umbro, with the help of designer Phillip Saville, has created a masterpiece that honors the heritage and legacy of the Three Lions.

Like the previous England home and the current England away, this new jersey is inspired by English tailoring heritage, but with the latest innovative, technical design. Constructed from two distinct cotton-based fabrics, the shirt is thicker for protection on the front and back, and more flexible in the under-arm, increasing movement.

Perhaps the biggest change from the previous shirt is the neckline, with a square collar accompanied by a longer, more open neckline which increases the amount of movement in the garment across the chest. This is particularly important for players when they’re running and changing direction quickly on the pitch. Shoulder panels have multi-color St. George's Cross design. These multi-color crosses represent the cultural diversity of England. It's a nod to the modern England.

With the New Fabric Of England graphic on the shoulder and a blue Umbro logo on the chest, the new home shirt certainly adds color to the England palette.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Introducing Pelé Sports

Pelé was the best footballer in the history. Now, he's creating awesome soccer products!

We're proud to introduce

Pelé Sports Gear

You might have seen this new premium Pelé Sports gear around, as the first lines of it were revealed during the World Cup in South Africa.

P-Sports was founded in '09 and headquartered in Germany; from there a select team works closely with a team in Brazil, said team also includes the famous #10. 'O Rei' Pelé is not only the inspiration for the brand, he's also very active in product development.

From top-notch boots to training bibs, the new line has all the gear a footballer (or a fan of cool soccer style) needs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

PUMA v1.10 SL Lightning Soccer Shoes

Usain Bolt is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the world record for the 100 meter, the 200 meter and, along with his teammates, the 4x100 meter relay. He also holds the Olympic record for all three of these races. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Bolt became the first man to win three sprinting events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man to set world records in all three at a single Olympics. In 2009 he became the first man to hold the 100 and 200 m world and Olympic titles at the same time.

Bolt is also a soccer fan - now he has his own soccer boots

Therefore, we're proud to offer the

PUMA v1.10 SL Lightning Soccer Shoes!

In honor of Usain Bolt's other-worldly speed, and his love for soccer, PUMA has designed a special edition v1.10. The SL Lightning is inspired by and set up like a track shoe, which is perfect for a track star like Bolt. If your game is designed around speed, you need the boot designed for the fastest man ever.

PUMA's v1.10 weighs just 5.3 ounces and with that number PUMA redefines our expectations of soccer boots and how much they should weigh. The Upper has "out of many people" design and embossing.

The sole is composed of one piece of metallic green pebax with a carbon fiber inset to minimize weight and increase stability. A PUMA AptoLast mimics the shape of the foot.

Bonus - there are three faux diamonds on the PUMA cat's tail.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marseille 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey

We've seen a lot of soccer jerseys in the many years we have been offering them. But we have heretofore never seen a plaid soccer jersey!

Until now

We are psyched to bring you, the unique

Official adidas Olympique de Marseille 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey

The new shirt features a very original, sublimated plaid design on the front, with embroidered Olympique Marseille team badge embroidered over your heart and adidas logo on the other side, and screened BetClic sponsor logo on center. It's made with adidas ClimaCool® - advanced material engineered to reduce heat and moisture build-up, allowing increased comfort and performance – to keep you feeling fresh no matter how long you play, train and cheer on your favorite French soccer club.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Villareal 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

The Yellow Submarine Has Arrived

No, we're not talking about the Beatles.

We are referring to the La Liga club, Villareal Club de Fútbol, founded in 1923, 44 years prior to the Liverpool quartet's release of the album/movie/song.

El Submarino Amarillo is here and we proudly introduce for the first time on our site, the

Official PUMA Villareal Club de Fútbol Home Soccer Jersey

As usual, the jersey is all yellow, two shades) and includes embroidered Villareal CF team badge and PUMA logos. The shirt features PUMA's stylish undulating shoulder panel (as seen in the Italy jersey) with the futuristic collar, and mesh underneath.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Estudiantes Tecos 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

When we first came across this jersey, its name 'Tecos' was familiar, as I knew of a team we had not carried in a while: Guadalajara's Tecos de UAG. Research led me to find that the Tecolotes had a complete overhaul.

