Our Week On Social Media, June 6 2014

Our last 20 posts on Twitter; enjoy.

An all-timer: Diego Maradona scores solo goal against England, 1986, LEGO style: http://rlyv.se/tQN

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It’s fair to say Argentina’s Diego Maradona had a decent game against England in the 1986 World Cup. After the notorious ‘hand of God’ incident , he sealed victory over Bobby Robson’s side with a strike that’s gone down as one of the best World Cup goals ever. Watch it here, lovingly recreated brick-by-brick Continue reading…
Jun 6, 2:19 PM

I’m obviously interested: The 6 Craziest Requirements For FIFA World Cup Uniforms http://rlyv.se/tPW

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FIFA has some incredibly specific and very odd rules for its uniforms. For example: no number can have a stroke width larger than 5cm or smaller than 3cm. Sweatsuits–which aren’t even worn by players on the field–have rules as well. Same with baseball cap-style hats, which aren’t worn by players. Branding and advertising play a larger role in soccer than in almost any other sport, except maybe NASCAR, and FIFA has rules for that. Even the brand logos on the shoulders have rules: they have to be of a certain size, centered, and symmetrical. Thou shalt not exceed the required stroke width for fonts. To the unfamiliar, World Cup uniforms seem open to styling: different colors and patterns, brand names, and logos splashed in every possible square inch of fabric. But FIFA actually has incredibly strict guidelines for the uniforms, right down to the millimeter. Creative Review published a few excerpts of the 92-page document, and we’ve picked out six of the craziest.
Jun 6, 11:57 AM

It’s a #rattle: The #caxirola is Brazil’s version of the vuvuzela. http://rlyv.se/tPA

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The caxirola is Brazil’s version of the vuvuzela . Looks like FIFA World Cup 2014 … Perth Now It kind of sounded like this: Dzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Well, just when you … and more
Jun 6, 10:43 AM

Pique is pretty scary. “World Cup mascots: from Naranjito to Bulldog Bobby in pictures” http://rlyv.se/tO6

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With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, Brazil’s mascot Fuleco will both be entertaining the crowds and be used as a marketing tool, so we thought we would have a look through the archives to check out mascots and merchandise from days gone by Continue reading…
Jun 6, 10:02 AM

Solid: Vintage 2004 Adidas Cal Surf T-shirt Football World Cup Retro Tango http://rlyv.se/tOG

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Jun 6, 2:22 AM

2014 World Cup noisemaker is a #caxirola? Fifa fans drop vuvuzela for a rattle http://rlyv.se/tOE

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Examiner.com 2014 World Cup noisemaker is a caxirola ? Fifa fans drop vuvuzela for a rattle Examiner.com Fans of the 2014 World Cup might be concerned about hearing the vuvuzela on television during the upcoming games, but there is nothing to worry about as the crowds have moved on from the noisemaker. Sounding loud and extraordinarily annoying, the … and more
Jun 6, 1:44 AM

Via @SoccerByIves, USMNT Notes: Jones to decide club future after World Cup, Johannsson talks AZ extension http://rlyv.se/tOC #USMNT

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USMNT Notes: Jones to decide club future after World Cup, Johannsson talks AZ extension, and more: #USMNT
Jun 6, 1:02 AM

!!!!!!!!!: The episode “The Cartridge Family” is history’s best soccer satire. http://rlyv.se/tN0

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Open Wide for Some Soccer!: The Simpsons Brilliant Parody of the Beautiful Game. The Simpsons does soccer, and it is glorious. Lampooning soccer has long been an American pastime. To its mostly unfunny critics, the sport is boring, unmanly, and foreign. My son is not playing soccer, bloviator Jim Rome once said . I will hand him ice skates and a shimmering sequined blouse before I hand him a soccer ball. There is, however, one inspired piece of U.S.-made satire that manages to mock soccer while also embracing the very thing its laughing at. Whos behind this bit of comedic brilliance? Unsurprisingly, The Simpsons. The Cartridge Family , which aired on Nov. 2, 1997, opens with a five-minute sequence that taps into our nations distrust of soccers seemingly slow pace, overexcited announcers, and exotic teams and players.
Jun 5, 7:27 PM

