Great soccer ads

Posted on April 30, 2008. Filed under: Video | Tags: , , , , , |

Decided to find a bunch of soccer ads as there are some pretty cool ones out there.

First up is a new Nike one posted by ric-s on ballhype. Not all that particularly entertaining, just thought I’d add it cause it’s new.

Next is a really creative Umbro one. I won’t give too much away but it’s fairly well done.

An oldie but a goodie. This is a Nike ad from probably ten years ago. Funny to see some old faces that either haven’t been seen for a while or are still around but when they were young.

Then there’s the old pepsi ad where the Sumo’s play the pepsi all-stars (R.Carlos, Beckham, Raul, Davids, Buffon, etc.) for an esky full of cold pepsi’s.

This one below has Fabregas suited up to juggle a ball that’s on fire, while being alight himself. I have to question the point of this one but it did look pretty cool when he volleyed it into the net, haha. Found this one over at the beautiful game.

There’s another really good one that won’t let me embed so you’ll need to check it out here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqm5zavFlM0 to see it. It’s the Brazilian Selecao warming up before a game. Quality juggling and this is the long version, about 2.5 minutes.

Finally, last but not least is another new Nike one and all I can say is it’s simply awesome. Posted by MVNsoccer on ballhype. Enjoy!

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New Ronaldo site

Posted on April 27, 2008. Filed under: Players, Video | Tags: , , |

It seems that finally Ronaldo’s site is back online after so long. It used to be at http://www.r9ronaldo.com but now it’s just www.ronaldo.com. It’s got a nice clean look and a pretty good flash video on the landing page (although it’s a bit long and could get tiresome each time). I’m glad to see he’s back online and you can get news on his recovery straight from the source.

Speaking of which, he’s apparently making really good progress. He’s in Rio at the moment and splits his time between the gym and his clinic. It’s a fairly strenuous regime, working out three times a day with Bruno Mazziotti, an AC Milan physio. He’s got 100% movement back in his knee and has started strength training already, well ahead of schedule. He may be back in action much sooner than expected (fingers crossed). In a month or two he should be able to start running and cycling, so yeah, all the signs are very positive.

Of course I can’t make a post without a video! Enjoy some Ronaldo goals!

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Barcelona vs Manchester United 0-0

Posted on April 25, 2008. Filed under: UEFA, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

So the first leg of the Barcelona vs Manchester United Champion’s League semi-final ended up a draw with no goals scored. It wasn’t the most exciting match I’ve seen but it had some moments of good action and controversy. Main one being Milito’s handball in the area that earnt Man U a penalty. Unfortunately C. Ronaldo smacked it into the crossbar and missed a golden opportunity to grab an away goal. There were quite a few other penalty appeals throughout the match but the game was mostly controlled by Barca, problem is, Eto’o was doing everything wrong. He wasted chance after chance after chance. Even worse than Eto’o was his coach who brain-farted twice to substitute the wrong people.

First he took off Messi at about the hour mark and although he had only recently been back from injury and will be needed in the return leg, he didn’t look tired and was the best player on the park. He brought in the youngster Bojan but he’s not quite ready for the big stage. Then Deco went for Henry. Deco was also playing well and it should’ve been Yaya that went to allow for another attacker.

Oh well, at least C. Ronaldo flopped again in a big match. He still doesn’t have what it takes when push comes to shove. So annoying how he complained about everything and looked up at the sky for answers. Very ugly traits for such a gifted player. The return leg should be excellent though. Enjoy the highlights below.

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Ronaldo’s heart desires to continue but body feels tired

Posted on March 21, 2008. Filed under: Players, Video | Tags: , |

Ronaldo gave an interview recently and the footage is below (although unless you can understand Portuguese, it might be best to read the translation below). It follows his unfortunate and possibly career ending injury and continues from my last post which updated his condition.

He’s stated that is heart desires to continue and he has a strong desire to do so but his body is giving off signs that it’s really tired, has suffered a lot and is asking to rest. He said that he will try to recuperate in the best manner possible and upon it’s completion, if his body is without any pain and he is without doubts, then he will continue to play.