We're proud to give you the

Official Under Armour Estudiantes Tecos 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey!

About the Team

In 2009 the board, consisting of José Antonio Leaño and Juan José Frangie decided the university team needed a change. Therefore, in May Tecos de la UAG (Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara) turned into Estudiantes Tecos. The white & red colors turned to wine and yellow.

About the Shirt

This innovative jersey includes felt Estudiantes Tecos team badge over your heart along with felt Under Armour logo, and sublimated diagonal stripes. Made by Under Armour using their ultra hi tech HeatGear fabric, which is engineered for comfort with mesh ventilation and extreme moisture control.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ajax 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

Dutch giants Ajax is ready to kick off the 10/11 season, in hopes of capturing more than the KNVB Cup.

We give you the

Official adidas Ajax 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

Embossed across the classic Toro ‘red lane' on the front of the new Ajax jersey is a powerful cross made up of eleven lines.

The back of the jersey has the city motto: Heroic, Determined, Merciful.Embroidered Ajax team badge and embroidered adidas logo.

Made with adidas ClimaCool® - advanced material engineered to reduce heat and moisture build-up, allowing increased comfort and performance – to keep you feeling fresh no matter how long you play, train and cheer on your favorite soccer team!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Liverpool 10/11 Third Soccer Jersey

The Reds are ready to get back on top in the Premier League fir the upcoming 10/11 season - now they have all the gear they need.

We're proud to give you the

Official adidas Liverpool 10/11 Third Soccer Jersey

A mix of tradition and innovation - Liverpool's third jersey is traditional black with sublimated jacquard pattern throughout and modern yellow accents on sleeves and crew-neck collar. This shirt also features a new two-color Liverpool placed team badge: the full color flames pay tribute to those faithful fans who are no longer with us.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cruz Azul 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

In the 1970's La Máquina Cementera (Cement Machine) collected half a dozen Mexican League titles. Being that there has been a 13-year drought since their last first division crown, Cruz Azul and Umbro have designed a jersey that evokes those fond winning memories.

So, for the Apertura 2010 & Clausura 2011, we introduce the

Official Umbro Cruz Azul 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey!

The shirt, which is lightest ever, features a deeper, richer blue, sublimated stripes down the front, with red and white ribbed stripes on collar and sleeves. The sublimated crest - the team's original from 1964 - surrounds the embroidered club crest over the heart.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Juventus 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey

Juve's new Away Jersey answers the question:

What if an Old Lady got struck by green & red lightning bolts simultaneously?

We're happy to give you the

Official Nike Juventus 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey!

This stylish retro shirt features two sublimated zigzag lines or lightning bolts down the center with embroidered Juventus team badge, two championship stars and Nike logo at front. No sponsor logo. Unlike the jerseys of old, this one is made of Nike’s advanced Sphere Dry & Dri-FIT® fabric.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Netherlands vs. Spain

Red Fury versus Oranje Crush

Sunday's WC Final between España & Nederland will be more than two great nations fighting for the world's greatest trophy - they will battle to take their country to new heights.

The match will be full of 1sts - so many it’s hard to keep track of them all:

First WC played in Africa.
First time for Spain in a WC final (closest they'd ever been was 4th in 1950)
First time 2 European teams have met in a WC final outside Europe, which leads us to
First time a European team will win outside Europe.
And the first time Spain & Netherlands meet in a WC.

About the Netherlands vs. Spain Jo'Bulani Match Ball

The ball that will be used in the Final match between Netherlands & Spain of 2010 FIFA World Cup. Printed with the competing teams, the stadium, the date and the match number.

adidas' Jo'bulani is the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa.

365 Inc is the only place you'll find this ball stateside. Teams will be playing with balls with these graphics during the match. Meant to be a collectors item. Graphics are not meant to hold up under long-term play.