RT @socceramerica: Bob Bradley: Michael Not Given Arsenal Chance: In an interview with Slate, former U.S. men’s… http://rlyv.se/tNS

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Bob Bradley: Michael Not Given Arsenal Chance: In an interview with Slate, former U.S. men’s…
Jun 5, 6:46 PM

P.I.M.P.: Vintage 1980 Adidas Erima Goalkeeper’s Jersey Shirt World Cup 1982, NO RETRO http://rlyv.se/tNI

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Jun 5, 6:06 PM

BOOOOO! FIFA World Cup Group A: Brazil – The noise of a nation silenced http://rlyv.se/tNq

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Financial Express FIFA World Cup Group A: Brazil – The noise of a nation silenced Financial Express Four years on, the sound of the vuvuzela still forces us to shudder at the soundtrack it leant to the event and perhaps even making us bless the souls responsible for making the migraine machines extinct. Only, they aren’t extinct. … Conceptualised purely for the 2014 World Cup by Carlinhos Brown, a leading Brazilian musician with a Oscar nomination to his credit, the caxirola is said to rattle more than hum and the ‘shakestick’ (filled with ball-bearings) was even blessed by Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff. and more
Jun 5, 5:26 PM

This is not so good. RT @ESPNFC: Uni Watch has ranked all 32 World Cup kits. http://rlyv.se/tNi,http://rlyv.se/shorten http://rlyv.se/tNi,http://rlyv.se/shorten

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Uni Watch has ranked all 32 World Cup kits. The defending champions might not like their spot http://r.rallyverse.com/c/?link=quLmI%2bjYDAwBkGnbju1Hkmz5OcR5DonpWOBUar9sPReQuaC%2briPQVmBvMEXPon27h4qoNz7eKGa2xySATVHzA2z60dgN1mhCqw15nC%2b%2b6WuPLNprxmXVn0tDaskYeIdP9kWS%2fxhh4t4%3d
Jun 5, 4:53 PM

Qatars critics accused of racism, assuming that, you know, disdain for bribery is racist http://rlyv.se/tM0

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Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement, has waded into the storm over Qatars hosting of the 2022 World Cup finals. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah has accused Qatar’s detractors as racist. Influential player in global sport accuses Qatar’s detractors of racism.
Jun 5, 4:12 PM

Just Pele being Pele: Amazing photographs uncover secret World Cup moments http://rlyv.se/tMW

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In pictures: Amazing photographs uncover secret World Cup moments from Pele … Mirror.co.uk Taken from behind the scenes they show a side to most players and managers that you don’t usually see. The collection covers a range of World Cups from 1962 in Chile to Germany 2006. There’s Pele lounging around being Pele in Mexico in 1970 and …
Jun 5, 3:31 PM

We <3 #Eusebio: The untouchables, From Pele to #Eusebio, 10 great World Cup players http://rlyv.se/tMM

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Firstpost The untouchables: From Pele to Eusebio , 10 great World Cup players Firstpost Considered by many the greatest player in football history, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil. He was a teenager when he helped the “Selecao” lift the trophy in 1958, then four years later he won again despite playing only one match because of an injury … and more
Jun 5, 2:51 PM

Nodding: Interactive All-Time World Cup XI is guaranteed to waste your morning http://rlyv.se/tMI

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The BBC polled experts to come up with just over 100 players from which to cull your All-Time World Cup XI. Does yours look like ours?
Jun 5, 2:11 PM

Oh. Great. “Hackers Target World Cup Sponsors” http://rlyv.se/tMm

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The World Cup could be the victim of multiple cyber attacks (Getty Images). (ATR) Hacker group Anonymous said they are planning cyber-attacks on World Cup sponsors. Speaking to Reuters, a hacker with the alias Che Commodore, said: “We have a plan of attack,” regarding targeting the websites of prominent FIFA World Cup partners. Commodore spoke under the guise of anonymity. We have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable,” he said. Anonymous posted 333 pages of documents they hacked from the Brazilian Foreign Ministrys website, the largest data breach for Brazil since the United States NSA allegedly spied on Brazilian president Dilma Rousseffs personal emails. The documents included which sports ministries are planning on going to the World Cup, and a briefing between the Brazilian government and US vice president Joe Biden, who will attend the World Cup. “The problem has been resolved. Nothing important was leaked,” a Brazilian official told the news agency. Preparations for the World Cup have been marred by stadium delays, and a cyber-breach would add to the list of troubles for tournament organisers.
Jun 5, 1:31 PM