We can only hope for the best and wait to see what happens.

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Ronaldo injury update

Posted on February 18, 2008. Filed under: Players | Tags: , , , |

The surgeon’s that operated on Ronaldo have said that the operation was successful but now only time will tell if he can recover and play at an elite level still. There will be a wait of at least nine months to see how he can recuperate but the medics don’t think his career is done just yet.

The latest news come from Ronaldo’s dad, Nelio Nazario, who has said that Ronaldo has already taken a few steps around his room and is happy with the progress. He is without pain which is pretty amazing for only 48 hours after surgery. He’s begun the preliminary stages of his rehabilitation although he won’t be able to run for 6 months or train hard for 9 months.

The history of Ronaldo’s injuries began in 96 at PSV. He had surgery to clean up the cartilage in his right knee and was out for 4 months. Then came the injury at Inter in 99 where he partially tore his patella tendon in his right knee and was out for 5 months. In April of 2000 he completely tore the same tendon playing against Lazio, 6 months after the initial surgery. He was then out for 11 months. In 2006 while still at Real Madrid, Ronaldo had surgery on his left leg to remove two calcifications on the tibia bone. It wasn’t urgent surgery but he was keen to have it done and was out for a month and a half.

A Brazilian doctor has come out to sensationally blame Ronaldo’s injuries on doping while at PSV. He was employed by the CBF but has since been fired for his remarks. He claims that while Ronaldo was a teenager at PSV he was given steroids in order to build up his physique for the game. The large muscle mass that developed as a result would not be supported well by his bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. He said that the repercussions of this would not be felt immediately but later on as the stress on the body would manifest itself as serious injuries 10, 15 or 20 years after. Who knows if he’s telling the truth but it would explain a lot, Ronaldo certainly got a lot bigger in a fairly short period of time. It’s either that or a huge growth spurt and a predisposed genetic condition that makes his patella tendons quite weak because it is a fairly rare injury in soccer (especially twice!), usually it’s the ACL that goes.

Ronaldo’s dream is to return to play and will return to Milan after the initial period and will determine later whether the rest of the rehabilitation will take place there or in Brazil. Apparently Flamengo are still after his services and will probably try to use this injury to take him off Milan’s hands but I hope he remains as he still has something to give to the highest level, even if that’s only watching over and guiding Pato’s rise.

There’s also a recent video interview he gave explaining what he’s currently going through and his thoughts at the moment.

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Ronaldo seriously injured

Posted on February 14, 2008. Filed under: Players, serie a, Video | Tags: , , |

I learnt of some very sad news today. That Ronaldo was injured again, but this time very seriously and possibly even career ending.

During Milan’s 1-1 draw with Livorno, Ronaldo was brought on and in three minutes had collapsed after leaping to meet a cross. The Milan doctors have officially reported that he ruptured his rotulian ligament in his left kneecap. He was stretchered off the field and was clearly in a lot of pain, probably mentally as much as physically. The Livorno keeper was nearby when it happened and reported hearing a horrible sound, like a bang. I had the same dreadful feeling as watching him in 1999 and 2000 when he was at Inter and his right knee gave way. It’s been said that the injury he has suffered this time could take 9 months to a year to heal.

Milan have stated they will stay close to Ronaldo and aren’t about to abandon him. Ronaldo put himself on the line to earn a penalty and a point for Milan and hopefully he can still recover and give something back to Milan and Serie A. Both Galliani and Ancelotti are hoping for the best and his team mates were off to see him in hospital as soon as the match ended so he’ll definitely be well supported.

They expect Ronaldo to see the same surgeon who operated on his right knee in 99-00. The surgeon is in Paris and Ronaldo left early this morning, receiving applause from fans outside the hospital. The head of Milan’s medical team gave details on how it may have occurred. He said Ronaldo was hit from behind and probably lost balance on his standing leg. He said that the striker had complained about his knee all year but it wasn’t bad enough to prevent training. He was quick to say however that he does not believe it to be a career-ending injury. I sure hope he’s right.

