Remember that age-old mantra reminding you to be comfortable in your own skin? Well, a couple of US national teamers went a step further.
Men's captain Carlos Bocanegra and women's superstar Abby Wambach were not camera-shy when ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue came calling. Both Bocanegra and Wambach shed some skin – and some visual insight – into what the soccer bodies look like from two of America's best.
The body of a soccer player, like any athlete, is defined as much by its impressive and imposing physicality as it is its ability to withstand the daily beating it takes.
"When you play soccer, you are going to get cut, you are going to get bruised," explains Wambach. "If sitiches have to happen, if staples have to come, that's just part of the game – just take it."
Also included in the fourth annual publication are the NFL's Rob Gronkowski, the WNBA's Candace Parker and the NBA's Tyson Chandler, among others.
Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for Liverpool – and he's wasting no time trying to reinforce his squad for that pursuit.
The newly appointed manager is eager to make his first signing since taking over the Reds on June 1, and one of his first targets happens to be US international Clint Dempsey.
According to a report by the English newspaper The Mirror, Rodgers and the Liverpool front office are set to bid £7.5 million in an attempt to pry the English Premier League's fourth-leading scorer in 2011-12 away from Fulham's Craven Cottage and north to Anfield.
A deal could be completed as early as Wednesday, if you believe the report, as Liverpool hope to lock up Deuce before their trip to the United States next week.
If the transfer goes down, what do you think of the move?
Andriy Shevchenko has apparently made up his mind on where his future lies.
According to reports, the former AC Milan and Chelsea star will be returning to the English club to work for his good friend Roman Abramovich. This article cites the president of his most recent club Dynamo Kiev, who spilled the beans.
However, Shevchenko himself hasn't pronounced himself just yet. He's just undergone knee surgery after starring for Ukraine in Euro 2012 and he plans to rehab before going public on his final decision.
Three major titles in a span of five years.
Everyone is focused on what Spain has accomplished. But on the day after La Roja outclassed Italy in Kiev in the Euro 2012 final, there is also a distinct feeling that Spain could have done more.
No, 4-0 was plenty when it comes to the scoreline. But at 2-0 up, with the match well in hand, Spain really had a chance to transcend.
Italy had raised the white flag with 30 minutes to go. When midfielder Thiago Motta hobbled off the pitch, so too did any real Italian hopes of vanquishing the world champs. He was Italy's last sub and he was done. Italy were down to 10 men the rest of the way.
At that point the mighty Spaniards could have made the ultimate fair play gesture and voluntarily removed a player to even the field at 10-vs.-10.
Whether it was the recently introduced Pedro or even Cesc Fabregas, it wouldn't have mattered with a smattering of minutes left. They would still have won the game and they would have transcended like no team has since the 1970s Brazil side for a simple act of fair play.
They didn't. Instead they chose to keep pouring it on, bringing on two fresh subs who rounded out the score. It was akin to kicking at the cast of a person with a broken leg who just lost a crutch.
But there was one player in red who did opt for Fair Play this weekend.
In the first half of Toronto FC's 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls, Reggie Lambe could have easily hit the deck after he was tugged by New York defender Wilman Conde — it would have meant a red card ejection for Conde. Instead, the Bermudan international chose to stay on his feet. And people took notice. (Watch it here).
“[Lambe] is a young player and a very honest player,” TFC manager Paul Mariner said afterward. “Some players in the world would go down. If you want to be candid then we would have been playing 10 men then. In our position that would have been nice, but my hat goes off to him.”
Too bad we couldn't say the same for Spain.
Can Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto match his on-field success on the touchline? We're about to find out.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the 2008 MLS MVP was named head coach of Argentine Primera Division outfit Lanús (SPANISH). It will be Schelotto's first managerial position after retiring as a player with hometown club Gimnasia La Plata in 2011.
Befitting his nickname, el mellizo (the twin), he will reunited with his twin brother Gustavo, who will be his assistant, with the two of them having previously been teammates at Gimnasia and Boca Juniors. Gustavo also has a North American soccer connection, having played his final season as a pro with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2006.
Lanús have been one of Argentina's stronger clubs in the past few years, having claimed the Apertura 2007 title and fallen just short of the Clausura 2011 crown. The granate currently hold the third-best average points per game over the past three seasons in Argentina. Furthermore, the club boasts 2006 World Cup winner and former Italian international Mauro Camoranesi and former Uruguay international Mario Regueiro in its ranks.
How will el mellizo fare as a coach? Will his teams show the kind of flair that he once wowed audiences with in Argentina and the United States? Would you like to see him coaching in MLS someday?
KICKTV's Jimmy Conrad is in Kiev, and he's making big predictions about who will reach the final of the EURO 2012 tournament.
México derrotó convincentemente a Brasil el pasado 3 de julio con un 2-0 gracias a goles de Giovani dos Santos y Javier “Chicharito” Hernández en el lujoso Cowboys Stadium en Arlington, Texas. Sin embargo, fue el público el que hizo historia ese día al romper el récord mundial de la ola de mayor duración.
A mitad de tiempo, el presentador de Republica Deportiva de Univisión, Fernando Fiore, orquestó lo que sería una ola de siete minutos de duración, auspiciada por Degree Men. Los casi 85.000 espectadores no defraudaron. Bien hecho por la afición mexicana y brasileña que fue al partido.
Jimmy Conrad wasn't shy about showing off some of his latest dance moves on his way out of Poland, but hey, I'd be dancing with joy too if I were on my way to Ukraine to check out even more action from the 2012 European Championships.
After his car was broken into, forcing Kick TV's man on the ground to miss his flight to Kiev for the England-Sweden match (oh, Jimmy, we're so so sorry), he managed to navigate his way through the Ukrainian countryside and even had time for a quick game of pick-up with some locals.
Despite the missed flight and the 6-hour drive from the airport to Kharkiv, Jimmy finally made it on time for the Group of Death finale between the Netherlands and Portugal.
So go ahead and keep on dancing, Jimmy. It's a grueling and unglamorous job, but someone has to do it.
Kick TV in Ukraine! Netherlands vs Portugal - Euro Trip 2012, Episode 11
Comme beaucoup d’entre vous certainement, j’ai les yeux rivés sur l’Euro depuis une semaine et aujourd’hui, je sors du sujet MLS pour partager avec vous deux trouvailles concernant l’équipe des Pays-Bas.
La première charmera tous les parents… et les inspirera peut-être. Ce bambin de deux ans connaît les noms de tous les joueurs de l’équipe ! Si votre enfant sait faire pareil avec votre club de MLS, envoyez-moi la vidéo.
La seconde… je vous laisse la commenter. Trois chanteurs très connus aux Pays-Bas ont revu et corrigé La Danse des canards pour encourager leurs joueurs, qui font partie du clip !
While the MLS All-Stars will await an announcement on who will be their new head coach, their opponents for the July 25 fixture just solidified theirs.
In a press release from Chelsea FC on Wednesday, they announced that Italian manager Roberto Di Matteo – who led his side to both the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup titles – has signed a two-year contract with the club. Di Matteo took the reins at Chelsea during the final 11 weeks of the season after replacing Andre Villas-Boas during the first weekend in March.
Says Chelsea's chief executive Ron Gourlay: "Roberto's quality was clear for all to see when he galvanised the squad last season and helped the club make history, and the owner and board are very pleased he will be continuing his good work. Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea onto further success."