Constructed with eight new thermally-bonded, spherically-shaped, 3-D EVA and TPU panels, the Jo'bulani is perfectly round and has been equipped with a new Grip'n'Groove technology that ensures it flies straight and true. The Jo'bulani is designed for never-before-seen power, swerve and control. It's a ball truly worthy of the best in the game!

The Cover - Thermally-bonded PU for exceptionally true and straight flight.
The Bladder - Latex for excellent rebound. FIFA approved.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Juventus 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

The Old Lady gets New Jersey

The most successful team in Italy has new gear for the 10/11 season at Stadio Olimpico. Introducing the

Official Nike Juventus 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey!

The traditional 'bianconeri' stripes have some bite, as they look more like serrated saw edges. As opposed to last season, the collar is open and black.

Another new feature of this jersey is the sponsor. Gone is New Holland Fiat Group, the agricultural machinery company, which sponsored Juve since 2007 - Replaced by BetClic from 2010 to 2012.

Made of Nike’s advanced Dri-FIT® fabric, which keeps you drier, cooler and lighter by drawing sweat from the body to the fabric’s surface, while its three-dimensional construction gives more air space around the skin to reduce clinging, and keeping you cheering on your team comfortably.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Arsenal 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

The Gunners recently revealed their 10/11 Away kits. Well now, Walcott, Arshavin and the rest of Wenger's boys are fully kitted out for a run at major silverwear in 10/11. We give you the

Official Nike Arsenal Home Soccer Jersey

Arsenal's home jersey for the 10/11 season pays tribute to the Gunners' 1971 kit to celebrate the club's 125 anniversary.

Making the return to the Emirates this upcoming season is the popular block red body with a white round neck collar and white sleeves.

This shirt is part of Nike’s ‘Considered Design’ program, which aims to create performance products that minimize environmental impact by reducing waste during the design and development process, use environmentally preferred materials, and eliminate toxics.

Made of Nike’s advanced Dri-FIT® fabric, which keeps you drier, cooler and lighter by drawing sweat from the body to the fabric’s surface, while its three-dimensional construction gives more air space around the skin to reduce clinging, and is 13% lghter than previous kits.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

USA 1-0 For the Ages

Team USA's Historic Victory Over Algeria is Beyond Measure

The USA National Soccer Team got its biggest ever win yesterday. It was not against a major opponent like Brazil or Italy. It was in a group from which they were expected to at least advance.

But things don't always go according to plan

Down 0-1 to England, they had to come back. Down 0-2 to Slovenia, they came back. Down to both England & Slovenia (as both would've advanced with a USA draw or loss) - they came back.

They slayed every monster, hurdled every obstacle in their way: from a phantom call that disallowed an amazing Edu strike against Slovenia, to an unseen offside call that nullified a powerful Dempsey shot, or the far post that blocked another; the various saves by the scrappy Algerian keeper or the shots that went every which way but in.

Time after time versus Algeria, they kept attacking - they kept shooting, they kept defending, they kept playing - they never quit!

In the end all the Yamks needed was 1: 1 goal, 1 win. And they got it from #10.

The United States won its first World Cup match in eight years and finished atop its first-round group for the first time since the original World Cup in 1930.

But it meant more than that.

It will be talked about along with some of the greatest moments in sports history, and maybe even American history. For years to come parents and teachers will relate this tale to youngsters as a life lesson: what could happen when you never give up.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Arsenal 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey

Nike Considered Technology combines with high performance
and club heritage elements for new Gunners jersey.

We're glad to have the

Official Nike Arsenal FC 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey

The new Arsenal away jersey for 2010-11 season combines elements of Arsenal’s history with new age technology as every shirt is made entirely from recycled polyester, each created from up to eight plastic water bottles as part of Nike’s ‘Considered Design’ program.

Inspired by the 1970’s, the new away jersey is yellow, echoing the days of Charlie George and Frank McLintock, but also features redcurrant pinstripes and cuffs as a nod to the Woolwich Arsenal days - creating a new away jersey that takes from different generations of Arsenal Football Club’s heritage.