Highlights of the match are below and the injury occurred about three and a half minutes into the footage. It’s not for the weak of heart. We wish you all the best Ronnie!

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Nike mercurial vapor IVs on the way.

Posted on February 11, 2008. Filed under: Shoes | Tags: , , , , |

So I finally put in an order for a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IVs today after spending some time trying to decide what boots to get next after my Nike Mercurial Vapor IIIs finally started to show signs of wear and probable failure some time not too far away. The IIIs have pretty much been the only boot I’ve used for the last two years (and I don’t have an off-season as I keep playing friendlies the year through). They’ve held up like no other boot I’ve had, usually I only get a year out of a boot and need to fix them up regularly with araldite (don’t laugh, it’s great stuff!). The IIIs required no maintenance and almost always cleaned up like new, although some challenges left marks that no amount of scrubbing could remove.

My only complaint is perhaps they were more durable than my feet! I’d end up with blisters on my toes, heels and balls of my feet if I didn’t use band-aids or strapping constantly. Perhaps I should follow in Christiano Ronaldo’s footsteps (sorry, bad pun) and wear some shoes that are two sizes smaller (I kid you not, read the article). Apparently your touch is a lot better which I guess makes sense but I’m not about to ruin my feet for a better feel of the ball. I have a friend that wears shoes a size smaller than usual although he tells me that the leather usually accommodates this after a short while and moulds much better to your feet. He’s a small, scrawny guy but has one of the most powerful kicks I’ve seen and can dip the ball like no one I know so I’m sure he knows what he’s on about.

Anyways I’ve got a pair of anthracite/vivid blue vapors (mostly black looking, the orange was a bit loud for me) probably a week away and can’t wait to try them out. I’ll be sure to report how I find them, just with I could’ve grabbed those Mercurial SLs but the price was a little insane. Hope I made the right choice as I haven’t actually tried a pair out and I was pretty pleased with the Adidas powerswerve’s I tried out recently but I’ve generally preferred Nikes so I’m not to worried.

Other mercurial related posts…
Nike mercurial vapor IV review
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Ten years of mercurial vapors

Posted on January 20, 2008. Filed under: Players, Shoes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , |

Continuing on with my posts of late (such as the Nike Mercurial SL Vapor IVs), I found an interesting video about the research that went into the nike mercurial vapor III. A bit late with the vapor IVs coming out very soon but I was good to watch and this is still my favourite boot (who knows until I try the IVs out). Basically them monitoring Henry as well as the Ronaldos performing various movements that occur in games.

I have another video I found which is just a Nike ad for their mercurials. It’s Ronaldo shooting hundreds of balls to show how many goals he’s scored since strapping on his first pair of mercurials in 1998. I still remember those shoes and have always lusted over them but never ended up getting a pair myself.

Other mercurial related posts…
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Nike Mercurial SL (Vapor IV)

Posted on January 16, 2008. Filed under: Players, Shoes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , |

MercurialSLWell the Nike Mercurial Vapor IV’s are out soon and I came across this cool post on ballhype about a special variety of the new mercurials. I have the video at the end of the post if you want to see for yourself. Basically they get Asafa Powell, some terribly fast sprinter (so I’m told), to try out the new mercurial SLs. It looks all underground like a dodgy drug deal, huge black SUVs and all the timing equipment etc. ready to go. He sprints the length of a football pitch and advises the dudes around him that the boots are fast. Within seconds they’re packed away in a box with C. Ronaldo and Drogba’s names on it. Twelve ours later they arrive in London to deliver the boots to Drogba, “Asafa say’s they’re fast”.

No offence but Drogba’s anything but a fast player, amazingly gifted but not in the speed department. Christiano on the other hand is another kettle of fish but I guess if you looks at it another way, if anyone needs a speed increase, it’s Drogba.

The boots look awesome and I’m totally blown away by them. Full carbon-fibre construction weighing in at 190grams using the latest F1 technology. I think these boots would be so tough they’d never wear out! My MVIIIs are lasting for ages as it is but I can only see the glue being a weak point on these, if any. I like how they’ve done away with the lace cover on these as I don’t much care for it on the normal IVs. Only thing is that at 190grams, they weigh about the same as the normal MVIIIs. Light but not much lighter than the last pair (which were 196grams).

