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Emirates ad featuring Pelé and Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Thierry Henry – from Barça to the NY Red Bulls

If you have Netflix, this Thierry Henry movie is now available for streaming, traces his days at Barça to his move to the Red Bulls:

 

Do whatever it takes to get Gedion Zelalem to the US National Team

A petition directed to president Obama has recently been created on change.org to “do whatever it takes to get Gedion Zelalem to the US National Team.” It may be the single most epic petition ever created, and it already has over 1,000 signatures, read the text below:

“Let’s be honest. Soccer in the United States has come a long way, but that doesn’t mean we’re beneath using any tactic possible to convince players to join the US National Team. 

With that in mind, it’s time to petition Barack Obama and Sunil Gulati to do whatever it takes to get Gedion Zelalem to the US National Team. Does that mean we’ll have to fast-track citizenship? So be it. Does that mean we’ll have to grease a few palms to get a passport for Gedion? I’m sure we could find a few crooked congressmen. Is Gedion Zelalem even eligible for the US National Team? Who knows? 

Let’s break every rule and fully embrace as much governmental corruption as it takes to get Gedion Zelalem to the US National Team. The children are our future.

To: 
Barack Obama
Sunil Gulati
We appreciate your positions as leaders of our nation, and we humbly ask you to turn your back on ethics and morality and do whatever it takes to get Gedion Zelalem to the US National Team. Because if we can’t have him, someone else will take him. And they’ll probably be Communists.”

What would drive such awesomeness? Sure, Gedion Zelalem has tons of talent. Some have even gone so far as to call the Arsenal midfielder a budding Messi in the making, or at least the best thing to come out of Arsenal since Cesc Fábregas. He has a US Green Card, but is not yet a citizen. He is, however, both a German and an Ethiopian citizen, and has been courted by both nations to play for their national squads. Landon Donovan has recently stated that the reason the US’s group is the group of death, is because the US national team is in it. Some may call this bravado, but against Germany, Portugal, and US arch-rival Ghana, the US could definitely use some of Gedion’s magic moves. Check him out here:

 

-Marcos da Rocha Carvalho

 

The Rough Guide to Soccer Music

Musicians the world over are also soccer fans. And I’m not talking about the lame World Cup theme songs hackneyed talentless singers like Shakira and Ricky Martin sing every four years, I’m talking about heartfelt music by great artists who love the beautiful game. Whether it’s the great Jorge Ben in Brazil, Britain’s 80s icon New Order, or the music factory that is Buenos Aires’ slums which produce the unique sound of the cumbia villera, soccer has been the inspiration for many great songs. There are songs to extoll national squads, such as New Order’s anthem for En-ger-land whose video is chock-full of great footballers. Songs that talk about the simple joy of going to watch a soccer game live such as Skank’s “É Uma Partida de Futebol.” – It’s a soccer game – or the Argentine cumbia band Yerba Brava’s hit which celebrates the sheer fanaticism of the soccer fan; both songs mention fans dying for their teams. There are also songs that talk about specific soccer legends like Flamengo’s Fio Maravilha and the great Zico, known the world over as “The White Pelé.” In Cameroon, Pepe Kalle narrates the triumphs of the legendary Roger Milla, the man who single-handedly got Africa more slots in the World Cup. Milla is one of the most underrated contributors to the sport, except in his native Cameroon where he is a god.  Enjoy! And please feel free to add more songs on the comments sections, I’m always on the lookout for good music.

 

Skank:

 

Zico:

 

Roger Milla:

 

New Order:

 

Cumbia:

 

Fio Maraviha:

 

Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home):

 

 

 

 
-Marcos da Rocha Carvalho

The US squad played in Brazil before, it was the 1950 Cup…

The US squad played in Brazil before, it was the 1950 Cup and The Game of their Lives tells the story! The trailer doesn’t do it justice, this movie should be mandatory in US History class in high schools nationwide. What a story! Snobby Brits versus an ethnically/socially/religiously diverse US squad (yes, all this comes up, but it’s done in a very “we’re all American so get over it fashion”, not a white-guilt-over-the-top-shtick), shots of Rio before it was a glitzy and ritzy murder capital, good ole underdog American moxie, yes!

Buddy, go download/buy this now. I don’t work for the film company, don’t worry.

Whether you already know how it turned out for the US squad, you’ll be at the edge of your seat until the very end. No one will think less of you for being choked up or if you start chanting you-know-what. For all you US soccer fans that are feeling down about the US being stuck in Group G, don’t, because Brazil is where the US could shine again. You shouldn’t be too worried anyway about drawing Ghana (I hope they get eliminated right away, and I hope this time there’s no hand ball to bitch and moan about), Germany (they lost to the US at a friendly in RFK last year), and Portugal (last EU team to qualify)… forget Brazil 2014, and check out Brazil 1950! The US squad had the kind of charm and magic back then that made history. This is one of the greatest American sport stories and it’s rarely told. I could go on and on, but I hate reviews that ruin movies, and generally that’s every kind of review except this one. Just trust me on this and watch it, you won’t be disappointed!

– Marcos da Rocha Carvalho

Baghdad Messi – Movie Trailer

Day of the Dead

The day of the dead celebration dates back pre colonization times. The Maya, Aztec, Purepecha, Nahua y Totonaca are among the cultures that took this time to remember their dead. Today the tradition continues throughout South and Central America in countries like Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Haiti, and Nicaragua.
More pictures available at El Nuevo Dia.

Via: El Nuevo Dia

Random Soccer Photos From Around the World

Translation:

“Messi if you played in heaven I would die to see you play”

Via: Invent Football

Full Kit Wankers

A Full Kit Wanker is a Soccer aficionado who sports a complete soccer kit while not playing soccer. The term was coined by Oscar160974 on Twitter . It didn’t take long before a blogger took notice. The pictures are great.

Via: Showcasing

Phlegm – Artist

Awesome Mural by Phlegm.