Nike’s ‘Considered Design’ program aims to create performance products that minimize environmental impact by reducing waste during the design and development process, uses environmentally preferred materials, and eliminates toxic materials.

To make the kits, Nike uses discarded water bottles destined for landfill sites in Japan and Taiwan, where they can take up to 500 years to decompose. This saves precious raw materials and reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared to conventional fabrics.

The bottles are placed in a large washing machine to clean them and get rid of labels before they are chopped into tiny flakes and melted down into a yarn that is ultimately spun to make the fabric for the jerseys and shorts.

Use of recycled polyester across its new range of club kits means Nike has saved nearly 13 million plastic water bottles - a total of around 254,000 kg of polyester waste - enough to cover more than 29 football pitches, and to stretch over 3,000 kilometers if laid out end-to-end.

The process is used for all shirts, whether worn by the players or available to fans. Other clubs using Nike kits using recycled materials include FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Celtic. On the international stage, the technology is used for Brazil, Portugal, The Netherlands, USA and Australia.

“As we look at how we design and develop products and run our global business, it’s not enough to be solving the challenges of today,” said Nike spokesman Charlie Brooks. “We are designing for the sustainable economy of tomorrow, and for us that means using fewer resources, more sustainable materials and renewable energy to produce new products. We’re proud to be a sponsor of Arsenal and to help them achieve their environmental goals.”

Considering the environment doesn’t mean sacrificing the renowned high performance of Nike’s kits, and the new Arsenal away kit has been engineered to give players a greater competitive advantage than ever before, keeping players drier and more comfortable, allowing them to maintain their optimum body temperature and perform at their peak on the pitch.

The improved Nike Dri-Fit® fabric, now 13% lighter than previous kits, helps to quickly evaporate moisture by drawing through the fabric to the surface and keep players dry.

Innovative ventilation zones are placed along each side of the jersey to enhance breathability, by up to 7% compared to previous kits, and allow air to pass across the whole torso. These zones have up to 200 tiny laser cut holes, backed by Nike’s innovative halo application which prevents ripping without reducing air flow. An additional ventilation zone is placed below the waistband on the shorts at the base of the spine.

The jersey’s new double knit structure gives it a sleeker appearance, while offering 10% more stretch, and also boasts a new dynamic fit, cut to follow the natural contours of the body while allowing for maximum airflow and movement.

Inside the shirt on the back of the club crest is the quote: “Victoria, Concordia, Crescit.”

The “Victoria, Concordia, Crescit” has been Arsenal's club motto since it was coined in the final matchday programme of the 1947/48 League Championship winning season, when 'Marksman' (aka Harry Homer), the programme editor of the day, wrote:
" mind seeks an apt quotation with which to close this season which has been such a glorious one for Tom Whittaker, Joe Mercer and all connected with The Gunners. Shall we turn for once to Latin? 'Victoria Concordia Crescit'. Translation: 'Victory grows out of harmony.'"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Umbro USA vs. England T-Shirt

Umbro and 365 Inc. teamed up to hold a contest to determine which fan could design a commemorative t-shirt for the USA/England match.

We are proud to give you

The Umbro USA vs. England Soccer T-Shirt

We're quite pleased with the result!

100% cotton with original USA/England artwork screened at front and Umbro logo at back.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Barcelona 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey

The La Liga 09/10 Campions are now ready to take their beautiful fútbol show on the road - and what a show the road will see with the addition of #7.

We are proud to give you the new

Official Nike Barcelona 10/11 Away Soccer Jersey!

The new Barcelona Away Soccer Jersey 10/11 is primarily a cool mint, with the Blaugrana - blue & red - divided across a cool chest block, with the Catalan flag on the back.

The last time FC Barcelona donned a green away kit was during the 1993/94 season, when manager Pep Guardiola was playing alongside such Barcelona greats as Romario and Hristo Stoichkov.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Zealand 10/12 Home Soccer Jersey #

The All Whites are excited about playing on the world's greatest stage this summer, and they have a shirt that's worthy of their name.

Introducing the

Official Nike New Zealand Home Soccer Jersey!

