Axiom Telecom – UAE is producing a new show for football fans. The show host is Anas Bukhash who was kind enough to extend his invitation to me to be part of the second episode. We played fussball (and I got humiliated) and discussed the first leg of the Champions League Quarter-Finals matches.
Here is the video. Enjoy and tell us what you think – on Twitter – using #KalamfilKora !
The countdown for the World Cup – Brazil 2014 started a way back, and everyone on this planet is anticipating the biggest football festival ever.
NIKE is spearheading the campaigns leading to Brazil 2014, and NIKE wants the fans to be involved in the buildup too.
Today NIKE launches the first part of its 2014 football campaign #riskeverything. (featured on: www.nike.com/riskeverything )
Starring Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Wayne Rooney, the film shows the pressure felt by some of the world’s greatest players as they prepare to play on the world’s biggest stage.
Fans are invited from across the world to take part in this challenge and participate in local tournaments being held in many cities around the world including Dubai, UAE.
The rules of engagement are simple. Take on the best in your area in the ultimate football tournament, join together with your mates to make your mark on your city:
- GATHER YOUR CREW: Represent your neighborhood. Select the event closest to you and sign up here.
- RULE THE PITCH: The rules are simple: Concede a goal and lose a player. Next team to score wins.
- CONQUER YOUR CITY: The winning team from each local event earns a place in the city final.
Life is about football, and NIKE is inviting everyone to show how to #riskeverything for football.
WATCH THE VIDEO (which was directed by Jonathan Glazer; creative by Wieden + Kennedy) here ==>
Nike Football: Risk Everything. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. & Rooney
DON’T JUST WATCH THEM. JOIN THEM.
Tonight the world will witness the biggest match on planet earth and for the first time in 2014. The last time both teams met was in October 2013.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona kicks off at 20:00 GMT (which is exactly midnight or 00:00 Dubai Time – 22:00 Lebanon Time – 23:00 KSA Time)
There are many things you need to know about El Clasico, but I will only share my thoughts;
- Messi is on his way to break a couple of records in this match, but let us hope he does not break his leg.
- Ronaldo has proven how great he is and in this encounter he will only prove how handsome he is.
- Tata Martino is doing a good job but he needs a win to regain the trust of the players and the fans.
- Barcelona’s or Real Madrid’s season is far from over. This match is not the end of the world or their season’s. There is a lot to fight for, other than this one game. So do not take it personal.
- Alexis Sanchez is not a football player.
- Neymar is not the favorite by the fans or the colleagues, but Tata can use him as the secret weapon.
- Pepe is one step away from being called to the Wrestling Federation, and he is key for Barcelona’s success (the same goes on Marcelo)
- Modric will hold the key to Real Madrid’s success.
- Do not expect Bale to explode, but in anger.
- The result will affect the season of both.
The quarter-final draw produced a repeat of last year’s Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF affair, an all-Spanish tie between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona, a clash of FC Bayern München and Manchester United FC, and an exciting money clash between Paris Saint-Zlatan and Chelsea.
- 1 & 9 April: FC Barcelona v Club Atlético de Madrid / Manchester United FC v Bayern München.
- 2 & 8 April: Real Madrid CF v Borussia Dortmund / Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea FC.
The Europa League quarter-final draw had the following encounters lined up (games will be played on 3 and 10 April – home and away legs):
- AZ (NED) v Benfica (POR)
- Lyon (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)
- Basel (SUI) v Valencia (ESP)
- Porto (POR) v Sevilla (ESP)
UPDATE: Replace Olympiacos with Manchester United below :)
The quarter-final pairings for the Champions League 2013/2014 season are determined by an open draw in which no teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association can be drawn against each other. The side drawn first will play the first leg at home.
The draw ceremony will be held on 21 March 2014 at 11:00 GMT – morning (which translates to 12:00 CET – 15:00 Dubai Time – 13:00 Lebanon Time).
If all goes as per the plan, Borussia Dortmund and Olympiacos will be the last two teams to join Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Zlatan, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid.
My predictions for an explosive quarter finals are:
- Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain
- Real Madrid – Dortmund
- Chelsea – Bayern Munich
- Olympiacos – Atletico Madrid
The above are based on the hypothesis of revenge, but if we are to take a more insane calculation into consideration, it should be:
- Real Madrid – Paris Saint-Germain
- Chelsea – Atletico Madrid
- Barcelona – Bayern Munich
- Olympiacos – Dortmund
Well, any draw result is possible, and we might see a European El Clasico too!
For the matches, the games will be held on 1,2 and 8,9 April 2014, while the draw for the Semi-Finals will be held on 11 April 2014.
NIKE launched its new breed of football shoes and called it the ‘MAGISTA’
The new boot features distinctive new silhouette and Nike Flyknit technology.
At first sight, it looks like a shoes designed for playing basketball. Yet, and as per Iniesta’s, Gotze’s and other players, the Magista feels like an extension of the player’s body.
Nike’s Flyknit technology has been adapted specifically for football, placing the foot closer to the ball and allowing for enhanced ball-feel and control. Flyknit technology delivers unprecedented feel, fit and control, by creating a second-skin, sock-like feel and allows for strength and support to be knitted directly into the boot. The Magista also features a new mid-cut Dynamic Fit Collar for a more locked down fit and increased awareness of the body’s movements and interaction with the ground and the ball.
Here are some photos for the boot, and you can always check NIKE’s Facebook page to check more details and see who of the superstars endorsed the shoes.
One t-shirt with a heart resembling a woman’s buttocks in a thong bikini, flipped upside-down, and another t-shirt with a bikini-clad woman with a soccer ball standing above “Brazil” in large letters, were deemed too sexy by the authorities of Brazil!
There are many wrong things about this news.
Still, Adidas listened and withdrew the t-shirts.
In short: Adidas produced these two t-shirts - Flavio Dino, president of Brazil’s Tourism Agency, and others complained that these t-shirts represent sexual exploitation – Adidas withdrew the products off the market.
Again, there are many wrong things about such a news that I had to share it…
The two sex encouraging t-shirts!
NIKE are steadily preparing their super stars for the World Cup and are now equipping them with better gear.
The newest – to be released – shoes has already been given to Iniesta, Gotze, Thiago Silva, Arda Turan, David Luiz, Christian Eriksen, and Mamadou Sakho, to try it out ahead of the official launch on 6 March 2014.
Whether the brilliant reviews and feedback given by the aforementioned stars are driven by commercial reasons or not, they are genuine and real. Those stars will not risk their seasons by choosing bad gear.
Expect more from NIKE and more news on this product soon.
The Victorious team has already started touring the Arab countries to discover football talents.
For those who do not know what ‘The Victorious’ is, here is a brief summary:
Dubai Media Incorporated has launched a Football Talent Academy Show called “The Victorious”. It will be a reality TV show on Dubai TV and Dubai Sports TV and under the supervision of Diego Maradona and Michel Salgado. The show will see off 22 contestants from the Arab countries trying to compete for the title. The winner will be granted $ 100,000 and a chance to join Juventus, Real Madrid, or Hamburger SV.
The team running the show is already visiting the Arab countries for the try outs.
The big news is that the talents of LEBANON are invited to apply and participate on 7 February 2014. They will be tested against speed, skills, physical attributes, and personal traits. Any possible talent between the ages of 16 and 22 can apply.
If you are interested, here is the link to APPLY.
For more information, follow @dubaiTV on Twitter or check their website: http://dmi.ae/thevictorious/
This is just one of the leaked/rumored jersey designs for FC Barcelona for the 2014 – 2015 season.