Welcome back, today we have a double header for you. In addition to our weekly recap of the top stories in the business of soccer world we also introduce a new contributor today, Kevin O’riordan. Please be sure to head over and check out his piece today, it’s sure to please. Back to the topic at hand though, here we go with this past week’s global noteworthy news recap.
Europe’s Worst And Best Transfers of 2012/13 (ESPNFC)
With the Premier League and Bundesliga done and dusted, and La Liga and Serie A coming to an end, Michael Cox takes a look over the signings of the 2012/13 season who have made the most and east impact on their respective clubs. The writer of the incredibly detailed Zonal Marking blog finds the best and worst across multiple leagues
Players On The Move (Sky Sports/Yahoo Eurosport)
With the transfer silly season just beginning, anyone who thought that they’d be following some long protracted transfer sagas were given a nice treat. Some big moves have already been wrapped up as the 2-year transfer saga around Brazilian wonderkid Neymar is officially announced as a Barcelona signing. AS Monaco also wasted little time as they wrapped up deals for Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for a combined 70 million euros with the latter breaking the French transfer record
Gus Johnson’s Crash Course (New York Times)
Many fans of the beautiful game would not have been blamed for being left a little bemused by Gus Johnson’s appointment as a commentator for Fox. The man has admitted to making mistakes in his acclimation to what is certainly an unfamiliar sport for him but the New York Times takes the time to talk to him and look further into the first year of the rookie commentator. A good read for any fan.
Evolution Of The Everton Crest (EvertonFC.com)
The Merseyside club has introduced a new design of the club’s crest that’s being described as newer, more modern, cleaner and more dynamic than the previous crest. It incorporates four major concepts surrounding the image f the club with is the name itself, the year of its formation, the Tower and the crest. Alot of detailed research and collaboration and input from supporters groups were included in the development of the design.
Bilbao Play Their Final Match In The San Mames (Whoateallthepies)
Athletic Bilbao celebrated 100 seasons in their historic home, the San Mames this season and the centennial season also marks the final season at the Stadium. Built in 1913 and named after a nearby Cathedral, the new San Mames is being built adjacent to the current stadium and looks to incorporate the west stand of the current stadium turned around and converted into a new end terrace. Most construction will be finished by the upcoming season with the rest expected to be done by the 2014/15 season.
Robbie Rogers Takes The Field Again With The Galaxy (Sports Illustrated/USA Today)
Robbie Rogers took headlines in February with the announcement that he was gay. Simultaneously with this announcement he also announced his retirement form professional soccer. He recently made the decision to come back to the MLS and has since signed with the LA Galaxy. On Sunday night he made his LA Galaxy debut in the 77th minute against the Seattle Sounders making Rogers the the only openly gay player in the MLS.
Manager Merry-go-rounds (BBC/Reuters)
Napoli’s eccentric owner Aurelio de Laurentiis is known for being very frugal with his assets. Recently though Walter Mazzari, one of his biggest assets, walked away into the arms of a competitor. Inter Milan, after a ninth place finish in the Serie A this season have let go of Andrea Stramaccioni and have singed the former Napoli Manager. Keeping with the trend of no idling in transfer movement, Napoli have already secured a replacement for the man that lead them to a second place finish in the Serie A. The replacement is believed to be Rafael Benitez, that is yet to be confirmed however.
Nike’s Hypervenom Boot Line Leaked (Footyheadlines)
With Adidas’ recent release of their new boot line the Nitrocharge 1.0, Nike are set to announce their own new boot line that has new Barcelona signing Neymar as the designated face of the new range. The new line, called the Hypervenom uses the tag line “A New Breed of Attack is Coming” and should be officially announced today but images of the expected colorway releases have been leaked.
Adidas Release New Nitrocharge 1.0 Boot (SoccerBible)
Adidas got the first foot forward compared to Nike in the Bootline release race this year. The release of the Nitrocharge 1.0 brings a new horse into Adidas’ stable. It’s like no other boot Adidas has ever released before. The design is meant to appeal to the box-to-box midfielder seeking to bring energy to the game and their team for the full 90 minutes.
Nike Announces A Wave Of New Kits (SoccerBible)
Its the time of year again where clubs and teams show off the kits they’ll be wearing for the upcoming season and tournaments. Nike has stepped right up to the plate with a whole set of new kit announcements. Starting with new (but not really new since Umbro is a Nike subsidiary) signings England, Nike has rolled out a classic look in the home and away kits. Along with England, Nike picked up another former Umbro partner in Manchester City. Their new kits were on display during the Chelsea Friendlies in the US in St Louis and New York. Nike has also released their new FC Barcelona Kit that will soon find itself on the back of Brazilian Sensation Neymar. Of course that will be after he dons his other Nike sponsored Brazil kit at the Confederations cup this summer.
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