If you’re after a pair, you better sit down before you check the price. I saw them for 250 british pounds at prodirectsoccer but I think it’s a fair price as they are a limited run of 450 pairs to celebrate 10 years of mercurials, the shoe first designed for Ronaldo in 1998 (the original Ronaldo, Christiano was probably still playing marbles at that stage). A lot will end up as collector’s items but personally, I’d love play in them week in and week out. You’ll also have to wait till May the 19th, just in time for Euro 2008.

Check out the other video after the Asafa Powell clip of C. Ronaldo taking on a Bugatti Veyron, I kid you not. It’s not as silly as it first seems because even though the Veyron only has 1000 horsepower (basically two v8s stuck together with four turbochargers bolted on), they race him a short distance (in the wet) and then have to beat him back in reverse. Basically a test of acceleration, stopping and turning. If you want a good review of the mercurial IV’s, head over to footy-boots as always.

Other mercurial related posts…
Nike mercurial vapor IV review
Mercurial vapor 4s have arrived finally
Who is the fastest
Nike mercurial vapor IVs on the way
Ten years of mercurials
Nike mercurial vapors

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Milan vs Napoli 5-2

Posted on January 14, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

Sunday meant a lot to Milan for various reasons. The debut of Alexandre Pato, the return of Ronaldo from injury and a convincing display against Napoli to remove the jinx of playing at home this season (Milan had not won at home all season).  The Brazilian connection between Ronaldo, Pato and Kaka’ did not disappoint.

Ronaldo had a good opportunity early on, although it was blocked, he didn’t have to wait long to begin celebrations. On 10 minutes the phenomenon was set up by Kaka’ and found the goal after his shot deflected off the keeper. The Napoli defence tried to clear it off the line but it had already crossed. Pato had a furious long-range effort blocked as it proved to hot to hold on to. Napoli equalised on 27 minutes through a lovely team play that Milan’s defense had no answer for.

On 31 minutes Milan took the lead again. Although Napoli’s keeper, Iezzo was on fire, he could only block so many attempts. Pato had two chances which were blocked before the ball fell in front of Seedorf for him to smash into the back of the net. A few minutes later Iezzo was called on again to block Pato’s near post shot and soon after Kaladze gave away a penalty. A rare event of late that the Milan attack was doing so much better than their defense. The match was tied again 2-2 going into the break.

Less than a minute after the restart, Ronaldo found the back of the net again, heading in a Seedorf cross. Reminding everyone that he’s the world player of the year, Kaka’ added his name to the score sheet in the 68th minute. Finally Pato wrapped things up and completed a memorable debut to confirm the hype surrounding him. A great display of strength and poise in front of goal fitting of one much older than him. The youngster dedicated the goal to his family and girlfriend. Pato also paid his respects to Ronaldo who he idolised growing up and considers it a dream playing alongside him.

Ronaldo has send out a message that he’s not quite ready to call it quits in Europe and return to Brazil. He wishes to repay the faith and patience that Milan has given him, the living legend Maldini himself commended Ronaldo’s efforts during training, labeling him as one of the hardest workers on the team. If he continues to do well, he will surely get a contract extension, Berlusconi was also quick to state that “His love story with Milan will not end in six months’ time”.

Ancelotti has applauded Ronaldo’s performance last night, he commented how Milan played very well, especially Ronaldo. It’s a great start after being out for 6 months, it’s only the second appearance for the team this season so hopefully with increasing fitness he can continue to improve. The coach was also full of praise for Pato who not only scored in his debut but was also provider for a great number of scoring chances. He commended his pace, ability to turn and shoot and that now the job is just to ensure he’s getting enough of the ball. However, Ancelotti reserved his man of the match vote for Clarence Seedorf. He was involved in all of the plays and adapted to the deeper role without fuss, a true team player.

Check out the highlights, well worth it.

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