So two different members of Rancid have written team songs for MLS teams? http://rlyv.se/tLU

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Tattoos, nine-year grown dreadlocks and the ‘sno-fro’ look the US team are going to be eye-catching however they get on Continue reading…
Jun 5, 12:21 PM

“When [M. Bradley] got to Italy he found he was immersed in a culture that thought like him to a certain extent.” http://rlyv.se/tLK

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Once thought of as only being in the team because he was the coachs son, the midfield enforcer is the key man in Jrgen Klinsmanns side who face a tough-looking Group G Continue reading…
Jun 5, 11:47 AM

No broken legs though? World Cup tuneup between England and Ecuador turns into unfriendly http://rlyv.se/tLA

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After enduring a four-game goal drought, Wayne Rooney finally broke through as England tied Ecuador in a friendly that got rather testy at times.
Jun 5, 11:08 AM

Pekerman vs. Klinsmann

Today’s titanic matchup of Germany and Argentina would have served as a just final, which makes this quarterfinal matchup so intriguing. One of these sides will be going home earlier than expected… which one? It will come down to the managers.

Klinsmann yessssss!Germany’s manager Juergen Klinsmann, much maligned before the tournament started for his reliance on inexperienced players and his insistance on commuting from California, has pushed all the right buttons for the Mannshaft thus far. Young players Philip Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Bastien Schweinsteiger have provided a creative spark to the traditionally staid Germans. Will Klinsmann continue to inspire?

Peker ManOn the other hand, many critics believe Argentina has performed well despite the lackluster efforts of manager Jose Pekerman, who has yet to find a way to get wunderkind Lionel Messi on the field from the beginning of the game. Young Leo has been perhaps the most dangerous and exciting player in the tournament – and that’s only in the last 20 minutes of the match! Carlos Tevez also deserves a mention for his performance thus far. It might be time for Pekerman to pass the torch from Crespo/Saviola/Riquelme(!) to Messi and Tevez. Argentina’s World Cup survival will require as much.

The manager who gets it right will be on course for a spot in the Final – while the other may as well ready his resume for Sunil Gulati and the boys at US Soccer.

Whither Clint Mathis?

Clint ShotgunAs U.S. Soccer fans prepare for a World Cup with Josh Wolff, Eddie Johnson and Brian Ching fighting for a starting role, one can’t help but wonder whatever happened to that Clint Mathis guy? Y’know, the one-time first great American goal scorer? Could it be one too many beer bongs? MySpace holds the truth…

US MNT Roster Leak!

America, F&*k Yeah!Supposed roster leak on bigsoccer yields the following:

GK: Keller, Howard, Hahnemann
D: Cherundolo, Pope, Onyewu, Lewis, Hejduk, Gibbs, Bocanegra, Albright
M: Donovan, Reyna, Mastroeni, Beasley, Dempsey, O’Brien, Olsen, Convey
F: McBride, Wolff, Johnson, Twellman

Albright and Olsen ride the UVA connection all the way to Germany.

Be sure to tune into Sportscenter tonight at 6 pm EDT for the official unveiling. Way to go US Soccer marketing and media relations department. Also, ESPN has the broadcast rights.

A New Ballgame

World Cup hype is starting to build. We’ve all seen Nike’s Joga Bonito campaign featuring Wayne Rooney, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry. Gatorade has taken a decidely different and refreshing approach to World Cup marketing — featuring the U.S. Men’s National Team in what is hopefully the first of many new ad spots:

I haven’t seen a more beautiful 30-seconds on TV in a long time. It almost brings a tear to the eye. Give us more Gatorade, please!!!