Just like their name, this shirt is a neat all-white, with a sharp V collar, and the famous fern embroidered over the heart.

Made of Nike’s advanced Sphere Dry & Dri-FIT® fabric, which keeps you drier, cooler and lighter by drawing sweat from the body to the fabric’s surface, while its three-dimensional construction gives more air space around the skin to reduce clinging, and keeping you cheering on your team comfortably.

All of Nike's new jerseys are made of recycled plastic bottles - 100% recycled polyester. Evolved construction and materials also significantly reduce weight. Each jersey has an individual serial number for authenticity.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FC Barcelona 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

After their historic sextuple (yes, it is a word) the 09/10 season was a bit of a disappointment for Barça. So, the Cataláns have made a huge splash and brought in one of Spain's top strikers - David Villa. And, now the blaugranas have unveiled the shirt Villa and co. will be defending at the Camp Nou for the 10/11 campaign - in which they hope to get more than one trophy.

We give you the

Official Nike FC Barcelona 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

The new jersey's classic vertical stripes are a little wider, the collar and cuffs are trimmed in bright yellow - a first for the club (perhaps in honor of their national team's upcoming South Africa campaign) The Catalan flag is at the back neck, and "Mes que un club" (More than a club) is screened on the left sleeve.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nike Elite World Cup Soccer Boots

The Boots Nike's players - Cristiano Ronaldo, Landon Donovan, Wayne Rooney - will wear at South Africa for the biggest sporting event in history!

Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II FG World Cup Soccer Shoes

The time is now to change the course of history. The Mercurial Vapor Superfly II FG WC is equipped with a carbon fiber outsole plate for greater speed when attacking the defense.

Upper Features: The Superfly II has an ultra-thin Teijin upper that's lined with Flywire filaments in a soccer-specific cabling pattern to deliver a precise fit and optimal support. Asymmetrical lacing enlarges the contact zone.
INSOLE: The Superfly II has a contoured sockliner with a Superfly EVA insole.

Sole Features: Carbon fiber composite plate is the lightest and strongest outsole Nike has to offer. It has a pressure-activated adaptive traction system for speed in all conditions. The difference between a soft and firm ground stud is 3mm. So Nike has developed a new stud that extends 3 mm when ground is soft for increased toe-off acceleration and traction. These two longer studs in the forefoot also prevent slippage and create the most comfortable feeling Mercurial ever.
These new toe-off traction spikes enable extra speed bursts, just like traditional track spikes. Traction pad ensures grip no matter which way you move. Weigh 7.8 ounces.

Nike Total90 Laser Elite World Cup Soccer Shoes

Upper Features: Ultrathin Teijin, which is lightweight and durable. Innovative instep pods ensure even pressure on the ball at impact for accuracy on power shots. Raised swerve fins create friction on instep strikes to increase rate of ball spin.
INSOLE: EVA foam for heel comfort.

Sole Features: Carbon fiber outsole with direct-injected bladed studs for traction on firm, natural surfaces. Carbon reinforced chassis engineered for exceptional energy return and strength. To keep the weight low, this version of the Total90 does not have an external heel counter. Weighs 8.2 ounces

Nike Mercurial Vapor VI FG World Cup Soccer Shoes

Upper Features: Dawoo Synthetic lace cover creates a large, inviting strike zone. Teijin synthetic microfiber adjusts to the shape of the foot.
INSOLE: The Vapor VI has a contoured sockliner with a Vapor EVA insole.

Sole Features: Glass fiber composite plate is the lightweight and exceptionally strong. Dual density injected studs and a new Vapor Traction pattern allows effortless cutting and instant acceleration. Weighs 7.6 ounces.

Each pair of Nike World Cup boots come with a unique user-code that allows online access to Nike Soccer+, where you will find accuracy training drills and expert tuition provided by the coaching team at Juventus FC. The Nike Soccer+ digital experience also has a coaching session from Fernando Torres of Liverpool FC.

As an added bonus: Boots come in a special Elite package and with a ventilated boot bag.